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BREAKING: Charlotte Police Chief, Kerr Putney, just made a partial release of dash cam and body cam footage of Keith Lamont Scott’s murder. And it’s devastating to watch. 

None of the video shows definitive evidence of Keith Scott holding a gun as police have claimed–and after police shot and killed Keith Scott, they handcuffed his lifeless body. To make matters worse, Putney has still refused to release the full video, claiming it is not relevant to the shooting. A partial video release is not enough, but if this killing happened a week from today, even this would be impossible. 

A new North Carolina law goes into effect on October 1st, and will prohibit any body-cam or dash-cam footage from being released to the public. It’s infuriating and a slap in the face to Black people who’ve been in the streets demanding transparency and reform.

In just a few hours, over 33,000 Color of Change members have signed a petition calling on the Department of Justice to take action against this law–will you join them?

We have to make sure North Carolina police can’t hide behind a blue wall of silence any longer.

Then we have this: HB972 Prohibits body and dash cam footage from being released to the public.

Charlotte is on fire. And Black people are in pain yet again as the news of Keith Lamont Scott’s killing hit less than 24 hours after news outlets plastered the video of Terence Crutcher’s murder on tv screens across the country.1

According to his family, Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old disabled man, was sitting in his car reading a book and waiting to pick his son up from school when he was shot and killed by Charlotte police. Yes, a book. They say he didn’t have a gun. And in a live video immediately after the incident, Keith’s daughter yelled at investigators not to plant a gun in his car. “Because that’s what the f**k y’all do,” she said.2

Charlotte police had no regard for Keith’s life and are telling a completely different tale of events leading to Keith’s killing. But a new North Carolina law could mean the public will never see the body cam footage.

North Carolina just passed a law, HB 972, that prohibits body and dash cam footage from being released to the public.3 And while the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief, Kerr Putney, has the authority to release the footage of Keith Lamont Scott’s death before the law goes into effect in October–he won’t. But the good news is that the Department of Justice has the authority to push them to do the right thing, and hit Charlotte police where it hurts–their pockets. Soon, the Justice Department will be announcing winners of their federal grant programs. If the DOJ refuses to award any new grants to North Carolina while this law is in place, they could force the state to reverse it. Will you sign the petition?

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Image  —  Posted: September 26, 2016 in *Celebration*, Saying it like it should be said., The Ruling Class Must Be Brought Down!

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country.

Find out which challenged books made the 2015 list, which was released as part of the 2016 State of America’s Library Report.

One of our favorite blogs is Diana’s Little Corner in the Nutmeg State. We consider Diana a friend and comrade in this battle to set things right. The following piece is from her blog.

The right wing conservatives now want us to get permission before we go the bathroom and this is their craziest idea yet.

Ask Me First Campaign Wants Trans People to First Get Permission to Use Public Restrooms
The New Civil Rights Movement
By Carlyle Addy
September 21, 2016

Campaign Backed by Faith-Based Anti-LGBT Groups“We are moms, daughters, students, athletes, survivors and businesswomen who believe our voices matter.”

This is how the Ask Me First campaign introduces itself.

Ask Me First is an anti-transgender campaign asking politicians to ask women for permission before protecting trans people – whom they call “gender-confused” – who are attempting to use public facilities or participate in public events. The campaign features a few stories on their website from women upset about trans inclusive policies at various levels. They call equal rights “special accommodation.”

“As we all consider the policy changes we’re seeing concerning privacy and safety in restrooms and locker rooms, we think there are certain voices that are being ignored — perhaps on purpose,” Ask Me First accuses, ignoring the fact that transgender people’s voices have always been ignored.

And who is behind this latest campaign, why it is none other than our favorite nemeses,

 The campaign is backed by faith-based anti-LGBT groups, including the Family Policy Alliance, formerly Citizen Link, which is the public policy arm of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. The FPA is also associated with Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council and the Alliance Defending Freedom.

Some of them have been labeled “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Why can’t they just let us pee in peace.

Pills pouring from a medication bottle

A few years back in the city where I live now, I put my faith in a doctor of western medicine. I had a very bad sinus infection. I couldn’t breathe and found myself waking up at 2 or 3 o’clock each morning and having to go out side and sit. I needed air all around me. Now out side sitting is not something that most people would be fond of doing especially in the winter time. But I had to do it. Bundled up with a blanket to put around me and a small folding chair to sit on out I went and sat way out in the back of my apartment building where there is a small park. One can learn many things out in the dark like that. One of the neatest things that I able to see was the shifting blackness of the night. If you have never seen it I suggest you go out find a dark spot and sit. Watch, how the dark moves around. ( 1 ) I changed my areas of sitting as the weather changed and sometime went to sit way over in the corner of the shopping plaza. The plaza has a large over hang and was a great place to sit when it rained. Most of the time I hid out playing I spy you, you don’t see me and tried to take a good snooze.

Now this doctor just kept filling me up with antibiotics and then with antihistamines. Heavens knows what else. When one didn’t work he would say, “oh that isn’t working let’s try something else.” One day I caught him in his trick. He recommend a tablet that was a med that I had already tried and that I had gotten a bad reaction from and no healing at all. He should of known this as most of the office visit he spent on his lap top pecking away like some ding-bat. I called him on the carpet about it, left his office and never went back. He was a jerk who damned near killed me. Too think that many of my people (LGBT) swoon over this doctor makes me ill. He’s a quack. I try not to think about him and his response to my medical condition as I do not want my mind to continue to be poisoned by him. I would love to get him back but know that it is only a matter of time before some one will sue his ass off. Other older gay men have complained of the same treatment by him. Guess he is into young and butch and that is where his heart of his medical heart lies. A million dollar gay of the worse kind. The type that drips of the system, that plays cozy with our opponents. We know them as the Gay INC. The one issue folks the ones who only think of themselves to hell with everyone else. The ones who don’t give a crap about any issue but their own.  (No Mary, us LGBT-Q folks are not one big happy family)

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The smell of corruption is very pungent. The trick is to not let it stick to you…Hetty Wainthrope

Our hearts go out to Mr. Scott’s wife Rakeyia and his 7 children. We stand with you and know that somehow together we can and will demand Justice. R.I.P Keith Lamont Scott.

A black man named Keith Lamont Scott was shot dead by police outside an apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday night while the cops were searching for someone else.

According to Keith Lamont Scott’s family, he was married and had seven children. One family member told reporters that Scott was a “great man and great father” and he waited at the bus stop for his son every day.

In the wake of his tragic shooting death, a GoFundMe page has been created to help donate money to Scott’s family. The page mentions that Scott was “taken away from his wife Rakeyia Scott and 7 chilren and family who love him dearly.”

The message reads in full:

We unfortunately are here again where police have shot another innocent black man because “he posed a threat”. This can no longer be tolerated it’s time to take a stand! On Tuesday 9/20/2016 Keith Lamont Scott was shot reportedly 4 times while reading a book and waiting for his son to get off the bus. He has sadly been taken away from his wife Rakeyia Scott and 7 children and family who love him dearly. We can’t keep letting police take away our innocent black men from their families the time is now to stand up and support Black Lives! Please donate what you can to help this family in this very sad time! And please lift up prayers for their family as well! Justice will prevail!

Its bad yes its bad. How back check out the numbers on The Counted: People killed by Police in The US. HERE. In 2016 so far 790 people.