We didn’t know that our activism and our peaceful displays would result in guns literally looking down our eyes. Literally looking down our eyes. Guns.
And I had young people who were willing to die. For justice.
I had a young person — and he’s definitely the example of many young people that I represent who said "I didn’t think I would make it to twenty-one years old so I’m ready to die now. Let’s do it now."
State senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (@MariaChappelleN) speaks on the Senate floor about the events she witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri in the weeks following the execution of Mike Brown. Senator Chappelle-Nadal was one of many protesters tear gassed for three hours without reprieve by the Ferguson PD.
She has been consistent and unrelenting in her criticism of Governor Jay Nixon — to the point of tweeting him “FUCK you, Governor!” — for his lack of action over the violation of citizens’ constitutional right to peacefully protest, and passionately vocal about the violent ways in which protesters were abused by the police.
My State senator, thank you very much!
More than 4.29 million of Scotland’s adults now registered for independence vote, with 118,640 added in last month.
guys net neutrality is so important
since it just got repealed, cable companies now can charge extra for speed for site hosts, which means sites like netflix, youtube or really any site in the world have to pay extra in order to have the maximum speeds for customers
- small companies that might be doing rly great shit won’t be able to handle a lot of customers bc it might be too expensive to pay for higher speeds
- big sites like tumblr/twitter/facebook are going to have to pay extra money so you can get your content as fast as possible, and guess who’s going to have to bear that extra cost (hint: us)
- cable companies already have a monopoly over cable/telephone networks (there’s only like 3 major ones and comcast makes up for more than 50% of america’s cable rn, not good) but now they’re going to control internet speeds too, which means they can do whatever they want to the speeds of your favorite sites and you can’t even switch out since they have no competition
- if they don’t like the site for a political reason, they can increase prices to however high they want, therefore slowing the site down by so much that they can’t function anymore
- they say they’re making an “internet fast lane” but really what it means is that most sites (unless they got the $$$) are going to be on the slow lane by default
so please, sign this petition to let the government know you’re fucking pissed about this
- 2 members of Lost Voices were arrested last night for failure to comply and manner of walking… aka being in the street when sidewalks are provided… aka jaywalking. MORE posted bail for the 2 members and for 150+ other people as well.
- The grand jury in the killing of Mike Brown is only meeting once a week and are being treated as co-investigators. Also, legal experts say it’s unlikely that Darren Wilson will be charged with 1st degree murder. 2nd degree murder is possible but also unlikely if he argues that he feared for his life.
- #HealFerguson Concert for Peace and Unity (x) (x) (x) (x) (x) (x) (x) (x)
- White people still refuse to believe black people about the experience of being black
- Congress mulls response to Ferguson
- Ferguson Township Dem. Committeewoman, Patricia Bynes, prepares for the challenge ahead
- More than 3/5 human
- Sign up for the Ferguson mailing list to stay updated
While life gets better for millions of gays, the number of homeless LGBT teens - many cast out by their religious families - quietly keeps growing.
This is actually a really, really well done article. long but absolutely worth the read. So glad that a magazine as big as Rolling Stone is publishing content saying, “Hey, people, we may be patting ourselves on the back about marriage equality these days but there are much bigger issues still being swept under the rug.”
this was really hard for me to read because it hit so terribly close to home, but holy shit, it’s really well done. check it out
- Turning unrest into a movement
- The DOJ is working to ensure that the criminal justice system is fair, constitutional, and free of bias. More on the investigation (x)
- White hate groups have nearly doubled over the last 15 years
- Some NYPD officers will begin wearing body cameras in a pilot program
- It’s easier to become a STL officer than a barber
- The murder of Mike Brown and Jim Crow lynchings have too much in common
- House of cards corruption in Ferguson (Storify)
- Resources for teaching about Ferguson, discussing race and injustice
- Both “Support Darren Wilson” fundraising pages were suspended by their creators with no explanation. Who started them?
- Deaths from police shootings (latest available year) USA - 409 Germany - 8 Britain - 0 Japan - 0
- MO state Rep. Jeff Roorda: 1. Has been raising money for Darren Wilson 2. Was fired in 2001 from the police force for making false statements and sponsored a bill that would hide the names of cops involved in a shooting 3. Link to all the details & case laws on the false reports filed by Roorda while he was an officer 4. Gov. Nixon endorses Roorda at office opening ceremony
What’s going on: Protests, basically. It started off as a long march called the Azadi or Freedom march by PTI led by Imran Khan an opposition party in the parliament and the Inqalaab or Revolution march by PAT led by Tahir-ul-Qadri, a non entity in the parliament but someone who can pull crowds to himself. The march went from Lahore to Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, where they gave (and are still giving) a dharna, which I think is a sit in in English. These were all peaceful protests and the sit in was peaceful until yesterday, when the protesters started going toward the prime minister house after failed negotiations (and a lot more) and well, they weren’t allowed to go far because the police went in with tear gas, rubber bullets, and also in one instance, actual bullets. This has resulted in about upwards of 200 injuries and 7 people dead, 2 are critical, obviously again these are premature numbers and there’s likely to be a lot more.
Now, WHY: Simply, the march happened because of allegations of rigging in the general election of 2013 that led to Nawaz Sharif, head of the PML-N to come to power. The Lahore Incident, which is linked here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Lahore_clash), read up. Generally, also non responsiveness to valid rigging allegations, and no sign of opening up areas where these allegations exist. A lot more.
This is a very, very basic thing. I skipped military intervention in talks, the sit in was on going for two weeks, a lot more basis for the march, the entry into the Red Zone, more events. You can google and keep up with this and ask me more questions if you’re still confused. This is also an on going situation.
If I messed up something tell me I’ll fix it. Add more to this if you want.
#Sept6CTA, spread the word! September 6th will be a national day of community outreach and direct action.
Whether this means organizing a teach-in, a rally, a demonstration or a town hall addressing police brutality in a community space, we implore leaders to engage their families, friends and neighbors by taking action.
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