Women of Color, in Solidarity

Because we're tired of the bullshit, and needed a space just for us.

  • 23rd April
    2014
  • 23
http://korraisnottan.tumblr.com/post/83560112343/locksandglasses-smalldeedsdunn-asiantamm

vishuddhaa:

amielleon:

locksandglasses:

smalldeedsdunn:

asiantamm:

my mother has been murdered,
i really need help

https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/1yg4/in-memorium-for-jessie-s-loves?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fb_share_stream.share&utm_campaign=BA_FBshare&og_action=hug&t=3&fb_ref=2160438

I wanted to boost this with the note for skeptics that this looks completely legit:

This is what happened. It’s a pretty awful. Warning for domestic violence.

Here’s a pic uploaded by the news site showing her with her kids. Note the older girl’s appearance

Here’s what appears to be the full version of the first pic in the top news article, and a corrobating selfie from the day before, verifying that the blogger’s the same girl, that does not match anything on google images.

It’s exactly as OP says. Actually given the circumstances I think it’s even worse than OP let on here. I don’t usually reblog donate2charity posts but in this case it’s as horrible and as true as it says on the tin so yeah. Followers, please consider this one.

This is one of my closest friends and I can verify the truth in this post. Her mother was taken from her in a case of domestic violence and she needs help from you if you have it in your heart and your pockets to do so.

SIGNAL BOOST!

  • 23rd April
    2014
  • 23

thechanelmuse:

Divided Family: Through Music, Cubans Trace Their Roots To Sierra Leone

It is often said that music has the power to bring people together. That sentiment is definitely an understatement when it comes to the Afro-Cubans community Ganga-Longoba of Perico. 

Cuba’s Ganga people have been singing the same African chants for generations, but it wasn’t until an Australian researcher took interest in the songs, that they were able to trace their chants to a remote village in Sierra Leone, 170 years after the slave trade.

“When I first filmed the Ganga-Longoba, I believed their ceremonies were a mixture of many different ethnic groups,” says historian Emma Christopher, of Sydney University. “I had no idea that a large number of Ganga songs would come from just one village. I think that’s extremely unusual,” she says.

After tracing their roots back to Sierra Leone, four Cubans made the trip to the African country to delve more into their history. Christopher captured the moment for the documentary They Are We.

"Cuba was cut off at a time when other nations in the Americas were going through black pride and fighting for some justice for what happened to their ancestors," says Dr. Christopher, who points out that the island’s 1959 revolution declared racism ‘solved’. That left a lot of Afro-Cubans adrift, not knowing how to celebrate where they came from and be proud of it," she says.

Whilst many Cubans of Spanish descent have rushed to seek out their ancestry—and passports—Afro-Cubans have been far less anxious to do the same. Organizing a reunion for the divided “family” wasn’t easy given restrictions on traveling from Cuba at the time, and limited resources. But eventually, four Cubans did make their ancestors’ voyage in reverse - to Sierra Leone.

“When I opened my mouth to sing, they just stood there staring,” Elvira Fumero recalls of her arrival in Mokpangumba. “Then it was like an explosion. They started to sing the responses, and dance with me. And I knew then that this was where the Ganga came from,” she says, smiling.

For Alfredo Duquesne, visiting Sierra Leone changed everything.

"It was as if I’d just left the previous weekend. I touched the soil and thought: ‘This is it. I’ve come back,’" he says, describing himself now as ‘at peace’. "At last I know where I come from," Alfredo says. "I’m not a stranger anymore."

Source

  • 23rd April
    2014
  • 23
  • 23rd April
    2014
  • 23
Race matters. Race matters in part because of the long history of racial minorities’ being denied access to the political process.

Race matters to a young man’s view of society when he spends his teenage years watching others tense up as he passes, no matter what neighborhood he grew up. Race matters to a young woman’s sense of self when she states her hometown, and then is pressed, ‘No, where are you really from?’

