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IronLionZion

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Hometown: PA
Home country: USA
Current location: DC
Member since: Mon Nov 10, 2003, 07:36 PM
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About Me

I was born in Brooklyn, Trump was born in Queens. The only thing that makes people think I'm an H-1b stealing jobs from Americans is that my Grandparents immigrated from India, while Drumpf's immigrated from Germany. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

Journal Archives

Sign this Petition: Change KKK status into Terrorist Organization

Change KKK status into Terrorist Organization

https://www.change.org/p/department-of-counterterrorism-change-kkk-status-into-terrorist-organization

Ever since the inception of the Ku Klux Klan in December 24,1865 they have terrorized American citizens for the color of their skin and opposing views. This group has a long history of murder & intimidation of people based on color and religion. The KKK has lynched 3446 blacks and 1297 whites based of the research of The Tuskeegee Institute. The KKK has raped,murdered people for registering to vote, and destroyed towns built by African Americans. Clear documented evidence is available through picture and video of their murderous acts. Black Americans have suffered the most under this terror group. Terrorism is the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims. We ask if ISIS or ISIL is labeled a terrorist group for their acts, then surely the KKK fit the clear description of a terrorist.

KKK does not care to publicize their actions and the police aren't interested in investigating it.
KKK members are in many forms of the government
KKK could be considered the best example of a modern terrorist group that was even allowed, by the government, to function and even do marches in the capital of the country

D.C. Council passes police reform legislation, prompted by protests

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dc-council-police-reform/2020/06/09/c77ae6b0-aa49-11ea-a9d9-a81c1a491c52_story.html



Amid historic protests drawing attention to police misconduct, the D.C. Council passed sweeping reform measures Tuesday that prohibit hiring officers with a history of serious misconduct on other police forces and require the city to swiftly make public the names of officers who use force on citizens.

The legislation passed unanimously, with a veto-proof majority, despite a stern letter that Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) sent the Council during its meeting, in which she urged lawmakers to slow down and hold public hearings before passing the legislation.

“I am especially concerned,” Bowser wrote, that the proposals “amend laws related to issues like Body-worn cameras, laws which received significant consideration and public input when they were crafted.... Allowing for community input and vetting by our residents can only serve to refine and strengthen changes to policing in the District.”

The District joins lawmakers across the country, from the Minneapolis City Council to Democrats in the U.S. Congress, in closely examining policing, prompted by two weeks of nationwide grief and fury sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

Even as D.C. lawmakers passed a bevy of changes, however, they also acknowledged that the bill does not address some of the core demands of demonstrators to overhaul policing.

Some of the most liberal members of the council urged their colleagues not to let the momentum of the moment dissipate. In the coming weeks, the council is set to debate the city budget with an opportunity to redirect money from traditional policing to other city agencies.
Posted by IronLionZion | Tue Jun 9, 2020, 04:25 PM (0 replies)

3 ways to ensure that rogue cops aren't above the law

https://www.vox.com/2020/6/9/21284270/qualified-immunity-rogue-cops-justin-amash-8-cant-wait-supreme-court-justice-in-policing

Amid a national outcry over police brutality, qualified immunity, a once-obscure doctrine protecting government officials from being sued in federal court, is having a moment of infamy.

Qualified immunity is supposed to shield public officials from suits involving novel legal claims. But it can also protect police officers faced with rather shocking allegations of misconduct.

There are now two separate proposals in Congress and a raft of court cases hoping to alter or abolish qualified immunity. Though the full implications of these efforts to limit the doctrine vary, all of them would leave police with much less legal protection when officers violate the Constitution.

After two weeks of protests catalyzed by the death of George Floyd during an encounter with Minneapolis police officers, one of whom has been charged with his murder and three of whom have been charged as accomplices to murder, House Democrats united around a proposal to end qualified immunity for police officers. On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and several other top Democrats unveiled a detailed criminal justice reform bill called the “Justice in Policing Act.”

Among other things, this bill would prevent state and local law enforcement and correctional officers from raising a qualified immunity defense in civil rights suits.


