reform!

When you’re so excited to reject any mainstream political reformism that you dedicate your time to trashing the strongest and best organization defending marginalized peoples for something they aren’t even doing

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Freddie Gray died 2 years ago today — and Baltimore is still seeking police reform

  • It’s been two years since Freddie Gray died from injuries he sustained while in custody of the Baltimore Police Department. 
  • But in the Charm City, “still ain’t shit change,” Black Lives Matter movement activists tweeted Wednesday.
  • Even if little appears to have changed on the police force or in the ways officers treat city residents, there has been some movement. 
  • In April 2015, the state’s attorney’s office charged six officers in connection to the neck and back injuries Gray sustained, which led to his death, during a rough ride in a police van on April 12, 2015, after days of protests and civil unrest in the majority-black city.
  • Although those officers were acquitted in trials or had charges dropped against them, the U.S. Department of Justice investigated police abuse and sued the city into a police reform agreement known as a consent decree. And now, it’s up to city leaders to follow through on those reforms, civil rights leaders said.
  • “To this day, no officers have been held responsible in a court of law for the conduct that led to Mr. Gray’s death, and it’s likely none ever will,” Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said in a statement released Wednesday.
  •  "The only justice we can hope for now is the meaningful policing reform that the residents of Baltimore so deeply deserve.“ Read more (4/19/17)

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri, July 14, 1895

Don’t be a fright.

Don’t stop at road-houses.

Don’t say “Feel my muscle.”

Don’t cultivate “bicycle face.”

Don’t talk bicycle at the table.

Don’t go out after dark without a male escort.

Don’t chew gum. Exercise your jaws in private.

Don’t wear a garden-party hat with bloomers.

Don’t ask “what do you think of my bloomers?”

Don’t use bicycle slang. Leave that to the boys.

Don’t discuss bloomers with every man you know.

Don’t try to ride in your brother’s clothes to “see how it feels.”

Don’t ride a man’s wheel. The time has not come for that as yet.

Don’t carry a packet of cigarettes in the pocket of your pantalets.

Don’t sneer at the lawn tennis girl, or maybe she will not ask you to be a bridesmaid. 

Don’t scream loudly because you see a strange man in the field  - it may be a scarecrow.

Don’t lift up your skirts suddenly to astonish people by showing them your bloomers.

sage--green  asked:

Which sources can I use to confirm racial bias in the criminal justice system without being immediately shot down?

For me, it all begins with this staggering statistic: 1 in 3 black men born in 2001 will spend some time in prison in their lives. 1 in 3. Let that sink in. I’ve worked in this space for closing in on 20 years, much of it addressing race and outcomes in the criminal justice system. And, to my mind, no statistic breaks down racial bias to its essence more effectively.

And, you don’t need to search far and wide for that number. It is from a federal source – the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Sometimes the simplest statistics tell the story best. To me, that 1 in 3 number talks powerfully of institutional failure coupled with racial bias.

People of color are disadvantaged at every step of the criminal justice system – from decisions in how and where to police, through prosecutorial charging, into sentencing, and finally in prisons. Racial disparity in imprisonment is likely the most common statistic you will encounter that makes this point. Those numbers result from a system that pursues justice unequally in a manner biased against people of color.

As for a great source, I’d point you to my friends at The Sentencing Project, who have been working on this issue for decades. I happen to think this is a terrific source. And, one note: Latinos are a growing part of our population, but states are woeful in what data they collect on the impact of CJ policies in Latino communities. This must be addressed.

With Trump’s health care plan dead, he’s moving on to taxes. That’s going to fail, too.

  • As Republicans watch their Affordable Care Act replacement effort fall apart, the White House is already working hard to change the narrative and make sure everyone knows the thing the president really wants to do is tax reform.
  • There’s just one problem with that plan: Republicans are as divided about their tax plan as they were about their health care bill. 
  • Even House Speaker Paul Ryan seemed to concede this was the case in his remarks on the demise of the GOP health bill. “We are going to proceed with tax reform,” said Ryan, “but this is going to make it more difficult.” Read more.
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Trump Acts To Sabotage Obamacare Enrollment, Days Before Deadline
He ordered the government to halt ads and emails, which could mean fewer signups and higher premiums.

He may stop the ads, but nothing beats old fashioned word of mouth. Make sure everyone you know (and those you don’t know) they can still sign up for obamacare/ACA until January 31st! 

the more people sign up, the less eager republicans will repeal it, especially those in swing states and districts, and we only need three GOP senators to vote no on repeal. 

One of the many reasons we need campaign finance reform is to keep big companies and lobbies from buying our elected officials.

Want to know why so many Senators are voting for Betsy DeVos?
Want to know why so many oppose common sense gun reform?
What to know why pharmaceutical companies can rip you off?
Want to know why Senators oppose funding green energy?

Take a look at who is funding their campaigns.