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blackpantha:

by Paul Davey


Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. Most artists who use space as a backdrop make it look cheesy, but this artists rocked it out. I love this. 

[Image: A gorgeous full color illustration of a beautiful nude Black woman against the background of space with cloths of green, yellow and red around her. She is wearing jewelry in many colors, including several bracelets. She is looking to the side slightly with one knee raised.]  

blackpantha:

by Paul Davey

Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. Most artists who use space as a backdrop make it look cheesy, but this artists rocked it out. I love this. 

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People gender bodies because it means easier health care for each body. When you shut down "women's clinics" because it hurts your shitbaby feelings to see a gendered clinic, congratulations cos you're not only going to severely damage women's health care but cause deaths of women who won't be able to privately get proper healthcare. — Asked by Anonymous Asked by Anonymous portrait

amaditalks:

lisaquestions:

idislikecispeople:

How about instead of gendering people we just list what genitals they have? That would solve this “problem” that you’re proposing while at the same time not being cisseixist.

I would like to see any situation in which trans women and camab transfeminine people have attempted to shut down “women’s clinics.”

Also, none of my doctors or therapists or any medical professional who has treated me needs to have my CASAB in order to treat me. The last one I saw I brought this kind of nonsense up and the doctor laughed her ass off at the idea that she would have to misgender my body in order to treat me correctly.

I know that there have been a couple of instances where trans women have publicly taken “women’s clinics” to task for refusing to treat them or offer HRT, in some cases while providing HRT to trans men. But they weren’t attempting to close those clinics, just to get them to actually provide care to <em>all</em> women, especially if they were providing it to
men.

And this, my fellow cis women, is how we do the patriarchy’s work when we go for the throat of trans women and insist THEY’RE the threat. It not only means that we throw ACTUAL SCIENCE AND MEDICINE out the door, but we pull the shit that the ANON is pulling. It means we make sure that it’s not about any kind of liberating of women, it’s just which women are gonna suffer less than others. We all suffer under patriarchy.

Some of us are okay with it. Me, I stopped being satisfied with the grand prize of, “You’ll only get smacked around twice a week, that’s way less than them over there! Don’t you feel victorious?”

Nothing less than all women being all free from all forms of patriarchy and oppression will satisfy me. 

So let’s get this straight fellow cis women: clinics and health care places are being shut down - to a person - by us CIS people. Exclusively so. It is cis men and oh, yeah, we cis women who are in position of power who perpetrating the great threat to the health of women. We’re the ones who make laws that make reproductive justice and even basic health care that’s important to women impossible. Who do you has the power, money, time, authority, and political sway to make it so?

But no. Instead of punching up. Instead of going for their throats, we growl and hiss and even outright attack (often violently) trans women who are pointing out basic logic. Namely, that if you say you’re a women’s clinic and you give something to men that you won’t give to women because they’re trans, you hate trans people, don’t acknowledge their identities, and are made of large stacks of hypocritical bullshit. 

It’s gotta stop. So before you go screaming at trans women or about trans women, actually ask yourself who’s really doing what and saying what, and who - at the end of the day - has power?

You may (will) find that it’s you who had that power and you who’s been using it to hurt others. 

trixibelle:

kidwithachalkboard:

lucasthevaliant:

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Please re-tumblr this. This is an actual friend of ours and we need your help to get her home safe.

PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE STOP ALL SHARING:



There is a facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/WritersOfColour/photos/a.590150101008376.1073741828.589716264385093/794145913942126/?type=1&amp;theater
This page is from people trying to help her, and they have asked people not to keep reblogging this. Their message (as seen on the facebook link) is:
"The message (from Pkakooza) that reads: 

Hey guys,

I know everyone is nervous and panicking however we are working really hard to figure this out. Please do not send any information politicians or press yourself. PLEASE STOP THE TWEETS, FB COMMENTS AND OTHERWISE. Please NO NOT contact her MP Kate Green either as she is trying to help, so all the calls to mean she can’t contact others. 

We understand everybody is trying to help, but Sadly all the attention has put Chris in more danger. 

Zinzi, sita, Chole, Jess, Jaheda, Prossy and Ronke have been working through the night and are working together. Keep an eye on Rainbow Noir as that is where ll the updates will come from and that will be the most up to date info.

