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Hi. My name is Kelsey. I have major clinical depression. I recently moved away from my parents and I am now living on my own. Since I have moved my depression has worsened and I am unable to leave the house on my own. I live with my boyfriend, who works full time. When he is at work I am restricted to the house. I came up with an idea that can help me to live a normal life and leave the house on my own. I thought of getting a service dog. A dog that can go with me anywhere. While I was living with my parents the only time I left the house was when I walked the dogs. Now that I have moved I no longer have any dogs; even if I did have dogs the most I could do is take them for walks. I need to be able to go shopping, pick up my medicine, and visit public places. I need a dog that is permitted in such places. A service dog would make all of these activities possible.

A deeper reason for having a service dog would be for therapeutic reasons. Animals can help with most mental disorders. Having a service dog would improve my mental wellbeing greatly. I love animals more than most anything. If I were able to leave home and go to school I would want to study animal behavior. I used to volunteer at animal shelters and this helped a lot. Regular therapy and medication only does so much for me. While having my dogs with me I was never afraid to talk to people or introduce myself. They give me a confidence that I would not otherwise have. My hope is that this service dog, this companion, this friend, could help me become a happier person and help me to live a normal life. I have a lot of trouble functioning on a daily basis. I am tired of being restricted to my bedroom.

I have made the first step toward getting a service dog and I have hit a brick wall. I have contacted a service dog provider and received the proper documents to start the training process; unfortunately I do not have the sufficient funds. Because of my condition I am unable to work so I do not have nearly enough money to obtain a service dog. I am now starting a foundation to receive donations to get my service dog, and begin my process to a somewhat normal life. Please help me get my new best friend and help me get on the track to recovery. Please donate or spread the word. I will forever be grateful. Thank you very much for your support.

-Kelsey

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NYPD Deputy Inspector handcuffs photojournalist & deletes video footage of Stop-and-Frisk detainment
January 18, 2013 

A New York City police officer handcuffed a photojournalist before deleting his footage Wednesday, forcing the photographer to view the NYPD in a new light.

“I’ve always been very pro-cop, never been anti-cop,” Shimon Gifter said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime Thursday night.

“But if they can do this to a guy who is known to the community and to the cops as being very pro-cop, I would love to see what they would do a guy who is anti-NYPD.”

Gifter, who is based in Brooklyn and shoots for Jewish websites, said he was going about his day when he heard officers calling for back up to an area not far from him.

He quickly arrived on the scene expecting to find chaos, but everything was under control with several cops standing on the corner conversing and one suspect handcuffed in a police van.

So he started talking to people in the neighborhood, trying to figure out what had happened, discovering there was some type of altercation but several suspects had run off.

Meanwhile, four young men came upon the scene and were detained by police, although he didn’t believe they were involved in what had taken place.

But he started shooting video of police talking to them just in case. He was standing about 100 feet away.

“A cop walked up to me and told me not to film them because they are juveniles and I said OK,” he said.

“I usually don’t put stuff out there of juveniles unless they shot or stabbed somebody.”

So Gifter continued recording other parts of the scene, including the man in the police van as well as a police car driving the wrong way down the street.

Then out of nowhere, a sergeant from the 70th Precinct grabbed him from behind, snatched his camera and handcuffed him, forcing him to face a wall while he began scrolling through the camera, deleting all the clips he had recorded.

“He said, ‘you’re under arrest, didn’t the officers tell you to stop filming?’

“I said, yeah, but so what, it’s not illegal and I wasn’t filming the juveniles anyway.’”

Gifter kept trying to look back at what they were doing but the cop kept ordering him to turn away.

However, several witnesses were observing the situation, including when the cop dropped the camera, appearing to have done it on purpose.

After about ten minutes, they removed the handcuffs, returned his camera and sent him on his way.

It wasn’t until later that he realized they probably didn’t want him video recording them making a stop-and-frisk stop, a controversial policy in which a New York judge recently ruled a portion of it unconstitutional.

“I didn’t even know about the ruling, I knew there was some debate.”

He said the stop didn’t appear to be very interesting at the time. It was just some cops jotting down information from the youths.

Gifter, 38, has contacted the precinct’s internal affairs division and was assured the incident would be investigated, but he is not buying it.

“I think they’re lying. I don’t think they’re investigating at all,” he said.

“They didn’t ask for any of the names of the witnesses or anything.”

