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“An undocumented Florida woman who helped her sister report domestic violence now faces an order of deportation from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, even though her lawyers say she never should have been detected by ICE agents in the first place. The woman, Rita Cote, 25, is married to a U.S. citizen and has four children, all of them citizens. She has no criminal record. But when police arrived to respond to the domestic-violence call on Feb. 16, 2009, law enforcement instead took Cote into custody, detained her for a week and handed her over to ICE. Cote now faces deportation at any time to her native Honduras, which she fled as a child in 1998 to escape Hurricane Mitch and its aftermath. If deported, she could be separated from her husband and children for up to a decade.”

Honduran Immigrant Faces Deportation After Helping Her Sister Report Domestic Violence

I can’t speak without slicing a mofo right now. 

(via radicallyhottoff)

this kind of consequence is routinely raised by both immigration and domestic violence advocates and is routinely dismissed as something that “would never happen” because of police discretion and the importance of encouraging victims of domestic violence to engage with law enforcement.

it happens. a lot. and it means that there’s yet another barrier for immigrant women experiencing domestic violence, even when they’re actively seeking help and protection.

what a great system we’ve constructed to support and encourage women. 

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“An undocumented Florida woman who helped her sister report domestic violence now faces an order of deportation from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, even though her lawyers say she never should have been detected by ICE agents in the first place. The woman, Rita Cote, 25, is married to a U.S. citizen and has four children, all of them citizens. She has no criminal record. But when police arrived to respond to the domestic-violence call on Feb. 16, 2009, law enforcement instead took Cote into custody, detained her for a week and handed her over to ICE. Cote now faces deportation at any time to her native Honduras, which she fled as a child in 1998 to escape Hurricane Mitch and its aftermath. If deported, she could be separated from her husband and children for up to a decade.”

Honduran Immigrant Faces Deportation After Helping Her Sister Report Domestic Violence(via radicallyhottoff)

To explain why Cote can not become a citizen:

Even though she is married to a U.S. citizen, Cote cannot apply for citizenship under normal marriage visa laws because she entered the country illegally. Instead, she would need to return to her native country and wait 10 years before returning, unless immigration officials waived that waiting period.

Cote has been in the country since she was a child. She married a man who not only is a citizen, but is a veteran. She has four children with him, all citizens. She has no criminal record. And we’re going to send her to Honduras for 10 years, why? So a bunch of paranoid, racist white people can rest easy that we’re shipping as many brown people out of this country as possible?

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So, she’s being punished for a crime she “committed” as a child?  So, your parents could bring you to this country as a baby, fuck up on some paperwork, and if you ever encounter law enforcement at any time as an adult you’ll get deported?  How is this fair in any way, shape, or form?  How does this do anything other than keep people from reporting crimes?

I mean, my parents fucked up on some paperwork in filing for my social security number when I was a baby, and it kind of screwed me up when I got my first job and tried to file my first tax return.  I should feel lucky they weren’t immigrants like my grandparents, otherwise I could have been deported to somewhere.  Fuck!

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{ LINK: Doctor Gets Court Order to Confine Pregnant Woman Against Her Will }

veggielezzyfemmie:

sexualtictactoe:

itsjustsummer:

With issues like the Stupak Amendment and Nevada’s Personhood Initiative in the national spotlight, I am aware that a woman’s right to choose whether or not to carry a fetus to full-term is under attack.

What I didn’t realize, perhaps naively, is that her right to choose how to carry a fetus is also under fire. Last March, Florida resident Samantha Burton was in week 25 of her pregnancy when she paid a visit to her doctor. Burton was showing signs of potential miscarriage, so her physician ordered bed rest. Burton explained that, as a working mother of two toddlers, bed rest simply wasn’t a viable option and then proceeded to ask for a second medical opinion. Seems reasonable, right?

Her doctor, however, was having none of that. Rather than refer Burton for the desired second opinion, he instead felt it necessary to contact state authorities, who then proceeded to force Burton to be admitted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital against her will and undergo any procedure the doctor felt like prescribing. When Burton had the audacity to request a change in the hospital in which she was being treated, the court denied her request. Three days into her forced hospitalization, Burton miscarried.

Never mind that there is actually no scientific research to support the claim that bed rest helps prevent preterm birth and that even the American College of of Obstetricians and Gynecologists does not believe it should be routinely recommended. Never mind Burton’s very real concern for the care of her two small children. Never mind the psychological, physical, and financial toll this takes on her family. The only thing that mattered to the doctor and the government was that they got their (ultimately ineffectual) way.

