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A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

5 Lessons From Martin Luther King Jr. To Apply To Trump’s America.... His lessons went far beyond “I Have A Dream.”

01/15/2017 11:36 am ET
Trump’s win and America’s divisiveness have left some Americans feeling hopeless ― but this country has reckoned with this kind divisiveness before. We’ve gone through Civil War, after all. And Reconstruction. And those decades of Jim Crow that gave way to what we know today as the Civil Rights Movement, an era that more and more feels eerily similar to the one we’re living in today.
Dr. Martin Luther King
Since his assassination in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has gone from being an ordinary man fighting for a righteous cause, to a man who has become as synonymous with the American story as the founding fathers. The memory of Dr. King has been used as a shorthand for morality. 
But also, Dr. King’s legacy and what he stood for has been watered down, oversimplified, and appropriated to justify the very things he fought against. His words have been twisted in order to denounce the Black Lives Matter movement, and bolster anti-transgender bathroom bills
No one can really presume to know how Dr. King would have actually felt about the current state America were he still alive, but what one can do is make healthy assumptions based on the life he lived, and the things he said. Martin Luther King likely would have been horrified by Trump’s America. 
As Trump’s inauguration looms closer and closer, landing just a day after we celebrate Dr. King, what we should actually take away from his legacy are not the sanitized platitudes about “peace and equality,” but the burning fire for change and most of all action that made Dr. King the great leader that he was.
His lessons went far beyond “I Have A Dream.” 

1. This is not normal.  

We cannot settle into a false sense of complacency and accept the next four years as our “new normal.” In 1964, Dr. King wrote about the dangers of electing Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, and his words are eerily resonant today. “While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulated a philosophy which gave aid and comfort to the racist,” King said. “His candidacy and philosophy would serve as an umbrella under which extremists of all stripes would stand.” Goldwater lost to Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, but today, we’re living in the reality that Dr. King warned against. What we should take away from King’s words, then, is that there is possibly even more at stake today than there was back then.  more

6 GANGSTERS KILLED (JAMAICA) : Police take on notorious Ski Mask members in fierce gun battle in Goodwill, St James

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large WESTERN BUREAU  Monday, January 16, 2017  

GOODWILL, St James — Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Clifford Blake yesterday described the joint police/military operation in the Goodwill community of St James on Saturday night, in which six alleged members of the Ski Mask Gang were killed, as “a brave and courageous effort” by the lawmen.
Police said four guns and a quantity of ammunition were seized following the deadly shoot-out.
Soldiers and Police on da spot
“We are yet to get all the details of the operation, but from all indications it was a brave and courageous effort by members of the security forces in the face of danger,” said DCP Blake during a tour of a section of the community, which was the scene of an alleged firefight between the lawmen and members of the gang.
“It is really a commendable effort. They [police] came under severe threat and they responded to defend themselves. To face a gang of well-armed criminals in the night, firing at you, and taking the reputation of these guys into consideration… they are dangerous criminals; they are people who don’t hesitate to murder people… so it’s really bravery and courage of the highest order.” The operation, which involved members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Mobile Reserve of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, was acting in response to information reportedly received about the gang that is said to have been involved in recent shootings in the Barrett Town area of St James.
The police reported that about 9:00 pm on Saturday, lawmen, strategically positioned on a section of the Goodwill main road, signalled the driver of a Toyota Corolla motor car in which the alleged gang members were travelling, to stop. The vehicle reportedly came to a halt, then shortly afterwards the occupants exited the vehicle and fired at the lawmen. The fire was returned, and when the shooting subsided the six were discovered with gunshot wounds. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Marlon Samuels, one of the alleged ‘Ski Mask’
 gang member killed by the lawmen on Saturday night
Five of them have since been identified as: Oswyn Jarrett, otherwise called “Ski Mask”, the alleged leader of the gang; Deno Pryce, alias “Buju”; Marlon Samuels, alias “Brutus”; and two identified only by aliases “Shenky”; and “Fargo”.
A policeman was also injured during the incident, while the four firearms reportedly recovered by the security forces from the scene of the gunfight are: a Ruger P89 9mm pistol, serial number 309214; a Mini Firestorm Thunder 9mm pistol, serial number 670447; one single-action Browning pistol, with serial number erased; and a HS 9mm pistol, serial number 19666. A number of magazines were also recovered with a quantity of ammunition. One JDF vehicle involved in the operation is said to have been damaged in the incident, as well as another vehicle believed to be owned by a Goodwill resident, which was reportedly parked in the area during the operation. There was no one in that vehicle.
Yesterday, the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) said in a statement that it has already launched a probe into the incident.
“Our team, which is still on scene, has been on the ground since late last night [Saturday] conducting forensic examinations, interviewing members of the security forces, canvassing for witnesses, and other investigations. The members of the JDF have been very cooperative during the investigations,” said INDECOM. more

