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Judy Gelles. Get Shot.
“Fourth graders from an inner city school tell their stories….who they live with, what they wish for, what they worry about, and their dreams for the future."





100 abandoned houses


"Too many of us still believe that “self-respect” for a woman means chastity and modesty. If she’s wearing revealing clothing, enjoys attention, and maybe even likes sex outside of a committed monogamous relationship, we call her a “slut” — and accuse her of not respecting herself. Perhaps she does respect herself, perhaps she doesn’t. (Promiscuity is not perfectly correlated with low self-esteem, despite what a lot of pop psychologists tell you.) But in the end, it doesn’t matter. Women aren’t commodities whose value is based on their own fluctuating sense of self-worth."
Hugo Schwyzer (I want my daughter to grow up in a world in which all men are safe, responsible, reliable — The Good Men Project Magazine)





married to the sea


In India, AIDS activists celebrate a victory. The European Union backed down on a key trade policy that would have made it more difficult for people in the developing world to get drugs for HIV/AIDS, TB, and other deadly diseases. But the fight continues.
[Photo: 2011 © Rico Gusta]



the onion



sewn by indianabound.tumblr.com


"I think we can all recognize that the “it’s a joke excuse” is the most dismissive, self-righteous loophole, created by those who refuse to examine their power, and assume they have not only the right to say whatever they want to people, but the right to control how other people react to what they have said."
Loose Talk: You can take your “just joking” and shove it.



from subconciousevolution.tumblr.com






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"If the occurrence of rape were audible, its decibel level equal to its frequency, it would overpower our days and nights, interrupt our meals, our bedtime stories, howl behind our love-making, an insistent jackhammer of distress. We would demand an end to it. And if we failed to locate its source, we would condemn the whole structure. We would refuse to live under such conditions."
- Patricia Weaver Francisco



Diane Cockerill




"When parents neglect their children, we (rightly) call it criminal. When governments neglect their people, well, we might call it criminal if that government is a dark-skinned warlord who’s stealing food intended for his country’s starving citizens. But when a ‘civilized’ government neglects to provide choices, resources, options for meaningful work, opportunities for participation in conversations about national needs and identity, cultural inclusion, some basic sense of being valued, to its citizens, we call that ‘democracy,’ and call criminal any display of frustration, despondency, rage at that grotesque injustice."
Melissa McEwan, On the UK Riots, Part Two









"My public statements about jury nullification were not the only political statements that Mr. Huber thinks I should be punished for. As the government’s memorandum points out, I have also made public statements about the value of civil disobedience in bringing the rule of law closer to our shared sense of justice. In fact, I have openly and explicitly called for nonviolent civil disobedience against mountaintop removal coal mining in my home state of West Virginia. Mountaintop removal is itself an illegal activity, which has always been in violation of the Clean Water Act, and it is an illegal activity that kills people. A West Virginia state investigation found that Massey Energy had been cited with 62,923 violations of the law in the ten years preceding the disaster that killed 29 people last year. The investigation also revealed that Massey paid for almost none of those violations because the company provided millions of dollars worth of campaign contributions that elected most of the appeals court judges in the state. When I was growing up in West Virginia, my mother was one of many who pursued every legal avenue for making the coal industry follow the law. She commented at hearings, wrote petitions and filed lawsuits, and many have continued to do ever since, to no avail. I actually have great respect for the rule of law, because I see what happens when it doesn’t exist, as is the case with the fossil fuel industry. Those crimes committed by Massey Energy led not only to the deaths of their own workers, but to the deaths of countless local residents, such as Joshua McCormick, who died of kidney cancer at age 22 because he was unlucky enough to live downstream from a coal mine. When a corrupted government is no longer willing to uphold the rule of law, I advocate that citizens step up to that responsibility."
by Tim DeChristopher





Gaza City, Palestinian Territories, March 1993. Palestinian boys raise their toy guns in a defiant gesture.





"If you’re one of these women don’t worry: the (Supreme) Court says it’s still okay for you to sue Wal-Mart — just be sure you hire the best legal team an eight-dollar-an-hour cashier can buy. Because thanks to the Supreme Court, you will have to sue them as an individual — but the $420 billion corporation gets to fight you as a team."
STEPHEN COLBERT, remarking on the Supreme Court’s ruling that women may not sue Wal-Mart for sexual discrimination as part of a class action, on The Colbert Report.



bronx boys, stephen shames



Two MSU basketball players raped a woman in the dorms then one admitted to it. Their only consequence was that they had to move out of the dorms. This picture is of me and one other woman holding up this banner during Midnight Madness. Two other brave souls had a banner on the other side for a while before some jerk started playing tug or war with them over it. This was taken before we got booed at by 10,000 people and police escorted from the stadium.







"…capitalism is basically a system where everything is for sale, and the more money you have, the more you can get. And, in particular, that’s true of freedom. Freedom is one of the commodities that is for sale, and if you are affluent, you can have a lot of it."
- Noam Chomsky





Not all of the residents of the Sonskynhoekie Care Centre are white. Colin Monsn, 15, center, waits in the evening food line with Hendrik Bezuidenhout, 54, right, who wears a swastika tattooed on both shoulders.
Ian Martin Photojournalism



"…We can tell our children that school is important until we’re blue in the face, they’re not stupid. They see the loudest applause is for the kids on the field. They know teachers are paid poorly and don’t drive fancy cars. They know people plan Super Bowl parties but mock the National Spelling Bee. In other words, they see the hypocrisy, and we can’t expect society to correct itself. If we want to have any lasting influence on the way our kids approach education — the way future generations approach education — then we have to grab our pom-poms and paint our faces and celebrate intellectual curiosity with the same vigor we do their athletic achievements."
Why I’m raising my son to be a nerd



these are all from my tumblr at shannonwest.tumblr.com!
Thanks so much for this post! It's refreshing to see some kickass feminist/political inspiration in a community that is so often dominated by images of unattainable, idealized beauty. :)
thank you. this is one of the most inspiring posts Ive seen here. And it wasn't overdone in anyway. It didn't berate a point or even make me feel bad for the things I'm not as active about or even living as someone in an upper-middle class capitalist society. A lot of other politically charged blog(posts) do make me feel bad about that, and other things that I can't necessarily help because I was born into them (such as my skin color/race, appearing cisgendered, etc.). I felt touched by the plights shown and encouraged by the quotes (especially the one about self worth and promiscuity). Instead of making me feel angry and defensive, as if I needed to shout back at you/all of the people who could be speaking to me through this post that I do try to help things get better, and then citing those things I do, I felt a camaraderie, a likeness of heart and kindness that gives me faith that it may not take as long as previously though for more and more people to be treated as they should be.
i don't often comment, but this post is fucking AMAZING. <3 keep it up, op.
Hugo Schwyzer is an awesome professor, I've taken a class of his and it was ridiculously enlightening.