note-a-bear:

slimgoodymakeba:

lovefromjea:

blood—sport:

sinidentidades:

Emails reveal Michigan prisoners regularly served maggot-ridden food, forced to engage in sexual acts for food
Seven months after hiring an outside contractor to feed prisoners in state prisons, Michigan officials are considering scrapping the contract over serious problems ranging from maggots in the food to private contract employees abusing and having sex with prisoners.
According to emails acquired by the Detroit Free Press under the Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, state officials are at their “wit’s end,” over the complete failure of the Aramark Correctional Services of Philadelphia to control their employees and fulfill the terms of their contract.
In an attempt to save $12 million annually, Michigan outsourced food services to Aramark starting in January of this year, only to receive reports of maggots in the food, unclean kitchens,  food shortages causing increased tensions with the prisoners, as well as Aramark employees smuggling in contraband and assaulting inmates.
One Aramark food service director showed up for work drunk and failed a Breathalyzer test while another was caught trying to smuggle marijuana into the prison.
“I’m at my wit’s end,” Kevin Weissenborn, the Michigan Department of Corrections manager in charge of overseeing Aramark’s contract, wrote to one prison warden in March.
“I know how you feel,” replied Warden Heidi Washington of the Charles E. Egeler Reception & Guidance Center in Jackson. “At first I felt like Lansing thought I was just being too difficult and too demanding because I was always complaining. However, I think everyone knows that’s not the case.”
Although Aramark only employs 300 workers in Michigan’s prisons, 74 Aramark workers have been banned from prison property for various infractions in just six months.
Aramark was fined $98,000 in March for repeated contract violations such as running out of food and making improper substitutions for required menu items.
Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is now considering scrapping the $145-million, three-year contract before the summer heat intensifies, worried over prison unrest.
After reading reports of maggots in the food at two prisons, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardvill (R-Monroe) called for new bids from other companies.
“It doesn’t matter if they’re prisoners or who they are, people don’t deserve that type of treatment,” Richardville said.
Aramark officials have released a statement claiming they believe many of the complaints stem from prison officials unhappy with outsourcing jobs at the expense of state Corrections Department workers.

THIS IS THE SAME CATERER WE PAY $2000 A SEMESTER FOR!!!!! At University of Texas at Arlington.


People think for some reason that private companies are the way to go. 

like…I legit cannot even wrap my head around the level of evil necessary for this

note-a-bear:

slimgoodymakeba:

lovefromjea:

blood—sport:

sinidentidades:

Emails reveal Michigan prisoners regularly served maggot-ridden food, forced to engage in sexual acts for food

Seven months after hiring an outside contractor to feed prisoners in state prisons, Michigan officials are considering scrapping the contract over serious problems ranging from maggots in the food to private contract employees abusing and having sex with prisoners.

According to emails acquired by the Detroit Free Press under the Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, state officials are at their “wit’s end,” over the complete failure of the Aramark Correctional Services of Philadelphia to control their employees and fulfill the terms of their contract.

In an attempt to save $12 million annually, Michigan outsourced food services to Aramark starting in January of this year, only to receive reports of maggots in the food, unclean kitchens,  food shortages causing increased tensions with the prisoners, as well as Aramark employees smuggling in contraband and assaulting inmates.

One Aramark food service director showed up for work drunk and failed a Breathalyzer test while another was caught trying to smuggle marijuana into the prison.

“I’m at my wit’s end,” Kevin Weissenborn, the Michigan Department of Corrections manager in charge of overseeing Aramark’s contract, wrote to one prison warden in March.

“I know how you feel,” replied Warden Heidi Washington of the Charles E. Egeler Reception & Guidance Center in Jackson. “At first I felt like Lansing thought I was just being too difficult and too demanding because I was always complaining. However, I think everyone knows that’s not the case.”

Although Aramark only employs 300 workers in Michigan’s prisons, 74 Aramark workers have been banned from prison property for various infractions in just six months.

Aramark was fined $98,000 in March for repeated contract violations such as running out of food and making improper substitutions for required menu items.

Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is now considering scrapping the $145-million, three-year contract before the summer heat intensifies, worried over prison unrest.

After reading reports of maggots in the food at two prisons, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardvill (R-Monroe) called for new bids from other companies.

