St. Louis Alderman Antonio French Opens “Heal ST. Louis” Office In Ferguson


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Alderman French Opens HealSTL Office in Ferguson

 

Heal STL Opens Storefront In Ferguson to Register and Organize Black Voters

Many people have followed or just read Antonio French on twitter during the demonstrations in Ferguson.  Mr. French is an alderman in the City of St. Louis, a people’s journalist (he had the paper and then blog, PubDef) and an long-time activist in the St. Louis area.  When Michael Brown was murdered in a police crime, and the streets erupted in Ferguson, Mr. French traveled the few miles from North St. Louis where he lives to report and help out in Ferguson.  He was arrested early on (on August 19) for reporting while black:

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FERGUSON, Mo. — St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, who was arrested late Wednesday while documenting the protests and police presence in Ferguson, was released early Thursday.

 

After his release shortly after 7 a.m., French told reporters he had been arrested for unlawful assembly, but hadn’t been given any documents about the arrest. He didn’t have to post any bond.

 

French said he had gone into his car to escape the smoke bombs and tear gas being thrown by police.

 

“I realized that the best place is in your car with the windows rolled up, to keep the tear gas out, and that was where I was.”

 

While in his car, police approached him, dragged him out of the car and arrested him.

 

USA Today: Antonio French freed after arrest in Ferguson, Mo.

French moved from reporting to peacemaking and organizing during the protests.  Realizing that there is a lacuna of

 

leadership in Ferguson, he has stepped up to help organize Ferguson’s future leaders.

 

Last week, he and others started the Heal STL movement.  

 

 

Despite brutal heat on Saturday, West Florissant was more active than it has been in several days. The atmosphere was positive, as many people were there to take part in the Heal STL movement.

 

Organizers and participants of the movement made signs and marched along the roadway.They also helped people register to vote.

 

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Among city leaders participating in the effort, was St. Louis Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed.

 

FERGUSON, Mo. – They have plans for change, and now have a building to house those efforts.

 

This week, St. Louis City Alderman Antonio French will open the doors to #HealSTL, adding a physical location to his work in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Located just off West Florissant, French says this building will serve as a place to coordinate political change in that community.

 

“This is where volunteers will be able to come, where we’ll be organized in planning out next steps,” French said. “And we’re here for the long-haul. It’s not just a couple of weeks or a day, we’re here for the next few months, if not year.”

 

French ventured outside his official ward during the Ferguson unrest, and gained national recognition for his live tweets during that time. Now, he’s looking to the future.

 

“It’s really about next steps, after the events of the last two weeks,” he said. “Our first part of our next steps is to register everyone out here to vote in Ferguson and to get them educated and mobilized to get political change out here.”

 

French said the building he found sat vacant for a period of time, even before the unrest in Ferguson. Without giving specifics, he said he and some “supporters” paid for the property, which currently houses a few boxes and hand-drawn signs.

 

Volunteers planning to use the space come from all over the country.

 

“We have a lot of folks who want to help and want to do something, and so our role is to help coordinate that, organize it, and to use all this energy we’ve seen these last few weeks and put in a productive way, and a way that we actually create some change.”

 

He hopes to have #HealSTL open and running by this weekend.

 

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Department Of Justice To investigate Entire Ferguson Police Department…Too Late For Me.


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I am of the mindset that the Department Of Justice is a day late and $5 million short when it comes to the systematic genocide of Black Americans. It’s not just Ferguson, there’s Eric Garner in NY City not to mention the many many who have died at the hands of NYPD. Then there’s LAPD, so many have died at the hands of LAPD that I can’t list them all. John Crawford shot dead in an Ohio Walmart for holding a toy BB gun, by law enforcement.

WHEN will law enforcement agencies who murder unarmed Black citizens be held accountable for Black Genocide?

Attorney General Eric Holder: Investigating Ferguson for the murder of Michael Brown, IS NOT ENOUGH.

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Attorney General Eric Holder announces Ferguson police probe

From Mother Jones:

Update September 3, 2014: CNN reports that the Justice Department is preparing to launch a new investigation into the Ferguson Police Department. The new investigation, which is separate from the DOJ’s ongoing criminal investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown, will review complaints involving Ferguson police and how the department operates, to determine whether it is compliant with federal standards.

