August 28, 2014

weareallmixedup:

daughtersofdig:

Since 1980, 3000 native Canadian women have been murdered/gone missing. Indigenous women are five times more likely than other women to die as a result of violence. Sixty percent of known perpetrators are white men.

Justice for all Indigenous Women! by Jessica Sabogal | Montréal

1 in 3 Native American women are raped within their lifetime, and are at extreme risk of violence from non-native (white) men. x x x

Despite push from the UN for a national inquiry, Canada continues to largely ignore the violence against Native Women. x

August 28, 2014

1,071 notes   •  VIA: atane   •   SOURCE: disciplesofmalcolm
Filed Under:  frederick douglass  quotes  
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.
 - Frederick Douglass (via disciplesofmalcolm)

August 28, 2014

144 notes   •  VIA: atane   •   SOURCE: atane
Filed Under:  antiblackness  police brutality  

Georgia cops fired Taser 13 times ‘as a cattle prod’ to make tired man walk before he died 

atane:

Black life is not valued.

"A Georgia man died after police shocked him with a Taser as many as 13 times because he said he was too tired to walk due to a foot chase, his attorney said this week."

13. Times.

August 28, 2014

8,553 notes   •  VIA: atane   •   SOURCE: breenewsome
Filed Under:  police brutality  
jessehimself:

 

jessehimself:

 

August 28, 2014

thepeoplesrecord:

New photos depict horrific conditions at border detention center
June 17, 2014

New photos released by Rep. Henry Cuellar’s (D-Texas) office depict the unsanitary and cramped living conditions that undocumented immigrants, many of whom are unaccompanied children, are experiencing in a detention center near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The photos were first published by Business Insider on Monday. Cuellar’s office declined to tell the website who took the photos and where exactly they were taken.

President Barack Obama has previously called the buildup of unaccompanied minors at temporary border facilities an “urgent humanitarian situation,” and the government has directed considerable resources to housing and caring for the children. Customs and Border Protection, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, is supposed to turn over minors to the Department of Health and Human Services within three days, but many children are remaining in detention facilities for longer periods due to the massive influx.

Breitbart Texas released photos of the crisis in early June that showed the undocumented immigrants living in tight, hard-floored spaces. CBP is currently investigating reports that minors have been mistreated at those facilities.

Cuellar, who toured a detention facility in McAllen, Texas, on Saturday with local officials, said in a press release on Monday that he believes federal officers “are doing all that they can under the circumstances to ensure every migrant is treated with dignity and respect.”

"There is no strong protocol in place for dealing with Central American immigrants and some of the most important work left is to improve the process for returning them to their home countries," he said. “The United States needs to do a better job in working with Mexico to strengthen their southern border and to work with the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.”

Vice President Joe Biden is set to travel to Latin America on Friday and will address the surge at the border.

Source

Obama can call this an urgent humanitarian situation all he’d like. His record number of deportations speaks louder than any meaningless lip service. 

Nearly 50,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the border & detained in these torturous conditions since Oct. 1. This is a state-sanctioned humanitarian crisis & government child abuse. 

August 28, 2014

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Filed Under:  palestine  israel  

August 28, 2014

220 notes   •  VIA: redphilistine   •   SOURCE: earthling-liberationist
Filed Under:  palestine  gaza  israel  genocide  

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is NOT Genocide

redphilistine:

earthling-liberationist:

If Israeli Jews were attempting to kill all Palestinians, why would 20% of the Israeli population be Palestinian Israeli citizens? Yes, there is discrimination and stigmatization in Israel proper, but that’s not genocide.

Why, if the goal is to kill all Palestinians, do you think the IDF isn’t targeting the Palestinians in the West Bank? Why do you think Gaza is the focus?

Regardless of how inefficient you think the warnings the IDF sends out are, why would anyone seeking genocide send out any warnings at all? Why do you think Israel, with its powerful army, hasn’t already obliterated Gaza?

