Monday, October 31, 2011

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DuBois: 50 Anniversary Call for Papers

Call for Papers, Panels & Posters

W. E. B. Du Bois 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference

W.E.B. Du Bois and the Wings of Atlanta:

A Commemorative Conference at Clark Atlanta University

The year 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of Dr. W.E.B.
Du Bois. On his birthday in February of that year, it is fitting that
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) celebrate his life and scholarship: Dr. Du
Bois wrote his most influential works in the 23 years he spent as a
professor at Atlanta University. Serving as faculty of the Departments of
History and Economics, he taught at Atlanta University from 1897 to 1910,
and then returned from 1934 to 1944 as chair of the Department of
Sociology. Dr. Du Bois also had impact in the area of social work and as a
novelist, poet and short story writer. The W.E.B. Du Bois and the Wings of
Atlanta Conference will serve as a meeting at the crossroads of various
paths of Du Bois’s work. Conference participants will engage in an
interdisciplinary and international introspection of the life, scholarship
and activism of one of the most influential intellectuals of the 20th

In a four-day conference, beginning on February 20, 2013 and concluding on
Du Bois’s birthday of February 23, Clark Atlanta University will host
panels that highlight his countless contributions, especially those
produced in the 23 years of his tenure. Central works to be discussed
include the Phylon journal (founded in 1940) and the Atlanta University
Publications (which he directed 1898-1914), where he covered topics
including African Americans in higher education, art, the Black church,
urbanization, health, business, economics, and race relations in Georgia.
Books published while in Atlanta are also central to the CAU discussion:
The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Black Reconstruction (1935) and Dusk of
Dawn: An Essay toward and Autobiography of a Race Concept, the second of
his three autobiographies (1940).

The Wings of Atlanta conference seeks to bring together local,
national and international scholars to explore themes in Dr. Du
Bois’s publications and collected papers in order to illuminate his
experiences at Fisk University, Harvard University, University of
Berlin, Atlanta University, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, New York,
Chicago, Ghana and other areas where Du Bois lived and worked.
Especially welcome are panels addressing the multitude of Du Boisian
intellectual legacies and implications of his myriad research

This conference will be held as a conclusion to the year-long W. E.
B. Du Bois Major Works Seminar Series hosted by the Clark Atlanta
University Office of the President, Office of the Provost, School of
Arts and Sciences, and the Department of History. The W.E.B. Du Bois
and the Wings of Atlanta Conference, held on CAU’s campus, offers a
uniquely significant locale from which to commemorate, interrogate,
and celebrate the life and work of this exquisitely educated and
distinctly complex man.

As interest is wide but space limited, individual conference papers will
be considered, but panels of 4-6 papers will be given preference. Panel
proposals should be no more than 4 pages long and individual paper
proposals no more than 2 pages. Panel submissions must identify the panel
chair, names, phone numbers, email addresses, and institutional
affiliation information for the chair and all panelists.

One-page proposals for undergraduate and graduate student posters are also

Send proposals to Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans at

For questions or additional information, call Dr. Evans at 404-880-6352.

Conference proposals will be accepted between January 1, 2012 and July 1,

Acceptance notification: August 15, 2012.

Excerpt from “Of the Wings of Atlanta,” chapter five in The Souls of Black
Folk (1903) The function of the university is not simply to teach
bread-winning, or to furnish teachers for the public schools, or to be a
center of polite society; it is, above all, to be the organ of that fine
adjustment which forms the secret of civilization.

CAU History Department Website:

Call For Proposals PDF:

CAU History Department Facebook Page:

2012 W.E.B. Du Bois Major Works Seminar Series

In 2012, Clark Atlanta University will host a year-long reading seminar on
the major works of W.E.B. Du Bois.

The CAU President, Provost, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and
Chair of the Department of History will engage in a sustained
consideration of Du Boisian texts in preparation for the 2013 On the Wings
of Atlanta Commemorative Conference. We encourage scholars of all levels
to join the CAU campus, Atlanta University Center, and Atlanta-metro
institutions in a nation-wide Sankofa sojourn into the writing of the most
profound, relevant and complex scholar of our generation.

Spring 2012

The Souls of Black Folk (1903); The Gift of Black Folk (1924)

February 24, 2012 RACE RESEARCH
The Study of the Negro Problems (1898); The Philadelphia Negro (1899);
Bibliography of the Negro American (1905); Select Discussion of Race
Problems (1916)

March 23, 2012 CRIME & HEALTH
Some Notes on Negro Crime, Particularly in Georgia (1904); Health and
Physique (1906)

April 27, 2012 LITERATURE & ART
The Quest of the Silver Fleece (1911); Dark Princess: A Romance (1928);
The Negro Artisan (1902 & 1912)

Fall 2012

The Autobiographies-- Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil
(1920), Dusk of Dawn: An
Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept (1940), and The
Autobiography of W. E. Burghardt Du Bois (1968)

August 31, 2012 AFRICA
The World and Africa, an Inquiry into the Part Which Africa Has Played in
World History (1946/1965); Africa, Its Geography, People and Products: Its
Place in Modern History (1930)

John Brown: A Biography (1909); Black Reconstruction: An Essay toward a
History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct
Democracy in America, 1860-1880 (1935)

October 26, 2012 CHURCH, FAMILY & UPLIFT
Some Efforts of American Negroes for Their Own Social Betterment (1897 &
1909); Morals and Manners (1914); The Negro Church (1903); The Family

November 23, 2012 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
The Negro in Business (1899); Business and Business Education (1947,
Joseph Pierce Ed.); Economic Cooperation (1907 & 1917)

