A protest was held in New York City on Monday against incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio’s appointment of William Bratton as the next police commissioner.
Bratton returns to the job after leading the New York City Police Department in the mid-1990s, embracing a controversial strategy of cracking down on low-level offenses.
De Blasio campaigned on a promise to curb the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, but Bratton actually expanded the program while heading the Los Angeles police.
See video of the protest, and a random convo w/ Lewis Black about Bratton, here
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During the week that Congress will close for 2013 without having passed an immigration reform bill, a group of Jersey residents locked themselves together in the street that serves as an entrance to the Elizabeth Detention Center (625 Evans St.) to protest the President’s deportation arbitrary quota policy and call on him to stop removals and expand deferred action instead.
“We can’t let more families to be separated. We can’t wait for Congress. After what I saw my family go through I want to help other families that are in the same situation,” explains Rosa Santana, who migrated to the US after Hurricane Mitch hit her home country of Honduras and who’s aunt and uncle were deported.The action is the latest in a series of civil disobediences that have exposed the harm caused by current immigration policy and urged the President to act. In the midst of a pending snowstorm and on International Human Rights Day, they say they want to bring visibility to those in the Detention Center and to the people suffering from current policies like the Secure Communities deportation program.Without further executive action, the President will hit the record of 2,000,000 people deported in the near future. But participants say there is still time for Obama to turn his policies around.“We’re doing everything in our power to stop deportations,” says Carlos Canales of Casa Freehold. “We’re out here in the cold hoping I that President Obama’s heart softens, and understands that immigrants are here to work and help our families.”
Not that I know of! However, I’m gonna start one, right here, right now. I’m sure I’ll miss a few but I’m inviting everyone here to add bands they know. Below are some currently active punk/hardcore/indie/alt bands that are fronted by, or in which half the band is made up of, women of color and/or LGBTQ people of color:
Try The Pie
The Younger Lovers
The Mighty Paradocs
White Noise Supremacists
Omega Sirius Moon
Kera and the Lesbians
Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries
Destruye Y Huye
Alyssa of See-Through Girls
Laura of Heavy Bangs
This Or That
Punk Funk Mob
Wizard Apprentice (formerly fat transfer)
Oxygen Facial FKA Melting Wreck
Sangre de abajo
Kai from Self Defense Family (and Bloomer!)
The Breathing Light
Dead Rez Reflex
Its Morning Somewhere
Moor Mother Goddess
Atomic Tan Lines
Ziyoou Vachi (Queen Bee)
PROPS to suzy for putting this list together! also cute 2 see friends on this list <3
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Meet Estela, the Hand-Reared Baby Spider Monkey. Photo credits: All by Trent Brownings but last (by Melbourne Zoo staff)
ExxonMobil, Walmart, and McDonald’s are just a few of the companies that the mega-charity supports.
With an endowment larger than all but four of the world’s largest hedge funds, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is easily one of the most powerful charities in the world. According to its website, the organization “works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.” So how do the investments of the foundation’s $36 billion investing arm, the Gates Foundation Trust, match up to its mission? We dug into the group’s recently released 2012 tax returns to find out.