Florida, USA musician Corey Jones killed by police

This music video from Florida in the USA is called Future Prezidents “Rudeboy Too Rude”.

This 19 October 2015 video is called Friends remember Corey Jones.

By Evan Blake in the USA:

Florida musician Corey Jones killed by plainclothes officer

22 October 2015

Corey Jones, a well-known 31-year-old musician from Boynton Beach, Florida, was shot to death by police officer Nouman Raja early Tuesday morning near the city of Palm Beach Gardens.

Raja, dressed in plainclothes and driving an unmarked vehicle, approached Jones on an Interstate 95 off-ramp as he waited for a tow truck to arrive to pick up his broken down vehicle. After a brief foot chase Raja shot and killed Jones about 30 yards from the car.

The state prosecutor has revealed that while Jones had a gun he never discharged his weapon, suggesting that Raja might have shot him while he fled. “We don’t know how many times he was shot. We don’t know whether he was shot in the back,” family attorney Benjamin Crump told CNN on Wednesday.

Jones had performed with his band, Future Prezidents, Saturday evening, and called band mate Mathew Huntsberger at around 1:45 a.m. on Sunday asking for help fixing his broken down SUV. Huntsberger told The Washington Post that the two were unable to resolve the issue, and called roadside assistance.

Huntsberger left Jones at around 2:30 a.m. while Jones waited for the tow truck. Roughly 45 minutes later, Jones was killed by Raja. “When I left him he was sitting in his car calling roadside assistance. I never would have thought that someone was going to come kill him,” Huntsberger said.

While the police have released limited details of what led to the shooting, they immediately sought to justify the killing by asserting that Jones was armed when Raja approached him, prompting the officer to shoot him an unspecified number of times, killing him instantly.

“As the officer exited his vehicle, he was suddenly confronted by an armed subject. As a result of the confrontation, the officer discharged his firearm, resulting in the death of the subject,” the police department said in a statement Tuesday.

The police have justified the fact that Raja was dressed in plainclothes and driving an unmarked vehicle by claiming that he was involved in a burglary detail. They assert that Raja believed he was investigating an abandoned vehicle.

Police have not stated whether Raja identified himself as a police officer when he approached Jones, if Raja was carrying his badge, and what if any words were exchanged between the two men before the shooting. Raja’s car was not outfitted with a dash camera, and officers with the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department are not required to wear body cameras. The Jones family has demanded that police release video footage from nearby businesses and freeway cameras.

Raja has a recent history of serious misconduct while on the job. In 2011, he was given a written reprimand after chasing a car with expired tags through a crowd of people who were forced to jump out of the way for safety. In 2012, he received another written reprimand for three separate incidents. In one of the incidents he failed to file confiscated morphine that was later found in his vehicle.

Jones’s cousin Frank Hearst rejected the notion that he may have threatened the officer telling the Post, “They’re saying Corey approached him armed, which is a total lie. That don’t make sense.” Hearst noted that family members are outraged that the police are withholding crucial details of the shooting, including how many shots were fired and what weapon Jones allegedly was carrying when he was killed.

Many of Jones’ family members are active clergy members in the Palm Beach region, and Jones himself was a well-known and liked drummer for the Bible Church of God in Boynton Beach. The family held a prayer vigil at the church Wednesday and plans to hold his funeral this Saturday.

Family members have described him as a gentle, church-going man who would not even kill fish he caught, choosing instead to release them back into the wild. Breante Allen, one of Jones’ cousins said that he had told her of a recent gun purchase, which he bought for security reasons. Jones worked primarily as a property manager, and often collected rent from tenants at all hours of the night, Allen told the Miami Herald.

She also said that he bought the weapon in response to the nine people shot to death at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June. Allen told the Herald, “That’s what triggered him. He asked, ‘What if someone tried to do that to my church? My family?’”

The Jones family is meeting today with the Palm Beach County state attorney while a protest rally is being held at the Palm Beach Gardens police station.

Despite the nationwide protests against police violence that have taken place over the past year the rate of police killings has increased. According to one count, the shooting of Jones was the 948th police killing so far this year.

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Restoring Florida oyster reef communities

This video about Florida in the USA says about itself:

Oyster Reef Communities | Water as Habitat

16 okt. 2015

How are freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee impacting oyster reefs?

Dr. Jessica Lunt, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Marine Station, shows how her oyster sampling fieldwork looks at what lives on these reefs to better manage restoration efforts in the St. Lucie Estuary.

Baby turtle leaves nest, video

This 18 October 2015 video from Florida in the USA is called Sea Turtle Hatchling Leaves the Nest.

Florida Islamophobe’s crusade against Arabic numerals

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3 September 2013

Hank unravels the fascinating yarn of how the world came to use so-called Arabic numerals — from the scholarship of ancient Hindu mathematicians, to Muslim scientist Al-Khwarizmi, to the merchants of medieval Italy.

