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"As the world’s largest jailer, the United States, with only 5 percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, has increased its incarceration rate of women by 832 percent over three decades. The incarceration rate of black women in the United States has increased by 828 percent over a five year period and black women now constitute one half of the US female prison population. In Western Australia, the number of incarcerated women doubled between 1995 and 2001, with Indigenous women comprising 54 percent of the female prisoner population although constituting only 2 percent of the state’s population. In Canada, the representation of Indigenous women in prisons has increased nearly 90 percent over the past decade and has been declared “nothing short of a crisis”"

— Harsha Walia, Undoing Border Imperialism (via lehaaz)

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sinidentidades:

Marissa Alexander’s Retrial Postponed to December
Marissa Alexander’s retrial has been postponed until December 1 due to questions about whether a new Florida bill can be used retroactively in her case. She originally faced retrial on July 28. 
Alexander, 33, was convicted of aggravated assault after firing a warning shot during a fight with her abusive husband. But she was released on bond last November after an appeals court ruled in September that the jury in her trial was given flawed instructions. She was originally sentenced to 20 years; if convicted in a retrial, Alexander faces up to 60 years in prison.
Judge James Daniel was set to determine this morning if Alexander was eligible for a Stand Your Ground hearing—which was denied to her previously. Florida lawmakers passed a Warning Shot Bill in March that Alexander’s legal team says can protect her, but Governor Rick Scott has yet to sign it into law. Because of that pending law, attorneys on both sides asked for an extension. A decision on whether Alexander can get a Stand Your Ground hearing is now postponed.
One of Marissa Alexander’s most ardent supporters, Mariame Kaba, published an anthology whose proceeds will benefit the Alexander’s legal defense. “No Selves to Defend” is available, and features writing and artwork that “locates Marissa’s case within a historical context that criminalizes and punishes women (particularly Black women) for self-defense.” Only 125 copies of the anthology are available for purchase for $50—and there will be no reprints. 

sinidentidades:

Marissa Alexander’s Retrial Postponed to December

Marissa Alexander’s retrial has been postponed until December 1 due to questions about whether a new Florida bill can be used retroactively in her case. She originally faced retrial on July 28. 

Alexander, 33, was convicted of aggravated assault after firing a warning shot during a fight with her abusive husband. But she was released on bond last November after an appeals court ruled in September that the jury in her trial was given flawed instructions. She was originally sentenced to 20 years; if convicted in a retrial, Alexander faces up to 60 years in prison.

Judge James Daniel was set to determine this morning if Alexander was eligible for a Stand Your Ground hearing—which was denied to her previously. Florida lawmakers passed a Warning Shot Bill in March that Alexander’s legal team says can protect her, but Governor Rick Scott has yet to sign it into law. Because of that pending law, attorneys on both sides asked for an extension. A decision on whether Alexander can get a Stand Your Ground hearing is now postponed.

One of Marissa Alexander’s most ardent supporters, Mariame Kaba, published an anthology whose proceeds will benefit the Alexander’s legal defense. “No Selves to Defend” is available, and features writing and artwork that “locates Marissa’s case within a historical context that criminalizes and punishes women (particularly Black women) for self-defense.” Only 125 copies of the anthology are available for purchase for $50—and there will be no reprints. 

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pickledpennies:

clype:

have you noticed that when someone goes ‘i was bitten by a dog once and now I’m kinda wary around them’ most people are like ‘aw, I understand’ but if a woman says she’s been raped/abused by men in the past and is now scared of them she gets told she’s paranoid and needs to get over it?

I noticed that.

have you noticed that when a dog bites a person, it gets put down

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spikeghost:

thepacificrimjob:

thebookskeeper:

So a friend of mine had the misfortune of dealing with rape culture from a police officer. She gave me the permission to post this on Tumblr so the name of this officer and her story can spread.

So let’s be serious for a second guys please -

Last night around 2 a.m. my friends and I decided to take a drive around Hutchinson island, and when upon returning into Sewall’s Point we made a stop underneath the causeway. We decided to stop, listen to music, and stand outside the car. Not intoxicated, not under any substance abuse, and not in the possession of any weapons - we were having clean wholesome dumb teenage fun. Without doing anything incriminating it still was unfortunately interrupted by Officer Scott Donlon, when he drove around the causeway and approached us with his lights on. We turned down the music and waited for him to approach us outside my friends car. The lights almost made it impossible for us to see his face or communicate with him without holding my arm in front of my face.

He walks up to us and says,

"I sure as hell can’t wait to hear this story."

I took the liberty to talk for my friends, because they were visibly intimidated and frightened by this officer.

I responded,

"Honestly officer, we were on our way to the beach when we decided that it was probably too late and unsafe. We decided on our drive back to stop here and enjoy ourselves. We are good people. None of us are under the influence or intoxicated we are more than willing to take a breathalyzer if you have any suspicion that we are."

