Yeah, you know what? This is a feminist Tumblr. I think we already established that this isn’t a feminist issue. You wanna discuss animal welfare, trot on over to my animal welfare Tumblr at Fuck Yeah! Animal Welfare.
YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - Children from Tabb Elementary School have joined the search for their missing classmate, Trey Cain.
Vans full of volunteers have been deploying from a command center in York County Tuesday to aid in the search.
The 12-year-old has been missing since Monday night.
An auxillary sheriff’s deputy has also volunteered to join the search for Trey, in his private chopper.
York-Poquoson Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating Linnie W. Cain III, who goes by “Trey.”
The Sheriff’s Office, Fire Department and several K9 units from Hampton Police Department have been searching the woods near the home where was last seen.
Trey is described as light-skinned, approximately 5-foot-3, 90 pounds and was last seen wearing a blue and grey horizontal-striped polo shirt with cargo pockets on the sides. He may not be wearing shoes.
He was last seen in the side yard of his grandmother’s house in the 3200 block of Big Bethel Road in the Tabb area of York County at around 6:45 p.m. Monday.
Captain Jimmy Richardson with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office told WAVY.com Trey and his mother had a disagreement about his grades Monday night. Trey is an honor roll student at Tabb Elementary School. Capt. Richardson says Trey was told to come back inside at 8 p.m. When he didn’t, that’s when his family went looking for him. They searched for a while, then when they realized he was missing, someone called the sheriff’s office.
Friends of the family tell 10 On Your Side that Trey’s father is a soldier in Afghanistan. His father is now on his way home because of Trey’s disappearance, according to friends.
A command center is set up across from Tabb Elementary School, in a church parking lot. The school is about a mile away from the family’s home. Captain Richardson said the wooded area around the school is a place where Trey likes to play.
More than 100 people have volunteered to help officials with the search. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office says no more volunteers are needed. The department is just asking the public to keep an eye out for Trey.
Late Tuesday afternoon, volunteers were pulled from the search because of a storm cell that moved over the area.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 890-3621.
Please sign this Change.org petition to help free Bei Bei Shuai. From the website:
Numerous organizations and leaders who identify themselves as “pro-life” have assured the public that state murder and feticide laws that create special penalties for harming fetuses would not result in the arrests of pregnant women. Terry Curry, the Marion County Prosecutor, however is using these laws as the basis for arresting pregnant women who take any intentional action that could harm the fertilized eggs, embryos, or fetuses inside of them.
In 2010, Bei Bei Shuai, a pregnant woman living in Indiana became so depressed that she attempted to end her own life. With help from friends who intervened, however, she survived. Although Ms. Shuai did everything she could, including undergoing cesarean surgery, to ensure that her baby survived, her newborn died shortly after birth.
Ms. Shuai was arrested for the crime of murder (defined to include viable fetuses) and feticide (defined to include ending a human pregnancy at any stage). The sentence for murder can be the death penalty or 45 years-to-life. The sentence for attempted feticide is up to 20 years. Both of these kinds of laws are promoted and supported by “pro-life” organizations.
Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life has said that the “pro-life movement is not out to punish women.” Yet, as of March 14th Ms. Shuai, will have been imprisoned and punished for an entire year. (Bail is not allowed when the charge is murder).
Indiana’s murder and feticide statutes were passed in response to violent attacks on pregnant women and with the promise that they would be used to protect pregnant women and the fetuses they carry from such assaults. Instead, in a blatant bait and switch maneuver these laws are being used to lock-up pregnant women.
if you reblog something from a poc, be prepared to handle the garbage that you’ll be potentially sending our way. being “enlightened” and wanting to spread your ~newfound knowledge~ is only half the job.
This. The hate we get isn’t coming from our followers.
And another thing I just realized: when allies reblog our stuff and then their followers reblog it and add a ton of racist commentary, how come I never see the ally jumping into the discussion? Are they afraid of alienating their white friends? Is their follower count more important to them?
Just one of the reasons why there are very few people I consider an ally. When it comes down to it, they’ll jump off the boat at the first sign of turbulence and leave us all to sink.
I see it once in a while, but most of the time people who are allies will have already cut off the people they were following that would pull shit like that. Like a bunch of new followers I had at one point were ragging on their followers for pulling shit.
