Yesterday I showed a list of organized crime systems in the US and as everyone knows it involves all groups of citizens. These ties to Wall Street and global corporations represents that 5% of Americans working to administer all this systemic fraud and profiting from it. With that 5% comes white, black, and immigrant citizens playing the SHOW ME THE MONEY GAME to advance all these frauds over a few decades and sadly----THEY ARE ALL RUNNING AS DEMOCRATS TAKING OUR PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO WALL STREET GLOBAL CORPORATE NEO-LIBERALISM.
SHAKE THE WALL STREET GLOBAL CORPORATE POLS----CLINTON/OBAMA NEO-LIBERALS AND BUSH/HOPKINS NEO-CONSERVATIVES OUT OF OUR DEMOCRATIC PARTY AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT.
Social Democrats never endorsed WAR ON DRUGS-----THREE STRIKES ------and now WAR ON GUNS policies. They came from Reagan/Clinton far-right neo-liberalism ----Bush continued ----and Obama super-sized this with doubling-down on WAR ON DRUGS AND WAR ON GUNS. Every Maryland Assembly and Baltimore City Hall pol pushed all this Obama policy through our state house and city hall giving us yet another expanding level of criminalization....
This is to what the article I posted yesterday on gangs refers---back in 2003 it was known these WAR ON DRUGS policing and gang strategies failed and created huge US Constitutional and US Rule of Law issues. Yet Obama and Clinton neo-liberals doubled-down on these policing policies and expanded it to a WAR ON GUNS using the same model.
Into The Abyss:
A Personal Journey into the World of Street Gangs
Just as Reagan and Clinton far-right Republicans did with drug policy---posing progressive with how these policies would rid underserved communities of crime and drug dealing----the national media is again allowing Obama to pose progressive while installing far-right wing gun policies with the same escalating criminality and the same suspension of US Rule of Law and US Constitutional rights this time seeking to get guns out of underserved communities and we all know this will fail as well because Wall Street global corporate neo-liberals doubled-down in making underserved communities more impoverished, more unemployed, and filled with soaring black market economies bringing more and more guns and violence.
OBAMA AGAIN INSTALLED NYC BLOOMBERG WAR ON GUN POLICIES WRITTEN BY JOHNS HOPKINS AND PLAYING OUT IN BALTIMORE JUST AS WAR ON DRUGS DID.
They are making this seem like an anti-NRA issue but who wins big with the growing black market and third world economic structures in US International Economic Zones? THE NRA AND MORE GUN AND ASSAULT RIFLE SALES as now gun smugglers enter the picture. Social Democrats support background checks, ending sales of assault rifles---we do not support SWAT teams breaking down the doors of people's homes with citizens having absolutely no control over police actions that rarely find gun or drug crime. This is very, very far-right wing stuff from Obama and Clinton neo-liberals and Bush/Hopkins neo-conservatives.
Obama plans curbs on guns
By Juliet Eilperin January 2
In a New Year's Day message, President Obama said his resolution for 2016 was to complete "unfinished business," adding that tackling gun violence was at the top of the list. (Reuters)HONOLULU — President Obama will press ahead with a set of executive actions on guns next week despite growing concerns in the United States over terrorism that have dampened some Americans’ enthusiasm for tighter firearms restrictions.
The president will meet Monday with Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch to finalize a series of new gun control measures and will announce his package of proposals soon after, according to several individuals who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plan is not yet public.
One of the main proposals Obama is poised to adopt would require some unlicensed gun dealers to get licenses and conduct background checks on potential buyers. The change is aimed at occasional dealers, including some who sell online frequently or rent tables at gun shows but do not have a storefront.
Obama began examining how he could tighten the nation’s gun rules after October’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. Administration lawyers have spent months reviewing various proposals to make sure they can withstand legal challenges.
The idea of requiring informal gun dealers to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and of conducting background checks came up two years ago when White House officials drafted a proposal for dealers who sell at least 50 guns annually.
The idea was shelved because of legal concerns but gained new momentum after the Roseburg shooting. At that point, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she would pursue such a requirement by executive action if elected. Administration officials gave the proposal another look and determined it could be done in a way that was legally defensible.
The White House review has been conducted in relative secrecy, soliciting input from gun safety groups without specifying which policies the administration might ultimately adopt. In the past month, Obama has met with former representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was gravely injured in a 2011 mass shooting, and her husband, Mark Kelly, and with former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the president of Everytown for Gun Safety, which Bloomberg helped start.
In Obama’s weekly radio address, released a day earlier than usual, the president said he was moving unilaterally because Congress had failed to address the growing problem of gun violence.
“A few months ago, I directed my team at the White House to look into any new actions I can take to help reduce gun violence,” he said. “And on Monday, I’ll meet with our attorney general, Loretta Lynch, to discuss our options.
“Because I get too many letters from parents, and teachers, and kids to sit around and do nothing,” Obama continued. “I get letters from responsible gun owners who grieve with us every time these tragedies happen; who share my belief that the Second Amendment guarantees a right to bear arms; and who share my belief we can protect that right while keeping an irresponsible, dangerous few from inflicting harm on a massive scale.”
[President Obama on current level of U.S. gun violence: 'This is not normal.']
In reviewing its options, the administration has shut out congressional Republicans, who joined with some Democrats in helping block legislation to expand background checks after the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
“The administration has not communicated with us, and we have not been briefed,” Doug Andres, a spokesman for House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), said in an email. “We will consider options once we have information, but what seems apparent is none of these ideas would have prevented the recent atrocities. Our focus should be on the consistent causes of these acts — mental illnesses and terrorism — rather than infringing on law-abiding Americans’ constitutional rights.”
While most Republican presidential candidates did not provide immediate reaction to Obama’s announcement, they are expected to talk about it in the coming days. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is scheduled to attend a gun show in Orlando on Sunday, where he will discuss the high marks he has received from the National Rifle Association.
Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), said that “President Obama is trying to distract Americans from his failure to address the true threat of radical Islamic terrorism, and instead going after the rights of law-abiding American citizens — it is complete lunacy. If Ted Cruz is elected president, the lawlessness will end on Day One, and Americans’ personal liberties will be restored and protected.”
Obama will make his case for additional gun restrictions in a number of forums in the coming month, according to aides, including during his Jan. 12 State of the Union address.
While beefing up background checks has strong support — a Quinnipiac University poll in December found that 89 percent of Americans supported checks for purchases at gun shows and for online sales — Obama’s actions also come as Americans have grown more fearful about the prospect of terrorist strikes and are expressing an openness to having ordinary citizens carry guns.
A Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted last month in the wake of the San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist shootings, for example, found that 53 percent of respondents opposed a ban on assault weapons ban, a record high. When asked which is the better reaction to terrorism, 47 percent said encouraging more people to carry guns legally, while 42 percent preferred enacting stricter gun control laws.
Federal law requires that those who are “engaged in the business” of dealing in firearms to have a federal license — and, therefore, to conduct background checks of potential buyers. But it exempts anyone “who makes occasional sales, exchanges, or purchases of firearms for the enhancement of a personal collection or for a hobby, or who sells all or part of his personal collection of firearms.” The administration wants to narrow that exemption so that more gun sellers will have to get licenses.
It is unclear how many possible deals a change in the rule would affect, since these activities are not formally tracked and the administration has not disclosed what criteria it has selected to judge which gun sellers would have to register for a federal license.
The guns used in several recent mass shootings — including the ones in Roseburg and Lafayette, La. — were purchased legally, and their buyers were subject to background checks.
Everytown spokeswoman Erika Soto Lamb said the current interpretation of what it means to be “engaged in the business” of selling firearms is “a hazy definition that allows high-volume sellers to transfer thousands of guns without background checks, no questions asked.”
[This is what the White House wants to do on guns]
The administration has been weighing other proposals, including requiring federally licensed gun dealers to report any lost and stolen guns to the National Crime Information Center; providing guidance on restricting dangerous individuals from carrying guns within a specified distance of a school; clarifying that convicted abusers are prohibited from having guns regardless of their marital status; and instructing federal law enforcement to identify and arrest criminals who attempt to buy illegal guns.
The final package will contain at least half a dozen measures, and possibly more, according to those who have been briefed on it.
Any action by the president is sure to trigger a major backlash from gun-rights activists and Republican officeholders. Jennifer Baker, an NRA spokeswoman, said in an email that the president “is doing what he always does when he doesn’t get his way, which is defy the will of the people and issue an executive order.”
“This is nothing more than a political stunt to appease anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg and will do nothing to increase public safety,” she said, adding that a dozen high-profile mass shooters passed background checks, including Jared Loughner, who shot Giffords and 19 others in Tucson; Dylann Roof in Charleston, S.C.; and James Holmes in Aurora, Colo.
Even as Obama made his radio pitch, a Texas law letting licensed handgun owners carry their weapons openly in public took effect.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) mocked the president’s latest push in a tweet, writing, “Obama wants to impose more gun control. My response? COME & TAKE IT.”
But groups such as MoveOn.org have begun to mobilize firearm owners to support expanded background checks and other measures aimed at curbing gun violence.
David Mark Williams, a farmer in Halfway, Ore., described guns as “a tool. If you’re hunting or living a rural lifestyle, you’re going to have a firearm.” But Williams, who came to Washington this fall with MoveOn.org to meet with members of Congress from both parties, said he resigned his NRA membership after the group’s president opposed stricter gun laws in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook killings.
“I’m also a supporter of rational reasonable gun control measures,” Williams said.
Arkadi Gerney, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, said in an email Friday that “while public opinion on completely banning particular types guns is more mixed,” there’s no question that an overwhelming majority of Americans “favor proposals, like universal background checks, that are aimed at keeping guns out of the wrong hands. And, notably such measures have been the primary focus of the administration’s legislative and executive action efforts.”
The several years of Obama's terms started immediately with heightened privatization of our US military to global corporate military ----it brought the hundreds of billions of dollars to Homeland Security that funded growing community militarized policing. With this it brought our US police departments tied to global military security corporations training our local community police forces. Obama even started the transition from a National Guard in each state being public to slowly outsourcing that public military protection to more global military security corporations. Our State National Guards are moving towards being outsourced.
All of this moved through Maryland Assembly and down into Baltimore City Hall through the network of Maryland Democrats who are all Clinton/Obama neo-liberals and in Baltimore----Bush/Hopkins neo-conservatives running as Democrats.
Now that all these laws are in place in state and city government-----we hear Wall Street neo-liberals saying we must end this militarized cult. Keep in mind, US cities designated International Economic Zones under a Trans Pacific Trade Pact that Obama is pushing as hard as he can through Congress-----makes all of what he says INVALID because----these zones will operate in the US as they do overseas where there are nothing but global corporate militarized security----the same tied to our US city police departments today.
Things are calming down over this 2016 election year but if we keep sending Wall Street global corporate neo-liberals back as Democrats at national, state, and local level they will simply resume these global corporate policing policies.
Obama: US Must Avoid 'Militarized' Police Culture
Associated Press | Dec 02, 2014 | by Nedra
President Barack Obama said Monday he wants to ensure the U.S. isn't building a "militarized culture" within police departments, while maintaining federal programs that provide the type of military-style equipment that were used to dispel racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
Instead, the president is asking Congress for funding to buy 50,000 body cameras to record events like the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown and look for ways to build trust and confidence between police and minority communities nationwide. He announced the creation of a task force to study success stories and recommend ways the government can support accountability, transparency and trust in police.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was to announce on Monday new Justice Department plans aimed at ending racial profiling and ensuring fair and effective policing.
