morningamp:

We Charge Genocide’s and Black Youth Project’s Jasson Perez joined Morning Amp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to talk about police brutality and how to properly document and report instances of police misconduct. We Charge Genocide is hosting a training session and recording and reporting police misconduct on August 21st at Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health and police brutality can be reported at https://reportencounter.wechargegenocide.org/

When my friends and I support each other in confronting bullshit:

When my friends and I support each other in confronting bullshit:

"I Love You" by Shinji Moon

fictioneer:

Tomorrow is the last night
till our love becomes an ellipses.
Me, leaving. You, going — the
distance between us stretching
across state lines that for me
hold oceans between them.
Please. I press my lips against your skin
like a plea. Your fingers between mine
are prayers that I’ve been trying to find the
words for since the first time I woke up
from a dream about angels to see you
looking at me with the sky
in your eyes.

The worst part about being human is having
a heart so susceptible to metaphors.


Your lips are tulips in the vase of my throat.
You photosynthesize and my blood is made of chlorophyll.

I can’t differentiate between your pulse and mine
and I want to tell you that
All my poems sound like sighs since I’ve met you,
but you’re painting my neck the color of your breath
and I’m so distracted, thinking of you and your lashes
that furl and unfurl just for me, tonight.

You are the summer of the seven-year locusts.
You are so much that it’s breaking my heart.

I read you the first page of a novel by Nathacha Appanah
but I’m terrible at words so you kiss them away.

The night yawns and wraps its arms
around us both. You hold me closer and I want to cry.

I write what I have never told you slowly on your skin.

Do you know how it hurts to touch you
knowing that in the morning I’ll still wake up alone?

Tomorrow is the last night
till our love becomes an ellipses.
I don’t want to think of all those suns
that will rise without you.

Hey! Guess what’s really amazing and transformative?! Voicing anger, frustration, and hurt caused by a loved one (&self :-/) to them directly and having them understand and respond by affirming reality of feelings and adjusting their behavior. wut? You’re not calling me crazy or irrational? whoa. Such not-manipulative relationship… many WTFs.
This has been a Tiger Appreciation Post <3

Skin and the Sky: a poem for Dyke March 2014

Today, at Dyke March 2014, I laughed too hard at the MC’s joke about how the femmes in the butch vs. femme tug-of-war were on “femme time”. It was a good moment because it was the first time that I felt like myself the whole day because it felt like the first time anyone had communicated with me all day.

See I was late all day, going from one thing to the next, always trying to ride the line between visible but not too visible: when I want to flaunt, to be vain, the hold my body close to my heart, but I don’t want anyone to violate the sanctity of the days that I’m able to convince myself to be proud. And this is what “femme time” is to me. Convincing. Loving. Hoping. Creating the elaborate theater, for me and me alone, that says “I do not give a fuck,” so that I can drag myself out that door. So this is for “femme time”; for the time that you need in order to feel holy. This is because every time I leave I want to stay and go equally.

————————————————————

If the sky could find a way
to kiss my skin,
[not just once
                    but twice?]

I would feel holy.

Blessed
with the balance of sun and storm.
In two moments:

    Beams licked my arms
    Held me, and said,
    “Take your time, I’ll stay up,”
    While I dawdled and changed.
    Reached me, when I emerged,
    brushed my face in their hands,
    And said, “I’m glad you’re here.”

    Torrents washed down my neck,
    Reminding me of acceptance
    and choice, “If you want, you can
    choose to love my presence,”
    And the water held up my
    heels, hips, ribs, and chin.

Even under the weight of
    too straight-shooting gazes,
The skies kisses lifted me
beyond.

And I am, at once:
   leaving and staying,
   positioned and frenetic.

But always returning.

Wet&#8217;s the LQQK post-Dyke March.. Glad the weather waited til the end!

Wet’s the LQQK post-Dyke March.. Glad the weather waited til the end!

strangeanimal:

red3blog:

fatbodypolitics:

freckles42:

nataliesama:

bagmilk:

karkatstuck:

tangarang:

fullmetalbukkake:

lafix:

A very bizarre bird was photographed in Venezuela recently. Meet the Potoo, which is rarely seen in daylight. - Imgur
NOPE

what the fuck is that

that looks like a god damn nightmare

and this is sound it makes

MOOOOOM

are you fucking kidding me it sounds like a 18 year old boy complaining to his mother because she cut off the wifi

Oh my gods, seriously, go listen to the recording, THIS DESCRIPTION IS PERFECT

omg I’m dying. The description really is perfect.

