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Obama cites ‘justice and redemption’ in call for comprehensive prison reform

Obama cites ‘justice and redemption’ in call for comprehensive prison reform

Speaking at NAACP convention in Philadelphia, president urges shorter sentences for some drug crimes and says felons should have right to vote

Obama at NAACP 2015

Obama at NAACP 2015

Barack Obama called for comprehensive reform of the US criminal justice system on Tuesday, including shorter sentences for certain drug offenses and the right to vote for convicted felons.

“Justice and redemption go hand in hand,” Obama said in a speech to the NAACP’s annual convention in downtown Philadelphia.

“I see those young men on street corners and eventually in prisons, and I think to myself: ‘They could be me,’” he said. “The main difference between me and them is I had a more forgiving environment so that when I slipped up, when I made a mistake, I had a second chance.”  Continue reading


Cornel West: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr – video


Cornel West: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Streamed live on Jan 15, 2015

Cornel West, Ph.D.; Professor, Union Theological Seminary; Author, Black Prophetic Fire.
In conversation with Van Jones, President and Founder, Dream Corps Unlimited

Praised by The New York Times for his “ferocious moral vision” and hailed by Newsweek as “an elegant prophet with attitude,” Dr. Cornel West bridges the gap between black and white opinion about the country’s problems. As a leading voice in societal commentary, Dr. West marched in civil rights demonstrations, taught at Yale, Harvard, and Princeton and is currently a professor at Union Theological Seminary.

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Obama Immigration Reform 2014 Speech: November 20th, 2014.


Obama Immigration Reform 2014 Speech: Announcing Executive Action  on November 20th, 2014.

Streamed live on Nov 20, 2014

Immigration Reform 2014 News: In an address from the White House, President Obama chose confrontation over conciliation as he asserted the powers of the Oval Office to reshape the nation’s immigration system.

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Guyana Acting Foreign Minister Booed by Guests at US Reception



Scores of invitees to fourth of July American Independence Day celebration in Guyana are reeling from post traumatic stress disorder after acting foreign affairs minister Ms Priya Manickchand wailed into the Obama administration accusing the outgoing ambassador of crossing an imaginary red line, and meddling in its business.

The plural diverse multiethnic multicultural and multinational invitees booed and jeered the ‘PSYCHO-ILLOGICAL’ rant of the scripted divisionary message which underscored the lukewarm relationship between the PPP administration and the Obama administration. At the end in total embarrassment and without remorse Ms Manickchand accompanied by Gail Texeira, special advisor to the president of Guyana, departed the Sowari. Continue reading

Ed Ahmad sinks NY State Senator Sampson who planned to “take out” witnesses


Ed Ahmad sinks NY State Senator who planned to “take out” witnesses

Written by New York Daily News  – from Demerara Waves
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 06:02

Brooklyn State Senator John Sampson (center) and his attorney Zachary Carter (right) leave Brooklyn Federal Court on Monday. (New York Daily News photo)

They’ve been charged with taking bribes, lying under oath, even trying to buy their way into office — but until now, there has never been a political corruption case in New York like this.

State Sen. John Sampson was charged Monday with embezzling $440,000 and using some of it to bankroll a bid for one of the highest law enforcement jobs in the city, Brooklyn district attorney. And when he feared getting caught, he told an associate he could track down informants and “take them out,” according to an indictment unsealed Monday May 6, 2013.  Continue reading

Progress, at last: Immigration Reform in America


Progress, at last, on making things easier for immigrants to America

April, 2013 – The Economist magazine

“EVERY major policy issue has been resolved,” declared Charles Schumer, one of eight senators seeking to draft a bipartisan bill to reform America’s immigration system. The “Gang of Eight”, he continued, would unveil their proposal in days; it would putter through the Judiciary Committee this month, and reach the Senate floor in May. “We’re on track,” the Democrat concluded, in a television interview this week. If he is right, an issue that has dogged American politics for a generation, left 11m people in limbo and steadily undermined the Republican Party’s prospects, is on the verge of resolution.

Not everyone, even within the Gang of Eight, seems quite so confident. Marco Rubio, the group’s most conservative member, says reports of success “are premature”. At least one element of the bill, a scheme to admit agricultural workers on a temporary basis, has proved especially thorny to negotiate. Many Republicans are still averse to any reprieve for America’s 11m illegal immigrants, despite the dreadful showing this stance earned them among Hispanic voters at last year’s elections. But the momentum in favour of reform is clearly building.  [Read more]



Immigration reform: Obama has got it right

CRAZY — Before I Die

Immigration reform:

An area where Barack Obama has got it right

EVERYBODY knows that America’s immigration system is a mess. It turns away too many useful people—skilled scientists and engineers at one end of the pay scale, agricultural labourers at the other. And it also leaves 11m people—the mostly Hispanic illegal immigrants who have often worked in America for years yet fear the knock on the door followed by summary deportation to a country they no longer know—to live within its borders but in the shadows.   [Read more]