"We are prescribing for fat people what we diagnose as disordered eating in thin people."

— Deb Burgard, keynote at the 2011 NAAFA conference (via loniemc)

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cisyphus:

Slurs are not oppressive because they are offensive, they are oppressive  because slurs by nature of being slurs draw upon certain power dynamics  to remind their target of his/her/their vulnerability in a certain relation to power and as an extension of that, to threaten violence and exploitation of that vulnerability.

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"Please stop calling this a nation of immigrants. We are not a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of colonizers, ex-slaves, ghosts of genocide victims, and preferred immigrants."

— Maurice Lucas Goes IN (via sonofbaldwin)

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sevenseventhree:

important. watch how you talk about the violence in chicago; understand where it really stems from. if you are blaming communities, get the fuck outta here.

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Anonymous said: How do we know in any given violent incident whether mental illness did nor did not play a role? I'm not questioning that mental illness is often used as a scapegoat or blamed in the place of access to guns or misogyny or racism- that pisses me off- but we just can't say with 100% certainty that the shooters mental health in cases like this doesn't factor in. Lack of access to mental health care and the stigma attached to it AND male entitlement are both PARTS of the problem, but not the whole.

igotpillstheyremultiplying:

a-little-bi-furious:

Okay I’m probably going to get a lot of these anons tonight so I’ll break it down as quickly as possible:

(1) True, we do not know whether Rodger had a mental illness. However, people are assuming or outright saying that it had to have played a part in this while knowing fuck all about his state of mental health rather than accept the possibility that he was a gross guy who murdered people, and even if it does turn out that mental illness played a part in this the fact will be used to marginalise others through ableism rather than help combat it, every mass murder has the same cycle that ends this way.

(2) There is no evidence that Rodger had mental illness or that mental health care had anything to do with this case or that the incident could have been prevented with access to medical care, so saying that stigma and lack of access to mental health care part is an equal to the male entitlement part in this case is pretty shakey at best.

And

(3) Statistically disabled/mentally ill people are more likely to be murdered than to be murderers, i genuinely think advocating for better health facilities to prevent mentally ill mass murderers from killing misses the point and is counter productive. Male entitlement is the main componant in murderers of this kind and should therefore be at the centre of analysis on how to fix this problem.

Mentally ill people need better mental health facilities to keep us from becoming homeless, not because we are dangerous.

Also, calling this a “mental illness” issue allows people who share the shooter’s misogynistic views to pretend that they are not complicit in such acts. 

It is a lie that most horrible acts of violence are committed by the mentally ill. If anything, the most horrible kinds of violence are committed by people who have tons of social support for what they are doing.

The worst evils committed by human beings are not individual acts of insanity but vast infrastructures of violence that can encourage individual acts of socially-condoned extreme violence. 

freemarissanow:

“Marissa spent almost three years in a Florida prison away from her children which impacted all [of them]. Her children came with family members to the trial that sentenced her and then visited her in prison,” [Sumayya Fire] recalled. “These are images and questions her children will have, always. Since Thanksgiving Day 2013, Marissa has been under house arrest with an ankle monitor and can’t leave the house. She can’t visit her children’s school events, take them to church or to the movies.”

To support Alexander and her family Sumayya, Touré and other women organized the Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign, which is calling for a Mother’s Day Week of Action from May 9-18 to build support for Alexander’s emancipation.

Mother’s Day Week of Action: May 9-18!
Support Marissa Alexander, Mothers in Prison, & Mothers Everywhere!

Send Marissa love by donating to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund.  Your donation will help her win her trial, reuniting her with her children, family, and community for good.

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"This person took meticulous time destroying EVERYTHING that was important to me; everything that I have worked very hard for all my life. He destroyed the plumbing and heating system in the building. He then completely destroyed all my medical equipment, ripping apart, breaking every glass object, bending, stabbing knives into or punching hammer holes into, and then methodically cutting and sticking knife holes into the faces of my friends and family, including pictures of my baby grandson. In my opinion, this is NOT the act of someone who was ‘high’ and didn’t know what he was doing, but rather someone who knew EXACTLY what he was doing."

Dr. Susan Cahill’s health clinic, All Families Health Care, was destroyed last week by Zachary Klundt, son of a board member for Hope Pregnancy Ministries, an anti-abortion organization.

Please donate to help Dr. Cahill repair the damage to her clinic and return to providing essential health care to Montana residents.

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phloeticexpressions:

So by now, I’m sure all, if not most of you have heard of the senseless murder of Brittney Cosby & her girlfriend Crystal Jackson down in Texas.

Brittney was a friend of one of my frat bruhs, literally one degree of separation between us.

