Mindfulness

MINDFULNESS

Recalling the past
Is all very well and good
What of the present?

Wanted To Share This

“Facebook has been complying with law enforcement to censor activists and human rights documentation, including videos of police violence.

Facebook’s videos and platform are powerful tools to document human rights abuses. And we’ll need them more than ever under the new presidential administration.

Sign now to tell Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Don’t censor human rights documentation, especially content that depicts police brutality.

Activists have reported various incidents of Facebook’s censorship or compliance with police, including: censoring accounts of activists covering the civilian uprisings in Charlotte, NC; the removal of live footage of water protectors against the Dakota Access Pipeline; and reports that Facebook sent data to help police track and surveil protesters in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD.

This sets a dangerous precedent. Trump’s administration will no doubt increase law enforcement’s requests of Facebook. Facebook needs to stand firm now and be accountable to the public, including by clarifying its policies on removing content at the request of government actors. Facebook cannot be an arm of the police.

Sign the petition to tell Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Before Trump comes into office, address public concerns about Facebook complying with law enforcement to censor human rights documentation.

Facebook has come under fire lately for NOT censoring fake political news, which may have contributed to the awful results of the presidential election. However, real news, powerful news that depicts human rights abuses, is being broken and then shared on Facebook. The least Facebook can do is stop complying with law enforcement to censor such content.

Already, with Trump coming into office, movements against entrenched power are at risk of being silenced. Trump and his administration will not respect the First Amendment. Facebook must not assist them in violating freedoms of expression.

Now more than ever, we need all the tools we can to protect marginalized voices, particularly voices of people of color.

Sign the petition to tell Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Do not censor human rights documentation. Do not act as an arm of the police, especially under the new administration.”

Keep fighting,
Mara Schechter, Daily Kos

Daily Kos, PO Box 70036, Oakland, CA, 94612.

Fire II

FIRE II

Fire – a good friend
A dangerous enemy
Some people likewise

Amicus Curiae

AMICUS CURIAE

I am happy
To bring you
To the window

But not to tell you
What you should see
Beyond the glass

Clair De Lune

CLAIR DE LUNE

Silence … unhurried
Silences within silence
The moon … listening
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Black Friday – It’s A Riot

BLACK FRIDAY – IT’S A RIOT

The banksters’ fell mantra
“Oh Money Pay Me Some”
Keeps them mesmerised, locked
In perpetual debt

Renewal (Marital Bliss V)

RENEWAL (MARITAL BLISS V)

Amid the
Slowly settling
Smouldering rubble
Of what remained
Of the living room,

Still faintly quivering
With the last echoes
Of our screaming havoc,

She took a deep breath,
Rubbed her hands together and smiled.

“Well,” she said, “that’s cleared the air.
Shall we have a cup of tea?”

How To Be True

Trump
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“To be benevolent to all beings is true goodness.
To dissolve all differences into unity is true greatness.
Not wishing to dominate others is true depth of spirit.”

…..– Chuang Tzu (c. 369 BC – c. 286 BC)

Standing Rock

STANDING ROCK

I have a struggle
In comprehending those

Who are using rubber bullets and tear gas
On these unarmed and peaceful protesters

How far they have lost their way
Since their birth as innocents

I wonder what lives they have endured
To have them land up in this dismal situation

Still, you do get a kind of identity
And the uniform and weapons come free

Over The Hill (And Far Away)

OVER THE HILL (AND FAR AWAY)

Must get a new brain
As life reminds me each day
This one is worn out