legally free!

I’ve seen a couple post claiming the ACLU isn’t a good organization because they’ve defended folks like the KKK and other disgusting organizations and as a lawyer I just can’t let people make these claims and not address them.

First, let me say that as a queer Black woman, some of the folks the ACLU has represented make me absolutely sick. They want me and mine dead. They are terrible. But I am wholeheartedly here for the ACLU representing these people because of the way the law works.

In the law, there’s a thing called precedent. It basically means that decisions that are made in these cases are the law of the land unless they are overturned on appeal. Most questions of law have been settled and when lawyers argue they just refer the judge to how previous, similar cases were decided and the judge usually follows suit because they don’t wanna be overturned on appeal.

When there are new/unique questions of law that haven’t been settled, especially around civil rights, the outcomes are super important because it will essentially impact all of us. So, as shitty and disgusting as it is, if the KKK’s speech is infringed in a way that creates a new legal question as to how the constitution applies, if they have a legit claim and no one defends them and they lose, the rule and reasoning that the judge lays down becomes law. So, later if for example #NoDAPL or BLM folks are marching or demonstrating and have their speech infringed upon in the way the KKK previously did, if they bring it to court the precedent established in the KKK’s case applies and #NoDAPL or BLM lose. Because for better or worse the law in most of these cases doesn’t hinge on “are these people saying things we support and want to spread?” and it doesn’t really matter legally if one group is the KKK and the other is #NoDAPL. In short, those aren’t the facts that legal decisions are made on.

In short, sometimes to protect ALL of our legal rights, the ACLU has to protect the rights of deplorable and disgusting people. And honestly, we should be thankful that there are folks out here willing to do this dirty work. The ACLU is about protecting our constitutional civil rights and sometimes that means protecting those of bad people so that those decisions and resulting laws can’t be used to hurt good people. And more often than not, the ACLU is fighting for good people. Please keep that in mind before claiming the ACLU is awful.

Today on twitter someone told me I should SUPPORT the shows and movies I’m talking about instead of just tweeting about it because “tweeting about it doesn’t get them views/money” and I’ve never, ever, encountered someone who so badly missed the point of my entire online brand. Wildest thing someone ever said to me. 

Tony Stark: Builds fifty Iron Man suits that cost 500 millions each, blows them up for giggles. Builds another hundred suits, wasting billions more, and refusing to share the tech.

Bruce Wayne: Funds troops and the police force with so much money and tech, that BPD and GCPD are almost militant.

Tony Stark: Throws cocktail parties for society “friends” and personal friends every other night.

Bruce Wayne: Only attends charity balls and fundraising events.

Tony Stark: Clean free energy!! … but sorry, for Avengers Tower use only.

Bruce Wayne: Is indirectly responsible for the Gotham healthcare system that America as a whole still doesn’t have, in addition to funding dozens of free clinics all over the city. And has built hospitals, including mental health facilities.

Tony Stark: Provides high-tech and expensive housing exclusively for his personal friends.

Bruce Wayne: Supports a number of orphanages, free schools, soup kitchens and social services groups. Provides cheap housing for low-income families. And made sure every building under his name is made disability accessible.

Tony Stark: Kills every mook he comes across. Offers no second chance.

Bruce Wayne: Provides jobs to ex-felons right out of prison to rebuild their lives. Offers stable legal employment and free education to people living on the streets.

Tony Stark: *Thinks money solves everything*

Bruce Wayne: *Knows money isn’t enough*

Tumblr: Why doesn’t Bruce Wayne do something useful with his money??

DC fandom: … …


other cheat sheets

The l00 only had 998k viewers! The series started with 2.7mil, now it’s at an all time low LMAO

Originally posted by hedahaven

#BloodMustHaveBlood #OsoGonpleiNouSteOdon #KeepTheBlackoutGoingKru

The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth

Photo:  Juneteenth day celebration in Texas. 1900. 

Juneteenth is one of the most important events in our nation’s history. On “Freedom’s Eve” or the eve of January 1, 1863 the first Watch Night services took place. On that night, enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and private homes all across the country awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect.

At the stroke of midnight, prayers were answered as all enslaved people in the Confederate States were declared legally free. Union soldiers, many of whom were black, marched onto plantations and across cities in the south reading small copies of the Emancipation Proclamation spreading the news of freedom.

But not everyone in Confederate territory would immediately be free. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. This meant that in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later. On June 19, 1865 that changed, when enslaved African Americans in Galveston Bay, TX were notified by the arrival of some 2,000 Union troops that they, along with the more than 250,000 other enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree.

Photo:  Publishers throughout the North responded to a demand for copies of Lincoln’s proclamation and produced numerous decorative versions including this engraving by R. A. Dimmick in 1864. National Museum of American History, gift of Ralph E. Becker. 

The post-emancipation period known as Reconstruction (1865-1877) marked an era of great hope, uncertainty, and struggle for the nation as a whole. Formerly enslaved people immediately sought to reunify families, establish schools, run for political office, push radical legislation and even sue slaveholders for compensation. This was nothing short of amazing! Not even a generation out of enslavement, African Americans were inspired and empowered to completely transform their lives and their country.

