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Hong Kong’s arrested pro-democracy activists face long wait for judgement
"Say Brother" began in 1968 during the height of the civil rights movement as a response to the demand for public television programs reflecting the concerns of communities of color.
Now known as "Basic Black," over 80 historical episodes are available to watch online featuring African-American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, and writers.
Explore the collection: https://americanarchive.org/special_collections/say-brother
High Bar For Hospitalizing Mentally Ill Portlanders Without Consent Leaves Those In Great Need On The Street
“L.B., who is 60 and unhoused, is unlikely to make it through the winter. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, L.B. often experiences paranoia and delusions that frighten her and make her aggressive toward the outside world. She does not use drugs or alcohol. She is often soaked in her own urine and feces and has been physically assaulted on multiple occasions. A person can be forced into care if they pose harm to themselves or others or are unable to provide for basic personal needs. But five times over the past year, Multnomah County’s state-certified civil commitment investigators, all with master’s degrees in behavioral health, said she did not meet the criteria. L.B.’s story highlights aspects of Oregon’s mental health system that can endanger lives, particularly local officials’ interpretations of the state’s civil commitment law.”
By Celina Tebor, CNN
2 minute read
Updated 12:53 PM EST, Sun November 26, 2023
"Three college students from the Palestinian territories were shot in #BurlingtonVermont, on Saturday evening, according to their former school in the occupied West Bank.
"Burlington Police Chief Jon Murad said in a news release that officers responded to a call and found two shooting victims, with the third a short distance away, all close to the #UniversityOfVermont campus.
"The victims were transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center, the news release said.
"The shooter or shooters have not been identified or apprehended, Murad said, and the police department is 'at the earliest stages of investigating this crime.'
"The three students had graduated from Ramallah Friends School, a #Quaker-run private nonprofit school in Ramallah, according to the school.
"The school identified the students in a Facebook post as Hisham Awartani, Kinnan Abdelhamid and Tahseen Ahmed.
"According to Ramallah Friends School, all three are students at American colleges. Haverford College in Pennsylvania confirmed in a statement that Abdelhamid, a junior at the college, is recovering from gunshot wounds at a hospital.
"Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Kingdom, posted on X about the incident, naming the students and identifying them as 'three young Palestinian men.'
"'The #HateCrimes against Palestinians must stop. Palestinians everywhere need protection,' Zomlot wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
"Burlington police did not specify the ethnicity of the three and whether they were targeted for that reason.
"The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee said in a news release that they 'have reason to believe this shooting occurred because the victims are Arab.' The #CivilRights organization added that two of the students are still in intensive care and one has 'very critical and serious injuries.'
"The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced it was offering a $10,000 reward for 'information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator or perpetrators' of the shooting.
"The shooting comes amid heightened tensions and hate crimes in the US in the weeks since October 7, when Hamas launched a deadly attack in Israel and Israel responded with devastating airstrikes across Gaza. In October, a 6-year-old Palestinian American boy was stabbed to death by his family’s landlord in a case authorities are calling a hate crime.
"CNN has reached out to the University of Vermont, the University of Vermont Medical Center, the students’ universities, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and Gov. Phil Scott for comment.
"This is a developing story and will be updated."
I recently read a toot about the burden of being a caregiver for a person with Alzheimer’s disease and can sympathize with their perspectives since I was once a caregiver for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. My brother and I moved our parents into a retirement community when the symptoms of my father’s Alzheimer’s disease became too much for my mother to handle. My father had recently struck my sister-in-law. My mother lived in the assisted living part of the facility and my father moved into a memory care unit. My mother visited my dad almost daily. My brother and I visited him most weekends and took him out bowling or golfing. It was tiring and stressful—as working parents, my wife and I had two young children to drag along for those visits that occupied one day of most weekends. Yes, being a caregiver for a parent with Alzheimer’s was stressful for the 5-6 years the disease lasted until his death.