If you want to send us information or ask questions you can contact @RainbowNoirMCR @Pkakooza @Rainbow__arts or go straight through the rainbow noir and email below but please understand that we are giving you all the information we have and it is important for Christina’s safety that we be careful what we share. Also the updates are up to date and and as soon as we hear anything we will update you. Thanks so much for your support and cooperation. 

If you want to help:

If you have any contacts at high profile newspapers, media channels, etc please FORWARD THE DETAILS TO US. 

See Rainbow Noir Twitter for updates. @RainbowNoirMCR

rainbowbownoir@gmail.com&#8221;

trixibelle:

kidwithachalkboard:

lucasthevaliant:

[snip]

Please re-tumblr this. This is an actual friend of ours and we need your help to get her home safe.

PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE STOP ALL SHARING:

There is a facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/WritersOfColour/photos/a.590150101008376.1073741828.589716264385093/794145913942126/?type=1&theater

This page is from people trying to help her, and they have asked people not to keep reblogging this. Their message (as seen on the facebook link) is:

"The message (from Pkakooza) that reads: 

Hey guys,

I know everyone is nervous and panicking however we are working really hard to figure this out. Please do not send any information politicians or press yourself. PLEASE STOP THE TWEETS, FB COMMENTS AND OTHERWISE. Please NO NOT contact her MP Kate Green either as she is trying to help, so all the calls to mean she can’t contact others. 

We understand everybody is trying to help, but Sadly all the attention has put Chris in more danger. 

Zinzi, sita, Chole, Jess, Jaheda, Prossy and Ronke have been working through the night and are working together. Keep an eye on Rainbow Noir as that is where ll the updates will come from and that will be the most up to date info.

If you want to send us information or ask questions you can contact @RainbowNoirMCR @Pkakooza @Rainbow__arts or go straight through the rainbow noir and email below but please understand that we are giving you all the information we have and it is important for Christina’s safety that we be careful what we share. Also the updates are up to date and and as soon as we hear anything we will update you. Thanks so much for your support and cooperation. 

If you want to help:

If you have any contacts at high profile newspapers, media channels, etc please FORWARD THE DETAILS TO US. 

See Rainbow Noir Twitter for updates. @RainbowNoirMCR

rainbowbownoir@gmail.com”

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oreides:

zipfolder:

deprivedspirit:

grandmasterbooty:

Distressing Video Captures EXACTLY How Cops Treat Black People

I was extremely uncomfortable watching this. What the fuck, this is getting fucking ridiculous.. Why was no one helping him?!

swear to god serial killers need to stop killing innocent civilians and target these racists cops

btw, didnt realize this but around 2:44 you can hear the taser being turned on and the screaming immediately after is the innocent man being tased.

kidwithachalkboard:

lucasthevaliant:

Urgent - Please Spotlight:
I regret to tell you that Christina Fonthes - a dear friend and organiser of Rainbow Noir has been held against her will in The Congo - she was on a family holiday with her mother who has decided to have Christina ‘cured’ of her sexuality. 
Christina has managed to escape from her aunt’s house and is currently hiding out with a friend. She has access to internet and has been communicating with us via email. The next available flight is 2nd September - 5 days away! Chris needs help and protection from the British Embassy in Congo but her mother has reported her missing and therefore we need to get in contact with both the UK Home Office and UK embassy in Congo to let them know that she is in danger and that her mother is lying/the one endangering her life!!PLEASE SHARE THIS ON ALL YOUR NETWORKS. CALL, EMAIL, TWEET the British embassy on behalf of Christina - the more we call, the more attention it will bring to her case and hopefully they will act quicker in getting Christina to a safe place. HER MOTHER HAS HER PASSPORT AND TRAVELING DOCUMENTS!CHRISTINA’S LIFE IS IN DANGER. PLEASE DO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. 
If you can help please contact @RainbowNoirMCR or @WritersofColour on twitter.
UK EMBASSY: 0871 050 5840 public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.ukDETAILS OF THE EMBASSY IN CONGO ARE HEREhttps://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-kinshasa

Please re-tumblr this. This is an actual friend of ours and we need your help to get her home safe.

kidwithachalkboard:

lucasthevaliant:

Urgent - Please Spotlight:

I regret to tell you that Christina Fonthes - a dear friend and organiser of Rainbow Noir has been held against her will in The Congo - she was on a family holiday with her mother who has decided to have Christina ‘cured’ of her sexuality. 

