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    minimist:

    may the grade boundaries be ever in your favour

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    "Much of Western European history conditions us to see human differences in simplistic opposition to each other: dominant/subordinate, good/bad, up/down, superior/inferior. In a society where the good is defined in terms of profit rather than in terms of human need, there must always be some group of people who, through systematized oppression, can be made to feel surplus, to occupy the place of the dehumanized inferior. Within this society, that group is made up of Black and Third World people, working-class people, older people, and women"
    — 3 weeks ago with 672 notes

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    thepeoplesrecord:

    Apartheid in Detroit: Water for corporations, not people
    June 18, 2014

    Biill and Hillary Clinton were up to their ears in more than $10 million worth of legal debt at the end of Clinton’s tenure as president. Donald Trump was bailed out of four bankruptcies. But Detroit residents are having a basic human right – the access to water – cancelled for being late on bills of $150.

    In the spring, Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr ordered water shutoffs for 150,000 Detroit residents late on their bills. Orr is an unelected bureaucrat accountable only to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who appointed Orr and several other “emergency managers” in largely poor, black communities like Detroit, Benton Harbor, Flint, and Highland Park, to make all financial decisions on behalf of local elected governments.

    Orr’s plan will shut off water for 1,500 to 3,000 Detroit residents each week. Neither Orr nor Homrich, the contracting company Orr hired to shut off residents’ water, answered calls for interview requests.

    Detroit citizens have been protesting the decision on the basis that water is a human right that cannot be denied to families who need it for cooking, bathing and flushing toilets. Many residents facing water shutoffs are currently on monthly payment plans with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD), paying upwards of $160 per month as water rates continue to rise, and were given no prior notice that their water was about to be cut off. Last week, the Detroit City Council held a public hearing to discuss a proposed 4 percent hike in water rates.

    “The families I’ve talked to in my neighborhood and others around the city are confused about why they’re being hit (in this way),” community activist Russ Bellant told the Michigan Citizen. “Some knew they were behind, but thought they’d have time to pay it. These are people who mow the lawn on the vacant lots next door (to them).”

    As the Michigan Citizen reported, residents with delinquent water bills are losing their water while prominent Detroit corporations with much larger delinquent water bills are being left alone. The Palmer Park Golf Club owes $200,000. Joe Louis Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings, owes DWSD $80,000. Ford Field owes $55,000. Kevyn Orr is arguing that the shutoffs are necessary to pay for the DWSD infrastructure – yet when Detroit raised $1 billion in bonds to pay for new infrastructure, $537 million of it went to banks like JPMorgan Chase, UBS and Morgan Stanley to pay off interest instead.

    Community activists are placing blame on the structural, institutionalized poverty in Detroit that forces the people to foot the bill for corporate mismanagement. Detroit’s bankruptcy and urban blight is a direct result of the housing bubble that burst, putting over 60,000 homes in foreclosure and rendering thousands of families homeless.

    Dan Gilbert, the billionaire owner of Quicken Loans who is financing much of the gentrified development of downtown Detroit, has been particularly blamed for his company’s role in exacerbating the foreclosure crisis through its intimidation of homeowners, pressuring them into risky subprime lending schemes.

    “Instead of going after the corporate institutions who owe millions, they’d rather turn off the water for poor people,” said Demeeko Williams, an organizer with Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management.

    To fight back, Williams and other community activist groups like Moratorium NOW! and the Detroit After Party are teaming up to create theDetroit Water Brigade, a mutual aid effort aimed at providing residents with water and stopping water shutoffs with nonviolent direct action. The Detroit Water Brigade has set up a bridal registry on Amazon.com inviting those interested to help purchase necessary supplies like water coolers, cases of bottled water, heavy-duty contractor bags, and orange safety vests.

    Some of the more radical direct actions being promoted by the Detroit Water Brigade include distributing flyers instructing people on how to turn their own water back on after it’s been shut off, and how to pre-emptively stop contractors from shutting water for their home. The flyer reads:

    “Step 1: If your water is off, have the neighborhood water person or a friend (not you) obtain a water key and turn it back on 1st. (If you expect your water to be turned off, go to step 2.)