He said he has at least four witnesses but there were at least 75 people in the area when it took place.

He has somebody who is trying to recover the video. I hope they’re using PhotoRec.

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(Source: thepeoplesrecord, via realworldnews)

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catsncuddles:

HELP!!!!
This is Sox. He is my grandma’s cat. She adores him. My Grandpa is 92 years old and he was just diagnosed with congestive heart failure. They don’t think he is going to make through the week. My grandma can no longer bathe herself. She’s scared and confused. She doesn’t want Sox put down. My Uncle would be happy to take him, but his evil spawn of Satan wife will not agree to it. 
We moved my grandparents to Holden, Massachusetts last year. My family used to live down the street from them until we moved to Missouri in 2010. The first year we were there they got in really bad shape. 
PLEASE TUMBLR FOR MY GRANDMA’S SAKE AND TO SAVE SOX’S LIFE. SOMEONE PLEASE IF YOU CAN TAKE SOX PLEASE MESSAGE ME. 
He is about 11 years old. Sweet as can be. He has irritable bowl syndrome and requires special food. He is declawed and and short haired. He gets along with dogs and other cats fairly well. He adapts really well. PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG. If you are able to take him that would be great. We just don’t want to send him back to a shelter because he came from a humane society and we don’t want him put down. I don’t know what else to say. I just found out my grandpa is about to die and my mom can’t leave to see him because she has a failing coffee shop to run. I am a little shocked. :/ 

catsncuddles:

HELP!!!!

This is Sox. He is my grandma’s cat. She adores him. My Grandpa is 92 years old and he was just diagnosed with congestive heart failure. They don’t think he is going to make through the week. My grandma can no longer bathe herself. She’s scared and confused. She doesn’t want Sox put down. My Uncle would be happy to take him, but his evil spawn of Satan wife will not agree to it. 

We moved my grandparents to Holden, Massachusetts last year. My family used to live down the street from them until we moved to Missouri in 2010. The first year we were there they got in really bad shape. 

PLEASE TUMBLR FOR MY GRANDMA’S SAKE AND TO SAVE SOX’S LIFE. SOMEONE PLEASE IF YOU CAN TAKE SOX PLEASE MESSAGE ME. 

He is about 11 years old. Sweet as can be. He has irritable bowl syndrome and requires special food. He is declawed and and short haired. He gets along with dogs and other cats fairly well. He adapts really well. PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG. If you are able to take him that would be great. We just don’t want to send him back to a shelter because he came from a humane society and we don’t want him put down. I don’t know what else to say. 
I just found out my grandpa is about to die and my mom can’t leave to see him because she has a failing coffee shop to run. I am a little shocked. :/ 

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BREAKING: Two blockaders - Glen Collins & Matt Almonte - have barricaded themselves inside the Keystone XL Pipeline to protest its inevitable environmental destruction.

Police are threatening to lift the pipe to remove them and to bring in canine units, as well as tear gas them out of the pipe. “Doing so would cause serious harm or even death; Matt and Glen are locked between two barrels of concrete which weigh over six hundred pounds each.”

“I’m barricading this pipe with Tar Sands Blockade today to say loud and clear to the extraction industry that our communities and the resources we depend on for survival are not collateral damage,” said Collins, another blockader inside the pipe and an organizer with Radical Action for Mountain Peoples Survival (RAMPS) and Mountain Justice, grassroots campaigns in Appalachia working to stop mountaintop removal coal mining.

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Private For-Profit Prison Company Used In Drug Raids At Public High Schools
In Arizona an unsettling trend appears to be underway: the use of private prison employees in law enforcement operations.
Recent events in the central Arizona town of Casa Grande show the hand of private corrections corporations reaching into the classroom, assisting local law enforcement agencies in drug raids at public schools.


At 9 a.m. on the morning of October 31, 2012, students at Vista Grande High School in Casa Grande were settling in to their daily routine when something unusual occurred.
Vista Grande High School Principal Tim Hamilton ordered the school — with a student population of 1,776 — on “lock down,” kicking off the first “drug sweep” in the school’s four-year history. According to Hamilton, “lock down” is a state in which, “everybody is locked in the room they are in, and nobody leaves — nobody leaves the school, nobody comes into the school.”

