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{ Response I get back from talking about Section 4 being taken out of the Voting Rights Act }

justcallmesweetpee:

"that’s unfortunate! so annoying!" 

really? That’s all it is? Maybe so, I guess, because it wouldn’t affect you

*edit*

it sucks that this issue is getting swept under the rug. The other issues are important, I’m not denying that, but it is absolutely shitty that this issue is being swept under the rug. Even I didn’t know about it, no wonder the person I talked to didn’t either, and no one is talking about it on facebook either.

(Source: allthebristory)

thespiritwas:

Genital & Gender Self Determination central to the fight to end HIV Criminalization!  So is the kiss in on Wednesday the 26th at noon in Washington Square Park organized by QUEEROCRACY.  
From Queerocracy:
We are kissing to bring attention to the unjust prosecutions of HIV positive people. There are 34 states and 2 territories in the U.S. where HIV-specific laws and statutes exist. Even in states like New York where there are no HIV-specific laws, HIV positive people are prosecuted unjustly based on their HIV status under general criminal laws. In many of these cases, folks face harsh sentences and long jail-time for things like spitting and biting, even though we know saliva does not transmit HIV. While transmission or a real risk of transmission is often not a factor in HIV-related prosecutions, non-disclosure or inability to prove disclosure are commonly the focus of charges.
if you have facebook click here to learn more!

thespiritwas:

Genital & Gender Self Determination central to the fight to end HIV Criminalization!  So is the kiss in on Wednesday the 26th at noon in Washington Square Park organized by QUEEROCRACY.  

From Queerocracy:

We are kissing to bring attention to the unjust prosecutions of HIV positive people. There are 34 states and 2 territories in the U.S. where HIV-specific laws and statutes exist. Even in states like New York where there are no HIV-specific laws, HIV positive people are prosecuted unjustly based on their HIV status under general criminal laws. In many of these cases, folks face harsh sentences and long jail-time for things like spitting and biting, even though we know saliva does not transmit HIV. While transmission or a real risk of transmission is often not a factor in HIV-related prosecutions, non-disclosure or inability to prove disclosure are commonly the focus of charges.

if you have facebook click here to learn more!

{ Kimberly McCarthy’s murder by the state of Texas scheduled for TODAY }

from TexasDeathPenalty.blogspot.com:

Kimberly was convicted in the 1997 murder of her neighbor Dorothy Booth. However this case has the stamp of racist southern justice all over it. There was clear racial discrimination in the jury selection, and she was not provided with adequate legal council, which entitles her to an appeal under a recent Supreme Court ruling Trevino vs Thayer.

We ask the people of Texas to join us in our fight to end this continuing atrocity, and to help save the life of Kimberly McCarthy. We are calling on Texas residents and folks from around the country and the world to register their protest by joining us in a National Day of Action Fax/Email/Phone Jam.

Please call, fax and email Governor Rick Perry’s office:
Call 512-463-1782
Fax 512-463-1849.
http://governor.state.tx.us/contact/

Office of the Governor Main Switchboard: (512) 463-2000 (office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST)

Contact the Texas Board of Pardons & Paroles and tell them to grant Kimberly McCarthy clemency:
Call (512) 406-5852
Fax (512) 463 8120
bpp-pio@tdcj.state.tx.us

If possible, you can join folks to protest this execution. The biggest protest planned will take place in Hunstville, Texas in front of the prison where death row is on the evening of June 26th, starting around 5 pm. The Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement has a bus to Hunstville that will leave from the S.H.A.P.E. Community Center in Houston at 2:00 pm on June 26th. Bus tickets are $10.00.

E-mail Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement at abolition.movement@hotmail.com to reserve your seat. It’s possible a bus will also be coming from the Peace Center in Dallas.

People protesting the execution in Austin will gather at the Capitol, on the front steps by the street at 11th and Congress.

Read More at this link: CALL, FAX AND EMAIL THE TEXAS GOVERNOR AND BOARD OF PARDON AND PAROLE ON JUNE 25TH AND 26TH!

also, the Board of Pardons and Paroles’ Clemency Section’s email address is bpp-clemency@tdcj.state.tx.us and their fax number is 512-467-0945 [source link].

some online free faxing places:

Petition at this link — does not have anything about the racism in the jury selection, though.  source link.

