Monday, December 08, 2014

No Peace, No Justice Monday

As the protest continue from shore to shore, voices from those beyond troubled by this continuing bloodshed and murder of unarmed citizens is rising to a crescendo of outrage.

The daily news cycles are filled with commentary, viewpoints, op-editorials, opinion and the distinct voices of mother's and wife's of those who have been lost to this tragic use of violence.

COP 24/7 has always offered its platform as a "town square," for those seeking to share, empathize or scream from their souls about what bothers them or they feel should be bothersome to us all. With the addition of other murders that have occurred, we feel it is our duty to let others share our space to let us feel their pain. All content will be posted as submitted and are the viewpoints of the content providers.

NABWMT Statement on Police Accountability & the Justice System
The National Association of Black and White Men Together condemns the racist killings of unarmed

We are beyond "wait and see."

We are beyond debating, "Is this racism?".

Our organization’s vision statement is "NABWMT envisions America free of racism and homophobia," and we progress from envisioning to working to make “the goal of human equality realized.”

We take our place not on the sidelines, but on the front line, "Dealing with the racism, ... in our communities and in our lives," as per our statement of purpose.
African Americans and other People of Color by police, and the injustice of the no-indictment Grand Jury decisions.

The National Association of Black and White Men Together: A Gay Multiracial Organization for All People (NABWMT) is a tax exempt, gay, multiracial, multicultural organization committed to fostering supportive environments wherein racial and cultural barriers can be overcome and the goal of human equality realized.

To these ends we engage in educational, political, cultural and social activities as a means of dealing with the racism, sexism, homophobia, HIV/AIDS discrimination and other inequities in our communities and in our lives.

House Committee Shuts Down ENDA for 2014

Another session of Congress will likely end before the House addresses legislation to protect LGBT workers.

BY Michelle Garcia

A bill meant to establish protections for LGBT Americans against employment discrimination was officially killed by the House Rules Committee Tuesday.
Florida Democrat Alcee Hastings introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act as an amendment to the annual defense spending bill, on behalf of sponsor Jared Polis of Colorado, the Washington Blade reports.

The committee, made up of nine Republicans and four Democrats, killed ENDA with a 7-3 vote. LGBT-supportive Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is a member of the committee and a cosponsor of ENDA, was not present at the committee session. Polis is also a member of the committee, but was not present during the vote.

The eight House Republicans who cosponsored ENDA worked with Freedom to Work to promote passing the measure as part of the defense bill. A group of Republicans also sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, urging a vote on ENDA as part of the defense legislation. Had the committee approved, ENDA would have been attached to the defense bill and put up for a vote on the House floor.

Even though the Senate passed its version of the bill 64-32 last year, Republican House Speaker John Boehner has previously said that ENDA had no likelihood of passing during this session. “I am opposed to discrimination of any kind in the workplace or anyplace else, but I think this legislation … is unnecessary and would provide a basis for frivolous lawsuits,” he said in a press conference in 2013, “People are already protected in the workplace.”

A version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act has been introduced to every congressional session but one in the last four decades.

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