”Everybody is locked in, and then they bring the dogs in, and they are teamed with an administrator and go in and out of classrooms. They go to a classroom and they have the kids come out and line up against a wall. The dog goes in and they close the door behind, and then the dog does its thing, and if it gets a hit, it sits on a bag and won’t move.”
While such “drug sweeps” have become a routine matter in many of the nation’s schools, along with the use of metal detectors and zero-tolerance policies, one feature of this raid was unusual. According to Casa Grande Police Department (CGPD) Public Information Officer Thomas Anderson, four “law enforcement agencies” took part in the operation: CGPD (which served as the lead agency and operation coordinator), the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Gila River Indian Community Police Department, and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).
It is the involvement of CCA — the nation’s largest private, for-profit prison corporation — that causes this high school “drug sweep” to stand out as unusual; CCA is not, despite CGPD’s evident opinion to the contrary, a law enforcement agency.
“To invite for-profit prison guards to conduct law enforcement actions in a high school is perhaps the most direct expression of the ‘schools-to-prison pipeline’ I’ve ever seen,” said Caroline Isaacs, program director of the Tucson office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker social justice organization that advocates for criminal justice reform.
“All the research shows that CCA doesn’t properly train its staff to do the jobs they actually have. They most certainly do not have anywhere near the training and experience—to say nothing of the legal authority—to conduct a drug raid on a high school,” Isaacs added. “It is chilling to think that any school official would be willing to put vulnerable students at risk this way.”
CCA, the nation’s largest for-profit prison/immigrant detention center operator, with more than 92,000 prison and immigrant detention “beds” in 20 states and the District of Columbia, reported $1.7 billion in gross revenue last year. This revenue is derived almost exclusively from tax payer-funded government (county, state, federal) contracts through which the corporation is paid per-diem, per-prisoner rates for the warehousing of prisoners and immigrant detainees.

anarcho-queer:

Private For-Profit Prison Company Used In Drug Raids At Public High Schools

In Arizona an unsettling trend appears to be underway: the use of private prison employees in law enforcement operations.

Recent events in the central Arizona town of Casa Grande show the hand of private corrections corporations reaching into the classroom, assisting local law enforcement agencies in drug raids at public schools.



At 9 a.m. on the morning of October 31, 2012, students at Vista Grande High School in Casa Grande were settling in to their daily routine when something unusual occurred.

Vista Grande High School Principal Tim Hamilton ordered the school — with a student population of 1,776 — on “lock down,” kicking off the first “drug sweep” in the school’s four-year history. According to Hamilton, “lock down” is a state in which, “everybody is locked in the room they are in, and nobody leaves — nobody leaves the school, nobody comes into the school.”


”Everybody is locked in, and then they bring the dogs in, and they are teamed with an administrator and go in and out of classrooms. They go to a classroom and they have the kids come out and line up against a wall. The dog goes in and they close the door behind, and then the dog does its thing, and if it gets a hit, it sits on a bag and won’t move.

While such “drug sweeps” have become a routine matter in many of the nation’s schools, along with the use of metal detectors and zero-tolerance policies, one feature of this raid was unusual. According to Casa Grande Police Department (CGPD) Public Information Officer Thomas Anderson, four “law enforcement agencies” took part in the operation: CGPD (which served as the lead agency and operation coordinator), the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Gila River Indian Community Police Department, and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).

It is the involvement of CCA — the nation’s largest private, for-profit prison corporation — that causes this high school “drug sweep” to stand out as unusual; CCA is not, despite CGPD’s evident opinion to the contrary, a law enforcement agency.

To invite for-profit prison guards to conduct law enforcement actions in a high school is perhaps the most direct expression of the ‘schools-to-prison pipeline’ I’ve ever seen,” said Caroline Isaacs, program director of the Tucson office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker social justice organization that advocates for criminal justice reform.

All the research shows that CCA doesn’t properly train its staff to do the jobs they actually have. They most certainly do not have anywhere near the training and experience—to say nothing of the legal authority—to conduct a drug raid on a high school,” Isaacs added. “It is chilling to think that any school official would be willing to put vulnerable students at risk this way.

CCA, the nation’s largest for-profit prison/immigrant detention center operator, with more than 92,000 prison and immigrant detention “beds” in 20 states and the District of Columbia, reported $1.7 billion in gross revenue last year. This revenue is derived almost exclusively from tax payer-funded government (county, state, federal) contracts through which the corporation is paid per-diem, per-prisoner rates for the warehousing of prisoners and immigrant detainees.

