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    It’s Not Just About Guns, It’s About Civil Rights
    By Alan Gottlieb


    Alan Gottlieb is the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation and chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. He is an American author, conservative political activist, gun rights advocate, and businessperson. Gottlieb has published over 19 books including “Shooting Blanks: Facts Don’t Matter to the Gun Ban Crowd” and “Dancing in Blood: Exposing the Gun Ban Lobby’s Playbook to Destroy Your Rights”


    When Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton openly declared war on the so-called “gun lobby” in 2015 as a cornerstone of her White House campaign, she was essentially telling tens of millions of honest American citizens that she considered their fundamental right to keep and bear arms to be a government-regulated privilege.

    At a private fund raiser last October, she was recorded telling a person that, in her opinion, the Supreme Court was wrong on the Second Amendment in its landmark 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller.

    And now she is at the head of a political party that has adopted a platform plank that does not celebrate or even defend the Second Amendment, but instead proposes to erode it while giving it lip service. That says not only everything gun owners need to know about Clinton, but also about the party she represents.

    Here’s what the Democrats have adopted, under the heading “Preventing Gun Violence”:

    "With 33,000 Americans dying every year, Democrats believe that we must finally take sensible action to address gun violence. While responsible gun ownership is part of the fabric of many communities, too many families in America have suffered from gun violence. We can respect the rights of responsible gun owners while keeping our communities safe. To build on the success of the lifesaving Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, we will expand and strengthen background checks and close dangerous loopholes in our current laws; repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) to revoke the dangerous legal immunity protections gun makers and sellers now enjoy; and keep weapons of war—such as assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines (LCAM's)—off our streets. We will fight back against attempts to make it harder for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to revoke federal licenses from law breaking gun dealers, and ensure guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists, intimate partner abusers, other violent criminals, and those with severe mental health issues. There is insufficient research on effective gun prevention policies, which is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must have the resources it needs to study gun violence as a public health issue.”

    Contrast the Democrat plank on guns with that of the Republican Party adopted a week earlier. The GOP platform talks about upholding the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, and about how that right is natural and inalienable, and predates the Constitution. It is secured by the Second Amendment, not created or granted by it, according to Republicans.

    The GOP platform reads more like an affirmation of liberty and freedom, rather than a diagnosis of a virulent disease:

    “We uphold the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, a natural inalienable right that predates the Constitution and is secured by the Second Amendment. Lawful gun ownership enables Americans to exercise their God-given right of self-defense for the safety of their homes, their loved ones, and their communities.

    “We salute the Republican Congress for defending the right to keep and bear arms by preventing the President from installing a new liberal majority on the Supreme Court. The confirmation to the Court of additional anti-gun justices would eviscerate the Second Amendment’s fundamental protections. Already, local officials in the nation’s capital and elsewhere are defying the Court’s decisions upholding an individual right to bear arms as affirmed by the Supreme Court in Heller and McDonald. We support firearm reciprocity legislation to recognize the right of law-abiding Americans to carry firearms to protect themselves and their families in all 50 states. We support constitutional carry statutes and salute the states that have passed them. We oppose ill-conceived laws that would restrict magazine capacity or ban the sale of the most popular and common modern rifle. We also oppose any effort to deprive individuals of their right to keep and bear arms without due process of law.

    “We condemn frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers and the current Administration’s illegal harassment of firearm dealers. We oppose federal licensing or registration of law-abiding gun owners, registration of ammunition, and restoration of the ill-fated Clinton gun ban. We call for a thorough investigation — by a new Republican administration — of the deadly “Fast and Furious” operation perpetrated by Department of Justice officials who approved and allowed illegal sales of guns to known violent criminals.”

    Through decades of political evolution, Democrats have become known as “the party of gun control.” Find a piece of anti-gun-rights legislation at the federal, state and even local level, and you will also find the political DNA and fingerprints of a Democrat politician.

    Worse still, the gun prohibition lobby – it really is about banning the private ownership of firearms regardless what they say for public consumption – gets cover from a national media that has even adopted their deceptive vocabulary. No longer is this anti-rights lobby identified as a “gun control” movement, but instead they are routinely labeled “gun safety” or “gun reform” activists by the press. At best, that amounts to deceptive advertising.

    Reporters and editorial writers talk about “gun violence” as though that is different from violence involving knifes, blunt objects or fists and feet. They allow gun prohibitionists to go unchallenged when talking about the “33,000 lives lost annually to gun violence,” when it is widely known that two thirds of those fatalities are suicides. But the gun ban lobby gets away with lumping all of the statistics together, thus creating a deliberately dishonest impression that all of these deaths are the result of criminal misuse of firearms.

    It should be noted for the record that in Washington State, the Legislature passed a new suicide prevention program that was championed by the Second Amendment Foundation and the National Rifle Association, in cooperation with suicide prevention specialists and a courageous Democrat state lawmaker. Gun control advocates had little to no involvement in the nearly-year-long process that led to drafting the bill and shepherding it through the legislative process.

