[video] Seattle Cop Pepper Sprays Innocent Teacher Talking on Cellphone at MLK Rally

WTF was a perfect way to summon up why in the world did this female cop pepper spray this teacher and the female walking next to him when no immediate threat seemed to be apparent.

via Mediate

A teacher has filed suit against the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department after a female officer pepper-sprayed him directly in the face after a MLK Day rally.

Garfield High School teacher Jesse Hagopian had just spoken at the event and was walking past a police blockade, talking on his cell phone, when the unidentified cop began shouting at passersby, spraying them with a chemical irritant.

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[video] Thousands remember Eric Garner, Michael Brown on MLK Day

Continued prejudice against African-Americans and other minorities was the central focus of this weekend’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemorations. While honoring the civil rights icon who led millions in acts of civil disobedience throughout the country, marchers also called for a change to the justice system they feel continues to unfairly target communities of color, citing the recent deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. RT’s Manila Chan and Alexey Yaroshevsky attended rallies in Washington and New York.

KING Family Up In Arms Over Spielberg Biopic


via Variety

Is DreamWorks’ dream of bringing a Martin Luther King Jr. biopic to the bigscreen about to be shattered?

One day after Daily Variety reported that Steven Spielberg had gained full access to the King Estate for what would be the first-ever narrative feature about the slain civil rights leader, two of King’s children are threatening legal action over the project.

Bernice King and Martin Luther King III have been embroiled in a legal battle with brother Dexter King, who is chairman-CEO of the King Estate, over who controls the personal papers of their late mother, Coretta Scott King. Bernice King told the Associated Press on Tuesday: “This is a deal that Mr. Spielberg and his people … have entered into believing that they have the blessing of the King Estate. They don’t have the blessings of Bernice and Martin King.” Continue reading

[Op-Ed] Why “Black” America Must Be Patient with Obama


via Newsweek

As soon as my jam-packed plane hit the ground in Washington, I instantly felt a kind of shift in the air. D.C. has long been called the “chocolate city” for its large number of African-American residents. But on this particular weekend—the historic one before the swearing-in of the first African-American president—the city was transformed into a sort of chocolate Disney World. The streets were filled with thousands of smiling, almost giddy, brown faces. Young and old wandered joyfully and endlessly in the freezing cold, searching for any souvenir with Barack Obama‘s face on it. “This is what hope looks like,” I remarked to one of my friends as we walked by a man selling T shirts with a picture of the White House and the slogan THE BLACK HOUSE.

Ever since Barack Obama and his family hit the national scene two years ago, African-Americans have balanced our greatest hopes against our fears of disappointment. Would he run? Would he win the nomination? Would he, could he, win the presidency? On the broadest level, Obama has fulfilled our dreams just by taking office. African-American boys I know in South-Central Los Angeles who wore cornrows and once dreamed of nothing more than living to the age of 18 without being shot down are now entering barbershops to ask for the no-nonsense Obama haircut. Teenage girls I mentor who once yearned only for a date with someone who lived “the thug life,” are now giving the nerd in the front of the class a second look. Continue reading

“Anything Possible,” Obama Tells Joyous Crowd from Steps of Lincoln Memorial



via My Way News

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two days from the White House, President-elect Barack Obama joined a vast throng Sunday at a joyous pre-inauguration celebration staged among marble monuments to past heroes. “Anything is possible in America,” declared the man who will confront economic crisis and two wars when he takes office.

“Despite the enormity of the task that lies ahead, I stand here today as hopeful as ever that the United States of America will endure – that it will prevail, that the dream of our founders will live on in our time,” the president-elect said at the conclusion of a musical extravaganza that featured U2, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen and a host of other stars.

Obama and his family held the seats of honor at the event, and a crowd of tens of thousands spilled from the base of the Lincoln Memorial toward the Washington Monument several blocks away in the cold, gray afternoon of mid-January.

It was the high point of a full day of pre-inaugural events that included a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery and a morning church service where children recalled the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.Obama Inauguration

Obama’s motorcade drew ever-larger crowds as the day wore on and he and his wife, Michelle, and their children Sasha and Malia crisscrossed the city.

