Occupy Together, No Walls No Borders! No one is illegal.
Occupy San Diego and Occupy Tijuana met at the San Diego/Tijuana border to show support and solidarity for one another. Here we have a human heart being split apart by a dagger (the border) symbolizing how borders are not beneficial to anyone, they are immoral, and they just split families and friends apart.
AFP - Indonesian sharia police are “morally rehabilitating” more than 60 young punk rock fans in Aceh province on Sumatra island, saying the youths are tarnishing the province’s image.
Since being arrested at a punk rock concert in the provincial capital Banda Aceh on Saturday night, 59 male and five female punk rock fans have been forced to have their hair cut, bathe in a lake, change clothes and pray.
And then they wonder why the kids of today are so angry.
This moral policing is sick making and unIslamic. Someone please tell me of even ONE instance when the Prophet (peace be upon him) ever forced ANYONE to conform like this, much less got a band of Sahabis together to physically abuse people for the sake of conformity? The Prophet (peace be upon him) didn’t even do such things to non-believers - who he let live in peace in their own way as long as they weren’t actively harming Muslims - much less to treat Muslims in his community like this.
And ffs, this isn’t Sharia either. Sheesh…
Top right made me want to cry
Stand in Solidarity with Monica Taylor
Monica Taylor needs your help. In her own words she has been on a life long “fist fight with the medical system” and now faces criminal charges for an act she did not commit.
For years now, Monica has been dealing with a slowly progressive neurological condition called Ataxia. This condition, unfortunately, was not diagnosed until recently. 5 years ago, Monica was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia. This past summer Monica’s current psychiatrist and Monica herself discovered that she does not in fact suffer from a psychological condition, but a neurological one.
In order to get a proper diagnosis, Monica’s primary care doctor referred Monica to OHSU for an MRI and EEG. What happened next is beyond appalling. The neurologist on site refused Monica an MRI and EEG. Monica, understandably upset, advocated for herself and demanded to be seen. They told her that if she didn’t leave they would call security. Monica immediately called her primary care doctor to get another referral. A security guard came, threatened her, slammed Monica to the ground and tasered her 8 times. She was then sent to jail and now faces several charges, including assault.
In the past six months Monica’s symptoms have begun to rapidly progress. She has been experiencing frequent seizures, throat and stomach spasms (that have made it nearly impossible to eat), rapid weight loss and loss of balance among other things. Her situation is dire and she needs her community to support her.
Monica Taylor has faced more injustice than most people could ever handle: severe misdiagnosis, unnecessary and potentially harmful blockages to her health care, bureaucracy, mistreatment and outright abuse from the medical care system. Now she faces possible jail time.
We urge you to PLEASE donate to help Monica on her road to recovery. She is trying to gain her strength and weight back, in addition to getting ready for her upcoming trial on November 9th. Any amount you can donate would be appreciated. All proceeds go to Monica directly and will be used for her self-care process.
Monica is a fighter, an inspiration and a vital member of our community. Please stand in solidarity with her.
Please donate to her chipin here: http://monicataylor.chipin.com/monica-taylor
If you cannot donate, I ask from my heart that you help my friend by posting this far and wide. xo
[TW FOR ANTI-TRANS AND RACIST VIOLENCE AND HATE SPEECH]
SUPPORT CECE MCDONALD!
CeCe McDonald is a young African American transgender woman charged with “second degree murder” after an incident that began when she was violently attacked because of her gender and race.
DROP the charges and FREE CeCe!
CeCe is a creative and energetic person who, before her life was so unjustly interrupted, was studying fashion at MCTC. She had a stable home where she lived with and helped support four other African American youth, her family. CeCe’s family describes her as a leader, a role model, and a loyal friend. She is known as a wise, out-spoken, and welcoming person, with a cheerful disposition and a history of handling prejudice with amazing grace.
Around 12:30 am on June 5, CeCe and four of her friends (all of them black) were on their way to Cub Foods to get some food. As they walked past Schooner’s Bar in South Minneapolis, a man and two women (all of them white) began to yell epithets at them. They called CeCe and her friends ‘faggots,’ ‘niggers,’ and ‘chicks with dicks,’ amongst other things.
As they were shouting, one of the women smashed her drink into the side of CeCe’s face, slicing her cheek open, lacerating her salivary gland, and stinging her eyes with liquor. A fight ensued, with more people joining in. What happened during the fight is unclear, but within a few minutes Dean Schmitz–one of the attackers–had been stabbed.