[edited July 11 because i realized the phone number listed above WAS the Clemency Section’s number, sorry for redundancy]

{ Stop the execution of Kimberly McCarthy, scheduled for TOMORROW — phone call/fax/emailing info, local protest info [Texas, USA] }

Kimberly was convicted in the 1997 murder of her neighbor Dorothy Booth. However this case has the stamp of racist southern justice all over it. There was clear racial discrimination in the jury selection, and she was not provided with adequate legal council, which entitles her to an appeal under a recent Supreme Court ruling Trevino vs Thayer.

We ask the people of Texas to join us in our fight to end this continuing atrocity, and to help save the life of Kimberly McCarthy. We are calling on Texas residents and folks from around the country and the world to register their protest by joining us in a National Day of Action Fax/Email/Phone Jam.

Please call, fax and email Governor Rick Perry’s office:
Call 512-463-1782
Fax 512-463-1849.
http://governor.state.tx.us/contact/

Office of the Governor Main Switchboard: (512) 463-2000 (office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST)

Contact the Texas Board of Pardons & Paroles and tell them to grant Kimberly McCarthy clemency:
Call (512) 406-5852
Fax (512) 463 8120
bpp-pio@tdcj.state.tx.us

If possible, you can join folks to protest this execution. The biggest protest planned will take place in Hunstville, Texas in front of the prison where death row is on the evening of June 26th, starting around 5 pm. The Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement has a bus to Hunstville that will leave from the S.H.A.P.E. Community Center in Houston at 2:00 pm on June 26th. Bus tickets are $10.00.

E-mail Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement at abolition.movement@hotmail.com to reserve your seat. It’s possible a bus will also be coming from the Peace Center in Dallas.

People protesting the execution in Austin will gather at the Capitol, on the front steps by the street at 11th and Congress.

Read More at this link: CALL, FAX AND EMAIL THE TEXAS GOVERNOR AND BOARD OF PARDON AND PAROLE ON JUNE 25TH AND 26TH! | texasdeathpenalty.blogspot.com

also, the Board of Pardons and Paroles’ Clemency Section’s phone number is 512-406-5852, their email address is bpp-clemency@tdcj.state.tx.us and their fax number is 512-467-0945 [source link].

some online free faxing places:

Petition at this link — does not have anything about the racism in the jury selection, though.  source link.

{ LINK: Click here to support Together Again, "Bring my son home" by MataHari EyeoftheDay }

blaqueerpozitivity:

“Please. To all my loved ones in Massachusetts and beyond, please. Take a minute to read the incredibly powerful and time-sensitive story of Priscilla, a deeply loving mother and nanny from Trinidad who lives in Boston; is a worker-leader at MataHari, and who has had her 18 year old son STOLEN from her by ICE but who is fighting back. 

I have personally known Priscilla for almost two years now through my work with MataHari. She is deeply reflective when it comes to discussing oppression and justice and how they operate. Her thoughtfulness about what she says and how, and her centeredness in the face of struggle have moved me to be equally intentional about my words, and equally resolute in my commitment to justice. She has always worked hard to organize for justice before and after her working hours as a nanny. She is soft-spoken and powerful as hell.

I have known about her case for a while, so when I saw MataHari’s post today announcing her campaign, tears swelled up in my eyes and I immediately got goosebumps. Her strength to fight back against ICE’s straight up THEFT of her son, Christopher, after all that she has already lived, is precisely the kind of strength that fuels my work. I implore you all - *please* read this story and DONATE towards Priscilla and Christopher’s cause.”

-Francesca Contreras

*****
“Help me reunite my family so we can be together.” - Priscilla, loving mother & nanny

Over thirteen years ago, Priscilla fled Trinidad to escape her abusive partner in order to protect both herself and her son, Christopher. Priscilla left to escape a life of violence—to live without fear, and begin to live her life, instead of surviving. She was determined to stop the cycle. Put an end to abuse, trauma, and cyclical violence. She is more than a “survivor”. 

