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August 12 2017

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berniesrevolution:

If you have valid questions, as many do, regarding alternatives to our current policing and carceral state, check out this NYU Law School video series covering race, gender, sexuality, and disability rights within criminal justice: 

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appropriately-inappropriate:

auuxia:

stele3:

get-your-ass-in-the-impala:

ofgeography:

actualginnyweasley:

natnovna:

i was 14 and i was walking through a mall by myself at 12am after my shift at coldstone creamery lol and a bunch of men started whistling and meowing and getting really close to me and they kept asking me questions and i kept not answering until i didn’t know what else to do so i said “i’m only 14” and almost in unison they said “we don’t care” i was so fucking scared i didn’t know what to do and they kept talking about how i looked and how my body looked and what they would do i was on the verge of tears i was all alone in a huge mall i knew i couldn’t outrun them all i felt totally hopeless until a maintenance worker came up to all of us with a huge industrial broom in her hand, i thought she was going to yell at all of us for being in the mall after hours bc she probably thought we were all friends but instead she cursed all of them out in spanish, threatened to press a panic button on her belt and then proceeded to walk me to the basement garage and waited with me until my mom got there to pick me up she had a death grip on her cart the whole time and a face of steel she looked so strong and i just kept saying thank you and she kept saying not to thank her because she had to stop them.

that was the moment i realized women were the most important beings on this planet and we have to protect each other bc nobody else is going to, she didn’t even know me, we couldn’t even communicate that well because of the language barrier, she could have lost her job for waiting with me in the parking lot but she looked out for me when she didn’t have to, she had nothing to gain from it, i’m 21 now and i tell everyone this story even though it happened 7 years ago, what she did that night helped me form and shape lot of my beliefs early on. 

i was at a grocery store really late one night and some old guy kind of eyed me as i walked out of the store next to this other lady. She and I made eye contact and i knew she was scared too. we loaded up our groceries into our cars as fast as possible and I had way more bags than her so she got done faster than me. I panicked because i was sure she was going to leave so i just hurried faster, shaking a little, and then i noticed she sat in her car, watching me and making sure nobody came near. She waited not until all my groceries were loaded, or until my cart was put away, or until I got into my car. No, she didn’t drive away until I drove away. 

And that was the moment that I realized how much women need other women. That we can’t win this war without each other and we have to be looking out for each other, every second. 

my last year in new york city, i got off the subway around 9 or 10p.m. i only lived about 5 blocks from the f train, but i hadn’t gotten more than two before a woman’s hand suddenly touched my arm. 

“that guy behind us is following you,” she said. “he was watching you leave the train car and followed you up.”

i hadn’t noticed him, or at least not noticed him following me. when we stopped outside a grocery store, he stopped half a block back and loitered. the woman linked her arm with mine and walked me several blocks out of her way to my front door and made sure i got inside safely.

another time, nocigar and i were walking home and at a stoplight a stranger grabbed my arm when i wouldn’t respond to him and tried to physically drag me over to him. she—who is, by the way, not a very physically imposing girl—ripped his hand off my arm and snarled, “don’t fucking touch her.”

protect your friends. protect strangers. there are good men in the world, but don’t wait for them to do something if you can do it yourself.

I was at a club once and my friend left with her boyfriend so I finished my drink and was heading out to the parking lot when three girls came up to me and basically surrounded me. 

“Those guys behind us were talking about following you. We can walk with you.” 

I have MMA training but have never in my life had been offered the protection and sanction of my own gender. This is so important. 

GIRL CODE. FUCKIN’ GIRL CODE. LEAVE NO GIRL BEHIND. EVER.

My coach, who is an old woman but can be very scary nonetheless, nearly beat the shit out of a creepy old photographer that tried to get too handsy with one of my teammates. She ripped his hand off of her leg and said like the voice of God was speaking through her, “Don’t lay a finger on her” and I never felt more safe in my life

I enjoy anime conventions and always have. I also tend to cosplay when I go, and while my costumes tend towards the conservative, that’s not always the case for other attendees. Knowing that, and knowing the average age of girls attending these things, and the way creepy dudes can get at these things, I get very protective of the younger women and girls I see.

I was about nineteen when I watched a “photographer” get very, very creepy around a young girl dressed as Misty from Pokemon. I was too far away to hear much, and had been chatting with a few friends to boot. Something about him kinda made the hair on my neck stand up, and when her face went from a genuine smile to a rictus in about thirty seconds, I decided I’d better swing on by.

So over I go and plant myself clear between the two of them.

“Hi there! Wow, I really love your costume. Mind if I take a photo?”

She looked up at me all big-eyed. Dude goes,

“I’M taking her photo. Find someone else.”

“And /I’M/ asking her. Would you mind, Misty?”

