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Put Those Police Cameras on Bankers
These demonstrations, largely by young and remarkably multi-racial crowds, are not the first. They were preceded by Occupy Wall Street, indicting the 1 percent and spreading to hundreds of cities. They were foreshadowed by the dreamers, children demanding the right to come out of the shadows of the undocumented.
They were accompanied by record numbers of workers in low wage jobs at fast food restaurants and the Dollar Stores walking off their jobs in some 190 cities.
They were complemented by women demanding gender equality, particularly at the workplace where discrimination and sexism are still rife.
The streams of alienation and disparities are converging into a river. Injustices in this new age are not only inflammable, they are increasingly inflamed.
The official reaction to police immunity for the killing of unarmed black boys and men Ferguson and Staten Island and Cleveland and Brooklyn has focused, not surprisingly, on the police. The president has created a Task Force on 21st Century Policy, with instructions to report in 90 days. He’s committed millions to put cameras on police.
But he might be better advised to put cameras on bankers. Reckless, unaccountable and murderous police behavior must end, but the police are simply the gatekeepers assigned to keep order.
Behind the gate is the American policy of isolating poor people of color in ghettos, ghettos deprived of jobs, of capital, of decent health care, of affordable housing, of good schools.
Police are assigned to patrol these zones of despair, part of the only thriving industry in these neighborhoods — the jail-industrial complex of more police, police stations, courthouses, bondsmen, jailors, judges, lawyers and prosecutors, court recorders and guards and much more. In this pressure cooker, all of us are vulnerable — none of us are safe until all of us are safe.
In the Civil Rights Movement, the Bull Connors were the violent enforcers. But they were not the issue: The issue was legal segregation that deprived African Americans of their rights and locked them into second-class citizenship.
Today, the police killing of unarmed Blacks is unacceptable and reaching crisis proportions. But the issue is a national policy that abandons poor people of color in their ghettos. If we put cameras on the police, we may get better policing and less injustice (although Eric Garner’s killing was on camera). But what we need is an urban development policy that attacks segregation by race, rebuilds poor neighborhoods, invests in the health and education of poor infants and children, erects affordable housing, offers training for and transport to jobs that exist.
The demonstrations are about justice for Michael Brown and Eric Garner and others that can be and will be added to the list. But they aren’t just about those killings. They are about a national ghetto policy, a national worker impoverishment policy, a national inequality policy.
The slogan “No justice, no peace,” reverberates throughout the country. And the demonstrations are growing and spreading. Different streams of protest are coming together. Occupy Wall Street exposed the 1 percent. The strikes of low wage workers expose the global corporations. The “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” demonstrations expose the harsh injustices of the jail-industrial complex.
Dr. Martin Luther King taught us: “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politics, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.” Today, across America, more and more Americans are standing up for what is right.
Jesse Jackson is the founder of Rainbow/PUSH.
The statement is made by Thadeus Greenson in his Sunday, May 31, 2009 Times-Standard newspaper article: “Photographer to stand trial in homeless case” that “When Officer Marsolan saw him cross the street and move closer to the officers, endangering them, Officer Dickson assisted in taking VonZabern into custody.” How is taking pictures of these police officers constitute the crime of “obstructing an officer”? How does someone with a camera interfere with what the police are doing?
I did some research on photographing the police and found this telling bit of information on Flex Your Rights :: Protect Your Constitutional Rights During Police Encounters that explains our questions:
Videotaping or photographing police in public places is usually legal, so long as you don’t interfere with their activities. Nonetheless, doing so will often get you arrested.
Police don’t like to be watched or documented in any way, so they’ll sometimes bend the rules to stop you. We’ve heard many stories about people who got arrested for taping police, and the charges are usually dropped. If you’re taping or photographing police, make sure you don’t interfere, because “obstruction” is the most likely charge, and you’ll want to be able to defend against it.
Despite the risk of arrest, we don’t discourage the taping and photographing of police. Video evidence is uniquely effective in exposing police misconduct. If you acquire video or photographic evidence that warrants an official investigation, create and secure copies of the evidence, then forward it to local police monitoring groups such as civilian review boards, ACLU, and NAACP chapters. You should also obtain legal representation for yourself in case the police department retaliates against you.
The complete Times-Standard article:
In the last 100 years there have been several significant non-scientific, non-humanitarian, ultimately evil attempts by certain egocentric groups to control life and death according to the beliefs of these groups, often supported by the government!
“Eugenics was practiced around the world and was promoted by governments, and influential individuals and institutions. Its advocates regarded it as a social philosophy for the improvement of human hereditary traits through the promotion of higher reproduction of certain people and traits, and the reduction of reproduction of certain people and traits. Today some regard it as a brutal movement which inflicted massive human rights violations on millions of people. The “interventions” advocated and practiced by eugenicists involved prominently the identification and classification of individuals and their families, including the poor, mentally ill, blind, ‘promiscuous women’, homosexuals and entire “racial” groups–such as the Roma and Jews–as “degenerate” or “unfit”; the segregation or institutionalization of such individuals and groups, their sterilization, their “euthanasia”, and in the worst case of Nazi Germany, their mass extermination. The practices engaged in by eugenicists involving violations of privacy, attacks on reputation, violations of the right to life, to found a family, to discrimination are all today classified as violations of human rights.
