In four short years, North Carolina became a fascist Right-Wing Utopia. Please don’t think this won’t happen in your state, the process is already underway. #RiseUp #Resist
-How NC treats peaceful protesters.
Individuals who engaged in civil disobedience during “Moral Monday” protests are on trial in North Carolina. During the first trial of one of the protesters arrested, it came out in testimony that police for the state’s legislature conducted undercover surveillance and collected intelligence on “anarchists.”
-How NC asserts itself as the leading fascist state.
Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have chosen Fascism over democracy, Jim Crow over equality. The NC-NAACP has issued a warning to all Americans living in Republican controlled states … this WILL happen to you.
“People are disgusted by what the Republican leadership has been doing to North Carolina,” North Carolina senate minority whip Josh Stein tells TIME. “There’s a real culture shock here — North Carolinians are inherently moderate people. We focus on the fundamentals,” Stein says. “They’re focusing on an extreme agenda that’s damaging to the state.”
-How NC restricts people’s right to vote.
North Carolina has a sad history of voter suppression, stemming from the Jim Crow laws adopted by Democrats over 100 years ago that included the poll tax and literacy tests. The parties have reversed roles but the ugliness of this new law is too similar.
-How NC limits the rights of it’s LGBTQ citizens
North Carolina voters have passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, CNN projects, putting a ban that already existed in state law into the state’s charter.
-How NC restricts women’s reproductive rights.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday signed into law a measure directing state officials to regulate abortion clinics based on the same standards as those for outpatient surgical centers, a change that critics say will force most to close.
-How NC deals with the elderly, poor and unemployed.
North Carolina has become the first state to cut off welfare benefits to poor residents in the wake of the partial federal government shutdown, ordering a halt to processing November applications until a deal is reached to end the federal standstill.
With changes to its unemployment law taking effect [in June 2013], North Carolina not only is cutting benefits for those who file new claims, it will become the first state disqualified from a federal compensation program for the long-term jobless.
-How NC is planning to destroy their environment and demand people frack.
North Carolina landowners would be forced to sell the natural gas under their homes and farms – whether they want to or not – under a fracking recommendation approved Wednesday that’s expected to be enacted by the state legislature this fall.
The pro-industry rhetoric in North Carolina comes on the heels of Gov. McCrory’s (R-NC) decision to reject the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants that would have funded water quality studies in some of the state’s most vulnerable wetland areas.
The justification? The fracking boom isn’t enough of an issue in North Carolina to warrant such environmental studies. According to the most recent commissioners debate, however, fracking is enough of an issue to consider changes to its regulations in favor of industry.
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"On July 3, Mr. Putin signed a law banning the adoption of Russian-born children not only to gay couples but also to any couple or single parent living in any country where marriage equality exists in any form.
A few days earlier, just six months before Russia hosts the 2014 Winter Games, Mr. Putin signed a law allowing police officers to arrest tourists and foreign nationals they suspect of being homosexual, lesbian or “pro-gay” and detain them for up to 14 days. Contrary to what the International Olympic Committee says, the law could mean that any Olympic athlete, trainer, reporter, family member or fan who is gay — or suspected of being gay, or just accused of being gay — can go to jail.”
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Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” -Arundhati Roy
"For the longest time, people didn’t give credence to those who were warning about climate change, about ecological collapse, about other problems created by government and capitalism; those who were calling for radical solutions. In the end they saw that the best decision they ever made was to stop trusting those in power, those responsible for all these problems, and instead to trust themselves, and take a plunge."
"FEMEN activist Amina Tyler [is] on trial on charges of ‘desecration of a grave and carrying harmful weapons’. The charges can carry from six months to five year imprisonment.
In condemnation of her trial, three FEMEN activists protested topless at the Tunisian courthouse and were arrested for attacking public decency and immoral behaviour. The two French and one German citizens are now in jail and could face up to one year in jail.”
"Attention! To all supporters and those who are not ignorant to fight between slavery and freedom! We inform you that tomorrow 3 FEMEN activists who did a first topless protest in muslim countries will face the trial in Tunis with wild charges in immoral behavior. The process for 2 french and 1 german activists of FEMEN will take place in Palais de justice, avenue Bab Bnet at 10.30. Tunisian FEMEN activist Amina will be convocated to the hearing tomorrow afternoon in the Trial of Kairouan.
We strongly call everyone not to pass through the tomorrow’s fight between patriarchy and women’s liberation, between traditions of Middle Age and modern time. We ask you to be present at the trial and to follow the process, only with your attention we can save FEMEN from patriarchal Islamists trial.”
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An Open Letter from ‘Muslim & Exmuslim Women for FEMEN’
Dear Western feminists in love with MuslimahPride,
First of all, let me just thank you all for jumping to the conclusion that MuslimahPride represents all Muslim (practising and non-practising) women, for rejoicing with MuslimahPride about how they do not feel oppressed by the culture and have never faced any oppression what-so-ever. Thank you, also, for working along with them in trying to distract everyone from the main issue. Thank you for forgetting that there are women from Muslim cultures (Muslim and Exmuslim both) that actually felt relieved about the issues plaguing them being discussed on an international level. Thank you, thank you so much.
