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08/07/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw

Rep. John Lewis: “I Was Beaten by Police Officers, But I Never Hated Them”

Rep. John Lewis: “I Was Beaten by Police Officers, But I Never Hated Them”

Rep. John Lewis is going out of his way to demonstrate why he got heckled by a group of protesters marching against police brutality.

In the span of two days, two African-American men were fatally shot by police officers. The African-American community is justifiably enraged by these deaths, but instead offering solutions, Lewis took to Twitter (and the podium) to wax poetic about how he thanked the officers who busted him upside the head for being black back in the 1960’s.

“The scars and stains of racism is still deeply embedded in American society,” said Rep. Lewis during an earlier press briefing. Of the police officers who arrested him for the offense of being black, he said “thank you for your service.”

Watch the video below:

 

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06/07/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw

“We Are From the Streets” Says Black Congressman Who Acts as Wall Street’s Unscrupulous Pawn

“We Are From the Streets” Says Black Congressman Who Acts as Wall Street’s Unscrupulous Pawn

by Yvette Carnell

“We are not from the establishment, we are from the streets,” said Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y, speaking at a February event this year announcing the Congressional Black Caucus PAC’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

The PAC isn’t comprised of the “streets” though. As The Intercept reported at the time, the PAC consists of “11 lobbyists, seven elected officials, and two officials who work for the PAC.”

In fact, the only street Meeks has been in for a long while has been Wall Street. Even in those streets, he’s not a player so much as a pawn. Meeks was among a group of swashbuckling, crumb snatchers from the CBC who used their race and position as cover for Wall Street, as the Huffington Post reported:

The assault on Dodd-Frank relies on support from three different groups. The GOP isn’t shy about its antipathy to government regulations, and a pro-business coalition known as the New Democrats has come to its aid. But there is also a third, lesser-known faction: the Congressional Black Caucus. Moore, along with colleagues such as New York’s Gregory Meeks, Georgia’s David Scott, Missouri’s Lacy Clay and Alabama’s Terri Sewell, has pushed for a host of seemingly arcane measures that would undermine Dodd-Frank’s rules on financial derivatives, the complex contracts at the heart of the 2008 meltdown. She is the co-sponsor of multiple measures that would once again allow Wall Street to shift its riskiest transactions out of the view of regulators.

The meltdown of 2008 destroyed the “streets” in the African-American community, eviscerating generational wealth, but Meeks is undermining the streets while pretending to represent them.

This is the con-game too many CBC members run on their constituents.  Meeks threw on his hustle hat again on Wednesday while chiding Sen. Bernie Sanders.  During a meeting between House Democrats and Sen. Sanders, Meeks sprung into action.

“When are you going to run as a Democrat? This is the Democratic Caucus,” Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) thundered at Sanders, according to POLITICO.

The unseemliness of Meeks creating a spectacle of himself on behalf of his benefactors should surprise no one.  In June he blustered to CNN in defense of the gun control “sit-in” that he insisted was not a spectacle. It was a spectacle of the highest order. The gun control “sit-in”  is all but forgotten this week with FBI Director Comey announcing that Hillary Clinton will escape indictment after setting up a private server that she used for government business.

Rep. Meeks and John Lewis wasted the rhetoric and protest strategies of the Civil Rights Movement to benefit corporate Democrats who aren’t the least bit concerned about the plight of African-Americans. The irony here is that someone like Meeks or Lewis should be battling Wall Street on behalf of the poor instead of battling Bernie Sanders on behalf of Wall St.

African-Americans have been relegated to the position of permanent underclass in this country and the only politician who consistently calls attention to income inequality is a white Jewish senator from Vermont, as opposed to a black congressman who claims to represent “the streets.”

Rep. Meeks is not representing the streets with backroom deals that enrich Wall Street, but the streets are beginning to watch him. Maybe this recognition will be the beginning of the end of Pigment Politics, the process whereby African-Americans throw our support behind the most morally deficient candidate on the ballot simply because she or he is “one of us”.

Sanders is fighting against the fat cats on Wall Street, while Rep. Meeks is seeking to stuff his pockets with as much Wall Street cash as he can carry.

