Sep. 3, 2013
"My big brother Ethan, who had Down syndrome, was killed by three police officers earlier this year. His crime? Not buying a $12 movie ticket. And now the police officers who killed my brother are getting off with no consequences.
On January 12, 2013, my brother Ethan went to the movies. When the movie was over, he returned to his seat to see it again. Three police officers told Ethan he had to leave, but Ethan didn’t understand why. He got frustrated and afraid when the officers told him he was going to jail. His aide came into the theater and told the officers that they should not touch Ethan because it would only make him more upset. He needed time to process their request.
But the officers didn’t listen. Witnesses say they threw Ethan to the ground and piled on top of him. Seconds later, Ethan couldn’t breathe, and eventually died. The coroner ruled that his death was homicide by asphyxiation.
My family waited six months for the truth about what happened that night, but the officers’ own department investigated and decided they deserve no punishment at all.” - Emma Saylor
Please signal boost this. I’ve had enough of police brutality. I’ve had enough of innocent people being killed because of people being to ignorant. I’ve had enough. Please sign this petition to get Ethan and his family the justice they deserve. https://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-ethan-governor-martin-o-malley-we-need-an-independent-investigation?share_id=RKTOgjuOLf
Guys, do this and spread it around, ok.
I’m glad to see this is finally getting some attention.
Spread it around people.
(Source: hotmessopotamia, via thatvegancosplayer)
Jul. 13, 2013
You can put your anger into action. The NAACP has created a petition to ask the Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman
Jun. 4, 2012
please take a moment to sign this petition and to pass it on.
It asks that CeCe serve her time in a women’s prison rather than a men’s facility, where she is currently set to serve her time.
May. 17, 2012
Janice and her sister Mary were attending a San Francisco Giants baseball game during the “Dog Days of Summer.” Every year, the San Francisco Giants hold a dog day, where fans can bring their dogs and, more importantly, available dogs from local shelters are paraded around the warning track and periodically shown on the Jumbo-Tron.
When Daisy’s face appeared on the screen, Mary told Janice, “That’s your next dog! She needs to be yours!” Immediately after the game, Janice went straight to the local SPCA and adopted the Jumbo-Tron dog. Daisy, a nine-year-old mix, arrived unhappily at the shelter after her elderly owner unexpectedly died. A medical exam on the dog revealed degenerative spinal disk disease requiring corrective surgery, as well as chronic dry eyes and irritated skin. But Janice didn’t care about Daisy’s medical problems. “Daisy sat in my lap and was so sweet,” said Jane. “It was like we were long lost pals.” A happy ending for Daisy; and in one day, over 40,000 people are educated about the importance and benefits of adoption, and asked to save a life.
The annual event started when a former employee of the local SPCA and a diehard Giants fan came up with the idea for the event. The Giants were approached, they agreed, and the rest is history—for Daisy and other dogs like her.
If your sports team doesn’t have a dog days event, send them an email asking them to do so. Let them know other teams, like the San Francisco Giants, have one. And tell them it’s a great promotion, it gets the team a lot of good publicity, the dogs enjoy a day at the stadium, tens of thousands of people are educated about adoption, and it saves dogs like Daisy.
Finally, a day at the ballpark the whole family can enjoy.
Apr. 26, 2012
This is what just landed in my inbox
Dear MoveOn member,
On December 23, 2011, my goddaughter, Jasmine Thar, a 16-year-old African American, was shot and killed while in my mother’s front yard in Chadbourn, North Carolina.
When the shot rang out, Jasmine was preparing for a routine shopping trip and doing what most teens do—texting. Two others, my niece and myself, were also injured in the shooting.
The 23-year-old Caucasian male who fired the fatal shot from the house across the street was taken in for questioning,but he has not been charged with a crime of any kind.
Because he claims it was an accident, the police let him go—despite the fact that he admits he fired the shot and police found a Confederate flag and Nazi literature in his home.
The message being sent is that you can shoot and kill someone like Jasmine and get away with it by simply claiming it was an accident. That can’t be the world we live in.
That’s why we created a petition on SignOn.org to District Attorney Jon David, Attorney General Roy Cooper, and Assistant District Attorney Chris Gentry. The petition says:
We demand justice for Jasmine Thar, who was shot and killed. Three months after the shooting we still have no answers. We urge you to sign this petition to demand a lawful, thorough, and unprejudiced investigation from the SBI and sound judicial decisions from Columbus County District Attorney Jon David and ADA Chris Gentry.
Will you sign the petition? Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends:
An accident. AN ACCIDENT. Does manslaughter not apply to fucking white people? And Nazi lit and confederate flags mean nothing in this post racial era?! SHE WAS 16, IN HER OWN FRONT YARD, AND WAS TEXTING!!!!!! Let a motherfucker whine to me about reverse racism.
