Thursday, October 23rd, from 6:30-9pm, at the William Byrd Community House (224 South Cherry Street, Richmond VA), the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality are holding a second screening of the documentary “Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority.” The film is an exploration of the history of Israeli apartheid and occupation in Palestine, and is a good primer for people unfamiliar with the conflict.
The film will begin at 7pm, and will be followed by a discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Free, but donations appreciated. Children are welcome, but some images in the film are not appropriate for young kids, and childcare will be provided during the film. The venue is wheelchair accessible, see the event page for details.
If you are not confident in your knowledge of this struggle, please attend this event. If you were not able to attend the September showing, this is a good opportunity.
The suspect in the Hannah Graham case, Jesse Matthew, was expelled from Liberty University because of his rape of a classmate. Obviously the school thought it was true, or they wouldn’t have expelled him. However, to avoid publicity, he was never formally prosecuted by the local police. It was “dealt with” by the campus.
So, you mean he could have been in jail, and unable to (allegedly, WHATEVER) do terrible things to Hannah Graham? It’s almost as if rape isn’t taken seriously. Oh, right.
It isnt taken seriously and campuses need to stop burying it. Especially small, private campuses like Liberty, or where my daughter went to school and endured her friends’ crying over the treatment and bullying they received from campus “security” when they reported assaults. Of course he wasn’t convicted, because then the college would have to admit rape happened there, and then there goes all that gift money from alumni. My daughter hadn’t been in school for more than 2 weeks when the calls began asking for gifts to make the campus nicer for my child. Bidness, people.
I was glad and sadly unsurprised as UVA announced the reporting of several tragic sexual assaults around the same time as this horrific event. There were 2 coworkers talking at lunch about a “serial rapist” in Charlottesville. That’s terrifying. Neither of them really grasped the gravity of my reply, “It’s worse. It’s a bunch of guys, because too many men don’t think it’s wrong.” Both coworkers are women, and finally one said, “Well, I know I’m more scared of a serial rapist. Somebody who all he wants to do is rape somebody. Anybody. That scares me.” I have to admit, I didn’t feel up to the struggle. I expect to have this kind of conversation with men, who are routinely surprised that certain behaviors are “rapey”. I let the conversation change to something about some singer, and how she had done something scandalous in some city. It just didn’t seem like the atmosphere for this conversation, as they worked on their Chick-Fil-A lunch. It would have led to the unwelcome analysis that it’s not Charlottesville, and the chances are just as likely here.
I’m proud of my daughters. I wish I had a boy to raise, just so I could add one more to the properly raised population, but what if media got a stronger hold on him than my attempted guidance? I just wish everyone could impart to their sons to be a human being.
However, I digress. I’m really perturbed that this fact didn’t surface during the earlier reporting; when all they could find out about him at Liberty was that he was “nice”, and had been listed as a [whatever position] on the football team.” I guess the police knowing this was important, and that’s another reason he immediately became a person of interest. it just seems noteworthy, and I’m sure Liberty tried to keep that hushed. What I’m waiting for next is for the media to out this woman and use her to further the spectacle. I really hope they prove me wrong.
“You might think: who is this Harry Potter girl? What is she doing at the UN? I’ve been asking myself at the same thing. All I know is that I care about this problem and I want to make this better. And having seen what I’ve seen and given the chance, I feel my responsibility to say something.
It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are.
The yearly anti-abortion event, in which anti-abortion churches and political groups mobilize volunteers to protest outside of clinics, begins today, September 24th. It will run until November 2nd. You can check through the link to see if clinics in your city will be targeted.
While official policy of the Forty Days of Life organizers states that anti-abortion protesters are not to harass, impede, threaten, or assault clinic workers or patients, it is very common for participants to do exactly those things. Some events will involve only silent prayer on public thoroughfares in front of the clinic, while others will invariably include screaming obscenities at patients, grabbing women entering the building, and the display of graphic images.
Yesterday I went to a quiet place for lunch, and they had a TV on. There was coverage of Kerry talking about the war on ISIS. Out of the whole place these octogenarians chose to sit next to me. The man said to his female companion, “it’s disgusting that we haven’t already gone over there and laid the entire place to waste! It worked in Japan!”
First off, I’m guessing this guy is in his 80s, by the look of him and his companion. So, he’s “from” the generation old enough to remember the end of the war with Japan. But listening to him, you would think we had committed genocide. We committed atrocities. That war was reprehensibly full of tragedy. We did not “fix” Japan: the Japanese are definitely going strong. It sure sounds like he means ALL of “those people” to me. I also caught part of something about we should have just killed their king years ago. No king in Syria or Iraq. And if you knew ANYTHING, you’d know we’ve BEEN indirectly trying to oust PRESIDENT al-Assad for like 2 years.
As I got up to leave, he looked at me and said, “All of them just see a white person and’d just as soon cut your head off than say hi to you.” As I passed him, I said, “I wish they’d cut your head off.” I thought I said it loud enough, but he kept talking.
We can teach boys to become good men. Somewhere, we really have begun to not only accept, but promote that no does not mean no, and that the value of getting a woman’s number or attention far outweighs her feelings or safety.
