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thepeoplesrecord:

Parents, activists call for resignation of Bill Bratton, end to ‘Broken Windows’ policing

PROTEST City Hall on Monday July 21st at 12 p.m. 

With the support of Parents Against Police Brutality and National Action Against Police Brutality, New Yorkers Against Bratton and other activists are calling for the resignation of NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, a federal investigation into the NYPD’s culture of brutality and an end to ‘Broken Windows’ based policing.

The death of Staten Island man Eric Garner has outraged the city—especially since this is not an isolated incident of excessive and fatal force by the NYPD on an unarmed civilian. The list is long but names include Nicholas Heyward Jr., Anthony Baez, Anthony Rosario, Malcolm Ferguson, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Shantel Davis, Kimani Gray, Ramarley Graham and now Eric Garner. The recurrence of these incidents indicates a pattern and culture of brutality that has not been fundamentally changed by NYPD top brass. Garner, like Baez, died as a result of a chokehold done in spite of the tactic being banned by the NYPD’s patrol guide since 1992. Bratton—who was commissioner during both Baez and Garner’s deaths—famously called the families of Heyward, Rosario and Baez ‘a bunch of fools’ during a contentious town hall meeting in 1995. As such he is not only not the right person to heal wounds between the NYPD and the community, he has shown he is incapable of controlling his police officers.

Additionally, Garner’s death is directly related to Broken Windows policing—Bratton’s signature policing theory. The NYPD alleges that Garner was targeted for arrest for the sale of untaxed cigarettes—a ‘quality of life’ crime, as Bratton alluded to when he took questions on Garner’s death from reporters. The focus on low-level crimes has been reinvigorated this year by Bratton who introduced it on a major scale as NYPD commissioner in the 1990’s. Bratton has exponentially increased arrests of panhandlers, homeless NYers and performers in the subways in the first six months of 2014. In February, Jerome Murdough, a homeless veteran with a history of mental illness, died in his Rikers cell after his arrest for sleeping in an East Harlem staircase—a quality of life crime. Broken Windows leads to broken lives for countless New Yorkers who are thrust into a broken criminal justice system, can end up in overcrowded jails where corrections officers use alarming amounts of excessive force, and—as the case of Garner shows—can become subject to tactics that can lead to death.

As most of the city rightfully supports the family of Eric Garner, we call for more substantive changes to the NYPD, as well. The firing and prosecution of Daniel Pantaleo and other officers responsible for Garner’s death is not enough. The 120th Precinct’s Deputy Inspector Joseph Veneziano and Staten Island Borough Commander Ed Delatorre must also be held responsible but ultimately the commissioner is responsible for the continued pattern of brutality and the underlying policing priorities that led to the incident.

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america-wakiewakie:

"Israel, Israel, you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide": Bay Area Solidarity with Palestine | AmericaWakieWakie 

Today thousands marched in downtown San Francisco in protest of Israel’s on-going massacre and occupation of Palestinians in Gaza.

In the past two weeks violence perpetrated by the Israeli apartheid state has escalated with the onset of a ground offensive into Gaza, thus far claiming over 420 Palestinian lives — 80 percent of which are civilians, not the alleged target Hamas — and injuring 3,000 more. In addition, tens of thousands have been displaced but with effectively no where to go in the border-sealed stretch of land being bombarded.

Bay Area residents took to the streets to demand in unison with occupied Palestine an end to US aid to Israel and the end to Israeli apartheid. To honor those whose lives have been taken protesters participated in a die-in, the practice of lying or sitting down to simulate the people killed already. Small boxes draped in the Palestinian flag symbolized the children killed. 

Protesters chanted “Israel, Israel, you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide,” as well as “Free, free Palestine!”  

(Photo Credit: AmericaWakieWakie)

Nice cool day in Beantown

Nice cool day in Beantown

thepeoplesrecord:

Bloody Friday: 12 children among dozens killed in Israel’s merciless slaughterJuly 19, 2014
The death toll from Israel’s assault on Gaza continues to rise rapidly.
At least 61 people, at least 12 of them children, were killed on Friday alone, the second day of Israel’s ground invasion of parts of the Gaza Strip, and the twelfth and bloodiest day since Israel began bombarding the territory with airstrikes and land-based and naval artillery.
Eight members of a single family, the youngest six months old, were killed when a missile struck their home.
By Friday evening Gaza time, 296 people had been killed and more than 2,200 injured since the Israeli bombardment began, according to Ma’an News Agency
But any death toll reported in the media is quickly out of date, as the numbers keep rising.
Eighty percent of the fatalities are civilians and half of the injured are women and children,according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
At least 58 of the dead are children, according to Dr. Ashraf al-Qidra, the health ministry spokesperson in Gaza.
Gaza residents and journalists have reported heavy and indiscriminate shelling across the coastal strip.
Journalist Mohammed Omer is using his Twitter feed to provide an almost real-time account of the horrifying toll of the Israeli attack.  
Several Gaza residents have told The Electronic Intifada that they are without electricity for most of the time.
Massive destruction continues: 1,780 housing units have been destroyed or severely damaged in Israeli bombing, according to OCHA.
Eighty-four schools and six health facilities have been damaged in the attacks and another 13 health facilities are unable to operate, OCHA states in its latest update.
The number of Palestinians seeking shelter at UN-run schools has risen to 33,500, or 11,000 more than the previous day.
Human Rights Watch said this week that Israeli air attacks it investigated “have been targeting apparent civilian structures and killing civilians in violation of the laws of war.”
The group called on Israel to “end unlawful attacks that do not target military objectives and may be intended as collective punishment or broadly to destroy civilian property.”
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thepeoplesrecord:

