justice warren

Fighting for the world we live in, the world we believe in, isn’t always easy. We won’t win every battle. But persistence requires a ferocious optimism. It requires a willingness to put yourself on the line. And when we fight- as an army filled with hope and fierce determination- we make a difference… every single time.
—  Elizabeth Warren for Cosmopolitan
OITNB Season 5 REVIEW

Annnddd you gooottt tttiiiimmmmeee


Let’s start a riot, a rrrrriotttttt


~The Riot that seems to last for only four days but it feels like weeks or a month

~What was the point of the riot anyway? I lost track of why it began in the first place

~I didn’t like how long it took to get swat to bust in the prison, realistically they would have been there in the first two hours.

~For those who want the video that Red was watching about the takis and hot Cheetos: https://youtu.be/3qTYO7idTDc

~If you need someone whose good at survival​ make sure you find Frieda shes a badass.

~Judy King you are a bitch a cold harded bitch that had everyone catering to her every whim

~Linda I’m glad you weren’t rescued I hope that your booked until someone actually cares to get you out.

~Suzanne telling herself how beautiful her black skin is got me crying like FUCK.

~Alison you are Amazing character

~#justiceforpoussey

~The meth-heads, oh my god I want to skip the scenes every time they showed up, they were fucking annoying

~Blanca/Red is a must in life, I love their duo so much and it is the best.

~Blanca you look very pretty this season

~Lorna you are Cra-cra and need to take some of those phyco pills

~Suzanne’s medication struggles. Lorna should have given Suzanne’s pills to her, it fucking terrified me when she wouldn’t wake up.

~Suzanne setting up a boundary around the place where Poussey died that tugged my feels

~Human burritos ;)

~Red, Red I LOVE YOU, I ADORE YOU, you are the funniest person when you are high. But very paranoid.

~Nicky hot damn woman you look sexy with your hair straight.

~Big Boo I ship you hardcore with Tiffany or you can be Bros I’m okay with that.

~Taystee you are a bombastic​ woman I picture you doing great things.

~Piscatella past was only revealed a little bit but I cried for him when he died. He was a asshole but he was haunted by a tragic past that made him go off the deep end.

~ Brook idea of the libary being put all over the prison was the best thing EVER.

~ Piper Purposes to Alex!!!!!!

~Pipers mom supports her decision to be with Alex!

~ The piano playing at the end of episode thirteen while they all hold hands together tightly literally had me in crying for ten minutes.

~Vauseman is NOT the worst couple on the show. Pennsatucky and her rapist are the WORST. The argument; Are they saying it’s okay to forgive your rapist and to be with them?! I’m more of thinking its Stock Holme Syndrome.

~I’m glad it focused on human emotions, the grieving process, etc.

~when Brook was pulled away forcefully by the Swat while watching the hanging book memorial that crushed my heart and I cried.

~The ending is bothering me; the count was short ten prisoners. Which all the viewers just write off as the ten in the bunker (Piper, Alex, Red, Nicky, Frieda, Gloria, Blanca, Taystee, Suzanne and Black Cindy) But in reality they should be short twelve ( Eleven at least if you count MCC Linda but she adds one extra to the count) The evidence is Pennsatucky is watching TV with Coates and Chang just walked off through the hole in the fence like she was going on vacation. So yeah they need to recount, and reevaluate whose there and whose not, and take away Linda who doesn’t belong there.

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#LovingDay: 50 Years After The Loving Verdict, A Photo Essay Looks Back On Their Love
Remembering the couple who brought down anti-miscegenation laws in 16 U.S. states.

Monday, June 12, marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which quashed anti-miscegenation laws in 16 states around the nation, ushering restrictions against interracial marriage to the wrong side of history.

The date is now remembered as Loving Day in honor of Richard and Mildred Loving, the couple who defied the state’s ability to dictate the terms of their love based on their skin color. Mildred, who was of African American and Native American descent, and Richard, who was white, wed in 1958 in Washington D.C., because interracial marriage was illegal in their native rural Virginia, as well as 15 other Southern U.S. states.

When the Lovings returned to Virginia, however, local police raided their home one early morning after being tipped off by another resident. They declared the Lovings’ marriage license invalid within the scope of the state, placing the couple under arrest.

