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"if you want your religious headscarf then you shouldn’t protest" says Houston cop badge number 3362 as she rips off my hijab in public

occupiedmuslim:

So I have just gotten back from Houston protesting along side janitors who clean the offices of the world’s wealthiest companies for poverty wages. We were doing peaceful civil disobedience by sitting in an intersection to bring attention to the issue, we complied and were respectful when we were arrested.

Initially as I was processed in the gym two cops were talking to me. Upon learning I was Muslim and wore my headscarf for religious reasons [one cop actually wrote in my paperwork (headscarf religious reasons) and verbally confirmed that she wrote it down so people would know and I wouldn’t be bothered about it]. The other cop next to her asked me if I was fasting for Ramadan and I replied no and inquired how he knew it was Ramadan. He said it was because they received a diversity training.

After I was done I took five step to the side where they held the other female prisoners and where a female cop badge number 3362 started to frisk me and suddenly started taking off my scarf. This is the dialogue to the best of my memory there were plenty of protestors with me when this happened.

"Whoa, whoa, wait a second I wear my scarf for religious reasons, can’t you just feel my hair through it?" I said as I backed into the wall.

No. If you want your religious headscarf then you shouldn’t protest,” she said as I was turned around pushed into the wall by her grabbing my neck and ripping my headscarf off in front of everyone. Later another jailer would say the exact same thing when they took my headscarf away for the entirety of being incarcerated.  

The others were yelling at her to stop and cops started yelling at them telling them “She’s going to get charged!”

You wouldn’t do this to a nun,” I told her and another cop who was looking at me as she violently frisked me. And I have been frisked, groped and padded down many a time via TSA since I am Muslim while flying.

My clothes were ajar and were placed immodestly around my hips. Later others would help me fix it as our hands were restrained behind our backs.

"It’s just procedure," the cop looking on said to me.

"God gave you free will and no one can take that from you," I replied.

She threw the scarf back on my head covering my face until the cop looking on told her to fix it and then it was covering my eyes.

Afterward I approached her seeing that she was upset. “Look, I just want to talk civilly with you about what just happened and since I can tell you are upset.”

She got defensive and started talking about procedure. “I understand it’s procedure. See, many faiths and cultures believe in covering the head. You taking off my scarf in public like that is like taking off my shirt in public.”

She replied that I could have been hiding a gun. I looked at her in disbelief. My scarf is made up of a light material and my hair is short. She ordered me to sit down and leave her alone.

Initially I felt upset and mad. But then I felt bad for her. I know system is to dehumanize and humiliate the people who don’t compile with the law but after thinking a long time I realized that when you treat others like beasts you become a beast. But being treated like a beast doesn’t mean I am one, I still have a choice, I can still reflect on the example of my Prophet during this holy Ramadan, I still can cultivate compassion and rise above. 

Nina Simone on the beauty of black people. [x]

"…I think what you are trying to ask is why am I so insistent upon giving out to them that blackness, that black power, that black pushing them to identify with black culture. I think that’s what you’re asking?
I have no choice over it, in the first place. To me we are the most beautiful creatures in the whole world. Black people. And I mean that in every sense, outside and inside.
To me we have a culture, that is surpassed by no other civilizations but we don’t know anything about it. ….My job is to somehow make them curious enough. Persuade them…to be more aware of themselves and where they came from. And what they are into, what is already there. Just to bring it out. This is what compels me. To compel THEM.
And I will do it by whatever means necessary.”

(Source: hausofriya, via navigatethestream)

Five Couples Challenge DOMA in Federal Lawsuit: Immigration Equality

carokinsellalaw:


UPI News Article-

"Immigrants challenge gay marriage ban" 



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Five same-sex couples challenged a U.S. law that currently bars the federal government from recognizing gay marriages. 


The lawsuit challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, was filed Monday by Immigration Equality in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. - 
  From the UPI Article  -


"I’m a citizen of this country just like anybody else," Heather Morgan, 36, a plaintiff in the lawsuit with her spouse, Maria del Mar Verdugo Yanez, who is from Spain, told The New York Times. "I’m very proud of this country. I don’t want to feel like I have to leave here in order to be with the person I love. I shouldn’t have to choose."


Under immigration law, a citizen can apply for a foreign spouse to gain legal permanent residency, experts said. However, federal authorities do not recognize same-sex marriages under DOMA, leaving same-sex couples with the choice of deportation for the immigrant or exile for the American.




[tw/advisory: rape, murder]
The Iraq Babes website shut itself down because of the anti-American use of their images. Sex in War was eventually bought by tamer porn producers. The photographs of fake Iraqi rapes, however, are still available on a number of free Internet sites. In fact, photos from the defunct Iraq Babes site appear now mostly on jihadi websites or in leftist American blogs - some of which repeat the accusation of GIs raping Iraqi women and use the images as proof.

Given the fact that Taguba’s investigation documented various brutal acts, including the rape and sodomizing of prisoners, belief in the fake photographs are understandable. Indeed, in the summer of 2006 five soldiers stationed in Mahmoudiya were charged in the rape and murder of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi girl and the murder of her family, including a five-year-old girl.

The Porning of America: The Rise of Porn Culture, What It Means, and Where We Go From Here by Carmine Sarracino and Kevin M. Scott, p. 151 - 152

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How you can help #Taiwan if you live in the United States

quirkytaiwan:

From American Citizens for Taiwan (http://americancitizensfortaiwan.org/action/)

The U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs will meet tomorrow (March  25, 2014) to markup H. Res. 494 “Affirming the importance of the Taiwan Relations Act.” If you live in the U.S. please go to the ACT site now and tell your member of Congress to support this important bill, it only takes 3 minutes.


While you are there, you can also take action on the other Taiwan related bills. These bills are what we push in the U.S. to help protect Taiwan’s democracy.


http://ACTtaiwan.org/issues

(I run http://westandfortaiwan.tumblr.com)

Immigration policy is not always about economy | MoreVisas

(Source: morevisas)

Immigration Minister says he will sympathetically look at the plea for grandmother to stay in Australia | MoreVisas

morevisas:

Immigration Minister Mr. Tony Burke states he will look sympathetically at the request for an elderly woman to stay in Australia after an emotional plea from her family. The immigration officials have denied permanent residency for the 75 year-old Ms. Jean Goldblatt, who moved from South Africa to Perth to stay with her three children 11 years ago.

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Ms Goldblatt was diagnosed with dementia 4 years ago and placed in an aged-care facility. Her daughter Mrs. Nina Waltman says she has now been declared as a burden on taxpayers and is ordered to return to South Africa.