Louisiana Police Officer Shoots, Kills 14-Year-Old Honor Roll Student | The Free Thought Project

“He said ‘I’ve been shot,’ and the police came in and kept shooting him again. He was shot and defenseless. Why do you have to keep shooting?” she said

via Louisiana Police Officer Shoots, Kills 14-Year-Old Honor Roll Student | The Free Thought Project.

JBHCABHCGAWI = Just because he can and because he thinks he can get away with it!

 

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Photos from last night’s massive Ferguson protest in NYC that shut down three bridges.

No justice. No peace. What now? #FergusonNext

“Property damage and looting have been the most effective tools of social progress for white people in America.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates

What Ferguson says about the fear of social media.

via Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet.

Ferguson on fire

It’s been 20 years since I last visited St. Louis, things have declined until now, they are experiencing the same turmoil that shook Cincinnati in 2001. Both episodes were driven by long neglect, over policing of “certain” neighborhoods until everything came together for a social implosion. After happening so many times, why the surprise, the denials, and in ten years or less another repeat in another city. Coping, self-delusion, and … are what we are good at – that and hoping that things will change without having to work at it.

Sarah Kendzior

My latest for Politico:

Darren Wilson will never be on trial. Black St. Louis always was.

For 108 days, there were protests in St. Louis. The vast majority of the protests were non-violent. Looting and arson, limited to the initial August days, became media memes that bore little resemblance to life on the ground. St. Louis is an insular city, and its agony was internal, felt rather than seen. Comparatively few participated in the protests, but everyone shared the dread of the impending decision. Residents woke every day to new emergency procedures, to strategic leaks, to media rumors and lies. When asked why it was taking over 100 days to deliberate over events that allegedly took 90 seconds, officials replied that the road to justice was long. They gave St. Louis a waiting game and let the protesters pretend they were players.

In November, when rumors circulated that a…

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Reporter arrested in Ferguson: “I was just doing my job” – Reporters Without Borders

I was standing on the sidewalk when I saw a police officer coming towards me, yelling at people in the street. I thought I was doing the right thing as I was on the sidewalk but apparently I was supposed to be on the other sidewalk. It was very unclear. Then I was arrested and taken to jail. It did not make a lot of sense.

They took me to jail for four hours. I had never been to jail before. I was booked, got a mugshot. Originally I was charged with ‘failure to disperse’ and then with ‘unlawful assembly.’ It was very unclear why. A protester who was also charged with ‘unlawful assembly’ had hit a police cruiser earlier in the night.

The police were very inaccurate on how they reported what happened but thankfully there was a video to prove that I was on the sidewalk the whole time (…) and not on the street. I was wearing my media credentials and had a camera. That in my mind was an appropriate ID for a journalist.

I was there in August and I was aware that other journalists had been arrested then but I never thought it would happen to me. It did not cross my mind that I was making a statement: I was just doing my job.

via Reporter arrested in Ferguson: “I was just doing my job” – Reporters Without Borders.

Canadian celebrity radio host charged with sexual assault -police | Reuters

A celebrity radio host was charged with multiple counts of sexual assault on Wednesday in a scandal that has grabbed Canada’s media spotlight.

Jian Ghomeshi, 47, former host of the internationally syndicated music and arts program Q on Canadian Broadcasting Corp radio, surrendered to police and was charged with four counts of sexual assault and one of choking, Toronto police said.

via Canadian celebrity radio host charged with sexual assault -police | Reuters.

Canadian celebrity radio host charged with sexual assault -police | Reuters

A celebrity radio host was charged with multiple counts of sexual assault on Wednesday in a scandal that has grabbed Canada’s media spotlight.

Jian Ghomeshi, 47, former host of the internationally syndicated music and arts program Q on Canadian Broadcasting Corp radio, surrendered to police and was charged with four counts of sexual assault and one of choking, Toronto police said.

via Canadian celebrity radio host charged with sexual assault -police | Reuters.

I have a dream: that white van man and black cab man can live together in harmony

Amen

Pride's Purge

(satire?)

Some politicians blame white van man – some are attacking black cab man. But I have a dream that one day white van man and black cab man can live together in peace and harmony.

So let us not wallow in the valley of despair, my friends.

Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.

I have a dream that our children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour or the mode of their transport but by the content of their character.

I have a dream that one day – even in the UK, with its vicious prejudice, with its leaders having their lips dripping with the words of “immigrant” and “scrounger” – every type of transport shall be exalted, and every car and bus and van and bicycle of every colour shall be treated equally and even the pedestrians shall be blessed with the…

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Collective punishment is also a crime against humanity! Israel to Withdraw “Permit of Stay” from Wife of Abu Jamal, Har Nof Synagogue Assailant

How far does this go? Cousins, 1st, 2nd, 3rd? In-

laws? Friends of friends?

Israeli minister of Interior, Gilad Erdan, on Wednesday decided to strip the permit of stay in Israeli-occupied land, from Nadia Abu Jamal, the wife of Ghassan Abu Jamal, one of the two assailants who attacked a Har Nof synagogue in Jerusalem last week.

According to Israeli websites today, Erden bragged about withdrawing Abu Jamal’s permit and his collective punishments. “I’ve ordered the cancellation of Nadia Abu Jamal’s permit of stay in Israel so that anyone involved in terror needs to take into account that there may be consequences also for their families,” he said.

Yedioth Ahronoth mentioned on its website that according to this order, Nadia will be forced to leave the country and will forfeit along with her children any future monetary and social allowances from the state.

Abu Jamal originally lived in East Sawahra-West Bank before getting married to her Jerusalmite husband, Ghassan, which granted her a “family unification” that allowed her to live in Jerusalem. However, Nadia, a mother of 3, will now get expelled from the Israeli territory.

via Israel to Withdraw “Permit of Stay” from Wife of Abu Jamal, Har Nof Synagogue Assailant.