Director Cristina Sarnoff discusses the epidemic of modern day slavery, which encompasses sex slavery, construction slaves, garment worker, fishing slaves, and more, and how American consumers and corporations are complicit in exploiting people and labor around the world to maximize profits in this excerpt from Buzzsaw, hosted by Sean Stone.
Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:
by Kijani Tashiri Askari and Akili Castlin
The Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary defines the word “hostility” as 1) a hostile state, condition or attitude; enmity; antagonism; unfriendliness; 2) a hostile act; 3) Opposition or resistance to an idea, plan project, etc.; 4) acts of warfare; 5) war.
So our initial question to the people is: “What does hostility mean to you?” During the process of constructing our position on this issue, a wise man was asked his thoughts on our “Agreement to End Hostilities” (AEH) and he stated:
“The inclusion of the agreement to end race-based hostilities to our struggle against California’s solitary confinement policies represents a qualitative leap of the insight of all prison nationalities and unites us beyond the fight to free ourselves from CDCR’s torture units. Its promise may foreshadow the triumph of prisoners’ quests for full human recognition.”
It has been said that the average…
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LBN’s Bob Donley reports that the harsh, mandatory sentences that began being imposed in the 1980s to combat drug operations have filled our prisons, but mostly with nonviolent offenders charged merely with possession. Now, 25% of the world’s prison population is here in the United States.
Arise America TV Host interviews Jeff regarding the struggle exonerees go through to survive after a wrongful conviction
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IRP Solutions Executives Fit Well Into Obama’s Tech Insurgency, Says Advocacy Group, A Just Cause
The Case Investigative Life Cycle (CILC) Software
Developed by IRP6 Followed President Obama’s Approach to Solving
Washington’s Technology Woes
advocacy organization, A Just Cause, believes that the IRP6 could
assist the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and other federal law
enforcement agencies with the overhaul of their case management
technology and increase their overall effectiveness in conducting
international and domestic terrorism investigations in the same way
Silicon Valley technology professionals were used by President Obama to
help fix the Obamacare website (healthcare.gov) and are currently being
deployed at other federal agencies. “Unfortunately, these six technology
innovators remain in prison after suffering an indisputable wrongful
conviction, the facts of which have been exposed by AJC on the Internet
and disseminated to President Obama, Attorney General Lynch and members
of Congress,” says Cliff Stewart, A Just Cause.
The IRP6 case
concerns an African-American company (IRP Solutions Corporation) in
Colorado that developed the Case Investigative Life Cycle investigative
case management software for federal, state and local law enforcement.
The “IRP6″ (David A. Banks, Kendrick Barnes, Clinton A. Stewart,
Demetrius K. Harper, Gary L. Walker and David A. Zirpolo) were convicted
in 2011 after being accused of mail and wire fraud. (D. Ct. No.
1:09-CR-00266-CMA). The IRP6 have been incarcerated for 36 months in a
federal prison in Florence, Colorado while A Just Cause continues to
fight for their exoneration.
In a recent interview with Fast Company magazine‘s
editor-in-chief Robert Safian, President Barack Obama discussed his
recruiting of top tech talent from Silicon Valley to help modernize
Washington’s information technology. “If we can leverage the best
technology teams in the world and pair them with some really effective
government managers, then we can get a really big payoff,” Obama said.
“You know, the federal government is full of really smart people, with a
lot of integrity who work really hard and do some incredible stuff. And
it is on par with the private sector on all those measures. But
technology [has been] terrible,” Obama added. “Government has done
technology and IT terribly over the last 30 years and fallen very much
behind the private sector. And when I came into government, what
surprised me most was the gap… so in our policy making, we’re trying
to make sure that insights and knowledge coming out of tech are
informing how we are thinking about regulations, how we think about
opportunities to solve big challenges,” Obama elaborated.
discussed the challenges and failures of the FBI’s recent case
management modernization initiatives. In 2005 the FBI launched the
Sentinel project to modernize their case management system after failure
of the $400 million Virtual Case File project by SAIC in 2004. Lockheed
Martin was awarded the Sentinel contract which ended up costing
taxpayers another $825 million dollars. The Sentinel project “started
unraveling” when the bureau tried to “build… an independent electronic
case management system,” says Israel.
