daughtersofdig:

Meet The Generation Of Incredible Native American Women Fighting To Preserve Their Culture by Danielle Seewalker for Marie Claire UK

Native Americans represent just one per cent of the US population and some languages have only one speaker left. Now a new generation is fighting to preserve the culture.

Meet the women leading that fight: http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/blogs/547176/meet-the-generation-of-incredible-native-american-women-fighting-to-preserve-their-culture.html#y5UioxWL1hQHhom1.01

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thinksquad:

Police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun wearing body cameras after weeks of unrest over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white officer and sharply differing accounts of the incident, officials said on Sunday.
Michael Brown, 18, was shot multiple times by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, sparking nearly three weeks of angry protests in the St. Louis suburb and drawing global attention to race relations in the United States.
Law enforcement and witnesses gave differing accounts of what transpired before Brown was shot, with police saying the teen had struggled with the officer. Witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.
The discrepancy has revived calls for officers across the county to be outfitted with body cameras to help capture an accurate record of police-involved incidents.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/01/us-usa-missouri-shooting-idUSKBN0GW13M20140901

thinksquad:

Police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun wearing body cameras after weeks of unrest over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white officer and sharply differing accounts of the incident, officials said on Sunday.

Michael Brown, 18, was shot multiple times by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, sparking nearly three weeks of angry protests in the St. Louis suburb and drawing global attention to race relations in the United States.

Law enforcement and witnesses gave differing accounts of what transpired before Brown was shot, with police saying the teen had struggled with the officer. Witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.

The discrepancy has revived calls for officers across the county to be outfitted with body cameras to help capture an accurate record of police-involved incidents.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/01/us-usa-missouri-shooting-idUSKBN0GW13M20140901

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blacksupervillain:

imagine if mike brown’s family had considered deleting their son’s social media before the media got to it

that would turn heads

"what are they trying to hide?"

"a teenager with no internet profile? seems fishy"

"did he keep a low profile because he was in a gang?"

but no one thinks its weird that darren wilson’s internet EVERYTHING seems to have magically vanished

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cultureunseen:

Charda Gregory abducted, humiliated, violated, restrained, scalped and tortured. 
If this were reversed, with black police officers who were sworn to uphold peace and justice but instead were documented victimizing a white woman (who was already a victim), this news would have trumped the Olympics!

Truncated version: drugged at a party, abducted to a motel, wakes up during unwanted sexual violation in a motel room full of strangers, fights like hell to escape, motel employee calls the authorities, she gets arrested for destroying motel property and it just gets worst from there.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoBLolqUaNg 

Every officer who participated in it and even those who witnessed it and did nothing should be punished but instead they just fired the woman?
No rape kit, no police report on the people inside the motel room, no investigation of her claims, no accountability for missing motel entry records, no video from the motel but she gets detained for fourteen days?

(Btw, when did your tax dollars begin purchasing Abu Ghraib type water boarding chairs?)

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"BUT CONSENT"

radicalmayhem:

Just so we’re clear about this: consent doesn’t make it okay.

I’ll repeat that. Consent does not make sexual violence okay.

To illustrate this point, let me tell you a little story about a man named Armin Meiwes. Mr. Meiwes, a German man, has some peculiar interests. That is to say, Armin Meiwes has a sexual fetish for cannibalism.

In the early 2000s, Armin Meiwes posted an ad on a cannibal fetish website, seeking a “young, fit male, 18-30 years old, to be slaughtered and then consumed.” A man named Bernd Jürgen Armando Brandes answered the ad. As far as anyone can tell, Brandes was an otherwise normal man in a healthy state of mind when he consented to be murdered and eaten.

On March 9, 2001, Meiwes and Brandes got together to act out their fantasies. After attempts to bite off Brandes’ penis proved too difficult, Meiwes amputated Brandes’ penis with a knife and sauteed it with oil and spices. They tried to eat it together while Brandes bled out in the bathtub. After Brandes lost consciousness, Meiwes slaughtered him like an animal, kept his body parts in the freezer, and “ate parts of him for the next ten months.”