The Lovings pled guilty to “cohabiting as man and wife, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth,” and were sentenced to one year in prison. A judge later agreed to suspend the sentence if Mildred and Richard left Virginia and did not return for 25 years.

The couple relocated to Washington, D.C., but they did not end their story there. In 1964, attorneys from the ACLU filed a motion on behalf of the Lovings, requesting the charges and sentences against the Lovings be dropped. The Lovings appealed the local ruling all the way to the Supreme Court, where their sentence was unanimously overturned in 1967.

“Under our Constitution,” Chief Justice Earl Warren said in his decision, “the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.”

Two years before this verdict, in the spring of 1965, Life magazine photojournalist Grey Villet spent time with the Lovings, as well as their family and friends, documenting the lives of a couple whose love had transcended the everyday to become the stuff of legends.

Villet’s photo essay, titled “The Lovings: An Intimate Portrait,” captures Mildred and Richard when word of their civil rights battle was spreading throughout the country and the fate of their relationship remained unknown. Through black-and-white images, the photographer captures the subtle glances, spurts of laughter and moments of quiet determination that, together, comprise a love story whose power echoes today.

We commemorate the Lovings’ bravery and tenacity in the face of prejudice and the systems of white supremacy. Villet’s photos help us remember the Lovings not just for what they represented, but who they were. The simple moments of connection, support and companionship that provided the strength to change the world.

The Lovings: An Intimate Portrait is available on Amazon.

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watch graceland if you’re interested in watching a canonically neurodivergent abuse victim use substance abuse as a coping mechanism while he thinks he deserves it + his abuser makes fun of him, abuses him more, and almost kills him + his abuser never faces justice

Maybe a Bernie Sanders Administration Would Give Us Our First Female Vice President

Some might say a Bernie Sanders/Elizabeth Warren presidential bid is too liberal to make it in the United States. There is definitely something to be said for putting the two most liberal senators on the same ballot, but if a vote was going to be cast for Bernie Sanders in the first place I highly doubt Elizabeth Warren as Vice President would change that.

Although there is basically no reason to think she would be the VP other than hopeful optimism, it would make a lot of sense given their records. They have both continually fought Wall Street interests. They have both consistently supported efforts making college more affordable. Ideologically they are incredibly similar and have very similar voting records on key issues. Although she decided not to run for president herself, being Vice President is a lot different than running for president yourself. Only time will tell, but it seems like a smart political move and we’ll remain hopeful. Either way her endorsement is huge. Bernie Sanders 2016!

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The Democratic Base Is Marching Right Past Its Leaders
Newly minted activists want Democrats in Washington to actually fight against Trump -- or get out of the way.

On April 15, 2009, a wave of populist protests swept across the country, pegged to tax day. John Boehner, who was then-House minority leader, was curious how they’d play out, and joined one in Bakersfield, California with Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

What he saw there stunned him, and he immediately knew that if Republicans could harness that energy, he’d become speaker of the House. As he told his staff in his typically salty manner, “They are fucking furious and we’re going to win.”

Boehner was right on both points, and he vowed that day to make sure he channeled the rage he was witnessing into campaigns against Democrats the next fall. To ally with his base, he and then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) resolved to engage in all-out obstruction. It worked, until it worked too well, and consumed Boehner himself, as well as his deputy, former Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

Elected Democrats are now facing the same challenge, as a fired-up progressive base is marching far ahead of the party leadership. Democrats are scrambling to keep up.

This week, when progressive champions Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) voted in a Senate committee to approve the thoroughly unqualified Ben Carson to head the Housing and Urban Development Department, there was little criticism from established liberal organizations in Washington. But the grassroots lit up ― blasting them on Twitter, Facebook, in calls to their offices, and in countless emails to Huffington Post reporters, asking us what on earth their one-time heroes were doing.

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Photograph of Sandra Day O'Connor Being Sworn in a Supreme Court Justice by Chief Justice Warren Burger, Her Husband John O'Connor Looks On, 9/25/1981

Series: Reagan White House Photographs, 1/20/1981 - 1/20/1989Collection: White House Photographic Collection, 1/20/1981 - 1/20/1989

Announced as President Reagan’s intended nominee on July 7, 1981, and formally nominated on August 19, Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first woman Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court thirty-five years ago on September 25, 1981. O’Connor worked as a lawyer and then a judge in Arizona before becoming an Associate Justice in the U.S. Supreme Court. She retired in 2006.