voguedissent:

wocinsolidarity:

socialismartnature:

Breaking via ABC News: UN Human Rights Council votes to open inquiry into alleged war crimes in Gaza; U.S. is the ONLY “no” vote.

That’s because the U.S. is a direct accomplice to every war crime that Israel commits.

sickening 

also if you look at the list of countries

basically all the second and third world countries voted “yes” and european/”western”/first world countries voted “abstain”

jfc

they really don’t have two shits to give about brown bodies and colonized peoples

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micdotcom:

9 human rights tragedies the world needs to stop ignoring

It’s a tragically long list: missing women, ethnic cleansing and spreading diseases. Pick any country — including the United States — and there’s most likely a tragedy you’ll uncover that seriously violates international laws and standards. While unleashing international outrage can sometimes hurt more than it helps, there are some situations where it can make a real impact. 

Here are 9 that deserve more attention | Follow micdotcom 

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As with a lot of topics, writing about Israeli war crimes endangers your career. The publishers and editors don’t want to hear; powerful politicians don’t want to read it. Those who wrote against the Iraq war tended to get demoted or lose their jobs. It’s not so bad for Israel and Palestine, of course: if you’re the sort of person who might write such articles, you’ll never make it to a position to write those articles.

Anonymous asked: I don't know who Ayn Rand is. Should I change that or just let it lie?

raptorific:

Imagine the baby that would result from a night of passion between Ebenezer Scrooge (before the spirits changed his ways) and Mr. Krabs from Spongebob. Now imagine that baby grew up and married the baby that would result from a night of passion between Yzma from the Emperor’s New Groove and Mr. Burns from the Simpsons. Now imagine the newlyweds had a baby of their own, and that baby was raised aboard a Ferengi Starship, where she was tutored in empathy and compassion by Lord Voldemort. Now imagine that baby grew up and someone told her that any opinions she might have or conclusions she might reach are based on objective logic and reason, and that anyone who disagrees with her is simply being irrational. Now multiply that person’s greed and heartlessness by 100 and you’ll begin to see something that comes close to resembling Ayn Rand.

lakotapeopleslawproject:

Please keep sharing and become a MEMBER at http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka.

The South Dakota Department of Social Services has been illegally removing Lakota children from their homes and their tribes, in clear violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978, without giving substantial evidence or reasoning for many of the seizures (see recent ACLU blog: https://www.aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/why-are-these-indian-children-being-torn-away-their-homes). In addition to this, kinship care (children being placed with family members) is often denied. Because of this blatant denial of children’s rights, these children are being moved away from their families, their culture and their traditions.

In addition to this, with funding coming from pharmaceutical companies and federal subsidies, many of these seized children are being labeled as “special needs” children and are put on cocktails of five or more psychiatric medications which have not been recommended for use in children by the FDA.

This is a continuance of the Indian boarding school system, which was created from 1879 throughout the 20th century in the attempt to break familial bonds and eliminate the Native culture, but it is dressed up differently.

The best solution to this slow cultural genocide that has been occurring for over 130 years is to empower the tribes with their own foster care and family services programs. With your help, we are well on the way to creating a foster care program run by Lakota, for Lakota. Please help us attain this solution by becoming a MEMBER: http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka.

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canyouseethedarkness:

Booty & kitty

kropotkindersurprise:

Palestinian activists destroy power lines to illegal Israeli settlement near Ramallah in response to the massace in Gaza

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queermenofcolorinlove:

HELP ME RAISE MONEY TO END HOMELESSNESS AND AIDS THROUGH ADVOCACY AND LIFE SAVING SERVICES

Hello community, 

My name is Gerardo. I am the creator and moderator of “Queer Men of Color in Love.” This September I will be running in the Costa Rica Half Marathon in order to raise money for Housing Works

Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts. Housing Works serves approximately 4,000 individuals every year, providing services like housing, medical and dental care, legal services, job training, mental health services, and care management.

I am trying to raise $1,500 by September to fund these crucial services and our advocacy efforts to end homelessness and AIDS. As you may know, queer men of color are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS and we are particularly affected by homelessness due to our many intersecting oppressions. Please help me raise some money for our community!

