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“Becomming a Man” – A Program Successful at Cutting Youth Crime in Chicago

Something is working to at least slow the violence in Chicago down. It also will never be covered by most of the MSM because it is.

Inside The Chicago Program That Is Slashing Youth Crime Rates

“They learn that the kid sitting across from them in the circle has those same fears, has those same anxieties and that it’s OK.”

The Chicago-based program Becoming A Man is the type that allows rival gang members to sit together, just days after one group killed a member of the other, and calmly talk about their issues, according to John Wolf, senior manager of the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab.

“The kids weren’t saying whether or not they specifically knew who did it. But you had these two groups of people — where they knew someone from their group of friends had just killed someone from the other group of friends — and they were able to sit down in this group and have a conversation back and forth about what had just transpired,” Wolf said. “They were talking through ways of finding peace and ways of making sure it didn’t escalate further.”

For the past few years, Wolf and his colleagues have been studying the impact of the Becoming A Man program, which targets at-risk male students in Chicago public schools. The program, run by the non-profit organization Youth Guidance, allows students to participate in weekly group sessions that teach them how to be more conscious of their decision-making processes. A recent two-year evaluation of the program showed that between 2013 and 2015, there was a 50 percent decline in violent crime arrests for the 2,000 participants as compared to a control group. The results of this evaluation are being shared Monday at the National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence in Baltimore.

By teaching these adolescent males how to slow down their decision-making processes and avoid knee-jerk reactions, the program aims to improve students’ abilities to make appropriate judgments in high-stakes situations.

Wolf spent many days observing the participants in the program. He watched as the boys became more willing to open up about their personal lives to other students in the group and speak about their emotional vulnerabilities.

Students in the program often face difficult life circumstances. Many of them live in poverty or in dangerous neighborhoods, surrounded by violence. Just getting to and from school can be a harrowing experience.

Counselors push participants to describe “what are you actually nervous about, what are you actually scared about, what are the things that you’re dealing with in your everyday existence, walking home, walking to and from school,” Wolf said. “You’re not allowed to say that you’re fearful or worried about things, but in the BAM circle they’re able to uncover those feelings.”

“I think a big part of it is, they learn that the kid sitting across from them in the circle has those same fears, has those same anxieties and that it’s OK,” he went on. “It’s a human condition to show those things and it’s a common experience.”

The program does not tell students how to behave, or instruct them as to the “right” thing to do, instead leaving it to the students to decide that. The program emphasizes only that the students carefully consider their decisions instead of rushing to act….Read the Rest Here...

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Emboldening Bigots – Welcome to Trump America… Black Woman Attacked in Starbucks

This sort of thing is happening more and more in this country. Most of these racist scum seem to be targeting black women, Probably realizing attacking healthy black men with less than 6 of their closest compatriots around to help will likely lead to exhaustion of their Obamacare benefits.

Black woman called ‘n****r b*tch’ at Starbucks — and customers ‘sat silently’ as she was spat on

Nothing unusual here. A young woman enjoying a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

An associate dean at Seattle University explained in an essay published by KUOWthis week that he and a friend suffered a racial attack at Starbucks while most of the other customers “sat silently.”

Dr. Bob Hughes said that he was catching up with a fellow administrator at a local Starbucks when he felt liquid on his right hand that later turned out to be spit from a man who called his friend a “f*cking n*gger bitch.”

“That’s right, f*cking n*gger bitch,” Hughes recalled the man repeating before walking out the door.

“I turned to my colleague and asked if she knew the young man,” Hughes wrote. “She had never seen him. He went outside and stood at the window yelling more comments that we could not hear and finally walked away down the street.”

“He saw two African-Americans sitting in a Starbucks and decided that it was OK to assault us,” he noted. “She and I were dressed in the kind of professional attire anyone would expect a college administrator to be wearing in the middle of a work day, are still targets for hate.”

But the young man didn’t see educated college administrators sitting at the table. He saw two black people and, in his twisted sense of the rules of life, our socio-economic status, educational accomplishments or our age required no respect or deference. In fact, he seemed only to see a woman of color whom he could brazenly assault in an open space with others watching.

And although a Starbucks manager assisted in filing a police report and another woman apologized for the man’s behavior, Hughes lamented that most customers acted like the incident never happened.

“Everyone else at the café sat silently or went on with their business. In a truly post-racial world, that would not be how things work,” he insisted. “In a post-racial world, that kind of violation would mobilize every person in that space to actively resist an assault on two people – an assault that happened because of our race and because of the gender of my colleague.”

