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Featuring Guest Blogger Winston Walker

From the moment I first heard George Zimmerman’s Non-Emergency Number call, I knew that he had done something horrible to that child. The chilling 911 tapes only confirmed my initial thoughts. After that nothing short of an evil twin scenario could’ve convinced me that Zimmerman deserved anything less than prison. Even with all of this settled in my mind, however, to date the killer’s motives have largely escaped me.

Trayvon was a beautiful kid who had his whole life ahead of him. He reminded me of the kids I used to see in my neighborhood actually. Every summer you could see those boys playing basketball, laughing with friends, taking the bus, or…buying snacks at the local convenience store. So what could’ve possessed Zimmerman to follow this young man and kill him? This has been alternately bothering and confusing me since the beginning.

I’ve seen a…

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Imagine this: You’re on an airline flight and you watch a white man leave his seat to slap a black 19-month-old baby and then tells the baby’s mother: “Shut that (N-word) baby up.”

Sounds like a bad joke? It’s no joke. It actually happened two weeks ago on a Delta Airlines flight. Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, was tired of listening to the baby crying and decided to apply his own brand of in-flight corporal punishment.

Hundley was arrested and charged with assaulting a minor on a flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta. Hundley slapped the toddler in the face with an open hand, according to the documents. The boy suffered a cut below his eye.

“He reeked of alcohol,” Jessica Bennett, 33, the boy’s mother, told a local television station. “He was belligerent, and I was uncomfortable.”

“And I said, `What did you say?’ because I couldn’t believe…

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Prison Reform Movement's Weblog- America: Land of the Free, Home of the Incarcerated

By Chris Hedges

 

Marela, an undocumented immigrant in her 40s, stood outside the Elizabeth Detention Center in Elizabeth, N.J., on a chilly afternoon last week. She was there with a group of protesters who appear at the facility’s gates every year on Ash Wednesday to decry the nation’s immigration policy and conditions inside the center. She was there, she said, because of her friend Evelyn Obey.

Obey, 40, a Guatemalan and the single mother of a 12-year-old and a 6-year-old, was picked up in an immigration raid as she and nine other undocumented workers walked out of an office building they cleaned in Newark, N.J. Her two children instantly lost their only parent. She languished in detention. Another family took in the children, who never saw their mother again. Obey died in jail in 2010 from, according to the sign Villar had hung on her neck, “pulmonary thromboembolism, chronic…

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