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Activist Group Yes Men Confirm NYPD Stop and Frisk Happy Meal Hoax

Terry Malloy of the activist network the Yes Men just confirmed that the “Three Strikes, You’re In” website is a hoax. The website raised eyebrows this morning by declaring that the NYPD had teamed up with McDonald’s to offer free happy meals to disaffected residents who had been targeted by the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk program. The website has been taken down.

Here’s what Malloy told Colorlines.com Tuesday afternoon:

Three Strikes, You’re In is a press relations stunt. But Stop and Frisk is a bigger press relations stunt. People in New York talk about ideas like broken windows policing, but what we want them to do is to consider what it does to a younger person’s mind to know that they’re targeted any time they leave their homes. How does that impact our society?

This is a project with the Yes Lab, run by the Yes Men. They’re teaching activists how to do what’s called ‘culture jamming’, where the idea is to create some kind of stunt, or hoax, if you will, that will attract enough attention that the media will want to go more into the story.

The ploy, it seems, worked in piquing the media’s interest in the story. Malloy said he’s gotten calls “from ABC News, Bloomberg News and Business Insider Magazine” and that the ACLU has also been in touch.

Turns Out One of Anonymous’ Most Notorious Leaders is a N.Y. Latino Man Who’s Been Working With FBI for Months

Turns Out One of Anonymous' Most Notorious Leaders is a N.Y. Latino Man Who's Been Working With FBI for Months

So just in case you were wondering if Latino computer nerds exist… they do.

Fox News is reporting a leader of an Anonymous offshoot, that’s believed to have caused billions of dollars in damage to governments, international banks and corporations, was allegedly led by Hector Xavier Monsegur.

TAGS: Anonymous

McDonald’s Denies NYPD Deal to Give Happy Meals to Stop and Frisk Victims

McDonald's Denies NYPD Deal to Give Happy Meals to Stop and Frisk Victims

UPDATE at 3:01pm EST: The Yes Men have confirmed to Colorlines.com that “Three Strikes, You’re In!” is a hoax. Read more details here.

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On Tuesday, McDonald’s denied participating in a campaign called “Three Strikes, You’re In!” that rewarded New Yorkers who have been victims of NYPD’s stop and frisk policies with a Happy Meal. The parody campaign identified itself as a partnership between the NYPD and McDonald’s 365Black campaign that highlights the corporation’s work in the African American community.

“The site has been taken down—the campaign was fabricated and McDonald’s is not participating in this program with the NYPD,” Beletra Atwaters, a McDonald’s representative told Colorlines.com on Tuesday afternoon.

Kris Humphries’ Sister Signs on to Ford’s Plus Size Model Division

hires-961602-10-rs-x-500.jpegKaela, Kris Humphries’ older sister, has signed on with Ford Model’s Plus Size division.

“The division that brought you Crystal Renn, Ashley Graham, Candice Huffine and Marquita Pring among others is excited at the prospect of bringing this beautiful, engaging young woman to markets worldwide,” the agency said in a release. “A true size 16-18, Kaela will be in a league of her own.”

Ms. Humphries, 29, is mixed race - her father is half white and half black, her mother is white.

(h/t Fashionista)

(Photo: Ford Models)

Rush Limbaugh’s Lost 20 Advertisers — But Experts Expect They’ll Be Back

Rush Limbaugh's Lost 20 Advertisers -- But Experts Expect They'll Be Back

Five more advertisers announced they will no longer advertise on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, bringing the total number to 20. But industry insiders say most ad dollars are simply moved around temporarily and sometimes they even come back.

“While ad exits make headlines, they don’t necessarily account for typical sponsorship cycles,” Brian Steinberg wrote in the marketing industry magazine Ad Age on Monday. “Advertisers may appear to leave, but they more often simply move to the sidelines. Sometimes, they even come back.”

Ann Romney: ‘We Can Be Poor in Spirit’ [Video]

Ann Romney: 'We Can Be Poor in Spirit' [Video]

GOP Presidential hopeful hopeful Mitt Romney’s wife Ann made an appearance on Fox News Monday evening and she delivered a talking point that just didn’t feel right. Especially because she giggled after saying she could be “poor in spirit.”

“We can be poor in spirit, and I don’t even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing, it can be here today and gone tomorrow,” she said

The couple made $20.9 million last year, making more in a day than an average American makes in a year, and are worth about $250 million overall, according to Campus Progress. 

(h/t Campus Progress)

Lakota Indians Block ‘Keystone XL Pipeline’ Trucks in Six-Hour Standoff

Lakota Indians Block 'Keystone XL Pipeline' Trucks in Six-Hour Standoff

Five Lakotas on Pine Ridge Indian land in South Dakota were arrested Monday after attempting to block two tarsands pipeline trucks from entering their land. According to the Lakota activist the six-hour standoff started when the trucks refused to turn around claiming they had “corporate rights that supersede any other law.”

