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Sonia Sotomayor delivers blistering dissent against affirmative action ban

The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action Tuesday, but not without a blistering dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Sotomayor said the decision infringed upon groups’ rights by allowing Michigan voters to change “the basic rules of the political process … in a manner that uniquely disadvantaged racial minorities.”

"In my colleagues’ view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination," Sotomayor added. “This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society.”

The court’s 6-2 decision upheld a voter-approved change to the Michigan state Constitution that prevents public colleges from using race as a factor in its admissions. As the AP noted, the ruling provides a boost for other education-related affirmative action bans in California and Washington state.

ABC News pointed out that Sotomayor has been open about the role affirmative action has played in her personal life. In her memoir “My Beloved World,” Sotomayor wrote that it “opened doors” for her.

"But one thing has not changed: to doubt the worth of minority students’ achievement when they succeed is really only to present another face of the prejudice that would deny them a chance even to try," she wrote.

Read Sotomayor’s full dissent here.

#RottenOranges Part 01 - #SantaAnaLockDown

We were on the ground for less than ten minutes when we were assaulted by Sergeant Craig of the Santa Ana PD. 

VIDEO of assault begins at 6:58: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/46488403

FULL STORY BELOW

With #CopWatch Santa Ana #BeautifulChaos &#OrangeCrew
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#Easter #SantaAna #SantaAnaLockDown #PoliceState#FTP #ACAB

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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/

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