tchallmedia:

Trans-Ally 201: A Workshop for the Community | June 21st, 2014 | Washington, DC
Kayley Whalen, Digital Strategies & Social Media Manager at The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Trans Ally 201 was an informative and interactive learning experience. It helped activists gain a deeper understanding of transgender issues and advocacy. They looked at how the trans community experiences oppression, including high rates of incarceration, harassment and hate crimes and high unemployment rates. Participants were challenged to gain a deeper understanding of gender and how it influences their lives as well as what it means to be a transgender ally.

tchallmedia:

Trans-Ally 201: A Workshop for the Community | June 21st, 2014 | Washington, DC

Kayley Whalen, Digital Strategies & Social Media Manager at The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Trans Ally 201 was an informative and interactive learning experience. It helped activists gain a deeper understanding of transgender issues and advocacy. They looked at how the trans community experiences oppression, including high rates of incarceration, harassment and hate crimes and high unemployment rates. Participants were challenged to gain a deeper understanding of gender and how it influences their lives as well as what it means to be a transgender ally.

nativeamericannews:

What’s the Most Popular Native American Language in Your State?
Using the American Community Survey—part of the Census—Ben Blatt of Slate has created some rather interesting language maps of the country.The survey asks a number of questions, one of which is what language is spoken in your home, participants then fill in a blank box.

nativeamericannews:

What’s the Most Popular Native American Language in Your State?

Using the American Community Survey—part of the Census—Ben Blatt of Slate has created some rather interesting language maps of the country.
The survey asks a number of questions, one of which is what language is spoken in your home, participants then fill in a blank box.




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Welcome Home Celebration & Fundraiser for Eddie Conway | May 8th, 2014 | Baltimore, MD
Mr. Conway was convicted of the April 1970 killing of a Baltimore police officer. Conway has always maintained his innocence. At the time of his arrest and trial, he was a prominent member of the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party, the militant black-rights organization that was the principal focus of COINTELPRO, the FBI’s illegal “counterintelligence program.” The FBI, under the leadership of J. Edgar Hoover, surveilled and infiltrated Black Panther chapters from coast to coast, disrupting their organizing activities, often with violence.The prosecution alleged Conway was behind the fatal shooting of Baltimore police officer Donald Sager. The case hinged on the testimony of a police officer and a jailhouse informant, who claimed Conway described the crime while they were sharing a cell. Former Baltimore NAACP President Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, a longtime supporter of Conway’s, told The Baltimore Sun: “This was when the COINTEL program was at its height. … They did not have a witness who saw him there. They had no fingerprints or evidence there. They basically convicted him on the basis of what we now call an informant.” A global movement grew calling for Conway’s release. In 2001, the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution asking the Maryland governor to pardon him.Conway’s arrest happened a full year before a group of anti-war activists broke into the FBI field office in Media, PA., and took thousands of pages of classified FBI documents and released them to the press. The word “COINTELPRO” was exposed for the first time.One of Conway’s attorneys for more than 20 years, Bob Boyle, explained: “Mr. Conway’s trial took place in January of 1971. The break-in at the office in Media, Pennsylvania, which led to the disclosures concerning COINTELPRO, did not occur until April of 1971. So Eddie went to trial at a time when COINTELPRO was still active and the jury did not know that there was this campaign to neutralize the leadership and the organization of the Black Panther Party.”It was in this environment that the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party was created. Conway had been in the U.S. Army in Germany and was bound for Vietnam. Then, in the summer of 1967, he saw a photo of the riots in Newark, N.J. and said, “They put armored personnel carriers in the center of the black community, and they pointed .50 caliber machine guns at about 25 or 30 black women standing on a corner … something was wrong with that picture, and I could probably come home and help join some efforts to reform that.”He joined the NAACP, and he joined CORE (the Congress of Racial Equality). He continued: “I looked at all the different organizations, and the Black Panther Party represented at least a serious attempt to start feeding the children, to start educating the population, to start organizing health care and stuff like that. So I joined and started working with them.”What Conway didn’t know was that the Baltimore chapter of the Panthers was actually created by a police infiltrator. Conway became suspicious of one of the local Black Panther leaders. He told me: “There was a defense captain named Warren Hart, he worked for the National Security Agency. … I was instrumental in exposing him after a lengthy investigation, and he fled the country.” Not long after exposing the agent, Conway was arrested for the charges that ultimately landed him in prison for close to 44 years.
http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/3/6/44_years_a_prisoner_the_case

tchallmedia:

Welcome Home Celebration & Fundraiser for Eddie Conway | May 8th, 2014 | Baltimore, MD

Mr. Conway was convicted of the April 1970 killing of a Baltimore police officer. Conway has always maintained his innocence. At the time of his arrest and trial, he was a prominent member of the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party, the militant black-rights organization that was the principal focus of COINTELPRO, the FBI’s illegal “counterintelligence program.” The FBI, under the leadership of J. Edgar Hoover, surveilled and infiltrated Black Panther chapters from coast to coast, disrupting their organizing activities, often with violence.