“It doesn’t matter if they’re prisoners or who they are, people don’t deserve that type of treatment,” Richardville said.

Aramark officials have released a statement claiming they believe many of the complaints stem from prison officials unhappy with outsourcing jobs at the expense of state Corrections Department workers.

THIS IS THE SAME CATERER WE PAY $2000 A SEMESTER FOR!!!!! At University of Texas at Arlington.

People think for some reason that private companies are the way to go. 

like…I legit cannot even wrap my head around the level of evil necessary for this

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artruby:

Kara Walker, A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby at The Domino Sugar Factory.  

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  • The US Government: We're not going to make it federally mandatory for people to get paid a wage they can actually live off of
  • The US Government: If people want to make a living, they'll just have to work 16+ hours a day
  • The US Government: And if their kids end up disenfranchised because of a lack of parental involvement, well that's not our problem
  • The US Government: In fact, what is our problem is creating a system that will funnel these disenfranchised youth into our prison system so they can work for corporations (that promise us money) for damn near free
  • The US Government: If they don't want to fall victim to this system, then they can seek higher education
  • The US Government: Except such an education will be inaccessible to most disenfranchised people and skewed in favor of the financially stable and white people
  • The US Government: And we're not going to make intervention programs like sex education and conflict resolution federally mandatory, because that's the parent's job
  • The US Government: The parent who is working 16 hours a day
muchachafanzine:

HEY CHECK OUT THIS BADASS SCHOLARSHIP MY FRIEND PUT TOGETHER. SIGNAL BOOST! 
TRANS* GEAR ANNUAL COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP
Trans* Gear Annual Community Scholarship was founded in 2012 by trans-identified students, community members, and their allies in response to the struggles and needs of transgender communities. Many trans* individuals have difficulty accessing gear that helps them move through the world more accurately. We connect applicants in need with new gender-affirming accessories, clothing, and gear such as Stand-to-Pee devices (STPs), binders, trans-specific undergarments (i.e.: gaffs, packing straps), breast forms, packers and other prosthetics. Our mission is simple: to link trans*, genderqueer, gender-questioning/gender-exploring and gender-diverse individuals with the gear needed to feel self-affirmed and/or explore their gender identities. The Trans* Gear team grants scholarships for trans* gear valued at a maximum of $100 US (including the cost of shipping).1 To be considered, applicants should be prepared to submit some information to the Trans* Gear team. Please note that any information you share will be treated with the greatest care and your personal information will not be distributed or shared in anyway. (At the end of the fund, all application materials will be deleted and destroyed.) You must be a US resident, be able to receive mail, and loosely identify as a trans/gender, genderqueer, multigendered/bigendered gender-questioning, gender-variant individual (no requirement to be out or visible, or prove/need to be “certain” that you are trans*, use the language of trans-ness to describe yourself etc).2 Strong preference is given to applicants with financial hardship and other social/cultural barriers to accessibility. Please note that committee members may like to use some of your responses to help generate awareness of the Trans* Gear scholarship with your permission. Please email your (brief) answers to the following questions to trans.gear.scholarship@gmail.com on or before NOVEMBER 1st, 2014:1. Preferred name(s) and pronoun(s).2. Age. 3. Mailing address to a location where you may safely receive mail. Please note that some companies do not mail to P.O. Boxes. 4. If selected as a recipient, what name should we use on the package? For your safety, please let us know in your application how we can discreetly mail gear to you if are selected as a recipient. (i.e.: “use my legal name ‘Susan’ instead of ‘Sam’ on the packaging)
5. Email address and/or phone number where it is safe to receive verbal or written notification. Let us know if you have a preference, by email, by phone, or either. Unfortunately, we cannot correspond via snail mail at this time. 5b.(if applicable) If we may contact you by phone, may we leave voicemail or message stating that we are the Trans* Gear Team calling about your application? Y / N? If you select phone as your preferred mode of communication and do not want us to leave a voicemail or message, we will only make one (1) additional attempt to contact you beyond the first call. 5c. (if applicable) If we may contact you by phone, what are the best days/times to call? 6. What sort of device/gear do you need? How much is the requested item? What size do you need? Please provide:a. The specificlink to the item (not the general site link).b. Name or SKUs/model numbers of the item. c. Size and/or color requested. Make sure you have the appropriate size/color by carefully researching the item you need and measuring your body appropriately. We are not able to return gear or exchange items for another size. If you need help selecting the appropriate size or item, many companies will correspond with you by email or over the phone about their products and services. EXAMPLE: If you were requesting a chest binder from Underworks you would tell us the price, name/model number, size, and color you want, cost of shipping, and the internet link to the item: Ultimate Chest Binder Tank, #997100105, $29.99, white, size XL, shipping is $5.99. http://www.underworks.com/men/compression-shirts/ultimate-chest-binder-tank7. Optional: Racial or ethnic identities, ability status, or other identities and life experiences that you feel provide context for your application. 8. Have you applied for the Trans* Gear fund before? Were you selected as a recipient? If yes, tell us when (what year) and what gear item you received. If you received gear from us in the past, please briefly explain why you are applying for funding again.9. Tell us a little about yourself and address the following questions: Why are you applying? If financial hardship is an issue, be sure to mention that in your response. How would a Trans* Gear Scholarship help you feel more affirmed in your gender(s) and/or facilitate your gender exploration? Feel free to write as little or as much as you feel comfortable with; however, please try to limit your response to one page as several lengthy applications can quickly overwhelm our small staff. Writing Tip: Be specific in your answer because the more information we know about you and your situation, the better able we will be to understand how the fund can assist you.10. May the trans* gear committee anonymously use your response to question #9 for the purposes of raising-awareness (i.e.: newsletter, website, letters to donors)?Y / N ? We never distribute, share, or disclose any information regarding applicants/recipients in our advertising, fundraising, or consciousness-raising efforts. Your response would be featured anonymously (no name or other identifying information would be attached to the featured response).

