New York City police officers are under investigation for using a chokehold, a move banned under NYPD rules, on a man accused of skipping subway fare. The incident occurred three days before Eric Garner died during a similar arrest.
Videos posted online show two New York Police Department officers wrangling with Ronald Johns, 22, on July 14 while using the banned technique. The officers are also seen punching Johns in the face. Pepper spray was also used in the “struggle” to subdue him, officers said according to court papers.
"Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages" -Angela Y. Davis
This is my dear friend, Charity Hicks. Charity transitioned recently after being hit by a car in New York. She was there attending a conference that she was going to be speaking at about the water situation in Detroit. I love this video because it speaks to both her work and her deep utter humanity.
Charity is a part of the resistance happening in Detroit right now against the unjust and violent water shut offs, even as she has transitioned on. She is one of the many Detroit organizers that helped to bring this situation out into the world.
Please help her family pay for the cost of her transition by donating here: http://www.gofundme.com/wagelove or reblogging this so others can see it. I can’t tell you how important this is to me without doing the ugly cry—but anyway you can help—whether it’s a couple of bucks or a couple of hundred bucks—or a reblog/retweet/etc—it is deeply deeply appreciated and means SO much.