Mar. 7 2014
On May 4, 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard fired between 61 and 67 shots into a crowd of unarmed anti-war protestors at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four students and wounding nine others. My 19-year-old sister, Allison Krause, was one of four students shot to death by the Ohio National Guard in the parking lot of her university campus as she protested the Vietnam War. I was 15 years old at the time.
It has been 44 years, and the U.S. government still refuses to admit that it participated in the killing of four young students at Kent State. There has not been a credible, independent, impartial investigation into Kent State. No group or individual has been held accountable. In 2010, after undeniable forensic evidence emerged pointing to direct U.S. government involvement in the killings, Emily Kunstler and I founded the Kent State Truth Tribunal (KSTT). Our hope was to finally receive a full account of the tragic events and to see that the victims and their families receive redress. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice refused to reopen the case, claiming there were “insurmountable legal and evidentiary barriers.”
But justice for Allison doesn’t have to end there. To that end, we are traveling to Geneva, Switzerland, next week to demand accountability for the Kent State massacre before the United Nations Human Rights Committee, which will be reviewing U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), one of the few human rights treaties ratified by the United States.
The right to assemble and protest is a cherished American value and is a universal human right. But the United States – and so many other proclaimed democracies around the world – repeatedly and shamelessly commits gross violations of this human right. We were recently reminded of extensive U.S. government surveillance of anti-war activists in the 1960s, but sadly, such dangerous activity isn’t a thing of the distant past. As recently as 2011, with the start of the “Occupy” movement, protestors were labeled “domestic terrorists,” surveilled by the FBI, and arrested in massive numbers for nonviolent demonstrations and assemblies.
The Kent State precedent has cast a shadow over our democracy for over 40 years. If Kent State remains a glaring example of government impunity, it sends a message that protestors can be killed by the state for expressing their political beliefs. This lack of accountability and hostility towards peaceful expression flies in the face not only of our Constitution, but also our international human rights commitments.
Though we are a small organization, KSTT is committed to seeking justice for the victims of the Kent State massacre. Next week, representatives from KSTT will be briefing the U.N. Human Rights Committee about the United States’ failure to provide full accountability for the Kent State massacre. We hope the Committee will ask our government to provide answers regarding its complicity in the killing of peaceful protesters, or at the very least acknowledge its failure to conduct a thorough and credible investigation. We intend to make it clear that we have not forgotten the horrific event that took place at Kent State. Allison stood for peace and died for peace. May no other protestor in the U.S. ever have to pay the price she paid for her peaceful political expression and dissent.
Milton Friedman on wealth redistribution.
Q:Gun bans or heavy restrictions works you gun nut fuck
Nice evidence man
Oh dont mind me, just posting pics of glorious Mexico with their gun control and non inept incompetent non corrupt police force and government
>gun free zones and areas with the most gun control in the USA are often the most dangerous crime ridden areas
Move along citizen, nothing to see here
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
I’m fine with this. If it means said place is complying with the ACA instead of trying to get around it by kicking their employees on to the exchanges via cutting hours to part-time, great. Here’s two dimes.
Twenty cents for a bill of over $20. So that employees get health insurance. This is a fucking ADVERTISEMENT for Obamacare.
All of this.
S’all fine by me!
I don’t see the problem. That’s 20 cents going to a good thing (INSURANCE) rather than a fucking credit card fee.
A bunch of bloggers are now claiming that they’d voluntarily contribute monies to a public healthcare pool. Congrats — y’all just proved ACA invalid, since apparently, distributing costs until they’re thin enough that everyone can agree it’s reasonable is a possible thing…
… I guess we don’t need it to be mandatory.
Unless these people are lying, and removing the forceful law would make people paying this suddenly not fine with that, in which case, it shouldn’t be stolen from them either.
Maybe the private sector could, I don’t know, advertise, and lower some costs. Of course, that would only work if healthcare was deregulated to the point where it wasn’t so expensive. Doctors gotta pay for all that malpractice insurance when more laws are created, and lawsuits are easier. Obamacare must really lower regulations, right? Nope. Many more regs. So why aren’t costs higher? Maybe because it’s offset by destroying the market, and causing employers to fire employees to balance costs. Maybe if your job was the one lost, a long series of price increases at $0.20 would mean more to you. Maybe having more money because of less costs associated with basic living, and a decrease in costs of care due to a society less often bent on the use of this kind of government force, would mean that you could safely get this health insurance by the voluntary contributions you all advocated here. And before you say that Ocare is already here, and that if this tiny amount funds it, you’re fine with the law, know that this is funded by debt — government debt you’ll force onto future generations, no doubt.
How’s your Ocare sound now?
“Men’s rights activists don’t organize marches; they don’t build shelters or raise funds for abused men; they don’t organize prostate cancer-awareness events or campaign against prison rape. What they actually do, when they’re not simply carping in comments online, is target and harass women—from feminist writers and professors to activists—in an attempt to silence them.”
I can’t imagine the shit storm that would ensue if MRAs actually tried to hold a march. Seriously. This is what happened when they tried to just have a TALK about men’s issues. In fact the feminist behavior was so horrific trying to disrupt talks, the next year their victims had to pay for extra security. Hold a march? I’d be surprised if it wasn’t firebombed if they tried.
Raising funds for shelters does happen, ever heard of Earl Silverman? He operated a shelter for men completely our of pocket, when he could no longer afford to do so, he killed himself. He repeatedly petitioned the government for funding for the shelter, which the Canadian government refused to recognize as one. Despite spending millions annually on shelters for women, not a cent could be spared for a single one for men.
