Muhammad Ali’s only biological son says his father would have despised the “racist” Black Lives Matter movement and endorsed all races, never singling “anyone out.”
‘‘My father would have said, ‘They ain’t nothing but devils.’ My father said, ‘all lives matter,’” Muhammad Ali Jr. told the New York Post.
The 47-year-old son of the legendary boxer, who is often noted as a cultural trailblazer for black Americans, did not stop at connecting his father to the “all lives matter” position. He also said Ali would have supported President Donald Trump — the late athlete endorsed both Democrat Jimmy Carter and Republican Ronald Reagan when they were running for the presidency.
Ali Jr. himself blasted the Black Lives Matter movement as “racist.”
Florida residents are more than happy to trade their stay-at-home outfits for their swim gear now that some beaches in the state have reopened. After a month-long lockdown because of the COVID-19 outbreak, many Floridians are getting their dose of sunshine by the seaside.
Daniel Uhlfelder, an attorney from the state, is hitting the beaches, too, but he isn’t there to take a dip; he’s there to protest their reopening, which he believes is premature. And he’s doing so complete with a Grim Reaper costume: a raggedy black robe, a black cloth to cover his face, and a scythe.Twitter
The macabre outfit was his way of making people reconsider going to the beach.
“The Grim Reaper represents death. This is a deadly virus. It’s a global pandemic,” he told ABC13.
Uhlfelder is an advocate for public beach access in Florida, even clashing with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, whose Panhandle home was parked on a private beach. This time, however, he thinks allowing anyone on the beach amid a pandemic is a dangerous mistake.
“We aren’t at the point now where we have enough testing, enough data, enough preparation for what’s going to be coming to our state from all over the world from this pandemic,” he told CNN.
Wielding a scythe, Uhlfelder traveled to the beaches around Walton County, Florida, that have reopened ahead of the state’s planned May 4 “Phase 1“ reopening. This initial reopening will allow restaurants and retailers to operate at 25% capacity. Bars, salons, and gyms will remain closed until further announcement.
He said the beaches he visited last Friday were “very crowded”.
“I know how beautiful and attractive our beaches are. But if we don’t take measures to control things, this virus is going to get really, really out of control,” he said.
Aside from urging people to go home, the protest is also an effort to bring in funds for the campaigns of Democratic candidates, Phil Ehr and Christy Smith.
On March 20, the ‘grim reaper’ attorney filed a suit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis explaining that the leader’s unwillingness to issue a statewide mandate closing down beaches put Floridians at risk of being infected with the coronavirus. However, this was dismissed by Leon County Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll in April. He said that it’s in the governor’s discretion how he would handle emergencies, according to the state’s constitution.
This isn’t the first time the attorney has pulled a stunt to get people off the beaches during a pandemic. Last month, he traveled to Florida wearing a less grim outfit – a paintball costume – to promote social distancing, according to NBC News.
He said a woman told him that he was “scaring people,” to which he responded, “OK, that’s good.”
“If people are scared, then they’ll leave. I want to go back to normal as soon as possible, too, but opening our beaches too early is not the way to do this,” he reasoned.Twitter
There are nearly 35,000 coronavirus cases and 1,314 deaths recorded in the state of Florida, according to Johns Hopkins University.
DeSantis defended the reopening of beaches, citing a study conducted by the Department of Homeland Security about sunlight’s ability to kill the virus.
“The DHS study said that sunlight rapidly killed the virus in aerosols, and it said that outdoor daytime environments are lower risk for transmission of the virus than indoor environments,” he said. “In terms of surfaces, when a virus may be left on a surface DHS study concluded that sunlight kills the virus quickly, and that the virus is less stable overall at higher temperatures and higher humidity.”
There is no written report in existence for this study yet, although the results are being submitted for peer review and publication in scientific journals.
Watch the interview of the attorney in the video below.
Justice For Noura Hussein, The Girl Who Is Sentenced To Death For Killing Her Rapist.
by: DerekDeka Richardson
target: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir
5,918 SUPPORTERS – 6,000 GOAL
Noura Hussein, 19, was told she would be hanged after a Sharia court convicted her of premeditated murder of her husband who she had been forced to marry.
A teenage bride has been sentenced to death for killing her husband who raped her as male relatives pinned her down.
Noura Hussein, 19, says her father made her marry the man – who was also her cousin – when she was 16, but she refused to accept the union and sought refuge with a relative for three years. She returned to her family home on the outskirts of the Sudanese capital Khartoum in April this year after her father said the marriage was cancelled. But she found that she had been duped and preparations for her wedding ceremony were under way.
Hussein said that she refused to have sex with her husband after the ceremony, but on the sixth day, he raped her as three of his male relatives held her down to restrain her. The following day, he attempted to rape her again and as she struggled to stop him, she stabbed him, killing him. A Sharia court, which follows Islamic religious law, found Hussein guilty of premeditated murder last month and on Thursday officially sentenced her to death by hanging. Her lawyers have 15 days to appeal.
“Under Sharia law, the husband’s family can demand either monetary compensation or death. They chose death and now the death penalty has been handed down,” said Badr Eldin Salah, an activist from the Afrika Youth Movement who was in the court.
“Noura’s lawyers say they plan to appeal against the decision, but we also need strong international support from organisations such as the African Union, the United Nations and the European Union to support her.”
Sudan is ranked 165 out of 188 countries on the UN’s Gender Inequality Index, which measures how women fare compared to men when it comes to access to health, education, political participation and employment opportunities. UN Women says violence against women and girls is considered prevalent. The country has not signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and has weak policies in place to protect them. Marital rape and child marriage, for example, are not considered crimes in the predominately Muslim African nation. Sudanese law allows for the marriage of a girl once she hits puberty. It also says a 10-year-old girl can be married by their guardian with the permission of a judge. One in three Sudanese women are married before the age of 18, says UN Women.
