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.
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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:
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.