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Last Updated: Dec 8th, 2014 - 23:57:26

The 411
From NYC To Ferguson
FROM FERGUSON TO NEW YORK CITY: NATIONWIDE, PROTESTERS TAKE TO THE STREETS TO SAY THAT BLACK LIVES MATTER
Protesters remain on the streets of New York City, in Washington, DC, around the country and world because a second grand jury has failed to indict a White police officer for killing an unarmed Black man. This time, a grand jury on Staten Island, New York has failed to indict Daniel Pantaleo for the choking death of Eric Garner in July. We hear voices from the DMV that are part of an international wave of protest that began after the decision of a grand jury to not indict Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. And we hear what a former poet laureate of the United States has to say.

Dec 8, 2014, 23:35

The 411
Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner
Three civil rights activists murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in 1964 have been posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.. A leading Palestinian activist has been jailed in her what supporters call a selective prosecution..Imprisoned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal has filed a lawsuit challenging a new Pennsylvania law he says violates his free speech..President Obama has issued his strongest statement to date in favor of a free and open Internet..And the killing of unarmed teen-ager Michael Brown remains an international issue. CHECK THE REAL NEWS.

Nov 16, 2014, 21:38

The 411
Responding to Ferguson
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND" NOVEMBER 20, 2014
AS WE WAITED FOR A GRAND JURY DECISION IN THE KILLING of unarmed teen-ager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, we heard voices from Ferguson and learned plans by DC activists for action after the grand jury announcement. And shifting gears in our final show before Thanksgiving, activists here in DC want MACMILLAN PARK IN NORTHWEST DC to remain a public park and resource, rather than a giveaway to a big developer. Guests and voices: Christina Jimenez, Eugene Puryear, Salim Adofo, “Ferguson Speaks, a video released by HandUpUnited.org. DC PROTEST SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 AT 7P, MEET AT MT. VERNON PARK, 7TH AND NEW YORK AVENUE NW.

Nov 24, 2014, 21:38

The 411
Driving Ms. Claire
Senator McCaskill, My intent in writing is to register alarm at your intrusion into the machinations of the Department Of Justice. Specifically, I am informed that you requested of Mr. Holder’s agency that an investigation into St. Louis County’s municipal court and police practices be discontinued.
By Ruth-Miriam Garnett

Nov 24, 2014, 22:33

The 411
Killing Abroad and at Home
LISTEN:ON THE GROUND--NOVEMBER 13, 2014
WHAT DO MIKE BROWN, THE MURDERED STUDENTS IN MEXICO AND THOSE DETAINED IN IMMIGRANT PRISONS ALL HAVE IN COMMON?
The activists at SOA Watch say that it’s a militarized, violent police that are out of control abroad and now at home. SOA Watch prepares for its 25th annual vigil at the School of The Americas–also known as the “school of the assassins”--a combat training school for Latin American soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga. that has left a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned. Also, a more than decade-long anti-war vigil in Baltimore. Guests and Voices: Arturo J. Viscarra, Max Obuszewski, Cindy Farquar and Sharon Jones. And speaking from the U.N. in Geneva, Daryl Parks, attorney for the parents of Mike Brown. Headlines and more.

Nov 16, 2014, 20:21

The 411
Stealing Black Votes
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: DISENFRANCHISEMENT EQUALS REPUBLICAN VICTORY... RECLASSIFYCING CRIMES IN CALI... MILLION MASK MARCH AROUND THE WORLD..THE BLACK IS BACK COALITION MARCHES IN DC..STOPPING LNG EXPORT FACILITIES...AND MORE...CHECK THE REAL NEWS.

Nov 11, 2014, 22:36

The 411
Progressive Politics in DC?
LISTEN:ON THE GROUND--NOVEMBER 6, 2014
WHAT DO THE MIDTERM ELECTION RESULTS MEAN for electing progressive candidates in the DMV, and particularly in DC?
Guests and Voices: political strategist Alicia Briancon; attorney Jane Zara; professor, author and activist Lester Spence; Omali Yeshitela of the Black is Back Coalition and protesters at the Million Mask March in DC. Headlines and more.

