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Today in Solidarity: Protesters gather in Oakland against the Urban Shield conference and police militarization

Ever wonder where cities get all their fancy ideas on how to militarize their police force? It’s not just from the Pentagon— it’s conferences like Urban Shield, that highlight the latest in tactical equipment and practices for suppressing the very people you’re sworn to serve. #staywoke #whodoyouprotect #whodoyouserve 

oakland no..

"There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people."
~ William Adama ~

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We didn’t know that our activism and our peaceful displays would result in guns literally looking down our eyes. Literally looking down our eyes. Guns.
And I had young people who were willing to die. For justice. 
I had a young person — and he’s definitely the example of many young people that I represent who said "I didn’t think I would make it to twenty-one years old so I’m ready to die now. Let’s do it now."

State senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (@MariaChappelleN) speaks on the Senate floor about the events she witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri in the weeks following the execution of Mike Brown. Senator Chappelle-Nadal was one of many protesters tear gassed for three hours without reprieve by the Ferguson PD.
She has been consistent and unrelenting in her criticism of Governor Jay Nixon — to the point of tweeting him “FUCK you, Governor!” — for his lack of action over the violation of citizens’ constitutional right to peacefully protest, and passionately vocal about the violent ways in which protesters were abused by the police.
Full video of Senator Chappelle-Nadal’s speech is available for download here (.wmv format). 

This woman is an inspiration. 

what the fuck do you even do with that. 

cocoavalentines:

invisiblelad:

thisradicalchange:

We didn’t know that our activism and our peaceful displays would result in guns literally looking down our eyes. Literally looking down our eyes. Guns.

And I had young people who were willing to die. For justice.

I had a young person — and he’s definitely the example of many young people that I represent who said "I didn’t think I would make it to twenty-one years old so I’m ready to die now. Let’s do it now."

State senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (@MariaChappelleN) speaks on the Senate floor about the events she witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri in the weeks following the execution of Mike Brown. Senator Chappelle-Nadal was one of many protesters tear gassed for three hours without reprieve by the Ferguson PD.

She has been consistent and unrelenting in her criticism of Governor Jay Nixonto the point of tweeting him “FUCK you, Governor!” — for his lack of action over the violation of citizens’ constitutional right to peacefully protest, and passionately vocal about the violent ways in which protesters were abused by the police.

Full video of Senator Chappelle-Nadal’s speech is available for download here (.wmv format). 

This woman is an inspiration. 

what the fuck do you even do with that. 

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tj:

This is a picture of three people from the Ferguson city commission.
Remember the story of how Ferguson police beat a man and then charged him with bleeding on their uniforms?
See that woman in the picture?
She was one of the cops who beat him.
Seriously what the fuck.
If you weren’t following #Ferguson on Twitter last night, you missed out. The city commission had a meeting where they tried to tell the people they couldn’t talk, but were eventually shouted down. So the All-White-Except-One city council sat there, gave people three minutes to speak, and said nothing, responded to nothing, and did nothing.
A couple of highlights:

A man arrested for peacefully protesting spoke up and said “I’ve done more jail time than Darren Wilson.”


“If Darren Wilson doesn’t get justice, you might as well bring back the army, because it’s going to be chaos,” said another.


ESPN E60 reportedly had a story about a football player from Ferguson who reported a harassment incident with Darren Wilson a week before Mike Brown. (Looked for more reports of this today and don’t see any. Sent a few messages to journalists who were covering Ferguson.)


Several people talked about how the “justice” system (more like “jüstice” system) in Ferguson routinely harasses and exploits people.


The whole thing seemed very organized, with people telling the council (paraphrased): “You’ve done nothing for us, and that’s why you’ve got a murder on your hands. Now we’re coming for you [meaning the various seats on the council]” with one woman in particular saying to the woman pictured above, “We’re coming for your seat first.”


This:



“I have 3 minutes to tell you I am ashamed of every single one of you.”

Source
Source

tj:

This is a picture of three people from the Ferguson city commission.

Remember the story of how Ferguson police beat a man and then charged him with bleeding on their uniforms?

See that woman in the picture?

She was one of the cops who beat him.

Seriously what the fuck.

If you weren’t following #Ferguson on Twitter last night, you missed out. The city commission had a meeting where they tried to tell the people they couldn’t talk, but were eventually shouted down. So the All-White-Except-One city council sat there, gave people three minutes to speak, and said nothing, responded to nothing, and did nothing.

A couple of highlights:

  1. A man arrested for peacefully protesting spoke up and said “I’ve done more jail time than Darren Wilson.”

  2. “If Darren Wilson doesn’t get justice, you might as well bring back the army, because it’s going to be chaos,” said another.

  3. ESPN E60 reportedly had a story about a football player from Ferguson who reported a harassment incident with Darren Wilson a week before Mike Brown. (Looked for more reports of this today and don’t see any. Sent a few messages to journalists who were covering Ferguson.)

  4. Several people talked about how the “justice” system (more like “jüstice” system) in Ferguson routinely harasses and exploits people.

  5. The whole thing seemed very organized, with people telling the council (paraphrased): “You’ve done nothing for us, and that’s why you’ve got a murder on your hands. Now we’re coming for you [meaning the various seats on the council]” with one woman in particular saying to the woman pictured above, “We’re coming for your seat first.”

  6. This:

“I have 3 minutes to tell you I am ashamed of every single one of you.”