In my opinion, Juneteenth (as that day was called by the freed enslaved people in Texas) marks our country’s second independence day. Though it has long been celebrated among the African American community it is a history that has been marginalized and still remains largely unknown to the wider public.

The historical legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of deep hope and urgent organizing in uncertain times. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a community space where that spirit can continue to live on – where histories like this one can surface, and new stories with equal urgency can be told.

Tsione Wolde-Michael is the Writer/Editor for the Office of Curatorial Affairs, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. She is also a Doctoral Candidate in History at Harvard University.

Legality of Fanfic question

So my sister is in law school and taking a class on intellectual property, and because I’m stoked about it, she decided to go ahead and write one of her term papers on fanfic.

Here in Canada, transformative and derivative works are legal to make and disseminate, but it’s illegal to make profit off them and commercialize them, and illegal to make fan works that violate this “moral rights” thing that basically would lead to destroying the reputation of the original work or creator.

However, just for the record, people can make parodies of things and commercialize them as this falls under “fair use” because parody allows for the critique of source material and such satire and critique plays an important social function in a democratic society.

Now, what she wants to argue in her paper is essentially that people should be allowed to profit off transformative works like fanfiction (at least some fic, at least in some manners). However, setting up a legal argument for that isn’t easy and I’ve been brainstorming with her about it, but we thought it might be worthwhile to ask actual fan creators. 

So, here are my questions:

What legal, logical, or societal arguments can you think of for why it should be legal to profit off of transformative fan works such as fanfiction and fanart? Should people be able to at all, or not? 

(because fyi profiting off fanart is just as illegal as profiting off fic, at least here in canada…)

And of course, there is a need to balance between the rights of the original creator(s) and a fan creator. Her paper won’t suggest a blanket solution of destroying copyright laws altogether or anything. But to the extent that fic is being written, and to the extent that people are already doing things like selling fanart (again, equally illegal here), the law needs to stay ahead of it.

And if people should be allowed to profit off it, then in what capacity? Just through donations like on patreon and not for any individual fic (i.e., not buying the product directly)? Should people be able to purchase specific fics or not? Should people be able to commission fics (and fan art, because again, same laws)? When and why, or why not?

anonymous asked:

Yo! I need some legal advice... How the fuck does one do Constitutional Law lamo... help

that’s still not a legal advice question but basically you need to steal the original, real constitution, national treasure style, and burn it. then you consume the ashes by mixing it into your bud light while blasting bruce springsteen. in three to five business days you will understand all there is to know about the american constitution.

anonymous asked:

please understand that most people who say they don't want government mean that they want poor people to starve to death. they want it to be legal and consequence free to poison our air and our water. they want it to be legal to abuse workers to death. please realise that when most people say they hate tech companies, they are not talking about annoying news feeds. they are talking about massive threats to privacy. they are talking about how amazon tortures people in warehouses.

So I actually disagree with you that most people who say they don’t want government want those things. Again and again, I talk to people who don’t want a government and they say “I want to be allowed to buy the specific transition hormones that help me without potentially committing a felony” or “I want to be allowed to take the pain medication I need” or “my friends and I were evicted because our house was an illegal development against zoning law, and now we’re homeless and it is illegal for us to sleep within city limits” or “the government froze all my assets when I was eight months pregnant, leaving me unable to buy food for myself or diapers for the baby, because they made a clerical error” or “the homeless shelter I was staying in got shut down because the law required them to have  24/7 observation of everyone there and they didn’t have the staff” or “I was kidnapped and dragged against my will to a psychiatric facility where I was horribly mistreated” or just “I am really mad at the CIA for impersonating a polio vaccination campaign.”

It’s probably not productive or helpful to debate “but how many people like that are there, versus how many people who want something harmful?”. It’s hard to settle and it’s not really the point. There are some of both; there are many of both, probably millions of both, since it’s a big country. But I do want to say that I am 100% behind the first group, and I think it’s really important to get their message out there precisely because lots of people do not understand the abundant very real reasons to believe the U.S. government is bad. I understand your concerns about a post that just says “the U.S. government is bad; abolish it”. But I said “here are ten awful, harmful things the U.S. government does, and that’s why I dream about abolishing it.” And if we can’t even say that because there are some other people out there who want the same thing for bad reasons - 

- well, then we’ve conveniently removed ‘the U.S. government does immensely evil things which make us much worse off’ from the conversation. We’ve made it so there is literally no way to say it. And that’s really bad, since it needs to be said. So I actively want to support people in making posts of the type “these are ten bad things the U.S. government does and I wish it would just fucking go up in smoke”, and I know it will be hard and difficult to listen to those people or create spaces where they’re permitted to talk, but I think you’ll find a ton of value in doing so.

when most people say they hate tech companies, they are not talking about annoying news feeds. they are talking about massive threats to privacy.