The prosecution alleged Conway was behind the fatal shooting of Baltimore police officer Donald Sager. The case hinged on the testimony of a police officer and a jailhouse informant, who claimed Conway described the crime while they were sharing a cell. Former Baltimore NAACP President Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, a longtime supporter of Conway’s, told The Baltimore Sun: “This was when the COINTEL program was at its height. … They did not have a witness who saw him there. They had no fingerprints or evidence there. They basically convicted him on the basis of what we now call an informant.” A global movement grew calling for Conway’s release. In 2001, the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution asking the Maryland governor to pardon him.

Conway’s arrest happened a full year before a group of anti-war activists broke into the FBI field office in Media, PA., and took thousands of pages of classified FBI documents and released them to the press. The word “COINTELPRO” was exposed for the first time.

One of Conway’s attorneys for more than 20 years, Bob Boyle, explained: “Mr. Conway’s trial took place in January of 1971. The break-in at the office in Media, Pennsylvania, which led to the disclosures concerning COINTELPRO, did not occur until April of 1971. So Eddie went to trial at a time when COINTELPRO was still active and the jury did not know that there was this campaign to neutralize the leadership and the organization of the Black Panther Party.”

It was in this environment that the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party was created. Conway had been in the U.S. Army in Germany and was bound for Vietnam. Then, in the summer of 1967, he saw a photo of the riots in Newark, N.J. and said, “They put armored personnel carriers in the center of the black community, and they pointed .50 caliber machine guns at about 25 or 30 black women standing on a corner … something was wrong with that picture, and I could probably come home and help join some efforts to reform that.”

He joined the NAACP, and he joined CORE (the Congress of Racial Equality). He continued: “I looked at all the different organizations, and the Black Panther Party represented at least a serious attempt to start feeding the children, to start educating the population, to start organizing health care and stuff like that. So I joined and started working with them.”

What Conway didn’t know was that the Baltimore chapter of the Panthers was actually created by a police infiltrator. Conway became suspicious of one of the local Black Panther leaders. He told me: “There was a defense captain named Warren Hart, he worked for the National Security Agency. … I was instrumental in exposing him after a lengthy investigation, and he fled the country.” Not long after exposing the agent, Conway was arrested for the charges that ultimately landed him in prison for close to 44 years.

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/3/6/44_years_a_prisoner_the_case

tchallmedia:

Washington, D.C. Community Rallies for Kidnapped Nigerian Girls | May 6th, 2014 | Washington DC
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Supporters rallied at the Embassy of Nigeria on May 6, 2014 at 10 am to pressure idle government officials to take measurable actions to save the newly estimated 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in the northeastern Nigerian village of Chibok. Insufficient response from the Nigerian Government in the two weeks following the abduction prompted organizers to plan a public demonstration demanding that the Nigerian military and police uphold their duty to deploy search and rescue efforts. This act of solidarity in the nation’s capital followed the bold example set by hundreds of mothers who marched for their missing daughters in the capital city of Abuja, Nigeria on April 30.Following the march in Abuja, BBC News Africa reported that more than 20 senators requested a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan. No details of their discussions are known yet, but this action suggests forward progress made by government officials. Ralliers in Washington, D.C. hoped to incite similar political action from His Excellency Adebowale Adefuye, the ambassador from Nigeria to the United States, and his colleagues at the consulate.All reports stated that over 200 teenage girls were taking a final exam at their school on April 14, when they were abducted by armed members of the terrorist group Boko Haram. According to the Guardian, the kidnapped girls are being taken as brides by the militants. Rally organizer Lola Adele-Oso remarks, “Anyone can relate to this story because those girls could be your sisters, daughters, or cousins; and you wouldn’t just sit on your hands while they’re being brutalized simply for going to school.” She believed that the rally attracted not just Nigerian Americans like herself, but also a diverse crowd of men and women who champion a range of social justice causes like women’s empowerment, sex trafficking, education, and connecting the African diaspora.The protest occurred on the eve of the World Economic Forum on Africa, which will be held in Abuja on May 7-9. Adele-Oso and co-organizers intended to mount pressure and media attention on Nigeria as global leaders descend upon Africa’s largest economy.

