Corporate Lawsuits, Grants/Scholarships
Updates:  2020/02/09 page started LACKING BILATERALITY or UNIVERSALITY From Notes/Current Commentary 2020/02/08: Continue watching for phony lawsuits rigged by groups claiming rights on racial lines.  It is often more of an industry filled with collaborators.  NEW MEXICO OR NAVAJO NATION, US - LAWSUITS This will likely get its own section shortly; the tribal, other non-white lawsuits and scholarship bundles as a preferential player/racket motif  Note: several of the resources below are from “faith” based websites, usually of the conservative Christian sort.  Although there are likely biases with mis/disinformation, take into consideration what they are saying, then do facts checking separately.  What we need to understand is that just because something is “far right” or coming from a strong religious orientation, it still can have authentic, useful and verifiable information.  In addition, some of these groups might be the only ones accurately reporting the scoop on Islamic extremists and other groups in the USA. Justia (2008) US v. Navajo Nation - Supreme Court https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/556/287/ OCTOBER TERM, 2008 UNITED STATES V. NAVAJO NATION SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES Official Citation 556 U.S. 287 Docket No. 07-1410 Huffington Post Navajo Nation - Wells Fargo Lawsuit (2017/12/14) By Hayley Miller. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/navajo-nation-wells-fargo-lawsuit_n_5a328f94e4b091ca2685f112 The lawsuit claims the bank manipulated Navajo elders into opening savings accounts they didn’t need. The Navajo Nation, the largest Native American tribe, has settled a trademark suit brought against the apparel retail chain Urban Outfitters Inc over use of the tribe’s name in company merchandise, the two sides said on Friday Grant County Beat (2019/01/14) https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/non-local-news-releases/48678-ag-balderas-announces-settlement-of-over-200-million-with-walgreens-over- fraudulent-over-dispen Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a settlement of $209.2 million dollars against Walgreens over their fraudulent dispensing of insulin pens around the nation. New Mexico is joined by the United States, the District of Columbia, and all other 49 states in settling allegations against Walgreens Boots Alliance (Walgreens). The agreement in principle resolves allegations that Walgreens knowingly engaged in fraudulent over-dispensing of insulin pens to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Walgreens operates the largest retail pharmacy chain in the U.S., with 8,309 locations across all 50 states. “Out-of-state multi-billion dollar corporations must not be allowed to take advantage of New Mexican families,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “My Medicaid Fraud division is dedicated to fighting for New Mexicans, and we will not rest as the most vulnerable New Mexicans are faced with unfair attacks from all sides.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-navajo-urbanoutfitters-idUSKBN13D2QA Talcum Power Cancer Lawsuit - Johnson and Johnson https://www.nmag.gov/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Files_Suit_Against_Manufacturers_of_Talcum_Powder.pdf see also -Attorney General Balderas today filed a lawsuit in the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico against four corporations that manufactured, advertised, and sold talcum powder products, including baby powder, which contained hazardous and carcinogenic asbestos to New Mexicans. The defendants named in the lawsuit are Johnson & Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Corporation; and Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC.    “Our office will take immediate action any time a corporation misleads a New Mexican consumer or endangers the health and safety of our families,” said Attorney General Balderas. “These products have been targeted at minority groups, especially Black and Hispanic women and children, with false messages about their safety, and I will hold these companies accountable https://www.nmag.gov/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Files_Suit_Against_Manufacturers_of_Talcum_Powder.pdf https://www.talcumpowdercancerlawsuit.com/news/new-mexico-sues-johnson-&-johnson-for-targeting.asp NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY WITH SEPARATE THEORY OF TIMELINE IN AMERICA Time (2015/07/21) There's a New Theory About Native Americans' Origins. By Tanya Basu https://time.com/3964634/native-american-origin-theory/ Native American Origin Theory Excerpt: The timeline Rasmus and his colleagues propose goes something like this: About 23,000 years ago, a single group splintered off from an East Asian population. The group, hailing from northeast Asia, crossed the Bering Land Bridge between northeast Asia and Alaska, eventually making their way to the rest of the Americas. About 13,000 years ago—much more recent than previous theories—Native Americans started to split into different groups, creating the genetic and cultural diversity that exists today. https://time.com/3964634/native-american-origin-theory/ SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS LACKING BILATERALITY The Commonwealth Times - Independent Press of Virginia Commonwealth University (2011/09/22) Race-based scholarships outdated and unfair https://commonwealthtimes.org/2011/09/22/race-based-scholarships-outdated-and-unfair/ Excerpt:  In today’s world, we’ve outgrown “leveling the playing field” in relation to affirmative action. The idea was good when, as a country, we were still accepting diversity and coming out of