human rights and civil liberties


In news coverage of the GOP health care bill, outlets should be asking how in the hell they justify premium hikes for survivors of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence – all considered pre-existing conditions under the AHCA.



Although she was the leader of a revolution and the first woman to serve as the President of the Phillipines , Corazon Aquino had never set out in life to become involved in politics. She viewed herself as a “plain housewife”, supporting the career of her husband Senator Benigno Aquino and raising her five children at home.

However, that all changed in 1983. Her husband had been a major critic of President Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of martial law in 1972 and was imprisoned for eight years for speaking out against the corrupt government conditions. He was exiled to the United States for three years, and upon his return, he was assassinated at Manila International Airport.

Her husband’s death prompted her to become an active leader in protests and demonstrations against the Marcos regime. When it was announced in 1985 that he would hold an election to eliminate doubts of his legitimacy, Aquino initially had hesitations about running a campaign, until she was presented with one-million signatures urging her to run in the presidential race.

During her campaign, Aquino was the victim of sexist, arrogant remarks from Marcos. He dismissed her as “just a woman” whose place was in the bedroom, to which she replied “may the better woman win in this election” (a remark which cleverly referenced public sentiment that his wife, Imelda Marcos, was really calling the shots behind the scene). When he criticized her inexperience, Aquino agreed that she indeed had “no experience in cheating, lying to the public, stealing government money and killing political opponents.”

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Immediately after the Civil War ended, Southern states enacted “black codes” an early version of systemic, state-sponsored discrimination and racism meant to confine and control Black people who had just gained their freedom. Today, we continue to see the erosion of basic human rights and civil liberties of people of color and poor people through coded practices and policies.

im getting real salty about all these ppl complaining

This man deserves a seat at the 2016 Debate Table - Gary Johnson (Former Gov. of New Mexico) Ladies and Gentlemen! #seatatthetable

anonymous asked:

People are saying how Harry is "breaking gender norms" because he happens to sometimes wear feminine clothing/dress in a more feminine style, but I think Niall is really breaking the "norms " here because he actually sings and chooses to write songs about the girl taking control and deciding to take the lead rather than himself.

i do think that painting your fingernails, wearing the color pink, and the style of clothing harry seems to prefer aren’t what we could consider the stereotypical definition of a ‘masculine’ style, but i also think that similarly to how he channels his favorite artists in his music, he could be drawing on prince’s penchant for brightly colored suits or david bowie’s inclination for experimenting with his style. and as much as i love niall’s lyrics, i think that in either case, if the extent of your activism isn’t explicit or demonstrated, then you’re falling short of the mark. y’know, this isn’t a time when you can take civil liberties or even human rights for granted, and the fallback position of being unstated or trying to keep politics and art or even mere existence in separate spheres itself expresses a stance. i’d love to see more men wearing whatever the hell they want to wear and writing about women without being demeaning, but i think both niall and harry - and honestly, the vast vast majority of people in the public eye - don’t quite pull double duty as both artists and activists. it’s nice to acknowledge what they’re doing and be supportive of it, but i don’t think it hurts to know there’s more to be done and maintain a sense of efficacy. 

A friend of mine is talking about trans veterans at a national anthropology conference.

He asked me to write a statement in response to the result of the 2016 election. This is it:

An open letter:

De Oppresso Liber.  To free the oppressed.  Nous Defions.  We defy.  Liberty and justice for all.  My country has long claimed to be THE symbol of freedom and democracy across the globe. We have always espoused these lofty ideals.

And yet.  

Here we are.  

I was never a patriotic “true believer” but gods I thought we were better than this.  In spite of losing the popular vote our electoral system is poised to emplace a man who campaigned on the promise to restrict the human rights, civil liberties, and bodily autonomy of black people, Muslims, immigrants, and queer people of all stripes.  We have elected a man who is staffing his cabinet with openly white nationalist figures like Stephen Bannon.

David Duke, the KKK, and the actual American Nazi Party are holding victory parades and celebrations for our new president elect.

I want to say I don’t recognize my country.  But I do.  The thing is, when I was a child I did believe that we were the good guys.  We were the greatest country in the world—freedom was what made us different from every nation across the globe.  Then again, in those days I was a male-assigned child who went to church 5 times a week and only ever got into trouble for bringing my bible to school and preaching to my classmates.  To say I was naïve is an understatement.  The scales fell from my eyes very quickly.  

When one of the faithful raped me for 5 of my first 10 years of life, it was somehow MY shame to bear rather than his.  My father convinced me not to press charges because once people knew I had been raped, he said, I could never take that back.  