“No! Not at all!”

Now she’s looking from me, to the dude, and he’s getting snarky and the vibe is going from awkward to aggressive, and I’m ready to get this kid out of there.

“Perfect! You know, there’s this Pokemon group photo shoot happening soon.”

“I wanted to go to that, but pre-reg was closed.”

“Oh? Well, don’t worry; my friend’s running it, let’s see if we can get you in. I’m headed that way, would you like to join me?”

“Yes!”

We go to leave, and this dude makes the cardinal sin of laying hands on this kid. He grabbed her arm, hard. I don’t think I’ve ever moved so fast in my life–I was up in his face before I knew what I was doing, and while I might only be 5'5, I was ready to go.

“Move your hand.”

“We were talking.”

“She’s done talking with you. Move. Your. Hand.”

“So she can go with you?”

“Exactly. So she can go with me. Move. Your. Hand. Now.”

“Bitch.”

“Absolutely. I’m also with the Con, so not only am I a bitch, I am THE Bitch. Now move your /fucking/ hand.”

“Whatever, bitch”, and off he goes. Right into the tender arms of con security–the very same friends I’d been talking to before.

I never did find out what he’d said to her, but I stuck by until her mom arrived to pick her up. Turns out she was fourteen and this had been her first convention–and she’d gone alone.

On the bright side, we did manage to get Misty in to the shoot and by all accounts she had a great time, so that was nice. But fuck that dude, specifically.

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black-to-the-bones:

A Florida man was murdered early Sunday morning defending his gay friends from a drunk homophobe who followed them out of the restaurant where they were eating. 

Multiple witnesses reported that the killer came after the group and shouted, “If we were in my country I’d kill all of you like rats. I hate you damned gays. I’m going to kill you all here.”

The victim, 22-year-old Juan Javier Cruz , was shot dead with a handgun Mena pulled from his pocket after defending his friends.

This is not right that people have to die just because homophobia is flourishing in America.

RIP  Juan Javier Cruz, you are a hero.

Source

July 27 2017

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cats-and-cardigans:

Fiction:

Non-Fiction & Anthologies:

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jawnbaeyega:

werepresent:

eccentric-nae:

werepresent:

jawnbaeyega:

avataruncanon:

werepresent:

bendstowardjustice:

THESE PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING ABOUT LACK OF MEDIA REPRESENTATION!

They’re called Represent & they’re a startup nonprofit actually doing the thing! First, they’re starting an acting, screenwriting, & filmmaking school for diverse folks FREE OF CHARGE!

That’s right! FREAKIN FREE! IN LOS ANGELES! LIKE THIS IS UNHEARD OF FOLKS

And then there’s this

They’re literally gonna teach executives, showrunners, writers & casting folks TO DO BETTER! 

But they’re also gonna fund independent stuff!

They’re basically a nonprofit production house created to fund media by & for diverse folks!

But THE BEST PART IS

THEIR MISSION IS INTERSECTIONAL! LIKE, THEY ACTUALLY SAY IT IN THE MISSION! THIS QUEER BLACK LADY IS SOBBING OK! THIS IS A LOT!

THEY’RE COMPETING FOR A $100,000 GRANT! (that’s how I found them) AND THEY NEED VOTES TO WIN! VOTING ENDS TUES. OCT. 25!

PLEASE CLICK HERE & VOTE FOR REPRESENT!

VOTE BECAUSE #REPRESENTATIONMATTERS

Thanks so much for your support!

It’s actually super easy to vote for them. I did it in under 2 mins. 

REPRESENT WAS IN THE LEAD BUT THE VOTING DEADLINE JUST CHANGED TO FRIDAY OCT 28!

PLEASE VOTE & LEAVE A COMMENT IF YOU CAN TO SHOW HOW MUCH REPRESENTATION MATTERS!

The voting deadline is now Oct. 28! We appreciate you all so much!

Omfg NEW DEAD LINE DON’T SCROLL I ALMOST DID.

Friday, October 28 at 12 noon PST is the voting deadline! Thanks for your support!

TWO HOURS LEFT TO VOTE! PLEASE BOOST, VOTE, & GET YOUR FRIENDS AND FAM TO VOTE!

July 26 2017

13:45
Perhaps it is not a coincidence that sentimentality, or “the reliance on feelings as a guide to truth” became a mainstream staple during the 18th century, at the height of European colonial expansion. While the European Empires were defining the racial and gender hierarchies that still rule us to this day, sentimentality became the dominant way of “knowing”.

Sentimentality and the building blocks of bigotry – This Political Woman – Medium

My latest on how sentimentality shapes politics in the age of sentimental bigots such as Trump, Wilders, Farage or Le Pen.