It's time to reform qualified immunity to hold these "bad cops" accountable for abuses
Posted by IronLionZion | Tue Jun 9, 2020, 11:05 AM (7 replies)

Person Shares What Positive Changes Are Happening Due To The BLM Protests To Show How Much It's Need

Person Shares What Positive Changes Are Happening Due To The BLM Protests To Show How Much It's Needed

https://www.boredpanda.com/thread-of-positive-change-because-of-protests/

2020 has been a scary and exhausting year. However, there’s a silver lining. The Black Lives Matter protests demanding justice for Floyd George, racial equality, and an end to police brutality have spread and they’re bringing about real change in American society.

Twitter user Emma collected a list of examples of the change that the protests helped accelerate in the United States in a viral thread that got more than 309k likes and 188k retweets. New laws regulating law enforcement are being introduced and cities are planning to take down statues that some people view as racist.

While other Twitter users pitched in and posted positive changes that the protests helped introduce or made happen faster. Emma urged protestors to keep fighting for change and to not stop just because of a handful of small victories. Scroll down and take a look for yourselves, dear Pandas.













In case your news and social media is clogging your brain with only bad things. There is a lot of good already happening. Keep up the momentum to get more of it.
Posted by IronLionZion | Tue Jun 9, 2020, 09:06 AM (4 replies)

Democrats announce police and justice reform legislation



When Moscow Mitch blocks this in the Senate, it needs to be used to defeat him. Same with any other Senators or Congresspeople who want to continue the status quo.
Posted by IronLionZion | Mon Jun 8, 2020, 12:38 PM (0 replies)

The Police Are Gaslighting Us

Reformers said body cameras and video evidence would stop police brutality. Instead, we're being told to not believe our own eyes.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/n7wnkz/the-police-are-gaslighting-us



Night after night, Americans peacefully exercising their Constitutionally-protected rights are being brutalized by police in cities and towns across the country. Millions of people have watched phone-shot videos of cops pushing down protesters, shooting them with rubber bullets and pepper spray balls, and kicking them over. We see it happening with our own eyes, but police and elected leaders are telling us not to believe what we’re seeing:

In Buffalo, police said a 75-year-old-man—who was walking alone doing nothing when he was pushed over by a cop, hit his head on cement, started bleeding from his ears, and was ignored by a group of a dozen officers—“tripped and fell.”

In Manhattan, the New York Police Department said that an essential delivery worker who was arrested for the crime of doing his job after curfew could have been lying about his job.

In DC, Park Police said that an Australian media crew that was sitting down and filming a protest when they were bashed with riot shields “were not readily distinguishable from violent protesters.”

In Erie, Pennsylvania, police pepper sprayed a woman who was sitting down. She covers her eyes with both of her arms. A cop then kicks her in the face.

In Los Angeles, the LAPD shot a homeless man in a wheelchair in the face with a rubber bullet. A photo of the man's bloodied face has gone viral; the LAPD has declined to comment.

These are just a few of the incidents I remember seeing off the top of my head, that have been seared into my brain as I and others have watched, horrified.


People who experienced domestic abuse know all about the old "tripped and fell" routine. And the old "lying about being an essential worker" as if anyone would get a fake Caviar delivery bag and program fake deliveries into the app just to commit crimes against the police. Antifa is sneaky like that. And don't let the big video cameras and press passes fool you, journalists are dangerous criminals in need of brutal beating.

The US Park Police is especially disappointing. They had been under scrutiny before for executing an unarmed brown male in 2017 for no apparent reason in his car. They "feared for their lives".
Posted by IronLionZion | Mon Jun 8, 2020, 08:55 AM (1 replies)

A Cop Was Filmed Telling Armed White Men To Avoid Arrest "So We Don't Look Like We're Playing Favori

A Cop Was Filmed Telling Armed White Men To Avoid Arrest "So We Don't Look Like We're Playing Favorites"

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/davidmack/salem-oregon-cop-warn-white-armed-men-playing-favorites



The police chief in Salem, Oregon, has apologized after a viral video showed one of his officers telling a group of armed white men protecting a store to shelter inside to avoid being arrested for violating a curfew so officers "don't look like [they're] playing favorites."

