Today marks the 3rd day that the Seoul National University Hospital workers and staff have gone on strike to protest the Park administration’s attempts to privatize the health care system.
Please stand in solidarity with the Korean workers who are being attacked by conservatives, literally, to help protect the millions of Koreans who would be condemned and denied care because they can’t afford it if the health care system is privatized.
My father had taught me to be nice first, because you can always be mean later, but once you’ve been mean to someone, they won’t believe the nice anymore. So be nice, be nice, until it’s time to stop being nice, then destroy them. — Laurell K. Hamilton, A Stroke of Midnight (via rabbitinthemoon)
Surrey family fears for life of Osman Fernando de León Reyes if deported to Guatemala -
Osman Fernando de León Reyes, a 29-year old Guatemalan man, is facing deportation from Surrey next week. His lawyer is seeking a judicial stay order from the Federal Court of Canada to urgently stop his deportation so that Mr. Reyes is not separated from his family and not deported back to imminent danger in Guatemala.
Mr. Reyes has two Canadian-born children, Diahanara aged eight and Dilan aged three. His wife, Heidy Stephany Pinto Zepeda, is a permanent resident and works in the cleaning industry. She is extremely distraught about the separation the family will face as a result of his pending deportation. “I love my husband,” says Heidy Stephany Pinto Zepeda. “I am so sad and disappointed that Canada is taking away my husband from my life and my kids’ lives. He is a good man and a lovely father, and I fear for his life if he is deported back to Guatemala.”
Mr. Reyes is currently living with mental health issues in relation to the traumas he has experienced. Mr. Reyes came to Canada in 2007 to seek asylum after he was kidnapped in Guatemala as the result of his mother’s work in the federal government’s National Audit Office. Miriam Reyes Barreira, Mr. Reye’s 54-year old mother, worked for more than fifteen years on corruption cases as one of the federal government’s head accountants and audit officers. After revealing corruption and diversion of funds by a number of municipal mayors, she survived three assassination attempts on her life. Ms. Barreira also escaped to Canada in 2013, where her case to remain in Canada is pending.
Mr. Reyes’s kidnapping is well-documented and verified. A medical report confirms he was severely beaten during the kidnapping with trauma to his left rib cage, a fractured clavicle on his right side and bruises all over his body and face. A police report also confirms that the family had to pay a substantial ransom for his release. Several years later, Mr. Reyes’s best friend was murdered. Consequently, the family moved within Guatemala for safety until they managed to flee to Canada at separate times.
According to Natalie Blair, a registered nurse who has worked with him, “with the threat of deportation looming, his health is being compromised and is at risk.”
The entire family is desperately seeking justice and urging the Canadian government to allow Mr. Reyes to remain in Canada permanently with his family where he can live without fear.
White Supremacists Celebrate Tory Repeal Of Hate Speech Clause -
A Conservative private members’ bill that repeals part of Canada’s hate speech laws has passed the House of Commons with scant media attention, and even less commentary. But it’s being cheered by many Canadian conservatives as a victory for freedom of speech. And it’s being cheered most vocally by another group: White supremacists.
Bill C-304, introduced by Conservative backbencher Brian Storseth, repeals Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which bans hate speech transmitted over the Internet or by telephone. It passed third reading in the House of Commons on Thursday and is now headed to the Senate.
“This is a huge victory for freedom in Canada,” a poster calling him or herself “CanadaFirst” posted on the website of StormFront, a notorious white supremacist group. “However, we still have other unjust Zionist ‘hate’ laws that need to go.”
“Way to go, Harper. I know we can’t get everything we want, but I stand a little taller today as a Canuck,” wrote “OneMan.”
SC police beat man in Walmart as horrified shoppers beg officers to stop -
(Raw Story) Police authorities in Greenville, South Carolina are reviewing video of an arrest at a Walmart store Saturday afternoon where an officer can be seen repeatedly punching a suspect in the head as horrified shoppers begged him to stop.
In cell phone footage provided toWSPA, police officers can be seen surrounding a man lying on the floor in a prone position. According to the police report, the man had been acting erratically in front of the store and appeared to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. The man told a responding deputy “I’m 911,” before entering the store at which time officers decided to take him into custody.
According to Greenville County Master Deputy Jonathan Smith, a second deputy tasered the man when he resisted arrest. In the video, officers can be seen wrestling with the man on the ground as one officer repeatedly punches the man in the head as one shopper can be heard saying, “Please don’t punch him like that. Please don’t. Don’t punch him no more.”
According to one witness, he thought the police went too far.
“There were a lot of women in tears saying ‘hey, stop stop,”said David Chimera. “There was no call for that, I don’t know why they did it.”
Your daily report of our nation’s out of control law enforcement.
"Women are the niggers of gender," the email said. "If you killed yourself, I wouldn’t even fuck the corpse."
I blinked at my phone, fighting simultaneous urges to hurl my phone across the room in anger and cry. Later that day, someone texted me my address — telling me they’d “See me when I least expected it.”
I haven’t been out to my car at night by myself since January 2nd.
My name is Brianna Wu. I lead a development studio that makes games. Sometimes, I write about issues in the games industry that relate to the equality of women. My reward is that I regularly have men threatening to rape and commit acts of violence against me. —
No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry | Polygon (via brutereason)
That is terrible and heart breaking on so many levels