After more than five months in prison, some Russian dissidents are getting their day in court. The three young women are accused of being members of Pussy Riot, a feminist punk band that staged a protest against then presidential-candidate Vladimir Putin in February.
“The only thing more reprehensible than homicide rates so grossly disparate, from poor black neighborhoods to middle-class white neighborhoods, is that we’ve tolerated them for decades. It was this way long before the 2004-2008 period the rates are based on—and the situation hasn’t changed since 2008. In today’s Crain’s Chicago Business, Arthur J. Lurigio, professor of criminal justice and psychology at Loyola University, points out that in 2010, 52 percent of murders in Chicago occurred in just six of the city’s 25 police districts—areas “plagued by intergenerational poverty, gang infestation, single-parent households, social disorder, and economic blight.” These precursors to violence, Lurigio writes, “can be addressed most effectively through the social, political, and economic revitalization of distressed neighborhoods.”—Concentrated poverty and homicide in Chicago | The Bleader (via ourmaninchicago)
White Plains Police Officer Who Used Racial Slur Before Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain is Suspended
We turn to news in the police killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, the 68-year-old African-American Marine vet who was shot dead inside his own home in White Plains, New York, last November. The police were called to Chamberlain’s apartment this past November after he accidentally set off his LifeAid medical alert pendant. He was a heart patient. Democracy Now! has reported extensively on the case. The police came to his home because LifeAid called them.
In a key development, one of the officers dispatched to the scene, Officer Stephen Hart, has been suspended without pay and now faces departmental disciplinary charges. Hart was presented with the charges Friday, has until July 30th to respond. Public Safety Commissioner David Chong would not state the specific charges against Hart, who is also a defendant in a separate federal police brutality lawsuit stemming from earlier incidents. But if found guilty, Chong said Hart faces penalties ranging from a reprimand to dismissal from the police force.
In the Chamberlain case, Officer Hart is accused of hurling a racial slur at Chamberlain during the incident. Listen carefully to this audio released by the White Plains Police Department from the morning Kenneth Chamberlain was shot dead by police officers. You can hear Officer Stephen Hart banging on Kenneth Chamberlain’s window and using the N-word as Chamberlain repeatedly says, "Don’t do that" and "I’m OK."
KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN SR.:
Don’t do that, sir. Don’t do that. Don’t do that, officer. Don’t do that. Don’t do that. Don’t do that. Do not do that! I’m telling you I’m OK!
OFFICER STEPHEN HART:
Open up the damn door, n-----!
Rachel Durchslag, Executive Director of Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE), told Molly Adams and Brian Babylon about launching a curriculum that focuses on young males as agents of change to fight sexual exploitation and trafficking. She also talked about recent changes in Illinois trafficking laws that will hold traffickers accountable more tightly.
A private security team of armed officers, wearing green shirts and bullet proof vests, has been hired to maintain safety in Boystown and the North Halsted Street entertainment district.
The enhanced and more visible security team started patrolling North Halsted this past weekend and consists of off-duty law enforcement officers hired by the Northalsted Business Alliance (NHBA), a group representing more than 80 businesses along North Halsted St. from Barry to Irving Park Road.
"Our aim has always been to provide a fun and safe environment for residents and patrons," NHBA said in a statement released to ChicagoPride.com. "To that end, Northhalsted Business Alliance continually evaluates security and safety issues for the neighborhood."
Writer Clarisse Thorn, known for her BDSM friendly sex advice, spent years researching the men’s “pickup artist” community. She explained that this community helps some shy and inept men find love, but it can also promote deception of women and have misogynistic undertones. In our conversation, she lays out who the 6 types of pickup artists are and tell an Inception like tale of a long night avoiding the advances of one highly trained agent.
“I kind of felt like I was at the principal’s office. They were super-defensive, saying we were accusing them of all this horrible stuff. The meeting ended in about five minutes, with them calling us horrible accusers. Beauty comes in so many shapes, sizes, and colors—we just want them to portray that in their magazine.”
— Emma Stydahar and Carina Cruz, the teenagers behind the campaign to get teen magazines to show more “real girls,” say their meeting with the editor and a public-relations representative at Teen Vogue was a wash. (via newsweek)
Obama got a lot of hype for his successful fundraising tactics as he kicked off his campaign last year, but now in the month of June, Romney has raised $106 million, where Obama has raised about $76 million. This was the second month in a row that Romeny and his supporters out-raised Team Obama.
But it’s not just his lavish fundraisers with Hamptons-vacationing, Ferrari-driving Americans, it’s his offshore accounts that have the Obama campaign accusing the Republican nominee of having greater interest in bettering himself rather than the country. Caller Max from Boston called the Amp to talk about why paying in to the larger community is how you prove your patriotism.
The CDC officer had a serious warning for Florida health officials in April: A tuberculosis outbreak in Jacksonville was one of the worst his group had investigated in 20 years. Linked to 13 deaths and 99 illnesses, including six children, it would require concerted action to stop.
That report had been penned on April 5, exactly nine days after Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill that shrank the Department of Health and required the closure of the A.G. Holley State Hospital in Lantana, where tough tuberculosis cases have been treated for more than 60 years.
As health officials in Tallahassee turned their focus to restructuring, Dr. Robert Luo’s 25-page report describing Jacksonville’s outbreak — and the measures needed to contain it – went unseen by key decision makers around the state. At the health agency, an order went out that the TB hospital must be closed six months ahead of schedule.
Had they seen the letter, decision makers would have learned that 3,000 people in the past two years may have had close contact with contagious people at Jacksonville’s homeless shelters, an outpatient mental health clinic and area jails. Yet only 253 people had been found and evaluated for TB infection, meaning Florida’s outbreak was, and is, far from contained.
“My Craigslist post said, among other things, “I’m a 36-year-old white guy. I grew up in a diverse neighborhood and have always gone to diverse schools. I’ve always had a decent number of black friends. That’s changed over time. I work in the publishing industry, which is super white, and I’ve realized that my group of friends is getting whiter and whiter.… It’s amazing to me that almost everyone I know has either black friends or white friends, but not both. We could have a black president, and still not have a very mixed country.” Then I added a few more lines about don’t let me show up at the bar and you’ve got a horse tranquilizer for my drink. I guess you could say the post ran a little long. I guess you could say I was worried about the possibility of a misunderstanding.”—Devin Freedman in Will You Be My Black Friend?, published in GQ, November 2008. The whole thing is worth a read. We’re still up in the air as to whether we’re offended, weirded out, in awe of his honesty, or just need a drink by the end.
By Frederick Douglass Independence Day Speech at Rochester, 1852
What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States at this very hour.
Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms- of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.
Just a little #realtalk haterade to balance out the fun you may be having today.
The American Public Transportation Association estimates that commuters who utilize public transportation over private vehicles save an average of $9,797 annually. In New York City, commuters without cars save $14,458. In Chicago, it’s $11,494. That’s a lot of cab rides and/or student loan payments.
“More and more people in this country no longer make or do anything tangible; if your job wasn’t performed by a cat or a boa constrictor in a Richard Scarry book I’m not sure I believe it’s necessary. I can’t help but wonder whether all this histrionic exhaustion isn’t a way of covering up the fact that most of what we do doesn’t matter.”—
We saw this article shared about 643 times on our Facebook yesterday. So what do you think? Is your “busy-ness” a product of your own doing? Is this a #firstworldproblem? Tomorrow on Cash Money Tuesday we’ll ask if it really is “the goal of the future” to have complete free time.