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Sep 2

hugewiener:

whitecolonialism:

Images of the Border Crisis in the United States.
AATTP

An estimated 52,000 unaccompanied children have entered the United States from Central America since October. President Barack Obama has asked Congress for $3.7B to improve security along the border, provide better housing for the undocumented immigrants while in custody and to speed up the deportation process. 

Despite the horrible conditions these children are attempting to escape, conditions that include extreme poverty and violence, the White House has said that “they expect most will ultimately be repatriated,” despite the fact that about 60% of children coming over from Central America are eligible for some kind of humanitarian protection, according to a report from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

While the problem before us must be handled immediately, it cannot be addressed without first examining it’s root causes. While our American elected officials and media would like to make us all believe that this issue is unrelated to American behavior and that it is simply the result of the inability of Central American countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to protect their borders and reduce through policing their crime the truth is quite the opposite. This immigration issue that the United States is currently facing is the result of American economic and military intervention in Central America.

For decades the United States has toppled governments in Central America, fueled civil wars and most recently has escalated the War on Drugs within countries in Central America. The connection between the United States foreign policy and it’s current immigration problem cannot be ignored, every action has an effect and due to the actions taken by the United States in the past, we today see families from all over Central America attempt to flee the violence that the United States was instrumental in creating.

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Sep 2

Aug. 31 10:28 am

justice4mikebrown:

Sep 2

poiregourmande:

I really don’t understand why tumblr isn’t all hyped up on roller derby I mean come on it’s got everything:

-sexy badass ladies of all shapes and sizes
-a feminist and body-positive philosophy
-lgbtq friendly
-and also puns (in the teams’ and players’ names)

It’s just like the best sport ever
So do yourself a favor, guys, and check out if your city has a league, and go to a game because it’s amazing

As soon as I’m done with this being pregnant thing, roller derby is my plan for next hobby.

Sep 1

I don't have a favourite genre (I am so bad at picking favourites) but I want to try some horror novels (I think, maybe not)

duckduckbooks:

Me too. I still need to read some Stephen King. I promise I will one day

Stephen King can be a bit slow or weirdly paced sometimes especially his longer works like The Stand or The Dark Tower series. Needful Things and Salem’s Lot keep a pretty constant rate of suspense and action/events. I would recommend Dean Koontz instead for someone looking for a big author name, just getting into the general genre.

thisiseverydayracism:

mynaturalsistas:

But are you paying attention to what’s going on??? My heart is so heavy….. so heavy…
An attorney for the family of John Crawford III, the man fatally shot by police in an Ohio Walmart store, says surveillance video contradicts the police department’s version of events. Officers say Crawford refused to drop the pellet gun he was holding, but the video allegedly shows them gunning him down “on sight.”
Crawford, 22, was shopping at the Beavercreek, Ohio store on Aug. 5 whenpolice responded to another customer’s report that Crawford was carrying an AR-15 rifle. He was actually holding a pellet air rifle he had just picked up from a shelf in the store’s toy department.
Attorney Michael Wright says he viewed surveillance video that shows Crawford was facing away from the cops and talking to his girlfriend on the phone when police spotted him, and didn’t have the toy gun raised. Hetold WDTN Crawford probably didn’t see or hear the officers before he was shot.
"John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,"Wright said, according to Reuters.
#johncrawford #rip #justice #dontshoot

This is what an apartheid looks like.
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thisiseverydayracism:

mynaturalsistas:

But are you paying attention to what’s going on??? My heart is so heavy….. so heavy…

An attorney for the family of John Crawford III, the man fatally shot by police in an Ohio Walmart store, says surveillance video contradicts the police department’s version of events. Officers say Crawford refused to drop the pellet gun he was holding, but the video allegedly shows them gunning him down “on sight.”

Crawford, 22, was shopping at the Beavercreek, Ohio store on Aug. 5 whenpolice responded to another customer’s report that Crawford was carrying an AR-15 rifle. He was actually holding a pellet air rifle he had just picked up from a shelf in the store’s toy department.

Attorney Michael Wright says he viewed surveillance video that shows Crawford was facing away from the cops and talking to his girlfriend on the phone when police spotted him, and didn’t have the toy gun raised. Hetold WDTN Crawford probably didn’t see or hear the officers before he was shot.