"In the coming days, I will announce updated Justice Department guidance regarding profiling by federal law enforcement, which will institute rigorous new standards — and robust safeguards — to help end racial profiling, once and for all," Holder said in prepared remarks he was to deliver in Atlanta.
With protests ongoing in Ferguson and across the country, Obama spoke to reporters at the end of a White House meeting with police, civil rights activists and local leaders and acknowledged the participants told him that there have been task forces in the past and "nothing happens."
"Part of the reason this time will be different is because the president of the United States is deeply invested in making sure that this time is different," Obama said. He said he was upset to hear the young people in the meeting describe their experiences with police. "It violates my belief in what America can be to hear young people feeling marginalized and distrustful even after they've done everything right."
At least for now, Obama is staying away from Ferguson in the wake of the uproar over a grand jury's decision last week not to charge Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot Brown. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating possible civil rights violations that could result in federal charges, but investigators would need to satisfy a rigorous standard of proof. Justice also has launched a broad investigation into the Ferguson Police Department.
Obama is proposing a three-year, $263 million spending package to increase use of body-worn cameras, expand training for law enforcement and add more resources for police department reform. The package includes $75 million to help pay for 50,000 of the small, lapel-mounted cameras to record police on the job, with state and local governments paying half the cost. Estimates vary about the precise number of full-time, sworn law enforcement officers in communities across the U.S., though some federal government reports in recent years have placed the figure at roughly 700,000.
Brown's family wants to see every police officer working the streets wearing a body camera. The Rev. Al Sharpton told reporters afterward he would convey to Brown's parents what had occurred in the meeting and expressed confidence it would bring change because Obama put his "full weight behind it."
"What happens after the meeting will determine whether we just had a feel-good session or whether we're moving toward change," Sharpton said.
Cameras potentially could help resolve the type of disputes between police and witnesses that arose in the Ferguson shooting. Some witnesses have said Brown had his hands up when Wilson shot him. The officer who shot him said he feared for his life when Brown hit him and reached for his gun. But there are issues to be worked out — including privacy concerns for police, suspects, victims and bystanders; legal questions over who has access to the recordings; and training to make sure officers are using the cameras and don't have them turned off at a critical time.
The White House said those are the types of concerns that could be addressed by Obama's newly created Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which will include law enforcement and community leaders. The task force is being co-chaired by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and Laurie Robinson, a professor at George Mason University and former assistant attorney general at the Justice Department.
After the Brown shooting and resulting protests in August, critics questioned why police in full body armor with armored trucks responded to dispel demonstrators. Obama seemed to sympathize when ordering a review of the programs that provide the equipment. "There is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement and we don't want those lines blurred," Obama said in August.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president concluded he does not want to try to repeal the programs that are authorized by Congress because they have proven to be useful in many cases, citing the response to the Boston Marathon bombing. "But it is not clear that there is a consistency with regard to the way that these programs are implemented, structured and audited, and that's something that needs to be addressed," Earnest said.
The White House review shows the wide scope of the programs — $18 billion in the past five years from five federal agencies, including the departments of Defense, Justice, Homeland Security and Treasury, plus the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The report says most of the equipment the programs provide are routine — like office furniture, computers and basic firearms — but about 460,000 pieces of equipment primarily used for military purposes have been provided to local police, including 92,442 small arms, 44,275 night-vision devices, 5,235 Humvees, 617 mine-resistant vehicles and 616 aircraft.
Obama said he will issue an executive order that will require federal agencies that run the programs to consult with law enforcement and civil rights and civil liberties organizations and recommend changes within four months to make sure the programs are accountable and transparent.
"We're going to make sure that we're not building a militarized culture inside our local law enforcement," Obama said. He said the goal instead is to ensure that "crime goes down while community trust in the police goes up."
Demands for police to wear the cameras have increased across the country since Brown's death. Some officers in the St. Louis suburb have since started wearing the cameras, and the New York Police department became the largest department in the U.S. to adopt the technology when it launched a pilot program in early September.
A report from the Justice Department, which had been in the works before the Ferguson shooting, said there's evidence both police and civilians behave better when they know there are cameras around. In a recent Cambridge University study, the police department in Rialto, California — a city of about 100,000— saw an 89 percent decline in the number of complaints against officers in a yearlong trial using the cameras. The number of times the police used force against suspects also declined.
Although these militarized laws sent down by Obama and neo-liberals in Congress and passed by our Maryland Assembly pushed by Baltimore pols hits black communities hardest-----it has most citizens across Maryland mad----Republican and Democrat because it is OVER-KILL AS A WAR ON GUNS WILL BE.
Just because Obama says during an election year he is now wanting to stop this militarization means HE IS PROGRESSIVE POSING. There is no intent to stop this WAR ON GUNS.
I was at the Maryland Assembly when Baltimore pols introduced all these militarized policies and many pols from other counties were amazed that Baltimore pols would want these kinds of laws. Well, they do work for Wall Street Baltimore Development and a very, very, very neo-conservative Johns Hopkins and the Master Plan of Baltimore as a US International Economic Zone under Trans Pacific Trade Pact DON'T THEY?
The point is this------- a Mayor of Baltimore controls these policies----the mayor and city council writes these policing laws unless they simply install laws written by Wall Street Baltimore Development. Cindy Walsh for Mayor of Baltimore will remove all of these structures and work to VOID the laws in Maryland Assembly that created this militarized structure because IT IS ALL UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND VIOLATES THE RIGHTS OF WE THE PEOPLE IN THE BILL OF RIGHTS.
