Finally adding a tag system!

Nothing’s properly tagged/sorted yet, but I went ahead an added them to the sidebar (will be tagging everything little by little and let everyone know when it’s done):

#african diaspora
#asian diaspora
#indigenous
#colonization and slavery
#disability
#latinidad
#latinxs and race
#lgbtqia latinxs
#poc projects
#signal boost
#selfies
#asks
#submissions

Edit: Also gonna add the obvious one I spaced on (#immigration) and more as they occur to me.

(Source: claybennett.com)

sinidentidades:

The Texas government has resolved to spend over $17 million a month (from funding for social services) on further militarizing the border with National Guard members, Department of Public Safety officers, and other local and state law enforcement officers.
Politicians at all levels have exploited the current humanitarian crisis on the border for their own interests by resorting to racist tactics, such as spreading fears of disease (a claim that has been disputed). These are tactics used to dehumanize a desperate group of people fleeing problems entirely out of their control in order to further propagate an agenda. The agenda in question being the overt militarization of the U.S./Mexico border. 
No amount of militarization will ever bring about the end of undocumented immigration because it’s a much more complicated issue than that. The further militarization and the recent presence of armed militias will not resolve the history of and current policies and warmongering the United States has used in Latin America to exploit its people and resources, leading to the current disarray that is often blamed on the people of Latin America.
Feel like you have something to say?
Take action!
Here’s some contact information:
Governor Rick Perry on Facebook
Governor Rick Perry on Twitter
Office of the Governor of Texas on Facebook
Office of the Governor website
Mailing Address
Office of the GovernorP.O. Box 12428Austin, Texas 78711-2428
Delivery Address
Office of the GovernorState Insurance Building1100 San JacintoAustin, Texas 78701
Telephone & Fax
Information and Referral Hotline [for Texas callers]: (800) 843-5789
Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline [for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers]:(512) 463-1782
Office of the Governor Main Switchboard [office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST]: (512) 463-2000
If you are using a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD),  call 711 to reach Relay Texas
Office of the Governor Fax: (512) 463-1849
Don’t know who represents you? Click here
DON’T STOP THERE.
Organize locally using social media, word of mouth, whatever you have at your disposal.
We can make a change through collective effort! 
RELATED STORIES AND SOURCES: 
Debunking 8 Myths About Why Central American Children Are Migrating
Texas Governor Rick Perry Accused of ‘Militarizing’ the Border by Sending 1,000 Troops
Disease Threat From Immigrant Children Wildly Overstated
Masked, armed militias patrolling Texas side of border draw scrutiny
Armed Fascist Militias Amassing Along Texas Border With State Lawmaker’s Blessing

sinidentidades:

The Texas government has resolved to spend over $17 million a month (from funding for social services) on further militarizing the border with National Guard members, Department of Public Safety officers, and other local and state law enforcement officers.

Politicians at all levels have exploited the current humanitarian crisis on the border for their own interests by resorting to racist tactics, such as spreading fears of disease (a claim that has been disputed). These are tactics used to dehumanize a desperate group of people fleeing problems entirely out of their control in order to further propagate an agenda. The agenda in question being the overt militarization of the U.S./Mexico border. 

No amount of militarization will ever bring about the end of undocumented immigration because it’s a much more complicated issue than that. The further militarization and the recent presence of armed militias will not resolve the history of and current policies and warmongering the United States has used in Latin America to exploit its people and resources, leading to the current disarray that is often blamed on the people of Latin America.

Feel like you have something to say?

Take action!

Here’s some contact information:

Mailing Address

Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428

Delivery Address

Office of the Governor
State Insurance Building
1100 San Jacinto
Austin, Texas 78701

Telephone & Fax

  • Information and Referral Hotline [for Texas callers]: (800) 843-5789
  • Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline [for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers]:(512) 463-1782
  • Office of the Governor Main Switchboard [office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST]: (512) 463-2000
  • If you are using a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD),  call 711 to reach Relay Texas
  • Office of the Governor Fax: (512) 463-1849

Don’t know who represents you? Click here

DON’T STOP THERE.