Christina has managed to escape from her aunt’s house and is currently hiding out with a friend. She has access to internet and has been communicating with us via email. The next available flight is 2nd September - 5 days away! Chris needs help and protection from the British Embassy in Congo but her mother has reported her missing and therefore we need to get in contact with both the UK Home Office and UK embassy in Congo to let them know that she is in danger and that her mother is lying/the one endangering her life!!

PLEASE SHARE THIS ON ALL YOUR NETWORKS. CALL, EMAIL, TWEET the British embassy on behalf of Christina - the more we call, the more attention it will bring to her case and hopefully they will act quicker in getting Christina to a safe place. 

HER MOTHER HAS HER PASSPORT AND TRAVELING DOCUMENTS!

CHRISTINA’S LIFE IS IN DANGER. PLEASE DO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. 

If you can help please contact @RainbowNoirMCR or @WritersofColour on twitter.

UK EMBASSY: 0871 050 5840 
public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

DETAILS OF THE EMBASSY IN CONGO ARE HEREhttps://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-kinshasa

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Emmett Till (1941 – 1955) Till's mother Mamie mourns at her son's funeral Around 50,000 mourners attended Till's funeral The jury for the Emmett Till murder trial

todayinhistory:

August 28th 1955: Emmett Till murdered

On this day in 1955, the 14-year-old African-American boy Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi. While visiting family in the state, Till allegedly flirted with the young white shopkeeper Carolyn Bryant while buying candy. Bryant told her husband and a few nights later he and his half-brother abducted Till and brutally tortured and murdered him. His mutilated body was found three days later in the Tallahatchie river; Till’s face was unrecognisable, but he was identified by the ring he wore engraved with his father’s initials that his mother gave him before he left for Mississppi. The viciousness of this unprovoked, racially-motivated crime sent shockwaves throughout the nation. The case drew attention to the oppression of African-Americans throughout the nation and provided a name and a face to the threat of lynching. Till’s mother Mamie, a highly educated woman who went on to become a devoted fighter for African-American equality, insisted on an open-casket funeral in order to show the world what was done to her young son. Thousands attended the funeral and thousands more saw the horrific images of Till’s body. Due to the fierce reactions the murder had engendered it was a particularly painful, but sadly expected, outcome when the all-white jury in Mississippi acquitted Till’s killers, despite Till’s great-uncle openly identifying them in court. A few months later the killers, now protected by double jeopardy laws, sold their story to Look magazine and openly confessed to the murder in chilling detail. Taking place a year after the Supreme Court outlawed school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education, the outrage over the murder galvanised the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. 100 days after Emmett Till’s murder Rosa Parks, on her way back from a rally for Till hosted by the then-unknown Martin Luther King Jr., refused to give up her seat for a white man on an Alabama bus. This sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, thus beginning the movement that would result in the dismantling of the system of Jim Crow segregation and win successes in promoting African-American social and political equality.

And there it is. A nearly all-white crowd chanting to a nearly all-black crowd, “Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!” Contemporary racism encapsulated by an attempt to package it as support for the police, exposed by calls to shoot black men.

There are no words. Ferguson protesters chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot!” Darren Wilson supporters replied, “Shoot!” (via afrometaphysics)
Are you even real? — Asked by Anonymous Asked by Anonymous portrait

As real as unicorns and my ability to know if you mean this in a nice way or a not nice way. 

What about you, anon? Which side of reality are you on? 

misterandry:

i think honestly what amazes me most about all the thin women whining about nicki minaj is that she didn’t even really insult you????? she didn’t call you unattractive or unworthy or ugly she just said “fuck you, i want some fat women out here”

like how whiny and self obsessed are u

1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

3. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.

4. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

5. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

6. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.

7. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

8. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

9. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

10. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

11. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

13. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.

14. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

15. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.

(via elauxe)

A self care list. I’ve been working on this. I promise it’s worth it.

(via sweetbloodsomalia)

(via elauxe)

A self care list. I’ve been working on this. I promise it’s worth it.

(via sweetbloodsomalia)

This is obviously a list of self-care idea for completely able, straight, cis, financially secure people who live with a lot of privileges and a helluva lot of obliviousness. This is not a self-care list for whom self-care is most important and most difficult. 

