August 24, 2014
White people don’t want to talk about Ferguson. Which is why we need to.

The Pew Research Center also asked about the police response to the protests. Only a third of whites think the police went too far in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting.

Only a third think armored vehicles rolling down the streets of Ferguson is going too far.

Only a third think police dressed in camouflage (for some inexplicable reason) waving military-grade assault weapons at unarmed civilians is going too far.

Only a third think lobbing tear gas and stun grenades at civilians—the very citizens they’re supposed to protect—is going too far.

Only a third think threatening reporters and calling protestors “f*****g animals” is going too far.

Only a third think treating black civilians like enemy combatants is going too far.

We have a problem. And the problem is that we won’t even accept that there’s a problem.

Fuck that….

(Source: azspot, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

August 20, 2014

(Source: kingjaffejoffer, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

August 17, 2014

micdotcom:

7 everyday items worth more than a black person’s life in America

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.

This is the America we live in today.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

August 12, 2014
workingamerica:

#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.
If the Senate continues to fight for corporations instead of people, it’s time for the President to take action —> http://bit.ly/1AXV69h http://ift.tt/1usoqQx

workingamerica:

#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.

If the Senate continues to fight for corporations instead of people, it’s time for the President to take action —> http://bit.ly/1AXV69h http://ift.tt/1usoqQx

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

August 11, 2014
"That’s how I felt at the time, like I was already dead … They locked me up and gave me life without. It’s like they killed all hope for the future. There’s nothing left."

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. 

• Story: Minors remain jailed for life despite US supreme court ban on such sentences.

• Full interview here.

(via guardian)

(Source: theguardian.com, via guardian)

August 5, 2014
Jailed New York youngsters subject to 'rampant use of excessive force'

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.

July 29, 2014
"When children attend schools that place a greater value on discipline and security than on knowledge and intellectual development, they are attending prep schools for prison."

— Angela Davis (via anarchei)

(Source: thinksquad, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

July 27, 2014
"As the world’s largest jailer, the United States, with only 5 percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, has increased its incarceration rate of women by 832 percent over three decades. The incarceration rate of black women in the United States has increased by 828 percent over a five year period and black women now constitute one half of the US female prison population. In Western Australia, the number of incarcerated women doubled between 1995 and 2001, with Indigenous women comprising 54 percent of the female prisoner population although constituting only 2 percent of the state’s population. In Canada, the representation of Indigenous women in prisons has increased nearly 90 percent over the past decade and has been declared “nothing short of a crisis”"

— Harsha Walia, Undoing Border Imperialism (via lehaaz)

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

July 24, 2014
teamsternation:

As union membership has declined, income inequality has risen. This is not a coincidence, unions protect workers and offer great jobs.

teamsternation:

As union membership has declined, income inequality has risen. This is not a coincidence, unions protect workers and offer great jobs.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

July 22, 2014
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"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.”

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— Martin Luther King

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