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This morning, I’ve learned that a gas station in Colorado was previously selling ‘humorous’ licenses to murder undocumented immigrants. I was stunned and shocked, but then I learned that it’s not the first time that such ‘licenses’ have been printed. This sort of thing is key in the normalization of oppression. We are witnessing the creation of a new class of exploitable citizen that has almost no recourse for violence or hate. You can contact the company that prints this nonsense at this link.

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Denver Police Refuse to Test 44% of Rape Kits

Trigger Warning for Rape

Colorado police departments are collecting hundreds of rape kits, but a CALL7 Investigation found many of those are not tested. And experts and victims tell us that is a problem because those kits may allow police to identify serial rapists by putting any DNA into a national database.

Kelly Binder says she was drugged and raped two years ago by a man she met at a bar in downtown Denver. She is upset police didn’t test her rape kit because she is concerned her attacker could still be raping other people.

"He physically restrained me," Binder said.  "And while he was raping me, I said ‘No.  I don’t know you. I don’t want to do this.’"

Within hours of the assault, Binder contacted the Denver Police Department. The officer recommended she go to the hospital for a rape kit.

"You’re lying on this white sheet under these bright lights.  Every intimate part, they’re taking photographs, and pulling hair out of your head," Binder said.

She says the four-hour process felt like a second assault.

"The experience was just a nightmare," she said.

Her rape kit was given to police. But just a few weeks later, Binder says the DPD detective assigned to her case told her it would be too hard to prove that she didn’t give consent. She says the detective told her that her rape kit would not be tested to see if her attacker had raped anyone else.

"I was raped. This man raped me. And they did nothing, they did nothing at all," Binder said.

The CALL7 Investigators found hundreds of others rape kits remain on the shelf, untested. Since 2008, DPD has received 1,064 rape kits, but 44 percent of those kits have never been tested.

This is unacceptable and frankly disgusting. How can DPD let these assaults go without proper documentation? They are directly responsible for any recidivism in any of these assailants from here on out.

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Over 200 people showed up to stand in solidarity with Walmart’s workers. After the protest, they asked union members to head to other Walmart locations to pass out flyers. Me and my friend Mark headed to the one near my apartment, expecting to be kicked out of the parking lot pretty quickly, but instead we were able to hand out all of the informative flyers without trouble. We headed inside to hand out the less informative flyers (they just had “support Walmart workers” and the website Making Change At Walmart), and we managed to hand out all of those without management noticing either. So, we put all the “support Walmart workers” stickers at the front of each aisle out of the sight of management. We walked out afterwards- I wonder when they’ll find them.

Over 200 people showed up to stand in solidarity with Walmart’s workers. After the protest, they asked union members to head to other Walmart locations to pass out flyers. Me and my friend Mark headed to the one near my apartment, expecting to be kicked out of the parking lot pretty quickly, but instead we were able to hand out all of the informative flyers without trouble. We headed inside to hand out the less informative flyers (they just had “support Walmart workers” and the website Making Change At Walmart), and we managed to hand out all of those without management noticing either. So, we put all the “support Walmart workers” stickers at the front of each aisle out of the sight of management. We walked out afterwards- I wonder when they’ll find them.

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NAACP Endorses Amendment 64 on Colorado Ballot

At a morning press event, the head of the Colorado, Wyoming and Montana conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is expected to announce the conference’s support for the initiative, Amendment 64. The conference’s president, Rosemary Harris Lytle, said Wednesday the endorsement comes not out of an interest in marijuana use but instead from a concern over the lopsided numbers of African-Americans arrested for marijuana offenses.

"In ending the prohibition against adult use of marijuana we might affect mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on African-Americans and other people of color," Harris Lytle said.

In 2010, African-Americans accounted for roughly 9 percent of all arrests for marijuana possession in Colorado and 22 percent of arrests for marijuana sales or cultivation, according to figures advocates pulled from FBI data. African-Americans made up about 4 percent of the Colorado population that year.

Four percent of the population accounted for 9 percent of all arrests, and 22 percent of arrests for sales or growing. Amendment 64 would stop the arbitrary enforcement of an immoral law that allows law enforcement to selectively target people of color.

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outtogetthehoney:

the 27th of this month at Mercury Cafe at 7pm the Denver ISO will be doing a talk/discussion entitted “You’re Not Crazy, It’s Sexism.”

My friend Marie is going to be leading the talk and I’m going to be moderating! We are not speakers and are both nervous, but very passionate, and would love for more people to be there!

If you are my tumblr friend, come on! This will be a good chance to meet =]

I’ll definitely be there!

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One year ago, Alonzo Ashley exhibited the symptoms of dehydration while on a trip to the zoo. He stopped at a water fountain to splash water on his head, when an employee of the zoo approached him and asked if he wanted help. Ashley asked to be left alone, but his attitude so offended the staffer that they called security, who called the Denver police. The police tased and tackled Ashley, who died from dehydration- the coroner ruled that this was a homicide.
Police insist that he assaulted his girlfriend, the security staff and the police, and that he had drugs and drug paraphernalia on him- accusations all disputed by Ashley’s girlfriend, who was present at the time of Ashley’s death but wishes to remain anonymous. One year later, there have been no repercussions for any of the officers involved and absolutely no evidence of drug or paraphernalia possession released (not that a joint in his pocket would justify being murdered by the police).
Alonzo Ashley’s family remembers him, and so does his community. The police who killed him may want us to forget, the zoo may continue with business as usual, and the city may ignore him entirely- but we remember Alonzo Ashley.

One year ago, Alonzo Ashley exhibited the symptoms of dehydration while on a trip to the zoo. He stopped at a water fountain to splash water on his head, when an employee of the zoo approached him and asked if he wanted help. Ashley asked to be left alone, but his attitude so offended the staffer that they called security, who called the Denver police. The police tased and tackled Ashley, who died from dehydration- the coroner ruled that this was a homicide.

Police insist that he assaulted his girlfriend, the security staff and the police, and that he had drugs and drug paraphernalia on him- accusations all disputed by Ashley’s girlfriend, who was present at the time of Ashley’s death but wishes to remain anonymous. One year later, there have been no repercussions for any of the officers involved and absolutely no evidence of drug or paraphernalia possession released (not that a joint in his pocket would justify being murdered by the police).

Alonzo Ashley’s family remembers him, and so does his community. The police who killed him may want us to forget, the zoo may continue with business as usual, and the city may ignore him entirely- but we remember Alonzo Ashley.

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17.2 percent of Colorado’s children are food insecure. These children live in households where there is a lack of access to enough food to meet their basic needs.
The Campaign to End Childhood Hunger in Colorado

(Source: strength.org)

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Materasso told the reporters that the cars were pulled over “for some identified violation,” but that’s obvious nonsense. If the cars had been pulled over for real violations, the police would have issued 22 citations rather than three. Quite obviously, the police pulled over these vehicles on mere pretexts in order to search the cars for drugs. This was a fishing expedition, pure and simple. Or, to put the matter another way, Westminster police used tax dollars to flagrantly violate the rights of Colorado citizens. (And please let nobody claim that these rights violations are fine just because the police can get away with them in court.)
Westminster (suburb of Denver) sets up “drug checkpoints” on US 36.

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