Boston Community Kwanzaa Committee Launches “Harambee Food Source”

The Boston Community Kwanzaa Committee is now approaching its 38th anniversary in preparation to the upcoming2014—2015 Kwanzaa celebration.  We have seen the celebration grow tremendously through the years in the City of Boston as hundreds of people of Afrikan descent come out to celebrate our culture and heritage along with the multitudes who celebrate in their homes.  Kwanzaa revolves around the nation building concept of the Nguzo Saba (seven principles).  The celebration is a beautiful experience, but the most important component that needs more focus and energy is the amount of work needed to be done throughout the year starting from January 2nd through December 25th.  At every Kwanzaa Celebration there is a declaration that “we must build a nation within a nation by living the true spirit of Kwanzaa 365 days of the year.”   Embracing this declaration, the Boston Community Kwanzaa Committee has taken on the challenge by establishing what has been named the “Harambee Food Source!“  It is a well-known fact that hard times are upon us and many of our people are struggle to put fresh vegetables and other food on the table for their families.  In that regard, the Boston Community Kwanzaa Committee, which is composed of approximately twenty organizations from our community have established a valuable collaboration with Fair Foods Inc.  In that collaboration, Fair Foods Inc. provides fresh fruit and vegetables, while the Boston Community Kwanzaa Committee as the sponsoring group is responsible for the food distribution site and supplying the man/woman power for distribution... Continue reading →

Dubuque, Iowa Officials Admit To Housing Discrimination Against Blacks

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an agreement with the city of Dubuque, Iowa (pictured), that effectively settles allegations that the city discriminated against African Americans applying for the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Last year, reports emerged from the city that officials admitted to barring Blacks from the program in a period between 2007 and 2011, after findings of a HUD investigation came to light.

RELATED: HUD Housing Study Reveals Blacks, Minorities Still Face Discrimination

As noted in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VI section, discrimination against individuals who are applying for programs and activities funded by the federal government on the basis of race, color, and national origin is prohibited.

Dubuque officials admitted that it implemented procedures for its Section 8 rental assistance program for low-income families that impacted African Americans in a negative fashion in 2013. Last summer, HUD reviewed the city's data and found that Dubuque authorities put in place policies that discriminated against house choice voucher applicants based on race. The city also added a clandestine “residency preference point system” that put those who applied that lived predominantly African-American areas behind other races.

From HUD:

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California Passed Fugitive Slave Law On This Day In 1852

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California
was more than just a destination for grizzled mine workers looking to capitalize on the Gold Rush of the 1800s. It was also a destination for former slaves to begin new lives and earn economic freedom. However, under pressure from pro-slavery advocates from the South, a fugitive law was passed on this day in 1852, upending the lives of freed slaves throughout the state.

SEE ALSO: Rodeo Performer, Entertainer Bill Pickett Died On This Day In 1932

Although California was part of the Union and no longer a federal state, it was assumed that under the rules of the Constitution, freed slaves could enter without fear of capture as slavery was now outlawed. However, a southern politician that sat on the state's assembly fought for a law that would retroactively name slaves who entered the state as fugitives.

These so-called “fugitive slave laws” were brazen attempts to return escaped slaves in other Southern states to their masters.

Ohio State University history professor Stacey Smith wrote extensively about the law in her 2013 book “Freedom's Frontier: California and the Struggle over Unfree Labor, Emancipation, and Reconstruction” and detailed the struggles of ...read more

Police Search For Missing Atlanta Teen With Diminished Mental Capacity

Atlanta police are searching for a missing teenager last seen in southwest Atlanta.

CBS46 reports:

Janese Carthon, 14, was reported missing by her family, according to Office John Chafee with Atlanta police.

Carthon was last seen Saturday around 8 a.m. near McDaniel Street SW and Roy Street SW.

Police say Carthon has a diminished mental capacity.

She was last seen wearing a red shirt, blank pants, black shoes and a black pea coat, according to authorities.

Carthon is 4'11″ to 5′ tall, 127 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

If you see Carthon, Atlanta police ask that you call them at 404-546-5675.

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Some High School Students Skip Lunch for More Class Time

Some high school students are skipping lunch period to pack in something else — another academic class.

Reports show:

“Most often these students want to take an additional honors or AP course, or an elective like a foreign language, band or choir,” Jim Szczepaniak, a community relations director at Niles Township High Schools District 219 in Skokie, Ill., said in an email.

District 219 allows high school students, with parental consent, to forgo lunch to take another class. The school day includes nine 42-minute periods, one of which is usually used for lunch.

At least a handful of school districts around the country allow students to skip lunch to take a class for credit. Relatively few students in District 219 take advantage of the option.

Only about 300 of 4,800 high school students in District 219 don't take a lunch, Szczepaniak says.

Advocates of school lunch say that students who choose to not eat lunch in the cafeteria increase the stigma for low-income students who rely on the free and reduced meal program.

“A concern that our members have when you look at declining participation in the school meal program is the possiblity that there are going to be kids who feel like they don't want to ...read more

Noisy Sex Lands Man Behind Bars

A 46 year old man is appealing a judge's orders to spend six months behind bars for noisy sex.