The modern field and term were first formulated by Sir Francis Galton in 1883, drawing on the recent work of his cousin Charles Darwin. From its inception eugenics was supported by prominent people, including Margaret Sanger, Marie Stopes, H. G. Wells, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Emile Zola, George Bernard Shaw, John Maynard Keynes, William Keith Kellogg, Winston Churchill, Linus Pauling and Sidney Webb. Its most infamous proponent and practitioner was however Adolf Hitler”
THE ABOVE WAS TAKEN FROM Wikipedia, with some spellings corrected!
TUSKEEGE SYPHILLIS EXPERIMENT
“For forty years between 1932 and 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) conducted an experiment on 399 black men in the late stages of syphilis. These men, for the most part illiterate sharecroppers from one of the poorest counties in Alabama, were never told what disease they were suffering from or of its seriousness. Informed that they were being treated for “bad blood,” their doctors had no intention of curing them of syphilis at all.
“The United States government did something that was wrong-deeply, profoundly, morally wrong. It was an outrage to our commitment to integrity and equality for all our citizens. . . . clearly racist.”
-President Clinton’s apology for the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment to the eight remaining survivors, May 16, 1997.
“Scheflin and Opton in The Mind Manipulators state that 100,000 people received lobotomies between 1946-1955, with half of the operations occurring in the U.S.
The lobotomy victim’s “sacrifice” was substantial. Psychiatrists Franz Alexander and Sheldon Selesnick noted that through psychosurgery:
“an area essential to the human being – his personality – is forever destroyed”.
“Psychiatry’s only and entire approach has been the application of force to a human being, whether this force be physical (involuntary commitment, straight jackets, restraints, abuse, torture, brain surgery), electrical (ECT, shock treatments), or biochemical (drugs). The aim is always to alter behavior, forcibly, with no appeal to the person themselves – their mind, thoughts, feelings, hopes, dreams, goals, intentions, responsibility or desires are ignored and even largely denied by modern psychiatric theories and methods.”
With the assistance of schools psychiatrists and physicians are insisting that a remarkably high percentage of young children be placed on drugs that alter their brain and personality, sometimes for life.
Huge numbers of Americans are bulldozed by arrogant physicians into taking statin drugs, threatened often with tales of doom. I have seen scores of individuals who have developed severe peripheral neuropathy (their physicians refused to admit that it could be due to statins), muscle pain and weakness and memory loss. There are many safe alternatives to controlling cholesterol problems but the overwhelming percentage of physicians criticize and intimidate patients who do not wish to take statins.
Patients with cancer are urged to have chemotherapy and given stern warnings of death without them. Despite this, to take just one example, malignant brain tumors, there is no published evidence that chemotherapy prolongs life. Indeed one overview states that for cancer in general the prolongation of life is an average of 4 months! Hodgkin’s is one of the few exceptions. Radiation does prolong life in many situations..
The reason for this brief overview of Medical Tyranny is a recent case in Minneapolis, that of Daniel Hauser, which has engendered national attention. Physicians have determined that THEY are the complete and final judges and ultimately prosecutors, with the power of the local prosecutor and a judge to force treatment on a 13 year old boy who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The mother has taken the boy away and is the subject of a nationwide witch hunt to imprison her and force the boy to have chemotherapy, despite the objections of the parents and the boy. The question is NOT whether the therapy has a high likelihood of success. Medical literature supports their claim of a 90% likelihood of success although there is also at least as good evidence that it is only about 82%–still better than with any other malignancy.
For each of the following factors, the prognosis is reduced by 7%
Age >= 45 years
Stage IV disease
Hemoglobin < 10.5 g/dl
Lymphocyte count < 600/µl or < 8%
Albumin < 4.0 g/dl
White blood count >= 15,000/µl
Of course the boy is male so we can assume that his prognosis is at best 75 to 83%, NOT 90% as claimed by the Medical Tyrranists. Further there are serious COMPLICATIONS of chemotherapy
Death from the treatment—2-3%
Significant other tumors later in life
Significant increase in early cardiovascular disease
What is the true lifelong cure rate? This is no more known than the cure rate with alternatives. The THEY who consider themselves GOD in making the demands for chemotherapy even state that the survival rate without chemotherapy is 5%. I suspect that it is far higher when appropriate alternatives are used. And most of them are safe! For instance:
Intravenous high dose vitamin C-up to 100 grams daily. I have seen tumors the size of an orange disappear within 2 weeks
Vitamin D 3 in adequate doses prevents about 90% of all cancers.
There is good evidence for remission of some cancers with D3 therapy
Colloidal silver may be of benefit, even intravenously
Insulin potentiated chemotherapy. Minute dosages of
chemotherapy work just as well, when potentiated by lowering blood sugar with insulin. Far less dangerous!
Spiritual healing sometimes leads to miraculous healing.