    When the press forgets that the Second Amendment is part of a Bill of Rights that is an all-or-nothing package, instead of a civil rights buffet from which we pick and choose only those rights we like, the nation is in trouble. The First, Fourth, Fifth or Sixth amendments are just as fragile as the Second. Once a right is surrendered, we’ll never get it back.

    Second Amendment activists understand that, perhaps better than anyone. Gun owners are not simply wary of a Clinton presidency; they are alarmed by how their rights have already been treated, and how they might be further restricted. A “President Clinton” nominates Supreme Court justices and federal court judges, and that could create a legacy stretching decades that undermines, through liberal court interpretation, the Second Amendment and the individual rights foundation upon which it is based.

    When Democrats in various states initially pushed for registration of so-called “assault weapons” years ago, gun owner concerns were dismissed as paranoia. Liberals laughed when Second Amendment advocates warned that registration leads to confiscation, or at the very least, prohibition.

    Now in California, for example, these firearms have been banned after years of incrementally tougher restrictions. Even a San Francisco police officer was charged recently for allegedly having an illegal “assault weapon.”

    Likewise, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, a Democrat, recently confirmed what Second Amendment advocates have been saying all along, that anti-gunners really do want to ban firearms. She announced a new, strict approach to defining an “assault weapon” that bans firearms with similar features.

    When Hillary Clinton declares that the Supreme Court was “wrong on the Second Amendment,” it is not paranoia but experience that alarms the firearms community. In her acceptance speech, candidate Clinton insisted that, “I’m not here to repeal the Second Amendment. I’m not here to take away your guns.”

    After what FBI Director James Comey revealed about Clinton’s veracity regarding her emails, should any gun owner believe her for so much as a heartbeat? Her honesty and trustworthiness are doubted by two out of three voters, according to a recent CBS News poll.

    Of course, the battle over firearm civil rights isn’t just about Clinton and her political party’s hostility toward guns and the people who own them. There are much broader issues at stake, such as personal security and public safety, and for too long, the nation’s gun owners have been used as whipping boys for crimes they didn’t commit, and now for the acts of domestic terrorists who would love nothing better than to see American citizens unilaterally disarmed.

    In the wake of Orlando and San Bernardino, the same people encouraging Americans to be tolerant have shown only intolerance toward guns and gun owners. Instead of blaming Islamic extremism, it’s the firearm that gets targeted. After the attack in Nice that left 84 people, including three American citizens dead, has anyone clamored for restrictions on large panel trucks? Certainly not. But after Orlando, where a self-identified terrorist opened fire, killing 49 people, anti-gunners used this as a launchpad for new attacks on gun ownership.

    Recently, two gun prohibition lobbying organizations in the Pacific Northwest – Washington Ceasefire and Ceasefire Oregon – launched a campaign to ban so-called “assault weapons” in their respective states. These and similar organizations around the country have exploited tragedy and terrorist atrocity to press their gun ban agenda, and for the first time they are being honest about it.

    When asked about the timing of this gun ban effort, Washington Ceasefire President Ralph Fascitelli told the Seattle Times, “The truth is, everybody in the gun-safety movement has to be an opportunist.”

    Or, as anti-gun Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel infamously once observed, “You never want a serious crisis go to waste.”

    But is there really a “serious crisis” regarding firearms, and particularly with the semi-automatic modern sporting rifle, in the United States? Let’s look at some facts.

    In mid-June, the Wall Street Journal correctly noted that “the percentage of murders committed with rifles today (2% in 2014) is less than the 3% in the last year of the ban.” That is easily confirmed by checking the FBI Uniform Crime reports for the three most recent years available, 2012 through 2014. According to the data, rifles of any kind are involved in a fraction of homicides, and account for far fewer criminal fatalities than knives, fists or blunt instruments.

    In 2014, rifles were used in 248 of the 11,961 homicides. In 2013, according to the FBI statistics, 285 rifles were used in the 12,253 reported homicides. In 2012, rifles were used in only 322 of the 12,765 homicides.

    During those same years, again according to the FBI, 1,567 people were murdered with knives or other cutting instruments in 2014 and 435 were killed with blunt instruments. In 2013 there were 1,490 people slain with knives and other sharp objects and another 428 were beaten to death. Back in 2012, the FBI data says 1,589 people were stabbed or slashed to death and 518 more were bludgeoned. Where is the demand for restrictions on knives, axes, hatchets, machetes or swords, hammers, baseball bats and crowbars?

    The number of homicides nationally has declined over the past several years. During that same period, the number of firearms owned by private citizens has increased. A recent report from the Crime Prevention Research Center estimated that there are now more than 14.5 million citizens licensed to carry in the United States. That represents a 215 percent increase since 2007, the Center said.

    Granted, there are some troubling statistics, in places like Chicago, Washington D.C. and Baltimore. In those cities, which have very strict gun laws, murder and mayhem have increased. It should be noted that those cities all have long-standing liberal Democrat administrations. If we must point fingers of blame, those administrations should at least share the burden.

    And there is one other thing. Law enforcement overwhelmingly supports an armed citizenry. According to the 28th annual national survey of command staff law enforcement professionals National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP) published recently, 87.9 percent of respondents believe that “any vetted citizen” should be able to purchase a firearm for sport or self-defense, and 86.4 percent support “nationwide recognition of state issued concealed weapon permits.” Seventy-six percent of the respondents believe law-abiding armed citizens can help law enforcement reduce criminal activity.