    “Step 2: Purchase ready mix cement from the hardware [store].

    “Step 3: Fill lockbox pipe 3/4ths full with dry cement mix.

    “Step 4: Add water to top off. Don’t use rocks because rocks can be sucked out.”

    The Detroit Water Brigade is also meeting regularly to train interested residents in nonviolent civil disobedience. Residents are planning to form human chains putting themselves between water lockboxes and contractors hired to shut off water. The water brigade is counting on Detroit’s understaffed police department to not have the resources to arrest and jail everyone participating in the water shutoff demonstrations.

    In response to sustained protests from Detroit residents, the DWSD has removed the “Water Shut Off” decals from its trucks.

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    but #WesternPrivilege means things like this never happen in the west!!!1!!!!11!

    Y’all, this is some real shit. If folks can’t get water they can’t live, work, and families risk their kids being taken by CPS for neglect. I was reading up and it looks like folks who can pay are still getting it turned off because they can’t provide proper documentation of home ownership or rental agreements in time. And it’s not like this wasn’t built to happen either with water prices shooting up and another 8% price hike going into effect soon. You need proof that black and brown people don’t matter in the US—Detroit and this water shut off crisis is a pretty clear example. Spread the word and donate to Water Brigade if you can. Maybe if we all start talking about this the UN will intervene like folks in Detroit are asking.

    This all definitely happened while we were at AMC.

    This is fucked up beyond measure.

    (Source: thepeoplesrecord, via queerandpresentdanger)

    — 3 weeks ago with 9527 notes

    69shadesofgayy:

    keepyouoffmy-mind:

    liquorinthefront:

    Allstate has launched a beautiful campaign aimed at members of the LGBTQ community. Thanks, Allstate! <3

    Amazing :)

    Tears

    (Source: lgbt.allstateonline.com, via the-uncensored-she)

    — 3 weeks ago with 162253 notes
    On Sharing/Withholding Trauma Stories →

    microaffections:

    The impulse is to start with a list.

    The first boy who asked me out wrestled me to the floor in a locked room and held scissors to my throat until I said okay. I was twelve.

    At fifteen, on a family vacation, I was separated from other girls and women by a man who worked at the resort, and he…

    — 1 month ago with 3 notes
    popsugartech:

Coding will become an essential skill, just like reading, writing, and math. 
Getting girls involved in this world is a really big deal. 

    popsugartech:

    Coding will become an essential skill, just like reading, writing, and math.

    Getting girls involved in this world is a really big deal. 

    — 1 month ago with 23 notes

    the-uncensored-she:

    micdotcom:

    Watch: Hysterical tampon commercial flips getting your first period on its head 

    Hello Flo’s latest commercial tells the story of a young girl so impatient to get on the rag that she fakes it. But while the glitter nail polish might convince her friends, mom’s not buying it. Instead of grounding her for lying, however, this wise mother throws her daughter a moon party to celebrate the visit of Aunt Flo. And it’s honestly pretty amazing (two words: uterus piñata).

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    I want this!

    — 1 month ago with 1992 notes
    lastrealindians:

Teen scientist harnesses sun power to help Navajo community
New Mexico teen Raquel Redshirt uses everyday materials and the sun to build solar ovens, fulfilling a Navajo community need and winning an award at the Intel ISEF competition.
Growing up on New Mexico’s Navajo Nation, Raquel Redshirt was well aware of the needs of her community. Many of her impoverished neighbors lacked basics such as electricity, as well as stoves and ovens to cook food.
Though resources in the high desert are limited, Raquel realized one was inexhaustible: the sun. “That’s where I got the idea of building a solar oven,” the teen says.
She researched solar ovens and found that most incorporate mirrors or other expensive materials. Raquel wanted to create a design that anyone could easily afford and replicate, using readily available materials.
READ MORE HERE: http://lrinspire.com/2014/06/19/teen-scientist-harnesses-sun-power-to-help-navajo-community/

    lastrealindians:

    Teen scientist harnesses sun power to help Navajo community

    New Mexico teen Raquel Redshirt uses everyday materials and the sun to build solar ovens, fulfilling a Navajo community need and winning an award at the Intel ISEF competition.

