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[VIDEO] Anti-Gay Chick-Fil-A Needs To Cluck Off

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FCKH8.com has released a video that is encouraging people to take a stand against the homophobic Chick-Fil-A, yet, are worried it may get removed.

Yesterday FCKH8.com received a legal notice from Facebook saying that the Chick-Fil-A legal team has forced them to pull this protest video from Facebook because it used their logo. Use of a copyrighted logo in criticism, commentary, review or news is legally protected free speech. Chick-Fil-A is trying silence protests of their homophobic positions. They may try to get this video pulled from YouTube and Vimeo as well. Share it on Facebook or copy it (from our Vimeo page) & reupload the video to your YouTube or Vimeo account.

This chain has openly encouraged homophobia and refused to acknowledge that their beliefs are outdated and reminiscent of the 1960′s. Boston, Massachusetts Mayor, Tom Menino, has even banned the restaurant from their city to show how they will not support this message of hate. Another big proponent to come out and publicly shame Chick-Fil-A has been the Jim Henson Company, by no longer partnering The Muppets with the gay hating, religious loving, fast food chain.

American Family Association‘s Bryan Fischer is the man who is standing up in support of Chick-Fil-A and their right to discriminate or belittle the homosexual community.

“The bullies at Big Gay have targeted the ‘Eat Mor Chikin‘ chain because its president, Dan Cathy, has taken an unapologetic public stand on behalf of natural marriage, and rebuked this generation for its “arrogance” in thinking that it knows better than God when it comes to the definition of marriage,” Fischer wrote. “And so the heterophobic bigots at Big Gay have come unhinged and unleashed the dogs of war.”

 

War? I’m not the one going into OTHER countries and forcing democracy and taking what’s not mine. I am simply asked to be treated as a decent human being who will not be judged based on their sexuality. I don’t want someone with money, influence and power to take advantage and sway others into fucking logic and being ignorant. In the bible there are many ways which show what “natural marriage” is and I can guarantee that we do not live our lives like that today. Jon Stewart read out some bible versus the other night on ‘The Daily Show‘ that I thought were perfect examples:

 

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The Truth Behind This Photo

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Over 40,000 people have shared this photo on different social media outlets and in turn, made this a viral image with a remarkable story. Chief Raoni of the Kayapó people, it claims, is crying because he’s helpless “before the advance of capitalist progress, modern predatory civilization,” according to the caption on the FaceBook posting.

The Belo Monte dam, on a tributary of the Amazon river, has only been under construction since last year, though it’s been proposed since the late 1970s. It will displace between than 20,000 and 40,000 people, according to various sources.

Along with the image is a link to petition the construction of the dam. Luckily, due to this image, they have nearly reached their goal of 750,000 signatures. Unfortunately, many people signed that petition as a reaction to this image, even thought he story itself has been fabricated.

Although Chief Raoini does protest the construction of the dam, he told AmazonWatch.org that this photo is actually a moment in which he was reunited with a family member.

All in all, it’s great that this photo raised awareness, but unfortunate that someone falsified information to do so.

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Chinese Workers Threaten Mass Suicide (In An Overpopulated Country) If Demands Aren’t Met

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Apparently some employees at an XBox Plant in Wuhan, China are pretty outraged by not being paid what they’re owed. In fact, these people are so bothered by their lack of pay that they have threatened to commit mass suicide. Normally, I would think this was a rather ingenious way to get what you want, but unfortunately the circumstances are a bit different with this story given its origin. China is incredibly overpopulated and don’t allow their citizens to have more than two children per family. Given the opportunity to knock off an entire workforce and make room for some younger workers may be just the thing they’re hoping for.

Instead of giving them an ultimatum, you made it easier for them to not pay you and help out the population control. I know this is wrong of me to be thinking, but seriously, who really thinks this is going to work in the employees favor?

Three hundred staff at a factory that builds Xbox 360s have threatened to commit mass suicide if their wage demands are not met, it emerged today.

Employees working for electronics giant Foxcon in Wuhan, China, claim the company has failed to hand over wages they’re owed.

Campaign group China Jasmine Revolution said they would throw themselves from the plant’s roof if the missing money isn’t paid.

Throw themselves off the roof?! These people are fucking serious about their money. It must really mean something when someone would rather kill themselves than work one more day for your company without getting what they feel they deserve. Like, it really can’t be all 300 people who are willing to die that are at fault in this scenario. Maybe Foxconn should do some self-evaluation and get to the root of the problem here (greed).