When we moved our father into the Alzheimer’s unit, he was too mentally incompetent to consent. My brother walked him through signing his name onto an admission form, letter by letter. Notably, no disability rights attorney or judge was there to object, to defend his civil rights. No disability rights advocates argued he would be better off homeless or imprisoned. I suspect this is how things work for most families that make the difficult choice to move an aging parent into such a place. My reason for bring up the absence of such bureaucratic impediments will be clearer a bit later in this thread.
My father lived in that memory care unit for the last 5 years of his life and my family was fortunate that he recognized us until about the last six weeks. On some days, he delusionally believed that he was back living in his childhood home with brothers and sister. On other days he was more in touch with reality. He probably would not have chosen to live the last years of his life in such a place. But he quickly got accustomed to it. When we returned from our bowling or golf outings with him, he willingly returned to his new home and waved goodbye with a smile on his face.
Embracing the considerable societal, scientific, and civil liberties advancements over the past two centuries is essential for ensuring that America's constitutional framework continues to be relevant and effective.
Additionally, there are concerns that originalism’s selective emphasis on history can be leveraged to support partisan agendas, potentially leading to increased politicization within the judiciary and undermining its role in impartial law interpretation.
Ultimately, finding a balance between respecting the Constitution's historical context and adapting to modern challenges is crucial.
The healthcare system’s capability to evolve and respond to society’s changing needs is crucial.
Moreover, the inflexibility of originalism appears to contradict the Constitution’s role as a dynamic, adaptable guide meant to accommodate extensive and unforeseen societal changes, including advancements in rights and medical sciences.
Similarly, in healthcare, originalism's strict adherence to historical viewpoints stands in stark contrast to the rapid advancements in medical technology and bioethics. Applying 18th-century medical ethics to modern phenomena such as AI diagnostics, gene therapy, or assisted dying could impede progress and affect patient care.
Originalism often finds itself at odds with current understandings of reproductive rights, bodily integrity, and gender identity, struggling to align with contemporary civil rights that value personal freedom and identity fluidity.
This task becomes even more challenging when historical texts are interpreted through the prism of modern ideologies, leading to clashes with current ethical standards.
In the realm of personal rights, a rigid application of originalism could potentially undo significant advancements that are fundamental to individual identity and autonomy.
However, critics highlight its potential to hinder societal progress, particularly in areas of personal freedoms and advanced healthcare, which were beyond the founders' foresight.
Originalism's goal is to uphold the Constitution as originally understood by its framers. Yet, the founders themselves harbored a range of perspectives, making the derivation of a singular, unified intent complex.
The role of originalism in interpreting the Constitution continues to be a subject of intense debate within legal communities. Advocates of originalism commend its adherence to the founders' original visions, asserting its importance in maintaining historical fidelity.
@joey delves into the brutality of the Hamas-Israel conflict in the Activism and Civil Rights Community. As the founder of 'The Fire these Times', a podcast that uplifts internationalist dialogues on human rights, he explores and examines current affairs.
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Move On Up (extended version) w #bongosolo
Hush now child
And don't you cry
Your folks might understand you
By and by
Just move on up
Towards your destination
Though you may find, from time to time
Bite your lip
And take a trip
Though there may be wet road ahead
And you cannot slip
Just move on up
For peace you will find
Into the steeple of beautiful people
Where there's only one kind
#CivilRights 2023 at the ACLU: Our Year in Stories | #ACLU
Listening to the news of president Kennedy's assassination, St. Helena Island, South Carolina. This was at Frogmore Center, a Southern Christian Leadership Conference retreat used by civil-rights activists.
Photos copyright (c) Estate of Robert Newman
Christian Nationalists (XinNers?) have used the separation of church and state to carve out spaces where they can ignore certain laws intended to support the social contract of tolerance. They've also carved out space for them to force their religious teachings on people while representing the government.
What are some examples of churches and religious organizations using those same carve outs to support equality and to lift up the oppressed?
