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Oh Yes, They Call Him the Streak

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Oh Yes, They Call Him the Streak
A streaker ran onto the field during the Atlanta Braves and Oakland A’s game Saturday night at Turner Field in Atlanta, reaching the outfield before being tackled by security. “The cops did their best to cover up the streaker’s bits and pieces as they escorted him off the field,” reports DeadSpin.


Obama sending attorney general Holder to Missouri

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Obama sending attorney general Holder to Missouri
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri, to meet with federal law enforcement authorities investigating the police shooting of an unarmed teenager.


Joe Biden swears in new HUD Secretary Julian Castro

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Joe Biden swears in new HUD Secretary Julian Castro
The vice president ceremonially swears in the former San Antonio mayor as the new secretary for Housing and Urban Development.

Obama: Black youth face more run-ins with criminal justice system
Following a week of public outrage at the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown at the hands of a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., the president talked about how initiatives like the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper,” which looks at the best public and private efforts to connect young men with mentoring networks and to help them cultivate skills to get ahead, can help get young men on a better track.

Jay Nixon: Ferguson robbery video had an “incendiary effect”
After another night of violent unrest, Mo. gov. decries local cops’ decision to “besmirch” killed teen with video of him allegedly robbing store


Right-Wing Media Push “Black-On-Black” Crime Canard To Deflect From Ferguson Police Shooting

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Right-Wing Media Push “Black-On-Black” Crime Canard To Deflect From Ferguson Police Shooting

Right-wing media emphasized the supposed prevalence of “black-on-black” violence in response to the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. But such emphasis takes the crime statistics out of context in order to hype the racial aspect.

Conservative Media Invoke Canard Of “Black On Black” Crime To Hijack Ferguson Conversation

WSJ’s Riley: “We Need To Talk About Black Criminality.” Appearing on the August 17 edition of NBC’s Meet the Press, The Wall Street Journal‘s Jason Riley discussed the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson by saying: “Let’s not pretend that our morgues and cemeteries are full of young black men because cops are shooting them. The reality is that it’s because other black people are shooting them.” Riley went on to assert that “we need to talk about black criminality” because blacks make up “50 percent of homicide victims in this country, and 90 percent of those victims are killed by other black people.” [NBC, Meet the Press, 8/17/14]

Fox’s MacCallum: Where Are Obama And Sharpton On Black-On-Black Violence? During an August 18 segment questioning the appropriateness of President Obama sending condolences and issuing a statement about the death of Michael Brown, co-host Martha MacCallum asked: “What about the children who are being killed in the streets in Chicago? What about black-on-black violence? Where is Al Sharpton on that? Where is the president on that?” [Fox News, America’s Newsroom, 8/13/14]

NRO: Black-On-Black Violence, Not “Nasty White Cops,” Are “What’s Plaguing Black America.” In an August 18 post for National Review Online, Bernard Goldberg pivoted from a discussion of the death of Michael Brown to discuss how intraracial violence was “what’s plaguing black America.” Goldberg declared that the “African-American elite” and “white liberals” don’t care about the lives of young black men because they don’t talk about black people killing one another:

That doesn’t mean that all white cops are angels who don’t harbor any racial animus. But when it comes to crime, nasty white cops aren’t what’s plaguing black America.

I’m pretty sure that if George Zimmerman had been black, we’d never know the name Trayvon Martin. And if 18-year-old Michael Brown had been white, we probably wouldn’t know his name, either . . . and neither national news reporters nor the civil-rights establishment would even know what state Ferguson is in.