But once they were canned, it was no longer a problem there…the rest end up unfollowing at some point.
yup. white folks bet not be reblargin if they aint gon come collect. we see you.
catieissomethingcreative said: I kinda think that if you’re white and going to adopt a non-white child, you shouldn’t be a dick about it. That’s really it. Don’t congratulate yourself, don’t brag about it, just be a fucking parent.
that bolded sentence is the whole reason I side-eye white people wanting to adopt POC kids.
what is being ‘just a good parent’ to you, is massively different to the experiences of POC parents.
you might think you’re doing all the rights things, but as a white person, you dont realise half of what you are doing isin’t ‘just being a prent’, it’s doing a lot of ‘white parents things’ that would most likely not help the POC child at all.
you cannot just be a parent when it comes to white people having POC children. you need to go above and beyond if you are seriously considering doing this.
whites need to realise its absolutely not okay for them to only have white friends, go to white parent-toddler groups, white this, white that, watch a lot of white tv, read a lot of white fairy tales to kids, not pay enough attentkion to the things the child is taking in daily (which is mostly white things unless white parent intervenes big time) it
means not taking shit at face value when white teachers say your child acts this/that way (because a lot of the time, there is racism behind this)
it means not just occasionaly saying hi to a POC parents or letting your POC child go to some random POC event as if that’s enough. it means CONSTANTLY making sure the child is lviing in a world where they need never feel inadequate about their skin color, it means always being best friends with POC people, events, things, life, always looking up things about white privilege and not taking the opinions of white people more than POC when it coems to the safety of your child, especially when that other white parents do not have a POC child.
if this shit is too annoying or difficult for white people to do, then they having been thinking about raising a POC child in ‘the white way’ this whole time and they need to seriously rethink any outrageous ideas they had about adopting a POC child, especially if they actually think the child’s race has ‘nothing to do with it’
this is not just a child you’re looking after, you’re bringing up a POC child in a white world and you can do so much damage and make the child end up hating their race/skin color and having a whiteness mindset which can cause all sorts of fucked up complications in their years to come.
if white people cannot handle this fact, they need to stop considering getting a POC child, because its not as easy as raising a white child.
Just to add about this excuse: “there are POC children in desperate need of homes right now, is it so bad for white people to adopt them!?”
if you want to adopt POC children, let go of whatever white preconcieved ideas you had about raisng white children and really look into your white privilege so it doesn’t affect them as they grow up.
otherwise, you’re adopting them for purely egotistical and ignorant reasons that will later damage the kid.
I saw you're an omnivore and I'm interested in what you think about the idea that the treatment of cows in the dairy industry is a feminist issue. Do you think the forceful insemination and exploitation of a cow for milk is wrong, seeing as they are sentient? Do you think 'rape' can only happen to humans? How do you feel about speciesism? Not trying to start an argument, or force any beliefs, I'm just genuinely interested as you're passionate about fighting sexism, racism etc.
Is it a feminist issue? Fuck no.
It’s an animal welfare issue.
I think that animals can be sexually abused, yes. However, I do not think that artificial insemination falls under sexual abuse of animals.
What even is speciesism, exactly?
I’m not an animal rights activist, I’m an animal welfare activist. There’s a big difference between the two, believe it or not.
The FBI announced today that George Zimmerman could be charged with a federal hate crime, a charge that would mean Zimmerman could face the death penalty if convicted. The FBI made the announcement shortly after Zimmerman’s lawyers received the list of witnesses and evidence materials, which included never before seen accounts of the shooting from witnesses, new footage and new 911 call recordings.
State Prosecutors made the case that Zimmerman, who admitted to fatally shooting 17 year old Trayvon Martin, profiled and stalked the youth prior to a confrontation, which lead to Martin’s death, something that has prompted the FBI to investigate the possibility of raising the charge from second degree murder to a federal hate crime.
