Hatred kills. Mourning is not enough. We must fight for justice and work for understanding and respect. We all have a right to live and thrive in our difference. There are many more India Clarkes, all of whom deserve to pursue their happiness in safety. When we say we are not done, this is an example of what we mean.
Ted Cruz is by no means the only Republican leaping before looking in reaction to the mass shooting of Marines in Chattanooga. Considering that the suspect is dead, the only reason for all the posturing is politics. The portrayals of President Obama as soft on terrorism are awfully brazen considering his hawkish record on that score. CNN reports on the investigation.
Much more needs to be done to reverse the irrational excess of harsh drug laws, but the president's commutations today for 46 non-violent offenders are a beginning.
Well this is disturbing. NBC4 reports:
In one week in D.C., police say, a woman abandoned a baby in a stroller alongside a busy D.C. street -- and a young man who had been in college just a year ago stabbed a passenger on a Metro train 30 to 40 times.
The two crimes were tied together by the drug police believe the suspects may have been using: synthetic marijuana....
Mayor Muriel Bowser will sign into law the "Sale of Synthetic Drugs Emergency Amendment Act of 2015" Friday at noon.
My latest column looks at the momentous events of last week and at how justice comes from recognition, as the president put it, of ourselves in each other. Here's a portion:
President Obama had the best week of his career last week, with victories on trade, fair housing, healthcare and marriage equality that cemented his legacy. But instead of taking a victory lap, he capped his week with a eulogy in the form of a sermon on grace.
Black churches have figured prominently in my thoughts lately. On Stonewall Sunday, going through my Twitter feed, I found a joint Father's Day sermon delivered the week before by the Revs. Otis Moss II and III at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. In addition to being LGBT-affirming, Trinity is famous for its tradition of prophetic preaching, thanks to video loops of its previous pastor, Jeremiah Wright, that roiled the 2008 presidential campaign.
Near the close of Justice Anthony Kennedy's marriage opinion, he gave a nod to Jim Obergefell: "As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death." Outside the court, Obergefell held a photo of his late husband and took a call from the president. The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington sang "The Star-Spangled Banner," tacitly embracing the words above the court's entrance: "Equal Justice Under Law."
The act of domestic terror that took the president to South Carolina later that day was intended by its perpetrator to start a race war. As Obama noted, however, when Dylann Roof murdered pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney and eight other members of Charleston's Emanuel A.M.E. Church at a Bible study meeting, he did not account for the power of grace.
DeRay Mckesson is, in my opinion, one of the most gifted young activists in our country. I began to follow him last summer when his voice emerged during the street protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Here he puts his trolls (whose attacks on him are a backhanded tribute to him) in their place.
The president's remarks were entirely appropriate, as far as I am concerned. I do wonder if @POTUS and @Pontifex (AKA Pope Francis) are in a competition over who can stir up more controversy just by speaking truth.
I have heard Mrs. Clinton speak this well once before, when she went to Geneva as our Secretary of State to announce an LGBT global initiative. Here she is in San Francisco talking to the 2015 U.S. Conference of Mayors.
The Senator from Jasper spoke recently about the murder of Walter Scott, of Doubting Thomases, and of the need for body cameras on police. The pleasure of listening to this gifted speaker is now mixed with sorrow, compounded on this Father's Day by the thought of his widow Jennifer and his daughters Malana and Eliana. His chair at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church was draped in black today. Yet still he speaks. Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
It was awesome and humbling today to hear the families of the murdered church folk in Charleston expressing forgiveness at Dylann Roof's bond hearing. There is no better display of a community's unconquerable strength than these people, in their grief, reaching into the heart of their faith as they spoke to a young mass killer twisted by evil and made it clear that despite their bottomless sorrow, he could not defeat them.
R.I.P. Rev. Clementa Pinckney of historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston and the other eight victims of this act of domestic terrorism. #StopHate
Breaking. DC Atty Gen Racine files motion to stay Judge Scullin’s ruling easing city's concealed-carry gun law.— Tom Sherwood (@tomsherwood) May 26, 2015
D.C. has asked a judge to stay the ruling that tossed out a key provision of the city's concealed carry law: http://t.co/dnPCQTVRAi— Martin Austermuhle (@maustermuhle) May 27, 2015
Thanks, General Racine!
