Accused Charleston Church Shooter Indicted on Hate Crime Charges

The man accused of slaying nine black church members in Charleston last month has been indicted on dozens of federal charges, including 12 hate crime counts.

Documents released Wednesday show a federal grand jury indicted 21-year-old Dylann Roof on the charges. The indictments include a dozen allegations of obstructing someone’s religious practice, a charge that can potentially carry the death penalty in the federal system.

Federal charges have been expected since Roof was arrested following the June 17 shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston. Roof, who is white, appeared in photos waving Confederate flags and burning or desecrating U.S. flags, and purportedly wrote of fomenting racial violence.

Prosecutors haven’t said if they’ll seek the death penalty against Roof on state charges including nine counts of murder.

Federal officials have previously said that the shootings generally meet the legal requirements for a hate crime and that federal charges were likely. Roof, who is white, appeared in photos waving Confederate flags, and survivors told police that he hurled racial insults during the attack.

Roof already faces state charges including nine counts of murder. State prosecutors have not said whether they’ll seek the death penalty.

Hate crime cases are often challenging for the government because it must prove that a defendant was primarily motivated by a victim’s race or religion as opposed to other factors frequently invoked by defense attorneys, such as drug addiction or mental illness.

Last year, a federal appeals court in Ohio overturned hate-crime convictions against Amish men and women accused in beard- and hair-cutting attacks against fellow Amish who were thought to have defied the community leader. The court held that the jury had received incorrect instructions about how to weigh the role of religion in the attacks and that prosecutors should have had to prove that the assaults wouldn’t have happened but for religious motives.

DEA Agent says he was told not to arrest white people for drugs

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Some people think that the extensive rise in the black male incarceration rate is due to black men committing more crimes or by random chance. But the data show that the situation is far more sinister than many of us might imagine. Listen to the story of this DEA Agent and see if you still think all of this is random. Based on what he’s saying, black mass incarceration is a planned event.

His name is Matthew Fogg, and he should be respected for being honest and telling his story.

Here’s How Hillary Clinton Says She Would Have Answered The ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protesters

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton did a Facebook Q&A Monday afternoon. WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton attempted on Monday to distinguish her views on racial inequality from those of her Democratic presidential rivals, who drew boos from “Black Lives Matter” activists at a progressive conference over the weekend.

“Racial inequality is not merely a symptom of economic inequality,” Clinton said when asked during a Facebook question-and-answer session how she would have responded to the protesters at Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of progressive activists.
 While Clinton skipped the conference, her two main challengers for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, participated in a candidate forum on Saturday that was interrupted by protesters calling for criminal justice reform.

O’Malley was booed by the crowd when he said, “Black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter,” and later apologized for seeming “insensitive” about police brutality toward the black community.

Sanders grew frustrated with the protesters and attempted to stick to his message of fighting economic injustice.

“Black lives of course matter. But I’ve spent 50 years of my life fighting for civil rights. If you don’t want me to be here, that’s okay,” Sanders told the protesters Saturday, who chanted, “I want Bernie Sanders to say my name.”

In Monday’s Q&A, Clinton responded to a question about how she would have handled the protesters. Her response:

Of course, responding in a Facebook chat is much easier than actually facing down protesters in the moment. In 2009, former President Bill Clinton’s appearance at Netroots Nation was also interrupted by a protester, who wanted him to account for his record on gay rights.

In late June, the former secretary of state similarly faced criticism for saying “all lives matter” while speaking at a black church, even though she had said “black lives matter” the previous year.

The phrase “all lives matter” has been interpreted  as pushback against “black lives matter,” which became a rallying cry after the high-profile police killings of black men in places like Ferguson, Missouri.

Speaking about lessons she learned from her mother, Clinton said, “Her own parents abandoned her. By 14 she was out on her own, working as a housemaid. Years later, when I was old enough to understand, I asked her, ‘What kept you going?’ Her answer was very simple: Kindness along the way from someone who believed she mattered. All lives matter.”

Around the same time, Sanders also said, “Black lives matter. White lives matter. Hispanic lives matter. But these are also not only police matters. They’re not only gun control matters. They are significantly economic matters.”

“Saying ‘all lives matter’ causes erasure of the differing disparities each group faces,” The Huffington Post’s Julia Craven explained last year, noting that police brutality disproportionately affects the black community. “Saying ‘all lives matter’ is nothing more than you centering and inserting yourself within a very emotional and personal situation without any empathy or respect.”

Clinton didn’t mention either O’Malley or Sanders in her response, although her line about racial inequality going beyond economic inequality seemed to be a dig at Sanders and his reaction to the protesters.

Klansmen are putting fliers in black neighborhoods in South Carolina

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The South Carolina Statehouse is bracing for a Ku Klux Klan rally this week. This is primarily in response to the Confederate Flag being taken down from the State Capital. As you may recall, the debate about the Confederate Flag resurfaced after Dylann Roof shot and killed nine African-American churchgoers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last month. Draped in the Confederate Flag, the actions of Roof reignited the meaning and history of the Confederate Flag.

