a quick #gif I made with Laila Jadallah to show solidarity with Palestine!
#endisraeliapartheid #freepalestine #stoptheviolence

a quick #gif I made with Laila Jadallah to show solidarity with Palestine!

#endisraeliapartheid #freepalestine #stoptheviolence

For the Love of Black Womyn: Reclaiming the Radical Tradition of Black Feminism @ Howard University, 2/26/2013.

anarcho-queer:

Anarchist Bookshop Firebombed In London



London based anarchist bookshop, Freedom was firebombed at 5:30am today.



On twitter, Freedom said:

Freedom was firebombed last night. No-one hurt, upstairs is okay but shop and electrics have been seriously damaged. Not much to be done today, but plan for cleanup and appeal for cash (no insurance coverage sadly) will be getting sorted out asap. Thanks to everyone for the kind words, brief answers yep we’ll be making an appeal but still sorting out what’s next atm! A few people have asked about cheques - we should still be able to get mail so yes you can send them, made out to Freedom Press, thanks :)

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack.
There will be a ‘Bookshop solidarity cleanup’ tomorrow afternoon at 1pm (directions).
Freedom Bookshop is currently setting up a donate page, meanwhile anyone who wants to donate can do so by ordering a book/s through the www.freedompress.org.uk website, and emailing them at shop@freedompress.org.uk to let them know that your purchase was a donation.

anarcho-queer:

Anarchist Bookshop Firebombed In London

London based anarchist bookshop, Freedom was firebombed at 5:30am today.

On twitter, Freedom said:

Freedom was firebombed last night. No-one hurt, upstairs is okay but shop and electrics have been seriously damaged. Not much to be done today, but plan for cleanup and appeal for cash (no insurance coverage sadly) will be getting sorted out asap. Thanks to everyone for the kind words, brief answers yep we’ll be making an appeal but still sorting out what’s next atm! A few people have asked about cheques - we should still be able to get mail so yes you can send them, made out to Freedom Press, thanks :)

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack.

There will be a ‘Bookshop solidarity cleanup’ tomorrow afternoon at 1pm (directions).

Freedom Bookshop is currently setting up a donate page, meanwhile anyone who wants to donate can do so by ordering a book/s through the www.freedompress.org.uk website, and emailing them at shop@freedompress.org.uk to let them know that your purchase was a donation.

2 weeks ago the national arts and activism group CultureStrike presented me with the lovely opportunity to shadow and photograph a group of undocumented youth and self-described DREAMers working alongside artist Miguel Luciano. 

Luciano held workshops photographed undocumented participants and their allies with the goal of creating massive kites sporting each individuals portrait to fly on the national mall, high above the symbols of America’s indifference to these young people.

“While the kites can physically transcend a fence or border from the sky, they can also address non-physical borders metaphorically,” Luciano told the CultureStrike blog. “It is a symbolic action to raise our own images into the sky and celebrate our dreams, desires, and indeed our right to fly and be free. These are universal desires, and can be applied to community struggles throughout the world.”

Miguel’s work was one part of The Ripple Effect: Currents of Socially Engaged Art exhibition, presented by the Washington Project for the Arts and Curator Raquel De Anda currently on view at the Art Museum of the Americas. The show, kites included, will be on view until January 13th and should not be missed!!

Some images from last weeks Black Friday Walmart Strike in Landover, MD, in which dozens of workers left their positions to call for better working conditions. Amidst threats from Walmart bosses for retaliation against striking workers, nearly 500 supporters took to the streets (and parking lots) to express solidarity and show strength in defense of the workers.

The Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart), called for the strike after numerous unfair labor practices (ULPs) the company committed against worker and in protest of Walmart’s ongoing attempts to silence workers for speaking out for better jobs.  This strike followed successful direct action by warehouse workers and seafood workers along the company’s vast supply chain.

The only solution is for Walmart to sit down with all of its workers, from factory to store, to collectively negotiate better conditions for the people the company depends on.

More info on how to get involved here: http://www.jwj.org/walmart/index.html
WalMart associates are organizing for better working conditions and plan to go on strike Black Friday 2012. We as an artist community support them.  
Join us in using your visual skills to support a national movement against exploitation.
http://artistsvswalmart.tumblr.com/

WalMart associates are organizing for better working conditions and plan to go on strike Black Friday 2012. We as an artist community support them.  