So I thought I’d make some corrections:

1. Getting up earlier than you need to may be depriving you of sleep you desperately need. Circadian rhythms are a thing. Get up when you need to, when it is good for you to get up. Getting up earlier is not more virtuous than sleeping in. You’re not a better more vital person if you wake up at the crack of “why the fuck am I awake”. You’re just a person who’s up earlier. If your body needs to say, “sorry, we don’t open until 9:30”, that is fine. You are not somehow failing at being beautiful and meaningful in your self-care

2. Try to get the sleep you need. It varies from person to person. Some people genuinely work better on a late schedule and staying up until 2am and being able to sleep later on is healthy for them because their internal clock runs that way. Going to bed early is not a virtue. It’s just a time to go to bed. It’s more about time and quality achieved than when you clock in and out of consciousness. Never you mind the people here who have jobs that require double shifts or “hey, you’re working late and closing tonight” type jobs. I’ve had those jobs. Those jobs where you didn’t get to lock up and get to your damn car until 11pm and you still had ten things to do at home.

3. Cooking is nice. Learn what you can. But if you need to eat a breakfast bar or a donut or something you just stick in the microwave, that is okay. This “fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic” thing is bullshit. If you like that, if you have time, if you have that much left in your kitchen, if you know how, go for it. But don’t feel like you’re doing self-care or recovery wrong because you’re not making a professional 2-course breakfast with chopped fruit and croissants for yourself every day. Or any day. Try to learn cooking that works for you if you can’t. But eating food that’s presented to you as fancier and better and more wholesome just because of how it was made is not all that useful. Eating, like sleeping, is about amounts and quality needed and that varies person to person. And also, getting to enjoy it. 

4. Stretching is one of those things you don’t just do because someone makes is sounds romantic. For a lot of people with disabilities, you gotta be damn careful. How about asking around (if possible) and finding (if possible) movements that feel good to you. Me? I chair dance. I boogie in my chair. Because I have a cyst on my spine and stretching is not a harmless prospect for me right now. But if I don’t have to put all that weight on my lower half, my upper half can go for the beat.

5. Cursory searches find that you’re at least paying a fiver (US) for that shit which is equivalent to almost 4£. And it varies, depending on your country. So if you should happen to need that money for frivolous things like medicine, food, or shelter, it might not be feasible. Unless you wanna just repurpose a 1L soda bottle. And if you do, awesome. Congratulate the hell out of yourself for being resourceful, you resourceful person. But how about this? Drinking water is not a chore. This is not the Insanity Workout for hydration. Just drink water when you feel you need it. You are not failing at self-care if you’re not somehow training marathon-style for drinking goddamn water. Also, this again is not a harmless prospect for disabled folks with certain problems with balances in sodium and what not.

6. Or not. Diaries aren’t for everyone. It’s okay to blog. It’s okay to tweet if that’s more accessible. Especially if doing so is less frustrating and rage inducing than trying the pen and paper thing. Also, buy a plain old notebook, a cheap as hell notebook so you can just scrawl and scribble and fuck that shit up and not feel bad about it. Sometimes you need to just write FUCK YOU LIFE FUCK YOU I HATE YOU real big. Write whatever the fuck you want in it. If you think a detail is too small, that’s fine. Paste in things if writing and language aren’t working out for you right now. I’ve done this when I couldn’t (due to meds and my bad brain) articulate words. I had the fortune of scoring a bunch of old free modern art magazines that were getting thrown out and there was a picture of a cunt. Being able to paste that in and know that it was what I wanted to say (in the way the picture was composed, etc) was a big relief. Either way, you are not required to record the minutiae of your day as part of your ~beautiful and life affirming~ self-care. Draw on other surfaces and stuff if you can. Old newspapers, magazines. Get an old magazine and a marker and start telling the pictures exactly what you think about it. Draw on styrofoam cups. Or don’t. 

