Tag Archives: oppose

Lawyers, Activists Converge on Indianapolis to Advocate for Dorian Murrell; Oppose Racism


Black Lawyers for Justice/Black Rights Matter

“We must have the strongest of justice for the murder of Dorian Murrell.”

— Malik Zulu Shabazz, Esq

INDIANA, IN, USA, July 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Dr. Malik Zulu Shabazz, lead counsel on behalf of Black Lawyers for Justice will hold a news conference with Dorian Murrell’s family and supporters on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 1p.m. Thereafter, a meeting with city prosecutors of the case of Tyler Newby will be held at the Indianapolis Courthouse. Local activists are alleging that Murrell was killed by alleged white supremacist Tyler Newby. Dorian Murrell was struck with a bullet that pierced his heart as he was with friends near Monument Circle around 2 a.m. on May 31, 2021 while attending a George Floyd demonstration in Indianapolis. Five people were shot and three were killed, including Murrell who was unarmed.
Dorian Murrell: Killed During George Floyd Protests, Family Seeks Answers – UNICORN RIOT

Murrell’s family and supporters are incensed that Newby was given bail in this case and they are concerned that justice may elude them, as it has historically been denied African-Americans in Indiana.

Attorney Malik Z. Shabazz will address the upcoming Criminal trial of Newby, who is charged with murder. Trial is set for August 2021. According to Attorney Shabazz, Black Lawyers for Justice is in town from Washington, DC to support a vigorous and thorough prosecution of Tyler Newby. “We must have the strongest of justice for the murder of Dorian Murrell. Furthermore, BLFJ is here to conduct a formal inquiry into human and civil rights violations by the Indianapolis police department and the city of Indianapolis and the State of Indiana.” Friday’s hearing will feature a number of witnesses who will testify as well as public testimony on Black suffering in Indiana.

At 5pm July 16th there will be a Human Rights – Civil Rights Hearing on Systematic Racism in Indiana. The event will be held at Hovey Street Church – 2338 Hovey Street in Indiana.

2nd AMENDMENT/ANTI-RACISM MARCH: On July 17th there will be a national 2nd Amendment march in downtown Indianapolis and participants will gather at 2 pm at Pan Am Plaza in Indianapolis; across from the Black Expo and the Indianapolis Convention Center. The march will be open to regular civilians who are demanding better human rights in Indiana and an end to white supremacy and systematic racism in the Hoosier State. Organizers include: New Black Panther Party, PANSOC, Black Power Movement, Black Men’s Movement and a host other groups.

EVENT: Friday – July 16, 2021 – 1:00 pm
Legal News Conference: Countering White Racism and White Supremacy in Indiana – City County Building – 35 North Pennsylvania Street

Human Rights – Civil Rights Hearing on Systematic Racism – 5:00pm- 9pm
Hovey St. Church – 2338 Hovey Street

EVENT: Saturday – July 17, 2021 – 1pm
March and Rally for Black Power – Pan Am Plaza – 102 West Georgia Street

CONTACT: [email protected] 301.513.5445
MEDIA: [email protected]

Malik Z. Shabazz, Esq.
Black Lawyers for Justice
+1 301-513-5445
email us here

Read more
This post originally posted here usnews

South Austin neighbors oppose possible city-sanctioned homeless camps nearby

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Residents in the Park Ridge neighborhood in south Austin are expressing concerns about possible city-sanctioned homeless encampments in their community.

On Saturday, District 2 City Council Member Vanessa Fuentes hosted a town hall at Dittmar Recreation Center.

City Manager Spencer Cronk, Chief Homeless Strategy Officer Dianna Grey and Budget Officer Kerri Lang addressed questions about the city’s budget and homelessness response, as well as the District 2 Office’s anti-displacement and resilience building efforts.

“I got several emails and calls of concern about possible sanctioned encampment sites in areas that are very clearly not suitable,” said Fuentes. “We had neighbors and residents reach out to us saying this site is unsuitable for x, y and z reasons. So part of the process that we did as an office was to meet with residents who raised concerns, and then share that feedback directly with city staff.”

  • District 2 City Council Member Vanessa Fuentes meets with residents from the Park Ridge neighborhood in south Austin to hear their concerns about possibly city-sanctioned homeless encampments moving nearby. (KXAN Photo)
  • District 2 City Council Member Vanessa Fuentes meets with residents from the Park Ridge neighborhood in south Austin to hear their concerns about possibly city-sanctioned homeless encampments moving nearby. (KXAN Photo)

One of the residents expressing her frustrations is Stephanie Lindholm, who lives in the Park Ridge neighborhood, which is located off West Slaughter Lane just west of Interstate 35.