Members of the African-American elite, along with many white liberals, have said we don’t put enough value on the lives of young black men. They certainly don’t. Or they would have a lot more to say when a black kid gets shot in the street — by another kid who is black. [National Review Online, 8/18/14]

Radio Host Limbaugh: People Don’t Talk About Violence In Chicago Because It’s Not “Mixed Race.” During the August 14 edition of his radio show, host Rush Limbaugh complained that people don’t pay attention to violent deaths in Chicago because they were not “mixed-race” murders like the Brown shooting in Ferguson, which he deemed to be “made to order … for outrage” by the media. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 8/14/14]

Black-On-Black Murder Statistics “Lack Important Context”

PolitiFact: Claims Of Black-On-Black Violence “Lack Important Context.” In 2013, PolitiFact analyzed claims of black-on-black violence made popular during the racially charged Trayvon Martin trial. Concluding that these claims lacked “important context,” they explained that while it is true that most black murders are intraracial, this also “holds true for whites”:

Also, this claim lacks important context. Yes, it’s true that the majority of black murder victims are murdered by blacks, but the same holds true for whites: Most whites are murdered by whites. And in both cases, this race statistic is not available for all murders, but only ones where the race of both perpetrator and victim can be determined. [PolitiFact, 7/14/13]

Daily Beast: “There’s No Such Thing As ‘Black-On-Black’ Crime.” In a July 2013 article for The Daily Beast, Jamelle Bouie said that “there’s no such thing” as “black-on-black” crime, explaining that “for the large majority of crimes, you’ll find that victims and offenders share a racial identity” (emphasis added):

But there’s a huge problem with attempt to shift the conversation: There’s no such thing as “black-on-black” crime. Yes, from 1976 to 2005, 94 percent of black victims were killed by black offenders, but that racial exclusivity was also true for white victims of violent crime86 percent were killed by white offenders. Indeed, for the large majority of crimes, you’ll find that victims and offenders share a racial identity, or have some prior relationship to each other.

What Shapiro and others miss about crime, in general, is that it’s driven by opportunism and proximity; If African-Americans are more likely to be robbed, or injured, or killed by other African-Americans, it’s because they tend to live in the same neighborhoods as each other. Residential statistics bear this out (PDF); blacks are still more likely to live near each other or other minority groups than they are to whites. And of course, the reverse holds as well — whites are much more likely to live near other whites than they are to minorities and African-Americans in particular. [The Daily Beast, 7/15/13]

FBI Data Show That White Police Officers Killed A Black Person “Nearly Two Times A Week”

USA Today: Shooting Of Michael Brown “Not An Isolated Incident.” In an August 15 article, USA Today reported that a black person had been killed by a white police officer “nearly two times a week” over a seven-year period ending in 2012. Citing data from the FBI, the article explained that the numbers show the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown at the hands of a police officer was “not an isolated event in American policing”:

Nearly two times a week in the United States, a white police officer killed a black person during a seven-year period ending in 2012, according to the most recent accounts of justifiable homicide reported to the FBI.

On average, there were 96 such incidents among at least 400 police killings each year that were reported to the FBI by local police. The numbers appear to show that the shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., last Saturday was not an isolated event in American policing.

The reports show that 18% of the blacks killed during those seven years were under age 21, compared to 8.7% of whites. [USA Today, 8/15/14]


The Ones Left Behind

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

The Ones Left Behind
Eugene Robinson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — The fire this time is about invisibility. Our society expects the police to keep unemployed, poorly educated African-American men out of sight and out of mind. When they suddenly take center stage, illuminated by the flash and flicker of Molotov cocktails, we feign surprise. The proximate cause of the rioting in Ferguson, Mo., is the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was stopped, a witness has said, by a white policeman for walking in the street rather than on the sidewalk. Officer Darren Wilson shot Brown at least six times, according to a private autopsy and,…

Fair Is Good, but Should a City Decide Which Startups Are OK?
Debra Saunders, RealClearPolitics
I’ve never used Airbnb. I’m not proud of my failure to dive into the sharing economy. I know it’s largely a function of middle age — I don’t want to sleep in a stranger’s spare bedroom, even if it’s cheap — and of years of parlaying hotel rewards programs to my advantage. My first reaction when I heard about ride service startups Uber and Lyft was that they enjoy an unfair advantage over cabbies, who have to jump through hoops and pay huge fees to do what “sharing” kids do on the fly. I mention the above to establish that I understand cities’ impulse to use their clout to instill in startup…

