Ball State University gets US Supreme Court to screw us over … again.

Reality Check: Seventeen Million Reasons Low-Wage Workers Need Strong Protections From Harassment | National Women’s Law Center

In a recent five-to-four decision in Vance v. Ball State University, the Supreme Court watered down workplace protections from harassment. The Court held that supervisors who direct daily work activities – but lack the power to hire and fire – are mere coworkers, and that the tougher legal standard that applies in cases of coworker harassment also applies to harassment by these lower-level supervisors. The Court’s cramped definition of supervisor ignores workplace realities, with negative consequences for millions of workers.

via Reality Check: Seventeen Million Reasons Low-Wage Workers Need Strong Protections From Harassment | National Women's Law Center.

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No matter what it says on employer-supplied name tags or formal job descriptions – according to the majority of U.S. Supreme Court Justices – supervisors aren’t supervisors unless they have the power to hire and fire.

Please share to get the word out, because Congress will ignore this rights-trampling overreach, just as it has ignored each of the Justices’ other rights-trampling overreaches, and we have only each other to depend on.

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Columbia Prison Divest Week of Action

Originally posted on Private Prison Divestment Campaign:

CPD logoDid you know that Columbia has at least $8 million invested in the private prison industry?Want to learn more about how you can get involved in Columbia Prison Divest and help us reach our goal of getting Columbia to divest from the CCA, G4S and the GEO group?

Want to learn more about mass incarceration, the prison-industrial complex and what you can do to stand up for real justice?

In solidarity with several campuses across the nation, join us Monday April 14th through Friday April 18th for a Columbia Prison Divest Week of Engagement, a demonstration that the students and community members of this campus will not stand for an industry that profits off of the commodification of human bodies and the destruction of vulnerable, marginalized communities. Through a series of events, performances, discussions, and interactive activities, we hope to teach and learn from each other about what divestment…

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This corrupt Columbo likely the Columbo behind loss of personal public corruption battle #2.

CHIEF JUDGE SMITH TO RULE ON RECUSAL OF COLOMBO IN FLUKER CASE; MERS FORECLOSURES DECLARED ILLEGAL | VOICE OF DETROIT: The city’s independent newspaper, unbossed and unbought

“Judge Colombo renegotiated his own home mortgage with RBS in very favorable terms while presiding over this case,” Fluker’s attorney Jerome Goldberg argued May 13. “He negotiated a $65,000 reduction in the principal from $200,000 to $135,000 in 2009. That is the the issue. We discovered this fact on March 1, 2011. Judge Colombo’s extreme actions against my client triggered our investigation.”

via CHIEF JUDGE SMITH TO RULE ON RECUSAL OF COLOMBO IN FLUKER CASE; MERS FORECLOSURES DECLARED ILLEGAL | VOICE OF DETROIT: The city’s independent newspaper, unbossed and unbought.

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Unless I’m remembering his first name wrong, this is the judge who knew nothing about corporate statutes when the corporation I owned majority stock in was sued by a minority shareholder.

The minority shareholder was the former majority shareholder, who had made payable-on-demand loans to the corporation without their being any liquid assets to satisfy those loans.

Colombo took parties – separately – into chambers. He wouldn’t let me show him the statutes that made those loans lawless. The book of Michigan corporate statutes was within his arm’s reach.

Had Colombo let me show him the statutes, he would have had to dismiss the suit. But he’d already made up his mind. He wouldn’t even listen to an alternate and equally valid argument for estoppel – regular $2K repayments of the loans indicated the plaintiff’s acceptance of installments.

The frivolous fray went on for years, killed the company and deprived me a way to support my daughter, and damn near killed me with a seizure – during proceedings – that damaged my memory exponentially longer than any other seizure before it.

When I was trying to look up the now nearly 27-year-old case online for a quick document to provide for a physician who believes I imagined this fray (as well as its predecessor and its successor), I found January 2014 activity on the case.

The company’s name and assets were purchased out of bankruptcy by an amicable competitor. I can’t imagine Doug having any reason to initiate any action, and action by any other party would be as frivolous and lawless as the initial suit against the company.

That, in a nutshell, is public misconduct fray #2.

