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Seattle cop who arrested black man carrying golf club fired
The white Seattle police officer who arrested an African-American man she claimed swung a golf club at her was fired Tuesday.

Well what do you know?  One Seattle cop was actually held accountable for her ridonkulous actions regarding an elderly black man holding a golf club.

Now if they could just take care of the Seattle cop who likes to celebrate MLK Day with liberal application of pepper spray

Accountability 25/07

Today went really well :D i had my 3 cookies max (although I can’t remember a third? Though I counted throughout the day, and got to 3 so..). Had a dessert too, and a little piece of chocolate. Other than that, my day was really good. Walked a bit more than 10km during work, so I guess no workout needed ;)

“…Rialto's randomised controlled study has seized attention because it offers scientific – and encouraging – findings: after cameras were introduced in February 2012, public complaints against officers plunged 88% compared with the previous 12 months. Officers’ use of force fell by 60%.”

– California Police Use of Body Cameras Cuts Violence and Complaints | The Guardian

Mexican Indigenous Ask Pope to Apologize for Massive Genocide

The Purepechas of Michoacan released a statement asking Pope Francis to apologize for the killing of 24 million Indigenous people.

The Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacan, Mexico, accused the Catholic Church of being complicit in the killing of over 24 million Indigenous people.
Some 30 Indigenous communities of Michoacan, Mexico, have released a statement demanding Pope Francis apologize for the genocide committed with the complicity of the Catholic Church against their people during the Spanish invasion of the Americas in the sixteenth century as well as the fact that they have been victimized for over five centuries.

“For over 500 years, the original people of the Americas have been ransacked, robbed, murdered, exploited, discriminated and persecuted,” the Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacan said in the statement.

“Within this framework, the Catholic Church has historically been complicit and allies of those who invaded our land,” they added.

Various Purepechas communities from Michoacan demanded that the pope make a public statement apologizing for the church’s role in the genocide and ongoing disappearance of the Indigenous people of Mexico.

The council also denounced that with weapons and the help of Catholic missionaries, a culture, language, religion and other European values were imposed on the people of Mexico.

"The Bible was the ideological weapon of the Conquerors,” they added ahead of the pope’s visit to Mexico, which begins Feb. 12.

The Spanish intervention and invasion of the Americas represents one of the biggest acts of genocide in history, they said.

“The arrival of the Europeans meant the interruption and destruction of various original civilizations, which had their unique ideas and concepts of the world, our own government, writings, languages, education, religion and philosophy,” the statement added.
The “European invaders” caused the death of 95 percent of the the total Indigenous population within 130 years after the unfortunate arrival of Christopher Columbus and Hernan Cortes, the council noted.

They highlighted that before the Spaniards arrived to the Mexican region, there were about 25.2 million Indigenous people, and that after 1623, less than 700,000 were left.

The pope is scheduled to visit Morelia, the capital of Michoacan, Feb. 16.

Last year, First Nations people also demanded the pope apologize for the genocide committed by colonization.

[For more on social justice, follow me on Instagram: soulrevision , Tumblr: soulrevision , Facebook: soulrevision , Twitter: soulrevision]   If you read, or are currently reading this news headline today and thinking, “Great!! I’m glad justice is served”, you have the wrong idea of what justice is. It’s time to re-think the way we see justice delivered to victims of oppression and abuse.

For the humiliation, pain, psychological and physical violence Marlene Pinnock endured, this settlement was rightfully owed to her. But this is what I call, “partial justice”.

The provision in the $1.5 million settlement states that the officer will resign. This is where justice is lacking. He is not being terminated, he is choosing to resign. For justice to work, the officer involved should be terminated, and must be arrested and charged for the violent crime of assault. There has to be accountability within the CHP. CHP is responsible for sending a clear message to Marlene Pinnock and Californians throughout the state, that they will not tolerate police brutality and will bring charges on any and all officers who fail to comply, just as they would do to civilians.

There is a pattern that has been developing for years across the nation, police commit acts of extreme violence on civilians (including sexual assault and murder), and walk away without incident. A new precedent must be set, one that says law enforcement is not above the law. This is just the beginning, we have yet to scratch the surface of ‘justice’ with this story. My post can be found here: http://on.fb.me/1usMqX0 Story on Marlene Pinnock’s $1.5 million settlement: http://bit.ly/1suRH01  

I wonder how many people blame Tony for what Obadiah Stane did.

How many have the bald, vile, manipulative, abusive, stereotypical villain, that sold weapons under the table & Howard’s & Tony’s nose for years, just passing their mind when they blame Tony for the bad guys having his weapons.

