The Portia of our Chambers

adding an imaginative tone to what would otherwise be a dusty, dreary little clerks' office full of barristers, biscuits, and briefs.

“Casting policing and prisons as the solution to domestic violence both justifies increases to police and prison budgets and diverts attention from the cuts to programs that enable survivors to escape, such as shelters, public housing, and welfare. And finally, positioning police and prisons as the principal antidote discourages seeking other responses, including community interventions and long-term organizing.”

—   Bitch contributor Victoria Law’s new article “Against Carceral Feminism” in Jacobin.  (via bitch-media)
goddess-of-mischief-from-221b:

girl scouts take no shit

goddess-of-mischief-from-221b:

girl scouts take no shit

(Source: fatanarchy)

afro-dominicano:

socialjusticekoolaid:

Whites riot over pumpkins in NH and Twitter turns it into epic lesson about Ferguson, aka The Best of #PumpkinFest, PT 1. #staywoke

in this week’s episode of shit black folks would get murdered or jailed with no trial for

thatcurlyhurdgirl:

I will reblog this everyday

(Source: milestellers, via o-pera-is-life)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pens Scathing Dissent On Texas Voter ID Law

notoriousrbg:

"The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters," - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

dirtydeedsdyan:

kawinslow:

This is one of those cases where you bark in laughter that is bitter as the dregs of your dead soul.

Ouch. That hand wins for sure.

dirtydeedsdyan:

kawinslow:

This is one of those cases where you bark in laughter that is bitter as the dregs of your dead soul.

Ouch. That hand wins for sure.

(Source: amasianfish, via wilwheaton)

whatthepublicdefender:

Emmy Submitted: When telling your client’s entire life story to explain why, as a single mother of four, she needs an extension pay the court costs, and an officer on an unrelated case approaches you in the hallway afterwards to say that he was raised by a single mother and he wants to anonymously pay her court costs

Crying. The best.

theredshoes:

akycha:

seekingwillow:

priceofliberty:

salon:

Is this a human rights violation?

They’re being forced to risk their lives, so yeah I would say this is a violation of their right to life.

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Everytime I look around, the US Govt, or some part there-of on  State or National level; is finding a way to reintroduce slavery.

They don’t need to reintroduce it, it’s never fully went away, 13th amendment:

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

EXCEPT AS PUNISHMENT FOR A CRIME.  We never outlawed slavery.  We moved it where it couldn’t be seen.

Quoted for truth. (Also inmates making fabric, and taking plane reservations, and other phone orders, and making furniture, and….)

As a criminal defense practitioner in California, allow me to throw yet another horrifying fact into this conversation.  People convicted of a crime and sentenced to prison often choose to be a part of the Fire Camp program because it is seen as a healthier and safer alternative to other California correctional institutions.  That’s right.  My clients beg me to get them Fire Camp recommendations instead of going to regular prison.  That’s how scary regular prison is — they would rather be fighting fires, for free, with very little training, subpar equipment, and all the inherent dangers to their health and safety, than be in the general population. 

yesscotland:

Add this as your own cover photo today and show your support for Scottish independence.
#VoteYes #indyref http://ift.tt/1qbnhby

Super-excited to see how the Scots vote tomorrow.  

yesscotland:

Add this as your own cover photo today and show your support for Scottish independence.

#VoteYes #indyref http://ift.tt/1qbnhby

Super-excited to see how the Scots vote tomorrow.  

theredshoes:

quietandsarcastic:

Read it again:  EVERY.  SINGLE.  REPUBLICAN.  Yes, that includes women. 

#i want to marry her #and vote for her #i’d happily do both tbh
me too altho I think we will have to STAND IN LINE

theredshoes:

quietandsarcastic:

Read it again:  EVERY.  SINGLE.  REPUBLICAN.  Yes, that includes women. 

#i want to marry her #and vote for her #i’d happily do both tbh

me too altho I think we will have to STAND IN LINE

Deathly Hallows book quotes

Yikes. Hermione casting shade.

(Source: harrypotterdailly, via magicformuggles)

Step 327: Sometimes, text before you call

adulting:

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This is a thoughtful thing to do for people who might be expecting bad or serious news. My family got in the habit when Grannybarb was really sick, and every time my phone rang I was terrified that it was a Serious Call.

So when we just wanted to chat, my mom and sisters and would text the other person ahead of time, so we knew that it wasn’t serious and we didn’t have to drop everything to take it/steel ourselves emotionally/get to a place where we could flip out if need be.

I would love it if this could just be standard operating procedure for all phone calls.  A quick text — “Hey we need to talk about tomorrow’s schedule” — from a colleague or friend just to put you in the right headspace to pick up their call and get down to business.  Otherwise you invariably end up falling into the call screening-voicemail-call back-voicemail-phone tag vortex and nothing ever gets accomplished.

It’s also a good idea because if you can resolve the question or issue via text message, that spares everyone a disruptive phone call.

Let’s make this a thing, people.  Text before you call.

theeconomist:

On social issues, Canadians remain deeply liberal.

Way to stay true to your Puritanical roots, America. 

theeconomist:

On social issues, Canadians remain deeply liberal.

Way to stay true to your Puritanical roots, America. 

Benjamin Crump, fighting the good fight.
"This is why you go to law school. To try to fight for people, to make sure your community gets justice."

Benjamin Crump, fighting the good fight.

"This is why you go to law school. To try to fight for people, to make sure your community gets justice."