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Officer Roy Oliver fired for murder of Jordan Edwards but will he be charged?

Police Chief of the Balch Springs Police Department, Jonathan Haber, announced on Tuesday, 2 May, that after conducting an internal affairs inquiry, officer Roy Oliver will be fired after killing 15 year old Jordan Edwards. The incident began when police were called to a party in Balch Springs, Texas on reports of underage drinking. While Jordan Edwards, his two brothers and two friends were leaving the party, shots were fired outside of the house. Teens started to flee the scene in response to the shots and the group started to leave in their car. As they drove away from the party, officer Oliver used his rifle to shoot into the vehicle, striking Edwards in the head and killing him.The group was not involved in the violence and were not intoxicated. Oliver lied about the situation, stating that the vehicle reversed aggressively towards him. The next day, after reviewing the body cameras, the police department recanted this statement stating that the vehicle was actually moving away. To make matters even worse Edwards brothers and friends say they were intimated and aggressively arrested by police after witnessing Edwards death. They were later released.

The Edwards family said in a statement that they were grateful for Chief Haber’s decision, but added that there was “a long road ahead” and called for Mr. Oliver to be arrested on a murder charge. The statement, released by S. Lee Merritt, a lawyer for the family, criticized the department’s treatment of Jordan’s brothers and friends after the shooting. A criminal investigation is currently being conducted by two Dallas County agencies, the sheriff’s department and the district attorney’s office.

Will this murderer be charged? On Tuesday, it was also announced that Michael Slager, the North Charleston cop who shot and killed Walter Scott as he fled, plead guilty to violating Scott’s civil rights. He could face a life sentence but as part of the plea, murder charges were dropped against him. On the other hand, charges will not be filed against the cop who shot and killed Alton Sterling.

I will continue to provide updates on the story in hopes that Jordan Edwards and the cop who murdered him do not get swept underneath the rug. Rest in peace to Jordan Edwards and I hope him, his family and friends get the justice they deserve!

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Unapologetic and Proud: Photos of Women of Color at the Women’s March on Washington

The Women’s March on Washington was a monumental event that not only filled the streets of our Nations capital but the entire country and world including Melbourne, London, Nairobi, Paris and Cape Town. People from different religious affiliations, sexual identities, and ethnicities attended the rally to address dark future of the upcoming presidency. Speakers included newly elected California senator, Kamalah Harris, Angela Davis, America Ferrera, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, Janet Mock, Scarlett Johansson, Van Jones, Michael Moore, and many more.

The diverse group of speakers addressed issues related to African Americans, police brutality, environmental issues, Native American rights, Hispanic American rights, the LGBT community, and more. What wasn’t so diverse were those in attendance. Majority of the 500,000 attendees were white women with pink hats that stereotypically represented women’s rights. I attended the march and felt like a true minority amongst all of these women. Between the, “I’m with her” signs and the “We are all equal” shirts, I wondered if these women really cared about the other women and men that are not only affected by this presidency but have been affected by sexism, racism, xenophobia, ableism and homophobia throughout their lifetime.

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The diverse group of speakers addressed issues related to African Americans, police brutality, environmental issues, Native American rights, Hispanic American rights, the LGBT community, and more. What wasn’t so diverse were those in attendance. Majority of the 500,000 attendees were white women with pink hats that stereotypically represented women’s rights. I attended the march and felt like a true minority amongst all of these women. Between the, “I’m with her” signs and the “We are all equal” shirts, I wondered if these women really cared about the other women and men that are not only affected by this presidency but have been affected by sexism, racism, xenophobia, ableism and homophobia throughout their lifetime.

In this sea of white women, I managed to get beautiful photos of unapologetic women of color and other attendees at the historical march. Check them out below and visit http://www.womensmarch.com for more info on the event.

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Black&Sexy TV debuts web series, Dope Deconstruction

The online streaming network, Black&Sexy TV, premiered their new web-series, Dope Deconstruction this past Sunday with host Shanika (@ShanikaPowell) and Sam (@Slamriddb) who together make Slam Pow Productions. The two have a current podcast entitled, Inner Hoe Uprising, which as they quote is about “Sex, love, and dating from two black polyamorous 20 something’s in NYC. Sounds pretty cool.

Their web series will be a part of Black&Sexy’s #BlackGirlMagicSundays along with the series, Dear Miller. The first episode of Dope Deconstruction features Nigerian artist, activist, and musician Lalou Senbanjo (@laolunyc). Sebanjo’s work, Sacred Art of Ori, originates from Yoruba rituals and some of his clients have been Ibeyi, Alicia Keys, Jidenna, and Beyonce. Tune in every Sunday for new episodes of Deconstruction!

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Today marks 37 years since legendary activist Assata Shakur escaped prison

Today marks 37 years since members of the Black Liberation Army helped activist Assata Shakur escape the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in New Jersey.

In 1973, Shakur was involved in a shootout with two New Jersey troopers. One of the troopers along with a Black Liberation Army member, Zayd Malik Shakur, were killed. Shakur was shot twice in the arm. She was convicted of first degree murder even though evidence proved she was innocent. Shakur was a prominent member of the Black Panther Party and various social movements so the she was under FBI watch.She spent 6 1/2 years in prison until her comrades helped her escape on Nov 2nd, 1979. In 1984, she fled to Cuba where she was granted political asylum.

Since May 2, 2005, the FBI has classified her as a domestic terrorist and offered a $1 million reward for assistance in her capture because they ain’t shit! Kudos to Cuba for keeping her safe.

Support Grows as Standing Rock Protest Continue Against the North Dakota Oil Pipeline

More than a thousand Native Americans and non-native allies across America have traveled to help protect the land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. A multi-billion dollar construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline is scheduled to construct through alleged sacred, ancestral lands and run underneath the Missouri River which is the main water supply for the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. If completed, the pipeline will transfer 470,000 barrels of oil a day from North Dakota to Illinois. Residents are fearful that a mishap could leak oil into their water supply and threaten their health and the environment.

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(Native American residents are confronted by a security team with dogs as they protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline near Cannonball, North Dakota, on September 3. (Getty) )

The project is financed by the Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners and the construction was approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who residents claim did not consult with them before allowing construction.

As of now, U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg has temporarily stopped construction of the pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe requested the stoppage after confrontation rose between residents and construction workers near Lake Oahe after workers allegedly bulldozed sites that were culturally historical to the tribe. The security for the construction have used mace and attack dogs to ward off residents. Boasberg is scheduled to make a decision today, Friday, 9 September. The National Guard has also been called on standby ahead of the judge’s ruling.

Here is a list from thefreethoughtproject.com on ways to help assist the Standing Rock Siox tribe:

1. Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200. When leaving a message stating your thoughts about this subject please be professional.

2. Sign the petition to the White House to Stop DAPL: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/…/stop-construction…

3. Donate to support the Standing Rock Sioux at http://standingrock.org/…/standing-rock-sioux-tribe…/

4. Donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List: http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/

5. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

6. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf

7. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp gofundme account: https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp

8. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903

9. Sign other petitions asking President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here’s the latest to cross my desk – https://act.credoaction.com/sign/NoDAPL

10. Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:

a. Lee Hanse Executive Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6455 Lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com

b. Glenn Emery Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6762 Glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com

c. Michael (Cliff) Waters Lead Analyst Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 1300 Main St. Houston, Texas 77002 Telephone: (713) 989-2404 Michael.Waters@energytransfer.com

 

Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/10-protest-dakota-access-pipeline/#6OgGs493aykeVdvj.99