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1 in 3 women will have an abortion — and these stickers are fighting the stigma 

This week, activists on 75 college campuses created a “pop-up” sticker project, in collaboration with the 1 in 3 campaign, campaign director Julia Reticker-Flynn told Mic. The stickers, which included women’s real stories of abortion in English and Spanish, were posted in high-traffic spaces on their campuses to spark personal dialogues about the role abortion plays in women’s lives. But not everyone was OK with the stickers.

Today is Day of Silence—a day when hundreds of thousands of students around the world join together in silent demonstration for LGBTQ justice. When silence is forced upon you, it’s oppression; when we join together with others in silent protest, it’s a movement that demands to be reckoned with.

Pictured here is our friend Eli, director & co-founder of Trans Student Educational Resources.

Today, and every day, let your silence be heard

Whoever is interested in learning more about the illegal israeli occupation of Palestine, you could probably get in touch with your school or your local institution’s that supports a BDS Movement space.

I think it’s also really important to explore the relationship between being a student and how inextricably linked you are to the international community. My Indigenous  mentor always tells me we all have a place in the web of inter-connectedness, our experiences and realities don’t exist in a vacuum. Through globalization, this is more true than ever. 

One of the best documentaries to start with would be Discordia (2004). It’s on youtube. It particularly explores the tension students have on campus; palestine supports vs israel supporters, and then both of these parties vs. the school system and the general student population. (There’s other interesting stuff that talks about racism, what it means to be a first gen in Canada, forced displacement vs. ‘settling’, incarceration of outspoken poc, all through the perspective of youth)

Personally, it helped me realize how fucked up Canada is, where my role as a student and global citizen intersect, and how it’s important to be involved in student leadership to bring these issues to attention. 

Furthermore:

I know often you’re bombarded with posts saying not to buy this and that because the funds support the israeli army, and how it seems fairly impossible, but once you truly start looking into the intersection of why it’s worthwhile, it becomes necessary. Like it’s still hard, I know, I am also complicit in buying stuff I shouldnt whether out of necessity of want. But moving on…. First of all, the most obvious, is that those funds support the genocide of Palestinian people. Surprisingly enough, it takes more convincing than that. So I guess since tumblr culture is always so anti capitalism, you could also consider how to live a healthier greener, plastic and waste free life is just healthy investment for you  and the planet in general. (Many products that fund the israeli military have plastic so here’s more information on how to live a minimal plastic-less life x x

Anyway, there are a lot of posts going around listing what products to avoid, and this may be hard to follow. I suggest downloading the app buycott to help you decipher between different products and their problematic attributes, all with a quick scan of the item! 

Anyway ya ok have fun avoiding certain products and supporting BDS Movement and living healthily and anti-capitalist lol

Save the life of Mary Jane Velasco! Please take 5 min to

CALL-IN: Indonesian Consulate General (Los Angeles)
Umar Hadi, Consul General (213) 383-5126

“Hi, my name is _______ and I am calling today in order to voice my concern about the case of Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipina migrant worker and a victim of human trafficking. Since 2010, she has been unjustly detained and set for execution in Indonesia. We strongly urge that Indonesian President Joko Widodo grant Mary Jane clemency on grounds of mistrial and for humanitarian reasons. She is a mother of two and her family needs her at home. We urge President Widodo to review her case and grant her immediate release. (…include your own reasons to support Mary Jane)” #activism #anakbayan #ab #abla #savemaryjaneveloso #ofw #humanrights #justice #mercy #action #awareness #philippines #filipino #filipina

The Wall Street protests are just a beginning, but one has to begin this way, with a formal gesture of rejection which is more important than its positive content, for only such a gesture can open up the space for new content. So we should not be distracted by the question: ‘But what do you want?’ This is the question addressed by male authority to the hysterical woman: ‘All your whining and complaining – do you have any idea what you really want?’ In psychoanalytic terms, the protests are a hysterical outburst that provokes the master, undermining his authority, and the master’s question – ‘But what do you want?’ – disguises its subtext: ‘Answer me in my own terms or shut up!’ So far, the protesters have done well to avoid exposing themselves to the criticism that Lacan levelled at the students of 1968: ‘As revolutionaries, you are hysterics who demand a new master. You will get one.’

I have a hard time believing activists who ask for money! If you want to be an activist and fight for a cause then just do it, but to ask for money for your organization when all you’re doing is posting articles, making blog entries or speeches, is just pathetic. It’s not like you’re a doctor on the field helping those in need. You want to fight for freedom and equality take it upon yourself and do it! I do it out of my own time, I devote my own time and money so I can make a positive difference, I do it because I care and anyone who actually cares does not ask for money. I don’t want anyone to donate a single dollar to me. I do it because I want to combat extremism, inequality, hate, racism, and prejudice. I don’t want any money for it, knowing that something I can do will help some people become more loving and accepting for each other is worth a billion dollars for me.

SATURDAY MAY 09, 2015
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2015 Day of Silence at UTK

Happening Now:

Today, the OUTreach Center is hosting an all-day photoshoot for Day of Silence. Come to the OUTreach Center from 1pm-6pm today (Friday 4/17) to have your photo taken for this important day.

Day of Silence is a day that brings attention to those who do not have a voice.  For the national event, http://www.dayofsilence.org/

Photo ideas:
Those who want to have their photos taken for the Day of Silence theme are encouraged to cover their mouths as a symbol of how their voices have been silenced in the past. You might use your own hand to do so, or the hand of someone else. You might also consider using masking or painter’s tape (it doesn’t hurt when you take it off like duct tap does!), and holding up a sheet of paper or poster board with a microaggression or prejudiced statement that has been directed at you. You could also write a personal statement about how others have silenced your voice in the past, a general statement about oppression or marginalization, etc!

Help our voices to be heard by our community by participating in this Day of Silence!

“I don’t think employers should be able to force people to give up medical information about themselves and their families. 

Do you really think we can trust American corporations to keep your private medical information private and not use it in ways that discriminate? 

No one should be forced to give their boss access to their medical history.”

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This is Xiao La and her girlfriend, Maizi. Xiao La has been taking this photo all over China, photographing them “together” for her birthday. Maizi can’t actually be there because she’s in jail, and has been for a month as of this week. She was arrested for being a women’s rights and LGBT activist.

Her and 4 other women are in prison right now, but a huge global outcry could call attention to their situation and #FreeTheFive.

Add your name now: go.allout.org/en/a/freethefive

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Tumblr, Hawai’i needs your support now more than ever.

Mauna Kea, one of our most sacred mountains, is under attack. Since the 70′s, telescopes have been built on its summit, destroying the ecosystem and sacred sites. Right now, there are 13 telescopes, and now, certain people want to build another one. Except this one will be 30 meters (98+ ft.) tall, and costing over $1.4 billion. Because of the mountain’s unstable surface, construction workers for the other telescopes have had to basically blow up certain areas and smooth it out to make it more stable. Mauna Kea is already over 40 feet (12 m) lower than before construction.

Even though many people were arrested after a series of peaceful protests, we are still fighting. Mauna Kea is sacred to our people, and it is not theirs to build on. This land is ancient and sacred, and it does not belong to the United States, or the State of Hawai’i.

So please, help and support our efforts to put an end to the construction by signing this petition - https://www.change.org/p/governor-david-y-ige-stop-tmt-construction-and-arrests-of-mauna-kea-protectors