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Dear friends, family, acquaintances and people with whom I share house party dance floors and supermarket lines,

A few weeks ago, an acquaintance of mine attended a police lineup, pointed at someone, and sent them to jail or prison. Last night, a friend’s roommate called the cops about something…

While reading this I was reminded of a friend’s story… My friend, who identifies as queer and “flaming,” is a quite gangly 6’3” and would be the first to say he wouldn’t know how to defend himself if he had to. He traveled to London for a couple weeks for work. One night he was walking around exploring and had looked down an alleyway, where he’d seen a man attacking a woman. He feared he was trying to rape her; he was also panicked because he the guy looked like he could easily overpower him, weapon or not and thought police would be too late to stop it. So he decided to throw his hands up in the air, flailed them around while yelling gibberish and ran straight at them. The rapist was so stunned he didn’t know what to do and ran off! The woman was relatively OK, my friend had stopped it just in time and he walked her to her destination. You just never know what will work until you try!

Thanks for this letter and the blog before this with all the resources too. I really appreciate the thoughtful questions for consideration and the way you’ve encouraged thinking it out as preparedness; becoming familiar with the idea of not calling police makes a LOT of sense on several levels. Solidarity!

Flaherty was part of Mike Harris’ government in Ontario, whose cuts to water inspection services led to an E.Coli outbreak that killed seven people in Walkerton, Ontario. The same government imposed massive cuts to welfare and social housing, killing Kimberly Rogers in the process, and years later people continue to die from homelessness. Flaherty was also part of cuts to healthcare at both provincial and federal levels. As the Council of Canadians wrote last week in an article titled Broken Promises and Abdication: Flaherty’s Healthcare Legacy, “March 31 marks the end of the 2004 Health Accord and the last day Canadian health care will have equalization payments to have-not provinces, national standards, and federal funding tied to achieving set benchmarks. March 31 is also a day to mourn the fact that we remain the only wealthy country with a universal health-care system and no national pharmacare plan.” Healthcare cuts kill. Flaherty was also proudly part of the Harper government that turns its back on global health crises—boycotting the International AIDS conference in Toronto, imposing a maternal health plan denying abortion, cutting humanitarian aid to Gaza, and defunding Sisters in Spirit that investigates missing and murdered aboriginal women.

the fact that “love your body” rhetoric shifts the responsibility for body acceptance over to the individual, and away from communities, institutions, and power, is also problematic. individuals who do not love their bodies, who find their bodies difficult to love, are seen as being part of the problem. the underlying assumption is that if we all loved our bodies just as they are, our fat-shaming, beauty-policing culture would be different. if we don’t love our bodies, we are, in effect, perpetuating normative (read: impossible) beauty standards. if we don’t love our individual bodies, we are at fault for collectively continuing the oppressive and misogynistic culture. if you don’t love your body, you’re not trying hard enough to love it. in this framework, your body is still the paramount focus, and one way or another, you’re failing. it’s too close to the usual body-shaming, self-policing crap, albeit with a few quasi-feminist twists, for comfort.

on “loving your body” (via silkchemise)

Pretty sure I’ve reblogged this before, but the sentiment still rings true. White supremacy makes me feel ugly as shit 99% of the time, and in the moments where I express my feelings of ugliness to feminist friends I am met with “why don’t you love yourself better?” “Omg you need a lots of self care” (which i dont always have the luxury of time/money for) and the worst of them, “Honey I think something’s really wrong with you, you need professional help :(“

Man, fuck that shit. The only “help” I need is good friends who want to help tear down the system with me. More often then not, however, my self-esteem dips and emotional responses to systemic oppressions usually result in my being told I’m not doing a good enough job of loving myself, instead of recognizing that we live in a world that makes it virtually impossible for marginalized (fat, brown, differently abled) folks to love our bodies in the first place.

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Excellent point! It’s another form of victim blaming; taking away responsibility from those who inflict harm, often upheld by social conditioning and systemic oppression. Similar to teaching women how “not to be raped” (may also involve ‘love thyself’ mantras), instead of teaching men how to respect a woman’s right to consent.

Also speaks to our poisonous ‘pick yourself up by your bootstraps’ culture, which lays all responsibility for our reality (how we arrived into AND how we get out) on ourselves. Its purpose serves to keep us divided and disempowered.

Sci-fi movie idea: In the future all labor is automated by robots/machines. Therefore, the only jobs left are in repairing [these] robots/machines. However, all the robots/machines are owned by a very small group of wealthy people. These people pay those who repair their machines just enough in wages to sustain themselves and to also buy whatever products they produce. Eventually the workers end up taking over the robots, and begin to utilize them for the production of social necessities, rather than the needs of profit and they are emancipated from labor itself.

Let’s see Hollywood make that movie.