Citizens are being made to think if a politician is not installing all these repressive laws they are SOFT ON CRIME. THEY ARE NOT SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING GUNS OUT OF COMMUNITIES. Social Democrats are all about protecting citizens and creating healthy, safe communities so we do not allow violent criminals and guns to flow through our communities. We simply use common sense policing policies and rebuild communities with employment, housing, and food security so people do not have to go into the black market to earn money and we SERIOUSLY FIGHT BLACK MARKET ECONOMIES.
Maryland State Police, FBI SWAT Teams Thwart ... Guy with a Few Guns
By Bob Owens December 4, 2012
You are forgiven for thinking that a major terrorist attack was thwarted in Sharpsburg, Maryland, this past Thursday. A Maryland State Police helicopter was in the air over 4433 Mills Road most of the day, as police, FBI SWAT teams, armored vehicles, and K-9 units converged upon the residence of Terry Allen Porter, 46.
Porter, however, wasn't home.
Nor, it turned out, was Porter on any "Most Wanted" lists.
Terry Allen Porter's home was raided using all the power of the state security apparatus not because he was terrorist, a bank robber, serial killer, or a relative of the Kennedy clan, but because of an anonymous tip that he was an avid outdoorsman:
Officers investigating a weapons complaint have removed guns from a home in Sharpsburg, ending a tense situation that stretched for hours Thursday afternoon.
Maryland State Police troopers were trying to serve a warrant against Terry Porter, a welder and avid hunter, after getting a tip that he had illegal weapons in his house on Mills Road, according to sources familiar with Porter and the investigation.
Even the "illegal weapons" reference in the story was misleading. Porter had run-of-the-mill shotguns, an old lever-action .30/30, and .22 LR rifles anyone might easily buy at Walmart or their neighborhood sporting goods store.
No, Terry Allen Porter required the attention of Maryland State Police, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies, a helicopter, K-9 units, a heavily armed FBI SWAT team, and two armored vehicles because he had guns and a twenty-year-old conviction for dealing cocaine that landing him in jail for six months in 1992.
An anonymous informant and a common sentiment of disgust with the results of the 2012 election were apparently enough to bring down the government's militant wrath:
A person wishing to remain anonymous contacted state police in early November, telling them that Porter “has been getting crazier and crazier over the past several years,” the charging document said. The person told police that Porter had 10 to 15 “machine gun-style firearms,” six handguns and up to 10,000 rounds of ammunition, the document said.
The person told police that Porter was a doomsday prepper who had a bunker under his driveway, as well as surveillance cameras around his property, the charging document said.
Two searches of Porter’s property -- one Thursday by warrant and a consent search Friday -- turned up four shotguns, a .30-30-caliber rifle and two .22-caliber rifles, the charging document said.
A state police corporal went to Porter’s home Nov. 16, posing as a customer for the business Porter runs from his home, the charging document said. Porter got “very irritated” during a discussion of the recent presidential election and “openly admitted to being a prepper,” the document said.
Porter has now been charged for the few otherwise legal weapons found in his home.
This brings me to the next layer of public justice needed as we really build public justice in each community and court access to civil and criminal complaints ------BUILDING SMALL MEDIA BUSINESSES IN EACH COMMUNITY---boy, do those captured Wall Street player really hate that policy and will not allow it to be given media or election forum attention.
I have spoken much on how Baltimore media is completely captured to Wall Street global corporate policies----whether Clinton/Obama or Bush/Hopkins and in Baltimore that is the O'Malley machine. Whether RADIO ONE for black media or now REAL NEWS as a right-leaning billionaire much like FOX NEWS poses as a justice media----it is the inability of citizens in each community to have a real voice that keeps the needs of the people silent. THIS IS DELIBERATE.
This is why my platform centers not only on rebuilding construction and fresh foods economies in all communities but as well cultural arts small businesses, SMALL MEDIA BUSINESS INCLUDING RADIO, TV, AND PRINT MEDIA for all voices in a community. This is especially critical for those being denied access to public justice. The first step in identifying and addressing crime in a community are the venues where citizens can openly OUT PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES----INCLUDING POLITICIANS who are involved in all these frauds, corruptions, misappropriations, and giving real voices to all of the black market activities in their communities. When media openly gives voice to all of this----the people creating this mass black market and corruption are no longer able to do it with impunity.
SEE WHY BALTIMORE FIGHTS SO HARD TO CONSOLIDATE MEDIA CONTROL TO ONLY OUTLETS WORKING FOR WALL STREET BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT AND JOHNS HOPKINS?
I just showed how the Baltimore Bernie movement is totally in the hands of the same NAACP, Urban League, 15 minister group that have decades of partnering with the worst of Wall Street Baltimore Development policies....REAL NEWS among others are central in this promotion.
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This media outlet centered in Baltimore and Toronto----Toronto being more Wall Street global corporate neo-liberal than the US-----seeks to replace REAL local media development -----and social Democrats need to stop that drive. REAL community media comes from a Baltimore City Hall that subsidizes small media businesses in each community----that funds BALTIMORE PUBLIC ACCESS and that buys public airwaves at low frequency to assure Baltimore citizens ALWAYS HAVE ACCESS TO THESE VITAL LOW-FREQUENCY AIRWAVES and not be tied to a growing online media presence as media like REAL NEWS promotes.
In Baltimore all new local media is tied to social media and is driven by non-profit control. We have no real small media businesses and we have no expansion of REAL public media outlets. We have a very corporate Johns Hopkins controlling much of public media in Maryland and a WEAA that is Morgan State-----school of journalism ----but each of these takes from real community voice.
How Community News is Faring
A Part of the Community
At the hyperlocal level, some now see greater benefits in going the for-profit route rather than the nonprofit.
McLellan, who co-wrote a report last year for the Knight Foundation entitled “Getting Local: How Nonprofit News Ventures Seek Sustainability,” said she sees a viable business model for smaller, hyperlocal sites that rely heavily on local advertising – if publishers bring the right skills to the task.
