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Jolanda Jones says never talk to HPD
By Mandy Oaklander
Small white cards drifted around the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church on February 8, where an NAACP town hall meeting was being held to address Chad Holley's police beating.
"Know Your Rights With The Police," the cards declared. "NEVER speak with the police. You have a 5th amendment right to remain silent. Use it! Ask for & contact your lawyer," read one point. "If the police are speaking with you then they think you are involved with something illegal. NEVER speak with them without your lawyer. What you say WILL be used against you and it will kill you at trial!" read another. The cards were copyrighted to lawyer Jolanda Jones.
Below the tips, two phone numbers were printed: "To hire me as a lawyer" prefaced her law office number. "To report misconduct" gave her city council number. On the reverse side: "If you want a fighter then you want me!!!!!"
As Jones sat at the front of the room next to three other members of city council, it may have been difficult to determine which number she was representing that night.
"I was invited to speak as a panelist/lawyer for the express purpose of giving people their legal rights," Jones told Hair Balls this afternoon. She said she wasn't there as a member of city council. "The problem came when other council members ended up coming. Generally speaking, if one elected official gets to speak, then they all get to speak," she said.
So Jones decided she wouldn't speak at all. The three other city council members — who were not invited to speak as panelists — were given seats at the front of the room as a sign of respect. They happened to be placed right next to Jones. To an observer, therefore, the row of four chairs facing the audience appeared to be occupied by four city council members. And one of them appeared to be handing out seemingly anti-police literature.
Jones said she wasn't spreading an anti-police message, but was merely acting in her capacity as a lawyer. "I don't lose my law license when I get elected to city council," she said.
Allegations of an ethical conflict between the contents of the card and her position on city council were unfounded, she added. "HPOU [the Houston Police Officers Union] wants to distract from the Holley video, from the shooting this weekend, from every other shooting," she said. "They want to blame the mistrust of them on little old me. If that's what they want to focus on, then I respectfully submit to you that they'll never fix their problem," she said.
By Craig Malisow
Ever since First Lady Michelle Obama talked about removing barriers for breastfeeding mothers last week, we've been thinking more than usual about boobs.
Maybe that's why we were interested to read about a Texas A&M researcher's new book, Is Breast Best? which questions the methods of studies suggesting that boob-food is a billion times better than formula.
"Hyperbole is commonplace in the world of breastfeeding advocacy, and it is staked on an overwhelming consensus that breastfeeding is the optimal form of nutrition for virtually all babies everywhere," writes Joan Wolf, an assistant professor of women's and gender studies. She writes that her book is "a study of weak science, an investigation into how cherished but unsubstantiated beliefs about health become conventional wisdom."
We wanted to check out the buzz on some motherhood blogs, but ran into real problems when we discovered that many of these blogs had photographs of mothers who weren't hot breastfeeding in public; many had gross names (e.g., "Lactivist," "La Leche League"); and then things got even worse when we read the sentence "scabbed bleeding nipples" in one blog. It's almost enough to turn a person off boobs forever. But we soldiered on and checked out the reaction on some of the more popular blogs.
Over at Blacktating, the author criticized the book before it was even released, writing that "I would argue that the risks of formula feeding are understood and that those risks are not minuscule, but you don't have to be a martyr to breastfeed. Many women come to the conclusion that bottle-feeding was not as freeing as they were led to believe it would be."
It also stirred up emotions on Mothering.com, where comments ranged from rabid ("typical 'new generation' feminists despising everything that womanhood has represented for thousands of years") to reasoned ("It ends saying she isn't against breastfeeding, just that others shouldn't condemn those who choose to or really truly can't breastfeed") to cynical/prophetic ("you don't think it's going to be a media (breast)feeding FRENZY when it actually hits the shelves??").
We're not really sure what to think, other than that if a woman does breastfeed, there oughta be a cutoff point.
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