an age of discrimination, but we’ve moved past that into a modern era of accepting people as they are. Affirmative action should no longer be used in determining who is given scholarships by universities. Recipients of these awards should be determined solely by their academic record and financial need. This process would be fairer and have a true sense of equality. While I do support diversity, scholarships shouldn’t be based on race. Schools often award scholarships to minorities when students who aren’t of a minority are just as deserving. To prevent this, schools need to have guidelines as to what constitutes a full ride or partial scholarship. This way, we can be assured that all students who receive scholarships are judged by the same objective criteria. If two students have similar resumes, one should not be given the upper hand based on their race alone. Guidelines would prevent situations like this and make the student aware of what exactly must be done to earn a scholarship. There would be no loopholes, and every student would have an equal chance at qualifying. As they say, “May the best man win.” The state of our economy is another reason we should move away from affirmative action. Every year, universities raise tuition to even higher numbers. Students and their families simply can’t afford this, and many graduate from school with thousands of dollars of debt. Financial aid is key to every student’s life, and awards like scholarships should take a student’s need into account over their race. All students could use more money for school – no matter their race – which is why schools shouldn’t take race into account when determining scholarships. Scholarships should be determined on your academic record. If you have good grades, and the university sees you have potential, they’ll want you at their school regardless of race. Those with the highest GPAs or rigorous workloads should be rewarded for their efforts with scholarships. It’s simply not fair to have one student benefit from a scholarship when another has the same qualifications. A university would not deny a minority a scholarship because they’re a minority, which makes affirmative action outdated. A university should feel confident that when they award a scholarship, they get their money’s worth. The best way to decide this is by awarding students who have demonstrated their abilities inside and outside the classroom and their commitment to education. By taking out a factor such as race in determining scholarships, they’d be more fairly awarded. https://commonwealthtimes.org/2011/09/22/race-based-scholarships-outdated-and-unfair/ Bartleby dot com (this is a source with a likely “faith” based bias, use due diligence in checking out the facts) Affirmative Action An Unfair Advantage for Minorities https://www.bartleby.com/essay/Affirmative-Action-An-Unfair-Advantage-For-Minorities-P37VDY4CFL9X Excerpt: Affirmation Action Produces Negative Reactions In the early 1960’s, President Kennedy issued an executive order to ensure that government contractors hire and treat employees without regard to race, creed, color, or national origin.  This executive order was issued so that all would have equal opportunities when qualified especially in regard to higher education and employment.  However, it wasn’t until President Johnson issued his executive order in 1965 that it was developed and enforced.  Affirmative action was meant to level the playing field so women, minorities, disabled, and other groups that are discriminated against would have same opportunities as those who were not typically known to experience discrimination.  Since its inception, issues have been raised regarding reverse discrimination.  Affirmative action has given an unfair advantage to minorities when applying for employment and higher education by focusing on gender and race instead of performance, calls into question minorities’ qualifications, and results in the further division of minorities in society by race, gender, or disability. Affirmative action was created to help end discrimination in the work place and in educational opportunities, but has given an unfair advantage to minority https://www.bartleby.com/essay/Affirmative-Action-An-Unfair-Advantage-For-Minorities-P37VDY4CFL9X WND (this is a source with a likely “faith” based bias, use due diligence in checking out the facts) (2016/01/17)Islamist running 140 tax-funded charter schools in U.S. Casts broad net of influence over la.  By Leo Hohman. https://www.wnd.com/2016/01/islamist-running-140-tax-funded-charter-schools-in-u-s/ Excerpt: Muhammad Fethullah Gülen is a Turkish Islamist, writer and preacher with a secret plan for bringing Shariah law to America.  But the schools -- which have innocent-sounding names like the Horizon Science Academies in Illinois, Harmony Schools of Excellence in Texas, Dove Science Academies in Oklahoma and Magnolia Science Academies in California -- have long been the subject of investigations into alleged corruption scandals involving influence peddling and visa abuse. Daily Caller (2015/12/28) Mosque Linked To Muslim Brotherhood Has Received Millions In Federal Grants. By Chuck Ross https://dailycaller.com/2015/12/28/mosque-linked-to-muslim-brotherhood-has-received-millions-in-federal-grants/ Excerpt:  A Kansas City mosque owned by an Islamic umbrella organization with deep ties to the U.S. arm of the Muslim Brotherhood has received millions of dollars in federal grants over the past several years, according to a federal spending database. The Islamic Center of Greater Kansas City has received $2,739,891 from the Department of Agriculture since 2010, a Daily Caller analysis has found. The money largely went to the mosque’s Crescent Clinic to provide services through the Women, Infant and Children nutrition program, known as WIC….The most recent federal payment — in the amount of $327,436 — was handed out Oct. 1. Property records show the mosque is owned by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), which acts as a financial holding company for Islamic organizations. It offers sharia-compliant financial products to Muslim investors, operates Islamic schools and owns more than 300 other mosques throughout the U.S.  