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Black Lives Matter, civil rights groups give DOJ’s drug memo a resounding ‘no’

  • Black Lives Matter movement activists and national civil rights organizations have major criticisms of Jeff Sessionsnew memo reinstating federal drug sentencing policies that have played a heavy role in mass incarceration. 
  • On Tuesday, representatives of several criminal justice reform groups plan to rally outside of the U.S. Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C., to call for Sessions to abandon what they call a “return to the War on Drugs.”
  • In searing statements, the NAACP, the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights and voices from within the Movement for Black Lives, among others, cried foul after Sessions announced Friday his instruction to U.S. attorneys that they throw the book at drug offenders. 
  • The directive ignores state-level sentencing reform trends, and will mean harsher punishments for nonviolent defendants, as well as mandatory minimum sentences that have been disproportionately leveled at African-American and Latino communities, civil rights leaders said. Read more (5/16/17)

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so if any of y'all have seen logan and emerged from it unscathed i’d call you a fucking liar so for the rest of us there is a bright side: one of laura’s mutant friends is a young rictor who was pretty much the first canon gay character in marvel comics and had the first on panel gay kiss and he survived this movie so if we get a laura or future xmen movie …………

coraline1987 replied to your post “jaketheelite  jaketheelite “Gonna make an assumption…”

Lol, they kill the black chick to make the Latino dude the leader. Are you saying that black people are more POC than Latinos? Because mate, you are going up a path that you really don’t wanna go up saying this shit.

Yeah,I, a black person, WILL go up the path since Black women are killed in entertainment ROUTINELY.

In Jorge Ramos, Donald Trump may have picked the wrong media star to tussle with - LA Times

“In his latest showdown, Donald Trump ordered Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a news conference Tuesday, telling him to “go back to Univision.”

Ramos, who like Trump is known for his confrontational style, didn’t back down until he was escorted out of the room by security. Eventually, Ramos was invited back, where he sparred with Trump over the Republican candidate’s immigration proposals.

Trump has had some high-profile tiffs with media figures recently, battling publicly with Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly, and on Tuesday with the network’s chairman, Roger Ailes.

But prodding Ramos, who has been called the Spanish-language Walter Cronkite, could prove dangerous for Trump, who thus far been something of a Teflon candidate. Here’s why:

Ramos is a very important figure for American Latinos

The 57-year-old has anchored “Noticiero Univision,” Spanish-language TV’s No.1-ranked newscast, for nearly three decades and is considered a trusted source of news. A 2010 study by the Pew Hispanic Center found that among Latinos, Ramos was the second-most recognized Latino leader behind Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and other polls have shown he is one of the most trusted public figures among Latinos.

“Spanish-language news has almost the same pull as the priest in the pulpit,” Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles), told the Los Angeles Times in 2013. “And Jorge Ramos is the pope, he’s the big kahuna.”

Ramos has a lot of followers: according to Nielsen ratings, more than 2 million viewers tune in to “Noticiero Univision” nightly. For perspective, in 2013, that was three times the audience of CNN’s “The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer.”

And according to recently published research, the GOP’s presidential nominee would need to win nearly half of the Latino vote to make it to the White House. (President Obama won re-election with 71% of the Latino vote).

During the last presidential election cycle, Washington Monthly called Ramos the broadcaster who would most determine the outcome of the 2012 election.

Despite that, Trump at one point on Tuesday night said he “didn’t know much about him.”

Ramos has a personal connection to immigration issues

A native of Mexico City, Ramos moved to Los Angeles as a student in 1983 and took UCLA Extension classes in journalism. He landed an on-air job at KMEX-TV, Los Angeles’ Spanish-language station. Three years later, he was named an anchor for Univision, becoming one of the youngest national news anchors in television.

Ramos, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen seven years ago, has consistently used his position to unabashedly push for immigration reform.

“I am emotionally linked to this issue,” Ramos told The Times in 2013. “Because once you are an immigrant, you never forget that you are one.”

Ramos sees himself as an advocate for millions of Latino immigrants, and so do they

For many Latinos, Trump telling Ramos to, “Go back to Univision,” reflected shades of racism and echoed the familiar phrase, “Go back to Mexico.”

Earlier this year, Ramos defended his focus on immigration in an open letter to Republicans.

“The Republican Party has been complaining lately about how some Latino journalists, including me, only ask them about immigration,” he wrote. “That is correct, but what Republicans don’t understand is that for us, the immigration issue is the most pressing symbolically and emotionally, and the stance a politician takes on this defines whether he is with us or against us.”

Ramos has been unapologetic about his and the network’s stance.

“Our position is clearly pro-Latino or pro-immigrant,“ he said in 2013. "We are simply being the voice of those who don’t have a voice.”

Latinos, in turn, see Ramos as a leader. According to the Pew Hispanic Center survey, 38% of Latinos surveyed considered Ramos a major Latino leader.

At a University of Texas at Austin forum earlier this year, Univision News president Isaac Lee summed up the network’s audience: “Univision’s audience knows that Jorge is representing them,” Lee said. “He is not asking the questions to be celebrated as a fair and balanced journalist. … He’s going to ask the person whatever is necessary to push the agenda for a more fair society, for a more inclusive society and for the Hispanic community to be better.”

Ramos has faced criticism over the news that his daughter is working for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, but he has said her job doesn’t affect his work. “Like many reporters who have parents, siblings or other family members that are active in politics, this will not change how I approach my duty as a journalist,” Ramos wrote in a blog post.

Much like Trump, Ramos seems to be a glutton for conflict and doesn’t often back down

Ramos quit his first reporting job at a Mexico City TV station after his bosses demanded he soften a piece critical of the Mexican government and he refused.

Ramos has said he approaches interviews with world leaders in the context of warfare. “My only weapon is the question,” he told The Times in 2013.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Ramos moderated a series of Univision candidate forums, and pressed Mitt Romney and President Obama hard on immigration issues. After confronting Romney about his proposed “self-deportation” policy, Ramos turned to President Obama.

“A promise is a promise,” he said, prodding the president over the administration’s deportation of more than 1.4 million people and failure to tackle immigration in his first term. “And, in all due respect, you didn’t keep that promise.” ”

And in an interview on Noticiero Univision, Ramos stated that “Never in his entire career has he been kicked out of a press conference…”

And I don’t know if this has been stated before, but the question asked to Trump by Ramos was: “Are you aware that you can’t afford to send 11 million people back to their home country?” Trump simply ignoring him half-way through his question by calling on somebody else, even though it was rightfully his turn.

October 25, 2015

Today We Honor Cesar Chavez

‘Senator Robert F. Kennedy described Cesar Chavez as “one of the heroic figures of our time. A true American hero, Cesar was a civil rights, Latino and farm labor leader; a genuinely religious and spiritual figure; a community organizer and social entrepreneur; a champion of militant nonviolent social change; and a crusader for the environment and consumer rights.’

(photo: Cesar Chavez)

- CARTER Magazine

it’s sad to see that this is the mentality of some of the people of our generation. don’t you get that white people DON’T NEED CLUBS THAT WILL CREATE MORE “WHITE LEADERS”

This whole country is ran by white leaders. This group was created to help minorities learn how to become an important part of today’s society so it isn’t purely “white’s” that get to decide what’s best for everyone in their community/ the nation.

This upset me because it really has me wondering how long it’s going to take for white, privileged people to realize they have everything in their favor. They aren’t the group in need of anything and should be helping this nation to be more equal with every ethnicity instead of wanting to take all these small things away from the minorities.