Nov 11, 2014, 21:54

The 411
Headlines:Police Gone Wild
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: Human Rights Watch: Israel Committed War Crimes...Cuba To Help Fight Ebola...Darren Wilson Testifies Before the Grand Jury..Another Witness to the Shooting of Michael Brown Comes Forward...Utah Police Questioned in Killing of Black Man...SIL, Iran, Money in Politics, Justice Appointments and Environmental Policy...9-11 Group Launches New Ad Campaign and Film Premiere..Oklahoma City Police Officer Accused of Sexually Assaulting Eight African-American Women...NRA Show Lauds Post-Katrina Racist Mobs.. And more...Check the REAL news!

Sep 23, 2014, 13:57

The 411
The U.S., Cuba and Race
LISTEN:ON THE GROUND--OCTOBER 30, 2014
The United States and Cuba have a complex, centuries-long relationship involving slaves, Jim Crow and revolution.
An interview with Gerald Horne about his book, Race to Revolution:The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow.

Nov 3, 2014, 22:15

The 411
Justice For Central Park 5
This Daily News headline was typical of the racist coverage and police handling of the Central Park jogger case.
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: New York City Finalizes Central Park 5 Settlement..U.N. Experts: Detroit’s Mass Water Shut-Off Violates Human Rights...Relatives of U.S. Drone Strike Victims Won’t Appeal Court Ruling..State Dept. Dropped Blackwater Probe After Manager Threatened to Kill Investigators..Civil Rights Activists Join Nissan Worker Protest During "Freedom Summer" Commemoration..Report Calls for a New Freedom Summer To Empower Disenfranchised Blacks in the South..Report: U.S. Deported Over 72,000 Parents of U.S.-Born Children in 2013..And MUCH more! Check the news!

Jul 5, 2014, 15:11

The 411
$$$ Drowns Democracy
LISTEN: ON THE GROUND--OCTOBER 23, 2014
WITH NATIONAL, STATE AND LOCAL ELECTIONS LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY, THE MOVEMENT TO GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS AND A TALK WITH TIA LESSIN, AWARD-WNNING DIRECTOR OF ‘CITIZEN KOCH'.
Guests and Voices: Kaitlin Sopochi-Belknap, national director of the Move To Amend Coalition, Walmart workers block the streets of downtown Washington, DC to protest poor pay and work conditions. Headlines and more! Week three of the fall fund drive.

Nov 3, 2014, 21:58

The 411
To Serve and Protect?
Pearlie Golden and her killer.
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: Rights and Race:Residents Protest Police Killing of 93-Year-Old Black Woman in Texas..California: Police Officers Acquitted in Beating Death of Homeless Man..Black Teen Charged After Suffering Genital Injury in Search by Philadelphia Police..Dark Money, the Attack on Voting Rights & How Racism Stills Drives Our Politics..Activists Admit to 1971 FBI Burglary That Exposed COINTELPRO..Remains of 55 bodies found near former Florida reform school..Family Seeks New Trial for Black Teen Executed in 1944..Senate Intel Committee Votes to Release Parts of Torture Report..Vet Nearly Killed by Police Beanbag at Occupy Oakland, Settles Lawsuit with City. And MUCH more! Check the real news.

May 14, 2014, 01:12

The 411
Counter-Revolution in 1776
LISTEN: ON THE GROUND--OCTOBER 16, 2014
AN INTERVIEW WITH GERALD HORNE
, author of The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America and Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba During Slavery and Jim Crow. Other Guests and Voices: From Ferguson October and the Rev. Graylan Hagler. Week two of the fall fund drive.Headlines and more.

Nov 3, 2014, 21:50

The 411
Racist Roots of the Crisis
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: Politics and Economy:Wall Street firms quietly grab huge swaths of the rental housing market...As Red States Like Florida Continue to Deny Medicaid Expansion to the Working Poor, The Results Are Deadly For Thousands...Georgia Activists Confront GOP Rejection of Medicaid as Moral Mondays Spread Across South...Supreme Court Undermines Democracy by Allowing Billionaires to "Buy Elections" And MUCH more. Check the REAL news!

Apr 26, 2014, 21:34


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