Adam Serwer writing in *The Atlantic* on the recent 8th circuit appeals decision gutting the Voting Right Act. The decision prevents citizens and groups from filing lawsuits seeking relief under the act, limiting it to the Justice Department. A government action. Which, as Sewer notes, is at odds with the intent of congress and longstanding application.
grant program, available immediately, will be overseen by EPA's Office of #EnvironmentalJustice and External #CivilRights…The grants are aimed at nonprofits and other locally-based groups that will partner with cities, states, tribes or colleges and unis to boost #climateresiliency and adaptation; mitigate urban #heatislands and #wildfires; monitor air and water #pollution; reduce indoor air toxics; and boost zero-emissions transportation such as bikes and #EV.
Judge declares #mistrial in #BreonnaTaylor civil rights case trial after jury deadlocks, unable to reach a conclusion on two federal civil rights charges against #BrettHankinson for shooting through a sliding glass door into which he could not see, as well as into a neighbor's apartment.
Kansas School Forced a Native American Child to Cut His Hair
An 8-year-old Native American boy who had grown out his hair to honor his ancestry was made to get a haircut after being threatened with suspension from school, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas said.
In a letter sent on Friday, the A.C.L.U called on the Girard Unified School Dist
#CivilRights #Kansas #NativeAmericans
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The #EighthCircuit appeals court on Mon drastically weakened the #VotingRightsAct, ruling only the #federal govt could bring a #legal challenge under §2 of the #VRA, effectively barring private citizens & #CivilRights groups from filing #lawsuits, a crucial part of the #law that prohibits #election or #voting practices that #discriminate against #Americans based on #race.
The #SupremeCourt on Mon declined to hear fmr MN police officer Derek Chauvin’s appeal of his conviction for the 2020 murder of George Floyd.
Chauvin’s atty argued that #Chauvin was denied a fair trial in 2021 after the MN trial court rejected his request for a change of venue & to sequester the jury.
The 8th Circuit Court of appeals has 11 judges. Five were appointed by George W, Four appointed by Trump, one by Daddy Bush and one by Obama.
This! This is why we're losing our rights. The conservatives have beat the Dems in appointing federal judges. And they have beat Dems at the local level, specifically school boards which dictate what children do and do not learn.
**APPEALS COURT BLOCKS CITIZENS FROM FILING LAWSUITS UNDER VOTING RIGHTS ACT**
For decades, private citizens and groups have been able to file claims under the #VotingRightsAct to seek redress for racial #gerrymandering and other rules violations. In Feb 2022, a Trump appointed judge reversed that, ruling only the Justice Department can file such claims. Now, a three judge panel on appeal upheld that lower court ruling. #law #votingrights #civilrights #USpol #politics
«A federal appeals court issued ruling Mon that could gut the #VotingRightsAct, saying only the federal gov — not private citizens or #CivilRights groups — is allowed 2 sue under a crucial section of the landmark civil rights law
The decision out of the 8th Circuit will almost certainly be appealed 2 the #SupremeCourt. But should it stand, it would mark a dramatic rollback of the enforcement of the law that led to increased
#MinorityRepresentation in American #politics»
From The Intellectualist at the hellsite, here's Senator Mike Braun [R-IN] saying he's open to SCOTUS changing settled law and depriving people of equal protection in** mixed racial marriages.**
Thus allowing states to reimplement old miscegenation laws, or banning so-called mixed ethnic marriages, requiring SCOTUS overturn *Loving v Virginia* in 1967.
These are confederate radicals.
Bette Davis greeting troops during WW2. Davis was a huge proponent of civil rights.
Davis supported a program called “Stage Door Canteen” where servicemen could be entertained by the stars. She ensured this program was fully integrated, and that soldiers of all races and backgrounds could spend time with Hollywood starlets.
Unpacking Rhetoric of the '#FreedomConvoy'
"After weeks of protests, the trucker convoy has dispersed from Ottawa streets, but the conflict sure has not. From terms like "freedom" and "oppression" to the violation of constitutional rights, we dive into the tropes used among the Ottawa protesters and the anti-vax movement. How does the rhetoric affect people's understanding of civil disobedience?"
In the new book Voting in Indian Country, Jean Reith Schroedel weaves together historical and contemporary voting rights conflicts as the election nears
by Nina Lakhani in New York
Fri 16 Oct 2020
"#VoterSuppression has taken centre stage in the race to elect potentially the 46th president of the United States. But we’ve heard little about the 5.2 million #Native Americans whose ancestors have called this land home before there was a US president.