“My biggest problem is that there is simply no creativity in movies with black casts at all. White people are 12 year old wizards, teens with crushes on vampires and werewolves, fighting blue people, talking fish and toys, and yet the best we get is a movie about the genteel south? Someone please make a movie about two black folks falling in love at a rock concert or a feature film about Storm from X-Men discovering her power, or something, ANYTHING, that goes beyond Black Pain (TM) / White Saviour (TM) movies. Sheesh.”—
CeCe McDonald is not just the victim of a hate crime: she is, moreover, the victim of a racist and transphobic criminal punishment system. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Website, in a post about McDonald’s sentencing, stated, “Gender, race, sexual orientation and class are not part of the decision-making process.” The post went on to call the plea of second-degree manslaughter “a just resolution.” For the Hennepin County Attorney, who has played such an integral role in incarcerating McDonald, to state that the situation is “just,” is an insult to McDonald’s suffering.
The racism and transphobia that McDonald is experiencing is by no means unique. Trans women are up to 15 times more likely to be incarcerated than the general population. Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey found that 47% of black trans people surveyed had been incarcerated. 38% of black trans people had been harassed or assaulted by the police because of bias. A video (warning: contains graphic discussions of physical and sexual assault and transphobic slurs) from the Transgender and Intersex Project, which interviewed trans women, who have been victims of the prison-industrial complex, included telling statements about the horrors of the system. One woman stated, “prison is the worst thing anyone can go through.” Another said, “I wouldn’t be able to get my hormones and medications that I need.”
This blog is aimed at DMAB (that’s designated male at birth) trans people. We’re tired of playing second fiddle to DFAB trans people in the queer community and having our spaces flooded exclusively with pictures and advice about binding, packing, testosterone, how to cultivate facial hair, etc. etc.
So here is a blog for you, DMAB people, where we’re going to be talking about tucking, padding, oestrogen, obliterating facial hair, makeup, clothes, and anything else your cisgender parents didn’t teach you, and your queer community was too busy elsewhere to fill you in on.
Some of the advice here will relate particularly to trans* women to do with passing, going stealth, transitioning and so on, but for the most part we’d hope that our advice will be as helpful to DMAB nonbinary trans* people to consolidate their knowledge on how to express their gender too!
Celebrity chef Mario Batali • Discussing the diet he’s currently on — he’s eating like he’s on food stamps (an average of $1.48 per meal, or $31 per week) in protest of potential cuts to the federal food stamps program. His family was nice enough to join him in what he calls a conversation starter about being hungry in the U.S. Unlike most people on food stamps, he knows ways to make the best of a bad situation, smartly sticking to foods like lentils, apples, rice, beans, peanut butter and jelly. But the problem is, eating good on a diet like this is tough, so many do not. Think his family’s experiment will be effective? (via shortformblog)
… I’m just going to say here that I’m really glad my folks are doing this.
Thank you, all you chefs out there. You’re good people. Because if it’s hard for US to do it, you know it’s damn near impossible for regular folks to do it. (via youcrashstanding)
This part: “Unlike most people on food stamps, he knows ways to make the best of a bad situation, smartly sticking to foods like lentils, apples, rice, beans, peanut butter and jelly.”
Ew. Just… ew. Bad form, shortformblog. Very bad form.
Subsisting on food stamps, especially when food is made from scratch, is doable, he said, “as a way to live, but certainly not as a way to thrive. You can always have pasta with tomato, but that’s not thriving.”
Also I’d like to see these wealthy people do not only food stamps but live on the level of income you have to have in order to get food stamps.
To make all the appointments, to not miss a single signature lest they lose their benefits without a lot of warning. To have to use public transportation in a place where it’s not awesome. To try and get any other benefits. To actually “look” like they use foodstamps and deal with the people in the store who get pissed off if you buy candy, who get pissed off if you buy healthy or fresh food.
I’d like to see them do these things for three months from start to end. I’m talking they have to go through applying, being treated like a piece of shit by state workers, having their benefits revoked at least once.
Yeah I’m not impressed actually.
All my suggestions taken from mine and my partners actual experience in the last two years. Forget about if you need health care or have an emergency.
Backstory: a few weeks ago, I accepted an internship with the DC Center for LGBT Resources. My father found out, threatened to kick me out if I did it, and basically raged on and on for a while. My flight to DC is on May 24th, and I’m pretty sure my father was going to keep me from catching it.
Just now, he came into my room and yelled at my brother for playing Starcraft II on my Dell. (I’m typing this on an old Macbook.) Then he threatened to smash my laptop, to which I replied that it was my property. The Dell was given to me by my university as part of my scholarship, and it is considered their property for a year until I start my second year there.