That’s when he made the most disturbing comment of all,

"Yeah because running around in your underwear -"

I couldn’t believe it, he decided that my outfit of choice constituted as underwear to him. My floral top that showed my mid-drift and my high-waisted shorts was something he was going to demean and call “underwear”?

I tried my hardest not to be rude to him, but I responded with,

"That’s extremely rude and offensive sir. I don’t think my outfit should be considered underwear."

He continued to walk around my friends car trying to be intimidating and aggressive, so I spoke again:

"Sir, are you detaining us?"

Which he responded, “Yes.”

So I said, “What for?”

"For wearing underwear."

I was fuming. I was disgusted. I was baffled. I couldn’t believe that right before my very eyes rape culture was brought to light by this officer.

Again everyone - Scott Donlon, Officer of Sewall’s Point, who’s name I asked for because I was not going to let this white old privileged male think he could demean the four of us.

Luckily another officer, rolled up to us in the middle of this, he who was much kinder and diffused the situation by saying,

"Do not try him, you need to just give him respect. You could make things so much worse for yourself."

I wanted to say,

"What!? Excuse me? It’s your job to protect us, not to make us feel like our lives are threatened because he decided that he wants to be intimidating?"

Instead I said to the other officer,

"Officer, I mean no offense, and I’m sorry if I upset him, but he told us we were being detained for wearing underwear. Look at the four of us, we may be showing our stomachs, but we’re fully clothed and that’s by no means okay."

He responded,

"Well if he says you’re being detained. You’re being detained."

We were never detained.

It was all an intimidation tactic, and because of course it wasn’t worth the fight, I apologized for MY behavior and for disrespecting HIM. I let him continue to say I was running around in my “underwear.” I continued to let him say, “If I was in a bad mood tonight, I could have got you in so much more trouble.” I continued to let him discriminate my age by saying “I don’t need some 19 year old giving me attitude thinking she knows the law better than me.” I continued to let him completely dominate the situation and degrade us.

I’m not okay with this, I’m not okay with another officer fluffing his ego because he has some fucked up authoritative mentality.

Below I’ll add the photo of the outfit I was wearing, you guys let me know if I missed out on the memo of what defines underwear now.

If you actually took the time to go through my terrible grammar and read all of this ridiculous nonsense - thank you so much thank you thankyoouuu.

If you add his name ( Scott Donlon ) and people reblog with his name then it will show up in google search results as each person reblogging it is technically posting his name with the story on a separate webpage

Scott Donlon is gross

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thestraggletag:

thestraggletag:

submariet:

VAN EYCK

I lost it at the end.

Okay, I had to check out the Van Eyck thing. I was a bit in denial because, come on, every single person can’t look like President Putin!

There are no words to describe how wrong I was.

(Source: cheekygeekymonkey, via becauseforoncethisisme)

aspergersissues:


this is important

This is spot on.

aspergersissues:

this is important

This is spot on.

fieldnotesonallistics:

A very famous allism researcher once noted that the primary difference between normal people and allistics is that, while normal people are self-directed, allistics are self-absorbed. I didn’t understand that today until I saw how Alia, our eight-year-old allistic daughter, behaved at her…

geardrops:

swanjolras:

out of all the aspects of millennial-bashing, i think the one that most confuses me is the “millennials all got trophies as a kid, so now they’re all self-centered narcissists” theory

like— kids are pretty smart, y’all. they can see that every kid on the team…

theblacksophisticate:

thecelestialchild:

whoberalph:

girlgrowingsmall:

beastlyart:

boosket:

ask-bloody-fundanny:

roughkiss:

spookytheford:

did-you-kno:

Source

Oh god thank fucking christ.

I usually don’t reblog these, but I feel like some of my followers could probably use the reassurance. I definitely have these kinds of thoughts sometimes.

so i’m not crazy for randomly thinking such thoughts? what a relief!

Edgar Allan Poe had a name for it too: The Imp of the Perverse. he compared the impulses to a demon that urges people to do the wrong thing simply because it can be done

The compulsion to jump from high places is called “l’appel du vide" in French. The call of the void. I think it’s specific to that one instance, but I think it’s a cool phrase for this phenomenon in general.
I think about this with random sharp objects laying around, too. “What if I just jammed this into my eye or throat right now? … oh god WHAT.” Just… fucking christ, brain. Don’t.

Reblogging this again because most people don’t/never know how normal these thoughts are, and that can be a major source of stress. It’s okay. You’re okay. Just, you know, don’t follow through on that shit.

Not gonna hide.

Good to know.