On August 11, the Department of Justice announced that FBI agents were working with attorneys from the Civil Rights Division and US Attorney’s Office to conduct what Attorney General Eric Holder promised would be a “thorough and complete investigation” into the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Since then, more than 40 FBI agents have arrived in the St. Louis suburb to interview witnesses and canvas the neighborhood where Brown was shot by a police officer on August 9.

The following week, the AG himself arrived in Ferguson for a series of meetings with federal investigators, local authorities, and community members. Writing in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holder said, “At a time when so much may seem uncertain, the people of Ferguson can have confidence that the Justice Department intends to learn—in a fair and thorough manner—exactly what happened.”

What exactly happens when the feds step in to investigate a case like Michael Brown’s? A quick explainer:

What is the Justice Department investigating? Holder initially announced that the DOJ is specifically investigating “the shooting death of Michael Brown,” and “looking for violations of federal, criminal civil rights statutes.” The investigation is separate from local authorities’ investigation. Some have asked the DOJ to take a broader view: In a letter to Holder on August 11, Reps. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio), and William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) asked the DOJ to consider expanding the scope of its investigation to include “the potential for any pattern or practice of police misconduct by the Ferguson Police Department.” Meanwhile, the US Commission on Civil Rights, a panel appointed by the president and members of Congress, has asked the DOJ to look into the disproportionately low representation of African Americans on Ferguson’s police force and city council. On September 3, a federal and Missouri official told CNN that the DOJ will also investigate the broader practices of the Ferguson Police Department.

What could happen as a result of the DOJ investigation? The findings of the investigations could lead to a federal prosecution against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Brown.

Who is conducting the investigation? So far, three branches of the DOJ are working together on the federal investigation. More than 40 FBI agents from the St. Louis field office are canvassing the area and interviewing witnesses. They’re working with the Civil Rights Division and the US Attorney’s Office, which would handle a potential prosecution. Within the Civil Rights Division, two sections may be involved: There’s the Criminal Section, which “prosecutes cases involving the violent interference with liberties and rights defined in the Constitution or federal law,” including excessive use of force by police officers; also, the Special Litigation Section conducts investigations into systematic violations of civil rights by state and local institutions, including police departments. The Criminal Section launched the initial investigation into the death of Michael Brown.

What triggered the investigation? Generally, DOJ investigations into civil rights violations can begin in response to an official complaint filed with the Civil Rights Division, or in response to major events like those in Ferguson. The CRD has not said if there was an official complaint filed by citizens, or if the department decided to initiate the investigation on its own. “There’s no rule book” that the department follows to determine if a case warrants an investigation, explains Samuel Walker, a criminal-justice scholar at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The Civil Rights Division doesn’t announce all of its investigative activities. The agency has not responded to a request for comment on what percentage of incoming complaints it decides to investigate, and why. But back in 2012, then-DOJ spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa told my colleague AJ Vicens that “the department investigates each jurisdiction based on the allegations received. There is no one-size-fits all approach to our investigations or our settlements.”

Where else besides Ferguson is the DOJ investigating civil rights violations? The Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section is currently investigating systematic violations of civil rights by law enforcement in at least 34 other jurisdictions across 17 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, according to a list on the DOJ website. But these cases are different from the investigation in Ferguson, which so has been focused on Wilson’s shooting of Brown, which falls under the purview of CRD’s Criminal Section. A new investigation into department-wide practices would fall under Special Litigation. According to its website, the Special Litigation Section can step in “if we find a pattern or practice by the law enforcement agency that systemically violates people’s rights. Harm to a single person, or isolated action, is usually not enough to show a pattern or practice that violates these laws.” The Criminal Section, meanwhile, lists 17 past investigations into criminal misconduct by law enforcement officials in 11 states.

The Justice Department’s Office for Civil Rights, which is separate from the Civil Rights Division, monitors discrimination in DOJ-funded state and local law enforcement institutions. In a May 2013 memo, OCR reported that over the previous four years, it handled 346 discrimination complaints, many of them alleging that federally funded law enforcement agencies “engaged in unlawful racial profiling in conducting traffic stops.”