“In developing CILC Case
Management, we teamed with some very smart and dedicated law enforcement
professionals from the FBI, DHS and NYPD,” says David Banks (IRP6),
Chief Operating Officer of IRP Solutions Corporation, “and we got a
really big payoff with a case management solution that enables our law
enforcement to work smarter and help them stay ahead of threats like
ISIS. Being a part of the IRP team has been one of the most gratifying
accomplishments of my life,” adds Banks.
On July 15, 2015, the Wall Street Journal
reported that DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz found that the
DEA’s confidential-source program “lacks sufficient oversight and lacks
consistency with the rules” and diverges from the regulations for other
parts of the Justice Department.
documents in the IRP6 case show that DHS officials were working towards
acquiring CILC Confidential Informant Module and on December 7, 2004,
requested formal quotes for the CILC Confidential Informant module as
well as the Case Management module for inclusion into their 2005 budget
exercise. “Bill Witherspoon and Stephen Cooper of DHS’s Consolidated
Enforcement Environment initiative told me that their team was highly
interested in Confidential Informant module,” says Banks. The
Confidential Informant module was designed based on input from senior
law enforcement officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and
the FBI. CILC incorporates U.S. policy and guidelines as part of the
functionality. It certainly could provide the DEA with a modern system
to manage all of their confidential sources consistent with
attorney-general guidelines,” adds Banks.
has also been much debate regarding the elimination of the NSA’s bulk
phone-records collection program and the resulting impediment of law
enforcement to acquire timely phone records via a slower search warrant
process,” says Banks. “The CILC Search Warrant module computerizes the
entire search warrant process and expedites judicial approval. Upon the
entry of the affidavit by an agent, it is immediately routed to the
judicial authorities via secure means for authorization and expedited
return to agent for immediate investigation,” add Banks. “In adhering to
the USA Freedom Act legislation, I see other ways CILC can accelerate
the return of information from the phone company to law enforcement,”
records show that in February 2009, the Philadelphia Police Department
was in the process of purchasing the CILC Search Warrant module as a
part of their modernization initiative. Philadelphia Director of
Information Technology, Gerry Cardenas, said that “CILC was exactly what
Philadelphia Police Department was looking to purchase” and “PPD was
very close to having the (CILC) product installed.” “CILC is adaptable
to any agency’s processes, procedures and policy, which makes it
suitable for federal, state and local law enforcement operations,”
Cause will continue to publicize the terrible facts that led to the
IRP6’s wrongful conviction to try and shock the conscience of President
Obama, AG Lynch and members of Congress. The case is so bizarre that
retired federal appellate judge, the Honorable H. Lee Sarokin, who was
appointed to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals by President Bill Clinton,
has spoken out against the wrongful conviction,”
says Stewart. “It is un-American and grossly unfair for these bright
and talented technology entrepreneurs to continue to endure this gross
injustice and languish in prison for crime they didn’t commit when their
invention could be making a difference for this country,” concludes
Related press releases: http://www.a-justcause.com/#!2015-press-releases/cl69
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Originally posted on The Chicago Defender:
Hyde Park Chicago Teen Dead at 17
Connita Richarsdon’s mother in tears says they want answers abut daughters murderer.
Just one day before Sandy Brown was arrested and jailed in Texas, a female was found dead in an abandoned Gary, Ind. building in the 700 block of East 7th Avenue in Gary Tuesday night, authorities said. She was identified as a 17-year-old girl from Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
The deceased name was Connita L. Richardson, a resident of the 800 block of East Hyde Park Boulevard. She would have been a senior at Dunbar High School this fall.
The police initially received an anonymous call around 7:20 pm tipped police about a suspicious person inside an abandoned building, according to a statement from Gary police. When officers arrived, they found the body of an unidentified female lying facedown with “minor trauma to the body,” police said. Gary police Sgt…
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This is a 40 second excerpt of Dr. Cornel West’s speech in Newark at 7/25/15 where he talks about the children killed in Palestine and the victims of U.S. drone attacks