Please reblog this link. This story needs to get out there and needs to garner as much social media attention as possible. If you are a woman or if you care about women, if you are a parent, if you are a victim of rape or have ever known anyone who was. If you have a…
I will never understand how people can justify covering a hideous crime like this for the sake of sports AND under the false pretense that these young men have a whole life in front of them. What about the victim? What about her life? Isn’t her life as worth it because she is a woman? What the fuck is wrong with these people? I can’t even…. :/
Good to know there are some good folks in Anonymous… Let’s spread the word.
You know it just seems kind of wrong to me that this didn’t get any attention.
In China on the same day as the Sandy Hook shooting, 22 children and an elderly woman were stabbed outside a primary school. (full article here x)
I have seen a ton of posts about the Connecticut shooting, which is great. We need to show that this sort of thing is not okay. Yet I have not seen one post about this. It’s not okay for this sort of thing to happen in any part of the world, and it doesn’t help that the media sucks ass. They focus in on America, and when something bad happens to America, it get’s amplified. But in China? There’s some articles out there, but it goes unnoticed because terrible things like that happen frequently in other countries.
Sandy Hook was a tragedy, but can we maybe say a prayer for these injured little kids too?
It makes me sad that America basically filters out everything that doesn’t have to do with America. I mean, quite honestly, this is just ridiculous. We’re one country for goodness’ sake, and there are so many others out there that could use some attention.
There is a time and place for negotiating gun law reform. Right now is not that time. Hug your children and tell them you love them.
It wasn’t the right time last week after the mall shooting.
It wasn’t the right time after the linebacker shot his girlfriend and himself.
It wasn’t the right time after Aurora.
It wasn’t the right time after the Sikh temple attack.
It wasn’t the right time after the guy in Minneapolis shot his ex-coworkers.
This list only covers the last 150 days and I’m certain that’s not even every incident.
When is the right time? It seems like the only time anyone outside of Mike Bloomberg even mentions gun control is when they’re saying it’s not the right time to discus gun control.
If we wait until we’re not in the immediate aftermath of an incident, we’re going to be waiting forever.
FUCK YES. THANK YOU.
There are people on my dashboard saying, “This is not a political issue.”
No, my misbegotten darlings. This is the exact definition of a political issue. We can work towards prevent the next shooting through policy, compassion and a shift in culture. That is absolutely a political issue.
If y’all don’t like politics, feel free to say that. But attempting to paint mass murders and gun control as an issue that is not politically charged at all times is foolish and incorrect.
My name is Sam, I’m a 15 year old female-to-male trans person and things at my house aren’t good at all, I’m being physically and emotionally abused by my mother, I have been strangled and recorded naked because my mom wanted to prove that I was female. I’ve been suffering from…
I came back from visiting the Northern Navajo Fair, or as its most commonly known as, Shiprock Fair. I attended the festivives, watched the parade, perused the many arts and crafts, and all the fair has to offer. Something caught my attention, however, in the Booths area. A huge poster proclaimed, “Innocence Lost: The Charlotte Hansen Story”. I heard my mother catch her breath.
She went on to explain how, back in 2002, a half white, half Navajo girl named Charlotte was kidnapped from a friends house in Utah, was raped, beaten, and left to die. Also, in the course of the beating, her attacker smashed her face in with a sledgehammer. The police and ambulance came quickly and she was still alive, save for all of the bones in her face being broken and trauma.
She is now 21 and working towards spreading her story as most people don’t know. She is in good health and sound mind with a grateful family and boyfriend. However, she is heavily disfigured. She can only see out of one eye. But you know, there was another story similar to this that broke the news and had the entire country in chaos. And it was also in 2002. The case of Elizabeth Smart. What makes me angry is that a little girl, Charlotte, was fighting for her life in a hospital, with huge bills to pay, with her attacker nearby, and she was ignored. I don’t why. Race? Location?
The reservation is sadly, full of stories like this one. Charlotte wants to get rid of that. That is why she has paid, literally out of her pocket, to fund a documentary to tell others her story and raise awareness.
Vader1088 Productions is putting together a documentary to help this young abuse victim tell her story. The name of the documentary is “Innocence Lost: The Charlotte Hansen Story.” Through the retelling of this story, we hope to reach out to a hurting world and offer it a glimpse of the unfettered strength, courage, and hope that shines so brightly in Charlotte’s “can-do” spirit. She has had to overcome monumental obstacles, both physical and emotional, in the years since the attack. Her resilient strength is a testament to her indomitable spirit and serves as great inspiration for other victims of heinous acts that are struggling to find their own way.
In the months following her attack the community held several events to raise money for the many, many surgeries that Charlotte would need. That money was put into a trust fund that was later emptied by her father and never seen again. This has left Charlotte without the means to fully repair the physical damage caused by her attacker. Neil J Dansie, DDS has graciously offered to help repair the damage to Charlotte’s teeth. We are fervently trying to find medical professionals to assist with the additional procedures.