Again, you are granting governments a kind of moral authority that they do not deserve, by overlooking massive atrocities of theirs on this front. The U.S. government collects any personal communications over email or phone they please, by anyone, anywhere in the world. They can retain that information indefinitely and use it to justify the murder of American citizens overseas on ‘terrorism’ charges. They use the information they gain from warrantless wiretapping to reject visas, to reject job applications, to infiltrate activist groups, to fill out unchallengeable do-not-fly lists, and to harass and intimidate dissidents, and that’s just what we know about. Congress regularly reapproves their power to do this. Your purchasing decisions, your private IM logs with your friends, your phone conversations, quite possibly every conversation you have had in the vicinity of your phone is the purview of the NSA and they will happily use it to destroy your life.

Tech companies aren’t careful enough with our personal data. They collect cookies across multiple sites without making it clear they’re doing it. They make it a hassle to delete your accounts. They are insufficiently transparent.

But the government is worse. The government is vastly worse. The government does more, from more sources, with the force of law allowing them to steamroll other companies that decline to help them. The government can’t just use this data to target ads, they can use it to literally have you murdered overseas for involvement in terrorism. This just isn’t even a sane comparison.

Same thing with working conditions. In private prisons, to which the government sentences people for crimes including missing a court date, taking marijuana, sharing prescription medication with a friend who also has a prescription for it, leaving your elementary-school-aged children in a park for twenty minutes during a job interview, and other such terrible crimes, you can be forced to work for $1/day and threatened with solitary confinement if you refuse to work. Rape and abuse are rampant, and in fact considered part of the punishment. 

Amazon pays $13.50/hour. 

The solution to Amazon is to ensure that poor people have enough money that they can quit when conditions are shitty. I’m not trivializing that at all - it’s important, and it’s not going to be easy, and it’s an urgent problem we should absolutely be putting time and effort into. But again, I feel like you’ve bought into this equivalence which isn’t one. The government is engaged in mass systematic torture and slavery which there is no escape from because they can put the force of law behind it. Companies can offer poor work conditions - even appalling working conditions - but there’s a point at which their workers will quit. The government can neatly take that option away from you, and then it doesn’t matter how bad it gets or whether they bother to pay you at all.

This is really important to me. When there are lots of injustices in the world, it’s easy to get into a mindset of ‘well, this other thing is bad too, probably it’s all equivalent, probably there’s no point in fighting to end A in favor of B”. But there is actually a world of difference between ‘you will routinely get raped at work and this is totally normal and there’s no one to complain to and people actually approve of this because they think you deserve it’ and ‘you might suffer injuries on the job, for which your company is liable’, between $1/day and $13.50/hour, between “if you don’t show up, you get fired” and “if you don’t show up, you get tortured”. These are not both just entries in the ‘bad working conditions’ bucket and we should not be indifferent between them. 

Would Amazon offer $1/day if they could get away with it? Yeah. But because Amazon cannot threaten to put people in solitary confinement for not working for $1/day, they can’t find anyone who will work for $1/day. They don’t even pay minimum wage, they pay higher than that, because $13.50 is the hourly wage that gets people to work for them. There is a constraint on Amazon. There is no constraint on the government. I want to make things better for workers at Amazon. But they are not in the same situation as prisoners of our carceral system and when they’re primarily brought up as a distraction from condemning private prisons I think that reflects a false equivalency.

So I absolutely understand where you’re coming from, and what you’re worried about, but I think you’d be able to do a lot more to fight injustices if you find people who are angry about the actions of the U.S. government because of its appalling crimes against poor people, instead of because they’re upset that it ever tries to help them at all, and listened, and at least gave us the chance to explain why, yes, this is that bad, and it is that important, and it is that different from other bad working conditions if you’re poor.

One day y'all will understand what the American Civil Liberties Union does and how law and Constitutional rights work. But apparently today is not that day.


Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:27

Wouldn’t you like to pray effective prayers that are always in line with the will of God and which always hit the mark? Well, when you pray in the Spirit, you can.

You see, when we pray in English or our known language, and according to our limited understanding, we can pray amiss. Sometimes, our heads get in the way and we find ourselves asking, “Isn’t it selfish of me to pray like this?” or “Am I praying in line with God’s will?”

My friend, that is why God gives us the gift of praying in tongues. When we pray in tongues or in the Holy Spirit, we can never pray out of God’s will because the Holy Spirit “makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God”.

In other words, we pray perfect prayers in line with God’s will when we pray in tongues. And the Bible goes on to tell us that “if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him”. (1 John 5:14–15)

Isn’t it wonderful that God has put in you the Holy Spirit who prays perfectly? He knows the heart of God and precisely what you need. And He makes intercession for you because He loves you very much.

The Holy Spirit is like your lawyer or legal counselor. He knows what belongs to you legally. He knows what your blood-bought rights are in Christ. Best of all, He knows exactly how to enforce them in your life!

Beloved, when you pray in tongues, you allow the Holy Spirit to pray perfect prayers through you. He pleads your case before God. He knows where you have gone wrong and what the root of the problem is. He also has the wisdom, solution and power to win your case. With the Holy Spirit on your side, you cannot but come out victorious!

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