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February 1st saw the new 2013 biographical documentary film about former Pennsylvania death row inmate, Mumia Abu Jamal, called Long Distance Revolutionary: a journey with Mumia Abu Jamal hit the big screen for the first time. Coinciding with Black History Month, the film made its official debut at Cinema Village in New York City. Throughout February and March, the film is being shown in select theaters around the nation. Next up there will be a four day screening in Miami, FL from Feb. 21-24 and a seven day screening in New Orleans, LA. Also the film will begin airing on Friday in Seattle, Washington at the Grand Illusion Cinema. Check out the films trailer below and get into behind-the-scenes looks. For a full schedule of airdates and locations, Click Here .
More Than 30 Years Later, Public Officials are Still Playing Politics with Mumia Abu Jamal’s Life, This Time to Hurt Obama
Originally posted on United States Hypocrisy:
The United States Senate by a 52-47 vote, pulled one of its most outrageous stunts yet this past Wednesday when it voted to block a man who has proven himself to be a foremost Civil Rights champion of the 21st century, Debo Adegbile, from being nominated to head the Civil Rights Division of the United States Justice Department. Adegbile is probably best known for his decade-long work as a member of the legendary NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), which he moved into the head position of in 2012. While it was by no means shocking that Republicans uniformly opposed Mr. Adegbile, as they have done the same to practically everyone President Barack Obama has nominated to fill a vacancy in the federal government for the past 5-6 years, it did come as a surprise that no less than seven members of the President’s own party joined their colleagues in rejecting this more-than-qualified candidate for the position. (*) Debo Adegbile was representative of everything the Democratic Party claims to care about. He has been the most ardent champion of voting rights on the legal front for the past ten years, even successfully making the case before the Supreme Court in 2008 for the need to preserve the Voting Rights Act. What was it then that drove these supposed political allies of the President of the United States to so needlessly and outrageously deliver what some have called a politically embarrassing defeat for him?
By Jueseppi B.
President Obama and his family will go ahead and spend the weekend in Key Largo, Fla., with Obama monitoring events in Ukraine from there, the White House said Friday.
“What the president is doing this weekend in Florida is essentially what the president would be doing if he stayed back at the White House,” said spokesman Josh Earnest.
“It’s just that the weather will be a little warmer.”
Top aides and “regular assortment of communication tools” will also be going to Key Largo, allowing Obama to keep in touch with members of his team and other world leaders if necessary, Earnest said.
Earnest said Obama is also looking forward to “a little bit of down time” with wife Michelle and their two daughters.
“There are some recreational amenities on the property, including workout facilities, tennis courts, a couple of golf courses,” Earnest said. “If there is an opportunity for the president to enjoy some of those amenities, then he’ll do that. But we’ll have to see.”
Earnest also said: “There’s always a chance the schedule could change, but I don’t anticipate any changes at this point.”
From the Associated Press:
“The White House has not said where Obama will stay on his weekend escape from Washington’s frigid weather, but local media reports said he, his wife and their two daughters would be staying at the Ocean Reef Club, a private membership club set on 2,500 tropical acres on the northern tip of Key Largo.
“For avid golfers like Obama, the property boasts two championship 18-hole golf courses. The club also has a swimming lagoon, tennis courts, a spa and fitness center, a private airport and more than a dozen restaurants among its varied offerings.”
And finally….In the evening, the President and the First Lady will remain in Key Largo, Florida for the weekend….causing numerous GOPuke, bottom feeding, racist, conselfishservative, ass backwards, white supremacists, Koch Brother lovin, A.L.E.C. controlled morons, guided by a bunch of “cash under the table from greedy wealthy caucasian special interest groups” to have conniption fits, strokes and seizures all over AmeriKKKa.
Read About The POTUSA Weekend In Key Largo:
Readout of the President’s Calls with President Berzins of Latvia, Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom, President Grybauskaite of Lithuania, President Hollande of France, President Ilves of Estonia, and Prime Minister Renzi of Italy
The President spoke separately with Prime Minister Cameron, President Hollande, and Prime Minister Renzi today about Ukraine. The President welcomed the strong, unified stance of the United States and the European Union regarding Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, including in the conclusions of the March 6 European Council. The leaders reiterated their grave concern over Russia’s clear violation of international law and reaffirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The President also spoke with President Berzins, President Grybauskaite, and President Ilves on a conference call today. The President reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering commitment to our collective defense commitments under the North Atlantic Treaty and our enduring support for the security and democracy of our Baltic allies. The Baltic leaders welcomed the provision of additional support to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission, and the leaders agreed to continue coordinating their efforts closely.
