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They beat us; we’re just [paying] them back. We just need better treatment and services. We need medical attention. We just want some respect. They call us wetbacks.

-An inmate at the Adams County Correctional Facility.

The prison riot has been going on for close to 8 hours. An inner compound and some outer housing units have been taken over by prisoners. The prison is owned and operated by Corrections Corporations of America (CCA) and houses up to 2,567 adult male criminal immigrants, primarily Hispanic/Latinos.

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NEW YORK | Wed May 16, 2012 5:47pm EDT

May 16 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday blocked enforcement of a recently enacted law’s provision that authorizes indefinite military detention for those deemed to have “substantially supported” al Qaeda, the Taliban or “associated forces.”

U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan ruled in favor of a group of civilian activists and journalists who said they feared being detained under a section of the law, which was signed by U.S. President Barack Obama in December 2011.

“In the face of what could be indeterminate military detention, due process requires more,” the judge said.

She added that it was in the public interest to reconsider the law so that “ordinary citizens are able to understand the scope of conduct that could subject them to indefinite military detention.”

By issuing a preliminary injunction, the judge prevents the U.S. government from enforcing section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act’s “Homeland Battlefield” provisions. (Reporting By Basil Katz; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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The guy to the left facepalms like ten times. That would have been me.

arielnietzsche:

Old Woman Goes On Homophobic Rant During City Council Meeting

Watching this woman go on an anti-gay rant at a city council meeting is a mixture of hilarious and horrifying.  Quite possibly – the worst part of all of this is just how hard it is to discern the difference between a senile old woman and just your every day conservative.  Her position is consistent with that of mainstream conservative ideology…and that’s frightening.

“P-E-N-I-S goes into the anus to rupture intestines.  The more a man does this,
the more likely he’ll be a fatality or a homicider.” ~Jane Skrovota

The Huffington Post has the story:

Video footage of a surprisingly graphic, homophobic rant has gone viral in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) blogosphere in the wake of this week’s non-discrimination ordinance proposal hearings in Lincoln, Neb.

Originally featured on Towleroad, the clip features a woman identified as Jane Skrovota, who offers a series of bizarre observations on gay sex, HIV/AIDS, Hillary Clinton and even Judas Iscariot as she denounces the “Fairness Ordinance,” a measure that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s non-discrimination law, in her testimony.

(Source: classwarfareexists.com)

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americanindignants:

“All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it. The character of the voters is not staked. I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally…

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“(Reuters) - In a bare concrete room in a far-flung corner of Central African Republic, U.S. special forces and Ugandan soldiers map out the hunt for one of Africa’s most wanted rebel leaders hiding in an area the size of California.

The building belonged to the town of Obo’s doctor until he was murdered last year by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) while transporting medicines by road. Now it serves as an operational centre in one of America’s latest military ventures in Africa.

The mission’s goal is clear.

“(The) focus is the removal of Joseph Kony and senior Lord’s Resistance Army leadership from the battlefield,” said Captain Ken Wright, a navy SEAL in command of the roughly 100-strong force which deployed in October.

Kony has evaded the region’s militaries for nearly three decades, kidnapping tens of thousands of children to fill his militia’s ranks and serve as sex slaves as he moves through the bush. Thousands more have died in the wake of his brutal army.

The deployment of elite American forces to help track Kony and his senior commanders in the dense equatorial jungle across a region that spans several countries has raised hopes the sadistic warlord’s days are numbered.

The troops are armed but do not patrol the surrounding forests and are allowed to engage the LRA only in self-defense.

Instead, their focus is on improving intelligence on LRA positions gathered both electronically and from tip-offs.

By meshing stories from hunters and nomadic cattle herders of encounters with the rebels together with sophisticated surveillance imagery, allied forces chart suspected rebel activity and coordinate the regional armies’ pursuit of Kony.

“You look at patterns to see where LRA might be moving, historic areas where they might operate, so we can predict where they’re going and try and head them off and most effectively use the forces on the ground,” Captain Gregory, a 29-year-old Texan hidden behind sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat told Reuters.

For many of the U.S. troops who have recently served in Afghanistan and Iraq, the humid jungles of central Africa are unfamiliar territory.

Their deployment raised expectations locally that U.S. drones would be unearthing Kony. They are not, and this hostile environment is throwing up unforeseen challenges.

