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14 y/o teen Muslim in Texas

17 Sep

http://www.vox.com/2015/9/16/9337053/Ahmed-Mohamed-school-arrest

Here’s how a Texas school explained arresting a 14-year-old Muslim boy for making a clock

http://www.vox.com/2015/9/16/9336557/ahmed-mohamed-clock-school

Prison and climate change

31 Aug

https://floodthesystem.net/infographic-prison-and-climate-change/?can_id=56012df8433725c4974181656848f867&source=email-prisons-and-climate-change&email_referrer=prisons-and-climate-change___14844

Vibrant infographic from #floodthesystem movement on the connection between climate change and prisons.

Noam Chomsky on Israel-Palestine Oct 2014

29 Nov

In U.N. Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel, Blocking Palestinian State
This is from Democracy Now. Speech and transcript at:
http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/27/in_un_speech_noam_chomsky_blasts

Blacks Less Likely To Sell Drugs, Much More Likely To Be Arrested For It: Study

2 Oct

The chart shows that arrests of African-Americans for violent and property crimes have gone down since 1980 but drug related arrests have skyrocketed. Black Americans are 3.6 times more likely to be arrested for selling drugs and 2.5 times more likely to be arrested for possessing them, Brookings Institute found.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/01/black-people-arrest_n_5914566.html

Welfare testing

9 Aug

Here’s What Happened When Tennessee Decided to Drug Test Its Welfare Recipients

http://mic.com/articles/95794/here-s-what-happened-when-tennessee-decided-to-drug-test-its-welfare-recipients?utm_source=policymicFB&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social

This article mentions Tennessee, Virginia, and Florida’s use of drug testing welfare recipients. Florida’s program was eliminated as a violation of the fourth amendment http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/court-upholds-injunction-on-drug-testing-florida-welfare-recipients/1276670.

Israel/Palestine 101

24 Jul

http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/content/israeli-palestinian-conflict-101
Israel/Palestine 101
Watch this short, historically accurate animated introduction to Israel-Palestine 101

15 Dec

Adichie’s TED talk, The Danger of a Single Story

http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story.html

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”