Upon me informing him of this, he grew enraged, picked up my laptop, and smashed it on the bedpost. The frame is broken, it won’t close properly, etc…
My father has had a history of violence with me, one that I don’t want to go into yet. However, calling the cops isn’t an option, since he’s the sole supporter of my family, and my mother can’t support herself; I also have three siblings.
Anyway, I need to get out of here. I live in Huntsville, Alabama. If anyone has any ideas or can give me a place to stay until the 24th, that would be most helpful. Thank you so much for reading this.
The man’s son attempted suicide a couple nights ago because of the shame brought on his family.
Unfortunately, in the real world, situations are a bit more complex than they seem in front of a computer.
Thanks for your letter.
My subsequent reply:
How is the woman doing? Have you checked on her well being since it was her who was propositioned and it was her who’s voice was silenced? I hope she is okay.
I am sorry for his son’s shame but please be clear, that was brought by HIS father. Not you or the woman you silenced. Even with this information it is unclear why you chose to only give one side a platform.
I hope you will consider the cruelty of your actions.
Shame on Humans Of New York. Supporting street harassment behind religion. HONY has told 91,367 people that if you are a powerful religious man, we can forget that you propositioned a kind young woman to be your escort for the night. FUCK YOU HUMANS OF NEW YORK. Last night the usually fantastic photography blog posted this photo
The caption to the photo read: “This one is very serious, guys:
I came upon these two on the sidewalk. They were having a conversation. “Excuse me,” I said, addressing the girl: “I’m sorry to interrupt, but is there anyway I can take your photo?”
“Why would you want my photo?” she asked.
“Because you look beautiful,” I said. And she did. She was Sudanese. There is a very distinct beauty among people from the Sudan, and she was filled up with it. Suddenly the man cut in:
“I was just telling her she was beautiful,” he said.
Naively, I assumed I had just walked up on one stranger giving a compliment to another. I wanted to capture the moment. “Let me take your photograph together,” I said. The man seemed reluctant, he started smiling nervously and inching away. But the girl called him back.
“Come take a picture with me,” she said. Encouraged by her attention, he returned. She put her arm around him, and I took the photo.
As I examined the photos on my camera, the man started whispering to the girl. She answered him in a loud voice: “I told you! I’m not that kind of girl.” She seemed agitated now. Finally sensing that I had misread the situation, I stepped between them. The man began hurrying down the sidewalk.
When the man left, the girl’s demeanor changed completely. She seemed shaken. Her eyes were tearing up. “He just offered me five hundred dollars to go out with him,” she said. “And then when I said ‘no,’ he offered me one thousand. Why does this always happen to me?”
“It happens a lot?” I asked.
“All the time,” she said. “I’m sorry I’m getting emotional. I just can’t go out of my house without this kind of thing happening. I have a son. I’m a mother. I would never degrade myself like that. I just don’t understand why this keeps happening.”
“Do you mind if I tell this story?” I asked.
“Please,” she said. “Tell it.”
Let’s hope this man, and all men, realize the emotional damage they are inflicting on the women they try to buy. In the meantime, feel free to SHARE.*
*With this man being an Orthodox Jew, I hope that all long-time followers of HONY would by now have realized the high respect I hold for the Orthodox Jewish community as a whole.”
And do you know what Humans Of New York did today? They removed the photograph from their Facebook page, which has over 90,000 subscribers. Because of uproar from what appeared to be men of the Orthodox Community. HONY has now posted two other photos of two Orthodox male students at Yeshiva University. The first caption reads “Are you Humans of New York?”
“I am. Did you by chance see last night’s post?”
“There’s deviance in every religion. Simple as that.”
UPDATE: The original post has been removed out of respect for the man’s family. After 1,000 comments, I believe the discussion had run it’s course.”
and the second photo reads “This young man also recognized me while I was touring Yeshiva. We too entered into a discussion about last night’s post. I asked him to send me a letter with his thoughts. I’d like to preface his letter by saying that I personally remain very confident about my assessment of yesterday’s situation. However, Simon’s letter contains great wisdom:
I figured our paths would cross serendipitously. I’ve been thinking a lot about the picture you posted last night of an Orthodox Jewish man propositioning a Sudanese woman.