“The story of my life is very painful. I left Trinidad due to very difficult situations which included domestic violence. My son Christopher witnessed this at a very young age. It was enough for me. I took my son and left. I did not want to be a statistic. I had seen, as a child myself, acts of violence of my aunts from their spouses, and I vowed that would never happen to me again.”

Priscilla began building a new life in the United States as a loving and hardworking nanny and mother to her son Christopher.

“For the past thirteen years, I have proudly worked as a nanny for a number of families and have developed deeply caring relationships with those families and children. I look at them as my own children and care for them in that way. I have worked very hard to take care of my own son Christopher as well. I worked to send him to school with the hope of him going to college and realizing his dreams.”

Having lived and studied in the U.S. since he was eight years old, Christopher was a hardworking student with a bright future. At age 17, Christopher was attacked and stabbed. This led to the ICE discovering that he was undocumented. Christopher was detained, placed in solitary confinement and deported back to Trinidad.Unfortunately, being forced to return to Trinidad has jeopardized Christopher’s chances to heal, by not having the right medical help he needs, and to succeed. Christopher is at risk of victimization and being part of a cycle of violence as his mother was.

Christopher and Priscilla only have each other in this world. Priscilla writes of the pain of being forcibly separated from him.

“Any mother or parent knows how heartbreaking it is to lose your children, either by death or separation.” 

To reunite her family, Priscilla plans to apply for political asylum for her family. Priscilla needs to file her case before Christopher turns 21 (his birthday is on June 28) or else he will be ineligible. Her case is urgent, but she needs $3000 for legal fees to begin this process.

Priscilla and Christopher have faced many challenges in their life, but they can’t go through this one alone. As a community, we need to act. We need to fight with them. All Priscilla wants, as a mother, is to be with her son and to end both the violence and trauma they have endured. They have dreams. Christopher plans to finish school when he returns to the U.S. He has always been a hard-working student, and before being detained was close to graduation. Unfortunately, hope is not enough. 

They need community. They need us. They need you.”

(Source: blaqueerjourney)

{ LINK: The Spirit Was...: Help Support Egyptt! Please Signal Boost }

thespiritwas:

 

thespiritwas:

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Dear Friends & Community,

We are writing to let you know of a community member who needs support after going through a major health crisis. Many of you know Egyptt, a long time activist and advocate for low income, trans communities of color.


Egyptt was…

reblogging this in light of Janet Mock’s brilliant insights on crowdfunding for trans women of color and in hopes that more and more people share this alongside  KOKUMO’s and Ja’briel Walthour’s fundraisers.  Please support all three by all the means you can!

{ Kimberly McCarthy’s murder by the state still scheduled for June 26th [Texas, USA] }

numol:

Petition at this link — does not have anything about the racism in the jury selection, though.  source link.

Contacting Governor Perry

phone numbers:

  • Information and Referral Hotline [for Texas callers] :
    (800) 843-5789
  • Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline [for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers] :
    (512) 463-1782
  • Office of the Governor Main Switchboard [office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST] :
    (512) 463-2000
  • Citizen’s Assistance Telecommunications Device
    If you are using a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD),
    call 711 to reach Relay Texas
  • Washington office: (202) 638-3927

email form: http://governor.state.tx.us/contact/assistance.aspx

fax numbers: Texas: (512) 463-1849 ; Washington: (202) 628-1943

some online free faxing places:

—— MORE INFO ————

Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, January 23:

Kimberly McCarthy, who had worked in the healthcare field taking care of people, became addicted to crack cocaine in the 1990’s. This eventually led to her participation in a terrible crime, the murder of her neighbor, retired college professor Dorothy Booth, during a robbery at the victim’s home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.

According to the National Institute of Health, substance abuse problems are rooted in a diagnosable brain disease known as addiction. By altering the chemistry of the brain, drug addiction leads to compulsive cravings and limits the ability of an individual to make voluntary decisions.

Texas executions cost three or four times as much as life in prison.

Read More at this link

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, January 28:

Her original conviction was reversed on the basis of the erroneous admission of a statement she made upon arrest.  McCarthy was again convicted and sentenced to death in 2002 after a trial in which the guilt phase lasted only one day.