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Stop-And-Frisk Protesters ‘Wanted’ By NYPD Beat Charges
The Harlem couple who had their faces and home address displayed on “wanted posters” after being branded “professional agitators” by the NYPD for filming police stop-and-frisks have been aquitted or had charges against them dropped.
Matthew Swaye, 35, and his partner Christina Gonzalez, 26, were both facing charges ranging from felony assault to disorderly conduct for confrontations with the NYPD.

But over the last few weeks, Swaye won acquittal during a trial where he represented himself against charges of disorderly conduct after a July 12 confrontation with police outside the Bronx Criminal Courthouse.

Charges against Gonzalez for the same incident have been dropped.

Earlier this week, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office also dropped felony assault charges against Gonzalez filed after a June 17 anti stop-and-frisk march in Manhattan. Police say Gonzalez moved a barricade causing a police officer to injure his hand.

“Don’t get your face on a wanted poster that says you call attention to police abuse, and then get within the range of police,” said Gonzalez’s attorney Paul Mills.

Mills says the Manhattan District Attorney’s office kept trying to reduce the charges against Gonzalez for the June 17 incident, finally offering a deal that would erase the charges from her record if she stayed out of trouble for six months.

Gonzalez rejected that deal and the the case was dropped.

“They wanted me to plead guilty and have a criminal record and I said no. They had absolutely no case,” said Gonzalez.

A spokeswoman from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office declined to comment on the case.
The two activists aren’t in the clear yet. Swaye still has disorderly conduct and obstructing government administration cases in Brooklyn and Queens. Gonzalez has seven cases pending, stemming from civil disobedience activities during Occupy Wall Street and anti stop-and-frisk activities.
Last week, she picked up another charge after protesting the arrest of a man during her Bronx court case. She plans to take that to trial too.
“I got two cases dismissed but I gained one. To me it seems like police are playing a game,” said Gonzalez.
Come Support Christina On Her Upcoming Court Dates:
Dec. 3 - Manhattan Criminal Court at 9am Part - Jury 2, 5th Floor
Dec. 17 - Bronx Criminal Court at 9am Part - M4
Feb. 4 - Bronx Criminal Court at 9am Part - AP2

anarcho-queer:

Stop-And-Frisk Protesters ‘Wanted’ By NYPD Beat Charges

The Harlem couple who had their faces and home address displayed on “wanted posters” after being branded “professional agitators” by the NYPD for filming police stop-and-frisks have been aquitted or had charges against them dropped.

Matthew Swaye, 35, and his partner Christina Gonzalez, 26, were both facing charges ranging from felony assault to disorderly conduct for confrontations with the NYPD.

But over the last few weeks, Swaye won acquittal during a trial where he represented himself against charges of disorderly conduct after a July 12 confrontation with police outside the Bronx Criminal Courthouse.

Charges against Gonzalez for the same incident have been dropped.

Earlier this week, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office also dropped felony assault charges against Gonzalez filed after a June 17 anti stop-and-frisk march in Manhattan. Police say Gonzalez moved a barricade causing a police officer to injure his hand.

Don’t get your face on a wanted poster that says you call attention to police abuse, and then get within the range of police,” said Gonzalez’s attorney Paul Mills.

Mills says the Manhattan District Attorney’s office kept trying to reduce the charges against Gonzalez for the June 17 incident, finally offering a deal that would erase the charges from her record if she stayed out of trouble for six months.

Gonzalez rejected that deal and the the case was dropped.

They wanted me to plead guilty and have a criminal record and I said no. They had absolutely no case,” said Gonzalez.

A spokeswoman from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office declined to comment on the case.

The two activists aren’t in the clear yet. Swaye still has disorderly conduct and obstructing government administration cases in Brooklyn and Queens. Gonzalez has seven cases pending, stemming from civil disobedience activities during Occupy Wall Street and anti stop-and-frisk activities.

Last week, she picked up another charge after protesting the arrest of a man during her Bronx court case. She plans to take that to trial too.

I got two cases dismissed but I gained one. To me it seems like police are playing a game,” said Gonzalez.

