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Cesar Chavez (Movie coming soon!) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:27

Directed by Diego Luna, Chávez chronicles the birth of a modern American movement led by famed civil rights leader and labor organizer, Cesar Chavez. Torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to bringing dignity and justice to others, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle for the rights of farm workers. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the system.

Starring Michael Pena
America Ferrara
Rosario Dawson
John Malkovich

 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:45
 
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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 19:44

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 20:11
 
New trial sought for SC boy, 14, executed in 1944 PDF Print E-mail
Written by JEFFREY COLLINS   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:40

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — A 14-year-old black boy executed nearly 70 years ago is finally getting another day in court, and his lawyers plan to argue Tuesday for a new trial, saying his conviction was tainted by the segregationist-era justice system and scant evidence.

 

George Stinney was found guilty in 1944 of killing two white girls, ages 7 and 11. The trial lasted less than a day in the tiny Southern mill town of Alcolu, separated, as most were in those days, by race.

Nearly all the evidence, including a confession that was central to the case against Stinney, has disappeared, along with the transcript of the trial. Lawyers working on behalf of Stinney's family have gathered new evidence, including sworn statements from his relatives accounting for his whereabouts the day the girls were killed and from a pathologist disputing the autopsy findings.

The novel decision of whether to give someone executed a new trial will be in the hands of Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen. Experts say it is a longshot. South Carolina law has a high bar to grant new trials. Also, the legal system in the state before segregation often found defendants guilty with evidence that would be considered scant today. If Mullen finds in favor of Stinney, it could open the door for hundreds of other appeals.

But the Stinney case is unique. At 14, he's the youngest person executed in the United States in the past 100 years. Even in 1944, there was an outcry over putting someone so young in the electric chair. Newspaper accounts said the straps in the chair didn't fit around his 95-pound body and an electrode was too big for his leg.

Stinney's supporters said racism, common in the Jim Crow era South, meant deputies in Clarendon County did little investigation after they decided Stinney was the prime suspect. They said he was pulled from his parents and interrogated without a lawyer.

School board member George Frierson heard stories about Stinney growing up in the same mill town he did, and he has spent a decade fighting to get him exonerated. He swallowed hard as he said he hardly slept Monday night.

"Somebody that didn't kill someone is finally getting his day in court," Frierson said.

In 1944, Stinney was likely the only black in the courtroom. On Tuesday, the prosecutor arguing against him will be Ernest "Chip" Finney III, the son of South Carolina's first black chief justice. Finney argued Tuesday there shouldn't be a new trial because the evidence was lost with the passage of time, not destroyed.

"Back in 1944, we should have known better, but we didn't," Finney said.

Finney has said he will conduct an investigation if a new trial is granted, but what that might find is not known. South Carolina did not have a statewide law enforcement unit to help smaller jurisdictions until 1947. Newspaper stories about Stinney's trial offer little clue whether any evidence was introduced beyond the teen's confession and an autopsy report. Some people around Alcolu said bloody clothes were taken from Stinney's home, but never introduced at trial because of his confession. No record of those clothes exists.

Relatives of one of the girls killed, 11-year-old Betty Binnicker, have recently spoke out as well, saying Stinney was known around town as a bully who threatened to fight or kill people who came too close to the grass where he grazed the family cow.

It isn't known if the judge will rule Tuesday, or take time to come to her decision. Stinney's supporters said if the motion for a new trial fails, they will ask the state to pardon him.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 22:06
 
Marvin Gaye's 1964 Passport Discovered in Record Bought at Garage Sale PDF Print E-mail
Written by Spin.com   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 19:43

An avid Motown memorabilia collector from Detroit made the find of a lifetime after buying some records at a garage sale. Appearing on the February 3 episode of PBS' Antiques Roadshow, the guest — who previously worked at the legendary label's museum — brought along Marvin Gaye's passport from 1964, the year the soul legend released "How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)."

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The man and his colleagues from the museum went to collect memorabilia donated by the family of a late Motown musician. He later returned to the musician's estate sale to buy a collection of LPs and singles, priced at 50 cents and a quarter, respectively. "When I got home, I was going through them and out of an album fell this passport," the man said on the show. "And so it literally fell into my hands."

The thing I'm in love with is how young he is here," appraiser Laura Woolley said. "This is dated 1964, which is great, and it is after he added the 'E' to the end of his name, because when he was signed as a solo artist with Motown, he decided to add that 'E,' and there's a lot of different theories: People say it's because he wanted to separate himself from his father or because he actually liked Sam Cooke so much, who had an 'E' at the end of his name, that he wanted to imitate his idol."

After Wooley told the man to put nothing less than $20,000 worth of insurance on the passport, he reacted accordingly: "Are you kidding me?" he asked. Said Woolley, "I'm not kidding you. Nothing comes up for Marvin Gaye. It's not a really common thing to see Marvin Gaye memorabilia."

Rather than say "ka-CHING," the stunned guest respectfully said, "Wow. I never would have thought. I mean, I'm just shocked. I mean... wow. Oh gosh, thank you."

 

Here's hoping he gets insurance on it fast, before Robin Thicke and Pharrell steal it.

Source: http://www.spin.com/articles/marvin-gaye-passport-antiques-roadshow-video/

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:54
 
Trayvon Martin's mother speaks out against racial profiling, calls for respect PDF Print E-mail
Written by Madeleine Brown   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 20:37

That's what was printed on the back of Dennis Barrett's shirt Thursday afternoon when he and his wife attended a discussion at the University of Utah about racial profiling.

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, was invited to speak and lead the discussion as part of the university's 30th annual celebration for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Fulton described herself an average person and said losing a son is not something she signed up for. But it was apparent she isn't average as she talked about her son and called for respect, action and an end to profiling.

"There should not become a time when we are comfortable with burying our children," Fulton said. "What happened many miles away in Sanford should be uncomfortable for you."

People who aren't looking for ways to improve the country and its communities are part of the problem, she said, adding that she's working to make Florida a better place.

On Feb. 26, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, then 27. Martin was visiting his father, Tracy Martin, in Sanford, Fla., when he walked home from 7-Eleven through a gated community on a rainy night.

Zimmerman approached Trayvon Martin because the teenager looked suspicious, he later told police. He confronted the boy, who was unarmed, and shot him in the chest after a scuffle, police said.

Police said Florida's Stand Your Ground self-defense law kept them from bringing charges against Zimmerman, and he wasn't arrested for 44 days. The law says people acting in self-defense don't have to retreat before using force.

Trayvon Martin's parents said Zimmerman racially profiled their son and that the investigation was stalling because Martin was black. Zimmerman identifies as Hispanic.

"But is it the hoodie that really made the difference? Or the color of his skin?" Fulton asked. "And if by one second, just by one mere second, we think that it's the color of his skin, then something is wrong with America."

The case became an impetus for national debates on guns, self-defense and race relations.

Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and was acquitted of manslaughter in July 2013.

"I think, at the end of the day, it's not about Trayvon. It's about the person who thought he was suspicious," Fulton said in response to a question during the discussion.

She repeatedly responded by urging people to respect themselves and each other, to remember that everyone is different and to think about what they can do to make sure something like Trayvon Martin's death doesn't happen again.

"All you need is positive people," Fulton said. "Positive does not come in a color at all."

Kendall Andrews said he couldn't relate easily with the situation, growing up as a white male in suburban Utah. But, he said, the issue is important.

"You have to admire how Trayvon Martin's mom has handled everything and just how she's not been violent, not been aggressive, been peaceful the whole time," Andrews said. "Even in horrible situations, some people can take things positively and do good with even the worst situations."

Chloe Cole, at U. student studying strategic communication, said she was impressed with Fulton, who has chosen to fight against racial profiling with words, action and love. Fulton said it's pointless to take a life in revenge; that only results in another death.

 

"It's like she brought the issue right to home, and so now as she leaves we can continue that conversation about whether it be racial profiling or other issues of profiling I experience and other people experience here in Utah," said Fattima Ahmed, a Muslim student at the U.

The Trayvon Martin Foundation is hosting a peace walk and talk in Miami in February to celebrate Trayvon Martin's life and tell young people "they have a right to walk in peace," Fulton said.

The discussion kicked off a weekend of events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

Fulton said King's message of nonviolence is at the forefront of her efforts, and she aims to lead by example.

"Racism is still alive. Racial profiling is still alive. Injustice is still alive," Fulton said. "And we have to make a difference. We have to change this."

 

Source: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865594323/Trayvon-Martins-mother-speaks-out-against-racial-profiling-calls-for-respect.html?pg=2

Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 07:41
 
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