Founded in 1973 as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Muslim Students Association, NAIT’s most controversial connection is to the 2007 and 2008 Holy Land Foundation…And while the Obama administration has largely remained agnostic towards the organization, the British government released a scathing report earlier this month noting that the Muslim Brotherhood remains supportive of Hamas and that much of its ideology and many of its tactics “are contrary to our values and have been contrary to our national interests and our national security.” Some American politicians, such as Florida Rep. [crscore]Mario Diaz-Balart[/crscore] and Texas Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore], seem to agree with that sentiment. Both Republicans introduced legislation this year to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group. NAIT has other ties to the Holy Land Foundation case. Its newly-appointed executive director, Salah Obeidallah, was a founding member and former president of the Islamic Center of Passaic County in Paterson, N.J. In the 1990s, the imam at that mosque was Mohammad El-Mezain, a founding member of the Holy Land Foundation who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for helping fund Hamas. Obeidallah has said that he was not aware of El-Mezain’s terror funding activities. In being owned by NAIT, the Kansas City organization is in company with numerous mosques with ties to known terrorists, terror sympathizers and fundamentalist Islamists. Purportedly backed by money from Saudi Arabia and supporting a fundamentalist branch of Sunni Islam known as Wahhabism, NAIT holds the deed to the Islamic Society of Boston, which operates the mosque attended by Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the so-called Boston Marathon bombers. It also controls the Islamic Center of San Diego, which was attended by Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, two al-Qaeda members who helped fly American Flight 77 into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. According to a 2002 Newsweek investigation, members of the San Diego mosque helped the two terrorists obtain housing, driver’s licences and social security numbers. They claimed not to have known about the men’s terror plans. NAIT also owns the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Fairfax Co., Va. — a known hotbed of terrorist activity. Al-Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki served as imam at that location in 2001 and 2002. He was killed by an American drone in Yemen in 2011. The Islamic Center of Greater Kansas City has its own loose links to terrorist activities. The mosque made news earlier this year when it held the funeral for Nadir Soofi, one of the two jihadis who attempted to pull off a terrorist attack in Garland, Tex. Soofi, who was 34, and his accomplice, 30-year-old Elton Simpson, opened fire outside of an art exhibit featuring cartoons of Muhammad, but were killed by a security guard. Both Soofi and Simpson attended the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, which land deeds show is owned by NAIT. That particular mosque posted $100,000 bond for Simpson following his 2010 arrest for lying to FBI agents about his plans to travel to Somalia to join a terrorist group. Simpson was given three years probation in that case. The Islamic Center of Greater Kansas City has also hosted Imam Khalid Yasin, an American-born convert to Islam, who has publicly supported sharia law and claimed that homosexuals should receive the death penalty. As a May 2010 Yahoo! message board post shows, Yasin visited the Islamic Center of Greater Kansas City and other area mosques that month to hold a series of lectures and workshops about Islam. That was nearly two years after Yasin touted the virtues of sharia law and capital punishment in a speech at a British mosque. According to a journalist for The Telegraph, Yasin said that sharia law works because: Then people can see, people without hands, people can see in public heads rolling down the street, people got [sic] their hands and feet from opposite sides chopped off and they see them crucified…they see people put up against the pole and see them get lashed in public they see it, and because they see it, it acts as a deterrent for them because they say I don’t want that to happen to me. The Islamic Center of Greater Kansas City did not respond to an email from TheDC seeking comment about its relationship with NAIT and for more information about its federal grants. Several other Islamic organizations have received grants from the Department of Agriculture, the federal government’s spending database, USASpending.gov, shows. One is Ar-Razzaq mosque in Durham, N.C., which received nearly $820,000 in grants from 2011 to 2014. It does not appear to be affiliated with NAIT. Fox News reported last year that NAIT itself has directly received $10,000 in farm subsidies since 1998 for all of the land that it owns. The subsidies were put on hold for several years following the organization’s involvement in the Holy Land Foundation case but resumed in 2011.        
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