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Marissa Alexander now faces a 60-year sentence for firing a warning shot into the wall to stop her abusive husband’s attack. Her legal team is working pro bono, but she still owes over $250,000 in legal expenses. The prosecutor, Angela Corey, is the same who couldn’t get a conviction for the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Self-defense against domestic violence does not deserve life in prison.
How the fuck do you go to jail for NOT killing someone oh wait I forgot as a colored person we could be standing fifty yards away from a gun and still get penalized for association because we saw the white person who picked up and shot
What is this and how can I never see it again?
I have to get on a plane in a couple of hours what kind of sign is this?
We’re about to find out if she’s right —and it sounds about right (to me anyway)
Four things we know NOW:
1) Cannabis arrests have been increasing: in 2012 alone, police made one marijuana arrest every 42 seconds
One would think that the legalization of pot would cause a decrease of those arrests, HOWEVER
3) The price of legalized marijuana will probably go up…way UP
and that alone increases the likelihood of an illegal underground market
4) Like nearly every other criminal arrest, marijuana arrests are very heavily racially biased
So…IF a significant number of cannabis arrests are still made in Colorado due to an illegal underground market, and (or?) IF the for-profit, private prisons still need to be provided with a fresh supply of disproportionately Black and Latino inmates, all of that corporate greed & racial bias won’t just evaporate away into thin air. Those are not terribly big ifs, but time will soon tell
remember: racism and racial bias in the criminal “justice” system is ALWAYS at play and this IS Colorado we’re talking about (where the ONLY three men on death row are ALL BLACK — in a state that has only 4 percent Black people)
fuck. she went in.
I want to marry her and spend the rest of my life making her happy.
The renowned Singita lodges and camps comprise half a million acres in three different African countries; they are consistently ranked among the best resorts and hotels in the world. In addition to preserving the land for future generations, they take an active approach against poaching, work on species reintroduction and genetic diversity, and team up with national parks to record sightings of rare and endangered wildlife. Their policy of having ‘fewer beds in larger areas’, and their commitment to sustainability, sets a high standards for low-impact ecotourism both across Africa and the world.
Tell ‘em Wanda!
I can relate to this
This is a cat that is just unsure of things.
Pumzi - dir. Wanuri Kahiu // Kenya
In a dystopian future 35 years after an ecological WWIII has torn the world apart, East African survivors of the devastation remain locked away in contained communities, but a young woman in possession of a germinating seed struggles against the governing council to bring the plant to Earth’s ruined surface.
RIP to legendary Tanzanian Taarab singer Fatma binti Baraka, popularly known as Bi Kidude, who passed away on April 17th, 2013, at her home on the island of Zanzibar. She is believed to have surpassed 100 years of age.
As a child, she was singled out for her fine voice and, in the 1920s, sang locally with popular cultural troupes, combining an understanding of music with an equally important initiation into traditional medicine.
At age 13, after a forced marriage she fled Zanzibar to mainland Tanzania. Bi Kidude toured mainland East Africa with a taarab ensemble, visiting the major coastal towns and inland as far west as Lake Victoria and Tanganyika.
She walked the length and the breadth of the country barefoot in the early 1930s fleeing another unhappy marriage. In the 1930s she ended up in Dar es Salaam where she sang with Egyptian Taarab group for many years. In the 1940s she returned to Zanzibar where she acquired a small mud hut to be her home.
She is known for her role in the Unyago movement which prepares young Swahili women for their transition through puberty. She is one of the experts of this ancient ritual, performed only to teenage girls, which uses traditional rhythms to teach women to pleasure their husbands, while lecturing against the dangers of sexual abuse and oppression.
bless her life…
I went to Zanzibar and was moved by her music and am lucky to have heard her there. RIP and thank you Bi Kidude.
Rare footage of educator and civil rights leader, Mary McLeod Bethune (circa 1930s, 1940s)
*found in Prelinger Open Archives
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