“Some of the gear we have here is affected by the vegetation … and acts differently from in the desert. “Vegetation absorbs signals and sounds,” said Gregory.

INTERNATIONAL BAD GUY

Kony, a self-styled mystic leader who at one time was bent on ruling Uganda by the ten commandments, fled his native northern Uganda in 2005, roaming first the lawless expanses of South Sudan and then the isolated northeastern tip of Congo.

In December 2008, after last-ditch peace talks failed, Ugandan paratroopers and fighter jets struck the LRA’s Congo hideouts. Kony slipped through the net, raising suspicions he had been tipped off. He and many of his combatants moved north into CAR.

Kony was thrust back into the spotlight earlier this year when a video, “Kony 2012”, highlighting the chilling mutilations, rapes and murders carried out by his spell-bound fighters went viral on the Internet.

Bruce Wharton, deputy assistant secretary in the Department of State’s Africa bureau said the deployment of special forces was in part a response to legislation in 2010 calling on the Obama administration to do more to tackle Kony.

“I think Kony, for lack of an ideology, for lack of a political agenda, for lack of an intellectually identifiable cause, and for the brutality with which he operates, is at the top of the list of international bad guys,” Wharton said.

Asked whether hunting Kony offered a convenient way of expanding the U.S. military footprint in Africa, Wharton told Reuters: “I absolutely think that as soon as this mission is accomplished the roughly 100 troops will go away.”

Facing war crimes charges, Kony has transformed himself from a one-time altar boy to a master of jungle survival and evasion. His fighters have become increasingly savvy in concealing their movements, wading through crocodile-infested rivers and walking backwards and in loops to disguise their tracks.

The vicious and often drugged rebels first struck Obo in the early hours of March 6, 2009. They targeted the town’s Catholic mission, abducting 76 people.

“We were told they were coming but we didn’t believe they would attack the town,” said Obo resident Ricardo Dimanche who runs a community radio project urging LRA fighters to give up their weapons.

“The next year they started attacking the small villages around us. Displaced people started flooding in,” said Dimanche.

Underscoring the challenge facing the American and regional troops, the LRA launched almost as many attacks in the first three months of this year in CAR as in all of last year, according to U.N. data.

“Nobody has peace of mind now,” said Dimanche.

U.S. military officials are reluctant to bet on if and when they might snare Kony.

“The global effort to try to find Osama bin Laden took 10 years with an extraordinary level of effort … the highest priority for the international intelligence community, and it still took 10 years to find him,” General Carter Ham, commander of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) told a media briefing in Germany ahead of the tightly controlled trip.

“So this is a tough mission.”“

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americanindignants:

“April 28, Montichiari Italy, Animal Liberation Front (ALF) of Italy, protested Green Hill, a facility that breeds and raises Beagles for animal testing. Dozens of ALF protesters infiltrated one of the breeding kennels that housed the female dogs and their puppies. Once inside the facility the protesters managed to release 1 adult female beagle and 25-30 puppies, before the police intervened and arrested 12 of the protesters. Allegedly this has set off a cyber attack from Anonymous called SD fur.

At 16:15 a group of ALF protesters hurled stones at the first building of kennel, they then climbed over the fence to reach the cages where the animals are locked up. As the Police were trying to get past the blockade of outside protesters, a dozen other ALF protesters came out carrying handfuls of puppies and one adult female beagle. The protesters started lifting the dog and puppies over the fence to the ALF protesters on the other side. The ALF protesters managed to release some 25-30 puppies before police broke through the barricade of protesters. The police eventually arrested 12 of the protesters and seized 7 of the puppies. Some protesters said they “experienced violence by some of the officials.”

The police took the puppies to different police stations, and notified Green Hill to come pick them up. Green Hill told the officials “they would not take them back because the animal’s isolation had been interrupted and corrupted.”

According to one ALF protester “all the animals had a strong smell of urine, and one puppy about 8 months old, has an incision that runs the full length of his abdomen.”

Officials are still holding 7 of the 12 ALF protesters that were arrested. Anonymous has sent the message below:

28/04/2012 Italy 
“Attack of the site SD Fur: Anonymous has made an attack against those who derive profit from the blood and the suffering of animals. We intend to support with our means of speciesism and the victims of human cruelty. We want to raise awareness about the daily barbarism that are committed in the name of profit and bloody fashion, these animals are blinded and deafened before their death. These are innocent victims, and we will send a clear message to perpetrators. This is just the beginning.” Sincerely,Anonymous OpSaveAnimals # # # OpItaly Operationgreenrights 

No word on if that company has been hacked.