January 23, 2013 EDUCATION
College Bred Negro (1900 & 1910); The Common School (1901 & 1911)

February 22, 2013 BLACK FOLK, THEN & NOW
The Negro (1915); Black Folk, Then and Now (1939)

Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans
Chair, Department of History
Dual Associate Professor, History and African American/Africana Women's
Clark Atlanta University
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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FYI...just be aware

"The following executive orders, now recorded in the federal registry, and therefore accepted by Congress as the law of the land, and hereby put into affect and enforced until which time The Crisis is declared over. Order 10995 informs us that all communications media is seized by the federal government. Order 10997 mandates the seizure of all electrical and atomic power, and fuels, including gasoline and minerals. Order 10998 mandates the seizure of all food resources, farms, and farm equipment. Order 10999 mandates the seizure of all kinds of transportation, including your personal car, and control of all highways and seaports. Order 11000 mandates the seizure of all civilians for work under federal supervision. Order 11001 mandates the federal takeover of infrastructure including health, education and welfare. Order 11002 empowers the postmaster general to register every man woman and child in the states formerly known as United. Order 11003 mandates the seizure of all aircraft and airports by the federal management. 11004 mandates the managers of housing and finance to shift population from one locality to another to expedite integration. Order 11005 mandates the seizure of railroads, inland waterways, and storage facilities. Order 11051 gives the Director of the office of emergency planning authority to put executive orders into effect in times of increased international tension, domestic instability, or financial crisis. He is also to perform such additional functions as the Order may direct."

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Communties United Against Police Brutality newsletter

Communities United Against Police Brutality
October 19, 2011
Saturday, October 22
7:00 p.m.
Meet at Peavey Plaza
11th and Nicollet, downtown Minneapolis
From community members beaten, Tased and murdered with impunity to protesters spied on, beaten and arrested in the streets, police brutality, misconduct and abuse of authority is a national epidemic. Stand up with survivors of police brutality. Stand up with the families of people who have been killed by police. Stand up for the right to protest and resist.

October 22 is the national day of protest against police brutality, with activities happening in dozens of cities across the country. Be part of the action in Minneapolis.

We will march and engage in copwatch at hotspots where police often harass and brutalize people. Bring a camera or pad and paper. Wear warm clothes. WEAR BLACK!
As you probably know, a movement to reclaim this country for the 99% of people who aren't banksters and corporate fat cats has swept this country, starting on Wall Street and spreading to Main Streets in over 900 cities across the country. For our part, CUAPB has had copwatchers on the scene in downtown Minneapolis during key nodal points in the local occupation, including during last week's challenge to the anti-camping laws. While doing this, we have spotted at least a few undercover cops among the crowd.

Just as with any movement, people have to learn anew lessons from past movements and understand how these lessons apply to modern times and technologies. Here we have a snitch deciding that the OWS movement poses such a threat to the status quo that he is spying on them--spying on a movement that has it's meeting in an open park. Nonetheless, while the movement remains transparent, this kind of spying poses real dangers to the organizers involved. Let's not forget the important lessons we learned from COINTELPRO.

Meet the Guy Who Snitched on Occupy Wall Street to the FBI and NYPD

The Occupy Wall Street protests have been going on for a month. And it seems the FBI and NYPD have had help tracking protesters' moves thanks to a conservative computer security expert who gained access to one of the group's internal mailing lists, and then handed over information on the group's plans to authorities and corporations targeted by protesters.

Since the Occupy Wall Street protest began on September 17, New York security consultant Thomas Ryan has been waging a campaign to infiltrate and discredit the movement. Ryan says he's done contract work for the U.S. Army and he brags on his blog that he leads "a team called Black Cell, a team of the most-highly trained and capable physical, threat and cyber security professionals in the world." But over the past few weeks, he and his computer security buddies have been spending time covertly attending Occupy Wall Street meetings, monitoring organizers' social media accounts, and hanging out with protesters in Lower Manhattan.

Full size As part of their intelligence-gathering operation, the group gained access to a listserv used by Occupy Wall Street organizers called September17discuss. On September17discuss, organizers hash out tactics and plan events, conduct post-mortems of media appearances, and trade the latest protest gossip. On Friday, Ryan leaked thousands of September17discuss emails to conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who is now using them to try to smear Occupy Wall Street as an anarchist conspiracy to disrupt global markets.

What may much more alarming to Occupy Wall Street organizers is that while Ryan was monitoring September17discuss, he was forwarding interesting email threads to contacts at the NYPD and FBI, including special agent Jordan T. Loyd, a member of the FBI's New York-based cyber security team.

On September 18th, the day after the protest's start, Ryan forwarded an email exchange between Occupy Wall Street organizers to Loyd. The email exchange is harmless: Organizers discuss how they need to increase union participation in the protest. "We need more outreach to workers. The best way to do that is by showing solidarity with them," writes organizer Jackie DiSalvo in the thread. She then lists a group of potential unions to work with.

Another organizer named Conor responds: "+1,000,000 to Jackie's proposal on working people/union struggles outreach and solidarity. Also, why not invite people to protest Troy Davis's execution date at Liberty Plaza this Monday?"

Five minutes after Conor sent his email, Ryan forwarded the thread­with no additional comment­to Loyd's FBI email address. "Thanks!" Loyd responded. He cc'd his colleague named Ilhwan Yum, a fellow cybersecurity expert at the agency, on the reply.

On September 26th, Ryan forwarded another email thread to Agent Loyd. But this time he clued in the NYPD as well, sending the email to Dennis Dragos, a detective with the NYPD Computer Crimes Squad.

