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Eames Molded Armchair
Oct 11, 2014 / 398 notes
blackintellectunrefined:

cashmerethoughtsss:

dopenmind:

baddygirl-2:

beautiful-ambition:

I’m just gonna leave this here…

*emoji eyes*

Can I be honest and say I never thought of it this way? I need to print this out and frame it. Man, this is the realest.

*slow claps*

^^^
Oct 11, 2014 / 19,161 notes

blackintellectunrefined:

cashmerethoughtsss:

dopenmind:

baddygirl-2:

beautiful-ambition:

I’m just gonna leave this here…

*emoji eyes*

Can I be honest and say I never thought of it this way? I need to print this out and frame it. Man, this is the realest.

*slow claps*

^^^

Oct 11, 2014 / 190,880 notes

blackintellectunrefined:

schoolteacherjammette:

likehercoffee:

fhoantells:

"I just want Bruce Lee to hold me as long as he can."

I’m dying.

(imgur album)

adorbs

Reasons he’s my favorite

Ugggh this just sapped my entire existence 

Oct 11, 2014 / 17,540 notes

fiascoboiwonder:

designbydiaspora:

land-of-propaganda:

3 years in Rikers Island, 2 in solitary confinement, this high school student, NEVER CHARGED, gets released

16-year-old high school sophomore Kalief Browder, of the Bronx, spent nearly three years locked up at the Rikers Jail after he says he was falsely accused of stealing a backpack.  Amazingly, Browder never pleaded guilty, actually refused to plead guilty and requested a trial, even when pressured, but was never convicted and was only offered plea deals while the trial was repeatedly delayed.

Near the end of his time in jail, the judge “offered” to sentence him to time served if a guilty plea was entered, and warned him he could face 15 years in prison if convicted, but Browder still refused to accept the deal.  The only reason Browder was finally released was because his case was dismissed, but the damage had been done.

Browder, a high school student, spent an unbelievable 800 days, or over 2 years, in solitary confinement, which is a common juvenile imprisonment practice that the New York Department of Corrections has now banned after several investigations.

How does a teen end up in jail for 3 years, of which 2 years was spent in solitary confinement, and never be charged with a crime?

Browder’s case highlights several broken mechanisms in the New York legal system that feeds itself to civil liberty abuses on our youth.

  1. The 6th amendment gives us a right to a speedy trial, but in New York they have a “Ready Rule”.  The “Ready Rule” allows the courts to postpone trial dates by offering continuances. The system may give a continuance for 1 week, but logistically it may be 1 month before the trial actually comes to fruition and the still not convicted civilian only gets “credit” for the 1 week, not the actual time they have served.  In Browder’s case, he was given an absolutely ridiculous number of continuances initiated by the prosecution which left him locked up because he could not afford the $3000 bail.
  2. Browder was a high school student and juveniles are supposed to continue their education while behind bars .. except for juveniles that are in solitary confinement.  Guards would place juveniles in solitary and the schooling would stop relinquishing any educational support.
  3. While in solitary, Browder says that guards would routinely refuse to give him his meals.  Hunger is a common complaint by teens that are locked up because of the 12-hour stretch between dinner and breakfast.  Guards would use starve tactics at their discretion for punishment or their own personal enjoyment.  Browder says the worst of his starvations lasted for 4 meals in a row, meaning he was denied breakfast, lunch, dinner and another breakfast.
  4. As it stands, the courts place people in these situations and it is human nature for some to strike a plea deal just to get out of jail.  But Browder did not play into their game and take a plea deal, but maintained his innocence and requested a trial which came at a snail’s pace. This leads one to believe that the courts use this a planned tactic or procedure to play on human nature all in the name of getting convictions.
  5. The issues of using a Public Defender have long been recorded across the country.  In New York, court appointed lawyers make $75 a case.  In order to make money, that PD has to take on huge caseloads which leads to other problems.  Browder, although locked up for nearly three years in Rikers, where his PD was located everyday, never once was visited by his PD or had anyone to advocate his case for him.  This shows a reckless disregard which leads to a vicious cycle of apathy that often leads innocent people to copping pleas or getting longer sentences.

Read more here

Wtf!!!

WOW!

Oct 11, 2014 / 591,996 notes

blackintellectunrefined:

mylifeaskriz:

ruineshumaines:

Liz Climo on Tumblr.

this really cheered me up

goodness :))

Oct 11, 2014 / 3,458 notes
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blackfashion:

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storyofagayboy:

LESBIAN JUDGE WILL NOT WED STRAIGHT COUPLES
It’s nothing personal, but Dallas County judge Tonya Parker does not perform wedding ceremonies for heterosexual couples looking to tie the knot. What is her reason? The state of Texas, along with 30 other states, does not currently allow same-sex marriage. Despite recent victories in places like Oregon and Pennsylvania, many states are still in court over the issue leading this openly gay judge to politely turn away couples until marriage is equal.
In an interview with the Dallas Voice, Parker said ,“I’m sorry. I don’t perform marriage ceremonies because we are in a state that does not have marriage equality, and until it does, I am not going to partially apply the law to one group of people that doesn’t apply to another group of people.”
While some are outraged, many applaud Parker, pointing out that same-sex couples have been denied marriages for years and that this is just an ironic dose of how homosexuals are treated.

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TURNUP

oh mah GURD thats heterophobia!!!!1!! D:«<!!1!

praise her
Oct 4, 2014 / 104,887 notes

yeevil:

gaythoven:

blackfashion:

wocinsolidarity:

storyofagayboy:

LESBIAN JUDGE WILL NOT WED STRAIGHT COUPLES

It’s nothing personal, but Dallas County judge Tonya Parker does not perform wedding ceremonies for heterosexual couples looking to tie the knot. What is her reason? The state of Texas, along with 30 other states, does not currently allow same-sex marriage. Despite recent victories in places like Oregon and Pennsylvania, many states are still in court over the issue leading this openly gay judge to politely turn away couples until marriage is equal.

In an interview with the Dallas Voice, Parker said ,“I’m sorry. I don’t perform marriage ceremonies because we are in a state that does not have marriage equality, and until it does, I am not going to partially apply the law to one group of people that doesn’t apply to another group of people.”

While some are outraged, many applaud Parker, pointing out that same-sex couples have been denied marriages for years and that this is just an ironic dose of how homosexuals are treated.

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TURNUP

oh mah GURD thats heterophobia!!!!1!! D:«<!!1!

praise her

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teachingliteracy:

More books! (by mllehazelwood)
Oct 4, 2014 / 877 notes
Sep 30, 2014 / 15,025 notes

what movie is this please???

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Sep 30, 2014 / 22 notes