All donations are completely tax-deductible and help support these vital efforts. Find out if your company matches charitable donations and your gift could be generously multiplied.

Thank you for donating and all your support! Every single donation counts. I appreciate anything that you all can give! If you can give me at least $5 or maybe even $25 or $50, please do! If you do not have the funds, please reblog this and spread the word.

Donate here: http://fundraising.housingworks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=1703

Love,

Gerardo

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silensy:

2005-2014

Good lord, this is the most stark portrayal I’ve seen of this.

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gradientlair:

I follow @KristyT on Twitter and she let me know about a project that she created with @tiffani (#DetroitWater) to help Detroit residents with their water costs. Their website is detroitwaterproject.org and there you can confidentially donate to cover a person’s bill. 

Detroit has the highest percentage of Black residents compared to any other major U.S. city, and as I wrote about in Black In The 99%, race is most certainly forever intertwined with class and poverty; these cannot be extracted from each other, especially in a country where its very financial system and imperialistic power would not exist without enslavement and genocide. There is no way to extract the economic violence being committed upon Detroit residents from racial histories. 

According to RH Reality Check, "in Detroit, the cost of water is nearly twice the national average, and approximately half of the city’s customers owe outstanding balances on their water bills. But let’s situate this against a broader historical and sociopolitical backdrop. By 2011, half of Detroit’s working-age population was unemployed, and only 27 percent had full-time work. Nearly one in five Detroit residents were below the poverty line. Approximately three in five children were living in households headed by single mothers (see Rose Brewer’s article on the prison industrial complex). Moreover, these statistics are significantly worse for the city’s Black and Latino residents.” 

People simply cannot go without water and while this entire situation is larger than just “unpaid bills” but are acts of violence against these residents amidst larger economic and racial disenfranchisement, with the recent 15 day suspension on the human-made drought, hopefully no other excuses can be used to harm these people if they’re able to pay the bills. This isn’t about lack of “personal responsibility” creating negligence over a “luxury” but about systemic poverty, capitalism, privatization and WATER. 

Again, if you want to support Detroit residents through a confidential donation via this fundraiser created by two thoughtful Black women, visit: detroitwaterproject.org.

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black-culture:

"The single biggest difference between financial success and financial failure is how well you manage your money. It’s simple: to master money, you must manage money."

- T. Harv Eker

My students are limited in many resources at home and at school because of the low-economic area they live in. As their teacher and role model, I want to ensure my students are on a path to being successful adults. Many of my students because of their disadvantaged backgrounds have little to no opportunities to learn about financial literacy. They spend their allowance or parents’ earnings on toys or snacks without thinking about the consequences of these small expenditures can add up over time.

It is important to teach students the value of saving money early on to save for important things in the future such as a college education. The possibilities are endless when my students can use a Mac Book Air laptop to access online financial literacy activities. The students will become financial literate as they engage in games and activities that teach them about budgeting, credit/debit, and saving.

I am requesting a Mac Book Air laptop to teach financial literacy in a fun 21st century way to my students. Studies have shown that students who are financially literate become financially responsible young adults regardless of income level. 

http://www.donorschoose.org/project/teaching-financial-literacy-in-a-21st-ce/1258104/?rf=link-siteshare-2014-07-teacher_account-teacher_1562753&challengeid=254136

Thank you so much for your support. The total cost has been cut in half thanks to generous donation. For the next 7 days, EVERY DOLLAR will be matched by donors choose. So if you are donate $5, you are really donating $10. If you donate $25, you are really donating $50! Use code INSPIRE.

Every dollar helps. Please signal boost. The babies will appreciate it!

-Zellie Imani

Enthusiastic Educator

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america-wakiewakie:

"The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make a criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. This is the press, an irresponsible press. If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing."

— Malcolm X

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canyouseethedarkness:

This is my body and I’ll use it as I please

His unique taste on a summertime classic: basketball shorts and a tank top. 💚👑🌞 #gabel #ours #fashionista

  July 23, 2014 at 06:58pm