We’re constantly being asked to qualify black life in America. So when Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson identified Darren Wilson as the officer who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown last weekend, the logic he employed was all too familiar.
When a black person is killed under dubious circumstances, the conversation inevitably turns to what the victim did to precipitate – if not outright deserve – such an abrupt and violent demise.
#ThrowbackThursday via Occupy Democrats: This vote was just a week ago, on July 30, but the media barely covered it. 42 Senators used the filibuster to preserve tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.
Quantel Lotts, who was tried as an adult for a homicide he committed when he was 14 years old, and sentenced to life without parole, interviewed in 2012.
• Full interview here.
World’s top Ebola specialists question why only US aid workers given experimental drug while Africans die without it
New York City’s juvenile jails are extremely violent and unsafe, the result of a deeply ingrained culture of violence in which guards routinely violate constitutional rights of teenage inmates and subject them to “rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force,” the federal government said in a scathing report released Monday.
The report, the result of a two-and-a-half-year Justice Department investigation into violence at three Rikers Island juvenile jail facilities, recommended major reforms to almost every aspect of how young offenders are treated.
It identified problems that occurred between 2011 and 2013 that also likely hold true for adult inmates, including poor staff training, inadequate investigations, an ineffective management structure and the overuse of solitary confinement, particularly for mentally ill inmates.
“Indeed, while we did not specifically investigate the use of force against the adult inmate population, our investigation suggests that the systemic deficiencies identified in this report may exist in equal measure at the other jails on Rikers,” the government attorneys from Manhattan wrote.
— 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