flowersinmydreads:

its-hard-to-make-a-dime-go100:

Side eye

that spoke volumes

2Pac’s “Juice”

I have one thing to say: Central Park Five. You don’t know what that is, you better look it up. it’s called a real life example.

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(Source: jasonnywithnochance, via wontbetelevised)

  • White people:

    We don't want any black people in our clubs, bars, parties, restaurants, schools, government, banks, neighborhoods, or offices

  • Black people:

    Well fuck ya'll then. We can go start our own shit that's just for black people and nobody else.

  • White people:

    ......

  • White people:

    Wow, excluding people based solely on their skin color? That's really racist and I am personally offended. How would you feel if we did that to you?

micdotcom:

5 disturbing facts about police militarization in America

Those cops in riot armor beating and tear-gassing protesters in Ferguson didn’t drop out of thin air. As American police continue to receive billions in military-grade equipment free or subsidized by the Pentagon and Homeland Security, they’ve predictably started to act more like a military force in hostile territory than the public’s protectors.

Facts from ACLU report show just how big the problem has become Follow micdotcom

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Sometimes my ma really cracks me up with her “But where are their parents?” questions in regards to some of these Chicago shootings, like kids being out at midnight at 14-15, because by the time I was 18 I had two underage drinking citations and a vandalism related one, and one time my dad legitimately called me at 230 in the morning when I was 14 and asked me where I was and I straight up said in the middle of a park and he told me to have fun.

Like, yes, solid parenting you two. Rock on.

ourtimeorg:

Spot on

ourtimeorg:

Spot on

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CLAYTON •The grand jury that is hearing evidence in the Michael Brown shooting death has one black man and two black women on the panel, and six white men and three white women.
The Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that the grand jury had three black people, but the gender information is new. The gender information was supplied by Paul Fox, director of judicial administration for St. Louis County Circuit Court.
Fox said Judge Carolyn Whittington will hear a motion Monday morning about what else to release about the makeup of the grand jury, including age and hometown or zip code.

Some things to note here:
What the heck is a grand jury and how do they get one?
The grand jury is not responsible for a guilty or not guilty verdict; it simply decides if there’s enough evidence to push forward with indictment. This is a good thing in this case, as if a grand jury votes yes to proceed with an indictment, it greatly reduces the possibility of prosecutor McCullogh just deciding “no go”, because of public pressure, which was a concern previously brought up.
You need a vote of 9/12 in favor of proceeding with the indictment. If a jury does not reach that 9/12 vote, however, you should know that McCullogh can seek a court order to open the evidence.
You do however need to be aware of what sorts of evidence McCullogh as the prosecutor brings in. As he is the only one providing evidence [defense is not involved here], he wields a lot of power in terms of what he shows the jury is what they need to vote based on. In other words, if he chose to show three things rather than everything, and those three things were not enough for the grand jury, it would be on him. Which is part of the reason people are still concerned about him as prosecutor.
Grand juries are supposed to represent a cross-section of the community they come from; as part of St. Louis County, it was only mandated that the grand jury match STL County’s population demographics [24 percent black and about 68 percent white] which differ greatly from Ferguson’s demographics [which are about the inverse]. The reasoning behind this is based off of the master list of potential grand jurors (read below)
How do grand juries get selected/what is this master-list?
First off, they are selected by the judge, not weeded out after answering questions by the lawyers.
As previously stated, they are supposed to represent a cross-section of the demographics of the community. However, the reason they base it off of STL County rather than Ferguson is because of how the master-list is formed. The federal courts use lists of registered voters to pick grand jurors, as do many states, and it appears St Louis County does the same thing. What this means is the master-list is based off of a list of registered STL County voters, which is one of the reasons Antonio French’s work of helping Ferguson residents, as STL County residents, to become registered voters is so important for the future, even if it has no bearing with this specific jury.
One of the issues that comes up with this, however, is that using a list of registered voters excludes felons under constitutional law, and since prison rates disproportionately affect the black community, research has shown that as much as 10 percent of the population in some black communities in the US is unable to vote as a result of felon disfranchisement. That combined with the amount of people not registered to vote who are eligible but may have faced other barriers previously to get registered potentially reduces the probability of a juror being selected from Ferguson specifically (It was noted that Ferguson has about a 12% voter turnout rate for the Black demographic, but it is not clear what percentage of that population was registered to vote previously and chose not to or was not able to)
It should be noted that a request to release demographic information regarding zip code has been made.
Further exclusions include that grand jury members have to be available during the day on Wednesdays for four months in STL County. This can be incredibly difficult for employed, hourly peoples who get no PTO, who don’t work from home or create their own schedules, and who require more than the $18 a day stipend provided by jury duty in order to account for those days.
Why you should care now
One, they decide if it’s okay to go forward with an indictment and trial. That’s a biggie.
But two, criminal juries are selected with the same process in STL County: from Voter registration databases. I’m not really sure of the exact delay in terms of new voters being added to the database, but if this grand jury trial takes well into October, new voters becoming registered now should be eligible for the criminal trial jury pool, although potentially more likely to be eliminated by lawyers in the final jury make-up.

