TODAY IS GIRLS’ JUSTICE DAY! Up to 73% of juvenile justice involved girls have histories of physical and sexual violence. The number of youth in the juvenile justice system has steadily declined, but girls are a growing share of youth arrested, detained, and committed. In 2011 girls were almost twice as likely as boys to be detained for technical violations and status offenses.

NOW is the time to talk about what girls in the justice system really need, and we want to help push that conversation forward with our new book, Girls in Justice.

Featuring 5 essays from prominent female scholar/advocates, Richard Ross’s haunting photographs from the ‘inside,’ and first-person stories of the girls he’s met, we couldn’t feel more privileged to share this book with you.

Go to for a sneak peak at the project and book pre-orders. Please spread the word!

1 Comment

Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Uncategorized


When democracy came to Parliament Square on a tarpaulin.

A letter a day to number 10. No 890

Tuesday 21 October 2014. When democracy came to Parliament Square on a tarpaulin.

Shares are encouraged and welcomed. If this letter speaks for you and you wish to send your own copy please feel free to copy and paste, and alter for your own needs, the text for your own letter.

Website updated, letters and replies plus bonus material featuring Mr Suggs, Eeyore and Ribbit.

Also on the website, download the support compilation three album set from Atona. Not to be missed.

Dear Mr Cameron,

This past few days have been astonishing, so astonishing that I confess I have never seen anything like it before. The overwhelming Police force sent to quell democracy in Parliament Square should bring a shudder and cry of horror to the entire nation. The intimidation and brutality of the Police inflicted on such a precious few people is a sight that should never, ever, have been seen in this green and sceptred (now septic) land.

Who could have guessed the absolute level of threat democracy presents to your government and corporate interests?

Last night the few put out a cry for support as the Police attacked them, hurting two personal friends, standing over them in case they nodded off from exhaustion, and shouting them awake saying that falling asleep was illegal in Parliament Square. I told both friends to make sure they photographed their injuries. They told me they would but couldn’t share any pictures as they didn’t want to display their breasts in public. Think about that, Mr Cameron, think very, very hard about what that means! Injuries sustained from your thugs!

The Battle of the Tarpaulin will go down in British history as the battle for democracy and a dry arse against overwhelming and brutal force.

Printed material has been banned and destroyed and, as I wrote yesterday, a man was detained and told by the Police, “You are not allowed to display written material in this place”.

Really, Mr Cameron, this is a level of cowardice never seen before in this place. This is as craven as it is vicious. This is Britain today, right now. This is the brutal regime you are the parliamentary head of, this is your call and it is a call found wanting in every democratic, humane and humanitarian way.

Those thugs are your thugs sent to crush the voices of the people in the heartland of the nations parliament. Small wonder you want to trash our human rights when even 50 people meeting peacefully to talk about democracy are mercilessly attacked.

Shame on the Police, shame on you and shame on the corporatocracy that has stolen power and parliament from the people and dominates this nation today. If you have even one ounce of decency left in you, call your bloody dogs off Mr Cameron!‪‎occupydemocracy‬/

— in Peasedown Saint John, Bath And North East Somerset, United Kingdom.

Leave a comment

Posted by on October 22, 2014 in Uncategorized


Breaking: London #OccupyDemocracy protestors retake Parliament Square despite up to 30 arrests this morning

Originally posted on OCCUPY DEMOCRACY:

Phone: 07751445132 / 07745651634 / 07424934658
Twitter: #occupydemocracy / @occupydemocracy / @occupylondon
NB. Pictures/video are available, plus interviews with people from the occupation can be arranged

Breaking: London #OccupyDemocracy protestors retake Parliament Square despite up to 30 arrests this morning

  • Despite 20-30 arrests of peaceful pro-democracy protestors earlier this morning
  • Green member of the House of Lords, Baroness Jenny Jones arrested
  • John McDonnell MP writes to Metropolitan Police condemning the action

London #occupydemocracy protestors are trying to reoccupy Parliament Square, despite police attempting to violently crush the protest – which is calling for urgent reforms to our bankrupt democracy – by arresting 20-30 people and removing all equipment and personal items at 11am this morning. Notably Baroness Jenny Jones of Moulescoomb was amongst the arrestees, until she was dearrested once the Police realised who she was. Donnachadh McCarthy, the whistleblowing former Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrats and…

View original 449 more words

Leave a comment

Posted by on October 22, 2014 in Uncategorized


Occupy Democracy – The Battle of the Tarpaulin

Originally posted on indyrikki:

If a progressive movement can gauge the effect it’s having from the response of the State, then the Unions should be ashamed of themselves, and the Occupy movement should be cheering loudly.

08 occupy 18

Depending on whom you believe, the Unions roused between 50,000 and 100,000 people to march a tiring long course to Hyde Park to listen to the same old speeches from the same list of actors, demanding change but seldom challenging the system.

