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Judge Orders Macy’s to Quit Fining, Detaining Suspected Shoplifters in In-Store Jail

A judge has ordered Macy’s to immediately quit detaining and fining people suspected of shoplifting. A class action lawsuit claims that Macy’s detained at least two women suspected of shoplifting in holding cells for hours in the basement of the chain’s flagship in New York. Both women were forced to pay the store while in detention, a practice known as “civil recovery,” then turned over the NYPD and criminally charged.

Source: Judge Orders Macy’s to Quit Fining, Detaining Suspected Shoplifters in In-Store Jail

Some thoughts on activism and activists both old and new

 
The old guard is afraid of these new activists. Legacy media is afraid of social media. Do not be fooled. They will attempt to confuse you by saying they are concerned about the movement or the medium. They are not.  

Today is as much about Mike Brown as it is about Dr.King who fought tirelessly against the very thing that is happening to the Mike Browns of today, so how can an organization that is supposed to be concerned with the ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE really stand there trying to hold on to the past when social injustice against people of color is happening right now?

The problem is, what was once an organization based in activism has become nothing more than a money-making business with its own agenda that is far removed from what its founders originally envisioned. More effort is put into fundraising and making money for the organization than is put into exacting change.

This is why they are threatened by the new guard. The new guard is out on the streets doing the work the way Dr. King did it, and they don’t need a huge “nonprofit” organization behind them to do it.

When they see people like Deray and Johnetta organizing and getting things done without any help from them, they get nervous. They try to throw out misinformation stating the movement is disorganized and doesn’t have any leadership. They are afraid of the power the young people hold in moving this country forward in the right direction. Power never wants to relenquish power, but the new activists have shown that they can wrestle that power away in just a few tweets, and to a generation of people who are used to having it their way and their way alone, that is scary.

 

 

This brings to mind the SNL skit from this past weekend featuring Kenan Thompson as Dr. King. In case you missed it, here it is:

 

Under the guise of criticizing the Oscars snubbing Selma, Saturday Night Live manages to subtly shade activism that begins on Twitter. Its critique of the way millennials do activism reveals a fear of the new and the unknown.

I’ve seen many criticisms of Twitter, Facebook, and social media in general, but the simple fact is, in the early days of Ferguson, more accurate information came from the social media accounts of those on the ground than from national media organizations whose job it is to report the news and keep the people informed.

Again, this is a scary concept for legacy media. We live in the world of the 24/7 news cycle, and the desire to be first with every scoop has usurped the ideal of being accurate. These days it seems that legacy media serves as more of a publicity spin machine for government than an actual watchdog of it.

The accurate stories are coming from the Twitter and Vine accounts of those in the movement, on the ground, doing the work, and not seeking glory for it.

The next time you hear someone saying the movement is not organized, I encourage you to follow the accounts of Deray, Charles, Netta, and others in the movement and get the real news.

Supporting them is a form of activism too.

Today we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. In the middle of this generation’s epic social justice movement, we remember the work of Dr. King while looking forward to what the work of the new leaders will bring.

I Can’t Breathe

I can't breathe

Eric Garner’s last words before his death from a police officer’s chokehold were, “I can’t breathe.”

How much injustice are we supposed to take? How long are we supposed to continue to swallow the shit sandwich America continues to serve up to us? What is it going to take to make change?

No Indictment In NYPD Eric Garner Chokehold Case – The Atlantic

There are plenty of differences between the cases of Garner and Brown, but one particular contrast remains salient: There was no footage of Michael Brown’s death, only eyewitness accounts and conjecture, leaving minds to imagine a standoff between an officer and a civilian, a standoff that ended with the image of Brown lying dead in the street for over four hours.

via No Indictment In NYPD Eric Garner Chokehold Case – The Atlantic.

Marvin Gaye “Inner City Blues” is today’s soundtrack seed

I queued up Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues” today after seeing someone reference it on Twitter. The lyrics are just as applicable today as they were the year the song originally came out. 43 years later, nothing has changed. NOTHING.

Where do we go from here? What are we to do?

Vonderrit Myers fatally shot by police officer

All of the information coming from St Louis regarding this shooting seems to be comprised mostly of buzzwords and devoid of any type of real information. I’m beginning an outline of questions I have regarding this, and I think we all deserve the answers to them.

The shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. in the 4100 block of Shaw Boulevard in south St. Louis when the officer attempted a “pedestrian check,” St. Louis police spokeswoman Schron Jackson said in an email. Police did not elaborate on what a pedestrian check is or why it is done.

Jackson said the officer was working a department-approved security job and wearing his uniform when he confronted the pedestrian.

“The male suspect fled on foot,” Jackson said. “The officer pursued the suspect. The suspect turned and fired a gun at the officer. Fearing for his safety, the officer returned fire, striking the suspect, fatally wounding him. The officer was not injured.”

via Tensions rise as white St. Louis police officer shoots black man dead

What is a “pedestrian check”?

I know most departments have a rule against officers moonlighting elsewhere, so I need a clearer definition of what a “department-approved security job” means. Was he acting as a police officer providing security for someone/something, or was his second job department-approved?

When they say he was wearing a uniform, what type of uniform was he wearing? Was he wearing a police uniform, or was he wearing a security guard uniform?

If a security guard were to try to detain me as I was minding my own business walking down the street with my sandwich, I’d probably tell him to go fuck himself, especially after the last “neighborhood watch guard” who made the news did so by killing his supposed suspect.

Some of the earlier statements published last night indicated that Myers was with a group of friends. Where are they? Have they been detained? Have they been questioned? Were they even stopped?

The headline on this St Louis Post-Dispatch article says that the officer was off-duty, but also states he was wearing a uniform. Again, we need clarification — police uniform or security guard uniform? And if he was off-duty, why was he performing a “pedestrian check”?

The article also states that there were a total of four people that the officer supposedly stopped to talk to. Again, why did he stop them? If he was on his second job working for a private security company, why did he suddenly switch gears back into police officer mode? Is that even legal?

There are more questions than answers in this situation, and with what already happened in Ferguson with the Mike Brown shooting, I don’t know if we will ever get any real answers.

Texas Man Pays Child-Support Debt Yet Still Heads to Prison – The Root

UPDATE: Snopes.com weighs in on the issue

Clifford Hall may have suffered an injustice (it’s not possible to make that determination without more information on the case, since news accounts have so far presented only his side of the story), but nothing in the limited information presented about this case so far — other than catchy headlines and sensationalized re-reporting of the original story — supports the interpretation that Clifford Hall was “sentenced for paying too much child support.”
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/crime/childsupport.asp#DQepFs5MVJfa1B2w.99

 

Clifford Hall told the news station that he had no problem paying child support for his 11-year-old son.

“I’m his father; it’s my responsibility to take care of him,” Hall says. So he had the child-support payments set up to be taken from his check through his employer.

“I discovered for some reason his employer was withholding a large amount some weeks, a small amount some weeks, a zero amount some weeks,” says Hall’s attorney, Tyesha Elam.

At some point his child support was modified, and Hall claims that he was never notified. So Hall paid the almost $3,000 he owed in back child support. “I didn’t want to go to jail basically,” Hall says.

via Texas Man Pays Child-Support Debt Yet Still Heads to Prison – The Root.

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