Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Justice Hasn't Been Served
Using "urban intervention tactics to remind the public of the battle we are still fighting,” activists with the Never 21 collective infiltrated Manhattan's posh 21 Club to offer rich white diners a "menu" listing not entrées but the names of black kids senselessly killed by police. They also hung signs around the necks of the restaurant's iconic lawn jockeys spelling out their message - Black Lives Matter.
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Monday, June 29, 2015
Everyone Tells Trump He's Fired So There May Yet Be Hope For America
In a sign America may be starting to think screaming racism isn't okay, a third company has cut ties with toxic blowhard Donald Trump after he said he loves Mexico except it's filled with rapists and criminals and we need a "great, great wall" to keep them out. Univision, NBC and billionaire Carlos Slim's TV company have all cancelled deals with Trump after his "derogatory comments." And, brilliantly, there's now a Trump piñata. Another clown goes down.
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Sunday, June 28, 2015
Phalanx of Philadelphia Cops Arrest and Assault Crying-Toddler-Holding Guy For Evading $2.25 Fare and Did We Mention He's Black?
Now that we have legal protections for gay and sick people, maybe it's time to safeguard black people being terrorized by blue ones. To wit: The burly mob of Philly cops who set upon a dad carrying his baby daughter, seizing him by the neck, slamming him into a wall and arresting him after he allegedly failed to pay a $2.25 subway fare, all as he clutched his increasingly distraught child. The police chief: "We don’t teach people to grab persons by the throat." Surreal video says really?
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Friday, June 26, 2015
For the Land of the Free
For those who too often find hearing the Star-Spangled Banner a bittersweet experience, hear the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington sing it on the Capitol steps Friday to celebrate the victory for marriage equality. At least this once, it's perfect, and pretty spine-tingling.
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
Seeking Justice Not Revenge: Palestine Submits First Evidence of Israeli War Crimes to ICC
In "a test for the credibility of international mechanisms (the) world cannot afford to fail," Palestinian authorities have submitted their first evidence of Israeli war crimes to the International Criminal Court, charging Israel with apartheid and 22 other crimes in the assault on Gaza, settlements on occupied lands, and the treatment of Palestinian prisoners. The U.S. called the move "counter-productive," Israel called it an attempt to "manipulate," many others called it a quest for justice.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Love Is Always Hard
Charleston is standing strong. Thousands watched a horse-drawn carriage bearing the casket of state Sen. Clementa Pickney roll past the still-waving Confederate flag even as they vowed to counter a possible Westboro Church protest with a peaceful human wall protecting victims' families. Anonymous likewise told the haters they'd be shut down by cyber-attacks. But residents of the "city full of love" sent another message: "Enjoy your time here."
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Calling All 16-Year-Old Recruits: Get Your Battlefield Casualties Action Man - P.T.S.D., Paralyzed and Dead - Now!
Ahead of Britain's Armed Forces Day, Veterans For Peace U.K. have made several short, mordant films in their campaign against enlisting 16-year-olds (yes) into the Army. The films star a grimly droll series of Action Man dolls - PTSD Action Man with thousand-yard stare, anti-depressants and noose, Paralyzed Action Man ("legs really don't work!") with wheelchair and colostomy bag, Dead Action Man with body bag - to counter recruiters' blithe message that military life is "challenging and fun."
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White People, Have It Your Way: Cops Bought Dylann Roof Lunch At Burger King
White Privilege Part 564: When police arrested evil white boy Dylann Roof for the slaughter of nine people, they bought him a burger - he was hungry - before giving him a bulletproof vest and a gentle hand into a cruiser. When police arrested Freddie Gray for walking down the street while black, they flung him headfirst into a van before giving him a rough ride and severed spine that killed him. Little wonder the viral new hashtag in black communities is #WeWillShootBack.
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Friday, June 19, 2015
Love Is Stronger Than Hate
Proclaiming "Nine lives, one love," Charleston has responded to the racist murders of nine of its own with extraordinary acts of grace, hope and solidarity, from victims' weeping families offering forgiveness to the killer to "bent but not broken" worshippers at Emanuel AME declaring, "The doors of the church are open." Sunday night, a Unity Chain across the infamous Ravenel Bridge aspired to draw 3,000; up to 20,000 came, vowing, "Hate won't win."
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Anguish Into Action: It Takes Us
In a ghastly synchronicity, a searing photo exhibit and two films about our nation's relentless bloodletting, and the "anguish, love and perseverance" of those left behind, appeared less than 24 hours after the Charleston massacre again reminded us the bloodshed goes on. Joe Quint's "It Takes Us" exhibit, a film about Jordan Davis and Quint's film of Sandy Hook survivors - broken and declaring, "This is who we are now" - insist it must stop.
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