Since when does the DOJ investigate civil rights violations? The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 authorizes the Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section “to review the practices of law enforcement agencies that may be violating people’s federal rights,” and oversees cases involving discrimination—prohibited under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—in state or local agencies receiving federal funds. As a result of these special litigation cases dating back to 1997, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 21 police departments across the country have signed consent agreements with the DOJ to improve their procedures and policies, often the use of force and relationships with minority communities. Samuel Walker says that the number of these cases fell dramatically during the Bush administration, but picked back up under the Obama administration, which has doubled the size of the special litigations unit. While criminal civil rights prosecutions under the DOJ date back to 1939, the Criminal Section’s powers were limited until the Civil Rights Division was created in 1957 as part of the Civil Rights Act.

How else is the DOJ involved in Ferguson? Holder has announced that the DOJ’s COPS (Community-Oriented Policing Services) office and Office of Justice Programs are also assisting local authorities “in order to help conduct crowd control and maintain public safety without relying on unnecessarily extreme displays of force.” It’s unclear how this assistance has played out on the streets of Ferguson. Holder added that Justice Department officials from the Community Relations Service are also helping “convene law enforcement officials and civic and faith leaders to plot out steps to reduce tensions in the community.”

When will we see some results from the investigation? It may be a while. As Holder wrote in Wednesday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Long after the events of Aug. 9 have receded from the headlines, the Justice Department will continue to stand with this community.” For now, there are many more questions than answers.

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Thank you Mother Jones.

The Department of Justice will launch a civil rights investigation into the Ferguson (Mo.) Police Department after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by one of its white officers. 

A government official briefed on the planned investigation told Fox News that the Justice Department’s civil rights division would be in charge of the probe. The inquiry is referred to as a “pattern and practice” investigation and will focus on the department’s policies, not possible individual wrongdoing. 

The Justice Department is conducting a separate, narrower investigation into the August 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. A grand jury is also considering whether to indict Wilson for the shooting, which which set off about two weeks of unrest in the streets of Ferguson and became a flashpoint in the national discussion of police treatment of minorities across the country. Two weeks ago, Attorney General Eric Holder visited the St. Louis suburb, where he met with investigators and Brown’s parents and shared personal experiences of having himself been mistreated by the police.

Holder is expected to formally announce the investigation at a press conference Thursday. The investigation was first reported by The Washington Post. The Associated Press reported that Missouri officials were notified of the new investigation Wednesday. 

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OK, lets use a tiny bit of common sense and logic, Ferguson as well as many local law enforcement agencies across AmeriKKKa have been using the badge & gun to systematically control, murder and harass people of color since the civil war freed slaves. I have said for years that the gun and law enforcement is the new method of lynching. The badge has replaced the rope.

Ferguson Mayor to Al Sharpton: Go Home and Stop Inciting Racial Hatred

Ferguson Mayor to Al Sharpton: Go Home and Stop Inciting Racial Hatred

This morning I observed the Mayor of Ferguson, James Knowles III, tell me, and anyone else watching/listening, that everything was OK in Ferguson. An unarmed Black teenager is murdered, protesters are gassed and journalist are arrested, cameramen are recorded having assault weapons stuck in their faces while being told “I’ll fucking kill you” by  cops in Ferguson, but everything “is OK in Ferguson.”

That’s as stupid as the Captain of the Titanic telling passengers “everything is OK, we’re just testing out the Titanic’s ability to be a submarine.” You’d have to be downright stupid to believe a damn thing coming out the mouths of any authority official in Ferguson, Missouri.

Everyone is happy about the DOJ doing it’s job. I am unhappy it took weeks for the DOJ to do it’s job.

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United States Department of Justice

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ), also known as the Justice Department, is the U.S. federal executive department responsible for the enforcement of the law and administration of justice, equivalent to the justice or interior ministries of other countries.

The Department is led by the Attorney General, who is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate and is a member of the Cabinet. The current Attorney General is Eric Holder.

