New York City Police Officer Shoots And Kills Unarmed Black Man For Using Stairs In Building
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Akai Gurley | no attribution
A New York City police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man Thursday evening after the man and his girlfriend opted to take the stairs instead of the elevator in the woman’s apartment building. The couple encountered two police officers in the dimly lit stairwell as they approached the woman’s floor. One of the officers already had his gun drawn while in the stairwell and shot the man, 28-year-old Akai Gurley, once in the chest as the couple came upon the officers. The officer who killed Gurley has been identified as Peter Liang, a rookie officer who was on a probationary assignment patrolling a housing project.
Michelle Butler, Gurley’s girlfriend, recounted the tragic event to the New York Daily News.
“They didn’t identify themselves,” said Butler, 27, who began dating Gurley in January 2011. “No nothing. They didn’t give no explanation. They just pulled a gun and shot him in the chest.”
The terrified couple ran down to the fifth floor before Gurley collapsed in a pool of blood. Butler, who was standing alongside her boyfriend when he was hit, recalled their frantic final moments together as she begged Gurley to keep fighting.
“Yo, you OK? Talk to me!” she recalled shouting. “He wasn’t saying nothing. That was the last thing I said to him.”
Butler said the officers never came down to check on the mortally wounded man, and medical help was only sent after she banged on a neighbor’s door for help.
NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton held a press conference Friday morning to discuss the shooting incident. He stated that it was “an unfortunate tragedy” and said that it appeared to be “an accidental discharge” of the officer’s weapon. Bratton also pointed out that the building had seen two robberies and four assaults recently, perhaps providing cover to the officer regarding why his weapon was drawn as he entered the stairwell.
DNAinfo, a news website covering New York and Chicago neighborhoods, provided the following tweets from the press conference.
Based on the evidence and the police commissioner’s statements, Gurley was killed for no other reason than being a black man walking up some stairs in a building that had recently witnessed crimes. A nervous police officer had his gun out and as soon as he encountered Gurley, the officer shot first without hesitation. Due to this natural inclination to be prepared to shoot at a moment’s notice, a totally innocent man is dead.
While this may just be an unfortunate “circumstance of events,” it further validates the feeling among the black community that people of color are unfairly treated and targeted by law enforcement. In a September article, Mother Jones provided data from the CDC showing that over the past 40 years, blacks have been four times more likely to be shot and killed by law enforcement than whites. While that disparity shrank last decade, Mother Jones also revealed that over the same time period, the FBI’s stats still showed a 4-to-1 disparity in the rate of justifiable homicides between the two races.
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2014 Jul 29. pii: 1079063214544330. [Epub ahead of print]
Are Child Abusers Sexually Attracted to Submissiveness? Assessment of Sex-Related Cognition With the Implicit Association Test.
- 1Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Forensic Psychiatric Center de Kijvelanden, Poortugaal, The Netherlands Thijs.Kanters@kijvelanden.nl.
- 2Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
- 3Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
- 4Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Forensic Psychiatric Center de Kijvelanden, Poortugaal, The Netherlands.
- 5Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom.
- 6Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Child sexual abuse is associated with social anxiety, low self-esteem, and intimacy deficits. This, in combination with the core belief of a dangerous world, might suggest that child abusers are sexually attracted to submissiveness. The Implicit Association Test (IAT) was used to examine this hypothesis. Results indicated that child abusers have a stronger sexual preference for submissiveness than rapists, although there were no differences between child abusers and non-sexual offenders. Multinomial logistic regression analysis revealed that submissive-sexy associations have incremental value over child-sex associations in differentiating child abusers from other offenders. The predictive value of both implicit associations was explored by correlating IAT scores with measures for recidivism risk, aggression, and interpersonal anxiety. Child abusers with stronger child-sex associations reported higher levels of interpersonal anxiety and hostility. More research on implicit cognition in sex offenders is required for a better understanding of what these and similar implicit measures are exactly measuring and what role implicit cognition may play in sexual offending.
© The Author(s) 2014.
Implicit Association Test (IAT); child abusers; sexual interest; submissive
Take action: Protests around the world respond to assault on Palestine
Protests are being organized in cities around the world to respond to the ongoing assault on Palestine and the Palestinian people, including the murders of Palestinians (including 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, murdered brutally by Israeli settlers), the bombing of Gaza and the killing of over 1800 Palestinians by occupation forces, the mass arrests of over 1900, and the raids, attacks, tear-gassing, invasions and closure that Palestinians are being subjected to. If a rally you know of is not listed, please use this form or email email@example.com to have it posted!
