Racial tensions between students at the UCLA School of Law appear to be growing. Following the release of a student-produced video to raise awareness about the lack of diversity at the law school, reports have surfaced of flyers from black student organizations being pulled down, as well as one student receiving hate mail. Currently, UCLA's law school has just 33 Black students. The school has 994 students pursuing their Juris Doctor, and if students who are pursuing their Master of Law degree are included, the total student population is roughly 1,100.
While speaking at an event at Pratt Institute Tuesday evening, Spike Lee slammed an audience member's question about the "other side of gentrification" with a powerful 7-minute response.
"Let me just kill you right now," Lee intervened. He then specifically pointed to a recent article in the New York Times titled "Argument Over A Brownstone Neighborhood," which the legendary director criticized as "bullshit."While the debate over gentrification may be nothing new, Lee's defense is particularly stunning because of its deeply personal point of view. It's also backed with statistics. According to a report conducted by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute's Michael Petrilli, Brooklyn is home to four of the 25 fastest gentrifying zipcodes in the entire country.
According to AOL news, nearly two months after the Midland Police Department learned of the game, the two officers were suspended for three days without pay, according to findings of the internal affairs investigation obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request. The investigation found the two officers, Derek Hester and Daniel Zoelzer, violated the department's professional standards of conduct. There is no ordinance against panhandling in Midland, an oil-boom city of more than 110,000 where a recent count put the homeless number at about 300. About a quarter of those are transient.
"The fact that they are making sport out of collecting the personal property of homeless individuals could be seen as them targeting these individuals for discriminatory harassment, simply holding a sign is absolutely a protected part of our free speech." said Cassandra Champion, an attorney in the Odessa office of the Texas Civil Rights Project.
According to the investigation report eight signs were found in the trunk of Hester's patrol car on November 20 and Zoelzer had thrown about ten signs he had confiscated into a city trash container after Hester called him to warn him he had been reprimanded by his superior for having the signs. The two told the internal affairs investigator, that they were issuing criminal trespass warnings when they took the signs. But according to the report, no homeless people were issued criminal trespass warnings by either officer in 2013. Most of those warnings in Midland are written, but some are verbal.
Police Chief Price Robinson said the actions were an isolated incident in a department of 186 officers and didn’t deserve a harsher punishment. After the investigation of all officers were reminded to respect individual rights and human dignity, he said.
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“Success will be measured by ensuring that the federal government supports African American educational excellence."
Watch David Johns, The Executive Director to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans speak on black masculinity and closing the achievement gap.
According to an article on BlackAmericaWe.com, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans who were systematically overlooked because of their racial and ethnic backgrounds. The ceremony, scheduled for March 18, will honor Army veterans of African American, Hispanic and Jewish heritage who were bypassed because of discrimination during World War II, The Korean War, and The Vietnam War. Only three of the recipients are living and one honoree, Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris, is African -American.
In 2002, Congress called for a review of war records from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to ensure that soldiers deserving the Medal of Honor were not denied because of prejudice. The ensuing research identified a number of deserving candidates. Of the 3,464 Medals of Honor awarded, just 88 have been given to 87 individual black Americans.In 1900, William Carney was the first Black recipient.
Through this unusual ceremony, the president is signaling to the nation that racial prejudice is wrong and, when possible, past biases should be acknowledged and corrected. At the White House this week, Obama met with several civil rights leaders including Rev. Al Sharpton about raising the minimum wage, black unemployment, health care, voting rights and education.
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Sandra Khalifa, co-communications director of Dream Defenders, was in her Tallahassee apartment coordinating a Twitter strategy, and within an hour, she and a few other staff members created graphics capturing the team’s emotions and tweeted them. #NeverLovedUs was trending a few hours later, because the group has no official office and all voulenteers work from home, most member communicate via cellphone and email over how to respond.