"The rights of indigenous communities – including the right to vote – have been systematically violated for generations with devastating consequences for access to #CleaAir and #water, #health, #education, economic opportunities, #housing and #sovereignty. Voter turnout for Native Americans and Alaskan Natives is the lowest in the country, and about one in three eligible voters (1.2 million people) are not registered to vote, according to the National Congress of American Indians.
"In a new book, Voting in Indian County: The View from the Trenches, Jean Reith Schroedel, professor emerita of political science at Claremont Graduate University, weaves together historical and contemporary voting rights conflicts.
"Is the right to vote struggle for Native Americans distinct from the wider struggle faced by marginalized groups in the US?
"One thing few Americans understand is that American Indians and #NativeAlaskans were the last group in the #UnitedStates to get #citizenship and to get the #vote. Even after the civil war and the Reconstruction (13th, 14th and 15th) amendments there was a supreme court decision that said #IndigenousPeople could never become US citizens, and some laws used to disenfranchise them were still in place in 1975. In fact first-generation violations used to deny – not just dilute voting rights – were in place for much longer for Native Americans than any other group. It’s impossible to understand contemporary voter suppression in Indian Country without understanding this historical context.
"The motivation for the VRA was the egregious treatment of #black people in the south, and for the first 10 years there was a question over whether it even applied to #AmericanIndian and Native Alaskan populations. It wasn’t really discussed until a #CivilRights commission report in 1975 which included cases from #SouthDakota and #Arizona that showed equally egregious #discrimination and absolute denial of right to vote towards Native Americans – and also #Latinos.
"When voter suppression is discussed by politicians, advocates and journalists, it’s mostly about African American voters, and to a lesser degree Latinos. Why are Native Americans still excluded from the conversation?
"Firstly they are a small population and secondly most of the most egregious abuses routinely occur in rural isolated parts of #IndianCountry where there is little media focus. But it’s happening – take Jackson county in South Dakota, a state where the governor has done little to protect people from #Covid. The county council has just decided to close the legally mandated early voting centre on the #PineRidgeReservation, citing concerns about Covid, but not in the voting site in #Kadoka, where the white people go. Regardless of the intent, this will absolutely have a detrimental effect on Native people’s ability to vote. And South Dakota, like many other states, is also a very hard place for Native people to vote by mail. In the primary, the number of people who registered to #VoteByMail increased by 1,000% overall but there was no increase among reservation communities. In #Oglala county, which includes the eastern part of Pine Ridge, turnout was about 10%.
"The right to vote by mail is a hot political and civil rights issue in the 2020 election – could it help increase turnout in Indian Country?
"No, voting by mail is very challenging for Native Americans for multiple reasons. First and foremost, most reservations do not have home mail delivery. Instead, people need to travel to post offices or postal provide sites – little places that offer minimal mail services and are located in places like gas stations and mini-marts. Take the Navajo Nation that encompasses 27,425 square miles – it’s larger than West Virginia, yet there are only 40 places where people can send and receive mail. In West Virginia, there are 725. Not a single PO box on the Navajo Nation has 24-hour access."
Looking for some weekend plans? Dive into the inspiring life of Bayard Rustin, a gay civil rights activist who organized the 1963 March on Washington.
Check out "Rustin" on Netflix, and for a more personal insight into this civil rights icon, don't miss this interview where Rustin discusses his life's work in activism: https://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_151-rr1pg1jj76
A 2022 ProPublica investigation about RealPage’s rent-setting software led to federal lawsuits asserting inflated #apartment prices.
Murfreesboro, Tennessee has just banned public displays of homosexuality, in a clear attack on the 2003 SCOTUS decision Lawrence v Texas preventing such laws on equal protection grounds. Good guess this is for a test case to effect a reversal.
“We thought that if we could stop the Black folks from shopping in downtown Birmingham, that would make Bull Conner understand that we were not going to keep spending money downtown where we couldn’t work,” Dukes said in a video interview with the University of Alabama in 2018.
