Friday, August 29, 2014
Police Riot: Ferguson Residents Sue and Otherwise Demand Their Humanity Back From Thug Cops
Calling the hyped-up, gun-toting army of Ferguson goons "completely out of control," Black Lawyers for Justice have filed a lawsuit seeking $41.5 million on behalf of protesters arrested, beaten, tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed, almost drowned, shot with rubber bullets, called racist names and otherwise brutalized for exercising their Constitutional right of assembly. Another group of attorneys is seeking amnesty for a telling mountain of non-violent warrants: over 40,000 for 21,000 residents.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
This Is What We Have: Gaza's Heartrending Rubble Bucket Challenge
Using debris from the devastation all around them to put a trenchant, gritty spin on the ubiquitous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Palestinians have created the Rubble Bucket Challenge - also dust and remains - to highlight the massacre in Gaza and ask for worldwide solidarity. The videos, which invariably note there's no water nor electricity to make ice cubes, seek not money but simple awareness: They make the modest, harrowing request that we see, feel and speak up against the violence.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The Burden of the Perfect Victim: Being An Angel Is Now the Standard For Avoiding Public Execution
Mike Brown is buried, but rage over his death churns on, often inflamed by racist media. A Times profile notes Brown was "no angel" because he smoked weed, possibly shoplifted and wrote rap, thus rendering him like any kid in his "unremarkable humanity." It has sparked furious hashtags: #NoAngel and #IDeservedIt, wherein people confess to the crimes of their youth - "I argued with my mother, I got a parking ticket"- so if they're killed by cops they had it coming. Laugh, cry, fight for change.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014
Holocaust Survivors On Gaza: Genocide Begins With the Silence of the World
History turns. In a stunning condemnation of Jewish attempts to "justify the unjustifiable," over 300 Holocaust survivors and descendants have blasted "the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza" and U.S. funding for it, and called for a boycott of Israel. Using the key word from their own singular experience - "Genocide begins with the silence of the world" - they go on to insist, "'Never again' must mean NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE." Extraordinary.
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Friday, August 22, 2014
An Unnecessary Thing: Racism Is Alive and Vile and Raising Money For Killer Cop Darren Wilson
Look no further than the online site raising money for Darren Miller to discern the racist cesspool festering beneath our national landscape. The page has now raised over $300,000 from white people grateful Wilson took on the task of "cleaning up the streets." The glimmer of hope here: Many are appalled at the site and the "bunch of vile racists" it's drawn. But beyond Wilson, "one ghastly fact" lingers from Ferguson: They left the body in the street, and what kind of country does that?
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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Ireland's Zombie Armagayddon: So Much...Equality
Confronting the inevitable freakout, Ireland's LGBT Noise has made the slyest, funniest video ever to gear up for this weekend's March For Marriage, and next spring's referendum on marriage equality. John and Mary, a paranoid straight couple, have barricaded themselves inside their home - and their son inside a box - to guard against the coming Armagayddon. John recalls the terror: "We tried to blend in, but the weddings were... unbelievable. I felt completely underdressed."
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Raise Your Head High
Vowing to be "as persistent in our resistance and solidarity as Israel's occupation," protesters in New York unfurled a massive illicit Gaza flag reading "Boycott, Divest, Sanction" and "Gaza In Our Hearts" during a march across the Brooklyn Bridge. In another small vital protest, Gaza native and Arab Idol superstar Mohammad Assaf cancelled an upcoming concert and released a powerful video in solidarity declaring, "Lift your your head high/ It is your weapon."
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Staying Human in Ferguson
Rage simmers on in Ferguson even as a judge turned down an ACLU move to block repressive police actions there. Still, many are speaking up and calling out what Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls the "systemic racism (and) class warfare" against America's 50 million poor - with moves for new laws, less hardware, fundraising - without which "we will be gathering over and over again beside the dead bodies of our murdered children, parents, and neighbors."
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Help Wanted: Ark Encounter Seeks Millions More From Taxpayers, A Few of Whom Might Get Jobs If They Bring Their Creation Belief Statement
Chutzpah Award to creationist Ken Ham, who's bamboozled another $18 million from Kentucky to add a Noah's Ark to his Creation Museum, already struggling despite many millions in subsidies and the Screaming Raptor Zip Lines he added as a last godless resort. As if the erasure of church/state separation wasn't bad enough, Ham also discriminates against anyone who doesn't agree God made the world in six days and on the seventh declared homosexuality an abomination while riding a dinosaur.
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Monday, August 18, 2014
Ferguson Cops (Meant to Serve and Protect) To Media (Exercising Their First Amendment Rights): Get the F#/k Out of Here Or You'll Be Shot
A chilling autopsy report has found Mike Brown was shot six times, including twice in the head. Meanwhile, reporters are being threatened and arrested for documenting a crisis born of "racial storytelling" of "the forms of terror visited upon black people in the place they call home." Video. And John Oliver on an over-armed police: "Let’s take it all away from them, and if they can make it through a month without killing a single unarmed black man, they (can) get their fucking toys back.”
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