(via redlightpolitics)

June 25 2017

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resistdrumpf:

when you didn’t realize you needed something, until you do

June 24 2017

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seandotpolitics:

Philando Castile – who had been improperly stopped due to racial profiling – told the officer that he had a gun on his person. He told the officer that he had a concealed carry permit. He produced the gun his ID at the officer’s request. – as seen by millions of people.

He was still killed by a trigger-happy cop.

Jeronimo Yanez should’ve been found guilty of manslaughter, plain and simple. 

And the NRA? Its silence speaks volumes. It rushes to exploit the murders of children but doesn’t say a word when a patriot fights back against tyrannical politicians or when a black gun owner gets gunned-down by a police officer.

(Apologies to those who reblogged before my corrections were made.)

June 23 2017

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liamdryden:

monkeysky:

itsbenedict:

collapsedsquid:

bunjywunjy:

someone created a random generator that creates randomized inspirational quotes overlaid on random images in a soothing fashion and each and every image is comic gold

it’s pretty much the best thing ever and here are some of my favorites so far

so good


I’m getting this one made into a motivational poster for my home office


PLEASE GO MAKE SOME OF YOUR OWN RIGHT NOW

The first two I generated:

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So, even while the ranks of the white poor continue to grow, their poverty is seen as somehow distinct from “generational” Black poverty. The growing ranks of the White incarcerated are distinguished from Black incarceration, which is supposed to be an outgrowth of Black irresponsibility. . . This in a sense, is the other product of the “culture of poverty” and of naturalizing Black inequality. This narrative works to deepen the cleavages between groups of people who would otherwise have every interest in combining forces…


…For example, the majority of poor people in the United States are white, but the public face of American poverty is Black. It is important to point out how Blacks are overrepresented among the poor, but ignoring white poverty helps to obscure the systemic roots of all poverty. Blaming Black culture not only deflects investigation into the systemic causes of inequality but has also been widely absorbed by African Americans as well.

— From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, Keeanga Yamhatta Taylor
(via berniesrevolution)
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1337tattoos:

Done at Black Pearl Tattoo Parlour Chichester 

submitted by http://gloriously-burdened.tumblr.com

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futureblackpolitician:

tashabilities:

pussypoppinlikepopcorn:

lagonegirl:

Ken Dolls Wildin

Omfg😂😂

I’m mad the one with the Barbie is with a thicker model I’m fucking done

This post got me ready to cuss somebody smooth the fuck OUT!!!

I’m fucking dead like why are these all so accurate omg lmbooo

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justsomeantifas:

disabled people protesting isn’t a new thing, we’ve always had to fucking protest for the minimal rights we do have. they weren’t just handed to disabled people, disabled people had to fucking go out and fight for what we have. it’s not like abled people are gonna give us shit out of the kindness of their hearts.

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grannycity:

Granny City…

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Thanks burahn - I had not considered #NotAllMen!

I shall be eternally grateful for you pointing that out. So deep. So moving. You are a reading comprehension genius, able to isolate such minutiae. You will be a fantastic “Devil’s Advocate” as an adult.

This post is about the active and passive roles that men play in global systems of oppression and violence, but you were not blinded by such thinking. Nor were you tempted by the notion of engaging in a conversation about ending / addressing the billions of lives impacted by this every day.

Nope, not you.

June 22 2017

19:22

I am a Transwoman. You are a Piece of Shit. And That Distinction Matters.

rociobrysonmiguel:

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Whining about transwomen. Ugh. Will TERFs ever not whine?

I ask why, as a transwoman born with debilitating dysphoria, you use the term “woman parts.” I don’t know what the fuck that means. I honestly chuckled reading that shit. Sorry you benefit from going along with the arbitrary lie you were fed since birth that your vagina defines your gender identity. But I can assure you, upside-down girl, a large, veiny schlong can still be “woman parts” if it indeed belongs to a woman. But lol whatever.

Honestly I’m not angry with you. Not because I have any fucks to give about your plight as a pouty little brat, but because I don’t. You’re not worth the spoons to get mad at. You are worth mockery though, which I shall do swiftly and without regret.

You make quite a few assumptions regarding transwomanhood. You do realize that most of us won’t get surgery, right? It’s expensive, not covered by insurance, painful, risky, and can often lead to a lifetime of follow-up surgeries. Why do you jump immediately to the conclusion that our genitals are what define our womanhood? Probably because you’re still married to the privilege that comes with being a ciswoman in love with her vagina.

