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A beautiful gesture from Lebanon - names of Palestinians killed by Israel in the last two weeks were hung on huge banners in Raouché, Beirut during a demonstration against the latest Zionist assault on Gaza, July 22, 2014. Protesters also threw flowers into the sea. Over 600 people have been killed (as of the morning of July 23, 2014), at least 25% of whom were children.

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Some ideas refuse to go away. They continue to emerge in my sketchbook, to manifest themselves in my thoughts during the day. They’re stories or characters or sometimes just images I can’t shake. These are the ones I inevitably make comics about. This idea for a new Worry the Rabbit story has been visiting me for months and I think, if I want to finally know what’s going on with it, I’m going to need to sit down and make this comic. 

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"The growth of incarceration rates among black men in recent decades combined with the sharp drop in black employment rates during the Great Recession have left most black men in a position relative to white men that is really no better than the position they occupied only a few years after the Civil Rights Act."

- Derek Neal & Armin Rick | The Prison Boom and the Lack of Black Progress after Smith and Welch (via america-wakiewakie)

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Previously Uncontacted Tribe Have Contracted Influenza | IFL Science 

Earlier this month, Brazil’s National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) confirmed that an Amazonian tribe that had never before had contact with the outside world had made voluntary contact; a rare event that is usually brought on by threats of violence. Rather than be excited to learn more about the group’s ways and customs, anthropologists have been fearful that the tribe would be exposed to diseases for which they have no immunity. Their worst fears were confirmed when FUNAI announced that those who made contact have indeed contracted the flu, which has annihilated entire tribes in the past.

Based on their hair style and skin ornamentation, it is possible that the individuals who made contact belong to the Chitonahua tribe. Their language is similar to Panoan, which allowed them to communicate with the tribe they found. The isolated people contacted a tribe in Acre, a Brazilian state with a low population density at about 5 per square kilometer. They had been living in Peru along the Xinane River, but were forced to leave in what was likely a threat from illegal loggers or drug traffickers who utilize the river. They reported they had been fired upon.

The two tribal groups co-existed peacefully for about three weeks. During that time, the five men and two women who had made contact fell ill from the flu virus. Doctors were brought in to help provide care, though the indigenous people were initially hesitant to accept the treatment and vaccination. Unfortunately, these people returned to their village without warning. Medical officials are now highly concerned that they will transmit disease to the others which could kill a substantial number of their tribe.

“This news could hardly be more worrying – not only have these people confirmed they suffered violent attacks from outsiders in Peru, but they have apparently already caught flu,” stated Stephen Corry, director of an indigenous people activist group, Survival International. “The nightmare scenario is that they return to their former villages carrying flu with them. It’s a real test of Brazil’s ability to protect these vulnerable groups. Unless a proper and sustained medical program is immediately put in place, the result could be a humanitarian catastrophe.”

In addition to the flu, it is possible that other diseases were picked up during their time of contact. FUNAI is sending a team of health professionals to seek out the tribe and deliver medication, but that help won’t arrive until next month. Until then, officials will have to hope that the disease didn’t spread through the rest of the tribe. Additionally, the people are still threatened by those conducting criminal activity.

"Both Peru and Brazil gave assurances to stop the illegal logging and drug trafficking, which are pushing uncontacted Indians into new areas. They’ve failed. The traffickers even took over a government installation meant to monitor their behavior," Corry said. “The uncontacted Indians now face the same genocidal risk from disease and violence which has characterized the invasion and occupation of the Americas over the last five centuries. No one has the right to destroy these Indians.”

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"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle."

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Workers in Second Largest City in the Country Set to Push $15 Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative – Convene Los Angeles Workers Assembly, July 19, 2014. 

The LA Workers Assembly drew over 100 excited people, mostly low wage workers and their supporters, who were eager to sign up and become a part of a campaign to put an initiative on the ballot for a $15 minimum wage that would take effect immediately.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry Accused of ‘Militarizing’ the Border by Sending 1,000 Troops

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been slammed by a state senator from south Texas who leaked the governor’s planned Monday announcement that he’s sending 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border.

State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, a McAllen Democrat, revealed that Perry was deploying the troops in an alleged attempt to prevent drug smuggling and human trafficking in the region, according to The Monitor.

The troops, who will arrive gradually over the next month, will support troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety who are overwhelmed by the thousands of undocumented immigrants pouring across the Rio Grande every month. 

