Posts tagged Human Rights

On Ferguson, no words from Hillary Clinton

Two reporters called out questions to Clinton about her thoughts on Ferguson after she had wrapped up at Books & Books on Main Street in Westhampton Beach, a store owned by former Simon & Schuster executive Jack McKeown. (Simon & Schuster is the publisher of her new book, “Hard Choices.”)

Clinton ignored the questions and kept walking toward a rear entrance of the book store.

The MTS said the incident between the guards and passenger Felipe Vedoy began at the Grossmont trolley station.  But it turned violent once Vedoy and the security officers were on board the trolley.

On the video you can see and hear the officers hitting Vedoy with their batons.  The beating goes on for nearly seven minutes.
Lynn Riggs said she was on the trolley at the time and saw the beating.
"I just watched them beat him and beat him and beat him with the baton," Riggs said, "Then they would stop to take a breath, then continue beating on him.".
Riggs said it was obvious Vedoy was not trying to get away, that he was simply trying to shield himself from the blows.  At one point, you can see a passenger move to another seat to get out of the way of the altercation.

This has hit us like a hurricane or a tsunami or whatever you can call it, because we’re already overwhelmed with cases,” said Jojo Annobil, who leads the Immigration Law Unit at the Legal Aid Society. “It will need all hands on deck.”

Under the new procedures, unaccompanied minors and families with children who entered the United States in recent months during a surge of illegal migration from Central America will be moved to the front of the line to go before immigration judges.

These immigrants could be deported in a matter of months rather than years, the usual time frame in the overburdened immigration court system.

If you think that this sucks as much as I do, then I suggest you follow my suggestion on what to do about it, then get 3 people to do the same.

Sayeeda Warsi, the minister who quit over Gaza, says she had to stand down because of the UK’s “indefensible” position. Watch her first TV interview since her exit in full tonight at 7 on 4.

Join us in urging President Obama to pardon Chelsea Manning

We are military veterans, journalists, educators, homemakers, lawyers, students, and citizens.

We ask you to consider the facts and free US Army Pvt. Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning.

As an Intelligence Analyst stationed in Iraq, Chelsea Manning had access to some of America’s dirtiest secrets–crimes such as torture, illegal surveillance, and corruption—often committed in our name. Manning acted on conscience alone, with selfless courage and conviction, and gave these secrets to us, the public.

“I believed that if the general public had access to the information contained within the [Iraq and Afghan War Logs] this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy,” Manning explained to the military court. “I wanted the American public to know that not everyone in Iraq and Afghanistan were targets that needed to be neutralized, but rather people who were struggling to live in the pressure cooker environment of what we call asymmetric warfare.”

Journalists used these documents to uncover many startling truths. We learned:

  • Donald Rumsfeld and General Petraeus helped support torture in Iraq.
  • Deliberate civilian killings by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan went unpunished.
  • Thousands of civilian casualties were never acknowledged publicly.
  • Most Guantanamo detainees were innocent.

For service on behalf of an informed democracy, Manning was sentenced by military judge Colonel Denise Lind to a devastating 35 years in prison. Government secrecy has grown exponentially during the past decade, but more secrecy does not make us safer when it fosters unaccountability.

Chelsea Manning was convicted of Espionage Act charges for providing WikiLeaks with this information, but the prosecutors noted that they would have done the same had the information been given to The New York Times. Prosecutors did not show that enemies used this information against the U.S., or that the releases resulted in any casualties.

Chelsea Manning has already been punished, even in violation of military law. She has been:

  • Held in confinement since May 29, 2010.
  • Subjected to illegal punishment amounting to torture for nearly nine months at Quantico Marine Base, Virginia, in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Article 13—facts confirmed by both the United Nation’s lead investigator on torture and military judge Col. Lind.
  • Denied a speedy trial in violation of UCMJ, Article 10, having been imprisoned for over three years before trial.
  • Denied anything resembling a fair trial when prosecutors were allowed to change the charge sheet to match evidence presented, and enter new evidence, after closing arguments.