(Source: talesofthestarshipregeneration, via thecurvature)
Apr. 13, 2012
CISPA Replaces SOPA As Internet’s Enemy No. 1 (Must Read)
The Internet has a new enemy. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA), also known as H.R. 3523, is a “cybersecurity” bill in the House of Representatives. While CISPA does not focus primarily on intellectual property (though that’s in there, too), critics say the problems with the bill run just as deep.
As with SOPA and PIPA, the first main concern about CISPA is its “broad language,” which critics fear allows the legislation to be interpreted in ways that could infringe on our civil liberties. The Center for Democracy and Technology sums up the problems with CISPA this way:
• The bill has a very broad, almost unlimited definition of the information that can be shared with government agencies notwithstanding privacy and other laws;
• The bill is likely to lead to expansion of the government’s role in the monitoring of private communications as a result of this sharing;
• It is likely to shift control of government cybersecurity efforts from civilian agencies to the military;
• Once the information is shared with the government, it wouldn’t have to be used for cybesecurity, but could instead be used for any purpose that is not specifically prohibited.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) adds that CISPA’s definition of “cybersecurity” is so broad that “it leaves the door open to censor any speech that a company believes would ‘degrade the network.’”
Moreover, the inclusion of “intellectual property” means that companies and the government would have “new powers to monitor and censor communications for copyright infringement.”
Furthermore, critics warn that CISPA gives private companies the ability to collect and share information about their customers or users with immunity — meaning we cannot sue them for doing so, and they cannot be charged with any crimes.
According to the EFF, CISPA “effectively creates a ‘cybersecurity’ exemption to all existing laws.”
“There are almost no restrictions on what can be collected and how it can be used, provided a company can claim it was motivated by ‘cybersecurity purposes.’” the EFF continues.
“That means a company like Google, Facebook, Twitter, or AT&T could intercept your emails and text messages, send copies to one another and to the government, and modify those communications or prevent them from reaching their destination if it fits into their plan to stop cybersecurity threats.”
Read the full text of CISPA here, or the full official summary at the bottom of this page.
Apr. 10, 2012
Most people abhor slavery. At Animal Place, we refuse to accept that it is okay to exploit farmed animals for their flesh, milk, eggs or any other by-product. Extending our compassion to farmed animals does not mean we endorse or support the abuse of humans. In fact, quite the opposite.
We also love chocolate. At our weekly vegan staff potlucks, it is always a joy to eat vegan chocolate cupcakes or cake. It makes most of us very happy (we have a couple staff members who prefer non-chocolate treats, but that’s just so weird that the rest of us pretend they love chocolate too).
But loving the taste of something never trumps suffering. While of course we do not endorse the consumption of non-vegan chocolate products, all of us have been forced to look at our choices when it comes to buying vegan chocolate. Yes, we’re human too!
75% of the world’s cocoa (sold to chocolate companies) comes from Ghana and the Ivory Coast. The truth is, many cocoa plantations force children into slave labor to harvest cocoa. Children may be stolen or sold to cocoa plantations and may never see their families again. You can learn more about the slave industry in cocoa production at the Food Empowerment Project’s (FEP) site.
Most consumers are unaware of the brutality behind every chocolate bar they purchase. The governments of the Ivory Coast and Ghana lack sufficient resources to properly monitor and prosecute violations. The largest chocolate companies have done virtually nothing to modify their own behavior. They are relying on YOUR blind faith and lack of knowledge. That is wrong.
The Food Empowerment Project has tackled this issue in myriad ways. Since you and I cannot change the governments of the Ivory Coast and Ghana, we have to empower ourselves to make better, kinder choices. And thank goodness for F.E.P. for giving us that chance. They have compiled a list of approved vegan chocolates that do not rely on the exploitation of humans OR nonhumans to produce!
The picture you see is of some vegan fudge I purchased from Allison’s Gourmet. Yes, making more ethical chocolate-choices will cost more money. But I know people can be incredibly compassionate and amazing. People can choose to reduce or eliminate chocolate, because we do not need it to survive (**shock**).
Join us in choosing ethical chocolate!
-Marji Beach, Education Manager
The latest edition of the FEP’s newsletter included a campaign update/action alert in regards to Clif Bar’s refusal to disclose the source of its cacao. Been meaning to crosspost it for a few days now and then this piece shows up on my dash!
You can take action here and sign up for the Food Empowerment Project’s newsletter here. Do it!
1. Clif Bar Campaign Update
As part of our initiative to help stop slavery in the cacao/chocolate industry, we have launched a campaign to get Clif Bar to disclose where they source their cacao. Because Clif Bar is a company that prides itself on doing the right thing, we were shocked that they were unwilling to be transparent about their cacao supply chain even though we only want to know the country of origin of their cacao beans.
Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to write Clif Bar.