One example of this is DavidsonNews.net in Davidson, N.C. With an intensely local approach to news, the site’s owners started a companion site in nearby Cornelius last year and hope to be able to launch more in the years ahead. Founder David Boraks said the dynamics of his small community, a college town not far from Charlotte, required a different economic calculus than the nonprofit approach adopted by some regional sites. He felt he needed to look at his startup as a small business reaching out to people and other businesses in the community.
“My research convinced me for-profit was the only way to go,’’ Boraks said. He sees nonprofit status as more advantageous in areas where a site owner can tap into community foundation money and a larger potential base of paying members. “In a small town like Davidson with 10,000 people, that won’t work,” he said. “At the very local level, that kind of money is hard to come by.”
But he found he could make his business model work by keeping expenses low – he works out of his home, by selling local advertising, soliciting contributions from readers, holding fund-raisers and offering extra services such as web design. With strong local ties to the community, the site is growing. Boraks used his own money to open the second site last year. He hopes he will be better able to borrow money to start additional sites as the business grows.
Another development is that to make up for limited resources these small sites are organizing to share information. Some 45 sites, including DavidsonNews, Baristanet in New Jersey and NoozHawk in California, banded together in May 2011 to start Authentically Local, a trade association that promotes the virtues of local ownership.
The group’s founders also launched a branding campaign emphasizing that member sites are locally produced and financed, and stressing that the best local journalism emerges from people deeply engaged in their communities.
One key motivation for the organization is to fend off competition from Patch, the hyperlocal news operation run by AOL. The Patch model was designed to match the best of hyperlocal news — content produced at the neighborhood level — with a national sales force that would leverage that local content for national advertisers. So far, most Patch sites are not turning a profit, despite some optimistic projections in 2011, but the company says it expects revenue to grow substantially in 2012.
More Niche SitesThose watching this landscape seem to agree that there may be opportunity in specialization — or focusing on a single topic. In a sense, hyperlocal is another form of that. “You will see people picking slivers of the ecosystem that they think are important,’’ Newton said.
Funabiki agreed, saying that it is likely to be easier to raise the needed revenue when promoting coverage of specific issues and beats – such as the statehouse, schools, the environment or investigative reporting – than a general news site. “I think you can really start to narrow your operation,” he said. “The public is often very interested in specific issues and funders are often interested in specific issues.”
Schaffer said niche sites are coming on strong, offering a list of examples, including thenotebook.org, which focuses on public education in Philadelphia, Health News Florida and Oregon Arts Watch. Health News Florida focuses on health issues and policy in the state and is a member of the Investigative News Network, a national consortium of nonprofit news sites started in 2009. Oregon Arts Watch started in 2011 with 11 arts organizations in the Portland area as partners.
Another area of growth is sites covering state governments, McLellan said, citing NJ Spotlight as an example. The site, which is focused on New Jersey state government, won an award for general excellence last year from the Online News Association.
Student JournalismThe industry watchers also see an increase in news operations – both hyperlocal and those with a broader focus – affiliated with colleges and universities. Journalism students at schools such as the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Miami and the University of Southern California all provide news to nearby communities as part of training for student journalists.
In Florida, Miami students produce Grand Avenue, a site that focuses on community news for Coconut Grove. In Los Angeles, U.S.C. students tackle local news for the diverse communities of South Los Angeles with their Intersections site. At the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, students have created websites to cover two underserved communities. And the list is growing.
Professors at U.S.C.’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism thought their students could get real-world experience in an under-covered community not far from their campus. Started in 2009, the site has been funded by the university and grants.
But there are challenges to these university models as well. The funding equation is not easy, said Willa Seidenberg, the Annenberg professor who directs the site. Making matters more difficult, broadband access in the community is limited, forcing website managers to consider other ways of reaching readers – whether through mobile devices such as smartphones or possibly a print quarterly to showcase the students best work.
“We are kind of at a crossroads,’’ Seidenberg said, “trying to think about what we can and what we should do.’’
Obama and Clinton Wall Street global corporate neo-liberals with Republicans have created in all states this system of start-up and innovation with all kinds of terms like incubator as below with a very corporate appointed committee charged with handing out funds. Remember the good old Small Business Adminstration? That entire Federal structure is now tied to these STATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT commissions all geared towards global markets and creating businesses that will simply merge into global corporations if successful. This is the goal of Wall Street global political policy with small business.
A Mayor of Baltimore does not have to take this approach if not working for Wall Street Baltimore Development. Cindy Walsh will reverse this stance on Small Business Administration to being what it always was-------funding for citizens wanting to open simple small businesses providing products and services for that community and this would include SMALL BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY PUBLIC MEDIA---RADIO, TV, AND PRINT MEDIA.
Baltimore pols are all tied to this Wall Street global corporate small business as global market policy and we need to have a city council wanting to instead built media structures in our communities that are free from corporate non-profits----that are tied to remaining local and serving each community----and tied to our K-12 in providing opportunities for students to grow into these media businesses.
What is an Incubator?
An incubator is a business support process designed to assist start-up and emerging businesses. While emphasis is on providing flexible space for tenants, business support via coaching, access to financing and a host of other services are available. The SIUC Small Business Incubator provides traditional incubation support services and now includes affiliate and shared equipment lab support.
What is Incubation?
According to the National Business Incubation Association, business incubation is a dynamic process of business enterprise development. An incubator is an organization that is set up to help foster business enterprise development. Incubators help young firms get started and survive at times when they are most vulnerable.
The primary goal of a business incubator is to produce successful businesses that graduate into the region. They offer shared services, access to equipment, flexible leases, and expandable space. Many incubators are located near other services that are valuable to an incubating business. For example, the SIUC Business Incubator Program has the Office of Economic and Regional Development, the Illinois Small Business Development and International Trade Center, and the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center housed in the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center.
