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8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance

disquietingtruths:

  1. Student-Loan Debt.
  2. Psychopathologizing and Medicating Noncompliance.
  3. Schools That Educate for Compliance and Not for Democracy.
  4. No Child Left Behind” and “Race to the Top.”
  5. Shaming Young People Who Take EducationBut Not Their SchoolingSeriously.
  6. The Normalization of Surveillance.
  7. Television.
  8. Fundamentalist Religion and Fundamentalist Consumerism.

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(Source: filmsforaction.org, via newthings-hopalong)

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himteckerjam:

lalondes:

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Scarleteen is invaluable.
And Scarleteen needs your help.
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This means that unless Scarleteen sees a stable, sustained, 50% increase in donations, the site will essentially be forced to go dark on May 1. No more new content, no more advice columns, no more forums, no more live chat, no more SMS support. 
This is devastating.
If Scarleteen goes dark, millions of young people, vulnerable queer and trans teens among them, will lose access to essential, fundamental sexual health resources. We cannot let this happen.
Please, please, please donate to Scarleteen. Consider making a recurring monthly contribution if you feel that this is within your means. Even $5 or $10 a month will go a long way to helping this very, very deserving organization.
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himteckerjam:

lalondes:

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T SCROLL PAST THIS.

Scarleteen is a vital queer and trans positive sexual health resource. Their staff do an amazing job of creating really comprehensive and helpful articles on literally every sexual topic you can imagine. They also provide live chats, advice columns, moderated discussion forums, and SMS-based peer support. This site has helped me on countless occasions, and I refer at-risk queer and trans kids to this site every single day.

Scarleteen is invaluable.

And Scarleteen needs your help.

During their annual donation drive this year, the site was only able to raise $1,500. Only fifty people out of Scarleteen’s 350,000 unique monthly visitors contributed to the fundraising drive.

This means that unless Scarleteen sees a stable, sustained, 50% increase in donations, the site will essentially be forced to go dark on May 1. No more new content, no more advice columns, no more forums, no more live chat, no more SMS support. 

This is devastating.

If Scarleteen goes dark, millions of young people, vulnerable queer and trans teens among them, will lose access to essential, fundamental sexual health resources. We cannot let this happen.

Please, please, please donate to Scarleteen. Consider making a recurring monthly contribution if you feel that this is within your means. Even $5 or $10 a month will go a long way to helping this very, very deserving organization.

And whether or not you’re able to donate at this time, please signal boost this and spread the word. Scarleteen does incredible, very necessary work, and they need our help.

Dude, Scarleteen saved my shit back in the day. They’ve been around since 1998 and I assure you, they deserve every single penny you can throw at them!

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"Does giving up a baby for adoption erase all the extra personal expenses shelled out over the course of a pregnancy? Does it magically restore any pay or chance at advancement that you might have lost? Does the act of adoption fully return your body to its pre-pregnancy, uninjured state, such that you don’t need time off work to recover afterward? Does it decrease the cost of taking care of pregnancy-induced diabetes or other pregnancy-related conditions that don’t heal up right away? I don’t think so."

Reproductive Choice Is About More Than Getting ‘Fat’—It’s About Bodily and Economic Autonomy (via brutereason)

Reason #1,569 why “just give it up for adoption!” is not a viable alternative to abortion.

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I want to put this on a billboard.

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bronyparctears:

Do you ever have a problem where you just don’t know how to reply to an argument, not because you don’t know the answer, but you just don’t know where to begin? Like, the foundation of knowledge you’d need to impart to this person before you could even begin to drag them out of their sinkhole of ignorance would cost thousands of dollars if it were coming from a university?

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gutgroan:

atroz-atroz:


“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.” 


man i just wanna go on record and say that it super bothers me that people have painted friday kahlo as this sad, tragic figure who was never did shit anything but paint and cry. frida kahlo was a radical flaming communist activist who hated white people and was known for being fiercely nationalistic and full of hot joy. but instead we think of her as tiny and broken.
like, the way she dressed wasn’t typical of the time. she deliberately wore traditional mexican dress as a fuck-you to those she perceived as her political and social enemies. she had students that would come to her home to study politics and art under her. she demanded attention. we seriously do this to radicals all the time. MLK wasn’t a fucking pacifist. he didn’t get on stage and talk about love for hours on end. but for some reason, the only bit of any of his speeches that you can recall is, “i have a dream.” 
it’s not a coincidence that oppressors paint history in the way they do. it benefits them for us to believe that those we admire were soft and easy with the world. 

gutgroan:

atroz-atroz:

“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.” 

man i just wanna go on record and say that it super bothers me that people have painted friday kahlo as this sad, tragic figure who was never did shit anything but paint and cry. frida kahlo was a radical flaming communist activist who hated white people and was known for being fiercely nationalistic and full of hot joy. but instead we think of her as tiny and broken.

like, the way she dressed wasn’t typical of the time. she deliberately wore traditional mexican dress as a fuck-you to those she perceived as her political and social enemies. she had students that would come to her home to study politics and art under her. she demanded attention. we seriously do this to radicals all the time. MLK wasn’t a fucking pacifist. he didn’t get on stage and talk about love for hours on end. but for some reason, the only bit of any of his speeches that you can recall is, “i have a dream.” 

it’s not a coincidence that oppressors paint history in the way they do. it benefits them for us to believe that those we admire were soft and easy with the world. 