Chelsea Manning believed you, Mr. President, when you came into office promising the most transparent administration in history, and that you would protect whistle-blowers. We urge you to start upholding those promises, beginning with this American prisoner of conscience.

We urge you to grant Chelsea Manning’s petition for a Presidential Pardon.

My suggestion(s) to support child refugees from Central America

The kids need help. You have to speak up for them - check out my post on the other blog

"Do you see how those who are your critics say that is just heartless?" Banfield asked. "We’ve got kids being raped in overcrowded detention facilities. They need help. These are people who are desperate, and they need help. And, effectively, your critics say you’re just turning your backs on them."

Thiess said that she would not accept that criticism because “the unaccompanied minors account for about 18 percent of the total numbers that are in detention right now. And so, you don’t get a choice as a locality as to who you will accept into your community.”

"Councilwoman, there’s 50,000 of these kids expected this year," Banfield interrupted. "Whatever numbers you’re working off of are completely skewed by the craziness that’s going on right now! And I know you’ve seen it, and I know you’ve seen all those people who have come out to protest busses, where kids inside of busses have their faces pressed up to the glass, and they’re seeing Americans who look like the land of the rabid!"

"And what I’m asking you is, a policy like this kind of smacks of that," she said. "Do you not see the difference between illegal immigrants who are here — maybe — to get a free ride, and those who are desperately seeking protection from murderers?"

Thiess argued that she had a “singular responsibility” to the residents of her community, and “right now my protection has to be for them first.”

As the councilwoman began to explain that the solution was for “the federal government to start enforcing the laws,” Banfield cut her off.

"Ms. Theiss, please stop with this, you know full well that these people aren’t escaping into America!" the CNN host exclaimed. "They’re volunteering at the border to be caught. No one is getting through the wall of those who are there. This is a different circumstance. It’s the desperate who are begging for help. It’s not those who are sneaking in. You understand the difference, right?"

"The children, right now, who are arriving at the border are volunteering, surrendering themselves to the border agents! The border agents are actually doing their jobs! It’s being enforced!" Banfield continued. "The problem is there’s so many, it’s overcrowded. They’re being raped, they’re being beaten, and they need help! Some of them don’t even have water. And in at least one case, 100 of them are sharing one toilet that doesn’t even have a door."

Susan Collins, welcome to 2014! You’ve done a damn good job at making Hillary Clinton seem like a trailblazer.

Susan Collins, welcome to 2014! You’ve done a damn good job at making Hillary Clinton seem like a trailblazer.

Confirmed: Armed militias from across the U.S. are moving towards the U.S./Mexico border


I have several reports from followers that this is a recent trend happening in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and now California. 

Look into your local stations because those seem to be the ones that are really reporting on their activity. 

Here is an “action alert” I found in relation to the claims for Texas

Two teenage sisters in rural India were raped and killed by attackers who hung their bodies from a mango tree, which became the scene of a silent protest by villagers angry about alleged police inaction in the case. Two of the four men arrested so far are police officers.

Villagers found the girls’ bodies hanging from the tree early Wednesday, hours after they disappeared from fields near their home in Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state, police Superintendent Atul Saxena said. The girls, who were 14 and 15, had gone into the fields because there was no toilet in their home.

Hundreds of angry villagers stayed next to the tree throughout Wednesday, silently protesting the police response. Indian TV footage showed the villagers sitting under the girls’ bodies as they swung in the wind, and preventing authorities from taking them down until the suspects were arrested.

The Best Line in The Whole Article:
Records show a rape is committed every 22 minutes in India, a nation of 1.2 billion people. Activists say that number is low because of an entrenched culture of tolerance for sexual violence, which leads many cases to go unreported. Women are often pressed by family or police to stay quiet about sexual assault, and those who do report it are often subjected to public ridicule or social stigma.