I cried when they shot Medgar Evers
Tears ran down my spine
I cried when they shot Mr. Kennedy
As though I’d lost a father of mine
But Malcolm X got what was coming
He got what he asked for this time
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I go to civil rights rallies
And I put down the old D.A.R.
I love Harry and Sidney and Sammy
I hope every colored boy becomes a star
But don’t talk about revolution
That’s going a little bit too far
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I cheered when Humphrey was chosen
My faith in the system restored
I’m glad the commies were thrown out
of the A.F.L. C.I.O. board
I love Puerto Ricans and Negros
as long as they don’t move next door
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

The people of old Mississippi
Should all hang their heads in shame
I can’t understand how their minds work
What’s the matter don’t they watch Les Crain?
But if you ask me to bus my children
I hope the cops take down your name
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I read New republic and Nation
I’ve learned to take every view
You know, I’ve memorized Lerner and Golden
I feel like I’m almost a Jew
But when it comes to times like Korea
There’s no one more red, white and blue
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I vote for the democratic party
They want the U.N. to be strong
I go to all the Pete Seeger concerts
He sure gets me singing those songs
I’ll send all the money you ask for
But don’t ask me to come on along
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

Once I was young and impulsive
I wore every conceivable pin
Even went to the socialist meetings
Learned all the old union hymns
But I’ve grown older and wiser
And that’s why I’m turning you in
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

—Phil Ochs, “Love Me, I’m A Liberal” (via yourfriendlycomrade)

the-assad-debunkation:

By: @al_7aleem

On Sunday 23rd March, rebels in Syria launched offensive (of which AlNusra, an AlQaeda affiliated group, was but one of many participants) into Latakia province via Idlib and East Latakia (AlAnfal offensive). Among the towns and villages seized from Assad regime troops in the…

peopleriseupradio:

It appears that the very rebels which both the US and #Assad have been fear-mongering over, were actually the ones who secured the #Kassab region and its inhabitants against Assad’s murderous thugs.
"Opposition Claims Insurgents Protected All Civilians in Kassab in Latakia Offensive"http://eaworldview.com/2014/04/syria-daily-battle-tower-45-latakia-province/#yabroud 
[excerpts]
The Defense Ministry of the opposition’s interim government has said all units of the Free Syrian Army participating in the Latakia offensive “are committed to the protection of civilians and their properties regardless of sect and ethnicity”.
…
The Ministry concluded, “All rumors of the Free Syrian Army harming our brethren from the #Armenian community are pure slander fabricated by the regime and its allies.”
The Mayor of Kassab has said that all residents of the village are safe and sound.
The only confirmed image of insurgent “atrocity” is a photograph of a church with its cross removed. Commanders subsequently rebuked the fighter who committed the offense.
An opposition website has posted a long entry refuting other claims of insurgent abuses. [linked to article below]
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“The #SaveKessab hoax propaganda pandemic. Debunked.”
On Sunday 23rd March, rebels in Syria launched offensive (of which AlNusra, an AlQaeda affiliated group, was but one of many participants) into Latakia province via Idlib and East Latakia (AlAnfal offensive). Among the towns and villages seized from Assad regime troops in the advance, was Kessab and its Turkey border crossing. Three days later the world was hit by the largest viral social media disinformation campaign in history.
…
31/03/2014 EDIT: This has recently come through, Armenian MP Tevan Poghyosan has traveled to Latakia and spoken with displaced citizens from Kessab. She has stated that there are “no Armenian casualties”, acknowledges mass disinformation and hoaxes on the matter, and calls establishing spokesperson inside #Kessab to provide info to “to escape all this misinformation”. [Link to the interview described: http://civilnet.am/2014/03/31/kesab-plan-for-humanitarian-relief-tevan-poghosyan/]
Read more here: http://the-assad-debunkation.tumblr.com/post/81317668782/the-savekessab-hoax-propaganda-pandemic-debunked

peopleriseupradio:

It appears that the very rebels which both the US and #Assad have been fear-mongering over, were actually the ones who secured the #Kassab region and its inhabitants against Assad’s murderous thugs.

"Opposition Claims Insurgents Protected All Civilians in Kassab in Latakia Offensive"
http://eaworldview.com/2014/04/syria-daily-battle-tower-45-latakia-province/#yabroud
[excerpts]
The Defense Ministry of the opposition’s interim government has said all units of the Free Syrian Army participating in the Latakia offensive “are committed to the protection of civilians and their properties regardless of sect and ethnicity”.

The Ministry concluded, “All rumors of the Free Syrian Army harming our brethren from the #Armenian community are pure slander fabricated by the regime and its allies.”

The Mayor of Kassab has said that all residents of the village are safe and sound.

The only confirmed image of insurgent “atrocity” is a photograph of a church with its cross removed. Commanders subsequently rebuked the fighter who committed the offense.

An opposition website has posted a long entry refuting other claims of insurgent abuses. [linked to article below]
=================
“The #SaveKessab hoax propaganda pandemic. Debunked.”

On Sunday 23rd March, rebels in Syria launched offensive (of which AlNusra, an AlQaeda affiliated group, was but one of many participants) into Latakia province via Idlib and East Latakia (AlAnfal offensive). Among the towns and villages seized from Assad regime troops in the advance, was Kessab and its Turkey border crossing. Three days later the world was hit by the largest viral social media disinformation campaign in history.

31/03/2014 EDIT: This has recently come through, Armenian MP Tevan Poghyosan has traveled to Latakia and spoken with displaced citizens from Kessab. She has stated that there are “no Armenian casualties”, acknowledges mass disinformation and hoaxes on the matter, and calls establishing spokesperson inside #Kessab to provide info to “to escape all this misinformation”. [Link to the interview described: http://civilnet.am/2014/03/31/kesab-plan-for-humanitarian-relief-tevan-poghosyan/]

Read more here: http://the-assad-debunkation.tumblr.com/post/81317668782/the-savekessab-hoax-propaganda-pandemic-debunked