Denver Tried NOT Sending Cops To Shoot Everybody Who Called 911. And Then The Murders ... Did Not Begin!
This is what 'defund the police' could look like.
You probably need a reminder that not everything in 2020 is horrible, so please read this Denver Post story about Denver's new program that sends a paramedic and a mental health professional to answer 911 calls involving people who are having really shitty days but don't seem to be endangering anyone. The members of the Support Team Assistance Response (STAR) program don't carry guns, and they don't show up with screaming sirens and flashing lights. Instead, they're there to help people in crisis and if possible, to get them connected to services that can help them afterwards.
Like for instance an unhoused woman who was sitting on a curb and sobbing because she was lost in an unfamiliar part of town and scared and hot and just completely unable to handle any of it. Social worker Carleigh Sailon
gave the woman a snack and some water and asked how she could help. Could she drive her somewhere? The woman was pleasantly surprised.
"She was like, 'Who are you guys? And what is this?'" Sailon said, recounting the call.
And nobody got shot or handcuffed or ended up with a knee on their neck. Nobody went to Emergency, nobody went to jail.
Congratulations, Gavin Grimm!
Gavin Grimm has, once again, won his case!
The now-20-year-old man first filed his case against the Gloucester County School Board when, as a teen, he was denied access to the boys bathroom at Gloucester County High School in Virginia.
The reason? Gavin Grimm is transgender. And it has become important to Republicans and bigots everywhere that trans and nonbinary people don't feel comfortable using public toilets.
On Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit ruled in Grimm's favor, finding the school had violated Title IX of of the Education Amendments of 1972 when it banned him from using the boys room.
Hop in Obama's time machine, we're headed back to Monday!
We know it's Apocalypse Day again, and with the world ending several times each week, it's easy to miss some of the high points. But we'd like to take a moment to point you back to Monday (by our calculations, somewhere during the late Cretaceous) and the House Oversight Committee's hearing on Postal Service Fuckery. Some of the best moments came in the last hour, in which Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts) and other first-term women on the committee pinned down Donald Trump's pet Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on what sure as hell looks like a deliberate campaign of slowing down the mail in advance of the election.
As Kathleen Walsh explains in a terrific article, Pressley, along with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Katie Porter, built a pretty good case for DeJoy to resign, not that the slippery bastard is likely to go anywhere. Even if you haven't been following the USPS story closely (what the hell is wrong with you?), go read Walsh's analysis, which is just a very smart, fun read.
And wow, what a terrific five minutes of questions from Pressley:
Anybody else feeling just a teensy bit better this nice Friday afternoon?
My darling terrible ones, haven't we had a time these four years! From a stunned Election Night — the Champagne sat undrunk in the fridge for years, until I decided some ultimately meaningless James Comey move was a ray of hope — to the hideous inauguration, where at least we could be among our people. From Bannon's shock and awe that very first weekend, shutting down the airports to legal residents, who lived here, to the babies taking care of babies in refrigerated cages. From the gutting of every agency that led directly to an actual pandemic that the rest of the world has managed to manage.
You were right: The rest of the world isn't laughing at us anymore, President Trump.
They pity us instead.