Fray #1 was initiated by a lawless probate judge Kenneth Mackness, who awarded custody of children taken away from their parents to the Michigan Department of Social Services only until Michigan taxpayers footed the bill for rights termination, foster care, medical care, etc., at which point Mackness would rescind custody from the DSS and award custody of children to a private adoption agency, which promptly profited from placement. The DSS had its own adoption agency, and I adopted my then-three-year-old daughter through it, incurring the retroactive wrath of Mackness, resulting in a fray that lasted years and cost taxpayers a fortune in battling for all sides – with the involvement of the Michigan Attorney General on our behalf, going all the way to the state supreme court. The fray cost us the very roof over our heads … the only way we could pay the attorney was to hand over the keys to our lakefront home.

Fray #3 was initiated in Florida by lawless Melbourne Police Department officers and detectives as well as lawless Palm Bay Police Department officers who decided this law-abiding citizen had fewer rights than a law-breaking citizen. The fray escalated to include the notoriously corrupt 18th Judicial Circuit State Attorneys Office and its most notoriously corrupt former prosecutor, Judge John Dean Moxley. It’s now in its 13th year. This, too, cost me a waterfront home, and damn near killed me.

I have a vivid imagination, an imagination that had one colleague comment that I think so far outside of the box that I don’t even know where the box is.

But that imagination designs interiors and exteriors. Not conspiracies.

[For a pdf copy of the document showing January 2014 activity in the nearly 27-year-old case, please ask via comment to receive an emailed copy.]

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Rick Perry throws out baby with bath water, messing with Texas – again.

Rick Perry hires defense attorney

It’s pretty clear that Perry used Lehmberg’s DUI as an excuse to gut the Public Integrity Unit, which not only began the prosecution of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, but also prosecuted criminal violations of state environmental law. Neither of those two things are very much popular in Rick Perry’s universe, so when he saw an opportunity to target the office, he seized it, saying he would block the funding if Lehmberg didn’t resign, a move that would have allowed Perry to select her replacement.

via Rick Perry hires defense attorney.

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Rick Perry vetoed the funding for the Public Integrity Unit even though it’s obvious that the actions of one woman – Travis County D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg – didn’t impact the Unit’s viability or negate its necessity.

Here’s hoping that Texans finally recognize that they’ve been royally messed with, and that this is hardly the first time.

Rick Perry and his cronies aren’t good for Texas. They’ve never tried to be. They’re good for each other.

DNA-discredited dog handler Keith Pikett mucked up @2,500 criminal investigations – most of them in Texas. Having each person who was wrongfully convicted via Pikett’s perjuries fight for their freedom individually is criminally insane rights-wise and cost-wise, so Rick Perry should need a defense attorney for that matter, too; along with many others, including the wrongful execution of Cameron Todd Willingham.

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End Veteran suicide pandemic: Dismantle VA, give Vets no copay Medicare.

<img src="Combating Military and Veteran Suicide and Supporting Mental Health Care
Via: TakePart.com” alt=”Veteran Suicide Pandemic” />

If a disease was disseminating the civilian population in these proportions, the mainstream media would never shut up about it; Congress would be forced into taking whatever actions were necessary to turn the tide.

It speaks to the corrupt content of character of the indisputably conservative mainstream media that they’ve not yet begun to fight for Veterans, proving that the six controlling corporations must become at least 12 controlling corporations … but we can deal with why they loves wars and don’t care about those whose feet hit the ground in them later.

The solution to the Veteran suicide pandemic is in-community care absent a military agenda.

And we can have it … fast.

Dismantling the VA and giving our Vets no copay Medicare would stop the suicide pandemic – it would end the perforce military (and deadly) denials of service and (equally deadly) delays in processing disability claims. All that should be preserved of the VA is its drug negotiating powers, which Congress – corruptly – didn’t incorporate into Medicare.

I’ve written to my representative and senators at every opportunity in related petitions. Please write to yours, too. Take the half hour necessary to look up their email contact forms and use your words to fight for Vets that gave up years, and sometimes limbs, to fight for you.

[Note to the "who gives a shit" crowd: If you can't bring yourself to give a rat's ass about dead Veterans, then care about how your tax dollars are being wasted in supporting two major federal health care systems when we only need one, one with drug negotiating powers.]

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FL isn’t “arbitrarily” prosecuting children as adults. It’s deliberate. And it’s Jim Crow.