ALF is asking people, “if you would like to demand the release of the 7 remaining ALF protesters please call the Police station in Italy at +39 030 37441.””

Petition to release the protesters

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americanindignants:

“Hey you dreamers, strikers and new left redeemers out there,

For thirty-one magical days beginning this Tuesday, May 1, we take the plunge and Strike! We block the Golden Gate Bridge; occupy a Manhattan-bound tunnel; seize the ports. In 115 cities, we march into banks, erect tents and refuse to leave. We disrupt financial institutions forcing thousands to preemptively close. Five thousand of us pray, dance, sleep on Wall Street and in front of the Fed and if the Bloombergs of the world bring out paramilitary police to intimidate us, we use our social media fire to call out 50,000 more occupiers.

In the week before the G8 and NATO summits, we light the spark globally. We occupy hundreds of squares in cities on every continent – from Paris to Berlin, Toronto to Athens, São Paulo to Bucharest and beyond – we up the ante with direct actions that paralyze capitalism. For a few days, maybe for a full month, we act as if we already live in a world run by people, not corporations.

Our movement goes geopolitical later in May. We swarm Chicago and confront NATO. We tell the military elites there to stop their saber rattling against Iran, halt the global arms race and get behind what the majority of the people on Earth want: a nuclear-free world starting with a nuclear-free Middle East that includes both Iran and Israel.

And then when the G8 leaders meet in Camp David, we create a global spectacle the likes of which the world has never seen before … millions of us … individually, in flash groups and en masse, we burst out laughing at the lunacy of the eight most powerful political leaders on the planet thinking they can dictate the people’s business from behind closed doors and barbed wire fences. For one day, we take over the global mindspace with a whirlwind of #LAUGHRIOT jokes. (Like: Why did the G8 chickens cross to Camp David? / Cuz they’re on the other side. haha!) We laugh our heads off on every news broadcast in the world.

May 1968 was the first wildcat general strike in history … it lasted two weeks and was a grand gesture of refusal still remembered, but then it fizzled … maybe this May we won’t?

for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ

OccupyWallStreet.org / Tactical Briefing #26, #27, #28 and #29 / Find out what your local Occupy has planned for May 1, May 12, and the #LAUGHRIOT then join the movement in Chicago

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leftish:

My friend made this cute Occupy Logo…

leftish:

My friend made this cute Occupy Logo…

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This whole #Kony2012 campaign is bullshit.
"Stop sending me that video. The organization behind Kony 2012 — Invisible Children Inc. — is an extremely shady nonprofit that has been called ”misleading,” “naive,” and “dangerous” by a Yale political science professor, and has been accused by Foreign Affairs of “manipulat[ing] facts for strategic purposes.” They have also been criticized by the Better Business Bureau for refusing to provide information necessary to determine if IC meets the Bureau’s standards. Additionally, IC has a low two-star rating in accountability from Charity Navigator because they won’t let their financials be independently audited. That’s not a good thing. In fact, it’s a very bad thing, and should make you immediately pause and reflect on where the money you’re sending them is going. By IC’s own admission, only 31% of all the funds they receive go toward actually helping anyone [pdf]. The rest go to line the pockets of the three people in charge of the organization, to pay for their travel expenses (over $1 million in the last year alone) and to fund their filmmaking business (also over a million) — which is quite an effective way to make more money, as clearly illustrated by the fact that so many can’t seem to stop forwarding their well-engineered emotional blackmail to everyone they’ve ever known.”

This whole #Kony2012 campaign is bullshit.

"Stop sending me that video.

The organization behind Kony 2012 — Invisible Children Inc. — is an extremely shady nonprofit that has been called ”misleading,” “naive,” and “dangerous” by a Yale political science professor, and has been accused by Foreign Affairs of “manipulat[ing] facts for strategic purposes.” They have also been criticized by the Better Business Bureau for refusing to provide information necessary to determine if IC meets the Bureau’s standards.

Additionally, IC has a low two-star rating in accountability from Charity Navigator because they won’t let their financials be independently audited. That’s not a good thing. In fact, it’s a very bad thing, and should make you immediately pause and reflect on where the money you’re sending them is going.

