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Fri Jul 24, 2015, 12:31 PM

Truthdig: Black Lives Matter "Movement" Jasmine Richards Saga

Today, July 24, 2015, through July 26, is the Convention for Black Lives Matter in Cleveland. You can just imagine the panic going on in Cleveland powers that be and all the state schemes to infiltrate the ranks by the FBI, Homeland Security and such.

Don't forget the plots we now know existed, by the FBI, against Martin Luther King!

While all that is going on in Cleveland, a Black Lives Matter activist (Jasmine Richards) in Pasadena, California, is preparing to go on trial for her Lives Matter - activism acts. Truthdig's Sonali Kolhatkar has a detailed piece on the saga of Jasmine Richards that is well worth reading. It is titled

"This is a Movement, Not a Moment"

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pic from Magazine "The Daily Good" about Crowd Fund Campaign for Jasmine Richards
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In the Truthdig article, detailing the interview with Jasmine Richards, we learn about a girl who watched a drive by killing of her brother, who openly stated he wasn't a gang banger. On her arm, as tattoo's, Jasmine has another untimely demise document by the dates of a friend, when he was born and day of the early death.

One death that Jasmine has protested about, is Kendric McDade, who was shot as a believed armed robber; because a party lied to 911 and stated people pulled a gun on him and stole his computer. No gun, nor any stolen goods were ever found connected to Kendric McDade; but the police still arrested his friend as one of the robbers (based on what is now known to be a false 911 call).

Jasmine Richard's activism, on behalf of Kendric McDade, led to her meeting Kendric's mother (Anya Slaughter). Jasmine shares the kind of kinship with Kendric's mom that we all should be spared of having to endure. The untimely death of someone we love, due to gun violence.

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Black Lives Matter Activist, Jasmine Richards, is charged with terrorism
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According to the Truthdig article, the authorities have charged and are prosecuting Jasmine Richards, for the following items;

she faces a slew of legal charges, including assault, trespassing, failure to comply with a peace officer, failure to turn down amplified sound, making criminal threats and, most shockingly, making terrorist threats. The charges stem from a bold action she participated in on March 21 to mark the third anniversary of the fatal shooting by Pasadena police of 19-year-old Kendrec McDade. Richards and others blocked streets in Pasadena’s Old Town, bringing traffic to a standstill to make a statement about police brutality.

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It is common for authorities to overreach with prosecutions that have the threat of putting someone in jail, for extended periods of time, in order to compel confessions to some charges and therefore avoid the risks.

There's a Crowd (cloud) Funding campaign to raise money for Jasmine's bail and such; but there seems to be a mix up. The crowd fund page states $9,000 was raised and the article of The Daily Good specifically states $90,000 was raised.

Be that as it may, there's no amount of money you can put on the price of freedom, liberty and all lives that most certainly do matter. From Sandra Bland, Eric Gardner, Tamira Rice, Trayvon Martin and Kendri McDade, all these lives matter and no greater emphasis on the white hatred in America does exists, contemporaneously, than that of the killing of the 9 by a white youth with a gun gone White Supremacy nuts.

The controversy is appropriately discussed by the Truthdig interview that states that Jasmine Richards was in jail and that;

While she was in jail, a crowdfunding campaign by Richards’ fellow Black Lives Matter activists raised $90,000 to bail her out. Her trial begins in September, and she is aware that she is likely going to be made an example of. When I asked her how hypocritical it was for her to be charged with “making terrorist threats” while Dylann Roof, a white supremacist who allegedly confessed to murdering nine people in South Carolina recently, has yet to face a single charge with a whiff of the loaded word “terrorism,” she shrugged it off.

“I’m used to this now. I don’t expect them to value our lives. It doesn’t hurt me. It used to.”

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That's the problem, punishing whistleblowers, activists and free thinkers is "business as usual" for our (generally) white powers that be, oppressing anyone not as rich as them; and especially anyone not as white.

This must change - and I'm going to stay close to be kept knowledgeable on Jasmine Richard's case, trial and efforts of activism. She is a youth who is our contemporary Movement to make a difference; and I'm in the hopes of seeing many more of her moments.

Here's the Truthdig video of interview with Jasmine.



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Response to laserhaas (Original post)

Fri Jul 24, 2015, 01:00 PM

1. This piling on of charges is a very common occurrence.

 

"she faces a slew of legal charges, including assault, trespassing, failure to comply with a peace officer, failure to turn down amplified sound, making criminal threats and, most shockingly, making terrorist threats. The charges stem from a bold action she participated in on March 21 to mark the third anniversary of the fatal shooting by Pasadena police of 19-year-old Kendrec McDade. Richards and others blocked streets in Pasadena’s Old Town, bringing traffic to a standstill to make a statement about police brutality."

This for what basically sounds like an unauthorized street demo.

Similarly, the LA homeless woman who picked up a cop's baton while the cop and his buddies were busy killing a homeless guy is now being charged with "assault," and faces 25 to life as a third-striker. For picking up a baton.

Similarly, Sandra Bland gets hit with an assault charge for not being sufficiently deferential.

And it is very common in criminal cases. Pile on the charges, then people basically have to cop a plea or face decades in prison (as opposed to just years when they plea bargain).

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 24, 2015, 01:07 PM

2. There should be a law about prosecutorial over reaching.

It is tyrannical abuse of power

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Response to laserhaas (Original post)

Fri Jul 24, 2015, 01:17 PM

3. Bravery, in the face of evil

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