All of the leaders agreed on the need for Russia to pull its military forces back to their bases, allow for the deployment of international observers and human rights monitors to the Crimean peninsula, and agree quickly on the formation of a contact group that could lead to direct dialogue between Ukraine and Russia to de-escalate the situation and restore Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The leaders rejected the proposed referendum in Crimea as a violation of Ukraine’s constitution and underscored that all decisions about the future of Ukraine must include the government in Kyiv.
The leaders made clear that Russia’s continued violation of international law will isolate it from the international community. They also discussed the need for the international community to provide strong support to the government of Ukraine as it works to stabilize its economy and prepares for elections in May. They agreed to continue close coordination, including through appropriate international organizations.
Us mere mortals work from sun to sun but President Barack Hussein Obama’s work is never done.
By Jueseppi B.
Avonte Oquendo autistic teen who ran away from school caught on video
Surveillance video shows 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo of Queens running out the door of Center Boulevard School in Long Island City at 12:38 p.m. Friday. Police say Oquendo is autistic and cannot verbally communicate.
‘Never again. Don’t let children leave school between bringing them to school and getting them home. They can’t disappear,’ the family’s lawyer, David Perecman, told ABC TV.
The family is suing the city, alledging school security was responsible for keeping Avote safe and failed. They also believe a search took too long to begin. However, the NYPD maintains that safety agents did nothing wrong.
Earlier this week, U.S. senator Charles Schumer proposed a new law in the name of the disabled teenager, which would fit autistic children with tracking devices.
He said ‘Avonte’s Law’ would make it easier for authorities to find children with the disability who had gone missing.
Under the proposed legislation, a state-funded voluntary scheme would see children’s clothes fitted with a small GPS system.
From Business Insider:
The Tragic Death Of Avonte Oquendo: How A School Lost A Vulnerable, Autistic Teenager
Avonte Oquendo slipped away from school after lunch on Oct. 4, even though he had a reputation for wandering away during transitions and an individualized education plan. Avonte had been missing since October — and vanished when his teachers should have been watching him.
There is still a lot we don’t know about what happened to Oquendo after he was lost and how he ultimately died. There are no obvious signs of foul play, the New York Post reported. We do know the teen, who could not speak, was afraid of the water, and that his parents don’t know how he ended up in the river,Perecman told NBC News. The Post also noted his remains were found with Fruit of the Loom underwear that was too large for Oquendo, leading his family’s lawyer to speculate that somebody may have had the boy for a few days.
For now, though, a cause of death has yet to be determined. We do have a few clues about how he disappeared from his school on Oct. 4, and they don’t reflect well on the Riverview School in Queens that he attended.
Those details came in a timeline of the boy’s disappearance prepared by the school’s principal and obtained by Oquendo’s family under New York’s Freedom of Information Law. The timeline shows a classroom aide first noticed Oquendo’s disappearance at 12:40 p.m. It wasn’t until 2:30 that a school principal was able to get a password to look at surveillance footage to find out where he may have gone, though.
The family’s lawyer says the school also waited 45 minutes to call the police. It’s clear from the timeline that the school waited nearly an hour to phone Oquendo’s mother. Based on the school’s timeline, a strong argument can be made that the school didn’t respond nearly swiftly enough to the disappearance of a particularly vulnerable student.
Indeed, the loss of a special-needs child in New York City is unprecedented, Perecman told me. “People lose their keys. People lose their wallet. Losing a child?” he has previously said.
Thank you Business Insider.
Missing teen Avonte Oquendo last seen leaving LIC school
Cops are looking for a missing Rego Park teen who cannot verbally communicate. Avonte Oquendo, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. Friday, said police.
Surveillance video showing the tragic moment a 14-year-old autistic boy escapes from his Queens, New York, school only to turn up dead in the East River months later has been released for the first time.
An energetic Avonte Oqundo, whose distraught parents are suing the Department of Education for negligence, is seen in the footage bounding down the halls of his Long Island City special needs school and out of the double doors that were carelessly left ajar by an unidentified man more than 30 minutes earlier.
A security guard then comes to close them just three minutes after the teen slipped away.
- The surveillance video captures the 14-year-old autistic boy escaping from his Queens school only to turn up dead in the East River months later
- An energetic Avonte is seen in the footage bounding down the halls of his Long Island City special needs school and out of the double doors
- Half an hour earlier, an unidentified man exits, carelessly leaving them ajar
- Three minutes after Avonte disappears, a security guard noticed the doors are open and pulls them shut
This is a tragedy that didn’t ever have to happen. The authorities have yet to clearly explain why Avonte died, how Avonte died and when Avonte died.
I keep coming back to the thought process of if Avonte had been caucasian, and had Avonte’s parents been able to afford a more exclusive school….would Avonte be alive today.