I was only doing my job
When his throat collided
With my innocent knee
And then wouldn’t stop
I just can’t understand
What all the fuss is about
I mean it was his own fault
He shouldn’t’ve been black
POLICE AND THIEVES
Duly sworn in as if to protect us
Are our police and politicians
Similarly dogs are very useful
If one for example owns sheep
Having sheep one requires dogs
They each have particular uses
Dogs, see, have a dual purpose
Sheep, bless them, only one
The dogs guard the sheep
While they graze and fatten
The dogs then herd them
To be safely delivered
To the slaughterhouse
To be prepared for the table
Police and politicians
Forsworn and redefined
Police and thieves
Police and thieves
THE NEXT (GOOSE) STEP
The “top” one per cent
Of those they exploit
i.e.: police state
“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.”
Mara Schechter, Daily Kos
Daily Kos, PO Box 70036, Oakland, CA, 94612.
ABOVE THE LAW MAN
As electric as a taser in a uniformed hand
Reduced to casual use by habituation
As savage as institutional bigotry
Sworn to protect (but to protect what?)
As passionate as a true believer
Stone-blind in his black and white world
This is a “Three Word Wednesday” contribution.
Seed words: “Electric”, “Passionate”, “Savage”.