Hillary Clinton Not Campaigning Much for her Party in 2014, Unlike Richard Nixon in 1966
Michael Barone, RealClearPolitics
Just about everyone noticed Hillary Clinton’s scathing comments on President Obama’s foreign policy in her interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. But almost no one has noticed where Clinton hasn’t been seen. That’s on the campaign trail or at fundraisers for Democrats running for the Senate. Obama hasn’t been on the campaign trail much either, for the very good reason that he has low approval ratings in the seven states carried by 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney where Democrats are defending Senate seats. But at least Obama’s been busy raising money; up in Martha’s…


Referendum debate enters final month

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Referendum debate enters final month
Both sides in the Scottish independence hold events as the campaign marks one month to go.

Labour: Oversized classes up 200%
The number of infant pupils taught in oversized classes has “spiralled by 200%” since 2010, says Labour.


GOP’s birth control gamble

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

GOP’s birth control gamble
Republican Senate candidates are pushing to make the pill available over the counter.


Sinosphere Blog: Son of Jackie Chan Arrested on Drug-related Charges, Chinese Media Report

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Sinosphere Blog: Son of Jackie Chan Arrested on Drug-related Charges, Chinese Media Report
Jaycee Chan, who is also an actor, was reportedly arrested along with the Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung as part of the crackdown on drugs in China, in which the entertainment industry has seemingly come under particular scrutiny.



Saudi Is Robbed in Paris, Quickly and Efficiently
Eight armed men attacked a convoy as it was heading to Le Bourget airport north of Paris, taking about $335,000 in cash and sensitive diplomatic documents from the Saudi Embassy.



Daru Journal: Surviving Ebola, but Untouchable Back Home
As some survivors come back to the world of the living, they feel a chill of wariness, or worse, from neighbors.

Syria’s Chemical Arsenal Fully Destroyed, U.S. Says
The announcement comes a year after the Assad government used sarin gas to kill more than 1,000 people in Damascus.




What The Police’s ‘Non Lethal Weapons’ Can Do To Human Bodies

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

What The Police’s ‘Non Lethal Weapons’ Can Do To Human Bodies

There’s increasing evidence that crowd control tactics can actually inflict serious pain.

The post What The Police’s ‘Non Lethal Weapons’ Can Do To Human Bodies appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Police advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd of protesters in Ferguson, MO on Sunday

Police advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd of protesters in Ferguson, MO on Sunday

CREDIT: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

The ongoing unrest in Ferguson over 18-year-old Mike Brown’s shooting has illustrated the increasingly blurry line between law enforcement and military combat, as heavily armed police forces in riot gear have repeatedly clashed with unarmed protesters. On Sunday night, that tension was on full display, and police reportedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds well before the town’s midnight curfew.

U.S. police are increasingly relying on those so-called “non lethal weapons” for crowd control, a dynamic that’s inspired a national conversation about whether it’s appropriate to arm cops with weapons that are typically used in combat. Indeed, there’s increasing evidence that non lethal weapons can actually inflict serious pain and, in some rare cases, even kill people. Here’s how the police in Ferguson are potentially putting protesters’ health in danger:

Tear Gas

People run from tear gas after police dispersed protesters in Ferguson on Sunday night

People run from tear gas after police dispersed protesters in Ferguson on Sunday night

CREDIT: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Although tear gas is a chemical agent that’s banned in warfare, it’s perhaps the most common method of crowd control at protests around the world. Tear gas activates pain receptors in the body, causing a sensation of burning in subjects’ eyes, noses, and throats. In response to the pain, victims typically cough and choke, and their bodies produce excessive tears and mucous in an attempt to flush out the chemical. Because there are so many pain receptors in the cornea, it’s usually impossible for them to keep their eyes open, and some people report temporary blindness. People who suffer from asthma, or people who have been sprayed with tear gas in an enclosed space, often struggle to breathe.