Hughes speculated that the suspect’s attacks would escalate and become more violent unless he was confronted and shamed by onlookers.

“Unstopped, antisocial behavior like this escalates. And he lives in a world right now where he felt safe taking these actions,” Hughes warned.

Indeed, the racial tension in the Republican Party has gotten so bad, minority Party Members and Officials are fleeing the Party en masse. Here South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican of Indian heritage – lays the issue right on Trump’s doorstep, and compares his rhetoric to that which spurred Dylan Roof to murder the Charleston Church members…

Haley criticizes Trump and his rhetoric

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday she wishes Donald Trump communicated differently because bad things result from divisive rhetoric, as evidenced by last June’s massacre in Charleston.

The Republican governor said divisive speech motivated Dylann Roof to gun down nine black parishioners at historic Emanuel AME Church. Police have said the white 22-year-old charged with their killings wanted to start a race war.

The Confederate flag that Roof was seen brandishing in photos had to be removed from the Statehouse grounds, she said, and she supports sending the rebel flag in The Citadel’s chapel to a museum too. But she opposes renaming buildings or monuments associated with the state’s racist past.

Haley, who endorsed then-candidate Marco Rubio ahead of South Carolina’s primary, said she has vocally criticized Trump because “I know what that rhetoric can do. I saw it happen.”

She said she doesn’t think people who support Trump are racist or haters.

“That’s a different kind of anger. They’re upset with Washington, D.C. They’re upset nothing’s got done,” she said. “The way he communicates that, I wish were different.”

Trump has a responsibility for the country’s well-being to use a civil, respectful tone, she told reporters two weeks ahead of the anniversary of the Emanuel shooting.

 

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The Waco Horror, and Its Aftermath

Lynching in the South was a method not only t maintain white supremacy, but to intimidate and blackmail the local minority populations into staying in line. The result of lynchings in the early 1900’s for a lot of the South was the Great Black Migration, and the loss of a large part of their workforce. One of the most violent lynchings was that of Jesse Washington in Waco Texas.

Around sundown of May 8, 1916, Lucy Fryer, the wife of a well regarded cotton farmer, was found bludgeoned to death in the doorway of her seed house. Jesse Washington, who was illiterate and branded “feeble-minded”, confessed to the murder.

Soon after a jury found him guilty, a crowd of 2,000 men seized Washington, chained him, beat him and dragged him to the town square, where he was burned.

His fingers were amputated for souvenirs and his fingernails taken for keepsakes. Finally all that was left was a charred torso, but Washington’s body parts were put in a bag so they could be dragged through downtown.

About 15,000 people, half of Waco’s population, had gathered to watch the lynching.

 

A mob gathers around to watch the lynching of Jesse Washington.

The “Waco Horror” still reverberates, 100 years later

Mary Pearson doesn’t need to be reminded of Jesse Washington’s lynching.

The Robinson resident grew up hearing the stories from her grandmother, a relative of the 17-year-old farmhand who was tortured to death on Waco’s town square a century ago last Sunday. The moral was never precisely stated, but the horror has stuck with Pearson all her 67 years.

Just after the boy received a death sentence for murdering his white employer, a mob seized him and dragged him to City Hall, where they doused him with coal oil and hanged him over a pile of burning wooden crates. They carved his charred body into souvenirs and dragged it around town.

But even more troubling for Pearson was what didn’t happen: Law enforcement didn’t intervene in the lynching, nor did anyone in a crowd of 15,000 spectators.

“All the folks were standing around, most of them were white, and nobody said anything, nobody stood up to try to do anything,” Pearson said in an interview with the Waco Tribune-Herald after a recent proclamation by Waco’s mayor condemning the lynching. “It’s a hurt and frustration even to think about it. … It can cause me a heavy depression.

“Every time I think about it, I get really angry and I have to ask the Lord to help me.”

White Waco spent most of the 20th century trying to forget the atrocity, dubbed the “Waco Horror” by the national press. The incident stood as a turning point in national anti-lynching efforts and helped bring to prominence the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. But the atrocity received no mention in local history books until the late 1960s and was largely ignored or downplayed locally until 1998, when Councilman Lawrence Johnson publicly called for a memorial to “atone” for the lynching.

Meanwhile, the story survived on the frequency of a whisper in corners of the black community, in the form of legends and admonitions to sons and daughters.

