Horrific Police Brutality: The Slaughtering of Unarmed Black Men

In 2015, Police killed at least 104 unarmed black people, nearly twice each week.

Nearly 1 in 3 black people killed by police in 2015 were identified as unarmed, though the actual number is likely higher due to underreporting.

36% of unarmed people killed by police were black in 2015 despite black people being only 13% of the U.S. population.

UNARMED BLACK PEOPLE WERE KILLED AT 5 TIMES the rate of unarmed whites.

Only 13 of the 104 cases in 2015 where an unarmed black person was killed by police resulted in officer(s) being charged with a crime.

4 of these cases have ended in a mistrial or charges against the officer(s) being dropped and 4 cases are still awaiting trial or have a trial underway.

Only 4 cases (Matthew Ajibade, Eric Harris, Paterson Brown Jr., and William Chapman) have resulted in convictions of officers involved, with a fifth case (Walter Scott) resulting in the officer pleading guilty.

Of the 4 cases where the officer(s) involved have been convicted and sentenced, none were sentenced to serve more than 4 years in prison.

Only 1 of 2 officers convicted for their involvement in Matthew Ajibade’s death received jail time. He was sentenced to 1 year in jail and allowed to serve this time exclusively on weekends.

The officer who killed Paterson Brown was sentenced to only 3 months in jail. Deputy Bates, who killed Eric Harris, was sentenced to 4 years in prison and Officer Cobb, who killed William Chapman, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. Officer Slager, who killed Walter Scott and pled guilty, has yet to be sentenced.

Now, under what scenario can anyone kill a cop and get away with it? Or serve less than 4 years in prison? Or be allowed to serve exclusively on the weekends??? You see the government takes care of #bluelives! These riots and protests are out of control because police are not being held accountable for murdering unarmed black and brown people.

POLICE MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE!!!THEY SERVE TO UPHOLD THE LAW BUT THEY ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW!!!!

Surprising Modern Day Slavery: The USA Prison System

Slavery in the USA Prison System

DID YOU KNOW? Privately held prisons and privately-run immigration detention facilities are on the STOCK MARKET? I learned a lot about this while campaigning with Farouk for Governor in TX. Corporate stockholders who make money off prisoners’ work for lobby for longer sentences, in order to expand their workforce. The prison industry is one of the fastest-growing in the USA and its investors are on Wall Street. And it gets even worse: the 340% increase in Americans behind bars was funded, in part, by corporations looking for cheap labor. Dozens of respected companies funded the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which passed the “Prison Industries Act” to expand inmate labor.

Today, even the federal government brags about the “business opportunities” at dozens of federal prison factories across the country.

Republican Oregon State Representative
Kevin Mannix

DID YOU KNOW???
Republican Oregon State Representative Kevin Mannix urged Nike to cut its production in Indonesia and bring it to his state, telling the shoe manufacturer that “there won’t be any transportation costs; we’re offering you competitive prison labor here.”

This multimillion-dollar industry has its own trade exhibitions, conventions, websites, and mail-order/Internet catalogs. It also has direct advertising campaigns, architecture companies, construction companies, investment houses on Wall Street, plumbing supply companies, food supply companies, armed security, and padded cells in a large variety of colors.

WHO IS INVESTING?????
At least 37 states have legalized the contracting of prison labor by private corporations that mount their operations inside state prisons. Under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), employers receive a tax credit of $2,400 for every work-release inmate they employ as a reward for hiring “risky target groups.” The list of such companies contains the cream of U.S. corporate society: McDonalds uses prison labor to make its uniforms. Starbucks used them in the past to package holiday coffee. Revlon, Macy’s, Verizon and Sprint. For a complete list https://is.gd/16kvMM.

Just between 1980 and 1994, profits went up from $392 million to $1.31 billion. Inmates in state penitentiaries like Texas do not receive any compensation and are allowed to work up to 12 hours per day. In Colorado, they get about $2 per hour.

Thanks to prison labor, the USA is once again an attractive location for investment in work that was designed for 3rd World labor markets. A company that operated a maquiladora (assembly plant in Mexico near the border) closed down its operations there and relocated to San Quentin State Prison in California. In Texas, a factory fired its 150 workers and contracted the services of prisoner-workers from the private Lockhart Texas prison, where circuit boards are assembled for companies like IBM and Compaq.