Why should I join the SIUC Small Business Incubator Program?
The SIUC Small Business Incubator Program is here to provide the guidance and consulting necessary to make sure your start-up or expanding business has the right tools necessary to succeed. As a member of the National Business Incubation Association, the SIUC Small Business Incubation Program has the experience necessary to take your business under our wing. With more than 50 successful graduates emerging from this program, we are one of the most successful business incubation programs in southern Illinois.
Affiliate Incubator Program
The Affiliate Incubation Program is a new program of the SIU Carbondale Small Business Incubator. It will allow entrepreneurs and small businesses to utilize all the resources available within the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center without requiring tenancy. All affiliate clients must submit an application and meet eligibility requirements. For more information, check out our flyer.
I looked at the event agenda for Greater Baltimore Urban League centered on a Mayoral Forum in which Cindy Walsh was not invited-----and this one corporate non-profit has a huge network and process of moving Baltimore citizens through this Wall Street global corporate neo-liberal and Republican 'innovation/startup/venture capital funding/incubator system for our Baltimore citizens and especially our youth. This is where they are taught all these Wall Street global corporate neo-liberal talking points ------and the amount of money spent on just creating these networks----as opposed to simply having a Baltimore Small Business agency that hands a citizen in a community funds to help with simple small businesses INCLUDING SMALL BUSINESS MEDIA is RIDICULOUS. It gives all the power of employment in Baltimore to these national corporate non-profits and not to a city hall and citizens in communities.
YOU KNOW THESE NATIONAL CORPORATE NON-PROFITS ARE NOT GOING TO BUILD REAL SMALL BUSINESS MEDIA----THEY ARE TIED TO THE CAPTURED MEDIA IN BALTIMORE.
Below you see how the Clintons maintain control in US cities tied to International Economic Zones and black communities are tied to these organizations. Below you see the original mission of National Urban League that was taken by Clinton neo-liberals in the 1990s to now to being building cities with global corporate campuses and for the affluent----and that fails to meet the goals of this corporate non-profit does it not? One of the most resounding messages from all citizens in Baltimore is that WALL STREET BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT FOR DECADES IS NOT REBUILDING OUR COMMUNITIES----and this is why----critical civil rights and liberty non-profits that used to act locally are now filled with all this Wall Street global corporate neo-liberalism. Sure, a percentage of black citizens in Baltimore are getting richer and richer-----we understand how small that percentage is----and it is to all citizens' detriment that it has occurred these few decades----and it is to all citizens' detriment if these national Clinton corporate non-profits continue to move US cities like Baltimore FORWARD AS US INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ZONES.
This connection right here is why Baltimore media outlets are so captured to only Wall Street Baltimore Development Corporation candidates during elections. Social Democrats would break this hold on Baltimore public policy and work to fill these supposed civil rights organizations to meeting their ORIGINAL MISSION----of lifting up all communities for the citizens in these communities.
WHY HAVEN'T THESE NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS REBUILT SMALL BUSINESS MEDIA IN EACH COMMUNITY?
Who We Are
The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, the National Urban League has 95 affiliates serving 300 communities, in 35 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide.
Clinton to tackle race again at National Urban League conference
By Nia-Malika Henderson, Senior Political Reporter
Updated 5:45 PM ET, Thu July 2, 2015
(CNN)Hillary Clinton will once again turn to the topics of race and inequality when she speaks at the National Urban League's annual conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, later this month.
The speech, set for July 31, will give Clinton a chance to reach one of the largest gatherings of African-Americans of the cycle, with an expected attendance of over 10,000 people over the course of the 3-day event.
The address comes as Clinton continues to make race and inequality central to her campaign for the Democratic nomination.In April, she used her first major policy speech to address racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
And in the wake of the killings of nine African-Americans in a racially motivated attack in Charleston church, Clinton called for gun control and appealed to white Americans to honestly confront the problem of racism. She also traveled to Missouri, where the death of Michael Brown almost a year ago sparked nationwide protests and a national focus on police brutality.
Led by Marc Morial, the National Urban League is non-partisan and its annual conferences often draw top business and political leaders.
Sen. Rand Paul, who is currently pursuing the GOP presidential nomination, spoke at their conference in 2014.
Polls show that Clinton has an edge with African-American voters, a constituency that helped Obama defeat her in 2009. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton's nearest competitor, is starting to introduce himself to African-American voters, an acknowledgment of the importance of this bloc to his chances in the primary and beyond.
Notably, the convention is in Florida, an important swing state where black voters made up 13% of the electorate in 2012.
Clinton is also scheduled to address the National Council of La Raza on July, where she will have an audience of 2,000 Latino community leaders.
This is critical in building PUBLIC JUSTICE in Baltimore. Citizens must have access to free and open media in their communities to hold power accountable...
This is what Baltimore's labor and justice organization leaders are supporting when they continuously keep Baltimore's elections captured to establishment Wall Street Baltimore Development and the Master Plan of US International Economic Zones in cities like Baltimore.
If Baltimore had a functioning small business media free from all these corporate non-profit captures------citizens would have known all this a few decades ago and stopped allowing Wall Street global pols capture our Baltimore and Maryland Democratic Party.
There will always be a small percentage of SHOW ME THE MONEY people across all population groups that will partner with these Wall Street global corporate wealth and profit 1%.
Unfortunately, the Democratic voters have allowed this small percentage to fill our city halls, state houses, and Congressional seats. WE CAN REVERSE THIS EASY PEASY----JUST GET RID OF WALL STREET GLOBAL CORPORATE POLS
Thursday, Mar 21, 2013, 5:59 am
Haitian Sweatshops: Made in the U.S.A.
