19th of September 2016- Apartheid, Racism, Slavery- Alive and Well.

A short introduction video to the Palestinian/Israel conflict.

Another day here in California. Away from the genocide, the destruction, and Apartheid taking place in the middle east (all with the consent of my countrymen and government.)

It sure is a drag. which weighs down on me every single day.

It is 2016 and what civilization has fought for so long to expel, things such as racism and genocide, apartheid, discrimination, war- are all today thriving.

The bombs are still dropping. The drones are still striking. The corporations are still pulling the strings of the puppet politicians. The masses are still hypnotized in every aspect of their lives.

Will any of this ever change? What can stop this super power government from funding more brutal occupation?

Idk where im going with this. But It is something I need to express.

19/9/16

 

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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.

 

 

Free Time In the USA

What am I supposed to do with all of this newly acquired summer free time I suddenly have??

I have no bills to pay, no school to go to, and no real problems facing me!! (i still live with my parents- one problem facing me is their struggles and suffering.)

There is so much to do in Orange County. Why cant i think of something? Anything?? I know! I’ll go for a hike in Santiago Canyon and do some reconnecting with mother nature!

In this part of the world, there is a real disconnection with anything real. We find somethings that are “real” in the every day dynamics of our lives, such as communicating with loved ones or connecting with strangers, or allowing our minds to become relaxed by doing an activity we love to do. But other than those moments, most of our lives spent in society is working: working to get a pay check or working to maintain the status quo.

You have to be aware of where your mind is at. you have to try and view your mind as a psychologists would: what your drives are, what your desires are, what your thinking about and how your feeling.

Free-time can be spent reconnecting with your Self. Or it can be wasted with distraction- a leading away from things that cannot be taken away, such as peace.

Drones- April and May 2015

White House officials and Barack Obama have admitted to not knowing who the unmanned  drone was targeting when they killed those two civilians. It’s because usually drones target people who fit a profile, also known as a signature strike. People who “look like terrorists” are killed indiscriminately all of the time. I personally can’t even comprehend the terror people must face because of the fear of drones.

Despite all of the training and practice of weaseling their way out of potentially problematic situations, the presidency can’t squirm out of this one.

The Drought In California- City Of Orange

California drought: “No relief in sight.” By Brian Carrillo

Temperatures are predicted to rise as California leaves the rainy season. The national weather service writes on their website, “After several days of near-seasonal weather early in the week- with highs in the low-to-mid 70s- the winds will turn offshore, allowing dry, hot conditions to press toward the coast and push temperatures to near record levels, about 15 to 20 degrees above normal. On Friday the high will probably edge over 90 degrees in downtown los Angeles.”

Scientists agree that the current drought in California requires everyone to use water consciously.  

  • Chairwomen of the Water Resource Control Board, Felicia Marcus, said that; “We are not seeing the level of stepping up and ringing the alarm bells that the situation warrants.”
  • California average annual rainfall is 13 inches. The rainiest months of the year are Dec through March. Since Oct 1st, downtown Los Angeles has seen 7 ½ inches.
  • Jet propulsion’s laboratory climatologists: “no relief in sight.”

Governor Jerry Brown along with top lawmakers from both parties unveiled a plan that would spend $1 billion on water conservation management:

  • To improve the states water infrastructure
  • Provide emergency assistance to struggling communities
  • Protect wildlife

Brown stopped just short of calling mandatory water rationing. Brown said, “This is a struggle. Something’s we’re going to have to live with. For how long, we’re not sure.”

How the City of Orange is conserving water:

  • Prohibiting the watering or irrigation of landscape between the hours of 9am and 5pm.
  • Watering or irrigation of landscaping is limited to no more than 15 minutes of watering per day per station.
  • Washing down hard or paved surfaces such as driveways, streets, sidewalks, etc. is prohibited.
  • Using water to wash a vehicle is prohibited except by hand-held bucket or hand-held hose equipped with positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle.

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