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South Carolina City Approves Plan To Exile Its Homeless

voicefromthepoor:

SMFH. This is wrong on so many levels./

In Silicon Valley they’re trying to criminalize sleeping in your car: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/15/ban-sleeping-in-cars-homeless-silicon-valley 

And in Denver, they’re ticketing the unhoused for SITTING! http://livefreelivenatural.com/denver-now-illegal-sit-public/

In Seattle, two drunken firemen beat an unhoused man and got off without felony charges, redirected for “possible” misdemeanor charges: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2014/04/no-felony-charges-for-seattle-firefighters-accused-of-assaulting-homeless-man/

NONE of these things are first time happenings, nor are they unique to these states. There is a countrywide #WarOnThePoor!

Like Matt Taibbi said, America has a “profound hatred of the weak and the poor”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/16/matt-taibbi-the-divide_n_5159626.html

Fuck Capitalism

america-wakiewakie:

simply-sentimental:

yeah fuck capitalism but we’re all a part of this system yo. each of us contributes to it.

Duh. But let’s not pretend some, say the Koch brothers, are not vastly more culpable than others. Socializing guilt and responsibility is destructive to efforts of undermining, subverting, and abolishing status quo power dynamics. I call it shotgun syndrome, that is failing to accurately access who is exploitive and whom, to what degree, are exploited.

THIS!

Walmart’s owners are so absurdly rich that one of them, Alice Walton, spent over a billion dollars building an art museum in Bentonville, Arkansas, 500 miles away from the nearest person who ever would want to look at art. And she said about it: ‘For years I’ve been thinking about what we can do as a family that can really make a difference.’ How about giving your employees a raise, you deluded nitwit?
Bill Maher (via holygoddamnshitballs)

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CA governor pardons dozens of drug offenders

Free all #PoliticalPrisoners! The so-called “war on drugs” is really just a part of the #WarOnThePoor and a profiteering scheme benefiting the Prison Industrial Complex #PIC, that provides obscenely cheap prison labor for private interests, amongst others things. Wondering when the states that have legalized marijuana (#WA & #CO) are going to free all their nonviolent drug offenders…

"California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has granted pardons to 63 individuals, many of whom had been convicted of minor drug offenses.

More than 40 of the pardoned individuals had been convicted on charges of possessing, selling or manufacturing controlled substances, including marijuana. Some of them are now active in public service, serving as drug counselors or supporting nonprofits.

Brown’s announcement came on Good Friday, which is consistent with the Catholic governor’s past pattern of timing pardons with the Christian holidays. Previously, the governor has granted pardons around Christmas and Easter. Last Christmas, Brown announced 127 pardons, including 93 of drug-related convictions.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/19/jerry-brown-pardons_n_5178915.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/19/jerry-brown-pardons_n_5178915.html

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Patriarchy is the single most life-threatening social disease assaulting the male body and spirit in our nation. Yet most men do not use the word “patriarchy” in everyday life. Most men never think about patriarchy—what it means, how it is created and sustained. Many men in our nation would not be able to spell the word or pronounce it correctly. The word “patriarchy” just is not a part of their normal everyday thought or speech. Men who have heard and know the word usually associate it with women’s liberation, with feminism, and therefore dismiss it as irrelevant to their own experiences. I have been standing at podiums talking about patriarchy for more than thirty years. It is a word I use daily, and men who hear me use it often ask me what I mean by it.

Nothing discounts the old antifeminist projection of men as all-powerful more than their basic ignorance of a major facet of the political system that shapes and informs male identity and sense of self from birth until death. I often use the phrase “imperialist white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy” to describe the interlocking political systems that are the foundation of our nation’s politics. Of these systems the one that we all learn the most about growing up is the system of patriarchy, even if we never know the word, because patriarchal gender roles are assigned to us as children and we are given continual guidance about the ways we can best fulfill these roles.

Despite the contemporary visionary feminist thinking that makes clear that a patriarchal thinker need not be a male, most folks continue to see men as the problem of patriarchy. This is simply not the case. Women can be as wedded to patriarchal thinking and action as men.

Read more: http://anti-imperialism.com/2014/03/23/understanding-patriarchy-by-bell-hooks/

There Are 10 Times More Mentally Ill People Behind Bars Than in State Hospitals
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/record-numbers-mentally-ill-prisons-and-jails

"The numbers of incarcerated mentally ill have been growing, and TAC reports that their treatment in the corrections system is nothing less than abominable. Mentally ill inmates are more likely to become the victims of sexual assault and abuse. They’re also overrepresented in solitary confinement, and they are much more likely than other prisoners to commit suicide.