I learned that words and actions rarely aligned.  The church sign always said “All are welcome” but the church bylaws, which were updated in the 1990’s by the way, still forbid members of the church from even being party to interracial weddings.  My dad “didn’t approve of black people” as if they somehow chose their race and threatened to disown me if I ever brought home a black girl.  My family fears that gays will “convert” good little Christian children.  

My country kills unarmed black children but takes white mass murderers into custody and buys them cheeseburgers.  In my country a man with a gun can harass, stalk, and kill a child and claim he feared for his life, but a black trans woman who accidentally kills her meth-addled neo-nazi attacker with a pair of scissors from her fashion design class will go to prison.

No, I absolutely recognize my country.  All straight cisgender white Christian men are created equal.  The rest of us are to be dominated, subjugated, incarcerated, or deported.  Or otherwise “protected” from choice and bodily autonomy.  The toxicity of whiteness and Christianity and masculinity is a swift current that swept me into the teeth of a war I never believed in.  I did terrible things for a nation that refuses to acknowledge my basic humanity, and I will never be able to wash that blood off my hands.  In special forces our motto was De Oppresso Liber—most often paraphrased as “to free the oppressed”.  Our direct action teams appropriated the motto Nous Defions—We Defy—from the French resistance in World War II.  To me they are more than just buzzwords. I took them to heart.  I recognize that America is an oppressor to people of color, women, queers, and the disabled.  My transgender status and my womanhood do not negate my status as a warrior, and I recognize president-elect Trump and those who back him as the same dark forces my grandfather battled in the 1940’s.  I recognize my country for what it is—an empire built by slaves on the bones of natives—but I still believe in what it could be.  I know what side of history I will be on.  My America is diverse, without the divisions encouraged by those who would put so-called state’s rights before human rights or federal protections for them.  My America has skin that is red and black and brown, not just white.  My America is queer and fat and femme.  My America is Atheist and Jewish and Muslim.  My people are disabled and incarcerated and undergoing “reparative therapy”.  I still believe in one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  For ALL.  And I say to Trump and Pence and Bannon:  We defy you.  WE DEFY.  Nous Defions.  

Alana McLaughlin, former staff sergeant, United States Army

De Oppresso Liber.

But, OK, people get nailed based on flimsy evidence in our world, too. But then, there’s Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black, long considered one of wizardry’s most notorious mass-murderers. In reality, Peter Pettigrew (the evil weirdo who pretended to be Ron’s pet rat and who presumably saw Ron masturbate countless times) committed the crime Sirius was blamed for. But, it was far from an ingenious frame job, especially considering some of the tools available to the prosecutors.

First, there’s the Priori Incantato spell, which is essentially like accessing your browser history – it shows you the last spell a particular wand was used to cast. At one point, it gets used on Harry’s wand and proves that the wand was used to cast an evil spell. But, even that wasn’t considered sufficient evidence that he did it. However, the magic police don’t even bother using this on Sirius – the fact that he was present at the scene of the crime was all the evidence they needed to ship him off to prison indefinitely, because, apparently, civil liberties are right up there with human fashion on the list of things wizards don’t understand.

5 Reasons The Harry Potter Wizards Are A Huge Threat

anonymous asked:

What can I do with a degree in law?

  • Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • Business / Corporate Law Attorney
    • Collections, contracts, litigation, patents, etc
  • Civil Rights Attorney
    • Constitutional law, discrimination, civil liberties, gay/lesbian rights, voting rights, human rights, etc.
  • Criminal Defense Attorney
    • Expengement, traffic tickets, crime, etc.
  • DUI- DWI Attorney
  • Employment Lawyer - Employees’ Rights
    • Workers’ comp, wrongful termination, harassment, privacy, workplace safety, wage/overtime, discrimination, employee benefit, etc.
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Estate Law Attorney / Estate Planning
    • Wills, trusts, etc.
  • Family & Divorce Lawyer
    • Adoption, child custody, and divorce
  • Government Lawyers
  • Immigration Lawyer
    • Citizenship, work/school visas
  • Military Lawyer
    • Veteran’s benefits and military law
  • Paralegal
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Private Practice Lawyer
  • Property/Real Estate Law Attorney
    • Foreclosure, landlord-tenant, neighbors, etc
  • Public Interest
    • Pro bono, disability, health/environmental justice
  • Toxic Tort Lawyer
    • Asbestos-Mesothelioma, drug recalls, toxic mold, etc.
  • Trial Lawyer

Check out a full list of areas of law here.

