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In 2006 the twenty-five highest paid hedge-fund managers made $14 billion, three times the combined salaries of New York City’s eighty thousand schoolteachers.
Paul Krugman, End This Depression Now! (2012)
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While being deposed for the trial, a senior NYPD official who was present during the arrests [of 14 Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested for disorderly conduct] was unable to point out in videos of the event a single moment when any of the defendants committed any act of disorderly conduct.

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NYPD has a lot to explain. Police are meant to serve and protect the people, not intimidate and antagonize.

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Cecily McMillan, a 25-year-old organizer, and has been politically active for over a decade — most notably in the Democratic Socialists for America, the anti-Scott Walker mobilization, and Occupy Wall Street. However, on March 17, 2012, Cecily’s attendance at Zuccotti was a point of party, not protest. It was St. Patrick’s Day and as a McMillan, she vowed for this one occasion to put down the bullhorn and pick up the beer. Cecily swung by the park to pick up a friend on her way to a nearby pub. Minutes later, she was sexually assaulted while attempting to leave Zuccotti in compliance with police evacuation orders. Seized from behind, she was forcefully grabbed by the breast and ripped backwards. Cecily startled and her arm involuntarily flew backward into the temple of her attacker, who promptly flung her to the ground, where others repeatedly kicked and beat her into a string of seizures. In a world that makes sense, Cecily’s attacker would be brought to trial — but unfortunately, her attacker turned out to be a police officer. To add insult to injury, Cecily is being accused of Felony Assault of a Police Officer, a charge that carries up to seven years imprisonment. Two years later, the trauma continues as the constant string of court dates have all but reduced her life to trial and the hope for vindication. This website is dedicated to making sure Cecily gets the justice she deserves.

http://justiceforcecily.com/

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#myNYPD Part 3 of 3 (Part 1, Part 2, related post)


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reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

This legislation could kill off credit unions for good.

bspolitics:

sustainableprosperity:

Signal boosting. This is a big deal.

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mrgif:

It’s going down in Istanbul 
#occupygezi

mrgif:

It’s going down in Istanbul 

#occupygezi

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scousewemboy:

real talk

accurate

scousewemboy:

real talk

accurate

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Attempting to erase history: Tienanmen Square’s ‘Tank Man’

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Tiananmen Square protests of 1989

Producer Antony Thomas showed the iconic ‘Tank Man’ photo to a group of undergraduates at Beijing University - in 1989 the university had been the nerve center of the student movement that inspired the nationwide uprising. None of the students knew what the photo was. Here, journalists and China specialists discuss the government’s efforts to keep certain ideas and history from the Chinese people, including the picture and story of ‘tank man.’

Timothy Brook Professor of Chinese history, University of British Columbia:

"The media silence imposed on Tienanmen was huge. Chinese in China don’t know this image. They don’t see this image. This is not part of their visual repertoire. [The government] made a couple of propaganda videos in the summer of 1989, to sell [the Tienanmen] events in a certain way to the Chinese people, and those videos have clips showing very carefully selected events. But the visual record that we have living outside China is a very different one than Chinese people have.”

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Jan Wong Author and former Toronto Globe and Mail Beijing correspondent:

"It is stunning that university students at Beida [Beijing University] would not know this picture [of the tank man]. On the other hand, China has so many secrets, and people understand that it’s dangerous to share information. I went back to Beijing University, where I had studied, to talk to my old teachers … and we didn’t talk about Tienanmen either at first. Of course I wanted to talk about Tienanmen, so I sort of waited and then eventually I slid in sideways to the subject, but that’s the only reason they talked about it. It’s not something that people would readily talk about because you just get into trouble. There is no upside to talking about it at this point.

I don’t know what it tells you about a country when you could have such a cataclysmic event as Tiananmen Square and then suddenly you lop off the reality for all the people coming after. … But the great thing about China is that history is valued so that it will come out one day. People will keep records, people will eventually write about this. It’s not that it’s disappeared forever. You know, in Chinese history, each dynasty has secrets that it suppresses, and then it’s up to the next dynasty to write the true history of the previous dynasty. Each dynasty writes its own propaganda, the next dynasty writes the true history, so I assume this will happen in China, too.”

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“For the past few days, peaceful Turkish citizens have been protesting the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, one of the few green areas left in the center of Istanbul. The plan by the Erdogan-run AKP government is to build a large shopping center instead, benefitting his own interests and filling his own pockets.

What started with a mere 100 protestors turned into tens of thousands over the course of a few days. People camped out in the park, sang songs, read books, danced. I was there yesterday and it was heartwarming.

Prime Minister Erdogan made a public announcement two days ago stating, ‘We have made up our minds’, and that nothing will stop his plans to destroy the park.

He subsequently ordered his police forces to attack protestors in the park using water cannons and tear gas without warning in the early hours of the morning. This has been happening for the past two days, and continues as I write these words. Tents were burned as people slept in them, innocent citizens were dragged away and had tear gas sprayed directly into their faces, kicked and punched where they were on the ground. Bystanders on their way to work also got sprayed. The center of Istanbul is now a war-zone. 

Innocent people are being attacked, injured and hospitalised  There are unofficial reports of one person being dead with his ID confiscated by officials (an eerie replay of the May 1 attacks when an innocent young girl was put into a coma due to tear gas attacks. This girl was later labeled by the government as a terrorist)

This has become a matter about more than just saving trees. This has always been about more than that. This is an ‘I can do whatever I damn well want’, fascist mentality that not only heavily suppresses but openly attacks its own people.

To make matters worse, media channels are being censored so as not to display the news.

#direngeziparki is now the 2nd worldwide trending topic on Twitter.

As our friends overseas, we need your help. Send this message to everyone you know. Amnesty International has already announced it condemns the use of excessive force against the protestors, and has called on the Turkish police to stop the use of violence, and to respect the protestors’ rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. But it hasn’t helped. 

The protests have and will continue despite the abuse but it needs all the attention it can get, especially considering Turkish news channels heavily alter and misrepresent the nature of what is actually occurring in the heart of Istanbul. 

Please create awareness internationally about our plight, or matters are going to get much, much worse. We want all international media channels - soclal and mass - to report this news.


Please help us to share this message and stop Erdogan’s ruthless, inhumane acts. In a never-ending series of human rights abuses that have occurred under his leadership, this is the last straw.” 

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ditamcevil:

@huffingtonpost #occupyistanbul #direngeziparki

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oldenough2burmom:

octavekitten:

Let the Games Begin.

Is anyone angry that her professor can’t fund cancer research? Or that her neighbor just lost her food stamps? How about the person whose brother can’t get into a publicly-subsidized drug rehab because those programs have been cut? Or the school district that will cut music lessons because of ‘austerity’? Shouldn’t we DO SOMETHING?

Please click the link. It’s non-violent.

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