Massacre 1913

On December 24, 1913, seventy-three people were trampled to death. Fifty nine of the dead were children. That Christmas Eve, 500 striking copper miners and their families were having a Christmas party at Calumet’s Italian Hall located in Calumet, Michigan when one of the scabs poked his head through the door to yell, “Fire!” There… Continue reading Massacre 1913

Sandra Bland Stop and Arrest Transcript

The Huffington Post now has what appears to be the complete transcript of Sandra Bland’s illegal arrest. At no point during the arrest did State Trooper Brian Encinia do the right thing. Encinia clearly violated Bland’s rights repeatedly and provided a perfect example of how to be a really shitty cop. Bland repeatedly asked why… Continue reading Sandra Bland Stop and Arrest Transcript

New York Times Doesn’t Understand the Freedom of Information Act

Update July 24, 2015: The New York Times is now back-pedaling this story. Apparently the probe isn’t criminal or even related to any potential wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton. It’s an investigation into whether Clinton was on the receiving end of classified information. Update July 25, 2015: For more on how shockingly wrong this entire Clinton… Continue reading New York Times Doesn’t Understand the Freedom of Information Act

Sandra Bland’s Rights Violated Before She Died

When Sandra Bland was pulled over, harassed by Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia, and subsequently arrested before winding up dead in a Texas jail cell, her rights had been violated repeatedly. The Texas Standard has a question and answer story detailing the numerous times Encinia violated Bland’s rights and should have deescalated the situation rather… Continue reading Sandra Bland’s Rights Violated Before She Died

Sandra Bland’s Mother: “This Means War”

Sandra Bland’s mother had to say good-bye to her daughter Tuesday. As a parent, the utter pain and destruction losing a child is unimaginable, and despite that, Bland’s mother vowed to fight for justice. “This means war,” Geneva Reed-Veal said memorializing her daughter at Johnson Phillip All Faiths Church on Prairie View A&M’s campus in… Continue reading Sandra Bland’s Mother: “This Means War”

Sandra Bland: Arrest Video Edited

On Tuesday, Texas Department of Public Safety released a video purportedly recorded from Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia. By Wednesday, video experts say that the video has clearly been edited. Ben Norton has a good story detailing the various anomalies. What’s odd is that some of the edits appear after Bland’s arrest, so there might… Continue reading Sandra Bland: Arrest Video Edited

This is What Victory Looks Like

You’ll hear it over and over again, ignorant fools spouting, “It don’t matter who you vote for cuz they’re all crooks and liars.” But as the last two presidencies clearly showcase, it does fucking matter who the president is. When George W. Bush was president, nearly 3,000 people were killed in a terrorist attack. We… Continue reading This is What Victory Looks Like

Capitalist Trick 92: Protecting the Environment will Destroy Jobs and the Economy

It was telling, the reaction from Capitalist politicians to Pope Francis’ belief that human activity is a contributing factor in global climate change. Capitalist presidential hopeful Jeb Bush blasted the pontiff for his misguided “theories.” Bush said that the Catholic church should stick to the Bible and leave the “economic” questions for the experts. That… Continue reading Capitalist Trick 92: Protecting the Environment will Destroy Jobs and the Economy

Kalief Browder’s Heartbreaking Story of Torture, Abuse and Death

The New York City justice system killed Kalief Browder. Browder was innocent of the crime he was suspected of perpetrating – stealing a backpack. The young man spent three years in Rikers Island waiting for a trial, or to be released. Browder would do two of those years in solitary confinement. Video footage shows Browder… Continue reading Kalief Browder’s Heartbreaking Story of Torture, Abuse and Death