Forgetting became impossible in the mid-2000s, when a series of books, exhibits and news articles brought the incident again to national attention. In 2006, the Waco City Council and McLennan County commissioners passed a general condemnation of the area’s lynching past.

The Community Race Relations Coalition and the NAACP have headed an effort to commemorate the centennial this spring with a lecture series, a march and a push to get a state historical marker for the lynching. The observances culminated with a “town hall” meeting at the Bledsoe-Miller Community Center.

The centennial is not meant to reopen old racial wounds or cast blame on anyone now living, said Peaches Henry, a McLennan Community College assistant English professor and president of the Waco NAACP. Rather, it’s an opportunity to bring whites and blacks together to reflect on a difficult shared history.

“Here’s the importance of history: It allows us to remind ourselves of both the good and the bad, and then to correct our course,” she said.

Henry said the city and county resolution against lynching a decade ago was a good start. The question of Washington’s innocence or guilt aside, Henry said city and county leaders failed to uphold the rule of law and were complicit in a heinous crime of torture.

The recent proclamation by Mayor Malcolm Duncan Jr. went further and specifically referred to the “heinous lynching of Jesse Washington.”

“It’s important to call the names of those who were wronged,” Henry said. “The same was true of the woman (Lucy Fryer) who was murdered. She was someone’s mother, sister and cousin. She was also important. For the council to offer a proclamation naming Jesse Washington is very significant. It means that in the public record he is no longer invisible.”

Those involved in the commemorations say burying the past doesn’t keep it from haunting the present.

Scheherazade Perkins, 64, a member of the race relations board, grew up in Waco and graduated from the black A.J. Moore High School in 1969. She never heard of the lynching until she was an adult, but it helped explain anxieties she heard when she was growing up.

“Obviously there is much that has been done, much progress that has been made,” Perkins said. “But there are processes that still go on, an unspoken terror that still exists, that makes people want to stay under the radar. It makes them hesitant to come forward with concerns for fear that they will be not only labeled but mistreated.

“Some of that lingers, not only with the older people who were right on the fringes of the atrocity, but with those who pass the same sentiment down: ‘Boy, you need to watch your mouth, because you never know.’ ”

The centennial comes at a time of national debate and unrest over police killings of unarmed black males, such as Freddie Gray in Baltimore; Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland. A Washington Post investigation found that 40 percent of unarmed men shot and killed by police in 2015 were black, even though black men make up only 6 percent of the population.

Henry, the local NAACP president, said she has high regard for Waco police leadership, but she still has anxieties for her own son, an Eagle Scout and college junior, wherever he goes.

“There’s the talk that every young African-American man receives: When you get pulled over, keep your hands on the steering wheel,” she said. “You never make a move without letting the officer know.

“There’s nothing about my son when he is walking or driving down the street that can protect him.”

It’s a more subtle version of the same fear that African-Americans had a century ago, Henry said…Read the Rest Here

 

 
 

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Violent Protests At (C)hump Rally in Albequerque

Feel the Love!

The group passing through the crowd in the first video aren’t necessarily Drumph “supporters”. They are the group selected (or paid to) stand behind the candidate during the speech so that the TV Cameras get the image of an “inclusive” crowd. Finding black, Hispanic, or Asian Trump supporters in the actual crowd would be difficult, so it is common at Republican events to “pepper” the crowd with people of color, by paying folks they find on the street to attend, shout, and cheer. It is a common Media practice and goes back to the early days of Rock and Roll, where “Clickers” were people salted into an audience to loudly clap and cheer to get the audience going, or to at least provide the illusion, in the event the Artist in question was not very good – that people were actually cheering their performance.

Things got a little testy later …

I don’t believe the Drumph will be doing much more campaigning in the West.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2016 in The Clown Bus

 

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Trump Rally Spawns Violence in California

Looks like the Drumph is going to be in for a rough time in California….

Massive melee erupts outside Donald Trump’s first campaign rally in California

Violence returns as Trump’s campaign hits California’s biggest Republican stronghold — Orange County

Chaos broke out outside of a massive Donald Trump rally in Orange County, California, Thursday night.

The unrest erupted outside the Pacific amphitheater where Trump staged his first campaign rally in America’s most populous state at the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

ccording to ABC News, closer to 18,000 Trump supporters gathered inside as the Republican frontrunner gave the Golden State a tailored spin on his controversial campaign of xenophobia, parading a host of California families whose loved ones had been killed by undocumented immigrant in California and reaffirmed his pledge to build a giant border wall only miles away from the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Trump is here to save us all,” said Jamiel Shaw, Sr., whose 17-year-old son Jamiel Shaw, Jr., was killed by an undocumented immigrant in 2008.