As a result of our efforts to raise awareness and money for this film, we have recently been featured on abc4 News here in Utah. Because of Charlotte’s Navajo descent, her story has also been told on the front page of The Navajo Times, and we were able to be a part of the Northern Navajo Nation Fair. Through our efforts in social networking, we have just added Chalet Lizette Brannan to the cast to portray a young Charlotte in the last few recreation scenes. At this point we are nearing post production with the documentary, and are in need of further funding to shoot the final recreation scenes and to adequately market and promote this amazing film. We believe strongly that this is a story that needs to be told and equally needs to be heard. Without your help, however, that may not happen. Please don’t let Charlotte’s story fade into the shadows. The courage, tenacity, and love for life that this young woman exudes is absolutely astounding. You will not regret your decision to help share her story.
I am asking my followers and their followers to pass this story on. They still need donations and we need more awareness. Please spread this story.
What We Need & What You Get
The film is in final stages of post production. We are in need of some assistance in getting these final parts done:
Film some additional recreation scenes
Pay a company for a final sound mix of the film
Marketing and Promotion of the film
Entries into film festivals
Transference of movie from digital format to film print for playing in theaters
Mr. Williams, known to his friends and family as “Terry,” is on death row for a crime he committed three and one-half months after his 18th birthday. On that tragic day, Terry and another teenager killed a man. As the sentencing jury heard, Terry also committed another killing five months earlier at the age of 17. What the jury did not hear was that both of the men had sexually abused Terry, and both crimes directly related to Terry’s history of sexual abuse by older males, which began when he was six years old.
The jury that sentenced Terry to death never heard that both of the men who Terry killed, like other sexual predators, were significantly older men who used their positions of power and authority to prey on vulnerable underage boys. Terry was one of those boys. In fact, the night before he committed the crime for which he was sentenced to death, Terry was violently sexually assaulted by the man he killed – a man who had been sexually abusing Terry for years, and who used his position in the local church to prey on other boys.
Like so many adolescent victims of sexual abuse, Terry felt intense shame that kept him from talking about what had happened to him. Terry’s history of sexual abuse was not presented at his capital trial because Terry’s lawyer failed to conduct any meaningful investigation into Terry’s background and ignored obvious evidence of abuse.
While courts agreed that Terry’s lawyer failed him, those courts also said that evidence of sexual abuse would not have made a difference to the jury. However, in sworn affidavits, jurors who sentenced Terry have acknowledged that they would not have voted for a death sentence had they known about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child, the abuse he suffered at the hands of the men he killed, and the psychological impact of that abuse.
In addition, several jurors have stated that they voted for Terry to be put to death only because they mistakenly believed that if they did not sentence Terry to death he would later become eligible for release on parole. The victim’s widow also supports clemency for Terry.
Terry is due to be executed October 3rd! Please sign the petition calling for his release and spread the word!
Please sign this petition and reblog to let other people know about it. This petition is not asking that Terry be pardoned for his actions, only that his death sentence be commuted to life imprisonment.
The power to strip a human being of their right to life is an extremely sacred trust in our government — one considered so grave and extreme that many states do not consider the death penalty to be acceptable under any circumstances, and don’t permit it. While I agree with those states, and am staunchly anti-death-penalty, I understand that not everyone is — but surely you must agree that, even if you do feel there are circumstances in which the government has the right to strip one of its citizens of their continued existence, these cases are only in such extreme circumstances that even a sentence of life imprisonment without parole would be insufficient to their crimes. I cannot see how anyone would feel that was the case here.
Please, learn more about Mr. Williams’ story and I hope you’ll agree that these are not the extreme circumstances which lawmakers envisioned when they provided for the ability to sentence a convicted criminal to death, rather than life imprisonment. Please speak out and help to try and save a man’s life.
signal boost, sign, sign, sign.
Unfortunately, I had heard about this. Signal boost.
Johnny Bonta was pumping gas at a Quick Stop in Fernley, Nevada when he says a group of skinheads pulled alongside him, waved a baseball bat and tried to pick a fight. “Let’s do this,” Bonta says one of them yelled.
Bonta, a Native American of the Reno Sparks Indian Colony, got back in his car with his family and took off.
Up the road, he says, the blue car swerved in front of him, slammed on the brakes and deliberately caused a crash.
“They all jumped out of the car with baseball bats, knives and a crowbar, and we knew they were going to hurt us,” his wife Lisa tells the Indian Country Today Media Network.
Lisa Bonta had to give that statement from the Washoe Medical Center, where she was laid up after suffering seizures during what ensued after the accident.
While cars passed by on the I-80 in Nevada, a brawl erupted between Bonta and members of the Cassell family. Johnny’s son-in-law, Murray, recognized one of the assailants, Jacob Cassell, as a former classmate and the son of a Lyon County Sheriff officer.
“You hear those cops coming? They’re not going to help you. My daddy is a cop in this town, and nothing is going to happen to me. You fucking ni**ers are going to jail,” barked one of the Cassells.