Troubling questions surround the jury selection process in her trial – of the 12 jurors selected, all but one were white.  According to McCarthy’s attorneys, the state struck three non-white prospective jurors (21% of its total strikes).  Of the 64 people questioned on individual voir dire, only 4 were not white.  Of these individuals, only 3 were African American.  None of these figures reflect the racial demographics of Dallas County.

Read More at this link

Associated Press, June 19:

The lawyer for a Dallas County woman set to die next week is appealing to block the woman’s execution, which would be the 500th in Texas since the state resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1982.

The total is far more than any other state.

Kimberly McCarthy, 52, also would be the first woman put to death in the U.S. since 2010 if she receives lethal injection June 26 in Huntsville.

[…]

McCarthy’s appeal, filed Tuesday to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, contends black jurors improperly were excluded from her trial by Dallas County prosecutors and her lawyers should have challenged the exclusions both at the trial and in early appeals. McCarthy is black; her victim white. Of the 12 jurors at her trial, one was not white.

Read More at this link

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(via tal9000)

{ LINK: Petition/phone calls to stop imminent deportation of Amanda Cazun Orantes, "a loving wife and mother who ended up in deportation proceedings for trying to feed her family." }

Amanda Cuzan Orantes is 41 years old and has been living in the US for 17 years. She is the primary caretaker of her 15 year old US citizen daughter, Ana, who has cerebrla palsy and requires Amanda’s help for many aspects of her life.

Amanda is also a loving wife and mother who ended up in deportation proceedings for trying to feed her family. She tried to take a packet of chicke from a store, and spent five months in jail for for trying to feed her family. Instead of being released after completing her sentence and allowed to go back home to her daughter, Amanda was placed in deportation proceedings.

On June 15th, 2013 she was sent to Louisiana and is currently there awaiting to be deported and separated from her family. Amanda was told she had less than 10 days to be in the country.

Please support Amanda and sign her petition! 

——

Amanda Cazun Orantes de 41 años de edad, llego hace 17 años a los estados unidos para construir una vida mejor. Es madre de una hija ciudadana Americana, Ana,  de 15 años que tiene parálisis cerebral. Amanda le ayuda a Ana con varios aspectos de su vida cotidiana y Ana necesita que su mama este con ella.

Amanda esta en porceso de deportacion por tratar de darle de comer a su familia. Se trato de llevar un paquete de pollo de la tienda, y pago cinco meses separade de su familia en la carcel. Al cumplir los cinco meses, en lugar de poder regresar con su esposo e hija, Amanda fue puesta en proceso de deportacion.

En Junio 15, 2013 Amanda fue transferida a Louisiana y ahora esta ahi. Le han dicho que tiene menos de 10 diaz para pelear en contra de su deportacion.

Por favor apoyen a Amanda y firmen su peticion!

[…]

Please also take less than a minute and make a phone call to ICE:

1. Chicago ICE Field Director Ricardo Wong, (312) 347-2400, press * to speak to the operator

2. ICE Director John Morton, (202) 732-3000

Sample Script

"I am calling to ask ICE to stop Amanda Cazun Orantes (A205632111) deportation. She has been trasnferred to Texas and has been told she would be deported in less than 10 days. She is the primary caretaker of her 15 year old citizen daughter who has cerebral palsy and requires that Amanda help her in her everyday tasks. Amanda need to be with her daughter and her daughter needs her. Please stop her deportation. Thank you"

Read More & Sign Petition at link

please sign/spread the word/call if at all possible.

[this is a re-post]

{ Kimberly McCarthy’s murder by the state still scheduled for June 26th [Texas, USA] }

Petition at this link — does not have anything about the racism in the jury selection, though.  source link.

Contacting Governor Perry

phone numbers:

email form: http://governor.state.tx.us/contact/assistance.aspx

fax numbers: Texas: (512) 463-1849 ; Washington: (202) 628-1943

some online free faxing places:

—— MORE INFO ————

Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, January 23:

Kimberly McCarthy, who had worked in the healthcare field taking care of people, became addicted to crack cocaine in the 1990’s. This eventually led to her participation in a terrible crime, the murder of her neighbor, retired college professor Dorothy Booth, during a robbery at the victim’s home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.