    This survey was sent to 17,600 departments across the country, and more than 1,000 law enforcement professionals responded. National polling organizations routinely publish survey results based on approximately the same number of responses.

    Additionally, a 2013 survey of thousands of law enforcement officers and command staff by PoliceOne.com revealed that 71 percent of the 14,642 respondents said a federal ban on the manufacture and sale of firearms dubbed “assault weapons” would have no impact on reducing violent crime. More than 95 percent said a ban on the manufacture and sale of magazines holding more than 10 cartridges would have no effect on reducing violent crime. And 70 percent opposed the creation of a national database to track all legal gun sales.

    It is disappointing that much of this information never seems to make it into the “mainstream.” It is even more disappointing that one political party would make the erosion of a constitutionally-delineated civil right as a major plank of its 2016 campaign platform.

    And yet, the national media and the Democratic Party wonder why gun owners and gun rights organizations neither trust the press or the party.


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    New Footage of Sandra Bland’s Arrest Leads National Women’s Group to Demand DOJ Intervention

    With Widespread Questions of Police Tampering with Dashcam Footage, UltraViolet Members are Escalating Calls to the DOJ to Investigate


    Washington, DC-- As new, possibly edited, footage was released this morning of concerning and violent police behavior during the arrest of Sandra Bland, national women’s group UltraViolet is escalating pressure on Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Department of Justice to launch a full investigation. With widespread concerns that police tampered with or edited footage, thousands of UltraViolet members are calling the DOJ directly to demand intervention.

    “We cannot allow Sandra Bland’s possible murder at the hands of police to be swept under the rug,” said Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet. “New footage emerging this morning of police aggression towards Bland makes intervention by the Department of Justice more urgent than ever. We cannot allow the police to investigate themselves. The lives of black women matter and we demand a full investigation by Attorney General Lynch, and the DOJ Civil Rights Division into Sandra’s death and bias in the Waller County Police.”

    More than 40,000 UltraViolet members have called for an investigation, see the petition here:
    http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/sandra_bland/?t=1&referring_akid=2141.896840.KRfRvt

    The group is planning to escalate their campaign for justice in the coming weeks until a full investigation is completed and anyone responsible for Sandra’s death is held accountable.

    UltraViolet is an online community of over 700,000 women and men who want to take collective action to expose and fight sexism in the public sector, private sector and the media. Find out more at WeAreUltraViolet.org.


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    Multi-Faith Groups Across the Nation Respond to Southern Church Burnings with Week of Righteous Resistance


    WASHINGTON – In the somber aftermath of the tragic shootings in South Carolina, and the suspicious church burnings in several states across the south, PICO National Network’s LIVE FREE Campaign is joining a number of religious and faith-based organizations to call for a Week of Righteous Resistance (WORR) beginning this Sunday, July 12, through Saturday, July 18. Partner organizations include Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Hands Up United, One Church Liturgy, Transform Network, Urban Cusp, and Voices Project, and Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ), among a growing list.

    The LIVE FREE Campaign –a faith-based effort to reduce gun violence and end mass incarceration in our nation’s urban communities – is working with multi-faith partners to respond to these church burnings with a series of actions that create opportunities to encounter, disrupt, reimagine and act together to raise awareness on the incidents in solidarity with those directly impacted by these tragedies.

    The series of events can be followed on Twitter via #ThisIsWORR. Updates and resources are available athttp://thisisworr.org/.

    A research report identifying the connections between white supremacy groups and elected officials, corporations and churches will follow the Week of Righteous Resistance, and will demand divestment from institutions and corporations that support systemic racism.

    WHO: PICO National Network, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Hands Up United, One Church Liturgy, Transform Network, Urban Cusp, and Voices Project, and Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ).

    WHERE: Please contact Heather Cabral, heather@westendstrategy.com for a list of participating congregations nationwide.

    WHEN: Sunday, July 12-Saturday, July 18

    #ThisIsWORR DAILY DETAILS

    SUNDAY: LIVE FREE Sabbath/Sunday: preach, pray, act with emphasis on giving to the rebuilding fund

    MONDAY: Moral Monday marches in collaboration and solidarity with the movement led by Dr. William Barber of North Carolina.

    TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY: Teach-ins and Trainings on organizing, building justice ministries, the history of our struggle, and Encounter events.

    THURSDAY: Screenings of Jordan Davis documentary, 3 1/2 minutes.

    FRIDAY: Peace Walks in neighborhoods responding to inter-communal violence and inviting people to rally on Saturday (see below).

    SATURDAY: Counter-rally at state capitols to respond to the planned KKK rally in South Carolina the same day. Weekend of Righteous Resistance events are open to media, and coverage is welcome. Video, photo and interview opportunities will be available.

    LIVE FREE is a national grassroots movement of people of faith to organize in local communities to end mass incarceration, reduce rates of gun violence, and to combat police brutality, issues that disproportionately impact our brothers and sisters of color so that all communities may be able to live in freedom.

    PICO National Network is the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 45 local and state federations. PICO and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. PICO urges people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation. Learn more at www.piconetwork.org.


