A TRANSGENDER IMMIGRANT DETAINEE DIES IN ICE CUSTODY

By: Leon kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

The Family and lawyers of Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez, are looking for answers in how she died.

According to her family and their representatives, Rodriguez, was an HIV positive transgender woman from Honduras, who was seeking Asylum in the United States.

On May 13, she was taken into ICE custody, at the Ysidro Port of entry near the border of San Diego, California. On May 16, She would be transferred to a for-profit ICE detention center, the Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico, and placed in a unit for transgender detainees.

Nine days later, she would die at the Lovelace medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was originally determined that she died of cardiac arrest. Later, a private autopsy, which was paid for by the Transgender Law Center, which is presenting Rodriguez’s family, later revealed that they believed she died of dehydration, in combination with her HIV infection, the autopsy, would also show signs of possible abuse, she reportedly had shackle marks on her wrist and bruising on her stomach and back, which could suggest that she was beaten.

According to CNN, “TLC sent a written notice of a personal injury and wrongful death claim to the state of New Mexico on November 19, the first step in filing a lawsuit.”

Link below for additional information:

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/11/27/us/transgender-asylum-seeker-wrongful-death-claim/index.html

Kanye was Kind of Right About The 13th Amendment

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

It may be hard for many left-leaning liberals, or African-Americans to admit, but Kanye west, was kind of right about the 13th amendment.

Now, he was wasn’t right in saying the 13th amendment should be abolished, but it should be amendment or rewritten. Because contrary to popular belief the 13th amendment did not end slavery; in fact it only ended antebellum slavery, but it permitted slavery as long as it was in prison, as a form of hard labor to people convicted of a crime.

The 13th amendment states:

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

Once the 13th amendment was passed, southern states began to immediately pass white supremacist laws, known as “Black Codes” and later “Jim Crow”, that were meant to disproportionately punish and incarcerate the black community, for minor infractions that most white people of that time wouldn’t get punished for. Like attempting to eat at a “Whites Only” counter or sitting in the “Whites Section” of a bus, even though whites could freely sit at any black section without fear of
persecution or prosecution.

Even today the 13th amendment is still be used in a harmful way against black people. Especially in a time of over policing in poor and economically disenfranchised, ethnic minority neighborhoods, and mass incarcerating those very same people for in most cases non-violent drug offenses that many white citizens get rehab for.

One example of this is San Francisco, a liberal city that has gentrified most of its black and many of its Latino residents out of the city, while at the same the time it has programs that give many drug addicts (most of whom are white), new, so-called clean needles to shoot up their drugs, which unfortunately they then leave where the average person could sit or step on, and possibly be infected with a harmful disease.

Now, I am not here advocating that prosecutors, jurors and judges start handing down harsh punishments for drug offenses to whites as the do to ethnic minorities to make up for past injustices in the justice system, rather I am saying people who commit drug offenses and other minor infractions, should be treated, in rehab or receive some form of therapy, rather than be sent to corporate prison somewhere to be a modern day slave.

For additional information use links below:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/kanye-west-explains-13th-amendment-comment-slavery-involuntary-servitude/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Codes_(United_States)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Crow_laws

The Dallas Police Officer who shot and Killed Botham Jean, Officially fired By Dallas PD

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

Amber Guyger, the white woman Dallas, police officer who shot and killed 26-year Botham Jean, a seemingly law abiding citizen in his own apartment was officially fired by former police department.

After the shooting, Guyger, originally claimed that she some how confused, Mr.Jean’s apartment for her own, and claimed she shot him when he didn’t respond to her verbal commands.

According to some news outlets, some neighbors gave conflicting accounts to what they heard.

Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall, reportedly fired Amber Guyger after an internal investigation was concluded and determined the former Dallas police officer “engaged in adverse conduct’.

She has reportedly been charged with manslaughter in the death of, Jean.

