1. 10:25 8th Apr 2014

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    Reblogged from sans-nuage

    unhistorical:

    April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated.

    The night before his assassination, King delivered his last speech at Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee; popularly known as “I’ve Been to the Mountain”, this speech was made in support of the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike and called upon the United States to ”be true to what you said on paper”. 

    At around 6 PM, King was standing on the balcony outside his room at Memphis’  Lorraine Motel when he was struck by a single bullet through the cheek, fired from a pump-action rifle wielded by James Earl Ray, who shortly afterward fled north to Canada. After being taken to the hospital, King was pronounced dead five minutes after 7. All across the United States, violent riots in Baltimore, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere broke out during the week following the assassination, though notably not in Indianapolis, where Robert F. Kennedy, who would be assassinated two months later, delivered arguably his speech informing the city’s residents of King’s death.

    The funeral, which took place on April 9, was attended by 300,000 people, and a bill to establish a holiday in his honor was presented in Congress not long after. King’s family, and many others besides, maintain that James Earl Ray (a small-time criminal) was the scapegoat of a conspiracy involving the U.S. government and FBI. It is fact that the FBI’s COINTELPRO closely monitored King’s (and other “subversives’) activities intensely often through illegal or dubious means, such as wiretapping and break-ins. The agency also sent King an anonymous letter urging him to commit suicide. In 1999, King’s family won a civil suit in Memphis in which jurors reached the unanimous verdict that “Loyd Jowers [a restaurant owner in 1968] as well as ”others, including governmental agencies’” had been part of a conspiracy to murder King. 

    Partial transcript from the 1999 case

    Bottom five photographs from LIFE

     
  2. 21:18 3rd Apr 2014

    Notes: 37

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    freebarrettbrown:

    After a year and ½ in jail awaiting trial, the writer/journalist Barrett Brown, best known for his previous association with Anonymous, through his defense team has reportedly reached an agreement with the government to plea to some counts. Full details are not available since the documents are sealed.

    This marks a big step towards resolution of a tangled and complex case, implicating the First Amendment in numerous ways, which originally began when the FBI executed search warrants at his and his mother’s homes in March 2012.

    Since he was arrested, Brown has maintained his innocence, and originally pleaded not guilty to all of the counts against him.

    The director of his legal defense fund, Kevin Gallagher, said: “The Barrett Brown who I know and call my friend has never been one to compromise with the government. But in this instance, I think he recognizes that taking this case before a jury in conservative Texas is a needless roll of the dice. In fact, I think this whole thing would have been settled long ago, if not for the fact that the government had filed excessive and meritless charges which they later dropped. I’m pleased that the parties were able to reach this agreement. Although in principle he shouldn’t have to plea to anything, this spares everyone the spectacle of a costly trial, and the bottom line is that Barrett will be coming home – as he’s already served 19 months unnecessarily. Supporters can be assured that this is in accordance with Barrett’s wishes plus expert legal advice.”

    In motions filed with the Court, Brown’s defense made a very strong case for dismissal, which combined with negative publicity surrounding the prosecution of a non-violent writer/journalist who caused no actual harm, perhaps influenced the government to seek to settle.

    WIRED is reporting that the maximum statutory sentence he could face between both of his cases “would likely be five years”.

     
  3. 23:07 26th Mar 2014

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    Reblogged from anarcho-queer

    policymic:

    Minimum wage is a women’s rights issue

    Data shows most Americans making minimum wage are women. In reality, not only are more than half of all minimum wage workers women, they’re adult women with children who earn half of their family’s income. For this reason, not only is raising the minimum wage to $10.10 a labor rights issue, but a major women’s issue as well.

    Women are more likely to hold low-wage jobs than men. In 2012, 64% of minimum wage workers were women compared to 36% of men. This means about 2.4 million women earn the minimum wage or less, while approximately 1.2 million men do. This imbalance is even more striking once you consider that women are just 46.8% of all employed workers in the United States.  

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  4. 22:56

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    Reblogged from otpglobal

    otpglobal:

    Obama goes Cold War style in speech against Russia

    related: Anger, Disbelief as Obama Defends US Invasion of Iraqhttps://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/26-7

    President Obama is on the receiving end of scorn for remarks made during a high-profile speech in Brussels on Wednesday in which he defended the U.S. invasion of Iraq in an attempt to chastise Russia for recent developments in Crimea and Ukraine.

     
  5. 19:48 21st Mar 2014

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    Reblogged from telecomixda

    hopelesswanderer01:

peaceful-moon:

☮ nature and good vibes ☾

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  6. 19:59 19th Mar 2014

    Notes: 1

    Reblogged from otpglobal

    otpglobal:

    Five things politicians will never tell you about the economy -

    @Truthloader and @RenegadeEconomist

    related: Four Horsemen - Feature Documentary - Official Version

     
  7. 11:56 17th Mar 2014

    Notes: 73

    Reblogged from fuckyeahmarxismleninism

    fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

    Venezuela: Mass protest against right-wing violence in Caracas

    Tens of thousands of people protested on Saturday in the Venezuelan capital Caracas against the violence of opposition groups. The participants of the mass demonstration at the same time declared themselves in solidarity with the security forces of the South American country, especially the National Guard, from whose ranks in recent weeks, three soldiers were deliberately shot.

    After repeated threats of sanctions from the U.S. government, Venezuela however, has sharpened the tone towards the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama. Maduro accused Washington in a press conference from the Miraflores presidential palace, of fuelling the protest movement and of seeking his overthrow. Foreign Minister Jaua called his U.S. counterpart John Kerry a “murderer of the Venezuelan people,” because he stoked the violent protests. “Whenever we are able to hold the perpetrators of violence at bay and isolate them, there are statements of Kerry”. Thereafter the violence gains stength every time again.”

     
  8. 11:53

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    Reblogged from youranonnews

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  9. 15:29 10th Mar 2014

    Notes: 26

    Reblogged from telecomixda

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    telecomixda:

Shoot the Messengers - The Movie by Bragon-the-bat
     
  10. 15:29

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    Reblogged from youranonnews

    youranonnews:

    Video of Edward Snowden speaking “through 7 proxies” at ACLU SXSW event