Kathryn Johnston: remember her name. Died at age 92. Survived the Great Depression, two World Wars, Jim Crow, and more. But she couldn’t survive corrupt  and incompetent police. I’ve included information about her shooting below, but if you want the details, with citations, click here. It’s worth it. It’s truly unbelievable. The level of incompetence and corruption is in this story is simply amazing. You know that I try to keep things pretty positive on this blog, there’s so much negativity around the web. But all good people, regardless of your skin color or ethnic or racial background, need to be thoughtful, concerned, and actionable about foolishness like this.

Kathryn Johnston (June 26, 1914 – November 21, 2006)[1] was an elderly Atlanta, Georgia, woman who was shot by undercover police officers in her home on Neal Street in northwest Atlanta on November 21, 2006, where she had lived for 17 years. Three officers had entered her home in what was later described as a ‘botched’ drug raid.[2][3][4] Officers cut off burglar bars and broke down her door using a no-knock warrant.[5] Police said Johnston fired at them and they fired in response; she fired one shot out the door over the officers’ heads and they fired 39 shots, five or six of which hit her.[3][6] None of the officers were injured by her gunfire, but Johnston was killed by the officers. Police injuries were later attributed to “friendly fire” from each other’s weapons.[2][3][6]

One of the officers planted marijuana in Johnston’s house after the shooting.[7][8] Later investigations found that the paperwork stating that drugs present at Johnston’s house, which had been the basis for the raid, had been falsified.[3] The officers later admitted to having lied when they submitted cocaine as evidence claiming that they had bought it at Johnston’s house.[7] Three officers were tried for manslaughter and other charges surrounding falsification and were sentenced to ten, six, and five years.[3]

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Black Queer History: Ruth Ellis

In the 1920s, she met the only woman she ever lived with, Ceciline “Babe” Franklin. They moved together to DetroitMichigan in 1937 where Ellis became the first American woman to own a printing business in that city. She made a living printing stationery, fliers, and posters out of her house.

Ellis and Franklin’s house was also known in the African American community as the “gay spot”. It was a central location for gay and lesbian parties, and also served as a refuge for African American gays and lesbians. Although Ellis and Franklin eventually separated, they were together for more than 30 years. Franklin died in 1973.[2] Throughout her life, Ellis was an advocate of the rights of gays and lesbians, and of African Americans. She died in her sleep at her home on October 5, 2000.

The Elders say the men should look at women in a sacred way. The men should never put women down or shame them in any way. When we have problems, we should seek their counsel. We should share with them openly.

A woman has intuitive thought. She has access to another system of knowledge that few men develop. She can help us understand. We must treat her in a good way.

Great Spirit, let me look upon the woman in a good way.

—  Native Wisdom Quotes
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My piece for the 2014 Werewolf Calendar! I was able to write my own caption this year, and idea that’s been brewing for a while now. I’ve always disliked the idea in our culture that the elderly are not interesting or valuable anymore once they become elderly. It’s not something I agree with, as my grandparents and great grandparents have always been VERY valuable, interesting, and loved. They have wisdom and experience to draw from that the younger of us shouldn’t brush off. I thought it would be really interesting to illustrate that in werewolf form for the next calendar!

Orders for the calendar are now open! Check out the website for ordering info - werewolfcalendar.com/

"A werewolf that reaches advanced age takes an honored place in a pack. Even if they are not an alpha, they are highly valued by every member. With their experience and wisdom, they are excellent advisers to all, leaders and pups alike. An elder werewolf is responsible for passing down pack traditions and the stories of generations before, and often the officiators of important ceremonies. During a typical story telling session, an elder might use one of their scars as a launch point for a story, with all rapt in attention as the tale unfolds."

I regret that I didn’t save more in between progress shots for this one, so the my usual WIP shots are somewhat sparse.  I made an animated gif from what I have though, and put up what info on my process I could.

Indigenous Women Walk to Canada’s Parliament to Have Treaties Honoured

June 18, 2014 Robbin Whachell Leave a comment

Ontario, Canada – On the 18th of June 2014, Indigenous elders from Onion Lake in Saskatchewan and Alberta performed a 12-hour ceremonial gathering called Iskewak Pasikowak (women rising up) on Victoria Island before walking to Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The event started with a ceremony at sunrise until 11:30 am and then they walked to Parliament Hill.

“Indigenous women rise up to protect the lands, waters and Peoples! Our Elders tell of a time when the Women of the Indigenous Nations will stand up to the protect the lands, waters and Peoples of their respective territories. Please join us as we protect the future for all Treaty Peoples,” is what their statement said on the Facebook event page. (click through for more)

Throughout Indian country and throughout the world there are people who struggle for freedom daily.  America has more people in prison than all the rest of the world put together. The judicial system in America most obviously has become an industry, and not a tool for seeking justice.  

These things that we face will not change unless we, the common people, stand in unison against these wicked affronts to our right to pursue happiness and live in a world that is not governed by ethics based on obtaining wealth.  I’d like to say things that would make you laugh and be encouraging and when you gather together remembering the cause that I am evidence of, the cause of putting an end to violations of your constitutional rights.  I want you to be cheerful and happy but I also want you to know quite truthfully that throughout the history of mankind, defending freedom and justice must be done in every generation.

I am 69 years old and I have done the best I could from where I am at, and I will continue to do so, and I encourage you to do so.  

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