Posts tagged civil rights


Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is putting her money where her mouth is when it comes to her decision to terminate the city’s contract with Gordon College.

They handle witch hunts differently in Salem in the 21st Century.

Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is putting her money where her mouth is when it comes to her decision to terminate the city’s contract with Gordon College.

They handle witch hunts differently in Salem in the 21st Century.

An extra-judicial execution for talking back to cops in Albuquerque (via Police helmet cam: Camper turning from officers when shot)

{sarcasm}Luckily for the good people of Albuquerque most homeless people don’t have survivors to sue for damages.{/sarcasm}

Bayard Rustin, an openly gay African American man, worked as an advocate for human rights. He most famously advised Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where King made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. On his birthday, GLAAD celebrates the life of Bayard Rustin.

Bayard Rustin, an openly gay African American man, worked as an advocate for human rights. He most famously advised Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where King made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. On his birthday, GLAAD celebrates the life of Bayard Rustin.

Immigration agents beat Fernando Bajaras (A# 200-537-719) while he was in detention in 2013 & now ICE is trying trying to deport him TODAY before he can file a civil rights complaint.
Call 202-732-5907 RIGHT NOW and tell ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale the American people will not stand for these injustices.
See Immigration Agents Beat Fernando in Detention. Will they Deport Him Before He is able to hold them accountable? | #Not1More Deportation for more information.

Immigration agents beat Fernando Bajaras (A# 200-537-719) while he was in detention in 2013 & now ICE is trying trying to deport him TODAY before he can file a civil rights complaint.

Call 202-732-5907 RIGHT NOW and tell ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale the American people will not stand for these injustices.

See Immigration Agents Beat Fernando in Detention. Will they Deport Him Before He is able to hold them accountable? | #Not1More Deportation for more information.

If you live in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island or Vermont, one of your senators is a Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee. Their vote could be pivotal for keeping Michael Boggs from a lifetime appointment.
Sign and send the petition—Reject Michael Boggs’s nomination to the U.S. District Court in Georgia.

If you live in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island or Vermont, one of your senators is a Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee. Their vote could be pivotal for keeping Michael Boggs from a lifetime appointment.

Sign and send the petition—Reject Michael Boggs’s nomination to the U.S. District Court in Georgia.

King City’s longtime former police chief, Nick Baldiviez, current acting police chief, Bruce Miller, and five others were arrested in a major corruption bust Tuesday morning.

Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo said King City’s top law enforcers became lawbreakers when they orchestrated a scheme victimizing the most vulnerable residents in King City.

"The victims were economically disadvantaged persons of Hispanic descent who were targeted by having their vehicles impounded, towed and stored by Miller’s Towing," Flippo said.
This week, Tunisia passed a truly historic constitution widely heralded as a progressive and monumental document. Here’s just some of what these brave elected representatives agreed upon in the face of strong pressure from the more extreme factions of their parties:Guaranteed equality between men and womenA constitutional mandate for environmental protection, only the third country in the world to do soA declaration that health care is a human right, with preventative care and treatment for every citizenA democracy with civil laws that respects freedom of religion An established right to due process and protection from tortureIn one stroke, Tunisia’s become more democratic than many Western countries have been for years. This is a revolution of democracy and a great victory for human rights — and the more we recognize that, the more Tunisia can shine as an example for the Western and the Arab world!Congratulate the Legislators!MESSAGE FOR TUNISIAN LEGISLATORS: We , the citizens of the world, applaud your bravery in making a strong commitment to universal human values in your constitution. People deprived of democracy around the world look to you to set the example of human rights and democratic principle — hold true to the promises made in this revolutionary document!
 (via Three Cheers for Tunisia’s Revolutionary Constitution!)

This week, Tunisia passed a truly historic constitution widely heralded as a progressive and monumental document. 

Here’s just some of what these brave elected representatives agreed upon in the face of strong pressure from the more extreme factions of their parties:

  • Guaranteed equality between men and women
  • A constitutional mandate for environmental protection, only the third country in the world to do so
  • A declaration that health care is a human right, with preventative care and treatment for every citizen
  • A democracy with civil laws that respects freedom of religion
  • An established right to due process and protection from torture
In one stroke, Tunisia’s become more democratic than many Western countries have been for years.

This is a revolution of democracy and a great victory for human rights — and the more we recognize that, the more Tunisia can shine as an example for the Western and the Arab world!

Congratulate the Legislators!

MESSAGE FOR TUNISIAN LEGISLATORS: We , the citizens of the world, applaud your bravery in making a strong commitment to universal human values in your constitution. People deprived of democracy around the world look to you to set the example of human rights and democratic principle — hold true to the promises made in this revolutionary document!

Faulkner joined the Marines in 1953, and served in the Philippines. In 1956, he got kicked out with an “undesirable discharge” for being gay. His military papers said “homosexual” on them, quite an obstacle in the 1950s.

Still, Faulkner moved on, and had a successful career in sales.

A few years ago, when he got diagnosed with terminal cancer, Faulkner contacted his family about a dying wish.

"I always knew he served in the Marines, but no one in the family knew of the [undesirable] discharge," says his niece, Michelle Clark.

Faulkner had come out to his family in 2005, attending a wedding with his partner of more than 20 years. But now he told them that the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” had made it possible to get his military discharge upgraded after years of avoiding the subject.

"He’s been carrying this societal shame with him all these years," Clark says. "We as a family had no idea the pain he had inside of him."

But a correction of military records usually takes at least six months, as well as a lawyer. The activist group OutServe-SLDN helped Faulkner get a pro-bono lawyer from the New York firm Winston & Strawn.

When lawyer Anne Brooksher-Yen saw the case and the time frame, she was worried, even when the military agreed to expedite the case.

"I didn’t know whether expedited was going to mean six weeks or six months," Anne Brooksher-Yen says. "So I did have a conversation with him that we might not be able to get this done before he died."

The Marines acted on his dying request in just two weeks. Last Friday in Florida, a small group presented Faulkner with his honorable discharge.

"I didn’t think that maybe I would last through all the battles that we’ve had, but a Marine is always a Marine," Faulkner said at the ceremony.

NPR

Don't even think about naming a place I live in after Ronald Reagan

I’ll take you down a notch or two politely, but only the first time.

Check out what Dean Obeidallah says around 6:30 happened in Baton Rouge in 1953 (during Phil’s life) that Phil Robertson seems to have no awareness of.