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Judge Throws Out Manslaughter Charges Against Cop Accused of Killing Ramarley Graham

A New York judge threw out manslaughter charges against Officer Richard Haste, the man accused of killing unarmed 18 year-old Ramarley Graham.

The judge ruled that prosecutors has made an accidental mistake while instructing the jury. Prosecutors plan to present the case again before a grand jury.

Still, tensions ran high as the judge handed down the ruling. Graham’s mother reportedly yelled “they killed my child,” and was removed from the courtroom.

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Milwaukee Set to Become Fifth City Where Fast Food Workers Strike

Two hundred Milwaukee fast food workers are set to go on strike, demanding a pay increase to $15/hr and the right to unionize.

As COLORLINES points, Milwaukee has lost unionized manufacturing jobs at a dramatic rate in recent decades, leading to significant growth in low-wage jobs.

African Americans have been hit especially hard by this shift.

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Occupy the Streets of Chicago! March for Peace on June 21st!

On June 21st, join Father Michael Pfleger and Chicago’s Faith Community of Saint Sabina for an end of the school year march promoting PEACE on the streets of the Windy City.

The march begins at 78th Place and Throop at 7PM!

Learn more at the Faith Community of Saint Sabina website

Check out the event flier below:

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L.A. Unified School District Votes to Ban Suspensions for “Willful Defiance”

The Los Angeles Unified School board voted Tuesday to ban suspensions for “willful defiance.”

The board has directed school officials to use other disciplinary methods that don’t force students to miss valuable class time over fairly minor infractions. These suspensions disproportionately impact students of color.

Opponents of suspensions for “willful defiance” say such policies are highly subjective; students can be suspended for not turning off a cell phone, talking back, or a dress code violation.

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Brooklyn Teacher Fined $10,000 For Letting 3rd Grader Hit Bully Back

A Brooklyn teacher has been fined $10,000 for encouraging one of her students to strike back against a bully.

She allegedly asked the 8 year-old bully to stand up, and then directed the victimized child to hit him.

When the bully began to cry, and she responded “Well, that’s what you get.” She also allegedly said “When you act like a dog. you get treated like a dog.

The teacher – 13 year veteran Tamu Francis - denies all of these allegations.

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When “Save the Boobies” Becomes More Important Than “Save the Woman”

When I was in 10th grade some friends and I started a campaign to raise money for breast cancer. We’d all been affected by the disease in some way or another and thought it’d be a fun way to give back. We stocked up on pink shirts and bracelets that said “Save the Boobies” or “I love Boobies” to sell to our classmates. We set up our booth in the cafeteria and waited for lunch to start. We expected to have no problems. I mean after all, who wouldn’t donate to breast cancer research?

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Chicago Violence: 2 Killed, 11 Wounded in Overnight Shootings

Unfortunately, as the temperature rises in the Windy City, so does instances of violence.

Thirteen people were wounded, two of them fatally, in the past 24 hours.

A 19 year-old man and a 22 year-old man both succumed to gun violence.

From the Huffington Post:

Among those wounded in non-fatal shootings were a 30-year-old woman and 54-year-old man wounded in what police are calling a gang-related shooting in the 2100 block of North Campbell Avenue in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood around 8 p.m., according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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CTU, Parents to File Federal Lawsuits to Halt Chicago School Closings

The Chicago Teacher’s Union will file two federal lawsuits over the mass school closings in Chicago.

Filed on behalf of parents of CPS students, the suit alleges civil rights violations.

The vast majority of these controversial closings impacted minority students.

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Uni-ball Releases Racist Ad Mocking Black Men in Prison

Just a week after Mountain Dew pulled an ad condemned by many as the “most racist commercial ever,” Uni Ball has released a commercial that actually gives that one a run for its money.

The ad features a muscular black male inmate reading a letter from one of his “homies” typed in Edwardian script and recited in a British accent.

The letter reads:

What up, homie. It’s wack that 5-0 bust you shifting bricks of da funky buddha. And I ain’t just spitting, yo. Everyday we be respecting wit a 40 on da floor for our peeps in lockdown. But word up, me and my homie T-Bone, we got a hood snitch up in the pen. We gon’ cut you loose like a noose, my dukes. And you be chillin’ in the crib knocking boots with some hoodrats. Gotta bounce, dawg.


Big G

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HIV-Positive Teacher’s Aide Accused of Molesting Underage Student

An Illinois special needs teacher’s aide has been accused of molesting an underage student while knowingly infected with HIV.

He remains behind bars while authorities investigate another possible case of molestation involving a different student.

Police Lt. Dennis Plew says he’s unaware of whether or not the alleged victim has been tested for HIV since the incident, but has implored parents to “report any questionable dealings between Hunt and their children – or at least get them tested for HIV if they’re reluctant to get police involved.”

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