Nothing did happen to Cassell, and hours later he was bragging about it on Facebook.
Jacob’s friend, Josh Janiszewski, posted two hours after the attack that he “Just laid the fists and boots to some 6′ 5” tongan dude. what you got on little guys?” When someone asked if they gave them hell, Josh responded with “Oh we did. That’s for sure!”
“Sent em to the hospital, they got fucked up man, thats for sure.”
Johnny didn’t get sent to the hospital, however. Not right away at least. He remained locked up in a Nevada jail cell for six days while his family was undergoing medical treatment and unaware of his condition.
“I asked them to tell me what charges he was being held on and no one would say,” Lisa tells Indian Country Today. “They said they gave him the information, but he can’t read or write, so I needed to find out. At first they said there was a bench warrant for an unpaid $367 fine, and when we made arrangements to pay that, they charged him with battery with a deadly weapon, even though it was those boys who had the weapons. The booking papers say we owe $30,367.00. ”
Charges from the May 24 incident against any parties are now off the books at the Lyon County District Attorney’s Office, however.
An injured Palestinian man screams in pain after an Israeli army driver drove a trailer hooked to a tractor over his legs, as he tried to block him when Israeli forces stopped Palestinians from rebuilding a house in al-Dirat village, south of Yatta in the West Bank, January 25, 2012. Israeli forces seized equipment and a trailer from Palestinian construction workers as the site falls in the occupied area C in which Israel prevents Palestinians from building on their own land.
Can we talk about how Michelle Obama, the First Lady life was threatened by her own police escort, yeah the ones that are supposed to protect her. Can we talk about how one of them threatened her life, and go put on administrative leave, no fired, not outted to the media, not killed, but put on administrative leave or duty. The Presidents wife, can we talk about that hm?
On July 5th, 2011, Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man was beaten into a coma by Fullerton City Police. Five days after the beating, he was pronounced dead. This video of the atrocious scene was released just recently. I am beyond disgusted.
The city surveillance video that shows a group of Fullerton police officers beating a homeless mentally ill man to death last year was finally released today, laying to rest any argument that Kelly Thomas was a threat to officers.
The shocking video, which was combined with an audio recorder worn by one of the police officers on the night of July 5, 2011, was shown in court today, then later released to the media.
“Now you see my fists?” Fullerton police officer Manny Ramos asked Thomas while slipping on a pair of latex gloves.
“Yeah, what about them?” Thomas responded.
“They are getting ready to fuck you up,” said Ramos, a burly cop who appears to outweigh Thomas by 100 pounds.
“Well, start punching,” Thomas responds, never once displaying any physical aggression towards Ramos.
Moments later, as Thomas is standing while Ramos is ordering him to get on his “fucking knees,” Fullerton cop Joseph Wolfe, who is not charged in the case, walks up and starts beating his legs with a baton.
Then Ramos gets into the act and Thomas takes off running, moving out of the frame of the camera.
The cops keep telling him to put his hands behind his back and lay on his stomach, but they are both laying on top of him, making it impossible to even breathe, much less move.
The camera, operated by a dispatcher at the station, then moves toward the beating, showing Ramos and Fullerton cop Jay Cicinelli on top of Thomas as Thomas repeatedly apologizes and telling them he is unable to breathe.
As the video continues, one of the cops can be seen kneeing him.
“Please, I can’t breathe,” Thomas pleads as the officers keep telling him to put his hands behind his “fucking back.”
The cops keep telling him to “relax” to which he responds, “I can’t, dude.”
More cops eventually arrive and a little more than four minutes into the video, they start tasing him.
And a little after five minutes into the video, as three cops are piled on top of him, beating him, tasing him, one cop looks up at another cop who just arrived on the scene and says, “help us.”
At one point he yells out, “Dad, they are killing me.”
Even after seven minutes into the video, when six cops are on top of him and all Thomas is doing is crying for his father, they keep telling him to “relax.”
Last year, Ron Thomas, a retired Orange County Sheriff’s deputy, said the City of Fullerton offered him $900,000 to just go away, which would have allowed the two cops to remain on the force unpunished for killing his son.
Thomas was pronounced dead on July 10, five days after the beating that left him in a coma.
Rest In Peace Stuart Walker. A 28 year old, gay man who was beaten and tied to a lamp-post at the earlier hours of Saturday morning. He was then set on fire, and burnt to death. Homosexuality is found in over 400 species, homophobia is found in one. So, which is natural now?
The opening quote, above, was related to us by Kenneth Chamberlain Jr, when he appeared on the “Democracy Now!” news hour talking about the police killing of his father. Chamberlain Jr was holding on to the LifeAid pendant that his…
I come from a family of Marines. I just think of my father, who is gong to be 60 soon and I am just filled with….this mix of rage and sadness.
Mr. Chamberlain Jr, my god my heart goes out to him. I could not say in good faith that those men would get to trials if it were my father.