*Scholarship funds are used to purchase gear on behalf of selected applicants. Number of scholarship recipients depends on number of applications and total cost of requested gear.


*We honor multiple definitions and embodiments under or beyond the trans* umbrella.
DONATE TO THE SCHOLARSHIP HERE 

muchachafanzine:

HEY CHECK OUT THIS BADASS SCHOLARSHIP MY FRIEND PUT TOGETHER. SIGNAL BOOST! 

TRANS* GEAR ANNUAL COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP

Trans* Gear Annual Community Scholarship was founded in 2012 by trans-identified students, community members, and their allies in response to the struggles and needs of transgender communities. Many trans* individuals have difficulty accessing gear that helps them move through the world more accurately. We connect applicants in need with new gender-affirming accessories, clothing, and gear such as Stand-to-Pee devices (STPs), binders, trans-specific undergarments (i.e.: gaffs, packing straps), breast forms, packers and other prosthetics. Our mission is simple: to link trans*, genderqueer, gender-questioning/gender-exploring and gender-diverse individuals with the gear needed to feel self-affirmed and/or explore their gender identities.

The Trans* Gear team grants scholarships for trans* gear valued at a maximum of $100 US (including the cost of shipping).1 To be considered, applicants should be prepared to submit some information to the Trans* Gear team. Please note that any information you share will be treated with the greatest care and your personal information will not be distributed or shared in anyway. (At the end of the fund, all application materials will be deleted and destroyed.) You must be a US resident, be able to receive mail, and loosely identify as a trans/gender, genderqueer, multigendered/bigendered gender-questioning, gender-variant individual (no requirement to be out or visible, or prove/need to be “certain” that you are trans*, use the language of trans-ness to describe yourself etc).2 Strong preference is given to applicants with financial hardship and other social/cultural barriers to accessibility. Please note that committee members may like to use some of your responses to help generate awareness of the Trans* Gear scholarship with your permission

Please email your (brief) answers to the following questions to trans.gear.scholarship@gmail.com on or before NOVEMBER 1st, 2014:

1. Preferred name(s) and pronoun(s).

2. Age.

3. Mailing address to a location where you may safely receive mail.
Please note that some companies do not mail to P.O. Boxes.

4. If selected as a recipient, what name should we use on the package?
For your safety, please let us know in your application how we can discreetly mail gear to you if are selected as a recipient. (i.e.: “use my legal name ‘Susan’ instead of ‘Sam’ on the packaging)


5. Email address and/or phone number where it is safe to receive verbal or written notification.
Let us know if you have a preference, by email, by phone, or either. Unfortunately, we cannot correspond via snail mail at this time.