Campaign groups such as Equality Now say they are writing to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to plead for clemency, arguing that the judgement is against the Sudanese constitution.
“Noura is a victim, not a criminal, and should be treated as such. In many countries, victims like Noura would be provided services to ensure that they overcome the trauma of their experiences,” said Equality Now’s Global Director Yasmeen Hassan.
“Criminalisation of Noura for defending herself from assault and, in particular a death sentence, would violate her rights under the Sudanese Constitution and international law.”
Please sign now to show your support for Noura. If enough people sign, we can show the Sudanese courts that they must revoke her death sentence and hopefully we can save her life.
Don’t Ban Books in Federal Prisons. · Change.org
Tony Lewis started this petition to The Federal Bureau of Prisons and 1 other
People in prison need books, letters, and emails to learn new skills, stay in contact with family, and prepare themselves for reentering society. It’s one of the most key parts of rehabilitation. That’s why it’s so concerning that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is considering a policy to severely restrict books at federal prisons.
The new policy would ban all books sent to prisons from vendors like Amazon or Barnes & Noble, one of the most popular ways that inmates receive books: “Books from a publisher, bookstore, book club, or friends and family will no longer be accepted through the mail.” Incarcerated people would be required to submit electronic requests to staff, specifying the book title, author, edition, and International Standard Book Number. They are charged the retail price plus a 30% markup in addition to shipping costs. Money should not be a prerequisite to read!
These restrictions were already put in place in four federal prisons but thankfully, under pressure from families and inquiries from the Washington Post, federal prison officials rescinded memos from those prisons on May 3 and said the policy is now under review.
Lets make sure this policy stays reversed and is not implemented system wide. Please sign this petition to the BOP demanding prisoners have access to books.
I grew up with my father in federal prison. I became an author, writing about that experience, and I know how important reading and education is not just for people in prison, but for their families. Reading has the power to uplift and empower men, women, and children impacted by mass incarceration and preventing these families from sending books and cards to their loved ones is not just counterproductive, it’s cruel.
Why would the BOP take away the most powerful mechanism that can improve the lives of incarcerated persons? A 2013 RAND Corporation study showed that prison education was associated with an over 40% reduction in recidivism. Being able to receive books and other literature while incarcerated tremendously increases the chances of success upon release.
Sign this petition to let the BOP know that we need #PagesoverProfit!
Brittany Kaiser started this petition to Founder and CEO at Facebook Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg, change Facebook’s rules and give us back control over our data, our digital assets, our property. #OwnYourData
Mark Zuckerberg’s social network Facebook, along with other digital platforms and big data aggregators, make billions out of us and our data – and they can not even keep it safe. They collect information about who we are, our friendships and how we view the world. They find out what we buy, what we do online, how we live our lives offline. Then they use our own data to sell to us – from pharmaceuticals to political campaigns. We’re just now realizing the bad news: we’re the product they’re selling. Our data has been exposed without our real consent.
Are these companies ripping us all off? If so, does this have to continue this way? I believe that if we act together, we can change the business model to the benefit of people globally. Sign up and share the #OwnYourData petition now, and let’s take back our rights.
I know about this topic intimately because I used to work for Cambridge Analytica – the data company which works on elections and commercial advertising campaigns. Now I’m blowing the whistle on the whole industry. The problem starts with the Silicon Valley tech platforms, which track our every movement and make us easy to target.
It’s time for us to own our own data. This is a human right. We should be able to decide freely how our data is used (and how it is not); stop anyone using using it to try and manipulate us; take it with us if we leave the platform; And to get paid for the value our data generates.
To decentralize power and drive accountability, we’re demanding that Facebook update its terms of service by April 30th, and grant all its users these simple and fundamental data and property rights immediately.
Facebook is already in crisis. Their stock price has fallen by almost $100 billion. Let’s step up the pressure and make this happen while we have the momentum.
The future is ours. I am the future, are you? Sign up now and share widely.
Jim & Happy are warm and safe!
Feb 8, 2018 — I’m very happy to announce that Jim and Happy are doing great in their safe haven. They are one step closer to a permanent home. If it wasn’t for the nearly 300,000 people that took the time to sign this petition, this wouldn’t be happening. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
James Wayne and his four-year-old service dog Happy need our help to get them into permanent housing. Jim has been homeless for 11 years, most recently in Manhattan. To escape the frigid temperatures they live in the subways. Happy is a certified service dog, neutered and vetted. James has done everything that’s asked of him by the department of homeless services and he still keeps getting the run around mainly because he has a dog.
We want Joshua Granada reinstated into the Orlando fire department. Josh was awarded the state of Florida’s 2017 firefighter of the Year award with his partner, Carlos travarez, for their quick response and actions the night of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre, which resulted in there directly saving 13 lives. He was previously 2014 paramedic of the year. He developed PTSD as a result of the Pulse incident and the Orlando fire department repeatedly denied his request for help. Than two days before Thanksgiving, they fired him for a audio recording involving a city official.
Airlines are looking to restrict the type of animals that can be classified as service animals on planes to reduce costs. Sign this petition to protect people who need service animals from unnecessary regulations.
PepsiCo is profiting off the backs of laboring children and exploited workers for Conflict Palm Oil. This is also a driver of massive destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests — one of the most biodiverse places on Earth and home to orangutans and Sumatran tigers. PepsiCo must ensure workers’ rights are upheld, wildlife is protected and rainforests are kept standing.
A county sheriff stated that the majority of rape cases are false in response to a new law in Idaho that requires all rape kits to be tested. His comments reveal his lack of professionalism toward rape cases. Sign to demand that this man be denounced for his gross comments.
“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” - Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard