1. wocinsolidarity:



    Aboriginal women ask Stephen Harper: Am I next?

    Am I next?

    That’s the question aboriginal women are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a new online campaign to renew pressure on his government to call a national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women.

    Coming on the heels of Harper’s "sociological phenomenon" blunder, the campaign is the brainchild of Holly Jarrett. She’s the cousin of Loretta Saunders, a 26-year-old Inuit student at Saint Mary’s University who was murdered earlier this year. At the time of her death, Saunders was working on her thesis on murdered and missing aboriginal women.

    "She had come through a lot of the same kind of struggles that a lot women affected by colonialism and residential school stuff," Jarrett told PressProgress Friday, a day after  launching the Am I Next campaign.

    "We wanted to move it forward for her. She was really passionate about telling her story, to stand up and tell the brutal truth," said Jarrett, an Inuit from the Labrador coast who’s now based in Hamilton, Ont.

    After organizing one of the largest petitions at change.org calling on the government to launch a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered aboriginal women, Jarrett decided to launch the Am I Next campaign.

    It’s inspired by the Inuktitut word ain, a term of endearment for someone you love in her native language.

    Here are some of the faces of the viral campaign:

    This is what comes to mind when people try to tell me there is no (or less) racism in Canada. Hundreds of aboriginal and First Nations women are missing, abused, and murdered, and our country and GOVERNMENT doesn’t care. It doesn’t. Indigenous women don’t matter to our government and it’s horrifying.  Please click some of the above mentioned links and learn about these women and this campaign. 


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  3. iwriteaboutfeminism:

    City Council meeting on Tuesday night in Ferguson. Part 4.

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  4. iwriteaboutfeminism:

    City Council meeting on Tuesday night in Ferguson. Part 2.

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  5. iwriteaboutfeminism:

    City Council meeting on Tuesday night in Ferguson. Part 3.

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  6. Some of the towns in St. Louis County can derive 40 percent or more of their annual revenue from the petty fines and fees collected by their municipal courts. A majority of these fines are for traffic offenses, but they can also include fines for fare-hopping on MetroLink (St. Louis’s light rail system), loud music and other noise ordinance violations, zoning violations for uncut grass or unkempt property, violations of occupancy permit restrictions, trespassing, wearing “saggy pants,” business license violations and vague infractions such as “disturbing the peace” or “affray” that give police officers a great deal of discretion to look for other violations. In a white paper released last month (PDF), the ArchCity Defenders found a large group of people outside the courthouse in Bel-Ridge who had been fined for not subscribing to the town’s only approved garbage collection service. They hadn’t been fined for having trash on their property, only for not paying for the only legal method the town had designated for disposing of trash.

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  7. Death penalty supporters inevitably use cases like this to illustrate that “the system worked” and, by implication, always works. Except that’s sophistry and everyone knows it. The only reason it worked in this case was because the state of North Carolina empowered an outside commission to investigate. And what they found was malfeasance, a coverup and a corrupt indifference to justice. The legal system obscured the truth at every level and every step along the way. There is no way of knowing how often that happens but any sentient being realizes that it is impossible that this was the only time. Worst of all, Justice Scalia and other death penalty proponents who find nothing immoral in the state’s conscious, coldblooded taking of a life are equally unconcerned that they might be taking the life of an innocent person. The horrifying injustice in such a mistake (or criminal corruption) is irrelevant.
  8. brooklynfeministfury:



  9. Sept. 9 6:47pm

  10. azspot:

The Internet Slowdown is Here. Join the Fight
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  13. White privilege is assaulting an officer after three hit and runs and not being shot.


    19-year-old Sarah Culhane was apprehended without violence after a hit and run, a chase, two more hit and runs, fleeing on foot, and kicking a police officer in the head because she looks like this:


    Someone please ask Darren Wilson’s supporters how this is any different from stealing from a convenience store, being stopped for jaywalking, and then tussling with an officer?  (Other than the stealing being irrelevant and likely fabricated, Wilson having no knowledge of it anyway, and Brown surrendering at the time he was shot.)

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