This 4 year old citizen was detained by Border Patrol, kept in a freezing room, and deported to Guatemala.
This week, immigration groups filed a dozen lawsuits against U.S. Border Patrol, alleging abuse.
I just can’t….. A baby!!! Forreal??! I hate this damn country…
ok, this pisses me off.
because the reason behind this blatant misogyny in the media is presented as that fucking amorphous #rapeculture bullshit—but if you have a digital justice analysis—you’d know that five fucking corporations own almost all of the media in the US. and you’d know that when the case in India was reported on relentlessly—and you never fucking SAW such gendered analysis of patriarchy coming out of the US media—the indian culture was *inherently* violent and degrading towards women—and those same five corporations have *continued* to report on rapes that have happened in india since then.
you saw the same sort of understanding of gender with afghanistan and iraq and you see it now with the muslim brotherhood and egypt—muslim men from arab/middle eastern countries are *inherently* violent towards women and OMG WE NEED TO STOP THEM.
but when it comes to “boys” in the US—we have those 5 corporations reporting on how drunk the victim was etc etc etc.
this is not a case of some not quite defined #rapeculture—this is a very clear and pointed attempt to write “our boys” as GOOD MEN who are needed to “defend” women throughout the world (with guns and bombs).
#rapeculture happens because men weren’t raised right or boys are taught to hate women etc.
colonialism and imperialism as directed by white supremacist heteropatriarchy (i.e. *capitalism) happens because there are narratives out there that allow us to believe we are “good” all while servicing the needs of the capitalist class that NEEDS “boys” to be mighty warriors “defending” women of color (ahem, oil) for the nation/state.
see what I mean? I’ll go so far as to even agree—yes, we live in a culture that condones and loves and does what it can to uphold rape as a value.
but nobody ever asks WHY. sure men hate women and *absolutely* boys are taught to hate women and girls.
but WHY? men as a class get all sorts of great benefits from using terror to control women—but there is a class that rules 99% of the men out there. those five media corporations that control almost all of our media is a part of the class that 99% of the men answer to.
men get benefits from using terror as a method of control—what benefits do those men who control those 5 corporations get from having half the population controlled through terror tactics?
I saw a news report about this on T.V., she was a straight A Student who had perfect attendance and everything. Everyone loved and respected her for her skills, but when she started this experiment and people thought she was pregnant, they started treating her like garbage. Even her teachers started looking down on her like she was scum of the earth. The only people who knew she was doing this as an experiment were her school principle, her health care teacher and her father. Her own mother thought she was pregnant.
I mean even her friends turned on her, it was horrid. Very very sad, and as soon as she revealed during an assembly that the pregnancy was false, a lot of people were in shock as she brought up all the horrible things they said and did to her because they thought she was pregnant.
The reason for the experiment was to see how people would react and treat her if they thought she was pregnant, as opposed as to treating her as the straight A “Perfect” student they usually did. And it proved that people were horrible scumbags to her as soon as they thought she was.
holy shit. this is fucking awesome
Let’s not forget the fact that if she were a Becky, she would have gotten a TV show.
TO EVERYONE WHO THINKS WE ARE LIVING IN A POSTRACIAL WORLD. FUCKING READ THIS. CITED FROM REAL PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH.
Jada Pinkett-Smith is aware of the critics that frown up their noses at the way she raises her daughter, Willow. Willow cuts, dyes and styles her hair as she pleases, a fact that bothers many who feel girls shouldn’t have that much control over their appearance at such a young age.
Jada decided to address the criticism in a Facebook post:
“A letter to a friend…This subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with this post it will remain incomplete. The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women, girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain. Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair. It’s also a statement that claims that even little girls have the RIGHT to own themselves and should not be a slave to even their mother’s deepest insecurities, hopes and desires. Even little girls should not be a slave to the preconceived ideas of what a culture believes a little girl should be.”
Kind of makes me want to have kids.
Parenting done right
In my research I talk about the ways in which some Black women with an implied or explicit Black feminist standpoint, raise their girl children with the working assumption that the girl children are autonomous beings in control of their own bodies. This, imho is huge for Black girls.
I’m a single mom trying to further my education after leaving an abusive marriage #SalemCollege #PleaseHelp
Story of Self
I was born in Mexico City, Mexico but grew up in North Carolina. Here I met and married my high school sweetheart. He was extremely charming back then and I wish I could say he still is.
…..However our relationship went from mesmerizing to volatile and very abusive. He would remind me every day of how I was “a piece of shit” and “absolutely worhtless” to him. All this coming from someone I loved with all my heart, the father of my son, and the one man I would give my life for.
When we separated, he used my undocumented status to try to win full custody of my son. I was literally terrified of losing my son and not being able to wake up with him, smile, and make him breakfast. I was terrified I’d lose all my rights as a mother only because of not having legal permission to be in this country (which I had no idea I would be raised in).
Then one day, while we were exchanging custody I gave my son a cupcake to take home with his dad. Instantly, my ex took the cupcake from my son and started eating it while my son cried and screamed for it back!! Unable to bare my son’s cries I yelled at him “Hey fat ass, give my son his cupcake back!!” At this point, I was sick and tired of him always taking what he wanted, whenever the hell he wanted! And I knew I was done being afraid!! I was done letting him have control over my life and my son!! I pressed charges and filed a protective order making the decision to face him and his family in court. I was ready to fight back for my son!!
My name is Valeria Cobos, I am undocumented, unafraid, and ready for college!!!!
Since leaving my ex-husband, I have also decided to continue my college education to provide a better future for my son. I want to beat the statistics associated with being a single Latina mother and undocumented not to mention. I want to pave the road for other young Latina mothers who have gone through similar situations as myself.
My goal is to study Business Administration at Salem College and then pursue a dual MBA/JD degree from the Wake Forest Schools of Law and Business. With my degrees I know I will be able to represent other oppressed victims of domestic violence in court and also provide financial guidance so they too can get back on their feet.
The annual tuition at Salem College for an undergraduate off-campus student is $23,478.00. This boils down to $11,739.00 per semester excluding books.
Tuition 1st Semester + Fees - Scholarships = $4,806.50
I have been able to save enough money to cover the cost of my books ~$500 but need help paying the rest. School starts on Aug 28th and I need to close the gap of $4,806.50 to finish paying for my first semester at Salem.
* Fees include the following: Technology Fee, Enrollment Fee, SGA fee & Health Insurance ($1,067.50)
** Scholarships total $8,000 from the college itself and a local private foundation.
If I am unable to raise all the money I will not be attending Salem this Fall semester :( All money raised will be deposited to my student account until I raise the entire amount needed.
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California state government apologizes to Filipino Americans for civil wrongs
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, that the Legislature, on behalf of the people of the state, apologizes to Filipino-Americans in California for fundamental violations of basic constitutional and civil rights through de jure and de facto discrimination committed during the 1920s through the 1940.” – ACR 74, authored by Hon. Luis Alejo, August 2011, presented to the cast and crew of The Romance of Magno Rubio on Nov. 18, 2011 at Inside the Ford Theater in Hollywood.
Hon. Luis Alejo’s parents came to the United States under the bracero program, where a million workers were imported from Mexico to work in the farms of California in the 1950’s.
Although his father had 2nd grade education, his mother did not. His American dream came true and more — he was elected as an Assemblymember, completed a Juris Doctorate degree at UC Davis, a Master’s of Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University and earned two bachelor degrees in political science and Chicano Studies at UC Berkeley.
It was in Berkeley where he got exposed to the history of Filipinos in America, when he took a class in Ethnic Studies. It was a century-old story which he became curious about. He remembered his family’s neighbors, the Rosete Family, who took care of him. Their children played together, while his parents worked in the fields.
He learned at UC Cal about Larry Itliong, Philip Vera Cruz and other Filipino farmworkers who got increases of $1.40/hour from harvesting grapes in Coachella Valley, later sold at $14 a lug.
Philip Vera Cruz documented the farm workers’ union organizing activities in his book, “Philip Vera Cruz: a Personal History of Filipino Immigrants and the Farmworkers Movement, written with Craig Scharlin and Lilia Villanueva.
When these Filipino farmworkers travelled north to Delano, they got paid $1.15/ hour by the growers, who charged lodging and several weeks of farm labor were classified as training, henced unpaid, but they were already skilled yet, their work devalued, a case of double injustice, from the farmworkers’ perspectives.