But Hinojosa said, “My position is that we do not need to militarize the border. All these politicians coming down to border, they don’t care about solving the problem, they just want to make a political point.” 

Cartels “are taking advantage of the situation. But our local law enforcement from the sheriff’s offices of the different counties to the different police departments are taking care of the situation. 

"This is a civil matter, not a military matter. These are young people, just families coming across. They’re not armed. They’re not carrying weapons."

Rep. Joaquin Castro, Texas Democrat, also spoke out against Perry’s decision.

"We should be sending the Red Cross to the border not the National Guard to deal with this humanitarian crisis," Castro said in an email, Politico reports. ”The children fleeing violence in Central America are seeking out Border Patrol agents. They are not trying to evade them. Why send soldiers to confront these kids?”

"Militarizing our border is the wrong response to the arrival of children," Castro said. "I remain hopeful that our state can provide a more helpful response than to send armed soldiers to greet children seeking refuge from violence."

Hinojosa admitted that local officials have appealed for extra law enforcement and more aid to feed and clothe the surge of undocumented immigrant children, mostly from Central America, crossing the Rio Grande.

A state memo obtained by The Monitor denied that the guards were being deployed as “a militarization of the border,” saying that the DPS and the National Guard are working to keep drug smugglers and human traffickers using major highways.

"Smuggling has supposedly, according to DPS, moved West on the border with an increase in Jim Hogg County," the memo states. "DPS especially wants to apply the Guard in the rural areas to patrol."

The National Guard deployment will cost $12 million a month, which will bring the total pricetag of troopers on the border to $5 million per week, The Monitor said.

"It is not clear where the money will come from in the budget," the memo said, although Perry’s office says the funding will come from "non-critical" areas, such as healthcare or transportation.

In Iowa over the weekend, Perry told a small meeting that if President Barack Obama ignored his request to send 1,000 National Guard troops to the border, he would make the order himself, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"We’ve sent the message that if we don’t get the satisfaction that the federal government’s going to move and move quickly, then the state of Texas will, in fact, fill that void," Perry said.

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The Texas government, under Governor Rick Perry, has decided to spend $13.3 million daily to “secure” the border between U.S. and Mexico (Read more | Read more 2 | Read more 3). The Texas government’s decision comes in light of their announcement of a “surge” of undocumented immigrants crossing through the border Texas and Mexico share. 

Due to the large influx of immigrants, communities along the border have been helping them with donations of food, clothing, and medical supplies. Many cities have reported “busloads” of immigrants (many unaccompanied children) being abandoned at bus stations, churches, and other charities by ICE and Border Patrol officials. These cities include McAllen, Texas and Laredo, Texas.

It is time to tell the Texas government and your representatives to not further militarize the border. That is not what is needed. What is needed is funding to help these people as they are being deported from the U.S.

No amount of militarization will ever bring about the end of undocumented immigration because it’s a much more complicated issue than that. The further militarization and the recent presence of armed militias will not resolve the policies and warmongering the United States has used in Latin America to exploit its people and resources which has led to the current situation.

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Obama Opens Eastern Seaboard to Oil Exploration

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A long list of the names of the Palestinian martyrs killed in Gaza hangs over the Raouché in Beirut, Lebanon.

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People care about Palestine when it isn’t being bombed, right? People around these parts do care about the humanitarian needs that Palestinians demand, right?

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There are more of is than anyone would ever be led to believe. Free Palestine!


This is a protest against the conscription of yeshiva students, in solidarity with a mass protest in Jerusalem. THEY ARE PROTESTING AGAINST THE ISRAELI DRAFT AND MANDATORY MILITARY SERVICE, IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PALESTINE.  

That is absolutely true. However. Who is it that the Israeli army fights…?


But it’s really important to recognize that this protest is NOT for the human rights of Palestinians. They are not protesting to end the apartheid or to stop fighting all together, they are protesting against the DRAFT affecting them. People who are against a draft existing are NOT ALWAYS people who are pro-peace. They are just AGAINST A DRAFT.


That’s completely true, we shouldn’t be misinterpreting information and praising shit that isn’t there to be praised. Do you have info on how the laws are changing? I thought the draft was pretty much across the board for Israeli citizens. 

I specifically linked to an article about it. 

You can also google “Yeshiva student protests Jerusalem” and find a whole bunch of articles. There is even a wiki page. 

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