Although tear gas is classified as non lethal because it’s generally considered to have only short term consequences, some scientists warn that things can quickly go wrong if it’s deployed incorrectly. There have been several reports of people dying in Egypt and Israel after inhaling too much tear gas.

Opponents of this particular chemical agent point out that there hasn’t been enough conclusive research into its potential long term health effects. Physicians for Human Rights has documented several cases in which people in Bahrain have suffered miscarriages, respiratory failure, and persistent blindness after being exposed to tear gas. The Chilean government suspended the use of tear gas in 2011 over concerns that the chemicals could damage women’s reproductive systems and harm their fetuses.

“These agents are certainly not benign,” Sven-Eric Jordt, a professor of pharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine, told the National Geographic in an interview last year. “There is no way to disconnect the pain that is induced from the physiological inflammatory effects of these agents.”

Rubber Bullets

A demonstrator shows injures caused by rubber bullets fired by the police during an anti-government protest in Venezuela this February

A demonstrator shows injures caused by rubber bullets fired by the police during an anti-government protest in Venezuela this February

CREDIT: AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

There have been multiple reports of protesters in Ferguson being hit with rubber bullets, which are intended to deter people by inflicting superficial wounds. Some people are posting photos of their injuries on Twitter. One image that’s gotten a lot of attention over the past week is a photo of a rubber bullet wound sustained by Renita Lamkin, an African Methodist Episcopal church pastor. She was reportedly calmly repeating “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus” when she was struck in her side.

These less lethal bullets typically cause abrasions, bruising, and bleeding. In some cases, they can lead to small bone fractures. According to a review of the tactics used by the Isreali police force during riots in 2000 published in the medical journal The Lancet, people often sustain serious injuries from being hit with rubber coated bullets. Researchers found that 152 people were admitted to Israeli hospitals in early October 2000 with rubber bullet wounds; 19 percent of those were considered to “severe wounds,” and three people were permanently blinded. Other studies have found that getting shot in the face with a rubber bullet can lead to serious facial injuries, leading researchers to conclude that they’re “less lethal but extremely harmful weapons.”

It’s possible to die from a rubber bullet, particularly if you’re hit at close range or struck in the face or neck. Between 1970 and 1975, the British military reportedly killed 13 people in Northern Ireland with rubber bullets. Autopsy reports of Palestinian civilian fatalities between 1987 and 1993 concluded that rubber bullets killed at least 20 people. Here in North America, there have been seven known fatalities in the U.S. and Canada from these weapons.

Rubber bullets have long been a controversial aspect of crowd control. Human Rights Watch, which has spoken out against the use of excessive police force in protests in Brazil, Ukraine, and Egypt, has also recently criticized police for using rubber bullets against the crowd in Ferguson.

Wooden Pellets

wooden pellets

CREDIT: Twitter

Several news outlets have confirmed that police in Ferguson have been firing wooden pellets into the crowd. “Those are less lethal wooden baton rounds,” a law enforcement spokesperson told the Guardian in an email.

Wooden baton rounds were designed to bounce at shin height, striking protesters on the leg and inflicting minor injuries. This type of crowd control was popularized in Hong Kong during periods of labor unrest in the 1960s, but was quickly deemed too unsafe for Western European countries, which made the switch to rubber bullets since they don’t carry an increased risk of splintering.

Wooden pellets cause the same type of welts, abrasions, and bleeding that rubber bullets do. Earlier this week, 26-year-old Steve Walsh told the Guardian that he was struck in the neck by a wooden pellet as he was walking to the home of his two-month-old son and got caught up in the protests. It left him drenched in sweat with a bloody wound behind his ear. “I almost fainted,” Walsh, whose photo has been circulating on Twitter, said. “Blood just started coming out. I was just walking through.”

