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10 Cruel Things American Cities Do To Keep Homeless From Sleeping, Eating

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April V. Taylor London isn’t the only city taking to extreme measures to prevent homeless people from being able to sleep, eat or care for themselves; many cities in the United States are in on the action too.  The National Alliance to End Homeless estimates that on any given night, there are 610,042 homeless people on the streets of American cities.  Each year, 1.5 million children find themselves homeless in…

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What Your Social Studies Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Slavery

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April V. Taylor The new book, “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery And The Making of American Capitalism,” by Edward Baptist has incited an onslaught of controversy regarding his examination of the slavery and suffering of generations of Black people who were bought and sold and the economic wealth and power that was made possible from their exploitation.  Baptist is a history professor at Cornell University, and his new…

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Amnesty International Declares Michael Brown’s Death A Human Rights Abuse

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April V. Taylor For the first time in the history of the United States, Amnesty International has documented human rights abuses on American soil.  The report entitled, “On The Streets of America: Human Rights Abuses In Ferguson,” declares Michael Brown’s death a human rights abuse and also highlights abuses that include police reactions to protesters and racist policing tactics across the country. Specifically regarding Officer Wilson killing unarmed teenager Michael…

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Slavery Sympathizing School Board President Prank Calls From the “Office of Pre-Emptive Reparations”

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Parents in Pennsylvania are demanding the resignation of school board president Brad Rigler. PennLive.com reports that many parents believe racially inflammatory YouTube videos posted by Rigler call into question  Rigler’s fitness to remain in a leadership position at the school board. A petition calling on Rigler to resign has garnered over 600 signatures, but although Rigler has apologized to anyone he offended, he has refused to step down. Last Friday,…

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Thousands March Against Police Killing, Imprisoning American Citizens on National Day of Action

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Ferguson Officials Preparing Public For No Indictment Through Leaked Documents

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April V. Taylor As Ferguson residents and people all over the country anxiously await the decision of the grand jury on whether or not Officer Darren Wilson will be indicted for the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, it appears that officials are using leaked documents to prepare the public for an indictment not to be returned.  After a series of leaks through Twitter, the most recent leak of an…

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What Does The Supreme Court Say About Police Killing Unarmed Civilians?

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April V. Taylor The fact that the overwhelming majority of police officers who kill unarmed, surrendered civilians are never convicted of any crime makes one wonder what the law says about whether or not this act is legal or not.  The recent killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has caused many across the country to focus on the issue of police killing and has revealed that incomplete…

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Proof The American Dream Doesn’t Exist For Most Poor People

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April V. Taylor According to the ideology we are sold about the American Dream, America is supposed to be a country of limitless opportunity where any person, no matter what their socioeconomic status, can work hard enough and based on their own individual merit accomplish anything they want to.  According to this ideology, a person gets out of life what they put into it based on their own innate ability,…

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White People Riot Over Pumpkins, Illustrate White Privilege And Media Bias

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April V. Taylor For anyone truly paying attention, it is no secret how white supremacy and privilege structures how mainstream media reports and frames events in the United States.  The weekend yielded a perfect and unsettling example of just how pervasive this bias and privilege is when white college students from Keene State College rioted and destroyed property during the school’s annual Pumpkinfest.  Twitter lit up with people mocking white…

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Dr Boyce Watkins: 5 reasons every black man should own his own business

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Born to a 17-year old single mother and placed in special education as a child, Dr. Boyce Watkins has risen above the obstacles to become one of the leading black scholars in the world today. In college, he was the Wall Street Journal Outstanding Graduating Senior in Finance with a triple major in Finance, Economics and Business Management.  He went on to earn a Masters Degree in Mathematical Statistics and…

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Cornel West Helps Protesters Get Past Police In Riot Gear To Occupy St. Louis University

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April V. Taylor After giving a rousing address at Chaifez Arena, Dr. Cornel West joined Ferguson October protests that occurred late Sunday evening into Monday morning.  After marching and organizing all weekend along with others, there were many who felt that the thousands of people who filled the arena to hear religious platitudes and take advantage of a free opportunity to hear Dr. West needed to do more than just…

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VIDEO Of Dr. Cornel West Being Man Handled By Cops In Ferguson

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April V. Taylor After Dr. Cornel West embraced the young people leading the movement in Ferguson on Sunday during Ferguson October, he stood with them in acts of civil disobedience on Monday.  As a respected activist, author and Black intellectual, Dr. West’s presence helped mend a divide between young people and the older generation.  Many young leaders felt that adults were hijacking their efforts, trying to present a polished face…

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#FergusonOctober Protesters Shut Down St. Louis Rams Game

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April V. Taylor After a weekend of protests during #FergusonOctober in St. Louis, Missouri that have seen protesters occupy St. Louis University, shut down three Wal-Marts, shut down Hollywood Casino and have Cornel West arrested, protesters have now unfurled banners at a St. Louis Rams Game.  Approximately fifty protesters attended the game with the intent to bring Rams fans, ESPN and sports fans attention to the injustice of a black…

Protesters In St. Louis Shutting Down Hollywood Casino After Shutting Down 3 WalMarts

Protesters In St. Louis Shutting Down Hollywood Casino After Shutting Down 3 WalMarts

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April V. Taylor Protesters are continuing their #MoralMonday protests and preparing to shutdown Hollywood Casino.  To watch live video from multiple protest sites, click the link below: http://www.ustream.tv/z   To follow events live on the ground in St. Louis and Ferguson this, follow me on Twitter.

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Mumia Abu Jamal addresses Ferguson protesters, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez Perform at #HipHop4Justice

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