Bloomberg simply brushed off the assembled group that was desperate to talk to the mayor about their increasingly dire situation post-Sandy.

In the response to hurricane Sandy, Occupy Wall Street supporters have shown that voluntary, decentralized mutual aid is far more effective than the Red Cross or FEMA.

FEMA shut down last week “due to bad weather” (The agency will only help as long as it’s not raining, snowy or too windy.), during which time Occupy Sandy and other independent voluntary organizations continued to provide aid to hurricane victims. At one point, pictures were taken of occupy sandy volunteers feeding FEMA workers who couldn’t even find supplies for themselves.

Some community members still have no power. And after almost everyone in NYC has been helped some are being told that because they ‘rent' they aren't eligible for federal assistance.

Tenants who lived without heat, hot water, elevators and power … wanted a rent discount right away, worried that they would fall behind in December’s rent because of extra expenses incurred after Sandy.

NYCHA caved, agreeing not to pursue evictions of or default judgments against Sandy-affected tenants who don’t pay or are late with next month’s rent.

ACTONS

—Come to 489 Midland Ave Staten Island, NY 10306 to stand in support
—Volunteers requested to help move the hub to 100% private property - The 626 Midland Avenue hub in Staten Island has been evicted.
—Demand the Mayor’s office end community hub eviction and instead support hubs with space and equipment
—Public Advocate’s office: (212) 669-7250 9am-5pm EMAIL: GetHelp@pubadvocate.nyc.gov

Real-time Live Updates from Sandy Social Media

Don’t forget - GOP —> Expect Spending Offsets for Sandy Disaster Aid.

demnewswire:

In 1994, Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act with broad bi-partisan support. It has been renewed several times since then, except for 2012. If VAWA is NOT reauthorized, then important funding for battered women shelters and to aid in prosecution of domestic violence and sex-based crimes will be lost! Contact your representative ASAP to speak out. Go to www.4vawa.org for more info.

Please take a few minutes on that day to call your Senators and Representatives.

  • Use this number 888.269.5702 to connect to the Capitol switchboard.  Then ask to be connect to you U.S. Representative (www.house.gov) or Senator (www.senate.gov).
  • Tell them:  “I am your constituent.  Now that the elections are over, I urge you to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)!
  • @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWITTER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012


In case you wanted a dose of CRAZY check out these Ya-Ho’s. I guess the problem with making violence illegal is sometimes American men marry women from other countries and after the nuptials the woman objects to being abused. Now bing-bang-boom SHE’S unfairly American.

http://bellsouthpwp2.net/a/r/arietti/vawa_01.html

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Clearly violating the First Amendment, the law first surfaced in 2006. Since then the law, its sponsor Tom Riner (a practicing Baptist minister and the long-time Democratic state rep.), and the Kentucky state Supreme Court have refused to review the constitutionality of what became a 2008 homeland security law.

Currently everyone in Kentucky is potentially forced to assert that the safety of their state is dependent on “Almighty God” or face criminal charges, including up to 12 months in jail.

On November 13, 2012, American Atheists’ National Legal Director Edwin Kagin submitted a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS). American Atheists is asking SCOTUS to review the Kentucky Homeland Security law. The Circuit Court level ruled the law violated the First Amendment, but was reversed by the Kentucky state Court of Appeals.

The Kentucky Supreme Court refused to hear a motion for discretionary review to a state law that makes it mandatory that the Commonwealth and its citizens give credit to Almighty God for its safety and security.  This request was denied in a single line that said that “The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God as set forth in the public speeches and proclamations of American Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln’s historic March 30, 1863, presidential proclamation urging Americans to pray and fast during one of the most dangerous hours in American history, and the text of President John F. Kennedy’s November 22, 1963, national security speech which concluded: “For as was written long ago: ‘Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.’”

You should also know…

Tom Riner is devoted to his faith even when that directly conflicts with his job as state rep. He has often been at the center of unconstitutional and expensive controversies throughout his 26 years in office. In the last ten years, Kentucky has spent more than $160,000 in string of losing court cases against the American Civil Liberties Union over the state’s decision to display the Ten Commandments in public buildings, legislation that Riner sponsored. One case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in 2005 that such displays inside courthouses in two counties were unconstitutional.

