On Thursday, February 28th, the Maryland State Senate voted 28 to 19 to pass the Governor’s gun control bill. It is off to the House of Delegates for final approval, and if approved will move on to the Governor’s desk for signature.
Racism as a persistent cancer of the American system, infecting the blood that runs through its democratic veins, is an idea that is not readily accepted by the White status quo. The dominant culture sees racism as some inconsequential strange and unique appendage of the Republic that can be severed, ignored, or accommodated with special considerations for the handicapped. So when Derrick Bell, a cerebral, Harvard legal scholar admired by President Obama, identified racism as a terminal disease that is permanent, Whites went all Farrakhan on him. The media tied Obama to Bell in his Harvard years and pilloried the President with slurs that he is a racist
The mainstream White media represented Dorner as a loony with a grudge and an assault rifle. But an amazing thing happened in the alternative and social media outlets. Although African Americans did not support Dorner’s murder spree, many supported Dorner. The difference between how Black people saw this and White people viewed Dorner was like the parting of the Red Sea. It was like the O.J. case: Blacks on one side and Whites on the other. The issue for some Black people was Dorner’s blowing the cover off the racist, brutal tactics of police bullies in poor black and brown communities. For White people it was just the case of a murderer on the loose.
By now, the world is beginning to hear about Arafat Jaradat. A young Palestinian father, imprisoned three months without charge, in the notorious Israeli Megiddo Military Prison. Allegedly, he'd been involved in throwing stones. Two nights ago, he died, still in custody. Still without charge or trial.
On December 21st of last year, as many across the world were speculating about the end of the Mayan calendar, 40,000 actual Mayans marched silently into five cities in Chiapas, Mexico, putting the Zapatistas and the Zapatista Army for National Liberation (EZLN) back into the forefront of grassroots political discourse the world over, and mainstream political discourse in Mexico. A stream of provocative communiques from the EZLN's spokesperson, Subcomandante Marcos, have followed.
“Social media policy for officers is being developed. I don’t know who authored this page. It’s not authorized by the BCPD. I haven’t received any complaints on this yet,” stated Anthony Guglielmi of BCPD Public Affairs.
The page Guglielmi talked to me about is Cop Toons. According to the page description, it is a cartoon photo gallery of actual Baltimore Police officers.
On Monday afternoon, Jan. 28, 2013, a rally was held in Annapolis, Maryland, at Lawyer’s Mall to repeal the Death Penalty. The General Assembly is in session and progress, while slow, continues to be made on this controversial issue. Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, a social justice activists and an official with the NAACP’s state branch, shared his views on the matter.
A decision has come in on a controversy that has taken over Baltimore for months: the planned $70 million youth jail in Baltimore. The jail is no longer going to be built. Instead they plan on renovating a smaller facility for the purpose of housing youth that were incarcerated for violent crimes. This turn of events still comes with strong opinions, yet the voices of those that were protesting the new youth jail are somewhat quelled.