If you have not already, please contact them and spread the word: http://www.foodispower.org/takeaction.htm
Currently, Clif Bar is sending back form letters about what they are doing, but they still have not disclosed this very simple fact that other companies have willingly shared. Please help us hold them accountable!
Join our efforts and ask Clif to raise the bar on child slavery! Please spread the word.
Mar. 7, 2012
The petition reads: “Don’t place a bust of Rush Limbaugh in the State Capitol. If you honor him in this way, you are supporting his reprehensible attacks on women, which is insulting and offensive to the people of Missouri.”
Please sign and share, especially if you live in MO.
Feb. 16, 2012
The goal is 1,000 signatures. Please sign and reblog, because we should not have someone who is an unrepentant sexist and rape apologist, who heaps praise upon men who threaten to beat and rape women, in an editorial position here.
Feb. 14, 2012
Diving horse show returning to Atlantic City? No mother-loving way.
Are you kidding me? The Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey wants to bring back the diving horse show this summer—as in the “show” where a horse dives into a pool from 40 feet in the air. What the actual fuck, AC? Come on. There is nothing right about this. It’s depraved and shameful. This is the kind of news that makes me want to take a two hour shower to try to wash off the contemptibility of humanity.
But don’t worry guys, the Steel Pier has done their research:
In the course of making the decision to include the diving horse, Steel Pier Associates conducted significant research into past practices, including speaking with people who were directly involved in the act that occurred in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Through this research, we determined there was no animal cruelty or abuse that occurred in the past.
So their method of research was to ask the very people that condoned the diving horse show in the past if they condone the diving horse show? Wow, make way for science! Obviously they definitely shouldn’t consult the Humane Society, who is strongly opposed to the show.
People, we can’t let this happen. Let’s call these mofos! The press release says “for more information contact Sharon Franz, Sales and Marketing Director for Steel Pier at 609-345-4893” so let’s call her! And one of the Steel Pier owners, Tony Catanoso, has been super outspoken about how great this will be. Let’s call Tony Catanoso! I found this on the Facebook group opposed to the diving horse show:
Atlantic Amusements Pier
705 Route 9
Erma , NJ 08204
Pier (609) 345-4893
Phone: (609) 898-7640
Fax: (609) 898-7646
Write him! Call him! Tell him this is not OK!
You can also sign the petition here. According to Ecorazzi, lots of celebrities are coming out against this ridiculous idea. The more the mother-loving merrier.
Sep. 24, 2011
During the last week of September every year, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2011 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 24 through October 1. Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,000 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, click here
According to the American Library Association, there were 348 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2010, and many more go unreported. (link)
Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is one such commonly challenged works; here The Amber Spyglass is being read by Shevon Desai, a Social Sciences Librarian at the University of Michigan Graduate Library, as part of its Banned Books Week festivities in 2007.
This year, readers from around the world can participate in the virtual read-out by posting videos of themselves reading excerpts to a dedicated YouTube channel.
Aug. 29, 2011
What follows is the most delicious action alert I’ve ever received from In Defense of Animals. In honor of World Go Vegan Week, IDA and Daiya want to team up with you (yeah, you!) to spread the cheesy vegan pizza love! Help persuade your local pizzeria to offer a vegan pie for World Go Vegan Week - and beyond. (Vegan Pizza Day is just a few months later, yo!) All the vegan pizza will be ours! Muahahaha!
By the by, Vegan Pizza Takes Over the World? NEEDS TO BE A COOKBOOK LIKE NOW! Make it happen, crafty chef peoples!
World Go Vegan Week Begins October 24, 2011
Vegan Pizza Takes Over the World!
World Go Vegan Week (October 24 - 31) is a celebration of compassion, and a time to take action for animals, the environment, world hunger, and everyone’s well-being. This year is going to be extra special … and extra cheesy! We want to help make it even easier to be vegan, and what better way than being able to order a quick and easy pizza - with delicious vegan Daiya cheese.
You can help with just a few minutes of your time by reaching out to your local pizzeria and asking them to offer a vegan pizza. Our goal is to make eating vegan simple, fun, and accessible to every community. One of the best aspects of restaurant outreach is that a single person can make a direct and lasting difference for animals.
Please contact your local pizza shop and ask them to offer a vegan pizza for the week of World Go Vegan Week. Our partners at Daiya cheese have offered to provide a free sample of Daiya cheese for the pizza shop to try. Daiya cheese melts, stretches, and tastes just like traditional dairy-based cheese.
We will provide you with a letter and tips on how to approach the pizzerias. Remember, all it takes is one person to make a major difference in changing everyday restaurants into vegan-friendly havens.
To be part of spreading the vegan pizza love in your community, contact Hope Bohanec: firstname.lastname@example.org 415-448-0058 or 707-540-1760.
Vegan pizza outreach not your cup of tea? There are many other ways to celebrate with us! Click here for other ideas to promote World Go Vegan Week.
New to veganism? Click here to order a Vegan Starter Kit.