Senators of both parties sharply challenged the collection of records of all domestic phone calls, as the latest leaked N.S.A. document provided new details on the way the agency monitors Web browsing around the world.
A woman blocks the entrance to Congress as riot police stand guard in Guatemala City, Wednesday Nov. 23, 2011. Protesters are demanding that Congress approve the Ley de Vivienda, or Housing Act, which would allow them to attain legal titles to the lands where they built their homes. (Rodrigo Abd)
You have power. Use it.
In this photo from The New York Observer, Former Philadelphia police Captain Ray Lewis, sits in zip cuffs after being arrested today in conjunction with the Occupy Wall Street protests. Another photo of Lewis protesting can be found here.
Drew Grant of The Observer writes: “There is simply nothing more bizarre than looking at images of a man in police uniform arrested and handcuffed by people wearing lower-ranking NYPD garb.”
Lewis’ arrest was caputured on video:
Lewis knew his arrest was a possibility. In a rousing speech last night, Lewis criticized the NYPD and its use of force, along with New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. An excerpt:
“You should, by law, only use force to protect someone’s life or to protect them from being bodily injured. If you’re not protecting somebody’s life or protecting them from bodily injury, there’s no need to use force. And the number one thing that they always have in their favor that they seldom use is negotiation – continue to talk, and talk and talk to people. You have nothing to lose by that. This bullrush–what happened last night is totally uncalled for when they did not use negotiation long enough.“They complained about the park being dirty. Here they are worrying about dirty parks when people are starving to death, where people are freezing, where people are sleeping in subways and they’re concerned about a dirty park. That’s obnoxious, it’s arrogant, it’s ignorant, it’s disgusting.[The NYPD], they’re trying to get me arrested and I may disappear OK? But as soon as I’m let out of jail, I’ll be right back here and they’ll have to arrest me again. All the cops are, they’re just workers for the one percent and they don’t even realize they’re being exploited.”
Sorry, I just like what he said too much not to reblog it.
I can’t even comprehend the absurdity of this. This man is a hero.
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Instead of asking questions, be bolder and question the answers. What answers? … Those that say that if we kill enough people, drop enough bombs, jail enough dissenters, torture enough prisoners, keep fighting fire with fire and not with water, we’ll have peace forever.
Colman McCarthy, co-founder of the D.C.-based Center for Teaching Peace, on how to teach students how to :examine their choices regarding violent reaction versus nonviolent response.”
again, power in many forms. how can people scream “what about the children” and then not protect children?
Ah, that moment when crime is legalized if it is understood to rest on religious bias. The Framers must be crying …
On Wednesday, legislators in Michigan’s Senate passed a bill “which not only neglects to protect students based on sexual orientation or gender identity, but creates a special exception for bullies who have a ‘sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.’”
The rebuke entered into the record by Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer is worth taking a couple of minutes to watch.
OK, Michigan Republicans, here’s our question: What if the bully’s religious justification is SHARIA? What do you do then? After your brains are done exploding, we mean.