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patbee:

swampmermaids:

softboycollective:

parteira:

fuckyouwhiteboy:

majiinboo:

This is who they have playing as Wonder Woman 😒

WTF

the only wonder woman i recognize is gina torres and/or laverne cox.
and lucy lawless.

the tags literally say “weareright” and “loveidf” fascism is so creepy

YOUR NEW WONDER WOMAN

a shining beacon of heroic feminism

patbee:

swampmermaids:

softboycollective:

parteira:

fuckyouwhiteboy:

majiinboo:

This is who they have playing as Wonder Woman 😒

WTF

the only wonder woman i recognize is gina torres and/or laverne cox.

and lucy lawless.

the tags literally say “weareright” and “loveidf” fascism is so creepy

YOUR NEW WONDER WOMAN

a shining beacon of heroic feminism

thepeoplesrecord:

Blacklisted: The secret government rulebook for labeling you a terrorist
July 26, 2014

The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.

The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place entire “categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.” It also allows for dead people to be watchlisted.

Over the years, the Obama and Bush Administrations have fiercely resisted disclosing the criteria for placing names on the databases—though the guidelines are officially labeled as unclassified. In May, Attorney General Eric Holder even invoked the state secrets privilege to prevent watchlisting guidelines from being disclosed in litigation launched by an American who was on the no fly list. In an affidavit, Holder called them a “clear roadmap” to the government’s terrorist-tracking apparatus, adding: “The Watchlisting Guidance, although unclassified, contains national security information that, if disclosed … could cause significant harm to national security.”

The rulebook, which The Intercept is publishing in full, was developed behind closed doors by representatives of the nation’s intelligence, military, and law-enforcement establishment, including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI. Emblazoned with the crests of 19 agencies, it offers the most complete and revealing look into the secret history of the government’s terror list policies to date. It reveals a confounding and convoluted system filled with exceptions to its own rules, and it relies on the elastic concept of “reasonable suspicion” as a standard for determining whether someone is a possible threat. Because the government tracks “suspected terrorists” as well as “known terrorists,” individuals can be watchlisted if they are suspected of being a suspected terrorist, or if they are suspected of associating with people who are suspected of terrorism activity.

“Instead of a watchlist limited to actual, known terrorists, the government has built a vast system based on the unproven and flawed premise that it can predict if a person will commit a terrorist act in the future,” says Hina Shamsi, the head of the ACLU’s National Security Project. “On that dangerous theory, the government is secretly blacklisting people as suspected terrorists and giving them the impossible task of proving themselves innocent of a threat they haven’t carried out.” Shamsi, who reviewed the document, added, “These criteria should never have been kept secret.”

The document’s definition of “terrorist” activity includes actions that fall far short of bombing or hijacking. In addition to expected crimes, such as assassination or hostage-taking, the guidelines also define destruction of government property and damaging computers used by financial institutions as activities meriting placement on a list. They also define as terrorism any act that is “dangerous” to property and intended to influence government policy through intimidation.

This combination—a broad definition of what constitutes terrorism and a low threshold for designating someone a terrorist—opens the way to ensnaring innocent people in secret government dragnets. It can also be counterproductive. When resources are devoted to tracking people who are not genuine risks to national security, the actual threats get fewer resources—and might go unnoticed.

“If reasonable suspicion is the only standard you need to label somebody, then it’s a slippery slope we’re sliding down here, because then you can label anybody anything,” says David Gomez, a former senior FBI special agent with experience running high-profile terrorism investigations. “Because you appear on a telephone list of somebody doesn’t make you a terrorist. That’s the kind of information that gets put in there.”

The fallout is personal too. There are severe consequences for people unfairly labeled a terrorist by the U.S. government, which shares its watchlist data with local law enforcement, foreign governments, and “private entities.” Once the U.S. government secretly labels you a terrorist or terrorist suspect, other institutions tend to treat you as one. It can become difficult to get a job (or simply to stay out of jail). It can become burdensome—or impossible—to travel. And routine encounters with law enforcement can turn into ordeals.

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Since Cast Lead, I think that the perception of Palestine and how Palestine is portrayed in the American press is improving drastically, and I think that’s wonderful. I think that it is also important to say that while the way we talk about Palestine is changing here, things on the ground are not changing there. And it doesn’t necessarily mean that because more people are talking about Palestinians as humans - what a concept - that there are less home demolitions and killings.
- Anna Lekas Miller is on today to talk #PalestineUnderAttack. Listen on tumblr or at wearecitizenradio.com. (via fuckyeahcitizenradio)

tomcadrin:

boston in mid july
thomas cadrin, 2014

walking distance

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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