socialjusticekoolaid:

Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part IV)

And now for the side show… the STL County Council/police fail at being empathetic, and tone deaf white people are tone deaf (and white). #staywoke #farfromover

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Anonymous said: If the government is involved in something as fucking stupid as gamergate, what are they not involved in? I mean, I know that they're huge and they've got feelers in everything. But god damn, man. Something so powerful and deeply rooted and manipulative that it's been steering fucking video game development toward its own benefit... I never thought I'd feel so powerless. They can control something as mundane as that and we can't do anything about it.

priceofliberty:

They are involved in everything, have you not been paying attention to Snowden’s leaks and Wikileaks? Its been confirmed that the government actually creates fake personas online all the time, deliberately trolls forums, pays for favorable media, creates fake terror plots, swaps your nudies, plants pedophilia and malware on computers, instigates riots all the time, fosters foreign dissent under the guise of humanitarianism (in multiple countries), manipulates Wikipedia, and employs a whole slew of other subversive tactics.

Opt the fuck out, learn how to plant and grow food, learn a skill/trade, and stop voting.

the-uncensored-she:

#ArrestDarrenWilson

the-uncensored-she:

#ArrestDarrenWilson

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crewtonramone:

moniquill:

becausegoodheroesdeservekidneys:

trials-of-socrates:

errors-dot-albi:

thatscienceteacher:

theveganarchist:

stfuconservatives:

lesserjoke:

antigovernmentextremist:

gerrycanavan:

Jury nullification. Pass it on.

Jury nullification is so fucking important.

This is something that more people should be aware of, if only because (in many states, at least) defense attorneys are actually prohibited from mentioning it to jurors. The law allows a jury to return a “not guilty” verdict contrary to the facts of the case, but not for the defense to inform them of that power or to argue for its application in the current trial.

I didn’t know about this. Wow.

always reblog

This is SUPER IMPORTANT and also a good reason to show up for jury duty. You know all those laws you think are stupid? This is your chance to maybe do something about it. 

I…. I thought this was common knowledge… signal boosting this because it obviously isn’t!

Did not know this

I’m pretty sure this is true in UKvia, too.

Fun fact: They do not tell you this when you’re called for jury duty and sit through the ‘how to be a juror’ instruction course in the state of RI.

Search FIJA, fully informed jury association…and reblog the holy fuck out of this.

crewtonramone:

moniquill:

becausegoodheroesdeservekidneys:

trials-of-socrates:

errors-dot-albi:

thatscienceteacher:

theveganarchist:

stfuconservatives:

lesserjoke:

antigovernmentextremist:

gerrycanavan:

Jury nullification. Pass it on.

Jury nullification is so fucking important.

This is something that more people should be aware of, if only because (in many states, at least) defense attorneys are actually prohibited from mentioning it to jurors. The law allows a jury to return a “not guilty” verdict contrary to the facts of the case, but not for the defense to inform them of that power or to argue for its application in the current trial.

I didn’t know about this. Wow.

always reblog

This is SUPER IMPORTANT and also a good reason to show up for jury duty. You know all those laws you think are stupid? This is your chance to maybe do something about it. 

I…. I thought this was common knowledge… signal boosting this because it obviously isn’t!

Did not know this

I’m pretty sure this is true in UKvia, too.

Fun fact: They do not tell you this when you’re called for jury duty and sit through the ‘how to be a juror’ instruction course in the state of RI.

Search FIJA, fully informed jury association…and reblog the holy fuck out of this.

thinksquad:

(Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order preventing the release of an independent review into the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by police in Southern California, officials said.

Results of the probe, conducted by the Office of Independent Review, has been sought by civil rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Pasadena chapter of the NAACP as well as the Los Angeles Times and the mother of the victim.

Kendrec McDade, 19, was shot by two Pasadena police officers in March, 2012 after a man called 911 and falsely reported he had been robbed by two men with guns.

Police chased McDade and a friend through the streets of Pasadena, 12 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, and then claimed McDade charged them. Two officers opened fire on the teen, shooting him seven times, according to an autopsy report.

McDade’s death came on the heels of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen in Florida, and prompted calls for an independent probe into allegations of excessive force and racial profiling by Pasadena police.

A report completed by the Office of Independent Review this year has not been made public after the Pasadena Police Officers’ Association sought to have it sealed arguing it contains privileged information barred from release under state law.

