Social Transformation

You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.
—  Angela Davis - from a lecture delivered at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. February 13th, 2014.
Music tells us things — social things, psychological things, physical things about how we feel and perceive our bodies — in a way that other art forms can’t. It’s sometimes in the words, but just as often the content comes from a combination of sounds, rhythms, and vocal textures that communicate, as has been said by others, in ways that bypass the reasoning centers of the brain and go straight to our emotions. Music, and I’m not even talking about the lyrics here, tells us how other people view the world — people we have never met, sometimes people who are no longer alive — and it tells it in a non-descriptive way. Music embodies the way those people think and feel: we enter into new worlds — their worlds — and though our perception of those worlds might not be 100 accurate, encountering them can be completely transformative.
—  David Byrne, How Music Works, 2012
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Chilean girls stage occupation of their own school

This is like really late but it’s been in my tabs for weeks, so here:

It began early one morning in May, when dozens of teenage girls emerged from the predawn darkness and scaled the spiked iron fence around Chile’s most prestigious girl’s school. They used classroom chairs to barricade themselves inside and settled in. Five months later, the occupation shows no signs of dying and the students are still fighting for their goal: free university education for all.

A tour of the school is a trip into the wired reality of a generation that boasts the communication tools that feisty young rebels of history never dreamed of. When police forces move closer, the students use restricted Facebook chat sessions to mobilise. Within minutes, they are able to rally support groups from other public schools in the neighbourhood. “Our lawyer lives over there,” said Angelica Alvarez, 14, as she pointed to a cluster of nearby homes. “If we yell ‘Mauricio’ really loud, he leaves his home and comes over.”

The first thing they did after taking over the school was to hold a vote. Approximately half of the 1,800 students participated in the polls to approve the takeover, and the yays outnumbered the nays 10 to one.

Now the students pass their school days listening to guest lecturers who provide free classes on topics ranging from economics to astronomy. Extracurricular classes include yoga and salsa lessons. At night and on weekends, visiting rock bands set up their equipment and charge 1,000 pesos (£1.25) per person to hear a live jam on the basketball court. Neighbours donate fresh baked cakes and, under a quirk of Chilean law, the government is obliged to feed students who are at school – even students who have shut down education as usual.

So much food has poured in that the students from Carmela Carvajal now regularly pass on their donations to hungry students at other occupied schools.

Carmela Carvajal is among Chile’s most successful state schools. Nearly all the graduates are assured of a place in top Chilean universities, and the school is a magnet, drawing in some of the brightest minds from across Santiago, the nation’s capital and a metropolis of six million.

But the story playing out in its classrooms is just a small part of a national student uprising that has seized control of the political agenda, wrongfooted conservative president Sebastián Piñera, and called into question the free-market orthodoxy that has dominated Chilean politics since the Pinochet era.

The students are demanding a return to the 1960s, when public university education was free. Current tuition fees average nearly three times the minimum annual wage, and with interest rates on student loans at 7%, the students have made financial reform the centrepiece of their uprising.

At the heart of the students’ agenda is the demand that education be recognised as a common right for all, not a “consumer good” to be sold on the open market.

Politicians and many parents fret that the cancellation of classes has turned 2011 into “a lost year” for public education, but for many of the students the past five months has been the most intensive education of their life.

“I have become a lot more mature. I used to judge my classmates by their looks. Now I understand them and together we stand up for what we believe,” said Camila Gutierrez, 15, a freshman at Carmela Carvajal. “It has been exhausting, but if you want something in life, you have to fight for it.”

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I still can’t believe that these two dorks imported from Transformers Prime are the 2nd pair of canon robots husbands in the IDW comics. They aren’t just window dressing either! There’s a story behind the vain, high speed racer that married a guy who is considered inferior by his whole culture. I want to see it play out so badly!

Knockout and Breakdown are precious and deserve all the love. 

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Sonia as a mother you want your children to feel safe. Well, between yourself, Andrew Bolt, Pauline Hanson… and the mainstream media, who are giving you airtime to spout your irresponsible “free speech”, you are creating a whole new generation of cyber and school bullying towards Muslim children. Do you think they are feeling safe today after your vitriol on TV?

It is not Islam that incites violence, it is your ignorance, racism and bigotry that divides, creates hate and incites violence, just like that of the terrorists.

