Darryl Johnson, center, and other protesters erupt after an announcement that Amazon pulled support for the American Legislative Exchange Council. The group gathered outside the Amazon shareholders meeting on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Seattle Art Museum. Protesters asked Amazon to pull support for the American Legislative Exchange Council, accused Amazon of poor working conditions for its warehouse workers and tax dodging. via
Palestinian Hunger Strikers In Danger Of DyingMore than 2,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are on hunger strike, protesting their indefinite detention, of which at least six are in imminent danger of dying, according to their lawyers.
In a region where violence can flare at any time, there is real fear that is exactly what could happen if a Palestinian prisoner dies.
“It will lead to an explosive reaction that every politician will be held hostage to. People will not simply sit back and watch as their brothers die,” one former prisoner told Al Jazeera.
Tonya Parker, an African-American lesbian judge in Texas, refuses to marry straight couples until everyone in the state has the right to marry.
Turning away would-be newlyweds is “my opportunity to give them a lesson about marriage inequality in this state,” Parker told a meeting of the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas earlier this week.
She said it’s “oxymoronic” for her to perform a ceremony that can’t be performed for her.
Instead, she refers couples to other judges in the courthouse with an explanation along the lines of “I’m sorry. I don’t perform marriage ceremonies because we are in a state that does not have marriage equality, and until it does, I am not going to partially apply the law to one group of people that doesn’t apply to another group of people,” she told the meeting.
THIS IS EXACTLY RIGHT
Peaceful protesting: you’re doing it right.