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Anonymous said: My friend and I are in AP Art and she has seen fit to draw Rick Scott smiling whilst sitting on Florida and dissolving into money as part of her concentration. Looking forward to this.

fuckingflorida:

can you have them submit the final product if they want to because I feel like I need to see this

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howtobeterrell:


oinonio:

swolizard:

darvinasafo:

These two intellectually disabled half brothers, at the ages of 15 and 19, were coerced into signing statements, after hours of interrogation that would lead to their incarceration.
THEY HAVE BEEN IN JAIL LONGER THEN MUST OF YA’LL HAVE BEEN ALIVE FOR SOMETHING THEY DID NOT DO.

police aint shit bruh I hate them so much at this fucking point

Not just police: 

Their release concluded a judicial horror story in which the two men were sent to death row though no physical evidence linked them to the murder. At the same time, a serial sex offender who lived less than 100 yards from the crime scene — and who, a few weeks after that murder, would kill a teenage girl nearby in strikingly similar circumstances — was never pursued as a suspect.
But if the case was finally closed, the episode reopened ugly memories of what critics say was a merciless criminal justice system that ran roughshod over helpless people for decades in this poor, sprawling, racially volatile county sometime known as the Great State of Robeson.
At the heart of that is the legacy of Joe Freeman Britt, who earned a spot in “Guinness World Records” and a “60 Minutes” profile for his prowess in sending people to death row. (read more)

howtobeterrell:

oinonio:

swolizard:

darvinasafo:

These two intellectually disabled half brothers, at the ages of 15 and 19, were coerced into signing statements, after hours of interrogation that would lead to their incarceration.

THEY HAVE BEEN IN JAIL LONGER THEN MUST OF YA’LL HAVE BEEN ALIVE FOR SOMETHING THEY DID NOT DO.

police aint shit bruh I hate them so much at this fucking point

Not just police: 

DEADLIEST D.A.’ District Attorney Joe Freeman Britt, in 1987, the man who prosecuted Mr. Brown and Henry McCollum. Credit Jim Bounds/The News & Observer, via Associated Press

Their release concluded a judicial horror story in which the two men were sent to death row though no physical evidence linked them to the murder. At the same time, a serial sex offender who lived less than 100 yards from the crime scene — and who, a few weeks after that murder, would kill a teenage girl nearby in strikingly similar circumstances — was never pursued as a suspect.

But if the case was finally closed, the episode reopened ugly memories of what critics say was a merciless criminal justice system that ran roughshod over helpless people for decades in this poor, sprawling, racially volatile county sometime known as the Great State of Robeson.

At the heart of that is the legacy of Joe Freeman Britt, who earned a spot in “Guinness World Records” and a “60 Minutes” profile for his prowess in sending people to death row. (read more)

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think-progress:


"It’s not controversial to say that human activity is contributing in some way. The question is how serious that is" - Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana 

Turns out pretty serious for your state.

think-progress:

"It’s not controversial to say that human activity is contributing in some way. The question is how serious that is" - Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana

Turns out pretty serious for your state.

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kittydoom:

exgynocraticgrrl:

Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action

 (Left to Right): Peter Buffett, Jimmie Briggs, Joe Ehrmann, Tony Porter,
 Dave Zirin and Moderator Eve Ensler.

MIC DROP

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dion-thesocialist:

If you have a problem with the statement, “If you can’t afford to tip, don’t eat out,” then please feel free to re-frame it as “If you can’t afford to pay someone, don’t make them work for you.”

