Teenage girl shot by Taliban in Pakistan says pens and books are weapons to defeat terrorism, in seven-minute speech
… “I am honoured to be part of the opening,” she said. “The content of a book holds the power of education and it is with this power that we can shape our future and change lives. There is no greater weapon than knowledge and no greater source of knowledge than the written word.
"It is my dream that one day, great buildings like this one will exist in every corner of the world so every child can grow up with the opportunity to succeed." …
A.C.A.B. around the world.
We are facing a crisis in the world, and sadly, it’s become the elephant in the room.
Via Sum of Us
The entire “food service industry” wants a major overhaul, as do all low-pay jobs.
I worked for an el cheapo women’s clothing chain, which began demanding a doctor’s note were you too sick to work. They naturally didn’t pay us enough to afford doctor’s appointments, and I wish to hell I’d told the owners so during that meeting. Pricks.
It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall – so mystifying at the time – was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police. The crackdown, which involved, as you may recall, violent arrests, group disruption, canister missiles to the skulls of protesters, people held in handcuffs so tight they were injured, people held in bondage till they were forced to wet or soil themselves –was coordinated with the big banks themselves.
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, in a groundbreaking scoop that should once more shame major US media outlets (why are nonprofits now some of the only entities in America left breaking major civil liberties news?), filed this request. The document – reproduced here in an easily searchable format – shows a terrifying network of coordinated DHS, FBI, police, regional fusion center, and private-sector activity so completely merged into one another that the monstrous whole is, in fact, one entity: in some cases, bearing a single name, the Domestic Security Alliance Council. And it reveals this merged entity to have one centrally planned, locally executed mission. The documents, in short, show the cops and DHS working for and with banks to target, arrest, and politically disable peaceful American citizens.
The documents, released after long delay in the week between Christmas and New Year, show a nationwide meta-plot unfolding in city after city in an Orwellian world: six American universities are sites where campus police funneled information about students involved with OWS to the FBI, with the administrations’ knowledge (p51); banks sat down with FBI officials to pool information about OWS protesters harvested by private security; plans to crush Occupy events, planned for a month down the road, were made by the FBI – and offered to the representatives of the same organizations that the protests would target; and even threats of the assassination of OWS leaders by sniper fire – by whom? Where? – now remain redacted and undisclosed to those American citizens in danger, contrary to standard FBI practice to inform the person concerned when there is a threat against a political leader (p61).
As Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the PCJF, put it, the documents show that from the start, the FBI – though it acknowledges Occupy movement as being, in fact, a peaceful organization – nonetheless designated OWS repeatedly as a “terrorist threat”:
“FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) … reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat … The PCJF has obtained heavily redacted documents showing that FBI offices and agents around the country were in high gear conducting surveillance against the movement even as early as August 2011, a month prior to the establishment of the OWS encampment in Zuccotti Park and other Occupy actions around the country.” …
NRA, GTFO A demonstrator held up a banner as Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, delivered a statement in Washington on Friday. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images via The New York Times)
I’m sincerely asking my followers to reblog the shit out of this photo.
Cafe chain executive to face questions from MPs, while protesters plan to turn branches into creches and refuges
Some pictures from the protest yesterday at Lansing.
Protest in Lansing, Michigan after Rep. Lisa Brown (D) was barred from speaking on the house floor after daring to use the word “vagina” during a debate about an anti-abortion bill.
The Beavis sign… XD
How about this!
From Occupy Frankfurt. May 19, 2012.
The German police took off their helmets and marched with the protesters- clearing the way for them.
The police coming over to serve and protect the people… Blockupy Frankfurt. Police are escorting. Reports of an estimated 20,000+ protesters. Nice to see their faces…. and their humanity coming through…
… Any conversation with Lennox makes it clear she has a lot of views, which she first publicised when she donned a man’s suit, prompting gossip that she was gay. “It was about power and politics,” she says of her look. “It was about saying: ‘I’m the same as him’ [Dave Stewart, her Eurythmics co-star and former partner]. I’m a female but I have a masculine side and I’m not going to negate that part of myself.”
Her views expand to feminism and her opinion that men should be welcomed into the movement. “I don’t think feminism is about the exclusion of men but their inclusion … we must face and address those issues, especially to include younger men and boys,” she says, before adding that she is particularly surprised that more gay men don’t see themselves as feminists. “I would like to see the gay population get on board with feminism. It’s a beautiful organisation and they’ve done so much. It seems to me a no-brainer.” …