Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the administration of the criminal law the end justifies the means – to declare that the government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal – would bring terrible retribution. Against that pernicious doctrine this court should resolutely set its face.
Louis Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice, Dissenting, Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438 (1928).
If you keep harassing and catcalling her despite her objections, maybe it's a bad idea to ask "Where's the party in this town?"
This story happened to a friend of mine over twenty years ago while I was a student at the University of Alabama.
Tuscaloosa, of course, is a huge football town, and this was the weekend that LSU was in town, bringing with them their normal brigade of drunk fans. I’m not making that part up. I have two friends who were percussionists in the UA Million Dollar Band who each had to physically defend themselves from drunk LSU fans on unrelated occasions. I don’t know what led either party to think it was smart to attack someone holding what amounts to a metal hammer. Anyway.
My friend was walking to her car on The Strip, and she caught the attention of two drunk LSU fans. They started following her down the sidewalk, coming on to her. She refused, politely at first, then more sternly as they continued to follow her for almost two blocks. Frustration turned to a bit of worry.
Finally, one of them called out, “Hey, where you headin’, anyway? Where’s the party in this town?”
She stopped in her tracks, let a come-hither smile creep across her face, and said, “So y'all wanna party, huh? Oh, man - have you ever been to Michael’s? Man, that is the *spot*. That’s where I was headed - y'all wanna join me there?”
“Hell yeah! We’ll follow you there, alright?”
She led them downtown, and when they pulled up in front of Michael’s, she called through the open window, “Hey, fellas, my friend’s house is right around the corner. She lets me park in her driveway in case I get too fucked up in there. You go ahead and park, and I’ll meet you inside, alright?”
She drove around the corner and parked in a darkened spot on the curb. She watched them park their car and go inside. Then she went home.
Today In Solidarity (6/12/18): As we remember the two year anniversary of the Pulse massacre, it is important that we reflect on narrative and who gets to write history. In the weeks following the tragedy, police were lauded as heroes for their response. In reality, they dragged their feet in responding to the shooting, sprayed bullets indiscriminately into the club, and have used the opportunity to muscle their way deeper into queer spaces, potentially threatening the safety of them. Survivors have recently filed a lawsuit around parts of this reality.
Alternately, we must remember that the victims of this massacre were predominantly Latinx, some even with hazy immigration statuses. The reality is that to this day member of the Latinx LGBTQ community (in Orlando and across the country) experience xenophobia, racism, and classism at the hands of police/authorities. We must not allow the Pulse tragedy to be white-washed. We must demand accountability for the lives lost not just at the hands of terrorists, but due to the cavalier and reckless way police acted in response. #nojusticenopeace #noprideforpolice
If you haven’t already been informed… Stephon Alonzo Clark was fatally shot in Sacramento, California by the SPD. He was shot at 20 TIMES in his own backyard after cops “mistakenly” took his cellphone as a weapon. They first claimed they believed it was a “toolbar” and then later changed their story saying they believed it was a gun, and they feared for their lives, only to find out he had NOTHING aside from his phone. I have always felt deeply about BLM and police brutality, but this hit too close to home. This is home. We graduated in the same class. We walked the same halls, shared the same classrooms, attended the same parties/prep rallies/knew the same people… and so on. He has 2 children under 5 years old that have to grow up without him, as well as a city that adores him and is in mourning. His family is hurting. Our city is hurting. Please spread the word, help if you can, and bring his family justice! #StephonAlonzoClark #SACforever #JusticeForZoe
On the evening of April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about how proud he was to be alive during the Civil Rights movement. Even though his dream of freedom and justice for all had not yet been achieved, Dr. King knew that someday, “we will get to the promised land.” The next evening, 50 years ago today, Dr. King was on his way to another speech when he was struck down by an assassin’s bullet. Though his life was over, his legacy lives on. You can learn more about Dr. King at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Georgia, Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. Photo of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., by the National Park Service.
“They called me ‘the angriest Negro in America.’ I wouldn’t deny that charge. I spoke exactly as I felt. ‘I believe in anger. The Bible says there is a time for anger.’ They called me ‘a teacher, a fomentor of violence.’ I would say point blank, That is a lie. I’m not for wanton violence, I’m for justice. I feel that if white people were attacked by Negroes –
if the forces of law prove unable, or inadequate, or reluctant to protect those whites from those Negroes
then those white people should protect and defend themselves from those Negroes, using arms if necessary. And I feel that when the law fails to protect Negroes from whites’ attack, then those Negroes should use arms, if necessary, to defend themselves.“
Trigger warning: I will not post the videos here, but on Instagram and Twitter the #JusticeForJunior tag is filled with the video of him being stabbed and the video of him bleeding out.If you’re sensitive to this type of graphic violence I recommend you avoid the tags.
The videos made me sick so I will not post them here, but this story needs more attention. It’s still not on the country-wide news after hours, and as far as I know even the coverage on stations local to the Bronx has been limited. I don’t have a very big platform on here, but every bit counts.
Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, a 15 year old boy, was brutally stabbed to death today by a group of grown men, a group of damn cowards, twice his age in the Bronx. They have not been caught; this is what they look like:
BOOST THIS. YOUR REBLOG CAN HELP BRING THESE EVIL MEN TO JUSTICE.
Footage from security cameras at the store shows them violently dragging Junior outside while everyone else in the store made no attempt to help. They dragged him to the side of the building, where they were caught on camera stabbing him repeatedly with a machete.
Footage recorded from a phone shows the aftermath of the attack; people appear to be trying to help him while the cops are fucking questioning him instead of calling an ambulance.
Like I said I won’t post these videos due to their graphic content, but if you wish to see them for yourself, if you don’t believe this, you can check the tags and see.
HE THEN HAD TO RUN, AFTER BEING STABBED NEARLY TO DEATH, TO THE HOSPITAL TO GET HELP, where he later died.
Accoarding to some sources, he went out to meet his friend to pay back the $5 he owed him. Imagine you’re 15, that’s all you want to do, and you getstabbed to death. You’ll never see you’re family again. You’ll never get to graduate. You’ll never have a family of your own. All because of some wannabe “gangster” cowards. I’m 15 and I can’t even fathom…
Imagine how his mother, his sister, his family feels. The interview was th his sister. Rome my heart.
And the cops had the nerve to question him while he’s dying.
As I said this is getting close to no coverage, so
1. There may be more facts/developments in the story later, but as of the time I’m writing this, this is all the information we have because news stations don’t seem to care.
2. SPREAD 🗣 THIS 🗣 We need everyone to know what those fuckers look like. We need them caught and brought to justice.
3. Keep an eye out for his family in the media. Keep them in your prayers. Watch for a GoFundMe.
The world lost a child today.
We need change. We need everyone to know. SPREAD THIS