Policing was hands-off, relatively low key, and generally good-natured.

Meanwhile, globally there is a movement growing that recognises the present system of central banking and corporate power is so out of all public and democratic control, so corrupt, and so destructive that it can’t be ‘changed’ but must be replaced.

Although in the UK the movement appears to be small in numbers, it’s clear it has a growing resonance, and that more and more people are…

View original 836 more words

Leave a comment

Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


Baba Herman Ferguson, ¡Presente!

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

By Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal on October 17, 2014

Herman Ferguson (right) protests for Mumia Abu-Jamal’s freedom Harlem, N.Y., 2008.WW photo: Anne Pruden

His name was Herman Ferguson, and if you’re not dialed into the Black Nationalist Movement, the name may not ring a bell of recognition.

But to those aware of the Black Power Movement of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, Herman Ferguson’s life, role and commitment ring like a bell in the night.

For Ferguson — often accompanied by his wife and comrade, Iyaluua Nehanda — joined Black groups that supported the fight for freedom. He joined several, but perhaps few had more historical significance than his joining of both the groups formed by Malcolm X after his painful break from the Nation of Islam: the Organization of African American Unity and the Muslim Mosque, Inc. He met Malcolm in the late 1950s, when he was still in the Nation, and became a staunch supporter thereafter.

In 1967, he and fellow members…

View original 290 more words

Leave a comment

Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Uncategorized


The Last 24™

Originally posted on MrMilitantNegro™:




Documentary Banned By St. Louis Theater Heads To VOD Amid Racial Tension

spanish lake

by Anita Busch

Talk about timing.Spanish Lake, the racially-charged documentary banned from St. Louis’ Wehrenberg theaters in the aftermath of the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson — known by the locals now as Ferghanistan — is now heading to VOD. The film couldn’t have come at a worse or better time (depending on your perspective). It chronicles the white flight out of Spanish Lake, a city only a few miles from the center of where the rioting and protests are taking place. The filmmaker’s father still lives in Ferguson which is on the verge of receiving more news about the white police officer involved in the shooting and whether or not he will be acquitted. Walmart today started to remove ammunition from its shelves in the hotbed area in light of that fact and…

View original 1,914 more words

Leave a comment

Posted by on October 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


The disability of privilege.

A letter a day to number 10. No 886.

Friday 17 October 2014. The disability of privilege.

Shares are encouraged and welcomed. If this letter speaks for you and you wish to send your own copy please feel free to copy and paste, and alter for your own needs, the text for your own letter.

Website updated, letters and replies plus bonus material featuring Mr Suggs, Eeyore and Ribbit.

Also on the website, download the support compilation three album set from Atona. Not to be missed.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Another of your cabal of mental cripples came out yesterday, trashing, and discriminating against, disabled people. Jackie Doyle-Price (Conservative and not too bright) Tweeted – “Anyone who denies that the minimum wage is a barrier to employment for the less able is living in cloud cuckoo land.” I hope we’ll be spared another forced yet unreserved apology, my sick bucket is close to over flowing.

Let me see if I can help you all out here. A work force is made up of people, no two alike, each uniquely made by nature and of differing abilities. As far as I am aware the British Standards Institution has not yet established a standard labour unit to which all human kind must conform for the purposes of work.

It comes down to this, Mr Cameron, pay the person, not the job and what companies get, as they always have and always will, is an overall average of ability doing the work and, hopefully, doing their best. It’s not rocket science but you have to stop seeing us as stock in order to see it.

I see your difficulty in all of this, you are the victim of privilege. You might think that my problem with you is class envy, it isn’t. I neither envy you your privilege nor your wealth, it is just that your closeted privileged world gives you an entirely blinkered view of the world and especially ordinary people. I have no issue with your breeding, privilege or ignorance, you just should not be in a position to inflict your myopic view of the world on others. You were raised for the Bullingdon Club and to be a rich thug, you just have no place in high office.

We both know, were you honest enough to admit it, that your government is in chaos. Osborne is an innumerate incompetent and the economy is a disaster. Universal Credit is a vastly expensive catastrophe along with Iain Duncan Smith and Freud. Hunt is a privateer plundering our NHS like the rich pirate he is. You demolish our public services for profit because you are incapable of imagining that services don’t have to make a profit, they can just be services that we, the tax payers, collectively pay for to the benefit of all, without prejudice.

Your rich boy, corporate, money grubbing world is killing us off at an alarming rate, starving our children, with a quarter of all children in the UK in poverty and 13 million of the overall population, What that means is that you are no good for us or the country as a whole, you are just not fit to be in government. I am really just stating the bleeding obvious to anyone not blinded by privilege. You can call me a socialist if you like, but that’s just a silly label for you to use to dismiss and ignore me. The real problem in this country is class, as an accident of birth, and that is an issue you had better pay attention to and stop treating people who are not of your small privileged class like trash.

Leave a comment

Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Uncategorized


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,074 other followers