I’ve been sick and should not have listened to that because now I can’t breathe.

Amazing.

This will just never stop being funny

strangeanimal:

red3blog:

fatbodypolitics:

freckles42:

nataliesama:

bagmilk:

karkatstuck:

tangarang:

fullmetalbukkake:

lafix:

A very bizarre bird was photographed in Venezuela recently. Meet the Potoo, which is rarely seen in daylight. - Imgur

NOPE

what the fuck is that

that looks like a god damn nightmare

and this is sound it makes

MOOOOOM

are you fucking kidding me it sounds like a 18 year old boy complaining to his mother because she cut off the wifi

Oh my gods, seriously, go listen to the recording, THIS DESCRIPTION IS PERFECT

omg I’m dying. The description really is perfect.

I’ve been sick and should not have listened to that because now I can’t breathe.

Amazing.

This will just never stop being funny

Now for my monthly viewing of Flashdance.

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america-wakiewakie:

Groups Appeal to UN for ‘Humanity’ as Detroit Shuts Off Water to Thousands | Common Dreams
As thousands of people in Detroit go without water, and the city moves to cut off services to tens of thousands more, concerned organizations have taken the unusual step of appealing to the United Nations to intervene and protect the “human right to water.”
“After decades of policies that put businesses and profits ahead of the public good, the city now has a major crisis on its hands, said Maude Barlow, founder of Blue Planet Project and board chair of Food &amp; Water Watch, in a statement. “By denying water service to thousands, Detroit is violating the human right to water.”
The Submission to the Special Rapporteur was released Wednesday by the Detroit People’s Water Board, the Blue Planet Project, the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and Food &amp; Water Watch.
It calls for the “state of Michigan and U.S. government to respect the human right to water and sanitation” and for shut-offs to be halted, services restored, and water to be made accessible and affordable.
The report comes on the heels of the Detroit’s city council’s Tuesday approval of an 8.7 percent increase in water rates, part of a long-standing trend that, according to Food &amp; Water Watch, has seen prices increase 119 percent over the past decade.
This rate hike follows an announcement in March by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department that it would start turning off water for accounts that are past due.  According to a late May Director’s Report from the DWSD, there were “44,273 shut-off notices sent to customers in April 2014” alone, resulting in “3,025 shut-offs for nonpayment, and additional collections of $400,000.”
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, who was appointed to power by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in March 2013, has aggressively pursued privatization and austerity measures across the city. “Nothing is off the chopping block, including water utilities, which are being considered for regionalization, sale, lease, and/or public private partnership and are currently subject to mediation by a federal district judge,” reads the report.
"The Detroit People’s Water Board fears that authorities see people’s unpaid water bills as a ‘bad debt’ and want to sweeten the pot for a private investor by imposing even more of the costs of the system on those least able to bear them," the report continues.
Residents say the mass cut-off of this vital service is especially unjust in a city already struggling with high unemployment, a poverty rate near 40 percent, and a foreclosure crisis that has devastated and displaced people across the city, hitting Detroit’s African American community especially hard.
"When delinquent corporate water lines are still running without collection of funds, it demonstrates a level of intentional disparity that devalues the lives of the people struggling financially," said Lila Cabbil, President Emeritus of the Rosa Parks Institute, which is part of the People’s Water Board. "Where is our compassion? Where is our humanity?"
(Photo Credit: US Uncut)

america-wakiewakie:

Groups Appeal to UN for ‘Humanity’ as Detroit Shuts Off Water to Thousands | Common Dreams

As thousands of people in Detroit go without water, and the city moves to cut off services to tens of thousands more, concerned organizations have taken the unusual step of appealing to the United Nations to intervene and protect the “human right to water.”

“After decades of policies that put businesses and profits ahead of the public good, the city now has a major crisis on its hands, said Maude Barlow, founder of Blue Planet Project and board chair of Food & Water Watch, in a statement. “By denying water service to thousands, Detroit is violating the human right to water.”