She said there is a homeless campsite behind her backyard in a heavily-wooded area.

“We as neighbors have been struggling with this for three years now. I’ve called in 23 fires just this year, of which maybe two have been put out by the fire department,” Lindholm said. “Last week I mowed my lawn and the smell of meth smoking that was happening was so intense, I threw up.”

Lindholm said noise, safety and trash issues are a growing concern for neighbors, especially after she learned the city had identified about six sites for potential sanctioned homeless encampments in her area.

“There are homeless people that peek through our fence. There’s people smoking. There’s fires; they’re yelling,” explained Lindholm. “It’s just constant, all day, every day, and we can’t be in our backyards.”

  • Camp near the Park Ridge neighborhood in south Austin (KXAN Photo)
  • Camp near the Park Ridge neighborhood in south Austin (KXAN Photo)

The city released a first draft of 45 potential sanctioned homeless encampment sites on May 18, with slightly more than half of those sites in east and southeast Austin. Officials called the release a “snapshot” after reviewing more than 70 sites at first.

But the city delayed the release of approved Austin homeless encampments in June, citing too many restrictions.

“That’s a hard thing to be a homeowner and just a human being and see someone suffering, but to have it be our burden to take when the city says they’re doing so many good things for them — it’s kind of hard to swallow,” said Lindholm.

Fuentes has toured the sites with neighbors and has also talked to people who currently live in encampments there and brought them water. She is concerned there isn’t enough basic infrastructure in her district to properly support people experiencing homelessness.

“We have pockets of District 2 that do not have access to a grocery store and that have very limited public transportation options. When we talk about how we’re going to house our unhoused neighbors, we don’t want to put them in even more vulnerable situations,” Fuentes said.

She is pushing for more supportive housing options. She is also calling for increasing current shelter capacity, which was reduced because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“So what I am advocating for are permanent solutions,” Fuentes explained. “How do we get our unhoused neighbors into actual houses that have the support services needed that go with housing. So looking at mental health services, addiction, trauma, counseling, all those things that will help our unhoused neighbors get back on their feet.”

Fuentes continues to encourage neighbors to reach out to her via email, phone or social media with their feedback about the city’s efforts.

She did applaud the city for supporting a plan that came from community stakeholders to reduce homelessness. The plan includes rehousing 3,000 individuals who are experiencing homelessness in the next three years and a $ 100 million commitment towards reducing homelessness.

Author: Jennifer Sanders
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

UT to require Longhorn Band to play the 'Eyes of Texas' but will create new band for those who oppose song

Author Andrew Schnitker
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Members of the Longhorn Band will be required to perform “The Eyes of Texas” alma mater and fight song at future sporting events.

However, a new marching band, which will be created by the university beginning in Fall 2022, will not be required to play the songs.

On Wednesday night, leaders from the College of Fine Arts, Butler School of Music and University Bands announced plans for the new band along with plans to provide scholarships and waive participation fees for band members.

The release says this new band will be for “individuals who want to perform in a marching band, with a focus on leading/directing bands and community engagement. The band will be an academic, for-credit course through the Butler School beginning in Fall 2022 and will not play the university alma mater or the UT fight song.”

The Longhorn Band plays at “high-profile” events, alumni events, graduations and sporting events. The Longhorn Pep Band performs at basketball and volleyball games.

All students in the Longhorn Band, Longhorn Pep Band, Mariachi Paredes and the newly created University Band will receive a performance scholarship of $ 1,000 with band section leaders receiving a minimum of $ 2,500, according to the release.

The university says a scholarship will be honored for “any rising senior in 2021-22 who wishes to opt out of the Longhorn Band.”

In October 2020, the Longhorn Band director, Scott Hanna, said an internal survey revealed there weren’t enough band members willing to play the Eyes of Texas at the upcoming Longhorns football game due to its origins at minstrel shows.

The song was played off a recording over the PA system throughout the 2020 football season.

In March, a UT committee tasked with researching the song announced its findings, stating the intent of “The Eyes of Texas” was not “overtly racist.”

Leaders from these companies oppose Georgia's new voting law

A growing number of companies and top executives are blasting a new election law in Georgia that some critics have assailed as a concerted effort to suppress minority voters.