The NYPD might have been very grateful he did so, since it involved a proposed demonstration outside NYPD headquarters at 1 Police Plaza. In the thread, organizers debated whether to crash an upcoming press conference planned by marijuana advocates to celebrate NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly ordering officers to halt arrests over possession of small amounts of marijuana.

"Should we bring some folks from Liberty Plaza to chant "SHAME" for the NYPD's recent brutalities on Thursday night for the Troy Davis and Saturday for the Occupy Wall Street march?" asked one person in the email thread. (That past Saturday, the video of NYPD officer Anthony Bologna pepper-spraying a protester had gone viral.) Ryan promptly forwarded the email thread to Loyd at the FBI and Dragos at the NYPD.

Interestingly, it was Ryan who revealed himself as a snitch. We learned of these emails from the archive Ryan leaked yesterday in the hopes of undermining the Occupy Wall Street movement. In assembling the archive of September17discuss emails, it appears he accidentally included some of his own forwarded emails indicating he was ratting out organizers.

"I don't know, I just put everything I had into one big package," Ryan said when asked how the emails ended up in the file posted to Andrew Breitbart's blog. Some security expert.

But Ryan didn't just tip off the authorities. He was also giving information to companies as well. When protesters discussed demonstrating in front of morning shows like Today and Good Morning America, Ryan quickly forwarded the thread to Mark Farrell, the chief security officer at Comcast, the parent company of NBC Universal.

Ryan wrote:
Since you are the CSO, I am not sure of your role in NBC since COMCAST owns them. There is a huge protest in New York call "Occupy Wall Street". Here is an email of stunts that they will try to pull on the TODAY show.
We have been heavily monitoring Occupy Wall Street, and Anonymous.
"Thanks Tom," Farrell responded. "I'll pass this to my counterpart at NBCU."

Did the FBI and/or NYPD ask him to monitor Occupy Wall Street? Was he just forwarding the emails on out of the goodness of his heart? In a phone interview with us, Ryan denied being an informant. "I do not work with the FBI," he said.

Ryan said he knows Loyd through their mutual involvement in the Open Web Application Security Project, a non-profit computer security group of which Ryan is a board member. Ryan said he sent the emails to Loyd unsolicited simply because "everyone's curious" about Occupy Wall Street, and he had a ground-eye view. "Jordan never asked me for anything."

Was he sending every email he got to the authorities? Ryan said he couldn't remember how many he'd passed on to the FBI or NYPD, or other third parties. Later he said that he only forwarded the two emails we noticed, detailed above.

But even if he'd been sending them on regularly, they were probably of limited use to the authorities. Most of the real organizing at Occupy Wall Street happens face-to-face, according to David Graeber, who was one of the earliest organizers. "We did some practical work on [the email list] at first­I think that's where I first proposed the "we are the 99%" motto­but mainly it's just an expressive forum," he wrote in an email. "No one would seriously discuss a plan to do something covert or dangerous on such a list."

But regardless of how many emails Ryan sent­or whether Loyd ever asked Ryan to spy on Occupy Wall Street­Loyd was almost certainly interested in the emails he received. Loyd has helped hunt down members of the hacktivist collective Anonymous, and he and his colleagues in the FBI's cyber security squad have been monitoring their involvement in Occupy Wall Street.

At a New York cyber security conference one day before the protest began, Loyd cited Occupy Wall Street as an example of a "newly emerging threat to U.S. information systems." (In the lead-up to Occupy Wall Street, Anonymous had issued threats against the New York Stock Exchange.) He told the assembled crowd the FBI has been "monitoring the event on cyberspace and are preparing to meet it with physical security," according to a New York Institute of Technology press release.

We contacted Loyd to ask about his relationship with Ryan and if any of the information Ryan passed along was of any use to the agency. He declined to answer questions and referred us to the FBI's press office. We'll post an update if we hear back from them.

We asked Ryan again this morning about how closely he was working with the authorities. Again, he claimed it was only these two emails, which is unlikely given he forwarded them to the FBI and NYPD without providing any context or explaining where he'd gotten them.

And he detailed his rationale for assisting the NYPD:
My respect for FDNY & NYPD stems from them risking their lives to save mine when my house was on fire in sunset park when I was 8 yrs old. Also, for them risking their lives and saving many family and friends during 9/11.
Don't you find it Ironic that out of all the NYPD involved with the protest, [protesters] have only targeted the ones with Black Ribbons, given to them for their bravery during 9/11?
I am sorry if we see things differently, I try to look at everything as a whole and in patterns. Everything we do in life and happens in life, there is a pattern behind it.
October 17, 2011

A new smartphone app bills itself as a useful tool for the hundreds of boisterous Occupy Seattle protesters at Westlake Park and other locations throughout the world.

The "I'm Getting Arrested" app, created by Quadrant 2, provides a one-click button on your phone that you can press when you know arrest is imminent.

Once you hit the big red bull's-eye, a prewritten text message will be sent to your mom, your lawyer or any other contact you might want to help you out.

The app can also be used to quickly send any other message to a group of people.

The app has a 4.5 star rating and is "free to the other 99 percent," Quadrant 2 said in its Android Market app description.
David Protess
October 17, 2011

[Editor's Note: Large numbers of men of color in the Chicago area were falsely convicted of a range of serious crimes because of torture by a police unit under the command of Jon Burge. Foot-dragging by local prosecutors allowed the statute of limitations to run out and Burge was never prosecuted for crimes related to the torture but was convicted of lying to Federal investigators about it. The "Burge scandal" has resulted in many men--who spent decades in prison for crimes they didn't commit--being released. Some entered prison as teens, denying them education they need to survive outside of prison. Courts are engaged in legal gymnastics to deny payment to these men, in an attempt to limit the costs of the system's own wrongdoing. Minnesota does not have a law requiring compensation for wrongly convicted people.]