The American companies with ties to Foxconn better hurry up and step in so as not to get your name tarnished. You wouldn’t want mainstream America to be aware that you could care less about how the employees who make your products are feeling, because it really is the cheapest and obviously more justifiable when trying to stuff as much income into your pockets as humanly possible.

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[VIDEO] ‘The Protester’ is Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

On NBC’s Today Show, Time announced their ‘Person of the Year‘ for 2011 and it is a huge win for the 99%: The Protester. Even the general who ordered the Bin Laden raid was beat out, which is pretty damn shocking.

The magazine cited dissent across the Middle East that spread to Europe and the U.S., and said these protesters are reshaping global politics.

There were many people considered for this award, some of whom are: Admiral William H. McRaven who organized the raid on Bin laden, Chinese conceptual artist Ali Wei Wei,  Wisconsin Rep Paul Ryan and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.

This is definitely a time when the newer generation is standing up and being recognized as people who are actually able to make change. Last year, Mark Zuckerburg, founder and CEO of FaceBook, received the award. This just shows yet another young person who has had an impact on all of society, not just peers of his own age.

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Harsh Treatment Of Occupy LA Protesters By The LAPD

Yasha Levine is one of the hundreds of LA Protesters that was taken to jail by the LAPD. He has recently been released and wanted to share his story from the point of arrest through the treatment of arrestees while in LAPD’s custody.

Here is his story:

I finally got home Thursday afternoon after spending two nights in jail, and have had a hard time getting my bearings. On top of severe dehydration and sleep deprivation, I’ve got one hell of pounding migraine. So I’ll have to keep this brief for now. But I wanted to write down a few things that I witnessed and heard while locked up by LA’s finest…

First off, don’t believe the PR bullshit. There was nothing peaceful or professional about the LAPD’s attack on Occupy LA–not unless you think that people peacefully protesting against the power of the financial oligarchy deserve to be treated the way I saw Russian cops treating the protesters in Moscow and St. Petersburg who were demonstrating against the oligarchy under Putin and Yeltsin, before we at The eXiled all got tossed out in 2008. Back then, everyone in the West protested and criticized the way the Russian cops brutally snuffed out dissent, myself included. Now I’m in America, at a demonstration, watching exactly the same brutal crackdown…

While people are now beginning to learn that the police attack on Occupy LA was much more violent than previously reported, few actually realize that much—if not most—of the abuse happened while the protesters were in police custody, completely outside the range of the press and news media. And the disgraceful truth is that a lot of the abuse was police sadism, pure and simple:

* I heard from two different sources that at least one busload of protesters (around 40 people) was forced to spend seven excruciating hours locked in tiny cages on a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. prison bus, denied food, water and access to bathroom facilities. Both men and women were forced to urinate in their seats. Meanwhile, the cops in charge of the bus took an extended Starbucks coffee break.

* The bus that I was shoved into didn’t move for at least an hour. The whole time we listened to the screams and crying from a young woman whom the cops locked into a tiny cage at the front of the bus. She was in agony, begging and pleading for one of the policemen to loosen her plastic handcuffs. A police officer sat a couple of feet away the entire time that she screamed–but wouldn’t lift a finger.

* Everyone on my bus felt her pain–literally felt it. That’s because the zip-tie handcuffs they use—like the ones you see on Iraq prisoners in Abu Ghraib—cut off your circulation and wedge deep through your skin, where they can do some serious nerve damage, if that’s the point. And it did seem to be the point. A couple of guys around me were writhing in agony in their hard plastic seats, hands handcuffed behind their back.

* The 100 protesters in my detainee group were kept handcuffed with their hands behind their backs for 7 hours, denied food and water and forced to sit/sleep on a concrete floor. Some were so tired they passed out face down on the cold and dirty concrete, hands tied behind their back. As a result of the tight cuffs, I wound up losing sensation in my left palm/thumb and still haven’t recovered it now, a day and a half after they finally took them off.

* One seriously injured protester, who had been shot with a shotgun beanbag round and had an oozing bloody welt the size of a grapefruit just above his elbow, was denied medical attention for five hours. Another young guy, who complained that he thought his arm had been broken, was not given medical attention for at least as long. Instead, he spent the entire pre-booking procedure handcuffed to a wall, completely spaced out and staring blankly into space like he was in shock.

* An Occupy LA demonstrator in his 50s who was in my cell block in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center told us all about when a police officer forced him to take a shit with his hands handcuffed behind his back, which made pulling down his pants and sitting down on the toilet extremely difficult and awkward. And he had to do this in sight of female police officers, all of which made him feel extremely ashamed, to say the least.