Outside, thousands more flooded the streets in protest of Trump and things quickly turned violent in the heart of the state’s biggest Republican stronghold, as the Associated Press reported:

Dozens of cars—including those of Trump supporters trying to leave—were stuck in the street as several hundred demonstrators blocked the road, waved Mexican flags and posed for selfies. Police in riot gear and on horseback pushed the crowd back and away from the venue. … The crowd began dispersing about three hours after the speech ended. …

Earlier in the evening, a half-dozen anti-Trump protesters taunted those waiting to get into the venue. Trump supporters surrounded one man who waved a Mexican flag and shouted “Build that wall! Build that wall!”—a reference to Trump’s call to create a barrier between the United States and Mexico to stop illegal border crossings.

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2016 in The Clown Bus

 

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Inciting Riot – Should Trump Be Prosecuted?

When Trump encourages his supporters to attack protesters and the media at his rally’s…

That is criminal.

Donald Trump is a domestic terrorist: Why the demagogue’s violent provocations demand judicial action

Trump threatens riots if he’s not nominated. Let’s let the courts decide if this is politically protected speech

Donald Trump is a domestic terrorist. That assertion rests on two pillars: a definition and a pattern of facts.

In the definitions of terrorism, the common elements are the use of violence or the threat of violence to coerce or intimidate other people for political purposes.

It is widely recognized that Trump’s repeated incitements during campaign speeches are out of bounds.

He laments that his followers cannot follow the practice of older days when protesters were carried out of political meetings on stretchers. He expresses regret that he cannot punch protesters in the face. While he may not have engaged in violence himself, his inflammatory comments are virtual invitations for others to do so on his behalf — witness his campaign manager’s arrest for assault.

TIME TO INVOKE THE LAW?

Trump, of course, denies that he wishes to incite violence, exploiting the broad latitude for free speech under the first amendment. Yet, the context for assessing incitement has changed profoundly in recent years. There are ample grounds for seeking a fresh judicial review of what constitutes incitement in today’s circumstances.

The core principles on which the Supreme Court has relied stem from a distinction first made by then-Federal District Court Judge Learned Hand in 1917, namely that, to be prosecutable, language must be a “trigger to action” rather than “a key to persuasion”.

When Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes declared in 1919 that no one had the right to shout fire in a crowded theater, he added that the question was one of “proximity and degree”, that is, there must be a “clear and present danger” to public order.

In 1969, this precedent was tightened as the Supreme Court linked judgment about whether inflammatory statements tend to incite unlawful action to a verdict that such action is likely and imminent.

The court revised its earlier interpretations, now declaring that

…the constitutional guarantees of free speech and free press do not permit a State to forbid or proscribe advocacy of the use of force or of law violation except where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action.

An admirable standard, but one open to reasonable refinement….More Here

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2016 in The Clown Bus, The Definition of Racism

 

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Teen Sexually Assaulted, Pepper Sprayed at Trump Event

The violence at Trump events is escalating…In this case a 15 Year Old girl is molested and attacked by “brave” Trump supporters.

Hopefully the police will arrest these scumbags, and the girl will sue them for millions.

Cops: Teen Sexually Assaulted, Pepper Sprayed, Called ‘N**ger Lover’ at Trump Rally

Police in Paul Ryan’s Wisconsin hometown say they are searching for two suspects who they say attacked a protester.

Janesville, Wisconsin, police say a teenage girl was sexually assaulted and pepper-sprayed outside a Donald Trump campaign event Tuesday. “A 15 year [old] girl from Janesville was peppered-sprayed in the crowd by a non-law enforcement person,” police said in astatement. “A male in the [crowd] groped the 15 year [old] girl when she pushed him away; another person in the [crowd] sprayed her. We are currently looking for two suspects, one for the sexual assault and one for the pepper-spray.”

In one video, the girl can be heard yelling at a middle-age man with gray hair after she said he touched her chest.

In another video via ABC News, a Trump supporter can be heard yelling, “You goddamn communist nigger-lover, get the hell out of here!”

The apparent assault came hours after Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged with battery against former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields after grabbing her at a Jupiter, Florida, event on March 8.

But in recent months, violence has become common practice at rallies for the real-estate mogul. In January, he told his supporters to “knock the crap out of [protesters].” He added, “I will pay for the legal fees. I promise.”

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2016 in Domestic terrorism, The Clown Bus

 

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