Public Shaming: #WhenISeeAObamaBumperSticker: A... →
publicshaming: For most of Monday, the following hashtag was trending in the United States: #WhenISeeAObamaBumperSticker. Interesting… @JDun1989, the guy who started the hashtag, probably should’ve paid more attention in class as the grammatically correct way of putting it is “When I See AN Obama bumper sticker.” Anyway, the point of the trending topic was to yuck it up with tweets like...
The internet, especially Tumblr is not a safe place for Hindus. My religion gets...– (via lifeofnikhil)
When grassroots Black activists speak honestly about racism at colleges across...– Word to the Wise: Unpacking the White Privilege of Tim Wise (via tmy-tmt) yes, yes, yes. and though it’s a slightly different point, I just want to say this is why I’m tired of white people acting like it’s so hard for them to call out racism. You are not going to lose the same capital that a...
Photo Slideshow: Poverty in Today’s America →
povertyinafirstworldnation: America’s poor are, unfortunately, often out of sight and out of mind. In the tradition of groundbreaking photojournalists like Jacob Riis, Dorothea Lange Seriously, go click through these. Read the captions. Sometimes, photographing poverty and homelessness feels like exploitation. This is not one of those times.
climateadaptation: Discovery Channel exploits wolf killing, garners highest cable TV ratings among males 25-54. Lately, these shows have also filmed killing of wolverines, lynx, grizzly bears, rattle snakes, and crocodiles for no reason other than ratings. The wolf, above, was no threat to Tanana. The show exploits viewer’s naivete about guns by shooting this animal with an AR-15 semi-automatic...
Marshall Ganz on Making Social Movements Matter
BILL MOYERS: We need a new story?
MARSHALL GANZ: We need a new story. But it's also a new way of describing our economic challenges and our political challenges that emphasizes not this idea of what each individual competes with, each other individual as the answer, but the ways in which we cooperate and collaborate with one another as the answer.
You know, Albert Hirschman, the development economist wrote this book a number of years ago, I'm sure you know about it, “Exit, Voice, and Loyalty.” And sort of the idea was, okay, so you got an institution. And it's screwing up. And so one way to fix it is to exercise voice. The other way is you can exit. The market solutions are all exit solutions.
BILL MOYERS: Explain that to me.
MARSHALL GANZ: Well, so you don't like the way the schools work, exit, make your own over here. And that way you exercise choice. You don't like the way public health works, exit, over here, make your own. Now the only problem is you can only exit and make your own if you got the money to do it. And so the result is that you create these parallel systems of elite systems that are, you know, that fragment the whole.
The public gets poorer and poorer and poorer, and you create all these little isolated golden ghettos all around of privilege. And the focus is on how do we find market solutions, market solutions, market… when we should but saying, how do we find more effective ways to exercise voice? How can we have more, more effective public deliberation? How can we bring more people into the process? How can we create the venues where people can actually learn and deliberate with one another?
Let’s face it, the Dow is so high not because the economy is great, or even...– mathbabe (via azspot)
Why aren't more people freaking out about the new...
powerdadgendoikari: captain-communism: monetizeyourcat: dancepunksnotdead: You know, the one that gives housewives/full-time mothers a pension— wages for housework? It’s ONLY A HUGE VICTORY FOR FEMINISM, SOCIALISM, AND WOMEN OF COLOR. Not a big deal or anything. Tumblr is mysteriously silent about this. ...
Transgender woman arrested for wearing sheer top,... →
daggerpen: Ashley Del Valle is a transgender woman from New York who was arrested in Georgia for indecent exposure after she allegedly showed her breasts, but then was housed in an all-male jail. I just. You arrest her because her top is too sheer and shows her nipples, something that is only a crime for women. And then you jail her as a man. Fucking fuck.
If you speak in an angry way about what has happened to our people and what is...– Malcolm X The traps of racism. Source: http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/malconafamhist.html (via disciplesofmalcolm)
The more the people understand the more watchful they become, and the more they...– The Wretched of the Earth - Frantz Fanon (via knowledgeappliedispower)
They Keep Dying Out There →
acesintheattic: LAST SPRING, Multnomah County, the Portland Housing Bureau, and Street Roots offered us a sobering glimpse at something we’d never seen before: an attempt to tally—over the course of 12 months—how many humans died on our streets. That first report, dubbed “Domicile Unknown,” found at least 47 people died while homeless in 2011. It was a slap in the face. And it led to...
Helping whom, exactly? →
Scandalous barely covers it. Since America began donating surplus wheat, corn meal, vegetable oil and other farm commodities to the world’s hungry six decades ago, the programme has been captured by an “iron triangle” of farm interests, shippers and voluntary organisations, with plenty of help from Congress. Rules state that most food aid must be bought from American farmers and processed in...
As an Indian person I am not looking to be equal to white males, I am looking to...– - Josh Macedo This is why I fight racism everyday. Because I know I won’t solve it in my lifetime, but maybe I can make it that much better for my kids, for my little sister, for my nephews and for my nieces. (via queenofthewest)
The Wretched of the Earth: james-bliss: I don’t... →
james-bliss: I don’t like the argument that colleges aren’t preparing students for careers and that’s a terrible thing. I don’t think colleges should necessarily prepare students for specific careers. liberal arts education shouldn’t transform into vocational training. why do 22 year olds…
Feminism is anti-sexism. A male who has divested of male privilege, who has...– -bell hooks, Feminism is for Everybody just going to emphasize that last sentence again: As long as females take up the banner of feminist politics without addressing and transforming their own sexism, ultimately the movement will be undermined. (via browndenim)
SIN FRONTERAS: Young, queer, brown, and want to... →
niaking: If you’re a writer who is young, queer, trans, mixed, POC, and/or female, here are some places you should think about pitching or submitting writing to: As Us Journal (indigenous women and women of color, trans women included) Mixed Reader (mixed-race folks…
1,200 Harvard Students Demand Investigation Into... →
msleahhbic: Now Harvard students want to know how a thesis built on those views and assumptions was able to make it through the approval process in the first place. “Academic freedom and a reasoned debate are essential to our academic community,’’ the petition read. “However, the Harvard Kennedy School cannot ethically stand behind academic work advocating a national policy of exclusion and...
Under Mayor Bloomberg: inequality widened, rents... →
thenationmagazine: Bloomberg by the numbers.
A Scottish nightclub has installed a two-way... →
boterocats: The recently-opened Shimmy Club has installed the spyglass – normally associated with police interrogations – in two of its £800-a-time private function rooms. A spokesman for the Glasgow venue, owned by millionaire entrepreneur Stefan King’s G1 Group, insists it does not allow male or mixed-sex groups to hire the rooms. However, the Scottish Sunday Express has seen photos showing...