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newly joined; Hola, una nueva [22 Dec 2006|01:32pm]

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Hello, Friends,

I'm interested in Civil Rights as part of Social and Economic Justice. We all need it.

If I could talk w/one person it would probably be Gengis Khan (to ask him what he would think about Gandhi's ideas on non-co-operation with an oppressor)... I'm sure I would die feeling enlightened.


He visto que dice 'y mas' en el titulo de esta comunidad, asi que tb. he decidido traducir:
Me interesa los Derechos Civiles como parte de la Justicia Social e Economica. Necesitamos todos.

Si podria yo hablar con una persona, seria el Rey Gengis (para preguntarle que opina de las ideas de Gandhi sobre la no-cooperacion con un vencedor)... tal vez moriria sentiendo sabia.


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Intro [26 Aug 2006|09:46pm]

Name- Jacqueline ( a.k.a Nubia X )

Why you're interested in Civil Rights-
I've always been intrested in civil rights, gay/lesbian rights. I'm a young Jamaican-Canadian that has veiws and idea's that would like to heard, aswell as i love to learn and have some one to teach me of my peoples past, to see what changes we as a people can make for our childrens future.

If you could meet any person (activist, etc.)-
Malcolm X and Audre Lorde

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new member intro [18 Feb 2006|10:43pm]

[ mood | awake ]

Name- leah rae

Why you're interested in Civil Rights- most folks ain't got em including me and mine, i fight for self-determiation and liberation for all oppressed people

If you could meet any person (activist, etc.), living or dead, who would it be- emma goldman

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[02 Nov 2005|12:15am]

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[24 Oct 2005|01:14am]

I'm sure most of you have already seen this, but I just thought I would post it to those who haven't.



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[30 Sep 2005|01:46pm]


A white farmer was sentenced to life in prison today for killing one of his black workers by throwing him into a lion enclosure in a case that shocked South Africa, which is still grappling with its apartheid past.

 Mark Scott-Crossley, 37, and one of his employees were convicted of attacking Nelson Chisale in with machetes, beating him, tying him up and throwing him over the fence at a lion reserve, where he was devoured


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Eritrea and Ethopia [22 Sep 2005|06:13pm]

According to CNN.com headline Eritrea warns of renewed war with Ethiopia

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- Eritrea warned the United Nations on Wednesday that it might rekindle its border war with Ethiopia if the world body failed to resolve a lingering territorial dispute between the two neighbors.

"I wish to categorically inform the assembly that Eritrea is determined, and has the right, to defend and preserve its territorial integrity by any means possible," Berhane Abrehe, Eritrea's finance minister, told the 191-nation U.N. General Assembly.

"If the United Nations fails to reverse the occupation, it will be as equally responsible as Ethiopia is for any renewed armed conflict and its consequences," he said.

Under a December 2000 peace accord ending their two-year border war that killed more than 70,000 people, Ethiopia and Eritrea agreed to accept the conclusions of an independent panel on where their border should lie.

The commission issued its findings in April 2002 and Eritrea fully accepted them.

But the process of marking out the new boundary broke down after Ethiopia objected that the flashpoint western town of Badme had been awarded to Eritrea. The border war began when Ethiopia accused Eritrea of invading Badme.

"Ethiopia is not only occupying the village of Badme and other sovereign Eritrean territory, but it has and continues to build illegal settlements in these areas with the view to, in [U.N.] Secretary-General Kofi Annan's words, 'creating facts on the ground'," Abrehe said.

The 15-nation U.N. Security Council this month approved a resolution calling on Ethiopia "to accept fully the boundary commission's decision and take the necessary steps to enable the commission to demarcate the border completely and promptly."

It expressed the council's intent to continue to monitor the peace process and stated that Ethiopia and Eritrea bear primary responsibility for implementing their peace agreement.

The resolution also extended for another six months the mandate of a U.N. peacekeeping mission that monitors a buffer zone between the two Horn of Africa nations after Annan told the council the protracted stalemate in the peace process was "inherently destabilizing."
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[18 Sep 2005|05:15pm]


Homicide Charges in Louisiana Drownings; 34 in Nursing Home Died During Katrina Flooding

NEW ORLEANS - The owners of a nursing home were charged Tuesday in the deaths of dozens of patients killed by Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters, the death toll in Louisiana jumped to 423 and President Bush accepted responsibility for the initial sluggish federal response to the disaster.

Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti charged the husband-and- wife owners of St. Rita's nursing home in the town of Chalmette in hard-hit St. Bernard Parish with 34 counts of negligent homicide for not doing more to save their elderly patients.

"The pathetic thing in this case was that [the owners] were asked if they wanted to move them and they did not," Foti said. "They were warned repeatedly that this storm was coming. In effect, their inaction resulted in the deaths of these people."