Meiwes, as you may have guessed, is doing life in prison on a murder charge. But why? After all, Brandes consented to the whole thing. He volunteered. Theoretically, Brandes was enjoying the situation as much as Meiwes. If consent makes violence okay, why is Armin Meiwes in prison?

Kinksters, this is the logical conclusion to your reasoning. By your logic, Armin Meiwes was falsely imprisoned, martyred, even, by the vanilla oppressors. Instead of being locked up, he should be out teaching classes on how to practice cannibalism the RACK way! 

After all, he’s not dangerous. He only slaughters and eats people who consent. What he does in the privacy of his own home is nobody’s business, right?

Wrong. This example is extreme, but the facts remain that what you do IN the bedroom has consequences OUT of the bedroom. Abuse is abuse, and murder is murder, no matter how much leather you dress it up in. Violence doesn’t stop being violence just because you consent to it.

Of course, you’re still welcome to believe that consent is the end of the conversation. Just know that Armin Meiwes, the Rotenburg Cannibal, agrees with you. 

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The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living. I am not speaking, of course, of the beauty which strikes the senses, of the beauty of qualities and appearances. I am far from despising this, but it has nothing to do with science. What I mean is that more intimate beauty which comes from the harmonious order of its parts, and which a pure intelligence can grasp.
Henri Poincaré, Science and Method (via observando)

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ainsleywrites:

hellborndaughter:

Call me a TWERF/TERF all you want because at least I actually stick up for the justice and rights of young girls

instead of protecting their murderers and rapists

Yeah, no, the entire genderist just continues to paint Synthia China Blast as some harmless individual when the truth really just sucks so much harder than what they’re saying.  And they also keep acting as if Luis Morales was apprehended and jailed for being a trans-woman, when really, it was because Luis Morales took part in the brutal murder and desecration of Ebony Nicole Wililams.  

Incarcerated men and women overall are treated unfairly, and more so if they are part of marginalized group.  Yeah, I get that.  I totally support the fair treatment of incarcerated people while they’re in jail, so that they’re not abused at the hands of our state penitentiary systems.  Trans-women and trans-men deserve to be treated with that same respect, IMO.  But the fact that genderists continue to literally pretend that Luis Morales is some innocent victim is honestly sickening, especially when Ebony’s brutal murder keeps getting literally thrown under the bus by their staunch defense of Synthia China Blast.  

"But the witnesses recanted!"  

Please remember that the witnesses were “friends” of then-Luis Morales and were most likely part of the Latin Kings (so, tbh, they would recant, considering that if they had close ties to the Kings, they would probably have been brutally killed as well), and in their statements, Luis Morales and Carlos Franco actually bragged about what they did to Ebony Nicole Williams.  


christie-in-real-life:

niallimlegal:

the white house released this video on sexual assault that actually targets men, telling them not to rape, rather than telling women not to be raped. please watch this.

This is so fucking important, that I can’t even start to describe the happiness I get from finally seeing a major world government making a video that doesn’t tell women to not get raped, but instead tells men to not rape & to stop rape in the first place.

This right now, should be across Tumblr like a wildfire. It should be trending on Twitter and Facebook. This is good news. This is great news. This is, for once, a positive step towards educating people on a fucking huge scale about sexual assault.

This isn’t a solution. Rape culture isn’t gone. We can’t all just stand around and pat ourselves on the back saying, “We did it guys! We made the video! Job done.” - but for the first time in my memory, society is beginning to actively change its broken perspectives from the top level down. This is great. This is good news. This is a start.

This is fucking hope.

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sammy-got-pimped-for-pie:

In honor of back-to-school.

sammy-got-pimped-for-pie:

In honor of back-to-school.

