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SD Police Say Tazing 8-Year-Old Native Girl Was Justified, Family Sues

gravediggs:

The Chief of Police justifies the use of a tazer on an 8 year old girl by saying they could have used their guns or batons, essentially. What restraint.

A Tribe Called Red - Woodcarver

This song uses media reports & eyewitness footage to tell the true story of a deaf Native American woodcarver who was shot to death by police in Seattle in 2010, in his workshop, while turned away from them, because he would not comply with their demands to put down his “weapon”, a whittling knife.

It honestly makes me cry every time I hear it, because it’s a powerful reminder of the fear that POC instill in racist police officers (and other non-POC) by simply existing.

12 things white people SHOULD do now because Ferguson

No ice bucket challenges for me. Not until every white person on my timeline shows the same outpouring of sympathy for minorities, who still aren’t extended the same civil rights that WE promised them 50 years ago. It’s not as simple as dumping water on yourself, but here’s how you can start to take some responsibility. The safety & security of anyone we share our neighborhoods with is all of our concern.

humansofnewyork:

"We don’t like pictures like this. It is not good to deduce an entire country to the image of a person reaching out for food. It is not good for people to see us like this, and it is not good for us to see ourselves like this. This gives us no dignity. We don’t want to be shown as a country of people waiting for someone to bring us food. Congo has an incredible amount of farmland. An incredible amount of resources. Yes, we have a lot of problems. But food is not what we are reaching for. We need investment. We need the means to develop ourselves." 

(Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo)

drquinnmedicinewoman:

hiddlesfiddleswithme:

Little girl being pepper sprayed in #ferguson #stopdontshoot #justiceformikebrown

THOSE ARE CHILDREN??? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT FUCKING IDIOT???

This was really terrible when it happened & police 100% can’t be trusted, but to be clear this photo is from a couple of years ago. It was from a protest in Rio in 2011, & has nothing to do with the Ferguson protests. Source

Don’t be fooled - the situation in Ferguson looks way worse than this right now. They’re skipping little handheld cans of pepper spray & launching bottles of tear gas that aren’t even allowed in combat into families yards with no warning, as much as two hours before the announced citywide curfews. They’re firing LRADs (sound grenades) at over 170 decibles into residential neighborhoods (permanent hearing loss can occur in adults at 150db). People are being hit by cars as they try to run from the fogs of tear gas & rubber bullets. Children are being injured.

Amnesty International has deployed a delegation of monitors within our own country for the first time in history to observe the human rights violations firsthand.

So many things are happening very quickly there. Please be careful to check date stamps on photos & info as you repost.

brooklynboobala:

ras-al-ghul-is-dead:

A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."

(Laughs.)

There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

Wow.

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