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Judge Orders Edgar Ray Killen to Prison [09 Sep 2005|05:52pm]


This is good news but, still, I think it is an OUTRAGE that he was allowed to enjoy freedom as long as he did.

YAHOO! story

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[02 Sep 2005|07:03pm]

Newslinks about Katrina and how it relates to People of Color, the impoverished and President Bush.

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CrayonPeople.com [17 Aug 2005|03:05am]


We created Crayon People to act as a place for People of Color to get easy access to news ranging from political articles to current pop culture. Check out the new articles from your own relevant group (Arab, Asian, Black, Latino Desi), but feel free to discuss articles in the People of Color area as well as other groups. Posting comments and discussing the articles is the point to this whole website.

We want people from diverse backgrounds to converse and debate in a constructive environment. So please help us spread the word. We are a non-profit site, so basically that means we have a $0 promotion budget, unlike these other corporation giants. But please let us know what you think. Sign on post some comments and help make this good thing happen:).
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8 more police officers fired in racial incident [25 May 2005|10:07pm]


I found this in blackfolk posted by </a></a>recumbentgoat </font>

Cops may seek separate trials in Milwaukee case

MILWAUKEE - Eight more police officers have been fired in connection with a racially charged beating at a house where off-duty officers were having a party, the police chief said Tuesday.

The firings bring to nine the number of officers who have lost their jobs over the incident in October.

Frank Jude Jr., 26, has said he was beaten by men who identified themselves as off-duty officers and accused him of stealing a police badge and wallet. He said the men punched, kicked and choked him while using a racial slur.

Jude is biracial, and all eight officers fired are white. No badge was found on Jude, and he was never charged with theft. The incident inflamed tensions between the police department and the city’s black residents.

The eight officers were accused by the department of either joining in the beating or witnessing it and not trying to stop it.

Those fired include three officers charged with crimes for their alleged involvement: Jon Bartlett, Daniel Masarik and Andrew Spengler, Police Chief Nan Hegerty said. The party was at Spengler’s house.

The police chief already had fired one officer for refusing to answer department investigators’ questions about the attack. Four officers have also been suspended or demoted in the case.

Bartlett’s attorney, Bridget Boyle-Saxton, said it was unfair to fire Bartlett before his legal case was heard. She said Bartlett would appeal the firing.

The police department said the off-duty officers were permitted to talk to each other and roam around the scene after the beating, violating basic protocol for control of crime scenes.

Defense attorneys have said they will ask to move the case out of town and seek separate trials for each officer.

*Wow. Guess those cops got the surprise of their lives when they realized they were beating on cops. Country is crazy.*

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Yearbook identifies student as "Black girl" [24 May 2005|10:13pm]

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[11 May 2005|10:19pm]


I am highly upset! Maybe its just because I've read her autobiography, ok yea thats definatly it. But its just so clear to me that this woman is innocent. The only crime she committed was being a strong black woman in america. 


 U.S. Government Declares $1 Million Bounty For Assata Shakur, Tupac's Godmother
By Houston Williams

Date: 5/2/2005 6:00 PM

The federal government has announced a $1 million bounty for the capture of fugitive JoAnne Chesimard, who is widely known as Assata Shakur. Assata, who is also Tupac’s godmother, has lived in Cuba nearly 30 years after escaping a maximum security jail.

Today [May 2] represents the 32nd anniversary of a notorious clash between members of the Black Liberation Army and the New Jersey state troopers. At the end of the conflict, two were dead and two were incarcerated, including Assata.

Rappers like Paris and Common have written sympathetic, reflective songs about Assata [“Assata’s Song” and “A Song For Assata” respectively]. Common explained his support of Shakur.

“The reason I was even connected to this woman is because of her humanity and her passion for people,” the Chicago native told AllHipHop.com. “And when I met her on a Black August trip four years ago and I learned she was innocent and that all the pain and hate that had been placed upon her, she'd overcome. There's no way than anyone in this world should want to harm her. She’s such a beautiful human being.”

Accounts of that fateful day vary. On May 2 1973, New Jersey State Trooper James Harper pulled over Assata, Zayd Shakur and Sundiata Acoli for an apparent broken taillight on their vehicle.

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The new guy [11 May 2005|03:39pm]


Hey there, found this community on another comm...forgot which one..somebody promoted it.


Name: Sam C.

why are u interested in civil rights: It's the pattern of our society, without it we would be lost, and I feel its a travesty when some choose to ignore the civil rights of another human being.

The person I would like to meet is Marcus Garvey, because he tried to teach people to be independent, and had some very bold ideas and ventures. and he did it all with having barely an elementary education...proof, that u dont need to have degrees in everything to achieve, and be somebody.

