Twenty two veterans kill themselves every day according to the Veterans Administration. Over 57,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. More than 1.4 million veterans are living below the poverty line. This is shameful.
Gus is one of the very few Puerto Rican teachers in a school district whose students are more than 75 percent Hispanic. Until this year, Gus was rated “proficient” and received strongly positive teacher evaluations. Then in February Gus spoke at a School Committee meeting and spoke up against Holyoke’s “data walls,” which identified students by name and gave their scores on standardized tests. These data walls often were posted in public places. Since speaking out as a whistleblower identifying this potentially illegal policy, Gus has been given negative evaluations, and recently he has been told that his contract will not be renewed.
In May, Gus Morales and a new leadership team won election by an overwhelming majority of the members of the Holyoke union local; Gus is scheduled to assume office as president on July 1.
Right-wingers and war-hawks claim that the wars that soldiers fight abroad are in order to “protect our freedoms” at home. I say, bullshit. We have no great freedoms at home that the police and the corporations are not able to violate at a whim.
Salem Police are two for two. Officers in Oregon’s Capital city have killed people in the line of duty twice in two weeks. They also had an officer unleash a deadly taser in recent days on a man with Asperger’s Syndrome.
25-year old Jacklynn Rashaun Ford, a military Veteran who liked to wear her dog tags in pictures, was shot to death by a Salem Police officer named Trevor Morrison who was also a canine officer. Apparently the dog wasn’t enough to subdue the woman during a traffic stop, it required multiple bullets.
Salem Police stated in a press release that, “As officers were attending to the suspect and securing the scene, a firearm was recovered from where the suspect was located.”
According to Salem PD, the officer, “…made a traffic stop on a vehicle on Watson Ave NE near Alameda St NE at approximately 10:07 pm. A cover officer was requested, a foot pursuit ensued and shortly thereafter shots were fired and the suspect was wounded.” The release says the dog, named Baco, was also involved in the pursuit.
Eric Pierce and Sherry Williams describe a shooting to Salem-News.com that sounds like it was conducted execution style. The two were held up in traffic during the traffic stop.
Pierce said, “We had pulled off the road and heard, Pow! Pow!”
"I looked over and saw (the) suspect fall, then heard the last shot when she was on her hands and knees, it was to the head," Williams said.
"I felt then, as I feel now, that the politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organizing nothing better than legalized mass murder."
- Harry Patch, last living veteran of WWI
On 12 April, Tarek Mehanna was found guilty of conspiracy and of giving material support for terrorism and was sentenced to 17 years in prison. The prosecution accused Mehanna of translating statements for al-Qaida and of disseminating pro-jihadist material on the internet. Mehanna maintains that he does not support the world view of al-Qaida, though he is unapologetic for supporting the rights of Muslims to defend themselves against their oppressors – in this case, US and British soldiers.
However, if Tarek Mehanna is guilty, so am I. I, too, support the right of Muslims to defend themselves against US troops, even if that means they have to kill them, and I try to give the Iraqi resistance a voice through my website. I have done everything that Tarek Mehanna has done, and there are only two possibilities as to why I am not sitting in a cell with him: first, the FBI is incompetent and hasn’t been able to smoke me out; second, the US judicial system would never dream of violating my freedom of speech because I am white and I am a veteran of the occupation of Iraq.
… I’m not afraid to profess my support for Tarek Mehanna, or to advocate for his ideas, because I know the law does not apply equally to all in America. My whiteness and my status as a veteran will protect me. But Tarek was brown and he never made the mistake of enlisting in the Marine Corps, as I did. So he will spend the next 17 years in a prison cell.
William Brown, a former Navy SEAL and Iraq war veteran, attended a town hall meeting on March 8 to raise his concerns about a takeover of the Rutgers-Camden law school by Rowan University—and for his troubles, he got called an “idiot” by Gov. Chris Christie, a rising star in the Republican Party establishment. Christie grew intolerant of Brown’s questions and had state troopers “escort” him from the meeting. Brown spoke with fellow antiwar veteran about his eviction.
(Video) Caught On Cell Phone: LA Cop Punches Special Needs Girl In The Face On A Bus! Tries to Arrest Iraq War Veteran Who Video-recorded Incident »
"A Metro passenger used his cell phone’s video camera to capture a confrontation between a woman and two LA County sheriff’s deputies on a bus in Bellflower." - Channel 4 News.
I hate the police (as an institution, and yes, most of the individuals) so much! I don’t really feel the need to explain why — this video speaks for itself.
The following message is from a US Army veteran to Occupy protesters. I think it shows how deep the stentiment of support runs among ‘regular’ Americans for the Occupy movement as against the police trying to suppress our rights.
I especially find it interesting that even this person below qualifies his warning to ’do things legally so as to avoid police brutality,’ by admitting that one could easily be targetted by the police anyway, despite acting within the law …
I support your right as an American to gather and to have your voice heard, just make sure your doing things legal so the police have no reason to brutalize you.
but here are a few helpful tips in case you happen to be targeted anyway.
bring milk - it can be used to wash out mace from your eyes and shortens the duration of the burn.
if pepper spray is burning your skin use a solution of 1 part chlorine bleach to 5 parts water. DO NOT USE FOR EYES.
bring a hospital mask and vinegar(apple cider vinegar or lemon juice) - douse the mask with it and breathe through it. It helps cancel out riot gas, although you may have to re douse it occasionally.
swim goggles with a tight seal can help protect the eyes.
bring a solution of water and 5% sodium bisulfate to decontaminate yourself from tear gas.
wear clothing that cover as much of your body as possible and sinch the cuffs closed. if you find yourself in tear gas your first instinct will to be to panic. you will cough, throw up, have burning vision, and possibly a 3 foot trail of snot gushing out your nose.
Do Not Run, as you cannot see and will most likley run into something big and painful.
Breathing will be labored. the effects usually last 7 - 15 minutes. If you have a respiratory problem bring your meds/inhalers. do not touch your face or any other part of your body as the roit agent will spread. bring an extra change of clothes to change into. tear gas crystallizes so it will be in your clothes until washed.
Just some helpful tips from some one who has to go into a tear gas chamber every year. Be safe.