This type of weapon has sparked litigation in the past. After firing wooden pellets on Iraq War protesters in 2003, the Oakland City Counsel paid 24 anti-war demonstrators $145,000 to settle claims that Oakland police officers had violated their civil rights by using excessive force. At least 54 people were injured in that protest from both wooden and rubber bullets. That suit spurred the California Police Department to adopt new regulations prohibiting the use of non lethal weapons for crowd control.

Long Range Acoustic Devices

Carl Gruenler, vice president of military and government operations for LRAD Corporation, displays a Long Range Acoustic Device

Carl Gruenler, vice president of military and government operations for LRAD Corporation, displays a Long Range Acoustic Device

CREDIT: AP PHoto/Lenny Ignelzi

Long Range Acoustic Devices, or LRADs, are sound cannons that use loud and high-pitched sounds to induce pain. Developed by the LRAD Corporation, this weapon was initially intended to help the U.S. Navy deter pirates — but over the past several years, they’ve increasingly been used by cops to disperse protesters. The LRAD Corporation’s website notes that the Santa Ana Police Department, the Pittsburgh Police Department, the New York Police Department, and the Boston Police Department have all used LRAD technology in an attempt to control crowds. And now, there are several reports that police in Ferguson have repeatedly used LRADs against the residents.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), being exposed to sounds at or above 120 decibels can put people at risk for hearing loss. (For reference, a normal conversation is typically around 60 decibels and a lawnmower clocks in at about 90 decibels.) LRADs can blast sounds at well above that threshold, reaching up to 160 decibels.

Anyone within 300 meters of a LRAD’s sound path will experience headaches; people within 100 meters will experience extreme pain. “In Pittsburgh, they directed the LRAD at a crowd coming up the center of a wide street, then sent tear gas canisters down the sides of the street. Tear gas is painful, but everyone ran into the tear gas to get out of the LRAD path,” one protester told Salon after participating in a demonstration against a NATO summit in 2009, the first documented case of cops using the weapon against U.S. civilians.

Some people may even experience permanent hearing damage. Karen Piper, an English professor, sued the city of Pittsburgh for using a LRAD against people during that 2009 protest after she was plagued with long term medical side effects. Piper was hit at close range with the sound waves from the weapon; she became nauseous, mucous discharged from her ear, and she developed a severe headache. Since then, she has continued to suffer from permanent nerve damage, dizziness, pain, and a permanent ringing in her ears.

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Alabama Prisons Are Facing A Record-Breaking Tuberculosis Outbreak

This unprecedented public health conundrum comes on the heels of a major court case stemming from the poor medical treatment of prisoners.

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Inmates walk the halls in formation at Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Ala. Two advocacy groups filed a lawsuit on June 17, 2014, claiming the state is failing to provide basic medical and mental health care to inmates.

Inmates walk the halls in formation at Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Ala. Two advocacy groups filed a lawsuit on June 17, 2014, claiming the state is failing to provide basic medical and mental health care to inmates.

CREDIT: Dave Martin/AP

The Alabama Department of Corrections (DOC) currently faces its worst tuberculosis outbreak in five years. Prison officials reported nine cases so far this year, a significant increase from the fewer than five infections documented annually.

This unprecedented public health conundrum comes on the heels of a major court case stemming from the poor medical treatment of prisoners in Alabama’s DOC and overcrowding of the correctional institutions, including St. Clair Correctional Facility, which holds 300 more inmates than space allows.

Tuberculosis, a contagious bacterial infection also known as TB, infects the lungs and spreads to other organs if not treated immediately. Common symptoms include chronic cough, fever, night sweats, and weight loss. Some experts say it’s common to confuse TB for less deadly illnesses like pneumonia or bronchitis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TB is more common in prisons than in the general population.

To prevent the spread of the disease, St. Clair — the site of all but one TB case — isn’t accepting new inmates, and prison officials are transferring other inmates to other institutions.