5b.(if applicable) If we may contact you by phone, may we leave voicemail or message stating that we are the Trans* Gear Team calling about your application? Y / N?
If you select phone as your preferred mode of communication and do not want us to leave a voicemail or message, we will only make one (1) additional attempt to contact you beyond the first call.

5c. (if applicable) If we may contact you by phone, what are the best days/times to call?

6. What sort of device/gear do you need? How much is the requested item? What size do you need? Please provide:
a. The specificlink to the item (not the general site link).
b. Name or SKUs/model numbers of the item.
c. Size and/or color requested.
Make sure you have the appropriate size/color by carefully researching the item you need and measuring your body appropriately. We are not able to return gear or exchange items for another size. If you need help selecting the appropriate size or item, many companies will correspond with you by email or over the phone about their products and services.

EXAMPLE: If you were requesting a chest binder from Underworks you would tell us the price, name/model number, size, and color you want, cost of shipping, and the internet link to the item: Ultimate Chest Binder Tank, #997100105, $29.99, white, size XL, shipping is $5.99. http://www.underworks.com/men/compression-shirts/ultimate-chest-binder-tank

7. Optional: Racial or ethnic identities, ability status, or other identities and life experiences that you feel provide context for your application. 

8. Have you applied for the Trans* Gear fund before? Were you selected as a recipient?
If yes, tell us when (what year) and what gear item you received. If you received gear from us in the past, please briefly explain why you are applying for funding again.

9. Tell us a little about yourself and address the following questions: Why are you applying? If financial hardship is an issue, be sure to mention that in your response. How would a Trans* Gear Scholarship help you feel more affirmed in your gender(s) and/or facilitate your gender exploration?
Feel free to write as little or as much as you feel comfortable with; however, please try to limit your response to one page as several lengthy applications can quickly overwhelm our small staff.
Writing Tip: Be specific in your answer because the more information we know about you and your situation, the better able we will be to understand how the fund can assist you.

10. May the trans* gear committee anonymously use your response to question #9 for the purposes of raising-awareness (i.e.: newsletter, website, letters to donors)?Y / N ?
We never distribute, share, or disclose any information regarding applicants/recipients in our advertising, fundraising, or consciousness-raising efforts. Your response would be featured anonymously (no name or other identifying information would be attached to the featured response).

*Scholarship funds are used to purchase gear on behalf of selected applicants. Number of scholarship recipients depends on number of applications and total cost of requested gear.

*We honor multiple definitions and embodiments under or beyond the trans* umbrella.

DONATE TO THE SCHOLARSHIP HERE 

(via newmodelminority)

Iraq, Ferguston, Etc.

-deathshark-:

There hasn’t been one war in history where only soldiers die. Conflicts kill children, kill women, and kill the elderly; anybody who cannot run when the bombs are dropped - those are the ones who die.

Pablo Paredes, first Conscious Objector of the 2003 - 2011 war in Iraq from Puerto Rico, a contemporary colony of the United States of America.


The United States is involved in dirty wars around the globe, including our own backyard. Whether it manifests as drones in Yemen and Pakistan, “surgical strikes” and “intelligence gathering personnel” in Iraq, stop-and-frisk checkpoints in the Bronx, or martial law in Ferguson, MO. Anyone who disrupts the status quo will be punished. Ask Michael Hastings.

Popular and corporate media as well as government officials declare that they are protecting us from undesirables; they use rhetoric that instills fear by assuring our safety, and they implement a particularly perverse form of collective gaslighting known in some circles as Just World Hypothesis or Theory, and in others as Just World Fallacy.

I fall into the second camp.

I learned about Just World Fallacy (JWF) from my therapist at the VA (veteran affairs hospital). They have a novel program for “permanently treating” PTSD without “relapse” that combines all of the torment of exposure therapy with some practical facts, theories, and information about cognition and behavior. I had a strong preference for the latter, but the former prevented me from ever completing the program.

My therapist explained that JWF is socialized into our consciousness through institutions we are raised within and tells us, essentially, that good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people.

These institutions typically include schools, churches or other religious institutions, and our nuclear families. In my case, it also included drug rehab, a juvenile detention center/mental health facility, Children and Youth Services (CYS, now CYF - Children Youth and Families), a state social work agency, and the US military to name a few. Oh, and the institution of capitalism, which permeates US culture and enters our homes through the media we consume. 

