it actually is illegal. officers are required to wear their name tags for accountability purposes.
if a cashier can be penalized for being on the clock without a name tag, so can an officer. the biggest fucked up part about it is that you can’t even report it to their superiors because their superiors probably told them to remove their tags.
CALL FOR PAPERS: The Black Queer Sexuality Studies Collective Presents Legacies of Black Feminisms: A Black Queer Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Conference at Princeton University (October 11, 2014).
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• The role of…
neuke-n said: hey can you please explain how ferguson protest/riots all started and whats happened since the start? I've been following along on tumblr but I'm still confused as i think I'm missing important things
**sorry for typos, i’ll try and be as quick and comprehensive as possible/copy/pasting things from other posts**
- august 9th 2014: unarmed 18 year old black male named michael brown was murdered in cold blood by a police officer while walking down the street. he was surrendering as he was being shot
- there are multiple eye witnesses: dorian johnson, tiffany mitchell, unknown, unknown, and several twitter users.
- not only is Mike Brown’s murderer darren wilson on paid vacation, the governor has declared a state of emergency in ferguson despite the fact that 1. the protests were peaceful 2. all violence was perpetuated by police officers 3. the suspected looters were not from ferguson and 4. ferguson citizens had to be the ones standing guard and making sure those out of town looters did not continue (which i thought was the job of the police…but i guess not!)
- police have lied and tried to backtrack multiple times. first said brown committed a robbery. then said the officer who shot him had no clue of the robbery. evidence arose attesting to the fact that 1. no robbery was reported and 2. the merchandise he supposedly stole? yeah, he paid for it!
- vox has a rundown of the situation.
- wikipedia has an article up now
- bail fund for those arrested in ferguson
- donate to protesters
- buy from their amazon wish list
- MASTERPOST OF THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP
- HERE IS A LIVESTREAM
- AND ANOTHER ONE
- FERGUSON TWITTER LIST
- REDDIT LIVE FEED
- also, there have been no riots. police have shown up in riot gear to intimidate innocent protesters demanding justice. don’t let the media’s language influence your perception!
i hate going to sleep at a time like this but i encourage ppl to boost this post, especially the donation links/bail fund/food pantry links etc because the city has shut down schools and i’m really worried about the children with childhoods similar to mine who count on free lunch at school. here is the feed the children of ferguson donation link.
here it is again.
here it is a third time.
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Consider donating to Julianna’s fund to feed the students of Ferguson.
#Feedthestudents and #FeedFerguson is going to help feed families. Many school-age kids rely on school meals, and school has been closed since Monday. Kids are going hungry!
Every dollar helps.
They just went and got a bunch of stuff for the protesters using the donations so far, so keep donating if you can.
One year anniversary of the murder of Islan Nettles: How long will we wait for justice?
August 17, 2014
Sunday marks one year since 21-year-old Islan Nettles was brutally killed on a street near her home in Harlem. Nettles, an African-American transgender woman, was a design intern at a fashion company. She was beaten to death in the early hours of Aug. 17, in the shadow of the NYPD Housing Bureau’s Service Area 6 .
Yet she — and transgender people around New York City and the world — are still waiting for justice from the NYPD and Manhattan District Attorney. Activity in the investigation, if there has been any, remains shrouded behind a disturbing veil of secrecy.
Nettles had been walking with a group of transgender friends when they came upon a group of young men who subjected them to catcalls and harassment of a type familiar to many women in New York City.
But the catcalling took a violent turn when the men apparently realized that she and her friends were transgender.
Nettles was beaten badly enough that she needed to be hospitalized. At the hospital, she lapsed into a coma. Four days later, she was brain dead. Life support was turned off. She was gone.
While she was in the hospital, the police arrested her alleged assailant. Witnesses reported that he had pushed Nettles to the ground, climbed on top of her and beat her repeatedly while screaming anti-gay and anti-transgender slurs.
Despite this, he was charged only with misdemeanor assault. Of course, Nettles hadn’t yet died at the time of his arrest, and he therefore couldn’t be charged with anything related to her death. But it was still difficult to shake the feeling that the authorities did not take this attack very seriously.
After Nettles died, charges were dropped against this assailant. The expectation was that new charges would be brought against him stemming from her death.
Those never came.
Instead, it appeared that the investigation lost steam. Explanations floated around. The one most commonly heard was that a second man had stepped forward claiming responsibility for killing Islan, but that he was too drunk to remember it clearly.
The various accounts only compound the sense that prosecuting the man who killed Nettles in what is by all appearances a hate crime simply isn’t a priority for the police and district attorney.
In November, the Manhattan DA’s office stated that it was still “aggressively investigating” Nettles’ death.
But the investigation hardly feels aggressive. It’s been a year and there has been little visible effort spent on finding justice.
For the transgender community — scarred by a long and difficult history of violence and an often uneasy relationship with law enforcement — the vacuum of information makes reasonable community members question whether or not resources are truly being directed towards this investigation.
After a year of claims about their commitment to justice, it’s time for officials to become more transparent about their investigation.
Transgender people, and transgender women of color in particular, face harassment and violence on a regular basis. All too often, crimes committed against them go unpunished.
But their lives matter. Islan Nettles’ life mattered. It mattered to her friends, to her family and to her community.
Every day, I work with many transgender women of color like Nettles who astound me with their strength and resilience in the face of widespread discrimination and violence and seeming indifference from authorities.
Transgender people are gaining more visibility, acceptance and legal protection every day. But violence remains a daily part of life. We must demand accountability from law enforcement and an end to anti-transgender violence and discrimination.
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DO NOT LET THEM PUT MICHAEL BROWN ON TRIAL FOR HIS MURDER
by Mia McKenzie A Black person is murdered by cops, security guards or self-appointed vigilantes every 28 hours in the U.S. The killing of an unarmed Black teenager named Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO, which has resulted in protests in that town and harsh police push-back and brutality against even more of its citizens, and which, via social media, has gotten the attention of people around the world, probably isn’t even the latest occurrence, at just three days old. Talking to people on Twitter about Mike Brown and what’s happening in Ferguson right now, I’ve noticed (again) how easily…
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+ What is Hoax? Hoax is a US bi-annual queer feminist compilation zine that aims to create a space to analyze the feminisms of our everyday lives. Each issue has a theme in tandem with feminisms. Contributors do not have to identify with a particular gender and/or as feminists in order to submit work to the zine. You can learn more about Hoax via links about our Mission Statement, Core Values, and Shared Goals, General Hoax FAQs, Submission FAQs, and Stipends for Submissions.
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This issue also includes poetry (covering topics like chronic illness, black womanhood, a school shooting, and women in magazines), feminists we love, current feminist heroes, and vegan recipes! ½ size, black & white, 80 pages, and very text heavy.
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You can pre-order via our Etsy shop (for PayPal payments, where you can also find back issues on community (out of print now – final copies are listed on the site!), communication, change, mythologies, and vulnerabilities as well as some brand new Hoax pins (pictured above!) and many of our personal zines) or, if you prefer well hidden US cash via snail mail, you can e-mail us at hoaxzine (at) gmail (dot) com to find out where to mail us. If you are interested in potentially becoming a contributor to Hoax, please check out our call for submissions for Hoax #11: Feminisms & Strategy, which is accepting submissions until September 30th!
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