1. Please sign this petition!
2. If you are in the NYC area and can do so, please meet at Foley Square THIS Wednesday, August 20th at 12pm. Help bring justice to the family of Ramarley Graham.
3. Pass this info along, support & follow Constance, Ramarley’s mother, on Twitter: @RiseUp4Ramarley
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Every time a police officer causes the death of a citizen who is unarmed, there should be certain instant steps that follow:
- immediate suspension of the officer, without pay (if exonerated, back pay will be immediately received)
- An outside police agency, preferably from another county or the…
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization (HBO)
Eric Garner: The medical examiner’s office later ruled Garner’s death a homicide, caused by the officer’s chokehold as well chest and neck compressions and prone positioning “during physical restraint by police.”
John Crawford: He was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were. And the next thing I know, he said ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him. And I could hear him just crying and screaming. I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.
Micheal Brown: The officer demanded that the two “get the f—k on the sidewalk, Johnson says. “His exact words were get the f—k on the sidewalk.”
Trayvon Martin: ”A man was watching him,” said Rachel Jeantel, 19, who was on the phone with Martin just before he was fatally shot. “He said the man kept watching him. He kept complaining that a man was just watching him.”
Sean Bell: At one point, Guzman says, he spoke to Sean Bell and said, “S, I love you, son.” He says Bell said, “I love you too.” Then Guzman says Bell “stopped moving.”
Kendrec McDade: They said they thought McDade was armed because … he clutched his waste band as they chased him onto a dimly lit neighborhood street.
Jonathan Ferrell: Jonathan never had an opportunity to reply. He had bullets in him before he could ever hit the ground. So there was not sufficient warning. No one ever told him to stop. He didn’t have time to react.
Amadou Diallo: Diallo was shot outside his Bronx apartment. The police officers had mistaken him for a serial rapist, who was later apprehended.
Kimani Gray: New York City police officers shot and killed 16-year-old Kimani Gray in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
- #lastwords by Shirin-Banou Barghi
Many discussions of Debra Harrell, the South Carolina mother who was jailed for “abandoning” her 9-year-old daughter at a park, fail to mention how limited child-care options are for low-income parents, especially those who are single.
My latest for RHRC. I’m done with school & back to writing consistently.
cut-out of ‘Aja-style’ Hawkguy showing us how to say “bro” in sign language.
Fraction & Aja’s Hawkeye #19 (the ‘sign language issue’) scheduled to hit the racks today. can’t wait!
Best of Chris Evans at San Diego Comic Con 2014
“Captain Marvel is more than just an excellent comic about women. It’s an excellent comic all the way around. There’s a lot to love about Carol Danvers. Hell, there’s a lot to love about Kelly Sue DeConnick. The artwork is crisp and gorgeous—artist Filipe Andrade is my personal fave—and there’s an obvious and welcome lack of Rob Liefeld stylization. The dialogue is full of wisecracking banter and quippy casualness, and it’s an absolute delight to read. All the characters, male, female, superpowered, human, and variations thereupon, are petty, shallow, loyal, self-centered, mule-headed, embarrassed, determined, scared, charming, irritating, and everything else that makes us human. They don’t feel like decades-old characters spawned by a billion dollar corporation. They feel like real people trying their best to deal with impossible situations. Hera help me, I’d give just about anything to have a cup of coffee with Captain Whiz Bang and Spider-Woman.”
My awesome boardwalk arcade prizes:
•Superman car (of course no Wonder Woman!)
•cherry Dum-Dum Pop
•shark with laser eyes
I’m going to need a real vacation after my staycation is over! Writing, posts, & more soapboxing to come in August. Life delivered one too many roadblocks & detours the past two months… I look forward to getting back to creating & debating.