My therapist went on to explain that when something terrible happens to us that we cannot stop or control (in this case rape and combat related incidents) we weigh our experience on this worldview. We must be bad people who deserved what happens to us.

This impedes our ability to process the event in any other way and eventually leads to PTSD, a condition that tortures both veteran and civilian survivors of violence in a way I cannot describe in words, at least not at this moment.

All of this seems to make sense, but it begs some questions.

If the DoD, the VA, and the US Government are aware that our cultural framework and moral compass are based on total bullshit that leads to lifelong torment for many, many people, why would they allow it to continue? Isn’t this a public health crisis?

If PTSD were prevented by discussing JWF and how it impacts our minds and ability to process our war experiences, wouldn’t it save the VA incredible amounts of money in treatment costs for returning veterans? Apparently it might not, depending on the sum of the spoils of war.

When you truly examine these questions, it seems obvious that JWF allows us to Other anyone who is struggling for survival in any way by blaming them for their own problems under the assumption that they are bad people who must deserve what is happening to them.

This allows people to believe that war is justified and compels them at times to fight on the side of “good.” It allows people to believe that those who do not have enough to eat must be lazy or otherwise bad people and compels them to cut entitlements like food stamps and medicaid. When those people die, it is their fault. If they turn to alternative methods of income generation, it is also their fault. It justifies rape, poverty, starvation, militarization, occupation, execution by cop, hatred and condemnation of migrants, and a variety of other horrible things that we have been suffocating under for what feels like lifetimes.

JWF is the ultimate apologist for crimes against humanity. It allows militarism, white supremacy, and patriarchy to thrive. It also allows for extreme wealth and power for those who JWF automatically assumes are deserving.

Ultimately, it allows trust for authority and power over trust for people to whom we should be able to relate. In other words, it is a pathological self-sabotaging behavior for the vast majority of people who believe it.

At this point I think it might be important to share that I don’t think that JWF is a grand conspiracy. Things like lizard people don’t appeal to my sense of logic or practicality. It is a fact that a small number of people in this country have significantly more money and power than the vast majority of the world combined. This blew people’s minds and helped catalyze the Occupy Movement.

The fact that the Occupy Movement had the unfortunate effect of magnetizing conspiracy theorists and white supremacists (not to mention problematically romanticizing colonialism) does not change those numbers. It just made the movement unsustainable and limited in reach.

Those who are extremely rich and powerful cling tight to those things that they love (money and power). In 2006, Jamie Johnson, the heir to the Johnson and Johnson dynasty, created and released a documentary that coined the term “The One Percent.

Jamie Johnson’s status as a member of the one percent allowed him to access the unimaginably rich assholes that control so much of this country and this world.

Around minute 17:22 we meet investment banking heir and spoiled man-child Karl Muth. Karl (or rather, his father) has purchased a swanky apartment in Chicago, right in the heart of a neighborhood going through the turmoil of gentrification. We meet Karl’s neighbors at the nearby local project, Cabrini Green. At minute 23:10, Karl lets us all know, on camera, exactly how he feels about the situation:

"It is easier to just cleanse the earth of these people, send them to the far reaches of the universe, and the mayor’s office will build a big police station, build a bunch of town houses, yuppies will buy in and they’ll bouge-ify it, and suddenly we’ll have a community! Yeah there will be a bunch of people displaced, yeah there will be a bunch of crime problems, but it’s easier. We found the easy solution."

When Karl mentions sending “them” to the “far reaches of the universe,” I cannot help thinking about who they are and where they go to die.

The first person in the US Military to die in Iraq was an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala named Jose Gutierrez. He survived civil war, but his parents did not. To escape extreme poverty, he embarked on a 2000 mile trek on foot and by hitch-hiking until he reached California. When he was picked up by INS in 1997, he told them that he was 16 and eligible for asylum when in reality he was at least 22.

He was placed in foster care where he had 30 foster-siblings, one of whom suggested he might be granted citizenship by joining the military. Once he had citizenship, his sister would be able to join him from Guatemala. He died of a chest wound in Iraq less than one year later.

