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Black Exotic Dancers Demand Better Treatment With ‘Stripper Strike’
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, when strip clubs across the country were shuttering and dancers found themselves abruptly out of work, the Portland, Oregon strip club the Lucky Devil Lounge started a food-delivery service called Boober Eats in order to provide some of its employees work. The concept went viral (and was, in fact, covered by this publication), but local black dancers noticed something odd: its Instagram featured relatively few black dancers.
This wasn’t surprising to some black dancers in Portland, like Cat Hollis and Brianna Cistrunk, who say the club has a reputation for almost exclusively hiring white dancers. “They say they’re a ‘rock ‘n roll club’ [which means] they only hire a certain aesthetic,” Cistrunk says. “It’s an unspoken thing but it’s very well-known among most girls.” This perception was magnified a few weeks later, following the death of George Floyd, when the club posted a (now-deleted) photo on Instagram of #BlackLivesMatter flags festooning the stage. “There was a huge argument that happened in the comments,” says Hollis. She commented: “There are more #BlackLivesMatter signs than there have ever been black butts on that stage.” (Shon Boulden, owner of the Lucky Devil Lounge, tells Rolling Stone the controversy stemmed from “a lot of misconceptions of how our club operates,” though he acknowledged that only two or three of the club’s 30 dancers are black.”If there ever was the idea that we weren’t open to hiring all ethnicities, I guess I’d just want say, yes of course we do,” he says. “In our hiring, maybe it didn’t look like we were.”)
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California Abandons Equality under the Law
Here are some unexpected developments: In Mississippi, Republicans have decided to excise the Confederate flag; in California, Democrats have decided to legalize racial discrimination.
Who had that on their 2020 bingo card?
In 1996, California voters by a substantial margin enacted a constitutional amendment reading: “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group, on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.” The Democrat-run state legislature has just voted to repeal that amendment.
California had a long struggle with race-based admissions practices in its public universities, most famously with the Bakke case, in which the Supreme Court upheld race-based policies. The 1996 amendment was an attempt to sort that out in the most straightforward fashion, by insisting that the state take no notice of race at all in its policies. That was, for some generations, the great aspiration of most good-hearted Americans, who took it to be the dream of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech.
California Democrats such as Assemblyman Todd Gloria insist that eliminating rules against racial discrimination are necessary to “advance true racial and gender equity in this state.” That is, of course, nonsense. It is, in fact, self-refuting nonsense — the fact that the ethnic makeup of California’s state universities does not reflect the ethnic makeup of the state is not an indictment of colorblind university policies but an indictment of the state’s K–12 education system and other institutions. Racial preferences do not create equality — they camouflage inequality.
Why Biden Is Rejecting Black Lives Matter's Boldest Proposals
“He’s certainly at the helm as our nominee and as our party leader,” Schatz said. “But I think he understands that there is a movement that undergirds the left right now which is deeper and wider and more likely to last into the future regardless of who’s the titular head of the party.”
A similar view comes from some activists who often have the most clear-eyed view of politicians, seeing them not as heroic shapers of history but merely as instruments who respond to pressure.
Biden was quick to embrace two previously controversial positions: banning chokeholds and reforming qualified immunity for law enforcement officers, a change that Obama opposed as president. “Symone was like you gotta do this and he did it,” said a prominent Democrat who advises the campaign. “And he did it pretty quickly. The police hate it.”
But other issues highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement and its allies have not been embraced by the Biden campaign. And some Democrats worry the presumptive nominee’s reluctance could dampen enthusiasm for him among African American voters who have suffered disproportionately through the trio of 2020 crises: the coronavirus pandemic, the subsequent economic collapse and the epidemic of anti-Black policing.
Right Wing Pastors Claim “Homosexuality” Worse Than Slavery
A pair of controversial right-wing Evangelical pastors have come under fire after stating that homosexuality is a worse sin than slavery. Scott Lively and Tennessee Pastor Richard May made the inflammatory statement on Lively’s Breaking News Bible Study program.