CeCe was later arrested, and is now falsely accused of murder
For a month, CeCe was kept in solitary confinement “for her own protection”; she had no say in this matter. Finally, she was transferred to a psychiatric unit in the Public Safety Facility. It was nearly two months before she was taken back to a doctor to check up on the wound on her face, which by then had turned into a painful, golf ball-sized lump.
Later on, CeCe’s friends were harassed on the street by people they recognized from the scene of the fight. Individuals circled the block that CeCe’s friends were walking on and called them ‘niggers’ and ‘faggots’ and told them to ‘go back to Africa.’ When they attempted to wave down a passing squad car for assistance, the officer driving the car said he would not help them.
Help us fight for CeCe, and for an end to racist, transphobic violence in our communities! Visit our What You Can Do page and find out how to get involved.
RIP Troy Anthony Davis (October 9, 1968 - September 21, 2011)
Murdered by the state of Georgia with the tacit approval of millions of Americans for the crime of being black in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“The struggle for justice doesn’t end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me. I’m in good spirits and I’m prayerful and at peace. But I will not stop fighting until I’ve taken my last breath.” - Troy Daivs, September 20, 2011
“To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice.” - Desmond Tutu
As the protests against corporate greed and the “occupation” of the Financial District continues for a third day, at least seven demonstrators have been arrested. According to Bloomberg News, two were arrested for trying to enter a Bank of America building, another for jumping a police barrier, and four more for “wearing masks in violation of a law that bars two or more participants from doing so.” This law dates back to 1845 in the Anti-Rent era—a time when a wealthy few owned feudal-esque leases to maintain control of tenants. Absolutely nothinglike today!
According to a Time’s Up! volunteer, one of the four arrested on mask charges was actually nabbed for “writing with chalk on the sidewalk,” and we’re told a police captain actually “leaped forward” over the barricade to arrest that demonstrator, who explains that he was arrested because he “placed his hand” on a barricade and didn’t have time to move away after a verbal warning. CityRoom confirms that their photographer did not witness the man attempting to jump the barricade. The NYPD maintains he did.
The anti-mask statute was passed as a response to the actions of rabble-rousing renters, seeking to prevent “distress sales” of their property by their landlords, dressing up as “Indians” to protect their rights and property. N.Y. Penal Law § 240.35(4) cropped back up in the news 11 years ago, when the KKK petitioned to wear masks protesting in the city. They were prohibited from doing so because of the statute, and sued. The USDC for the Southern District of New York sided with the KKK, and ruled the law unconstitutional, but not before protesters were arrested in 2002 for the same offense.
However, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which included current Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, reversed that ruling in 2004, noting that because the KKK was already wearing a hood and robe, “the expressive force of the mask is, therefore, redundant.” The judges also noted that the “individual’s right to speech must always be balanced against the state’s interest in safety, and its right to regulate conduct that it legitimately considers potentially dangerous.”
Around 70 signs were reportedly stolen overnight by the NYPD as they maintained 24-hour surveillance of the area, which is being occupied by demonstrators in tents and sleeping bags.
I hope those arrested challenge their arrests on First Amendment grounds. This law seems to be constitutionally specious at best. If you’re arrested, attempt to document and/or remember everything. Then, call 212-679-6018 for the National Lawyer’s Guild, or 212-607-3300 for the ACLU. Write these numbers on your arm in sharpie.
I stand in solidarity with those occupying Wall Street. Stay strong.
Estoy en solidaridad con las personas que ocupan Wall Street. Por favor mantenga fuerte en la actualidad.
Natasha’s story isn’t an unusual one: Nationwide, an estimated 180,00 rape kits are backlogged — sitting on shelves unprocessed, for lack of money and/or will. That’s 180,000 rape victims who went through an invasive DNA collection process at the hospital, assuming something would be done with that evidence, never imagining that it would be shoved onto a musty shelf to sit for years … 180,000 people who are still waiting for justice … and 180,000 rapists still out there.
An Arizona police officer told a citizen he didn’t need a warrant to enter his home, put a gun against his head, shot his dog, then shot and killed him. The 29 year old man was unarmed, his partner says he was never threatened, and the police are standing behind the murdering officer.
Rodriguez, eh? In Arizona? Totes a coincidence. They dont just shoot up hispanic folks all the time or nothing.