Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first black female judge in the New York State Court of Appeals and the first female Muslim judge in the United States, was found dead on April 12, 2017. Sheila Abdus-Salaam was born Sheila Turner to working-class parents in Washington DC on March 14, 1952. Her inspiration to become a lawyer came from the TV shows she loved as a girl and from Frankie Muse Freeman, a civil rights activist and lawyer, who visited her school. Among her many accomplishments, Sheila Abdus-Salaam made the groundbreaking decision in a case that allowed LGBT parents to pursue equal parenting rights. Lacking a final statement from a medical examiner or a suicide note, the police and the media have still been quick to label her death a suicide, citing that she was ‘stressed at work.’ We can only wait for further investigation and hope that she receives as much justice in death as she offered to the world in life. For the time being, until we know the results of the investigation, SAY HER NAME.
On May 24, 2017, Taiwan’s constitutional court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, striking down the Civil Code’s definition as being only between a man and a woman as unconstitutional. It is the first Asian country to do so.
In the next two years, the Legislative Yuan will have to either amend the Civil Code or to enact laws addressing same-sex couples. If the legislative fails to pass an amendment or legislation in the next two years, same-sex couples “shall be allowed to have their marriage registration effectuated at the authorities in charge of household registration.”
The fight isn’t over yet, but this is a victory for everyone to celebrate.
I am so proud to be Taiwanese. Congratulations, Taiwan!
Groups Trump has harmed:
• Refugees and asylum seekers
• Native Americans
• Working class Americans (including the coal miners)
• Syrian civilians
• Transgender people
• People of color
• Servicemen and servicewomen
• POLAR BEARS
• Basically all the animals
• Flowers & trees
• The ocean
• Outer space (emotionally traumatized)
• His children
Groups he hasn’t harmed
• Russian hackers
• His corporate “friends”
PLEASE stop reblogging that post about a 1,000+ death toll on the island of barbuda, it is FALSE! only one death has been confirmed by prime minister browne, although 90% of structures have been destroyed, and the island has been called “barely habitable” (source, source)
check your facts before you reblog, especially concerning something like a natural disaster.
one quick google search can tell you if something like this is true or not. when you spread false info, you are responsible for causing needless fear and panic! always fact check!
Okay I haven’t seen this floating around tumblr yet, but the first Black Muslim appeals judge, Shelia Abdus- Salaam was found dead in the Hudson River. From the articles I’ve seen, there haven’t been any indications of foul play but at this point we can’t be certain. For now I’ll say that we should honor the work she did, she was seen as a trailblazer in her position. Keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.
[There] are people who will follow any dragon, worship any god, ignore any iniquity. All out of a kind of humdrum, everyday badness. Not the really high, creative loathesomeness of the great sinners, but a sort of mass-produced darkness of the soul. Sin, you might say, without a trace of originality. They accept evil not because they say yes, but because they don’t say no.
Lord Vetinari, (Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!)