Category Archives: social justice warriors/SJW

Leader of Portland Resistance pleads guilty to sex abuse; now a registered sex offender

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Micah Rhodes, with his purple hair and BLM shirt.

From KATU: A former leader of a local protest group pleaded guilty to two sex abuse charges in Multnomah County Tuesday.

Micah Rhodes was arrested in January 2017 on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, interfering with public transportation and a parole violation during a protest in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

While he was in custody, police learned he had sexual contact with a boy in Multnomah County and a girl in Washington County.

Rhodes is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old boy in 2015 after they met on GRINDR, a gay dating app.

According to court documents, Rhodes was arrested on first-degree sex abuse and first-degree sodomy when he met the boy. He was indicted on five counts of sex abuse in the Multnomah County case.

Oregon State Police said Rhodes is a registered sex offender.

On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree sexual abuse. He will be sentenced in June.

According to Oregon Live:

Rhodes, now 24, was a leader of the protest group Portland’s Resistance, which rose to prominence after Donald Trump won the presidential election in November 2016 and the group helped organize day after day of marches and rallies.

But Rhodes had long been a part of Portland’s activist scene before that and a familiar face at Portland City Council meetings. Among his notable achievements was helping stage a camp-out in front of then-Mayor Charlie Hales’ home in 2016.

h/t Moonbattery



Seattle Mayor’s plan for free college: No US citizenship or minimum GPA required

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From Seattle Times: One of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s top goals is to make community college free for every Seattle high-school graduate, and last week, she rolled out a program that would do so over several years.

The plan, which would likely work in concert with College Bound and other state and federal aid programs, would pay for two years of community college for every Seattle public high-school graduate. It will not have an income or GPA cutoff, nor does it require students to sign up years in advance or exclude students who have gotten into legal trouble.

Her proposal coincides with a new report by a progressive think tank, The Century Foundation, that examines the success of so-called “promise” programs — which guarantee to pay tuition for graduates of a state’s high school — and details those elements that lead to a high success rate.

Author Jennifer Mishory, a Century Foundation senior fellow, says simple plans tend to work best. Plans that have fewer restrictions tend to attract more students. “The clearer the message, the easier it is to understand for students who might not otherwise enroll,” she said.

Mishory already counts Washington as one of the 16 “promise” states, although the program is far from simple. Washington’s College Bound program pays college tuition and fees for students who are low-income, sign up by eighth grade, maintain at least a C average and don’t get into legal trouble. It’s good for both two- and four-year colleges.

Durkan’s plan represents the expansion of an idea first launched in 2008. Called the 13th Year, it began as a partnership between Cleveland High School and South Seattle College and guaranteed every graduate a year at the college tuition free. It was funded by private donations.

No US Citizenship Required: Durkan’s proposal would also be open to all students regardless of citizenship status. That’s true as well for the State Need Grant. And this session, the Legislature passed a bill expanding College Bound to include students who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, known as dreamers.

The Cost: Durkan’s office estimates the expansion will cost $1.7 million in 2018-19, and will serve about 1,000 high-school and college students, including outreach and college preparation services. About 215 students will receive 13th-year scholarships, and an estimated 120 students will be eligible to receive 14th-year scholarships. The money will come from the city’s general fund, the sweetened-beverage tax and the Seattle Colleges.

As more students take advantage of the program, the costs will increase — to $4.4 million in 2019-20, $5.7 million in 2020-21 and $6.3 million in 2021-22.

Read the whole story here.

About the progressive think tank, The Century Foundation (TCF), whose report was cited in this article:

  • “The Century Foundation is a progressive, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to foster opportunity, reduce inequality, and promote security at home and abroad.”
  • Mark Zuckerman, President of TCF: Mark served in the Obama White House as the deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council, leading teams on key initiatives, including reducing student debt, increasing accountability at for-profit educational institutions, reducing workplace discrimination, increasing wages for home health care workers, and expanding access to job training. Prior to that, as staff director of the House Education and Labor Committee, he helped win passage of landmark legislation such as the Affordable Care Act; the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act; and the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act.
  • Melissa “break through our private idea that kids belong to their parents” Harris-Perry is an advisor to the foundation.

And take a wild guess as to who also has ties to TCF…

  • Richard Leone, former president of TCF (1989-2011), was a member of the board of directors of Center for American Progress (CAP). CAP is the think tank conceived by George Soros and headed by former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta.
  • In 2005, TCF and CAP launched the Security and Peace institute (SPI). The SPI “will build on the work of both of its parent organizations by promoting a shared foreign policy agenda for the United States and its international partners.”
  • The director of the SPI was Morton H. Halperin, a senior advisor to George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

If this free college plan is something that Soros and Company are pushing, you know the message is clear: promote progressive ideology and policies at any cost to taxpayers.