John Lewis Wouldn’t Invite Donald Trump To Visit Selma With Him The congressman said it would also be “almost impossible” for him to work with the president-elect.

 01/15/2017 01:32 pm ET
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) has made it very clear that he is not a fan of President-elect Donald Trump ― so much so that he wouldn’t even invite Trump to visit Selma, Alabama, with him.
“I would not invite him to come,” Lewis said during a wide-ranging interview with “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
Rep. John Lewis
In 1965, Lewis, a civil rights icon whose work led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of that year, was badly beaten on Edmund Pettus Bridge during Bloody Sunday. He often visits the city with politicians from both parties, and has even been there with Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush went to Selma with Lewis and others to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in 2015. Lewis said on Sunday that he would not try to stop a Trump visit and that maybe the president-elect would leave Selma better off than when he came.
“Well, by going to Selma, like President Bush, President Clinton, President Obama, maybe he would learn something,” Lewis said. “Maybe he would get religion.”
Lewis and Trump have been sparring with each other since last week. On Friday, the civil rights icon said Trump is not a “legitimate president,” based on reports of Russian interference in the 2016 election. He added that he will not attend Trump’s inauguration, making it the first one he’s missed since his election to Congress in 1986. Trump responded to Lewis via Twitter, saying the civil rights legend is “all talk, talk, talk ― no action.”

BREAKING NEWS - 6 Men killed in gun battle with security forces in St James, Jamaica. 1/15/17

ST JAMES, Jamaica — The Independent Commission of Investigations has commenced their probe into last night's fatal shooting of six men in an alleged gun battle with members of the security forces in Goodwill, St James.
The identities of the deceased are yet to be released by the police.
Preliminary reports are that sometime last nigh, a police/military team and men travelling in a motor car were involved in a shoot-out.
After the shooting died down six men were found suffering from gunshot injuries.
UPDATE : The police have now released the identities of five of the six alleged gunmen killed in Goodwill, at the border of St James and Trelawny.
The alleged gunmen, who are said to be members of the Ski Mask Gang, have been identified as: Marlon Samuels, otherwise called Buju; Dino Pryce, alias Shabba and two men only identified as Shenky and Fargo. Also killed is Oswin Jarrett, ‎commonly known as Ski Mask, who is said to be the reputed leader of the Ski Mask gang. The sixth man is yet to be identified.
The Ski Mask gang is responsible for several murders in the Barrett Town, Lilliput and a section of St James known as ‘Africa’, among other areas in St James. The police say about 9:30 p.m. yesterday, lawmen signalled the driver of a white Toyota Corolla motorcar to stop.The car stopped and armed men got out of the vehicle and fired at the police.They were challenged by the lawmen, who killed six.‎
Two policemen were injured during the shootout. The cops say four 9-millimetre  pistols were seized.
‎‎Up to this morning, investigators were still processing the crime scene, including the bullet-riddled taxi in which the men were travelling, as well as a Mitsubishi SUV that was being driven by soldiers. The police have since expressed regret at the loss of lives during the alleged shootout. However, they are reassuring the public that the security forces are committed to carrying out their duties in a professional manner as they work to restore law and order to communities within the parish.
They say the incident has been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) for further probing.