* There were two vegetarians and one vegan in my cell. When I left jail around 1:30 pm, they still had not been given food, despite the fact that they were constantly being promised that it would come.

* There were 292 people arrested at Occupy LA. About 75 of them have been released or have gotten out on bail, according the National Lawyers Guild. Most are still inside, slapped with $5,000 to $10,000 bail. According to a bail bondsman I know, this is unprecedented. Misdemeanors are almost always released on their own recognizance, which means that they don’t pay any bail at all. Or at most it’s a $100.

* That means the harsh, long detentions are meant to be are a purely punitive measure against Occupy LA protesters–an order that had to come from the very top.

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[VIDEO] Two Officers Suspended After UC David Pepper-Spraying Incident

Friday Nov. 18th at 4:54 PM officers were caught on video pepper-spraying the peaceful protesters on UC Davis‘ campus after they refused to get out of the way for police.

Shortly after this video was releases, many people from all over had come together to speak out on behalf of the students and against the police who were shown implementing the pepper spray in this video. UC Davis and Chancellor had received negative feedback over this incident and decided they must take action.

In a statement, school Chancellor Linda Katehi announced that the officers were on administrative leave. She also said that she accepted ‘full responsibility’ for Friday’s incident.

Unfortunately, many people had hoped that this announcement would include her resignation, which it did not.

Witnesses watched in horror as police moved in on more than a dozen tents erected in the campus quad drenching demonstrators with the burning yellow spray and arresting 10 people, nine of them students.

Although UC Davis had not named the officers, one of them has been identified locally as Lt John Pike.

In the latest statement Ms Katehi said:  ‘I spoke with students this weekend, and I feel their outrage. ‘I have also heard from an overwhelming number of students, faculty, staff and alumni from around the country.

‘I am deeply saddened that this happened on our campus, and as chancellor, I take full responsibility for the incident.

Holding firm: Linda Katehi, the chancellor of the University of California, Davis on Saturday afternoon called video images of an officer calmly pepper-spraying a line of student protesters a day earlier 'chilling' but said she would not step down.Mea Culpa: Linda Katehi, the chancellor of the University of California, Davis on Sunday accepted full responsibility but did not step down

But despite widespread calls for her resignation, the chancellor still refused to budge.

The statement continued: ‘I pledge to take the actions needed to ensure that this does not happen again.’

‘I feel very sorry for the harm our students were subjected to and I vow to work tirelessly to make the campus a more welcoming and safe place.’

Katehi said the investigation into the events surrounding the arrests, including communications from the police to the administration had been accelerated with a deadline of 30 days for the task force to issue its report.

The students were showing their support of Occupy Wall Street which has gained recognition all around the world. Their right to protest peacefully was threatened when police took advantage of their strength in being determined to sit there and stand up for what they believed in.

The moving protest was held in support of the overall Occupy Wall Street movement and in solidarity with protesters at the University of California, Berkeley who were jabbed by police with batons on November 9.

The school faculty association had demanded the chancellor’s resignation, saying that her authorisation of police force represented ‘a gross failure of leadership’. 

A statement released by the Davis faculty board said: ‘Given the recent use of excessive force by police against ‘occupy’ protestors at UC Berkeley and elsewhere, the Chancellor must have anticipated that, by authorizing police action, she was effectively authorizing their use of excessive force against peaceful UCD student protestors.

This seems like a rather strong statement. Why would you need police to be prevalent at a unified peaceful protest on your campus? The students were doing nothing wrong and sitting quietly to show they supported their peers at other campuses that had endured the negativity of the police.

Sadly, the pepper spraying incident just adds fuel to the fire and proves that these students are out here for the right reason. They have the right to make their complaints known to those in charge and not persecuted for voicing them. It is wrong for the police to use such brutality when nothing is being done. other than the refusal to move from where they were protesting.

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[VIDEO] Occupy Cal Berkeley 11/9/11

Many students at Cal State University Berkeley were protesting and faced some brutality coming from the police which was, in my opinion, uncalled for. The administration on campus had said it would not tolerate these protests which led to the police even being involved in the first place. Having a campus like Berkeley not allow its students to protest in regards to issues they feel strongly about seems rather unethical.

The encampment, approved in a nearly unanimous general assembly vote by the protest’s participants, was formed to show solidarity with the national Occupy movement but focused on the increased privatization of the UC system, according to Amanda Armstrong, a UC Berkeley head steward for UAW Local 2865 — a union representing graduate student instructors — and organizer of the event.