Illegal alien and Boston High student accused of making threat detained by ICE


From Boston Herald: A 19-year-old East Boston High School student who was arrested last week for allegedly making threats at school is in ICE custody after authorities realized he’d been living in the United States illegally since 2015, an ICE official said.

Kevin Vasquez Funes, 19, a citizen of El Salvador living in East Boston, was arrested by Boston police Wednesday after allegedly making threats against people at East Boston High School. Funes, who was enrolled at the White Street high school, was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail (that’s all?) during his arraignment Thursday in East Boston District Court on a charge of threatening to do bodily harm, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said. Funes was scheduled to return to court on Wednesday.

Funes was later arrested at his home by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Friday after officials determined he had been living in the country illegally since 2015, an ICE spokesman said. Funes, the spokesman said, “will remain in ICE custody pending the outcome of his immigration case.”

A Boston Public Schools spokesman said an automated phone call was sent to the school community letting them know that Funes had “made verbal threats of violence toward members of our school community” and that staffers “immediately took action and contacted Boston School Police and the Boston Police Department.”

“We take any potential safety threats extremely seriously; and we do not tolerate students making threats of violence toward our school,” the message continued. “We fully believe that East Boston High School is safe. Boston School Police officers will continue to patrol our school before, during and after the school day.”



Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to sue big oil for “knowingly killing people”

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Arnold not too concerned that his private jet flying habit contributes to killing you through global warming

Since I’ve never been on a private jet, I wonder if the hypocrite Arnold can tell me where he suggests the “warning labels’ be located…

From SF Gate: Arnold Schwarzenegger has four words for the oil industry, and they’re not quite, “Hasta la vista, baby,” but they’re close: “See you in court.”

Action-movie star and former California Gov. Schwarzenegger told Politico in a podcast Sunday that he’s planning legal action against oil companies for “knowingly killing people all over the world.”

While Schwarzenegger did not have a concrete timetable for the legal action, he said that he’s spoken to a number of law firms about the prospect.

“This is no different from the smoking issue. The tobacco industry knew for years and years and years and decades, that smoking would kill people, would harm people and create cancer, and were hiding that fact from the people and denied it. Then eventually they were taken to court and had to pay hundreds of millions of dollars because of that,” Schwarzenegger said. “The oil companies knew from 1959 on, they did their own study that there would be global warming happening because of fossil fuels, and on top of it that it would be risky for people’s lives, that it would kill.”

While the actor-turned-politician was short on details about the potential filing, he said, “We’re going to go after them, and we’re going to be in there like an Alabama tick. Because to me, it’s absolutely irresponsible to know that your product is killing people and not have a warning label on it, like tobacco…Every gas station on it, every car should have a warning label on it, every product that has fossil fuels should have a warning label on it.”

Schwarzenegger was an advocate for environmentalism during his tenure as governor, signing the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, and has continued to tout environmental efforts since leaving office in January 2011.



Sanctuary California: Illegal alien who killed 6-year-old was previously deported twice and arrested for DUI

Grace Aguilar killed by illegal

It’s not fair: Grace Aguilar taken from her parents.

The federal government ought to do its job and not blame California.

Tell me Jerry Brown, Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris and Libby Schaaf: Who is to blame now? The death of this little angel means nothing to you? NOTHING?

Apparently the last words of Kate Steinle meant nothing to you.

Why I’m so mad:

You politicians who support the sanctuary status in your state, and the voters who support you, make me sick.

Shame on the California politicians who shelter and protect illegals who kill American citizens. Shame on you!

From NBC Los Angeles: Angela Aguilar had just gone back inside her Fullerton home to cook. She thought her 6-year-old daughter, Grace, was also inside.

Grace Aguilar, though, was in the front yard, where she had gone to sit by her favorite tree. Angela Aguilar heard the crash, but she didn’t realize that an out-of-control driver had struck her daughter.

Grace Aguilar died in that Feb. 17 crash, which police say was caused by a drunk driver, and now her parents can only look back on a young life that had filled theirs with so much joy.

“For something so stupid to happen in a second, just to have (your child) taken away from you, it’s not fair,” Angela Aguilar said. “It’s not fair.”

Immigration officials say 50-year-old Maximino Delgado Lagunas, who is in the United States illegally, had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when he was arrested. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has revealed to NBC4 that Lagunas, a Mexican national, had been deported twice, once in 2001 and again in 2008.

Court records show that in 2015 he was arrested for another DUI. Immigration officials say that back then Buena Park police did not detain Lagunas for the required 48 hours for pickup  by immigration officials, instead placing him on informal probation and releasing him to the streets.

Angela and Jesus Aguilar say it took them eight years to have a child. Now they can only mourn their daughter after Lagunas’ actions.