“We had the business department students to do research, and they found out that all the stores in downtown Birmingham operated on a 12 percent profit margin and that if we could cut the profit margin down, they would listen to us and do something about eliminating segregation and discrimination.”
she joined the NAACP when she was 13 &, when she made her money, jean gave it to organisations that were fighting for equality. the FBI (more specifically, j edgar hoover) tried to ruin her because she supported civil rights, indigenous peoples & the black panther party. they planted vicious stories in newspapers & sought to slander her.
#jeanSeberg #jEdgarHoover #FBI #NAACP #illustration #art #cinema #civilRights #nouvelleVague
In #Mississippi last Tuesday some polling places ran out of ballots and voters had to wait for them to be replenished on the day the state was deciding its most competitive governor’s race in a generation.
It’s unclear how many people left without #voting, and activists and local leaders say election officials’ failure is shocking, especially in a state where #civilrights leaders were beaten or killed in the 1960s and earlier to secure voting rights for Black residents.
Turkey’s ‘Saturday mothers’ allowed to hold vigil for first time since 2018
And personally it only radicalizes me into demanding not just the reinstation of all rights that got axed but also demand interest on top in retaliation...
@RollingStone The party, that refuses to accept majority rule demands to be disqualified from holding public office.
#RuleOfLaw #AccountabilityMatters #JusticeMatters #DefendDemocracy #DefendTheConstitution #DefendTheUnion #TakeGOPOffTheBallots #Insurrection #Rebellion #14thAmendmentSection2 #14thAmendmentSection3 #YourVoiceMatters #YouMatter #RaiseYourVoice #UnitedInDiversity #StrongerTogether #AbortionRights #WomensRights #CivilRights #HumanRights
Director George C. Wolfe's "Rustin" finally tells the full story of the Black, gay socialist behind the 1963 March on Washington (fun fact: I went to college with Wolfe, though I didn't know him that well). #CivilRights #History Via @TheProgressive https://progressive.org/latest/rustin-full-story-march-on-washington-rampell-20231109/
Bayard Rustin, whose role in organizing the march on Washington was sidelined, is finally given his due in George C. Wolfe’s latest film 'Rustin'
#marchonwashington #civilrights #mlk #blackhistory
"... beginning in at least 2014 infotainment systems in the company’s vehicles began downloading and storing a copy of all text messages on smartphones when they were connected to the system...
Once messages are downloaded, Berla’s software makes it impossible for vehicle owners to access their communications and call logs but does provide law enforcement with access"
"Most surprising among these findings is that the evidence of direct racial #discrimination is stronger for a later period of zoning restrictions—during the Big Downzone of the late 1960s and early 1970s—than it is for the first wave of zoning adoption during the 1920s and 1930s. The Big Downzone was a period of rapid suburban downzoning that occurred in the face of school #integration efforts in #Boston, growing racial and ethnic #diversity, and broader #CivilRights organizing nationwide"
"[Martin Luther] King was pro-Israel and pro-Zionist, recognizing much anti-Zionist rhetoric as anti-Semitic. Christian Europe traditionally viewed Jews as the ultimate villains; now, he understood, anti-Zionism cast Israel, the collective Jew, as the modern world’s ultimate villain. Moreover, King and his allies feared this sloppy analogizing—comparing Israel to South Africa or the segregationist South—as threatening the purity of their struggle against what one activist called 'real racism.' … Many civil rights activists resented the Soviets and Arabs hijacking their language. Bayard Rustin described the 'incalculable damage' done to the fight against racism, when the word becomes a political weapon rather than a moral standard."
John Oliver Applauds Satanic Group Offering Abortion Access https://www.thewrap.com/john-oliver-satanic-group-abortion-access-samuel-alito-mom-joke/ #uspol #civilrights I applaud them too! Not a fan of Oliver who attacked Hillary in 2016, making this all possible.
@marcelias The Rule of YOU, the People is to be defended in court.
Support @marcelias & his excellent team in their legal battle for voting rights & against electoral fraud!
