— Harsha Walia, Undoing Border Imperialism (via lehaaz)
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.
During the US State Department’s daily press briefing this morning, spokesperson Jen Psaki was asked whether Palestinians in Gaza have a right to defend themselves against Israeli aggression. As of this writing, Israeli bombing has killed more than fifty Palestinians since Monday, including more than a dozen children, and injured an additional 450 in the besieged Gaza Strip.
Psaki responded by feigning confusion and deflecting the question. The question was posed after Psaki repeatedly invoked Israel’s right to defend itself from Hamas rocket fire.
Psaki was also asked by the same journalist whether Israel’s “response” to rockets fired from Gaza has been proportionate. She again deflected and reiterated the United States’ support for Israel. Here is the exchange:
QUESTION: Remaining on the message theme, so you think that all Israel is doing is sending a strong deterrent message and that’s all there is, and that remains within the accepted proportion or whatever, proportionality?
MS. PSAKI: I don’t think that’s what I stated, Said. There is obviously a range of circumstances on the ground right now, as you all know. There are the unfortunate recent deaths of the three teenagers. There are – there is the kidnapping and then the beating of the other teenager.
MS. PSAKI: There is violence and back-and-forth. I don’t have to repeat for you. You know exactly what’s happening on the ground.
QUESTION: I know. I understand and you don’t have to repeat for me. But you feel that sort of the Israeli air raids, like maybe hundreds of them so far this day, are proportionate to the rockets?
MS. PSAKI: That’s not – I wouldn’t validate the accuracy of that number, but I would say, Said —
QUESTION: Okay. Well, the sorties – there are hundreds of sorties.
MS. PSAKI: I would say, Said, that I don’t think any country would be expected to allow rockets to come in and threaten the lives and health and well-being of the citizens in their country, and Israel has the right to defend themselves.
QUESTION: Okay. Do you believe that the Palestinians in Gaza have the right to defend themselves?
MS. PSAKI: I think – I’m not sure what you’re getting at, Said.
QUESTION: I am asking you: Do they have the right to defend themselves against Israeli aggression?
MS. PSAKI: What are you specifically referring to? Is there a specific event or a specific occurrence?
QUESTION: Do they have the right to respond to Israeli rocketing and bombing their homes, their houses, their areas, their schools?
MS. PSAKI: We’re talking about attacks from a terrorist organization, Said. I don’t think you’re —
QUESTION: No, but there is also a population —
MS. PSAKI: — we’re having a conversation about what’s happening here.
QUESTION: I mean, you agree that there is a civilian population in Gaza that is also subject to —
MS. PSAKI: Certainly, and the threat, as I mentioned earlier, to civilian populations is of great concern to us. And that’s one of the reasons why we’re so focused on encouraging all sides to de-escalate.
QUESTION: Are you calling on someone like Egypt to intervene, perhaps, that can bring about some sort of quiet?
MS. PSAKI: We’ve, again, been in touch with countries from the region. I’m not going to get into any greater level of specificity.
QUESTION: Have you gotten a response from the Egyptians that they are willing to intervene or perhaps broker —
MS. PSAKI: I’ll let countries speak for themselves.
This is in keeping with the US policy of double standards in the region. No matter how many civilian homes Israel bombs, no matter how many innocent Palestinians are killed and maimed, the US will never respect the besieged and tormented population of Gaza’s right to self-defense.
Instead American officials will continue to gaurantee their unwavering and unconditional support for Israeli aggression in both rhetoric and military aid, as President Barack Obama has done in an op-ed in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, in which he declared:
Budgets in Washington are tight, but our commitment to Israel’s security remains ironclad. The United States is committed to providing more than $3 billion each year to help finance Israel’s security through 2018.
We should expect nothing less than cartoonish double standards from the regime that finances Israel’s crimes.
It is important to note that Israel controls the Gaza Strip from air, land and sea, and is therefore obligated under international law to protect civilians in the territories it occupies. As Noura Erakat explains on the Jadaliyya website, Israel’s framing of military incursions into Gaza as “self-defense” is part of a long-standing effort by both Israel and the US to weaken and change international law.
