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Man Who Filmed Eric Garner’s Death Sues NYC for $10,000,000
Ramsey Orta, who recorded Eric Garner’s fatal encounter with police officers in New York City’s Staten Island borough, claims that he was arrested on trumped-up charges in retaliation for the viral video.

Ramsey Orta, the New York City man who filmed Eric Garner’s death, recently accepted a plea deal on weapons and drug charges and is likely to spend the next four years in prison. Now, the New York Post reports, Orta is suing the city for $10 million. He says that he was arrested on trumped-up charges in retaliation for recording the controversial arrest that sparked protests.

Why the Growing Alliance Between Police and White LGBTQIA+ Folks Is a Problem
Many white people in LGBTQIA+ communities see police as friends to the community, and incarceration as “a practical solution.” Here's why we need to remember history and the reality of racialized police violence.
An Actual Message From An Actual Person on OKCupid
  • Idiot Dudebro:hello there Black female. i heard you like to make white people cry to collect their tears. what a stupid notion, i would like you to note that if a human being needs to go to wikipedia to figure out what a gender neutral pronoun is then they probably are really stupid. I would also like to add that finding offense to the common vernacular is just as equally stupid seeing as it serves no other purpose as to communicate with detail. in a group of people when one doesn't know your name girl, lady, miss or whatever then becomes a more appropriate tool to distinguish whom one person is communicating with. i would also like to note that while you are fighting the fight for equality by trying ti rid yourself and the world of gender classification you are counter productive by continuing the viscous cycle of racism. have a great day.
  • My Response:Hello idiot who thinks reverse racism exists and assumes I'm a gender abolitionist.
  • Still Me:My gender journey is no one's business but mine and respecting my pronouns and gender identity is something people do when they aren't shitheads. Sadly, you are a shithead, so this concept might be a bit hard to swallow along with the giant metaphorical ego cock you're choking on.
  • Still Me:Biological sex and gender identity are 2 completely separate constructs and presentation is just as separate from those two.
  • And More From Me:Imagine you are "biological sex" and I am "gender identity". My immediate distaste for you means I wouldn't bother fucking you for all of the money in the world. I wouldn't fuck you for the promise of never being misgendered again. I wouldn't fuck you if doing so meant the entire world became aware of intersectionaly and the axes of oppression. In fact, I am so repulsed by the few words you've sent me, that I'm confident no amount of tangible goods, intangible dreams, belief systems or promises could ever get me to even consider fucking you. That is how far apart biological sex and gender identity are.
  • Me:And before you get all "I didn't even bring up fucking you", I want to point out this is a dating site and therefore my assumption is valid. And that you could have very easily seen my profile, disagreed with it (no harm in that) and moved along. But no, you chose to invade my inbox with textual diarrhea of the brain. Your very presence on my feed has caused me to actively vomit in my mouth as I'm sure your mother also does when she is reminded she birthed you.
  • Me:You, idiot, are unwelcome. You are also so incredibly ignorant, I'm hoping that one day you come upon the realization that you are in fact transgender so you can feel the crushing pain of being misgendered, dehumanized, and riddled with dysphoria.
  • Me:Fuck you very much,
  • -Black Queer

l-is-for-lalafell-deactivated20  asked:

I saw you posted that post about how "one bad apple spoils the bunch" in regards to police. If that's your view, then why is it so bad if everyone lumps as Muslim together for the terrorism? Because as your own post states, one bad apple spoils the bunch.

Police brutality is a systemic issue lasting a century.

Islam hasn’t been a “terrorist religion” for 15 years and it’s not systemic.

Police Departments are organized, made and paid for by governments and part of the legal system.

Terrorists are far from organized, given passes by courts or part of any government or legal system.

A bad cop allowed to keep their job is the bad apple spoiling the bunch.

A terrorist isn’t allowed to continue and thus, doesn’t spoil the bunch.

If perhaps we removed crooked cops as well as we remove terrorists, there wouldn’t be an issue, now would there?

Also: fuck you for suggesting even once that Muslims are all terrorists to an actual Muslim. Go fuck yourself.

1.  The UK is fucked because they exited the EU, and things aren’t getting better for them anytime soon unless Brexit somehow gets reversed.  (which may not even be possible)

2.  France just had ANOTHER Terror attack that killed at least 60 people, on their national holiday.

3.  Pulse had a shooting where many lgbt+ people died this year.

4.  Too many black lives have been ended in police brutality all over the US this year, and several cops were shot in Dallas.