According to the Rapid City Journal “several dozens” of American Indians were part of the blockade but a community journalist reports only five people were arrested.

Casting for Tupac Shakur Broadway Musical Starts Saturday

Casting for Tupac Shakur Broadway Musical Starts Saturday

The Broadway musical titled “Holler If Ya Hear Me” inspired by and featuring the music of the late Tupac Amaru Shakur is finally headed to Broadway! According to Playbill.com the show is currently in pre-production stages and holding castings.

A rep for the Shakur family told TMZ, producers personally gave Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur a rough preview of the musical and she approves.

Mrs. Shakur was “ecstatic” and can’t wait for the show, according to reps.

Disney’s Only Black Princess Hawks Watermelon Candy, White Sleeping Beauty Hawks Vanilla

Disney's Only Black Princess Hawks Watermelon Candy, White Sleeping Beauty Hawks Vanilla

So Disney has about 10 princesses—only one of which is black—and some marketing genius decided that their lone black Princess Tiana would be perfect to sell their watermelon flavored candy.

Stereotype much?

Lawsuit Alleges Paula Deen Wanted Nigg*rs in Bow Ties Serving at Wedding

Lawsuit Alleges Paula Deen Wanted Nigg*rs in Bow Ties Serving at Wedding

Cooking show host Paula Deen has been all over the news lately but this time it’s even worse than when she announced she had diabetes. A lawsuit by a former employee is accusing Deen and her brother of repeatedly using the N-word, sexual harassment, infliction of emotional distress and assault, RadarOnline.com is reporting.

Radar Online with two of lawsuit’s racist examples: > In one example, Jackson states that she was appointed by Deen to handle the catering and staff for Bubba’s wedding in 2007, and she asked Deen what the servers should wear: “Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n*ers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around,” Jackson alleges Deen told her. “Now, that would be a true Southern wedding wouldn’t it? But we can’t do that because the media would be on me about that.”

Another alleged racist incident listed in the lawsuit: “In the presence of Ms. Jackson and Uncle Bubba’s restaurant manager and a vendor, Bubba Hiers stated they should send President Obama to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico so he could n*er-rig it.”

Jackson left Deen’s company in 2010 because “management did nothing about her complaints of sexual harassment and other complaints she had,” according to Radar.

Cholafied: A Tumblr with Pop Stars in ‘Chola Makeup’

Michael Jason Enriquez, an ad major attending Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA., started “Cholafied,” a Tumblr made up of images he doctors with “sharpie eyebrows” and black lipliner.

Enriquez’s describes his Tumblr: > Cholafied comes from the mind of an LA kid who grew up the 90’s. It’s Sharpied eyebrows, black lipliner, and the fumes from a can of Aqua Net. It’s a product of LA where Cholas, celebrity pop culture, street art, and stupidity are rolled up together like one of those bacon wrapped hot dogs sold on Hollywood Blvd. It’s for everyone who would draw Chola makeup on their yearbook pictures and give them gangster girl names. It’s for the world to bask in the glory of the original double rainbow - a pair of Cholafied, Sharpied eyebrows.

Take a look at a few images from “Clolafied” below.

tumblr_lzbomlMGPY1rofkh5o1_r2_400.jpg Adele as “La Lonelygirl.”

tumblr_lzt9buCiAV1rofkh5o1_400.jpg Jeremy Lin as “Que LINda.”

Man Who Died in Massive Honduras Prison Fire Was Accidentally Deported

Man Who Died in Massive Honduras Prison Fire Was Accidentally Deported

A massive fire that erupted last month at a prison in Honduras left 360 inmates dead—including one man from Los Angeles that was accidentally deported in October. The fire was the largest and worst prison fire in Latin American history

Baltimore Mayor Prevents Police From Asking About Immigration Status

Baltimore Mayor Prevents Police From Asking About Immigration Status

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has signed executive order prohibiting police officers from asking people they come in contact with about their immigration status.

“Police are working to make our city safe. We are not working as immigration agents,” Mayor Rawlings-Blake said.

The announcement comes just days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it would begin implementing the Secure Communities program in Baltimore—the controversial federal program that sends booking information from local jails to a joint database shared by the FBI and ICE.

Grace Lee Boggs’ Advice to Young Activists: You Must Be Visionaries

Grace Lee Boggs' Advice to Young Activists: You Must Be Visionaries

When the beloved and visionary Asian-American civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs speaks, people pay attention. And for good reason. At 96, Boggs has been engaged in labor, black power, Asian American, feminist, environmental and food justice struggles for over half a century. And it’s work she’s still involved in today. Together with her husband, the late activist James Boggs, the two organized Detroit Summer, now in its 20th year.

Boggs sat down with Hyphen Magazine, and in her trademark way, quickly dispensed with fuzzy feelings and self-congratulatory encouragement for progressives. Instead, she gets straight to the point, with sharp analysis of the current political moment offers her thoughts on the work ahead for people who want to fight for social, economic and racial justice.