At the time of being admitted as a member of the medical profession:

I solemnly pledge to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude that is their due;
I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity;
The health of my patient will be my first consideration;
I will respect the secrets that are confided in me, even after the patient has died;
I will maintain by all the means in my power, the honour and the noble traditions of the medical profession;
My colleagues will be my sisters and brothers;
I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race sexual orientation, social standing or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient;
I will maintain the utmost respect for human life;
I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat;
I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honour.

—  World Medical Association Declaration of Geneva.
And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.
—  Barack Obama, State of the Union Address 2015
Canadian activists turn to UN with challenge to controversial anti-terror bill
Bill increasing powers of spy agency and federal law enforcement has met with accusations it is too broad and infringes on rights to privacy and free speech

Canadian civil society groups are bringing their challenge to a contentious new anti-terror bill to an international audience: a key United Nations rights body in Geneva.

Opponents of bill C-51 will use a periodic review of Canada’s international rights obligations this week by the UN human rights committee to voice a laundry list of concerns related to the anti-terror legislation and other national security issues.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and Amnesty International Canada (AIC) are among the groups that will plead their case before the UN panel.

“We want to ensure the human rights committee is aware of a fairly long list of serious, and we would say worsening, human rights concerns,” said AIC secretary general Alex Neve.

“There’s a bundle of issues related to national security, even before bill C-51 came along.”

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I suppose one day these artifacts will be strewn in some wasteland. Civilization will end, like Egyptian civilization ended, like Greek civilization ended, like one day, all civilization will end. And in the ashes, these are the artifacts we leave - these kind of judgments, these kind of attitudes. Extraterrestrials picking through the trinkets left behind. What kind of people will they think that we were?
—  Russell Brand (His personal video towards the scrutiny of Bruce Jenner)
FBI: We need wiretap-ready Web sites - now

“CNET learns the FBI is quietly pushing its plan to force surveillance backdoors on social networks, VoIP, and Web e-mail providers, and that the bureau is asking Internet companies not to oppose a law making those backdoors mandatory.”

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The FBI has been aggressively trying to get this implemented for almost a decade. They call it their “Going Dark” problem. If you search for it online you can find stories dating back to the mid 2000s.

It is also a sham and a complete lie because as they admit, of all the cases they are involved with, less than a handful in the history of their existence, have they run into technological cryptographic problems they couldn’t solve, or situations where a standard warrant did not suffice. The current legal structure is adequate for 99.999% of the cases they deal with and good old fashion detective work or arm twisting made up for the rest.

There is no reason they need this access since they can already get a warrant in an hour, and then immediately serve it to the Facebooks of the world. To top all, it is officially the FBI that siphons up your data in PRISM etc, then they hand it off to NSA.

This isn’t just about the Yahoos, Googles and Microsofts of the world, it is about everyone that writes or uses software or runs or uses a server of some sort. From cryptographic products, mail servers, web browsers, torrent clients.. Hell, even the website for Bob’s Bakery up the street will be required to have a backdoor. Everything. Developers will all be required to build backdoors for the feds; so you can say goodbye to OpenVPN, Cisco AnyConnect and even basic TLS(SSL).

Anyone who has ever used a computer knows they have flaws; it is only a matter of time before attackers exploit these flaws to utilize the government backdoors and gain access to our sensitive data. Also, in this case, Governments (foreign and domestic) happen to be the attacker as well.

Instead of engineering systems to be hardened against attacks, we will be required to architect them to facilitate the exfiltration. They must be broken and insecure by design. This fundamentally undermines the basic ideas we have about our technologies, of private property and of free expression. Secure software and IT best practices will essentially be made illegal.

Certain types of math and simple speech will be forbidden. Software source code is not only the practical building block to a program, but, it is an expression of ideas. It is a reflection of the developer who wrote it and how they wish to convey their knowledge to others. Programs are also an expression of how they feel certain tasks should be done. Developers will be forced by law to say things they do not wish to say. Free expression, science and experimentation will be curtailed and outlawed.

Once the American Government requires mandatory backdoor access to protocols and systems, every nation on earth will not only require the same, but will receive it by default. After the U.S. introduced CALEA, anyone who bought American telecom gear, or gear manufactured to spec / interoperate with American gear, also got baked in backdoors for free. No special request or extra cost, it is already there because the U.S. Government requires it. This is and has been disastrous for human rights around the globe.

This is bad. And we MUST resist. Not just for privacy, but for our security and our right to express ourselves they ways we see fit.

~ P