Texas sees first bill to fully repeal marijuana prohibition

(KVUE) State Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) filed House Bill 2165 Monday, which would strike all references to marijuana from Texas statues. Digital records maintained by the Legislative Reference Library show lawmakers have filed 61 bills focused on marijuana laws dating back to 1969. While many sought to reduce penalties for possession of small amounts, none have attempted a full repeal of marijuana prohibition.

"I am proposing that this plant be regulated like tomatoes, jalapeños or coffee," Simpson said in a statement. "Current marijuana policies are not based on science or sound evidence, but rather misinformation and fear. All that God created is good, including marijuana. God did not make a mistake when he made marijuana that the government needs to fix."

Fresh Off the Boat - let's up the viewership!

As a double minority working in the film industry, I am hyper-aware of how people of different ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, etc. are portrayed in the media. I, like many others, were reluctant to watch this show because I thought perhaps the portrayal of Asian Americans might bring the community back a decade or two, but after watching this show, I was pleasantly surprised and I definitely feel the presence of the show on network TV is bringing us forward. I’m not even kidding, this show has a silly Parks & Rec-like humor. 

I’m Korean and I grew up in the Seattle area during the 90s. I’ve seen little clues firsthand that hint at how society has progressed since—for example, everyone assumes English is my first language whereas when I was a kid, people weren’t sure and asked “Do you speak English?” or spoke very slowly. This show points out some true racial micro-aggressions and it’s frustratingly relatable and hilarious.

And about the Asian stereotypes, it’s done in a light-hearted, poking-fun sort of way. Stereotypes like Asian parents are stingy with their money and strict with their kids exist for a reason. Leaving your home country and emigrating to a foreign place in search for a better and more stable life is a good reason to be mindful of your bank account and to pressure your children to continue a stable path. To deny the existence of these stereotypes would be to deny the struggle of our parents’ generation and the Asian American experience of that era in general. Don’t boycott the show if you haven’t seen it! Watch it on Hulu or on TV and you might like it and want to support it so we have a bigger voice and presence in the media.

Lastly, I really need this show to get picked up for more seasons now that Parks & Rec is over. Reblog/share this post/spread the word if you agree! 


Activists from the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project braved the snow this morning to demand the freedom and liberation of Nicholl Hernandez-Polanco, a transgender woman from Guatemala who is currently being detained in the all-male wing of ICE’s detention center in Arizona. Nicholl came to the US seeking asylum because she was a target of violent attacks, harassment, and discrimination. But while she remains in detention, she has been subjected to the very treatment she sought protection from. She has endured physical harassment by guards, verbal abuse by ICE staff, and was sexually assaulted by her fellow detained immigrants. Activists stood outside the Federal Plaza in New York to demand the immediate release of Nicholl.

Senate passes bill to ban marijuana vending machines

OLYMPIA, WASH. (BH) — The Washington state Senate has passed a bill to forbid selling marijuana through a drive-through window or in a vending machine.

In a 47-0 vote Monday, Senators voted to add the new restriction to the state’s legalized trade in recreational marijuana, which is restricted to sales in state-licensed stores. Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, said the bill would keep marijuana-laced edible products from being supplied in parks, football games and in coffee shop drive-through windows.

"In 2006, Congress passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a bill conceived of and advanced by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-sponsored conservative think tank and lobbying group that champions pro-"free market" legislation. The new law criminalizes actions aimed at "damaging or interfering with the operations of an animal enterprise," including First Amendment activity such as pickets and boycotts. The legislation was crafted explicitly to empower law enforcement to squelch hitherto legal, above-ground animal rights advocacy, after a group of activists called Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty nearly shut down an infamous multinational animal testing corporation through purely legal means. Activists charge SHAC’s target, Huntingdon Life Sciences, with killing hundreds of animals a day through their toxicity testing business, which involves practices such as injecting puppies with pesticides. Undercover footage has shown Huntingdon technicians punching beagle puppies in the face and dissecting a live, conscious monkey. Under the AETA’s predecessor, the Animal Enterprise Protection Act, six SHAC activists were convicted as terrorists for posting publicly available information on a website. They were sentenced to a combined 23 years in prison. The new law was created because the animal enterprise lobbies felt that those penalties did not go far enough.

This year, laws were passed in Iowa and Utah that make it a crime to take a job at a factory farm for the purpose of shooting clandestine video footage of animal abuse. As with the AETA, these laws were a direct response to the success of an animal advocacy group using legal means to expose industrial cruelty — in this case an undercover video by Mercy For Animals. The FBI has already recommended prosecuting undercover investigators under the AETA as terrorists.”

Just in case you still believe these people have nothing to hide. 


So, uh, yeah, I’m just gonna sit here and fangirl for the next seven years. 
I think I should use this in my essay. Thoughts? 

Thank you, Mark Ruffalo. Thank you for devoting so much time to giving me a thoughtful answer. Thank you for offering what you learned from Larry Kramer. You are both inspirational and influential people and I aspire to be like you someday. 

Everyone, I just want you to notice how much thought he put into an answer. One of the English tutors here at TAMUT thinks I should use this in my essay, and it would fit in nicely. 

I’m so lucky to have gotten such a thoughtful answer from one of my role models! <3 Today is an amazing day!! 

Sheriffs sue Colorado over legal marijuana

DENVER (USAToday) — Sheriffs from Colorado and neighboring states Kansas and Nebraska say in a lawsuit to be filed Thursday that Colorado’s marijuana law creates a “crisis of conscience” by pitting the state law against the Constitution and puts an economic burden on other states.

The lawsuit asks a federal court in Denver to strike down Colorado’s Amendment 64 that legalized the sale of recreational marijuana and to close the state’s more than 330 licensed marijuana stores.

The lawsuit invokes the federal government’s right to regulate drugs and interstate commerce and argues that Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana hurt communities on the other side of the state lines. Attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a similar lawsuit late last year.


While the media focuses elsewhere, a vast, growing network of young organizers fight to show Black lives matter

A few months after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, President Obama invited seven activists from Missouri, Ohio, New York and Florida to represent their communities in a discussion about the growing public concern over police violence aimed at communities of color. The activists were affiliated with Young Activists United St. Louis, Millennial Activists United, the Dream Defenders, the Ohio Student Associationand Make the Road New York. The groups had been organizing resistance in their communities on issues spanning the prison industrial complex and the school-to-prison pipeline to increasing student debt, unfair housing practices and living incomes for low-wage workers. The determination of this network of young people was only strengthened by the recent national attention given to police and white vigilante killings of unarmed black and brown youth.

“This is only the beginning. We are going to keep mobilizing because we are fighting for our lives.”

With very little national attention, transgender victims (especially those of color) are forgotten while their cases grow cold and their murderers often walk free, as in the case of Deshawnda Bradley….

Women's History Month - Abby Bobé
Ms. Bobé is a technology activist and a social entrepreneur.

A former community manager at Black Girls CODE, she successfully managed a $100,000 crowdfunding campaign to help educate 2,000 girls and seed fund 7 chapters across the US. Prior to this, she worked internationally, creating a Computing Technology Programme in Tamil Nadu, South India that taught 80 school children and 20 women digital technology.

During the rising of the #handsupdontshoot movement, Ms. Bobé moved to Missouri to give activists tech tools and taught them how to manage web pages and gain publicity. Working with HandsUpUnited, she envisioned and developed the Clay Sr. Tech Workshop with activists. The workshop was a 6-week programme which taught de-coding, and had the aim to strengthen black-owned businesses, nonprofits and social movements in the area. 

Her twitter is here : https://twitter.com/abbybobe