“I would say to a young activist, ‘Do visionary organizing.’” Boggs told Hyphen. “‘Turn your back on protest organizing and recognize how that leads you more and more to defensive operations, whereas visionary organizing gives you the opportunity to encourage the creative capacity in people and it’s very fulfilling.’”

At a time when people are re-evaluating their relationships with money, work, and people in their communities, Boggs says these dire economic times provide the political space to answer serious questions about our common social values. It’s the lesson that she learned early on in her life, growing up in America the daughter of Chinese immigrants.

“I had the idea, for example, from my father that a crisis is not only a danger but also an opportunity and that there is a positive and negative in everything,” Boggs said. “Being born Chinese meant a big deal to my life, I think.”


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Report Finds Black Families Greatly Overrepresented Among U.S. Homeless

In 2010, one out of every 141 black family members stayed in a homeless shelter, a rate seven times higher than members of white families, according to “Intergenerational Disparities Experienced by Homeless Black Families,” a report released today by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness. “The unfortunate fact is that black families in the United States are much more likely to experience poverty than their white counterparts, and are overwhelmingly represented in homeless shelters throughout the country,” said ICPH President and CEO Ralph da Costa Nunez. “This report raises the question of how family homelessness has moved beyond simply a poverty issue and become a racial one.”

In 2010, nearly one-quarter (23.3%) of black families lived in poverty, three times the rate of white families (7.1%). Black persons in families make up 12.1% of the U.S. family population, but represented 38.8% of sheltered persons in families in 2010. In comparison, 65.8% of persons in families in the general population are white, while white family members only occupied 28.6% of family shelter beds in 2010.

TAGS: homelessness

Black Youth Disproportionately Sentenced to Life Without Parole [Report]

jj_The_Lives_of_Juvenile_Lifers-1.pngA new report published by The Sentencing Project, a national organization working for a more effective criminal justice system, found “extreme” racial disparities in the number of juveniles sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed before their 18th birthday.

The report, “The Lives of Juvenile Lifers,” presents findings from the first-ever national survey of people who committed crimes as juveniles—some as young as 13—and were sentenced to life in prison. More than 2,500 people are currently serving these sentences in the United States.

“Most juveniles serving life without parole sentences experienced trauma and neglect long before they engaged in their crimes,” stated Ashley Nellis, research analyst of The Sentencing Project and author of the report. “The findings from this survey do not excuse the crimes committed but they help explain them. With time, rehabilitation and maturity, some of these youth could one day safely re-enter society and contribute positively to their families and their communities.”

DREAMer Arrested for Interrupting NC Immigration Hearing Still in Custody

DREAMer Arrested for Interrupting NC Immigration Hearing Still in Custody

Members of the North Carolina DREAM Team are demanding Uriel Alberto, 24, of Winston-Salem, be released from police custody. Alberto was arrested after a Wednesday protest at the legislature.

Alberto is a member of El Cambio in Winston-Salem and traveled to Raleigh to protest a Select Committee immigration meeting.

“My name is Uriel Alberto; I am undocumented, unafraid, and unashamed! I refuse to be bullied and intimidated by this committee and choose to empower my community,” Alberto said at the meeting.

NC DREAM Team is urging supporters to place calls on behalf of Alberto so he is not separated from his son.

Russell Simmons Says ‘White Bread Dynasty Was in Full Effect’ at Oscars

Hip-hop pioneer and entrepreneur Russell Simmons published a scathing critique of the film industry Friday and said the problem with those funding movies “is that while they believe in the concept of an all-inclusive, post-racial America, they don’t trust in it enough to bank on it.”

“The music industry gets it because they have no choice,” Simmons wrote in his piece published on HollywoodReporter.com Friday. “Music executives couldn’t segregate artists if they tried!”

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Gives Romney a Latinos 101 Lesson on House Floor

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Gives Romney a Latinos 101 Lesson on House Floor

U.S. House of Representative Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois’ Fourth District in the heart of Chicago spoke on the floor of the House earlier this week about recent comments by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Rep. Gutierrez said that the nation’s 50 million Latinos, most of whom are citizens and eligible voters, is a lot of people, “especially if you want to offend each and every one of us. But to Mitt Romney’s credit — he’s trying.”


L.A. Mom Deported After Protesting Foreclosure of Former Home

L.A. Mom Deported After Protesting Foreclosure of Former Home

On February 22nd, Blanca Cardenas, a 37-year-old mother of a 19-month-old girl, was arrested by Los Angeles Police Department officers for trespassing during a foreclosure protest at the home she used to live in.

Despite posting bail, Cardenas was held in LAPD custody for one week before Immigration and Customs Enforcement picked her up Wednesday and deported her “within hours,” according to the LA Weekly.

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