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Today’s Must Reads
Here’s ten items, including some under-the radar-stories, that you should not miss:
- Federal Court Rules Bulk Collection Of Phone Records By NSA Likely Violates Constitution: Founding Fathers ‘Would Be Aghast’: A federal judge has ruled that the “wholesale collection of the phone record metadata” of all U.S. citizens — a program exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden — likely violates the 4th Amendment and is unconstitutional.
- The Four Questions ’60 Minutes’ Forgot To Ask The NSA: Reporter John Miller gets slammed by social media for not asking NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander these kinds of tough questions.
- U.S. Transfers Two Detainees In Step Towards An Empty Guantanamo: Two more transfers drop the total number being held at the facility to 160.
- Church Leaders Shame Catholic University For Accepting Koch Dollars: “The Koch brothers are billionaire industrialists who fund organizations that advance public policies that directly contradict Catholic teaching on a range of moral issues from economic justice to environmental stewardship,” the group writes.
- Pennsylvania School Tries To Kick Out Two Students After Their Families Became Homeless: After two students and their family lost their house to foreclosure and were forced to live at a campground on the edge of town, the school district no longer considers them to be residents of the school district.
- How The Sports World Remembered Newtown: Multiple athletes marked the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting this weekend.
- The ThinkProgress Year In Culture: The Best — And Worst — Books Of 2013: The biggest lightning rods, most revealing non-fiction, smartest young adult novel, and worst book of 2013.
- What Megyn Kelly Did — And Didn’t — Learn From The Reaction To Her White Santa Segment: At least now she knows that Jesus isn’t white. But Megyn Kelly’s defensive response to her critics suggests a profound and ongoing racial insecurity.
- Is The GOP Becoming Gentler And Kinder Ahead Of The 2014 Elections?: Their rhetoric may be less incendiary, but the policy is just as extreme.
- Alps Warming At Double The Average Global Rate, New Study Confirms: Glaciologists have found a 2,600-year-old leaf that offers further evidence of the rapid climactic changes taking place in areas of high elevation that have been frozen for millennia.
Shawn Carter aka Jay Z: End all partnerships with Barneys New York By Derick Bowers Brooklyn, New York Sign Derick’s Petition Right as Jay Z prepares to roll out a new partnership with Barneys New York for the holiday shopping season, I’ve been disappointed to hear new allegations about how the retailer treats young black consumers.
According to The Post, following his purchase, he was stopped by police officers, allegedly called by a Barneys sales clerk, who believed the transaction was fraudulent. After being held in a precinct cell, Trayon was released with no charges.
Just days later, Kayla Phillips, a 21-year-old black woman, came forward with her similar story of discrimination. Kayla says that she was surrounded by police and questioned after she purchased a handbag from the store. She was also incorrectly accused of using a fraudulent card.
We can no longer tolerate blatant prejudice and discrimination. It is clear that the minority buying power is devalued by some. We must withdraw support to those who will not support us. I’ve been a lifelong Jay Z fan.
Jay Z is currently in partnership with Barneys New York for the release of his holiday collection — called “A New York Holiday” (or BNY SCC). Barneys lacks any connection with the black and hip-hop community. And without his vast wealth and brand power, they would see him the same as they see Trayon Christian. Jay Z should be appalled by Barneys actions, and withdraw all support from them. If he does this, he will send a clear message to all corporations that are likeminded, that this behavior cannot be tolerated any longer.
Please join me in calling on Jay Z to withdraw his support from Barneys New York because of this discrimination.
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