“General Strike!” by Cristy C. Road
Dr. Cornell West was arrested today protesting the NYPD’s use of “stop and frisk” searches:
Princeton professor and noted activist Cornel West was arrested last weekend for protesting in front of the Supreme Court, and on Friday afternoon he repeated the experience in New York City.
West was part of a demonstration against the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy, in which individuals considered suspicious by the police are searched without due cause.
According to Salon’s Justin Elliott, the NYPD carried out 600,000 such searches last year, with 87% of the targets being black or Hispanic. Only 7% of the searches resulted in arrest, and critics of the policy say it does little to reduce crime and is probably unconstitutional.
Here’s the speech he gave moments before the arrests began:
These searches, even if they yielded arrests the majority of the time, have enormous potential for abuse - evident with the NYPD’s application of stop and frisk searches. To me, the searches are a morally reprehensible violation of a person’s civil rights.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
Keep fighting, folks. King wrote in the same letter, “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
"My friend summing up the Wisconsin capitol occupation experience with the police, and why they aren’t our allies in the Occupy movement today: “Cops are only “on your side” until someone orders them not to be. Then, after they’ve hung out and eaten pizza with you for weeks and come back after their shift wearing Cops For Labor shirt, suddenly they say “I agree with you and all, but now I have to make you go, and since we’re all the 99% and solidarity and everything please be nice and don’t make my job hard”. Then someone goes up on the people’s mic and says “Aren’t these cops so nice for not bashing heads like they did in Boston? Let’s give them a round of applause and not give them any grief!” Then suddenly so many occupiers leave that the occupation cannot be maintained, and they get what they want. It’s really quite an effective strategy, much more so than using mace and whatnot."
someone on FB just posted this about Occupy Madison (that is the capital of Wisconsin, right?)
This actually made me a little physically sick.
What’s that ratio again? 475:1 on average? And this is much higher than that.
The ratio here is 1923 to 1. Give me a fucking break. Four times the already-inflated national average. SMH
And this is why people are mad. Then I read a commenter on the Memphis Commercial Appeal’s website saying ”..if you’d go home and shower, you’d probably get a job”. Bitches.
the average wal-mart employee education is a hs diploma or ged, how the fuck much are they posed to get paid? the ceo runs a goddamn multi billion dollar international company, yo do the math.
lmao how you know what the “average” education of a walmart employee is? LMAO it’s ppl with PhD’s living on the streets these days, it would NOT be hard to find people with degrees (plural) working at the walmart.
and regardless of their level of education, ppl honestly think making sixteen thousand dollars an hour while making sure your employees BARELY get benefits and enough money to put food on their table is fair?
WAHT TEH FACK
lmaoooooooooooo deer god.
This is about ratios, rather than numbers.
Which is to say, it’s not too bad to stomach a CEO paying themselves $16000 an hour… But when it means that they are giving themselves 2000 times as much as the average worker? Are they doing 2000 times as much work? Are they working 2000 times as hard? Not twice, not ten times, not twenty times, or a hundred times, but to make TWO. THOUSAND. times as much as the employees that they rely on to actually perform the jobs and keep the system rolling on is just obscene.