In privately-run prisons, they receive as little as 17 cents per hour for a maximum of six hours a day, the equivalent of $20 per month. The highest-paying private prison is Core Civic Inc. in Tennessee, where prisoners receive 50 cents per hour for what they call “highly skilled positions.” At those rates, it is no surprise that inmates find the pay in federal prisons to be very generous. There, they can earn $1.25 an hour and work eight hours a day, and sometimes overtime. They can send home $200-$300 per month.

DID YOU KNOW???
On average our country is spending $100,000 per inmate and less than $10,000/year is being spent per student. There are approximately 2 million inmates in state, federal and private prisons throughout the country.

The USA has locked up more people than any other country: a half million more than China, which has a population 5 times greater than U.S. USA holds 25% of the world’s prison population, but only 5% of the world’s people.

From less than 300,000 inmates in 1972, the jail population grew to 2 million by the year 2000. Profit potential for those who invest in the prison industry complex are jailing persons convicted of non-violent crimes, and long prison sentences for possession of microscopic quantities of illegal drugs.

A guard watches as detainees fold clothes at an immigration detention center run by the private corrections corporation GEO Group in Bakersfield.
(Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

DID YOU KNOW???
The prison privatization boom began in the 1980s, under the governments of Ronald Reagan and Bush Sr., but reached its height in the 1990s under the Clinton administration when Wall Street stocks were selling like hotcakes.

Clinton’s program for cutting the federal workforce resulted in the Justice Departments contracting of private prison corporations for the incarceration of undocumented workers and high-security inmates.

Private prisons are the biggest business in the prison industry complex. About 18 corporations guard 10,000 prisoners in 27 states. The two largest are Core Civic Inc. and the GEO Group, which together control 75%.

Private prisons receive a guaranteed amount of money for each prisoner, independent of what it costs to maintain each one.

Core Civic Inc. used to be CCA

In Core Civic Inc. prisons, inmates may get their sentences reduced for “good behavior,” but for any infraction, they get 30 days added – which means more profits for Core Civic Inc. These inmates lose good behavior time at a rate of 8 times higher than those in state prisons.

DID YOU KNOW???
IMPORTING AND EXPORTING INMATES profits are so good that now there is a new business: importing inmates with long sentences, meaning the worst criminals. When a federal judge ruled that overcrowding in Texas prisons was cruel and unusual punishment, Core Civic Inc. signed contracts with sheriffs in poor counties to build and run new jails and share the profits.

Investors from Merrill-Lynch, Shearson-Lehman, American Express and Allstate, and the operation was scattered all over rural Texas. That state’s governor, Democrat Ann Richards, followed the example of Democrat Mario Cuomo in New York and built so many state prisons that the market became flooded, cutting into the private prison profits.

After a law signed by Clinton in 1996 – ending court supervision and decisions – caused overcrowding and violent, unsafe conditions in federal prisons, private prison corporations in Texas began to contact other states whose prisons were overcrowded, offering “rent-a-cell” services in the Core Civic Inc. prisons located in small towns in Texas. The commission for a rent-a-cell salesman is $2.50 to $5.50 per day per bed. The county gets $1.50 for each prisoner.

DID YOU KNOW???
Prison labor has its roots in slavery. After the 1861-1865 Civil War, a system of “hiring out prisoners” was introduced in order to continue the slavery tradition. Freed slaves were charged with not carrying out their sharecropping commitments (cultivating someone else’s land in exchange for part of the harvest) or petty thievery – which were almost never proven – and were then “hired out” for cotton picking, working in mines and building railroads.

From 1870 until 1910 in the state of Georgia, 88% of hired-out convicts were Black. In Alabama, 93% of “hired-out” miners were Black. In Mississippi, a huge prison farm similar to the old slave plantations replaced the system of hiring out convicts. The notorious Parchman plantation existed until 1972.

DID YOU KNOW???
97% of 125,000 federal inmates have been convicted of non-violent crimes. It is believed that more than half of the 623,000 inmates in municipal or county jails are innocent of the crimes they are accused of. Of these, the majority are awaiting trial. 2/3 of the one million state prisoners have committed non-violent offenses. 16% of the country’s 2 million prisoners suffer from mental illness.

California Governor Gavin Newsom

In California, our Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will end the use of private prisons and privately-run immigration detention facilities.

Under the new law, California will phase out the use of these for-profit, private detention facilities by 2028. The state will be prohibited from renewing contracts or signing new contracts with a private prison company after January 1, 2020

The Trump administration sued the state of California, asserting that a new state law that bans for-profit prison contracts unconstitutionally interferes with the federal prison and immigration detention systems.

