Exactly as titled.
I live in Boston.
I live in Boston.
Board Your Train Here
plain and simple.
Avoid them at all costs if you can.
"He may love you. He probably does. He probably thinks about you all the time. But that isn’t what matters. What matters is what he’s doing about it, and what he’s doing about it is nothing. And if he’s doing nothing, you most certainly shouldn’t do anything. You need someone who goes out of their way to make it obvious that they want you in their life."- this is really important (via dirtyberd)
So this photo, much to my astonishment, has been circulating on various social media networks to incite an emotional response out of people to the plight of Palestinians. There are a couple issues with this.
America is a settler colonial state. And no, this is not something of the past. Many people, including activists unfortunately, often portray the suffering of Indigenous communities as something that is not rooted in the present. Its not a reality that doesn’t have adverse affects on Indigenous communities currently. Trafficking on reservations is a reality. Mass impoverishment and skyrocketing prices and in turn, lacking access to food in Indigenous communities is a reality. Violence and continued colonization is a grounded and apparently a neglected social justice issue.
This parallel, whether or not it intends to, is crudely neglectful of that. To assume the vast majority of settlers in the US would exude empathy for Palestinians and their stolen land and the ghettoization, if not demolishment of their homes is to assume that they would also then be actively committed to addressing and deconstructing the oppression faced by NDN communities, which is patently false.
Since America in itself is an illegitimate state, the upheaval of the US should not be threatening to anyone who considers themselves a decolonial activist. This photo pretty much says “imagine Americans, if this happened to your country”, but this isn’t our country. None of this is our land to begin with, aside from Indigenous and Black American communities, who have felt the backlash and served as the main and direct recipients of US violence for hundreds of years. No one living in America who does not descend from the genocided and the trafficked should feel the entitlement to and comfort of this land and living here that this infograph would require one to.
How can we expect those that have been here and were the first to experience US bred brutality to feel empathy with us if we are not willing to extend genuine solidarity and exhibit constant conscientiousness of their struggle? I believe in Muslim communities and that we’re able to have a more nuanced and inclusive approach than this. We can’t denounce settler neglect elsewhere while perpetuating it ourselves, which is precisely what this photo did. That’s not activism, that’s exploitation.
The owner of AllHipHop.com wrote an open letter to Nicki Minaj basically chastising (concern trolling) her for the recent g-string picture that serves as the cover to her new single Anaconda. He’s sad that “as a father” he’ll have to shield his precious daughter from seeing Nicki Minaj in provocative photos.
I hate how so many people pass off their parenting responsibilities to celebrities. Especially a parent who works in the industry and has made a living prominently displaying all kinds of violent and sexual imagery.
It was fine then, but now when it comes to Nicki Minaj its a problem
2013 was a little rough. A hospital stay and a minor surgical procedure left me with over $5000 in medical bills that I have been slowly chipping away at. A few have slipped through the cracks and gone to collections, and some I’ve worked out a payment plan, but needless to say, I am pretty overwhelmed. Now, the existing debt is topped off with the legal fees incurred for trying to get the to see my kids more, and although the outcome was VERY positive for me and the kids, it’s not so positive for my dwindling bank account. I am working hard and looking forward to more time with my kids, a healthy 2014, and building a better life for us. It definitely is a struggle, and a friend suggested a GoFundMe page to see if some kind souls would help with the load. While I am not expecting anything, it sure can’t hurt, and the faster I pay that down, the more I can put towards clothes, food, school supplies, a larger living space, childcare, and other things for my kids, so that they can feel at home here with me.
Kids had a GREAT summer. Thanks to everyone that helped out. I still have all that debt to pay off, so any help at all is welcome. Anything left over after things are paid off will go directly to an account for childcare for next summer.
PayPal button is on my side bar if you’e ever moved to help out that way. A reblog helps, too, and is much appreciated.
"So many students have said, trans students have said; now I can have a point of reference when I talk about who I am. My friends are like, ‘Oh, like Sophia from ‘Orange is the New Black?’’ and they’re like, ‘yeah,’ and then they just move on and it’s not an issue,” she said. “I got a letter from a young, from a trans youth’s mother who said that he transitioned because of me and because of seeing me on the show it gave him the courage to talk to his parents about who he was and they’re supportive and loving and now he’s started his transition. It’s insane. It’s really beautiful."-