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Department overview
Formed July 1, 1870; 144 years ago
Jurisdiction Federal government of the United States
Headquarters Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C., United States
38°53′35.7″N 77°1′29.9″WCoordinates: 38°53′35.7″N 77°1′29.9″W
Motto “Qui Pro Domina Justitia Sequitur” (Latin: “Who Pursues For Lady Justice”)
Employees 113,543 (2012)
Annual budget $27.1 billion (2013)
Department executives Eric Holder, Attorney General
James M. Cole, Deputy Attorney General
Website www.justice.gov

Divisions

Law enforcement agencies

Several federal law enforcement agencies are administered by the Department of Justice:

What Does the United States Department Of Justice Do?

The mission of the Department of Justice is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic, to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

The Department of Justice also has four strategic goals which it devotes it resources too:

  • Goal 1: To prevent terrorism and promote the Nation’s Security
  • Goal 2: Enforce federal laws and represent the rights and interests of the American People
  • Goal 3: Assists state, local, and tribal efforts to prevent or reduce crime and violence
  • Goal 4: Ensure the fair and efficient operation of the Federal justice system

For ALL you dumbasses who say the DOJ has no jurisdiction in Ferguson….get an education in what you speak about BEFORE SPEAKING.

Michael Brown was murdered on August 9th, 2014. Before that, Eric Garner was choked to death in NYC by NYPD cops, Ezell Ford, unarmed, was murdered by LAPD cops, John Crawford was gunned down for holding a toy BB gun in a Walmart toy department. I could go on for days listing the UNARMED people of color murdered by law enforcement. I could go on for about 6 seconds listing the number of arrest and convictions of these law enforcement officials who committed these murders of Black men.

The White House has a real problem right here in The United States Of America. One does not have to go to Syria, Israel, Gaza, Iraq, Ukraine to find conflict and a war zone to be concerned about getting involved in and “fixing.” While the White House administration is concerned in Estonia and the United Kingdom, we here in America have to fear everytime out young Black men step outside…..we could be murdered by our AmeriKKKan law enforcement.

To Serve & Protect.

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Cutting For A Cure: Harlem Health.


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Cutting for a Cure was founded by Dennis “Denny Moe” Mitchell, who is the owner operator of Denny Moe’s Superstar Barbershop located in Harlem, New York.  Denny Moe has designed a collaborative and cooperative partnership model that has successfully been able to bring the barbershop and the healthcare professional communities together to raise awareness and offer preventive guidance to address the health issues in racial and ethnic minority communities

 

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About Cutting for a Cure

Cutting for a Cure is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that strives to assist racial and ethnic individuals in underserved communities’ live longer, healthier lives by providing them with healthcare guidance, education and resources.

 

Cutting for a Cure has provided screenings for common diseases, disseminated health information using print, television, radio and social media, and directed individuals to viable healthcare professionals and resources to address medical issues and concerns.

 

Cutting for a Cure is committed to advocating and promoting healthy living and lifestyles with a simple motivating message:  “You only have ONE BODY – Take care of it!!”

 

Life expectancy and overall health have improved in recent years for most Americans, thanks in part to an increased focus on preventive medicine and dynamic new advances in medical technology. However, not all Americans are benefiting equally. For too many racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, good health is elusive, since appropriate care is often associated with an individual’s economic status, race, and gender.  While Americans as a group are healthier and living longer, the nation’s health status will never be as good as it can be as long as there are segments of the population with poor health status.

 

Compelling evidence that race and ethnicity correlate with persistent, and often increasing, health disparities among U.S. populations demands national attention. Indeed, despite notable progress in the overall health of the Nation, there are continuing disparities in the burden of illness and death experienced by blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders, compared to the U.S. population as a whole.

 

The demographic changes anticipated over the next decade magnify the importance of addressing disparities in health status. Groups currently experiencing poorer health status are expected to grow as a proportion of the total U.S. population; therefore, the future health of America as a whole will be influenced substantially by improving the health of these racial and ethnic minorities. A national focus on disparities in health status is particularly important as major changes unfold in the way in which health care is delivered and financed.

 

Current information about the biologic and genetic characteristics of minority populations does not explain the health disparities experienced by these groups compared with the white, non-Hispanic population in the United States. These disparities are believed to be the result of the complex interaction among genetic variations, environmental factors, and specific health behaviors.

