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Clemency only hope after long mandatory sentences

By Charlene Muhammad CHARLENEM (FinalCall.com) - Daniele Metz was sentenced to three life terms, plus 20 years in federal prison under mandatory drug sentencing laws, but now it's time for her to come home, say her family, attorney and supporters who are fighting for her freedom. Mercy is the only way she will ever be free and reunited with her children....

Using UN resolution to bomb in Syria is illegal, say human rights activists opposed to air strikes

By Saeed Shabazz -Staff Writer- United Nations (FinalCall.com) - President Barack Obama came to the world body in New York asking for a global support of his own war on terror, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known as ISIL and ISIS, and a rubber stamp for military action already underway. He got what he asked for. “The terrorist group known as...

The life and legacy of revolutionary freedom fighter: Reies López Tijerina

“Let us pursue justice and peace. Let us sacrifice our lives for the kingdom of Justice and Righteousness. We can do it. We must do it. Let us do it now, today.”   Reies López Tijerina, June 19, 1968 EL PASO, Texas (FinalCall.com) - Family members and activists gathered here for a three-day celebration of the great life and legacy...

Black attorneys battle inside a criminally unjust court system

By Charlene Muhammad CHARLENEM Broken promises, bias, brutality and bail LOS ANGELES (FinalCall.com) - The National Bar Association's 90th annual convention's message of fighting police brutality mirrored the fight Black Americans face every day. The convention, with its theme “A Legacy of Service. A Promise of Justice,” centered on police brutality and highlighted problems and solutions to why Blacks continuously suffer injustice. Members of...

Elite 50-plus squad sponsors buy-Black buffet

-Contributing Editor- CHICAGO–Buy Black was the theme of the Dec. 10 all-you-can-eat buffet gathering of the Elite 50-plus squad in Chicago, and it will be the theme for months to come, organizers said. Patrons filed into the main ballroom of the Salaam Restaurant for the once-a-month event sponsored by the group, featuring 20 vendors as Bro. Demetrius 3X, “a.k.a”...

Boys To Men Conference Gives Direction To ‘Born Warriors’

-Contributing Editor- CHICAGO–The only way you can show your connection to Allah (God) and power is through your growth in knowledge and wisdom, the Honorable Min. Louis Farrakhan told some 500 mostly Black males, teens ages 13-18, gathered at Mosque Maryam. But how can you be connected to God while you are covered in the veil of ignorance?...

‘Birth of a Nation’ – New movie connects with America’s ugly racial history

By Charlene Muhammad CHARLENEM LOS ANGELES–America's contradictions and struggles with the old, ugly, and deadly problems of racism and White supremacy were already on full display with the release of “The Birth of a Nation” movie. Not the racist film by D.W. Griffith that depicted Blacks as beasts and monsters who lusted after White women, but producer, director and lead actor Nate...

Preparations underway for 25th anniversary of Watts Gang Truce

By Charlene Muhammad CHARLENEM LOS ANGELES–Gang intervention experts, activists, and community residents will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Gang Truce on April 29. Gang members from the Imperial Courts, Jordan Downs, Nickerson Gardens and Hacienda Village housing projects in L.A.'s Watts neighborhood established a peace treaty on April 28, 1992.   That was the day before an all-White jury...

Native Americans explain why “Thanksgiving”holiday is celebration of genocide

CHARLENEM No thanks to Thanksgiving (FinalCall.com) - As people gather at dinner tables for home-cooked meals, family reunions and to count their blessings during the Thanksgiving holiday, Native Americans will commemorate the day too, but with a different perspective and account of their history and plight in the United States. “We're certainly not against giving thanks. As indigenous people we give thanks...

Jewish Republicans, politics and the Farrakhan Factor

Efforts to impugn the credibility of members of the Congressional Black Caucus and leaders of the Women's March for being in the same room as Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, would be laughable if their motives weren't politically motivated and there wasn't an historical precedence for their actions. The Republican Jewish Coalition, the Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Poverty Law...