People killed by police in the US, 2017. Currently at 759.
Charlottesville-based organizations that can take your money. (The Twitter thread have been going around; this is a blog post that rounds up the links.)
“‘I was expecting him to come home, not to be buried,’ [the 16-year-old’s grandmother] told the station. ‘I was telling him, give yourself a little while and you’ll be home with me.'” Justice for Aries Clark.
“We are among the vast majority of Americans who believe that we must take sensible steps to prevent massacres like the one that took my daughter’s life. We will continue to speak up. We will not go away.”
2014 FBI study: “There were, on average, 16.4 [mass] shootings a year from 2007 to 2013, compared with an average of 6.4 shootings annually from 2000 to 2006. In the past 13 years, 486 people have been killed in such shootings, with 366 of the deaths in the past seven years.” This was commissioned by Obama post-Sandy Hook, and was the first FBI study of its kind.
“…two officers who encountered the armed off-duty officer ordered him to the ground. He complied. When they recognized the off-duty officer, they told him he could stand up and walk toward them. Another officer just arriving at the scene saw the off-duty officer get up and, not knowing he was an officer, fired his weapon once at the man.”
“Southaven officers went to the wrong house to serve a warrant on Monday, which resulted in the shooting death of a man who did not have any active warrants out for his arrest.” Worse, they shot Ismael Lopez through his front door.
Filed under: News Roundup Tagged: gun control, racism
Molly’s going for that beer next.
Two things happened this week, first page 18 of Heaven went up, then, at some point, my Patreon support ticked over into the 3 digits, i.e., 100! To celebrate I knocked out this watercolor last night (I miss drawing these gals together)
The outfits Griffen and Molly are wearing are two that I noticed people wearing yesterday, though the lady with the awesome Kitty Stardust bag was actually wearing blue jeans; it just amused me to give Molly striped shorts.
You can send a set of ITMFA pins to your Congressperson. Proceeds go to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the International Refugee Assistance Project.
“‘The refugee agencies didn’t really feel comfortable sending their kids anywhere,’ Adams says. ‘We needed to be that place for them.” It’s no coincidence that as Sullivan has established itself as the go-to school for refugees in the last couple of years, its academic standing has also risen.”
“Airwars researchers estimate that at least 2,300 civilians likely died from Coalition strikes overseen by the Obama White House—roughly 80 each month in Iraq and Syria. As of July 13, more than 2,200 additional civilians appear to have been killed by Coalition raids since Trump was inaugurated—upwards of 360 per month, or 12 or more civilians killed for every single day of his administration.”
“I was having lunch with Shonda Rhimes last week and a woman stopped at the table — well-dressed, probably in her 40s or 50s — and she said, ‘I just can’t leave this restaurant without telling you I’m just so devastated,’ and she just started to cry. I was on the other side of the table, or I would have done what I have done countless times since the election, which is just put my arms around her. Because people are so profoundly hurt.” The surreal post-election life of Hillary Clinton.
“Not only were the Hartes upstanding citizens with clean records, they were also both former Central Intelligence Agency officers. And they were not weed growers. Rather, the quick-trigger suspicion of law enforcement had snagged on — it would later turn out — tea leaves and a struggling tomato plant.”
“Initially, the city would impose property and sales taxes, but the property tax would ratchet down to zero over time. The business-friendly environment would draw new economic activity to Von Ormy, and eventually the town would cruise along on sales taxes alone.” Spoiler alert: it did not cruise. It crashed and burned.
“A Facebook group for Norwegians opposed to immigration was widely mocked after members apparently could not tell the difference between empty bus seats and burka-clad women.“
Filed under: News Roundup Tagged: F@#kface von Clownstick, Hillary Clinton, libertarians, Politics, racism, religion
Timofey, make yourself useful.
And with that, we're on hiatus for two weeks while I travel to Washington DC and attend Otakon. I'll have volume 1, magnets, keyrings, and prints. More excitingly for me I am completely finished with the volume 3 print book, so once I get back I can return to making new pages full time while I wait for the printer to do their stuff. You don't know how hard it's been for me having to eat up my buffer for the sake of working on the book. But at least I'm pleased with how it's turned out. Ah, but anyway, updates will resume on August 21st, a week after my birthday. Be safe until then, kids! :3
“Over the years, prisoners have packaged coffee for Starbucks Corp. and wrapped software for Microsoft Corp. They manufacture furniture, schools supplies and food products. They make dental products, train animals, work in call centers and even pick cotton. All of these activities put prisoners in direct competition with blue-collar American workers; the latter has essentially no chance.”
“…in the substantial majority of instances (68 percent) overall employment increased after a federal minimum-wage increase. In the most substantially affected industries, the rates were even higher: in the leisure and hospitality sector employment rose 82 percent of the time following a federal wage increase, and in the retail sector it was 73 percent of the time.”
“…it seems safe to conclude that Seattle has tolerated its minimum wage increase well and that, by extension, other strong economies could do so. It also suggests that a key to successful large increases is a gradual phase-in that gives businesses time to adjust and experts time to study the impacts as they unfold.”
“If [McCain, recently diagnosed with brain cancer] and his fellow Republicans in Congress have their way, health insurers could soon be allowed to deny me coverage — or to double or triple the cost of my insurance — due to the fact that I lost two close blood relatives to the same disease.”
“Republicans are now pushing up against a growing consensus that the government should guarantee health insurance. A Pew survey in January found that 60 percent of Americans believe the federal government should be responsible for ensuring that all Americans have health coverage. That was up from 51 percent last year, and the highest in nearly a decade.”
Filed under: News Roundup Tagged: health insurance, it's the economy stupid, Politics
Sette has run out of likely candidates to read Da's letters. Surrounded by so many forms of communication and she can't understand any of them. But perhaps there is a sympathetic - and literate - sort somewhere very near at hand~
I will be in the Vendor's room at Otakon in Washington DC next weekend! I'll have volume 1, magnets, keyrings, and prints. Look for me in the vicinity of the Sugar Bunny Shop booth and come keep me from eating my own face in boredom :3 Anime conventions always make me want to light fires... Ah, I will be gone about two weeks for this venture unfortunately, so after Monday's page we'll be doing a brief hiatus. I'll give the exact dates next update!