If the end goal is genocide, then why has Israel provided humanitarian aid to Palestinians? Water? Electricity?

Here’s the thing: death on a large scale is horrifying, but it doesn’t automatically constitute genocide. The deaths in Gaza are tragic, and I want nothing more than for the violence to end, but words have meanings.

Calling it genocide erases the ideological component of genocide. It’s either an ignorant, lazy, sloppy analysis of the situation at hand (which makes you seem uneducated, and makes me far less likely to take anything you have to say seriously), or it comes from a far more sinister motive of deliberately comparing Jews to Nazis. That is not powerful; it is anti-Semitic.

Genocide requires ideology. I mean hey, maybe if the IDF had a charter that said something like, 'the Day of Judgement will not come about until Jews fight the Muslims, when the Muslim will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Jews, there is a Muslim behind me, come and kill him,' I’d see your point. But we aren’t the ones with a charter that says that. (Article 7)

Let’s work through the zionist propaganda at play in this post. 

Firstly, the internationally recognized definition of genocide is found in Article II of the Genocide Convention, which reads:

In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such :
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to
bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

As is apparent, it specifically states that it need not be the entire population that is targeted — i.e. even if only one segment is targeted for mass killings, it is still genocide. So just because Palestinians inside so-called Israel are not subject to systematic killings does not change the fact that what is happening in Gaza is genocide. 

As for the manner of the killings, to ask why Israel doesn’t just kill all the Gazans is to demonstrate how little the OP understands about the nature of genocide. For example, the Bosnia Genocide took place Srebrenica and Žepa in 1995, even though the war had been going on for three years previously. The massacre resulted in the deaths of around 8,500 people, most men and boys. This number, as horrifying as it is, does not constitute the entirety of the Bosnian people nor even the entirety of the towns of Srebrenica and Žepa, but it was no less a genocide committed by Serb nationalists against a largely defenseless population. Similarly, the 2200 Palestinians may not be a significant portion of our population as a whole, but they were still murdered simply because of their ethnicity and their location inside of Gaza. 

Now one of the key components of genocide is intent. The OP hints at this with the claim that there is no ideological component to the massacre that Israel perpetrated in Gaza. Unfortunately, this claim is false. There have many reports of Israeli demonstrations during which the main chant is “Mavet la-Aravim” (Death to the Arabs). This is one of the latest examples, and googling the phrase will turn up many results over the years. More importantly, over the past two months we have seen repeated calls in prominent newspapers from government officials and others “to suspend the laws of war,” to attack the entire Gaza Strip with no consideration for civilian casualtiesdescribing the entire Palestinian people as the enemy and Palestinian mothers as snakes, and so on. The notion that Israelis are not calling for genocide or that genocidal intent plays no role in Israel’s actions is belied by the words of zionists themselves.

What Israel perpetrated in Gaza these past 7 weeks was genocide by every definition of the word. To deny that and to accuse people who describe it as such of bigotry is obscene. 

August 27, 2014

disabledgirlism:

it’s pretty common for people discussing rape culture within feminist discourse to conveniently leave out disabled girls, but this is just a casual reminder that disabled women are far more likely to be sexually assaulted, abused or raped than able-bodied women. on top of that, 50% of deaf girls and 54% of deaf boys have been sexually abused or assaulted. so please stop leaving us out of your discussion about rape culture.

August 27, 2014

owning-my-truth:

hyphenated-lives:

H* 32: Code Switching & Talking to White People (ft. Lucy)

What is code switching and what’s it like navigating white spaces in America as a black man and Asian American woman from very different backgrounds? What are the types of bodies which have more or less ability to move through white spaces and how do we codeswitch without constantly centering whiteness and an implicit desire to comfort white people? Chuks along with special return guest Lucy (ragstoreverie) - Kari is out for the week- address these questions and more on this week’s episode of Hyphenated on “Code Switching & Talking to White People”

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