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    "At a time when non-whites make up roughly 37 percent of the U.S. population, the percentage of minorities in the newsroom has fallen to 12.37 percent from its 13.73 percent high in 2006. In last year’s 2012 ASNE study, overall newsroom employment was down 2.4 percent, but the picture looked much worse - down 5.7 percent - for minorities."
    Riva Gold, on how the recession is killing newsroom diversity. (via theatlantic)

    This matters.

    — 1 year ago with 200 notes
    #media  #news  #journalism  #diversity  #social justice  #wahidao worldview  #recession 
    cognitivedissonance:

Trayvon Martin’s family watches the announcement of a second degree murder charge against George Zimmerman. (From @trymainelee)

    cognitivedissonance:

    Trayvon Martin’s family watches the announcement of a second degree murder charge against George Zimmerman. (From )

    (via stfuconservatives)

    — 2 years ago with 460 notes
    #news  #justice  #trayvon martin  #crime  #photo  #tragedy  #wahidao worldview 
    thedailywhat:

Follow Up of the Day: A few hours after press secretary Jay Carney told reporters the White House is “not going to wade into a local law-enforcement matter,” the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the FBI both announced that they will yield to requests to investigate the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
“The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation,” said the DOJ in a statement.
Despite moving forward with the investigation, the Justice Department sought in the same statement to temper expectations: “With all federal civil rights crimes, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids — the highest level of intent in criminal law.”
One of the major impediments to an open-and-shut manslaughter case against Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, is Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which permits residents to “meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm.”
Zimmerman told police that Martin attacked him from behind as he was walking back towards his truck, and it was fear for his life that prompted him to fire his Kel Tec 9mm handgun.
In addition to the DOJ and the FBI, Florida’s state attorney, Norm Wolfinger, announced this morning that a grand jury will be called to investigate the case. “I share in the desire of the family and the community to accurately collect and evaluate all the facts surrounding the tragic death of Trayvon Martin,” said Wolfinger in a press release. The grand jury will convene on April 10th.
Also this morning, ABC News revealed that Martin was on the phone with a female friend moments before he was shot by Zimmerman. The 16-year-old girl spoke with Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump, and recalled their final conversation.
“He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man,” the unidentified girl is quoted as saying. “I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run but he said he was not going to run.”
The last thing she remembers is Martin trying to escape by running, but being cornered by Zimmerman who asked him what he was doing there. “Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell,” she said. “I called him again and he didn’t answer the phone.”
In an effort to drive home the racial motivation behind Zimmerman’s actions, Touré pointed to the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain’s 911 call, where, at 2:21, it sounds as though Zimmerman is whispering “f*ckin’ coons.” After listening to Zimmerman’s exchange with the emergency dispatcher, New York Times columnist Nick Kristof said he found “shades of 1950’s Mississippi” in the tape.
[miamiherald / nyt / wesh / @toure / @nickkristof.]

    thedailywhat:

    Follow Up of the Day: A few hours after press secretary Jay Carney told reporters the White House is “not going to wade into a local law-enforcement matter,” the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the FBI both announced that they will yield to requests to investigate the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

    “The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation,” said the DOJ in a statement.

    Despite moving forward with the investigation, the Justice Department sought in the same statement to temper expectations: “With all federal civil rights crimes, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids — the highest level of intent in criminal law.”

    One of the major impediments to an open-and-shut manslaughter case against Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, is Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which permits residents to “meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm.”

    Zimmerman told police that Martin attacked him from behind as he was walking back towards his truck, and it was fear for his life that prompted him to fire his Kel Tec 9mm handgun.

    In addition to the DOJ and the FBI, Florida’s state attorney, Norm Wolfinger, announced this morning that a grand jury will be called to investigate the case. “I share in the desire of the family and the community to accurately collect and evaluate all the facts surrounding the tragic death of Trayvon Martin,” said Wolfinger in a press release. The grand jury will convene on April 10th.

    Also this morning, ABC News revealed that Martin was on the phone with a female friend moments before he was shot by Zimmerman. The 16-year-old girl spoke with Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump, and recalled their final conversation.

    “He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man,” the unidentified girl is quoted as saying. “I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run but he said he was not going to run.”

    The last thing she remembers is Martin trying to escape by running, but being cornered by Zimmerman who asked him what he was doing there. “Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell,” she said. “I called him again and he didn’t answer the phone.”

    In an effort to drive home the racial motivation behind Zimmerman’s actions, Touré pointed to the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain’s 911 call, where, at 2:21, it sounds as though Zimmerman is whispering “f*ckin’ coons.” After listening to Zimmerman’s exchange with the emergency dispatcher, New York Times columnist Nick Kristof said he found “shades of 1950’s Mississippi” in the tape.

    [miamiherald / nyt / wesh / @toure / @nickkristof.]

    (Source: thedailywhat, via stfuconservatives)

    — 2 years ago with 1118 notes
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    "Remember the Name TRAYVON MARTIN" — The Melissa Harris-Perry Show (MSNBC)

    We want an arrest.

    — 2 years ago
    #Justice  #injustice  #florida  #United States  #crime  #murder  #social justice  #race  #racism  #video  #news  #remember  #youth  #trayvon martin  #wahidao worldview 

    thecedar:

    Longtime Cedar friends, TINARIWEN, are in the middle of a crisis in their homeland.  We are sending them and their loved ones all the positive energy we can.  Please help us raise awareness for the situation in and around Mali by spreading this around.  Here’s hoping for peace.

    TINARIWEN posted this message on their Facebook page a few days ago:

     ”Hi everyone. Soon after the uprising broke out last week, people started leaving the centre of our home villages, to avoid any fighting between the rebels and the Malian army. We’ve been out here in the bush, for quite a few days, with many women, children and old people. Some of us are suffering from hunger and the terrible cold. It’s really very very cold at night around this time of year. Things are tough for sure, but everyone is holding up. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers for us. Keeping sending them. We really hope that everything is going to be ok. Thanks, Tinariwen.”

    — 2 years ago with 17 notes
    #conflict  #music  #mali  #minneapolis  #refugee  #news  #tinariwen  #the cedar  #wahidao music