black lives matter, remembering hiroshima and nagasaki, and some other small bits

some of these articles may be a little less timely, but i’ve read a lot of excellent stuff recently.

last week was the 70th anniversary of the bombings of hiroshima and nagasaki. i’m not even sure what to say. i read a lot of survivor accounts last week. absolutely heartbreaking. frightening. angering. i recommend googling “survivors of the atomic bomb” or something like that. read through what you find. we must remember these stories.

“black lives matter: a new movement takes shape” – international socialist review contextualizes the black lives matter movement. excellent.

BLM organizers are being surveilled by a “crisis management” firm working for both the STL police department and the federal government. this doesn’t surprise me. if you think cointelpro-type programs are a thing of the past, you’re wrong.

“fatal police shootings: accounts since ferguson” – a very useful (and depressing) summary of just some of the police shootings that have taken place in the last year. and as of yesterday, there have been 21 police killed in the line of duty and 24 just this week. this is but one reason i have a hard time listening to any defense of police tactics.

learning your rights is vital. if you’ve been wondering about when you are required to show ID or identify yourself if you’re stopped by police, this article will provide you with all the relevant details. i actually think everyone should read this.

MASK (mothers against senseless killings) has been patrolling a particular area of south side chicago since the end of june and is trying to stop the gun violence that’s prevalent in the area. i highly recommend taking a look at the site and heading down there to join them on their patrol sometime if you’re in the area. a friend of mine from chicago went down a couple of weeks ago and said it was a powerful experience and a great group of people.

there is still an effort to dismantle the voting rights act of 1965 and make no mistake, this is a bipartisan effort and the dems are just as responsible. yes, both parties and the supreme court have signed off on it. there’s currently a case in north carolina that challenges the proposed plan which would significantly change the ways people vote in that state. it would require specific kinds of ID, reduce the number of days during which you can cast your vote early, and on and on. this, coupled with gerrymandering? nightmare.

in totally RIDICULOUS news, chelsea manning has been threatened with indefinite solitary confinement for having books and magazines in her cell, along with expired toothpaste. !!! swear to god, they will do whatever they can to break her. i’m appalled. not surprised, but appalled all the same. please sign this petition to protest the possibility that chelsea will be unfairly and illegally confined. by the way, solitary confinement is cruel and unusual punishment, which a violation of her constitutional rights, which she did not check at the prison door.

this is an excellent commentary on “how to really defend planned parenthood” that ran in last weeks new york times. this is a must-read! i really don’t have anything to add – that’s how excellent it is!

something lighter: i’m sort of addicted to the black vault at the moment. if you enjoy reading declassified documents, check out the largest online repository of them!

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black lives matter, remembering hiroshima and nagasaki, and some other small bits

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