tchallmedia:

Washington, D.C. Community Rallies for Kidnapped Nigerian Girls | May 6th, 2014 | Washington DC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Supporters rallied at the Embassy of Nigeria on May 6, 2014 at 10 am to pressure idle government officials to take measurable actions to save the newly estimated 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in the northeastern Nigerian village of Chibok. Insufficient response from the Nigerian Government in the two weeks following the abduction prompted organizers to plan a public demonstration demanding that the Nigerian military and police uphold their duty to deploy search and rescue efforts. This act of solidarity in the nation’s capital followed the bold example set by hundreds of mothers who marched for their missing daughters in the capital city of Abuja, Nigeria on April 30.

Following the march in Abuja, BBC News Africa reported that more than 20 senators requested a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan. No details of their discussions are known yet, but this action suggests forward progress made by government officials. Ralliers in Washington, D.C. hoped to incite similar political action from His Excellency Adebowale Adefuye, the ambassador from Nigeria to the United States, and his colleagues at the consulate.

All reports stated that over 200 teenage girls were taking a final exam at their school on April 14, when they were abducted by armed members of the terrorist group Boko Haram. According to the Guardian, the kidnapped girls are being taken as brides by the militants. Rally organizer Lola Adele-Oso remarks, “Anyone can relate to this story because those girls could be your sisters, daughters, or cousins; and you wouldn’t just sit on your hands while they’re being brutalized simply for going to school.” She believed that the rally attracted not just Nigerian Americans like herself, but also a diverse crowd of men and women who champion a range of social justice causes like women’s empowerment, sex trafficking, education, and connecting the African diaspora.

The protest occurred on the eve of the World Economic Forum on Africa, which will be held in Abuja on May 7-9. Adele-Oso and co-organizers intended to mount pressure and media attention on Nigeria as global leaders descend upon Africa’s largest economy.

genderedboy:

"Why do you want this job?"

Because under capitalism I am forced to sell my labor in order to subsist.

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thepeoplesrecord:

Ride for Freedom: An anti-deportation internationalist motorcade demonstration in NYC
April 8, 2014

A caravan of NYC activists –in solidarity with immigration resistance– rode in “Ride for Freedom: an Anti-deportation Internationalist motorcade”, to arrive to the Immigration and Costumes Enforcement Detention Facility at 182-22 150Avenue, Queens, NY for a noise demonstration on Sunday.

The demo was a success, there were no arrests and we made our voices heard loud and clear against the cruelty of the prison complex and against the massive deportations taking place recently. The demonstration was also in solidarity with the hunger strikes: “This month alone, 1,000 immigrant detainees in Washington state launched a hunger strike against inhuman conditions and deportation. Demonstrators outside chained themselves together and blocked deportation busses bound for the border.”

We were joined by class traitors such as: the riot police from the prison, the prison guards (who in their confusion and not knowing what to do started filming us, even though we were fully aware there is CCTV everywhere outside the prison in plane sight.) There was also a white van apparently used for prison transport, a few cop cars and a police van to carry arrestees.

This is the call for the noise demo:

“Immigrants across the country are standing up. This month alone, 1,000 immigrant detainees in Washington State launched a hunger strike against inhuman conditions and deportation. Demonstrators outside chained themselves together and blocked deportation busses bound for the border. In San Diego, 150 previously deported Mexican immigrants re-crossed the U.S-Mexico border to rejoin their families in an act of civil disobedience. And in Texas, immigrant detainees have declared a second hunger strike against detention and deportation.

In New York City, the American Dream remains a nightmare. After crossing militarized borders, immigrants arrive to find only brutal exploitation, racist cops, cruel bosses, and dilapidated housing. The state government refuses to provide financial aid for undocumented college students, robbing immigrant youth of a future.

Against these obscenities, the recent wave of immigrant resistance offers hope to everyone who is poor, exploited, policed or incarcerated. Stand with the rebels in Washington, California and Texas! Together we can demolish every jail and every border, and share the wealth and freedom that belongs to us all.”

