Ferguson from my TL- August 18 (2/3)

thewilsonblog:

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Ways you can help:

https://twitter.com/SheSeauxSaditty

http://afro-dykey.tumblr.com/post/95096989345/things-you-can-do-for-ferguson

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@1 day ago with 48866 notes
#ferguson #police brutality tw #social justice #civil rights #racial justice 

"

A woman who hates you is playing the pianoforte.

You have five hundred a year. From who? Five hundred what? No one knows. No one cares. You have it. It’s yours. Every year. All five hundred of it.

A charming man attempts to flirt with you. This is terrible.

You are in a garden, and you are astonished.

"

@1 day ago with 26305 notes
#Jane Austen #literature #nerdery 

agentmlovestacos:

There is no greater Guardians/Parks & Rec gif mashup than this.

via chrisisoninfiniteearths:

Fantastic.

(Source: msfili, via kelvindale)

@1 day ago with 61611 notes
#Guardians of the Galaxy #Parks and Recreation #Nerdery 

"If you were wondering about my heart,
it is not generous, but it meets my needs, which are small and petty
and full to the brim with un-lit fireworks."

Sasha Fletcher, “ask me no questions i’ll tell you no lies,” published in Swarm (via bostonpoetryslam)
@3 days ago with 56 notes
#Sasha Fletcher #poetry 

Obama Just Signed a Hugely Important Workers’ Rights Reform, and No One Noticed 

If you’ve been following President Obama’s burst of enthusiasm for executive orders—I know it’s August, but hey, you’re reading this—you may have heard that he’s been flexing his muscle on behalf of labor. Last month, Obama banned federal contractors from discriminating against gay workers. For that one, he won liberal kudos and conservative scolding for refusing to exempt employers who object on religious grounds. Obama got similar attention for his order in January raising the minimum wage for new federal contractors to $10.10 an hour.

Long story short, if you don’t feel like reading the article: President Obama just issued an executive order that companies with federal contracts over $1 million can’t force employees into arbitration for discrimination claims.

This is a big deal because:

  • mandatory arbitration clauses are fucking awful, and they are everywhere (if you’ve ever clicked ‘I agree’ for any kind of user agreement with … basically anyone, you’ve agreed to a mandatory arbitration clause)
  • especially for discrimination or harassment claims, they tend produce really heinous, unjust results (employers/companies are the ones to select and pay the arbitrators, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the results are pretty overwhelmingly skewed against the consumer/employee)
  • you can’t appeal arbitration decisions you don’t agree with in a court of law, so once the decision’s made, you’re stuck
  • Seriously, just watch Hot Coffee, it explains really well in one of its segments why mandatory arbitration agreements (especially in employment situations) are terrible
  • This doesn’t apply to every mandatory arbitration agreement or even every federal contractor, but it opens a door which might lead to more workers’ rights

It’s not exactly a glorious or well-known issue if you’re not a law or policy nerd, and it’s not a super-inclusive order, but I believe it bodes well and is a good first step away from the pro-business/pro-arbitration trend of the past few years.

@1 week ago with 7 notes
#Slate #Emily Bazelon #law #us politics #POTUS #forgive the law nerdery and outrage on a Friday night 

shiraglassman:

Protest at the Gainesville, Florida “Hobby Lobby” opening day. Sign on top is brandished elegantly by Erica Merrell, owner of wildirisbooks. Other participating organizations included Gainesville’s chapters of NOW and NWL. (Also, check out the cool “RBG flipping the bird” poster!)

Other funny slogans I saw:

"Do you even science?"

"You’ll pay for the erection but not the protection"

and the one woman with the uterus plushie taped to her sign. (Not pictured.)

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@2 weeks ago with 100 notes
#SCOTUS #Hobby Lobby #law #reproductive rights 
Wine and Design: BYOB paint by numbers for adults.

Wine and Design: BYOB paint by numbers for adults.

@2 weeks ago with 1 note

There are only a few tracks from Jenny Lewis’ new album available on spotify, but they bode pretty well for her new album.

(I really like this song, in particular.)

(Source: Spotify)

@3 weeks ago
#music #spotify #Jenny Lewis 
housingworksbookstore:

The Jewish Book Council has created this neat literary map of NYC that highlights some of the Jewish writers who’ve written about the city. The map includes Dara Horn, Philip Roth, J. D. Salinger, and many more. (via A Jewish Literary Map of NYC | Electric Literature)

housingworksbookstore:

The Jewish Book Council has created this neat literary map of NYC that highlights some of the Jewish writers who’ve written about the city. The map includes Dara Horn, Philip Roth, J. D. Salinger, and many more. (via A Jewish Literary Map of NYC | Electric Literature)

(via laurbrarian)

@1 day ago with 106 notes
#literature #jewish writers #in other news i now have several books to add to my to-read list 

