Standing Rock Feb 21, 2017- What Today Means

After months of protest and after an incredible amount of injustice towards Native American sisters and brothers, the government has officially declared it will cut off access to the main resistance camp at Standing Rock, Oceti Sakowin, shutting it down, and most likely forcing its inhabitants out.

They are peacefully protesting. They are conducting behavior that is protected by the US constitution. So why are they being treated like criminals and terrorists?

I pray for the water protectors. They are taking on the most difficult battle of all Americans, because they are fighting the Unstoppable Empire, the very beast itself.

What has really changed? This is how they have been treated for many decades. Centuries. Nothing has changed between the relationship of the American government and the original Americans, except in all the ways the American government has deceived its people.

This is what occurs when profits are put before people. When oil flowing through pipes is more important than the lives of people.

This is not an overreaction. This is a very real fight for survival. There water is now in more danger than ever before. Just like our grandmother Earth.

Pray for Standing Rock.

 

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August 15th- News Roundup, Leonard Peltier Week & Muslim targeted hate crimes.

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Today is the first day of Leonard Peltier week. President Obama leaves office in 157 days. So far he has shown the greatest effort to help Native American’s out of any recent US president, and that is why there is such a great effort to get him to grant Leonard executive clemency because if any president were to do it it would be him.

But knowing Obama, there is still little hope he will grant Leonard clemency, unless public pressure becomes so great that it would be foolish to do otherwise.

You can make a donation at whoisleonardpeltier.info – they are asking for $10.00 from each of us.

You can call the white house comment line and leave a comment for the president 202-456-1111.

 

TULSA, OK–  A young American Muslim, Khalid Jabara, was shot and killed, by his neighbor, Vernon Majors. Vernon, who had a history of violence against the same muslim family, was already awaiting trial for allegedly running over the mother of Khalid in his car.

The families official statement of the hate crime and death of their beloved son and brother:

Jabara Family Statement on the Murder of Khalid Jabara
August 15, 2016

On Friday night, our world was shattered when our brother, Khalid Jabara, was murdered on the front porch of our family home. The perpetrator was not unknown to us—he is our neighbor—someone whom we continuously brought to law enforcement’s attention. He killed our brother while awaiting trial for running over our mother, resulting in a broken shoulder, collapsed lung, broken ankle, broken nose, head trauma, and fractured ribs amongst other injuries. Only 30 minutes prior to my brother’s shooting, Khalid called the police stating this man had a gun and that he was scared for what might happen. The police came and told him there was nothing to be done. Minutes later, the suspect murdered our brother with four shots.

My family lived in fear of this man and his hatred for years. Yet in May, not even one year after he ran over our mother and despite our repeated protests, he was released from jail with no conditions on his bond—no ankle monitor, no drug/alcohol testing, nothing.

This suspect had a history of bigotry against our family. He repeatedly attacked our ethnicity and perceived religion, making racist comments. He often called us “dirty Arabs,” “filthy Lebanese,” “Aye-rabs,” and “Mooslems”—a fact highlighted by the Tulsa Police Department who also heard these comments from the suspect. The suspect’s bigotry was not isolated to us alone. He made xenophobic comments about many in our community — “filthy Mexican” and the “n” word were all part of his hateful approach to anyone from a different background.

Today, in our pain, we are also keenly aware that this is not just another murder to be added to crime statistics. Our brother’s death could have been prevented. This man was a known danger. He intentionally tried to kill our mother less than one year ago when he ran her over with his car. Based on his racist comments towards us, he should have been charged with a hate crime then. He should not have been released without monitoring. Yet he was released and put back next door to us, the family he assaulted just months before. This is troubling at any time, but profoundly disturbing given the current climate of our country and the increase nationally in cases of hate crimes.

Our brother Khalid was just 37 years old and had his whole life ahead of him. He was a kind spirit, loving brother, uncle and son. Khalid’s heart was big. He cared for our entire family, our friends and people he didn’t even know. He created every Jabara family joke and filled our lives with love and laughter. All of that has been taken away from us by this hateful man and a system that failed to protect our community.

Press inquiries for the Jabara family may be sent to:
Rebecca Abou-Chedid
202-256-4096
abouchedid.rebecca@gmail.com

 

This sheds light on the increasing negligence by law enforcement across the U.S. to properly address cases of violent hate-crimes towards Muslims. His death could have been prevented. Please share this families story and message.

 

North Dakota– Leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are protesting against the construction of a massive 1,172 mile, 3.8 billion dollar pipeline spanning across 4 states from North Dakota to Illinois.

The developers of the project are now suing the tribe leaders for the safety of the construction workers and law enforcement. Taken from Nativenewsonline.net:

We are working with local law enforcement on this situation to ensure the safety of our employees and the safety of those who live and work in the area.” They went on to add a particularly grim note, saying “We will press charges against anyone who interferes in the construction of the pipeline. Construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline will continue across all four states along the route.” – Dakota Access LLC comment to ThinkProgress, originally published by nativenewsonline.net

It is unclear exactly what means Dakota access law enforcement are using to sabotage the protests of the Native Americans. One protester claimed that their phone service has been disconnected because of planes deployed in the sky meant to disrupt their communication.