CLAYTON •The grand jury that is hearing evidence in the Michael Brown shooting death has one black man and two black women on the panel, and six white men and three white women.

The Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that the grand jury had three black people, but the gender information is new. The gender information was supplied by Paul Fox, director of judicial administration for St. Louis County Circuit Court.

Fox said Judge Carolyn Whittington will hear a motion Monday morning about what else to release about the makeup of the grand jury, including age and hometown or zip code.

Some things to note here:

What the heck is a grand jury and how do they get one?

  • The grand jury is not responsible for a guilty or not guilty verdict; it simply decides if there’s enough evidence to push forward with indictment. This is a good thing in this case, as if a grand jury votes yes to proceed with an indictment, it greatly reduces the possibility of prosecutor McCullogh just deciding “no go”, because of public pressure, which was a concern previously brought up.
  • You need a vote of 9/12 in favor of proceeding with the indictment. If a jury does not reach that 9/12 vote, however, you should know that McCullogh can seek a court order to open the evidence.
  • You do however need to be aware of what sorts of evidence McCullogh as the prosecutor brings in. As he is the only one providing evidence [defense is not involved here], he wields a lot of power in terms of what he shows the jury is what they need to vote based on. In other words, if he chose to show three things rather than everything, and those three things were not enough for the grand jury, it would be on him. Which is part of the reason people are still concerned about him as prosecutor.
  • Grand juries are supposed to represent a cross-section of the community they come from; as part of St. Louis County, it was only mandated that the grand jury match STL County’s population demographics [24 percent black and about 68 percent white] which differ greatly from Ferguson’s demographics [which are about the inverse]. The reasoning behind this is based off of the master list of potential grand jurors (read below)

How do grand juries get selected/what is this master-list?

First off, they are selected by the judge, not weeded out after answering questions by the lawyers.

As previously stated, they are supposed to represent a cross-section of the demographics of the community. However, the reason they base it off of STL County rather than Ferguson is because of how the master-list is formed. The federal courts use lists of registered voters to pick grand jurors, as do many states, and it appears St Louis County does the same thing. What this means is the master-list is based off of a list of registered STL County voters, which is one of the reasons Antonio French’s work of helping Ferguson residents, as STL County residents, to become registered voters is so important for the future, even if it has no bearing with this specific jury.

One of the issues that comes up with this, however, is that using a list of registered voters excludes felons under constitutional law, and since prison rates disproportionately affect the black community, research has shown that as much as 10 percent of the population in some black communities in the US is unable to vote as a result of felon disfranchisement. That combined with the amount of people not registered to vote who are eligible but may have faced other barriers previously to get registered potentially reduces the probability of a juror being selected from Ferguson specifically (It was noted that Ferguson has about a 12% voter turnout rate for the Black demographic, but it is not clear what percentage of that population was registered to vote previously and chose not to or was not able to)

It should be noted that a request to release demographic information regarding zip code has been made.

Further exclusions include that grand jury members have to be available during the day on Wednesdays for four months in STL County. This can be incredibly difficult for employed, hourly peoples who get no PTO, who don’t work from home or create their own schedules, and who require more than the $18 a day stipend provided by jury duty in order to account for those days.

Why you should care now

One, they decide if it’s okay to go forward with an indictment and trial. That’s a biggie.

But two, criminal juries are selected with the same process in STL County: from Voter registration databases. I’m not really sure of the exact delay in terms of new voters being added to the database, but if this grand jury trial takes well into October, new voters becoming registered now should be eligible for the criminal trial jury pool, although potentially more likely to be eliminated by lawyers in the final jury make-up.

(Source: postracialcomments, via evolutia)

wearesynchronizednowandforever:

This dude is really mad that the menu at this restaurant is in Spanish.

Dude, you’re at a Mexican restaurant. In Pilsen.

Dial back the outrage.

hahahha oh my god he had the outrage within him to complain to a manager.  holy lord I can’t even breathe.

One, this is a privately owned business so I’m pretty sure you can just make your signs in whatever the hell language you want; its just on you in terms of limiting your potential customer base on accessibility.

but like, dude, really, half of these words are a part of English lexicon anyways (ie taco, burrito, carne asada) and if you really didn’t know what like a cebollita was, I’m sure you can ask without being mocked if you’re that concerned or even just type it into your damn phone on the down low while you’re waiting to order.

kreyolcoco:

dynastylnoire:

lovelifelaurennn:

breenewsome:

This is #JonathanFerrell. Last summer, he crashed his car in Charlotte. He climbed out of his car and started walking in search of help. Police arrived, surrounded the site of the crash and Ofc. Randall Kerrick shot Jonathan multiple times in the chest, killing him. #endpolicebrutality

WHAT?

let us not forget

My city

kreyolcoco:

dynastylnoire:

lovelifelaurennn:

breenewsome:

This is #JonathanFerrell. Last summer, he crashed his car in Charlotte. He climbed out of his car and started walking in search of help. Police arrived, surrounded the site of the crash and Ofc. Randall Kerrick shot Jonathan multiple times in the chest, killing him. #endpolicebrutality

WHAT?

let us not forget

My city

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