If you're convicted of a crime you didn't commit, good luck getting compensation for your time behind bars.

Take the case of Eric Caine. Last week, I wrote about Caine, a Chicago man tortured by police under the command of Lt. Jon Burge, wrongfully convicted of a double murder, and finally freed last March after 25 years of prison hell -- only to be legally screwed once again.

The latest travesty: a Cook County judge on October 12th rejected Caine's request for the certificate of innocence necessary to ensure compensation for his unjust imprisonment, a tidy sum of $199,000 that would have helped the penniless Caine start a new life.

Judge Michael McHale's interpretation of the state law governing such certificates was worthy of the Queen of Hearts in Alice's Wonderland. "Petitioner [Caine] must prove his innocence independent of the fact that the State currently has no evidence against him for the crimes for which he was originally tried," McHale opined. Caine's lawyers may ask the judge to stop reading Lewis Carroll and reconsider his decision, or file an appeal.

Unfortunately, Caine is not alone. Meet Nathson Fields.

Fields and another man were charged with a 1984 double homicide on Chicago's South Side. The trial judge, Thomas J. Maloney, didn't care whether Fields and his co-defendant were innocent. But the judge was perfectly willing to find them not guilty -- in exchange for a $10,000 bribe from the co-defendant's lawyer. The lawyer delivered the cash, and things were looking up.

Trouble was, Maloney discovered he was under investigation by the FBI and prudently returned the money. To further cover his tracks, Maloney found Fields & Co. guilty -- and sentenced them to death.

It turned out poorly for everyone. As the two men languished on Death Row, Maloney was convicted of conspiracy to commit extortion and obstruction of justice for fixing cases, and the lawyer was convicted of bribery.

The principals remained locked up until Fields won a new trial. He eventually was released on bond, breathing free air for the first time in 18 years. In 2009, a judge finally acquitted Fields in a bench trial. This time the verdict was legit.

Seeking restitution, Fields requested a certificate of innocence to qualify for the six figures he was owed under state law. The not guilty verdict convinced a Cook Co. judge to approve the certificate, and last year Fields got his check from the state.

But unhappy prosecutors appealed, and on September 30th a three-judge panel ruled that finding reasonable doubt at Field's re-trial wasn't good enough for him to collect. Now Fields will have to prove his true innocence -- or he could be forced to return the money.

Under the circumstances, what are wrongfully convicted prisoners like Eric Caine and Nathson Fields supposed to do? Confined most of their lives for crimes they did not commit, should they be saddled with law enforcement's job -- to track down the actual killers? From eight-by-twelve prison cells?

As for DNA, the magic bullet in undisputed exonerations, expecting to find it at most crime scenes is a television myth. (Sorry, CSI fans.) New alibi evidence is unlikely to emerge decades later. Recanting witnesses? Cook Co. prosecutors are threatening them with perjury for changing their stories.

Judges like Michael McHale in Caine's case, and the appellate justices in Fields' case, say they are simply following the letter of the law that compensates exonerated prisoners. Prove your innocence (or starve).

To some extent, they are right. Illinois lawmakers must amend the statute by guaranteeing funds to prisoners who are found not guilty, or whose convictions are vacated, or whose indictments are dropped. It would be inexcusable not to enact these simple remedies.

On the other hand, judges shouldn't be so quick to pass the buck. The current law recognizes that "... the court, in exercising its discretion... shall, in the interest of justice, give due consideration to difficulties of proof caused by the passage of time, the death or unavailability of witnesses, the destruction of evidence or other factors not caused by such persons or those acting on their behalf." So judges, many of whom were prosecutors (including McHale), are selectively interpreting the law.

The result is that only a handful of certificates of innocence have been approved in Cook Co., while many who should qualify are deterred from filing because of the way our state's law has been written and applied.

Nationally, the situation is worse. Only 27 states compensate innocent prisoners, and many of these states have laws with more hurdles than Illinois'.

What can you do? Plenty. Judges are elected in Illinois. If you don't believe they are acting "in the interest of justice," remember them when you go to the polls. State legislators are also elected. Support those who vote for legislation that is just. For a litmus test, tell your elected representatives about the plight of Eric Caine and Nathson Fields. More broadly, demand passage of the model legislation proposed by The Innocence Project.

Meanwhile, scream about a system that pays torturer Jon Burge his monthly $3,000 police pension while he is in prison, but robs the innocent of the restitution they deserve.
Communities United Against Police Brutality
3100 16th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867)
Meetings: Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Walker Church, 3104 16th Avenue South

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Don't just OCCUPY Wall St...BOYCOTT IT!

Don't Just Occupy Wall St....BoYCOTT it.

Rashard Zanders – Mpls, MN – Today's the usually innocuous Mpls Star-Tribune featured an editorial by a Hudson, WI resident that articulates clearly where the very imperative OCCUPY Movement needs to go next:

Richard Lerch wrote “Please American workers and consumers, take the issue to the next level. It started in the 1990s with the establishment of NAFTA. This action gave corporate executives the venue to acquire cheap labor at the cost of American middle-class workers. Next came executive compensation rewards for increasing stock values rather than actual productivity. The elimination of American workers and production facilities soon followed. It can be tracked as to leading to today's economic quandary.

