Washington State Mall Shooting
On Friday 09/23/16 five people have been killed in a shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, about 65 miles north of Seattle, WA. According to the mall’s security footage, the suspect entered the mall unarmed only to resurface some 10 minutes later at a Macy’s store bearing a riffle. He shot and killed four women ranging in age from a teenager to a senior citizen and one man. The riffle was found later at the scene of the massacre.
The image of the suspect - who was wearing a black T-shirt and black shorts at the time of the attack and was described by witnesses as a 20-30 years old Hispanic - was captured on surveillance video.
BREAKING NEWS: the shooter has been identified and arrested. He is 20-year Arcan Cetin who attended Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island in Island County, Washington. (Cetin wrote on his Facebook page that he is from Turkey.) There is no information on the killer's motive, yet.
Killer Cop Betty Shelby Charged!
Following police killing of Terence Crutcher protests were held in Tulsa OK, Charlotte N. Carolina and other locations demanding justice for the victim and his family. On Thursday 09/22/16, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler announced first degree manslaughter charges against Tulsa Police officer Betty Shelby for the death of Terence Crutcher. Anything L.A. Magazine believes that EVERY life is sacred, but it’s impossible not to notice that the vast majority of people killed by police officers are unarmed African American men. There is something VERY wrong if and when police officers feel ENTITLED to kill a man whose car has stalled on a highway because he didn’t drop to the ground at the command of an approaching police officer. Any stranded motorist’s assumption would be that the police arrived to help, not to order him to the ground, tase and kill him. Anything L.A. Magazine supports the Police Department. It doesn’t support crime, no matter who the perpetrator is. Terence Crutcher was a son, a brother, a husband, a father of four and a college student. He had his hands in the air. He was unarmed and wasn’t threatening the officers or anyone else for that matter. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ALIVE TODAY. Thanks to a video that showed the complete exchange between the police and Terence Crutcher, Tulsa Police officer Betty Shelby has been charged in his death.
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African American Museum Opens
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture officially opened on Saturday 09/24/16. President Obama dedicated the museum in a ceremony in the morning, joined by tens of thousands of people.
The new museum features American history from the African American perspective. The exhibitions will document African American history as well as African American influence on - and contribution to - American culture.
The inaugural exhibitions showcase some of the 34,000 historic artifacts collected by the museum such as an airplane used to train Tuskegee airmen and Nat Turner's Bible. Many of the valuable artifacts and historic documents on display are African American families’ precious heirlooms contributed to the museum to keep their ancestors’ history and experience alive for generations to come.
The idea of the Museum of African American History and Culture is over 100 years old, it dates back to black veterans of the Civil War. On Saturday 09/24/16 it became a reality.
Help Fix Injustice!
Whittier Widow Hazel Brooks vs. Social Security Administration: 70 year old widow stands to lose everything – maybe even become homeless – because of one day. Social Security Administration’s regulations require that a couple be married for at least 9 months for the surviving spouse to qualify for death benefits and the Social Security benefits of the diseased. In the case of Floyd and Hazel Brooks, their marriage – they lived like a husband and wife for 11 years! – fell one day short! The widow, devastated by the loss of her husband, is suffering enough without the bureaucratic red tape. (In times of so many couples living as common law spouses, the regulation itself seems hopelessly outdated!) Hazel still has a chance to appeal the Social Security Administration’s decision, however her bills are mounting, she’s facing foreclosure, and she needs help, NOW. A friend set a GoFundMe page to help the stricken widow. Some donations have already come in. Let’s pitch in: this is an elderly, grieving woman who doesn’t deserve to be destitute because of the Social Security Administration’s outdated rules.