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    MARCH2JUSTICE KICKS OFF MONDAY, APRIL 13th

    Civil Rights group, ColorOfChange.org, will be joining the march. Executive Director of ColorofChange.org Rashad Robinson is available throughout the march for interviews. Stops are currently planned in Newark (4/13), Trenton (4/14), Philadelphia (4/15), Lincoln University (4/16), Baltimore (4/18), and finally in Washington D.C. (4/21).


    JUSTICE LEAGUE NYC ANNOUNCES 250+ MILE MARCH FROM NEW YORK CITY TO WASHINGTON, DC WITH HARRY BELAFONTE AND GEORGE GRESHAM AS HONORARY CO-CHAIRS

    "MARCH2JUSTICE" KICKS OFF APRIL 13TH AND ARRIVES IN DC APRIL 21ST TO DEMAND CONGRESS ACT ON THE NATIONAL CRISIS OF POLICE VIOLENCE, RACIAL PROFILING AND A BROKEN JUSTICE SYSTEM

    New York, NY – Justice League NYC officially announced the group’s March2Justice, with honorary co-chairs Harry Belafonte and 1199 SEIU President George Gresham.

    Beginning in New York City, the March will span 5 states and 250 miles, over the course of eight days, stopping in cities along the way for mobilizations with local groups and families of victims. Arriving in Washington, DC on April 21st, marchers will demand that Congress pass critical legislation to address the systematic inequalities in our justice system. The Justice Package consists of three pieces of legislation: the End Racial Profiling Act, the Stop Militarization of Law Enforcement Act, and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.

    As marchers prepare themselves for this journey, they are crowdfunding the effort through personal fundraising pages. Marchers have raised over $20,000 so far, roughly half the total needed to provide food and supplies to all during the March. Justice League NYC is asking those who are unable to march to stand in solidarity by donating and supporting local businesses from April 13-21.

    The March2Justice takes place weeks after Justice League NYC joined thousands to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama. The group was honored to introduce Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, during the program. Carmen Perez, Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice, and the Director of March2Justice had the following to offer on the correlation between Selma and the upcoming march:

    “The commemoration of Selma was an important and emotional occasion. We couldn’t be doing this work without the sacrifice of Congressman John Lewis and the many others who have marched and paved the way. We honor them and are grateful for their leadership. Yet while we were commemorating what happened 50 years ago, we were also reminded that Selma is now. The people of Madison, Wisconsin spent the same weekend mourning the death of unarmed 19 year-old Tony Robinson who was killed by police officers. It’s important that while we remember the sacrifices made by those who marched in Selma, we ground ourselves in the reality of the times that we live in and recommit to follow in their example.”

    Perez is speaking to the tragic police killing of unarmed 19-year-old Anthony Robinson that took place on Friday, March 6th in Madison, Wisconsin. The death of Tony, as he was called by his friends, is a stark reminder of the task at hand, and the fact that across the country there is no accountability for police officers who kill unarmed black men, women and children at alarming rates. For Perez, along with March2Justice co-chairs, Tamika D. Mallory and Linda Sarsour, this effort is a continuation of more than 15 years of work around criminal justice reform and police accountability.

    The March upholds the legacy of victims including Anthony Baez, Sean Bell, Rekia Boyd, Michael Brown, Miriam Carey, London Colvin, John Crawford III, Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, Ramarley Graham, Akai Gurley, Jessie Hernandez, Anthony Hill, Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Tamir Rice, Tony Robison, and countless others.

    About Justice League NYC:
    Justice League NYC is a task force of juvenile and criminal justice experts, advocates, artists and formerly incarcerated individuals, brought together under the banner of The Gathering for Justice, a social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte in 2005 and led by Executive Director Carmen Perez. Justice League NYC is building a movement that is intergenerational and community-oriented. We work under the principles of Kingian nonviolence, and believe in the power of our elders’ wisdom and the youth’s energy, and we utilize both to act as catalysts for significant community change.


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    Civil Rights Group Responds to Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing Recommendations

    Urges President Obama to take further executive action


    Statement from Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org:

    Washington, DC -- “The latest task force report reflects a number of important reforms around data collection and independent prosecutors and is an important step toward toward creating clear mechanisms of accountability and effective solutions to addressing systemic discriminatory police violence.

    “However, the recommendations are only as strong and meaningful if they are fully implemented. It is President Obama's responsibility to ensure they are properly enforced for the greatest possible impact. We urge President Obama to use his executive action to thoroughly enforce these recommendations to their fullest extent and provide clear incentives to ensure compliance nationwide, such as the immediate defunding of abusive and discriminatory police departments.

    “The report release comes at a time when the Department of Justice is unable to hold racist vigilantes and violent, discriminatory police accountable, a sharp contrast to the visions and ideals detailed in these latest recommendations. Attorney General Holder himself has called for changes to the unreasonable standard to prosecute civil rights cases, a bolder proposal than what we see coming from the task force. Time and time again when a Black person is killed at the hands of law enforcement we see no repercussion.