“The next step should be an action plan that would affect corporate executives where it seems to hurt most – their personal pocketbooks. This can be attained not through regulation, but by boycotting those corporations that continue to show disregard for American workers and the economy of the United States for the enhancement of their own welfare. In order to succeed, they still need the support of American consumers.”

While I might argue that the problems are older than NAFTA, Mr. Lerch's point is indisputable. The military industrial complex has and continues to fracture the social contract for their profits at the expense of the the rest of society. In the 50's spurned on by the defiance of Ms. Rosa Parks, MLK and southern Blacks showed what a disempowered community can do when they shut down the Montgomery, AL public transit system by refusing to be consumers. This revolutionary action is needed today, and needs to be expanded against all Fortune 500/1000/5000 companies that profit off the US like leaches, while leaving the economy, society, and our political system in states of disrepair. The blood of the beast is green. We must go for the jugular. Besides, dollars not spent with racist or apathetic businesses is more that goes to rebuild our community's foundations.
It is the responsibility of all of us who had so earnestly believed hope and change was possible, to generate it from within ourselves, by choosing not to be blind consumers.

Rashard Zanders is a freelance writer, teacher and musician. The nazi-fication of America and its institutions is an ongoing thesis with him. He can be reached at

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Communties United Against Police Brutality newsletter

Communities United Against Police Brutality
September 18, 2011
September 24
Walker Church, 3100 16th Ave S, Minneapolis
The economy and other demands have taken a toll on our movement, preventing many who wanted to attend our conference from being able to travel to Minneapolis. Therefore, we are cutting back on the conference schedule to fit it down to one day. BUT WHAT AN ACTION-PACKED DAY IT WILL BE--with a wonderful keynote speaker, great workshops and lots of discussions and sharing! To make the day-long conference affordable to as many people as possible, we are no longer charging a registration fee to attend.

To kick off the conference, we will hold a fundraiser on Friday, September 23. QNITED will help to raise the funds needed for an investigator and other expenses to allow the family of Quincy D'Shaun Smith to fight for justice for his death at the hands of the Minneapolis police. You may recall that Quincy was tased by five cops at the same time, causing 250,000 volts of electricity to pass through his body, killing him. One of the cops involved was being sued by Quincy for a previous tasing incident.

Friday, September 23
7:00 p.m. - QNITED: A fundraiser for Justice for Quincy Smith (local man killed by Minneapolis police)
10:00 p.m. The Nicollet, 1931 Nicollet Ave (Nicollet at Franklin), Minneapolis
Performers include Guante, Tou Saiko Lee, Biter Fighters, Rob Weekend, Spunk D
Suggested donation $5-$10 with all funds raised going to an investigator and other expenses to help the Smith family as they seek justice for the murder of Quincy Smith by Minneapolis cops. Quincy was well-known as Q the Blacksmith, a popular DJ on KMOJ radio. He leaves behind a child who was only a few months old at the time of his death.

Saturday, September 24
8:30 a.m. Light breakfast
9:00 a.m. Keynote by Michael Novick: Building a Culture of Resistance Against Police Abuse of Power: Decolonization and Liberation
Michael Novick, editor of "Turning the Tide: Journal of Anti-Racist Action, Research & Education" and author of "White Lies White Power: The Fight Against White Supremacy and Reactionary Violence," moderates the "Stop Police Abuse Now!" list on yahoogroups. He has been involved in numerous efforts against police racism and abuse of power for decades, most recently including the LA Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant, and has been a supporter of Michael Zinzun's campaign for community control over the police, Long Beach and LA Copwatch projects, and the Black Riders Liberation Party "Watch-a-Pig" Program. He is committed to applying the self-critical lessons of history to developing a successful strategy for liberation under 21st Century conditions of oppression and repression.
10:45 a.m. Breakout session I
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Stand Up and Speak Out: Mark the Year Anniversary of FBI Raids on Local Peace Activists!
2911 Park Ave. S. Minneapolis
Event to mark one-year anniversary of FBI raids on antiwar and international solidarity activists. On the dawn of September 24, 2010, the FBI simultaneously raided 7 homes of peace activists in Minneapolis and Chicago and the MN Anti-War Committee’s office. They mobilized over 70 agents and seized thousands of pages of documents, cell phones, computers and personal objects. Most of the activists’ property is still held by the government a year later. So far, 23 Midwest anti-war and international solidarity activists have been subpoenaed to testify at a secret grand jury investigation of the peace movement. On September 24th we will mark one year of solidarity and resistance with protest. One year later no one has testified and no one is in jail. But our struggle isn’t over! Join us in demanding End the Grand Jury! End the Repression of Anti-War Activists! Return their Property Now!
2:30 p.m. Breakout session II
4:15 p.m. Breakout session III
6:00 p.m. Plenary session to plan for future actions

Proposed workshops include:
*De-legitimizing the Police State, Legitimizing Resistance (presented by Michael Novick)
*Coalition building across communities
*Attacks on dissent­addressing NORTHCOM and other national plans to “suppress civil unrest”
*Police interactions with people labeled with psychiatric disabilities
*Using the legal system to challenge police brutality
*Novel approaches to increasing community oversight of police
*Resisting attacks on copwatchers
*Jail support and court support
*Supporting survivors of police brutality and the families of stolen lives
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Sensational photos with an object in the sky. Planet X or Nibiru on approach to Earth ?