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How Can We Destroy Love?.
How Can We Destroy Love?
By Robert J. Burrowes
August 07, 2014 “ICH” – Love is a serious problem in our world. There is too much of it. So I want to explain how we can destroy it systematically. If we can destroy love completely, we can destroy life on Earth.
But first, what is love?
In essence, love is a feeling. It is not something you experience as a thought, although a thought might arise from the feeling. Love precipitates a certain type of behavior. This might include showing someone that we care about them deeply. Often, it means taking action that demonstrates our love. Perhaps even that we are willing to make concessions or sacrifices for their benefit. Depending on the context, love might be accompanied by some companion feelings such as compassion, empathy and sympathy.
The problem with love is that it might incline us to act with genuine concern for others. In fact, we might act as if someone else or others in general are as important as are we. And if we did that, it would ruin our chances of getting as much as we can for ourselves at the expense of those around us.
So how can we destroy love?
The best way is to terrorize a child. How? The most effective way to terrorize a child is to do what parents ordinarily do in the belief that we need to ‘socialize’ children in the ways of their society. This involves inflicting what I have called ‘invisible’ violence as well as ‘utterly invisible’ violence on children throughout their childhoods so that they become obedient and easily controlled slaves. For a thorough elaboration of this point, see ‘Why Violence?’ http://tinyurl.com/whyviolence and ‘Fearless Psychology and Fearful Psychology: Principles and Practice’ http://anitamckone.wordpress.com/articles-2/fearless-and-fearful-psychology/
So what is ‘invisible’ violence? Here are a few examples from my list of more than 200: blaming, condemning, insulting, mocking, embarrassing, shaming, humiliating, taunting, goading, guilt-tripping, deceiving, lying to, bribing, blackmailing, moralizing with and/or judging a child.
And what is ‘utterly invisible’ violence? It is deliberate interference in the expression of the child’s feelings and the behavioral responses naturally generated by these feelings (including when these feelings and behaviours arise in response to our visible or ‘invisible’ violence). This ‘utterly invisible’ violence occurs when we ignore, comfort, reassure, distract, laugh at, ridicule, scream at, hit, restrain or punish a child who is crying, scared, angry or otherwise expressing and/or acting on their feelings. When we do this, our unconscious message to the child is clear: ‘Don’t feel and act on your feelings, unless they are happy or loving ones, or I will terrorize you until you stop!’
If you terrorize a child in this way they will become fearful of listening to their feelings. Moreover, as they lose their courage to fight back against your violence, they will accumulate feelings of self-hatred as well. However, without a safe opportunity to feel this fear and self-hatred in order to release them, the fear and self-hatred will be suppressed below their conscious awareness. And given the extraordinarily unpleasant nature of these feelings – who wants to feel like a coward and to hate themselves? – the fear and self-hatred will be projected as fear of and hatred for ‘socially legitimized victim groups’: depending on the social context, this will usually be people of other racial or religious groups.
This projected fear and self-hatred is most readily observed in the behavior of political leaders such as US President Barack Obama, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who are so obviously terrified and devoid of self-love and, hence, the capacity to love others that killing people, including children, is the intended and routine outcome of their military violence.
The projected fear and self-hatred of corporate figures like Bill Gates, the Walton family (of Walmart) and their fellow billionaires and millionaires is also readily observed. Again, devoid of love for themselves, they cannot feel love, compassion, empathy or sympathy for those 50,000 people in Africa, Asia and Central/South America who are starved to death each day because of corporate capitalism’s control of the distribution of the world’s resources to maximize their corporate profits and personal wealth, often at the expense of their heavily exploited employees as well.
In stark contrast to the individuals mentioned above, the self-love and, therefore, love for others is obvious in the behavior of people like Noam Chomsky, Mairead Maguire, Chandra Muzaffar and Kathy Kelly who devote their lives to articulating and acting on the nonviolent truth.
If you want your child to love themselves and others, it is essential that you do not terrorize them into doing what you want (or you must let them have their feelings about your violence if, occasionally, you do terrorize them). If you love your child, let them behave in accordance with their own feelings, not yours. That is what evolution intended. It had a few billion years to work it out.