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All white women in this nation know that their status is different from that of black women/women of color. They know this from the time they are little girls watching television and seeing only their images. They know that the only reason nonwhites are absent/invisible is because they are not white. All white women in this nation know that whiteness is a privileged category. The fact that white females may choose to repress or deny this knowledge does not mean they are #ignorant: it means that they are in denial.
bell hooks  (via feministquotes)

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Reminder: You are under no obligation to look pretty.

fandomsandfeminism:

Not when you are laying around the house, not when you go to the grocery store, not when you sit in a classroom, not when you go to the gym. You are never obligated to get dressed up just so you are pretty for others.

Pretty is not the rent you pay to exist in the world as a woman. 

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Children should remain silent, and they are ‘good’ when they’re quiet, but ‘bad’ when they are not, because they are disturbing the adults and causing trouble. This attitude runs through the way people interact with children on every level, and yet, they seem surprised when it turns out that children have been struggling with serious medical problems, or they’ve been assaulted or abused.

The most common response is ‘well why didn’t the child say something?’ or ‘why didn’t the child talk to an adult?’ Adults constantly assure themselves that children know to go to a grownup when they are in trouble, and they even repeat that sentiment to children; you can always come to us, adults tell children, when you need help. Find a trusted adult, a teacher or a doctor or a police officer or a firefighter, and tell that adult what’s going on, and you’ll be helped, and everything will be all right.

The thing is that children do that, and the adults don’t listen. Every time a child tells an adult about something and nothing happens, that child learns that adults are liars, and that they don’t provide the promised help. Children hold up their end of the deal by reporting, sometimes at great personal risk, and they get no concrete action in return. Sometimes, the very adult people tell a child to ‘trust’ is the least reliable person; the teacher is friends with the priest who is molesting a student, the firefighter plays pool with the father who is beating a child, they don’t want to cause a scene.

Or children are accused of lying for attention because they accused the wrong person. They’re told they must be mistaken about what happened, unclear on the specifics, because there’s no way what they’re saying could be true, so and so isn’t that kind of person. A mother would never do that. He’s a respected member of the community! In their haste to close their ears to the child’s voice, adults make sure the child’s experience is utterly denied and debunked. Couldn’t be, can’t be, won’t be. The child knows not to say such things in the future, because no one is listening, because people will actively tell the child to be quiet.

Children are also told that they aren’t experiencing what they’re actually experiencing, or they’re being fussy about nothing. A child reports a pain in her leg after gym class, and she’s told to quit whining. Four months later, everyone is shocked when her metastatic bone cancer becomes unavoidably apparent. Had someone listened to her in the first place when she reported the original bone pain and said it felt different that usual, she would have been evaluated sooner. A child tells a teacher he has trouble seeing the blackboard, and the teacher dismisses it, so the child is never referred for glasses; the child struggles with math until high school, when someone finally acknowledges there’s a problem.

This attitude, that children shouldn’t be believed, puts the burden of proof on children, rather than assuming that there might be something to their statements. Some people seem to think that actually listening to children would result in a generation of hopelessly spoiled brats who know they can say anything for attention, but would that actually be the case? That assumption is rooted in the idea that children are not trustworthy, and cannot be respected. I’m having trouble understanding why adults should be viewed as inherently trustworthy and respectable, especially in light of the way we treat children.


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cartoonpolitics:

"Strong, responsible unions are essential to industrial fair play.  Without them the labor bargain is wholly one-sided.  The parties to the labor contract must be nearly equal in strength if justice is to be worked out, and this means that the workers must be organized and that their organizations must be recognized by employers as a condition precedent to industrial peace." .. (Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis)

cartoonpolitics:

"Strong, responsible unions are essential to industrial fair play.  Without them the labor bargain is wholly one-sided.  The parties to the labor contract must be nearly equal in strength if justice is to be worked out, and this means that the workers must be organized and that their organizations must be recognized by employers as a condition precedent to industrial peace." .. (Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis)