SYG

To Be Continued
Set Your Goals
To Be Continued

Let’s take this outside 
So I can make another scene. 
I’ll burn it on you, burn every bit of energy. 
Dare to resist it. Dare to be irresistible. 
I’d like to keep you right here always and forever. 
If we can keep on the communication 
We’ll determine our fate and our whole situation. 
This song will end but it can start again, and so can we. 
Erase vertigo. Don’t be so careful.

I am gonna go for a run across countries I have begged to drive up. 
If it wasn’t obvious enough, you are invited to come.

This time, we’ve got a first class motive. 
We should start. 
I wrote it long ago and never wrote it off. 
Try and we might, don’t and, we will never know.

Take a risk, come take it on me, believe I’m a sure thing. 
All or nothing now and I would not trade you for anything!

(Just get me) back to where I can watch you sleep and then, 
(Where I can) feel comfortable in my own skin. 
(Heaven knows) no one else can do that for me.

anonymous asked:

Have you heard of jury nullification? I feel like if more people knew about this, Marissa Alexander would be free.

[more deets on Marissa Alexander here and here]

Yes, I am familiar with jury nullification and I really do feel where you’re coming from, but I have to disagree with you…kinda

For jury nullification to work, the jurors have to actually believe that an injustice has occurred, and sadly, time and time again, jurors, who are extremely homogeneous—particularly in Florida—have not felt that way

I think a better (or alternative?) solution is to upgrade our juries. That is, we need to seat more broadly representative, and more intelligent juries. And that means a whole lot more people getting involved; and less people avoiding jury duty —and in states with regressive/activist Republican governors, like Florida and Texas, that necessarily means getting more people registered to vote, because voter roles are where people are selected for jury duty

The obstacle there though, is that Republican governors are disenfranchising minority and poor voters at an alarming rate. Not to mention that ex-felons, like those convicted of minor, non-violent drug offenses and who have already served their time, are also barred from voting (and thus, also barred from being seated on a jury)

It’s a deeply complicated problem, and we cannot divorce it from politics & racism, but at least one solution is obvious: get rid of the Republican politicians who push SYG laws, or ex-felon & disenfranchisement laws and voter ID laws

*cough* Angela Corey

*cough* Rick Scott

SN: the U.S. needs a Constitutional right to vote 

BTW…the 2014 midterm elections are Tuesday, November 4th

But yes, I agree with the crux of your argument: when the opportunity does present itself, jury nullification is an appropriate response to the severe racial bias (and gender bias, sexual orientation bias, etc) present in the Criminal Injustice System, IMHO