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United Nations, Sep 3 (Prensa Latina) - The United Nations is urging the United States to examine its discriminatory laws against the African-American population in that country and review the case of Trayvon Martin, murdered in Florida.

The UN is demanding a swift conclusion to an analysis of the trial that ended up absolving the self-styled security guard George Zimmerman in his cold-blooded murder of the 17 year-old Martin in February, 2012.

The appeal was lodged in Geneva by Verene Shepherd, head of the UN working group dedicated to African descendants, and UN Special Narrator Regarding Racism, Mutuma Ruteere.

“We have asked the US government to guarantee that its laws correspond with international legal obligations,” emphasized the specialists of this world body.

They also recalled that United States is a signatory to the international conventions on civil and political rights as well as the elimination of racial discrimination and other related agreements.

They also stressed that the case of Martin proved that African-Americans in the US face increased racial discrimination.

NAACP: Follow The Money

Most definitely as we, the human collective, bask in overwhelming delight of the media’s sensationalism announcing George Zimmerman’s acquittal , begin to see the reappearance of an institution that appear to be the vanguards of challenging racial oppression…. Sure.

Full article below:

http://evilforalltime.blogspot.com/2013/07/naacp-follow-money.html

-Kenneth Kabbal

Outspoken multimedia journalist with a ongoing mission to address “Class Domestication” and “Social Mind-Lock”.

A poster design for Trayvon, as well as multiple recent unresolved cases of racist murders in the Milwaukee area. Please share, print, etc.

A downloadable 18×24 poster version is available here

Somebody ‘Fixin’ to be Killed’: A Review of We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement

By Jamala Rogers, The Black Commentator

In We Will Shoot Back, Akinyele Umoja goes further than dispelling a long held myth that black Mississippians were too paralyzed in fear to defend themselves and actively participate in the freedom struggle. And that the omnipotent Klu Klux Klan kept the black community in check. He confronts head-on the stereotype that black southerners were docile, head-hanging, cheek-turning second class citizens.

Umoja takes the reader to the time when black Mississippians were forced to embrace armed resistance for their own survival; blacks faced the realization that their government offered no pretense of protection and could not be relied upon. In many cases, local government officials, along with law enforcement, were part of the same white mobs terrorizing black communities. Umoja chronicles the inextricable and critical role of armed resistance in the advancement of the southern freedom strategy that ultimately led to the passage of the historic Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965. Boycotts and armed resistance were the primary means of effectively organizing for change during this period.

Umoja documents a sophisticated labyrinth of disciplined, well-organized communication networks, safe houses, haven towns and armed residents who, much to the chagrin of local authorities, used local gun laws to their advantage. The special expertise of Vietnam veterans was also tapped.

Baltimore, MD

Justice for Trayvon Martin! Jail George Zimmerman Demonstration

Sunday 7/14 5:00pm

McKelden Square, Pratt & Light Streets

Zimmerman was acquitted! We are calling on all concerned people, groups: churches, students, unions, and community to come out to express our outrage! Say No to Racist Injustices!

Boston, MA

Sunday 7/14 5:30pm

Dudley Square Roxbury

Buffalo, NY

Fight Racist Violence and Justice for Trayvon Rally

Sunday 7/14 5:00 – 7:00pm

Corner of Bailey Ave and Kensington Ave

March starts promptly at 5:00pm and the rally at Bailey and Langfield will start at 6:00pm

www.facebook.com/events/177437225767527/

Charlotte, NC

Sunday 7/14 6:00pm

Marshall Park 800 E Third St

Denver, CO

Justice for Trayvon!

Sunday 7/14 2:00pm

Denver City Park

1700 York St – by MLK Statue

Detroit, MI

Sunday 7/14 6:00pm

Grand Circus Park

#hoodiesup

Travon Martin Organizing Committee TravonOC.wordpress.com

Greensboro, NC

Trayvon Martin Vigil and Speak Out

Sunday 7/14 5:00 – 9:00pm

Elm St. & Feb. 1 Plaza

Houston, TX

Sunday 7/14 6:00pm

Houston City Hall 901 Bagby

#hoodiesup

Occupy Houston

Los Angeles, CA

Justice for Trayvon Martin!