You have a microphone that now reaches beyond the humans of New York. You can speak to the humans of the world, using your art as a medium for good, for awareness, for change. It’s a task that requires nuance. Nobility is a slippery slope, and often, in our quest to do justice,
we rush to false judgment. To be virtuous, it seems we must be patient. We must be incredulous even about our own suppositions—especially about our own suppositions—in order to do right by others.
It’s a foundational imperative in the Jewish tradition of dan lekaf zechut—judging another favorably—or refraining from judging another unfavorably in the absence of proper evidence.
UPDATE: The original post has been removed out of respect for the man’s family. After 1,000 comments, I believe the discussion had run it’s course.”
Hmm… many of the comments on these read along the lines of “Good job Brandon [the HONY photographer] for respecting the man’s family and taking the photo down” “Right decision HONY” “How do we know the woman’s telling the truth? HEARSAY!”
To which I say ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? Seriously, you’re joking right? She asked to have her story told. I don’t give a flying fuck if this man is the fucking President of the United States, if he propositions a woman for being an escort (and I’m just going to assume and escort for sex) after she said NO once he needs to be called out. And to say “I believe the discussion had run it’s course” is perpetuating that sexual harassment is okay. A commenter placed the question ‘would this photo have been removed if the racial roles had been reversed or if the woman had been white?’ “My question is whether or not a similar picture to “last night’s” would have been deleted or generated the same level of concern for the man’s reputation, community had the man in question had been Hispanic, Muslim or African-American?”
A comment summed up this photo “Again, another woman was silenced. To spare that man his embarrassment at being a hypocrite. A shame.” I hope everyone will reblog this to show that you cannot silence an idea and you cannot like this woman believes “ If you don’t like something - you can ignore it, delete it, unsubscribe - or just LEAVE.”
Yes, let’s just sweep racism, sexism, prejudice, and harassment right under the rug right? WRONG.
Also interestingly enough before I had even finished writing this I was going to reblog the original tumblr post from the Humans Of New York tumblr and it had been removed.
Shame on Humans Of New York.
What do you think?
This is the photographer Brandon Stanton…
This is where you can send Brandon a message: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send Brandon a message. Please let him know that his actions are both unacceptable and unconscionable. Please let him know that his actions allow, encourage and support that of a predator. Please remind Brandon of his own words. What he saw with his own eyes. What he heard with his own ears and what he felt with his own gut. Please let Brandon know that he betrayed this young woman three times over. She trusted him with her image, her story and her dignity. Brandon did not keep his word to her on any account. Do not let this end with this woman and her story being erased. Don’t let him condone this conduct.
“You wanna say [the n-word] but you don’t want to be followed around a store. You want to say [the n-word] but you don’t want to be discriminated on by police. You want to say [the n-word] but you don’t want to not be able to get a fucking cab in the rain. You wanna act like you gonna be a n——- then be a fucking n——- and live a n——- life, if not, then keep that shit out of your mouth”—Totally rad woman on why white people can’t say the n-word (via autumn-and-eve)
Our femininities are often marginalized and delegitimized. We are often seen as heteronormative, apolitical, less radical, and less queer in a community where being visible and valued depends on being masculine or androgynous.
This femmephobia in queer communities—this devaluation and stigmatization of queer femininity—is a form of misogyny that is rooted in dominant patriarchal culture. It’s a form of sexism that intersects with cissexist, heterosexist, racist, classist, ableist, and sizeist views of femininity, women, and what it means to be queer.
The accusation that femme women “pass as straight” undermines our own self-definitions of our femme identities, our empowered embracing of our femininities, and our blatant disruption of the normative constructs of what it means to be feminine and a woman.
Cosmo (That Which Must Never Be Obeyed) has an interesting idea of what counts as experimentation (i.e. attack first because it “activates the caveman brain” or whatever, ask questions later). I think it’s complete bullshit. So we’re going to go over this experimentation thing, shall we?
Talk to your partner about it beforehand. I mean, if you’re feeling like your lovelife needs spice, you should probably talk about it so that they know it needs spice. Whether they’ve thought that they’re perfectly fine with what they have, they’ve wanted to try something new, or they actually are uncomfortable and want to dial things down, it’s important to discuss that so that everyone in the relationship is aware of it.