Thank you, also, for your double standards - and for your very selective choice of misogynist brands. You would not support republican parties, you would not support Sarah Palin, you would not support conservative parties, you would not support any-fucking-one in your country who believed in controlling women’s bodies and their sexuality. However, you would support all of it *when* it is under the brand of #MuslimahPride. Because, obviously, the misogyny that plagues you cannot plague us - it’s just the way we are, and we are used to it. Thank you for that assumption.
Thank you, also, for throwing questions and complains at me many times - and telling me that I am somehow doing it all wrong by highlighting the misogyny in my culture. Thank you for trying to teach me how my culture *actually* works and how I was wrong about it all along. Thank you for using your privilege to give voice to MuslimahPride, whilst overlooking women like me. Thank you.
Thank you for completely forgetting that the topless jihad had many women, and many “brown women”, sending in their topless pics in solidarity with Amina Tyler. Thank you for completely forgetting about Amina Tyler and Aliaa Elmahdy and seeing Femen’s protest as “racist” and “colonial”. I can’t thank you enough for sucking up to those who put the rights of religion and culture (non-living entities) over the rights of human beings.
Thank you, also, for making the movement about how “the West also has its set of problems so we shouldn’t single out the East”. Thank you for conveniently forgetting that even though the West has its problems, the 5 most dangerous countries in the world for women are not Western countries, 4 of the 5 are muslim-majority countries.
Thank you for forgetting about deaths committed in the name of honour, for forgetting about forced marriages and child marriages, about acid attacks, about FGM, forced covering, about victims of rape being punished for being raped. Thank you for forgetting about all this simply because none of this has plagued you - and because, the West, too has problems —- so these problems should be forgotten about and not discussed.
Thank you, above all, for making the fight for sexual autonomy and freedom an entirely “Western” thing that should not be *imposed* on Muslim women. Thank you for forgetting that we, too, have a clitoris that has as many nerve endings as yours (8000) - yes, sometimes, that clitoris get cuts off BUT we are all born with it. In fact, thank you so much for making secularism and some basic human rights an entirely Western thing that is not deserved or wanted by women from Muslim cultures.
Thank you for making the discussion of problems plaguing us much, much harder than it already was by validating MuslimahPride’s claims of racism, colonialism and Islamophobia. Thank you for betraying us all in the face, and choosing political correctness over compassion. Thank you for not overlooking some of Femen’s flaws regarding this debate, and focusing on those flaws far more than focusing on the issue at hand. Thank you for forgetting that women like me exist, too. Thank you.
Your siding with MuslimahPride has more repercussions for me and for women like me than you would ever know. But thank you for never once giving a thought to that - simply because you would never have to deal with any of it.
~Alala of Muslim & Exmuslim Women for FEMEN
The Collective sponsored seven black feminist retreats between 1977 and 1980. These retreats, held mainly along the east coast, drew thousands of women. The meetings promoted consciousness-raising but they also allowed the gathering of information and generated needed support for many women who, heretofore, had worked in isolation. One example of the impact of their work came in 1979, after the murder of 12 African American women in Boston. In response, the Collective organized and linked coalitions across the community in a bi-racial effort to address this tragedy.
Barbara Smith - Activist & Author
On the Makers Series, Smith comments on the importance of bringing black women’s literature to colleges and publishing, and the changing self-image of young women of color.
“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.” ― Alice Walker
Do animals, like humans, possess certain inalienable rights? A growing movement in America believes they do.
Cheers to our fierce feminist brothers and sisters in Iran, and around the globe!
"Hoping for the day that sexuality, gender will not be a way of evaluating humanity. Kurdish men in Iran have launched a Facebook campaign to send a message: being a woman is nothing to be ashamed of. The ‘Kurd Men for Equality’ campaign was started in response to a judge’s ruling that forced a man convicted of domestic abuse to wear women’s clothing as a form of public humiliation."
"Women and men from other parts of Kurdistan, Europe and America expressed their solidarity and shared commitment to gender equality with their own photos."
by Zoe Leonard
It takes more than queerdom and abject poverty to create a fair politician, but we need more capable people in office who are NOT picture perfect cutouts of the bullshit capitalist success story that they’ve been peddling our people since our pre-K indoctrination began.
We need more people like ourselves. Humans just trying to be… in an aggressive, fucked up world that holds no safe space for you & me.
Don’t Ask! Don’t Kill! : Truthforce
Yesterday when SF Pride announced Bradley Manning as the Grand Marshal of the 2013 San Francisco Pride Parade, our Occupy hearts swelled. The SF Pride electorate had, for the first time since the 1969 Stonewall riots, offered the Queer community a chance to return to their Radical Roots.