Oh, and did I mention this case gets worse? Burton (with help from her pro bono lawyer and the ACLU) sued the State of Florida claiming it — duh — violated her constitutional rights. The court ruled against her, claiming that that State was merely maintaining “status quo” in the situation. Hmmm. I never knew forcing a woman to bed rest in a hospital was status quo. Perhaps I’ve been ill-informed.

It is scary to think that the government feels it can negate the bodily autonomy of pregnant women for any reason, let alone for something like this. Where does this stop? If a doctor lacking scientific support can force a woman into a hospital of his choosing for the tests of his choosing, what’s next? Certainly it seems as if the bar has been set pretty low in terms of the criteria needed to override a woman’s freedom to make informed decisions for herself.

Burton’ lawyers filed for appeal and the case is now being heard in Florida’s First District Court of Appeals. Hopefully, this time the court will acknowledge the bodily autonomy of pregnant women and reverse the lower court’s frightening and potentially dangerous ruling. I shudder to think of the consequences of the earlier decision being upheld.

This is complete and utter bullshit!  When the hell did a woman’s uterus become public property??  Please let me know, and I’ll make sure I pave a parking lot next to mine.

W. T. F.

LKAJFLJSDLKFJSKDJ WHAT THE FUCK LSKDJFLKSDJFSLDKFJSD

fucking horrifying.

not liking the “uterus = woman” association, though.

(Source: summerslens, via guerrillamamamedicine)

{ LINK: Florida teacher bans gay student from sharing fridge with straight peers. }

fuckyeahlesbians:

theponderingplaidlezz:

bubonickitten:

stfuconservatives:

the-disgruntledgradstudent:

wanttogetupgoahead:

schwenk:

what kind of teacher singles out a student to make him feel like a disease? it’s things like this that enforce my continual belief in a hell. and i hope this teacher goes there.

I believe it may be letter writing time. Not just to the school board, but the principle, that districts congressman//senator, and Michelle Obama. Let’s just throw in Dear Coke Talk for good measure.

My “What-the-fuck-o-meter” is so far pegged towards sheer disbelief that it sprung its mechanism.

“He stood in front of the class and said ‘you can’t put Mountain Dew or Pepsi in the same fridge or they’ll turn gay.’ He [also] came over to me, and I was like ‘hi.’ He said hi, like he was imitating me or mocking me,” the 15-year-old told Florida’s News 13.

Oh look. ANOTHER point that proves our education system needs to be revamped.

They’re going to move him to another classroom?

Why not discipline the teacher that’s openly abusing this kid verbally in front of his peers?

RAAAEG

[image above: black-on-white MS Paint-ed angry stick figure face with the caption (in green sans-serif block letters) “ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME”.]

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{ LINK: DREAM Summer: Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Phoenix, New York, Washington DC, and Miami only. }

mex-american:

What is Dream Summer?

Dream Summer is a 10-week internship program that will place Dream Act student leaders with social justice, labor and community organizations. Each participant will receive a $5,000 scholarship to support his or her educational goals. Internships for Dream Act student…

(via dreamactnow)

[image: photo of Nicole Dones (long straight brown hair, triangular face, pale skin, black dress) and Jackson Powell (short straight blond hair, square face, pale skin, black suit).  they are smiling and standing close to each other in front of a hedge.]
a-loser-like-me-:

ravenclawdia:

turrnthepaige:

ftbs-nigz:

ephemeral-artery:

REBLOG PLEASE
Nicole Dones has been missing since Monday. Her family needs you. Pass this around, you never know what one message can do. Thank you!! Friends and family.please copy and paste this to your wall. We are looking for a dark blue jeep cherokee, 2006 with a dent on the passenger door. Tag number W660EB. Possible connection to a Male Named Jackson Powell. Contact Angel Dones or Miami-Dade Police

This girl lives in Miami. I, oh dear.

Please reblog this.
She goes to my school. 

Guys, please reblog this and help spread the word? It’d mean a lot.

Don’t live near there but probably have some followers who have followers who do

http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21004120429954/
Miami-Dade Police: 305-418-7200
please reblog if you can.

