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24 April 14
If I cut you off, chances are, you handed me the scissors.
— (via ennui-the-viii)

(Source: shumakhadijah)

Reblogged: lucybarker

Posted: 5:00 PM
I’ve been laughing my way through the Cliven Bundy fiasco because, as Jamelle Bouie suggests, there may be no better example of racist privilege than the right to flout the government’s authority and then back its agents down at gunpoint.

Ta-Nehisi Coates (via azspot)

White males are so oppressed.

(via thingspeopleasklibrarians)

Reblogged: drst

Posted: 3:38 PM

Abstinence-only education is a significant threat to public health.

It is completely irresponsible and downright dangerous to continue to teach it in high schools.

Posted: 3:30 PM
I didn’t realize how badly I was treated until someone started treating me with respect.

Reblogged: geekbap

Posted: 2:00 PM

Stray thoughts on intersectionality and how should be used

eshusplayground:

Intersectionality is not a rubric that describes how we are privileged in some ways and oppressed in others. That is some white nonsense.

Intersectionality, as conceived by Kimberle Crenshaw (read: the Black woman who came up with the term), is a way of conceptualizing how race and gender oppression interact with and reinforce one another, along with (not instead of) other systems of oppression.

Misappropriating intersectionality as a way to gloss over racism and sexism is a shit move and needs to not happen.

Misappropriating intersectionality by de-centering women of color in one’s analysis is a shit move and needs to not happen.

Make sure you get enough vitamin C..

Reblogged: geekbap

Posted: 12:30 PM

colleenclarkart:

Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. A little while ago I watched the documentary “Very Young Girls” that educated me and made me extremely passionate about this cause. The documentary focused on the wonderful work this organization does.

I decided to do an illustration showing how much a young woman who is safe can accomplish in terms of her own self-worth. Plus I wanted to draw a cute kid haha!

Visit http://www.gems-girls.org/ to learn more about them.

Reblogged: geekbap

23 April 14
shortformblog:

Here’s a screenshot from an Americans for Prosperity ad ripping Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, with a grim shot of him and the president.
Why are they so grim? Oh yeah… the photo is from the immediate aftermath of the Aurora shooting. Classy. As you can imagine, people aren’t happy.

Jesus Christ.

shortformblog:

Here’s a screenshot from an Americans for Prosperity ad ripping Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, with a grim shot of him and the president.

Why are they so grim? Oh yeah… the photo is from the immediate aftermath of the Aurora shooting. Classy. As you can imagine, people aren’t happy.

Jesus Christ.

Reblogged: shortformblog

Posted: 7:13 PM

mitzismink replied to your post: Fun Fact

out of curiosity, why/how did you learn this particular fact?

In my histology class. We ere talking about the ear and how the bones within it work and that lead into a discussion about synovial joints and how the three bones are connected by them and can get arthritis just like other synovial joints.

Tags: mitzismink
Posted: 6:30 PM

Reblogged: asfadedasmyjeans

Posted: 5:00 PM

letterstomycountry:

Why You Need To Pay Attention To Gary Johnson’s Lawsuit To Fix Presidenial Elections In America

Gary Johnson has released an ad for his “Our America Initiative,” which is asking for crowd-sourced donations to his lawsuit to sue the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), a private organization created by both the Democratic and Republican Parties which controls access to the Presidential debates.

The Issue

The Democratic and Republican parties have secured a monopoly on access to Presidential Debates by working with institutionalized media to create a system that blocks candidates from other parties from entering the debates.  Eric W. Dolan summed up the details during the 2012 debates:

The debate rules specify that to be included, candidates must receive at least 15 percent in a major poll. Most major polls do not even list [third party candidates] as an option. Televised presidential debates date back to 1960, and have been a regular event since the 1976 election. Originally administered by the League of Women Voters, they’ve been jointly organized by the Democratic and Republican parties through the Commission on Presidential Debates—a group the two parties jointly formed—since 1987.

In other words, the CPD has created a shell game.  In order to have access to the Presidential Debates, you need at least 15% approval rating in a major national poll.  But most major national polls do not list third party candidates as an option, making it de facto impossible for most third party candidates to enter the debates.

What The Lawsuit Would Achieve

Gary Johnson’s lawsuit would ask the court to order the CPD to allow any candidate access to the Presidential Debates who is listed in enough states to garner at least 50% of the electoral college votes.  This requirement would give third party candidates access to the debates, while ensuring that only serious candidates were allowed in.

Why It Matters

Access to the debates is not simply a token gift to third parties to make them feel better.  As recent lawsuits over campaign finance laws indicate (i.e. Citizens United McCutcheon), access to mass media is a very big deal.  When third parties are denied access to the debates, large swathes of voters are not given an opportunity to compare the ideas of the candidates in real time.  

The forum of the Presidential Debate itself also grants an air of legitimacy to the candidates.  Candidates who are denied access to the debates are both literally and figuratively shoved into the unwilling role of “outsiders,” which makes many voters afraid to commit to them for fear of wasting their vote.  The CPD and institutionalized media have thus created a system that effectively prevents third party candidates from achieving legitimacy in America’s 2-party system.

If Gary Johnson’s lawsuit is successful, third party candidates would have real access to the Presidential Debates, and would have an opportunity to bring their message to the largest national media platform during election season.  Third party candidates would finally have an opportunity to bring their message to a national media platform which has historically been denied to them, and in the process, be given an opportunity to change voter’s minds at the time when it matters most.

Reblogged: cognitivedissonance

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh