Jamie (Internet remix)

  1. Those are some striking numbers.

    Those are some striking numbers.

  2. ☛ Orangeburg massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Thanks to the presence of the national guard, there’s been a push to draw Kent State parallels with the situation in Ferguson.

    This is because we learn history from Neil Young songs.

    For reference, this is an abbreviated list of massacres committed by police or the National Guard against U.S. citizens*.

    The Lattimer Massacre was the violent deaths of 19 unarmed striking immigrant anthracite coal miners at the Lattimer mine near Hazleton, Pennsylvania, on September 10, 1897. The miners, mostly of Polish, Slovak, Lithuanian and German ethnicity, were shot and killed by a Luzerne County sheriff’s posse.

    The Ludlow Massacre was an attack by the Colorado National Guard and Colorado Fuel & Iron Company camp guards on a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families at Ludlow, Colorado, on April 20, 1914. Some two dozen people, including women and children, were killed.

    The Hanapepe Massacre (also called the Battle of Hanapepe since both belligerents were armed) happened on September 9, 1924. Toward the end of a long-lasting strike of Filipino sugar workers on Kaua’i, Hawai’i, local police shot dead nine strikers and fatally wounded seven, strikers shot and stabbed three sheriffs to death and fatally wounded one; a total of 20 people died.

    The Columbine Massacre, sometimes called the Columbine Mine Massacre, occurred in 1927, in the town of Serene, Colorado. A fight broke out between Colorado state police and a group of striking coal miners, during which the unarmed miners were attacked with machine guns. It is unclear whether the machine guns were used by the police or by guards working for the mine. Six strikers were killed, and dozens were injured.

    The Río Piedras Massacre occurred on October 24, 1935, at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. Local police officers confronted and opened fire on supporters of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party. Four Nationalist Party members were killed, and one police officer was wounded during the shooting.

    The Ponce massacre was an event that took place on Palm Sunday, March 21, 1937, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, when a peaceful civilian march turned into a police shooting that killed 19 Puerto Ricans and wounded over 200 others. Most of the killed where shot in their backs. The march had been organized by the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party to commemorate the abolition of slavery in Puerto Rico by the governing Spanish National Assembly in 1873 and to protest the U.S. Government’s imprisonment of the Party’s leader, Pedro Albizu Campos, on sedition charges.

    In the Memorial Day massacre of 1937, the Chicago Police Department shot and killed ten unarmed demonstrators in Chicago, on May 30, 1937. As the crowd marched across the prairie towards the Republic Steel mill, a line of Chicago policemen blocked their path. The foremost protestors argued their right to continue. The police, angered, fired on the crowd. As the crowd fled, police bullets killed ten people and injured 30. Nine people were permanently disabled and another 28 had serious head injuries from police clubbing.

    The Orangeburg Massacre refers to the shooting of protesters by South Carolina Highway Patrol Officers in Orangeburg, South Carolina near South Carolina State University on the evening of February 8, 1968. The approximately 150 protesters were demonstrating against racial segregation at a local bowling alley. Three of the protesters, African American males, were killed and twenty-eight other protesters were injured.

    The Kent State shootings (also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre) occurred at Kent State University in the US city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.

    The Jackson State killings occurred on Friday May 15, 1970, at Jackson State College (now Jackson State University) in Jackson, Mississippi. On May 14, 1970, a group of student protesters against the Vietnam War, specifically the United States invasion of Cambodia, were confronted by city and state police. Shortly after midnight, the police opened fire, killing two students and injuring twelve.

    *I’m deliberately leaving out massacres by the regular Army or those committed outside the U.S. by Americans. I also left out two incidents, the MOVE attack in Philadelphia and the Waco siege because both were armed standoffs that ended with the deaths of innocents. I leave it to the reader to decide whether they should be counted.

  3. "If you do what the police tell you do — if you’re not doing anything wrong, and the cops ask you to do something, then you’re not going to have nothing to worry about," said Michael Bates, 33.

    Group Rallies In Support Of Darren Wilson, Police Officer Who Shot Michael Brown

    I’ll take “Things a white person says” for $500, Alex.

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    Tell that to John Crawford who wasn’t even given time to put the air rifle he was holding down.

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  4. Crowdsourcing ideas for a mini-conference


    I’ve been bouncing around the idea of a free mini-conference in the Twin Cities (also aiming for internet connectivity so as to involve those that can’t travel) for Millennials, and I’d like some input for panel ideas!

    **The conference would be focused around providing Millennials a safe community space to discuss issues affecting our generation, specifically relating to the economy and job market.  The goal of the conference would be to brainstorm action-oriented ideas to enact change to better the circumstances we find ourselves in, and to provide a sense of agency to replace the hopelessness and powerlessness a lot of us feel right now.**

    I’m looking for potential venues right now in the Twin Cities, and the basic idea is three rooms that can fit maybe 25-50 people each.  Either a half or a full-day conference, depending on the level of interest and what upfront costs would be for the venue.  40 minute panels with a 15-20 minute break between.

    This would break it down into three tracks with 4 (half-day) or 8 (full-day) panels each.