7. Wow, this person really doesn’t understand spoons. Look, trying as much as you can to tidy up and keep a clean space is a positive thing, I’ll grant you. But if you need to just let the bedsheets stay there, you’re actually doing self-care very well. Knowing limits and respecting exhaustion is key. If laundry is not something you’re up to do, especially bedsheet laundry and re-putting on bedsheets (which can be fucking difficult for even abled people), that’s fine. Not everyone has a laundry/drier in their dwelling. Some people gotta lug it down two flights of stairs and then up a block or two and spend enough quarters to equal a newborn’s weight. If you are not in a position to do that, it is okay. Febreeze that shit if it isn’t something that will hurt you (some people do have allergies/sensitivities). Or find some herb you like, make satchets (what they’re called) to put under bed sheets. Let that sit. Come bedtime, just toss the satchets somewhere else. Putting them permanently in clothing drawers is also good. I did this. It was (for me) a piece of piss. Get some dried lavender or dried sage or dried rosemary or whatever thing that smells like what you like, put it in some cheese cloth (found at WalMart, Target, even grocery stories and runs you somewhere between 2 to 6 bucks US depending on how many yards you buy), tie that motherfucker off or rubber band it and stick them wherever. Not gonna lie, the lavender helped me sleep better. But whatever. If you can’t do this, recognizing that and not letting it shame you is AMAZING self-care.

8. Again, this person doesn’t understand spoons. Ugh. All that is tiring and impossible for me right now. You know what did work? Cleaning just my desk space and allowing myself to have a junk drawer (which is just an old tupperware container that fits under a shelf on my desk so it looks vaguely drawer like). I will vacuum tomorrow when I am in less pain. I will clean the mirrors when I can stand and move long enough that I can think straight. And I don’t like scented candles over all, they give me headaches. Do what you can. Be proud of it. If all you can do is vacuum a small room, you look at that room and give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy the fruits of your labors. Enjoy that you did it. Just enjoy how it looks. It doesn’t need to be more than that. It can just be this one thing you did REALLY WELL. 

9. Physical self-care is important, but sometimes it’s all you can do to get in there, get in the water, run a bar of soap across your body and get out. And that’s totally fine. Bathing doesn’t need to be a spa-like experience. And if you’re at a point where brushing your teeth is a distant memory, I know that place. For me, what helped me get back in the habit was not some “oh go do your beautiful lovely self-care thing” kind of motive. One day I did and then I realized I liked how smooth my teeth felt. So that’s why I’ve continued being able to do it more often. I just like how smooth my teeth feel. 

10. FUCK YOU CREATOR OF THIS LIST. Going for walks for me is a choice between “not getting very far and feeling pathetic” and “getting father and being in so much pain I lose balance and nearly puke”. And even when it wasn’t, when I was fat, people in my neighborhood commented on me and my fatness and my trying to power walk and then learn to jog. Also, smiling at strangers pushes buttons I have concerning social anxiety, and it can be invasive at times to someone else’s space when they clearly want to be LEFT ALONE. And as for my dog? What my dog has taught me is that ALL THE THINGS CAN BE CHEWED AND EATEN, fetch sucks, tug rules, and there is no surface you shouldn’t pee on. And also that sticking your nose in someone’s butt or crotch is an acceptable form of hell. So come to my house, list maker, I will show you how my dog has taught me to put my nose in your crotch. 

11. Maintaining relationships is good. And I don’t have a lot of argument with this except maybe ask yourself WHY you fell out of contact. Sometimes a weird and good side effect of being ill/disabled is that the people who were never gonna be helpful or a genuine support system just slide away. And if you’re anxious, that’s okay. If it turns out there’s no one you wanna revisit, that’s okay. But I’m not okay with the emphasis on “pushing” here. 

12. Apparently there is no twelve. 

13. This question bothers me a bit. Because reading isn’t always so great for people. Or so easy. Dyslexia anyone? ADHD? Or just plain old being tired as fuck. Feel free to substitute this for websites, movies, TV shows, comic books, graphic novels and other forms of media. Also, books of all kinds are not universally accessible to all people. Sometimes, people are limited to the library (if they’re lucky enough to have one). I suggest that you find what you can, in whatever form you can, and try it. And don’t be afraid to say “this sucks like an electrolux” and move on. This is not school, you are not obligated to finish bad books, bad movies, or bad anythings.