The Submission to the Special Rapporteur was released Wednesday by the Detroit People’s Water Board, the Blue Planet Project, the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and Food & Water Watch.

It calls for the “state of Michigan and U.S. government to respect the human right to water and sanitation” and for shut-offs to be halted, services restored, and water to be made accessible and affordable.

The report comes on the heels of the Detroit’s city council’s Tuesday approval of an 8.7 percent increase in water rates, part of a long-standing trend that, according to Food & Water Watch, has seen prices increase 119 percent over the past decade.

This rate hike follows an announcement in March by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department that it would start turning off water for accounts that are past due.  According to a late May Director’s Report from the DWSD, there were “44,273 shut-off notices sent to customers in April 2014” alone, resulting in “3,025 shut-offs for nonpayment, and additional collections of $400,000.”

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, who was appointed to power by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in March 2013, has aggressively pursued privatization and austerity measures across the city. “Nothing is off the chopping block, including water utilities, which are being considered for regionalization, sale, lease, and/or public private partnership and are currently subject to mediation by a federal district judge,” reads the report.

"The Detroit People’s Water Board fears that authorities see people’s unpaid water bills as a ‘bad debt’ and want to sweeten the pot for a private investor by imposing even more of the costs of the system on those least able to bear them," the report continues.

Residents say the mass cut-off of this vital service is especially unjust in a city already struggling with high unemployment, a poverty rate near 40 percent, and a foreclosure crisis that has devastated and displaced people across the city, hitting Detroit’s African American community especially hard.

"When delinquent corporate water lines are still running without collection of funds, it demonstrates a level of intentional disparity that devalues the lives of the people struggling financially," said Lila Cabbil, President Emeritus of the Rosa Parks Institute, which is part of the People’s Water Board. "Where is our compassion? Where is our humanity?"

(Photo Credit: US Uncut)

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Things to not accept

I must learning to reject envisioning my life during moments of fear or worry. When I do this I wind up envisioning the life that seemingly may bring me security or comfortability, but simultaneously rejects the aspects of myself that are most under attack. This is not the way. I must save visioning moments for times when I am most free from the things that cause me fear. When I can commit my mind fully to life-giving possibility without the burden of self-defeat.
This is such a consistent struggle.

Remember Pocky is Japanese, Pepero is Korean. We eat kimbap not sushi, 튀김 not tempura and always remember the fifty years we spent gnawing on barley and we watched harvest after harvest of our sweet white rice shipped out to their empire. — Franny Choi (via celinaaarem)

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deezyville:

She knows you’re watching…

deezyville:

She knows you’re watching…

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My First Memory: a poem for Sumiko

The first time I remembered you,

    [
      Because the first time I met you
          You were naming me, by
          your name.
      We have been blessed with:
           ・katana-sharp tongues, softened only
             by the rust of holding
             back
           ・Dragon-lady eyes, pushing through
             rounded down cheeks
           ・Hearts, quick to scramble up the
             precipice of rage
           ・Feet, slow to back away,
             ball over heel
                                 ]

But I digress.
The first time I remembered you,
    was the first time you forgot me.

Accustomed to my absence, as I
    was to your presence,
        (on the bus and in the home, respectively)
A slammed door and hello must
    have alerted you

But how am I to know?
I was gazing out the window,
    Proud to be in your domain,
    to have finally caught up.

And this has always been
    The Story.

You starting, me following
    But always going just a little too far.
Where at some point,
I went far enough away from my
   goal of
   being
   Just Like You
That my path became a trailing parallel

And just as a Frost fabricated,
    I tell myself how mine looks
    very different from yours,
    when, who could really tell them apart?
I may say that riding the bus further
    changed my story from yours
but truly my fear was convex to your concave,
    and the only real difference was the
    roll of the bus.

Happy birthday, my sister.
    All other hypotheses aside:
    I will always be two steps
    and a stumble away.

You need only look over
    your right shoulder.

mdme-x:

Jenny Holzer - Inflammatory Essays (1979-82)

mdme-x:

Jenny Holzer - Inflammatory Essays (1979-82)

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