US: Florida Arbitrarily Prosecuting Children as Adults | Human Rights Watch

(Tallahassee) – Every year, the state of Florida arbitrarily and unfairly prosecutes hundreds of children as adults, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. If convicted, these children suffer the lifelong consequences of an adult felony record for what are often low-level, nonviolent offenses.

via US: Florida Arbitrarily Prosecuting Children as Adults | Human Rights Watch.

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Trying children as adults is always cruel and unusual.

But – in Florida – trying children as adults goes past cruel and unusual straight to acting under Color of Law to unduly revoke inalienable rights, permanently.

It’s deliberate, not arbitrary … just as there was no arbitrariness involved in Florida’s Legislature and Governor Rick Scott destroying previous legislators and Charlie Crist’s inexpensive and relatively fair semi-automated felon rights restoration process. Scott’s intent is to keep voters of color away from the polls for the rest of their lives, at any cost. It now takes a minimum of five years to even begin the process of rights restoration in Florida, and the chances of success are nearly non-existent.

Not only are Florida children that are tried as adults deprived of the right to vote, they become ineligible for a variety of services and benefits that a great percentage of us need at some point in our lives.

Think Florida’s kids have it coming? Think again. Per the linked article:

… of the children tried in adult court in Florida in 2012 and 2013, 60 percent had been accused of nonviolent offenses, according to data Human Rights Watch analyzed.

While we go off the deep end in Florida in persecuting 60% of non-violent child offenders, other states – even Southern states – are heading the other direction. Please watch the short video available on this link:

http://www.southerncoalition.org/raise-the-age/

And please share this post. Get the word out about Florida – under Rick Scott – bringing Jim Crow back from the dead.

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One (1) Brit tortured by Dubai police acquitted.

Reprieve +44 (0) 207 553 8161

For Immediate Release: Tue April 15, 2014

Acquittal for Brit tortured by Dubai police
 
A British man arrested and tortured by Dubai police has today been acquitted.
 
Hasnain Ali (32), from London, was on holiday in Dubai in May 2013 when he was arrested and held for three days without access to a lawyer or his family. While detained he was beaten and threatened with tasers, firearms, and the prospect of sexual assault. Following his torture he was forced to sign a ‘confession’ in Arabic, a language he doesn’t understand, and charged with drugs offences for which he could have been given a death sentence.
 
In response to Mr Ali’s acquittal on all charges, his brother Jed said:
 
“Our family is overjoyed at this morning’s verdict. It is such a relief that Hasnain’s innocence has been recognized and that we will soon have him home with his family. However, we still cannot understand why Hasnain was treated so terribly.  We hope that the authorities in Dubai will put a stop to police torture before any other people or their families have to go through the same ordeal as us.”
 
Mr Ali’s case is not an isolated example. The trial is ongoing in the case of another British citizen facing a potential death sentence on the basis of a ‘confession’ extracted through torture.  Ahmed Zeidan, a 20 year old student, was arrested last year in the neighbouring Emirate of Sharjah, tortured, and forced into signing a ‘confession’ relating to drugs charges.  Despite repeated requests, UAE authorities have failed to carry out a proper investigation into Mr Zeidan’s mistreatment.
 
A report compiled by human rights charity Reprieve found that 75% of prisoners in the UAE report some sort of torture or abuse upon arrest. In the report, prisoners detailed the type of torture to which they were subjected with an alarming number including threats of a sexual nature. One prisoner reported that “They kept saying if you don’t co-operate, we will all [expletive] you one by one.”
 
Maya Foa, director of Reprieve’s death penalty team said: “This is welcome news indeed for Hasnain. It was ludicrous that he was put on trial with ‘evidence’ extracted by torture in the first place – an acquittal is a just outcome. But police torture and abuse in the UAE is systemic and ongoing. Ahmed Zeidan is a 20 year old British student who was tortured by police in the UAE and is now facing a possible death sentence – the UK government must do everything they can to investigate the abuse to which he was subjected and assist in his defence.”
 
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Notes to editors
 
1. For further information please contact Reprieve’s press office on: clemency.wells@reprieve.org.uk / donald.campbell@reprieve.org.uk / +44 (0) 207 553 8161 / 8166

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