“Just another typical Sunday,” deadpanned the Rev. Derrick Harkins, pastor at the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, where the soon-to-be first family prayed.

Of course it was anything but – a run-up, in fact, to the first inauguration of an African-American president in a nation founded by slave-owners.

Obama’s aides said he was readying an inaugural address that would stress twin themes of responsibility and accountability, and they predicted he would devote his first week in office to economic recovery, setting in motion a 16-month troop withdrawal from Iraq and decreeing a code of ethics for his administration. Continue reading

[Op-Ed] Yes We Can…A Tribute to KINGS


By PMoor

Nothing but the highest order of homage is due to the incoming President of the United States of America, the esteemed senator from Illionois, Mr. Barack Obama.  We are less than twenty four hours away from witnessing an event that will forever CHANGE the fabric of time by symbolically representing the end of a universal lie told about the inferiority of the sons of Africa.  The global diaspora is littered with them, them being migrators and travelers who carried civilization to all four korners of the globe.  It was foretold in their tradition that the student would betray the teacher though, and assassinate him, if not in the physical like kung fu but in the spiritual via his “character” like politics.   

So character assassination became the order of the day and agencies have been created to perpetruate little white LIES on a grand scale.  For one individual to come along out of the halls of the Senate, none the less and turn that entire lie on its head in a fraction of the time that it took to create the “Matrix of Lies” if you will, that hat trick is nothing less that pure genius.  Continue reading

[Op-Ed] Obama is NO King


by Black Agenda Report

“The cheap artwork and mindless sentimentality that seeks to elevate Obama to the level of King and Malcolm X is an affront to the memory of those men.”

In 2009, the official celebration of Martin Luther King’s birthday will take place on January 19th. Barack Obama will be inaugurated president of the United States on the following day. Obama’s election is seen by many as the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream of a just society providing equal rights to all of its citizens. Despite the frenzied and dishonest efforts to link the two men, it is clear that Obama’s elevation to power symbolizes not that King’s hopes have been realized, but that they have been dashed.

It is right that King’s birth should be celebrated as a national holiday. Unfortunately the nature of that celebration does little to tell us what King’s actual achievements were or how they should be remembered. The man who is continually painted as a mere starry eyed dreamer was anything but. He did not want to end segregation solely for the purpose of elevating black people into high positions, as the Obama worshippers would have us believe. King never strayed from his goal of giving every American full citizenship rights, ending grinding poverty, and making the United States act as a force for justice in the world.

Despite the enormous odds against him, King succeeded in unleashing the pent up anger and righteous demands of millions of oppressed people. Because of those demands, President Lyndon Johnson and other politicians were forced to reckon with that movement and with King himself. Not only were the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act enacted because of popular pressure, but the very nature of American political life and society changed in ways that are still being felt. Continue reading

Congressional Black Caucus Presents Obama with Phoenix Award

via Epoch Times

Washington, D.C—Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama spoke on economic and racial injustice as he received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Phoenix award at the 38th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) dinner on Sept. 27 in Washington, D.C.

Senator Barack Obama received the honor, just one night after the first presidential debate with John McCain. According to the CNN Opinion Corp. Survey, 51 percent of viewers polled said that Barack Obama did a better job in the debate, compared to 38 percent who said that John McCain did a better job.

Senator Obama kept in step with his presidential campaign in a speech addressing the economic concerns of the middle class: declining incomes, job loss, and the housing crisis. “Black and brown families are twice as likely to face foreclosure from sub-prime loans,” said Obama. Continue reading

Mos Pays Tribute to MLK and J Dilla


Mos Def will be breezing through Ann Arbor, Michigan to keep the flame lit in the memory of Detroit based producer J Dilla on MLK Day. In honor of the prolific producer and the Civil Rights icon, Mos will be hitting the University of Michigan’s stage with his “Big Band Ensemble,” a collection of live musicians.  Portions of the proceeds will go to the J Dilla Foundation which funds research for lupus and provides exposure to the arts for underprivileged children.  To read more of this article CLICK HERE