Presidential voting rights for veterans on Guam, territories sought

Soldier saluting

The governor, in his letter to the president, said it’s a “tragic irony” that so many from Guam laid down their lives and thousands more fought and bled on foreign shores in the service of America’s most cherished ideal of defending democracy, yet they cannot vote for their commander-in-chief, the American president.

Source: Presidential voting rights for veterans on Guam, territories sought

Their Last Fight: Filipino Veterans Make A Final Push For Recognition

Maximo Purisima Young, 97, displays photographs from his military service. He helped transport supplies and troops in World War II, then fought as a guerilla alongside American soldiers.  DORIAN MERINA / AMERICAN HOMEFRONT

During World War II, more than a quarter million Filipinos fought alongside American soldiers. Many are still awaiting the recognition promised to them.

The toll was high: more than a million Filipinos died.

The Manila American Cemetery holds the largest number of World War II veteran graves outside the US — more than 17,000. It’s also home to a memorial to those lost or missing in action in the war which includes over 3,700 Filipinos.
CREDIT DORIAN MERINA / AMERICAN HOMEFRONT

Roosevelt signed a presidential order in 1941 bringing all military forces in the Philippines under U.S. control. But after the war, in 1946, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that stripped recognition from Filipino soldiers. It was called the Rescission Act, and it explicitly barred “rights, privileges, or benefits” from most Filipinos who fought. That same year, the Philippines became an independent nation.

Source: WUNC 91.5 North Carloina Public Radio

Political prisoner of war Robert Seth Hayes paroled after 45 years

         

(left picture) Robert Seth Hayes holds his little granddaughter Myaisha Hayes in an old photo. Imagine the joy of of reuniting in (relative) freedom with the family who have supported him over the decades.
(right picture) Uncle Baba Seth is visited by Imani Hayes, 12, Sister Yah and Valerie last November.

Amsterdam News, Aug. 9, 2018 – Having been incarcerated since 1973, original Black Panther activist Robert Seth Hayes, 69, was released on parole last Tuesday. He joins a short list of revolutionaries from the 1960s and 1970s who are now hitting New York’s streets as elderly men after spending decades in the belly of the beast, simply for fighting for their freedom.

Hayes denied participating in the June 1973 Bronx shooting death of New York Transit cop Sidney Thompson, but he was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life nonetheless. He had been hit with “five counts of murder, attempted murder, third degree criminal possession of a weapon and multiple counts of robbery.”

Even though he has maintained a clean disciplinary prison record, has been eligible for parole since 1998 and has been in poor health in recent years, he has continuously been denied after each hearing, every two years. The Parole Board argued that “he remained a threat to society.”

After 10 failed attempts, he was finally granted parole on his 11th try, 20 years later.

Hayes was granted parole and released July 24, 2018, having met all criteria for release according to his sentence,” read a statement from the New York City Jericho Movement. “The parole commissioners recognized his progress after serving 45 years in prison and granted his parole application at his 11th parole hearing. He is looking forward to being reunited with his family and friends. We welcome him home! We spoke with Seth today, and he is grateful to all of his friends and supporters. Once he gets settled in, he plans to write a statement of his own.”

There are still more than two dozen “political prisoners of war” who remain captured behind enemy lines. Ten have died while there, since 2010. Many of the militants were in their early twenties when they joined revolutionary organizations and took up arms to combat police terrorism. They fought for Black Power, and many were framed and incarcerated, or lost their lives in the trenches while fighting.

To quote late, great one-time “prisoner in exile” Herman Ferguson, “Free ‘em all!”

This story first appeared at http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2018/aug/09/political-prisoner-war-robert-seth-hayes-paroled-a/.

Printed with permission of San Francisco Bay View and
The Amsterdam News

Thank You Brother Ron

by Paradise

The former civil rights activist, mayor of Oakland and congressman, who put programs for the people ahead of war and weapons of mass destruction, the honorable and distinguished elder Ron Dellums joined the ancestors July 30, after making his presence felt on this planet for 82 years.

Source: San Francisco Bay View

 

BAR Book Forum: Mehrsa Baradaran’s “The Color of Money” | Black Agenda Report

“And while racism has often been popularly considered as physical power and violence, the history of racial slavery in the United States demonstrates that violence and economic exploitation are often one and the same thing.”

 Banking Against (Black) Capitalism: On “The Color of Money” By Armond Towns, Carolyn Hardin

“When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, the black community controlled about 1% of the nation’s wealth. Over 150 years later, that number hasn’t budged. The reason for this lack of economic progress despite the fact that racial progress has been made is the story I tell in my book.”

Source: BAR Book Forum: Mehrsa Baradaran’s “The Color of Money” | Black Agenda Report

When the Resistance is Really the Assistance | Black Agenda Report

The Congressional Black Caucus was even more eager to assist the US posture of global war than Democrats as a whole, a pattern Glen Ford has called out repeatedly in recent years. CBC members voted 34 to 8 in favor of the permanent war budget, which includes Trump’s military parade, a new Space Force, and scores of drone bases in Africa that put almost the entire continent under US cameras and guns. Noted progressive Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the only Muslim in Congress, abstained. The CBC members who found the spine to cast votes against the war budget were Bonnie Watson-Coleman, Barbara Lee, John Lewis (who does have a US Navy oiler named after him), Hakim Jeffries, Yvette Clarke, Karne Bass, Bobby Rush, and Hank Johnson.

Source: When the Resistance is Really the Assistance | Black Agenda Report

An Extremely Detailed Map of the 2016 Presidential Election – The New York Times

This map shows President’s Trump victory was not a fluke event. Most of the country is ‘red’. This means most of the country believes in the republican message. This map is extremely red. Democrats’ saving grace is most of the major population centers are ‘blue’. But it’s easy to see how Trump won the electoral college. The more I look at this map the more astounding it is.

Source: An Extremely Detailed Map of the 2016 Presidential Election – The New York Times

The Nubian News interviews mayoral candidate, Paul Perez

We sat down with Paul Perez, who is running to become the mayor Trenton, NJ. The highlight of this interview is Mr. Perez’s promise to bring a World Class city government matrix to the City. World Class means the best of the best. It means systems and education and bridging gaps wherever you find them. It means providing the best service to its customers, in this case the citizens of Trenton. Considering becoming World Class is also the goal of The Nubian News we are very pumped knowing our City may be on the same track as we are.

The full Paul Perez Interview

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