In December 2019, Federal officials signed nearly $6.5 billion in contracts with private prison companies for immigration detention centers.

How Selena is Becoming a Powerful Global Phenomenon (25 Years After Her Death)

Selena Quintanilla was born on April 16th and would have been 49 years young today. The musical genius is stronger than ever. Twenty-five years after her death, Selena continues breaking barriers. The Grammy Award winner’s stardom is catapulting into a worldwide phenomenon. From a new Netflix series, to make up and a clothing line from the fashionista; Selena continues leaving legacies for future generations.

Selena’s Netflix Series

Selena: The Series is an upcoming American biographical drama web television series based on the life of Tejano superstar Selena that is set to premiere on Netflix from a screenplay by Moisés Zamora part one consisting of ten episodes scheduled to be released in 2020.

M.A.C Is Releasing A Second Selena Collection April 21st

Courtesy of MAC

In honor of Selena Quintanilla’s 25th anniversary, M.A.C is honoring the Tejano legend with a brand new collection, four years after its first M.A.C x Selena collection debuted. Working side-by-side with Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, M.A.C and Selena’s family designed a colorful range full of “rich shades in a variety of product categories flatter all skin types and tones, while speaking truly to the icon’s legendary makeup looks.” Twenty-five years after Selena last graced the stage), M.A.C revealed it will be re-releasing the M.A.C Bidi Bidi Bom Lipglass—a soft, bubblegum pink with silver flecks that were initially released in the inaugural collection.

Photo: Danny Bollinger/WireImage; Pam Francis/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

“When I was sitting with the M.A.C team the night before the Selena launch event in Corpus Christi, TX, I told them we would be working together one day again soon,” she tells ELLE.com. “I am forever grateful to MAC for allowing me to bring my creative vision to life for this collection and being able to share what I felt would celebrate my sister’s 25th Anniversary.”

The White Rose Collection by Forever 21

“As an artist, Selena is a legend that resonates so deeply with our customers,” said Forever 21. “Because of this, we wanted to do something special.”

Rachel Denny Clow/Caller-Times

What better way to keep The Queen of Tejano Music alive than by showcasing her in our everyday clothes? “The White Rose” collection incorporates images of the iconic Tejano star, alongside various quotes and lyrics throughout graphic tees, hoodies, biker shorts and other accessories.

Rachel Denny Clow/Caller-Times

J-Lo’s Tribute to Selena

JLo’s Instagram

Jennifer Lopez took honored the 23rd anniversary of the 1997 biopic film “Selena,” on Instagram in which she played Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla-Perez.

Jennifer Lopez Instagram

Lopez earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Quintanilla-Perez.

“I just go right back to the beginning of the movie in the first day of shooting and really trying to find the essence of who she was,” the singer/actress reflected. “She was an artist and she was singing from the time she was 9 years old, maybe younger. Learning how she sang, all her mannerisms, how she danced, studying the tape of her became really important.”


“Join me today in #CelebratingSelena,” Lopez captioned the video. “I can’t believe it’s been 23 years since this incredible movie came out and 25 years since her passing. Selena was such an inspiration to me and I was so lucky to be chosen to play her,” Lopez continued. “As an artist, this movie truly was an experience I’m going to remember for the rest of my life. Please share your memories of Selena and the movie with me below.”

Jennifer Lopez

Easter: Why Did Jesus Have to Die to Save Us?

While many Christians celebrate Easter, most don’t fully grasp why the death of Jesus had to occur.

Christianity stems from Judaism. The Jews celebrate Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement (DOA) in October. When Christians understand the DOA, then they can better understand why Jesus (the Highest Priest) had to die to save humanity.

The Day of Atonement also known as Yom Kippur

In Leviticus, Aaron (the high priest) offered a bull as his sin offering to make atonement for himself and his house.

After the high priest’s sin was dealt with and the tabernacle was cleansed, the high priest dealt with the sin of the people by presenting two male goats to their LORD. (Lev 16:5) Lots were cast for the goats: “one lot for the LORD and the other for azazel” (Lev. 16:8).

One goat was the sin offering. The goat for the Lord was slaughtered; with its blood, the high priest entered the Most Holy Place and the presence of God, then sprinkled the blood on the ark (Lev. 16:15). The blood was sprinkled in this way to cleanse Israel from sin (Lev. 16:16).

