Radley Balko has another stellar piece on Shaneen Allen, Race and Gun Control. Please read it, especially if you are a proponent of gun control.
Meanwhile, The Wingnut Collective in Richmond has a post about a new group called Anarcho-Rednecks Against Oppression (ARAO). They plan to go to gun shows and bring information about Copwatch, security culture, anti-racism, queerness, and other stuff. I’m looking forward to hearing the results.
ProPublica is doing a series of interviews for the anniversary of Freedom Summer. This one is of Rita Bender who was the wife of Michael Schwerner, one of the three civil rights workers killed working on a voting drive. Worth a read, if only because it isn’t all nostalgia and glory.
ProPublica is also starting an investigation into collection practices. If you have ever been sued over a debt, they want to talk to you.
You have probably all seen articles on those leaked documents that The Intercept got its hands on regarding the casual way our government has been labeling people terrorists. They aren’t just going after Muslims. You may have noted that property destruction is a terrorist act. However you feel about radical animal rights or environmental groups, do you really think kids who freed some minks are terrorists?
Accused terrorists in Bagram, that torture prison we have all forgotten about, have held numerous hunger strikes. And, over at Guantanamo, one mystery nurse with a bit of a conscience has refused to force feed hunger strikers.
Nobody at the Newark PD seems to be battling a conscience. The Justice Department report about the corruption, violence, racism, and theft in Newark is damning. Of course, nothing will actually change.
Much like nothing will happen to the prison guards at Rikers who beat on the mentally ill.
Here in DC, possession of a small amount of weed will just get you a fine. There was a lot of celebratory weed smoke in the air on the night that took effect. Of course, DC PD would like to remind you that they will still be arresting your ass.
Finally, on a positive note, this little video about the Emergence Community Arts Collective is great. That place is a treasure. Sylvia is great. If you live in DC you should support them. We need to keep this stuff from being killed by the gentrification. If you don’t live in DC, and you think it’s all military and political douchebags that live here, this is a short peek into what the actual city can be like.