14. WHAT THE FUCK DOES THAT EVEN MEAN, LIST MAKER? Fine, try to be a nicer person in traffic (if you even have a car, as opposed to bus riding and walking), that’s cool. What the fuck kind of advice is “pay double for parking tickets?” How the fuck are we supposed to afford the rest of your list if we’re doing that? Sticking out tongues at babies. Because it’s nice when a baby who’s finally calmed down, sitting next to an exhausted, overwrought mother can start crying again because your face made weird shapes that the child does not yet understand due to brain development. Fine, compliment people if you can. If not, it’s okay just to appreciate them silently. Maybe they don’t wanna have an interaction with you right then. Also, if you’re visibly queer or trans and don’t past (especially for trans women), making a compliment can turn into something horrible. Especially in a bathroom full of my fellow cis women who are transphobic as fuck and violent about it. And as for ridiculing, how about no. How about we DO ridicule the racists, the transphobes, the ableists, the government officials making life miserable for the most vulnerable of us. Why don’t we spend two weeks doing THAT. And a triple fuck you for “walk with a straight posture”. Scoliosis, motherfucker? HAVE YOU HEARD OF IT? I can’t even with this ableist oblivious crap. And the whole looking people in the eye, asking people about “their story” (WTF?) is not good self-care at all for some autistic people, people with social anxiety and others. Yes, you should try to reach out when and where you can but jesus, you can start smaller and you can WAIT TO SEE IF THE PERSON RECIPROCATES OR SAYS “FUCK OFF”.

15. You have obviously never heard of photosensitivity due to meds or other conditions or skin cancers. And fuck you for thinking it’s so easy if “failure weren’t a thing”. How about if oppressive motherfuckers who make everything from jobs to the mere act of eating MORE DIFFICULT AND SOMETIMES IMPOSSIBLE weren’t a thing. Hey, I know. I’m gonna lay in the sunshine and dream about a life I’d lead if I didn’t have mental illness. I’m gonna open my eyes and through small steps and life affirmation, my mental illness will just float away on a cloud of my happy thought. 

fyahblaze:

blackfeminism:

ourtimeorg:

If you don’t know who Johnnie Tillmon was, look her up.

Welfare is a Women’s Issue (1972) by Johnnie Tillmon
I’m a woman. I’m a black woman. I’m a poor woman. I’m a fat woman. I’m a middle-aged woman. And I’m on welfare.
In this country, if you’re any one of those things you count less as a human being. If you’re all those things, you don’t count at all. Except as a statistic.
I am 45 years old. I have raised six children. There are millions of statistics like me. Some on welfare. Some not. And some, really poor, who don’t even know they’re entitled to welfare. Not all of them are black. Not at all. In fact, the majority-about two-thirds-of all the poor families in the country are white.
Welfare’s like a traffic accident. It can happen to anybody, but especially it happens to women.
And that’s why welfare is a women’s issue. For a lot of middle-class women in this country, Women’s Liberation is a matter of concern. For women on welfare it’s a matter of survival.
Survival. That’s why we had to go on welfare. And that’s why we can’t get off welfare now. Not us women. Not until we do something about liberating poor women in this country.
Because up until now we’ve been raised to expect to work, all our lives, for nothing. Because we are the worst educated, the least-skilled, and the lowest-paid people there are. Because we have to be almost totally responsible for our children. Because we are regarded by everybody as dependents. That’s why we are on welfare. And that’s why we stay on it.
Welfare is the most prejudiced institution in this country, even more than marriage, which it tries to imitate. Let me explain that a little.
Ninety-nine percent of welfare families are headed by women. There is no man around. In half the states there can’t be men around because A.F.D.C. (Aid to Families With Dependent Children) says if there is an “able-bodied” man around, then you can’t be on welfare. If the kids are going to eat, and the man can’t get a job, then he’s got to go.
Welfare is like a super-sexist marriage. You trade in a man for the man. But you can’t divorce him if he treats you bad. He can divorce you, of course, cut you off anytime he wants. But in that case, he keeps the kids, not you.The man runs everything. In ordinary marriage, sex is supposed to be for your husband. On A.F.D.C., you’re not supposed to have any sex at all. You give up control of your own body. It’s a condition of aid. You may even have to agree to get your tubes tied so you can never have more children just to avoid being cut off welfare.
The man, the welfare system, controls your money. He tells you what to buy, what not to buy, where to buy it, and how much things cost. If things-rent, for instance-really cost more than he says they do, it’s just too bad for you. He’s always right.
That’s why Governor [Ronald] Reagan can get away with slandering welfare recipients, calling them “lazy parasites,” “pigs at the trough,” and such. We’ve been trained to believe that the only reason people are on welfare is because there’s something wrong with their character. If people have “motivation,” if people only want to work, they can, and they will be able to support themselves and their kids in decency.
The truth is a job doesn’t necessarily mean an adequate income. There are some ten million jobs that now pay less than the minimum wage, and if you’re a woman, you’ve got the best chance of getting one. Why would a 45-year-old woman work all day in a laundry ironing shirts at 90-some cents an hour? Because she knows there’s some place lower she could be. She could be on welfare. Society needs women on welfare as “examples” to let every woman, factory workers and housewife workers alike, know what will happen if she lets up, if she’s laid off, if she tries to go it alone without a man. So these ladies stay on their feet or on their knees all their lives instead of asking why they’re only getting 90-some cents an hour, instead of daring to fight and complain.
Maybe we poor welfare women will really liberate women in this country. We’ve already started on our own welfare plan. Along with other welfare recipients, we have organized so we can have some voice. Our group is called the National Welfare Rights Organization (N.W.R.O.). We put together our own welfare plan, called Guaranteed Adequate Income (G.A.I.), which would eliminate sexism from welfare. There would be no “categories”-men, women, children, single, married, kids, no kids-just poor people who need aid. You’d get paid according to need and family size only and that would be upped as the cost of living goes up.
As far as I’m concerned, the ladies of N.W.R.O. are the front-line troops of women’s freedom. Both because we have so few illusions and because our issues are so important to all women-the right to a living wage for women’s work, the right to life itself.