The Scapegoat Leviticus 16

The second goat was the goat for azazel presented alive before the Lord. The high priest laid his hands on the goat’s head, confessed all of Israel’s sins, and transferred them to the goat’s head. Bearing all of Israel’s sins on itself, the goat was led into the desert—away from the presence of the Lord—and released into a wilderness to represent free and full remission of their sins. (Lev. 16:21, 22). That’s where we get the term “scapegoat.” Once the sin offering of the two goats was finished, atonement was made for all of Israel’s sins that year (Lev. 16:34).

Animals were sacrificed because God wanted his people to afflict their souls as the spilling of the animals’ blood vividly illustrated the deadly seriousness of sin.

The Crucifixion – The Ultimate Sacrifice

In Leviticus it says that the high priest was humble (Lev 16:4), spotless (Lev 16:11) alone (Lev 16:11-14) and emerged victorious – just like Jesus did in accomplishing the work of atonement.

Year after year this ritual had to be done. Just as a high priest must enter into the most holy place to be in the presence of the Most High God. By faith, we put our hands upon the head of our offering (Jesus); relying on Christ who alone is able to atone our sins and procure us a pardon (Heb. 9:12). Christ’s blood completely covered humanity and erased every sin. The blood of Jesus is so effective that no other sacrifice will ever be needed to cleanse us (Heb. 10:18).

Easter and The Holy Week

In the Old Testament, the Jewish Passover sacrifice and the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ and the dates on which Jesus was taken by the Roman authorities coincide exactly.

The Last Supper/ Maundy Thursday / Holy Thursday

In fact, as a devout Jew, Jesus celebrated Passover (i.e. Last Supper) a day early (i.e. Holy/Maundy Thursday) knowing He would be crucified on Passover to become the Passover Lamb, “without blemish.” Maundy Thursday is derived from the Latin word mandatum meaning “commandment.” The primary commandment of Jesus’ message is found in the story of the Last Supper when Jesus humbles himself to wash the feet of his apostles prior to the traditional Passover meal. Christians also consider the Last Supper as the institution of Holy Eucharist, also known as the Lord’s supper or communion. It is described in the Gospel of Luke 22. At the Last Supper with his disciples, Jesus breaks bread, saying, “This is my body,” and pours wine, saying, “This is my blood.” He then asks the disciples to “Do this in remembrance of me.”

Photo by Alem Sánchez from Pexels

Just as an angel of death passed by those Israelites who put blood on their doorposts – so Jesus’ sacrificial death also resulted in every Christian’s freedom from death and hell for those who accept His blood.

When one reads the Old Testament, one begins to read the hundreds of prophecies that are later fulfilled in the New Testament. Although the Jews do not believe these are fulfillments, just coincidences. It is also frequently argued that it is coincidence that the Old Testament scriptures bear a resemblance to the life and death of Jesus Christ.

If you tried hard you may be able to find a handful of prophecies that relate to certain people, but you certainly couldn’t find an excess of 60 that clearly match to a tee certain incidents that happened in His life. Some objections are that Jesus Himself fulfilled prophecies. For example, Jesus’ last words on the cross were of His choosing and He chose on His own to recite the Old Testament scripture in Psalm 22 which then became “fulfilled” in the New Testament.

True enough, but many prophecies were completely beyond His control. For example, Jesus had no say over some of these Old Testament prophesies that were fulfilled in the New Testament, like how much silver was paid to Judas for his betrayal and manner of His death. There’s also the reaction of people – mocking and spitting; casting die for His clothing; the non-tearing of His main robe; where He was buried, etc. In fact, more than 50% of the prophecies fulfilled in Christ were completely outside of His power to influence one way or another. Psalm 22 graphically prophecies the Messiah’s manner of death through crucifixion. What’s astonishing is that during the time period the psalm was written, the penalty for blasphemy was stoning.

Good Friday – The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
“It is Finished”


Today, we celebrate His Last Supper on Holy Thursday, His death on Good Friday when “it is finished” (Jn 19:30); His ascension into the presence of God on Easter.

Easter Sunday – Jesus Christ Ascended into Heaven

This demonstrates that Jesus Christ is the final solution for man’s need of a prophet, a priest and a king. It affirms a Christian’s need to worship by hearing God’s Word, confessing their sin, prayer, praise, singing and making melody in their hearts as well as responding and acting with obedience, committing and being available for the plan of God in their lives.

