Saturday, October 25, 2014

Amnesty International Condemns Police Response In Ferguson; UN Criticizes City of Detroit & Voter ID Laws Violate Civil Rights

And here's more on the propaganda and myth of American Exceptionalism which is undercut by the reality Of American society , politics and foreign affairs.

*Human rights of protesters in Ferguson violated by Police response
*Voter ID laws violation of voters rights in USA intended to discourage citizens from voting
*UN report says Detroit violating rights of citizens to clean affordable water

Amnesty International report condemns police response in Ferguson

Published on 24 Oct 2014
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Amnesty International is holding a rally in Kiener Plaza Friday night release a report on what it says are several abuses by police during protests in Ferguson, MO. The 23 page report by the human rights group titled “On the Streets of America: Human Rights Abuses in Ferguson.”
The report condemns the police response to the protests following the shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson. Amnesty International says local police overreacted and abused the rights of protesters who gathered in Ferguson after the looting and rioting.

NAACP : The right is making it more difficult for people to vote — and it’s deliberate MOYERS & COMPANY 25 OCT 2014

All this talk of voter ID at the polls has some people scratching their heads wondering — what’s the big deal?

Bill Moyers guests this week, Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Ari Berman, a contributing writer for The Nation magazine, agree that the problem is this: The right is making it more difficult for people to vote — and it’s deliberate.

In fact a federal judge in Texas recently found that the state’s photo ID law was actually created to intentionally discriminate against black and Latino voters. That’s a blatant violation of the United States Constitution.

“We know that more than 600,000 registered voters will not be able to vote in this November’s election because they lack the photo ID required by the new Texas law,” Ifill says. So, why would anyone want to keep people from the polls on purpose?

That’s part of a longer story, which Ifill and Berman cover in their full interview with Bill. The short answer is this: There’s an effort underway to keep people from voting that tends to lean to the left in elections.

These efforts began after a Supreme Court decision last year in Shelby County v. Holder, which revoked an essential provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. That decision has encouraged many states to try to impose restrictive voter ID laws, as well as limit registration and voting hours.

Berman — who closely covers voter suppression efforts — tells Bill here about “three crucial swing states in which there are new voting restrictions on the books.”

The right says it is imposing these restrictions because there is rampant voter fraud. The problem is, Berman and Ifill say, it is simply not true.

As Ifill puts it: “If you look at all of the data that’s been collected and analyzed by the best political scientists and social scientists, there is no evidence of statistically significant voter fraud. So you’ve created a system that disenfranchises millions of voters to try and solve a problem that you can’t prove exists.”

UN Issues Statement on Human Rights Violations in Detroit, Oct. 22, 2014, The Real News Network

Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire says mass struggle against the powers that be is required in Detroit - October 22, 14

and so it goes,

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