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My school is telling me that the shirt I wore to school today that said “legalize gay” is inappropriate. They told me that I need to put something over it, and that it is offensive. I refuse. I am a child of artificial insemination and I was raised my my two mothers. I am a strong advocate for the LGBT community and the fact that my school and others are offended by this is sickening. I just wanted to share this injustice with you guys .

My wish for Obama’s final act as President: To dissolve and disband the Ku Klux Klan as a whole! #DisbandTheKlan

The FBI illegally dissolved The Black Panther Party in 1982. They created community organizations and is responsible for ZERO murders. The Klu Klux Klan has and continues to operate, members are allowed to meet and make public appearances after being responsible for countless murders, and hate crimes. Realizing the stain of The Confederate Flag is one thing, but I think that this happening would be REAL change that will really Impact this nation. This action would prove to show that this nation has dignity and Integrity. There is one key difference in why one exists and the other does not. The Klu Klux Klan members are your teachers, policemen, lawyers, politicians, etc. under those hoods. The Black Panther Party members were Fathers, Mothers, students, and neighbors denied much of the judicial, political and favorable power in positions that the Hooded cowards have. If you ever asked yourself why the Klan still stands, well ask yourself, who is the Klan! Who ain’t scared to Reblog and start this conversation?!

The System just waits for one protester to break the law, then talks only about that, forever. This might literally be the oldest trick in the book. I’m thinking powerful people have been doing this to protesters and activists since the days when getting gored by a mammoth was a leading cause of death. It plays out like this:

A) A certain group has a complaint – they’re being discriminated against, had their benefits cut, whatever – but they are not the majority.

B) Because the majority is not affected, they are largely ignorant and uninterested in what is going on with the complainers. The news media does not cover their issue, because it’s bad for ratings.

C) To get the majority’s attention, the group with the complaint will gather in large numbers to chant and block traffic, etc. This forces the media to cover the demonstration (since huge, loud groups of people make for good photos and video) and cover the issue in the process (since part of covering the protest involves explaining what is being protested). In America we’ve seen this tactic used by everyone from impoverished war veterans, to women seeking the right to vote, to the protests about police violence you’re seeing all over the news right now.

D) To counter this, all you need to do is simply wait for a member of the activist group – any member – to commit a crime. Then the media will focus on the crime, because riots and broken glass make for even more exciting photos and videos than the demonstrations. The majority – who fears crime and instability above all else – will then hopefully associate the movement with violence from then on.

E) You, in your quest to keep the system from changing, can now reframe the issue not as oppressors vs. the oppressed but as citizens vs. criminals – supporting their cause means supporting violence. The TV will be full of images of burning convenience stores and looted storefronts, at which point the majority will then smirkingly say, “I would never protest government oppression by mindlessly destroying someone’s private property!”

“I mean, why can’t they protest within the law? You know, like Martin Luther King? That’s why he was universally respected in his day!”

“And let’s face it, the fact that they’re resorting to violence and petty destruction of property proves that they’re really just criminals looking for an excuse to misbehave!”

“5 Ways Powerful People Trick You Into Hating Protesters” by David Wong

5 months after 12-year-old Tamir Rice was murdered by police in Cleveland, his family has still not been able to bury their son, due to a prolonged investigation.

They are unsure whether his body will be needed for further medical examination to gather additional evidence. (x)

He was just a little boy, you guys. He didn’t deserve this. . His family still can’t bury their little boy? There are no words. I’m in tears. 

We are doing things that are so shameful it would be a crime to remain silent about it. Anyone who knows the facts really ought to speak out, because until enough people speak out these dreadful things will continue to happen … [Offshore detention] is just demeaning, cruel and terrible …I don’t know why it is so hard for people to understand that deliberate, expensive cruelty is bad on every possible measure.
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Julian Burnside on the Australian Border Force Bill 2015 which imposes imposes a two-year jail sentence on health professionals who speak out about the awful conditions asylum seekers face in detention centres

The fact that our government is trying so hard to silence any information about what happens in our detention centres is proof enough that it shouldn’t be happening. 

“Atticus-” said Jem bleakly.

He turned in the doorway. “What, son?”

“How could they do it, how could they?”

“I don’t know, but they did it. They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it—seems that only children weep. ”

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-To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Relevant as ever. #Blacklivesmatter