Here’s a post from my daughter from yesterday. We need to call out our friends for this kind of bullshit behavior, and we need to make sure that boys know this is wrong. Men do this, now, because no one proactively told them it was wrong when they were boys. When my daughter reported being followed by young men and pursued across campus with lewd comments, security postulated that the young men were just going in the same direction, and the comments were probably not about her or her friends, and other young men dismissed the actions of their counterparts as, “oh, he was probably just drunk.” Just drunk would not excuse someone brandishing a weapon, and I’m sorry to inform you, but with what happens to so many women every single day, they have significant reason to worry for their safety. Anyway, please consider that she endures cat calls nearly every day walking to and from the city bus stops. This account is not the first time someone has actually stopped his car after being told “no”. This is what many men, not just young ones, do. And since our women are told from a very young age “oh, boys will be boys”, they begin to believe it’s just how life is supposed to be.
" Here’s a tip for all of you straight dudes out there- if you want to get with me/any reasonable and sane girl, do not 1) whistle loudly at me walking when you are in your car 2) ask me for my number while I am walking to my bus 3) continue to follow me in your car after I have turned you down, even going as far as 4) driving around the blocks when I go down a one way street so you can continue to attempt to talk to me or god forbid 5) pull up to the sidewalk where I am waiting to cross the street and get out of your vehicle so you can try to persuade me to give you my number or suck your dick or whatever. This will not entice me, I will not feel flattered or amused at your continued pursuit. And when I tell you to go fuck yourself, you don’t get to call me an uptight bitch for wanting you to leave me alone when you have literally terrified me in broad daylight for the last 20 minutes.
May you always run out of change at the toll and forget to pay the meter.”
This dude beat off 15 co… Wait. No. Apparently he beat off, while fighting 15 cops! Poor guy was just trying to put the O in Oregon!
"It took a Taser and more than a dozen officers on Sunday to finally subdue Andrew Frey inside Iggy’s Bar & Grill on Portland Road Northeast, theMarion County Sheriff’s office said.
The 37-year-old man later told authorities he had used methamphetamine the day before and had no recollection of the alleged wild behavior, according to officials.
The brouhaha began around 1 p.m. when sheriff’s deputies started receiving reports of man acting bizarrely in the 9000 block of Brooklake Road Northeast, officials said.
The man, identified as Frey, had allegedly called a locksmith and later refused to pay the worker for his services, Marion County officials said.
After allegedly stiffing the locksmith, Frey wandered over to Brook’s Market and refused to leave, officials said. An employee at the market had to eventually escort the alleged suspect off of the property, who then made his way to Iggy’s Bar & Grill.
That’s when Frey’s behavior allegedly took a turn for the vulgar, Marion County officials said.
A bartender told authorities that Frey exposed his genitals and started masturbating at the bar, officials said. By the time a Marion County deputy arrived on scene, Frey had moved from the bar to the bathroom, but reportedly had not stopped pleasuring himself.
Frey allegedly resisted arrest, forcing the deputy to zap the suspect with a Taser multiple times, officials said. The Taser had no effect on Frey, who then allegedly starting fighting with the deputy, officials said.
At least 15 police officers from Salem, Keizer and Marion County rushed to the bar and were eventually able to take the suspect into custody, officials said.
Frey was later charged with public indecency, resisting arrest and theft.”
I’m going to insist again that you watch “A Band Called Death”. I promise you this is one of the best documentaries you will ever see. I do mean across all genres.
Maria, Judith, and I saw them play at The National last night. Judith hadn’t gotten the chance to even hear them before last night, she just trusted my insistence that she would love them. She did! The band was so genuinely happy to play for a pretty decent-sized crowd. They did another signing last night after the show. You could tell how happy they are to be back out playing this incredible music. Last night Death killed it. I am certain I saw one of the best sets I will ever see on stage!
Watch this rockumentary. It’s not just about the greatest band we almost never heard. It’s also a family’s story. You see, the 3 guys in this band are the Hackney brothers, 3 of 4 brothers, and of 8 siblings, from Detroit. Their Baptist Preacher father raised them on the Beatles. Their mother encouraged them as children to play music. In a tears-of-joy twist in the documentary, you learn that Bobby Hackney Sr.’s 3 sons form a band with some other guys, and end up making an unbelievable discovery, then go on to pay one of the most incredible homages to family that could happen.
Don’t just trust me: Read the reviews through this link. It’s available on Netflix and Amazon Prime. See. This. Film!
You guys, until 1967, 16 states still had anti-miscegenation laws prohibiting people of different races from getting married. The United States Supreme Court ruled those laws unconstitutional in the decision for Loving v. Virginia. Not surprisingly, the law was still on the books until 2000, when Alabama citizens voted to repeal it. It’s noteworthy that the vote only passed by 60 PERCENT! But it passed, nonetheless, regardless its constitutionality.
So keep hope. One day we will all have the right to marry whomever we choose. Some people still claim to this day that the Bible prohibits marriage of different races, but justice prevailed. It will prevail again!
It’s a shame we have to, but keep up the fight! Keep hope!