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May 5, 2015  

El Cinco de Mayo: Steeped in the Battle Against Slavery

It’s perhaps one of America's most misunderstood commemorative days, but El Cinco de Mayo should be one of its most widely celebrated. 
Advertising campaigns would have us believe it's about tacos, guacamole and beer, but in fact El Cinco de Mayo is steeped in a protracted struggle by conjoined Native, African and Spanish-speaking peoples in the Americas against European imperialism and the genocidal policies that accompanied it.
Dr. David E. Hayes-Bautista, author of "El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition," explains the hidtorical significance of the commemorative day.
Hayes-Bautista is a professor of medicine and director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the School of Medicine, UCLA.

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May 4, 2015  

Baltimore: A Legal Primer on Cop Indictments in Freddie Gray Case

Baltimoreans rejoiced last Friday after State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced the indictment and arrest of six police officers allegedly connected to the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old local man, while in their custody after an illegal arrest April 12.
Gray, who suffered a severed spinal cord and crushed voice box among other injuries, died a week later. His death touched off a series of protests locally and nationally, including a rebellion in Baltimore that was quashed by martial law.
Indictment of the police officers, however, is no guarantee of convictions in the case, says our guest, "Attorney at War" Alton H. Maddox Jr. There are major legal obstacles to overcome,  he says, noting that the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, the officers' union, has already asserted that the officers did nothing wrong. 
Maddox, an expert on police-brutality and wrongful-death litigation, provides a legal primer on the case.

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May 1, 2015  

Free Your Mind ... and Ours, Too!
Now is the time for all good folk to come to the aid of each other. Put forward your best thoughts, analyses and ideas about issues and events of the week and keep us all grounded. 
It's "Free Your Mind Friday" on Leid Stories, the best open forum on the planet. Call in (888-874-4888; it’s free!) and dazzle us with your insights. 

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