Organize locally using social media, word of mouth, whatever you have at your disposal.

We can make a change through collective effort! 

RELATED STORIES AND SOURCES: 

reclaimingthelatinatag:

This is my abuelita Esperanza. The anniversary of her death was a week ago, so she makes an appropriate addition to the efforts to desexualize the Latina tag. Here’s a little more about her and her badassery:
She was born in Tetelpa, Morelos to an impoverished family that managed to put her through college so she could become a schoolteacher.
She met my abuelito in his rancho when she was doing her mandatory in-class teaching requisite and married him despite her parents’ wishes for her to marry another college graduate.
There was only one time when my abuelito slipped up and thought he could get away with slapping her while they were living in a town that generally still allowed men to hit their wives. My abuelita responded by slamming him down onto the couch and repeatedly scratching his face. Once she finished, she said: “And the next time you touch me like that, I’ll KILL YOU.”
If there was a street harasser bothering her daughters, the next day after hearing about it, she would walk a few feet behind them pretending she didn’t know them as they walked to school and proceed to chase the harasser down the road when he approached the girls.
She routinely encouraged and helped women to leave their abusive husbands
When young boys would misbehave toward women, she would grab them by their ears and take them to their mothers and make them explain what they had been caught doing.
She would knock on the doors of abusers, harassers and rapists and punch them in the face before they got a chance to say anything.
One time a guy on the bus was pretending to fall asleep so his face would “accidentally” fall into the breasts of the woman sitting next to him, so my abuela grabbed his hair and slammed his head into the window, telling him she didn’t believe he was sleeping, but to turn the other way if he needed to rest so bad.
When my abuelita was in her 50s, my tío got really drunk and brought a woman home. The two kicked out his wife and kids, who went to my abuela for help. She went to my tío’s house, and when the woman accosted her, she grabbed her by the hair, dragged her outside and threw her in the street. She told her she should be ashamed for encouraging a drunk man who she didn’t know to throw a fellow woman and her children into the street. When my tío protested, she slapped him with a pan.
She spiraled into depression when my abuelito died. When her children, all grown by then, told her to snap out of it because her health was declining, she replied stoically: “You are all old enough to take care of yourselves now. I’m going to go be with your father.”

reclaimingthelatinatag:

This is my abuelita Esperanza. The anniversary of her death was a week ago, so she makes an appropriate addition to the efforts to desexualize the Latina tag. Here’s a little more about her and her badassery:

  • She was born in Tetelpa, Morelos to an impoverished family that managed to put her through college so she could become a schoolteacher.
  • She met my abuelito in his rancho when she was doing her mandatory in-class teaching requisite and married him despite her parents’ wishes for her to marry another college graduate.
  • There was only one time when my abuelito slipped up and thought he could get away with slapping her while they were living in a town that generally still allowed men to hit their wives. My abuelita responded by slamming him down onto the couch and repeatedly scratching his face. Once she finished, she said: “And the next time you touch me like that, I’ll KILL YOU.”
  • If there was a street harasser bothering her daughters, the next day after hearing about it, she would walk a few feet behind them pretending she didn’t know them as they walked to school and proceed to chase the harasser down the road when he approached the girls.
  • She routinely encouraged and helped women to leave their abusive husbands
  • When young boys would misbehave toward women, she would grab them by their ears and take them to their mothers and make them explain what they had been caught doing.
  • She would knock on the doors of abusers, harassers and rapists and punch them in the face before they got a chance to say anything.
  • One time a guy on the bus was pretending to fall asleep so his face would “accidentally” fall into the breasts of the woman sitting next to him, so my abuela grabbed his hair and slammed his head into the window, telling him she didn’t believe he was sleeping, but to turn the other way if he needed to rest so bad.
  • When my abuelita was in her 50s, my tío got really drunk and brought a woman home. The two kicked out his wife and kids, who went to my abuela for help. She went to my tío’s house, and when the woman accosted her, she grabbed her by the hair, dragged her outside and threw her in the street. She told her she should be ashamed for encouraging a drunk man who she didn’t know to throw a fellow woman and her children into the street. When my tío protested, she slapped him with a pan.
  • She spiraled into depression when my abuelito died. When her children, all grown by then, told her to snap out of it because her health was declining, she replied stoically: “You are all old enough to take care of yourselves now. I’m going to go be with your father.”

mohala-sumiko:

this morning, police raided Greater St. Mark school/church in Ferguson, MO (formerly called St. Sebastian’s Parish).

community members had been using it as a safe space and staging area. police claim that the church is violating housing codes by sheltering protesters, even though the pastor has said it isn’t true.

please please please boost this. help these organizers recover the supplies they lost, and share just how fucking far these cops will sink to make the people of Ferguson suffer.

bossymarmalade:

jepaithe:

The majority of South Asians are much more accepting of whites than they are Black people, and that makes me extremely angry. There are so many South Asians who are mistrusting of Black individuals mainly because of how they’re negatively portrayed in the media, whereas White people actually have a legitimate historical legacy of being violent and untrustworthy. There is so much factual evidence justifying the need to be hesitant around white people, yet South Asians still want to be subservient to and embracing of them, and be suspicious of Black individuals for no reason other than the fact that they’re negatively portrayed in the media.

While I agree that anti-blackness is insidious and prevalent in South Asian communities, I think it’s simplifying the matter to pin it on media portrayals. That helps, of course, but when large groups of Muslim South Asians are also demonized in Western media, we have enough sense to refute that. So it’s not that we swallow what the media tells us unquestioned, we know better than that; only when it fits our cultural bigotry.

In my own experience as a West Indian woman of SA descent, I know a lot of the schism between brown and black was set into place on the sugar cane plantations. So many of my aunts and uncles (and my mother) hold firmly to this idea that I “don’t know what Trinidad blacks are like”, and I doubt it’s likely to change until a certain generation is all gone. I mean, shit, my /father/ grew up in the sugar cane barracks — for us diaspora SAsians that history isn’t so far behind us as to heal the wounds that the white overseers put there.

Add to that the fact that West Indians who move to North America are treated better than African Americans because we’re seen as more deferential and ‘trained’, and you have model minority bootstraps bullshit ripe to grow. So yeah, it’s the media, but it’s also the lie of earning social capital by standing on the heads of our fellow chromatic people (and especially black people) that South Asians buy into. Until we stop debasing ourselves and trying desperately to show that we’re “better” than black folks in order to gain white approval and pats on the head, we’re not gonna be good allies as a community.

Queer feminist bookstore needs help

fuckyeahlesbianliterature:

Will you give a dollar (or more!) to help Wild Iris Books? They’ve already been behaving like a nonprofit for years, putting on feminist and LGBTQ+ events and providing activist education. Some of their recent adventures include the Sinister Wisdom release party (Southern lesbian history),…

keepupwithferguson:

1017andpregnant:

afrobluess:

postracialcomments:

TRIGGER WARNING: THIS VIDEO IS GRAPHIC

Video of the Police shooting that killed 

Kajieme Powell  in St. Louis 08/19/2014

(I hate posting things like this but it needs to be seen!!)

*EDIT: THIS IS A VIDEO OF HIM BE SHOT AND KILLED

WARNING TO ALL!!!

Oh my god I’m literally crying.

My soul hurts

Apparently he was also mentally ill (I will find a source for this though), which is another discussion that needs to be had immediately: The treatment of mentally ill and disabled individuals by police in this country…

It just never ends.

rufiozuko:

thelonelythrone:

postracialcomments:

CNN’s Jake Tapper Telling the Truth about Ferguson

Jake Tapper exposing the truth! He earned his stripes today.

this is crazy!!!

b8l:

flockaflamed:

people literally cannot get out antonio french is telling him to knock on doors if he has to

police/military have placed a physical road blockade, a media blackout, and a nofly zone, over the neighborhood where mike brown was murdered were the only eye witnesses live, at the heart of the protests, under the guise of stopping a “gun battle btwn cops and gangs”. there is nothing come out of canfield right now that i can find, which is absolutely terrifying.