‘The rate of police killing in Chicago is almost 40 times higher than the rate of lynching in the United States during the worst period of jim crow segregation and white supremacy in the United States. The rate of police killings in the country as a whole is almost 4 times the rate of lynching in the United States during that period. This is cause for an international outcry from all people who value human rights. It rivals the excesses of the most brutal repressive governments so roundly condemned by the “international community.”’
The six undocumented organizers who were arrested last August 17, 2011 were found ‘not guilty’ of all charges. Nadia Sol Ireri Unzueta Carrasco (24), Fanny Lopez-Martinez (22), Jorge Mena (24), Arianna Salgado (19), and Carla Navoa (22) were facing State and City charges of blocking traffic, mob action, and reckless conduct. Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas declared that the prosecutors had not met their burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, and that therefore the protesters were found not guilty of all charges…
“I’m glad that we tested the system, as undocumented youth, and found community support,” said Jorge Mena, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an organizer with the Immigrant Youth Justice League. “However, Secure Communities is still being enforced and we need to continue bringing attention to how it is putting people into deportation proceedings and tearing families apart,” he added.
“Having a purpose to your life:
Purpose does not mean having a job. You can have a job and still be unfulfilled.
A purpose is having a clear sense of what God has called you to be.
Your purpose is not defined by what others think about you.”—Maya Angelou (via cool-ass-shit)
Just finished facilitating a national call on something I am taking the lead on. My stomach is still in knots. All I can think about are the things I should have or not have said. I know I can do this successfully, but I can't shake the fear of it not coming together.
The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.
For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.
“When it comes to women, they don’t get rights. They get restrictions… I have five daughters and eight granddaughters, and the one thing I worry about more than anything else is their health. I like to see their happy faces. I like to see them feeling good… So I want them to have doctors making decisions, not some employer who has a self-righteous moral view that he wants to impose on my daughter, my granddaughter, my wife. Nuh uh. On our side of the aisle, we believe that women are capable of making their own healthcare decisions.”—Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), is a man who trusts women. Lautenberg made these comments at today’s hearing on the Blunt Amendment. (via menwhotrustwomen)