TW: State-sanctioned violence
United States’ foreign policy versus Iran’s. And Iran is the threat.
This needs to be seen.
I feel like I live in fucking City 17 in the Half-Life world with all these circling helicopters and loudspeaker threats from armed officers.
Seriously. Anyone else in Phoenix, AZ right now? As I type this (and it seems like several times a month) there are armed police helicopters circling over and over above where I live, making these scary broadcasts to the city.
Last time, it was actually to tell people on the ground the description of someone they were looking for, and encouraging via this loud broadcast I couldn’t block out even with the windows closed, to call the police and cooperate, cooperate, cooperate, over and over.
This time, it’s (quote), “We have the area surrounded” and then some other stuff I couldn’t hear properly.
WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS DYSTOPIC POLICE STATE BULLSHIT.
TW: Racism/white supremacy, police brutality, violence, sexual violence
MUST WATCH: Video shows NYPD officer assault during Stop & Frisk
July 27, 2012
The video shows a police officer striding toward a young man standing on a platform at the 45th Street subway station in Brooklyn. A few seconds later, the officer pats him down. Shortly afterward, the young man appears to fidget against a wall and the officer slams him to the ground, ripping a subway ad from the wall in the process. The officer does it again, then puts the young man in a headlock and handcuffs him.
That scene was captured by David Galarza, a local activist, who said he recorded it last Thursday night. At a news conference on Thursday in Brooklyn, Mr. Galarza and other local activists said the officer’s confrontation with the young man, Sean Pagan, 19, was another example of the police’s mistreatment of the predominantly Hispanic and Asian residents of Sunset Park.
This time, however, they say they have a video to support their contention.
“These are young people of color who are victimized many times, and this kind of excessive force, sometimes it’s captured, sometimes not,” Mr. Galarza said before screening the video for reporters at a Latino community center in Sunset Park. “There was an arrest of a young man, but not of the officer who did the groping, and who did the choking.”
What a shocking video that shows the horror people of color in NYC endure if they are stopped & frisked.
According to NYCLU, in 2011 New Yorkers were stopped by police 685,724 times.
- 605,328 were totally innocent (88 percent).
- 350,743 were black (53 percent).
- 223,740 were Latino (34 percent).
- 61,805 were white (9 percent).
- 341,581 were aged 14-24 (51 percent).
Spread this around, and if you have the software, create mirrors and distribute download links. I’m sure this video won’t be up for long.
general translation at the end: don’t say anything else, tell him you want a lawyer. you heard me? don’t say anything else, just tell him you want a lawyer.
Edited to add: Note, the fidgeting looks like unintentional flinching while being sexually assaulted/groped by the police officer.
So this just popped up on my facebook feed.
Former First Lady Barbara Bush read to some kids at a hospital, and gave one of them a fist bump. My conservative friends thought this was just totes adorbs.
Meanwhile, I was having flashbacks to the 2008 presidential election when Prez Obama fist-bumped Mrs. Obama, and the news media called it a “terrorist fist jab”.
Black couple running for President give celebratory fist bump; are seen as terrorists and gangstas.
Old white woman gives sick child a fist bump; is seen as adorable and “classy”.
On this day 236 years ago, white people declared their independence from Great Britain because freedom is important, said the white people who held African slaves, and were murdering the Native Americans whose land they had stolen.
To celebrate this day, let us throw a big Tumblr party. A theme party! This year, the theme is—I thought it’d be appropriate….
Let’s go down the list!
Drones in the Middle East? Check.
Possible approval of drones in the Caribbean? Check.
Kidnapping Native American children and giving them up for adoption to white families in order to disconnect them from their heritage in the hopes that all Native culture will die out (all while other clueless crackers appropriate our shit and misrepresent us. Because crackers APPRECIATE us!)? Check.
Randomly assaulting Native Americans in attempts to murder them (usually done by the cops, but if other white folk join the party, the cops usually won’t stop them, so hey!) Check. Double check. Triple check!
Where the government allows white people to murder Black citizens with no consequence (How many of them have been given pay raises and vacations, rather than suspensions? I lost count)? Check. Oh, there’s a surplus of that! Double check!
Where the government bans us from learning about the parts of American history that don’t include white people because the shit they did was so bad that they’re afraid we’ll hate them afterwards. So instead, they just ban it, to keep themselves looking good, all while preaching about the importance of knowing our history? Check, check, and check!
Where anybody of East Asian descent is automatically suspected of being a terrorist, even though the majority of terrorist acts in America are domestic, and committed by white men? Check.
