May 2012 Archives
President Obama has appointed John Brennan as the sole person in charge of designating people to be assassinated, calling his drone program "moral, ethical and just"...
It's time to get people everywhere to recognize the NATO summit in Chicago for what it is: not a meeting of US-led peacemakers, but a shameless planning session for high-tech, state-sponsored murder. On May 20 and 21 the biggest war criminals in the world will be convening HERE, and the eyes of the world will be on Chicago.
Can we seize this opportunity to turn the tables on NATO and the smug US leadership that thinks it can get away with anything? YES! - but only with YOUR participation and support. The World Can't Wait will be mobilizing to bring people from around the country to Chicago to join us in these protests.
International media must see thousands of us demanding that our governments stop committing war of aggression. Help us make that happen. With you involved, we CAN change the fate of our world.
Calendar of events here
c/o the Center for Constitutional Rights:
Today, a federal judge granted class certification in a lawsuit challenging the New York Police Department's (NYPD) stop-and-frisk practices as unconstitutional and racially discriminatory. The ruling will allow all persons unlawfully stopped and frisked since January 2005 to be plaintiffs in the lawsuit. In 2011, the NYPD reported a record 685,724 stops--a 600 percent increase since Raymond Kelly took over as NYPD commissioner in 2002. Eighty-four percent of those stopped were Black or Latino, and 88 percent of persons stopped were not arrested, nor did they receive summonses. The numbers for the first quarter of 2012 show yet another record rate of stops--over 203,500 between January and March, an average of 2,200 per day. At the current rate, the NYPD is on track to stop over 730,000 New Yorkers this year--more than 40,000 stops over the record-setting annual stops in 2011.The lawsuit is and challenges stop-and-frisk as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, which prohibits racially-discriminatory policing, as well as a violation of the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures. Floyd stems from the Center for Constitutional Rights' landmark racial profiling case, Daniels, et al. v. City of New York, et al., which led to the disbanding of the NYPD's infamous Street Crime Unit and a settlement with the City in 2003. The plaintiffs are represented by the Center of Constitutional Rights (CCR), and the law firms of Beldock, Levine, and Hoffman and Covington & Burling, LLP.
Critical conversation about the NYPD's stop, question and frisk policy, presented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), Culture Project, and Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), panelists will discuss the history of the policy, its impact on communities of color and implications for policing practices nationwide. Featuring CCR Executive Director Vincent Warren and special guest Rha Goddess!
Watch event here