Source

(Source: thepeoplesrecord)

tchallmedia:

AIPAC Protest: For Palestinian Rights, No War On Iran
Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss speaking on AIPAC
Washington, DC – March 2nd, 2014 - During the Israel lobby AIPAC’s annual policy conference, CODEPINK and other activists demonstrated outside as a part of a protest dubbed “Boycott AIPAC,” calling for an end to AIPAC policies that promote war and human rights violations. The name of the protest is a reference to the growing international movement to impose Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) on the state of Israel until it ends the occupation of Palestine, complies with international law, and allows Palestinian refugees the right of return to their homeland.Activists across the world have joined the protests through a social media campaign to jam the AIPAC conference Twitter hash tags, #AIPAC14 and #AIPACpride, and activists have effectively taken over the online conversation. A controversial parody video of the AIPAC conference promotional clip has also gone viral, and AIPAC has threatened to sue CODEPINK over it.A themed protest took place throughout the day to expose AIPAC’s dangerous foreign policy positions. These themes included calls for no war on Iran, an end to Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank, and an end to billions of US taxpayer dollars every year in military aid to Israel. Activists have been bolstered by the global expansion of the BDS movement and the weakened AIPAC stranglehold over Congress. Protesters had “boycott stations” set up to inform about which products to boycott to support the Palestinian BDS movement.“AIPAC has pushed for US military intervention in Syria and for the ‘military option’ in Iran, but both of these positions are rejected by the American people, who want a foreign policy that focuses on diplomacy,” says CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin. “It’s time our elected officials show their independence from AIPAC’s belligerent stand.”What is AIPAC?The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (or AIPAC) is a lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the United States.AIPAC describes itself as the most important organization affecting the U.S. relationship with Israel.  With a budget of $65 million, and membership now standing at over 100,000, it is no wonder that congressional staffers consider it one of the most powerful and effective lobbies on Capitol Hill.

tchallmedia:

AIPAC Protest: For Palestinian Rights, No War On Iran

Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss speaking on AIPAC

Washington, DC – March 2nd, 2014 - During the Israel lobby AIPAC’s annual policy conference, CODEPINK and other activists demonstrated outside as a part of a protest dubbed “Boycott AIPAC,” calling for an end to AIPAC policies that promote war and human rights violations. The name of the protest is a reference to the growing international movement to impose Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) on the state of Israel until it ends the occupation of Palestine, complies with international law, and allows Palestinian refugees the right of return to their homeland.

Activists across the world have joined the protests through a social media campaign to jam the AIPAC conference Twitter hash tags, #AIPAC14 and #AIPACpride, and activists have effectively taken over the online conversation. A controversial parody video of the AIPAC conference promotional clip has also gone viral, and AIPAC has threatened to sue CODEPINK over it.

A themed protest took place throughout the day to expose AIPAC’s dangerous foreign policy positions. These themes included calls for no war on Iran, an end to Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank, and an end to billions of US taxpayer dollars every year in military aid to Israel. Activists have been bolstered by the global expansion of the BDS movement and the weakened AIPAC stranglehold over Congress. Protesters had “boycott stations” set up to inform about which products to boycott to support the Palestinian BDS movement.

“AIPAC has pushed for US military intervention in Syria and for the ‘military option’ in Iran, but both of these positions are rejected by the American people, who want a foreign policy that focuses on diplomacy,” says CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin. “It’s time our elected officials show their independence from AIPAC’s belligerent stand.”


What is AIPAC?

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (or AIPAC) is a lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the United States.

AIPAC describes itself as the most important organization affecting the U.S. relationship with Israel.  With a budget of $65 million, and membership now standing at over 100,000, it is no wonder that congressional staffers consider it one of the most powerful and effective lobbies on Capitol Hill.

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Somos noticia en el mundo, menos en Venezuela

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tchallmedia:

Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death Book Release | Washington DC | February 15th, 2014
Some believe that a kiss is one of the most intimate connections that two people can share but when it comes to Washington, D.C.’s Lipstick Serial Killer; a mere kiss could easily equate to death. The “Kiss of Death,” as she is known to the public; preys on attractive, young, black men with only one objective in mind: TO KILL! Sealing each murder with a sinful kiss to the frontal lobe, The “Kiss of Death” plots to destroy every man in her path for as long as she can. Tomorrow Robinson is an intelligent, beautiful and strikingly witty young woman with a bright future ahead. With pressures from her mother Janet to be perfect, she strives to be the best at everything she does; even if it means being seductively sneaky and down right malicious. Tomorrow has a secret that holds the key to many unanswered questions; secrets that could ultimately destroy the lives of the people around her, or aide in ending her own. Ride along this exciting journey and experience firsthand how the art of seduction is truly played. This story is filled with seductively sneaky twists and a plot that will leave you thirsting for more. Sex, lies, and murder have never been told quite like this! To watch “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death” OFFICIAL Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvITqnJL2TU
Crystal “Xperience J” Judkins, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, began writing at the tender age of 7. From the moment she picked up a pen, she knew she’d never be able to put it down again. Coming from a musically talented and art infused family; she always had a tap in her feet and a song bellowing in her spirit. Early on, she had no doubt in her mind that the arts would be where she’d flourish. She is the author of an urban-intellectual book of poetry entitled “Unbarred: My Neo Hip-Hop Soul” and the current urban fiction novel “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death.” She is also the co-founder of Two Pens and a Grind Publications. X enjoys songwriting, recording, networking, and all around creating. Tierra “Warsan” King, a native of Herndon, Virginia, began writing in high school after an incident with classmates that sparked an exciting story. Although, she was never able to complete the story that would ultimately spark the conversation that led to the birth of “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death.” Warsan is the author of the current urban fiction novel “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death” and the co-founder of Two Pens and a Grind Publications. She enjoys writing, reading and spending time with her three children. After the death of her youngest child, she adopted her late daughter’s name “Warsan” (which translates to “wonderful news”) as her pen name and has vowed to continue writing books in her loving memory. For bookings, interviews, book reviews etc. please email these ladies at info@twopensandagrind.com or twopensandagrind@gmail.com You may also like their “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death” Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/TomorrowsSeductionKissofDeath
http://www.amazon.com/Tomorrows-Seduction-Crystal-B-Judkins/dp/0615922880

tchallmedia:

Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death Book Release | Washington DC | February 15th, 2014

Some believe that a kiss is one of the most intimate connections that two people can share but when it comes to Washington, D.C.’s Lipstick Serial Killer; a mere kiss could easily equate to death. The “Kiss of Death,” as she is known to the public; preys on attractive, young, black men with only one objective in mind: TO KILL! Sealing each murder with a sinful kiss to the frontal lobe, The “Kiss of Death” plots to destroy every man in her path for as long as she can. Tomorrow Robinson is an intelligent, beautiful and strikingly witty young woman with a bright future ahead. With pressures from her mother Janet to be perfect, she strives to be the best at everything she does; even if it means being seductively sneaky and down right malicious. Tomorrow has a secret that holds the key to many unanswered questions; secrets that could ultimately destroy the lives of the people around her, or aide in ending her own. Ride along this exciting journey and experience firsthand how the art of seduction is truly played. This story is filled with seductively sneaky twists and a plot that will leave you thirsting for more. Sex, lies, and murder have never been told quite like this! To watch “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death” OFFICIAL Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvITqnJL2TU

Crystal “Xperience J” Judkins, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, began writing at the tender age of 7. From the moment she picked up a pen, she knew she’d never be able to put it down again. Coming from a musically talented and art infused family; she always had a tap in her feet and a song bellowing in her spirit. Early on, she had no doubt in her mind that the arts would be where she’d flourish. She is the author of an urban-intellectual book of poetry entitled “Unbarred: My Neo Hip-Hop Soul” and the current urban fiction novel “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death.” She is also the co-founder of Two Pens and a Grind Publications. X enjoys songwriting, recording, networking, and all around creating. Tierra “Warsan” King, a native of Herndon, Virginia, began writing in high school after an incident with classmates that sparked an exciting story. Although, she was never able to complete the story that would ultimately spark the conversation that led to the birth of “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death.” Warsan is the author of the current urban fiction novel “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death” and the co-founder of Two Pens and a Grind Publications. She enjoys writing, reading and spending time with her three children. After the death of her youngest child, she adopted her late daughter’s name “Warsan” (which translates to “wonderful news”) as her pen name and has vowed to continue writing books in her loving memory. For bookings, interviews, book reviews etc. please email these ladies at info@twopensandagrind.com or twopensandagrind@gmail.com You may also like their “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death” Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/TomorrowsSeductionKissofDeath

http://www.amazon.com/Tomorrows-Seduction-Crystal-B-Judkins/dp/0615922880

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