    “Many of the recommendations included in the task forces’ latest report reflect the specific demands of more than 8,000 ColorOfChange member comments submitted to the task force's session, as well as the testimony of ColorOfChange.org Executive Director Rashad Robinson during the Policy & Oversight session, including greater prohibitions on discriminatory policing and the standardization of data collection on abusive officers nationwide.”

    ColorOfChange federal policing demands may be seen below:

    http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/execorder/
    http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/federalpolicingreforms/

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    With more than one million members, ColorOfChange.org is the nation’s largest online civil rights organization.


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    Civil Rights Group Calls on Advertisers to Abandon Bill O’Reilly


    ColorOfChange.org is calling on advertisers to pull their ads from The O'Reilly Factor after news this week that O'Reilly fabricated a story about being attacked by protestors while covering the 1992 Los Angeles riots. ColorOfChange.org announced that it will be contacting O'Reilly's advertisers directly to explain why they should leave the show, and running a public campaign to hold advertisers that refuse to do so accountable.

    Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org, issued the following statement:

    "For years, Bill O’Reilly has used lies and race baiting to attack black people, black culture, and civil rights. Now, he's been caught red-handed fabricating a story about being attacked by protestors during the 1992 L.A. riots."

    "Black people have had enough of O'Reilly. We can’t force Fox to fire him, but we can vote with our dollars. We’re calling on all mainstream advertisers to leave O’Reilly’s show. Any company that cares about its relationship with black consumers should think twice about continuing to support O’Reilly. We will be contacting advertisers directly to make sure they understand our concerns, and working with our members to hold companies that refuse to act accountable.”

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    With more than one million members, ColorOfChange.org is the nation’s largest online civil rights organization.


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    MISSISSIPPI INFERNO

    PREMIERES MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16 AT 8 AND 9PM ET/PT ON SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL™ Actor, Director And Political Activist Danny Glover Narrates Two-Part Black History Month Special


    New York, February 3, 2015 – This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in American history, the 1965 Voting Rights Act. A new Smithsonian Channel Black History Month two-part special, MISSISSIPPI INFERNO reveals the essential role played by black landowners and black independent farmers as a real driving force behind the passage of this legislation. Narrated by actor, director and political activist Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), the two-part special premieres Monday, February 16 with MISSISSIPPI INFERNO: SEEDS OF REVOLT at 8 p.m. ET/PT, followed by MISSISSIPPI INFERNO: DEEDS OF DEFIANCE at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

    This past November President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to slain civil rights activists James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, who were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan during 1964’s historic voter registration drive. MISSISSIPPI INFERNO reveals that a second “triple murder” was being planned by the KKK – only the next three targets were not “outside agitators,” but three black landowners who allowed civil rights workers to stay in their homes. This group of black landowners and independent farmers were willing to risk their land, their homes, and their lives by using their land as collateral to obtain property bonds to get hundreds of civil rights workers out of jail.

    MISSISSIPPI INFERNO features compelling first person accounts of the courage and resourcefulness of the families who jeopardized their land and their lives for social justice. Their story has been largely ignored and yet they were key to the success of the civil rights movement. They not only provided safe havens and food, but even armed protection to the outside volunteers who were otherwise committed to non-violence.

    Willing to risk it all, they changed the course of American history. Powerful southern white officials may have been worried more about African- Americans using the “cotton vote” to take over agricultural committees which controlled millions of dollars in federal crop subsidies than they were about black enfranchisement. Also told is the story of an independent farmer and teacher, Robert Clarke J.R., who came to own the land on which his great-grandparents were enslaved and became the first black candidate elected to a state-wide office in Mississippi since Reconstruction.

    The film also reveals how a New Deal era experiment in land reform enabled over 100 families of sharecroppers to gain control of 10,000 acres of some of the most fertile land in the state and become independent farmers who a generation later became leaders of the civil rights movement in Mississippi.

    MISSISSIPPI INFERNO is produced by Thunk It Media in association with Mentorn Media for Smithsonian Channel. David Shulman is the producer and director. Joy Galane and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

    Smithsonian Channel™, owned by Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing entertainment across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel combines the storytelling prowess of SHOWTIME® with the unmatched resources and rich traditions of the Smithsonian, to create award-winning programming that shines new light on popular genres such as air and space, history, science, nature, and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are series including Aerial America, L.A. Frock Stars, Secrets, Mighty Ships, Mighty Planes and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include Civil War 360, 9/11: The Heartland Tapes; The Day Kennedy Died and the Peabody winning MLK: The Assassination Tapes. Find out more at www.smithsonianchannel.com.


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    ColorOfChange Submits Thousands of Comments to Police Task Force and Asks President to Take Definitive Action in Letter

    Civil Rights Group Calls on Presidential Task Force on Policing to Advance Concrete Changes to End Nationwide Crisis of Discriminatory Policing

    **http://goo.gl/TM3rhh**


    Washington, DC -- The largest online civil rights group in the country has sent a letter to the President’s Task Force on Policing in the 21st Century calling on President Obama to take definitive action to end the nationwide crisis of police brutality. The letter includes more than 8,000 ColorOfChange members’ comments and references more than one million signatures calling for systemic change to violent and discriminatory policing nationwide, as well as the federal prosecutions of Darren Wilson and Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the killings of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, respectively.