Shame on you.

Educate yourself.

And, please, as a celebrity, you have a duty of care to consider what you say and the consequences.

Bloody hell. I am so tired of this nonsense.

And to those who disagree with Sonia, make a stand! Social justice starts with us. Use social media to stop ignorance and educate; follow your conscience towards ethical living by boycotting her programs. Social transformation is only forged by our unity against hate and division; to make this world liveable and loveable. “Solidarity is the iron law of social transformation”. Australia is moving in the wrong direction. WE NEED TO STAND TOGETHER BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

+ DISCLAIMER: This is a headcanon for my TFP AU fanfiction project, Book of Hours. It has little to do with Aligned canon - as with everything else of mine, basically I’ve just made shit up. Don’t take it too seriously.

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Progressive social change is not merely about changing policies, but about changing hearts and minds. Genuine and lasting change requires a paradigm shift, a transformation of the mentality that propped up the old order. We must knock out the foundations of oppression and cultivate the values that form the foundation of justice, values such as compassion, integrity, and reciprocity. And to challenge injustice everywhere, we must practice justice everywhere: on streets, in the courtroom—and on our plates.
—  Melanie Joy

Everyone who has ever watched an Aaron Sorkin-written show (The West Wing, The Newsroom) or movie (The Social Network, Steve Jobs) knows he has got a few quirks: season finales titled “What Kind Of Day Has It Been,” characters based on his ex-girlfriends, endless mazes of hallways, and, most of all, people who won’t fucking shut up. What you might not have noticed is exactly how many of those words are actually the same.

He repeats lines on a show-by-show, episode-by-episode basis, as if he keeps his favorite phrases tacked up on index cards around his desk while he writes. Some of his best/worst examples include using the name “Mohammed Al Mohammed El Mohammed Bin Bazir,”having a character explain how awesome he is by including the joke “and I’m never ever sick at sea,” and the very specific gag seen above.

Hell, even one of the most famous lines in the Facebook movie – “If you guys were the inventor of [thing], you would have invented [thing]” – was first used in Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. Of course, nobody saw that show, so Sorkin probably figured it was fair game.

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Bruce Jenner Came Out As Transgender to 16.8 Million People

Social media can be a wonderful place. 

Bruce Jenner–known best for being one of the best athletes of all time, but also for flying miniature helicopters on the reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”–shared with the world that he identifies as a woman.

And social media had the most amazing response:

Read more on Kicker 

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Being in a relationship isn’t always everything. Sometimes we go through phases in life where it’s good to be single because we need to focus on different priorities in life (like our job, our health, or self improvement).

In the domination system, somebody has to be on top and somebody has to be on the bottom. People learn, starting in early childhood, to obey orders without question. They learn to carry a harsh voice in their heads telling them they’re no good, they don’t deserve love, they need to be punished. Families and societies are based on control that is explicitly or implicitly backed up by guilt, fear, and force. The world is divided into in-groups and out-groups, with those who are different seen as enemies to be conquered or destroyed.

In contrast, the partnership system supports mutually respectful and caring relations. Because there is no need to maintain rigid rankings of control, there is also no built-in need for abuse and violence. Partnership relations free our innate capacity to feel joy, to play. They enable us to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. This is true for individuals, families, and whole societies. Conflict is an opportunity to learn and to be creative, and power is exercised in ways that empower rather than disempower others.

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Riane Eisler. Partnership 101: An introduction to Partnership

Center for Partnership Studies

We want to believe that we can change the world, and change it right now! But we don’t always want to put the work in, the long and necessary and very disciplined work, to do it in a way that will stick. That’s the danger, to me. I worry that people, all excited by the transformative power of storytelling, won’t take the time to understand how those superbly transformative stories develop. The kinds of stories we’re talking about are filled with archetypal images and tropes that have been growing for hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. The idea that you can sit down in a workshop one day and write a new story that has that kind of transformative power just doesn’t make any sense to me. Which doesn’t at all mean that people should stop trying, or stop writing stories! Stories are life. But we need to approach the process with reverence. As an apprenticeship. Stories are magical. They have to be seduced, cajoled. Stories are the basic constituents of the world – at least, of the way we perceive the world and our place in it. They deserve to be treated with respect.
—  Sharon Blackie in Transforming Stories
The Great Shia

November 13, 2015– He laughed, he cried, he shared his pizza, and he captivated the world.