The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination.
  • 23rd April
    2014
  • 23
thebicker:

Federal judge allows terminally ill woman to marry her partner seven months before same-sex marriage becomes legal in Illinois
Vernita Gray’s breast cancer metastasized to her bones and brain. Her dying wish is to marry her partner, Patricia Ewert. A federal judge mandated that Cook County, Illinois immediately issue them a marriage license. David Orr, the Cook County Clerk, said he was thrilled “at long last” to be able to issue a same-sex marriage certificate. As soon as Gray feels well enough to leave chemotherapy, they’ll get married.

thebicker:

Federal judge allows terminally ill woman to marry her partner seven months before same-sex marriage becomes legal in Illinois

Vernita Gray’s breast cancer metastasized to her bones and brain. Her dying wish is to marry her partner, Patricia Ewert. A federal judge mandated that Cook County, Illinois immediately issue them a marriage license. David Orr, the Cook County Clerk, said he was thrilled “at long last” to be able to issue a same-sex marriage certificate. As soon as Gray feels well enough to leave chemotherapy, they’ll get married.

  • 23rd April
    2014
  • 23
ethiopienne:

Sonia Sotomayor delivers blistering dissent against affirmative action ban

The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action Tuesday, but not without a blistering dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Sotomayor said the decision infringed upon groups’ rights by allowing Michigan voters to change “the basic rules of the political process … in a manner that uniquely disadvantaged racial minorities.”
"In my colleagues’ view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination," Sotomayor added. “This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society.”
The court’s 6-2 decision upheld a voter-approved change to the Michigan state Constitution that prevents public colleges from using race as a factor in its admissions. As the AP noted, the ruling provides a boost for other education-related affirmative action bans in California and Washington state.
ABC News pointed out that Sotomayor has been open about the role affirmative action has played in her personal life. In her memoir “My Beloved World,” Sotomayor wrote that it “opened doors” for her.
"But one thing has not changed: to doubt the worth of minority students’ achievement when they succeed is really only to present another face of the prejudice that would deny them a chance even to try," she wrote.
Read Sotomayor’s full dissent here.

ethiopienne:

Sonia Sotomayor delivers blistering dissent against affirmative action ban

The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action Tuesday, but not without a blistering dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Sotomayor said the decision infringed upon groups’ rights by allowing Michigan voters to change “the basic rules of the political process … in a manner that uniquely disadvantaged racial minorities.”

"In my colleagues’ view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination," Sotomayor added. “This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society.”

The court’s 6-2 decision upheld a voter-approved change to the Michigan state Constitution that prevents public colleges from using race as a factor in its admissions. As the AP noted, the ruling provides a boost for other education-related affirmative action bans in California and Washington state.

ABC News pointed out that Sotomayor has been open about the role affirmative action has played in her personal life. In her memoir “My Beloved World,” Sotomayor wrote that it “opened doors” for her.

"But one thing has not changed: to doubt the worth of minority students’ achievement when they succeed is really only to present another face of the prejudice that would deny them a chance even to try," she wrote.

Read Sotomayor’s full dissent here.

  • 23rd April
    2014
  • 23
Help Support New England #not1more Civil Disobedience Fundraiser

owning-my-truth:

Please donate to fundraise for New England #Not1More actions.

On April 17th, 19 immigrant activists from New England blocked the entrance to Suffolk County House of Corrections/Suffolk Detention Center for almost three hours and were arrested for their civil disobedience. Alejandro, Maria and Abel of the 19 people detained and arrested are undocumented immigrants and all of the 19 people are friends and relatives of directly affected people by our inhumane detention and deportation system.

After 7 hours in jail and 7 more in court, all were processed and freed with warnings and fines. For each person arrested, organizer Lily Huang paid $40 processing fee and $100 fine for the infraction or charge and then dismissal of trespassing and disorderly conduct. Together that’s $2,600 for all! Please donate to show the power of the people and how the grassroots can fundraise and support beautiful, creative and powerful actions like this one and more in the future!

I was there shooting pictures at this rally on the day of, and it was an amazing show of force against our country’s dehumanizing immigration policies. I also met many of the organizers for the rally, and was absolutely inspired by their bravery. This is an important fundraiser and I just shot them my donation as well to help cover the costs of their incarcerations and court fees. The struggle cannot survive without financial support, so even if you cannot donate yourself PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST THIS POST!