(Source: misterminola, via laurbrarian)

@1 day ago with 4215 notes
#Oscar Wilde #punny #literature #nerdery 
theorlandojones:

As we wrap up this terrible week and weekend some final thoughts before I get my black ass back to work tomorrow to fight fictional demons instead of feeling powerless against the real ones —
Although he wasn’t by any means a close personal friend, the death of Robin Williams affected by greatly. Working with him and David Duchovny on the film House of D was a privilege and seeing how he treated everyone he encountered regardless of race, class, gender or orientation remains a hopeful reminder that genuine kindness and empathy does exist in the world. Whatever the ultimate reasons for his decision to take his own life I pray for him, his family and all who suffer from the unrelenting grasp of depression and substance abuse. By shining his light on us all for the period of time he did, I am 100% certain that Robin left this world a better place than he entered it with a legacy that will not soon be forgotten.
That said, if we spent even a fraction of the time given to the tributes about Robin and the late Lauren Bacall also remembering the lives of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Ezell Ford or Dante Parker (the 5 unarmed black men killed by police just in the past month) or honestly looked at the data about how often police shoot unarmed black men and women in this country we would all hang our collective heads in shame.
In the midst of thousands upon thousands of peaceful protesters who came out demanding answers and marching for justice with the powerful and heartbreaking refrain Hands Up. Don’t Shoot. the actions of a small few in Ferguson (many of whom were anarchists that intentionally came into the city to stir up trouble and perhaps a few others from the community who had simply reached their breaking point in the face of racial, economic and social injustice) gave the white power structure the cover to quickly change the narrative to one about the violence in the city (in reality almost entirely perpetrated by the militarized police rather than the demonstrators) instead of the murder of an unarmed teenager by a cop who “never meant for this to happen" (and don’t even get me started on that fuckery which should instead read "a cop who never meant to be held accountable").
In this way, a PROTEST became a RIOT. Images of demonstrators THROWING BACK tear gas canisters launched at them became stories of rioters throwing molotov cocktails AT THE POLICE (and yes I am aware of media reports showing that molotov cocktails were in fact used by protesters in some instances but not in the way that it was ultimately spun). And the police released incendiary and ENTIRELY IRRELEVANT information about Michael Brown that the media lapped up because it reinforced the all too familiar trope that “the violent black dude was a thug who got what he deserved”.
Black victims are regularly eyed with suspicion and contempt (and ultimately deemed responsible for what happened to them) while the media too often generates headlines that exhibit an air of disbelief at an alleged white killer’s supposed actions.
Even in our outrage at what happened at this week and the necessity for our voices to be heard so this story is not swept under the rug, we all know something like this will happen again. And again. And again.
Until each of us (black, white, brown, etc) demands accountability from our elected officials we will get the country we deserve. Tweeting is not enough. Feeling bad is not enough. Acting like we’re overreacting and it can’t really be that bad makes you an accessory after the fact (not to mention an asshole). 
Which is why, as the GIF above shows, I’m giving America a down vote.
So how can we stop feeling powerless? What can we actually do?
Honestly, there are people much smarter than me who can do a better job of answering that question.
But trying to answer that question for myself is a large part of why I do what I do for a living. Because representation matters. Because being in control of our own stories empowers us to show a wide range of depictions of blackness and “otherness” (shockingly, not only do we not all LOOK ALIKE but we also don’t all THINK ALIKE) that are far more interesting than what we’ve been spoon fed in the past. I’m the first to admit that we’ve still got A LONG WAY TO GO and that’s where you all come in.
Although my engagement in fandom is embraced by some and side-eyed by others, these spaces of interaction may in fact play one of the most significant roles in the future of media and representation as we know it. At the very least it will create a future generation of professional storytellers (and social justice advocates) who were raised in the trenches of Live Journal, Tumblr, ao3 and other platforms currently in use or yet to be created.
I know this is your turf and even though there are times some of you wish I’d go away I genuinely appreciate the opportunity to interact with you here.
Together, we can make a difference.
Trollando out.

theorlandojones:

As we wrap up this terrible week and weekend some final thoughts before I get my black ass back to work tomorrow to fight fictional demons instead of feeling powerless against the real ones —

Although he wasn’t by any means a close personal friend, the death of Robin Williams affected by greatly. Working with him and David Duchovny on the film House of D was a privilege and seeing how he treated everyone he encountered regardless of race, class, gender or orientation remains a hopeful reminder that genuine kindness and empathy does exist in the world. Whatever the ultimate reasons for his decision to take his own life I pray for him, his family and all who suffer from the unrelenting grasp of depression and substance abuse. By shining his light on us all for the period of time he did, I am 100% certain that Robin left this world a better place than he entered it with a legacy that will not soon be forgotten.

