It used to be a village that would help you. Now, it’s a village that will harm you. — Monica McBride, mother of Renisha McBride (via sonofbaldwin)
The juror breakdown coming shortly…
I do not regard you as a classic rapist. I do not think you are a general danger to strangers. You are not the type who goes searching for a woman to rape. — Judge consoles rapist in horrifying perpetuation of rape culture (via micdotcom)
BREAKING: Three Israeli Suspects Confess to Palestinian Teen's Murder -
Three of the six Israelis arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, have confessed.
Three of the six Israelis arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, have confessed, according to an Israeli official speaking to the AP.
On Sunday, law enforcement officials arrested six male Jewish Israeli citizens in connection to the teenager’s death. According to the autopsy report, Khdeir was burned alive by his assailants. Although officials haven’t given a motive, a security official told the Washington Post that they believe the suspects acted with a “nationalistic” motivation following the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers. The suspects remain unnamed as of Monday morning.
The deaths of four teenagers in the troubled region — three Israeli and one Palestinian — have prompted riots and airstrikes. Israel began bombing Hamas-controlled Gaza just hours after the Israeli teens’ bodies were found (although Hamas denies involvement in the kidnappings and murders, Israel has publicly blamed the group for the deaths). Although the Israeli escalation was widely seen as retaliation for the murders, Israel’s official reason for the airstrikes was an increase in rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel over the past few weeks.
Israel’s response has been deadly for the group: according to Hamas’s statement vowing retaliation, the strikes have killed seven of their militants. At least 20 rockets were fired back from Gaza to Israel in response to the airstrikes, the New York Times notes.
Source: Abby Ohlheiser for The Wire
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a woman who’s easy to cheer for.
The Supreme Court justice stands at five-feet, one-inch tall. She was the second woman ever appointed to America’s highest bench, the first female Jew. She’s a grandma.
And most importantly, she’s a breathtakingly accomplished legal scholar who’s not afraid to stand up to her largely conservative male peers. Even aside from her extremely eloquent, impassioned dissent against Monday’s ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, it might be expected that those who oppose the decision would rally behind “the Notorious RBG” and her defense of women’s reproductive rights—she’s a living representation of intelligent, feminist defiance. — Emma Green, Blame It On the Patriarchy, The Atlantic, (July 3, 2014). (via notoriousrbg)
I waited for my favorite to come along and it did.
I’m laughing and screaming at the same time.
(Source: qoafosho, via randomhumanrambling)
"Statistics show that 1 in 4 women in the US is a victim of domestic violence, those numbers jump to 1 in 2 if they are married to a cop.
Law Enforcement officers beat their significant other at nearly double the national average. Several studies, according to Diane Wetendorf, author of Police Domestic Violence: Handbook for Victims, indicate that women suffer domestic abuse in at least 40 percent of police officer families. For American women overall, the figure is 25 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
— Cops Beat Their Wives & Girlfriends At Double The National Rate, Still Receive Promotions | The Free Thought Project (Photo Credit: CopBlock)
(Source: america-wakiewakie, via commodifiedsouls)
Lawyers for Guantanamo detainees cite Hobby Lobby ruling in motion for communal prayers -
File this one under “turnabout’s fair play:”
Attorneys representing two detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility have filed motions, citing the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, asking a U.S. court to allow their clients to take part in communal prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, according to Al Jazeera English.
According to the attorneys, the detainees’ rights are protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) cited by the Supreme Court in its recent decision.
The motions were filed on behalf of Emad Hassan of Yemen and Ahmed Rabbani of Pakistan, stating prison officials “prevent them from praying communally during Ramadan.”
During Ramadan, Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset and are expected to perform extra prayers, called tarawih, “in which [Muslims] recite one-thirtieth of the Quran in consecutive segments throughout the month.”
Prison authorities currently ban the practice.
Noting that the courts have previously stated that detainees do not possess “religious free exercise rights” because they are not “persons within the scope of the RFRA,” the attorneys state that the Hobby Lobby ruling compels authorities to adapt their policies in the name of religious freedom.
“Hobby Lobby makes clear that all persons – human and corporate, citizen and foreigner, resident and alien – enjoy the special religious free exercise protections of the RFRA,” the filing states.
“Why are the authorities at Guantanamo Bay seeking to punish detainees for hunger striking by curtailing their right to pray? If, under our law, Hobby Lobby is a ‘person’ with a right to religious freedom, surely Gitmo detainees are people too,” said Cori Crider, an attorney for the detainees.
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for the Department of Defense, told Al Jazeera the “Defense Department is aware of the filing,” and that the “government will respond through the legal system.”
Caggins added, “We are committed to religious freedoms and practices for the detainees, keeping in mind the overall goal of security and safety for detainees and staff.”
The Hobby Lobby decision, once described as ‘narrow,’ is already being used by various religious groups seeking changes to laws and religious exemptions from federal laws.
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