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Study shows nation's largest racial disparity for unemployment in Minneapolis | Minnesota Public Radio News

Study shows nation's largest racial disparity for unemployment in Minneapolis | Minnesota Public Radio News:

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Factbox: Bachmann's misstatements on campaign trail | Reuters

Factbox: Bachmann's misstatements on campaign trail | Reuters:

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touches just a few of her political gaffes. Never has one so dumb been given a pass so wide by the mainstream media.

Geithner Ignored Obama Order to Plan for Citigroup Wind Down - Businessweek

Clinton Popularity Prompts Buyer’s Remorse - Bloomberg

Clinton Popularity Prompts Buyer’s Remorse - Bloomberg:

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Former cops: The drug cartels are winning | The Raw Story

Former cops: The drug cartels are winning | The Raw Story:

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Gov. O’Malley: GOP prolongs economic woes to hurt Obama | Raw Replay

Gov. O’Malley: GOP prolongs economic woes to hurt Obama | Raw Replay:

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Ron Paul: Africa has famines because they aren’t capitalists | Raw Replay


really Ron? You're beginning to sound as senile as another Ron(ald)....

AFP: China paper warns US against Palestinian UN veto

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cheney thumbs nose at rule of law, US citizenry

The Dick Cheney “Memoir” In My Life...I was a chickenhawk!”

By Rashard Zanders, MN – Shameless. Vile. Vulgar. These are just some of the kinder words that come to mind when I read excerpts from the former vice-president – a “man” who on five separate occasions deferred the opportunity to serve his country in time of war. A man who decades later would become the Secretary of Defense despite his lack of Semper Fi with those who did actually fight, serve and die. What Cheney's memoir manages to do is reveal once and for all that often times the road to war is paved most ardently by chickenhawks like himself.

And he is deserving of the term. He is both cowardly and hypocritical. Here is a politicrat who strongly supports (and profits from) wars and other military interventions, yet he “actively avoided military service” when he was of an age to do so. But that's not the worst of it. The worst part is that this blowhard now wants all the world to deem him some kind of great fighter against terrorism. It seems the point of his manuscript is to laud himself as a great military mind, an architect of a war precipitated largely as a false-flag event designed to limit American civil liberties, bankrupt our economy, and enslave us all under a corporate-military industrial complex.

But the term war wimp also equally applies to one of the most powerful chickenhawks to attain the second highest political office in the United States. Not only is/was Dick Cheney all too willing to advocate for others to go off, fight and maybe die at war, while avoiding the whole nasty business himself. You'd think that the media would be inclined to limit war wimp/chickenhawk howls, but he is given celebrity status in a mainstream media that turned its duties away from investigating myriad alleged war crimes perpetrated by the Bush/ administration.*

The war crimes angle is what separates Cheney from one's perception of the average war wimp/chicken hawk. A normal chickenhawk advocates sending others off to wars they would never literally be caught dead in. The Cheney/Bush administration did that plus invaded Iraq, which was not linked to the attacks on US soil on 9/11, and then lied about the reasons for the Iraq invasion, never finding alleged weapons of mass destruction. Need more detailed proofs? As long ago as May 2004 Thom Stephens and John Philo wrote an article called, “The War Crimes of Bush, Cheney and Company,” an open letter to Rep. John Conyers to lead efforts to appoint a special counsel to investigate the US executive branch of government and their co-conspirators:

“The subject matter of this proposed investigation is the conduct of the so-called "war on terrorism," and the illegal and catastrophic US war of aggression against Iraq. Specifically, we believe that these individuals and others conspired to commit war crimes, crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, and to cover up their wrongdoing in connection with these crimes. These crimes include systematic violations of fundamental human rights guaranteed by the UN Charter, the Geneva Conventions, the Convention on Torture, the Alien Tort Claims Act, lying to Congress and to other federal officials, and violations of other laws, treaties and obligations, including internal regulations of the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice.”

Bill van Auken wrote for the Socialist World Website in May 2008 concerning a 370 page US Justice Department Inspector General's report that revealed the Federal Bureau of Investigation had officially created a “War Crimes” file that detailed human rights abuses/violations witnessed during interrogations at Guantanomo Bay prison camp operated by the US offshore in Cuba. The Bureau was soon ordered by the administration to cease writing the reports. Auken goes on to write that his site, along with other human rights groups “has long insisted that the actions of the Bush administration—the launching of wars of aggression, assassinations, the abduction and detention of civilians without trial and, most repugnant of all, torture—constitute war crimes under any legitimate interpretation of longstanding international statutes and treaties.

See also:

Pinochet Cheney (Pinochet being a verb in this case)

And then today August 31, 2011 Dick Polman's column ( ) was picked up by several news outlets and highlights the disdain the former VP fostered for prominent members of his and Bush's war room, and the growing schism Cheney's memoir has wedged between former teammates in his administration, particularly against former defense secreatary and Joint Chiefs Chair Colin Powel and his top aide, Lawrence Wilkerson (actual soldiers). Titled “Colin Powell, collateral damage” Cheney's book takes many swipes at Powell for “undermining” President Bush.