still relevant today

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blackfeminism:

ourtimeorg:

If you don’t know who Johnnie Tillmon was, look her up.

Welfare is a Women’s Issue (1972) by Johnnie Tillmon

I’m a woman. I’m a black woman. I’m a poor woman. I’m a fat woman. I’m a middle-aged woman. And I’m on welfare.

In this country, if you’re any one of those things you count less as a human being. If you’re all those things, you don’t count at all. Except as a statistic.

I am 45 years old. I have raised six children. There are millions of statistics like me. Some on welfare. Some not. And some, really poor, who don’t even know they’re entitled to welfare. Not all of them are black. Not at all. In fact, the majority-about two-thirds-of all the poor families in the country are white.

Welfare’s like a traffic accident. It can happen to anybody, but especially it happens to women.

And that’s why welfare is a women’s issue. For a lot of middle-class women in this country, Women’s Liberation is a matter of concern. For women on welfare it’s a matter of survival.

Survival. That’s why we had to go on welfare. And that’s why we can’t get off welfare now. Not us women. Not until we do something about liberating poor women in this country.

Because up until now we’ve been raised to expect to work, all our lives, for nothing. Because we are the worst educated, the least-skilled, and the lowest-paid people there are. Because we have to be almost totally responsible for our children. Because we are regarded by everybody as dependents. That’s why we are on welfare. And that’s why we stay on it.

Welfare is the most prejudiced institution in this country, even more than marriage, which it tries to imitate. Let me explain that a little.

Ninety-nine percent of welfare families are headed by women. There is no man around. In half the states there can’t be men around because A.F.D.C. (Aid to Families With Dependent Children) says if there is an “able-bodied” man around, then you can’t be on welfare. If the kids are going to eat, and the man can’t get a job, then he’s got to go.

Welfare is like a super-sexist marriage. You trade in a man for the man. But you can’t divorce him if he treats you bad. He can divorce you, of course, cut you off anytime he wants. But in that case, he keeps the kids, not you.The man runs everything. In ordinary marriage, sex is supposed to be for your husband. On A.F.D.C., you’re not supposed to have any sex at all. You give up control of your own body. It’s a condition of aid. You may even have to agree to get your tubes tied so you can never have more children just to avoid being cut off welfare.

The man, the welfare system, controls your money. He tells you what to buy, what not to buy, where to buy it, and how much things cost. If things-rent, for instance-really cost more than he says they do, it’s just too bad for you. He’s always right.

That’s why Governor [Ronald] Reagan can get away with slandering welfare recipients, calling them “lazy parasites,” “pigs at the trough,” and such. We’ve been trained to believe that the only reason people are on welfare is because there’s something wrong with their character. If people have “motivation,” if people only want to work, they can, and they will be able to support themselves and their kids in decency.