Larry Itliong, one of the leaders of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) approached Cesar Chavez and Mexicans of the NFWA to join in with the Filipinos, or risk becoming scabs, compelled to cross the picket lines by the growers. Cesar Chavez said no, that the Mexicans were not ready. Filipinos started their own strike of the Delano grape fields for weeks, when Cesar changed his mind to join them, and the United Farmworkers Union was born out of these combined efforts.
In 40 Acres in Delano, Cesar Chavez’s heroism is officially recognized and the union site gained federal national historic park designation last labor day 2010. However, the Filipinos and the Filipino Americans’s contributions to the unionization of the Delano grapefields were unceremoniously omitted and devalued.
More state-sponsored segregation, a culture of hostility follows towards Filipinos.
During our interview, Hon. Alejo shared with deftness his awareness of the timeline of our own Pilipino American history in California.
The play The Romance of Magno Rubio, deepened the meaning of this history, as it informed the audience that “27,000 Manongs chased crops, following vegetables, while fruits followed them amidst a graffiti scroll on centerstage of ‘No Dogs and Filipinos Allowed!’”
It was a state agency — the Department of Industrial Relations — which implied that the wrong kind of Filipino immigrants were coming to America, leading to state-sponsored segregation, “separate schools for children of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, or Mongolian heritage, authorized by California Political Code, and separate education facilities existed in the communities of Florin, Walnut Grove, Isleton, and Courtland, and Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino children in these school districts attended segregated schools until World War II.”
“In 1926, the Attorney General issued an opinion stating that Filipinos were part of the Mongolian race, and that marriage between Filipinos and Caucasians was prohibited under anti-miscegenation laws prohibiting marriage between Mongolians and Caucasians; California Legislature passed a resolution requesting an enactment by the US Congress to restrict Filipino immigration; and the Northern Monterey Chamber of Commerce adopted anti-Filipino resolutions proclaiming that Filipinos were undesirable, depressed the wage scale of other nationalities, possessed unhealthy habits, and brought in disease.”
“In 1930, the most explosive anti-Filipino riot occurred in Watsonville where Filipinos were relentlessly harassed, and the riot culminated in the killing of Fermin Tobera (he was thrown over a bridge in Watsonville by a 200+ crowd) and Anti-Filipino riots quickly spread to cities such as Stockton, San Francisco, Salinas, and San Jose; and Anti-Filipino vigilante groups committed acts of violence due to the beliefs that Filipino field laborers were intermingling with Caucasian women, depressing wages in the harvest fields, and taking jobs belonging to Americans.”
His body was sent home to Manila and his death ignited half a million to rally against the lynchings and death encountered in California.
“In 1933, the California Legislature amended its anti-miscegenation law to cause any marriage of Caucasians with “negroes, Mongolians, members of the Malay race, or mulattoes to be illegal and void; and the federal government passed the Tydings-McDuffie Act… and the Act paved the way for the Filipino Repatriation Act of 1935 which encouraged Filipinos to return to the Philippines voluntarily; however, those that chose to leave the United States and wanted to return were subject to the 50-person quota.”
Hon. Alejo described how Filipino families were terrorized while dancing, whipped and thrown over the bridge in Watsonville. The death of Fermin Tobera ignited a march of 500,000 in Manila and was one of the factors which led to the independence movement and later, the passage of the Tydings-McDuffie Act.
He felt that since Filipinos have a rich history of contributions to America, it was time to apologize for what the California Legislature inhumanely did at that time, on behalf of people of the State of California.
The entire cast and crew of The Romance of Magno Rubio, headed by producers Ted Benito, Ed Ramolete and director Bernardo Bernardo were on hand to accept the ACR 74’s Assembly Resolution, memorializing this public apology, a century later. Ted Benito could not hold back his tears, remembering the train ride that his father took with author Carlos Bulosan, whose short story became the basis of this play.
The FBI are also looking for the man in the photo. Pass it around. The more eyes that see it, the more quickly he will be found. Reblog this post and encourage your friends and family to share it, too.
There has been a fund set up for the victims of the Oak Creek Temple Shooting.
Victims Memorial Fund
c/o Sikh Temple
7512 S. Howell Ave.
Oak Creek, WI 53154
Regardless of your faith, or lack of, being gunned down while praying is absolutely insane and an terrorist act.