In recent days Powell and Wilkerson have both lashed back dramatically, with Wilkerson pledging that he would like to testify against the former VP if he were ever “Pinocheted”, that being a reference to Chile waiting for an entire generation to revisit the human rights abuses of former dictator, US ally and puppet Augustus Pinochet and persecuting him well into his nineties. Wilkerson's choice of words especially resonated with me because it was my own father, unseen by my eyes since I was seven years old, who was the US State Departments' scapegoat in 1973 when evidence first began to circulate the the US was directly and indirectly responsible for the assassination of Pinochet's democratically-elected socialist predecessor Salvador Allende, murdered on 9/11 of that year in a coup that would not have happened without US involvement. From the artilce: “Yet there is a strong and plausible case showing that the U.S. was not involved in the military's coup. Administration officials issued unqualified denials of U.S. complicity—perhaps suspect in light of recent revelations about, say, the secret bombing of Cambodia in 1969 and 1970. There were equally strong denials from leaders of the junta that their coup had outside help. Most tellingly, the CIA called the Centaur plan a hoax.
U.S. intelligence sources contended that the documents outlining the purported plot were circulated in Mexico by one Richard Alexander Zander, 31, an ex-convict and accused kidnaper who fled the U.S. last month while on parole from McNeil Island federal penitentiary in Washington State, where he had served time for transporting stolen goods. A U.S. court has issued a warrant for his arrest as a fugitive from justice.” (,9171,942702,00.html

Since then US involvement in the destabilization of a democratically elected socialist government as since been confirmed multiple times over.

Forgive my digression but it seemed apt to mention Pinochet/Allende' and my dad's involvement because the above quote is all I got from him for a legacy: sensitivity to repetitive US government malfeasance that has become the norm rather than the exception. And a war wimp/chickenhawk as malevolent to the rule of law, human rights and civil decency as Dick Cheney has been, reflects poorly on the US. I doubt that the current President, who is distant cousins to both Bush and Cheney, has the will to restore the American brand in the eyes of the rest of the world, its own citizens, and the warriors who either via draft or volunteerism, served their nation with integrity. A virtue that the former bombastic braggart we call former VP Dick Cheney has in scant supply, if any. Let's hope that the courage displayed by former aide Wilkerson snowballs into an avalanche that the mainstream media can no longer ignore.

(Rashard Zanders is a freelance writer, editor, musician and adult basic education teacher living somewhere in the Midwest with two cats)

Israeli columnist fired for speaking out for Palestinians' right to resist

Damn, even Powell's people thought Cheney a nazi...

....a chickenhawk nazi

Monday, August 22, 2011

Obama: Our self-inflicted wound

BEST Theory or rather, “Black Electoral Success Theory” supposed in the aftermath of the Civil Rights struggle, that the US electoral system, and the proliferation of African American candidates and elected officials, would provide Blacks a path to economic and social parity with mainstream society: “You don't need the bullet when you've got the ballot.” President Obama is the latest example of the failure of the this hypothesis, and validates Audre Lourde's maxim that "The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house" .

How did it get to be that in 2011 the wealth, health and education chasms between African Americans and their national peers become so vast, so gaping that Black family income is 20 times LESS than whites? How is this possible after over four decades of electoral successes nationwide in urban, congressional and state politics? The disparities which continue to be a part of Black life in contrast to the lives of other ethnic groups calls call into question the viability of this electoral system, and more importantly, issues of our place, or lack thereof, in this society despite our contributions edifying it.

One could argue that this President inherited the economic turmoil, wars, and class divisions exacerbated by the previous Bush/Cheney Administration; one could argue that this president faced and obstructionist Congress ensconced in overt/covert ideology that would never let a Black man succeed at the presidency of the United States of America; or one could argue that this president's policies haven't had time to take hold and he needs another four years to set the house in order. But you'd be wrong.

This president is the one who surrounded himself with the same, business as usual characters to run our finances and our treasury; Geitner and Bernanke are of the system of bankers and financial experts that caused our global economic catastrophe in the first place. That should have been a warning sign right there.

Other red flags were raised during the Bush/Cheney administration, when then Senator Obama along with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and the congress they led offered no articles of impeachment against an administration that had lied the nation into war, looted the treasury, remains reasonably suspicious of complicity in 9/11, to list just a few very investigatable/impeachable offenses against the American public. Impeachment is one of the best processes we have to protect against political abuse by the elite, and that trio threw that very necessary option, like the public one NOT in Obama's health care plan, under the bus.

And now, In the pre-election fury leading up to 2012, the president must contend with a new beerhall pautch in the form of a “Tea Party” that is largely of his (and Reid and Pelosi's ) making. By failing the call the criminal adminsitration that ran this country down the drain on the carpet, the Dems now find themselves on that very carpet....see Obama in August 2008.

It was the candidate Obama who put on the vest of social democracy, and spewed out the rhetoric of hope and change; not the throngs who lined the streets to fill auditoriums to hear his message. Obama used the language and ideas of a civil rights struggle he now seems resentful to be reminded of. Which points to a conundrumof historic proportions for the community Obama professes to be of. The malaise flowing through this president's electoral base emanates from the source, not our political naitivity.

Rashard Zanders

Monday, August 15, 2011

See...Marx WAS right!

As a critic of capitalism he was dead on!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Black Agenda Report: The Obama Catastrophe

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford:

"After two and a half years of waging war against the Left half of his own party, while seeking a “Grand Consensus” with the GOP, President Obama has finally set “in motion a rolling implosion of Roosevelt’s New Deal and Johnson’s Great Society.” The final vote on the debt ceiling measure – actually a ruse to impose savage cuts in social spending – saw a substantial portion of the Congressional Black Caucus put the president’s prestige above their constituents’ vital interests. Ninety-five House Democrats, including 15 Black Caucus members, “voted for the certainty of losing trillions of dollars for tens of millions of needy citizens, rather than risk the possibility of unknown financial dislocations.”

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Alternet: When Yes we can became No I won't

Alternet: HS denies Black valedictorian, elevates white runner up

Alternet blog:

In the Age of Obama, where white racial resentment is naked and driving the Tea Party GOP, I shutter to think that there may be a segment of the public that sees the racial wealth gap as a non-issue, and perhaps even a good thing, as “blacks” and “minorities” shouldn’t be doing too well in a time when White America is struggling.