Far beyond the medical statistics is ultimately legality and moral/ethical issues. Parents are responsible for the welfare of their children. Under what Constitutional law is it proper to FORCE treatment against the will of the parents and child? A 12 year old in most religions is considered mature enough to become confirmed. To me and many ethicists and spiritual authorities, forcing treatment is just another example of Medical Tyranny! The current Tyrannists do NOT have the 100% certainty they imply as their right to force therapy!
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[Posted with permission from Norm Shealy]
Amy Goodman reports: Lawmakers Debate Establishing “Truth Commission” on Bush Admin Torture, Rendition and Domestic Spying
MICHAEL RATNER, human right attorney and president of the Center for Constitutional Rights and author of the book The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld:
You know, I won’t say I’m exactly biased here, but I think essentially that the Leahy commission is an excuse for non-prosecution. It’s essentially saying, “Let’s put some stuff on the public record. Let’s immunize people. And then,” as he even said, “let’s turn the page and go forward.” That’s really an excuse for non-prosecution. And in the face of what we’ve seen in this country, which is essentially a coup d’etat, a presidential dictatorship and torture, it’s essentially a mouse-like reaction to what we’ve seen. And it’s being set up really by a liberal establishment that is really, in some ways, in many ways, on the same page as the establishment that actually carried out these laws. And it’s saying, “OK, let’s expose it, and then let’s move on.”
And he even says, he says what we’re going to do with the truth commission is we’re going to look and see what mistakes were made. I mean, just ask the hundred people who were tortured in the secret sites about what mistakes were made, or ask the 750 people at Guantanamo, or ask the people at Abu Ghraib. This is not about mistakes. This is about fundamental lawbreaking, about the disposal of the Constitution, and about the end of treaties. So I think, actually, that Leahy’s current proposal is extremely dangerous. I call it the lame commission or basically an excuse for non-prosecution.
How many years have we watched this country proselytize Democracy’s so-called freedom either by peaceful conversion or at the point of the bayonet? That’s all ex-President George W. Bush and his gaggle of confederates talked about and enforced in every other way they could think of for eight solid years. In another time and place, it was called the Crusades to bring an obscene perversion of Christianity. Incidentally, much like the perversion of “liberty” for “freedom”.
All Hail our new purveyor of hope in blessed “hope,” America’s High Priest of Civil Religion, “Democracy”. Read what Terry Mattingly has to say in the Saturday Times-Standard, ‘Promoting the gospel of America’s ‘civil religion’.
First, American “civil religion” attempts to promote unity while accepting religious pluralism. Second, this faith must remain separate from both the state and any specific religion, he said. However, if it ever favors a particular creed, it does so in defense of fundamental human rights. Finally, this “civil religion” provides unity by appealing to shared values and beliefs, acted out in common rites that are acceptable to most believers.
In one passage, the new president managed to combine a number of “civil religion” themes, while also evoking deep emotions at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement and his own personal pilgrimage.
“This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny,” said Obama. “This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed, why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall. And why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.”
The key, said Hanson, is that Obama managed to hit a few hard topics — from global terror to an economic recession — while emphasizing words of hope.
“If you are trying to bring people together, you can’t be too specific when you talk about the things that drive people apart,” he said. “Inaugural addresses, and I’ve read them all, are supposed to be vague — but inspiring. …
“In the end, it’s easier to be a priestly and successful president than it is to be a prophetic and successful president. It’s hard to tell people, ‘We have really messed up and all of us are going to have to change.’ “
Welcome to the New World.
BACKLASH, that’s what you get when the mob doesn’t get their way. One person, one vote, the will of the people, meaningful democratic principles, they all go out the window when they don’t get their way. Beware all you Christians and moralistic Believers, accept the facts as demonstrated, corruption breeds corruption, one rotten apple spoils the whole barrel. The hatred and bigotry publicly demonstrated by these slobbering crazies, to quote Heraldo, rival any neo-Nazi, right wing conservative.
The Times-Standards article said: ”Many feel as if they are now second-class citizens in a country that has seen that change can happen with this historical election,” a press release for the nation-wide event stated. “They do not feel that a majority should be able to vote on minorities’ rights or vote to take anyone’s rights away.” And this: Anger over Prop. 8 vote directed at Mormon temples nationwide
“They do not feel that a majority should be able to vote on minorities’ rights or vote to take anyone’s rights away.”
The folks in Iraq didn’t have a vote BEFORE they were raped either. How about all of these people, they didn’t have a vote either, the United States saw to that!
Or this: Hamas barrage as Gaza under fire
How is it that people can butcher by the millions their own kind just because they have a different religion, political point of view or sexual persuasion, if that’s what you want to call it? Take a good look a the local blogs, their commentary and comments on CA Prop. 8 and it won’t take you long to figure out how.
These people are self-defined. Stating the obvious is hardly name-calling. The Truth reveals itself. Lipstick on a pig doesn’t change anything. No one can justify such corruption and criminal behavior. Yet, it happens. It happens because of the lawless anarchy spitting in the face of the Universe. No Half-Black President can change that.