The White Rage of NYPD Legitimacy

NYPD shooting and killing of suspects, stop-and-frisk, and educational policies that promote de facto segregation were all part of a system of White rage in New York City.
People will obey when they feel that they are being treated legitimately.
True leadership begins not with leaders imposing their wills but with leaders understanding that true authority and obedience comes from the expression of legitimacy.
Remember what Jesus did.
How you carry out your ideas is as important as the ideas themselves.
Amadou Diallo

February 4th, 2019 will mark the 20th anniversary of the police shooting and killing of a 23 year old Guinean immigrant named Amadou Diallo. Amadou was shot by four plain clothes NYPD police officers in his hallway after they unloaded 41 shots at Amadou in front of his Bronx apartment, a building I often passed on my way to and from the 6 train. The officers hit Amadou with 19 shots; less than half of what was discharged from their weapons.
Claiming the impossibility of a fair trial in NYC, an appellate court ordered that that the trial be switched to Albany, New York, the state capital. All four the officers involved were cleared of any wrongdoing after the acquitted them.

Amadou Diallo

On April 18th, 2000, Diallo’s mother, Kadijatou, and his father Saikou Diallo, filed a $61 million ($20m plus $1m for each shot fired) lawsuit against the city and the officers, charging gross negligence, wrongful death, racial profiling, and other violations of Diallo’s civil rights. In March 2004, they accepted a $3 million settlement. The much lower final settlement was still reportedly one of the largest in the City of New York for a single man with no dependents under New York State’s “wrongful death law,” which limits damages to pecuniary loss by the deceased person’s next of kin.

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End Mass Incarceration

Stop Mass Incarceration and Endless War

The American criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 1,852 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,163 local jails, and 80 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the U.S. territories.
Despite only making up about 5 percent of the global population, the United States has nearly 25 percent of the world’s prison population. Since 1970, our incarcerated population has increased by 700% ­­– far outpacing population growth and crime.

prison population

One out of every three Black boys born today can expect to go to prison in his lifetime, as can one of every six Latino boys—compared to one of every 17 White boys. At the same time, women are the fastest growing incarcerated population in the United States.

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

‪There are twice as many people sitting in local jails awaiting trial and presumed innocent than in the entire federal prison system. And each year, 650,000 men and women nationwide return from prison to their communities. They face nearly 50,000 federal, state, and local legal restrictions that make it difficult to reintegrate back into society. According to Michelle Alexander, the author of The New Jim Crow:
If you take into account prisoners, a large majority of African American men in some urban areas, like Chicago, have been labeled felons for life. These men are part of a growing undercaste — not class, caste – a group of people who are permanently relegated, by law, to an inferior second-class status. They can be denied the right to vote, automatically excluded from juries, and legally discriminated against in employment, housing, access to education, and public benefits — much as their grandparents and great-grandparents once were during the Jim Crow era.
Putting It All TogetherIn 1991, I also wrote about mass incarceration in my book, Putting It All Together. In addition, I wrote about COINTELPRO and the assassination of Fred Hampton, the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP). COINTELPRO (Portmanteau derived from COunter INTELligence PROgram) (1956–1971) was a series of covert, and at times illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations. In Putting It All Together, I included a copy of the COINTELPRO FBI memo below.


Prevent the rise of a “messiah” who could unity and electrify, the militant black nationalist movement.

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Building a Charter City in Haiti

Charter City

Paul Romer is a renowned economist, a pioneer of endogenous growth theory, and a co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. He believes that the world can create dozens, perhaps hundreds, of new high-density “charter cities” to encourage faster growth that is greener too. Each charter city could be a place where millions of poor families could become residents, live, and work under better rules and lift themselves out of poverty. Inspired in part by Hong Kong and China’s special economic zones, such cities would give millions of desperately poor people their first formal-sector jobs, in many cases starting out in labor-intensive manufacturing (e.g. assembling garments or electronic devices) and services (e.g. call centers, outsourced business processing, or software quality assurance.)

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Was AIDS/HIV Created in a Lab?

“You know why people don’t like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fuckin’ smart then how come they lose so goddamn always?”

Douglas Rushkoff did a podcast and a Medium post on “How We All Became Russia’s ‘Useful Idiots,’” they reference The New York Times video below:
The films chronicle the Russian effort to spread conspiracy theories in the United States since the 1980s, beginning with the planted story in an Indian newspaper about the AIDS virus being concocted in a U.S. military lab, right through the story about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of the basement of a pizzeria — which turned out to have no basement. The movies show how 85 percent or more of Russian intelligence activity and budgeting went to promoting fake news stories in the United States. Intelligence agents’ yearly review focused primarily on how many ideas they came up with for conspiracies and how many they were able to get picked up by dupes, called “useful idiots,” such as Alex Jones and Sean Hannity. The possibility that a U.S. president would retweet such planted stories, or even repeat them in his speeches, was beyond their wildest hopes.