To go further…

Abraham Lincoln's views on religion were complicated, growing up in a highly religious family, but never joining any church.

Kennedy’s Roman Catholic faith would allow him to make important national decisions as president independent of the church

And even more info on American Atheist vs. Kentucky Homeland Security.

After all but being shut out of the GOP conventions…

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) —

Organizers say they have been forbidden from disclosing any details about former President George W. Bush (the keynote speaker) in the offshore financial haven.

The even is “totally closed to all journalists” and conference organizers are forbidden from discussing any aspect of it even in general terms, spokesman Dan Kneipp said.

The restrictions were imposed by the former president’s staff. Bush’s $4000 two-day conference include KPMG, a company that provides tax advisory services, and Deutsche Bank. Other speakers include billionaire Richard Branson at The Ritz-Carlton on Grand Cayman Island.

"It’s totally their decision," Kneipp said of the decision to close the event to the media. But members of the U.S. Congress and advocates for changes in tax laws have accused corporations and wealthy individuals of using so-called financial havens to improperly avoid taxes.

Asked about federal disaster relief to tornado and flood victims Mitt Romney called the spending “immoral” and said disaster relief efforts should be privatized. - 6/13/11

This isn’t a one off. This is creed. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who’s OF COURSE accepting federal disaster relief money, thinks government is wasteful, tax cuts are good, and austerity fucking rules. Where do these people think the for profit companies will get money from? US! We will still be paying for the same thing. And what if the city is bankrupt? Why would they show up to already disenfranchised communities?!

At least three times, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have publicly demanded that the federal government only disburse disaster relief funding if Congress agreed to offsetting budget cuts elsewhere. This would hold desperately-needed disaster relief funding hostage.

And because of this austerity madness under Obama FEMA is set to loose $900 million because of the debt ceiling deal.

ProPublica reporter Dave Philipps investigated why the Bureau of Land Management has sold so many horses to Tom Davis. The program is meant to maintain a sustainable balance among the herds. Like all buyers in the program, Davis signs a contract promising the 700 - 1,400 lb animals will not be slaughtered and insists he finds them good homes. But Davis is a longtime advocate of horse slaughter, and he refuses to disclose where the horses end up. Animal welfare advocates fear the horses he buys are being sent to Mexico for slaughter then shipped to Europe for food.

More; According to the BLM Davis accounted for 70% of their entire sale program. AND each horse ends up costing him $10. If the government shipped him 30 horses he would pay $300 DELIVERED but shipping a horse costs $5,000 taxpayer dollars. So let’s say that the government’s total expense is $35,000. He pays $300. Davis has enjoyed “a long business relationship” with the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar including trying to enlist the help of his brother, our state Department of Agriculture chief, to start his own horse slaughter plant next to his ranch in San Luis Valley, Colorado. 

You can listen, watch or read the transcript.

israelfacts:


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu draws a red line on an illustration claiming to describe Iran’s ability to create a nuclear weapon as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012.
Photo: Keith Bedford / REUTERS

Meanwhile, Israel has over 200 undeclared nuclear warheads, maintains its policy of “nuclear ambiguity” and refuses to sign the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Israel is the only country in the Middle East with nuclear weapons and regularly skips conferences aimed to create a nuclear-free Middle East.

israelfacts:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu draws a red line on an illustration claiming to describe Iran’s ability to create a nuclear weapon as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012.

Photo: Keith Bedford / REUTERS

Meanwhile, Israel has over 200 undeclared nuclear warheads, maintains its policy of “nuclear ambiguity” and refuses to sign the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Israel is the only country in the Middle East with nuclear weapons and regularly skips conferences aimed to create a nuclear-free Middle East.

New Zealand’s High Court dismissed a challenge alleging the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research methodology was flawed and its findings were not peer reviewed launched by New Zealand Climate Science Education Trust, a private body that rejects the argument that human activity has caused global warming.

The court backed the science that led NIWA’s to conclude that New Zealand’s climate warmed almost one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) between 1909 and 2009.

Apple was granted a patent that would prevent photos and videos from being taken in particular locations. Other restrictions include forcing the camera to go to sleep so it can’t be used at all.