Unlike Sen. Sanders, I don’t believe that the Democratic Party can be saved, but if given a choice between Sanders and the black Henchmen for Hillary, I’ll take my chances with Sanders. I’m not swayed by the antics of money-grubbing wanna-be political players who are more interested in getting Hillary Clinton elected than advancing the agenda of the people they represent. I’m not betting on black if that means betting against black people.

You can listen to Meeks babble on about how the sit-in will make a difference for that thing we’ve already forgotten in the clip below. 

 

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05/07/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw

Hillary Clinton Cleared Even Though She Was “Extremely Careless” and Might’ve Leaked Classified Information to “Hostile Actors”

Hillary Clinton Cleared Even Though She Was “Extremely Careless” and Might’ve Leaked Classified Information to “Hostile Actors”

Hillary Clinton just got away with a crime that the FBI director refuses to call a crime.

In a stunning announcement, FBI Director James Comey explained that “although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information”, Hillary Clinton will not be indicted because “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

Keep in mind that this is after Comey revealed that Clinton’s email servers (yes, more than one) contained classified information:

From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent.

And Comey also admitted that he could not rule out the possibility that Hillary Clinton’s actions resulted in “hostile actors” gaining access to her emails:

We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal e-mail extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries. Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.

Still, Comey insists that we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts.”

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Hillary Clinton Cleared Even Though She Was “Extremely Careless” and Might’ve Leaked Classified Information to “Hostile Actors”

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ZeroHedge, however, did find a case that would support bringing charges against Clinton:

According to court documents, Nishimura was a Naval reservist deployed in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008. In his role as a Regional Engineer for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, Nishimura had access to classified briefings and digital records that could only be retained and viewed on authorized government computers. Nishimura, however, caused the materials to be downloaded and stored on his personal, unclassified electronic devices and storage media. He carried such classified materials on his unauthorized media when he traveled off-base in Afghanistan and, ultimately, carried those materials back to the United States at the end of his deployment. In the United States, Nishimura continued to maintain the information on unclassified systems in unauthorized locations, and copied the materials onto at least one additional unauthorized and unclassified system.

Yes, you read right. The FBI charged Nishimuri, 50, for doing the same thing that Hillary Clinton was just cleared of doing. Like Hillary Clinton, Nishimuri had no malicious intent.

Add to that the fact that Hillary Clinton lied about these emails having nothing to do with work:


What we are now faced with is a crisis level of corruption among governmental officials who, regardless of political party, cover each other’s backs while throwing the rest of us to the wolves. Although this case involves Hillary Clintom, the ramifications are far-reaching.

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29/06/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

Black Lives Matter’s Alicia Garza Won’t be Supporting Hillary Clinton in the General Election

Black Lives Matter’s Alicia Garza Won’t be Supporting Hillary Clinton in the General Election

In a February interview with Democracy Now, Darnell Moore of the New York chapter of Black Lives Matter told host Juan Gonzalez that the group wasn’t endorsing anyone:

But in terms of endorsement now, I think withholding an endorsement is a decision that was come to collectively. One, there are folk who are on the streets, who are in the presence of municipal leaders, who are asking very clear things. You know, stop—we want the death of black people by police officers, blue-on-black violence, to stop. These are material realities. We want long-standing, entrenched forms of overpolicing and criminalization to end. And these are not rhetorical flourishings.

 

[tweet_box]Black Lives Matter’s Alicia Garza Won’t be Supporting Hillary Clinton in the General Election

 

[/tweet_box]This is not about leaders who have a type of leadership capacity. This is like, we are needing policy recommendations and bona fide solutions. For instance, there’s clear things that could be put out by candidates. Right—the United States, the federal government, does not have a universal fully how to track—data tracking system for something like police misconduct in 2016. These are like easy wins.