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gender-weird:

Why FCKH8 is NOT an Ally to the Queer Community
That time they made fun of asexuality and diversity of the queer community in one fell swoop
That time they became hypocrites about it to avoid being called acephobic (not to mention cissexist/ not trans* inclusive)
That time they used misogyny to empower cis gay men, alienate lesbians, forget about bisexuality, and be cissexist about all forms of sexuality
That time they stole ideas from queer charities to make a profit
That time they stole ideas from bloggers to make a profit
That time reviews show just how shitty they are at doing business anways
That time they paralleled racial segregation to the gay rights movement because they are definitely the same thing
That time they used stereotypes of Black women to render them into props
That time they ignored gender neutral pronouns, cited religion as a reason for doing so, and harassed someone over it
Basically all of the stuff folks are reporting on this tumblr I keep linking ya’ll to
They harass and disrespect people on their facebook page. They are actively cissexist, transphobic, asexual erasing, racist, sexist, and misogynist in order to sell shitty, overpriced t-shirts that they stole from charities. 
So in other words, fuck fckh8.
(I understand that a lot of parodies of fckh8 have recently appeared on tumblr and other social network websites. As far as I am aware none of the links I have posted above are parodies, and are actually associated with fckh8. 
If you notice any disparities, please let me know.)

gender-weird:

Why FCKH8 is NOT an Ally to the Queer Community

They harass and disrespect people on their facebook page. They are actively cissexist, transphobic, asexual erasing, racist, sexist, and misogynist in order to sell shitty, overpriced t-shirts that they stole from charities. 

So in other words, fuck fckh8.

(I understand that a lot of parodies of fckh8 have recently appeared on tumblr and other social network websites. As far as I am aware none of the links I have posted above are parodies, and are actually associated with fckh8. 

If you notice any disparities, please let me know.)

(Reblogged from projectqueer)

persephoneholly:

ten-and-donna:

kissnecks:

THIS OKAY

You want to get kids out of foster care and into good, loving homes? I’ve got a simple solution to your problem.

Did you know LGBT couples are more likely to adopt older, children of color and disable children than straight couples? LGBT couples tend to adopt ‘undesired’ children more (basically kids no one else wants.)

(Source: beaconpress)

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revolutionary-afrolatino:

Police shoot teenage special-needs girl within 20 seconds of arriving to ‘help’

On June 3rd, 2014, the Serrano family was having difficulty with a young female family member who suffers from a mental illness and depression. Yanira Serrano-Garcia, 18, had apparently gone off of her medication and became agitated and hard to control.
“[Yanira] wanted to be normal. She wanted to stop taking her medication, and I get it. Sometimes when my feet hurt I just want to be normal. I don’t want to take pills. I get her…all we want is justice,” said a friend of Yanira’s during a community march. 
“Sadly, they mistook her for something she didn’t do, and a cop decided to get his gun out when he could have gotten out his taser, his pepper spray,” she said.
“She has special needs and we just want answers,” said Yanira’s brother, Tiny Serrano. “Who are we supposed to call now when we need help when who is supposed to help us is killing our kids?”

revolutionary-afrolatino:

Police shoot teenage special-needs girl within 20 seconds of arriving to ‘help’

On June 3rd, 2014, the Serrano family was having difficulty with a young female family member who suffers from a mental illness and depression. Yanira Serrano-Garcia, 18, had apparently gone off of her medication and became agitated and hard to control.

“[Yanira] wanted to be normal. She wanted to stop taking her medication, and I get it. Sometimes when my feet hurt I just want to be normal. I don’t want to take pills. I get her…all we want is justice,” said a friend of Yanira’s during a community march. 

“Sadly, they mistook her for something she didn’t do, and a cop decided to get his gun out when he could have gotten out his taser, his pepper spray,” she said.

“She has special needs and we just want answers,” said Yanira’s brother, Tiny Serrano. “Who are we supposed to call now when we need help when who is supposed to help us is killing our kids?”

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Anonymous said: if i am white, are things like smudging and crystal healing considered cultural appropriation? and with smudging, if it is culturally appropriative, are there certain things that you can smudge with as to make it not bad for white people to do? i'm very curious about them but i don't want to participate in something i shouldn't be.

reclaimingthenativetag:

doddlekit:

reclaimingthenativetag:

Short answer: yes, it’s cultural appropriation.

Long answer: There’s no real way to make it “not bad” unless you’re learning smudging from native people (I can’t speak to crystal healing; can one of the other mods?), and even then it’s very touchy. I know the pagan/New Age community has really picked up smudging as a “thing” but it’s cultural appropriation, plain and simple. And it’s often taught with wrong, mixed-together, badly-understood practices. I have seen weird amalgams of practices that make me shake my head in disbelief.

