— Angela Davis (via anarchei)
— Harsha Walia, Undoing Border Imperialism (via lehaaz)
As union membership has declined, income inequality has risen. This is not a coincidence, unions protect workers and offer great jobs.
"In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights… Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone.
Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped. Our weapon is our vote.”"
— Martin Luther King
Chief Russell Mills to the LA Times after shooting and killing black 89-year-old great grandfather Shawn Monroe at a barbecue unprovoked. Today, he walks free with no charges, despite numerous witnesses and his own admission that he enjoys terrorizing black people.
Tell me again why Black people should be okay with police when they have, since the history of our being kidnapped to this fucking country, have not EVER been about protecting us, but about terrorizing us?
Police are NOT for Black people’s safety. They are about torturing us, terrorizing us and killing us. Period. There is no safety with police. There is no peace keeping with police. They have ALWAYS been a terror to the Black community and I am tired of this fact being pushed to the wayside.
And Ray Kelly, when he was Commissioner in NYC said the same thing.
Arpaio has said the same thing.
This is a ROUTINE assertion that the point of the police is to be an agent of state terror. And that such terror should be all but exclusively focused on Black and Brown bodies.
A night scene in the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro on July 8, 2014. Rocinha is the largest favela in Brazil. (Lorenzo Moscia/Redux)
Al Jazeera compiles the responses of world leaders, governments and international organisations as violence continues.
The US and UK are disgusting, Germany’s not so hot… Ireland… eh. But Seriously. Israel has Iron dome. Those rockets from Gaza barely do damage. 88 dead and 600 injured, on the other hand, in people kept trapped under seige by a genocidal government, the US and UK don’t care about.
Congress is now made up mostly of millionaires (over 50%) ..(more here)
The Supreme Court didn’t just attack Women’s rights today. It attacked Labor.
If you’re wondering exactly how it stripped Union power, this is a great link.