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.

The Greatest Women I Never Met

The Greatest Women I Never Met

taught me who I was.

before we met face to face

she brushed me off with a shrug.

She saw what I had to say and did not agree

that I was someone in her life that she would like to keep.

The Greatest Women I Never Met broke apart my dream,

that you can do and say what you want and not have to worry about a thing.

Monday September 28th- What are you and I really doing today?

The Blood Moon last night symbolized the transformation of darkness to light- the deepening of blackness to complete obscurity, and then to the eventual unveiling of a bright white light.

We can all be seen as this- life breaks us down and puts a shadow over our mind, and suddenly we are found in a solid black abyss of sorrow and confusion. But from this, a cleansing. We are given the opportunity to resurrect anew.

The hardship of life for each of us is a great opportunity to understand the sorrow of others and why our help is greatly appreciated.


Southern California is going about its regular routine today. People attending to their jobs, students flocking to class and filling the libraries. There is always so much going on it is hard to really understand what kind of progress is being made by our society as a whole.

Some would say we are laying the foundation for a better tomorrow for ourselves and for the next generation, others would say we are fighting injustices and securing the well being of those that are less fortunate than most in today’s society, such as minority groups, the homeless, and orphans.

Whatever we are doing as a whole, however, depends completely on ourselves and how we are reacting to the world around us. While there are people who wish to continue to control the masses, through popular culture and other ego-entertainment, there are those wishing to free others from suffering, those trying to awaken others who are still asleep.

Each day we build upon the efforts of yesterday, and we are always creating and destroying. Ultimately, it depends on ourselves. The greatest work we can afford the world is the work we conduct upon ourselves; the spiritual path of compassion, understanding and love.

When we understand that each of us plays an intrinsic role and we each have a great responsibility, we will all start to make the world a better place, and the collective unconscious will, more and more, begin to heal the wounds made upon this world, the wounds of hate and selfishness.

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi

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Photo by Brian Carrillo: Morning Star, Near Yuma.


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.

Contemplations on the world today

We all need to do our best every day to make the world a better place. there is much sorrow and grief constantly occurring. Only when it is occurring to ourselves do we remember the pain it brings. When we overcome sorrow we feel humbled and we receive new strengths we didn’t believe we had. Let us not forget the trouble brought upon by sorrow. Let us lift the weight of sorrow off of others, because we know how it feels to be in their position.

Let us forget about our selfish desires. Let us remember how to live. let us reconnect with the Earth.

Only when we meditate can we gain a birds eye view of life. By resting in great natural peace we can go about our world with our minds at peace, which will lead to world peace.