*breathes sigh of relief* 

theblacksophisticate:

thecelestialchild:

whoberalph:

girlgrowingsmall:

beastlyart:

boosket:

ask-bloody-fundanny:

roughkiss:

spookytheford:

did-you-kno:

Source

Oh god thank fucking christ.

I usually don’t reblog these, but I feel like some of my followers could probably use the reassurance. I definitely have these kinds of thoughts sometimes.

so i’m not crazy for randomly thinking such thoughts? what a relief!

Edgar Allan Poe had a name for it too: The Imp of the Perverse. he compared the impulses to a demon that urges people to do the wrong thing simply because it can be done

The compulsion to jump from high places is called “l’appel du vide" in French. The call of the void. I think it’s specific to that one instance, but I think it’s a cool phrase for this phenomenon in general.

I think about this with random sharp objects laying around, too. “What if I just jammed this into my eye or throat right now? … oh god WHAT.” Just… fucking christ, brain. Don’t.

Reblogging this again because most people don’t/never know how normal these thoughts are, and that can be a major source of stress. It’s okay. You’re okay. Just, you know, don’t follow through on that shit.

Not gonna hide.

Good to know.

*breathes sigh of relief* 

vaganja:

ethiopienne:

Every year after the NYC Pride Parade, FIERCE along with their fabulous comrades/allies take to the streets to conduct CopWatch. This year is no different. On June 29th from 5pm-11pm, they will be conducting Copwatch in West Village.FIERCE is looking for about 20 people to join them in conducting CopWatch. If you are interested in joining us, please email FIERCE Organizer, Lee at lee@fiercenyc.org with the subject line: CopWatch.They’ll also be conducting a CopWatch training on June 25th from 5pm-8pm! RSVP at lee@fiercenyc.org!

thanks ethiopienne for signal boosting!
we’re still looking for folks to do CopWatch this year after the NYC Pride Parade.

vaganja:

ethiopienne:

Every year after the NYC Pride Parade, FIERCE along with their fabulous comrades/allies take to the streets to conduct CopWatch. This year is no different. On June 29th from 5pm-11pm, they will be conducting Copwatch in West Village.

FIERCE is looking for about 20 people to join them in conducting CopWatch. If you are interested in joining us, please email FIERCE Organizer, Lee at lee@fiercenyc.org with the subject line: CopWatch.

They’ll also be conducting a CopWatch training on June 25th from 5pm-8pm! RSVP at lee@fiercenyc.org!

thanks ethiopienne for signal boosting! we’re still looking for folks to do CopWatch this year after the NYC Pride Parade.

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simply-connected:

getintherobot:

swingsetindecember:

door:

Truths

hard truths

see also: tony stark

Can we just talk about how everyone thinks Skyler White is a “bitch” and such….

simply-connected:

getintherobot:

swingsetindecember:

door:

Truths

hard truths

see also: tony stark

Can we just talk about how everyone thinks Skyler White is a “bitch” and such….

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mostlycatsmostly:

hail-aphrodite
Please Signal Boost This!

For anybody living in the Los Angeles area:
I have found myself in possession of two kittens named Nutmeg and Sage. I’m fostering them right now, but they are in desperate need of a permanent home which, unfortunately, I cannot provide them. I can have them until about July 1st and then they need a new home or they go back to Tails of the City They are currently (as of June 10th, 2014) six weeks old. They are litterbox trained and incredibly cuddly. They are spayed female siblings from the same litter and because they are so bonded, I ask that they go together. 
 Please help me give these little ones a home! They need and deserve it. I will provide the adopter with all of my left-over supplies. So if you want two loving, smart, precious kittens, or know anyone who does (even if you don’t please signal boost this!) please contact me either here on Tumblr or email me at msriss18@gmail.com or contact Tails of the City. Thank you. Every thing you do will help.

mostlycatsmostly:

hail-aphrodite
Please Signal Boost This!

For anybody living in the Los Angeles area:

I have found myself in possession of two kittens named Nutmeg and Sage. I’m fostering them right now, but they are in desperate need of a permanent home which, unfortunately, I cannot provide them. I can have them until about July 1st and then they need a new home or they go back to Tails of the City They are currently (as of June 10th, 2014) six weeks old. They are litterbox trained and incredibly cuddly. They are spayed female siblings from the same litter and because they are so bonded, I ask that they go together.

 Please help me give these little ones a home! They need and deserve it. I will provide the adopter with all of my left-over supplies. So if you want two loving, smart, precious kittens, or know anyone who does (even if you don’t please signal boost this!) please contact me either here on Tumblr or email me at msriss18@gmail.com or contact Tails of the City. Thank you. Every thing you do will help.

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Reblog if you want a cure for allism

pugsmith:

Allism is a terrible disease that has currently not been identified. Currently, 59/60 of the population are cursed with it. It is a burden to parents of allistics, and should be cured as soon as possible.

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