Tuesday, August 17, 1999

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  • The Mother of a Paranoid Schizophrenic Man Scheduled for Execution in Texas Today Appeals for His Life

    A Texas court yesterday refused to grant a stay of execution to Larry Robison, a paranoid schizophrenic on death row who is scheduled for execution this evening at 6pm Texas time. Robison’s lawyer, Melodee Smith, had petitioned the courts for a 30-day delay to have his mental state evaluated.

  • Marcus Garvey, Jr Speaks On the 112th Anniversary of the Birth of His Father

    Today is the 112th anniversary of the birth of Marcus Garvey, the founding father of the black nationalist, "back to Africa" movement. Garvey founded and led the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (known as the UNIA), the largest mass movement in African American history. The UNIA flourished from about 1919 to the mid-1920’s and existed in almost 40 states domestically and over 40 countries internationally. Estimates of its membership range from one to eleven million worldwide, making the UNIA the largest Pan-African movement of all time. The movement is now led by his son, Marcus Garvey, Jr.

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    Juan González on How Puerto Rico’s Economic "Death Spiral" is Tied to Legacy of Colonialism
    Could Puerto Rico become America’s Greece? That’s a question many are asking as the island faces a devastating financial crisis and a rapidly crumbling healthcare system. Puerto Rico owes $72 billion in debt. $355 million in debt payments are due December 1, but it increasingly looks like the U.S. territory may default on at least some of the debt. Congress has so far failed to act on an Obama administration proposal that includes extending bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico and allocating more equitable Medicaid and Medicare...


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