[image: photo of Nicole Dones (long straight brown hair, triangular face, pale skin, black dress) and Jackson Powell (short straight blond hair, square face, pale skin, black suit).  they are smiling and standing close to each other in front of a hedge.]

a-loser-like-me-:

ravenclawdia:

turrnthepaige:

ftbs-nigz:

ephemeral-artery:

REBLOG PLEASE

Nicole Dones has been missing since Monday. Her family needs you. Pass this around, you never know what one message can do. Thank you!! Friends and family.please copy and paste this to your wall. We are looking for a dark blue jeep cherokee, 2006 with a dent on the passenger door. Tag number W660EB. Possible connection to a Male Named Jackson Powell. Contact Angel Dones or Miami-Dade Police

This girl lives in Miami. I, oh dear.

Please reblog this.

She goes to my school. 

Guys, please reblog this and help spread the word? It’d mean a lot.

Don’t live near there but probably have some followers who have followers who do

http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21004120429954/

Miami-Dade Police: 305-418-7200

please reblog if you can.

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[image: photo of John Kurtz — light skin, oblong glasses, short straight blonde hair, blue blouse with black suit jacket — smiling and holding a video camera.]
18goingon80:

Orlando Activist Faces 6-Yrs in Prison for Videotaping Police Brutality
 ”Just before 2 AM on January 1st, 2011 John Kurtz left a private party on Orange Avenue and Church Street, downtown Orlando to investigate some apparent police activity on Church Street.Kurtz approached the scene and videotaped the incident, which included the use of tasers, a violent take down, and a pepper spraying AFTER the suspect was subdued and in handcuffs.Officer Adam Gruler repeatedly told Kurtz to go away and turn off the camera. When Kurtz informed Gruler that he knew his rights and wasn’t going anywhere, Gruler violently took Kurtz to the ground and arrested him.After multiple attempts to deny Kurtz bond, relentless efforts by Kurtz’s friends, family, attorney and other privately contracted help, Kurtz was finally released from Orange County Jail after a full seven days behind bars.Kurtz’s video camera with the evidence on it that would easily clear or condemn him of these charges mysteriously went missing. It was not in Kurtz’s personal effects when he was released from jail, nor was it entered into evidence. It is unknown what happened to Kurtz’s camera.  However, at best it reflects negligence on the Orlando Police Department for failure to secure evidence; at worst it shows absolute corruption and evidence tampering.
If you’re within driving distance of Orlando please consider supporting activist John Kurtz next Monday at Orange County Courthouse. If you’re outside the area please take a moment to call the Orlando PD (321) 235.5300. Ask to speak to officer Adam Gruler and tell him that he’s in the wrong – that badges don’t grant him extra rights nor exonerate his actions.”

if you cannot call, passing this around also helps, if you can do that.  thanks.
i also wanna know what happened to the person Kurtz recorded the cops attacking.  anyone know if there are any campaigns for them?

[image: photo of John Kurtz — light skin, oblong glasses, short straight blonde hair, blue blouse with black suit jacket — smiling and holding a video camera.]

18goingon80:

Orlando Activist Faces 6-Yrs in Prison for Videotaping Police Brutality

 ”Just before 2 AM on January 1st, 2011 John Kurtz left a private party on Orange Avenue and Church Street, downtown Orlando to investigate some apparent police activity on Church Street.

Kurtz approached the scene and videotaped the incident, which included the use of tasers, a violent take down, and a pepper spraying AFTER the suspect was subdued and in handcuffs.

Officer Adam Gruler repeatedly told Kurtz to go away and turn off the camera. When Kurtz informed Gruler that he knew his rights and wasn’t going anywhere, Gruler violently took Kurtz to the ground and arrested him.

After multiple attempts to deny Kurtz bond, relentless efforts by Kurtz’s friends, family, attorney and other privately contracted help, Kurtz was finally released from Orange County Jail after a full seven days behind bars.

Kurtz’s video camera with the evidence on it that would easily clear or condemn him of these charges mysteriously went missing. It was not in Kurtz’s personal effects when he was released from jail, nor was it entered into evidence. It is unknown what happened to Kurtz’s camera. However, at best it reflects negligence on the Orlando Police Department for failure to secure evidence; at worst it shows absolute corruption and evidence tampering.