BY Fran Quigley
When the shift changes in the late afternoon, thousands of Haitians stream out from under an arched entrance labeled “Parc Industriel Metropolitain” toward the traffic-choked streets of Port-au-Prince. Among them is David, a thin 32-year-old man in a short-sleeve dress shirt and slacks, who works at one of the many garment assembly factories here, sewing pants for export to the United States. Through a Creole interpreter, David says the way he and his co-workers are treated is pa bon—not right.
Yet a lot of high-powered people with a stake in Haitian affairs think jobs like David’s represent the answer to Haiti’s problems. The U.S. State Department, the Inter-American Development Bank and the government of Haitian President Michel Martelly recently pulled together more than $300 million in post-earthquake subsidies to create another industrial park just like this one but in northeast Haiti, with Korean textile manufacturer Sae-A as its anchor tenant. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton both spoke at the park’s opening ceremony, hailing it as the centerpiece of U.S. efforts to help Haiti recover from the devastating 2010 quake. Secretary Clinton echoed President Martelly’s mantra that Haiti “is open for business.”
As the Haitian plant of Sae-A began filling its first order--76,000 T-shirts for Walmart—the politicians smiled in satisfaction. More than a thousand Haitians had been put to work—a significant step for a nation where 80 percent of the ten million citizens lack jobs in the formal sector.
At least that was the theory behind the enormous amount of effort and money invested in bringing these jobs to Haiti. In 2008, the U.S. Congress passed the Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act of 2008 (HOPE II), providing customs exemptions that strongly incentivize corporations to import goods to the US. assembled by the Haitian textile and garment industry. This policy received a prominent imprimatur in 2009, when Paul Collier, an Oxford professor of economics and former director of the World Bank’s Development Research Group, prepared a report on Haiti at the request of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The key to Haiti’s economic recovery, Collier concluded, is the Haitian garment industry and its potential to create hundreds of thousands of Haitian jobs.
Collier expressed no concerns over the likelihood that those jobs would pay sub-poverty salaries. In fact, Collier and others see the key to Haiti’s future in the large supply of desperate Haitians willing to work for rock-bottom wages. “Due to its poverty and relatively unregulated labour market, Haiti has labour costs that are fully competitive with China, which is the global benchmark,” he wrote in the report.
The U.S. has worked hard to keep them that way. Diplomatic cables obtained by Wikileaks show that the U.S. State Department assisted contractors for Fruit of the Loom, Hanes, and Levi’s in a successful campaign to block a planned minimum wage increase unanimously approved by the Haitian Parliament in 2009. That increase, driven by a series of worker strikes and demonstrations, would have compelled the contractors to pay 62 cents per hour (about $5 per day) to Haitians sewing clothing for sale overseas. But Haitian government leaders caved in to U.S. pressure and dropped the textile industry minimum wage to about $3/day. The U.S. then provided more assistance to Haitian garment companies through duty exemptions in the Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP) Act in 2010. Though this legislative largesse cut overhead for the companies, Haitian workers are still the lowest paid in the hemisphere.
David explains what that pay scale means in real terms. Gesturing in the direction of the workers leaving the industrial park, he says that most of them earn about 200 Haitian gourdes per day. The typical exchange rate is 40 Haitian gourdes for one U.S. dollar, so their salary equals about $5 each day. By the time they pay for transportation to work and a simple meal of plain spaghetti and juice during the workday, they head home with only 40 gourdes, about one U.S. dollar. And they have not yet paid for dinner or housing. Yet unemployment is so pervasive here that the companies count on a reliable supply of Haitians willing to do the work at these sub-poverty wages—just as Paul Collier predicted.
David’s cost of living analysis was backed up by other Haitians I talked with. In 2011, the AFL-CIO-supported Solidarity Center conducted a study estimating the living wage for apparel workers in Port-au-Prince. Factoring in the costs of necessities like food, housing, cooking fuel and child care, the Solidarity Center estimated a living wage for an adult with two dependents to be 1,152 gourdes (about $29) per day.
The current wave of global support for garment-export-based economic development in Haiti has a precedent, as does the resulting struggle by Haitian workers to make ends meet. Under the dictatorship of Jean-Claude Duvalier in the '70s, the U.S. Agency for International Development launched a campaign to transform Haiti into the “Taiwan of the Caribbean,” i.e. the supplier of the cheapest export-assembly labor in the Western Hemisphere.
Wages were held down by enormous unemployment and by little prospect of worker activism under a repressive regime. Duvalier, politically and financially indebted to the U.S. and the International Monetary Fund, agreed to a neoliberal economic regimen that eliminated nearly every obstacle to free trade. By 1984, Haiti had become the 9th-largest supplier of goods to the U.S., mostly assembled products such as baseballs, clothing and toys.
The assembly companies and their U.S. consumers benefited from the arrangement. But a host country does not get much value from an industry where raw materials are imported in and the assembled products are shipped out. The coveted “multiplier effect,” produced when goods are produced and purchased locally, is absent from this export-only model. Combined with sub-poverty wages that provided little purchasing power to workers, the result was that all of the bustling export-assembly activity did not move the economic needle for the Haitian people.
Haiti certainly needs economic development, but there are other models to pursue, including agricultural practices the Haitian people successfully followed for generations. Separate from the often-dysfunctional government, rural Haitians adhered to the lakou system of property management that divided former plantations into small plots and yielded crops that supported the extended families living there. Haiti met its own food needs and exported to other countries.
But heavy-handed U.S. policies destroyed that legacy. Beginning in the 1970s and 1980s, the IMF, with the U.S. as its largest shareholder and dominant voice, forced Haiti to dramatically reduce tariffs on imported staples. The Haitian tariff on rice, for example, was dropped from 50 percent to the current rate of 3 percent, compared to a regional average of 20 percent. Haitian farmers can no longer compete with food imports from the U.S. and other countries, where crops are highly subsidized by their governments. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Haitians have migrated from the countryside to Port-au-Prince, where they compete to provide cheap labor for garment-assembly companies under harsh conditions.
