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Renisha Mcbride was a 19 year old Black Girl from Michigan. On November 2nd, she was involved in a terrible car crash but survived. After the accident, she ran to the nearest house looking for help because her phone had died. She knocked on the front door and was shot in the face with a shotgun by the White Homeowner. After the murder, No Charges have been pressed against the White shooter and it is being called a justified Killing. Several Police officers and the Shooter’s lawyer have said that “He acted Properly” in shooting her. Don’t ever be fooled into believing that Racism is over.

If you’re a Fan of signing Petitions, you can sign one at http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/Renisha/?akid=662.675511.T8Xw70&rd=1&t=4

Written By @KingKwajo

Are you fucking kidding me?

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Stand Your Ground Claims Another Victim: Once Again, A Black Person Is Killed While Looking For Help
Less than two months after Charlotte policeshot and killed an unarmed man who was trying to find help after having a car accident, a woman is dead in Michigan under similar circumstances, shot in the head while reportedly searching for assistance late Friday night.
Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old from Detroit, is presumed to have been asking for help when she knocked on the door of a Dearborn Heights home at 2:30 A.M. on Saturday. McBride’s family says McBride had been in a car accident and her cellphone was dead. Rather than offering shelter to McBride, however, the homeowner came out and shot her in the head with a shotgun. The buckshot entered McBride’s head from the back, according to statements from her aunt, as the girl had already turned to walk or run away from the home. Police reports say the teenager was found dead on the home’s front porch.
While the initial stories around McBride’s death dubbed it a “possible case of self-defense gone wrong,” today police sent a request to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office asking for charges to be filed against the unnamed resident who shot McBride.
"He shot her in the head … for what? For knocking on his door," McBride’s aunt told the Detroit News. “If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911.”
Michigan’s self-defense act, which bears a resemblance to Florida’s infamous stand-your-ground law, says that an individual “may use deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat” as long as that person “honestly and reasonably” believes deadly force is necessary to prevent imminent death, great bodily harm, or sexual assault.

Currently police have asked for charges to be filed but the prosecutor’s office wants more investigation before deciding if criminal charges are warranted (cause apparently being unarmed and shot in the back of the head isn’t enough).  PLEASE, contact Kym L. Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor by phone (313) 224 - 5777 or email (link to email at http://www.waynecounty.com/prosecutor/) and urge her to pursue criminal charges.  Let them know Renisha’s name is being spoken, her story is being told, and we will demand justice in her name.We can’t remain silent as the black women and men of this nation are gunned down by trigger-happy white racists who go unpunished.  Let’s show we give a shit about black women’s lives.  That #OpenSeasonOnBlackWomenIsOver.  Speak Renisha McBride’s name.  Tell her story.  Demand justice. 

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thepoliticalfreakshow:

Stand Your Ground Claims Another Victim: Once Again, A Black Person Is Killed While Looking For Help

Less than two months after Charlotte policeshot and killed an unarmed man who was trying to find help after having a car accident, a woman is dead in Michigan under similar circumstances, shot in the head while reportedly searching for assistance late Friday night.

Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old from Detroit, is presumed to have been asking for help when she knocked on the door of a Dearborn Heights home at 2:30 A.M. on Saturday. McBride’s family says McBride had been in a car accident and her cellphone was dead. Rather than offering shelter to McBride, however, the homeowner came out and shot her in the head with a shotgun. The buckshot entered McBride’s head from the back, according to statements from her aunt, as the girl had already turned to walk or run away from the home. Police reports say the teenager was found dead on the home’s front porch.

While the initial stories around McBride’s death dubbed it a “possible case of self-defense gone wrong,” today police sent a request to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office asking for charges to be filed against the unnamed resident who shot McBride.

"He shot her in the head … for what? For knocking on his door," McBride’s aunt told the Detroit News. “If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911.”

Michigan’s self-defense act, which bears a resemblance to Florida’s infamous stand-your-ground law, says that an individual “may use deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat” as long as that person “honestly and reasonably” believes deadly force is necessary to prevent imminent death, great bodily harm, or sexual assault.

Currently police have asked for charges to be filed but the prosecutor’s office wants more investigation before deciding if criminal charges are warranted (cause apparently being unarmed and shot in the back of the head isn’t enough).  PLEASE, contact Kym L. Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor by phone (313) 224 - 5777 or email (link to email at http://www.waynecounty.com/prosecutor/) and urge her to pursue criminal charges.  Let them know Renisha’s name is being spoken, her story is being told, and we will demand justice in her name.

We can’t remain silent as the black women and men of this nation are gunned down by trigger-happy white racists who go unpunished.  Let’s show we give a shit about black women’s lives.  That #OpenSeasonOnBlackWomenIsOver.  Speak Renisha McBride’s name.  Tell her story.  Demand justice. 

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ACLU Calls for Investigation of ‘Roving’ Border Patrols
In a letter filed last Thursday with the Department of Homeland Security, the ACLU of Arizona is calling for an investigation of “roving” border patrols, which have been cited as far 60 miles north of the Mexico border. The order comes just two weeks after the ACLU won a settlement in Seattle, Washington. over roving patrols, and two days after Arizona police used pepper spray to break up an impromptu immigration rally in Tucson involving the Border Patrol. 
In their letter, they outline a number of abuses allegedly perpetrated by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) in Arizona: 

Pulling a citizen over as she was driving her young children home from school, threatening her with a Taser and leaving her with a flat tire on the side of a dirt road;
Stopping a citizen who was driving on Tohono O’odham land and then dragging her out of her vehicle and detaining her for over an hour without reason;
Causing hundreds of dollars in damage to a citizen’s car while he was visiting the Fort Bowie National Historic Site in southeastern Arizona;
Pulling over and questioning a man, while holding automatic weapons, on his family’s property 60 miles north of the border for over an hour in front of his relatives; and
Stopping and wrenching a citizen from her car, then groping and holding her in handcuffs without explanation until local police intervened.

In light of the Seattle settlement, CBP is now required to have “reasonable suspicion of violating the law,” before pulling someone over in Washington state. 

sinidentidades:

ACLU Calls for Investigation of ‘Roving’ Border Patrols

In a letter filed last Thursday with the Department of Homeland Security, the ACLU of Arizona is calling for an investigation of “roving” border patrols, which have been cited as far 60 miles north of the Mexico border. The order comes just two weeks after the ACLU won a settlement in Seattle, Washington. over roving patrols, and two days after Arizona police used pepper spray to break up an impromptu immigration rally in Tucson involving the Border Patrol. 

In their letter, they outline a number of abuses allegedly perpetrated by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) in Arizona: 

  • Pulling a citizen over as she was driving her young children home from school, threatening her with a Taser and leaving her with a flat tire on the side of a dirt road;

  • Stopping a citizen who was driving on Tohono O’odham land and then dragging her out of her vehicle and detaining her for over an hour without reason;

  • Causing hundreds of dollars in damage to a citizen’s car while he was visiting the Fort Bowie National Historic Site in southeastern Arizona;

  • Pulling over and questioning a man, while holding automatic weapons, on his family’s property 60 miles north of the border for over an hour in front of his relatives; and

  • Stopping and wrenching a citizen from her car, then groping and holding her in handcuffs without explanation until local police intervened.

In light of the Seattle settlement, CBP is now required to have “reasonable suspicion of violating the law,” before pulling someone over in Washington state. 

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Despite its claims of race- and gender-neutrality, neoliberalism is replacing the old hierarchies with new patterns of racism and sexism. There has been an increase in low-paid, part-time contingent service sector and outsourced manufacturing work that relies disproportionately on immigrant women of color. While women of color have always worked in low-wage devalued occupations, the dramatic expansion of a low-wage service and manufacturing sector on a global scale has intensified their exploitation and reshaped the labor market. This has been coupled with new forms of discipline and control rooted in heightened xenophobia and border control. These growing employment sectors tend to be without benefits or labor protections, while full-time, well-paid, mostly male manufacturing jobs are on the decline. This shift in the labor market has resulted in women increasingly carrying the burden of financially supporting the family.
Domestic Work, Neoliberalism, and Transforming Labor (via sociolab)

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