Currently Brittney’s family is having trouble paying for funeral costs. I’m asking all of you to contribute to get gofund me page to help lessen the costs. Literally every dollar helps. Thanks!

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so-treu:

inothernews:

This is Michael Dunn, presumably confused as to how he just got away with murder.  
Dunn, who repeatedly fired his gun at a vehicle in which 17-year-old Jordan Davis was killed, claimed to have been threatened with a shotgun.  Police never found a shotgun; no witnesses reported seeing one.  Though one thing is clear: Dunn told the kids to stop playing their “thug music” loudly, and later decided the best way to end the resulting dispute was by firing a gun at Davis’s car ten times — even as it pulled away.
Dunn invoked Florida’s well-used-by-threatened-people-who-aren’t-black “Stand Your Ground” defense.  While the jury was deadlocked on the murder charge — for Davis’s killing — they found him guilty in the attempted murder of the three other teens in the car and he now faces up to 60 years in prison.
But still, bottom line is a white man got away with killing a black teen in Florida.  And shit isn’t ever going to change in the Sunshine State.
(Pool photo: Bob Mack via the New York Times)

stop using the words “white privilege” when talking about this case THIS SHIT IS WHITE SUPREMACY. PLAIN AND FUCKING SIMPLE.
A WHITE MAN SHOT A BLACK KID BECAUSE THE BLACK KID DIDN’T SHOW ENOUGH DEFERENCE TO HIM. THIS IS RACIST VIGILATISM. THIS IS THE MAINTAINING OF JIM CROW ETIQUETTE. THIS IS THE RESULT OF A “JUSTICE” SYSTEM BASED ON LAWS THAT AT FIRST DIDN’T RECOGNIZE BLACK PEOPLE AND HUMAN BEINGS AND THEN ONLY RECOGNIZED THEM AS SUCH WHEN THEY COMMITTED A CRIME. THIS IS WHITE SUPREMACY. THIS IS ANTIBLACKNESS.
CALL IT WHAT THE FUCK IT IS.

so-treu:

inothernews:

This is Michael Dunn, presumably confused as to how he just got away with murder.  

Dunn, who repeatedly fired his gun at a vehicle in which 17-year-old Jordan Davis was killed, claimed to have been threatened with a shotgun.  Police never found a shotgun; no witnesses reported seeing one.  Though one thing is clear: Dunn told the kids to stop playing their “thug music” loudly, and later decided the best way to end the resulting dispute was by firing a gun at Davis’s car ten times — even as it pulled away.

Dunn invoked Florida’s well-used-by-threatened-people-who-aren’t-black “Stand Your Ground” defense.  While the jury was deadlocked on the murder charge — for Davis’s killing — they found him guilty in the attempted murder of the three other teens in the car and he now faces up to 60 years in prison.

But still, bottom line is a white man got away with killing a black teen in Florida.  And shit isn’t ever going to change in the Sunshine State.

(Pool photo: Bob Mack via the New York Times)

stop using the words “white privilege” when talking about this case THIS SHIT IS WHITE SUPREMACY. PLAIN AND FUCKING SIMPLE.

A WHITE MAN SHOT A BLACK KID BECAUSE THE BLACK KID DIDN’T SHOW ENOUGH DEFERENCE TO HIM. THIS IS RACIST VIGILATISM. THIS IS THE MAINTAINING OF JIM CROW ETIQUETTE. THIS IS THE RESULT OF A “JUSTICE” SYSTEM BASED ON LAWS THAT AT FIRST DIDN’T RECOGNIZE BLACK PEOPLE AND HUMAN BEINGS AND THEN ONLY RECOGNIZED THEM AS SUCH WHEN THEY COMMITTED A CRIME. THIS IS WHITE SUPREMACY. THIS IS ANTIBLACKNESS.

CALL IT WHAT THE FUCK IT IS.

bjtheprofessor:

Michael Dunn was charged with 3 counts of attempted murder and 1 count of shooting a firearm but HE WASN’T CHARGED FOR KILLING Jordan Davis. Please be apart of the solution and work for social change equity and justice. #wematter #hematters #BlackLivesMatter #justiceisthepnlychoice #blacklove #standupandfight #justice #jimcrowisstillalive

bjtheprofessor:

Michael Dunn was charged with 3 counts of attempted murder and 1 count of shooting a firearm but HE WASN’T CHARGED FOR KILLING Jordan Davis. Please be apart of the solution and work for social change equity and justice. #wematter #hematters #BlackLivesMatter #justiceisthepnlychoice #blacklove #standupandfight #justice #jimcrowisstillalive