By Tom Boggioni in the USA:

Conservative Florida mom vows to stop her children from learning about Islam and Arabic numerals

06 Oct 2015 at 14:29 ET

A Florida mom posted a rambling 15 minute video to her Facebook account complaining that her son’s high school world history class textbook spends an entire chapter on Muslims and advances in the Islamic world, including the “origin of Ay-rabic numerals.”

According to the post by Christian Kayla Normandin, she had previously promised to share a video detailing objections she has with the history book being used in her son’s class. …

Touching upon developments in education, astronomy, architecture, art, agriculture, science and mathematics in the Islamic world, Normandin drew attention to the development of the Arabic numeric system — the most common numeric system used in the world today.

“It even has the origin of ‘Ay-rabic’ numerals,” she read from the book …

Following her review of the chapter, Normandin asserted, “We need to stand up against this, y’all. Our children don’t need to be taught this. It’s not teaching them facts. It’s not teaching them truth. It’s basically telling them that this is going to be the way of life.”

She went on to state that she will go as far as she needs to go to get the textbook pulled, saying, “My children aren’t going to learn this.”

Sandra Bland dead, not forgotten in Florida, USA

This 20 July 2015 video from Texas, USA is called Sandra Bland, Candle Light Visual, Prairie View A&M.

From Central Florida Future in the USA:

Sigma Gamma Rho hosts vigil to honor Sandra Bland

Shanae E Hardy

11:46 p.m. EDT September 13, 2015

A thin sliver of fire burning from a cylinder candle danced in the wind to represent the life of activist Sandra Bland.

On Sunday, the Lambda Mu Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated hosted a vigil in front of the UCF Reflecting Pond to honor its soror, Bland, who allegedly committed suicide after she was pulled from her car during a traffic stop and arrested by a Texas officer for refusing to throw out a cigarette.

Erin Mitchell, a junior public administration major, said the event not only revitalized the memory of Bland, but it was symbolic in the nature of her advocacy and demise.

“The purpose of this event was to continue to shed light on our soror Sandra Bland because we all know that she passed in a very mysterious way that they have yet to come to a solution for. We want to keep the knowledge and spotlight on her,” Mitchell, the sorority’s chapter president, said.

The vigil was initiated with a prayer and followed by a performance from the Gospel and Cultural Choir at UCF.

As the choir memoirs robustly sang, “We Give You All the Glory,” members of the sorority passed around and lit candles illuminating the passageway in front of Millican Hall.

After a poem was recited, apples were passed out to represent the foundation of knowledge in which Bland was embedded.

Tony Hill, the secretary of Sigma Gamma Rho’s graduate chapter, said the apples were important to close out the event because it will stand as a tool of reminder for people to continue to seek knowledge in Bland’s controversial case.

“We would like honor her memory and make everyone aware that, you know, as African-Americans, not only African-Americans, but as human beings on this planet we have a duty to become aware of what’s going on in our culture and our society and the world as a whole,” Hill said.

Hill said the sorority plans to continue to fight for the truth behind Bland’s case and localize the issue on UCF’s campus.

“As the apple is the symbol for education, we also want people to use their knowledge and wisdom and to research. Research your rights. Research the rights you have and with the police or anyone, we all have rights,” she said.

Mitchell, Hill and the rest of the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority members are motivating students to seek more details and shed light on Bland’s case by using the hashtags #sayhername and #Sandyspeaks on social media.

Although, the candles were eventually blown out, the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority will continue igniting the effects of social injustice in the minds of students at UCF.

“The best thing [students] can take away is that social injustices are still alive,” Mitchell said.

US American killer of Trayvon Martin now pro-slavery ‘artist’

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trayvon Martin’s parents lead rallies in US

20 July 2013

Trayvon Martin’s parents have been joined by celebrities, civil rights activists and protesters as they led rallies in New York and Florida to show their anger at the acquittal of the man who shot and killed their unarmed teenage son. Sybrina Fulton led a rally of more than a thousand people in New York, along with veteran civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton, where she told the crowd that the picture painted of her son, Trayvon, during the trial depicted a man she did not recognise. Marches, under the banner of “Justice for Trayvon”, also took place in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and many other cities. Al Jazeera’s Cath Turner reports from New York City.

By James Tweedie in Britain:

US: Killer’s Confederate art on sale in gun shop

Wednesday 19th August 2015

Flag paintings by Trayvon Martin’s shooter are on sale in anti-Muslim shop

A FLORIDA gun shop that refuses to serve Muslims is selling signed prints of a Confederate flag painted by the killer of black teenager Trayvon Martin.

George Zimmerman painted his version of the symbol of slavery as a tribute to Florida Gun Supply owner Andy Hallinan “for being a true patriot and leading the country into a better, safer America.”