If you’re within driving distance of Orlando please consider supporting activist John Kurtz next Monday at Orange County Courthouse. If you’re outside the area please take a moment to call the Orlando PD (321) 235.5300. Ask to speak to officer Adam Gruler and tell him that he’s in the wrong – that badges don’t grant him extra rights nor exonerate his actions.

if you cannot call, passing this around also helps, if you can do that.  thanks.

i also wanna know what happened to the person Kurtz recorded the cops attacking.  anyone know if there are any campaigns for them?

(Source: anarchyagogo)

{ I was fired from my job today for being transgender. }

aaron-in-transit:

Apparently my supervisor and coworkers were fine with it, but the HR representative, who I never even got to meet, was not.

They first had the person from my staffing agency contact me (instead of speaking to me personally) requesting that I not use the correct bathroom, because I might make people uncomfortable. When I asked him to please find out if there was a unisex bathroom in the building I could use (as I did not want to go to HR/my supervisor myself and make it a big deal) they informed him (and thus he informed me) that there is no unisex bathroom available and that I was no longer a good fit for the company.

When I contested that there was no issue, I would suck it up and use the wrong bathroom, they changed their tune to say that they didn’t interview “Aaron”, they interviewed “(legal name)”, and that I was “obviously” not the person I claimed to be.

What really disgusts me is that at 5:00pm, before I left, my supervisor was telling me how great I was doing, that I seemed like a really great fit and did so well with training, set me up my own desk and computer and told me when I came in tomorrow, I’d be on my own. At 5:40pm it was confirmed that they were not willing to work anything out, my “situation” made me an ill fit for the company, and they had already lined up someone else for my job.

It makes no difference that my skills, experience, and qualifications were the same, regardless of preferred name/pronouns. If I had requested to be called by a preferred traditionally feminine name, like say, a shortened version of my legal name or my middle name, I would still have my job.

For more information, please read the wikipedia article on the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and get involved in helping to fight for its passing.

EDIT to add: There are no laws in the state of florida (or most other states) to protect transgender people from being terminated based on gender identity or expression. It was perfectly legal for them to fire me based solely on my trans* status. I appreciate the mutual anger but no, I cannot sue them. Legally, my hands are tied.

(via bblackenedbutterfly-deactivated)

Jennifer was threatened with deportation after her mother and she were pulled over in a routine traffic stop in Palm Beach county, where she lives with her younger siblings — who are U.S. citizens with health problems that require Jennifer’s ongoing care and attention. Immigration officials let Jennifer’s mother go because she was recently able to attain resident status that Jennifer could not be included in because she had “aged out” of the visa process (a painful experience that throws many immigrant youth into legal limbo when they turn 21).

Now, Jennifer’s family and legal counsel are calling out for help after she was taken into DHS/ICE custody and threatened with the possibility of deportation away from her mother, siblings, and future in this country.

Like DREAMer Manuel Guerra, Jennifer should not be a priority for deportation under the new ICE/DHS guidelines. Instead, she should be granted a type of status that allows her to contribute to the country she calls home. Jennifer has lived in the U.S. for a decade and completed high school through a GED program in order to help her mother and siblings.

In fact, Jennifer’s deportation would be doubly devastating — not only would it cut her dreams and future plans short, it would rip her away from a family that depends on her care. Jennifer’s younger sister, Ashley, a 5-year-old U.S. citizen, has been diagnosed with a blood clot, requiring her to be in observation for 3 months in the hospital, and to wear a special “boot” to get around. Her brother, also a citizen, appears to be losing his vision. Jennifer’s mother has been diagnosed with a tumor in her knee, which required knee reconstruction. On top of all of this, Jennifer and her mother have NO criminal record and have been paying taxes for more than 8 years.

[petition] Tell ICE: Don’t deport Florida DREAMer Jennifer Lopez away from her family!

please sign and/or pass this around if you can.  thank you.

{ Manuel Valle is scheduled to die in Florida on 28 September }

meloukhia:

Mr. Valle is a Cuban citizen accused of killing a police officer. He has been on death row for 33 years. His attorneys argue that his clemency process has been unfair, and the method of execution planned may be inhumane. 

The media usually refers to him as a ‘cop killer.’ 

You can contact Governor Rick Scott to request clemency in his case. 

please do this/pass this around if possible.  here’s thecurvature’s phone anxiety advice, if it helps (link).

EDIT: link to join reprieve.org’s mailing list: http://reprieve.org.uk/joinmailinglist/

(Source: se-smith, via thecurvature)