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"Ableism must be included in our analysis of oppression and in our conversations about violence, responses to violence and ending violence. Ableism cuts across all of our movements because ableism dictates how bodies should function against a mythical norm—an able-bodied standard of white supremacy, heterosexism, sexism, economic exploitation, moral/religious beliefs, age and ability. Ableism set the stage for queer and trans people to be institutionalized as mentally disabled; for communities of color to be understood as less capable, smart and intelligent, therefore “naturally” fit for slave labor; for women’s bodies to be used to produce children, when, where and how men needed them; for people with disabilities to be seen as “disposable” in a capitalist and exploitative culture because we are not seen as “productive;” for immigrants to be thought of as a “disease” that we must “cure” because it is “weakening” our country; for violence, cycles of poverty, lack of resources and war to be used as systematic tools to construct disability in communities and entire countries."

— Mia Mingus, Moving Toward the Ugly: A Politic Beyond Desirability (via a-bayani)

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"

If I put a gun to someone’s head, say, a 30-year-old healthy male, pull the trigger, and kill him, assuming an average life expectancy of, say, 84, you can argue that possibly 54 years of life [were] stolen from that person in a direct act of violence.

However, if a person is born into poverty in the midst of an abundant society where it is statistically proven that it would hurt no one to facilitate meeting the basic needs of that person and yet they die at the age of 30 due to heart disease, which has been found to statistically relate to those who endure the stress and effects of low socioeconomic status, is that death, the removal of those 54 years once again, an act of violence?

And the answer is ‘Yes, it is.’

You see, our legal system has conditioned us to think that violence is a direct behavioral act. The truth is that violence is a process, not an act, and it can take many forms.

You cannot separate any outcome from the system by which it is oriented.

"

Peter Joseph, from this lecture. (via universalequalityisinevitable)

this is so fuckin important

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bebinn:

prochoiceamerica:

This week, the Supreme Court will debate whether anti-choice protesters should have the right to get up close to harass women outside abortion clinics. This graphic from the New York Times shows an example of a current buffer zone (the orange area on the map) designed to protect patients.  Seems pretty reasonable to us. #ProtectTheZone

Before the buffer zones, protestors and terrorists could stand outside the doors, physically blocking patients and staff from entering the building. They could disguise themselves as police officers and demand personal information from patients at the doorway, scream into patients’ faces while grabbing their arms, and worse.
The majority of clinic staff still say they fear for their patients’ safety in the face of the protestors. One former patient of Kermit Gosnell, convicted of performing deadly illegal abortions, said she visited his clinic because it had no one waiting to harass her outside.
As always, the protestors themselves have little to no self-awareness:

Ms. McCullen said she found the [buffer zone] to be intimidating, frustrating and a violation of her First Amendment rights.

Intimidating, frustrating, a violation of your rights…sounds a lot like anti-choice harassment outside clinics.
My sister used to live right by the clinic diagrammed above. Her boyfriend would routinely stop on the street to argue with the terrorists in the “protest zone,” tell them to follow the legal distance limits, etc.

bebinn:

prochoiceamerica:

This week, the Supreme Court will debate whether anti-choice protesters should have the right to get up close to harass women outside abortion clinics. 

This graphic from the New York Times shows an example of a current buffer zone (the orange area on the map) designed to protect patients.  Seems pretty reasonable to us. #ProtectTheZone

Before the buffer zones, protestors and terrorists could stand outside the doors, physically blocking patients and staff from entering the building. They could disguise themselves as police officers and demand personal information from patients at the doorway, scream into patients’ faces while grabbing their arms, and worse.

The majority of clinic staff still say they fear for their patients’ safety in the face of the protestors. One former patient of Kermit Gosnell, convicted of performing deadly illegal abortions, said she visited his clinic because it had no one waiting to harass her outside.

As always, the protestors themselves have little to no self-awareness:

Ms. McCullen said she found the [buffer zone] to be intimidating, frustrating and a violation of her First Amendment rights.

Intimidating, frustrating, a violation of your rights…sounds a lot like anti-choice harassment outside clinics.

My sister used to live right by the clinic diagrammed above. Her boyfriend would routinely stop on the street to argue with the terrorists in the “protest zone,” tell them to follow the legal distance limits, etc.

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"26% were sexually assaulted at shelters"

If you wear jeans, you’re not a woman: Transphobia at women’s shelters » Zinnia Jones

34% of trans women who had attempted to access shelters were denied entry outright. Of the respondents who did manage to access a shelter, 25% were evicted after it became known that they were trans. 55% were harassed by shelter staff or residents, and 29% of trans women were physically assaulted. 26% were sexually assaulted at shelters. Overall, 47% were treated so poorly that they chose to leave the shelter.

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