According to the National Institute of Health, substance abuse problems are rooted in a diagnosable brain disease known as addiction. By altering the chemistry of the brain, drug addiction leads to compulsive cravings and limits the ability of an individual to make voluntary decisions.

Texas executions cost three or four times as much as life in prison.

Read More at this link

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, January 28:

Her original conviction was reversed on the basis of the erroneous admission of a statement she made upon arrest.  McCarthy was again convicted and sentenced to death in 2002 after a trial in which the guilt phase lasted only one day.

Troubling questions surround the jury selection process in her trial – of the 12 jurors selected, all but one were white.  According to McCarthy’s attorneys, the state struck three non-white prospective jurors (21% of its total strikes).  Of the 64 people questioned on individual voir dire, only 4 were not white.  Of these individuals, only 3 were African American.  None of these figures reflect the racial demographics of Dallas County.

Read More at this link

Associated Press, June 19:

The lawyer for a Dallas County woman set to die next week is appealing to block the woman’s execution, which would be the 500th in Texas since the state resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1982.

The total is far more than any other state.

Kimberly McCarthy, 52, also would be the first woman put to death in the U.S. since 2010 if she receives lethal injection June 26 in Huntsville.

[…]

McCarthy’s appeal, filed Tuesday to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, contends black jurors improperly were excluded from her trial by Dallas County prosecutors and her lawyers should have challenged the exclusions both at the trial and in early appeals. McCarthy is black; her victim white. Of the 12 jurors at her trial, one was not white.

Read More at this link

[this is a re-post]

{ Kimberly McCarthy’s murder by the state still scheduled for June 26th [Texas, USA] }

Petition at this link — does not have anything about the racism in the jury selection, though.  source link.

Contacting Governor Perry

phone numbers:

  • Information and Referral Hotline [for Texas callers] :
    (800) 843-5789
  • Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline [for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers] :
    (512) 463-1782
  • Office of the Governor Main Switchboard [office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST] :
    (512) 463-2000
  • Citizen’s Assistance Telecommunications Device
    If you are using a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD),
    call 711 to reach Relay Texas
  • Washington office: (202) 638-3927

email form: http://governor.state.tx.us/contact/assistance.aspx

fax numbers: Texas: (512) 463-1849 ; Washington: (202) 628-1943

some online free faxing places:

—— MORE INFO ————

Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, January 23:

Kimberly McCarthy, who had worked in the healthcare field taking care of people, became addicted to crack cocaine in the 1990’s. This eventually led to her participation in a terrible crime, the murder of her neighbor, retired college professor Dorothy Booth, during a robbery at the victim’s home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.

According to the National Institute of Health, substance abuse problems are rooted in a diagnosable brain disease known as addiction. By altering the chemistry of the brain, drug addiction leads to compulsive cravings and limits the ability of an individual to make voluntary decisions.

Texas executions cost three or four times as much as life in prison.

Read More at this link

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, January 28:

Her original conviction was reversed on the basis of the erroneous admission of a statement she made upon arrest.  McCarthy was again convicted and sentenced to death in 2002 after a trial in which the guilt phase lasted only one day.

Troubling questions surround the jury selection process in her trial – of the 12 jurors selected, all but one were white.  According to McCarthy’s attorneys, the state struck three non-white prospective jurors (21% of its total strikes).  Of the 64 people questioned on individual voir dire, only 4 were not white.  Of these individuals, only 3 were African American.  None of these figures reflect the racial demographics of Dallas County.

Read More at this link

Associated Press, June 19:

The lawyer for a Dallas County woman set to die next week is appealing to block the woman’s execution, which would be the 500th in Texas since the state resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1982.

The total is far more than any other state.

Kimberly McCarthy, 52, also would be the first woman put to death in the U.S. since 2010 if she receives lethal injection June 26 in Huntsville.

[…]

McCarthy’s appeal, filed Tuesday to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, contends black jurors improperly were excluded from her trial by Dallas County prosecutors and her lawyers should have challenged the exclusions both at the trial and in early appeals. McCarthy is black; her victim white. Of the 12 jurors at her trial, one was not white.

Read More at this link

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