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Civility for What? Playing nice with White Supremacists hasn't worked yet. Try something else.

Civility for What?
Playing nice with White Supremacists hasn’t worked yet. Try something else.

Civility serves our current political climate as much as using the proper fork at dinner helps to eradicate global hunger. Manners and hospitality may be effective in building a bridge between neighbors squabbling over a parking spot, but mean less than nothing when it comes to holding members of the Trump administration accountable for their wrongdoing. To demand civility from people of color is particularly despicable, considering that our experiences in the United States are defined largely by the extent to which we have been denied anything resembling kindness or understanding.

Where do Black people go to be treated with civility when they step outside of the confines of their own communities? For those of us who are female, queer, trans, non-Christian, non-binary…it can be elusive even there. What is the value of civility to a Mexican woman who has had her infant daughter or teenaged son stripped from her hands because she is beholden to a broken system of immigrant labor/abuse that the United States relies upon and shuns all at once?

Posted by tulipsandroses | Wed Jun 27, 2018, 07:29 PM (3 replies)

Pennsylvania Mayor Urges Cops to Treat Pittsburgh Protesters Like It's 1963

The mayor of a Pittsburgh suburb called on police officers to go old school on the people protesting the officer-involved shooting of a 17-year-old, even offering a photographic example: a historic photograph of cops attacking kids with water cannons and police dogs during the Birmingham, Ala., 1963 Children’s Crusade.

According to WTAE-TV, Arnold, Pa., Mayor Karen Peconi shared videos and pictures to her Facebook page that could possibly be construed as racist by the small subset of people with eyes. In one video, she posted a link to footage of cops spraying protesters with a water cannon, commenting, “We need one of these for tomorrow,” referring to the nearby protests following the police-shooting death of Antwon Rose Jr.

nd after one person shared an infamous photo of teenage civil rights protesters being sprayed by water hoses, Peconi commented, “I’m posting this so the authorities everywhere sees this... I agree with Tom.. bring the hoses,” adding: “They don’t care about Pgh. none of them work now.. That’s how they can do this at 7am.... very sad.”
Posted by tulipsandroses | Wed Jun 27, 2018, 02:49 PM (7 replies)

For those of you feeling defeated today - Bob Marley This is war- Get up Stand Up



Posted by tulipsandroses | Tue Jun 26, 2018, 02:03 PM (6 replies)

So today I was reminded that I am not an equal

Rumors have been swirling at work that the new guy (he's white) I am training was being paid more than many of us are being paid. I've been brushing those rumors off. He's a new grad. I was thinking no way.
Sure enough, I went HR, just for the hell of it. They wouldn't confirm, but they didn't deny it- But they said, " you need to talk to your manager about your own pay rate". - which pretty much confirmed the rumors for me. Anyhoo, HR guy contacts my manager - who then calls me with some BS excuse saying " oh looks like we made a mistake when we did our numbers in Jan and you got left off, I don't know how that happened, I'll make sure that gets fixed". So now they will give me a raise. - But it felt like a kick in the gut. How insulting to think it was OK for me to train someone who was getting paid more than I was? I am his superior - how can he make more than I do?

This has ticked off a bunch of other nurses on the unit that are now thinking about leaving after finding out how much this guy is making fresh out of school with no experience. I guess thats white privilege at its finest. Walk out of nursing school and make the same pay rate as nurses with several years of experience.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Sat Jun 23, 2018, 12:34 AM (3 replies)

Russia is not sending us their finest. How come he never stops Russians from coming here?

I am so sick of him painting these immigrants as criminals and linking them to drugs and crime.

We know he never criticizes Putin for any of the atrocities - But Russia is a country that has its own drug problem but he has no problem with Russians coming here.

I work with addicts so I am being sarcastic when I say Russia doesn't send us their finest.

Just a few articles highlighting Russia's drug problem
Putin’s Losing War: Russia’s Massive, Worsening Drug Problem

Russia has the highest number of heroin users per capita of anywhere in the world, according to a Brookings Institution review. Since 2001, more than 500,000 Russians have died from heroin overdoses, according to official Russian sources, and Russia now has a needle-sharing AIDS crisis. (That, too, will be familiar: A small town in Indiana along the Kentucky border suffered a similar explosion in HIV infections, after the local health clinic—a Planned Parenthood, as it happened—closed down.)

Cocaine Bust Is the Latest Sign of Putin's Weakness
A foiled cocaine shipment from Argentina helps build Russia's reputation as a mob state.

The mind-boggling news story of cocaine-filled suitcases at the Russian embassy school in Buenos Aires demonstrates that the tolerance President Vladimir Putin's regime has shown for all kinds of moonlighting and freelancing by its servants has gone too far. The regime needs to find a way to curb it; otherwise it will end up being treated as a criminal organization.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Thu Jun 21, 2018, 01:52 PM (1 replies)

Anybody know what is being done about parents already deported trying to find kids left behind?

DU anyone know about the parents already deported trying to find their kids left behind ?