Talk about what you want to try or what direction you want to go into. Discuss boundaries and likes and dislikes. There’s nothing wrong with saying that something makes you uncomfortable.
Are you in the throes of passion and want to try something? Say, “Can I try [something]?” If the answer is yes, try it.
Keep an eye on your partner. Some people, for whatever reason, are afraid of making it clear when they’re uncomfortable. So, ask. “Is this OK?” “Does this feel good?”
Tell your partner if things are going places that you’re uncomfortable with. There’s no point in spicing up your love life if you’re so uncomfortable it negates the spice.
Spring anything on your unsuspecting partner. That means no surprise handcuffs, feathers, or toys. Actually, no surprise anything. Doing anything to your partner without their consent is never, everOK.
Let your disquiet fester and simmer without talking about it. That accomplishes nothing and makes things worse when it finally comes out (and trust me, it will come out eventually).
Not tell your partner about a boundary because you’re afraid they’ll think it’s silly. Actually, nevernot tell your partner about a boundary, period.
Ignore your partner’s boundaries because “they’ll like it, they just don’t know it,” or pressure them into dropping them. That is never, ever OK.
This weekend, the New York Times published an extremely exploitative article about a transgender woman who had died in a fire. The article, about Lorena Escalera, only mentions that she was killed in a fire after telling readers that she was “curvaceous,” that she “drew admiring glances” in her “gritty Brooklyn neighborhood,” that she “was known to invite men for visits to her apartment,” that Lorena was “called Lorena” (as opposed to saying she was “named Lorena” or that she simply was Lorena) and that she “brought two men to her apartment” sometime between late Friday night and early Saturday morning.
The article by Al Baker and Nate Schweber treats Escalera completely disrespectfully, later describing a pile of debris outside the burned apartment which “contained many colorful items. Among them were wigs, women’s shoes, coins from around the world, makeup, hair spray, handbags, a shopping bag from Spandex House, a red feather boa and a pamphlet on how to quit smoking.”
Would the New York Times ever describe a woman who is not transgender, who had died in a fire, as “curvaceous” - in the first sentence, no less? Would it carefully note that her apartment contained makeup and “women’s shoes?” Would it say that she was “called” whatever her name was - especially if police later identified her by that name?
Janet Mock and other noted leaders in the trans advocacy movement have been speaking out about this article online. Thank you to all of you who submitted incident reports about this article, or alerted us to it through Twitter. We are reaching out to the Times to discuss the many incident reports we received, and to ensure that exploitative pieces like this don’t get printed in the future.
Right now, your boss or school could demand that you hand over your Facebook, Twitter, or email password, and there is nothing you can do to stop them. Some people have even been fired from their jobs for refusing to reveal their passwords! But that could all change with the introduction of the Password Protection Act.
Previous attempts by governments to ban this practice have failed, in part because internet users haven’t made it a priority and spoken out against it. The Password Protection Act is our opportunity to finally end “Give up your password or else” policies andset an international standard for safeguarding our online identities.
We cannot be quiet anymore. Our passwords are the keys that protect our private lives, the people we communicate with, and all of our personal information.
Tens of thousands of us around the world rallied against CISPA to protect our privacy from being shared between corporations and governments. Now we have the chance to be proactive about keeping our personal lives private online. Employers can’t go through your postal mail or your file cabinet. So why is it okay for them to fire you for refusing to turn over your password?
There are approximately 875 million people on Facebook — imagine what we can do if we can mobilize a portion of this to affect change?
I LITERALLY have my 3rd eye tatted. So don’t think I won’t.
And this is the some of you are idiotic enough to defend and feel so sorry for.
Someone who has been told that her behavior is potentially damaging but does it any damned way.
This is what you guys are thinking is so cool and so pretty. This is what you are endorsing and supporting when you don’t pay attention, don’t read, and blindly throw your words around.
You have people reblogging and saying poor her why are people so mean to her. This is why:
So before you johnny come latelies start shedding tears, do some research on what you are defending.
I don’t condone people sending this person threats. That is totally unnecessary. But people have taken the time to provide information. Not frivolous opinions but information that is necessary to understanding what cultural appropriation is and why it is so terrible. But nope. That has been ignored.
