As France commemorates the abolishment of slavery in the past, it remains haunted by slavery in the present.
The West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) is an organization of eight West African states. It was established to promote economic integration among countries that share the Communauté Financière d’Afrique (CFA) franc as a common currency. The currency is issued by the Banque Centrale des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO), located in Dakar, Senegal, for the members of the UEMOA. The union administers the West African CFA franc, now a Euro-pegged currency that is used in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.
UEMOA was created by a Treaty signed in Dakar on 10 January 1994, by the heads of state and governments of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. On 2 May 1997, Guinea-Bissau became the organisation’s eighth (and only non-Francophone) member state.
On 20 January 2011, the UEMOA announced that it was drafting a code that will state how member states can negotiate investments with China, as reported by the Dakar-based newspaper Sud Quotidien, citing the union’s commissioner, Joseph Marie Dabré. The report said that the code would require Chinese state companies to receive approval from the Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso-based union before investing in any of the zone’s eight individual states. Mining agreements between China and countries in the union would fall under the terms of the code, according to Sud Quotidien.
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East Oakland is one of the last locations in the Bay Area with reasonable prices for housing. The area, which is historically Black, is being gentrified by White residents. But like most cases of gentrification, the new White residents are viewing the existing Black residents as menaces to the neighborhood.
According to reports by East Bay Express, Whites are calling the police on innocent Blacks in Oakland at an alarming rate. Taking data from the website Nextdoor.com, Whites have called the police on Blacks for walking down the street, knocking on a door, and not picking up dog poop. The White residents have also called the police on Black salesmen and postal workers who were delivering items. White residents have also hired private officers to patrol the neighborhood.
Members of the Oakland Police Department have even shared that they are being forced to…
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Katrina Pierson, the national spokesperson for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, on Sunday defended her call for a “pure breed” president by arguing that she was a “half-breed” like President Barack Obama.
In 2012, Pierson had complained that both then-GOP nominee Mitt Romney and Obama were not “pure breeds” because their fathers had not been born in the United States. She has also quipped on Twitter that Obama was refusing to help the black community even though he was the “head Negro in charge.”
On Sunday, Pierson told CNN’s Brian Stelter that “even minorities and women” were supporting Trump.
Stelter reminded Pierson that she had griped that Obama was not a “pure breed.”
“Would you like to retract that?” he wondered.
“No, not at all,” she replied. “These tweets — I’m an activist and I am a half-breed. I’m always getting called a half-breed. And on Twitter when you’re fighting with liberals and even establishment, you go back at them in the same silliness they are giving you.”
“So, I myself am a half-breed,” Pierson added. “We have entered silly season. Donald Trump is up in the polls. There’s desperate campaigns out there, they can’t take him down so they try to take down the people that are around him. And we’re just not going to get distracted by all that nonsense.”
Watch the video below from CNN’s Reliable Sources, broadcast Jan. 24, 2016.
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension confirmed they have several sources of video related to the shooting death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark in Minneapolis early Sunday morning, but say they will not release the footage due to the ongoing investigation.
Clark was shot in the head during a confrontation with Minneapolis police outside an apartment on the 1600 block of Plymouth Avenue North shortly after midnight on Sunday. Police say preliminary reports indicate Clark was not handcuffed, but witnesses have disputed that claim and say he was in handcuffs and unarmed.
Agents have obtained videos from the ambulance on the scene, a police camera and several public housing authority cameras in the area and from witnesses who captured the incident on their cell phones, Minnesota BCA superintendent Drew Evans said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. No body or dash camera video was taken during the incident.
Evans said none of the videos agents have received so far have captured the incident in its entirety.
The BCA will not release the videos, despite pleas from protestors, because it does not want to compromise the integrity of their external investigation.
“[We] don’t want to taint the interviews that may be ongoing with witnesses in this case and by having the videos being public we may potentially taint portions of the investigation,” Evans said.Evans confirmed handcuffs were found at the scene.
“We’re still examining whether [the handcuffs] were on Mr Clark or if they just fell out at the scene. That’s what we are trying to assert.”
This may come as a shocker for many to learn but during Michelle Obama’s college years, segregation was exactly what her radical campus group was fighting to enforce. Fast forward 35 years and we see this same racist rhetoric being spewed once more, and I can not help but wonder…why, this has come to pass during Obama’s presidency.
When our First Lady attended Princeton, she was part of a racist group called the “Third World Center”, or TWC for short. The campus group whose board membership is exclusively reserved for minorities, often protested to promote
“Black Solidarity”. The group concluded that every white person on campus was a racist, even if they didn’t know it yet.
Princeton bowed down to Michelle’s ridiculous claims, and decided to make it mandatory for students to dorm with a person of a different race. They believed it would be a positive idea to ensure the integration of different races.
The TWC was LIVID! They demanded that black students should ONLY room with other black students, arguing that integration of nonwhite students would harm the “support system” available to blacks.
“Black college students across the country have demanded that they be segregated from white peers, calling for “safe spaces” on campuses meant only for so-called students of color.
