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The dangerous militarization of our police

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

by David A. Love

(CNN)  As Philadelphia comes to terms with the train derailment that has left six people dead and some 200 injured, it’s also worth remembering another tragic event that took place in the city exactly 30 years ago. It was an incident that claimed the lives of almost a dozen people, including five children, and destroyed 61 homes. And it was undertaken by the city’s own police force.

Wednesday marks the 30th anniversary of the infamous MOVE bombing, in which police fired 10,000 rounds of ammunition into a row house on the 6200 block of Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia. The police then dropped military-grade explosives on the house, burning an entire city block to the ground.

Fast forward to today, and that deadly, violent chapter provides valuable lessons for a society that so far has decided to ignore them.

MOVE was a…

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Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Rees-Mogg accused protesters of a lack of acceptance of democracy. What democracy?

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,094
Saturday 23 May 2015. Rees-Mogg accused protesters of a lack of acceptance of democracy. What democracy?
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Dear Mr Cameron,
Jacob Rees-Mogg accused anti-austerity protesters in Bristol of being “tainted by lack of acceptance of democracy” and that they were “…telling voters they got it wrong.”
Of course voters got it wrong, George Osborne was asked by Andrew Marr where he was going to find an extra unfunded pledge of £8 billion for the NHS 18 times and received no answer apart from that it was part of Osborne’s ‘balanced plan’.
Rupert Murdock’s Sun produced a picture of Cameron as the royal baby in England with the headline “It’s a Tory” whilst in Scotland the same rag had a picture of Nichola Sturgeon wielding a lightsaber under the headline “May the 7th be with you: why it’s time to vote SNP” – “Stur wars – a new hope”.
You launched your campaign with the following, “Some people might say, ‘Don’t make this personal,’ but when it comes to who’s prime minister, the personal is national” and calling the Labour party a “bunch of hypocritical, holier-than-thou, hopeless, sneering socialists.”
Manifestos aren’t legally binding yet are full of pledges and promises and what we were offered was a media circus without the entertainment value and Jacob Rees-Mogg calls this democracy?
I can’t imagine what democracy looks like unless it is the people holding corrupt government (which does everything in its power to protect itself from accountability) to account.
It comes to something when even the legal profession is up in arms and has taken to the streets to protect justice and support legal aid and advice services. Is Rees-Mogg going to tell them they do not accept democracy or that they are telling voters they got it wrong? It’s too much to hope that you Tories and rags like the Sun would have anything but sneering contempt for the people or democracy so we’ll just keep fighting.
 
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Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
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Marriage Equality Worldwide ….. “Victory in Ireland”!!

Originally posted on It Is What It Is:

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~~May 23, 2015~~ 

BREAKING: Historic Victory for Marriage Equality in Ireland

#LoveWins

Today, May 23, 2015, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, hailed the historic victory for marriage equality in Ireland.

Ireland is the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through a national referendum, and the 21st country to decide to afford same-sex couples full marriage rights.  

“Voters in Ireland had a rare opportunity to make their country and the world more just and more equal — and that’s just what they did,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.

“As these election results prove, momentum for equality reaches around the globe. HRC is proud to join our partners in Ireland in celebrating this historic victory which guarantees that everyone has the same right to marry the person they love.

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Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Right to Work Zones and Unions in the Black Community

Originally posted on The Chicago Defender:

Chicago Black Union members protests Chicago Black Union members protests

Right to Work Zones and Unions in the Black Community

By Maze Jackson

Chicago Defender Contributing Writer

Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed introducing employee empowerment zones in Illinois and it has not been received with open arms by unions or legislators around the state. While the Governor initially proposed changing Illinois, known as a union stronghold, into a right to work state, he has settled on empowerment zones.

Governor Rauner says, “Employee empowerment zones will allow Illinois to better compete with employment-flexible states, like Indiana. The Turnaround Agenda empowers local voters and communities to decide if they should be open or closed shop, and these zones will help attract businesses, which will create jobs, particularly in areas with high unemployment.”

It would also exploit historic tensions between the trade unions and the Black community, which has long held that the unions are barriers to Black…

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Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

SAY HER NAME WOMEN MURDERED BY POLICE!


“SAY HERE NAME” an event held in Union Square park – NYC! The event was held to acknowledge women murdered by police!

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
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May 23rd Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement- Locations & Details

Originally posted on Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity:

fill in the details for your action!

Saturday, May 23 ACTIONS by location (alphabetical order)

If you don’t see your locale listed here, we haven’t received the details yet or YOU just might need to organize a simple action where you are!!

Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement (SCATESC) has a PHSS Facebook Event page.  SCATESC’s long list of Co-sponsors and Endorsers is below.


May 23 Locations & Details (so far)

ARCATA / MANILA, CA:
We will be gathering at the Manila Community Center in solidarity with the other statewide coordinated actions that are happening on the 23rd of every month.  Solitary confinement is rampantly used in California. We are a part…

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Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Youth exploitation by the new Victorians.

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,092
Thursday 21 May 2015. Youth exploitation by the new Victorians.
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Dear Mr Cameron,
You can call compulsory community work for 30 hours a week for £1.91 per hour many things but what you cannot call it is employment.
Among the many things it can be called are, exploitation, forced labour, slavery, taking the mickey, undermining the minimum wage, breaking the law, sneering at youth and treating them with contempt. I assume by compulsory you mean under the threat of a sanction and the loss of all support.
The law states that: “Contracts for payments below the minimum wage are not legally binding. The worker is still entitled to the minimum wage”, which includes trainees and workers on probation. I don’t know contract law but I assume that signing on is a contractual agreement of some kind especially if a ‘Claimant Commitment agreement’ has been signed which all claimants are now obliged to do.
Forcing young people into compulsory community work for a “Youth Allowance” is not under any circumstances a way to “effectively abolish long-term youth unemployment”.
There is no job creation and they aren’t doing a job, they are just being exploited and oppressed for a mere pittance by a government that doesn’t even stay within the constraints of the law.
No youth under such a regime can learn to value their own labour, or learn self respect, or aspire to anything other than an end to their miserable exploitation by a government that treats them with disdain and contempt.
An hours sacrifice of their labour wouldn’t even buy them a McDonalds Happy Meal to drown their sorrows in.
Welcome to the Victorian Tory Britain of 2015 and still the worst government in UK history.
 
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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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