Movie theaters will probably be the first to use this feature, however, I can’t imagine the government wont use it to prevent us from communicating with each other or taking video during protests.

These layoffs are occurring at the state-level – where cash-strapped states don’t have enough money to fund education budgets, and Republican governors are pushing for tax cuts for the rich rather than investments in the future. No nation has ever achieved prosperity by investing in more billionaires than more teachers.

According to the Labor Department, government employment is at its lowest since 1968. This is because the GOP pushes austerity at both the state and federal level – laying off hundreds of thousands of public workers since President Obama took office in 20-09. Just last month, 9,000 government workers lost their job in addition to the 680,000 government workers who’ve been laid off over the last three years – the worst three years for government employment in history.

t-r-a-n-s:

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Infographic / Law Graphics You Should See

Want to know more? Read Cornell Journal of Law’s article HERE.

If y’all didn’t know, now you do.

t-r-a-n-s:

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Infographic / Law Graphics You Should See



Want to know more? Read Cornell Journal of Law’s article HERE.

If y’all didn’t know, now you do.

(via watchingmyheroesturnhuman)

anarcho-queer:

thepeoplesrecord:

Anonymous begins anti-brutality campaign after Anaheim shootingsJuly 25, 2012
Only days after officers with the Anaheim Police Department opened fire killing two men in just two days, members of the hacktivism collective Anonymous are asking people across the globe to ring in and condemn the cops.
Self-proclaimed members of the loose-knit Anonymous collective have started a campaign to address the amounting allegations of police brutality coming out of Anaheim, California. In a YouTube video and bulletin circulated on the Web on Wednesday this week, some Anons say that the rest of America need to let their opposition to these ongoing policies known.
“We want to inform the citizens of the world that the United States is setting the flames of revolution,” the message begins. “In Anaheim, police shot protesters and bystanders including kids who did nothing wrong. We, Anonymous, are calling yet again to the citizens of the United States, to rise up in unison, and defeat this government which values no lives nor freedom.”
Anonymous has called for support before for a number of causes, including other allegations of police brutality that have occurred in other cities across California. The 2009 death of Oscar Grant at the hands of an officer with the Bay Area Rapid Transit police generated country-wide protests, and the city’s attempts to seize service for cell phones users during a demonstration in remembrance of Grant last year spawned a separate campaign against law enforcement in the San Francisco area. . Now Anonymous is setting their sights down the state, though, insisting that others join them to speak out against the Anaheim PD.
“Do it for the safety of your families, your homes and your future generations,” the group asks. “The fate of America is in your hands. Do you wish to be oppressed further, or do you wish to obtain freedom and peace?”
“The choice is yours. Let beat the drums of war. Operation Anaheim, engaged.”
When the video and bulletin were posted to the Web on Wednesday, Anaheim had already experienced four consecutive days of massive protests, with several more expected throughout the week.
Only days earlier, several online accounts associated with Anonymous circulated another bulletin that they hope will help raise awareness of another group: the Westboro Baptist Church. Under the banner of #OpFuckWBC, some members of Anonymous are asking for help in eradicating the Topeka, Kansas-based religious group that has become world renowned for picketing the funeral services of iconic American figures.
Led by Pastor Fred Phelps, the WBC has made headlines for their anti-homosexual, anti-American slogans and picket signs that they’ve used during memorial services for Michael Jackson, Steve Jobs and Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old gay man whose 1998 murder kick started a massive campaign for LGBT rights. This time around a WBC-led campaign to protest outside a memorial service for the victims of the recent Aurora, Colorado theater shooting has prompted hacktivists to ask for the help of others in ending the church once and for all.
“I think it’s obvious why most people dislike, even DESPISE Westboro Baptist Church,” begins a statement posted on Pastebin.com this week. From there, the anonymous author asks other opponents of the WBC to put an end to the organization.
“They have hurt too many people, and letting this go on without any action being taken is not okay,” the message continues. “While, yes, Freedom of Speech is the First Amendment — there are ways to violate it. Which WBC partakes in by: slander; defamation; libel; harassment; verbal abuse; threats.”
“They are destroying lives.”
Members of the Anonymous collective orchestrated a counter protest earlier this week to keep WBC members from demonstrating against the memorial services for victims of the Aurora massacre. According to the latest communiqué, though, those actions should be taken to the Web. Although the author encourages critics of the church to continue protesting them in real life situations, methods of making their mark over the Web are outlined as well.
“If you can hack, hack their website,” the post asks. “If you can DOS, take down their website,” referring to a denial-of-service attack — an online protest of sorts that can temporarily cripple a webpage.
“Show Westboro Baptist Church that we will ultimate end their reign of hatred.”
SourcePhoto