By IC’s own admission, only 31% of all the funds they receive go toward actually helping anyone [pdf]. The rest go to line the pockets of the three people in charge of the organization, to pay for their travel expenses (over $1 million in the last year alone) and to fund their filmmaking business (also over a million) — which is quite an effective way to make more money, as clearly illustrated by the fact that so many can’t seem to stop forwarding their well-engineered emotional blackmail to everyone they’ve ever known.”

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rvabeatnik:


NYU: Cut the Bull!
Day of Action for the Right to EducationThursday, March 1st 
12PM – “NYU: CUT THE BULL” Campus March (Waverly and University-NE Corner Wash Sq Park) 
2pm: Manhattan Convergence @ NYC Dept. of Education (52 Chambers Street) March over Brooklyn Bridge for university and bank protests in downtown Brooklyn
4pm: Speak Out at the Right to Education Assembly, Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
 
Website: http://www.occupyed.org/nyc Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/107827129341653/ 
For more info, e-mail: nyu4ows@gmail.com
Or visit the NYU4OWS website: http://nyu4ows.tumblr.com/
 
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN US ON MARCH 1ST 
 
“Students,  community members, teachers, and parents across the country will be  mobilizing on March 1 for walkouts, teach-ins, and marches to say: Education is a Right, Not a Privilege!
Join  NYU4OWS and our allies at 12 Noon on Thursday, March 1st as we stand in  opposition to tuition hikes, student debt, and corporate governance  practices at our university!

 Here  at NYU we’ve seen what happens when a university is run by the 1%:  we’re one of the national leaders in student debt with an average  student debt burden of almost $35,000 per student. We have the second  highest tuition in the country (now $56,000 per year!). While the top  administrators vote themselves million dollar packages, they bust  GSOC-UAW, the graduate employees’ union, and support the lock-out of  workers beyond our campus. For example, Daniel Straus, a trustee of the  Law School, is currently locking out hundreds of health care workers at  nursing homes he owns in Connecticut, demanding workers give up health  care and retirement benefits. 
 

NYU  also houses the only Chick-Fil-A franchise in New York City, despite  the fact that the company has donated millions of dollars to anti-gay  and anti-women hate groups like Focus on the Family.
It’s time for these practices to end! NYU students and community members will meet in the Northeast corner of Washington Square Park (University and Waverly) at 12pm on March 1 to begin a Campus March demanding that NYU “Cut the Bull” and get the spirit of Wall Street out of our university.  The  March will include speak-outs and other actions at some of the most  important symbols of the NYU-Wall Street nexus. It will also begin a  campus discussion about how NYU can disassociate itself from the  unethical financial institutions that continue to wield tremendous power  over this community and so many others.

Following  the Campus March at NYU, we will continue on to the Department of  Education (52 Chambers Street) to join with students, teachers, and  community members from across New York City to protest the banks that  profit off student loan debt and the corporatization of education.  As  a citywide movement, we will assemble at Ft. Greene Park in Brooklyn at  4pm to put forward our vision of an educational system for the 99%.

Across  New York, the last few months have seen major protests against tuition  hikes at CUNY, ongoing actions against Mayor Bloomberg’s educational  policy which has resulted in over 100 school closures and only 13  percent of African-American and Latino youth graduating from high school  prepared for college, and the launch of the Occupy Student Debt  campaign to protest soaring education costs and bank profiteering. Now we must say: Our education not for sale!


#M1 CALL TO ACTION: 

 

March 1st, 2012: National Day of Action For Education 
http://www.occupyed.org/ 
 

We  refuse to pay for the crisis created by the 1%. We refuse to accept the  dismantling of our schools and universities, while the banks and  corporations make record profits. We refuse to accept educational  re-segregation, massive tuition increases, outrageous student debt, and  increasing privatization and corporatization. They got bailed out and we got sold out. But through nationally  coordinated mass action we can and will turn back the tide of austerity.We  call on all students, teachers, workers, and parents from all levels of  education —pre-K-12 through higher education in public and private  institutions— and all Occupy assemblies, labor unions, and organizations  of oppressed communities, to mobilize on March 1st, 2012 across the  country to tell those in power: The resources exist for high-quality  education for all. If we make the rich and the corporations pay we can  reverse the budget cuts, tuition hikes, and attacks on job security, and  fully fund public education and social services.This is a call to work together, but it is up to each school and  organization to determine what local and regional actions—such as  strikes, walkouts, occupations, marches, etc.—they will take to say no  to business as usual.We have the momentum, the numbers, and the determination to win.  Education is not for sale. Let’s take back our schools. Let’s make  history.”

rvabeatnik:

NYU: Cut the Bull!