Source

Source

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socialjusticekoolaid:

Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part II)

The St Louis County Council meeting was a fiery afar, as residents from across the county demanded Darren Wilson’s arrest, answers for Mike Brown’s death, and expressed frustration at their own police force being turned on them like they were enemies of the state. #staywoke #farfromover

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socialjusticekoolaid:

"All I did — what I did was — was release the videotape to you, because I had to," Jackson told reporters on Aug. 15 when asked why he released the robbery footage. "I’d been sitting on it, but I — too many people put in a [Freedom of Information Act] request for that thing, and I had to release that tape to you."

Writing for The Blot, Matthew Keys reports that the police department did not receive any specific requests for the videotape.

"A review of open records requests sent to the Ferguson Police Department found that no news organization, reporter or individual specifically sought the release of the surveillance tape before police distributed it on Aug. 15," Keys writes.

Journalist Andrew Perez also said that he has tried to get the documents to show who sent FOIA requests for the recording.

"I requested all requests for the videotape too, and they produced a ton of docs but no requests for the tape," Perez tweeted.

Perez also tweeted that, when asked, Ferguson Police spokesperson Tim Zoll couldn’t think of any specific requests for the tape.

Your daily reminder the Ferguson Police Department participated in a large-scale conspiracy to slander and demonize Michael Brown, while protecting his murderer, fellow officer Darren Wilson. How and why anyone could still be defending these armed thugs is beyond me. #staywoke #farfromover 

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centaurcentral:


“A Centaur in Disguise” by Michelle Tolo


This is the most precious Centaur art I’ve ever seen.


What really makes it is the fact that the dude and the horse are both going “something here ain’t right…”


And I could see any hard core horse riding enthusiast going “What are you doing!?  That’s not how you ride!”


I guess he’s trying to blend in and not be the
centaur of attention



I’m the guy on the left.

naamahdarling:

viamadlucem:

hostduraravros:

positronmorbid:

ironychan:

greekceltic:

centaurcentral:

“A Centaur in Disguise” by Michelle Tolo

This is the most precious Centaur art I’ve ever seen.

What really makes it is the fact that the dude and the horse are both going “something here ain’t right…”

And I could see any hard core horse riding enthusiast going “What are you doing!?  That’s not how you ride!”

I guess he’s trying to blend in and not be the

centaur of attention

I’m the guy on the left.

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refined-grace:

"Elmo is with his good friend, Lupita. They are talking about all the great things about their skin. For example, Elmo’s skin just happens to be very ticklish. Lupita’s skin happens to be a beautiful brown color. Skin can come in all different shades and colors. Isn’t skin just the best? However, ticklish or smooth or black or brown or white or tan, be sure to love the skin you are in." 

I love this. I LOVE THIS. I love this. Children need to see this. Adults need to see this.

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UPDATE
This morning, Jane escaped police custody while being transported to a court-mandated therapy session. She was found by Hartford police this afternoon and is reportedly being taken back to state custody. At this time the exact conditions of her detention are unknown.

Many wonder why Jane would attempt to escape today, on her way to a therapy session. Let’s look at her history with DCF: From a very young age, Jane was placed by DCF in extremely traumatizing conditions, where she was subject to rape, assault, trafficking and drug exposure. Much of this abuse happened at the hands of DCF employees. Jane was severely punished for having symptoms of PTSD and reacting to inappropriate behavior from staff. Part of this punishment was her detention for over a month at York Correctional, a women’s prison - without any charges being filed. DCF Commissioner Joette Katz, who as head of DCF has the responsibilities of Jane’s guardian, has been hostile to Jane since news of Jane’s imprisonment became publicly known. When asked about Jane’s court affidavit (http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1113035-4-14-14affidavit-redacted-reduced.html), in which Jane details the horrific abuse she sustained at the hands of DCF workers, Katz brushed off the statements and did nothing to investigate the situation. Instead, Katz made herself out to be a victim, talking about how difficult her job is and what a monster Jane is. She said that many kids in the care of CT DCF die, and that Jane is lucky to not be one of them.

After community outrage resulted in her release from York, Jane was continuously demonized by Katz, which affected her chances of being placed in an appropriate facility. Furthermore, multiple loving families and individuals have reached out to DCF with the hopes of adopting Jane Doe. DCF has not replied to any of these requests. Most recently she was held for over a month in a solitary cell at the CT Juvenile Training School at Middletown, which is a facility for male youth. She was placed there after being part of a fight where she was attacked. As far as we know, no one else involved in that incident was attacked. Certainly no one else was transferred to a boys’ facility. Today was a turning point and shows that this new program was too little, too late after everything that Jane has endured, including months in solitary confinement.

The promises made to Jane by Katz and DCF were all broken, and Jane is right to mistrust the system that abused her. We urge all of you to put pressure on that system now. Please call, tweet, email and otherwise contact CT DCF and Governor Malloy with the demands that:

  • Jane not have charges pressed against her for her escape
  • Jane be placed in an appropriate facility that is conducive to her healing and safety, with her input and approval
  • Statute 17a-12, which sanctions the indefinite imprisonment of children in DCF care, be repealed
  • Commissioner Katz be fired
  • There be an independent investigation into CT DCF’s treatment of its vulnerable youth.

Jane has become the public face of the glaring truth that the system is unable to care for those who are most in need. From sanctioned DCF abuse to the racist police violence epidemic to the school-to-prison pipeline to the lack of safe homes and resources for LGBTQ youth, her case is just one example of the inability of the current system to take care of the most vulnerable among us. In fact, as Jane’s case has shown, those more vulnerable youth are most likely to suffer more abuse and humiliation at the hands of the state. We urge anyone and everyone who has been mistreated at the hands of DCF or the Department of Corrections to come out and speak out on September 27 at the DCF headquarters in Hartford.

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