    Growing up on New Mexico’s Navajo Nation, Raquel Redshirt was well aware of the needs of her community. Many of her impoverished neighbors lacked basics such as electricity, as well as stoves and ovens to cook food.

    Though resources in the high desert are limited, Raquel realized one was inexhaustible: the sun. “That’s where I got the idea of building a solar oven,” the teen says.

    She researched solar ovens and found that most incorporate mirrors or other expensive materials. Raquel wanted to create a design that anyone could easily afford and replicate, using readily available materials.

    READ MORE HERE: http://lrinspire.com/2014/06/19/teen-scientist-harnesses-sun-power-to-help-navajo-community/

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    — 1 month ago with 18260 notes
    Celebrating 40 Years of Disabled Lesbian Activism and Art →

    (Source: projectqueer, via qbits)

    — 1 month ago with 80 notes

    subaquaticartisan:

    Some tweets calling Ubisoft out on their bullshit.

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    pinkgengar:

Eight men beat down gay man at Detroit Pride festival — and it’s caught on video

A gay man said this week that he may never return to Detroit’s annual Pride festival after he was beaten because of his sexuality while attending the event over the weekend.
Christin Howard, 20,told WXYZthat that he was at Motor City Pride festival on Sunday when eight men began circling him. He said that they commented on his hair, used homophobic slurs, and threatened violence.
“Then somebody said they had a gun,” he recalled.
Video shows the men kicking and punching Howard until he falls to the ground.
“I just thought I was going to die,” he explained. “At one point, I thought they was going to kill me.”
Howard escaped with a broken finger, and a bloody eye. He said that he had not slept since the attack, and would no longer be able to work as a hair stylist until his hand healed.
While he is a strong supporter of the annual Pride event, Howard wasn’t sure that he would be able to return.
“I’m kind of iffy about it now,” he remarked. “Because I don’t want that same thing to happen again. What if the same guys are down there?”
The Detroit Police Department planned to investigate the attack as a possible hate crime. WXYZ reported that the case was the first incident of violence in the Pride event’s 40-year history.

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    pinkgengar:

    Eight men beat down gay man at Detroit Pride festival — and it’s caught on video

    A gay man said this week that he may never return to Detroit’s annual Pride festival after he was beaten because of his sexuality while attending the event over the weekend.

    Christin Howard, 20,told WXYZthat that he was at Motor City Pride festival on Sunday when eight men began circling him. He said that they commented on his hair, used homophobic slurs, and threatened violence.

    “Then somebody said they had a gun,” he recalled.

    Video shows the men kicking and punching Howard until he falls to the ground.

    “I just thought I was going to die,” he explained. “At one point, I thought they was going to kill me.”

    Howard escaped with a broken finger, and a bloody eye. He said that he had not slept since the attack, and would no longer be able to work as a hair stylist until his hand healed.

    While he is a strong supporter of the annual Pride event, Howard wasn’t sure that he would be able to return.

    “I’m kind of iffy about it now,” he remarked. “Because I don’t want that same thing to happen again. What if the same guys are down there?”

    The Detroit Police Department planned to investigate the attack as a possible hate crime. WXYZ reported that the case was the first incident of violence in the Pride event’s 40-year history.

    [Source]

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    — 1 month ago with 454 notes

    gaywrites:

    gaywrites:

    Bisexual Erasure Pt. 3: Sometimes, I feel like I’m not good enough for the queer community because I’m bisexual and not a lesbian. Here’s why. 

    ICYMI: I have a lot of feelings about being bi, and sometimes they bum me out. 

    — 1 month ago with 987 notes