"We're going to really enforce the citywide curfew shutdown so we can arrest anybody walking around," the unidentified officer tells the men. "My command wanted me to come talk to you guys and request that you guys secrete people inside the businesses or in your vehicles somewhere where it's not a violation ... so we don't look like we're playing favorites."

He adds, "That would be unhealthy."

A clip of the encounter uploaded to TikTok went viral after it was shared on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/Satellit3Heart/status/1268863536299675648

The person who made the TikTok, Dani Green, 20, told BuzzFeed News she did not film the video but saw it posted on Facebook and wanted to share a clip on platforms where she believed younger audiences would see it.

"I didn't think what they were doing was right, and I wanted more people my age to see that, both locally and nationally," she said.


Protect and serve...only certain types of people.
Posted by IronLionZion | Sun Jun 7, 2020, 09:18 AM (1 replies)

America Already Knows How to Fix This

Police brutality didn’t begin in the Trump era. But this administration made it worse.

https://www.theatlantic.com/newsletters/archive/2020/06/trump-sessions-police/612715/

Police brutality is a decades-long problem, one that predates this administration. But President Trump made it worse, my colleague Adam Serwer argues in a sweeping new piece. He gave the police permission to be brutal.

This administration rolled back Obama-era police reform. In 2017, Jeff Sessions, Trump’s then-attorney general, ended the Justice Department’s oversight of local police departments.

Trump personally holds “few ideological convictions as consistent as his belief in the redemptive power of state violence against religious and ethnic minorities,” Adam argues, recalling the president’s 1989 comments about the Central Park Five—and his continued refusal to acknowledge their innocence—and his travel ban targeting Muslim-majority countries, among other things.

Meanwhile, America already knows how to fix this. “The nation has studied its racism on a loop for decades,” our politics staff writer Adam Harris points out, citing more than a century’s worth of commissions assembled to address it. Calls to study it anew aren’t helpful—the nation “doesn’t need to diagnose the problem again,” he writes.

“Another commission won’t tell us anything we don’t already know.”

Further reading:

A professor of law, a former deputy chief of police, and a criminology professor offer their blueprint for how to actually fix America’s police.

David A. Graham points out a tension in this week’s protests: The use of force by police can’t pacify protests responding to the use of force by police.

Militarization can escalate already-tense situations, Nick Baumann reports.


Links to detailed plans at the link.

Be wary of anyone who says we need to commission a study or something like that. They may be trying to kick the can down the road and avoid taking action. There are plenty of reforms that can be implemented right now to see how it works.
Posted by IronLionZion | Fri Jun 5, 2020, 11:25 PM (1 replies)

Amber Ruffin Shares a Lifetime of Traumatic Run-Ins with Police



Posted by IronLionZion | Fri Jun 5, 2020, 04:10 PM (2 replies)

US billionaires have become $565 billion richer during the pandemic

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/04/business/billionaire-wealth-inequality-pandemic-jobs/index.html

New York (CNN Business)The past three months have been financially painful for many Americans -- but not for billionaires.

US billionaires have become $565 billion richer since March 18, according to a report published Thursday by the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank.

Total wealth for billionaires now stands at $3.5 trillion, up 19% from the low point near the beginning of the pandemic, the report said. Amazon (AMZN) boss Jeff Bezos alone is worth $36.2 billion more than he was on March 18.

Since that day, nearly 43 million Americans have filed for initial unemployment benefits. Lower-income workers, especially in travel and service-sector jobs, have been hit particularly hard by the health crisis.

The numbers put an exclamation point on the deep divide between haves and have-nots that is helping to fuel unrest across the United States. Wealth inequality is likely to get even worse because of this crisis, experts say.

The acceleration of wealth for the richest Americans is being driven by the remarkable recovery of the stock market, which has skyrocketed in large part because of unprecedented action from the Federal Reserve.

"The stock market taking off — and decoupling from the real economy — is exacerbating inequality," said Kristina Hooper, chief global market strategist at Invesco.


Good thing we had trillions in stimulus to help the stock market. I'm sure it will all trickle down to us eventually.
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