5.  The US had TRUMP running for President officially, and Hillary Clinton isn’t somehow winning in a landslide?

We’re all fucked, and this has to stop.  2016 has to STOP being like this. (btw I’m sure there’s more, I’m just so fucking appalled with this year)
Armed Black Protesters Cause Cleveland Police To Call For “Temporary Suspension of Second Amendment”
The head of Cleveland's largest police union has just called on Ohio Gov. John Kasich to temporarily restrict the state's open carry gun laws and the Second Amendment during this week's Republican National Convention.

This call comes as members of various Black “Open Carry” and self-defense organizations began arriving in the city.


So I decided to do a little experiment on and it didn’t end well. It did end exactly the way I thought it would but it’s still very disappointing to know so many either uneducated or close minded people are out there. I wish there was more talk of other gender identities.

I won’t stop fighting for recognition and love.

I find myself in a constant state of near tears today. Some is pain, some exhaustion, but so much… So much is the bombardment of this weekend’s tragedy. Follow up, lists of names, profiles of the injured, the dead, the heroes. Tragedy and redemption swirl together in a mix that leaves me raw.
I’m so tired. Tired of tragedy, tired of tragedy reminding me how hated I am for this piece of myself, even by my own family who - as they swear they love me “anyway” - respond to my post about God’s LOVE with reminders of God’s wrath and our universal nature as sinners.
I am so tired. Meeting with a classmate to return her disc and find myself terrified to have her find out I’m gay. She’s clearly religious, but I don’t know yet, which kind, which brand. Is it one of the many that believe I am without redemption? Or the kind who would grab my hand to pray for the sorrow I have in my heart because of Sundays massacre.
I find myself, for the first time since coming out more than 10 years ago… Terrified of revealing my sexuality to strangers without first KNOWING their beliefs. And simultaneously, I am worn too raw to know. To find out that one more person in my universe believes, deep down, that my kind are better off exterminated - even if they’d never say it in so many words.
For the first time in my life, I’m afraid to be all that I am. Genuinely afraid.
And I’m so tired.
To Make Black Lives Matter, We Must Tear Down the Case Law that Gave Police the Power to Stop, Search, and Abuse
This piece originally appeared at The Guardian. Something is missing from the debate over police reform. Though police killings of Black men have sparked a nationwide movement to stop police violence, the police can fairly ask whether they deserve all of the blame.

This piece originally appeared at The Guardian.

Something is missing from the debate over police reform. Though police killings of Black men have sparked a nationwide movement to stop police violence, the police can fairly ask whether they deserve all of the blame. That’s not because current levels of police violence are warranted (they aren’t), or because policing is race neutral (it isn’t). It’s because the chief architects of American policing are not police departments; they’re courts. The movement for police reform should be joined by an equally ambitious movement for court reform.

Courts have shaped American policing by defanging the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on “unreasonable searches and seizures.” Because the term “unreasonable” is unclear, courts have had to decide which police intrusions, beyond the blatantly arbitrary, go too far. And the U.S. Supreme Court’s consistent answer has been that scarcely anything goes too far.

Perhaps most important, the court held in Whren v. United States that the Fourth Amendment permits officers to use any violation, like a broken tail light, as a pretext to stop people they deem suspicious. This decision, which just reached its 20th anniversary, helped cement modern-day racial profiling.

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Republican congressman preaches literal white supremacy on national television
By German Lopez

US Rep. Steve King (R-IA) thinks that white people have contributed more to civilization than any other race. And he said it on national cable news.

This is not an exaggeration.
Heartwarming Barbecues and Hugging Cops Ain’t the Solution
On Monday, July 18, the police shot disability therapist, Charles Kinsey as he attempted to calm a man with autism who had run away from a group home.

When the police arrived on the scene, Kinsey laid on the ground with his hands up, in a position of total submission to police authority, to make it clear beyond doubt that he posed no threat to the officers. 

He explained to the officer, “Sir, there is no need for firearms. I’m unarmed, he’s an autistic guy. He got a toy truck in his hand.”

In a video of the incident, which has since gone viral on social media, Kinsey clearly says to the officer, “All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavior therapist at a group home.” The officer shot Kinsey in the leg. 

Kinsey, still on his back, still with his hands up, still maintaining his calm and respectful demeanor even after being shot asked the officer, “Sir, why did you shoot me?” The officer responded, “I don’t know.”



My uber-antichoice, suspicious-of-“those people” MIL sent me this list of articles today. Just looking at the titles is bad enough, but oh man they get even worse when you delve in. 

And she wonders why I don’t like talking to her. 