    “We are proud to deliver the comments of more than 8,000 ColorOfChange members, representing millions of other members and their allies nationwide who are calling for major advances in police oversight and accountability in the coming year. The President’s task force is an important step in the right direction and we are hopeful that it will offer concrete changes to keep our communities safe. But commissions are only as valuable as the change they bring about. Last week, a ColorOfChange member received a solicitation from the White House to submit feedback on priorities for the New Year and policing wasn’t even on the survey. We call on President Obama and Attorney General Holder to treat this matter with the utmost seriousness and immediately move forward concrete reforms that are proportional to the scale of today’s crisis.”

    Comments may be found here: http://goo.gl/4UQpUJ

    The full text of the letter can be found here: http://goo.gl/TM3rhh

    In the letter, the organization offers a vision for policing in America and concrete reforms for the federal government to implement immediately:

    A fully-resourced and rigorous civil rights and criminal investigation by the DOJ into discriminatory policing, excessive force, and death or injury by police in every state in the country;

    A comprehensive, streamlined, public national-level database of police shootings, excessive force, misconduct complaints, traffic and pedestrian stops, and arrests, broken down by race and other demographic data, with key privacy protections, the exclusion of personally identifying factors and information, and deportation immunity for civilians.

    Mandating of Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST) in every state and inter-state coordination between all POSTs.

    An executive order that creates a strong and enforceable prohibition on police brutality and discriminatory policing based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, immigration status, disability, and housing status.

    Increased funding for the DOJ's Office for Civil Rights to ensure additional, accessible state-level responders for police and other civil rights violations Divestment of federal anti-drug grants and federal funding for police departments that demonstrate abuse of power and massive reinvestment in community controlled and based policing practices.

    Support for the passage of the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA)

    Streamlined national use of force matrix and mandating that state and local police have clear and streamlined matrices.

    Strict limits on asset seizure without due process and the transfer of any militaryequipment to local law enforcement under the 1033 program, guidelines that ensure that the equipment is not used on non-violent protesters, and an end to the requirement that such military weaponry is used within a year.

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    With over 900,000 members, ColorOfChange.org is the nation’s largest online civil rights organization.


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    Civil Rights Group Launches Campaign Demanding Sony Pictures Entertainment Fire Co-Chairman Amy Pascal

    ColorOfChange demands meeting with executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment to discuss troubling workplace philosophy and culture Statement from Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org:


    “It's quite possible Amy Pascal thought the outrageously offensive ‘jokes’ she emailed to colleagues at Sony Pictures Entertainment would never see the light of day. Well, she was wrong. Her actions were unacceptable, and are indicative of larger problems at Sony Pictures. Thus far, over 32,000 ColorOfChange members have already called on Amy Pascal to be fired. We demand a meeting with Sony Pictures executives to discuss the troubling workplace culture that created this mess, as well as a path forward for the company.

    “The ease with which Pascal’s sentiments were shared — which included speculation over President Obama's favorite films ('Django,' '12 years,' 'Or the butler. Or think like a man?,' 'Ride Along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart.'), as well as the assertion that TV deals for celebrities are "the new Black babies" of Hollywood -- tell us all we need to know about the deeply problematic philosophy and environment at Sony.

    “They also reflect a continued marginalization of Black entertainers and exploitation of Black audiences at Sony, a company that has made over $1 billion dollars from films with predominantly Black casts, or with Black actors or actresses in leading roles, since 2011. Her outrageous behavior begs the question: How lucrative do Black entertainers and films need to be — and how loyal do Black audiences need to be — for executives like Amy Pascal to treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve, both on and off screen?

    “Additionally, the images of Black people we see across our media landscape shape the perceptions of viewers. When those perceptions are acted upon, they can mean real-life harm for Black people; less attention from doctors, harsher sentences from judges, and discriminatory practices in the workplace, just to name a few. Judging by what these tasteless jokes say about Amy Pascal’s attitudes towards Black people, we don’t think she has any business sitting at the top of an influential, media juggernaut like Sony Pictures Entertainment.

    “The problems plaguing the entertainment industry don’t begin or end with Amy Pascal. That’s why we’ve launched represent.colorofchange.org; as an organization we are committed to working towards a media landscape that presents fair, humanizing images of Black people.

    “It is imperative that Amy Pascal is held accountable here, and that Sony Pictures Entertainment confronts a corporate agenda that seems to view Black America as one big, lucrative joke.”

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    With over 900,000 members, ColorOfChange.org is the nation’s largest online civil rights organization.


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    DEATH PENALTY 2014: FEWEST EXECUTIONS IN 20 YEARS FEWEST DEATH SENTENCES IN 40 YEARS

    Seven Death Row Inmates Exonerated, Highest in Five years


    (Washington, D.C.) With 35 executions this year, 2014 marks the fewest people put to death since 1994, according to a report released today by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC). The 72 new death sentences in 2014[*] is the lowest number in the modern era of the death penalty, dating back to 1974. Executions and sentences have steadily decreased, as Americans have grown more skeptical of capital punishment. The states’ problems with lethal injections also contributed to the drop in executions this year.

