March 3, 2013
Spain overturns city’s ban on full-face veils | ArabNews
Reuters
March 1, 2013
MADRID: Spain’s Supreme Court has overturned the city of Lleida’s ban on women wearing full-face veils — such as burqas or niqabs — in public buildings, citing religious freedom and saying the city’s argument of security concerns was unfounded. In its ruling, dated Feb. 14 and made public on Thursday, the court said the ban could increase discrimination, rather than help eliminate it, as it may force some women to stay at home and therefore not integrate at all into Spanish society. The city, known as Lleida in the Catalan language and Lerida in Spanish, had argued that immigrants would struggle to integrate if they used the veil. The city also said the custom would disturb the local culture and create security problems. Lleida banned the wearing of full-face veils in public buildings three years ago, about the same time that rules against veils in France and Belgium set off controversy. Barcelona and other cities in Catalonia followed with similar bans on full-face veils, which are rarely seen in Spain, home to about 1.6 million Muslims. It was not immediately clear whether the Lleida ruling would apply to those cities also. The case against Lleida — all of whose justifications for the ban were ruled unfounded — was brought by the Watani Liberty and Justice Association. Spain has no national law on religious garb.
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Spain overturns city’s ban on full-face veils | ArabNews

Reuters

March 1, 2013

MADRID: Spain’s Supreme Court has overturned the city of Lleida’s ban on women wearing full-face veils — such as burqas or niqabs — in public buildings, citing religious freedom and saying the city’s argument of security concerns was unfounded.
In its ruling, dated Feb. 14 and made public on Thursday, the court said the ban could increase discrimination, rather than help eliminate it, as it may force some women to stay at home and therefore not integrate at all into Spanish society.
The city, known as Lleida in the Catalan language and Lerida in Spanish, had argued that immigrants would struggle to integrate if they used the veil. The city also said the custom would disturb the local culture and create security problems.
Lleida banned the wearing of full-face veils in public buildings three years ago, about the same time that rules against veils in France and Belgium set off controversy.
Barcelona and other cities in Catalonia followed with similar bans on full-face veils, which are rarely seen in Spain, home to about 1.6 million Muslims. It was not immediately clear whether the Lleida ruling would apply to those cities also.
The case against Lleida — all of whose justifications for the ban were ruled unfounded — was brought by the Watani Liberty and Justice Association.
Spain has no national law on religious garb.

Copyright © 2013 Thomson Reuters.

September 22, 2011
cyberterrorist:

i was actually tearing up already but this. oh my goodness, this.
it’s such a brutal reality. if you’re black and you just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time — you’re shit out of luck. no matter how many people come to your recuse, in the eyes of the law, you are a criminal, no way around it. this government doesn’t care, they will do what they can to get this sick, twisted sort of “justice.”
this sort of horrible, miscarriage of justice can happen to this little boy. 42% of people on death row are black. do not even try and tell me otherwise — this shit is a modern day lynching. this is what i’m watching. this is what is unfolding. it’s making me so sick. and there are people out there who are celebrating this.
i want to believe that this is all just a horrible misunderstanding and that this man will not die, that he will not be murdered, that this beautiful baby boy isn’t growing up in a white supremacist society, but that is such a big, disgusting lie that i know — as a hispanic girl — just isn’t true.
please, support troy davis.

cyberterrorist:

i was actually tearing up already but this. oh my goodness, this.

it’s such a brutal reality. if you’re black and you just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time — you’re shit out of luck. no matter how many people come to your recuse, in the eyes of the law, you are a criminal, no way around it. this government doesn’t care, they will do what they can to get this sick, twisted sort of “justice.”

this sort of horrible, miscarriage of justice can happen to this little boy. 42% of people on death row are black. do not even try and tell me otherwise — this shit is a modern day lynching. this is what i’m watching. this is what is unfolding. it’s making me so sick. and there are people out there who are celebrating this.

i want to believe that this is all just a horrible misunderstanding and that this man will not die, that he will not be murdered, that this beautiful baby boy isn’t growing up in a white supremacist society, but that is such a big, disgusting lie that i know — as a hispanic girl — just isn’t true.

please, support troy davis.

(Source: xavierlondon, via cyberterrorist-deactivated20120)

September 22, 2011
Troy Davis execution delayed while US supreme court considers stay

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

The execution of Troy Davis was delayed temporarily by the US supreme court on Wednesday night in a dramatic intervention just as he was due to be put to death by lethal injection.

The last-minute decision caused confusion outside the prison in Jackson,Georgia, where family, supporters and civil rights campaigners broke into celebration as they believed the court had granted Davis a stay of execution.

But it quickly emerged that the delay was only temporary, while the justices considered whether to issue a stay.

Until that moment it seemed almost certain that Davis would be executed, as the Georgia supreme court had rejected a last-ditch appeal by Davis’s lawyers over the 1989 murder of off-duty policeman Mark MacPhail, for which Davis had been sentenced to death despite overwhelming evidence that the conviction is unreliable.