Israeli Assault on Freedom Flotillas

Medical and construction supplies, food, water filtration equipment, in addition to supporters from abroad sailed toward Gaza (a tiny strip of land controlled and blockaded by Israel but inhabited by Palestinians) in attempts to provide relief, or rather…sustenance. (…because even these flotillas would not have been able to relieve the suffering in the occupied Palestinian territories). The humanitarian flotillas that headed for Gaza had announced their purpose months in advance, asserted their non-violent intent, and even waved a white flag, signaling peace and surrender.

Previous to any contact, Israel opposed the flotillas, vowing to block any of them from reaching the Palestinian coast. Bringing aid to Gaza by boat, and not through Israel, asserts the right of international organization to give humanitarian aid directly to the Palestinian people.

May 24, 2010 – May 30, 2010

It is a G.R.E.A.T. program
Larry Brock, The Richmond Register, May 29, 2010

Local students visit historically black schools
Annie Martin, The Enquirer, May 29, 2010

Youth violence fight goes online
Kirsty Noffke, Twee Daily News, May 28, 2010

Basketball helps Stop the Violence
Ben Roberts, WALB News, May 28, 2010

Got a steep college bill? What to do now?
Jennifer Openshaw, Market Watch New York, May 28, 2010

Should We Also Outlaw Minority Scholarships?
A Barton Hinkle, Richmond Times, May 28, 2010

A complicated relationship: LGBT youth of color lose a hangout in an indifferent Boystown
Geoffrey Hing, Medill Reports Chicago, May 27, 2010

For KC teens, nothing to do but riot?
Juana Summers, Kansas City Free Press, May 27, 2010

Bullying–and how to deal with it–still a problem for schools
Joann Groff, Thousand Oaks Acorn, May 27, 2010

Religious Leaders Vow To Fight Youth Violence
Suzanne Collins, Baltimore WJZ, May 27, 2010

City rally will focus on youth violence
Jeff Pelzek, The Poughkeepsie Journal, May 27, 2010

Youth jobless crisis could have lasting impact
Chavon Sutton, CNN, May 26, 2010

Tough Love For Struggling Black Youth
Joseph A. Bailey, Black Voice News, May 26, 2010

Teacher Wrestles Student in Class, Gets Body Slammed
Ryan Wilson, Back Porch News, May 25, 2010

Teacher stands by lesson but would keep ‘Klan’ off campus next time
Ty Tagami and Marcus K. Garner, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 24, 2010

Being ‘tough on crime’ is not the answer
Colin Long, The Sydney Morning Herald, May 24, 2010

New Law Would Force NYPD To Stop Saving Stop and Frisk Data
John Del Signore, Gothamist News, May 24, 2010

East Oakland’s peaceful Youth Uprising
Caitlin Donohue, San Francisco Bay Guardian, May 24, 2010

NYPD Recordings Confirm Racial Injustices
Cyril Josh Barker, Black Voice News, May 24, 2010

Spilling Black Guck On Obama's Presidency

Competition is inherent in politics. In our fast paced digital age we have shunned in- depth exposés for quick tweets about who is up and who is down. The talking heads elites in media and punditry use political sabermetrics to compare approval ratings at various times in presidential administrations. These politicos mainly use their heaps of quantitative data to extrapolate. In other words, if Americans thought Bush sucked going into the midterm elections and Barack Obama has similar approval ratings around that time, then barring any confounding factors, we can predict that Obama will suffer a similar fate. Although numbers technically do not lie, the people interpreting them do. Similarly, some comparisons are unwarranted, no matter the situation. For instance, Lebron will never be better than Kobe until he gets a few rings. I don’t care how similar their numbers are.  Hence, the media’s recent rush to liken the BP oil spill snafu to Hurricane Katrina is another example of too much extrapolation and not enough understanding.

Lawyer Says Evidence in Shooting of Aiyana Jones Shows Police Cover-Up

Fox News Detroit | June 1, 2010

OUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) – Attorney Geoffrey Fieger says an independent autopsy shows 7-year-old Aiyana Jones was shot through the top of her head during a police raid on her home

Fieger says Macomb County Medical Examiner Daniel Spitz has determined that the single gunshot exited through Aiyana Stanley-Jones’ neck, grazing her chest. Fieger said the shot was fired from the porch and through the open doorway.

Police said the girl was shot in the neck when an officer struggled with, or was jostled by, her grandmother inside the home.

“When officers entered the house, she was already shot,” said Fieger, who was joined in Tuesday’s press conference by Aiyana’s parents and grandmother. “It’s also clear there is no time for a scuffle.” (Read More)