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benjamin melançon

Even laws of war prohibit harming medics, yet US prosecutors are targeting them for providing first aid to people the government attacks for engaging in constitutionally-protected speech and assembly

https://psmag.com/social-justice/stop-jailing-street-medics

benjamin melançon

Support Florida prisoners demanding an end to slavery, a stop to price gouging, and a return of parole incentives https://fighttoxicprisons.wordpress.com/2017/12/06/fl-prisoners-announce-operation-push-starting-jan...

benjamin melançon

Police—whom you should never call if you can avoid it because someone may end up dead—are not as evil as the corporate ISPs who control our Internet. Here's the proof, from Australia: http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/police-called-to-remove-man-from-telstra-store-inste...

benjamin melançon

Here's an easy New Year's resolution— get supplemental sources of vitamin D.

I'm throwing my lot in with those who say even the palest and most outdoorsy among us don't get enough without supplements at non-tropical latitudes in the winter.

Anyhow, up to 8,000 IU daily should be safe, and it seems likely that the science of exactly how Vitamin D helps the body (which except for bone density, which requires only minimal Vitamin D, mostly isn't known) will catch up with the epidemiological science that suggests significant benefits: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5541280/

benjamin melançon

Freedom is a heck of a gift to give. In 2017 i donated to http://massbailfund.org/ and now https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/ thanks to @prisonculture

benjamin melançon

Give the gift of freedom. Find the bail fund nearest you or donate to all you can afford & help free thousands http://www.usprisonculture.com/blog/2017/12/30/its-national-freethepeopleday-on-new-years-eve/

benjamin melançon

I've taken to shouting complaints at fellow conference call participants (or life in general) while on mute… in lieu of a vacation or any healthier habits, i guess.

I resolve to stop doing that in 2018.

This post will also be what i point to to not take it too personally if i both fail to stop and ever fail to mute.

This is also my version of the weekend/holiday bad news drop. Merry Christmas everyone!

benjamin melançon

Thankfully the jurors took a full view and acquitted the first six prosecuted protesters of Trump's inauguration.

https://www.unicornriot.ninja/2017/jury-finds-six-j20-defendants-not-guilty-on-all-charges/

benjamin melançon

This thread describes the problem of this jury being instructed to judge facts when the law is unjust https://twitter.com/SamAdlerBell/status/942781685850148871

benjamin melançon

So it's frightening in the trial - follow @UR_Ninja - https://www.unicornriot.ninja/2017/criminalizing-dissent-proving-mere-presence-j20-prosecution-rests... - that the judge treats presence at a protest as a crime.