Come Support Christina On Her Upcoming Court Dates:

Dec. 3 - Manhattan Criminal Court at 9am Part - Jury 2, 5th Floor

Dec. 17 - Bronx Criminal Court at 9am Part - M4

Feb. 4 - Bronx Criminal Court at 9am Part - AP2

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The biggest wave of job actions in the history of America’s fast-food industry began at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday at a McDonald’s at Madison Avenue and 40th Street, with several dozen protesters chanting: “Hey, hey, what do you say? We demand fair pay.”
From Walmart to fast-food, workers are demanding a living wage & the right to unionize! 

thepeoplesrecord:

The biggest wave of job actions in the history of America’s fast-food industry began at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday at a McDonald’s at Madison Avenue and 40th Street, with several dozen protesters chanting: “Hey, hey, what do you say? We demand fair pay.”

From Walmart to fast-food, workers are demanding a living wage & the right to unionize! 

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How #Syria Turned Off the Internet - CloudFlare blog - #OpSyria

h4x0r3d:

Today, 29 November 2012, between 1026 and 1029 (UTC), all traffic from Syria to the rest of the Internet stopped. At CloudFlare, we witnessed the drop off. We’ve spent the morning studying the situation to understand what happened. The following graph shows the last several days of traffic coming to CloudFlare’s network from Syria.

Since the beginning of today’s outage, we have received no requests from Syrian IP space. That is a more complete blackout than we’ve seen when other countries have been cut from the Internet (see, for example, Egypt where while most traffic was cut off some requests still trickled out).

The graph above shows two other incidents over the last week. On 25 November 2012 at approximately 0800 UTC we witnessed a 15 minute period during which Syrian traffic was cut to only 13% of normal levels. Again on 27 November 2012 at 0730 UTC, we saw a 15 minute period during which traffic dropped to only 0.2% of normal.

What Happened?

The Syrian Minister of Information is being reported as saying that the government did not disable the Internet, but instead the outage was caused by a cable being cut. Specifically: “It is not true that the state cut the Internet. The terrorists targeted the Internet lines, resulting in some regions being cut off.” From our investigation, that appears unlikely to be the case.

To begin, all connectivity to Syria, not just some regions, has been cut. The exclusive provider of Internet access in Syria is the state-run Syrian Telecommunications Establishment. Their network AS number is AS29386. The following network providers typically provide connectivity from Syria to the rest of the Internet: PCCW and Turk Telekom as the primary providers with Telecom Italia and TATA for additional capacity. When the outage happened, the BGP routes to Syrian IP space were all simultaneously withdrawn from all of Syria’s upstream providers. The effect of this is that networks were unable to route traffic to Syrian IP space, effectively cutting the country off the Internet.

Syria has 4 physical cables that connect it to the rest of the Internet. Three are undersea cables that land in the city of Tartous, Syria. The fourth is an over-land cable through Turkey. In order for a whole-country outage, all four of these cables would have had to been cut simultaneously. That is unlikely to have happened.

Watching the Shutdown Happen

One of our network engineers recorded the following video of network routes being withdrawn. Syrian Telecommunications (AS29386) is represented by the red dot in the middle of the video. The lines represent routes to the Syrian upstream providers.

Beginning at 1026 UTC, routes were withdrawn for PCCW. The routing shifted primarily to Turk Telekom. Routes to Telecom Italia and TATA were also withdrawn, but has less of an impact. Then, at 1029 UTC, routes were withdrawn for Turk Telekom. After that, Syria was effectively cut off from the Internet. (Note that the remaining path that appears to be present in the video is an anomaly. We have confirmed that it is not actually active.)

While we cannot know for sure, our network team estimates that Syria likely has a small number of edge routers. All the edge routers are controlled by Syrian Telecommunications. The systematic way in which routes were withdrawn suggests that this was done through updates in router configurations, not through a physical failure or cable cut.

What Syrians Were Surfing Before the Internet Was Turned Off

The last four sites on CloudFlare that received requests from Syria in the seconds before access was cut were:

  • fotoobook.com - a photo sharing blog
  • aliqtisadi.com - a Syrian news site
  • madinah.com - a Muslim-oriented social network
  • to2.xxx - a porn site (warning: not safe for work)

In other words, traffic from Syrians accessing the Internet in the moments before they were cut off from the rest of the world looks remarkably similar to traffic from any part of the world.

As we have posted about recently, we don’t believe our role is to take sides in political conflicts. However, we do believe it is our mission to build a better Internet where everyone can have a voice and access information. It is therefore deeply troubling to the CloudFlare team when we see an entire nation cut off from the ability to access and report information. Our thoughts are with the Syrian people and we hope connectivity, and peace, will be quickly restored.

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