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.

 

 

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BDS is a war Israel can’t win — caged but undaunted

BDS is a war Israel can’t win Israel’s apologists would call the BDS campaign “immoral”, but the slander is laughably false. By Stanley L Cohen Israeli think-tank fellow Yossi Klein Halevi, writing recently in the Los Angeles Times would have American readers believe that the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement is “immoral” and threatens the peace of […]

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Update

Disclaimer: (post is full of personal bias and my own perspective)

Bernie sanders wins Indiana primary. If he can become the democratic nominee, then he would definitely win over trump in the final election.

There are simply too many right minded people to vote Trump into office.

Well, at least I hope so.

Hilary and Bernie are neck and neck- Hilary with the support of the mega-rich, upper class and upper middle class, and Bernie with the “millennials” and more liberal Americans. this has been a very “entertaining” election, perhaps the most so in the last two decades.

And how does this concern me? Well, i personally believe having anyone but Bernie would be catastrophic.

Hilary- Aside from her unquestionable allegiance to Israel, she has many flaws that stand out to me. Her warmongering approach, her disconnect with the vast majority of Americans.

Trump- Racist.

Bernie- Not perfect. But hes at least pointing this massive ship towards the shores of real progress.

Well, I am going to be writing more.

Goodnight.

 

 

Feb 1st, 2016- Speaking about Leonard day 1

Today I went to the circle of Orange and talked to people about Leonard Peltier.

Well, I sat with a sign that read, “Who is Leonard Peltier?” and spoke to people here and there, and gave out little cards that have information on how to learn about him and how to help him.

It was the first time I have ever gone out and supported him. I am going to do what I did today, everyday. I hope to get better at articulating myself the more I speak to people about him, as I am sure that is what happens.

Til tomorrow,

B

 

 

@Cariofoto- Instagram Photo Documentation

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Cariofoto is my instagram page.

I use it to share what the people of California look like, rich and poor.

California holds an unbelievable array of people. A center point of the globe. Its appealing climate draws in people from across the US as well as the world.

It is another “street photography” instagram, though I never ask for permission. I don’t enjoy ruining the candidness of individuals. And so I take photos without permission and the subject unknowingly being subjected.

I also try to make each photo appealing in its composition. The lighting and subjects are something I consider when taking the photo, for those who noticed the photos aren’t always shitty.

Cariofoto is photo documentation.