The girl’s parents say their daughter was friendly and mature. She loved people, nature and God. Her father remembers her hugs and her smiles. Her mother remembers the sound of her voice. “She had this beautiful laugh,” Angela Aguilar said. “I still hear it in my head every day.”

Lagunas could now face a possible murder charge.

“He’s taken away from me the best thing I had in life,” Jesus Aguilar said.



For their “emotional safety,” Oakland coffee shop won’t serve cops

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Photo from Hasa Muerte Instagram

I’m guessing first time the coffee shop is robbed they are going to call the “community” to solve the crime. Good luck with that approach.

From Daily Mail: A California coffee shop is standing up to police brutality by refusing to serve officers.

Hasta Muerte – which translates from Spanish to ‘until death’ – turned away an Oakland police officer a few weeks ago sparking a debate within the community, NBC Bay Area reports. The sergeant said he was surprised that employees refused to serve him, but he left the shop without any incident.

Apparently, the sergeant posted about his experience at Hasta Muerte which led to the employee-owned coffee shop, which opened last November, to defend its decision to turn away cops. 

Cop supporters are trying to publicly shame us online with low reviews because this particular police visitor was Latino. He broadcasted to his network that he was “refused service” at a local business and now the rumblings are spreading,’ an Instagram post read. ‘We know in our experience working on campaigns against police brutality that we are not alone saying that police presence compromises our feeling of physical & emotional safety.’ 

The lengthy caption was written below a photo with writing in Spanish that says: ‘Talk to your neighbors, not the police’. 

The post also included Facebook and Yelp reviews from people criticizing them for turning away the officer, who is the president of the Latino Police Officers Association of Alameda County. The coffee shop scrawled the words ‘Not my president’ and ‘sorry not sorry’ across the images of the complaints. 

Below the pictures, the post went on to say:

OPDs recent attempts to enlist officers of color and its short term touting of fewer officer involved shootings does not reverse or mend its history of corruption, mismanagement, and scandal, nor a legacy of blatant repression. The facts are that poc (people of color), women, and queer police are complicit in upholding the same law and order that routinely criminalizes and terrorizes black and brown and poor folks, especially youth, trans, and houseless folks.’

‘For these reasons and so many more, we need the support of the actual community to keep this place safe, not police,’ the shop wrote.

Following the incident, the Oakland Police Officers Association sent a letter to the coffee shop expressing a desire to speak about their policy. The association has yet to receive a response from the owners, ABC reports.



Designer’s jewelry collection to benefit gun control

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A “simple” and “universal” charm for just $800

I wonder if this designer knows how well gun control has worked in Chiraq and Baltimore?

From Hollywood Reporter: Jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher was sitting at the breakfast table on February 15 when she realized that the problem of school shootings had reached her home. “The day after the shooting [in Parkland, Florida], my kids were afraid to go to school,” the jewelry designer explains.  Fisher found herself reassuring her 12-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter that they didn’t need to worry. But, she says, “I didn’t know the answers to their questions. I felt like I was not telling my children the truth about how safe their school might be, and that’s a problem.”

Out of that conversation, an idea was born. Fisher launched a capsule collection, dubbed STOP, on her website. Four styles — a keychain in sterling silver, and a pendant necklace and two sizes of a charm in 14-karat rose, yellow or white gold — each depict the simple, octagonal shape of a stop sign. “It’s a universal symbol,” Fisher says of the design, which can be customized at no additional charge. “You have the ability to include someone’s name or initials, for example, or [on the keychain] one of the hashtags that’s become popular, like #NotOneMore or #NeverAgain. You can use it to express yourself in whatever way you see fit.

Prices range from $250 to $800, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Everytown for Gun Safety, the non-profit organization created in 2014 as the merger of two groups, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Everytown is the first organization I knew about, the one I’ve been following the longest,” Fisher says. “I’m just trying to do my part and be an advocate. As a designer it can be hard to voice your political views, but I felt it was important to do something.”

Fisher’s creations boast a healthy celebrity following that includes Katy Perry, Yara Shahidi and Gal Gadot; her jewelry is crafted in New York and made to order, which allows her to create programs like this rather quickly. “We’re pretty nimble, and it also helps that we’re primarily a direct-to-consumer brand,” she notes. “So when we feel strongly about something, our in-house team gets together and we figure it out.”

On Thursday afternoon, Fisher was excited to see that the STOP pieces were already selling, and added that she has no end date in mind: “We’ll keep this going; it will feel great to write a nice check for Everytown.” In the meantime, there’s one more piece to be crafted — a pendant for her daughter, who inspired the collection. “Both of my kids are really excited to be a part of this, and she already wears my jewelry,” Fisher says. “My charms have always been conversation starters, but if this can start a conversation that can help make a difference, then we’ve done our job.”