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hersheywrites:

jessehimself:

Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System
Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.
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Why might this not be a HUGE national story and his name not household? I’ll give you one guess what color those kids were.

Stay FUCKING Woke.
We are not crazy. This shit is happening.

Reblogged from thashining

hersheywrites:

jessehimself:

Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System

Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.

Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.

His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.

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Why might this not be a HUGE national story and his name not household? I’ll give you one guess what color those kids were.

Stay FUCKING Woke.

We are not crazy. This shit is happening.

(Source: thefreelioness)

rhapsody-tardisblue:

pallet-town-julie-brown:

blackgirlsinked:

Esther Jones, known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was a singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at The Cotton Club in Harlem. Helen Kane saw her act in 1928 and appropriated Jones’ ‘baby’ singing style for a recording of “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” Jones’ style went on to become the inspiration for the voice of Betty Boop.(What I Looked up)

this is why i just think people of color created and were behind everything ever. No matter what it is, it comes back to a person of color being behind it, and real talk 70% of the time its a black person or African civilization

shit. I didn’t know they stole her whole look too

Reblogged from ebonyrise

rhapsody-tardisblue:

pallet-town-julie-brown:

blackgirlsinked:

Esther Jones, known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was a singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at The Cotton Club in Harlem. Helen Kane saw her act in 1928 and appropriated Jones’ ‘baby’ singing style for a recording of “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” Jones’ style went on to become the inspiration for the voice of Betty Boop.(What I Looked up)

this is why i just think people of color created and were behind everything ever. No matter what it is, it comes back to a person of color being behind it, and real talk 70% of the time its a black person or African civilization

shit. I didn’t know they stole her whole look too

revolutionary-afrolatino:

Veterans’ appeal to National Guard: ‘Stand with Ferguson protesters, not the police!’

The following statement was initiated by the anti-war soldiers and veterans organization March Forward!
To our brothers and sisters in the Missouri National Guard:
We are writing to you as active-duty U.S. service members and veterans, most of us having served in the Iraq war.
You have a choice you can make right now.
The people have the right to protest. If we were truly honoring our oath, we would be in Ferguson to protect the protesters against the repression of their rights by the police.
Imagine the powerful impact it would have if you abandoned your posts and marched with the protesters.
That single action could have the biggest possible effect on the crisis in Ferguson and the larger issues it represents in the entire country. It could be a major turning point in the fight against racism, inequality and police abuse.
You wouldn’t be alone. There is a whole community of service members, veterans and civilian supporters who would defend your right to do so. And now, in this critical moment, we are urging you to exercise that right.
Justice for Mike Brown! Jail Darren Wilson!

reading this gave me goosebumps. the movement is gaining strength. i’m proud of these politicized soldiers, it gives me hope. could this be part of the reason why the National Guard was withdrawn from Ferguson? pressure from within….

Reblogged from cooljaycookies

revolutionary-afrolatino:

Veterans’ appeal to National Guard: ‘Stand with Ferguson protesters, not the police!’

The following statement was initiated by the anti-war soldiers and veterans organization March Forward!

To our brothers and sisters in the Missouri National Guard:

We are writing to you as active-duty U.S. service members and veterans, most of us having served in the Iraq war.

You have a choice you can make right now.

The people have the right to protest. If we were truly honoring our oath, we would be in Ferguson to protect the protesters against the repression of their rights by the police.

Imagine the powerful impact it would have if you abandoned your posts and marched with the protesters.

That single action could have the biggest possible effect on the crisis in Ferguson and the larger issues it represents in the entire country. It could be a major turning point in the fight against racism, inequality and police abuse.

You wouldn’t be alone. There is a whole community of service members, veterans and civilian supporters who would defend your right to do so. And now, in this critical moment, we are urging you to exercise that right.

Justice for Mike Brown! Jail Darren Wilson!

reading this gave me goosebumps. the movement is gaining strength. i’m proud of these politicized soldiers, it gives me hope. could this be part of the reason why the National Guard was withdrawn from Ferguson? pressure from within….

(Source: post-gazette.com)

Reblogged from cantbelieveididthis

arabellesicardi:

The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, 

The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, 

The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, 

dyerkindel:

sica49:

jaguarprophecies:

spooky-louie:

laliberty:

kv96ic28:

This is how the police in the USA handle someone who is “resisting”.  Notice his “resistance”.

The eagerness with which the rotund cop scampered in to tase the unarmed black man with his hands in the air further serves to demonstrate how so many cops join the force for power-tripping opportunities to dish out abuse just like this.

trigger happy puerkos

We need more Chris Dorners

Wow

wtf yo fuck this

Reblogged from dawnism101

dyerkindel:

sica49:

jaguarprophecies:

spooky-louie:

laliberty:

kv96ic28:

This is how the police in the USA handle someone who is “resisting”.  Notice his “resistance”.

The eagerness with which the rotund cop scampered in to tase the unarmed black man with his hands in the air further serves to demonstrate how so many cops join the force for power-tripping opportunities to dish out abuse just like this.

trigger happy puerkos

We need more Chris Dorners

Wow

wtf yo fuck this

Reblogged from blackourstory

cultureunseen:

Salute to our Bro. Fred Hampton, fallen not forgotten…

Reblogged from poetic-floetry

feminally:

yourscientistfriend:

Labor Day 2014
In Ferguson
Credit to the young man that I listed above.

Labor Day in Ferguson.

coco-chanel-paradise:

House of Slaves (Gorée) 
"Door of no Return" 
that’s where it all started

Reblogged from blackourstory

coco-chanel-paradise:

House of Slaves (Gorée) 

"Door of no Return" 

that’s where it all started

Reblogged from marveloustransformer

70sbestblackalbums:

f u n k e s s e n t i a l

http://youtu.be/LtO2UYPX7NQ
1972 JAMES BROWN “Get On The Good Foot” In an era where Brown went on to make three studio doubles, Get on the Good Foot was the first. This 1972 album finds Brown having great chemistry with both his newer J.B.’s and the New York session players. The title track is particularly stunning. “Get on the Good Foot” was so off-the-cuff and nonpareil, he couldn’t have replicated the formula even if he wanted to. “I Got a Bag of My Own,” on the other hand, sounds forced and synthetic. Although Brown was known for his new product, this album has him recycling some of his King singles. Doing so-so remakes of “Cold Sweat” and “Ain’t It a Groove” could be taken as an attempt for Brown to ease some of his old catalog to his new label. It was a nice try, but you should stick with the originals. Not surprisingly, Get on the Good Foot does have its share of throwaway cuts. “Recitation By Hank Ballard” is a spoken-word effort with Ballard extolling his buddy’s virtues as well as giving unsolicited advice about the perils of showbiz. “Dirty Harri,” a lukewarm instrumental, goes nowhere fast for all of its six-plus minutes. The 1995 CD reissue offered a track that was previously available only on the international release, the warm “I Know It’s True,” which hearkens back to Brown’s ’60s-ballad style as he turns in a genuinely affecting performance. Although Get on the Good Foot only managed to yield two hits, the album is one of his more varied and fun efforts. By Jason Elias

Reblogged from blackourstory