This video from the USA says about itself:

Confederate Flag: No Honor in Fighting for an Unjust Cause

1 July 2015

Bill Starr has a South Carolina lineage that predates the Revolution, and ancestors who fought in the Civil War for the Confederate States of America. He wants the Confederate flag to come down. [MORE: here.]

Annabel Park of Story of America spoke to Mr. Starr during the ceremonial lying in state for slain Civil Rights leader and State Senator Clementa Pinckney at the South Carolina state capitol in Columbia, SC.

The Confederate battle flag was raised over the South Carolina capitol dome in 1962 as a symbol of defiance of the Civil Rights movement. In 2002, a compromise in the state legislature moved the flag to a Confederate war memorial in front of the dome, with the United States flag and the South Carolina state flag replacing the Confederate flag atop the dome.

In the wake of the June 17, 2015 massacre at the Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, lawmakers including both US Senators and the governor of the state (all Republicans) asked the legislature to vote to remove the flag from state grounds as a symbol of healing, unity and inclusion.

“It’s unbearable to think that a hundred and fifty years after the end of the Civil War, fifty years after the end of legal segregation, that people are still being murdered for the crime of having been the victims of the greatest crime in history, which is what slavery was” begins Starr. He recounts his Confederate ancestry but explains that they weren’t slave-owners, just poor people drafted “sent to fight for a bunch of rich slave owners to defend the most unjust institution in history, and there is no honor in that, there is nothing to be proud of in that. The 300,000 Confederate soldiers who died in that war were murdered by slavery just as surely as the millions who died on the plantations.”

The James Tweedie article continues:

The prints are being sold at the discount price of $50 (£32) on the shop’s website, accompanied by a paranoid “mini-documentary” video dated Monday entitled Cultural Cleansing & Bias Media = Time for Change! featuring reactionaries such as rocker Ted Nugent.

The signed canvas crudely depicts the Confederate battle flag with the slogan “the second defends our first,” implying that the constitutional second amendment right to bear arms is the only protection of the first amendment right to freedom of speech.

The killer explains: “The first flag I painted on this canvas was an American flag, but decided to repaint over it with the Confederate flag when I heard Andy was getting sued by Cair,” the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“The second flag I painted was the battle flag, which we need in America in order to protect the first.”

The website claims: “You cannot have the first amendment without the second, and you cannot have the American flag if you remove the battle flag,” in apparent ignorance of the fact that the present US flag pre-dates the Confederate banner by 84 years.

The website screams: “The media is calling you racist. Why are they calling you racist if you’re not?” claiming that the flag is only used by “a small amount (sic) of people to incite racism.”

A previous daub by Mr Zimmerman of the US flag sold on eBay for $100,000 (£64,000).

The armed vigilante was controversially acquitted in 2013 of the murder of Mr Martin, who was carrying nothing but a soft drink and a bag of sweets when he was shot the previous year.

The trial of Glendon Crawford, accused of trying to build a mobile X-ray gun to kill worshippers at a mosque in New York state, began on Monday.

Mr Crawford’s lawyer argued that his client should be acquitted because the device was useless.

United States civil rights activist Julian Bond dies

This video from the USA says about itself:

Angela Davis interviewed by Julian Bond: Explorations in Black Leadership Series

21 July 2009

Julian Bond interviews Angela Davis, civil rights activist and university professor. Dr. Davis is professor emeritus at the University of California-Santa Cruz. Their shared conversation explores her personal history and her continuing roles in human rights causes and campaigns. The series is presented by the Institute for Public History at the University of Virginia.

From Associated Press in the USA:

US civil rights activist Julian Bond dies aged 75

Longtime NAACP chair described as a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights

Sunday 16 August 2015 13.03 BST

Julian Bond, a US civil rights activist and longtime chair of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, has died aged 75.

Bond died on Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Florida after a brief illness, the Southern Poverty Law Center said.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, he was considered a symbol and icon of the 1960s civil rights movement in the US. As a Morehouse College student, Bond helped found the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, and as its communications director he was on the frontline of protests that led to landmark civil rights laws.

He later served as chair of the 500,000-member NAACP for a decade, but declined to run again for the post in 2010. He also served in the Georgia state legislature and was a professor at American University in Washington DC and the University of Virginia.

The Southern Poverty Law Center called Bond a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights. “With Julian’s passing, the country has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for the cause of justice,” the centre’s co-founder, Morris Dees, said.

“He advocated not just for African Americans, but for every group, indeed every person subject to oppression and discrimination, because he recognised the common humanity in us all,” Dees said.

Bond is survived by his wife, Pamela Horowitz, a former staff lawyer for the law centre, his five children, a brother and a sister.

SPLC statement on Julian Bond’s death: here.

Mr Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965 but was barred from taking his seat because of his anti-Vietnam war stance. The Supreme Court ruled in his favour and he took office in ’67: here.

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