A UK anti-choice group, Abort67, had set up outside of a London abortion clinic with a giant picture of an aborted fetus and had been filming their protest — and possibly the women going into the clinic — when this woman happened upon the Abort67 protesters being asked to turn their cameras off and move down the street by a clinic employee.
The woman works for Kids Company, an organization located across the street from the clinic that works with inner-city children, some of whom have been abused and molested. She pointed out that this was the wrong place to be protesting if Abort 67 cared so much about the lives of children – the violent image of an aborted fetus is absolutely not what traumatized children need to be exposed to. “They’re meant to see this? And this is the people we work with, girls that have been abused, molested, and you’ve got this on?” She asked the protesters, pointing at the picture. Keep reading »
I don’t know what to say about the non-indictment of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for choking Eric Garner to death, while Garner repeated the words “I can’t breathe” over and over. If I tried to say anything, it would amount to an un-nuanced “This is horrible,” so instead of trying to formulate a post myself, here’s a roundup of posts on the non-indictment from people who have figured out how to articulate it better: Keep reading »
Yesterday, a grand jury decided not to indict Staten Island NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choking death of Eric Garner, despite the fact that the death was ruled a homicide and the entire incident was caught on tape. (His final words: “I can’t breathe,” gasped over and over.) The outrage over this injustice was immediate and palpable, as people took to the streets to protest yet another white police officer killing an unarmed Black citizen without legal recourse. Meanwhile, on Twitter, the hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite began trending, as white people primarily started sharing stories about getting away with illegal acts that, presumably, POC of color would not only not get away with, but potentially face terrible repercussions for. In other words, white people were tweeting examples of their own white privilege — and while I am always in favor of people recognizing their own privilege, I agree with those who thought this hashtag was distracting attention away from Eric Garner and the issue of POC being over-policed and under-served by those in uniform. At times, many of these tweets almost seemed like humblebrags about the various offenses White people had gotten away with. “Look at how good it is to be white!” Talk about missing the point. In response, @JamilahLemieux started another hashtag, #AliveWhileBlack, POC could share stories about their encounters with law enforcement. Read it. Really read it. And then read #CrimingWhileWhite too, if you’d like, if only because in combination, the two hashtags illustrate the stark difference in the way POC and White people, in general, have been treated by law enforcement. [#AliveWhileBlack/#CrimingWhileWhite]
Considering that the extent of my experience with bathing animals is trying to keep a howling, screaming cat in the bathtub as he paws at me, having a pet who actually enjoys getting clean sounds like heaven. Barry the pug appreciates the relaxing ritual of bath time, which means he’s welcome at Spa Day at my house anytime! [Mashable]