Accomplices Not Allies

This is a great list of some of the issues surrounding the ally industrial complex and claiming ally as an identity. Ally is a VERB. You must be allying, in action, and in ways that are called for my the community you are seeking to ‘help’.

Full list HERE

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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

Feminisms Ugly Internal Clash; Why It’s Not Up To White Women

“White women’s feminisms still center around equality, a point on which Traister and Shulevitz converge. Black women’s feminisms demand justice. There is a difference.  One kind of feminism focuses on the policies that will help women integrate fully into the existing American system. The other recognizes the fundamental flaws in the system and seeks its complete and total transformation.”

Great piece by Brittney Cooper, check it out in full HERE

Columbia Student Will Carry Her Mattress Until Her Rapist Exits School

Good for you girl! On behalf of all those who can’t 👏👏

“Columbia University senior Emma Sulkowicz has taken her experience attending college with her rapist and turned it into her senior thesis project. “It’s endurance performance art piece,” Sulkowicz told the Columbia Daily Spectator about the endeavor, for which she will carry her mattress around to every one of her classes until her rapist is either expelled or chooses to leave the school.”

Here

Teens Create Accountability App After Police Killing of Mike Brown

Three teens (brother and two sisters) have created an app called ‘Five-O’ in the hopes of seeing more transparency in law enforcement. Great idea! Ima (16), Asha (15) and Caleb (14) Christian are my heels for taking action!

“We’d like to know which regions in the U.S. provide horrible law enforcement services as well as highlight the agencies that are highly rated by their citizens,” Ima Christian explained. “In addition to putting more power into the hands of citizens when interacting with law enforcement, we believe that highly rated police departments should be used as models for those that fail at providing quality law enforcement services.”

Watch their full interview HERE

Research Finds Number of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada is Higher Than Previously Thought

“The number of missing and murdered women in Canada may be much higher than previously believed, new research shows, giving hope to families seeking answers about their loved ones the new figures will spark fresh action from the RCMP….research has resulted in a database of missing or dead Canadian women, 824 of whom are identified as aboriginal.”

We’ve been saying all along…

Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women, toping 800…