That said, if we spent even a fraction of the time given to the tributes about Robin and the late Lauren Bacall also remembering the lives of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Ezell Ford or Dante Parker (the 5 unarmed black men killed by police just in the past month) or honestly looked at the data about how often police shoot unarmed black men and women in this country we would all hang our collective heads in shame.

In the midst of thousands upon thousands of peaceful protesters who came out demanding answers and marching for justice with the powerful and heartbreaking refrain Hands Up. Don’t Shoot. the actions of a small few in Ferguson (many of whom were anarchists that intentionally came into the city to stir up trouble and perhaps a few others from the community who had simply reached their breaking point in the face of racial, economic and social injustice) gave the white power structure the cover to quickly change the narrative to one about the violence in the city (in reality almost entirely perpetrated by the militarized police rather than the demonstrators) instead of the murder of an unarmed teenager by a cop who “never meant for this to happen" (and don’t even get me started on that fuckery which should instead read "a cop who never meant to be held accountable").

In this way, a PROTEST became a RIOT. Images of demonstrators THROWING BACK tear gas canisters launched at them became stories of rioters throwing molotov cocktails AT THE POLICE (and yes I am aware of media reports showing that molotov cocktails were in fact used by protesters in some instances but not in the way that it was ultimately spun). And the police released incendiary and ENTIRELY IRRELEVANT information about Michael Brown that the media lapped up because it reinforced the all too familiar trope that “the violent black dude was a thug who got what he deserved”.

Black victims are regularly eyed with suspicion and contempt (and ultimately deemed responsible for what happened to them) while the media too often generates headlines that exhibit an air of disbelief at an alleged white killer’s supposed actions.

Even in our outrage at what happened at this week and the necessity for our voices to be heard so this story is not swept under the rug, we all know something like this will happen again. And again. And again.

Until each of us (black, white, brown, etc) demands accountability from our elected officials we will get the country we deserve. Tweeting is not enough. Feeling bad is not enough. Acting like we’re overreacting and it can’t really be that bad makes you an accessory after the fact (not to mention an asshole). 

Which is why, as the GIF above shows, I’m giving America a down vote.

So how can we stop feeling powerless? What can we actually do?

Honestly, there are people much smarter than me who can do a better job of answering that question.

But trying to answer that question for myself is a large part of why I do what I do for a living. Because representation matters. Because being in control of our own stories empowers us to show a wide range of depictions of blackness and “otherness” (shockingly, not only do we not all LOOK ALIKE but we also don’t all THINK ALIKE) that are far more interesting than what we’ve been spoon fed in the past. I’m the first to admit that we’ve still got A LONG WAY TO GO and that’s where you all come in.

Although my engagement in fandom is embraced by some and side-eyed by others, these spaces of interaction may in fact play one of the most significant roles in the future of media and representation as we know it. At the very least it will create a future generation of professional storytellers (and social justice advocates) who were raised in the trenches of Live Journal, Tumblr, ao3 and other platforms currently in use or yet to be created.

I know this is your turf and even though there are times some of you wish I’d go away I genuinely appreciate the opportunity to interact with you here.

Together, we can make a difference.

Trollando out.

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@2 days ago with 5477 notes
#Orlando Jones #Michael Brown #police brutality tw #suicide tw #social justice 

Anonymous said: I feel so useless sitting here. What can I do to help Ferguson??

bozrat:

natnovna:

there’s a bail and legal fund that’s been set up for those who’ve been arrested 

this person is trying to organize a food drive for school kids in ferguson

national moment of silence 2014 (for victims of police brutality) 

share the following: 

videos of what has happened

links to articles

how to make a tear gas mask

livestream link to the peaceful protests

Ferguson Police Department
Email (taken off the site) 

222 S. Florissant Road
Ferguson, MO 63135

Ph: 314-522-3100
Fx: 314-524-5290

This is really important ;____;
Reblogging it to my art blog as well for more follower exposure

@6 days ago with 164286 notes
#ferguson 

karenkavett:

"BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MEN?!" - Is Feminism Sexist? by marinashutup

This video should be required watching. Just, for everyone.

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@2 weeks ago with 35595 notes
#feminism 

Writing Poems for Friends:

40% happiness that they like my poetry enough to ask I write something for them and that I get to write something especially for them

35% intermittent periods of writer’s block, wondering where my writing ability went, and periods of rabid inspiration

14,2% fear that they will actually hate everything I write

9.5% probably over-thinking metaphors and symbolism and ideas I could/did use

7.333….% trying to decide what they’d like best out of what I’ve written

26% inability to calculate percentages because I was an English major 

@2 weeks ago with 2 notes
#poetry #writing #perils of being a writer 

entertainmentweekly:

Community: Im-Posters for 9 Signature Episodes

#SixSeasonsAndAMovie? EW's Darren Franich and Jef Castro imagine promo art inspired by classics. 

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@3 weeks ago with 920 notes
#community