 

Health Disparities

Despite prevention efforts, some groups of people are disproportionately impacted by diseases more than other groups of people.  The occurrence of these diseases at greater levels among certain population groups more than among others is often referred to as a HEALTH DISPARITY.  Differences may occur by gender, race or ethnicity, education, income, disability, geographic location and sexual orientation among others.  Social determinants of health like poverty, unequal access to health care, lack of education, stigma, and racism are linked to health disparities.

 

African American Populations Disparity Information:

 

Hispanic or Latino Populations Disparity Information

 

Social Determinants of Health Frequently Asked Questions

 

American Indian & Alaska Native Populations Disparity Information

 

Asian American Populations Disparity Information

 

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Populations Disparity Information:

 

 

Health Resources & General Information

American Cancer Society

 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Healthy People

 

Health Finder

 

National Institute of Health

 

National Cancer Institute

 

United States Census Bureau

 

Health Statistics

CDC Data and Statistics by Topic

 

Healthy People 2020

 

Minority Health & Health Equity

 

National Center for Health Statistics

 

Publications and Information from the National Center for Health Statistics:

 

Selected Health Topics

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

 

Asthma

 

Cancer

 

Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

 

Diabetes

 

Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

 

Diseases and Conditions

 

High Blood Pressure

 

HIV/AIDS

 

Injury and Violence Prevention and Control

 

Neurological Disorders & Strokes

 

Stroke

 

Tuberculosis

 

Vaccines ad Immunizations for Specific Groups of People

 

Cutting for a Cure is a “start-up” non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that strives to assist underserved communities’ live longer, healthier lives.

 

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The President Heads To Estonia And The U.K.


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The President’s Trip to Estonia and the United Kingdom

September 2-5, 2014

 

President Obama travels to Estonia to meet with leaders of the Baltic States to underscore the United States’ steadfast commitment to NATO’s Article 5 collective defense guarantee and to the security of the region.

 

Following his visit to Estonia, the President will attend the NATO Summit in Wales, where Allies and partners will discuss Afghanistan and other security challenges, and take steps to ensure the readiness and responsiveness of the Alliance.

 

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Trip Schedule

 

White House Schedule – September 3rd, 2014

In the morning, the President will arrive in Tallinn, Estonia. The arrival at the Tallinn Airport is open to pre-credentialed media. Following his arrival, the President will meet with employees and family members of the United States Embassy to Estonia at the Swissotel Tallinn. This event is closed press.

 

Later in the morning, the President will visit the Kadriorg Palace to participate in the official arrival ceremony, where he will be greeted by President Ilves of Estonia. There will be pre-set pool coverage of the President’s arrival. Afterward, the President will participate in the guest book signing and official photo. There will be pooled coverage of both the guest book signing and the official photo. Following the photo, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with President Ilves. There will be a travel pool spray at the top of this meeting.

 

In the afternoon, the President will visit the Bank of Estonia to hold a joint press conference with President Ilves. The press conference is open to pre-credentialed media. Following the press conference, the President will visit the Stenbock House, where he will be greeted by Prime Minister Roivas of Estonia. There will be pooled coverage of the President’s arrival. While at the Stenbock House, the President will meet with Prime Minister Roivas to discuss bilateral ties, strategic and regional cooperation, and our shared commitment to the trans-Atlantic partnership. There will be a travel pool spray at the top of this meeting.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will visit the Kadriorg Art Museum to meet with the three Baltic presidents — President Ilves, President Berzins of Latvia, and President Grybauskaite of Lithuania — to discuss ongoing cooperation on regional security, policies that support economic growth, and collective defense. This meeting is closed press. Following their meeting, the President and the three Baltic leaders will deliver statements to the press. There will be travel pool coverage of their statements.

 

In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the Nordea Concert Hall to students, young professionals, and civil society leaders. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media. Following his speech, the President and Prime Minister Roivas will receive a briefing on NATO Reassurance and deliver remarks to U.S. and Estonian troops at the Tallinn Airport Hangar. There will be expanded pool coverage of the briefing and remarks.

