John Lennon — Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Merry Christmas!
Re-posted from “Rise Up Times” here is the “official” video for John Lennon’s immortal “Happy X-Mas: War is Over.” This classic serves as a reminder that Christmas purportedly stands for “Peace on Earth.” Let us hope and strive particularly hard for peace this Yuletide: peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan, peace between Shiites and Sunnis, peace in Nigeria, peace between police officers and African-Americans. This planet needs less fighting and more living in harmony.

Rise Up Times

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TransAction Florida


Big it news here in Florida! Equality Florida has launched TransAction Florida! TransAction Florida is an initiative to promote equality for transgender people. It has a Facebook page and a Twitter feed so far.

Also of note is that Florida State Rep. Holly Raschein has proposed the Florida Competitive Workforce Act. This legislation would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state law prohibiting discrimination.

Finally, the appeals of the handful of district court decisions striking down Florida’s gay marriage ban have been consolidated. The 11th circuit court of appeals has refused to overrule the expiration of the stay on the district court ruling. This means that, barring intervention by the right-wing U.S a Supreme Court, same-sex marriage will be legal in Florida! 🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈 Hurray!

This post was mostly sourced from Equality Florida.

Exonerated After Execution: Judge Tosses Teen’s Murder Conviction

A judge just acknowledged yet another injustice of the Jim Crow era by exonerating a 14-year-old African-American boy who was executed in South Carolina in 1944. May he rest in peace.

The Fifth Column

I wonder how many similar cases were not reported? Perhaps simply lynchings with no court records or police reports were the norm back then.

The reality of America’s hatred toward people of color hit me while in the 3rd grade when I saw the horrible pictures of Emmet Till, 14 who was beaten and killed for whistling at a white woman.

That incident was an fearful awakening to the racist nature of my country.

NBC News

Seventy years after South Carolina executed a 14-year-old boy so small he sat on a phone book in the electric chair, a circuit court judge threw out his murder conviction.

On Wednesday morning, Judge Carmen Mullins vacated the decision against George Stinney Jr., a black teen who was convicted of beating two young white girls to death in the small town of Alcolu in 1944.

Civil rights advocates have spent years trying to…

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11 Rules for New Anti-Racist Allies

Here is an article explaining how to be an ally of African-Civil rights activists. Those of us supporting African-Americans in the movement arising in the wake of the highly publicized killings of young African-American men need to take heed.

via 11 Rules for New Anti-Racist Allies.

By the way, protest marches over the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner are taking place today. Let us build up the momentum.

Danger, Government In The Shadows

Following the tragedy on September 11, 2001, the Bush/Cheney Administration created a Government in the shadows that fought the war on terror using torture.

via Danger, Government In The Shadows.  This report exposes what the Bush/Cheney administration wrought. Those two clowns and many of their fellow Republicans have responded by throwing childish tantrums. When will they learn that torture does not work? May grown ups prevail!

Historic Day: Orion to launch tomorrow!

imageTomorrow is indeed a historic day! The Orion spacecraft, without a crew, will be launched on its maiden flight from the Kennedy Space Center tomorrow at 7:05 AM. This will be the first time sincere Apollo Era that a ship containing a crew compartment will be launched beyond Earth orbit. NASA TV, which can be viewed online or via app, will have coverage starting at 4:30 AM.