  • 23rd April
    2014
  • 23
  • 23rd April
    2014
  • 23
  • 23rd April
    2014
  • 23
DarkMatter | Part 1: White Supremacy in (Queer) Palestine Solidarity Work

returnthegayze:

DarkMatter – a queer South Asian artist and activist collaboration — spent the majority of Summer 2013 in Palestine (both the West Bank and ’48). We were hosted by alQaws, a queer Palestinian organization that focuses on cultural and social change around gender and sexuality in the context of the Palestinian liberation struggle. With alQaws, we conducted writing/performance workshops around gender, sexuality, and imperialism, and performed in various cities across West Bank and 48.

The original intention of our trip was to advance broader conversations around the ways in which Western queer solidarity work in Palestine is dominated by white queer bodies and ideologies. We were both concerned by how many queer people of color we organized with in the United States did not have access to an analysis of Palestine, let alone transnational imperialism/colonialism. We trace this to a carefully curated strategy to de-radicalize racial justice in this country by curtailing it as a domestic issue. Thus the racial distribution of solidarity activists is not innocuous but results from the dynamics of white supremacy and imperialism in the state, NGOs, and media

In this first thought piece we want to unpack how white supremacy has influenced solidarity work around Palestine and how that negatively impacts movements for Palestinian liberation. We use white supremacy to signify a form of privilege built from legacies of colonialism, enslavement, genocide, and other acts of terrorism and oppression committed by people with access to whiteness against other peoples. White supremacy includes psychic, cultural, economic, and social supremacy.

We trace the domination of Western queer solidarity work with Palestine by white people to four major roots in the material and social realities of White supremacy:

  1. As a result of (settler-) colonialism and systems of enslavement, white people dominate most material resources and institutions in the West. They frequently have the most access to capital, time, and networks to participate in solidarity work abroad.
  2. White bodies are generally less scrutinized by states, police, and settlers (including Zionist settlers).  They are more easily able to pass through airports and other borders and to be visible without fear of racialized state violence.
  3. The impulse of white people to ‘help’ the foreign Other comes from a long legacy of a colonial mentality. The ‘white savior complex’ is prevalent throughout social sector work, especially global development and NPIC (non profit industrial complex) work.

White folks (and folks with access to various white privileges) frequently displace systems of oppression and power struggles to the non-West, ignoring the struggles—in which they are more materially complicit—in their domestic spaces. We believe North American queer solidarity work with Palestine, for example, is bankrupt without both an analysis of the histories of settler-colonialism and indigenous genocide in North America, and of criminalization and exploitation of black people and people of color through institutions like the prison.

Furthermore, the work that white queer bodies do (by their very presence) is reinforcing the notion that queerness most genuinely ‘belongs’ to Whiteness. This is in the political context of a gay and lesbian movement that increasingly serves the needs of elite white gay men in the West. Over the past decade we’ve also witnessed unprecedented support for a global LGBT rights movement. Several prominent Pride parades have made ‘WORLD PRIDE’ the theme of the week — discussing the rampant homophobia occurring across the world in Uganda, Iran, Vietnam, Russia, etc. The Obama Administration has allocated millions of dollars to the US State Department to fund emerging LGBT social movements abroad. Hilary Clinton declared to the United Nations that “Gay Rights are Human Rights.”

While such support might seem ‘progressive,’ with further scrutiny we realize that a global, homogenous, delocalized gay movement does not serve the needs of most sexual and gender minorities (who are not white, not financially privileged, etc). And actually, such a ‘global gay’ identity further distracts from Western imperialist and racist violence. We saw a connection here between the radical queer people of color activist movements we aligned ourselves with in ‘North America’ and queer Palestinian activism not in our shared oppression but rather our shared resistance to a white supremacist neocolonial agenda. Indeed, such a movement actually serves the interests of the colonizers: in Palestine Israeli settlers on Palestinian land and in North America white and brown settlers on Native American land.