If you like, you can listen to a song by Anita McKone that highlights the importance of feelings: http://anitamckone.wordpress.com/songs-of-nonviolence/lets-sing-a-feelings-song-for-kids/ And here’s another song that highlights the meaning of love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvvZ1TEQRB8&feature=kp
If you wish to join the worldwide movement to nurture love and end all violence, you are welcome to sign online ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World’ http://thepeoplesnonviolencecharter.wordpress.com
Self-love is true love. The individual who does not truly love themselves cannot love another.
Robert J. Burrowes has a lifetime commitment to understanding and ending human violence. He has done extensive research since 1966 in an effort to understand why human beings are violent and has been a nonviolent activist since 1981. He is the author of ‘Why Violence?’ http://tinyurl.com/whyviolence
His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org – and his website is at http://robertjburrowes.wordpress.com
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Nicht länger untätig – Idle no more Eine kanadische Protestbewegung
Indianische Aktivisten und Umweltschützer protestieren gegen ein Gesetz, das der kanadischen Regierung ungehinderten Zugriff auf indianisches Land ermöglicht, um dort Resourcen zu plündern. Wieder einmal werden Verträge gebrochen, wieder einmal wird das Land zur Beute für den energiehungrigen kanadischen Staat.
Am 14. Dezember 2012 verabschiedete der kanadische Staat im Eiltempo das Gesetz Bill C-45. Die Bill C 45 ermöglicht Unternehmen Zugang zu bisher nicht erschlossenen Energiequellen, indem das Gesetz vertragliche Rechte der indianischen Nationen in Bezug auf das eigene Land sowie Umweltschutz und Selbstbestimmungsrechte der First Nations aushebelt und stattdessen die ungehinderte Rohstofferschließung in diesen Territorien ermöglicht. Ein beachtlicher Anteil der begehrten Bodenschätze, Gold, Holz, und vor allem Ölvorkommen, befindet sich auf indianischem Land.
“We can´t be idle no more”
Sylvia Mc Adam, indianische Aktivistin
Sylvia McAdam ist eine der Frauen, die “Idle no more“, mitbegründet hat. Idle no More, das heißt auf Deutsch: nicht länger untätig sein. Und ist der Name für eine kraftvolle Bewegung, die für Gegenwind sorgt und aufbegehrt gegen das Gesetz Bill C 45. Sylvia Mc Adam stammt aus der Nēhiyaw Nation, auf Englisch Cree genannt. Als Juristin überblickt sie sehr genau die politischen und ökologischen Implikationen diese Gesetzes. Und entschloß sich, Widerstand dagegen zu organisieren.
“Letztes Jahr war ich dabei, ein Buch zu schreiben. In einem Kapitel geht es ums Land. Das weckte in mir viele Kindheitserinnerungen: an kristallklares Wasser, an Wälder und Wildnis. Und mich packte der Wunsch, heimzukehren und dort an dem Kapitel zu arbeiten. Das tat ich. Ich packte und ging zurück aufs Land. Zu den Flüssen, zu unseren Jagdgebieten. Doch was ich vorfand, erschütterte mich. Die Bäche waren ausgetrocknet, das Land wurde beackert, der Wald wurde in einem immensen Ausmaß abgeholzt”
Sylvia Mac Adam, Cree
Eben noch bei Facebook und jetzt teilen wir Kanda unter uns auf
Sylvia Mc Adam und BR-Autorin Sonja John
Als Sylvia sich in den Wald aufmachte, um auf ihrem vertraglich reservierten Land eine Jagdhütte zu errichten und andere Indigene dazu aufrief, gleiches zu tun, stellte sie die neue gesetzlich hergestellte Fremdbestimmung durch die kanadische Regierung in Frage. Das besondere Verhältnis zwischen First Nations und dem kanadischen Staat gründet auf internationalen Verträgen. Die Anerkennung ihrer Rechte und die Aufrechterhaltung dieses besonderen Verhältnisses gehören seither zu den Forderungen von Indigenen und prägen die Kernforderung von Idle No More.
Eine Bewegung vor allem von Frauen
“Idle no more” ist eine Bewegung, die nicht nur, aber vor allem von Frauen getragen wird, die 2012 begannen, sich miteinander zu vernetzen. Nur zwei von ihnen kannten sich vorher persönlich, tauschten sich zunächst in einem Chatroom über die Folgen der Bill C-45 aus.