This movement is not going to just end because the police are acting defensively, in fact, this is giving those protesters ammunition to keep fighting for their right and freedoms as citizens of the United States Of America. We live her and appreciate our freedoms, but we also have the right to speak up and have our voices heard when we don’t agree with the economical and political decisions being made by those in charge.

Sadly there were arrests in Berkeley, but this doesn’t come as a shock. Hopefully fewer people are hurt and more changes are made so we stop seeing our peers being jailed and injured because they want change in our country.

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[VIDEO] Marine Veteran Wounded With Rubber Bullet During The Raid On Occupy Oakland

The police decided (were told they had to remove the protesters) to go up against the brave men and women who were Occupying Oakland last night October 25th, 2011. They used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear the tent city that was full of Americans protesting Capitalism and the control that corporations have on all of us.

Officers had cleared the site of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators around 12 hours earlier in a dawn raid where at least 85 people were arrested.

Police gave repeated warnings to demonstrators to disperse from the entrance to Frank Ogawa Plaza in the Californian city before firing tear gas canisters into the crowd at 7:45pm on Tuesday evening.

While they were doing their job, their job is being controlled by the people these very citizens are protesting. The more you remove them and fight their peaceful protest, the more you are implying that what these people are doing is right. Hundreds, thousands, hell, millions, have come together to make a change to our government because the current system in place is not working. Many of us are suffering, unemployed, in debt, and unable to fix our problems while the 1% gains currency that is unimaginable to most American citizens.

Marine Veteran Scott Olsen, a Veterans for Peace member is the gentleman who is seen in the video bleeding from the head after being hit with a non-lethal bullet. This man was employed by and fought for this country, but is now being attacked by the men and women who he devoted his life for. He is dealing with a war in his own country and HE is seen as the enemy.

Instead of throwing tear gas or rubber bullets at the police dressed head to toe in riot gear, the protesters were armed with paint. The paint was thrown on officers to show their resistance to leaving the are that they had occupied in the hopes of protesting peacefully.

The number of protesters diminished with each round of tear gas. Police estimated that there were roughly 1,000 demonstrators at the first clash following the march. 

About 200 remained after the final conflict around 11:15pm on Tuesday night – mostly young adults, some riding bicycles, protecting themselves from the noxious fumes with bandanas and scarves wrapped around their faces.

‘This movement is more than just the people versus the police,’ Mario Fernandez said on Tuesday night. ‘It’s about the people trying to have their rights to basic services. This crowd isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.’

City officials said that two officers were injured. At least five protesters were arrested and several others injured in the evening clashes. But city officials said 97 people were arrested in the Tuesday morning raid on the camp.

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Westboro Baptist Church To Protest Steve Jobs’ Funeral

The sick and twisted individuals that make up the Westboro Baptist Church have set to protest yet ANOTHER funeral. This time though, it’s the man who created the iPhone, the iPod, the iPad, as well as so much more. In fact, even Margie J Phelps herself uses the device created by the man she’s protesting! What hypocritical, ignorant, wastes of humanity.

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Westboro Baptist Church–best known for its reviled anti-gay protests of American soldiers’ funerals–announced last night on Twitter that its members will be picketing the funeral of Apple founder Steve Jobs.

“He had a huge platform; gave God no glory & taught sin,” Westboro leader Margie Phelps tweeted–from her iPhone.

Let’s hope that Phelps has managed to resist her own iPhone’s magical powers to “teach sin.”

 

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VIDEO: Police Using Extreme Force To Disrupt Protesters On Wall Street! This is sick!

Lawrence O’Donnell speaks out on MSNBC about the police brutality that took place during the Wall Street Protests and discusses the YouTube videos that were posted in great detail. This is by far one of the most compelling news pieces about this scenario and really breaks down the videos so you can clearly see the injustice that these cops are using.

Although these few officers are not representing all of the cops  that were here and he does recognize at least one that is doing his job right, this happens far too often. I know many officers that are great individuals and wouldn’t act this way during a protest, but I also know some cocky, arrogant assholes who feel that because they’re in a position of authority, they have a right to determine how much force is necessary, and usually, it’s far too much.

If the Westboro Baptist Church members are able to protest, legally, without the repercussions of pepper spray and/or being assaulted by officers, I do not understand how people who are making a much more logical political stand deserve this kind of treatment. Just because cameras are involved doesn’t mean you have the right to do what you please. The cameras are there to catch incidences such as this, and the only reason this would upset you, is if you were doing something wrong, which you clearly are.

Take a look at this video and decide for yourself whether the actions that were taken were justified or not.

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