Putting the mentally ill in jails instead of hospitals isn’t saving the government any money. In Washington state, for instance, in 2009, the most seriously mentally ill inmates cost more than $100,000 a year to confine, compared with $30,000 for others. One reason for the disparity: According to the report, mentally ill people tend to stay in jail longer than other prisoners because they aren’t likely to get bail and also because they are often chronic rule-breakers. For example, according to the report, in Florida’s Orange County jail most inmates stay an average of 26 days, but mentally ill inmates are there for 51 days on average. Even worse is New York’s Rikers Island jail, where last month a homeless, mentally ill veteran, who’d been arrested for sleeping on the roof of a public housing project, “basically baked to death” in his cell. The average stay for an inmate at Rikers is 42 days. Mentally ill inmates get stuck there for an average of 215 days.”

Lovely new Mutual Aid center opened up in Oakland, by Bay Area Intifada - Solidarity!

"From the Kimbundu word kilombo, the original quilombos were maroon societies founded by African people in Brazil and throughout South America between the 16th and 19th centuries. Most inhabitants of the quilombos were Africans escaping the trans-atlantic slave trade, but included indigenous people from local regions and other marginalized people fleeing European colonization. These autonomous zones provided land, shelter, and safety for those fighting to protect themselves from colonial enslavement and genocide. Resistance meant survival.

In this spirit of inter-communal solidarity, we invite you to join us in struggle! The Qilombo community social center is a place of intersection for Anarchists, other revolutionaries for liberation and folks from our neighborhood.

We have meeting and event space, a bookstore, a bike workshop, a free store, a pool table, a printing studio, and free use computers. A mutual-aid food distribution that offers free, nutritious groceries every Sunday. The HEPPAC collective that provides a needle exchangeFriday mornings. We also host regularly occurring skillshares in Swahili and Chinese Martial Arts, an Anarchist/Autonomous Person of Color reading group, the Educate to Liberate workshop series, a prisoner letter writing night, and more! We are seeking new volunteers and new proposals for workshops and events, hit us up! These events are open to the public and are free or donation based.”

More info: http://bayareaintifada.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/qilombo-grand-opening/

Online security alert! #HeartbleedBug

"Lest readers think ‘catastrophic’ is too exaggerated a description for the critical defect affecting an estimated two-thirds of the Internet’s Web servers, consider this: at the moment this article was being prepared, the so-called Heartbleed bug was exposing end-user passwords, the contents of confidential e-mails, and other sensitive data belonging to Yahoo Mail and almost certainly countless other services.

The two-year-old bug is the result of a mundane coding error in OpenSSL, the world’s most popular code library for implementing HTTPS encryption in websites, e-mail servers, and applications. The result of a missing bounds check in the source code, Heartbleed allows attackers to recover large chunks of private computer memory that handle OpenSSL processes. The leak is the digital equivalent of a grab bag that hackers can blindly reach into over and over simply by sending a series of commands to vulnerable servers. The returned contents could include something as banal as a time stamp, or it could return far more valuable assets such as authentication credentials or even the private key at the heart of a website’s entire cryptographic certificate.

Underscoring the urgency of the problem, a conservatively estimated two-thirds of the Internet’s Web servers use OpenSSL to cryptographically prove their legitimacy and to protect passwords and other sensitive data from eavesdropping. Many more e-mail servers and end-user computers rely on OpenSSL to encrypt passwords, e-mail, instant messages, and other sensitive data. OpenSSL developers have released version 1.0.1g that readers should install immediately on any vulnerable machines they maintain. But given the stakes and the time it takes to update millions of servers, the risks remain high.”
http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/04/critical-crypto-bug-exposes-yahoo-mail-passwords-russian-roulette-style/

"But it hasn’t always been clear which sites have been affected. Mashable reached out to various companies included on a long list of websites that could potentially have the flaw. Below, we’ve rounded up the responses from some of the most popular social, email, banking and commerce sites on the web.

Some Internet companies that were vulnerable to the bug have already updated their servers with a security patch to fix the issue. This means you’ll need to go in and change your passwords immediately for these sites. Even that is no guarantee that your information wasn’t already compromised, but there’s no indication that hackers knew about the exploit before this week.

Although changing your password regularly is always good practice, if a site or service hasn’t yet patched the problem, your information will still be vulnerable.

We’ll keep updating the list as new information comes in.”
http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/
#Dropbox is on this list (linked just above) as having been infected with the bug and #PRUradio encourages you to look at our blog just prior to this one, about their newest board member, which will also probably make you want to #DropDropbox!

"It’s easy to want to think the reaction to the Heartbleed #OpenSSL vulnerability is overblown; Sadly, it’s not. Heartbleed is bad. It’s not hyperbole; it’s a major problem.

In fact, Heartbleed has the potential to be one of the biggest, most widespread vulnerabilities in the history of the modern web. Frustratingly, however, because the problem is technical — very technical — it’s difficult for regular users to understand why this vulnerability is a big deal, what services have been vulnerable in the past and what services remain vulnerable now.”
http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-nightmare/

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