 

This concludes today’s new round-up by Brian Carrillo. Follow for more news round-ups and current events shaping our future.

 

 

Hello Orange County!

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Today is Monday and its the first Monday of the new year! People are scurrying off to work and getting used to being on the grind again!

As for me, I sit at home looking for a job over the internet.

I’m a broke, no-job-having ass fool. But hey, I can still speak to people around the world via WordPress right?

I don’t know what I am getting at. I start school in about a month. Hopefully only have one more semester at Fullerton College, a junior college very close to the Cal State Fullerton.

This is the winter time blues alright. my cat just died. that really sucked. here’s a picture of him: Ludwig_2015.JPG

Right now in the news, uhm, well there is a lot going on.

One ‘trending’ story is the so-called patriots that are occupying a federal building in washington. thats garnering a lot of attention.

Saudi Arabia just executed 47 people in one day. Iranians stormed the Saudi embassy and basically burned it down.

Well, I will keep scouring the internet for news and relevant information for your life.

Follow my blog! I typically write about the Southern California area, events, artists, music, skateboarding especially.

Take it easy guys.

Open Letter To The Leaders of Santa Clara County, CA

I read this morning on The Intercept about a recently filed class action lawsuit against the Santa Clara Sheriff Department by the Berkeley-based Prison Law Office.

I decided to write to the council and mayor, Jamie L Mathews, of the city of Santa Clara, deploring the actions of the correctional officers of the Santa Clara County prison system. (they responded and told me to contact the sheriff department. Well, at least now they are aware of the situation, and if they don’t do anything they may be blamed for what the sheriff dept is doing.)

Here is my open letter:

My name is Brian Carrillo and I am a resident of Southern California.

I have recently read about a class action lawsuit involving the Santa Clara Sheriff Department and inmates of California jails who are forced into solitary confinement cells.

These inmates often get less than 3 hours outside of these cells A WEEK. I highly deplore these actions taken by Santa Clara’s Sheriff and I ask that Mayor Jamie L Mathews of the City of Santa Clara address this problem by condemning the use of solitary confinement when it is not absolutely necessary.

This should not be happening anywhere in the world, let alone a place like California and Santa Clara County.

These men who are put into solitary confinement do not pose any serious threat to jail staff and the psychological damage this is inflicting upon them is inhumane. These conditions are similar to the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, where prisoners are forced to coexist with vermin, sleep in the feces of other inmates, and have little to no communication with loved ones.

I hope you seriously consider what I have written to you today and I look forward to seeing the progress made by the leaders of Santa Clara County in the near future in regard to how nonviolent criminals are treated in our correctional facilities here in California.

Sincerely,

Brian Carrillo

 

I suggest readers take a look at the articles written by The Intercept regarding this case and the conditions of inmates of California jails who are forced into solitary confinement.

This Week- Monday Dec 6th

Southern California– Today in the news; more on the two killers in San Bernardino.

They are both Muslims. This is HUGE. do you have any idea of what kind of impact this is going to have on public perceptions of Islam in the US?

How long has it been, really, since we have associated terrorism with Islam, since 9/11?

Well, since then, Americans have increasingly begun to place all Muslim’s into one category; capable of causing great harm and destruction.

Why? because an extremely small portion of the over 1 billion Muslims on this planet have claimed that their acts of terrorism are religiously motivated.

Which, for those who cannot disseminate between radicalized, violent individuals and followers of one of the five major world religions, equals:

all Muslims are somehow connected to terrorism, are extremists and are more likely than any other ethic group or religious group of committing acts of terror.

And you see, the events in San Bernardino, “only confirm this.” it reinforces this stupid yet wide-held belief.

It is my opinion that this is all a ploy.

whose ploy, you ask.

Well, the ploy of those who can gain from this division and isolation of Muslims. Maybe, perhaps, those with an interest to interject themselves into the middle east, home and heart of “the Muslim people.”

Perhaps a minority group being labeled terrorists allows said group to be targeted as the root of our suffering, and their extermination the path to our peace.

More on this later.

April 14th Protests In The U.S.

Stop Mass Incarceration Now is organizing gatherings across the country for April 14th in an attempt to bring real social awareness towards police brutality. From San Diego to New York, SMIN is hoping to “stop the system that gives the green light to killer cops.”

In Los Angeles come to LAPD headquarters @ 1pm

Collateral Murder- Today Marks Five Years

Today marks five years since the release of Collateral Murder– Video footage of a U.S. Apache helicopter firing upon civilians in Iraq. Taken from Wikileak’s YouTube video page: (the footage) shows Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen, driver Saeed Chmagh, and several others as the Apache shoots and kills them in a public square in Eastern Baghdad. They are apparently assumed to be insurgents. After the initial shooting, an unarmed group of adults and children in a minivan arrives on the scene and attempts to transport the wounded. They are fired upon as well. The official statement on this incident initially listed all adults as insurgents and claimed the US military did not know how the deaths ocurred. Wikileaks released this video with transcripts and a package of supporting documents on April 5th 2010