September 2, 2014
"if you can’t come up with answers for why black lives matter to you —- go meditate and reflect on that. struggle for your answers as i have struggled to exist as a person of color since birth, as communities of color and indigenous nations have struggled to simply exist for centuries since european colonization."

houseofkarekare

September 2, 2014

if you don’t have a “scope of work,” you have no contracts, no legal binding on what you’re supposed to do. you will be at the mercy of the person you’re working for. before you agree to anything create a scope of work, go over it and revise if needed. it will save your butt and keep you from doing unethical and unpaid work. 

your labor is valuable, ok?

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Filed under: nitty gritty work 
September 1, 2014
palestineback:

The #rubblebucketchallenge created by Palestinians. Let the world know about people suffering in Gaza!

palestineback:

The #rubblebucketchallenge created by Palestinians. Let the world know about people suffering in Gaza!

(via radicalqueerbrownboy)

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Filed under: gaza palestine 
September 1, 2014
afirethatwillneverburn:

racist-murdercult:

50shadesofacceptance:


only in Canada would you find ads about homosexual rape on a bus.

Catch the fuck up America

They dont have this in America?

We don’t even have ads against heterosexual rape in America who are you kidding.

afirethatwillneverburn:

racist-murdercult:

50shadesofacceptance:

only in Canada would you find ads about homosexual rape on a bus.

Catch the fuck up America

They dont have this in America?

We don’t even have ads against heterosexual rape in America who are you kidding.

(Source: miaouler, via kumaton)

August 31, 2014
"

'Sex' doesn't sell. Erosion of female self esteem does. The feeling of superiority over women does. Turning women into 'things' to be studied, scrutinized & judged and then calling it 'sex' does.

Sex doesn’t sell. Objectification does

"

— Sadiqa Thornton (via female-only)

(via star-anise)

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Filed under: reblog 
August 30, 2014
welcome home to 2014

houseofkarekare:

to the “radical” lesbians who believe that transwomen should be excluded when considering the oppressions that women face —- because transwomen are not “women born women” : when you’re drinking at your lesbian and gay bars, going to your queer dance parties drag shows and your fucking michfest,…

August 27, 2014
"32,975"

That’s the number of arrest warrants issued in Ferguson last year for nonviolent crimes. Compare that to the population of 21,135 people.

Ferguson is making bank off its own citizens

(via black—lamb)

Of Ferguson’s $20 million in revenue in 2013, $2.6 million of that was a result of these arrests. That’s good for the city’s second-highest income stream”

(via theafrocentrics)

(Source: micdotcom, via decolonize-all-the-things)

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August 27, 2014
"If you have come here to help me, then you are wasting your time…But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."

— Lilla Watson

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Filed under: indigenous woc activist 
August 26, 2014
#jobsearchwhiletrans

when the job application asks:

"what other names have you used?"

hooray [not] for transfolks getting outed before even getting an interview.

*and no, you cisgender heteronormative peoples’ marriage surname change isn’t tantamount to the struggle transgender folks have. 

August 26, 2014

annekewrites:

youneedacat:

lichgem:

madeofpatterns:

youneedacat:

STAFF AND CLIENT

That has always been my title for this photograph, and it’s the only reason I have kept the photograph for so long over the years.  I don’t even remember who she was.  I just remember she was a staff person in an afterschool program I went to, for kids who were in the system.  And that this photo is the perfect embodiment of the difference between staff and clients — in power, in body language, in facial expression, in everything.

I swear I’ve seen dozens of photos like this.  With staff smiling radiantly at the camera, trying to look happy and pleasing and helpful.  And the client just kind of sitting there maybe trying to look at the camera but not a whole lot else.

I don’t know how many of you know the body language differences I’m describing here.  I don’t know how many of you can pick up on the social dynamic I’m trying to describe.  But I’m hoping that some people will, because this is one of those things I’ve seen over and over — I’ve seen entire walls at agencies plastered with this kind of picture — but I’ve never seen anyone say “Hey this is kind of weird” or “Don’t you find that a bit unsettling?”

I’m the “client” in this picture, if that’s not obvious.  The one with the long dark hair and the light brown dress.  The staff person has impossibly light blonde hair and a white shirt.

I really, really hope other people can see what I see in this picture, because so often I get blank looks when I try to show people offline what I mean.  Then again most of the people I show offline are staff…

I wish staff wouldn’t do this, in pictures, but I don’t know how to tell them what they should be doing.  Other than not putting on an artificially cheery facade that says “look how well I take care of these people” without ever saying it.

I think it’s partly how… it’s a picture of the staff member showing a picture of ~their kid~.

It’s not a picture of the person with a disability, and it’s not a picture of the staff member. It’s a picture of showing. But that’s only part of it.

To me it’s the contrast that stands out, like you said, Mel: how the staff person is trying to seem radiantly happy, while their client is just sort of… present. The staff person isn’t in tune with whatever’s going on with you, and you don’t look like you wanted to take a picture. It was a bit subtle for me at first, though, until I sat and looked at it for a few seconds.

Edit: I realize ‘in tune’ has different connotations than I was going for. I mean more that she’s oblivious or doesn’t care.

Yeah it’s a really weird thing and I see it all the time.  It’s even more obvious when you go into a case manager’s office and you see an entire wall full of photos like that tacked up on a bulletin board or something, all looking exactly the same.

So I looked at this for a bit, and I ran it by my spouse (who has some experience as both an artistic and an event photographer) and here’s what we see, if this helps with the finding how to describe the problem:

Most pictures, when taken with the intention that seems to be operative here, are either of “people at this event” or of “people at this event.”  Or to say it differently, either of people wanting to celebrate that they are doing a cool thing together, with the cool thing as the background, or of people wanting to celebrate the cool thing they are doing, with themselves as less important than the cool thing they are doing.

This picture seems to be trying to have it both ways.  It seems to be trying to drag the client into both the “aren’t we cool people doing this together?” WITH the staff, which is odd and squicky of itself in many cases because staff is staff not Cool Auntie or Cool Big Sister, and then adding in (badly) the “hey, we’re at a fun carnival HAVING FUN!”

Leading of course to, “Oh, I’m such nice staff!  Because I’m HAVING FUN with this poor disabled girl who needs to learn how to HAVE FUN as part of her service plan!” Which is of course not taking into account, AT ALL, what the client defines as fun.  Which is also visible in this picture.  And the probably client-made frame around the edges really brings that point home in a heartbreaking way.

It’s a scripted, artificially created, memory of FUN!  And it is wrong.

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