“Und dann sagten wir uns: Wieso nicht ein nationaler Aktionstag? Dabei hatten wir von Aktivismus keine Ahnung. Aber wir riefen für den 10. Dezember 2012 einen nationalen Aktionstag aus. Daraufhin haben uns so viele Menschen kontaktiert. Wir fragten, wer uns helfen kann. Und auf einmal hatten wir Torri Cress aus Toronto, Darla Goodwin aus British Columbia. Wir hatten Janice und Tania. All die Leute aus Alberta und Ottowa. Und in Winnipeg hatten wir Nina, die dort zur Uni geht. All diese Menschen folgten unserem Aufruf, größtenteils Frauen. Am 10. Dezember waren wir selbst überrascht: Eben noch bei Facebook und nun teilten wir Kanada unter uns auf”
Sylvia Mc Adam, Cree
“idle no more” – Vernetzung gegen die Plünderung des Landes
Idle No More argumentiert, dass mit dem Gesetz Bill C-45 die kolonialen Eroberungsfeldzüge des einstigen Siedlerstaates fortgesetzt werden, denn schon die Gründung und der Aufstieg Kanadas gründen auf der Enteignung der First Nations und deren Vertreibung. Mit den Gesetzesänderungen wird die moderne Landbesetzung wesentlich vereinfacht. Idle No More kritisiert die kapitalistische Landzerstörung sowie die Attitüde der manifest destiny , die Selbstverständlichkeit, mit der sich die Weißen die Welt und andere Völker Untertan machen.
Das Land bewahrt die Traditionen und das kulturelle Erbe
Land ist für indigene Gemeinschaften essentiell und bei weitem mehr als rein materielle Ressource, es ist kultureller Besitz, dessen man sich immer wieder rückversichert, in Form von Geschichten, durch religiöse Zeremonien. So bestärkt man im Lauf jahrhundertelanger Verbundenheit die eigene Identität als Zugehörigkeit zu genau diesem Stück Land. Ein Angriff auf indigenes Land ist daher auch immer ein Angriff auf indigene Identität.
“Ich sprach mit den Ältesten. Und sie sagten zu mir: In Zeiten der Krise gibt es ein Gesetz, das die Frauen aussprechen. Dieses Gesetz heißt Notawamissouin. Notawamissouin bedeutet die Kinder verteidigen. Und nicht nur indigene Kinder, sondern alle Kinder. Und es reicht noch weiter. Du musst auch die Kinder der Tiere verteidigen und die der Pflanzen. Und dieses Gesetz ist heilig. Es ist friedlich. Es ist ein Gebet nicht nur für die jetzige Generation, sondern auch für die sieben Generationen, die uns folgen werden.”
Sylvia Mc Adam, Cree
Voices from Solitary: Welcome to the SHU –
Karl ChuJoy is currently serving three years in solitary confinement in the Special Housing Unit (SHU) of Elmira Correctional Facility in upstate New York, for possessing a laptop computer. He writes in a letter to Solitary Watch:
“I’ve been incarcerated since I was fifteen (15) years old.
I am now thirty-six (36)…I’m halfway through these three (3) years [in the SHU]. I’ve been in SHU before, quite a few times. But this is the first time in five (5) years. My introduction to SHU began when I was sixteen (16) years old, in 1993. I’ve since learned to sidestep the bullshit in prison and stay out of trouble (but can you really pass up a laptop in prison? Come on, think about it).” The following are further excerpts from his letter. He welcomes letters at the following address: Karl ChuJoy, #94-A-5418, Elmira Correctional Facility, PO Box 500, Elmira, New York 14902-0500. –James Ridgeway
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Being alone is totally different than being lonely. Being alone signifies being physically apart from others. Being lonely is complete a state of mind: “feeling” alone. The latter holds all of the negative aspects of solitude. In the SHU this feeling is magnified exponentially due to the constricted lack of freedom and relative lack of brain-stimulating activities.
Mail is manna from heaven. When I hear the squeak, squeal and rumble of the mail-cart being pushed down the gallery, I start saying to myself, “You’re not getting any mail, so don’t even expect it. Nobody knows you anymore. No one wrote, so stop it!” Then, as the cart squeaks and squeals and rumbles a bit louder as it gets closer, I’ll jump off the cot and start pacing. Then I’ll squat in front of one of my spiders (the SHU Prisoner’s Loyal Pet) and I’ll start talking to it (you talk to your pets, too, don’t you?!) I’ll say, “Come on! Hope with me that we get a piece of mail. Come on! If you hope with me then we’re guaranteed a letter,” and I’ll do a little fist pump. I get real animated. I won’t do it everyday, though. It becomes a quotidien ritual when I haven’t received a letter in a month or more, because I’ll start to worry. Only my mother and sister write to me, once a month usually…
Literary media is the lifeblood of a sane mind in the SHU. Reading makes on think outside the box. National Geographic Magazine is my Travelocity, my trips to the Museum of Natural History, my Smithsonian, my MOMA and the Louvre, my trips to the Bronx Zoo and Sea World; GQ is my afternoon window-shopping stroll down 5th Avenue;…Popular Mechanics and Scientific American are my brain snacks–I was super excited when it was announced that circumstantial evidence was detected of the existence of the Higgs boson particle. Will I be able to open a wormhole in my call and go on a furlough one day? Quantum mechanics offers infinite possibilities, so I’ll keep my antennas up!