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The Revolution Won't be Televised... [10 May 2005|07:32pm]
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Gill Scott Heron once said the revolution wont be televised, if the revolution wont be televised, it would be mental but do we honestly believe our people are ready for such a step up, many of us have our heads stuck so far up our asses we neglect to see the postions that we are in, we neglect to see the resources we lack, we neglect to see the hidden discrimination with commericals like popeyes showing a sambo, pickanniny looking character, we have dropped our hertiage and the Queen infront of our names.... When will the revolution be.. where will it be, and how will it, cause i don't see it coming anytime soon..


oh btw, i made this community an icon, i need to find it one sec.. i'll post it when i do

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Found in another community, worth the read [03 May 2005|05:51pm]

When Black Fear Becomes White Lies
When Black Fear Becomes White Lies
By Keith Boykin
April 27, 2005 12:11 PM
in sexuality

Univ. of Cinn. posterIt was bound to happen. With all the hype and hysteria about black men on the down low, it was inevitable that white people would start thinking the same thing -- that black men ain't shit. If black women and the black media have already convicted black men of being sexual predators, why shouldn't a few racist white college students do the same?

That's exactly what happened at the University of Cincinnati this month when a group of white students, calling themselves the National Alliance, posted fliers on campus warning students not to have sex with black people.

The fliers, which were distributed on campus and featured in the school newspaper as an advertisement, read "Don't Have Sex With Blacks - Avoid AIDS." They featured a Willie Horton-style mug shot of NuShawn Williams, an upstate New York man who was convicted several years ago of having sex with underage white females after he learned he was HIV positive.

The fliers also misstate several alleged facts about the AIDS epidemic. "According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Blacks aged 12 to 24 account for 63 percent of all new AIDS cases," the flier claims. That's just not true.

Blacks make up 50 percent of all new AIDS cases, not 63 percent. But it's hard to blame racist white people for getting the facts wrong when well-meaning black people do the same thing everyday when we talk about the down low. "Down low expert" J.L. King and others repeatedly claim that black women make up 68 percent of all new AIDS cases. That too is false (how can black women make up 68 percent of all new AIDS cases when black people as a whole only make up 50 percent of new AIDS cases?), but the media repeatedly report King's misinformation as gospel truth.

As someone once said, a lie can be halfway around the world before the truth even has time to tie its shoes. That is certainly what is happening with the lies about AIDS and the black community. And it's not at all surprising to see these lies repeated in the white community when you realize that black people have already allowed a few profiteers in our midst to make a quick buck by demonizing black men.

So what do these racist fliers say? "Don't be the next victim," they warn. Very much the same message that the down low demonizers communicate when they warn black women to distrust black men. "A recent survey has shown that HIV positive blacks are less likely to tell their sexual partners of their infection than any other racial group," the flier claims. The same misinformed message is used frequently in the black community to explain why black women should not trust black men.

We were only fooling ourselves if we thought we could have carried on a dialogue that openly criticized black men without experiencing any consequences in the larger society. As I have said all along, the down low story not only demonizes black men as predators, it also stigmatizes black women as diseased and undesirable. Notice the fliers in Cincinnati warn whites not to have sex with blacks of any gender, not just black men. Black women are also harmed by these negative stereotypes.

I hope the open-minded students at the University of Cincinnati are able to put a stop to the distribution of these racist fliers on campus. But even more importantly, I hope that my brothers and sisters in the black community will see this incident and finally put an end to our own racial vilification of black men, and especially toward black men with HIV.


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Man who fought WW II internment dies [03 Apr 2005|12:07am]

Fred Korematsu a symbol of civil rights for Japanese

SAN FRANCISCO - Fred Korematsu, who became a symbol of civil rights for challenging the World War II internment orders that sent 120,000 Japanese Americans to government camps, has died. He was 86.

Korematsu died Wednesday of respiratory illness at his daughter’s home in Larkspur, said his attorney Dale Minami.

“He had a very strong will,” Minami said. “He was like our Rosa Parks. He took an unpopular stand at a critical point in our history.”

After finally getting his conviction overturned in the early 1980s for opposing internment orders during the war, Korematsu helped win a national apology and reparations for internment camp survivors and their families in 1988. Read more...Collapse )
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[01 Apr 2005|12:40am]

It amazes me that  "the most heinous collective crime ever perpetuated against African-Americans" in the state of Ga may not even get justice even after almost 59 years.   http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&ncid=519&e=11&u=/ap/20050331/ap_on_re_us/lynching_justice
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RIP Johnnie Cochran [29 Mar 2005|10:55pm]

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Johnnie Cochran died at age 67 tuesday of a brain tumor. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7330234/?GT1=6305 Here is an article. I wish I could find an aritcle that focused more on what he did for the community than the OJ Simpson trial. If anyone happens to find one could you please put it in the comments? Thanx.

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