Leimert Park tonight!

Sunday 4:00pm at MLK and Crenshaw Blvd.

Phone: 323-306-6240 for more information

Madison, WI

Justice for Trayvon: Hoodie Rally

Sunday 5:00pm until 8:00pm

The verdict is in – after only 16 hours of deliberation, George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin last year.

No Justice, No Peace!

/www.facebook.com/events/490185657728508/

Newark, NJ

Emergency demonstration for Trayvon Martin

Sunday June 14 2:00pm

Broad & Market

#‎justicefortrayvon‬

Oakland, CA

Occupy Oakland

Gathering at Oscar Grant Plaza Tonite in response to the verdict

Rally Monday 6:00pm at Oscar Grant Plaza

Bring your hoodies and rage!

#J4TM #hoodiesup #oo

Raleigh/Durham, NC

Justice for Trayvon Martin!

Raleigh – Sunday 7/14 3:00pm

Durham – Sunday 7/14 6:00pm Rally at courthouse

New York City, NY

SHOW YOUR OUTRAGE IN THE STREETS!

Sunday, July 14 1:00pm Gather at Union Square 14th St and Broadway – Manhattan

  • No to racism, police brutality and racial profiling!
  • Jobs and schools, not jails!
  • End mass incarceration and deportations!
  • End stop & frisk and the war on youth!

#HoodiesUp for Trayvon – ALL OUT NYC!

Sunday, July 14 6:00pm Union Square 14th St and Broadway – Manhattan

It has been decided: black life isn’t worth shit.

Come together in force across the country Sunday at 6pm.

Let’s not ask for justice

The clergy won’t save us

The politicians damn sure won’t save us

ONLY WE CAN SAVE OURSELVES

Take Court to the streets.

www.facebook.com/events/677623498930010/

trayvonoc.wordpress.com

San Diego, CA


download the flyer

Stand With Trayvon Martin!

Rally on the day of the verdict

5:30pm at Highland Park – on Fairmount between Wightman and Landis

Hear from the family of Victor Ortega, shot and killed by SDPD on June 4, 2012

 
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New York City: Protesters gather to demand justice for Trayvon Martin in Union Square at 1pm, July 14, 2013. As evening approaches, the crowd is reported to be more than 1,000 and growing.

Photos by redguard

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New York City: Justice for Trayvon Martin protesters march from Union Square to Times Square, July 14, 2013. Police used pepper spray against marchers and at least 12 people were arrested.

Photos by Jessica Lehrman / Gothamist

We must defend ourselves, and we have every right to do so by any means necessary.

Black people are in a heightened state of crisis. Since being brought to the shores of North America as captives from European wars of aggression we have constantly battled one crisis after another. However, there are times that are more critical and intense than others. We are presently living through one of these super-critical periods. 

We have been hunted and killed in cold blood by the US government in increasing numbers and herded into prisons like cattle in record numbers. The facts presented in Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of Black People presents us with a deeper understanding of the utter disregard held for Black life within the United States. 

The continual practice of executing Black people in the country without pretense of a trial, jury, or judge is an integral part of the government’s current overall strategy of containing the Black community in a state of perpetual colonial subjugation and exploitation. The verdict in the George Zimmerman trial is a testament to the reality that the institutions of the United States uplift and are complicit in the ongoing genocide of Black people. 

The only way we are going to defend ourselves against these genocidal challenges is to create a massive social movement. We need a movement that strategically takes on the systemic oppression and exploitation that prevent Black people from exercising self-determination and human rights. 

In order to fight effectively we have to organize ourselves on a higher level. One of the critical areas where we have to step up our organizing efforts to be qualitatively more effective is in the area of self-defense. We have to be clear that we cannot and should not count on our enemies – like the courts, and other forces of the US government or transnational corporations - to protect us. We have to protect ourselves. 