In Italy, loud sexual screams and moans are defined as “stalking”, especially if a dozen of your neighbors complain about it.

The neighbors took issue with, “screams and moans” that “disturbed the peace in the condominium and the building's decorum.”

The man's response, “I can't help it if I'm too good at sex.”

Well, apparently the neighbors had enough and filed a civil suit against the unidentified man.

What do you think? Should you be able to file a lawsuit against someone over bedroom noises? Have you ever been offended by sounds coming from your neighbors?

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Grambling State University Student Found Dead In Ditch

The body of a Grambling State University student was found in a drainage ditch in Lafayette, Louisiana.

KNOE reports that police found the body of Alexandria Shelton, 21, in a ditch in Girard Park after friends reported her missing Saturday night.

“The Grambling State University community is in shock. It's heartbreaking. We've been dealing with this all day Sunday, cooperating with Lafayette police and talking with each other about this bright young lady. Alex was a senior criminal justice major and a member of our honors college scheduled to graduate next month,” said Grambling spokesman Will Sutton.

“We've just been in shock since we first heard early Sunday that the body of a young woman found in a Lafayette city park was likely one of our own,” said GSU President Frank G. Pogue. “We immediately reached out to the family and we've been cooperating with Lafayette police. We know how important the first 24 to 48 hours of a police investigation can be. Now we encourage our students, faculty, staff and others to contact Lafayette city police, or our own campus police, if they think they have even a small bit of information that might be helpful. We need to assist police ...read more

Utah Mom Admits to Killing Six Babies

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) — Megan Huntsman was clear about what she did with six of her newborn babies. Huntsman, 39, told police she either strangled or suffocated them immediately after they were born. She wrapped their bodies in a towel or a shirt, put them in plastic bags and then packed them inside boxes in the garage of her home south of Salt Lake City.

What's not clear is why. A day after her arrest on charges of killing her six babies, investigators and her neighbors puzzled over the grisly discovery, including how she could have concealed a half-dozen pregnancies over a 10-year period.

“How can you have a baby and not have evidence and other people know?” asked neighbor SanDee Wall. “You can't plan when a baby is going to come. Just the thought of somebody putting a baby into a box is a heartbreaker.”

Huntsman, who was arrested Sunday on six counts of murder, was ordered held on $6 million bail — $1 million for each baby. The remains of a seventh baby police found appears to have been stillborn, authorities said. According to a probable cause statement released by police Monday, Huntsman said she gave birth to at least ...read more

WHAT?! Man Pulls Out Machine Gun Over .22 Tax On Soda, Claims He’s Tax Exempt

Nahshon Shelton didn't want to pay the 22-cent tax on his $1.79 two-liter of Pepsi. So much so that he pulled a machine gun on the clerk inside.

The Chicago Sun Times reports:

So he allegedly pulled a blue-steel Intratec .22-caliber submachine gun out of his Gucci satchel inside the convenience store in the 4000 block of West Madison Street where they tried to make him pay it — and he threatened to kill everyone there, a prosecutor said.

This “is my neighborhood, I'm tax exempt!” he would later allegedly tell the cops. “Man, you know what, I'll keep it real. I had to put them in their place.”

Shelton, 36, of the 4200 block of West Carroll, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and having an invalid FOID card.

Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered Shelton held without bail Sunday for the incident that allegedly took place around 1:45 p.m.

Assistant State's Attorney Claire Savaglio said police saw Shelton yelling at the victims when they answered a report of a man with a gun there.

“I'm going to shoot you in the head three times,” Shelton allegedly told one person.

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Our Fight for Justice, Truth, & The Future of Civil Rights: What You Need To Know And Do Now

1. Justice for Ramarley Graham:

It's been more than two years since the New York City Police Department broke down the door of unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham's Bronx home and shot him to death in front of his brother and grandmother. After initially failing to indict the officer who fired the fatal shots, the Bronx court has been unsuccessful in securing a conviction in Ramarley's death. His family and his memory won't know justice until that happens.

In my career as an activist, I have seen many cases of police misconduct and the untimely deaths of young men of color. To have cases like Trayvon Martin, Ramarley Graham, and Jordan Davis, back to back, to back is heartbreaking but not shocking. We have to stand up as a community to demand justice for these young men and to prevent tragedies like these in the future. The Color of Change, an organization that supports and expands the voice of Black America in national politics, started a petition to ask the Department of Justice and Attorney General Eric Holder to bring charges against the officers involved in Ramarley's death. With enough signatures we may be able to show the DOJ, and the nation, that ...read more

Flavor Flav Taking Plea Deal In Vegas Battery Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entertainer Flavor Flav is poised to take a plea deal that would avoid trial in a Las Vegas domestic violence case.

A prosecutor and defense attorneys say the 55-year-old former rapper and reality TV star, whose real name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., is scheduled to enter a plea Monday in Clark County District Court. Neither side provided details of the deal.

He is accused of chasing and threatening his longtime girlfriend's 17-year-old son with a butcher knife during an October 2012 argument.

He was facing trial April 28 on felony assault and child endangerment with a weapon charges that carry the possibility of up to 12 years in prison.

Flavor Flav was inducted last year with the rap group Public Enemy into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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