“This is a very serious outbreak,” Pam Barrett, director of the tuberculosis control, told the Associated Press. “We think we’re at the end of it. The Department of Corrections is a hotbed of TB because of the living arrangements.”

In June, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Center filed a lawsuit against Alabama’s DOC on behalf of 40 inmates after one had his foot amputated upon contracting gangrene and another succumbed to prostate cancer, despite tests that identified “rising cancer markers.”

Joshua Dunn, an inmate with bipolar disorder, also allegedly suffered more than a dozen stab wounds and slit his wrists on a couple occasions. During a press conference, SPLC’s Maria Morris touched on the prison system’s failure to provide Dunn with adequate mental health care.

“The results that we found are shameful,” Morris told NY Daily News. “People are suffering and even dying because their obvious medical and mental health care needs are not being met. [Dunn] begged for mental health care. He wasn’t provided with mental health care. He was provided with razor blades in order to shave.”

The dearth of adequate health care is not unique to Alabama’s prison system. In 2012, more than 33,000 inmates filed a class-action lawsuit against Arizona’s department of corrections for failing to hire medical personnel and withholding mental health care to inmates suffering from thoughts of suicide. According to court documents, inmates had to wait years to receive treatment for broken teeth and fractured bones. Other inmates’ mental health reportedly declined after 24-hour stints in solitary confinement.

Earlier this year, a neutral assessment of the California prison system found that severe overcrowding led to instances preventable illness, death and suicide. According to a report compiled by the County of Monterey and a plaintiff in a high-profile case against the prison system, inmates were often hospitalized because prison officials neglected injuries and did not administer the appropriate medication. Inmates on pretrial detention also suffered fractured skull bones and vision loss upon violent contact with offenders.

Rikers Island in New York has also had its share of bad press. A four-month investigation by the New York Times found that more than 120 mentally ill inmates at the correctional facility often suffered deafening blows to the body at the hands of corrections officers during an 11-month period. Five of the reported beatings followed inmate suicide attempts. New York mental health officials said that the prison system’s inability to treat the growing mental health population — which now stands at more than 40 percent — plays a role in the violence between inmates and assaults by officers not trained to provide adequate mental health care.

According to a 2007 issue of the Journal of American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the majority of the nation’s prisoner population — many of whom come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and have substance abuse problems — suffers from ailments including major depression, personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Asperger’s syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. State prison systems have not been able to keep up.

Some experts link the overcrowding of American prisons and deterioration of mental health services to policies enacted during the Reagan administration that deinstitutionalized mental health care in the country. The prison population, which has tripled in the last 30 years, includes nearly 70 percent of inmates that suffer from mental ailments and substance abuse problems. A shift in resources from clinics and hospitals to prisons has made the Cook County prison system in Illinois, Los Angeles County’s prison system, and Rikers Island in New York three of the nation’s largest mental health care providers to date.

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‘No Rights Which the White Man Was Bound to Respect’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

‘No Rights Which the White Man Was Bound to Respect’
From: Melissa Harris-Perry

Those charged with the duty to protect America's laws don't see its black citizens as equals. 

How Starbucks’s ‘Flexible’ Scheduling Is Stretching Workers to the Breaking Point
From: Michelle Chen

There is real tension between the company’s soaring profits and the baristas’ daily grind.

Police to Media: ‘You’re Getting Maced Next Time You Pass Us’
From: Christopher Hayes

The streets of Ferguson are not safe for those who would report the chaos. 

Defend Journalism That Speaks Truth to Power: From Ferguson to Washington
From: John Nichols

The First Amendment is under assault. Americans must preserve “the freedom that allows us to verify the existence of all other freedoms.”

The Major Problem With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Powerful Essay on Ferguson
From: Dave Zirin

Fighting racism, sexism and anti-LGBT bigotry is not a distraction from building a united struggle but a precondition for building a united struggle.