Occupy Oakland Black Bloc lures Chicago Police Officer with a NATO . monday may 21
The Wall Street Journal reports that NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk reached an all time high last year (2011) with just about 684,330 stopped and questioned. What is more alarming is that 87% of those folks happen to be Black and
HispanicLatino. Here are some stats:
And who was it that got stop-and-frisked the most? 92 percent of those stopped were males, and 87 percent of those stopped were black or Hispanic, a glaring disparity considering blacks and Hispanics make up only 59 percent of the city’s population.
Just 12 percent of those stopped were arrested.
“Last year alone, the NYPD stopped enough totally innocent New Yorkers to fill Madison Square Garden more than 30 times over,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement. “It is not a crime to walk down the street in New York City, yet every day innocent black and brown New Yorkers are turned into suspects for doing just that. It is a stunning abuse of power that undermines trust between police and the community.”
Have these cops never heard of post-racist America? :S
See you saturday at the exposition, 11 am-6 pm on 1st and 8th floors at Columbia College, 1104 South Wabash, Chicago.
“Stop talking politics.”
Revolution in Bloom #ChicagoSpring
Across the country, nearly fifteen million Americans live under the poverty line. Men, woman and children go to bed hungry every night. When asked how to stop this epidemic you will get a variety of answers from politicians coast to coast. The answer that is most alarming however, comes from those in the Republican party. Whether it’s candidates running for president or small town mayors, the same rhetoric is being said. Shouts of “less regulation” and “lower taxes” are the two main ingredients in the Republican plan to get Americans back to work and put money into their pockets. The problem with this rhetoric is that not only will it not work, it hasn’t work in the past and was the driving force of the wealth gap we currently have in our country.
The income gap in the United States has widened over the last three decades do to failed economic polices primary placed by Republican presidents. It started in 1980 when Ronald Reagan cut the top tax rate from 70% down to 28% by the time he left office after the 1988 election. The economy was starting to stabilize during President Clinton’s time in office, but when George W. Bush was elected, the American economic system began to collapse again. George Bush took the United States into two wars that were not paid for, gave his surplus away in the form of tax breaks that benefited the wealthiest Americans and created a Medicare Part D plan that was also unfunded. President Obama has tried to implement polices that could help the country, but many have been watered down by a Republican controlled House of Representatives.
According to research done by the non-partisan CBO (Congressional Budget Office), income inequality has widened at a record pace since Reagan took office in 1980.275 percent for the top 1 percent of households,
65 percent for the next 19 percent,
Just under 40 percent for the next 60 percent, and
18 percent for the bottom 20 percent.
The percent of income that went to higher-income households rose, while the share going to lower-income households fell dramatically.The top fifth of the population saw a 10-percentage-point increase in their share of after-tax income.
Most of that growth went to the top 1 percent of the population.
All other groups saw their shares decline by 2 to 3 percentage points.
What can we do as Americans that could help reverse the course of economic collapse? Until President Obama has reasonable members of congress to work with, this problem won’t get any better in the years to come, only worse.
“By Daniel J. Solove
…On the surface, it seems easy to dismiss the nothing-to-hide argument. Everybody probably has something to hide from somebody. As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn declared, “Everyone is guilty of something or has something to conceal. All one has to do is look hard enough to find what it is.” Likewise, in Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s novella “Traps,” which involves a seemingly innocent man put on trial by a group of retired lawyers in a mock-trial game, the man inquires what his crime shall be. “An altogether minor matter,” replies the prosecutor. “A crime can always be found.”
One can usually think of something that even the most open person would want to hide. As a commenter to my blog post noted, “If you have nothing to hide, then that quite literally means you are willing to let me photograph you naked? And I get full rights to that photograph—so I can show it to your neighbors?” The Canadian privacy expert David Flaherty expresses a similar idea when he argues: “There is no sentient human being in the Western world who has little or no regard for his or her personal privacy; those who would attempt such claims cannot withstand even a few minutes’ questioning about intimate aspects of their lives without capitulating to the intrusiveness of certain subject matters.”…”
For my first post I wanted it to be so many things, witty, accurate, interesting and relevant. Well while I still try to figure how to fit all of those things into one post I will just post this picture. Even though there is no camp and lots of people think the Occupy movement is dead, I remain more than hopeful, I remain ACTIVE! See you in the streets!