Jesus. What an incompetent press secretary.
Construction permits reveal plans for four fence-enclosed pods inside corrugated steel warehouse in McAllen
This is fucking disgusting
Look this over. It clearly demonstrates that the US is a nation of overwhelmingly incompetent shits.
What does it take to be president? We asked Americans about 16 different traits and how it affects support for a candidate.
Fuck. Pigs. Always.
The culture of respondance to authority, and electing to reject being politically autonomous and free in exchange for power, means that, at their hearts, anyone in the Police or Military is choosing this fate.
It isn’t to “protect and serve.” If that’s what you want to do, fight for human rights, don’t join a chain of command.
By the way, these cops were doing this for over three and a half years. They ordered hundreds of vehicles to be impounded and when the car owners couldn’t pay the impound fees they either kept the cars for themselves or re-sold them for profit. Nope, cops never target people…
Chico and Debbie Jimenez were fined $746 by the city of Daytona Beach.
Their crime? Feeding the homeless.
With this, the USA is a failed state. When capitalist vermin have the opportunity to lobby against the pensions PROMISED to public employees, the USA has no moral right to stand for anything in the world. Period.
There’s your “philanthropic” Koch brothers for you! God forbid that people who work their entire lives for their local municipality ever get to collect the pensions that were supposed to go with it. Do these “philanthropists” give a shit as to what these people will have left to live on? No, they do not:
Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group supported by the Koch brothers, has launched an effort to torpedo a proposed settlement in the Detroit bankruptcy case, potentially complicating chances for completing the deal just as its prospects seemed to be improving.
The organization, formed to fight big government and spending, is contacting 90,000 conservatives in Michigan and encouraging them to rally against a plan to provide $195 million in state money to help settle Detroit pension holders’ claims in the case, a key element of the deal.
The group has threatened to run ads against members of the Republican-controlled Legislature who vote in favor of the appropriation before the state’s August primary. An initial legislative vote may come this week.
Using public money for Detroit’s case “is very toxic, especially to out-state and Republican, conservative-leaning individuals,” said Scott Hagerstrom, director of the Americans for Prosperity’s chapter in the state. “Even out-state Democrats, why send any more money to Detroit? Certainly other areas of the state have needs.”
Demonstrations over a recent police shooting turned into what the mayor of Albuquerque called “mayhem” on Sunday, as protesters there clashed with police during a 10-hour long rally.
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets and freeways of New Mexico’s largest city in response to the death earlier this month of James Boyd, a homeless man who was fatally shot after a three hour-long confrontation with police over illegal camping.
Protesters repeatedly marched from downtown Albuquerque to the University of New Mexico campus, around two miles away, blocking traffic and shouting anti-police slogans. As tensions escalated, officers responded with tear gas.
The videos below show protesters, carrying signs that read “End The Police State” and “Who’s Next?” confronting police in riot gear. Other footage shows demonstrators marching, including some wearing Anonymous masks and walking up to officers.
The shocking video of Boyd’s shooting (Graphic), which was captured by an officer’s helmet-mounted camera and released by police, went viral and drew stern condemnation.
After shooting a tear gas canister at Boyd and releasing an attack dog, police shot the man as he had his back turned.
The US Justice Department has been investigating the Albuquerque police department for more than a year, after several allegations of civil rights violations and abuse of force, which New Mexico residents say have gotten progressively worse. The FBI also opened an investigation into Boyd’s death.
Angela Yvonne Davis
Born January 26, 1944 (70 years strong)
Scholar, Author, Philosopher, Activist and Freedom Fighter!
This is EVERYTHING to me. Like…the joy that comes from someone recognizing her LONGEVITY and not just idolizing the years of her trial. Because she does work NOW you know; fights NOW. TODAY. And sometimes being a martyr is more respected than managing (or coincidentally, if not assassinated) to survive. Those who die fighting matter and those who survive and keep fighting matter.