Nichelle Nichols as Nyota Uhura on “Star Trek” (1968).

    Nichols was one of the 1st black women featured in a major television series. Her prominent supporting role as a bridge officer was unprecedented. Nichols was once tempted to leave the series; however, a conversation with Martin Luther King Jr. changed her mind.

    Rest in peace, beautiful. Thank you for breaking barriers & inspiring so man
    y!

    Nichelle Nichols’s impact can not be overstated.

    She was the first black woman to go to space on tv (and her impact on representation on TV should also not be understated) but she also campaigned for NASA applications of diverse voices. Her campaign led to the recruitment of Sally Ride (first American woman in space), col. Guion Bluford (first black astronaut in NASA), and Mae Jeminson (first black woman in space).

    Without her personal recruitment campaign (which she threatened to sue NASA if she put her reputation on the line to bring in these applications if they then did not go on to hire any of them) who knows how much longer it would have taken to get anyone other than a white man as a NASA astronaut.

    Nichelle Nichols has passed away. 

    Martin Luther King once convinced her to continue on as Uhura when she was about to quit. He told her how she was a role model for so many people and had to stay on. He rightfully recognized her as a trailblazer and the inspiration she continued to be. 

    (Second picture is Nichols participating in a recruitment program for NASA in late 70s/early 80′s, aimed at women and people of color. The third picture is Nichols onboard the stratospheric observatory for infrafred astronomy in 2017, as one of the first non essential personell to be able to do so) 

    guidetodreaming

    One of the most important things I learned in my Language and the Law class is that law enforcement will intentionally misinterpret every type of statement asking for a lawyer as not asking for a lawyer. Even directly saying it like this “I will not speak to you without a lawyer” can be taken as a simple statement of fact rather than a request for a lawyer. You literally have to state “I am now invoking my right to a lawyer” and every time they try to proceed with an interrogation you have to answer every question with “I am invoking my right to have a lawyer present”. You can’t just tell them you won’t talk without a lawyer or that you want a lawyer. You have to state that you are invoking your rights. Otherwise they could just say “well they just said they wouldn’t speak without a lawyer present. That’s not invoking their rights to a lawyer. It’s just stating a fact.” even just stating your right to a lawyer doesn’t count!

    penrosesun

    PLEASE share this addition. I am a lawyer who works in criminal defense, and this is one of the most avoidable things that people consistently get wrong about the Miranda rights.

    Here are some more “ambiguous” phrases which courts have found DO NOT invoke your right to a lawyer:

    “Maybe I should speak to my lawyer first.”

    “I might like a lawyer.”

    “I think I should have a lawyer present for this.”

    “Could I speak to my lawyer first?”

    “How long until my lawyer gets here?”

    And perhaps most egregiously – “Get me a lawyer, dawg – ‘cause this is not what’s up.”

    Here are the magic phrases which you need to know if you want to invoke your Miranda rights:

    1) “Am I free to leave?”

    It’s worth asking this even if the answer is obvious. Even if the officer does not let you leave, by forcing them to admit that you are not free to leave, you are creating a record which your attorney can use to prove that you were in custody. Miranda rights only apply if the interrogation is custodial, meaning that police officers will frequently claim that their suspects were “not in custody” to get around their Miranda rights.

    2) “I am invoking my right to remain silent.”

    Simply staying silent will not invoke your right to remain silent. As absurd as this is, you must explicitly say that you are invoking your right to remain silent in order to invoke that right.

    3) “I am invoking my right to an attorney.”

    As stated above, you must be not only clear and unambiguous, but clear and legally unambiguous. Don’t get cute. Don’t get sassy. And on the flip side, don’t get intimidated and use verbal ticks to minimize your request. Say the line with those words exactly – say it clearly, and say it once, and then say nothing else.

    Because even after you’ve done all this, the police can still try to get you to talk. They’re not supposed to interrogate you, but they’re allowed to make casual conversation, and if that conversation just happens to circle back around to the thing they wanted to question you about, well, that’s really your fault for talking after you said you wouldn’t, isn’t it? Can’t possibly fault the poor officers when you initiated if you really wanted to have your rights respected, you wouldn’t have talked to them in the first place.

    The police know this, and they will mercilessly exploit this loophole. So, once you’ve successfully invoked your Miranda rights, any and all conversation you have with police officers will put those rights back into jeopardy. 

    Putting it all together:

    Ask: “Am I free to leave?”

    If they say no, say:“I am invoking my right to remain silent and I am invoking my right to an attorney.”

    And then shut up and do not say a single thing to them for any reason whatsoever until you have actually spoken to an attorney. Yes, even if it takes hours. Yes, even if they start talking to you about something else.

    Finally, a very important disclaimer:

    I may be a lawyer, but I’m not your lawyer, and I cannot guarantee that what I’ve just laid out here will always work for every situation. We didn’t get to this bizarre and absurd place overnight – we built this ridiculous system piecemeal, by deciding on a case-by-case basis that certain phrases were “too ambiguous” or certain types of questioning weren’t actually questioning at all. The law is still in flux, and is still fundamentally out to get you, and willing to bend plain meaning beyond all recognition to do it. Even if you invoke your rights perfectly, exactly as I have specified above, there’s a chance that your invocation of rights will be disqualified on some new technicality that no one’s even thought of yet – and that’s precisely the problem.

    lemonsharks

    Watch this video: “Don’t Talk To The Police”

    nonbinary-hawke

    I am begging my followers to please watch this video from start to finish. I know it’s long, but it is incredibly valuable information that everyone needs to know, especially if you’re involved in any form of activism.

    Every single cop lies. Every single cop lies and manipulates and twists the situation around to get a confession. Even when they know that the person is innocent, even when they know that what they have isn’t enough to convict someone, even when they know that that confession has been made under duress or manipulation. All they care about is getting anything to put someone behind bars.

    It doesn’t matter how eloquent or innocent or experienced you are. Do not talk to cops.

    pendejavibes

    The video is a doozy. Aside from all the good advice, the racist dog whistling from the officer really jumps out. In fact, his whole segment was pretty effective to drive home the point that officers are literally trained to manipulate you and fuck you over. He does say he doesn’t “try” to put innocent people in prison, but he never says he tries to keep them out either. He also explicitly states that he destroys material that could be helpful to you.

    In short, DO NOT TALK TO COPS.

    sapphicswirlz

    hey y’all please please please read this and watch the video and do research if you can, this is really scary /srs

    msaprildaniels

    Do not speak to the police.

    Supreme Court overturns Roe V. Wade, ending federal abortion rights.

    Abortions will be banned immediately in:

    Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wyoming

    These states have laws to protect the right to an abortion:

    California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, Washington DC, Vermont

    Click here for details on where abortion stands in your state.

    Here is what you can do:

    yourreddancer

    The problem is in the pronunciation.  In Greek it is “oo-ra-NOS”  meaning “heavens”  Only in stupid English is it pronounced you-RAY-nus.

    still-godless-david

    Satire, but I wouldn't put it past Florida.

    (wait until they realize their state is shaped like a limp dick)

    seymour-butz-stuff

    It’s no known as You-Reck-Tum in Florida

    pennsyltuckyheathen

    These idiots are fucking up public education on purpose so they can use it as an excuse to give students public funds to attend private schools run by their elitist cronies.