In sum, race is the modality in which class is lived in America.

Alternet: wealth disparity worsens between whites, others

Way to shrink that gap Mr. President.....(Chicagoan my ass!)

Many pockets of US culture are celebrating this data, btw.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

World Governments grovelled to this guy?

"The bumbling, pathetic, forgetful fool who sat there unable to answer any questions about his own company in yesterday's hearing, is the bloke all our governments have been grovelling to for the last 30 years" .....


Thursday, July 07, 2011

Prison labor thriving under Walker in Wisconsin the expense of union workers who where previously law-abiding citizens...

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Alternet: Militarization of Police accelerating

Interesting and informative piece --though about 20 years late....

Monday, June 20, 2011

American genocide revisited: Survivors of '21 Tulsa terrorism against Blacks hope for remembrance of grim event

this article,while illuminating an the event, doesn't attempt to dig into its causes: simply put....the whites of tulsa were violently envious of Blacks' economic success. This is also the first time a state launched an airborne projectiles at US citizens.


New Orleans Police face trial in citizen deaths

Workday MN: Hundreds rally for jobs,infrastructure investment

....I doubt we'll see much investment coming from the criminal, bailed-out elite. They have an emotional motivation in weakening the middle class,and imprisoning the poorest.

Is anyone keeping count of how many innocent lives we're losing to this "wonderful" tech?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

RAWSTORY: Don't call them "post-racial"


Dj Smooth analyzes LeBron and the paradox of fandom

Excellent analysis.....Sports doesn't matter....unless we collectively believe it does...

Obama: Laughing off the misery the rest of us feel

This is another poor reflection on this President despite the source. There's something similar in Obama's indifference to the job crisis and Lebron's infamous comments about the "rest of us" in the aftermath of the Heat's NBA Title choke.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Alternet: former world leaders criticize drug war: too little too late

"When historians look back on this era, they'll marvel at the degree of delusion that led lawmakers and the media to focus relentless energy on the deficit while turning a blind eye to the economic pain being felt by a majority of our citizens."

Joshua Holland

Alternet: 9 signs we may be in a depression

I will never forgive Obama, Reid, and Pelosi for coddling, thus nurturing the right wing nutcases of the GOP/tea party masses.

Police out of contol, terrorizing the nation

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Are We All Black Americans Now? | The Nation

Are We All Black Americans Now? | The Nation: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

an article more apropos for 2001...better late than, oh f#$@ it!

The Great Wells of Manning Marable | The Nation

The Great Wells of Manning Marable | The Nation:

MANNING MARABLE: in memory of a great man

Malcolm X Biographer Dies on Eve of a Revealing Work -

Mr. Marable has had a profound impact on my life....a documentarian and historian of the first order whose insights diverge from status quo interpretations of history. His books, articles an lectures (including serveral at the UW-Madison Union in the between 90-95...provided a philosophic prism that I and many others continue to view the world through. A passing far too early. This saddens me...

How Slavery Really Ended in America -

How Slavery Really Ended in America - nytimes

Friday, February 11, 2011

   :      Information Clearing House: ICH

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Lew Rockwell, writing for Infoclearinghouse, about his testimony against the FED.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011


Communities United Against Police Brutality
February 5, 2011

The notice below is from the Juvenile Justice Coalition of Minnesota (JJC). Please take action on this. We cannot let the legislature turn 10 year olds into adults in the criminal justice system. It would be especially great if folks could attend this hearing on Thursday.

If you think there are issues with racial and economic bias in the adult justice system, these are greatly magnified in the juvenile justice system, where kids don't even have the right to have the assistance of their parents or the lawyer of their choice. Not only that, but if they get certified for EJJ (extended juvenile jurisdiction) there isn't even a defined sentence for the offense. If the child "acts out" while in custody, the child can be held until age 18. We know of a case in which a young man was sentenced to juvenile detention on a first offense for a minor shoplifting incident at age 12 and because of EJJ he ended up incarcerated until age 18. If he had been an adult, he would have served no more than three months.

The proposed reactionary legislation puts a "law and order" spin to dealing with troubled youth. This is the wrong approach, doesn't work and in this modern age, we know better.

HF 306 known as "Emily's Law" is scheduled for a hearing with the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee for this Thursday, February 10th from 10:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 10 at the State Office Building. It is the only bill on the agenda at this time. Here is the agenda. COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE - Feb.10.doc
Several individuals have indicated a willingness to testify against this legislation.

Please contact your legislators and/or committee members. This bill creates a new "violent offender" category that would allow youth as young as age 10 who commit those offenses to be certified as an adult or given EJJ status. The existing age is 14.

Here is a link to the bill.

Here is a link to the committee members

Communities United Against Police Brutality
3100 16th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867)
Meetings: Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Walker Church, 3104 16th Avenue South

Ron Paul holds first hearing to scrutinize Fed | Raw Story

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World -Haiti preps for return of Aristide

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David Cameron's scapegoating of Muslims will have a chilling, toxic impact | Seumas Milne | Comment is free | The Guardian

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

"THe CIA taught us EVeryThing"

Read about one of the cia's own trained terrorists, and how our government protects him.

Revisited: Torture INc, America's Brutal Prisons (PBS)

Chicago's most torturous cop may face prison!

This would go a lil ways in restoring a lil faith in the "Just-Us" system

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Workers get another chance to unionize at Jimmy Johns

Fair enough, since the owners engaged in union busting intimidation.