Today is the first day, we have been Shia LaBeouf free, but why are thousands of people so saddened to see him go?

For the past three days, starting November 10, 2015, a 24-hour long video feed was available at www.newhive.com/allmymovies. The feed showed LaBeouf watching every single one of his movies in reverse chronological order. There was no sound, you could not see the movie, and you basically had no idea what was going on, but you saw Shia react to his movies.

People in New York City were allowed to sit in and watch with Shia for free at Angelika Film Center, 18 West Houston Street. Sources said that you could talk to Shia but he would not respond.

Many people around the country watched Shia watch Shia online. They attempted to keep up-to-date with which movie he was watching by a movie list that was going around (there were two and no one really knows which one was the real one) and by reading live tweets from people in the actual theater by searching the “#ALLMYMOVIES” tag. (At one point I tried to see what movie they were on by looking at the reflection from someone’s glasses.)

According to the streaming website, it is a “performance” of some type, but many question if it really was, or if he has just “gone crazy.”

He cried over a few movies, and he slept through Transformers: Dark of the Moon. He bought pizza for the audience and took selfies. We saw a “hippie” type almost sleeping on top of him, a Kurt Cobain wannabe behind him, a guy with a beautiful smile, a girl with green hair that people were hitting on via Twitter, a person giving Shia flowers, and more. My favorite was when someone handed him a piece of green paper that said “JUST DO IT!!” on it. His face was priceless.

But the most intriguing part was when he watched The Even Stevens Movie. He laughed more in the first two minutes than he had all day. The audience even applauded him.

I was watching during this time, and he really was filled with pure joy watching that movie. Although, lacking much needed sleep, his smile was the biggest I think I have ever seen it.

The strange thing about the entire situation, is not that he did it in the first place, but the amount of people willing watch it, wanting to go back time and time again to see what he was up to. 

Although at times, it was awkward watching him pick his ears, scratching his beard, or shoving food in his mouth, I kept finding myself sending my friends updates on him, sending them pictures, checking up on him before I went to sleep, and after I woke up.

There was no point in watching him watch himself, but so many people watched online, or waited six plus hours to get into the actual theater. 

Maybe that was the whole point, maybe he was seeing how many people would actually stop parts of their lives to watch a celebrity watch his movies. It may be a comment on how society puts celebrities up to these standards and no matter how stupid or how odd something is, if a celebrity is involved, they will watch or do that thing.

Shia has said over and over again how he hates being famous now and the infamous paper bag situation saying “I’m not famous anymore,” could just be a social experiment that we are all adding to.

One of my favorite things I read was “I bet James Franco hates that he didn’t think of this first.” (Source unknown).

I, for one, can’t wait to hear what it really all was about.

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Insta'Glam - MakeUp Tutorial

I decided to create an Insta'Glam makeup look inspired by the flawless photos and mini-clips we all see and love on Instagram.

The reason for this tutorial though is to actually get across to everyone that the ‘flawless’ look we all envy when browsing these photos is actually unrealistic.
Up close, these girls are visibly wearing / caked in makeup - albeit still very beautiful.
And, although there is nothing wrong with that, there is a false perception from the images - that you can be completely perfect and unflawed with the use of makeup. When in actual fact, all you can see is textured, thick products suffocating the beautiful fresh skin that lies beneath.

There is also a common misconception that if you suffer from blemishes and flaws on your skin that you need thick layers of makeup to cover it up - untrue. Concealer has been produced for a reason, it’s to go in and cover up those areas that need 'extra’ concealing when your foundation hasn’t concealed everything.
  
Don’t get me wrong, makeup can boost confidence and help to enhance natural beauty, but with over-use it can do the opposite.

So, if you stay tuned until the end of the tutorial you will see a close-up of my models face, showcasing how all that layering of makeup ages the appearance her skin and how she no longer looks as flawless close-up as she does without the makeup.
From a distance, in photos and evening light you could most definitely wear all this makeup - but is it necessary?

Let me know your thoughts on the Insta'Glam look…

Cultivating the mind of love is so crucial. When love is the ground of our being, a love ethic shapes our participation in politics. To work for peace and justice we begin with the individual practice of love, because it is there that we can experience firsthand love’s transformative power.
—  bell hooks