Taxpayer funded Catholic schools given secret edict to ban kids who don’t conform to gender norms
A sex worker was stabbed 11 times and killed by a client. Her family wouldn’t collect her body from the morgue because she’s trans
Nextdoor Ends Its Program for Forwarding Suspicions to Police
Nextdoor.com Inc., the neighborhood social networking app, is discontinuing a feature that allowed users to forward their posts directly to local police departments, the company announced late Thursday. The move comes as Nextdoor faces scrutiny over its role as a platform for racial profiling, its increasingly cozy partnerships with law enforcement, and after reports that some of its community moderators were removing posts that mentioned Black Lives Matter. But the company is retaining other features that facilitate communication with police through the app, including one that allows direct messages to law enforcement.
“As part of our anti-racism work and our efforts to make Nextdoor a place where all neighbors feel welcome, we have been examining all aspects of our product,” the post read. “After speaking with members and public agency partners, it is clear that the Forward to Police feature does not meet the needs of our members and only a small percentage of law enforcement agencies chose to use the tool.”
Gay Trump supporter throws epic tantrum after being told to by airline staff to wear a mask on his flight
Self-described “former liberal” Brandon Straka reacted in sheer disbelief when American Airlines staff politely asked him to wear a mask on a flight from New York to Dallas.
Customer spits in bartender’s face & flees after being told to wear a mask in a gay bar
Publix supermarkets won't allow Black Lives Matter garb, responds to Black teen employee
Publix supermarkets said it won't allow workers to wear Black Lives Matter garb due to the company's prohibition against any messaging not associated with the chain's brand.
The company's statement came in response to a Black teen employee at a supermarket in Florida who saying he was sent home after wearing a Black Lives Matter mask to work.
'Who will protect you from rape without police?' Here's my answer to that question
As uprisings have spread through American cities in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a once fringe leftwing position has become rapidly mainstream: abolishing the police. Police abolition means different things to different people, but to most activists “abolition” means a radical shrinking, defunding and disarming of police forces.
The call to “abolish the police”, then, amounts not to a wholesale abandonment of the state’s enforcement of criminal law, but rather to a reimagining of the nature and responsibilities of that enforcement. Many abolition advocates imagine a future in which the police no longer constitute an armed group that surveils peaceful minority neighborhoods or uses force in non-violent drug and traffic cases. The police, if they exist at all in an abolitionist future, would be smaller, disarmed and just one of many community interventions to foster public safety.
But as calls for police abolition have entered the mainstream, some feminists – as well as commentators invested in the status quo – have raised a question: without police, who will defend women from male violence? Who will investigate and arrest rapists? This is often a well-intended and good-faith concern, especially from feminists who believe that the prevalence of sexual violence and the failure of the justice system to prosecute and punish rapists is a result of societal indifference to women’s suffering. To them, this failure calls for more, not less, state intervention.
The notion that abolishing the police will have negative repercussions for women radically misunderstands both American policing and sexual violence
But the notion that abolishing the police will have negative repercussions for women radically misunderstands both American policing and sexual violence. Police abolition need not be considered an abdication of the responsibility to protect women, but rather a way to fulfill it.
Black Cop Fired After She Stopped White Cop's Chokehold, City Wants Investigation
With all due respect, wouldn't the current enforcement instigate themselves in the new robotic training with delicate fingers because they are better qualified, there's that equality thing and because the shit needs to keep stirring? Will they only patrol people of status? The homelessness barely represent. Police or ignore? That gleam in your ugly boss' eye when he catches you staring... is that a crime? Call him ugly, it's ok. Bring slaps back.
Teach what we've got or recruit an unproven advantage that includes the same problem? The job isn't racist, the power to be excused from it is. Are we setting ourselves up for comic book double-cross?
Just a thought. 17-Jun-2020
Puerto Rico Governor Strips Away LGBTQ+ Protections
Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez signed a new civil code that removed language protecting LGBTQ+ persons last week. The action was met with outrage from experts and civil rights activists.
“Puerto Rico’s governor signed into law significant revisions to the island’s civil codes that shamefully ignore the urgent calls of local advocates to explicitly include vital, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ residents,” Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said in a statement. “The government has failed to carry out its primary duty of ensuring the safety and well-being of all Puerto Ricans, including LGBTQ Puerto Ricans.”