The Anaheim Police Department website is vulnerable to SQL injection (arguable the easiest way to hack a website) and the admin page is vulnerable to brute force attacks. It’s safe to say the site has already been hacked.

anarcho-queer:

thepeoplesrecord:

Anonymous begins anti-brutality campaign after Anaheim shootings
July 25, 2012

Only days after officers with the Anaheim Police Department opened fire killing two men in just two days, members of the hacktivism collective Anonymous are asking people across the globe to ring in and condemn the cops.

Self-proclaimed members of the loose-knit Anonymous collective have started a campaign to address the amounting allegations of police brutality coming out of Anaheim, California. In a YouTube video and bulletin circulated on the Web on Wednesday this week, some Anons say that the rest of America need to let their opposition to these ongoing policies known.

“We want to inform the citizens of the world that the United States is setting the flames of revolution,” the message begins. “In Anaheim, police shot protesters and bystanders including kids who did nothing wrong. We, Anonymous, are calling yet again to the citizens of the United States, to rise up in unison, and defeat this government which values no lives nor freedom.”

Anonymous has called for support before for a number of causes, including other allegations of police brutality that have occurred in other cities across California. The 2009 death of Oscar Grant at the hands of an officer with the Bay Area Rapid Transit police generated country-wide protests, and the city’s attempts to seize service for cell phones users during a demonstration in remembrance of Grant last year spawned a separate campaign against law enforcement in the San Francisco area. . Now Anonymous is setting their sights down the state, though, insisting that others join them to speak out against the Anaheim PD.

“Do it for the safety of your families, your homes and your future generations,” the group asks. “The fate of America is in your hands. Do you wish to be oppressed further, or do you wish to obtain freedom and peace?”

“The choice is yours. Let beat the drums of war. Operation Anaheim, engaged.”

When the video and bulletin were posted to the Web on Wednesday, Anaheim had already experienced four consecutive days of massive protests, with several more expected throughout the week.

Only days earlier, several online accounts associated with Anonymous circulated another bulletin that they hope will help raise awareness of another group: the Westboro Baptist Church. Under the banner of #OpFuckWBC, some members of Anonymous are asking for help in eradicating the Topeka, Kansas-based religious group that has become world renowned for picketing the funeral services of iconic American figures.

Led by Pastor Fred Phelps, the WBC has made headlines for their anti-homosexual, anti-American slogans and picket signs that they’ve used during memorial services for Michael Jackson, Steve Jobs and Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old gay man whose 1998 murder kick started a massive campaign for LGBT rights. This time around a WBC-led campaign to protest outside a memorial service for the victims of the recent Aurora, Colorado theater shooting has prompted hacktivists to ask for the help of others in ending the church once and for all.

“I think it’s obvious why most people dislike, even DESPISE Westboro Baptist Church,” begins a statement posted on Pastebin.com this week. From there, the anonymous author asks other opponents of the WBC to put an end to the organization.

“They have hurt too many people, and letting this go on without any action being taken is not okay,” the message continues. “While, yes, Freedom of Speech is the First Amendment — there are ways to violate it. Which WBC partakes in by: slander; defamation; libel; harassment; verbal abuse; threats.”

“They are destroying lives.”

Members of the Anonymous collective orchestrated a counter protest earlier this week to keep WBC members from demonstrating against the memorial services for victims of the Aurora massacre. According to the latest communiqué, though, those actions should be taken to the Web. Although the author encourages critics of the church to continue protesting them in real life situations, methods of making their mark over the Web are outlined as well.