But we’re feeling sorry her. We’re making it about her feelings instead of ignoring how one person’s actions help endorse a history, a present that otherizes people and perverts their culture.
gross gross gross
This person knows they are hurting people and doesn’t give a fuck. As a matter of fact, they are taking pleasure out of knowing that people are hurt by their actions. You do not defend someone like this. If you defend someone like this and try to justify their actions, you are no better than they are and deserve no pity.
I recently posted information about a Roma rights activist, Toma Nikolaev, who is facing extradition from the UK back to Bulgaria, where his life is in danger. There is a petition (here), but it is well documented that LETTERS, actual physical letters written by MANY people are a better source of providing justice. So, I ask you, no I humbly BEG you to help Toma (and ALL Roma rights activists, myself included) by writing a letter to the addresses below.
I have included the blurb from the petition website as an inspiration to form a letter. I will probably include the text as it stands, along with some more personal information about why it’s important not just for Toma.
Toma Nikolaev is a well-respected Roma rights activist and former candidate MP. Persecuted in Bulgaria due to his criticism of the apartheid that excludes most of Bulgaria’s 700,000 Roma, he was directing editor of the bilingual newspaper DeFacto until its closure.
Fearing for his life after a bomb was placed near his home, Mr. Nikolaev sought asylum in the UK. A long, uncompleted process followed during which Nikolaev continued to help fellow Roma. He joined the campaign to save the Dale Farm community, which was broken up by the riot police assault on the estate on 19 October 2011.
On April 8, 2012 Toma Nikolaev attended a sit-in front of the Bulgarian Embassy in London to mark Roma Nation Day. Shortly after he was arrested under a European warrant and he spent three days in custody before being released on bail. He is scheduled to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court at 9:30am on 22nd May.
This is the first time a prominent Roma political activist has been brought before this court, which is reserved for extradition and terrorism cases.
Mr. Nikolaev faces extradition back to Bulgaria, where he would have to continue a prison sentence imposed for his criticism of the government .
The Roma in Bulgaria make up 8% of the population, live mostly in segregated neighbourhoods and are suffering 70% unemployment. In this condition of social exclusion, Roma activists are subject to judicial and police persecution, as well as violence from nationalist and racist movements, in particular the Atak Party. That is why we believe it is unsafe for Mr Nikoleav, his wife and children, to return to Bulgaria and appeal to the Westminster Magistrates’ Court to dismiss the extradition proceedings brought by the Bulgarian state and allow Toma Nikolaev to remain in the UK, where he wishes to apply for political asylum.
Our appeal is also addressed to Queen Elizabeth II, and the Government and Parliament of the United Kingdom. We are asking them to intervene in the case of Toma Nikolaev, thus offering the European Union and the world an example of civility and respect for human rights. We also urge the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres; the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay; the European Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks; the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, and all civil society not to remain indifferent to a paradigmatic case of the current conditions of the Roma people and those who defend their rights.
We hope there will be a just and humanitarian verdict in the case of Toma Nikolaev, and extend to all recipients of this appeal our best regards.
Hi! I’ve never followed your blog till now, but I look at it all the time whenever a post made sourced back to you or if you clock the tea with someone and it’s on my dash, I see it. I just got an email about this, and I decided to send it to you to signal boost the story and get some others to sign this petition about this egregious crime. When will people learn?
About this petition says:
The Hiller Armament Company of Virginia has been selling “Trayvon Targets” for shooting practice, complete with a black hoodie, Skittles, and an ice tea.
It is utterly vile AND potentially illegal. Virginia law “Prohibits the unauthorized use of a person’s name, portrait or picture for advertising or trade purposes. The right continues for 20 years after death.”
Tell Virgina Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to shut them down and punish these people for illegally profiting off of Trayvon’s tragic killing.
Spread this petition far and wide. Lets see some people get held accountable for their racism for once.
As someone living in VA, and with VA followers, please spread this — the location specifically of this seller as listed is only 15-20 minutes away from my house. This is disgusting and must suffer consequences.
I AM SO SURPISED. Not. Fuck it — if the system thinks we are gonna be able to pay off our debt they are seriously fuckin perturbed. This shit makes me so angry and is why I will be in school for the next ten years in order to put off paying back loans.