Bloody Friday: 12 children among dozens killed in Israel’s merciless slaughter
July 19, 2014

The death toll from Israel’s assault on Gaza continues to rise rapidly.

At least 61 people, at least 12 of them children, were killed on Friday alone, the second day of Israel’s ground invasion of parts of the Gaza Strip, and the twelfth and bloodiest day since Israel began bombarding the territory with airstrikes and land-based and naval artillery.

Eight members of a single family, the youngest six months old, were killed when a missile struck their home.

By Friday evening Gaza time, 296 people had been killed and more than 2,200 injured since the Israeli bombardment began, according to Ma’an News Agency

But any death toll reported in the media is quickly out of date, as the numbers keep rising.

Eighty percent of the fatalities are civilians and half of the injured are women and children,according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

At least 58 of the dead are children, according to Dr. Ashraf al-Qidra, the health ministry spokesperson in Gaza.

Gaza residents and journalists have reported heavy and indiscriminate shelling across the coastal strip.

Journalist Mohammed Omer is using his Twitter feed to provide an almost real-time account of the horrifying toll of the Israeli attack.  

Several Gaza residents have told The Electronic Intifada that they are without electricity for most of the time.

Massive destruction continues: 1,780 housing units have been destroyed or severely damaged in Israeli bombing, according to OCHA.

Eighty-four schools and six health facilities have been damaged in the attacks and another 13 health facilities are unable to operate, OCHA states in its latest update.

The number of Palestinians seeking shelter at UN-run schools has risen to 33,500, or 11,000 more than the previous day.

Human Rights Watch said this week that Israeli air attacks it investigated “have been targeting apparent civilian structures and killing civilians in violation of the laws of war.”

The group called on Israel to “end unlawful attacks that do not target military objectives and may be intended as collective punishment or broadly to destroy civilian property.”

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hey buttface, it’s not your job to keep people out of a country you live in

in fact, can we trade? i think anyone who yells at kids trying to flee a violent homeland should just have to give up their citizenship to a kid, get deported and make room for people who will actually be some kind of positive force for america

and what is this entitled white lady with the autographed hat yelling about? “the law says only americans should be able to move around the world whenever they want and blah blah blah i’m racist”

racists love to hide behind “the law” like it’s some moral high ground when really it’s just rules written by other racists

CollegeHumor explains Net Neutrality

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I’m Adam.

-And I’m Emily.

We make “funny videos” on the Internet.

-But soon, we might not be able to.

That’s because…

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…net neutrality is in jeopardy. Net Neutrality is the principle that says ISPs can’t discriminate between different types of traffic.

That means that…

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…whether you’re a bedroom music producer, a couple on an amateur porn site, or just someone with a start up idea - you get access to the same users as Netflix, Facebook or Amazon. On the Internet, anyone can succeed.

But…

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…America’s ISPs wanna set up a pay-for-play system where rich companies pay extra to get to those users first.

If this happens…

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…instead of a wonderful playground if innovation that it is now, the Internet will become like cable TV where you can only get stuff that’s been pre-approved by a bunch of old rich guys.

Ten years from now…

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…your Internet bill could be a bigger “fustercluck” than your cable bill.

Now, you might be thinking…

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…isn’t the government supposed to protect me from fragrant doucheholery like this?

Unfortunately…

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…the former chairman of the FCC (government agency that’s SUPPOSED to protect you) is now the cable industry’s head lobbyist. And another former cable industry lobbyist is now the CURRENT head of the FCC.

So…

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…we can’t trust the FCC to make the right decision on their own. That’s why WE need to protect the Internet we love. The chaotic, AWESOME, often quite weird, place where literally everyone’s voice can be heard.

In a few months…

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…the FCC will approve this festering soal of proposal unless we speak up. The Internet is one of the few places where human voices speak louder than money. So while that’s still the case, let’s use those voices. Go to DEARFCC.ORG and tell them to protect Net Neutrality. Thanks for doing your part to protect the Internet.

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Contact FCC at https://dearfcc.org/

IF DEARFCC.ORG IS DOWN, simply go to good old http://www.savetheinternet.com/

All GIFS are courtesy of our new friend, RANDY!

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