Saturday's acquittal of a Cleveland police officer who jumped onto the hood of a car and fired 49 shots through the windshield at an unarmed couple demonstrated the near-impossibility of getting justice against out-of-control police even after the most outrageously excessive use of deadly force.
Below are some illustrative tweets from yesterday regarding the bench-trial verdict and the protests that followed. I note that nonviolent protests were met with phalanxes of riot-geared officers who seemed determined to thwart constitutional speech and provoke unrest in order to justify their habitual brutality. Meanwhile, officials called for citizens not to be violent, when the clear problem was police violence. Wake up, America.
Judge finds Brelo’s use of force to be constitutional. All of it. He’s been fully exonerated. Good Lord. #BreloVerdict— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 23, 2015
You can officially jump onto the hood of a car and riddle two suspects with bullets, as long as your fellow cops are also shooting them.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 23, 2015
This started because a Cleveland officer believed a car backfire was a gunshot.— Syan Rhodes (@SyanRhodes) May 23, 2015
To clarify, there is no rioting, gunfire, looting, etc. heavily equipped officers methodically arrested protesters while locals watched.— Sam Allard (@SceneSallard) May 24, 2015
I'm standing at the spot where #TamirRice was killed and the video doesn't convey just how suburban and chill this neighborhood is. At all.— deray mckesson (@deray) May 23, 2015
Time and again over the past few decades, the loudest anti-gay defenders of "family values" have turned out to be adulterers and sexual predators themselves. A big chunk of the blame must be shouldered by the media who have given them a platform. One example, as our friend Joe Sudbay notes below, is the TLC Network.
Multiple fatalities in shootings between two rival motorcycle gangs reported outside a Twin Peaks Waco restaurant http://t.co/RfUhPIUXJU— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) May 17, 2015
But what about White on White crime? https://t.co/3Rtmp70UgE— that jay. (@jayydodd) May 17, 2015
I guess the biker gangs in Waco didn't call a truce like the street organizations in Baltimore did.— deray mckesson (@deray) May 17, 2015
A conspiracy by police and clergy to cover up child rapes and a murder by a Baltimore high school chaplain is unraveled decades later by alumna of the school.
Sandy Rios: Engineer's Homosexuality Was A Factor In The Amtrak Crash: RELATED: World Net Daily is calling the... http://t.co/xzIbO34DiJ— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) May 14, 2015
The latest thing to make you shake your head. Really: our opponents are this desperate, this unscrupulous, this hateful, this unhinged. Take your pick.
Good afternoon. I am Rick Rosendall, president of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, which has worked for LGBT equality in D.C. since 1971. Thanks to Jody Westby for launching Communities Against Law Enforcement Misconduct, and to those who have helped her.
When thousands held a vigil in Meridian Hill Park last August 14 in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri, a few Metropolitan Police Department officers were on hand to ensure order. There was none of the belligerence we have seen in other cities. D.C. has come a long way since the 1991 riot by police against revelers at the High Heel Race on 17th Street Northwest.
Police reforms in D.C. since then have included creation of special liaison units such as the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, which promote trust and cooperation between community members and police. With allies including the NAACP and ACLU of the Nation's Capital, GLAA helped push for creation of the independent Office of Police Complaints in the late 1990s.
After the unlawful mass arrest in Pershing Park in September 2002, our then mayor and police chief refused to acknowledge problems until a federal judge ordered the release of an internal report. Then-D.C. councilmember Kathy Patterson, with assistance from ACLU and support from GLAA, won passage of the First Amendment Rights and Police Standards Act of 2004.
Vigilance, persistent engagement, and data are essential to reform. ACLU-NCA reported in 2013 on a dramatic racial disparity in marijuana arrests in the District. Given the roughly equal rates of self-reported marijuana use by white and black citizens, the disparity was scandalous. A partial remedy came with Initiative 71, the Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014, which is now law. This was not the first time intervention was required. In 1998, we needed legislation to stop the arrest of people for drinking on their own front porches.
Marshall University running back Steward Marshall jumped out of a car and assaulted a gay couple. He might have gotten away with it, but there was video.