Ciao! Mi chiamo Kelly. Sono di Miami e mi piace i cani!
Kenya’s military said late Sunday it had rescued “most” of the remaining hostages held by al-Qaeda-linked militants in an upscale Nairobi mall after launching a major operation to end a two-day standoff that had already killed 68 people.
The assault, which began shortly before sundown, came as two helicopters circled the mall, with one skimming very close to the roof. A loud explosion rang out, far larger than any previous grenade blast or gunfire volley.
Kenyan police said on Twitter that a “MAJOR” assault by had started to end the bloody siege.
“This will end tonight. Our forces will prevail. Kenyans are standing firm against aggression, and we will win,” Kenya’s National Disaster Operation Centre said on Twitter. (Photo: AFP PHOTO/AFPTV/Nichole Sobecki/AFP/Getty Images)
Happy Birthday today, September 12, to Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier who only defended his land and people from the aggression of US intelligence. He must be set free. We know they do not want to release him because it would be an admission that he was wrongfully convicted. We would welcome Leonard home like Nelson Mandela. Leonard has paid a debt to society that he did not owe. He should be with loved ones! Someone tell him LRI is pulling for him and sending prayers.
Here’s a letter to Leonard from a teen: http://lastrealindians.com/a-teenagers-letter-to-leonard-peltier-elizabeth-siqueiros/
Last summer, a group of undocumented immigrants traveled across the country for a “No Papers, No Fear” Ride for Justice in the Undocubus. Colorlines reporters followed the bus as it rode through southern states from Phoenix, Arizona to the North Carolina Democratic National Convention. The riders were immigrants of all ages who joined the Undocubus caravan to advocate for immigration reform, bring attention to racial profiling, prisoner abuse, and high deportation rates directly linked to Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Sheriff Arpaio is currently under federal investigation for these charges.
This summer, ”Priscilla the Undocubus,” was all but destroyed while on sabbatical in Los Angeles. Unknown persons vandalized the interior and exterior of the bus and stole parts of the motor. The news came as a shock to the Undocuriders who were saddened to see the bus in such a terrible state when they were just starting to make plans to go back on the road.
“No Papers, No Fear” organizers started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to rejuvenate the Undocubus, so they can begin a new cross-country journey.
If the sight of this young 9 year old boy giving a tear soaked plea to a CEO about a proposed coal mine doesn’t tug your heart strings and make you want to stand up for the next generation, I’m not sure what will.
When 11-year-old Wren Kauffman goes back to school this week, he won’t be hiding the fact that he’s actually a girl.
Teachers, friends and other students at his Edmonton school know the truth — that he’s a girl on the outside but feels like a boy on the inside. And that’s why, even at such a young age, he has chosen to live in the world as the opposite sex, and not keep it a secret.
“If you’re not yourself, then it kind of gets sad and depressing,” says the freckle-faced kid with short-cropped hair.
“I’m glad that I told everybody.”
More students these days are not just coming out in school as gay but also as transgender or transsexual, and they’re doing it at younger ages, says Kris Wells, a researcher with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)
Immigration activists from the Arizona Dream Act Coalition were holding a vigil outside a Phoenix immigrant detention center when a bus filled with immigrants tried to leave the facility.
The DREAMers, undocumented youth brought to the country as children, and their mothers, ran towards the bus.
“It was weird, all of the families and moms everybody started running to get in front of the bus,” high-profile DREAMer, Erika Andiola, who was at the vigil, told BuzzFeed.
They surrounded the bus and didn’t let it go anywhere.
Many of them fell to their knees in prayer while the bus flashed its lights in their faces.
“There were people inside,” Andiola says. “Moms got on their knees and started praying.”
Photos were taken of prisoners inside the bus. A man held up his hands revealing he was chained.
Andiola, who’s mom was nearly deported earlier this year, before receiving prosecutorial discretion, couldn’t believe what she was seeing. “Seeing us chanting they started raising their arms and legs to show us their chains. My mom told me they chained her too but I didn’t think they were such big chains.”
Another woman wept while praying and waving to the DREAMers.
The standoff lasted for hours. Andiola says they were supposed to leave at 9 p.m. but stayed five hours longer.
Two DREAMers were arrested but later released.
The standoff lasted for five hours before the bus retreated back into the Phoenix detention center.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was contacted for a statement on the incident but did not respond.