 

Later in the evening, the President will travel to Newport, Wales, where he will remain overnight. The President’s departure from the Tallinn Airport is open to pre-credentialed media, and there will be travel pool coverage of his arrival at the Royal Air Force Station in Fairford.

 

Tuesday, September 2

  • On Tuesday night, President Obama arrives in Tallinn, Estonia.

 

Wednesday, September 3

  • On Wednesday morning, President Obama participates in an embassy meet-and-greet.

  • Afterward, the President participates in a bilateral meeting with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia.

  • In the afternoon, President Obama takes part in a formal arrival ceremony.

  • Later that afternoon, the President participates in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Taavi Roives of Estonia.

  • President Obama meets with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia, President Andris Berzins of Latvia, and President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania.

  • The President then gives a speech at the Nordea Concert Hall.

  • In the evening, President Obama meets with United States and Estonian Service Members.

 

Thursday, September 4

  • President Obama arrives in Newport, Wales.

  • In the morning, the President visits a local school with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom.

  • In the afternoon, President Obama attends a NATO Summit Session on Afghanistan.

  • Afterward, the President attends a NATO Summit meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission.

  • In the evening, President Obama attends a reception hosted by Prince Charles of Wales.

  • Later that evening, the President participates in a NATO Summit working dinner to discuss security challenges

 

Friday, September 5

  • In the morning, President Obama attends a Fly-Over Event with NATO North Atlantic Council Members.

  • The President then attends a NATO Summit session on Future NATO.

  • In the afternoon, President Obama attends a NATO Summit Session on the Transatlantic Bond.

 

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Obama’s Estonia Speech on Defending Ukraine From Russia (Full)

 

 

 

Presidents of the U.S., Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania Deliver Remarks

 

 

Speeches and Remarks

Remarks by President Obama to the People of Estonia

 

Remarks by President Obama and President Ilves of Estonia in Joint Press Conference

 

 

Statements and Releases

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Roivas of Estonia to U.S. and Estonian Servicemembers

 

Remarks by President Obama and Leaders of Baltic States in Multilateral Meeting

 

Dr. Jill Biden to Travel to the United Kingdom and Switzerland

Dr. Jill Biden will travel to the United Kingdom and Switzerland from September 12th to September 16th. During her visit to London, Dr. Biden will join athletes representing the United States at the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. This is part of Dr. Biden’s ongoing efforts through the Joining Forces initiative to raise awareness and show appreciation for veterans, service members and their families.  

 

Dr. Biden will then travel to Winterthur, Switzerland to deliver a keynote address at the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training. Dr. Biden’s remarks will highlight the Obama-Biden Administration’s commitment to higher education and job training programs to ensure American workers have the skills they need to succeed in the global economy.

 

Additional details on Dr. Biden’s trip are forthcoming.

 

Statement by the Press Secretary

 

FACT SHEET: U.S. Support and Reassurance Initiatives for the Baltics and Central Europe

 

FACT SHEET: U.S. Support and Reassurance Initiatives for the Baltics and Central Europe

 

FACT SHEET: The United States and Lithuania – NATO Allies and Global Partners

 

FACT SHEET: The United States and Estonia – NATO Allies and Global Partners

 

FACT SHEET: The United States and Latvia – NATO Allies and Global Partner

 

"Dream Big Dreams!" #Obama signs his picture for a young boy in #Tallinn #Estonia

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President Barack Obama at Kadriorg Palace: 'Estonia - a nation that shows what free people can achieve together'

President Barack Obama at Kadriorg Palace: ‘Estonia – a nation that shows what free people can achieve together’

President Obama Delivers An Ode To Democracy In Estonia Obama said NATO and the democratic values that the alliance stands for are facing "a moment of testing," with Russia's incursion into Ukraine. Ultimately, however, Obama said, "Democracy will win."

President Obama Delivers An Ode To Democracy In Estonia
Obama said NATO and the democratic values that the alliance stands for are facing “a moment of testing,” with Russia’s incursion into Ukraine. Ultimately, however, Obama said, “Democracy will win.”