I want to be clear that being in love with your vagina is far from a problem in my book. It’s a beautiful thing to be proud of something that has been used against you for centuries, something that has been shamed, abused, mutilated, something that made you a target for violence. Ciswomen are still regularly discriminated against both interpersonally and systematically, and of course their arbitrarily gendered genitalia play a factor into this. I have no issue with you caring about yourself and the rights of ciswomen. But I have a few questions for your ass:

What makes you think that transwomen aren’t constantly bombarded with dick pics and flashers? What makes you think that I, as a transwoman, cannot be a rape survivor as well? Because let me tell you, I fucking am. I am a repeated rape survivor. Why are you always pointing to one of two transwomen in the public eye as an end all example of our “privilege,” when she represents a very small sample size of privileged and problematic transwomen? Why do you think that all of us give a shit if you have genital preferences, that somehow we don’t already know that our reproductive systems are different than yours and somehow transmens’ similar systems to yours are null and void because these are “woman parts?” What makes you think that a transwoman’s inability to have biological children is a lesser experience than a ciswoman’s? Like, what the hell makes you legitimately posit this? What makes you think that transwomens’ oppression is a newer thing than that of ciswomens’? What makes you think that we don’t experience scrutiny and emotional abuse based on our bodies to an equal or perhaps even greater extent than you? What makes you think that the way we behave isn’t also conditioned early on to ensure we never escalate situations with men, that we don’t carry weapons and text friends, that we don’t fear both rape and murder, that men who rape or murder us will somehow be rightfully convicted but yours won’t? What makes you think that some of us never presented naturally femme even before transition, and even with the privilege of being cispassing come unique challenges and fears? Fears of being sexually assaulted then “found out” and thusly beaten and/or murdered. Fears of simply minding your own business sans makeup, your ass grabbed on the train, another man coming to your aid, then infuriated once he figures out that you’re “not a real woman” because he sees five o’ clock shadow (a personal experience of mine).

Why do you think transwomen minding their own business in changing rooms is the same thing as being “forced to see a penis?” Why do you think we were ever equal to a man even when we were being raised as “boys?” Why is somehow your language more important than our lives and well-being? Why is “oppressive language” the same to you coming from transwomen as it is from men? How is our fight for our lives oppressive to your ass?

I’m sorry some transwomen sent you meanie pants messages. I wouldn’t personally send something like that to you, as threats are not in my vocabulary. But did you ever sit and think, hmm, maybe there is a legitimate reason why they’re reacting this way? Ever stop and think “Hmm. Maybe I’m crying cistears and doing everything in my power to silence and diminish the experiences of transwomen, experiences I obviously don’t know jack shit about based on the trash article I wrote for Medium?”

I agree, your birth control and abortion rights are important. But I’ll admit that your toplessness is not a particularly urgent issue to me, and this is coming from a transwoman who developed breasts at a young age. On paper, yeah, your rights to openly displaying your breasts are valid, but some of us have bigger worries than you trying to make everyone look at your boobies. That’s a nice problem to have, sweetie. Ask any woman of color, specifically black women. They have bigger worries than you. They face bigger adversity and marginalization than you. And these include ciswomen.

Why do you assume our bodies aren’t hypersexualized and catcalled every fucking day, that we don’t have to conform even more intensely to mens’ standards?  That if we don’t shave carefully and wear heaping loads of makeup our lives won’t be in more danger than you could ever fathom? We’ve lost 13 transwomen so far this year to anti-trans violence. These were all transwomen of color, most of whom were black transwomen. You yourself acknowledge that we’re a small percent of the population, and yet so many of us are dying.

Why do you gloss over the intensified violence we face? Once again I ask, why do you insist that our surgeries are what define us? Why are you so obsessed with our surgeries?

I can answer all of these questions for you: you don’t see us as women, or even as people. You want us gone, you want us silenced, you want us to appeal to your comfywumfyness. As self-aggrandizing as it is to quote my own work, I wrote a song that deals with shits like you. The hook goes as such:

“What you see is everlasting

I ain’t going nowhere,

I’m staying right here.

What you see is everlasting

I ain’t going nowhere,

I’m staying right here.

Your comfort doesn’t matter to me if my well-being doesn’t matter to you. Why can’t you get that thru ur head, thru ur head?

Your comfort doesn’t matter to me if my well-being doesn’t matter to you. Why can’t you get that thru ur head, thru ur head?”

We all know why you can’t. And if your feelings need to be accommodated in order for you to be an ally, you never were one from the start.

June 20 2017

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lgbt-aesthetics:

Asexual Flower Phone Background
~Requested By Anonymous~

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black-to-the-bones:

Charleena Lyles, a 30-year-old pregnant mother, was shot to death by Seattle police with her children – including one with Down syndrome – present in the apartment.

She called the police for help, had a knife in her hand to protect herself and her children. Cops saw the knife and immediately shot her to death in front of her children. She was pregnant and was a mother of four already. Needless to say the officers were white.

They could use their tasers, they could try to talk to her at least rather than shooting her. 

Be careful the next time you call the cops for help.

RIP Charleena Lyles.

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