The truth is a job doesn’t necessarily mean an adequate income. There are some ten million jobs that now pay less than the minimum wage, and if you’re a woman, you’ve got the best chance of getting one. Why would a 45-year-old woman work all day in a laundry ironing shirts at 90-some cents an hour? Because she knows there’s some place lower she could be. She could be on welfare. Society needs women on welfare as “examples” to let every woman, factory workers and housewife workers alike, know what will happen if she lets up, if she’s laid off, if she tries to go it alone without a man. So these ladies stay on their feet or on their knees all their lives instead of asking why they’re only getting 90-some cents an hour, instead of daring to fight and complain.

Maybe we poor welfare women will really liberate women in this country. We’ve already started on our own welfare plan. Along with other welfare recipients, we have organized so we can have some voice. Our group is called the National Welfare Rights Organization (N.W.R.O.). We put together our own welfare plan, called Guaranteed Adequate Income (G.A.I.), which would eliminate sexism from welfare. There would be no “categories”-men, women, children, single, married, kids, no kids-just poor people who need aid. You’d get paid according to need and family size only and that would be upped as the cost of living goes up.

As far as I’m concerned, the ladies of N.W.R.O. are the front-line troops of women’s freedom. Both because we have so few illusions and because our issues are so important to all women-the right to a living wage for women’s work, the right to life itself.

still relevant today

18 days, 8 hours since Mike Brown was killed.

hasdarrenwilsonbeenarrestedyet:

The first police department Darren Wilson worked for had so many problems it was disbanded, sending him to Ferguson. Full Story: http://wapo.st/VMnc6B

Linda Gauthier’s last mammogram was 8 years ago. She says she was told it was because she can’t stand up to reach the machines.

When she called the Health Ministry to complain, she says she was told that all the machines in Quebec are capable of lowering to sitting height.

Gauthier is president of RAPLIQ, she says this is symptomatic of widespread discrimination towards the disabled within the healthcare system.

Wheelchair using women denied mammograms

It’s wrong either way, but somehow harder to fathom that the machines are wheelchair-accessible but wheelchair users are still turned away from potentially life-saving medical screening.

(via disabilityhistory)

[Image: Two photos. One showing many Brown people, mostly men, inside a small room with silver foil blankets, some laying, some standing. The other shows. An outdoor cage filled to capacity with more people, men, women, and children at night with a chain and padlock around the door.]

badass-bharat-deafmuslim-artista:

thepeoplesrecord:

New photos depict horrific conditions at border detention center
June 17, 2014

New photos released by Rep. Henry Cuellar’s (D-Texas) office depict the unsanitary and cramped living conditions that undocumented immigrants, many of whom are unaccompanied children, are experiencing in a detention center near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The photos were first published by Business Insider on Monday. Cuellar’s office declined to tell the website who took the photos and where exactly they were taken.

President Barack Obama has previously called the buildup of unaccompanied minors at temporary border facilities an “urgent humanitarian situation,” and the government has directed considerable resources to housing and caring for the children. Customs and Border Protection, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, is supposed to turn over minors to the Department of Health and Human Services within three days, but many children are remaining in detention facilities for longer periods due to the massive influx.

Breitbart Texas released photos of the crisis in early June that showed the undocumented immigrants living in tight, hard-floored spaces. CBP is currently investigating reports that minors have been mistreated at those facilities.

Cuellar, who toured a detention facility in McAllen, Texas, on Saturday with local officials, said in a press release on Monday that he believes federal officers “are doing all that they can under the circumstances to ensure every migrant is treated with dignity and respect.”

"There is no strong protocol in place for dealing with Central American immigrants and some of the most important work left is to improve the process for returning them to their home countries," he said. “The United States needs to do a better job in working with Mexico to strengthen their southern border and to work with the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.”

Vice President Joe Biden is set to travel to Latin America on Friday and will address the surge at the border.

Source

Obama can call this an urgent humanitarian situation all he’d like. His record number of deportations speaks louder than any meaningless lip service. 

Nearly 50,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the border & detained in these torturous conditions since Oct. 1. This is a state-sanctioned humanitarian crisis & government child abuse. 

these pictures make me so angry and sad.

For reference, there are laws that won’t let us treat DOGS like this. Dogs. But we’ll treat human beings even worse?

This is not acceptable.