“I think, especially after the Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin verdicts, that it just feels dangerous to be a youth of color today, especially in Florida. With laws like Stand Your Ground, with huge amounts of school-based arrests in schools disproportionately affecting youth of color, these are the kinds of issues we face on a day-to-day basis. For a person to see a youth of color as dangerous and feel compelled and justified in killing him or her and then walk away free tells us that legislators and the laws that are in place in Florida perpetuate a system that says ‘we don’t care about youth of color,’ so I think that’s where #NeverLovedUs came from.”
The Dream Defenders do not have a physical reach beyond Florida, so they rely heavily on social media to nationalize their message and galvanize support around local causes. Jelani Cobb, associate professor and director of the Institute for African American Studies at University of Connecticut in Storrs, told NewsOne that social media is as vital to the group today as the advent of television was to the civil rights movement.
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There is a new wave sweeping across parts of the United states, in an effort to stop homelessness as reported by AOL.com. People across the nation, specifically advocates and religious groups to build these compact houses because they are cheaper than traditional large-scale shelter, help recipients socially by being built in a communal settings and are environmentally friendly due to their size.
Organizer Brenda Konkel hopes to allay neighbors' concerns by the time the City Council votes in May on the group's application to rezone the site of a former auto body shop to place the houses there. Plans include gardens, a chicken coup and possibly bee hives and showers and bathrooms in the main building. The house, which cost about $5,000, fits a double bed with overhead storage, a small table and a small room with a compostable toilet. There's no plumbing or electricity, but the home is insulated and has a propane heater to get the residents through the rigid Wisconsin winters.
The tiny house effort in Eugene, Ore., sprung up after the city shut down an Occupy encampment that turned into a tent city for the homeless. Andrew Heben and others worked with the city, which provided them land for the project.
Opportunity Village Eugene opened in September with little resistance, said Heben, 26, who is on the board of directors. Most of the nine huts, which are 60 square feet, and 21 bungalows, which are 64 square feet and 80 square feet, are already built.
Thirty people are living in them now, and he expects 40 to 45 to ultimately be there. The houses don't have electricity, water, bathrooms, showers or kitchens, but separate shared buildings do.
They've done it all for less than $100,000, which is about half the median home price in Eugene, all from private donors with no taxpayer money. He said the story has changed from how tent cities were a problem in America to how the community is banding together.
Dom Cooks, 18, a senior at Decatur High School in Federal Way, Washington who suffers from an inoperable brain tumor, celebrated an early graduation with his twin sister Thursday night after doctors gave him two weeks to live, reports KIRO 7. Cooks and his twin sister, Diamonique Cooks, received their diplomas in a special graduation ceremony organized by the school and the community to ensure that the Cooks twins would be able to share the momentous occasion together.
“I didn’t know what was going on and I even got my shot blocked by some scrub,” Cooks said with a smile. “Coach Sawyer was just watching me play and he saw that I couldn’t catch the ball with my left hand. It was bending in all the time. So one day before practice, Sawyer told me to tie my shoe and I couldn’t. He then said that I couldn’t play for him anymore until I got a note from my doctor. Coach Sawyer probably saved me.”
Because of the location of the tumor, doctors could not operate on it. Intense chemotherapy and radiation seemed to have killed the tumor, but it grew back in October of last year. At that time, doctors gave the hopeful student-athlete three to six month to live.
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jason Collins, 35, is expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets today and will be available to play with the team when they meet the Los Angeles Lakers tonight in the Staples Center, reports Yahoo Sports.
"Jason told us that his goal was to earn another contract with an NBA team. [Sunday], I want to commend him on achieving his goal," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in an issued statement. "I know everyone in the NBA family is excited for him and proud that our league fosters an inclusive and respectful environment."
After Glen "Big Baby" Davis decided to sign with the LA Clippers on Sunday, the Nets moved onto Plan B – bringing Collins back into the NBA, sources told Yahoo Sports.
After agreeing to a buyout with the Orlando Magic, Davis is expected to clear waivers at 5 p.m. on Sunday and will sign a deal for the rest of the season with his former Celtics coach, Doc Rivers, and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Collins revealed his sexuality in the spring, and had gone throughout the NBA preseason and regular season without a job offer. Once the Nets missed out on free agent Davis on Sunday, they moved to complete the process of signing Collins as a backup big man.
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