    Executions decreased 10% compared to 2013 – from 39 last year to 35 this year – continuing an overall decline since 1999, when there were 98 executions. The number of states carrying out executions – seven – was the lowest in 25 years. Just three states – Texas, Missouri, and Florida – accounted for 80% of the executions. For the first time in 17 years, Texas did not lead the country in executions, being tied with Missouri at 10.

    Death sentences—a more current barometer than executions—have declined by 77% since 1996, when there were 315. There were 79 death sentences last year. This is the fourth year in a row that there have been fewer than 100 death sentences.

    “The relevancy of the death penalty in our criminal justice system is seriously in question when 43 out of our 50 states do not apply the ultimate sanction,” said Richard Dieter, DPIC’s Executive Director and the author of the report. “The U.S. will likely continue with some executions in the years ahead, but the rationale for such sporadic use is far from clear.”

    Read DPIC’s “The Death Penalty in 2014: Year End Report” at http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/YearEnd2014

    An infographic illustrating the declining use of the death penalty can be found at http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/YearEnd2014

    A short video summary of DPIC’s Year End Report is available at http://youtu.be/P84xZcubHco.

    Seven people who had been on death row were exonerated in 2014, the most since 2009. Three men in Ohio were cleared of all charges 39 years after their convictions, the longest time of any death row exonerees. Two others in North Carolina were freed after 30 years in confinement. Since 1973, 150 people have been exonerated and freed from death row.

    Individual state developments illustrate the growing isolation of death penalty use:

    The number of executions has declined in 11 of the past 15 years. In 1999, 20 states carried out executions; in 2014, only 7 states did so.

    For the seventh year in a row, Texas had fewer than a dozen death sentences, a sharp decline from 1999, when it had 48.[†]

    California (14) and Florida (11) provided 35% of the death sentences in the country.

    Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that no executions would take place while he is governor, joining the governors of Oregon and Colorado in halting executions.

    In California, a federal judge declared the state’s death penalty unconstitutional.

    Mental disabilities loomed as an emerging issue in 2014. The Supreme Court struck down Florida’s restrictive standards for determining intellectual disability in capital cases. The pending execution of a paranoid schizophrenic inmate in Texas (Scott Panetti) drew opposition from evangelical leaders, mental health professionals, and many others. A federal court stayed the execution with just hours to spare.

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    The Death Penalty Information Center (www.deathpenaltyinfo.org) is a non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. DPIC was founded in 1990 and prepares in-depth reports, issues press releases, conducts briefings for the media, and serves as a resource to those working on this issue.

    [*] Two weeks remain in 2014, but based on DPIC’s tracking of pending cases, the total number of death sentences will likely remain at 72, with an increase of one or two still possible, still the lowest number in 40 years.

    [†] A Texas-specific report is being released by another organization: see “Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2014: The Year in Review” at .


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    BEND THE ARC AT JUSTICE FOR ALL MARCH: “WE STAND WITH YOU”

    CEO Stosh Cotler Delivers Remarks at Protest Against Police Violence


    WASHINGTON DC - Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc, participated today in the “Justice for All” march in Washington DC protesting police violence against the Black community, and was invited by march organizers to be one of the featured speakers.

    Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery:

    My name is Stosh Cotler, I am the CEO of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and I thank you for inviting us to join you today.

    I'm here to represent the American Jewish community- itself a diverse community including many Jews of color- and I am here to affirm three words: Black Lives Matter.

    The central prayer of the Jewish people begins with the Hebrew word sh'ma. It means listen. I want to tell you that American Jews are listening.

    We have heard the cries from the families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice and Trayvon Martin.

    We have heard the last words spoken by Eric Garner.

    We have heard the chants in the streets and the chants in the hearts of our sisters and brothers who are crying out with the most essential demand a human being can make: to count. To matter.

    Black. Lives. Matter.

    And it is not enough for us to listen.

    American Jews have stood before with our black sisters and brothers in the Civil Rights Era. Now it is time for us to stand again, to march again with you. The present demands our full and complete participation.

    My heart is broken that in the year 2014 it is still urgent, necessary, and even radical to affirm that Black Lives Matter. Yet even while my heart breaks open I am deeply inspired by the courageous young people of color who have sustained protests for 126 days in Ferguson and beyond.

    Many of you are here and you make us all proud.

    You are advocating, praying, and putting your bodies on the line to demand an end to the murder of black people and an end to the destruction of black communities across the United States.

    And we stand with you.

    You have already indicted America. You have forced us all to recognize the painful legacy of slavery, the daily injustices experienced by communities of color, and the devastating consequences of the New Jim Crow.

    We stand with you.

    AND, you have provided a clear and powerful path forward. From police accountability to transforming the overarching conditions that shape the daily lives of black communities—from housing to education to jobs with livable wages….

    We stand with you.

    Piecemeal solutions are not enough—a comprehensive plan with the will and commitment to carry it out is necessary to end systemic racism.

    My friends: Young leaders have always been at the forefront, pushing us to confront injustice head-on. Our task in this formidable moment is to join WITH them as they lead us in the march forward.

    American Jews, it is time to listen to these brave young leaders. Listen to your heart. Listen to your soul.