Putting It All TogetherNeither The New York Times nor Douglas Rushkoff really gets it. In 1991, I wrote Putting It All Together which included a chapter about the possibility of AIDS/HIV being a biological warfare operation. For one, there is great deal of circumstantial evidence beyond the planted news stories.
In 1978–1981, the CDC conducted a hepatitis B vaccine experiment on homosexual men living in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. HIV/AIDS was first detected among the participants in the CDC hepatitis B vaccine trial and quickly spread throughout the gay community in those cities. The gay men in the experiment were injected with a vaccine that had been made using human hepatitis B infected blood which was injected into chimpanzees known to be infected with the cancer causing simian virus 40 (SV40); the virus that had contaminated the polio vaccine.

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Developing Healthy Communities

Healthy Community Design
Where we live, work, and play has a major role in shaping our health. Rates of chronic diseases attributable to the design of the built environment—including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and asthma- are on the rise. The built environment also has direct and indirect impacts on mental health, including depression and anxiety. This is true for everyone, but is felt even more among vulnerable populations, who are less likely to have access to nutritious, affordable food and opportunities for physical activity and are more likely to be exposed to environmental pollutants and circumstances that increase stress.
Addressing growing health challenges and inequities requires new partnerships and collaboration between built environment and public health practitioners, and a health-focused approach to landscapes, buildings, and infrastructure. The Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities brings together eight national organizations calling upon members to collaborate with one another to create healthier, more equitable communities. When professionals in the fields of the built environment and public health work together, we multiply our potential to improve health.
The prevalence of low-density, automobile-dependent communities has resulted in unsustainable lifestyles that increasingly threaten human health and well-being. In addtion to inflating housing and transportation costs and increasing carbon emissions, disconnected communities reliant on cars create sedentary lifestyles. The lack of access to environments that encourage daily exercise, provide clean air and water and offer affordable services and nutritious food has meant growing epidemics of depression, obesity, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.
Communities can promote human health and well-being by encouraging the development of environments that offer rich social, economic, and environmental benefits. Healthy, livable communities improve the welfare and well-being of people by expanding the range of affordable transportation, employment, and housing choices through “Live, Work, Play” developments; incorporating physical activity into components of daily life; preserving and enhancing valuable natural resources; providing access to affordable, nutritious, and locally produced foods distributed for less cost; and creating a unique sense of community and place.
Communities need to maximize opportunities for daily exercise like walking and biking. Landscape architects encourage communities to move towards compact, transit-oriented land-uses that connect mixed-use developments, neighborhood schools, and a range of affordable housing choices. They assist communities in developing healthy green buildings and open spaces that promote efficient water and energy use and provide substantial amounts of vegetation to clean air and cool temperatures. In doing so, these communities can avoid the expensive health epidemics associated with automobile dependence, sedentary lifestyles, along with the high costs to the environment brought by dysfunctional patterns of living.
One of our long term goals is to build a facility inspired by the design of the Center for Urban Agriculture. The building will include fields for growing vegetables and grains, greenhouses, and rooftop gardens. It will also include a supermarket, health clinic, and affordable housing. We will use EB-5 financing, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and New Markets Tax Credits.

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Did Brian Kemp Hack and Steal the Election in Georgia?

Stacey Abrams

Georgia, which just elected Brian Kemp as its governor, exclusively uses touchscreen machines that provide no paper records allowing voters to confirm their choices. Four other states — Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey and South Carolina — also exclusively use touchscreen machines that provide no paper records.
Such machines are also used in more than 300 counties in eight other states: Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, according to Verified Voting, a nonprofit group focused on ensuring the accuracy of elections.
In all, about 20 percent of registered voters nationwide use machines that produce no paper record.

Verified Voting

Alex Halderman, a computer science professor from the University of Michigan, has demonstrated how he could hack an election. Using a voting machine like those in place across Georgia, he inserted a memory card infected with malware to alter results in a quick mock-election.

Elections need to be protected after Russians attempted to tamper with United States elections in 2016, he said.

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White Rage… Voter Suppression is Not a New Issue

The United States is currently being challenged on the global scene by China and Russia. In addition, over the past 50 years the U.S. economy has shifted from financing the exploitation of natural resources to making the most of human talent. Yet, instead of addressing these threats, many choose to double-down on the historic oppression of people of color, especially African-Americans.
Democrats are not putting resources into registering nine million African-American voters.
~ Jesse Jackson via Ralph Nader

Vote miscount in Ohio 2004

The Democrats knowing that they win or lose presidential elections based on the turnout in the African-American community, especially in the swing states…
~ Ralph Nader

[The Democrats] lost with a candidate [,John Kerry,] that should have landslided Bush. Who should have landslided one of the worst presidents in American history. And it is not an unwarranted perception to say that this Bush regime and the ideological hijackers who have taken over our government is a different cup of tea than Reagan or Bush I or Nixon. Then you better start making your candidate stand for the things that you believe in that will oppose and thwart this extremely dangerous incumbent administration.
~ Ralph Nader
I posted the above video over eleven years and the problem is even worse today.

George Bush Michelle Obama hug
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