But during a wide ranging interview with ELLE‘s Melissa Harris-Perry, Alicia Garza, one of the most high profile members of the Black Lives Matter group, revealed that she not only voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary, but will not be supporting Hillary Clinton in the general election:

In my state, we do have to have honest conversations about inequality, about race, and neither candidate is doing that. …  I lived through the Clinton years. Incarceration through the roof, the demonization of poor black women, the unraveling of the social safety [net]. … Even though white women actually took advantage of government assistance and whatnot, so then black women were deemed the Cadillac drivin’, hair in rollers, bon-bon eatin’ women with eight kids. And I know sometimes people give a lot of criticism like, well, that was Hillary’s husband’s policies and I am like no, no it’s not like she was sipping tea! She was also campaigning on those policies. 

And Garza isn’t listening to the criticism of those who are trying to fear-monger her into voting for Clinton because the alternative is Donald Trump. According to Garza, activism stands a chance of growing “stronger” if we’re unfortunate enough to end up with Trump as president.

Of course this is ELLE so they discussed shoes, too. Meh.

Watch a selection of the interview below:

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28/06/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

Supreme Court Denies Kwame Kilpatrick’s Appeal, Vacates Ex Virginia Governor’s Corruption Conviction

Supreme Court Denies Kwame Kilpatrick’s Appeal, Vacates Ex Virginia Governor’s Corruption Conviction

by Yvette Carnell

Two corrupt politicians; one black, one white. The black one is serving the longest sentence for political corruption in American history, while the white one was just given a ‘get-out-of-jail-free-card’ by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court decided that even though former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell took gifts from people seeking favors, that in and of itself does not constitute corruption. According to the The New York Times, the Supreme Court “narrowed the definition of what sort of corruption can serve as a basis for prosecution.” 

The Intercept explains what the Supreme Court’s decision means:

McDonnell decision, the Court held that a lower court’s interpretation of quid pro quo defined the quo too broadly, because for McDonnell to run interference for his generous donors with state officials didn’t actually qualify as an “official decision.”

 

In other words, the Court first decided in 2010 that only out-and-out bribes matter, and now it has decided that only a carefully defined subset of bribes qualify.

 

In the McDonnell case, it was proven that Jonnie Williams, the CEO of a dietary supplement company, gave McDonnell an engraved Rolex watch, took McDonnell’s wife Maureen on a $20,000 shopping spree at Louis Vuitton and Oscar de le Renta in New York, loaned the couple over $100,000, and much more. In return, McDonnell set up meetings for Williams with Virginia officials that Williams used to push for the state to fund studies on the effectiveness of his supplements, pestered his staff about it, let Williams throw a product launch lunch at the governor’s mansion, and allowed Williams to add himself and associates to the guest list for a reception for state healthcare leaders. Williams himself testified that the gifts he gave the McDonnells were “a business transaction.”

In freeing McDonnell, the Supreme Court made it harder to pursue corruption cases against all politicians. Prosecutors may choose to retry McDonnell under the stricter corruption guidelines, but that seems unlikely.

While McDonnell and his team were popping champagne bottles, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was probably making peace with spending the rest of his life behind bars.

Kilpatrick’s attorney, Harold Gurewitz, had argued in an appeal on behalf of the disgraced former Detroit mayor that two federal agents were given too much latitude by the trial court in presenting the prosecution’s case against Kilpatrick. Gurewitz had also argued that Kilpatrick had been forced to keep defense attorneys from a firm that was suing him in another lawsuit.

Although the Supreme Court fast-tracked McDonnell’s case, ensuring that he wouldn’t spend any time in prison, Kilpatrick’s case was rejected without comment. Make no mistake, Kilpatrick deserved to be convicted under the previous rules, but what about the stricter guidelines put in place by the Court on behalf of McDonnell? Does Kilpatrick deserve to be serving the longest sentence in political corruption history considering the level of political corruption among the ruling class in this country? Hillary Clinton turned the State Department into her personal ATM and has yet to be brought up on charges.

There are also any number of wrongfully convicted inmates whose appeals will go unanswered by the Supreme Court. In probably the most well known case to date, Troy Davis was executed in Georgia, even though witnesses recanted their testimony. His last ditch effort was rejected by the Supreme Court prior to his execution.

“This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is ‘actually’ innocent. Quite to the contrary, we have repeatedly left that question unresolved,” wrote Antonin Scalia in the 2009 decision that sealed Davis’ fate.

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