Not wanting to disrupt the American Dream - or miss out on an opportunity to earn income - the US government offered Gutierrez posthumous citizenship provided that his sister paid the government that killed her brother $80. Time Magazine dutifully insists that it was “what he always wanted in life.”

Gentrification processes often displace rather than deport, particularly in the case of black communities. You cannot easily deport someone who has arrived in the United States via mass kidnapping for the purpose of enslavement (although it is not unheard of). The military seemingly provides all of the things that are taken away from those displaced through gentrification and colonization: a home, food, medical “care”, and education.

This strategy takes the Others out of “desirable” neighborhoods (sometimes referred to as “development opportunities”), places them in a rigid institution and allows the rich and powerful to continue the cycle of taking away from other people what is rightfully theirs, all across the globe.

While immoral an unethical, this strategy is meeting all of the goals of those who desire to hoard their wealth; their opposition is literally killing one another.

People join the military for opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise, and the go to Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Djibouti, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Japan, Guam, and outposts all over the world. They control other people’s resources, denying them the same opportunities they themselves sought in the military, and ultimately they kill many of them whether through bombs or simply as a long-term result of resource deprivation and deteriorated mental and physical health.

The National Guard

When people join the National Guard, they do exactly the same in their own backyard, as well as backyards across the globe when the US has other colonial projects in mind. After all, it was created for this purpose.

The United States National Guard originated to “protect” the Massachusetts Bay Colony from uprisings of the local Pequot tribe whose land they occupied. Over time, more militias were formed to kill off the local residents or drive them Westward. They were also used to ambush Mexicans who attempted to stop US colonial expansion. 

After experiencing its effectiveness, the US government decided to formalize the militias into the modern Army and Air National Guards. The federal government has deployed the national guard countless times to smash civil unrest, conquer labor disputes, and acquire and maintain colonial projects - frequently leading to massacre.

Current US “Colonial Possessions,” Puerto Rico and Guam, have their own national guard units. This is not unlike the US military-trained Afghan or Iraqi military and police forces, and the Afghan and Iraqi military and police forces are not unlike the Missouri National Guard who are currently occupying Ferguson MO under martial law.  

They are using us to kill people we have more in common with than contrast to protect their own interests, and they do not care what happens to us in the process. They are tempting people to turn on their own communities by bribing them with resources and power, and they are disrupting our trust for one another.

 We cannot allow that to happen.

We need to remember who the real enemy is, and we need to stop allowing them to destroy ourselves and our communities. We need to remember that the same people who are doing this to us are doing this to others, and there are far more of us than them. In short, we need to refuse to participate, and we need to stand in solidarity with one another. But what does this look like in practice*?

  1. Don’t accept the bribe. No matter what it seems to offer, joining the military or the police force has long term negative impacts on your family, your community, and you, yourself. The system that takes care of you in the short-term often turns its back on you in the long-term.

  2. Resist. If you have already joined, you don’t have to stay, and you do not have to consent to harming people in your community. Take a stand. If you are deployed to Ferguson, you don’t have to fight. Do not fire your weapon, do not follow illegal or unethical orders. If you need support, there are a variety of people and organizations that will help you.

  3. Support. People join the military and police because they are vulnerable and people who feel vulnerable often need support as they leave oppressive power structures, transform themselves and their world view, and ultimately heal. If we want people to take a stand and resist these power structures, they need to feel confident that there is a supportive community available to help them through that process.

    It is also important to support and mentor young people in our own communities and speak with them about issues of systemic oppression. Having this kind of support makes military and police recruitment significantly more difficult. Impairing recruitment keeps our communities vibrant and strong, maintains internal integrity and trust amongst community members, and ultimately allows us to thrive and proliferate.

  4. Preserve Histories. Learn the histories of other people and communities who are occupied domestically or abroad. It’s important to acknowledge and learn from our unique struggles and be sensitive to our differences, and it is also important to acknowledge our intersections and use them to foster understanding and solidarity. Transmit your history and the history of other communities and movements to other people in your community and your family and stress that it is important to stand together. 

  5. Take Action. Situations like these feel enormous and can make us feel powerless. But there actions that can be taken even if you feel isolated and distant. Right now, corporations, contractors, police, and military forces are gearing up for Urban Shield; a 4 day festival of arms and gear sales and training for the militarization of a neighborhood near you. 