"John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,"Wright said, according to Reuters.

#johncrawford #rip #justice #dontshoot

This is what an apartheid looks like.

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shiraglassman:

queermediarepresentation:

referencemixologist:

samati:

queermediarepresentation:

I went to my local library today looking for books to review for this blog and found a grand total of 1 (Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan).

I’m thinking about writing/emailing the library to ask them to consider adding more LGBTQ+ books to their Young Adult section, has anyone ever done this before and been successful? Does anyone have any tips on how to go about it?

-Lauren

Reblogging because referencemixologist does it for a living (is a YA  librarian).

The best way to request/suggest materials is to talk directly to the person in charge of purchasing YA materials. Bring a list of books you’d like them to consider buying. I know there are classics but keep requests as current as possible (books that came out within the last 3-5 years) because they’ll be easier to get through whatever vendor they get their books from.

Also, is your library the only library in your city/town? If not definitely look at what other libraries where you live have to offer (there should be a system wide catalog) and if they offer just as little it’d be good to write the director of the library/library system.

Thank you, that’s a massive help. I’ll make sure to do that, I already have a semi-formed list in mind of books that should fit.

Reblogging in case any of our followers feel the same way and want to try contacting their own local libraries.

-Lauren

Our local library system here in Alachua County lets you log into the library site remotely and suggest books. As they come in, they’re automatically put on hold for you and you get an email. I’ve been suggesting LGBTQ+ books left and right and when I actually spoke to one of the acquisitions people about it, to my surprise she was actually really grateful. I guess I should have realized that straight staff members would have no idea where to start looking, which was what was going on. (I think many people don’t even think they
can request queer books because they’re afraid the requests will be rejected for the same reason the people fear they’ll be rejected. But we might as well try.)

Wouldn’t necessarily directly change/improve the collection at your library but, short term solution, you may have access to more YA LGBTQ+ books through interlibrary loan via your local library as well.

Forcing men to pay for women's birth control is equality for everyone?

aneternalscoutandabrownie:

manslator:

darkmanethewanderer:

manslator:

Manslation: I don’t understand feminism OR health insurance. Like, at all.

Femslation: everything should be free for me because i have tits and a pussy.

For fuck’s sake, let me break it down for you assbaskets who won’t stop with this bullshit.

Under federal law, birth control is supposed to be a guaranteed provision of any and every health insurance plan.

A woman works at a job that in turn provides her with a compensation package, part of which is her health insurance. This is also called an EARNED BENEFIT. And in most workplaces, the insurance is not completely covered by the company, so the employee chips in from their own paycheck. So not only is health insurance an EARNED BENEFIT, it is also PAID FOR in the form of premiums.

Are you with me so far? Did you follow how the woman both WORKS FOR and PAYS FOR her health insurance? Good!

Insurance coverage is based on a concept called RISK POOLING, or “the spreading of financial risks evenly among a large number of contributors to the program.” This means that in paying your own premium, you are also indirectly contributing to the health care received by others. So that means EVERYONE* pays for birth control. EVERYONE pays for your precious dick pumps. EVERYONE pays for childbirth and vasectomies. Birth control is a MEDICINE, not a LUXURY.

Therefore, when companies like Hobby Lobby attempt to deny their employees access to a MEDICINE that is supposed to be GUARANTEED COVERAGE under FEDERAL LAW, women aren’t fucking whining about not getting something for free or demanding that men pay for it: they’re being denied the medical care that they have earned, worked for, and paid for. You are 100% full of shit. Bye.

*changed this from “both men and women” because people who identify as nonbinary have insurance too

THANK YOU for articulating this.  Every time someone brings this shit up I get so angry I have a hard time doing that.

babygoatsandfriends:

Girlfriend’s mice tangle their tails when cuddling - Imgur

babygoatsandfriends:

Girlfriend’s mice tangle their tails when cuddling - Imgur

iwriteaboutfeminism:

You have a Town Hall on police brutality and THIS is what you do with it?! Part 3.

[part 1] [part 2

dajo42:

realistically the space under my bed is very small so if a monster did in fact live there it would have to also be very small

it would be some kind of baby monster

i would have to look after it