The requests for segregated spaces are found among some of the demand lists put forth by students who took part in protests this fall alleging their campuses are oppressive, discriminatory, and represent institutionalized racism.”
NYU, UC Berkeley, Oberlin University, Claremont McKenna College and several other colleges are calling for some level of segregation of black students. Students are even demanding entire floors be dedicated only to students of color!
So why is this being tolerated? In Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the Supreme Court outlawed segregated public education facilities for blacks and whites at the state level. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended all state and local laws requiring segregation.
Could you imagine if white students demanded segregation from black students? It would be all over the news and those students would be compared to KKK members! I’m tired of racism like this going unpunished. We need to demand that these black student activists be expelled just like the white students who faced expulsion for their racism.
It’s time to start fighting for REAL equality.
This is madness…we are no longer moving forward but taking leaps back as a country. This is the change Obama was talking about?
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Former Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, has been sentenced to serve 263 years behind bars—the maximum sentence—for the rapes and sexual assaults of seven black women and one underage black girl.
He will serve each year consecutively.
— Graham Lee Brewer (@grahambrewer) January 21, 2016
During the sentencing hearing, Holtzclaw’s victims spoke out about how traumatic their experiences were. Janie Liggons, 59, the grandmother who blew the whistle on Holtzclaw after he sexually assaulted her, said that she “just wanted her life back.”
In December, Holtzclaw was found guilty of 18 of the 36 charges brought against him. He was found not guilty of charges brought in the sexual assaults and rapes of five black women.
Sentencing was delayed temporarily as Holtzclaw’s defense team argued for a new trial, claiming that prosecutors withheld evidence that could have helped their client. The lawyers claimed that a detective’s social media post and an interview with a juror compromised proceedings.
Judge Timothy Henderson denied the motion, however, and Holtzclaw was taken back into custody to begin his sentence.
Supporters and organizers crowded the courtroom, including members of the African American Policy Forum and the Black Women’s Blueprint.
Booklets from a subsidiary of the German government’s Ministry for Family Affairs encourage parents to sexually massage their children as young as 1 to 3 years of age. Two 40-page booklets entitled “Love, Body and Playing Doctor” by the German Federal Health Education Center (Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung – BZgA) are aimed at parents – the first addressing children from 1-3 and the other children from 4-6 years of age.
“Fathers do not devote enough attention to the clitoris and vagina of their daughters. Their caresses too seldom pertain to these regions, while this is the only way the girls can develop a sense of pride in their sex,” reads the booklet regarding 1-3 year olds. The authors rationalize, “The child touches all parts of their father’s body, sometimes arousing him. The father should do the same.”
The manslaughter trial of a New York City police officer who fired the bullet that killed an unarmed black man in the darkened stairwell of a housing project is due to begin on Thursday.
Officer Peter Liang is also charged with reckless endangerment, official misconduct and other counts for his actions inside a Brooklyn public housing complex on the night of Nov. 20, 2014.
The death of the victim, 28-year-old Akai Gurley, added to the outrage that fueled national protests over police use of force against minorities in cities including Ferguson, Missouri; Baltimore and Cleveland.
Liang’s lawyers have said the shooting was accidental.
The shooting occurred days before a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer for killing teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson and weeks before a separate grand jury brought no charges against a white New York officer for the chokehold death of Eric Garner.
Both Brown and Garner were unarmed black
Dallas Horton, a 29-year-old white Sentinel, Oklahoma man, shot black Police Chief Louis Ross four times on Thursday (Jan. 15), and escaped any charges. During a raid of his home, Horton, who is described by Mayor Sam Dlugonski as a “gun enthusiast” and “survivalist,” hit Ross three times in the chest and once in the arm. The police chief survived the shots due to his bulletproof vest, according to The Oklahoman.
Ross and other officers were responding to a call received about a bomb threat at the Sentinel Community Action Center. The call was traced back to Horton, and authorities pursued him at his home. After breaking in the front door and clearing one bedroom, Ross was shot upon entering a second room. No explosives were found at either location. Horton was released after hours of questioning.
A North Carolina Ku Klux Klan leader who shot and killed a 16 year old black girl with a crossbow is up for parole.
Russell Hinson, a KKK leader in the 1980s, was convicted of first degree murder in the cold blooded killing of Felicia Houston in 1992.
A group of parents in South Carolina are making plans to present a petition demanding that police officials drop the charges against a 16-year old student whose violent assault from police officer Ben Fields was captured on videotape. Fields yanked the young lady from her desk after she refused to comply with the teacher and the officer back in October.
The girl is charged with disturbing schools, which is a misdemeanor in the state of South Carolina.
Exactly 168 years after a court found Samuel Burris guilty of helping fellow African-Americans escape #slavery, Delaware’s governor rendered history’s verdict by pardoning the Underground Railroad conductor.
For years Samuel Burris helped his fellow African-Americans flee the bonds of slavery. As he entered a Dover, Delaware, courtroom on November 2, 1847, however, the Underground Railroad conductor faced a future in chains himself. Continue reading