    There are a number of corporations who benefit from events such as this one. Urban Shield is estimated to cost 1.7 million dollars.

    The War Resister’s League and local organizations in Oakland, CA are asking that the Marriott refuse to host the event on the grounds that police are networking internationally to create and practice strategies and tactics that tear our communities apart.

    Right now, you can sign this petition. There are plans to increase pressure on the Marriott as Urban Shield approaches, and updates will be available through The War Resister’s League


Thank you for your non-cooperation.

*This list is non-exhaustive. 

musingsofanawkwardblackgirl:

akasuna-no-tezka:

shamboob:

dontcallmeliz:

 

What the fuck hahaha

Stealing your man since 1928

SLAAAAAYYYYYY

magnacarterholygrail:

godcipherdevine:

magnacarterholygrail:

2008 | 2014 — S L A Y  M E  O N I K A 

I thought more older the wiser you get… Idk I guess that shot ain’t trending or trendy or whatever the Fuck

have you drank a glass of water today? cleaned your room? eaten breakfast? moisturized your skin and hair? taken deep cleansing breaths? stretched your muscles? gotten some fresh air? read a book? done anything that’s personally productive to your life besides decide to use a painfully false and misogynistic paradigm to try to call yourself  insulting, unprompted, a woman who uses her talents to elevate herself and personally make it her mission to inspire and uplift black girls and women across the world with her music and her style and her constant reclamation of her body and her sexiness as her own and not one that’s manufactured for a male gaze ON TOP of her verbal confirmation her understanding of and disgust with the damaging sexism AND racism she has to fight just like us that continues to persist today?

probably not, and that’s kinda sad. 

bghwb:

beam-meh-up-scotty:

ladyanastaciaspencer:

Harlem Nights 1989

An absolutely great film.

» Critics hated this film. A prime example of white people not understanding a thing, so they shit all over the thing, point to it, and call it crap. Eddie was so upset by the critical failure, he didn’t watch the movie for years. He appreciates it now for what it is, but can you imagine working so hard on something you love with people you admire, putting it out in the world and then having it trashed?

This movie is amazing. It’s hilarious. One of Eddie Murphy’s best. The writing is on point. The direction is on point. It’s a cult classic in the black community, because we know gold when we see it.

If you haven’t seen Harlem Nights get your life and get it done.

(via daniellemertina)

invisiblelad:

evolutia:

swallowthatshit:

gang0fwolves:

wussut:

sizvideos:

4 Year Old Foils Babysitter’s Robbery Plot - Video

Let’s just blame the black guy…

believe a little girl in 30 seconds but won’t believe the black man after 5 hours….lol ok.

Says a lot.

It really does. I think it’s wonderful that she told that truth however, this is a prime example of white privilege. At 4 years old, she actually had systematic power over the fate of a Black male. White privilege is a very real and impactful thing.

I know that this story is heartwarming in it’s own way. Yes, the 4 year old has more in the way of ethical fiber in her pinky than her babysitter has in her whole body. Yes, it’s case closed on a wrongfully accused case that could have had very serious consequences for the neighbor involved…

but there’s something really chilling about an otherwise law abiding citizen being arrested and questioned in handcuffs for 5 hours on the casual implication of a 17 year old. 

(via colormeradical)

How would you define somebody who puts a cat where he is and takes all the money out of the ghetto where he makes it? Who is looting whom? Grabbing off the TV set? He doesn’t really want the TV set. He’s saying screw you. It’s just judgment, by the way, on the value of the TV set. He doesn’t want it. He wants to let you know he’s there. The question I’m trying to raise is a very serious question. The mass media-television and all the major news agencies-endlessly use that word “looter”. On television you always see black hands reaching in, you know. And so the American public concludes that these savages are trying to steal everything from us, And no one has seriously tried to get where the trouble is. After all, you’re accusing a captive population who has been robbed of everything of looting. I think it’s obscene.
James Baldwin, in a 1968 interview with Esquire (via ethiopienne)

(via howtobeterrell)

the-goddamazon:

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gailsimone:

berenzero:

And people wonder why I love Wonder Woman so much.

Bingo.

The third and last pictures are painting a bdsm picture in my head and I’m not sure what to do with it

I want to date Wonder Woman. ;_;

(via forgetpolitics)

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