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ThinkProgress reports the promoter pulled the plug after the proposed fight generated so much controversy. 

As much as Zimmerman deserves to get his ass kicked, he deserves to have it in jail more. This wouldn’t bring back Trayvon Martin, and would only serve to further this murderer’s celebrity more while lining his pockets. 

Good. I’m glad it’s canceled. 

Full story: http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2014/02/08/3268391/george-zimmerman-damon-feldman/

ThinkProgress reports the promoter pulled the plug after the proposed fight generated so much controversy.

As much as Zimmerman deserves to get his ass kicked, he deserves to have it in jail more. This wouldn’t bring back Trayvon Martin, and would only serve to further this murderer’s celebrity more while lining his pockets.

Good. I’m glad it’s canceled.

Full story: http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2014/02/08/3268391/george-zimmerman-damon-feldman/

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BREAKING: Homeowner charged in Michigan porch shooting

Prosecutors on Friday announced charges against a suburban Detroit homeowner in the death of a 19-year-old woman who was shot in the face on his porch.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said that Theodore P. Wafer, 54, of Dearborn Heights faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Renisha McBride on Nov. 2. She was shot in the face after police say they believe she was involved in a car accident nearby in Detroit and family members say she likely approached Wafer’s home for help.

She said evidence showed McBride knocked on the locked screen door, and that there was no evidence of forced entry.

"These are the appropriate charges and he did not act in lawful self-defense," Worthy said.

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For those who think the government shutdown affects just a few people, U.S. Uncut provides evidence to the contrary. This is happening in all 50 states. Some states have enough to last through the month. And some states have nothing with which to fund these programs. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, new vouchers (worth an average of $55 a month) were not issued, and the agency has funds to operate for just ten days. 
From The Gazette:

The WIC program appears to be taking the brunt of the shutdown, at least for now, and for people such as Sarah Regan, 33, of Cedar Rapids, it means finding an alternative or going without.
Regan, who just delivered her baby Kendyl two weeks ago, is on unpaid maternity leave, and has been counting on WIC for core items like milk, bread, eggs and cheese through her pregnancy. When she showed up at the office for her appointment on Tuesday, she was surprised the government shutdown cost her her WIC payment.
“I knew there was a shutdown, but I did not realize it would affect everyone on a personal level,” Regan said. “We will just have to find another way to supplement our food, or just have to go without until it comes through. There’s no fall back. It’s just wait and see when this ends.”

And to think, according to a GOP congressman at a fundraiser, this was all to appease the Tea Party. Yet another case of kicking the poor to thrill the rich.

For those who think the government shutdown affects just a few people, U.S. Uncut provides evidence to the contrary. This is happening in all 50 states. Some states have enough to last through the month. And some states have nothing with which to fund these programs. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, new vouchers (worth an average of $55 a month) were not issued, and the agency has funds to operate for just ten days

From The Gazette:

The WIC program appears to be taking the brunt of the shutdown, at least for now, and for people such as Sarah Regan, 33, of Cedar Rapids, it means finding an alternative or going without.

Regan, who just delivered her baby Kendyl two weeks ago, is on unpaid maternity leave, and has been counting on WIC for core items like milk, bread, eggs and cheese through her pregnancy. When she showed up at the office for her appointment on Tuesday, she was surprised the government shutdown cost her her WIC payment.

“I knew there was a shutdown, but I did not realize it would affect everyone on a personal level,” Regan said. “We will just have to find another way to supplement our food, or just have to go without until it comes through. There’s no fall back. It’s just wait and see when this ends.”

And to think, according to a GOP congressman at a fundraiser, this was all to appease the Tea Party. Yet another case of kicking the poor to thrill the rich.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott delays execution for Attorney General Pam Bondi’s fundraiser | The Raw Story

Mind you, this is a woman who is currently fighting to speed up executions in Florida. Except for when she needs to raise funds, of course. Then Marshall Lee Gore can wait.

Phyllis Novick, the mother of one of the women murdered by Gore, speaks for many of us when she questioned the priorities of the elected officials in Florida, saying, “What’s going on down there? It’s ridiculous.”

Indeed. What the hell, Florida?

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From US Uncut:

Happening NOW! Walmart workers are getting arrested for striking outside the company’s NYC headquarters as part of a nationwide action.

I stand in solidarity with my brothers and sisters in NYC — and everywhere else — placing their livelihood and lives at risk by standing up for the rights of workers. An injustice to one is an injustice to all.

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Happening NOW! Walmart workers are getting arrested for striking outside the company’s NYC headquarters as part of a nationwide action.

I stand in solidarity with my brothers and sisters in NYC — and everywhere else — placing their livelihood and lives at risk by standing up for the rights of workers. An injustice to one is an injustice to all.

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Hundreds rally for judge's resignation and judicial review

By noon, the crowd was already pushing 300.

Once the rally began 15 minutes later, nearly 400 people — neighbors and friends, activists, members of the national media and the mother of rape victim Cherice Moralez — watched, cheered, shouted, waved protest signs and called for the resignation of District Court Judge G. Todd Baugh…

On Monday Baugh sentenced former Senior High teacher Stacey Rambold — who pleaded guilty to raping Cherice Moralez, one of his 14-year-old students — to serve 31 days in jail. He received credit for one day already served.

Baugh explained the sentence by saying the victim was “older than her chronological age” and said she had some control over her relationship with the teacher…

Moralez was 14 when she was raped by Rambold. The girl killed herself weeks before her 17th birthday as her sexual relationship with Rambold became a criminal case. Under state law, children younger than 16 cannot consent to sexual intercourse, which makes Rambold’s crime felony rape.

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said he disagrees with the sentence, and that his office has contacted the appellate division of the Montana State Attorney General’s office.

The judge’s justifications of she’s “older than her chronological age” and that the victim is in control are disgusting, and used by child rapists frequently.  She was not in control. Rambold was in a position of authority over her, and he abused that power — not to mention the public trust. Baugh should do the right thing and step down. NOW.

It’s heartening to see Montana folks and others stepping up and demanding justice.

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Homelessness is not a crime. I’ve got to have the legal right (to question or take anyone into custody). We can’t just take people to somewhere they don’t want to go. I can’t do that. I won’t do that.

Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago taking a stand on the city council’s plan to criminalize homelessness in downtown Columbia, S.C. by pushing the homeless to a shelter just barely in the city limits. 

According to The State, Santiago also said his department cannot transport homeless adults to the riverfront shelter to get services nor will police tell them they would be charged with a nuisance offense should they refuse. The law, which is likely unconstitutional, aims to bus the homeless out of the downtown area to a shelter that would have infrequent transportation services and require signing in and out. 

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Walmart Workers Threaten Black Friday Action

YES!

The latest news in the Walmart labor protests — which have included walkouts and marches in Dallas, San Diego, Chicago and Los Angeles — is the threat of a strike on Black Friday. That’s the day after Thanksgiving, widely considered the busiest, and most lucrative, retail day of the year. Some 200 angry protesters showed up at a meeting of investors and analysts earlier today at Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. 

I hope they do it. Seriously. No day like Black Friday.

Filed under Walmart There Is Power In a Union organized labor strike black Friday politics economy labor injustice

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This is an example of white privilege

"What is white privilege?" 

I receive this question in my ask box at least once a month. Either that, or the statement that it doesn’t exist. 

Well, let me give you an idea. 

I went to Cheyenne this weekend to a political meet and greet, then decided to meet up with some pals at a dive bar that evening. I was heading down Pershing St. through a residential neighborhood, window down, smoking a cigarette, and listening to Dead Prez. Loud. It was dusk and nice and cool, so why not?

Suddenly, two cruisers pulled up behind me. Mind you, I was going maybe 31 in 30. I slowed to exactly 30. One officer pulled up beside me on the driver’s side in a 20 mph zone, and rolled down his passenger side window. He peered into the driver’s side of my car. His compadre was right on my bumper. The cop next to me flicked off his flashight, stuck his hand out of the driver’s side window, and waved back at the other officer, who proceeded to back off. They fell back, and within a block, they were both gone.

Why is this an example of white privilege? As analyzed by a pal of mine, Daymon, who is a person of color and went to high school in Cheyenne:

"1. Your first thought was that you were speeding, not driving while Black. Like me. That’s the flank move. Assuming they’re gonna need backup because your ass IS GETTING PULLED OVER.

2. You never turned the music down or anything. Why would you? It’s not like it suddenly made you more Black, unlike me. And by that, I mean a dangerous, suspicious Black man in a mostly white neighborhood. I’m probably there to do something to their daughters, you know? Doesn’t matter I was a loan officer in town when I moved back. A professional. Who lived in that neighborhood. I was just a snazzy-dressed uppity negro in a nice car daring to roll through their neighborhood.

3. When they found out you were white, you got a golden ticket instead of one for noise ordinance. I know a bunch of guys who got tickets for noise in white neighborhoods, even though we had our shit lower than their precious lily-white Ashleys and Dakotas listening to Eminem or some shit emo. If it had a beat, and you’re Black, obviously you’re a gangsta looking to deal those kids dope.

4. You wondered what the hell happened and shrugged it off. I don’t get that luxury. 

In summary, congratulations, you’re white. Please move to the front of the line.”

I would imagine he’s not the only man who’s experienced this, nor the only person of color. And that, my friends, is an example of white privilege and its not-so-subtle benefits. I feel like an asshole for not recognizing it off the bat for what it was — like I said, I thought I was getting a speeding ticket.

And anyone who claims we live in post-racial America, well, I invite you to drive down Pershing Ave. listening to hip-hop — or another major residential street in a “nice” neighborhood. Daymon said he’s been pulled over on that street every single time he’s been home to visit family, even when listening to NPR — as he said, “it isn’t the stereo, it’s the skin, but listening to loud hip-hop isn’t going to plead my case for being a ‘legitimate’ Black man. This shit doesn’t happen in Denver. As much.”

Do it. See if you get flanked. Two cops having a bad night, a good night, or yet another example of systemic racism? You can probably guess where I stand.

Cheers,

Meg

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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