The legislation, signed into law last week by Gov. Brian KempBrian KempThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden may find zero GOP support for jobs plan Backlash grows against Georgia voting rights law American Airlines rebukes Texas voting restrictions MORE[2][3][4][5][6][1] (R), limits the use of drop-off ballot boxes, introduces new voter identification requirements and prevents voters waiting in line from being given food or water.

More than 70 Black businesses leaders recently signed an open letter calling on companies to oppose similar bills in other states. Some businesses, like Atlanta-based Home Depot, have released statements affirming voting rights while not directly addressing the law.[7]


The following companies have at least one top executive who has publicly opposed the Georgia law.

Advent Capital Management LLC

American Express

AMB Sports & Entertainment LLC

Ariel Investments


Avnet Inc.


Bank of America

Ben & Jerry’s


Black Economic Alliance

Black Enterprise

BlackIvy Group LLC


BNY Mellon


Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Carnival Corp.



Coca-Cola Inc.

Comcast Corp.

Compass Group

Delta Air Lines

Deutsche Bank


Eli Lilly and Company



Fairview Capital

Ford Foundation

General Electric Co.

GenNx360 Capital Partners

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Global Infrastructure Partners

Goldman Sachs


Google LLC

Grain Management LLC


Johnson & Johnson

Lazard Ltd.

Madison Square Garden Sports Corp.

Martin Chase Productions



Microsoft Corp.

M&T Bank


Northrop Grumman

Park Hotels & Resorts

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP




Sarr Group LLC



Sundial Brands

Textron Inc.


Tyler Perry Studios




Vista Equity Partners


Jonnette Oakes contributed.

[email protected] (Jared Gans)

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal setting trend to oppose Novak Djokovic PTPA

When the PTPA was announced last year, world No 2 Nadal was quick to voice his opinion.

“Just because they created this organisation doesn’t mean they help tennis more than other players who believe in the usual structure,” he said.

“If we have experienced positive situations, it is thanks to the involvement of Roger, myself, but also Novak and Andy, because we have always been concerned with asking others what they need.

“If we compare the earnings of five, six, seven or eight years ago to today, it is clear that we have significantly reduced the gap between the lowest ranked and the best players.

Business Roundtable to oppose corporate tax increase to pay for infrastructure

The Business Roundtable is pushing back on a proposal to raise the corporate tax rate to pay for President BidenJoe BidenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden officials brace for worst despite vaccine data Congress looks to rein in Biden’s war powers Democrats seize on voting rights; GOP cries foul MORE[2][3][4][5][6][1]’s infrastructure package, a plan the administration is set to announce Wednesday.

The White House shared details of the infrastructure plan[7] with lawmakers on Tuesday. The $ 2 trillion proposal will be funded by raising the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent, as well as creating a global tax on corporate earnings, a source familiar with the plan confirmed to The Hill Tuesday. 

“Business Roundtable strongly opposes corporate tax increases as a pay-for for infrastructure investment. Policymakers should avoid creating new barriers to job creation and economic growth, particularly during the recovery,” Business Roundtable CEO Joshua Bolten said in a statement on Tuesday.


Bolten called on Congress to come up with a solution to fund infrastructure.

“To the extent that infrastructure investment, given its unique economic benefits and the need for a rapid recovery from COVID-19, is deficit-funded in the short term, Congress should set a course for steady, reliable funding for infrastructure over the long term,” he said.

Biden on will formally unveil the plan on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, Pa., to improve roads, bridges and broadband as well as manufacturing. The plan is part of a two-part package. 

Congressional Democrats have indicated that while they would like the bill to be a bipartisan effort, they may have to go it alone, passing the bill through a budget process called reconciliation. Reconciliation would give Democrats the ability to bypass the 60-vote filibuster in the Senate. 

The Business Roundtable has called for infrastructure investment and a bipartisan solution so a package can pass by regular order in Congress.

Brendan Bechtel, Chairman and CEO of Bechtel Group, Inc. and chair of the Business Roundtable Infrastructure Committee, estimated a lower investment on infrastructure is needed than that included in Biden’s plan.

“Business Roundtable estimates that an investment of approximately $ 1 trillion to $ 1.5 trillion is necessary to return U.S. physical infrastructure to a state of good repair, expand capacity to meet expected demand and invest in new green infrastructure,” he said in a statement.

[email protected] (Alex Gangitano)