All you proved, is that the community is impossible to police. 31-May-2020
Alabama cop caught on video body-slamming maskless woman in Walmart
An off-duty Alabama police officer was caught on camera body-slamming a woman in Walmart in an altercation that cops say began because she wasn’t wearing a facemask.
Former sex worker who used Aldi bags to try and conceal the body of a man allegedly 'murdered, dismembered and left to rot in a shower' by her lover is jailed for five years
Trans Woman Nina Pop Stabbed to Death in Missouri
Man Arrested For Allegedly Stealing Mail From 60 People
Man who 'murdered Utah parents while their three children slept because he
Specsavers eye doctor, 50, is suspended for not revealing conviction for drunken streak as a student TWENTY TWO years ago
Woman body-slammed by off-duty cop in Alabama Walmart grew disorderly after associate asked she wear a mask, police say
Fugitive Arrested After Allegedly Killing Minnesota Real Estate Agent in Murder-for-Hire Plot
Missing N.C. Mom Is Found Buried on Property of Man Who Reported Disappearance, Who's Now Charged
3-year-old boy dies of multiple stab wounds; Mom charged with murder, child abuse and torture
Woman arrested after calling cops to report fire in her crotch
An Ohio woman was placed under arrest after reportedly calling 911 to ask for help extinguishing a fire in her crotch.
Katrina Morgan, 50, called the cops in Port Clinton at about 10 p.m. Saturday, to allegedly falsely report her “pussy” ablaze, the Port Clinton News-Herald reported.
Morgan asked the cops if the fire department’s “hose is working” and said, “I need somebody to come put it out with their hose,” according to the outlet.
SWAT team arrests armed ‘vigilantes’ defying lockdown in Texas bar
Florida Man Accused Of Rape, Torture, And Murder In 35-Year-Old Los Angeles Cold Case
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Alabama Teacher Charged in Hunting Death of 11-Year-Old Boy
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22-year-old Twitter employee dies after being shot in San Francisco's Mission District after he went to pick up take-out
Video shows shocking moment man is fatally shot by two masked bandits aiming pistols with silencers
Two masked bandits hopped out of a Jeep holding pistols with silencers — and blasted a man in the Bronx, killing him in cold blood, startling video obtained by the Daily News shows.
The victim, 51, is seen socializing in a parking lot on Holland Ave. near Boston Rd. in Allerton around 3:20 p.m. when the gunmen get out of the blue Jeep and open fire.
NY Daily News
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Brothers offered a ride to four teenage girls 'before plying them with drugs and raping three of them'
Two brothers from New Jersey have been arrested after giving a ride to a group of teenage girls before then offering them a host of drugs and then allegedly raping them.
The group of four girls from Millstone, New Jersey were walking in the early hours of April 22 when Wilson, 21, and his brother Wilfrid Cesaire, 28, both from Asbury Park, pulled over to the side of the road and invited the juveniles into their car.
At least three of them were sexually assaulted, police say.
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'Giving' Utah Mom in Training to Become Nurse Is Killed in Murder-Suicide: 'Great Mother'
Santa Rosa Man Suspected In Stabbing During Fight Over Stolen Bike
Calif. Cops Arrest and Release Man Three Times in One Day Thanks to State Bail Ban
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Baltimore turns to aerial surveillance as homicides continue
Starting Friday, the roughly 600,000 people living in Baltimore will be constantly recorded whenever they step out under the open sky.
Marvin L. Cheatham Sr., for one, knows he could be watched as he goes to a doctor’s appointment or visits friends. He’ll be spied upon in his back yard, and as he steps into his car, and when he drives around the city, his entire trip will be recorded, too.
All his movements will be captured, and he’s OK with this — even though police will have no search warrant, and the overwhelming majority of Baltimore’s citizens will have committed no crimes — because the city is so besieged by violence.
“I am so upset and angry about all these people that have died, I’m willing to give up some of my rights, as bad as that sounds, and I’m a staunch civil rights person,” said Cheatham, who led his local NAACP chapter in the 1990s. “I had 19 homicides two years ago in my neighborhood.”
Georgia family demands justice for black jogger who was shot dead in broad daylight after being chased down by two white men who thought he was a burglar before one pulled the trigger
3 men sue Montana Council of Boy Scouts, claim sexual abuse
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