I was watching MSNBC yesterday, don't remember which program, and they mentioned something about these people having to buy phone cards to call the number given to get information. These people live in poverty and I. am sure whatever charity organization on the ground down there with them will be struggling to help them reach out to get in touch. We take our cell phones and technology for granted here in the USA. If there is a program set up to help purchase these phone cards for the ones deported I would like to donate or get in touch with the charity on the ground helping the folks with making the phone calls.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Wed Jun 20, 2018, 03:42 PM (3 replies)

Watch this spoken word poet break white privilege down

I never get tired of watching this clip.

If you are offended by cursing - then don't watch

Posted by tulipsandroses | Tue Jun 5, 2018, 01:46 PM (7 replies)

Reality Winner has been in jail for a year. Her persecution is unfair and unprecedented


THIS IS A tale of two defendants and two systems of justice.

Christmas was coming, and Paul Manafort wanted to spend the holiday with his extended family in the Hamptons, where he owns a four-acre estate that has 10 bedrooms, a pool, a tennis court, a basketball court, a putting green, and a guest cottage. But Manafort was under house arrest in northern Virginia. Suspected of colluding with the Russian government, the former campaign manager for Donald Trump had been indicted on a dozen charges involving conspiracy, money laundering, bank fraud, and lying to federal investigators.

A lobbyist who became mysteriously wealthy over the years, Manafort avoided jail by posting $10 million in bond, though he was confined to his luxury condo in Alexandria, Virginia. That’s why, in mid-December, his lawyers asked the judge to make an exception. Manafort’s $2.7 million Virginia home could not provide “adequate accommodations” for his holiday guests, some of whom would have difficulty traveling because of health problems, the lawyers stated. A day later, the judge agreed to the request. Manafort could have his Christmas getaway in the Hamptons.

Hundreds of miles away, another defendant in an eerily related case was not so blessed. Reality Winner, an Air Force veteran and former contractor for the National Security Agency, was sitting in a small-town jail in Lincolnton, Georgia. Arrested a year ago today, on June 3, 2017, Winner was accused of leaking an NSA document that showed how Russians tried to hack American voting systems in 2016. The alleged leak – Winner has pleaded not guilty – came at a time when there was far greater doubt than now about Russian attempts to tip the presidential election. Her case is related to Manafort’s in this sense: While Manafort is suspected of aiding the Russian effort, Winner is accused of warning Americans about it.

As Christmas approached, Winner was going nowhere. Even though she has been indicted on just one count of leaking classified information and faces far less prison time than Manafort, the judge in her case decided she was a flight risk and denied her bail. Winner spent the holidays at the Lincolnton jail, which is smaller in its entirety than Manafort’s Hampton’s estate; its exercise yard, hemmed in by razor wire, is shorter than Manafort’s pool. While Manafort was joined by his family, Winner was marooned with a few other inmates. The only cheery news for her was that for the first time since her arrest the previous June, she was able to eat fresh fruit, thanks to a holiday donation from a local church.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Mon Jun 4, 2018, 07:26 PM (2 replies)

Jail and failing mental illness

The way we treat people afflicted with mental health issues is just unbelievable. As a psych nurse I work long hours - can be anywhere from 12 to 16 or sometimes even 18 hrs when I'm on shift. Many of my patients have been to jail or prison, have addiction issues. Its such a frustrating thing for me that I almost never hear the powers that be talk about mental health until there's a tragedy such as a school shooting. Outside of that crickets. I don't hear anything about funding for mental health.

Most of my peers are leaving the industry. Myself included. Not totally. I won't leave mental health totally. I just cannot work in a hospital setting. I have a few months left to complete my masters program to become a nurse practitioner and I will continue to work in mental health in private practice settings. The hospital settings have become far too dangerous to practice due to lack of funding. I hate it. I truly hate it for the patients. This article is about what is going on in the jails. It is not as bad in the hospitals, but trust me, my peers working in hospitals are frustrated with lack of funding in our hospitals, underfunding, overworked nurses, techs due to not having enough staff. My co-workers and I are saying its time for us to rise up and do the same as the teachers - but its not that simple - who will take care of the patients. We can't just walk out on our patients.


East Baton Rouge Parish Prison is where Louis Jonathan Fano, afflicted with bipolar disorder and haunted by demons, found himself on Halloween Eve 2016 after fleeing a Greyhound Bus and wandering city streets naked and crazed.

Booked into the jail on six misdemeanor charges, Fano, 27, slit his wrists hours later. Then he was sent to solitary confinement, where he spent 92 of his 94 days imprisoned with his thoughts.

Midway through his jail ordeal, the parish handed responsibility for inmate medical care to a for-profit firm that decided Fano was “exaggerating his condition.” On January 18, 2017, it ordered him taken off his antipsychotic medication.

Two weeks later, the onetime veterinary student, who crafted letters to his mother in longhand, hanged himself
Posted by tulipsandroses | Mon Jun 4, 2018, 04:41 PM (2 replies)
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