Hell avoiceformen even did fundraising to open a center for men in Earl Silverman’s honor. Over $6k was collected. The money was essentially stolen.
Erin Pizzey, surely you’ve heard of her yes? Every feminist should know her name for two reasons. First she was responsible for opening some the first shelters for women. A feminist hero at the time. Want to know what she did next? She tried to open a shelter for men. This is the other reason feminists should know her name, apparently this made her a traitor. How did feminists respond? Oh very reasonably, by threatening to kill her, her children, and her grandchildren, and ACTUALLY killing her pet dog. It was so bad, she fled the country in fear.
Frankly, I’m worried what will happen to the above mentioned shelters if they ever do open, in light of what has happened in the past.
Movember, or No Shave November IS a men’s health awareness campaign. One that includes prostate and testicular cancer. Pay attention.
Prison rape is an issue often talked about by MRAs. They are trying to raise awareness of it. You know who fights them the most on that? Feminists. Feminists who say that there isn’t a need for MRAs to talk about it, because feminism will fix it. Feminists who get offended and scream at the top of their lungs “HOW DARE YOU! MEN CAN’T BE RAPED!” Just as egregiously they’ll start spouting off how male on male rape doesn’t matter, because it’s just male privilege backfiring, and women have it worse anyway.
The vast majority of attacks on feminism coming from MRAs in my opinion, are perfectly justified. I mean attacks on the ideology, not actual violence against persons. Because the vast majority of those attacks, those “attempts to silence” are trying to shut down bad, inaccurate, or purposely misleading information. Things like “men can stop rape” or “teach men not to rape” which paints a picture that only men rape. That domestic violence is somehow a gendered problem, that only men abuse and only women are victims. So yeah, fighting feminists on things like that, perfectly justified.
To quote Robert Plant: Lots of people talk, few of them know.
Feminists love to criticise MRAs for not doing anything, but when they do try something they immediately demand that they stop.
MRAs aren’t targeting and silencing feminists any more than feminists are targeting and silencing MRAs.
US Border Patrol agents have purposely stepped in front of moving cars to justify shooting at drivers and used firearms against people throwing rocks across the border from Mexico, according to an independent review of 67 cases that resulted in 19 deaths.
A report by law enforcement experts chastised the Border Patrol for substandard investigations following cases where US agents fired their weapons. The review panel also said that it could not determine whether the Border Patrol “consistently and thoroughly reviews” instances where deadly force was used.
The report was completed in February 2013, but the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – the Border Patrol’s parent agency that commissioned the independent review – has thus far blocked the contents from public view. Even US House and Senate oversight committees could not compel the agency to hand over the entire report. The Los Angeles Times has now obtained the full report and the CBP’s response.
NUMBER ONE RULE OF TUMBLR. ALWAYS REBLOG THE CREATOR
tumblr staff can’t delete me now sorry
Just to be safe.
Have to reblog people.
Wait is this the guy that created tumblr cause he’s hot as hell
David Karp, yes he created Tumblr <3 We have a hot daddy
I reblogged, and cut the creator. What now?
The government is spying on … the government. And other crazy things we’ve learned this week.
We’ve warned about this scenario before and now there’s proof. The CIA was just caught red-handed spying on staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee who were investigating the CIA’s secret and highly controversial torture program.
This confirms some of our worst fears. It’s the ultimate abuse of power that calls our entire democracy into question. How screwed are we when the government has the power to intimidate or derail investigations into their own crimes?
Here’s some links on that developing story:
There are a ton of things happening right now to be aware of. Check out these top stories:
- How the people can still win on net neutrality
A bunch of the FFTF team will be headed to SXSW this weekend. Will you be there? Catch us at one of these events!
-Evan at FFTF
“The basic function of the government everywhere in all times, whatever title it adopts and whatever its origin and organisation may be, is always that of oppressing and exploiting the masses, of defending the oppressors and the exploiters: and it’s principal, characteristic and indispensable instruments are the police agent and the tax-collector, the soldier and the gaoler - to whom must be invariably added the trader in lies, be he priest of schoolmaster, remunerated or protected by the government to enslave minds and make them docilely accept the yoke.”
— Errico Malatesta, Anarchy (via doomsjay)
Not sure why you reblogged this quote from me.
Malatesta was an anarchist communist. When he talks about the state defending the “oppressors and the exploiters” here, he’s including capitalists in that.
Because ignoring common ground is needless, and libertarians will be stronger if we seek it rather than disokaying posts that, at least epistemologically, have very libertarian messages. We can’t have constructive conversations based on interactions with people we already agree with. At least, that’s the way I see it.
God I hate this site. Finish the episode, and you’ll find out how stupid this post is, and why just taking this excerpt out of context IS BULLSHIT!
1. The U.S. Department of the Treasury poisoned alcohol during Prohibition — and people died.
2. The U.S. Public Health Service lied about treating black men with syphilis for more than 40 years.
3. More than 100 million Americans received a polio vaccine contaminated with a potentially cancer-causing virus.
4. Parts of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, which led to U.S. intervention in Vietnam, never happened.
5. Military leaders reportedly planned terrorist attacks in the U.S. to drum up support for a war against Cuba.
6. The government tested the effects of LSD on unwitting U.S. and Canadian citizens.
7. In 1974, the CIA secretly resurfaced a sunken Soviet submarine with three nuclear-armed ballistic missiles.
8. The U.S. government sold weapons to Iran, violating an embargo, and used the money to support Nicaraguan militants.
9. A public relations firm organized congressional testimony that propelled U.S. involvement in the Persian Gulf War.