Thoughts on politics, religion, violence, inequality, social control, change, and random other things from an autonomous, analytical, adopted, abolitionist, anarchist who likes the letter A

Things You Might Have Missed

August 29, 2014 By: Mel Category: Misc

Remember the good old days? The Leave it to Beaver years. They were simpler times. When white people wanted to hang black people for drinking out of white water fountains. When workers would find nooses hanging at their workplaces. When cops put dogs on unarmed protesters. When curmudgeonly, white supremacist stereotypes yelled “cut your hair, hippy Navajo kindergartner!” or kicked black teens out of school for dreadlocks. Oh wait. That’s all now.

A seventeen-year-old from Ferguson writes about being Tired and Fed-up.

This guy shows how frequent the Fergusons have been in our history.

Never ever speak to cops. Not that you have a right to remain silent.

This charming cop offered to help “straighten out” his niece. By which he meant rape her and make her be his maid. He was found out after she tried to kill herself.

This Oklahoma cop likes to rape black women.

Cops and coroner claim a handcuffed man shot himself in the chest.

The 84-year-old Asian man who was slammed to the ground by NYPD for jaywalking is suing.

In Chicago, a candlelight vigil was being held for another teen killed by cops. Police attended the vigil to do their usual intimidation and harassment thing. One attendee believed they saw the actual shooter. Then things got real as people started throwing things at the PD and one woman ran into a cop with her car. Let’s all take notes from that one.

Data on police killing people is impossible to find, though the feds are responsible for tracking it. This guy has started his own project.

There is a petition circulating to try to get compassionate release for Robert C. Fuentes who is dying of liver cancer.

System Failure was uploaded back in 2007 by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. It is about abuse in California juvenile facilities. Gives you a very good feel for what happens in these places.

This is a long, but worthwhile discussion about “incarceration and resistance (with) Ashanti Alston (former BLA member and Prisoner of War, current co-chair of the Jericho Movement)…Victoria Law (author, Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women) …Matt Meyer (editor of Let Freedom Ring: A Collection of Documents from the Movement to Free Political Prisoners) and Lynne Stewart (attorney and contributor to Let Freedom Ring)”.

Where does that hard-working, pull yourself up by the bootstraps mentality get you? It gets you four jobs and dead in your car.

All the more shameful since we could all be working a few hours a day if the system wasn’t about fetishizing work and making sure that a disproportionate few benefit from technology and increased productivity.

This interview with Boots from the Coup where he tells the woman they are “a punk-funk Communist revolution band…trying to…make everyone dance while we’re telling them about how we need to get rid of the system” is just priceless.

Very interesting research on who participated in the Rwandan genocide. It was those with larger social networks that were more likely to participate in atrocities. Especially important was the influence of family and neighbors.

And then there is this on how we decide who is innocent, their death being a tragedy, and whose death we shrug off.

Finally, anybody know anything about Friendica? Or maybe you host a Diaspora server. I really need off of Facebook.


HT to @BrendasJustice for photo

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