The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) believes that an essential part of our Movement for survival must be Self-Defense Networks. 

We think there are two types of Networks that we have to build:

New Afrikan or Black Self-Defense Networks are alliances, coalitions, or united fronts of Black organizations whose purpose is to defend the Black or New Afrikan community from external (the police, FBI, white terrorist organizations, etc.) and internal (agent infiltration, intra-communal violence, etc.) threats to its safety and security. 

People’s Self-Defense Networks are multi-national (or multi-ethnic and/or racial) alliances, coalitions, or united fronts whose purpose is to defend their communities against mutual enemies and threats and advance a common agenda based on shared interests, hopes, and aspirations. 

Oppressed peoples and communities can and will only be secure in this country when they are organized to defend themselves against the aggressions of the government and the forces of white supremacy and capitalist exploitation.

The Every 28 Hours Campaign proposes a model for organizing:

1. The formation of Black Self-Defense Networks to defend our people and combat police terrorism. These Networks should seek to build Copwatch programs, engage in mass rights based education trainings for the community, serve as first responders to acts of Police Terrorism, and help coordinate mass resistance to these acts via mass mobilizations and direct action. These Networks should also be encouraged to engage in offensive campaigns, such as referendums to institute Police Control Boards.

2. The formation of People’s Self-Defense Networks to defend the lives and interests of all oppressed peoples’ and exploited classes against various forms of state terrorism. These People’s Self-Defense Networks would work as multi-national alliances to engage in a broad manner all of the tasks mentioned above to defend oppressed peoples and targeted communities, such as LGBTQ2GNC communities, against institutionalized racism, white supremacy, institutionalized sexism, patriarchy and state repression be it racial profiling, gender profiling, stop and frisk, mass incarceration, or mass deportations.

3. Waging campaigns for local referendums to institute Police Control mechanisms – i.e. community based structures that have the power to hire, fire, subpoena, and discipline the police on the local level. And waging massive, non-compliant campaigns of resistance employing BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) strategies and tactics on statewide, regional, and national levels. 

4. Forming People’s Assemblies, on local, citywide, and regional levels to engage in program and demand development initiatives that will enable the people to engage in the broad implementation of people’s programs for self-defense and mutual aid.

The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) and the Every 28 Hours Campaign seeks to strengthen organizing initiatives within Black or New Afrikan communities for self-defense, by presenting these initiatives with a comprehensive analytical framework and practical organizing tools to ground and unite them.

MXGM offers to Black and other oppressed communities three resources 1) Operation Ghetto Storm, a full report on the 2012 extra judicial killings; 2) Let Your Motto Be Resistance, an organizing handbook for self-defense; and 3) We Charge Genocide Again!, a curriculum for the Every 28 Hours Campaign, to further this objective

Links:

Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of Black People

Let Your Motto Be Resistance

We Charge Genocide Again! 

For more information on these resources or trainings please contact Kali Akuno at kaliakuno@mxgm.org. 

For coalition building and Self-Defense Networks please contact Taliba Obuya at taliba@mxgm.org.

MILWAUKEE- John Henry Spooner, a 76-year-old Milwaukee man, was found guilty Wednesday of fatally shooting his 13-year-old neighbor whom he suspected had broken into his home and stolen weapons. The trial now shifts into a second phase in which the defense will try to prove the defendant was mentally ill at the time of the shooting.

A jury convicted Spooner of first-degree intentional homicide in the May 2012 killing of Darius Simmons. Surveillance video taken from Spooner’s own security cameras showed him confronting the teen that morning, pointing a gun at him from about 6 feet away and shooting him in the chest.

Detroit, Michigan: Protesters make their way down Washington Ave., from Grand Circus Park to the Federal Building during a protest against the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, July 14, 2013.

The sign also refers to young Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was killed during a police raid. A Detroit cop was recently acquitted of all charges in her death.