Major respect for everyone who made this week’s #FastFoodStrikes the biggest in history.
Shonagh Home (via the-stellarheart)
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I think this is really important to remember. EVERYONE needs to know that they have these options, but I can also understand how someone might prefer to not press charges or even go to the hospital because they just want to forget it ever happened. What’s important is that someone understands that they don’t NEED to go to the hospital or they don’t NEED to go to the police or they don’t NEED to just go home.
I didn’t even know about evidence being able to be collected up to 5 days after. Can someone get a source for this?
I don’t have a source, but after my assault I was told that exact information.
I’ve also been told that the person collecting evidence is more often than not very rude and the whole process is very invasive/traumatic/triggering. Not to mention very fucking expensive. While its very good that these resources exist, its important to remember that not everyone can access them for one reason or another.
surprisingly relevant to my recent interests
Skin lightening advertising from across the world. No matter where you go, lightness is a hot commodity.
watching over madiba (june. 23, 2013. 6:07 p.m. est, usa), nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
today, dec 5th, 2013 madiba has gone from this world. i thank him for the wideness and largeness of his spirit, the lion of his waters, the strength that fed us all. he taught me the truth about africa, taught me that she can and never will be defeated. i shed tears because i am happy you were here, amongst us, with us, filling us all with your light, love, and quiet honey. you magnificent child of Africa, let us sing and dance you home to the ancestors :)))
Bhai Gurbaksh Singh is currently undertaking a hunger strike until death to seek the release of 5 Sikhs from Indian prisons who have completed their jail sentences but have not been released.
This is a major issue within the Indian justice system - the unfair imprisonment of people who have already completed the jail sentence that they were required to serve. Not to mention that the Indian ‘justice’ system also holds people in jail for ridiculously long periods of time without having proved that they are guilty or innocent - many people have been in jail for YEARS and their case is still pending or uncompleted.
Obviously the Indian media fails to provide even the slightest coverage of this so most of us are unaware (although he is currently in the 20th day of this strike).
Secondly, another issue that I’ve come across is the ridiculous behaviour of, of course, the Punjab Police. If the Sikhs are PEACEFULLY doing Naam Simran on the street to show their solidarity, why must the these police officers come and start to push and prevent this? Very upset to see the disrespect shown to one of the Panj Piyare - whose Pagh was removed in the encounter. Lets not forget that this is the “Worlds Largest Democracy”. I fail, yet again, to see the democratic side to refusing people to peacefully get their voice heard.
I think this is very important that we stand in solidarity with Gurbaksh Singh - and everyone else who is fighting for justice of their people within their OWN homeland.
My mother calls
to tell me about her day
and I listen,
because I know
there’s no one else who will.
My mother asks me
to tell her about mine,
so I tell her only the good things
and keep the rest inside
because words travel distances
but her loving hands cannot.
My mother asks me
if I am happy,
and I tell her that I am;
I ask her the same question
and she says ‘yes,
if you are, I am’;
and I know that some lies
are worth telling.
My mother reminds me
to be strong through it all,
to remember to be modest
and to always keep
my head up high;
” I’ve given you everything,”
“make me proud.”
But my mother doesn’t know
that everything comes with
her shame attached;
that the child of an immigrant
cannot smile without guilt,
cannot feel without pain,
cannot be without fear.
My mother asks
if I understand,
and I say yes,
I can’t unlearn it.
And when my mother
asks when I’m coming home,
I know she’s asking for me
to never forget;
I promise her;
© 2013 Maza - Dohta
Her Birthday is this Sunday =)
Dear President Obama,
I am Ju Hong, the “heckler” that interrupted your speech at the Betty Ong Center in San Francisco last week. I spoke up not out of disrespect, however, either for you or our country. No, I spoke up — and am writing to you now — to ask that you use your executive order to halt deportations for 11.5 million undocumented immigrant families.
My family came to the United States from South Korea when I was 11 years old. Like many immigrants, my mother brought me to this country to seek a better life for her children.
I graduated from UC Berkeley, and am now pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at San Francisco State University. I have lived in America now for 13 years. I consider this country as my home. During my senior year in high school, however, I learned that my family had overstayed a tourist visa. We are undocumented immigrants.
As an American without papers, I was not able to get a job, obtain a driver’s license, or receive governmental financial aid. When my mother was sick and in severe pain, she did not visit a doctor because she cannot procure medical insurance. And when my family’s home was burglarized, she refused to call the police because she was afraid that our family would be turned over to immigration officials and deported.
Like many other undocumented immigrants, I was living in the shadows and living in fear of deportation. However, I have decided to speak out and stand up.
Immigration reform is not only a Latino issue, it’s also an Asian and Pacific Islander issue — in fact, it is a human rights issue. Currently, two million of the estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in our country come from Asia. Under your administration, 250,000 undocumented Asian/Pacific Islander immigrants have been deported. While we only make up five percent of the country, we are disproportionately impacted by your immigration policies.
Last week, I was formally invited by White House staff to hear your remarks on immigration reform in San Francisco. As I stood in the stands behind you, I was hoping to hear about your plan to address the lives of 11 million undocumented people living in this country, like my family. And while you expressed your support for comprehensive immigration reform, you did not address how an average of 1,100 immigrants are deported every single day under your administration. You did not address how you deported 205,000 parents of U.S. citizens in the last two years. You did not address how, because of your administration’s record number of deportations—nearly two million immigrants in five years, a record—families are being torn apart: spouses are being separated from each other, parents are being separated from their children, and our brothers and sisters are being separated from one another. You did not to address how your administration would end the anti-immigration deportation programs like “Secure Communities." You’ve deported more people than any other president in the U.S. history.
Interestingly, you talked about Angel Island during your speech. What you did not mention, however, is that more people are detained every single day in detention today than were detained yearly at Angel Island. You recognized Angel Island as a dark period in Chinatown’s history, but you failed to recognize that more Asians and Pacific Islanders are in detention today than were in detention under the Chinese Exclusion Act. In fact, your administration detains up to 34,000 people per day, a record number of detainees in U.S. history.
Because you failed to address these issues, I was compelled to address the concerns of our community.
You claim that the President of the United States has no authority to stop the deportations. And yet, in June 2012, before the 2012 election, which you won with the help of Latino and Asian voters, you implemented Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. With the stroke of a pen, you dramatically changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people like me who can now live without the daily threat of deportation, and can legally work in this country for the first time in our lives.
I know that you support comprehensive immigration reform. But I also know that you have the power to stop the deportations, and that you have the power to stop the suffering, fear, and intimidation facing millions of immigrants like my family.
Your fellow American,