Humanity trumps all. Flag-waving does not equal morality. #postpost911 #militarized
Brothers Convicted in 1983 North Carolina Murder Are Freed After DNA Tests
Thirty years after their convictions in the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in rural North Carolina, based on confessions that they quickly repudiated and said were coerced, two mentally disabled half-brothers were declared innocent and released Tuesday by a Robeson County court.
The case against the men, always weak, fell apart after DNA evidence implicated another man with a history of rape and murder.
The startling shift in fortunes for the men, Henry Lee McCollum, now 50, who has spent three decades on death row, and Leon Brown, 46, who was serving a life sentence, provided one of the most dramatic examples yet of the potential for false, coerced confessions and also of the power of DNA tests to exonerate the innocent.
This is just the latest in a long line of examples that prove that the death penalty needs to be banned.
Republicans talking shit AGAIN. This @GOP tweet is the literal opposite of what they believe, campaign, and how they vote.
Labor Day reflections.
60 years ago this week, our country recommitted to the promise of Social Security. http://ift.tt/1rgnkaZ
Yet another problem created by Bush/Republicans that Obama and Democrats are fixing.
A conservative would tell the same veteran to pull themselves up by ‘bootstraps’ that Republicans were cutting and defunding. #SNAP
Trickle down economics rewards the ultra-rich. Trickle down Government employs the country and stimulates the economy.
But no matter how many ways you think we can tweak this system to make it better and more effective, no matter how much you say that the worst of the worst deserve the absolute worst we can give them, we’re still going to find ourselves executing those who are poor, or intellectually disabled, or whose victims are most sympathetic to juries. And whether we hang them, shoot them, gas them, electrocute them, cut off their heads, or pump their veins full of poison, there’s no getting around the fact that their deaths make killers of us all. The death penalty is racist, classist, and morally bankrupt, and the only way to improve it is to abolish it entirely. — Ari Kohen (re cnn.com)
Privilege is a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor. There is racial privilege, gender (and identity) privilege, heterosexual privilege, economic privilege, able-bodied privilege, educational privilege, religious privilege, and the list goes on and on. At some point, you have to surrender to the kinds of privilege you hold. Nearly everyone, particularly in the developed world, has something someone else doesn’t, something someone else yearns for. — Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist (via brutereason)