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15-Year Old Anthony Stokes Denied Heart Transplant Because of Trouble w/ the Law

Due to an enlarged heart, Anthony Stokes, a 15-year-old boy, may die in six months or fewer if he doesn’t receive a transplant.

The thing is, if and when a transplant becomes available, Stokes might not receive it due to, according to members of his family, his low grades and past trouble with the law:

“They said they don’t have any evidence that he would take his medicine or that he would go to his follow-ups,” Melencia Hamilton, Anthony’s mother, told WSBTV News. Hamilton explained that her son has an enlarged heart, and a transplant is the only thing that will help his condition.

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Student Faces Jail Time After Threatening School Shooting in Joke Tumblr Post

20-year old former Georgia Southern student has been in jail for 6 months after threatening to shoot up his school in a satirical Tumblr post.

Caleb Clemmons – a high-achieving, scholarship student – posting the following back in February:

“hello. my name is irenigg and i plan on shooting up georgia southern. pass this around to see the affect it has. to see if i get arrested.”

Clemmons had no intentions of actually bringing a gun to campus. But someone didn’t find it funny; and Caleb has been in jail ever since.

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Miami Artist Huong Unveils Powerful Trayvon Martin Mural

Miami artist and peace activist Huong unveiled her latest work, a mural dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin.

Entitled “We Are All Trayvon Martin,” the piece features a man resembling George Zimmerman firing a weapon at a hooded figure; the hooded figure’s face has been replaced with a mirror. To the upper left of the hooded figure is a bust of Martin Luther King Jr’s splattered with blood.

Huong released the mural in solidarity with the Dream Defenders.

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#BYP100′s Justice for Trayvon Martin Toolkit

BYP100 has created a toolkit of aggregated resources inspired by the murder of Trayvon Martin.

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Endangering Black Lives While Claiming to Save Them

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly (Photo by HAGEN FOR NEWS)

Can somebody tell Mayor Bloomberg that Black and Brown people don’t need another, “White Savior“? Bloomberg wants us to believe his racist Stop and Frisk policy, that was just smacked down by a Federal Judge, is for the benefit and safety of our communities. However,  Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, found that the NYPD had “adopted a policy of indirect racial profiling” that targeted young men of color for stops. But, Mayor Bloomberg won’t tolerate anyone tugging on Superman’s cape, so he plans to appeal the ruling.

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‘Ex-Gay’ Gospel Singer Donnie McClurkin Dropped from MLK Jr. Memorial Concert

Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin did not perform at a Washington, D.C. event celebrating the work of Martin Luther King this past weekend, though he was scheduled to headline the concert.

Although those putting on the event said McClurkin withdrew, McClurkin claims he was uninvited due to his views on homosexuality:

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Talib Kweli Visits the Dream Defenders: “History tells us nothing moves without young people being involved”

The Dream Defenders recently received a visit from Hip Hop artist Talib Kweli.

Kweli joined the protesters as they’re sit-in at the Florida Capitol moves into its 5th week.

At a press conference, Kweli discussed the importance of young people being at the forefront of this and any other meaningful movement for change.

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Judge Rules NYPD’s “Stop and Frisk” Policy is Unconstitutional

New York Judge Shira Scheindlin has ruled that the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk policy is unconstitutional.

She asserts that the policy amounts to “indirect racial profiling,” and violates the fourth amendment.

Scheindlin has appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes to the NYPD’s conduct.

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Judge Makes Mother Change Baby’s Name from ‘Messiah’

A Tennessee judge ordered a mother to change her child’s name from Messiah to Martin.

She was in court for a dispute with the baby’s father over the child’s last name.

But Judge Lu Ann Ballew took issue with the first name as well, asserting that Messiah is “a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus.”

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Eric Holder Unveils Major Drug Sentencing Reforms

Attorney General Eric Holder will announce major drug sentencing reforms today.

The Justice Department will avoid charging low-level and nonviolent drug offenders with crimes that carry mandatory minimum sentences, as long as they’re not connected with criminal organizations.

U.S. attorneys across the country will also be afforded with greater prosecutorial discretion.

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