LOVE

Surprisingly Simple Ways To Stay Healthy and Prevent Cronavirus and the Flu

Join me in spreading safety, so we can all stay healthy during this pandemic and every flu season. Not just by washing your hands and sanitizing but also by incorporating these cheap, simple hacks into your life. If you prefer watching videos, watch the video to hear me talk about what I discuss below. If you want more information regarding the products I discuss in the video, I list them below.

Why is hand washing and sanitizing such a big deal?

Ten years ago, my big brother had cancer, and I was his caregiver. The doctor explained to me that the majority of cold and flu viruses are spread through the hands. Unfortunately, cancer patients don’t get a cold and flu, they get pneumonia. I haven’t been sick with a cold or flu in over 10 years because I implemented massive hand washing and sanitizing as well as few other cheap tricks. But first, if you don’t know how to properly sanitize your hands, then this video is a MUST WATCH!!! Please note, I am not being paid to advertise this sanitizer. This one is CHI Organic Gardens Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer and was sent to me by my old boss to review, and I love it! But as long as you use a sanitizer with more than 65% alcohol content, then you are killing germs.

GREENS, GREENS, GRRRREENS

On top of creating an impeccable immune system, greens create a youthful, radiant glow. Banish acne, splotchy skin and reduce wrinkles. Grow lustrous hair and strong nails and getting rid of the bloat.

Around ten years ago I stumbled onto The Beauty Detox Solution and learned about how our bodies are designed to be vegetarian. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do it, but I learned the importance of GREENS! So I started drinking them. **Please note that I am not creating ads or receiving compensation for the products in this post. I legitimately love them and use them.

The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder

The greens we drink are Greens Superfood Antioxidant Berry flavor by Amazing Grass. It gives you 15,000 ORAC units per serving. You only need about 7,000 per day. This company organically grows and harvests the most nutrient rich greens. Their powerful blend combines 7 alkalizing farm fresh greens, wholesome fresh fruits and veggies plus an antioxidant blend. Basically, I replaced this for the glowing green smoothie.

According to The Beauty Detox Solution, there are over 3,500 scientific studies involving over 15,000 research scientists that report a relationship between the consumption of meats, poultry, eggs and dairy products with numerous health issues like heart disease, cancer, kidney failure, constipation, gout, gall stones, diverticulosis hemorrhoids and osteoporosis. An excellent documentary that talks about living your best life eating plant based foods is The Game Changers on Netflix. Watch the clip here and remember guys that the plant based industry has multiplied so now you can buy almost any meat, plant based.

What does ORAC value mean, and why is it important?

ORAC, or oxygen radical absorption capacity, is the measurement of the free radical fighting strength of an antioxidant. The higher the ORAC value, the more ability it has to reduce oxidative damage to the cells.

How to build your body’s defenses against germs and sickness?

It’s possible to naturally boost your immune system – and easier than you probably think.

Increase vitamin intake

Vitamins B6, C and E are all known for their immune-boosting properties. You can get all of these vitamins from a well-balanced diet. Some foods rich in these vitamins include eggs, bell peppers, spinach and almonds. However, I prefer taking supplements daily, so you know that you got the necessary amount of each one.

If you have high cholesterol, make sure you are taking plenty of fish oil.

Vitamins are important building blocks of the body and help keep you in good health. I always take a one a day multi-vitamin. If it’s flu season or during this coronavirus pandemic, I’m doubling up. Walmart has the Equate brand that’s really cheap.

Calcium and Vitamin D are proven to aid in bone health, so in addition to a multi-vitamin, I also add these, per my gynecologist. Folic Acid is proven to reduce birth defects, take this if you are a woman that intends having children one day.

B vitamins are proven to increase energy and aid in neurological functions. I also add one of these. My doctor recommends taking the Super B Complex.

Magnesium is proven to relax the body. I struggle with anxiety, so this is one of my best friends. You can also add this and potassium with some pink Himalayan sea salt to your water. This makes it electrolyte water, something I drink daily.

Both Vitamin C and Zinc are proven to increase immune function.

Lastly, don’t forget the game changer – probiotics. Probiotics can add back the helpful bacteria and also boost the level of immune cells in the mucous membranes of the intestines. I am obsessed with Renew Life® Ultimate Flora Women’s Vaginal Probiotic is a potent formula made with 50 billion live cultures from 10 different probiotic strains, including plenty of Lactobacilli to support vaginal health for a woman’s unique needs.

What are some of the tips and tricks you have to boost your immune function? I want to know. Comment below!

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