    I think it’s important to focus on intersectionality in this conference, because the media image of Millennials tends to skew very strongly Gold Star Ambassador* Upper-Middle Class White People.  I don’t just want there to be panels on intersectionality (though there definitely need to be), but I want to attempt to build a committee to join me in the planning process so I’m not the White Girl trying to direct things I’m not qualified to.

    Here are some of my panel ideas, for starters:

    • Mental health and the workplace
    • Race and job-hunting
    • Tattoos, piercings, haircuts, other nontraditional appearances and the workplace
    • Financial independence and stigma against returning home
    • Cost of education, free education alternatives
    • Your value as a person based on economic productivity, and whether this will change in our society in the future
    • Changing public perception of low-wage/service industry jobs
    • Utilizing the “overeducation” problem in unique ways
    • Parents unwilling and/or unable to help financially when you’re underemployed or unemployed
    • Homelessness and near-homelessness in our generation, and housing alternatives
    • Providing goods/services that are valuable to society as a whole, but not getting paid for them
    • Side gigs: Making ends meet while un/underemployed
    • Organized community action: Where Occupy Wall Street failed and what could be done better to enact policy changes
    • Social media and societal change/community organizing
    • Various ways to combat the media image of Millennials as lazy, unproductive, apathetic, money-obsessed, unprofessional, etc
    • Fandom as a tool for social change?

    Please reblog to spread the word!  To add ideas, please comment, reblog, message me, whatever you’d like.  I’m so excited about this, and I hope other people will find it to be a useful tool.

    *Gold Star Ambassador: Usually upper-middle class, neurotypical, straight, white or white-passing, cisgender, no criminal record, excessively polite when reacting to problematic comments, able-bodied, highly educated, English-speaking, etc.

    I think this is a cool idea, and I can personally vouch for Jackie’s conference-planning chops.

  5. wintergrey:

James Baldwin on “looting” (via x).

James Baldwin dropping some knowledge here.


    James Baldwin on “looting” (via x).

    James Baldwin dropping some knowledge here.

    (via clappityclippity)

  6. Filed under: Singularly bad ideas.

    Filed under: Singularly bad ideas.

  7. Life hack: Go back to sleep.

    If only

  8. iamjustcara:

Still relevant.

Reblogging again because yep.


    Still relevant.

    Reblogging again because yep.

  9. thesepuppetstrings:


    If you try to justify shooting an unarmed kid in the face because he allegedly stole a cigar, we need to have a little talk.

    Or maybe you’re not worth talking to.


    Not to mention that he’s a SUSPECT, not definitely guilty of a crime, and that if that had anything to actually do with what happened last weekend, we would have heard more about it before now.

    And we would have heard if he actually had the cigars on him.

    And we would have heard because they would have arrested his companion on the spot.

    But more than anything else, this is the goddamn United States of America. There is no death penalty for property crimes. And even if there were, police don’t get to make that decision.

    Even if Brown had stolen 1,000 cigars—and right now, no one has proved that he even stole one—it doesn’t change the fact that a police officer shot an unarmed black man in the street. It doesn’t change the fact that when his community expressed shock, outrage, and grief at his death the police responded with armored cars, riot shields, tear gas, and rubber bullets.

    I hope that a lot of people learned something about the way criminal justice happens—or doesn’t happen—in the U.S., but more than that, I hope we don’t forget what we learned in a month, or in six months, or in a year.

  10. White privilege isn’t inherently about being raised in an affluent, two-parent home with high educational attainment and markers of upward mobility in American society. White privilege is the many built-in perks afforded to white people by virtue of being born with white skin and white ethnicity in a social and legal system that enforces white supremacy as the rule of law. It’s not having to seriously think about or discuss how the situation in Ferguson will affect friends and relatives or even how a broader justice system will work to protect (or to not protect) the constitutional rights of black people.

    11 Things White People Should Stop Saying to Black People Immediately - Mic

    Yes, FFS, stop deliberately misunderstanding what is meant by the term “privilege” when used in the context of racism/sexism/etc.

    (via tiffanyb)

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  11. When The Media Treats White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victicms.










    via The Huffington Post.

    Described as ‘fine person’

  12. Seriously though.


    If you think it’s odd that people might get violent when met with violence,

    in spite of “the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr.”,

    then obviously you don’t remember what happened to MLK.

    I’m not saying violence is the answer,

    but usually when people feel their lives are threatened 

    they stand their ground.

  13. ☛ Feed the Students of Ferguson on Fundly

    The police occupation in Ferguson is hurting so many people. This is one concrete way you could help.

  14. leadingtone:

"I think the American founders would look at police forces in the country today as the kind of standing armies that they feared."
- Radley Balko

Hard to disagree with that sentiment. When those designated to protect a community choose a path of ever-escalating force, how could anything but mutual antagonism exist?


    "I think the American founders would look at police forces in the country today as the kind of standing armies that they feared."
    - Radley Balko

    Hard to disagree with that sentiment. When those designated to protect a community choose a path of ever-escalating force, how could anything but mutual antagonism exist?

    (via yodelmachine)

  15. webeyondthewall:

    I think he unpacked his angry eyes.

    He might have been a war hero, but he was also a disappointment to his father, Admiral Crunch, and his grandfather, Commodore Crunch, both of whom expected him to rise much higher in the naval ranks.