I always encourage people to look into their own culture’s practices. There may be cleansing rituals from your ancestral cultures that speak to you; I personally tend to use a mixture of smudging and Celtic rituals (usually involving salt) to honor both sides of my ancestry. The irony here is, I grew up with smudging and learned about the Celtic practices as an adult.

And this actually speaks to why this is a problem: most white people who smudge talk about “ancient wisdom” and such as if smudging is not a living, breathing practice. And, moreover, as if “ancient wisdom” is only to be found among those poor, tragic cultures that were “destroyed” by the white people. Why do you feel you need to turn to us, instead of looking to your own culture?

Again, I can’t speak to crystal healing. Anyone else?

—Mod Ari

I didn’t realized smudging was a native thing or complete tried towards pargernism? Like i know a lot if people like me like to use smoke or how some Brown religious grandmas will blow cigar smokes cause in the religious text for arhaman religions often referred to Him as smoke or how demons see him as smoke.

Mod Ari again. It will be long, I apologize. I couldn’t sum up my thoughts any shorter!

I didn’t mean to imply smudging was only a native thing, or only used outside native contexts by pagans. But when white people say “smudging” they are almost always referring to a particular practice (sage in an abalone shell) that is common in neopagan/New Age circles and is touted as being “native” by the white people who do it. They don’t mean other smoke cleansing practices, or other types of smudging done by non-native POCs.

So we’re specifically talking about white people culturally appropriating smudging, here. A white person who came to a native blog because they are “curious” about smudging and want to know how it’s okay for them to do it. They want to know in what way it’s okay for them to take our culture because they see other cultures as a commodity to consume.

The way I was taught, you use a clay or wooden bowl, not a shell. And while sage is nice if you can get it, I was taught to use what’s local and available, which means I’ve done a lot of smudging with just cedar bark (it being very easy to get where I live.) My father used to use cigarette smoke (or pot smoke), blowing it in my face, in addition to burning sage or cedar, because it’s what he had.

I’ll be clear: I am not saying my way is the right or only way. But it’s the way I was taught, growing up. And when I would bring that up, back when I was in neopagan circles, I was invariably told that the (white) High Priestess or whatever had learned this technique from some white guy who’d learned it from a white guy who’d been certified as an Official Lakota Shaman (which was probably BS). And thus their way was the Only Authentic Way. My experiences were invalidated. My cultural context was invalidated.

That is one reason why cultural appropriation is bad. Because white people take a thing, and make it “theirs,” and then tell us how to do it. Tell us we are wrong about our own cultures.

I don’t care about people smudging or using smoke for whom it’s truly a part of their culture or background. Can’t speak for the other mods, of course. But there are a lot of us NDNs who are Christians who still use some of the old ceremonies in a Christian way. If your grandma blew cigar smoke at you to purify you, go ahead and keep doing it. If you’re an NDN just now learning smudging, good for you.

But unless a white person approaches me with respect for the entire context of why I smudge, and will not pass on the particulars, and knows me personally and has shown respect in the past, I’m going to shut them down when they want to learn my traditions. If other NDNs want to pass it on to white people, that’s their choice. I’m not going to.

I guess this is me, as a mod, drawing my line in the dirt and going “white people cannot pass.” I will probably always say “that’s cultural appropriation” if white people put in asks about “how do I do this native thing.” If you’re white and you need to come to an NDN blog because you don’t know an NDN to ask, the answer, from me, will always be “No. This is ours. Go away.”

—Mod Ari (who promises to try not to be so long-winded in future)

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foreverthesoniag:

#NY are you ready ?! We need your help !! Come out on Sunday for #PeoplesClimate March ( @peoplesclimate ) and march with #migrants rights bloc . Come hold some #art !! To march with @culturestrike meet us at 10 am on 65th Street and Central Park West !! For more information/RSVP contact me . #Art4 #immigration #climatechange #climatejustice #woc #qtpoc #youth #undocumented #culturestrike #nyc #centralpark

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