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September 2014



What I’m Reading – September 28, 2014

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– “One local pastor, Craig Watts, cautioned commissioners against “laws that criminalize misfortune.” He called it “ethically dubious at best,” noting that the religious community opposed these measures.” City Makes It Illegal To Sleep In Public In Effort To Crack Down On The Homeless (via @ThinkProgress)

– “Seattle has become a playground for wealthy developers who are receiving sweetheart deals, making enormous profits and who are given virtually free rein over our neighborhoods.” Statement on Mayor Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee (via @cmsawant)


– “You can’t train away entitlement or take a two-hour course to be misogyny-free. Especially when the people who are “training” and “educating” players and league employees will be getting paychecks from the a league that saw marijuana use as a more serious offense than beating a woman.” Roger Goodell wants YOU to accept his nightmare of violence and sexism (via @JessicaValenti)

– “In the end, after everybody has taken their cut, only 8.01% of money spent on pink NFL merchandise is actually going towards cancer research.” A Shockingly Small Amount Of Money From Pink NFL Merchandise Sales Goes To Breast Cancer Research

Policing and Prison

– “According to St. Louis alderman Antonio French, Johnson also said he would “have a talk” with whatever agency the bracelet-wearing officers work for.” “I Am Darren Wilson” Bracelets Are Missouri Cops’ New Fashion Statement (h/t @chescaleigh)

– “Keep in mind that the UN considers solitary confinement for anything more than 15 days to be torture or cruel and inhumane treatment.” How Can The Atlantic Give Us 5,000 Words on Prison Life Without Interviewing Prisoners? (via @MotherJones)

–  “Ritchie told several reporters after the 5 August shooting that he was an “ex-marine”. When confronted with his seven-week service record, however, he confirmed that he had been quickly thrown out of the US marine corps in 2008 after being declared a “fraudulent enlistment”” Doubts cast on witness’s account of black man killed by police in Walmart (h/t @Karnythia)

– “He described the presentation as “almost like a pep talk for police officers,” which informed them: “You have to go after these things, you can’t ignore them”.” Ohio police given ‘pep talk’ on shooting scenarios ahead of Walmart encounter

Assault of Women

– “In a horrifically misguided plot to catch the suspect in the act, they asked a female special-needs student to act as bait, luring the alleged rapist into a bathroom where teachers would be present to intervene.” There Are So Many Things Wrong With This Alabama Middle School Rape Case (h/t @courtenlow)

– “Just as lynching in America is not a phenomenon wholly confined to black people, spouse-beatings are not wholly confined to women. But in our actual history, women have largely been on the receiving end of spouse-beating.” The domestic violence gender trap: Hope Solo, Ray Rice and the tired myopia of “women do it too”


– “It is especially important because a psychological disease can spread as fast as any virus but be more enduring. It is especially lucrative for all the food companies making tons of money off of people like you.” Science Proves Gluten Sensitivity Isn’t Real, People Are Just Whiners (h/t @DrJaneChi)

– “CVS has been illegally charging women for birth control, violating an Obamacare provision that forces insurers to cover generic contraceptives at no cost to women.” CVS Caught Illegally Charging Women For Birth Control (h/t @DrJaneChi)

Labor Rights

– “Lyft announced the cuts in an email to all drivers, reminding them “the more you make, the more Lyft makes, so your earnings are our top priority.” But one Lyft driver explains to Valleywag that drivers aren’t buying it.” Lyft Just Slashed Driver Pay Again, And Everyone’s Pissed (h/t @chrisglenski)

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