August 26, 2014

iwriteaboutfeminism:

#Community

And this.  This is what it’s about, people.

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August 24, 2014
White people don’t want to talk about Ferguson. Which is why we need to.

The Pew Research Center also asked about the police response to the protests. Only a third of whites think the police went too far in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting.

Only a third think armored vehicles rolling down the streets of Ferguson is going too far.

Only a third think police dressed in camouflage (for some inexplicable reason) waving military-grade assault weapons at unarmed civilians is going too far.

Only a third think lobbing tear gas and stun grenades at civilians—the very citizens they’re supposed to protect—is going too far.

Only a third think threatening reporters and calling protestors “f*****g animals” is going too far.

Only a third think treating black civilians like enemy combatants is going too far.

We have a problem. And the problem is that we won’t even accept that there’s a problem.

Fuck that….

(Source: azspot, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

August 21, 2014
First Bolivarian Workers’ Congress Begins in Venezuela | venezuelanalysis.com

amodernmanifesto:

“You can count on my support to recover the companies abandoned by the bourgeoisie,” Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said in La Guaira, in Vargas State, in the opening speech of the National Congress of Socialist Workers on Sunday.

“We need to build a new economic model in the country, where the working class is protagonist,” said Maduro.

The First Congress of Workers, which officially starts today, will debate plans and proposals for the economic development of the country, with the presence of rural workers, industrial workers, and civil servants, among others. Over 6,500 delegates are in attendence.

The president called for the construction of a committed and revolutionary union movement, as current unions are “becoming too old, and are at the end of their tether”.

The head of state confirmed that workers’ organisations can rely on the executive power’s support to re-activate companies and production units that are not contributing to the development of the workers and the country.

“Whoever gets involved in the economic war, in one way or another, the workers, with the law in their hands, must take over this production unit (…) and make it work,” Maduro said, referring to what he alleges is economic sabotage committed by big business.

August 19, 2014
"When high-profile men like Matt Lauer assume mothers can’t be leaders, they send our daughters the message that they have to choose between a career and children – a message no one sends our sons."

— CAP’s President Neera Tanden to Matt Lauer: "It isn’t the 1950s anymore" (via think-progress)

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

August 18, 2014
ofcityromance:

i am quoting this a thousand times today.
RIP mike brown.

ofcityromance:

i am quoting this a thousand times today.

RIP mike brown.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

August 17, 2014

In light of what is happening in Ferguson tonight, and in light of history as well, I’d like to raise an important point: as long as neoliberal economics remain in tact, the police are never, ever , defenders of the people. They are, first and foremost , defenders of Capital.

August 15, 2014
"But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work. We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.
Western economies, particularly that of the United States, have been built in a very calculated manner on gratification, addiction, and unnecessary spending. We spend to cheer ourselves up, to reward ourselves, to celebrate, to fix problems, to elevate our status, and to alleviate boredom. Can you imagine what would happen if all of America stopped buying so much unnecessary fluff that doesn’t add a lot of lasting value to our lives? The economy would collapse and never recover."

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (via jahanzebjz)

August 12, 2014
workingamerica:

#ThrowbackThursday via Occupy Democrats: This vote was just a week ago, on July 30, but the media barely covered it. 42 Senators used the filibuster to preserve tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.
If the Senate continues to fight for corporations instead of people, it’s time for the President to take action —> http://bit.ly/1AXV69h http://ift.tt/1usoqQx

workingamerica:

#ThrowbackThursday via Occupy Democrats: This vote was just a week ago, on July 30, but the media barely covered it. 42 Senators used the filibuster to preserve tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.

If the Senate continues to fight for corporations instead of people, it’s time for the President to take action —> http://bit.ly/1AXV69h http://ift.tt/1usoqQx

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

August 11, 2014
"That’s how I felt at the time, like I was already dead … They locked me up and gave me life without. It’s like they killed all hope for the future. There’s nothing left."

Quantel Lotts, who was tried as an adult for a homicide he committed when he was 14 years old, and sentenced to life without parole, interviewed in 2012. 

• Story: Minors remain jailed for life despite US supreme court ban on such sentences.

• Full interview here.

(via guardian)

(Source: theguardian.com, via guardian)

August 9, 2014
"There are Palestinians in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya who are also stuck, unable to move to another country, as if this earth is too small for us."

— Adham Mawed - Victim of Israeli Displacement (the most PC word for it) stuck between Syria and Lebanon, due to the Zionist War in Syria.

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