CHRISTIE BOWS TO IOWA’S PORK KINGS ON GESTATION CRATES

With 93% of the citizens of New Jersey supported the ban, so what exactly is your job Mr.Christie?

“He added: “Gov. Christie has proved himself an outlier on the issue of farm animal torture… This shameful veto shows cynical political calculation from the governor and an obvious submission to Iowa factory farmers, rather than leadership and humanity.”

Full story HERE

I Wasn’t a ‘Credible Witness’ To My Own Rape

TW: sexual assault, victim grooming, child molestation

One woman’s experience of coming forward.

“Shit like that probably isn’t an accident. A serial rapist isn’t going to target an upstanding citizen, somebody difficult to manipulate. Like a lion targeting a lagging gazelle, a serial rapist grooms its prey and selects someone who isn’t going to be credible. They go for the person you would want to second-guess.

Serial attackers often choose people who they think people won’t care about or believe, people with drug problems or those who may seem a bit crazy.”

I recommend checking out the entire piece HERE

Update From Today’s ‘Safe Space Now’ Action; 5 Women Arrested

This is happening RIGHT NOW in Toronto. OCAP is working tirelessly for the basic human rights of shelter and safety for some of the most marginalized groups of the homeless population – Women and trans folk in our city. WE ARE LITERALLY DYING! It is long past time for the city of Toronto to live up to it’s promises

“Indeed, earlier this year, OCAP and its allies pressed the City to open a
24 hour safe space drop-in. After a campaign of community mobilization, the
City relented and acknowledged the obvious need that such a space would
meet, promising that a women and trans folk’s space would open before the
start of the winter. But after endless committee meetings and other
stalling tactics, it seems that the City has forgotten its promise. OCAP
staged an action today, November 25, which is also the UN Day for the
Elimination of Violence Against Women, to highlight the City’s lack of
movement on this crucial issue.”

Read the full update on OCAP’s website HERE

The Rarity Of a Federal Grand Jury Not Indicting, Visualized

Via the phenomenal Kim Katrin Milan;

“A data point from FiveThirtyEight’s coverage of Monday night’s events in Ferguson is worth pulling out. “U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010,” the site’s Ben Casselman writes, “the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.”

That data is from a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and covers October 1, 2009, to September 30, 2010. Over that time period, over 193,000 federal offenses were investigated, about 16 percent of which were declined for prosecution. That leaves just over 162,300 offenses that the government tried to prosecute. And the grand jury decided against doing so 11 times, finding no true bill or a lack of evidence to do so.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/…/the-rarity-of-a-federal-g…/…

This is INCREDIBLY important. I’ve noticed a lot of people seem to misunderstand. The non-indictment was not about a conviction or a guilty/innocent sentence for Darren Wilson. This was about whether or not there was enough evidence to take him to trial in the first place. Had he been put on trial, the odds of him being convicted would have been even lower.

Notice how incredibly rare it is to not grant a case the bare minimum of a trial. Especially in the face of conflicting testimonies and overwhelming evidence that there is more to the story, it’s outrageous (racist) that the Grand Jury would come to such a rare conclusion.

There are a few more routes to justice at this point, although their effectiveness is debatable:

-The Justice Department can press federal charges (they’re being urged by the National Bar Association to do so)
-The Justice Department can bring charges against Ferguson PD
-The Brown family can bring a civil suit against Darren Wilson

(It’s worth noting that many civil rights era cases needed to go to the federal government before anything got done.)”

FIND THE LINK HERE

7 Things You Should Know About 17-Year-Old Lennon Lacy’s Mysterious Hanging Death

“The image of a black boy hanging from a rope is in the souls of all of us,” he told them. “It is in the DNA of America. In 2014, our greatest prayer is that this was not a lynching.”

Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a swingset near his home in Bladenboro, N.C. His family have a number of very important questions for law enforcement. I cannot believe how horribly this young man’s death has been handled.

Details of the family’s concerns are HERE

How To Deal With Friends’ Racist Reactions To Ferguson

“Call me intolerant, but my view is that, if someone’s reaction to an unarmed black teenager being killed is to announce that he probably deserved it, that person is not someone I’m interested in being associated with, and I won’t miss him or her a bit after I hit “block.” There are too many compassionate and smart people in the world for me to waste even a fraction of my social media scrolling time on interactions with people who are either racist or unintelligent and insensitive enough to appear so.”

This is so on point. Full piece HERE

12 Things White People Can Do Now (Ferguson)

“I am challenging white people to consider carefully whether failing to speak out or act because of those fears is justified when white silence and inaction mean the oppression and death of black people.”

Not the best language in terms of ally as an identity, but otherwise some very good points.