Book! Books! Book! A man in SHU lives on books as much as on food (and they taste better). Non-fiction has the potential to feed one’s knowledge pool. Fictoin has the potential to feed one’s empathy. Two different parts of the brain. Both necessary to build a fecund mind. I cannot say enough about books, my friends. I love books. I LOVE books. Books are my teachers, my guides, my companions. They enrich me with new [to me] concepts and ideas to digest. They take me to other worlds, lands, times, realities, life experiences. They introduce me to characters who become close friends….And my companions take me out of the SHU almost completely. Only my physical self is locked in a cell with the chaos around me. My spirit is elsewhere, walking through the woods, living vicariously, a silent partner. When I return, dusk may have turned to dawn and sometimes I’ll be surprised/confused when breakfast is being served. That’s the magic of books: they are teleportation machines for the spirit.
For the uninitiated in society who want to know somewhat how the SHU experience feels: go to your bathroom and lock yourself in there (a regular 10′ x 6′ sized bathroom, not a mansion sized one). Then truly imagine being locked in there for days, weeks, months…years–with no way to get out. All your meals are slid under the door. You don’t see anyone, but you hear others. Although, you wish you didn’t…
Because all day, and parts of the night, you are being assaulted by the deafening sounds of others yelling at each other to be overheard, chess players shouting numbers a hundred feet apart from each other, others screaming the foulest profanities and threats at each other for ten hours non-stop to emerge the victor in the argument/mouthfight. The worst are the ones who scream at the top of their lungs at 2 AM, 3 AM, 5 AM, as if they’re on fire just ’cause they’re assholes, and others who growl-yell-scream as if they’re transforming into werewolves of battling a demonic entity in their cell at 2 or 3 in the morning, while others start barking like large dogs. Yes, actually barking for a minute at a time…like a Rottweiler. You can wake up and really believe you died in your sleep and you’re in hell. But nope…you’re just in the SHU. Welcome.
English: A suffragette on a hunger strike being forcibly fed with a nasal tube (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
US judge approves force-feeding California inmates
By DON THOMPSON
— Aug. 19 8:20 PM EDT
California Prisons Hunger Strike
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By: DON THOMPSON (AP)
SACRAMENTO, Calif.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge approved a request from California and federal officials on Monday to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide prison hunger strike entered its seventh week.
Officials say they fear for the welfare of nearly 70 inmates who have refused all prison-issued meals since the strike began July 8 over the holding of gang leaders and other violent inmates in solitary confinement that can last for decades….
Four prisons have the units: Pelican Bay in Crescent City, Corcoran, California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi and California State Prison-Sacramento. ….
The highest-ranking gang leaders are held in what is known as the “short corridor” at Pelican Bay. Four leaders of rival white supremacist, black and enemy Latino gangs have formed an alliance to promote the hunger strike in a bid to force an end to the isolation units….
Jam-packed or alone
Overcrowding and solitary confinement, in California and beyond
It’s cramped in here
JEFFREY BEARD, California’s prisons chief, boasts that the number of inmates in the state’s prisons has fallen by 43,000 since 2006. But unlike other states that have seen big drops, California’s hand was forced: in 2009 federal judges were so concerned by overcrowding that they ordered the state to cut prison occupancy to 137.5% of design capacity (at one point it exceeded 200%). The ruling has been upheld over the laments of officials, most recently by the Supreme Court on August 2nd. An appeal is pending.
California has not reduced numbers simply by setting people free. Rather, it has sent lots of non-serious offenders to county jails instead of state prisons (a policy called “realignment”). To meet the court-decreed target by the end of the year, the state must find another 7,000 or so prisoners to offload, says Mr Beard. His department hopes to do this mainly through “capacity options”, such as dispatching prisoners to costly private lock-ups in other states….
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