David says his workplace, at a company called Interamerican Woven, is brutally hot—a literal sweatshop—with little ventilation and limited potable water. An October 2012 report, produced by the International Labor Organization as part of the Hope II legislation, confirms that the company and several others failed to meet baseline requirements for workplace conditions, such as high temperatures and clean drinking water. The report includes similar findings for several other garment assembly companies.
Jackson works for one of those companies, Global Manufacturers and Contractors, assembling T-shirts with tags like Hanes and Champion. Jackson and his wife have two young children. To make ends meet, both parents work six days per week in garment factories. Jackson’s wife skips church on Sunday to report to an additional part-time job. Yet they still must borrow from family and friends to pay the rent and keep food on the table.
Like David, Jackson is an active member of a syndicat of workers advocating for better wages and conditions. Company management pushes against the union, they say, harassing its members whenever possible. Recent investigations by the International Labor Organization and Haiti Grassroots Watch confirmed widespread union-busting in the Haitian apparel industry. “The people fired for being part of the union make a list this long, “ Jackson says, holding his hands two feet apart. “They find a different reason to let them go, but they are tagged because they are part of the syndicat.”
The companies could easily pay their employees better, Jackson says. His position is backed up by economic analysis by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, which reviewed the competitiveness of the Haitian garment assembly industry in 2011. The report concluded that preferential market access to the U.S. provided by HOPE II and HELP, along with comparatively low sea freight costs, provide a distinct market advantage to these companies. “The argument that factories in Haiti can't raise wages is bogus, as they have some of the most competitive costs in the world already,” says Jake Johnston, a researcher on Haiti issues for the Center on Economic and Policy Research.
The T-shirts Jackson makes for GMC are shipped to Etazini—the U.S.—so I ask him if he has any message for Americans. He thinks for a moment, then replies in Creole. “Wi. I appeal to their conscience and hope they ask questions about what they are buying. We make T-shirts for cents, they buy them for dollars,” he says. “That is the reason we come together to support each other; to fight for fairness.”
Obama's FCC created the conditions for US media outlet consolidation to soar and expanded US media to global status by ignoring all kinds of US Constitutional and Federal laws surrounding monopoly, free speech and journalism, and turning our National Public Media and American Media into global US Chamber of Commerce----completely Wall Street global corporate public policy and news.
Yes, Obama did have control over this as Congress worked to defund all these public media sources because there are tons of ways to fund local media. As well, Obama and Clinton neo-liberals in Congress are deliberately tying all new local media to ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA knowing our access to internet and high-speed internet is being attacked.
This is a top priority for any Democrat and especially one running as a Bernie Sanders social Democrat----we do not allow this silencing of voices holding power accountable.
Something's happening to local news
Sinclair Broadcast Group leads the wave of runaway consolidation
November 06, 2013|By Jenn Topper and S. Derek Turner
So far this year, 223 local TV stations have changed hands. This is the biggest wave of media consolidation ever — and it's all happening in small and mid-level markets, involving companies most people have never heard of.
Leading this wave is Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sinclair alone is behind seven deals this year, including a $985-million deal to buy nine stations from Allbritton Communications. But it's not alone; other media companies are also racing to gobble up stations.
And these companies are doing everything they can to maximize profits. Just last month, Sinclair fired nearly 30 employees from Seattle's KOMO and Portland, Ore.'s KATU. This is par for the course for Sinclair, where the average number of employees per station has declined by nearly 20 percent since 2001.
The Federal Communications Commission has limits on how many stations one person or company can own in a given market. But, as a new report from public interest group Free Press shows, companies like Sinclair are using outsourcing agreements and shell companies to skirt the rules and create media fiefdoms in markets all over the country.
In a response to the report, Sinclair said it "completely complies" with the law and objects to claims that it uses shell companies and shady tactics to dodge FCC rules.
But in nearly all instances, the only asset a Sinclair shell company owns is a station license. Under FCC rules, Sinclair is able to claim that the shells are separate entities despite clear evidence to the contrary.
Consider Sinclair's longtime shell, Cunningham Broadcasting. Like many of the companies created to sidestep the FCC's rules, Cunningham has no physical presence, and is even headquartered at Sinclair's flagship station WBFF in Baltimore. Sinclair, through Cunningham, controls Baltimore's WNUV.
Furthermore, under Securities and Exchange Commission rules, Cunningham is considered the same company as Sinclair. And when it communicates with investors, Sinclair refers to its shells, which include Deerfield Media and Howard Stirk Holdings, as "our sidecar companies." Similarly, it refers to stations nominally operated by these shells as "our stations." (Sinclair, through Deerfield, controls Baltimore's WUTB.)
As is typical of parent companies in this situation, Sinclair is usually the sole financier of its shells — and it generally reaps all of the shells' profits.
The impact of this covert consolidation on local news is being felt across the nation. Companies like Sinclair are closing newsrooms, laying off journalists — and in many cases, airing the same broadcast on multiple stations in a single market. In these communities, viewers can change the channel, but they'll find the exact same anchors and stories.
If the FCC continues to turn a blind eye to Sinclair's control over these stations, this trend is only going to get worse. It's time for the agency to acknowledge that broadcasters like Sinclair are violating its rules — and to step in to promote greater competition and diversity in the local TV market. Sinclair's fake companies shouldn't get to hold real licenses to the public's airwaves.
The FCC should take a serious look at whether companies like Sinclair, which get these valuable airwaves for free, are truly serving the public interest. It should close the numerous loopholes that have allowed Sinclair and others to dodge its rules — and stop the wave of consolidation before the damage is irreversible.
Jenn Topper is the media manager and S. Derek Turner is the research director for Free Press, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for diverse media ownership, universal and affordable Internet access, vibrant public media and quality journalism. Email them at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.