Jonathan Adams

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Miami’s Muslims Suit Up to Fight Crime

by Jonathan Adams on May 28 2008, 11:20AM

Seeking a balance between outreach and enforcement, Miami is launching a nearly $1 million crime-fighting initiative in Overtown that will mix police patrols, video cameras — and suit-and-tie wearing Muslims. The stepped-up policing seeks to deter would-be lawbreakers without…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Post-Hurricane, New Orleans Residents Still Don’t Have Homes

by Jonathan Adams on May 28 2008, 8:31AM

As New Orleans gears up for another hurricane season, many Big Easy residents still don’t have homes. “Chocolate City” Mayor Ray Nagin says he was just joking when he suggested that they should give the thousand without homes “one-way…

Topics: Katrina

America’s First Coloring Book

by Jonathan Adams on May 28 2008, 8:27AM

H/T ImmigrationProf Check out Breakthrough’s new video on Immigration….

Topics: Immigration

Will Justice Ever Be Served in Jena?

by Jonathan Adams on May 27 2008, 5:14PM

Originally published on zentronix By jchang Eight months after 40,000 people converged on Jena, Louisiana, justice still awaits the six young men whose cases inspired one of the biggest civil rights marches in recent history. This Friday, special judge Thomas…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Immigrant Rights Activists Face Death Threats in Georgia

by Jonathan Adams on May 27 2008, 2:03PM

From Of América This story originally appeared in Atlanta Latino was translated by New America Media. Death threats have not intimidated pro-Latino activists in Georgia. Instead, they have spurred them to join forces across racial lines to counteract the…

Topics: Immigration

Indian Laborers Committed to Hunger Strike for Justice

by Jonathan Adams on May 23 2008, 11:40AM

tkeleher reported on his trip to New Orleans a couple months ago where he experienced the multiracial coalition of workers on the Gulf Coast organizing Indian H-2B guest workers trafficked to the US to work for little money and…

Topics: Immigration

TIGRA: Study Exposes Racial Dimension of Western Union’s Corporate Practices

by Jonathan Adams on May 23 2008, 11:02AM

Profiting from Black & Brown Dollars: The Racial Dimension of Western Union’s Corporate Practices Denver, CO - With the Western Union Shareholders’ meeting on May 23rd, 2008, the Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action (TIGRA) will unveil new…

Topics: Economy

A Jihad For Love

by Jonathan Adams on May 22 2008, 1:49PM

In a time when Islam is under tremendous attack from within and without, A Jihad for Love is a daring documentary filmed in twelve countries and nine languages. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma has gone where the silence is…


Long Beach Police Kill Unarmed Mentally Ill Samoan Man

by Jonathan Adams on May 22 2008, 10:37AM

H/T angry asian man There’s news of another unarmed man unjustly shot down by police. In Long Beach, CA, police shot Roketi Su’e, 46, six times to subdue the mentally ill Samoan man. The death has left many of the…


New Haven ID Card Carries On Despite Challenges

by Jonathan Adams on May 22 2008, 10:07AM

H/T ImmigrationProf Last year, in an act of considerable political courage, New Haven began offering a municipal ID card to all residents, including illegal immigrants. The reaction from anti-immigrant forces was predictably ugly. Protesters disrupted hearings, heckled and threatened city…

Topics: Immigration

White Liberal Blogger Goes Too Far, Depicts Michelle Obama Being Lynched

by Jonathan Adams on May 22 2008, 8:53AM

H/T What About Our Daughters Barack Obama already asked his opponents to lay off his wife, and now, it seems he may need to tell his supporters the same thing. A DailyKos contributor, ONECITIZEN, created this horrible image of…

Topics: Media

Supreme Court Rules on Mandatory Sentencing for Repeat Offenders

by Jonathan Adams on May 21 2008, 1:14PM

The Supreme Court says a man with a long criminal record deserves a lengthy prison term, under a federal law aimed at keeping repeat offenders behind bars longer. Monday’s 6-3 decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito, deals with provisions…

Topics: Criminal Justice

King’s Legacy Not Set in Stone

by Jonathan Adams on May 20 2008, 9:20AM

H/T Too Sense Eugene Robinson writes in his column today about the controversy surrounding the statue of Martin Luther King commissioned by the US Commission on Fine Arts to serve as his national monument in Washington and compares the…

Topics: History

Al Sharpton Ignores Inglewood?

by Jonathan Adams on May 20 2008, 8:25AM

The mainstream media has glossed over the death of Michael Byoune, 19, who was shot in Inglewood, CA, another unarmed young Black man killed by police. Some have blamed west coast news cycles, others have blamed the politics-filled news…


INTHEFRAY: Use Your Rebate to Stimulate Social Justice

by Jonathan Adams on May 19 2008, 1:09PM

Originally published at IntheFray. Stimulate Social Justice Ten ideas for putting your tax rebate check to good use. by Andrew Blackwell 1. Feed the grassroots. Send your money directly to the people who need it by using the online system…

Topics: Economy

Hmong Hip Hop

by Jonathan Adams on May 19 2008, 12:57PM

H/T angry asian man The New York Times has a really interesting video segment on Hmong American history/culture and Tou Saiko Lee, a Hmong American rapper out of Minnesota who shares and keeps his heritage alive through a mix of…


What Does Malcolm X Day Mean?

by Jonathan Adams on May 19 2008, 8:26AM

“By any means necessary, ” has been used over the years to juxtapose the radical Malcolm X and a more moderate, nonviolent Martin Luther King, Jr., but as we celebrate what would have been Malcolm X’s 83rd birthday today-one…


California Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Gay Marriage

by Jonathan Adams on May 15 2008, 10:16AM

The California Supreme Court, in 4-3 decision, overturned a ban on gay marriage Thursday, paving the way for California to become the second state where gay and lesbian residents can marry. Associated Press. In other news, an HIV positive man…


Now Teachers are the New Immigration Agents?

by Jonathan Adams on May 14 2008, 5:19PM

H/T ImmigrationProf After scaring parents and students, alike, in Oakland after word spread of raids on schools, Mary Ann Zehr of Education Week looks at the recent Postville, Iowa raids and asks about the role that educators should play in…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Missing Black Woman Sparks Historic Racial Bias Lawsuit

by Jonathan Adams on May 12 2008, 11:28AM

From Village Voice In 2003, 21-year-old Romona Moore told her mother, a Guyanese immigrant, that she was going to the Burger King down the street in their Canarsie neighborhood, but never came back. Because the sheltered, studious, and shy…