#RuleOfLaw #AccountabilityMatters #JusticeMatters #DefendDemocracy #DefendTheConstitution #ReconstructionAmendments #DefendTheUnion #YourVoiceMatters #YouMatter #RaiseYourVoice #EliasLawGroup #MarcElias #Democracy #VotingRights #CivilRights #HumanRights
As the #battle over teaching #Black #history unfolds in #schools across the nation, a #film premiering in theaters Friday highlights one of its most #controversial #aspects: the #intersection of #AfricanAmerican and #queer #studies.
#Women #Transgender #LGBTQ #LGBTQIA #History #Entertainment #Movies #Representation #Culture #BlackMastodon
"Equally important, however, his ascension reflects the strength of white evangelical voters’ influence in the House Republican caucus, voters who are determined to use the power of government to roll back the civil rights, women’s rights and sexual revolutions."
"Mike Johnson is the first person to become speaker of the House who can be fairly described as a Christian nationalist, a major development in American history in and of itself."
~ Thomas B. Edsall
@marcelias "Republicans" brazenly want to sow public distrust towards the electoral system & process they themselves are rigging (per voter suppression & -intimidation, gerrymandering & disenfranchisement & other instruments of fraud).
#RuleOfLaw #DefendDemocracy #DefendTheConstitution #ReconstructionAmendments #DefendTheUnion #VotingRights #CivilRights #HumanRights #BanTheGOP #TakeGOPOffTheBallots #ElectoralFraud #Vigilantism #Terrorism
Today in Labor History October 26, 1892: Ida B. Wells published “Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases,” which led to threats against her life, and the burning down of her newspaper’s headquarters in Memphis. Wells, who was born into slavery, was a journalist, educator, feminist, and early Civil Rights leader who helped found the NAACP.
Secrecy Shields Powerful Adults in Our Juvenile Justice Systems. #Kids Showed Me What’s Really Happening.
@marcelias The Confederate "GOP's" infamous & insurrectionary attacks against the Reconstruction Amendments, voting rights & the Rule of Law have been looked at with blind eyes for far too long, out of self-deceiving respect for an illusion of a "Lincoln-party" that is no longer Lincoln's, but that of his former adversaries.
Confederates never had a "Grand Ole Party".
Inhumanity has no grandness.
Corruption has no grandness.
Treason has no grandness.
@RollingStone Notorious "Republican Attorneys General Association", which notorious Paxton is a member of, appears to also be the "GOP's" morality police, as despotically aggressive as its Iranian counterpart.
#RuleOfLaw #AbortionRights #WomensRights #HumanRights #CivilRights #Privacy #SelfDetermination #14thAmendment #ReconstructionAmendments #DobbsTrash #RAGA #Paxton #Insurrection #Rebellion #Overthrow #Confedereds #ProsecuteALLRebels #DisqualifyALLRebels
India’s top court declined to legally recognize same-sex unions in a landmark ruling that also emphasized the rights of the LGBTQ community to be free of prejudice and discrimination.
CNN reports the court suggested India's parliament should consider the issue: https://flip.it/tPpZgA
on the title track, a drum instrumental, you can hear the rumbling of the coaches that carried its eponymous civil rights subjects. the tight rolls evoke the racial tension. hard snares feel like stones hurled by bigots at those who are fighting for equality. it is an utter magnificence...a tour de force.
#jazzMessengers #artBlakey #illustration #jazz #civilRights #drummer #music #art
first of two phenomenal women for #inktober the sixth is fannie lou hamer.
this is a pretty extensive thread, but she's so worth the time.
this rad femme isn’t remotely as notorious as she should be. fannie lou hamer was born #otd in 1917, the child of mississippi sharecroppers - &, if you genuinely believe in democracy, you wanna’ check your commitment against that of fannie lou’s.
#fannieLouHamer #illustration #activist #civilRights #mississippi #blackMastodon
💛 ““Lessons from Black Teachers of the Civil Rights Era””
Black teachers were consistently remembered by their former students and colleagues for their high expectations for student success, for their dedication, and for their demanding teaching style.