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"State of Emergency" in Black America

The Killing of Black Men Continues

Black news from Pasadena - Commentary - Dr. Ron Daniels - Solutions to police violenceWhen will it stop? The police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, coming on the heals of the killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man by a policeman's choke hold in Staten Island, New York, is yet another painful, traumatic reminder of the long history of occupation, torture, abuse and killing of Black people in America, particularly Black men. Indeed, within hours of the killing of Michael Brown, Ezell Ford, an unarmed Black man with a history of mental problems, was killed in Los Angeles under suspicious circumstances. It doesn't matter that there is an African American President of the United States or that Blacks are mayors of major American cities, run Fortune 500 companies or are pace setters as high paid and adored hip hop moguls, entertainers and athletes; the killing of Black men continues.

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The Rhythms of Brenda’s Life

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Brenda Marsh Mitchell tributeThis week was the passing of another birthday for me. Ten years ago my brother passed away at 63. This week, I attended a funeral/home-going celebration of the life of a friend, Brenda Marsh Mitchell. My birthday was a day to prepare a project for my youngest son and his family. I have been blessed with three sons and seven grandchildren. Thank you God, thank you God! I am proud that I have been blessed enough to have something to be a blessing to my sons and their families.

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Murder in New York and in Congress

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - police brutality, congress inaction, and moreA coroner in New York ruled that the death of Eric Garner was murder when they used the chokehold on him for allegedly selling cigarettes. I watched the news as Garner told the police that he was not doing anything wrong, and later after the NYPD grabbed him by the neck, he told them, over and over, that he couldn't breathe. I once heard someone say, "If anyone tells you something believe them." Eric Garner, was a father, a husband, and an American citizen. The New York Police Department officers either didn't believe him or they believed that he shouldn't breath. He died at their hands.

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Talk of Impeaching President Obama Motivates Us

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Impeachment plan and Tiger MomsTalk of impeaching President Barack Obama has reached a fever pitch in Republican circles. That would leave Joseph Biden in the lead for the Democratic nomination for the Presidency in the 2016 election, instead of Hilliary Clinton. The Republicans are looking at the long-term political picture, rather than short term.

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Russian Drive-By Shooting Kills Hundreds, Where is the Love?

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Russian drive by shooting and President ObamaOne month after a federal settlement awarded one million dollars in the Pasadena McDade shooting case, a video of an LAPD officer has been shown on a video kicking a Latino woman. The kicking occurred in a Van Nuys jail holding cell. His partner joined in the abusive force actions. In another case of excessive force, an African American woman was beaten by a Highway patrolman on the side of a highway.

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