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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"About Our Children..." a live event: Bill Cosby, & several panelists will discuss poverty in America, focusing on parenting, education & healthcare


Flunked: Ben takes on CA Teachers Union, "I'm culturally offensive?!" An excerpt from the special features of the award winning educational documentary, "Flunked" featuring Dr. Ben Chavis talking about his fight with the California Teacher's Union.
On Sunday, Sept 20th,Dr. Chavis is one of the panelists at "About Our Children..." a live event featuring Bill Cosby, and moderated by IWF president and CEO and MSNBC political analyst Michelle D. Bernard, at 7-9 p.m ET.

Live from Howard University's Ira Aldridge Theater and telecast on MSNBC, Cosby and several panelists will discuss poverty in America, focusing on the parenting, education, and health issues facing the poor in the United States.
If you want to submit a question for the panel, send your questions before or during the program, to info@aboutourchildren.org or Tweet your hopes and dreams for our children's future to @MichelleBernard
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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