Join us in using your visual skills to support a national movement against exploitation.

http://artistsvswalmart.tumblr.com/

I was fortunate to be able to sit in for part of a recent workshop collaboration between anti-street harassment leaders from Collective Action for Safe-Spaces and Defend Yourself's empowering defense trainers. A group of young women participating in the workshop learned skills to help them prevent, heal from, and end violence and abuse. The group began by sharing stories around their personal experiences with street harassment which later led into a cathartic sign making process that allowed the group to creatively respond to would-be harassers with their own 2 cents.. 

We had a mini photo-shoot of the women with their signs and then the group went on to learn some practical street-defense techniques ala’ Lauren Taylor, Defend Yourself’s lead trainer and co-founder of My Sister’s Place, DC’s shelter for battered women and their children, and who was also an organizer of the 1978 March to Stop Violence Against Women (DC’s first Take Back the Night March).

This group of portraits is meant to be spread awareness of gender and LGBTQ targeted street harassment and assault, and as a model to raise consciousness and confront these problems in our own communities. Please spread, replicate, and support groups like Collective Action for Safe Spaces and Defend Yourself!

vasundharaa:

This is a resource post for all the Good White Person™s out there. You know, the ones who say things like “It’s not my fault I’m white! Don’t generalize white people!”, or “I’m appreciating your culture! You should be proud!”, or “Why do you hate all white people, look I’m a special snowflake who’s not racist give me an award for meeting the minimum requirements for being a decent human being”.Well, if you are actually interested in understanding racism and how it ties into cultural appropriation, please read instead of endlessly badgering PoCs on tumblr with your cliched, unoriginal arguments and repeating the same questions over and over.
On White Privilegeaka don’t blame me just because I’m white:
It’s Not My Fault I Was Born White: Basics of White Privilege x
Racial Divide x
Endless Examples of White Privilege x
You Cannot Know What It’s Like To Be A Racial Minority x
Intersectional Feminism x
White Privilege Does Not Mean White People Have Perfect Lives x
White Privilege and White Supremacy: A Presentation x
You Will Never Experience Racism x
Understanding White Privilege x
White Privilege and Double Standards x
Systematic White Ignorance x
The Invisibility of White Privilege x
The Luxury of White Privilege x 
White Privilege: The Harry Potter Analogy x
Privilege Denial Bingo x
Privilege and Cost x
Check Your Privilege 101 x
Whiteness x
Whiteness is Not A Culture x
White Privilege and Racism x
Deeply Embarrassed White People Talk About Race x
When White Anti Racists Talk About ~Their Struggle~ x
White Privilege As A System x
On Reverse Racism aka you are being racist against white people:
Are White People Racially Oppressed x
White People, the new Racial Minority x
People Don’t Value Pale Skin!! x
There Is No Such Thing As Reverse Racism x
Racism vs. Not Racism x
But White People Are Discriminated Against In Foreign Countries x
The Myth of Reverse Racism: Why Cracker is Not N**** x
Satire: A Step Wise Guide on Being Reverse Racist x
Racism Against White People vs. Racism Against POCs x
On Cultural Appropriationaka I’m just appreciating your culture:
The Basics x
Identifying Appropriation x
But When We Wear It … x
Why Can’t I Wear It (Hipster Headdresses) x
Not Yours x
If You Take The Bindi x
White People Do It Better x
Multiculturalism and Appropriation x
Cultural Appropriation and Portrayals In Print Media x
Diminishing the Cultural Significance of the Bindi x
The Cultural Appropriation Bingo x
Why We’re Fed Up of Your Responses x
Identities Are Not Costumes x
Hinduism And Appropriation x
Religion and Privilege x
Bindis Are Cool x
Exotic India x
What’s Wrong With Cultural Appropriation x
Racism, Bindis and Ganesh Tattoos x
BUT YOU’RE SPEAKING ENGLISH! x
Cultural Appropriation Trolls x
Guide to Being An Appropriating Douchefuck x
New Age ~Culture Mixing~ x
In case you’re tired of the prose, here’s poetry x
Why You Shouldn’t Wear A Bindi x
Appropriating and Sharing x
Our Culture is A Punchline Until It’s a Trend x
Homage Or Insult x
Tattoos and Appropriation x
Bollywood is Not Synonymous With Indian x
College Party Costumes and Stereotypes x
Dotheads x
Bindis and Racist Humour x
Hindu Iconography x 
Misuse of Hindu Iconography x
Your Appreciation Doesn’t Help Us x
Assorted Vials of White Tears and Miscellaneous Antidotesaka I can’t change that I’m white/not all whites are racist/we are all humans:
Unoriginal Arguments Refuted x
Quick Checklist: You Might Be Racist If x
Your Opinion Isn’t Necessary x
I’m Not Responsible For My Ancestors x
The Kumbayah Myth x
Proud to Be White x
Good White Person x
We Don’t Hate White People x
Brutality of Colonialism And Why You Can’t Tell Us To Forget the Past x
People Who Claim Not To See Race Are More Likely to Be Racist x
All Races are Beautiful Said the White Girl x 
Race Blindness Is A Luxury x
Well, You’re Racist For Calling Me Racist x
I’ve Read About Its Significance, I Know What It Means 
Angry Because Someone Called You Racist x
We’re Not All Like That x
People Only Care About This Trivial Shit On The Internet x
I Can’t Apologize for Being Born White, It’s Not My Fault x
Why Can’t You Tell Me What I’m Doing Wrong x
It’s Easy to Be Color Blind When You’re White x
A Diagrammatic Guide To White Tears x
Conversations I’m Sick Of Having With White People x
Why Do You Hate White People x
I’m Trying To Be Cultured x
Sisyphean Conundrum x
What is Your Problem x
We Are All Human, We All Bleed Red x
It’s Just A Bindi x
How Not To Respond To Accusations of Racism x
I’m Italian And 0.009% Native American x
What White People Think Racism Means: A Venn Diagram x
White Guilt x
White Pride!!!111!!! x
I Like *Insert Foreign Country* I Want To Live There x
You Have So Much Hate, Fighting Fire With Fire Won’t Help x
BooHoo, Don’t Call Me Racist x
Not Everything Ended With Your Ancestors x
The Racist Reaction x
I Don’t See Why That Is Racist x
Crummy Apologies x
Okay. I agree. I’ve been socially conditioned not to notice racism and recognize my privilege. What can I do?
Listen x
A Step Wise Guide x
I don’t care about this bullshit; you’re making a big deal out of nothing, go home and delete your blog:
The Clueless White Person Bus x