The guy that wanted power, the guy that sold weapons to the ones that blew up the Maximoffs’ parents, the one that was willing to kill Pepper because Tony found out, the one that fought for the weapons part of SI stay open when Tony said “no, our, my, weapons, have been getting into the wrong hands, and I and SI needs to be accountable for that”, the one you see a full scene of him talking with the people he ordered to kill Tony, but instead they tortured him.

How many just forget this one character just so they feel better about blaming Tony for every little thing wrong in MCU.

How many don’t acknowledge him, how many didn’t even watch the movie (I’ve seen some say they haven’t - then they wonder why Tony wants accountability), how many.

How many forget that Tony’s character arc in the Iron Man trilogy is about accountability and taking action in his wrong doings.

When people with privilege hear that they have privilege, what they hear is not, “Our society is structured so that your life is more valued than others.” They hear, “Everything, no matter what, will be handed to you. You have done nothing to achieve what you have.” That’s not strictly true, and hardly anyone who points out another’s privilege is making that accusation. There are privileged people who work very hard. The privilege they experience is the absence of barriers that exist for other people.
—  Mychal Denzel Smith

I have heard from a lot of survivors who are, understandably, confused about how responsible their parents are for the abuse because they were also abused by their parents. So let me clarify…

They are 100% responsible. Abuse is 100% wrong and it is 100% their responsibility that they are doing it. Just as it will be 100% wrong and your responsibility if you do it to your children.

It is the abusive parent’s duty to deal with their emotional wounds so that they do not abuse you. Repeatedly saying, “sorry, I was abused too,” is not good enough. They need to change their behavior and not abuse you anymore. That is the only thing that means anything. Bringing up past abuse instead of being accountable and changing their behavior is just another way of manipulating you into accepting the abuse. Maybe you are underage and cannot yet stop them from abusing you, but you can at least know in your mind that it is not acceptable behavior, that they are at fault and responsible for their abuse of you.

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In secret chemical weapons experiments conducted during World War II, the U.S. military exposed thousands of American troops to mustard gas.

When those experiments were formally declassified in the 1990s, the Department of Veterans Affairs made two promises: to locate about 4,000 men who were used in the most extreme tests, and to compensate those who had permanent injuries.

But the VA didn’t uphold those promises, an NPR investigation has found.

NPR interviewed more than 40 living test subjects and family members, and they describe an unending cycle of appeals and denials as they struggled to get government benefits for mustard gas exposure. Some gave up out of frustration.

In more than 20 years, the VA attempted to reach just 610 of the men, with a single letter sent in the mail. Brad Flohr, a VA senior adviser for benefits, says the agency couldn’t find the rest, because military records of the experiments were incomplete.

“There was no identifying information,” he says. “No Social Security numbers, no addresses, no … way of identifying them. Although, we tried.”

Yet in just two months, an NPR research librarian located more than 1,200 of them, using the VA’s own list of test subjects and public records.

The VA’s Broken Promise To Thousands Of Vets Exposed To Mustard Gas

Photo credits: (Top) Courtesy of Edgewood Arsenal; (center) Naval Research Laboratory; (bottom) Kristian Thacker for NPR

Keep your promises…

PBJ: Ecclesiastes 5:5

“It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it.” (NLT)

Application:
If you’re at all like me, you end up making promises for all the right reasons: you want to help someone, or make someone feel good. What’s ironic is that even though it seems like the motives are pure, when we make promises we can’t keep, it’s really because it makes US feel good to make them.
be the “hero”, so to speak.

The problem is that when you promise to help, and then have to break that promise, you end up feeling worse than if you had just said “sorry, I can’t help you.”
Once we’ve broken a few promises, our word becomes less trustworthy. Though our desire is to be thought of as “a really helpful person”, the more promises we break, the more we become known as “a nice but unreliable person”.

Switching gears…as bad as it is to make a promise to another person and not keep it, it’s far worse to break a promise to God. The classic examples are when people pray and say “God if you get me through this, I promise to…” Or, “God I know I messed up again, but this time I promise…”
Maybe you haven’t prayed like that…but there’s more:

Think about something as simple as worship. When you’re singing to God something like “my whole life is yours”, what do you mean?
It sounds like a promise to give everything to God, and to let Him do with your life as He pleases.
Do you mean what you sing?

The fact is that when you make a promise to someone, they take you seriously-they think you mean it! Examine your motives and see if the reason you’re making difficult promises is because of your desire to be liked.
Most importantly, be incredibly careful about the promises you make to God.
Our relationship with God and others depends on it.
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✨Before & After Pokemon GO✨

Just kidding 😂 though I do credit Pokemon for getting people out and about. Using myself as motivation to get focused even though it’s summer!

It’s tempting to stay home all day and binge watch everything that I couldn’t during school, and though I DO plead guilty to doing that some days, I’ve got a dress I need to squeeze into and a gym membership I need to use 😊 Lets get it!! #accountability

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