On Tuesday, a judge issued a temporary restraining order, saying he was still examining the case, the attorney representing the Pasadena officers told Reuters.

http://news.yahoo.com/california-judge-blocks-release-report-police-shooting-teen-015647322.html

socialjusticekoolaid:

Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part II)

The St Louis County Council meeting was a fiery afar, as residents from across the county demanded Darren Wilson’s arrest, answers for Mike Brown’s death, and expressed frustration at their own police force being turned on them like they were enemies of the state. #staywoke #farfromover

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priceofliberty:

Leon Ford, a man paralyzed when Pittsburgh Officer David Derbish “feared for his life” and shot Ford at a traffic stop, was found not guilty on Monday on two counts of aggravated assault, charges which could have landed him 20 years in prison.

The jury was deadlocked on all other charges, which included three counts of recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest and escape.

It is unclear if the lesser charges will be refiled against this young father.

After the verdict was read, journalist Don Carpenter who was at the court house told The Free Thought Project,

The entire courthouse was lit up by Leon’s smile.”

Last week, after asking to see the dashcam footage again, a juror was excused and replaced by an alternate. No explanation was given for why the juror was excused.

Ford was pulled over on November 11, 2012, when the Pittsburgh police were looking for a “black male wearing a white tshirt”.

Ford, frightened that they thought he was someone else, attempted to drive off, which yes, was a bad decision.

The officer however, then violated procedure by jumping into Ford’s car claiming that they saw a bulge in his pants and believed it to be a weapon.  He was unarmed.

Moments later, the young man was shot five times by the officer in his passenger seat.

In the Change.org Petition written by Ford’s mother, Latonya Green, states:

“Police dash-cam video of the incident would later reveal that our 19-year-old teenager was detained by three police officers on a dark road for almost twenty-five minutes during what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop. My son properly provided officers with his driver licenses, vehicle registration and proof of insurance while they harassed him over the legitimacy of his identity. Even more painful to watch is the heartbreaking sounds of our youngest child being shot five times by a police officer who decided to jump inside my son’s vehicle. While we are not sure how the car shifted into gear once the officer jumped inside the vehicle, we are sure that our son was in mortal fear for his life as police harassed, threatened and hurled racial slurs towards him.:”

Ford now has no control over his body from the waist down.  He cannot control his bodily functions, walk, or engage in sexual activity.

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Anonymous said: hello, i am terribly sorry if i sound completely ignorant with the following question. i get the feeling that i have used the terms "hispanic" and "latina" wrong when describing women who identify as such. i think i mix them up. i really want to get it right, and from the content of your blog, i feel like you can help me understand the correct usage for each word. thank you!

unconforming:

Hi there anon! No need to apologize, and you don’t sound ignorant at all. It’s kind of a tricky one to figure out on your own, so thanks for asking! I’ll do my best to give an answer that makes sense, though it’s not really cut-and-dry or straightforward, so bare with me! 

Hispanic is a term that the U.S. government uses on the census to count people from Latin American countries (South America, Central America, The Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and Mexico). Hispanic literally translates to “of spanish descent.” 

This is controversial for two reasons. 1) not everyone who lives in these regions are of spanish descent. There are indigenous people, people of African descent, and people who have migrated from other parts of the world other than Spain. 2) many mestizos (people who may be of spanish descent, but are also of indigenous descent) would rather not identify as “hispanic” because it is giving power to the spanish as the colonizer of our lands while not recognizing the other peoples that we are descended from. 

—(Side note: not all mestizos feel this way. there is a lot of racism/classism that gets perpetuated based on whether or not you are white (i.e spanish). therefore,  many people who are not fully spanish try to claim they are full spanish, or mostly spanish, because it accrues more social and political capital.) 

My understanding is that Latino is a term that came from the people to describe themselves as other than “hispanic.” (Meaning of Latin America). People of any race can identify as Latino because it is a marker of cultural and ethnic identity, not genetic ancestry. Apparently the census adopted “latino” because they noticed people were self-identifying this way, however there are obvious problems with them taking the word as well. Namely you have people believing hispanic and latino are interchangeable, when they aren’t really. 

But it’s also important to note that some people who are from Latin America choose to use the term “hispanic” instead of “latino” to describe themselves even if they aren’t of spanish descent. I think this happens because in mainstream conversations (like on tv especially) people use them interchangeably, and hispanic is still a lot more common of a word than latino. 

You will likely find that most people engaged in activism that are from Latin America will identify as Latino/a/x (latinx is gender neutral of latino) over hispanic. I have also heard that hispanic is slightly more commonly used on the east coast, and latino is slightly more common on the west coast. 

If you’re still confused about how to use each one, I personally very very rarely use the word hispanic unless someone is specifically self-identifying that way. 

Hope that helps, let me know if I need to clarify anything!