Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Address on Removal of Four Confederate Statues

On Friday, May 19, 2017, Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivered an address about the City of New Orleans’ efforts to remove monuments that prominently celebrate the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy.” The statues were erected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the “Cult of the Lost Cause,” a movement recognized across the South as celebrating and promoting white supremacy.

There are four prominent monuments in question. The Battle of Liberty Place monument was erected by the Crescent City White League to remember the deadly insurrection led by white supremacists against the City’s racially integrated police department and government. The Jefferson Davis statue on Jefferson Davis Parkway, the P.G.T. Beauregard equestrian statue on Esplanade Avenue at the entrance to City Park, and the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle.

Source: Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu | City of New Orleans

'The Fall' (The Donald J. Trump Show) by Mumia Abu Jamal

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Source: Prison Radio

President Trump Address at Israel Museum

President Trump delivered a speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. He began with a call to U.S. allies to help defeat radical ideologies following the terrorist attack at a concert in Manchester, England.

Source: C-SPAN

Former CIA Director John Brennan on Russia and the 2016 Elections

Source: C-SPAN

DNI Director Declines to Comment on Whether President Asked Him to Push Back Against FBI Probe

DNI Director Dan Coats declines to comment publicly on a Washington Post story that President Trump asked him to push back agains the FBI's Russia probe. "It's not appropriate for me to comment publicly on any of this," he says. He also adds that such leaks jeopoardize lives."

Source: C-SPAN

Governor Cuomo Announces Aggressive Plan to Combat Long-Term Crisis at Penn Station

This video was published on YouTube on May 23, 2017. 

Governor Cuomo announced an aggressive action plan to address New York’s transportation challenges starting with the near-term crisis at Penn Station and the ripple effect it will have on the entire transit system.

Source: NYGovCuomo

The Power of the Black Woman

This video was published on YouTube on April 5, 2017. 

Ramona Smith "The Ladybug Speaker" gives the women of Hiram College a bit of knowledge about the power that lies within the Black woman.

Source:  Ladybug Speaker

Dr. John Henrik Clarke - The Slave Trade

A Song for the Soul: 'War' by Bob Marley

Trailblazers in Black History: Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745–1799) was born in Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean, the son of George Bologne de Saint-Georges, a wealthy planter, and an African slave named Nanon. Although his father also had many white children, he took a special liking to Joseph, and in 1753 took his son, age seven, to France, where he began his education in a variety of arts including fencing.

According to the son of the fencing master La Boëssière, “At 15 his [Saint-Georges’] progress was so rapid, that he was already beating the best swordsmen, and at 17 he developed the greatest speed imaginable.”

He was still a student when he publicly defeated Alexandre Picard, a renowned fencing-master in Rouen who had foolishly referred to Saint-Georges as “Boëssière’s mulatto.” Heny Angelo, son of the famous Domenico (and a highly reputed fencing master in his own right) often went to fence with Saint-Georges while in Paris, and wrote about him in his memoirs:

“No man ever united so much suppleness with so much strength. He excelled in all the bodily exercises in which he engaged…He was a skillful horseman and remarkable shot; he rarely missed his aim when his pistol was once before the mark…but the art in which he surpassed all his contemporaries and predecessors was fencing...."

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Source: The Greatest African-American and Afro-American Martial Artists in History

Maryland Stabbing Death Investigated as Possible Hate Crime

Freddie Gray Death: Several Baltimore Officers Face Termination After Internal Investigation: Reports

Several Baltimore police officers involved in the Freddie Gray case are facing termination after an internal investigation found they committed administrative violations in their handling of the 25-year-old's death, according to reports.

An internal inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Gray's 2015 in-custody death found five of the six officers involved violated internal protocol, according to NBC WBAL-TV in Baltimore.

For three of the officers, the violations were enough to merit termination, the Baltimore Sun first reported. 

O.J. Simpson Will Have July Parole Hearing

by Mike Florio

The Juice could be loose, again.

Via Andrew Blankstein and Daniella Silva of NBC News, Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson will have a parole hearing in July. He has served nine years of a 33-year sentence on charges arising from a bungled effort to reclaim memorabilia that he believed was stolen from him.

Some contend the Nevada justice system threw the book at Simpson due to the perception that he got away with a double murder in California, with the alleged killing of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and Ronald Goldman.

The key question regarding Simpson’s potential freedom will be whether and to what extent discretion may be exercised by the parole board. That discretion will allow anyone who thinks he should be serving life without parole for the 1994 killings to justify keeping him behind bars for more of that 33-year term.

Source: NBC Sports (Pro Football Talk) 

Five Jurors Selected for Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial

PITTSBURGH — Five of the 12 men and women who will decide Bill Cosby's fate were selected Monday on the first day of jury selection in his sexual assault trial.

The anonymous jurors empaneled so far are a middle-aged white woman, a middle-aged white man with a relative who is a sexual assault survivor, a younger white man, an elderly white man and a white woman who appeared to be in her 30s.

In a case where the defense has claimed racism is a factor, it's noteworthy that three black women were questioned, but none of them were chosen. The judge struck two of them from the panel — one because she said she had a strong opinion and another for hardship — and the prosecution used a peremptory challenge to remove a third. 

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Conservative Reps Urge Trump to Fire NIH Chief Francis Collins Over Stem Cells

A group of conservative members of Congress wrote President Donald Trump Monday, urging him to fire National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins because he is not pro-life enough.

They specifically object to Collins's support of stem cell research and the use of human embryos in scientific research. 

The 41 House members who signed the letter describe themselves as "staunchly pro-life members of Congress". They oppose abortion rights and some scientific research involving human embryos.  

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Trump Budget Would Cut Safety Net Programs, Boost Defense Spending

President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal includes sweeping cuts to social spending for low-income Americans, including entitlement programs that the president promised to protect as a candidate, while boosting defense spending.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney briefed reporters on the blueprint Monday, which seeks to eliminate the deficit in 10 years while avoiding cuts to Medicare and Social Security retirement benefits. The full budget is scheduled to come out on Tuesday morning.

"This is, I think, the first time in a long time the administration has written a budget through the eyes of the people paying the taxes," Mulvaney told reporters.

It would accomplish its savings goals via deep cuts to other safety-net programs. At the same time, it assumes that the White House's agenda of repealing Obamacare, reforming the tax code and investing in infrastructure will become law and unleash an economic boom that would further reduce deficits by $2 trillion over the next decade.