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Obama on Sotloff beheading: ‘We will not be intimidated’

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President Barack Obama comments about U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, killed by Islamic State militants, during a joint news conference with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves at the Bank of Estonia in Tallinn, Estonia. | AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

President Barack Obama comments about U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, killed by Islamic State militants, during a joint news conference with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves at the Bank of Estonia in Tallinn, Estonia. | AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, in Estonia on Wednesday, said the U.S. confirmed the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff and will take steps against the Islamic State, known as ISIS or ISIL.  “Those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget, and that our reach is long and that justice will be served.”

 

Obama made his comments during a joint press conference with Estonia President Ilves, noting the brutal Sotloff murder came after the militant group also killed another U.S. journalist, Jim Foley, a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a former Post-Tribune reporter.

 

Obama: US to ‘bring Justice’ to Militants

 

 

 

 

Obama:  Finally, I want to say that today the prayers of the American people are with the family of a devoted and courageous journalist, Steven Sotloff.  Overnight, our government determined that, tragically, Steven was taken from us in a horrific act of violence.  We cannot even begin to imagine the agony that everyone who loved Steven is feeling right now, especially his mother, his father and his younger sister.  So today, our country grieves with them.

 

Like Jim Foley before him, Steve’s life stood in sharp contrast to those who have murdered him so brutally.  They make the absurd claim that they kill in the name of religion, but it was Steven, his friends say, who deeply loved the Islamic world.  His killers try to claim that they defend the oppressed, but it was Steven who traveled across the Middle East, risking his life to tell the story of Muslim men and women demanding justice and dignity.

 

Whatever these murderers think they’ll achieve by killing innocent Americans like Steven, they have already failed.  They have failed because, like people around the world, Americans are repulsed by their barbarism.  We will not be intimidated.  Their horrific acts only unite us as a country and stiffen our resolve to take the fight against these terrorists.  And those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget, and that our reach is long and that justice will be served. 

 

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UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality, Calls For ‘Stand Your Ground’ Review.


Mr. Militant Negro, Jueseppi B.

Mr. Militant Negro, Jueseppi B.

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From The Huffington Post:

 

UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality, Calls For ‘Stand Your Ground’ Review

 

 | By Stephanie Nebehay

 

Tear gas reigns down on a woman kneeling in the street with her hands in the air after a demonstration over the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. | Scott Olson via Getty Images

Tear gas reigns down on a woman kneeling in the street with her hands in the air after a demonstration over the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. | Scott Olson via Getty Images

Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record

 

* Says killing of Michael Brown “not an isolated event”

 

* Decries racial bias of police, pervasive discrimination

 

ACLU calls for addressing racial inequality in America

 

GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) – The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.

 

“Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing,” Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.

 

Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson – a St. Louis suburb – and shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America.

 

“The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown,” said Amir, an expert from Algeria.

 

“This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials.”

 

The panel of 18 independent experts grilled a senior U.S. delegation on Aug. 13 about what they said was persistent racial discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities, including within the criminal justice system.

 

U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper told the panel that his nation had made “great strides toward eliminating racial discrimination” but conceded that “we have much left to do”.

 

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. A St. Louis County grand jury has begun hearing evidence and the U.S. Justice Department has opened its own investigation.

 

Police have said Brown struggled with Wilson when shot. But some witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.

 

 

“STAND YOUR GROUND” LAWS

In its conclusions issued on Friday, the U.N. panel said “Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense”.

 

Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old shot dead in a car in Jacksonville, Florida during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012, attended the Geneva session. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, testified.

 

The U.N. panel monitors compliance with a treaty ratified by 177 countries including the United States.

 

“The Committee remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police,” it said, urging investigations.

 

The experts called for addressing obstacles faced by minorities and indigenous peoples to exercise their right to vote effectively. This was due to restrictive voter identification laws, district gerrymandering and state-level laws that disenfranchise people convicted of felonies, it said.

 

Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the U.N. recommendations highlighted “shortcomings on racial equality that we are seeing play out today on our streets, at our borders and in the voting booth.

 

“When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad,” he said.

 

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Civilization Has Ended With Uncivilized Cops

 

Published on Sep 1, 2014

Why do the police feel so free to touch civilians? Why are cops out of control? America’s cops are turning America into an uncivilized society.

 

 

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