Among Israel’s colonial strategies is ‘pinkwashing’, in which the state of Israel uses gay rights (everything from Prides to advertisements for asylum to gay tourism campaigns) as a distraction from its occupation. The result of the overrepresentation of whiteness in Palestine solidarity work has a few effects on the efficacy of anti-pinkwashing and queer solidarity work:

  1. Pinkwashing is about defining a consolidated queer/gayness as a ‘modern’, ‘progressive’ artifact from the West in comparison to the backwards Rest. The overrepresentation of white US queers in anti-pinkwashing movements perpetuates this narrative.
  2. The colonial impulse to ‘save’ queer Palestine is one that reinscribes the victim narratives about queer Palestinians that actually service pinkwashing.  Further, it makes pinkwashing appear as a single-issue device (that only oppresses queers), where in fact pinkwashing is a tactic of occupation that oppresses all Palestinians, of all genders and sexualities.

Anti-pinkwashing is not a ‘queer issue’; it is an issue of Palestinian liberation. We wanted to envision and practice a transnational queer solidarity that is not dominated by white people, is also not complicit in single-issue politics, and is self-reflexive about the racial and class violences that operate in solidarity activists’ domestic contexts (for us, the United States). The erasure of race and class violence and suppression of race and class warfare by gay rights is not an Israel-only phenomenon. Ultimately, though, the goal is to shift the focus away from white and Israeli settler queer bodies, even as ‘allies’, towards sexual and gender justice for all currently and formerly enslaved and colonized peoples.­

  • 23rd April
    2014
  • 23
  • 23rd April
    2014
  • 23
  • 23rd April
    2014
  • 23
AlterNATIVE Education

wocinsolidarity:

Hey, guys! A couple of my friends at my university really need your help! They are a group of Native (mostly women) students who are trying to spread decolonized education (woooohoooo!!!!) to Native high schoolers on reservations and in New Mexico. It would really help
them out if you could donate something or signal boost this. They are not getting paid, but they need money to travel to the students. Any donation at all is helpful!

Here is what they have to say:

WHO ARE WE?

AlterNATIVE Education is an education-focused non-profit that works with Native American/American Indian students to teach them about the left out history of American Indians. Our facilitators are composed entirely of Columbia University students, the majority being of American Indian descent.

WHAT WE DO
AlterNATIVE Education is a peer-education and mentorship initiative that will ENGAGE students with Native histories, Native governments, Na-tive arts and Native current events, which are topics that are not talked about often enough in the classroom; EMPOWER Native students as community members, as individuals, as agents of change; and finally, ENCOURAGE Native students to seriously consider pursuing higher education through long-term mentorship. AlterNATIVE’s ultimate goal is to have 100% of AlterNATIVE mentees graduate from high school and apply to college.

SUMMER 2014

This summer, alterNATIVE education is expanding, going from four sites to six. This summer, our alterNATIVE education facilitators will be at:

Isleta Pueblo, NM Zuni Pueblo, NM
Pine Hill, NM To’hajiilee, NM
Farmington, NM Acoma Pueblo, NM

CONTACT US

Visit our website at
http://anativeeducation.com

Contact us at:
anativeeducation@gmail.com

(via wocinsolidarity)

  • 23rd April
    2014
  • 23

High School students !!

wocinsolidarity:

If you are or know any high school students in the Bay Area, there will be a San Jose Coding Jam this May aimed to teach students how to code! Its a great opportunity hosted by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Google which will be free and bilingual.

"HHF will also video the events to post online for students, educators, nonprofits and even parents to access the LOFT curriculum as an introduction to coding."

http://www.hispanicheritage.org/google-and-hispanic-heritage-foundation-to-host-loft-computer-coding-jam-session-at-silver-creek-high-school-in-san-jose-ca/

(this program would also be available in other towns so click the link! im not sure where you sign up for this event but i emailed the contact and hope i get a response soon)

I know this is a field that most of us don’t consider because our schools don’t offer it or there’s lack of role models available to us, but I urge you to check it out. Im a latina in cs and if you message me ill be happy to answer any questions.

There are also more opportunities for latina high schoolers in LA that are interested in public service :

http://loftinnovation.org/programs#Fellowship 

There’s also a Teen Leadership institute for girls interested in leadership:

 http://laslatinitas.com/teen-leadership-institute

Here are more programs that also include media work! 

http://laslatinitas.com/programs/teen-latinitas

  • 23rd April
    2014
  • 23