For more information use the link below:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/amber-guyger-dallas-officer-fired-today-botham-jean-shooting-fired-2018-09-24/

SMALL PROTEST IN SAN FRANCISCO AFTER D.A. REFUSES TO CHARGE POLICE WHO KILLED A 21 YEAR OLD IMMIGRANT

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare
A small protest on front of the Valencia street police station in the Mission District of San Francisco.
The people peaceful gathered to demand justice for Amilcar Perez Lopez, who was an 21 year-old immigrant from Guatemala.

For more information use link below:

District Attorney will not charge officers who killed Amilcar Perez Lopez

IN-CLASS SPEECH: WAR ON PROTESTERS ( Read Transcripts)

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

There is a war going on today, and it’s not in some far off land, rather it’s being fought here in the United States.

Not for oil or gold, but for justice, freedom and liberty.

This war has been fought since the creation of this nation.

This war and its many forms has been fought through protests, like the Boston Tea Party, the Abolitionist Movement, Women’s Suffrage Movement, the L.G.B.T.Q Movement, to the movements being fought today.

Today, I will explain how this war for justice, freedom and liberty is being fought today, between protesters and the rich and powerful.

I was deeply troubled when I heard of Republicans in Republican-controlled states, writing new laws to punish peaceful protests.

This is socially relevant, because in a time when we have a White House full of white supremacists, this is a dangerous time to have our 1st Amendment rights violated.

Today, I will tell you how peaceful protesters in states like New York, Minnesota and North Dakota are having their rights violated and freedom threatened by politicians trying to silence dissent.

In New York, a city that has a giant statue dedicated to liberty, protesters are having that very right violated by the men and women paid to protect it.

According to the New York Daily News ” protesters said the NYPD used undercover surveillance at the demonstrations over the chokehold death Eric Garner on Staten Island and shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.”

When Black Lives Matter protesters discovered this possible constitutional violation, they took the NYPD to court to discover what was collected and why.

A later New York Daily News article states ” the NYPD must disclose documents and video surveillance of Black Lives Matter protesters at Grand Central Terminal in 2014 and 2015, a judge ruled.

At this time the NYPD has not complied with the orders of the judge.

According to the same New York Daily News article ” the NYPD had argued that revealing its tactics would interfere with with law enforcement work.”

Now that you know about the illegal spy tactics being used against Black Lives Matter protesters by NYPD, let me inform you of the treatment of protesters in North Dakota.

If you were given two black and white photos, one of civil rights activists in Alabama in 1963 and the other Standing Rock Sioux activists in North Dakota in 2016.

It would be hard to tell they were taken 53 years apart. Both groups of people were attacked by armed men with trained attack dogs.

According to RT.com “Native Americans protesting the Dakota Access pipeline were reportedly attacked by security officers and their guard dogs.”

To my knowledge, not one person has been arrested for those harsh crimes.

Now that you know about North Dakota, let me tell you about Minnesota.

Republicans in Minnesota are advancing a Bill that will allow city governments to sue protesters.

The law if passed will profile African-Americans some people believe.

According to theGuardian.com ” Both critics and supporters of the Bill agree on one thing, it is a response to Black Lives Matter-inspired protests in the Twin-cities area over the last two years, particularly after an officer shot and killed Philando Castile in July” of 2016.

Minneapolis Branch President, of the NAACP called the Bill ” highly racialized “.

The Bill recently passed a Republican-controlled committee in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

In other Republican-controlled states…..

According to the Intercept.com ” Republicans in Washington state have proposed a plan to reclassify as a felony civil disobedience protests as economic terrorism.”

“Republicans in Michigan introduced and then last month shelved an anti-picketing law that would increase penalties against protesters and would make it easier for businesses to sue protesters.”

” And in Iowa a republican law maker has pledged to introduce legislation to crackdown on highway protests.”

Today I informed you on the current political war being fought between political activists and politicians.

I described how local police have spied on protesters, and how state governments have written new Bills to silence dissent.

In closing:

One of the worst things any American can do is remain silent in the face of injustice.

Never be afraid to voice dissent.

Never be afraid to use your 1st Amendment rights.

Thank You!