Day of Action for the Right to Education
Thursday, March 1st 


12PM – “NYU: CUT THE BULL” Campus March (Waverly and University-NE Corner Wash Sq Park) 

2pm: Manhattan Convergence @ NYC Dept. of Education (52 Chambers Street)
March over Brooklyn Bridge for university and bank protests in downtown Brooklyn

4pm: Speak Out at the Right to Education Assembly, Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn

 

Website: http://www.occupyed.org/nyc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/107827129341653/ 

For more info, e-mail: nyu4ows@gmail.com

Or visit the NYU4OWS website: http://nyu4ows.tumblr.com/

 

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN US ON MARCH 1ST 

 

“Students, community members, teachers, and parents across the country will be mobilizing on March 1 for walkouts, teach-ins, and marches to say: Education is a Right, Not a Privilege!

Join NYU4OWS and our allies at 12 Noon on Thursday, March 1st as we stand in opposition to tuition hikes, student debt, and corporate governance practices at our university!

 Here at NYU we’ve seen what happens when a university is run by the 1%: we’re one of the national leaders in student debt with an average student debt burden of almost $35,000 per student. We have the second highest tuition in the country (now $56,000 per year!). While the top administrators vote themselves million dollar packages, they bust GSOC-UAW, the graduate employees’ union, and support the lock-out of workers beyond our campus. For example, Daniel Straus, a trustee of the Law School, is currently locking out hundreds of health care workers at nursing homes he owns in Connecticut, demanding workers give up health care and retirement benefits. 

 

NYU also houses the only Chick-Fil-A franchise in New York City, despite the fact that the company has donated millions of dollars to anti-gay and anti-women hate groups like Focus on the Family.

It’s time for these practices to end! NYU students and community members will meet in the Northeast corner of Washington Square Park (University and Waverly) at 12pm on March 1 to begin a Campus March demanding that NYU “Cut the Bull” and get the spirit of Wall Street out of our university.  The March will include speak-outs and other actions at some of the most important symbols of the NYU-Wall Street nexus. It will also begin a campus discussion about how NYU can disassociate itself from the unethical financial institutions that continue to wield tremendous power over this community and so many others.


Following the Campus March at NYU, we will continue on to the Department of Education (52 Chambers Street) to join with students, teachers, and community members from across New York City to protest the banks that profit off student loan debt and the corporatization of education.  As a citywide movement, we will assemble at Ft. Greene Park in Brooklyn at 4pm to put forward our vision of an educational system for the 99%.


Across New York, the last few months have seen major protests against tuition hikes at CUNY, ongoing actions against Mayor Bloomberg’s educational policy which has resulted in over 100 school closures and only 13 percent of African-American and Latino youth graduating from high school prepared for college, and the launch of the Occupy Student Debt campaign to protest soaring education costs and bank profiteering. Now we must say: Our education not for sale!

#M1 CALL TO ACTION: 

 

March 1st, 2012: National Day of Action For Education 

 


We refuse to pay for the crisis created by the 1%. We refuse to accept the dismantling of our schools and universities, while the banks and corporations make record profits. We refuse to accept educational re-segregation, massive tuition increases, outrageous student debt, and increasing privatization and corporatization.
They got bailed out and we got sold out. But through nationally coordinated mass action we can and will turn back the tide of austerity.

We call on all students, teachers, workers, and parents from all levels of education —pre-K-12 through higher education in public and private institutions— and all Occupy assemblies, labor unions, and organizations of oppressed communities, to mobilize on March 1st, 2012 across the country to tell those in power: The resources exist for high-quality education for all. If we make the rich and the corporations pay we can reverse the budget cuts, tuition hikes, and attacks on job security, and fully fund public education and social services.

This is a call to work together, but it is up to each school and organization to determine what local and regional actions—such as strikes, walkouts, occupations, marches, etc.—they will take to say no to business as usual.

We have the momentum, the numbers, and the determination to win. Education is not for sale. Let’s take back our schools. Let’s make history.”

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anarchei:

The Only Campaign Poster That Matters

anarchei:

The Only Campaign Poster That Matters

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