Giving in to political pressure, Gov. Nikki Haley and state politicians quickly came together to address  the Confederate Flag and its meaning. Within no time, the Confederate Flag was taken down. However, the KKK rally isn’t being stopped. Now, in addition to the rally, it’s been reported that KKK fliers have shown up in predominantly Black South Carolina neighborhoods.

A story published in the Huffington Post says, “The flier reads, Neighborhood Watch. You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake. It includes a sketch of a hooded Klansman and a finger pointed toward the reader.”

Cherri Delesline, one of the women who found the flier on her windshield told WBTW News 13 that she feels as though she was a target of racial hate. She told the network “They’re targeting us right now. What did we do to them? What did we do to them to make them come around here?”

Delesline went on to say that she and others saw a white pickup truck driving through their neighborhood waving the Confederate Flag. After the white pickup truck, then they would see a blue pickup truck doing the same thing. Fliers would later be seen.

Residents of the neighborhood aren’t intimidated by what has transpired. They plan on sticking together and not allowing fear to dominate them.

Source: Huffington Post and WBTW

These facts about prisons will scare the sh*t out of you

This video about American prison systems is one of the most frightening representations imaginable of what’s happening in this country. It turns out that corporations are learning that prison labor is among the cheapest labor available.

President Obama spoke out against mass incarceration recently, but it’s hard to fathom that even a voice as loud as the president’s can keep people away from the greatest source of profitable labor since slavery.

Watch the video. Tell your friends. Black people, this is a holocaust.

Source: These facts about prisons will scare the sh*t out of you

NAACP suing because Voter IDs are Racist “They affect Everyone Except for White People”

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The NAACP and the U.S. Department of Justice now have a lawsuit to overturn the state’s new voting laws passed by GOP lawmakers in Raleigh two years ago.

The lawsuit claims that voter ID requirement affects everyone from every race, unless they are white.

In what they called “Moral Monday,” Rev. William Barber was the first to take the stand. He testified that the new voting rules are not only discriminatory, but, were devised to suppress black and Latino voting.

“This is our Selma,” Barber said in a press release. “North Carolina was the first state to pass a restrictive voting law after the Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act in 2013, and it is the worst voter suppression law the country has seen since 1965.

The people of North Carolina are standing up — in the courts and the streets — because we refuse to accept the revival of Jim Crow tactics used to block access to the ballot for African-American and Latino voters.”

The voter ID laws affect everyone equally because they are not limited to a certain class or race, yet for some reason democrats and the NAACP seem to think only white people have the ability to get an ID.

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Pigs Delete Over An Hour Of Video Showing Them Shooting Teen 16 Times, 9 Times in The Back

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Chicago, Illinois – As more details come to light about the death of 17-year old Laquan McDonald, the more it seems that the Chicago police department is involved in a massive cover-up. On the night of October 20, 2014 McDonald was shot sixteen times by Chicago police officers.McDonald was gunned down near a Burger King, where police responded to a call about a suspicious man with a knife, or so they say. Very few details are actually known about the events that transpired leading up to the young man’s death. However, police claim that the young boy posed a serious threat to their lives, so they had no choice but to draw their weapons and shoot him over a dozen times.

According to the Medical Examiners report, nine of sixteen the shots hit McDonald in the back.

According to the Medical Examiners report, nine of sixteen the shots hit McDonald in the back.

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Eric Garner’s Family REJECTS $5,000,000 Settlement From The NYPD

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New York City officials say that the family of Eric Garner just rejected their cash settlement offer of $5,000,000. The money was offered in order to settle a suit filed in the wrongful death of Garner, 43, after an NYPD police officer choked him to death for selling lose cigarettes in New York City.

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Pigs at Agawam (MA) Six Flags Brutalize A Brother for Filming Them

Date of Incident: 7-6-2015
Officers Involved: Unidentified Agawam Police and Six Flags Security

Me and my girlfriend were leaving Six Flags -New England- and saw some police and security guards had detained a group of three men. I have no idea what the exact issue was, it appeared that a woman had complained about something and they were investigating. A separate person, who was not not involved, was recording the investigation as it unfolded. When the police were done they let the group of three men go. A cop then went up to this kid in the video and appeared to be asking him for his phone, which he had been using to record the incident. The guy refused and the cop tried to grab it. This is when I started recording, as I could tell this particular cop was acting way out of line. The situation escalates and the cops detain him. There was an ugly struggle but the man appeared to be complying as you will see in the video. There is a small part that is blurry, unfortunately, but out of nowhere the cop really twists his arm after he is walking fine and complying. He does it so hard that the guy gets slammed to the ground. They take him off into some off-limit area and I am not sure what happened after.

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The Terrible story of Shell in Nigeria

The Global Campaign to dismantle corporate power and end impunity organized on Tuesday a public debate about “alternatives for justice” at the United Nations Square, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Social movements and organizations are gathering there in parallel to the first session of the Intergovernmental Working Group of the UN Human Rights Council on transnational corporations and human rights, in front of the official UN Headquarters, the Palais des Nations.

The activity highlighted the concept of ecocide and the rights of the communities affected by big transnational corporations. Real World Radio shares the presentation of one of the speakers, Godwin Ojo, Executive Director at Environmental Rights Action-Friends of the Earth Nigeria, who made reference to Shell´s abuses in his country.

Source: The terrible story of Shell in Nigeria