    As Jews, we believe that our collective fates are inextricably linked. Now is the time to fulfill the prophetic obligation to "pray with our feet." Now is the time to join together and bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice.

    Only when every black life matters in America, will every life in America matter.

    We cannot rest until we have succeeded.


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    Death Penalty

    Robert Wayne Holsey


    Robert Wayne Holsey’s attorney, Andy Prince, was a chronic alcoholic whose life was spinning out of control when he represented Mr. Holsey, an intellectually disabled African American man, at his 1997 capital trial in Georgia. Mr. Prince’s representation was astonishingly poor: he decided not to present evidence showing Mr. Holsey’s intellectual disabilities and mitigation evidence that could have persuaded the jury to spare his life. Mr. Prince was disbarred and sent to prison for theft of client funds shortly after Mr. Holsey was convicted and sentenced to death. Mr. Holsey has a clemency hearing on Monday, December 8, 2014 and is scheduled for execution on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

    When Mr. Prince represented Mr. Holsey in the trial for his life, Mr. Prince’s own life was in shambles. Mr. Prince was a chronic alcoholic whose addiction began at 14 years old. He checked himself into rehabilitation facilities several times, only to check himself out against the advice of doctors. During the trial, he drank a quart of vodka – the equivalent of 21 shots - every night.

    Recent state AP coverage is here: http://www.macon.com/2014/12/02/3457169_lawyers-for-georgia-death-row.html?rh=1

    Mr. Prince stole more than $100,000 in client funds in an estate matter and the criminal investigation of the theft case against Mr. Price was underway while he was representing Mr. Holsey. Mr. Price had several judgments against him and saw no way out of mounting debt. Mr. Prince also received $3,500 from the court to hire a mitigation specialist for the penalty phase of Mr. Holsey’s trial, but he never did so. The money is still unaccounted for.

    During the months when Mr. Prince should have been preparing a penalty phase defense for his client, he was arrested for disorderly conduct after repeatedly threatening to shoot three black neighbors while brandishing a gun and yelling racial slurs at them. Mr. Prince was white. His client, Mr. Holsey, was black.

    Shortly after Mr. Holsey was convicted and sentenced to death, Mr. Prince was disbarred and sentenced to 10 years for the theft of client funds, with three years in prison and seven years on probation. Later, when Mr. Prince was sober and out of prison, he testified: “I shouldn’t have been representing anybody in any case.”

    Mr. Prince, by his own admission, was unable to make a case for sparing Mr. Holsey’s life. At the onset of the case, Mr. Prince told the court that intellectual disability would not be an issue. This decision alone was a stunning failure of representation. The U.S. Supreme Court has held the Eighth Amendment prohibits capital punishment for people with intellectual disability (formerly known as mental retardation) and that cognitive impairments generally can have a mitigating impact at sentencing. If Mr. Prince had persuasively shown that Mr. Holsey was intellectually disabled, he would likely not be facing execution today.

    Records in Mr. Prince’s possession showed that Mr. Holsey was, in fact, intellectually disabled. He was socially promoted through school and never rose higher than a third or fourth grade level of intellectual functioning. At 15, while in juvenile detention, Mr. Holsey received a 70 on an IQ test, which placed him in the mildly retarded range. His prison records further documented his low intellectual functioning.

    The night before the penalty phase of Mr. Holsey’s trial, Mr. Prince turned the case over to a less experienced attorney who had never tried a death penalty case. Mr. Prince had not previously told his co-counsel that he expected her to persuade the jury to vote for a life sentence. She was unprepared to present mitigation evidence.

    If the jury had heard the mitigation evidence, one or more jurors would have voted to spare his life. One of Mr. Holsey’s jurors provided an affidavit that said: “Had Mr. Holsey’s lawyers provided us jurors with even a small part of the wealth of information concerning … his background which I now know was available, it would have made a difference.”

    Mr. Holsey’s early life was consumed by poverty and abuse. Mr. Holsey’s mother targeted the young Mr. Holsey and one of his sisters for beatings and favored the other children. She beat him with and without reasons, including when he wet the bed, which he did until he was a teenager. Mr. Holsey’s mother called Mr. Holsey “Dumbo,” “retard,” and other humiliating names as she beat him. The children in the housing project where the family lived called the Holsey unit “the torture chamber.” Mr. Prince did not present this and other critical information to the jury.

    In Strickland v. Washington (1984), the U.S. Supreme Court stated: “That a person who happens to be a lawyer is present at trial alongside the accused ... is not enough to satisfy the constitutional command. The Sixth Amendment recognizes the right to the assistance of counsel because it envisions counsel's playing a role that is critical to the ability of the adversarial system to produce just results.” A Georgia habeas corpus judge found that Mr. Prince’s representation was abysmal and ineffective and robbed Mr. Holsey of his right to a fair trial. A new sentencing trial was ordered, but the Georgia Supreme Court reversed and reinstated Mr. Holsey’s death sentence.

    The Georgia Supreme Court, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, or failing that the U.S. Supreme Court should prevent the injustice of executing a man whose lawyer failed to tell the court that he was intellectually disabled and did little more than be physically present at the penalty phase of his capital trial.


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