Where Latin@s are at risk of being deported. Even ones who are, according to the government, legal citizens. Even people who aren’t actually Latin@ at all, but just Latin@ in appearance, or have a Latin@ sounding name. BONUS FUNSIES! MOTHER FUCKING CHECK!
Am I forgetting anything?
OH! And while we’re here planning this shin dig, let us also remember to commemorate 9/11 on this day. Because out of all of the things that still affect us that America tells us to get over, this shall never be one of them because white people. :D
AMERIKA. Land of the free… unless your ancestors were here before white people, quote unquote, ~*”DISCOVERED”*~ this land.
AMERIKKA. Where everyone is born equal…. but not everyone is treated as such.
AMERIKKKA. Where everyone’s life has value and meaning! ….It’s just that white people’s have more, you know?
HAPPY 4th OF JULY, EVERYBODY! :D
Protesters demand President Obama to step up and do everything in his power to STOP Senate Bill 1070.
June 25, 2012
Arizona human rights organizations protested at the state’s offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Monday asking President Barack Obama to stop Senate Bill 1070.
Puente Arizona and Somos America gathered with other concerned community members to protest the bill, which has stirred up debate regarding its ties to racial profiling.
The protesters rallied, not only against the bill, but with hopes that their message would reach Obama, whom they believe is capable of putting an end to the bill.
“Civil rights violations are only going to get worse unless the president does the right thing and refuses to process and deport victims of the sheriff and SB 1070,” Carlos Garcia of Puente Arizona said.
Protesters are calling on the president to put an end to the bill by restricting Arizona’s access to Secure Communities, the federal deportation program.
1. WE WANT FREEDOM. WE WANT POWER TO DETERMINE THE DESTINY OF OUR BLACK AND OPPRESSED COMMUNITIES.
2. WE WANT FULL EMPLOYMENT FOR OUR PEOPLE.
3. WE WANT AN END TO THE ROBBERY BY THE CAPITALISTS OF OUR BLACK AND OPPRESSED COMMUNITIES.
4. WE WANT DECENT HOUSING, FIT FOR THE SHELTER OF HUMAN BEINGS.
5. WE WANT DECENT EDUCATION FOR OUR PEOPLE THAT EXPOSES THE TRUE NATURE OF THIS DECADENT AMERICAN SOCIETY. WE WANT EDUCATION THAT TEACHES US OUR TRUE HISTORY AND OUR ROLE IN THE PRESENT-DAY SOCIETY.
6. WE WANT COMPLETELY FREE HEALTH CARE FOR All BLACK AND OPPRESSED PEOPLE.
7. WE WANT AN IMMEDIATE END TO POLICE BRUTALITY AND MURDER OF BLACK PEOPLE, OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR, All OPPRESSED PEOPLE INSIDE THE UNITED STATES.
8. WE WANT AN IMMEDIATE END TO ALL WARS OF AGGRESSION.
9. WE WANT FREEDOM FOR ALL BLACK AND OPPRESSED PEOPLE NOW HELD IN U. S. FEDERAL, STATE, COUNTY, CITY AND MILITARY PRISONS AND JAILS. WE WANT TRIALS BY A JURY OF PEERS FOR All PERSONS CHARGED WITH SO-CALLED CRIMES UNDER THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY.
10. WE WANT LAND, BREAD, HOUSING, EDUCATION, CLOTHING, JUSTICE, PEACE AND PEOPLE’S COMMUNITY CONTROL OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY.
TW: State-sanctioned violence, militarization, murder, racism
According to a diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks, U.S. troops willfully massacred an Iraqi family in the town of Ishaqi in 2006, handcuffing and then shooting 11 people in the head including a woman in her 70′s and five children ages five and under.
McClatchy is reporting that the soldiers then called in an air strike on the house to cover up evidence of the killings.
This account differs sharply from an official version of the 2006 incident, which indicated that coalition forces captured an al Qaeda in Iraq operative in the house, which was destroyed in a firefight. The WikiLeaks cable, however, corroborates accounts by Ishaqi townspeople and includes questions about the incident by Philip Alston, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
The cable is dated twelve days after the incident, which took place March 15, 2006. In it, Alston says that autopsies performed in Tikrit on bodies pulled from the wreckage of the farmhouse indicated that all of the dead had been handcuffed and shot in the head.
If true, this action, although not as egregious as the My Lai massacre of March 16, 1968, wherein 347-504 unarmed civilians were shot to death by U.S. forces during the Vietnam conflict, still speaks volumes about war and the atrocities committed for war’s sake.
Read the original article (warning: graphic images)
Oh my God.
And people ask why I don’t believe in military?