We didn’t know that our activism and our peaceful displays would result in guns literally looking down our eyes. Literally looking down our eyes. Guns.
And I had young people who were willing to die. For justice.
I had a young person — and he’s definitely the example of many young people that I represent who said "I didn’t think I would make it to twenty-one years old so I’m ready to die now. Let’s do it now."
State senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (@MariaChappelleN) speaks on the Senate floor about the events she witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri in the weeks following the execution of Mike Brown. Senator Chappelle-Nadal was one of many protesters tear gassed for three hours without reprieve by the Ferguson PD.
She has been consistent and unrelenting in her criticism of Governor Jay Nixon — to the point of tweeting him “FUCK you, Governor!” — for his lack of action over the violation of citizens’ constitutional right to peacefully protest, and passionately vocal about the violent ways in which protesters were abused by the police.
I know this isn’t Twitter, but-
- Because black men want to be able to have all the benefits of a white man, including the privilege of degrading black women who are sick of the racist/sexist shit that happens and don’t want to be silent about it.
- Because we must set up a day on the calender…
Someone asked us:
My boyfriend has HIV and we always wear condoms as a result, but we’ve always wanted to have children together and have danced around the fact our condom use prevents that. Is there anything we can do to have children with IVF while still…
A school in Brazil had all its students protesting after a transgender girl got reprimanded after changing into a female uniform. All the students, including the boys, wore a skirt to school on September 1st in a way to show support to the girl, who still can’t wear her female uniform but the school says that they’re “reviewing the code of conduct.”
Enforcement Officials Beat & Kidnap a 12-yo Black Girl in Front of her Residence, Claiming She Was a Prostitute
"When her mother and father came outside after hearing her cries for help she was desperately holding a tree with one arm while plainclothes officers were beating her in the head, neck and throat.
Dymond Milburn, now 20-years-old, was an honor student attending advanced classes at Austin Middle School, when her life would be forever scarred by Galveston police.”
None of the enforcement officials who terrorized and beat Milburn were penalized.
officers were beating her in the head, neck and throat.
they were literally trying to kill her. this is a little girl. what the fuck.
After hung jury, girl won’t be retried in police assault case (2009)
"Five of the six jurors refused to vote to convict Milburn of felony assault, said defense attorney Anthony Griffin and Assistant District Attorney Veronique Cantrell-Avloes.
An earlier attempt to try the case also ended in a mistrial after a witness made an improper statement in front of the jury.”
They tried to beat a young girl’s head in, and then charged her with felony assault on one of the officers. And there was at least one asshole juror who wanted to convict her at a retrial.
What’s the point in going to school and doing homework? I’m not depressed (actually, my five hour sob fest yesterday reassured me of my emotional health), but I just don’t see the point. Writing a term paper on remote sensing of megacities or learning how to geocode data isn’t going to help me or…
I read this after just waking up so please forgive me if this response is tone deaf to your emotional state. This is just a string of thoughts that occurred to me.
You are correct in identifying some of the deeply important work in your life. Your desire to do the Lord’s work is amazing. I’m sure you will continue to be a polished shaft in the Lord’s quiver (https://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/isa/49.2?lang=eng).
Jesus prepared for his work as the Messiah. He also studied carpentry. He was also a great observer of world. He drew his parables from the lives of those he taught. Most of the parables were about comparably small subjects like coins and sheep, yet he used them to teach great truths about the gospel.
Joseph Smith was taught from on high by many heavenly beings. Yet he set himself to learn many things. He was a student of many subjects that had no direct bearing on his calling as the prophet yet they occupied his attention as things that were “of good report or praiseworthy”.
The Perpetual Education fund is established as a part of the gospel specifically to attain the sort of knowledge and power available through education. The Church is working to proclaim the gospel to every soul, living and dead, yet we still “seek out of the best books” (https://www.lds.org/new-era/1974/08/seek-ye-out-of-the-best-books?lang=eng).
Lastly, Elohim and Jehovah are possessors of all principles great and small. The glory of God is intelligence so our attaining of it line upon line is pleasing to our Father.
Two more links worth reading:
I hope all my rambling was worth reading. Keep being awesome.
(It is nearing the end of my shift and I am busy with cleaning the lobby since I have no customers. A girl’s volleyball team from one of the local schools enters and I wait on them. When they sit at their tables, they begin getting quite loud and obnoxious, deliberately spilling their meals everywhere, and some even throwing pickles at the window and seeing if they could really race them as they slid down, like in the movie ‘Billy Madison.’ While they are getting ready to leave, I am getting the mop bucket and such ready to clean up the mess straight away. The coach of the volleyball team stops me.)
Coach: “Give me those.”
Me: “Oh, no, sir. It’s quite all right. This is just part of my job.”
Coach: “I understand that, but my girls were very irresponsible tonight. I need to teach them this kind of behavior is not acceptable.”
(In a surprised daze, I give all my cleaning supplies over to the man and he gathers up all the girls.)
Coach: *to his team* “You think this kind of behavior is funny? That you can just come in here, make complete fools of yourself, trash the place up, and just leave? I expected better from all of you. I hope you all have as much fun doing this young man’s job for him as you had making this mess.”
(The coach forced his entire team to clean up the mess, from sweeping to mopping to cleaning off the windows, until the entire lobby was clean. The entire time he watched with a look of disappointment. I applauded the man for taking amazing action with teaching a lesson above and beyond a spot.)Read more funny stories at NotAlwaysRight.com!:
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