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The basic plot, which cannot be ignored even in the films, is that Harry, Hermione and Ron give up everything for their political struggle. They drop out of high school, they go illegal, defy the government, belong to an underground organization [The Order of the Phoenix], operate out of safe houses and forests and even raid offices of the government and banking offices. This is all done in principled opposition to the Dark Wizard Voldemort and a corrupt bureaucratized government that has been heavily infiltrated with his evil minions. This is revolutionary activity. But the movie version does not present it as such or emphasize these radical aspects of the plot, thereby entirely missing the dramatic sweep and action present in the first half of the last novel.

The novels recognize the importance of alternative media for political struggle. The mainstream press [The Daily Prophet] is shown as unreliable and unprincipled, eventually deteriorating into a fear-mongering propaganda machine for the Voldemort-controlled bureaucracy. For a while the alternative but above ground media [The Quibbler] publishes the real news, but it ceases to print after the daughter of the publisher is kidnapped. In the book, friends of Harry [Lee Jordan, with Fred and George Weasley as frequent guests] start broadcasting the real news from an underground radio station, encrypted with a password. This radio station becomes a critical link for the resistance, which is scattered and weak. Although we are treated to some radio broadcast updates in the movie, they are delivered by a disembodied and professional sounding voice, not our friends the Weasleys. This undermines the important message - a guiding principle behind the media coop - that in a serious situation it becomes necessary to produce your own media and not to rely on ‘professionals’.

The novel makes it clear that in this phase of the struggle the characters romantic lives take a backseat to their political activity, as Harry breaks up with the love of his life [Ginny Weasley] so as to avoid making her a target for Voldemort’s forces, who are known to use torture and kidnapping as tactics. The ‘love triangle’ that becomes the focus of the movie isn’t even really present in the books. In the books, the relationship between Harry and Hermione is totally platonic - Ron is shown as jealous, but the feeling is entirely without foundation. In the book Harry says to Ron: “I love her like a sister and I reckon she feels the same way about me. It’s always been like that. I thought you knew” (pg 378, DH US Hardback). This conveys that men and women can be close comrades and friends without being involved romantically. But in the film, Harry and Hermione are shown dancing romantically, and Harry’s line to Ron about his brotherly feeling towards Hermione does not even make it into the film. This completely undermines the important message that jealousy is counter-productive and has toxic effects, which is an important feminist message for young people.

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How Hollywood Defanged Potter’s Radical Politics  (via girl-germs)

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room42:

Just a reminder: for those of you who live in urban areas where the weather is getting at or below freezing, and there is a homeless population sleeping out-of-doors in inclement weather, these work great to keep people warm in emergency weather situations and i recommend handing them out to those in need. 
Each Sol or Space brand emergency blanket costs about $2 - $4 each and can be found at Army Navy Surplus and Sporting & Camping Goods stores.  I would suggest giving 2-3 to each person as though they are re-usable, they aren’t meant to last long periods of time.
Since they are uber lightweight they can be carried around in your purse, messenger bag or backpack as you walk/bus/bike around the city.
Given it is also the holidays, if you can afford to, add a few hand and toe warmers - you can get a Grabber brand “Big Pack” (8 pairs) for around $10.
We’re all in this together.

room42:

Just a reminder: for those of you who live in urban areas where the weather is getting at or below freezing, and there is a homeless population sleeping out-of-doors in inclement weather, these work great to keep people warm in emergency weather situations and i recommend handing them out to those in need. 

Each Sol or Space brand emergency blanket costs about $2 - $4 each and can be found at Army Navy Surplus and Sporting & Camping Goods stores.  I would suggest giving 2-3 to each person as though they are re-usable, they aren’t meant to last long periods of time.

Since they are uber lightweight they can be carried around in your purse, messenger bag or backpack as you walk/bus/bike around the city.

Given it is also the holidays, if you can afford to, add a few hand and toe warmers - you can get a Grabber brand “Big Pack” (8 pairs) for around $10.

We’re all in this together.

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mushington:

Next time a white person accuses you of , ask them if they have two and a half minutes to watch this

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"Shaming is a defense mechanism to keeps people from doing the hard work of organizing. It is the most dangerous thing in marginalized communities, THE most dangerous thing, because then we do not organize because we can just say that if only you had made different choices then everything would be fine.”

- Melissa Harris-Perry, The New School Discussion 2013

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