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I wonder why we can’t do this in ravaged black communities? (I mean, know why, but I still wonder.):

Soon after West Germany was established in 1949, the government pushed through its first housing law. The law was designed to boost construction of houses which, “in terms of their fittings, size and rent are intended and suitable for the broad population.”

It worked. Home-building boomed, thanks to a combination of direct subsidies and generous tax exemptions available to public, non-profit and private entities. West Germany chopped its housing shortage in half by 1956.

I wonder why we can’t do this in ravaged black communities? (I mean, know why, but I still wonder.):

Soon after West Germany was established in 1949, the government pushed through its first housing law. The law was designed to boost construction of houses which, “in terms of their fittings, size and rent are intended and suitable for the broad population.”

It worked. Home-building boomed, thanks to a combination of direct subsidies and generous tax exemptions available to public, non-profit and private entities. West Germany chopped its housing shortage in half by 1956.

Kari Fulton: “So taking it back to voting, all of these issues are local issues. When you look at what the Hip Hop Caucus is doing, with some extremely strong voter registration work, I think those are the types of organizations that we need. Like Black Youth Project and Dream Defenders — those are the groups that we have to bring to the table so that they can see that bigger picture. That can help a lot of things as far as getting people more engaged in voting, looking at progressive slates, and looking at, not just police brutality, but the whole gambit. Basically, we gotta Shmoney dance all the way to the polls.”

Black Pastors: ‘By Any Greens Necessary’

"When we operate with injustice against each other, it throws things out of balance. So the floods, the heating of the earth, climate change — this is all happening not because it’s just part of ebb and flow of nature. It is the impact of an arrogant humanity that sees the earth as something that we should dominate and exploit versus a gift that we are here to care for.” — Rev. Otis Moss

nativeamericannews:

Lumbee Could Decide NC Senate Race– Tribe Ignored in Recent Debate
Last Thursday, North Carolina Senatorial Candidates Speaker Thom Tillis and incumbent Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) held their state debate which was televised on C-SPAN. Though the Lumbee tribe holds considerable leverage in North Carolina with 58,000 members, Hagan and Tillis made no mention of the tribe.

nativeamericannews:

Lumbee Could Decide NC Senate Race– Tribe Ignored in Recent Debate

Last Thursday, North Carolina Senatorial Candidates Speaker Thom Tillis and incumbent Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) held their state debate which was televised on C-SPAN. Though the Lumbee tribe holds considerable leverage in North Carolina with 58,000 members, Hagan and Tillis made no mention of the tribe.


(Source: indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)

talkdowntowhitepeople:

jessehimself:

MEXICANS OF AFRICAN DESCENT ESTABLISHED LOS ANGELES ON THIS DAY IN 1781
The Los Angeles Pobladores, or “townspeople,” were a group of 44 settlers and four soldiers from Mexico who established the famed city on this day in 1781 in what is now California. The settlers came from various Spanish castes, with over half of the group being of African descent.
https://face2faceafrica.com/article/los-angeles-pobladores#.VA-f7mRdWLo

Black people, kickstarting everything since, you know, people

talkdowntowhitepeople:

jessehimself:

MEXICANS OF AFRICAN DESCENT ESTABLISHED LOS ANGELES ON THIS DAY IN 1781

The Los Angeles Pobladores, or “townspeople,” were a group of 44 settlers and four soldiers from Mexico who established the famed city on this day in 1781 in what is now California. The settlers came from various Spanish castes, with over half of the group being of African descent.

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/los-angeles-pobladores#.VA-f7mRdWLo

Black people, kickstarting everything since, you know, people

(via blackgirlsrpretty2)

11th Circuit: Cop Who Shot Teen is Immune from Liability

The federal court of appeals in Atlanta on Tuesday held that a Fulton County police officer who shot a 16-year-old teen in the back of the head after the youth surrendered and was kneeling on the ground is entitled to immunity from liability under state law.
In doing so, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit vacated, reversed and remanded part of a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg, who had decided that a civil suit filed on the teen’s behalf should be allowed to go to trial. Totenberg had ruled that the officer should face trial on state negligence claims.
Totenberg had cleared the officer of civil rights violations because the shooting was deemed accidental, a ruling that was not part of the interim appeal.
The teen, who is identified only by his initials, D.M.C., in court filings because he was a minor when he was shot in 2011, survived the shooting but suffered significant injuries, including brain damage. His medical bills have exceeded $1 million, said Craig Jones, who represents the youth’s family in the suit.

(Source: m.dailyreportonline.com)

yaleuniversity:

Jan Schroers, who teaches mechanical engineering and materials science, has created a thin, lightweight smartphone case that is harder than steel and as easy to shape as plastic. 
“This material is 50 times harder than plastic, nearly 10 times harder than aluminum and almost three times the hardness of steel,” Schroers said. “It’s awesome.”

yaleuniversity:

Jan Schroers, who teaches mechanical engineering and materials science, has created a thin, lightweight smartphone case that is harder than steel and as easy to shape as plastic.

“This material is 50 times harder than plastic, nearly 10 times harder than aluminum and almost three times the hardness of steel,” Schroers said. “It’s awesome.”