vasundharaa:

This is a resource post for all the Good White Persons out there. You know, the ones who say things like “It’s not my fault I’m white! Don’t generalize white people!”, or “I’m appreciating your culture! You should be proud!”, or “Why do you hate all white people, look I’m a special snowflake who’s not racist give me an award for meeting the minimum requirements for being a decent human being”.

Well, if you are actually interested in understanding racism and how it ties into cultural appropriation, please read instead of endlessly badgering PoCs on tumblr with your cliched, unoriginal arguments and repeating the same questions over and over.

On White Privilege
aka don’t blame me just because I’m white:

On Reverse Racism
aka you are being racist against white people:

On Cultural Appropriation
aka I’m just appreciating your culture:

Assorted Vials of White Tears and Miscellaneous Antidotes
aka I can’t change that I’m white/not all whites are racist/we are all humans:


Okay. I agree. I’ve been socially conditioned not to notice racism and recognize my privilege. What can I do?

I don’t care about this bullshit; you’re making a big deal out of nothing, go home and delete your blog:

(via hippycoast)

Images from the We Shall Not Be Moved rally and march in response to an incident on July 22, in which two men were physically assaulted while exiting their vehicle in the 1900 block of 3rd Street NE D.C. Their assailants shouted homophobic slurs before punching and kicking the victims. The march called for an end to violence against LGBTQ people in our city and rallied support for creating safe communities for all. Representatives from Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit of the Metropolitan Police Department, the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Collective Action for Safe Spaces, the DC Office of LGBT Affairs, SMYAL, and the Critical Incident Team.

According to District police, hate crimes based upon the victims’ perceived sexual orientation in 2012 are 47% higher than at the same time last year:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/dc-police-investigate-attack-in-northeast-as-possible-hate-crime/2012/07/24/gJQASfaa7W_story.html