Ecology, Abortion, and the Left | William L. Patenaude | On why it is impossible to be pro-ecology and pro-abortion. 

Looking at Islam Through Catholic Eyes | William Kilpatrick | Comments by Pope Francis about “authentic Islam” suggest a failure to see Islam as most Muslims understand and live it. 

Carl’s Cuts: The First Edition of 2014 | Carl E. Olson | On Jesuit hunters, scandals, Hans Küng, Francis and abortion, “conservatives”, Islam, the poor, gossip, the problem with news, and more. 

Questions Remain in California Priest’s Tragic Slaying | Brian O'Neel | The murder of Fr. Eric Freed in California on New Year’s Day remains a mystery as a suspect is charged with the crime. 

March On! | John Burger | Roe v. Wade anniversary draws pro-life activists to events in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and other cities. 

Catholic Chaplain’s Conviction Overturned | By Dorothy Cummings McLean | The 2006 conviction of Fr. Mark Peterson for sexual assault overturned in Edinburgh’s High Court.
Police Increase Presence in Queer Spaces Post-Orlando — But Not Everyone Feels Safer
After the Orlando shooting, security in queer spaces has caused tension in the community.
By Mic

On June 18, a crowd of peaceful rally-goers marched from New York City’s Grand Central Station to the LGBT Community Center to commemorate the victims of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Outside the community center, a police officer stood watch, an assault rifle slung over his shoulder. The irony of having an assault weapon only feet from the entrance to the LGBT center wasn’t lost on protesters.

Sign A Petition To Formally Recognize The Klu Klux Klan As A Terrorist Organization
There's an online petition circulating to formally classify the Klu Klux Klan as a terrorist organization. Started by a user named "P.S.", the petition explains that "Terrorism is the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims.
By Sandra Song
White House to Reauthorize Military Equipment for Police
The demilitarization of police, which often act like an occupying force in communities, is a key demand of Black Lives Matter activists.

The Obama White House is set to authorize police agencies to once again acquire military equipment, a move that is sure to be met with heavy criticism from activists seeking greater accountability from police in light of regular police killings of Black men. Reuters reported Thursday that the U.S. government will revisit a 2015 ban on police forces getting riot gear, armored vehicles and other military-grade equipment from the U.S. armed forces.

The use of military gear by police agencies was criticized by supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement and other critics of police impunity and brutality as being part of a broader militarization of police, which was seen as a factor in the mistreatment of demonstrators and U.S. residents.

In response to the public outcry, the White House issued a ban in May 2015 on the transfer of some equipment from the military to police.


Dear Gentlemen of the ADL:

I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people. Upon reading my comments in print — I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype. Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter. If, during the interview, I had been asked to elaborate on this point I would have pointed out that I had just finished reading Neal Gabler’s superb book about the Jews and Hollywood, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews invented Hollywood. The fact is that our business, and my own career specifically, owes an enormous debt to that contribution.

I hope you will know that this apology is heartfelt, genuine, and that I have an enormous personal affinity for the Jewish people in general, and those specifically in my life. The Jewish People, persecuted thorough the ages, are the first to hear God’s voice, and surely are the chosen people.

I would like to sign off with ‘Shalom Aleichem’ — but under the circumstances, perhaps today I lose the right to use that phrase, so I will wish you all peace – Gary Oldman.

Gary Oldman, massive tool. This letter is just so dripping with contempt and confession of antisemitism. It’s gross. Clearly the man is operating sans PR team. Oldman’s apologizing for stuff he said:

“Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him — and doesn’t need to feed him anymore because he’s got enough dough,” Oldman said. “He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know? But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said, ‘That f—ing kraut’ or ‘F— those Germans,’ whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That’s what gets me.”

Oldman went on. “I don’t know about Mel,” he said. “He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all f—ing hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n—– or that f—ing Jew? I’m being brutally honest here. It’s the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy. Or maybe I should just strike that and say ‘the N word’ and ‘the F word,’ although there are two F words now.”


“Alec calling someone an F-A-G in the street while he’s pissed off coming out of his building because they won’t leave him alone,” Oldman said. “I don’t blame him. So they persecute.”


“Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a c— — and I’ll go one better, a f—ing useless c— — I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it. Bill Maher could call someone a f– and get away with it. He said to Seth MacFarlane this year, ‘I thought you were going to do the Oscars again. Instead they got a lesbian.’ ‘He can say something like that. Is that more or less offensive than Alec Baldwin saying to someone in the street, ‘You f–?’ I don’t get it.”

(as qtd in The Washington Post; other sources are blocked on the network I’m on at the moment)