Stacey Muhammad’s “I Am Sean Bell”

January 3, 2009 at 11:00 pm (amazing things, injustice, movies/video/clips, racism) ()

Check out this brief documentary: I Am Sean Bell: Black Boys Speak, in which black boys and black parents talk about the horrifying murder of Sean Bell by police officers. There is nothing I can add — just watch it.

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Five Links That Are Actually Important, 1/1/09

January 1, 2009 at 6:12 pm (injustice, LGBT, racism, sexism)

Happy Gregorian New Year, everybody!

On a completely different note, here are a whole bunch of very serious and upsetting links.

1. Just after Katrina, a white militia formed and used the event as an excuse to happily kill as many black people as possible. Absolutely. Fucking. Sickening.

2. Intolerance of homosexuality increases queer teens’ risk of suicide.

3. A link round-up about the recent Israeli bombings of Gaza. More links in the thread.

4. Panel recommends reparations for people forcibly sterilized under state eugenics programs. Horrifyingly, North Carolina only ceased these sterilizations in the 1970s. This is the first time reparations have been suggested.

5. And over at Alas: We Know How To Stop Prisoner Rape.

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Five Links That Are Actually Important, 12/16/08

December 16, 2008 at 12:36 am (feminism, frightening things, injustice, LGBT, racism) (, )

1. Wombs For Rent — Jill at Feministe discusses a recent article about surrogacy and the many issues around the practice.

2. An interesting article about homophobia and “handling the gay male kiss” in movies. Via Shakesville.

3. Over at Alas, Ampersand offers an excellent analysis of anti-fat bias in a recent study, thereby tearing the study to shreds.

4. Bush’s Midnight Attack on Farm Workers: These will be the most far-reaching changes in the laws regulating agricultural guestworker programs since 1942. They will return us to an era of agricultural labor exploitation that many thought ended decades ago. –Via A Slant Truth.

5. Neo-Nazis and the U.S. Military.

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Early Thanksgiving Blogging

November 22, 2008 at 4:52 pm (injustice, racism) ()

I am thankful that the genocide against my people is not celebrated annually as an official national holiday in the country that perpetrated it.

I continue to condemn this ritual, for a third time now.

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Five Links That Are Actually Important, 11/19/08

November 19, 2008 at 6:40 pm (injustice, LGBT, politics, racism, sex)

1. The wrong reasons for same-sex marriage — on gay conservatism and what Stonewall was really about.

2. 25 important news stories that didn’t make the news at Project Censored, via Crooks and Liars.

3. “Red Sex, Blue Sex”–Which teenagers are having sex, when, how, and why, via Feministe.

4. Iraq War vets “are facing a triple-whammy of injury, unemployment and long waiting times for disability claim processing and appear to be especially vulnerable to home foreclosures.”

5. “The Sleeping Giant is Awake and Bleeding.”

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Five Links That Are Actually Important, 11/17/08

November 17, 2008 at 1:34 am (frightening things, injustice, politics, racism, sexism) (, , , , )

1. Great Expectations — Melissa McEwan on the importance of expecting great things of the Obama administration.

2. Taslim Solangi–links at Off Our Pedestals.

3. One person’s experience in a participatory economic work model, via Enough.

4. Serve Your Country Food–a project around mapping, organizing, and encouraging young farmers, via WorldChanging.

5. American Family Association recommends burning cross as yard decoration this Christmas.

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Now That Racism’s Over…(Not)

November 17, 2008 at 1:19 am (funny things, movies/video/clips, racism)

Hilarious.

If only, right?

Via Bastard Logic.

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Five Links That Are Actually Important, 11/9/08

November 9, 2008 at 12:48 pm (injustice, LGBT, politics, racism, sexism)

1. Prop 8 passes.

2. A ton of links on Prop 8 and “The Rush to Blame the Brown People” at Alas.

3. “Nation Finally Shitty Enough To Make Social Progress.”

4. The Netherlands drafts bill that would force “unfit” mothers to take contraception.

5. The new administration’s non-discriminatory employment policy.

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Five Links That Are Actually Important, 9/20/08

September 20, 2008 at 4:56 pm (frightening things, injustice, politics, racism, sexism) (, )

1. Grassroots preparation for more ICE raids, via ImmigrationProf Blog.

2. Gardasil to be made mandatory for U.S. immigrants?

3. “50 Arrested as ADAPT Takes Affordable, Accessible Housing Crisis to Congress.”

4. Two posts at Echidne of the Snakes on the Wall Street bailout. Echidne recommends reading about this alongside Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. As someone doing just that, I couldn’t second that recommendation more eagerly.

5. Margaret Cho disappoints.

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Five Links That Are Actually Important, 9/15/08

September 15, 2008 at 10:29 am (injustice, LGBT, politics, racism)

1. Jon Stewart- still awesome.

2. Where next? Cedar at Taking Up Too Much Space asks many important questions, including “What do [trans female spectrum folks] need from our allies, and from each other?” Fellow cisgender allies: these are conversations we need to be paying attention to.

3. European Commission approves of Italy’s plan to fingerprint the Roma.

4. Dutch government bans the wearing of burqas near schools.

5. Tu, solo tu — Brownfemipower on why she blogs, and so much more. (Via.)

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