“If you can hack, hack their website,” the post asks. “If you can DOS, take down their website,” referring to a denial-of-service attack — an online protest of sorts that can temporarily cripple a webpage.

“Show Westboro Baptist Church that we will ultimate end their reign of hatred.”

Source
Photo

The Anaheim Police Department website is vulnerable to SQL injection (arguable the easiest way to hack a website) and the admin page is vulnerable to brute force attacks. It’s safe to say the site has already been hacked.

Dying For Justice In Israel

Among developed countries, Israel is one of the world’s most socially, politically and economically unjust. It mocks democratic values and social justice.

In December 2010, Tunisian Mohammed Bouazizi set himself ablaze in front of Sidi Bouzid government offices after police confiscating his merchandise for operating without a permit. He was a street vendor. He sold vegetables. His uncle, Mehdi Horchani, said he

“gave his life to draw attention to his condition and that of his brothers.”

Then and now Arab states have high unemployment, severe poverty, few social benefits, deep-seated and extreme repression enforcing state policy.

Now, two Israeli men have expressed outrage by death.

The first, a 58-year-old wheelchair-bound protester, Moshe Silman set himself on fire at the end of a July 14 protest in Tel Aviv over the cost of living in Israel. Fellow demonstrators extinguished the flames, but he sustained burns to more than 90 % of his body, on July 20 died. Mr. Silman had lost his job, apartment, and he couldn’t survive on his monthly $582 disability pension, his bank account had been seized, all while crushed by outstanding debt. His suicide letter reads:

The State of Israel has stolen from me and robbed me, left me with nothing

and the Tel Aviv District Court blocked me from getting justice. — registrar at the Tel Aviv District court, broke the law, disrupted legal proceedings, out of condescension.

It won’t even assist me with my rental fees

Two committees from the Ministry of Housing have rejected me, despite the fact that I have undergone a stroke and was granted 100% work disability

Ask the manager of Amidar, in Hafia, on Hanevi’im Street.

I blame the State of IsraelI blame Bibi Netanyahu

and [Minister of Finance] Yuval Steinitz

both scum

for the humiliation that disenfranchised citizens go through day in and day out, that take from the poor and give to the rich, and to public servants

those that serve the State of Israel

The National Health Insurance, especially  —, the manager of their operations, and the manager of their claims department, —, on Lincoln Street in Tel Aviv, who illegally seized my work equipment for my truck.

The Haifa National Insurance Institute branch, who abused me for a year until I was granted disability

That I pay NIS 2300 per month in Health Insurance taxes and even more for my medicine

I have no money for medicine or rent. I can’t make the money after I have paid my millions in taxes I did the army, and until age 46 I did reserve duty

I refuse to be homeless, this is why i am protesting

Against all the injustices done to me by the State, me and others like me

The second man set himself on fire while waiting for a taxi to take him to a clinic for disabled military veterans on the same day Mr. Silman was laid to rest. Akiva Mafa’i was a disabled Israel Defence Forces veteran in his mid-40s. After a car accedent 9 years ago he was deemed 25 % disabled. Years later Mr. Mafa’i suffered a stoke forcing him to rely on benefits from the Defense Ministry, and like Silman, the National Insurance Institute. It was not enough money. He is being treated for burns over 70 % of his body.

The Defense Ministry responded by claiming there is no connection between Mafa’i’s self-immolation and his military disability, and calls his treatment “professional, responsible, and devoted.”

However spokesman Rosenfeld stated that four Israelis have attempted or threatened to set themselves on fire since Silman’s act.

THIS IS NOT EXCLUSIVE TO ISRAEL. Mafa’i’s brother, Shlomo:

I feel everything the disabled IDF veterans are saying. We grew up in a home that contributes to the state, and continues to contribute. We gave our lives to the state, and in the end they throw you out. The IDF disabled veterans feel like a burden on society; that’s our frustration. When you’re called to reserve duty, you leave everything and go to serve the state with love, and in the end when something happens to you, you’re left on your own,

Most of the 168 detainees at Guantanamo have been imprisoned by the U.S. Government for close to a decade without charges and with no end in sight to their captivity. Some now die at Guantanamo, thousands of miles away from their homes and families, without ever having had the chance to contest accusations of guilt.