activism in action

THE NIGHT SKY MAN

there is a man in the night sky
with a huge baseball bat he swings around
when we need it

stars are the balls he shoots soaring through the night sky
he’s always been a great shooter
we’ve seen them soaring exactly in the right places  
at the right time

and they always worked so perfectly
just one look, one wish, job done
everything is alright again
the dream has been delivered
the box reading ‘fragile: handle with care!’
came the right way up

but he slips sometimes too
the night sky man
because our stars don’t come soaring
not in the right parts of the sky at least
or the right time

the deliveries get lost in the mail
the post offices don’t know what’ve happended to them
we wait patiently
then not patient at all, screaming at the night sky man to do something
maybe he should hire FedEx

sometimes the stars we wish for fall, but get delievered to the wrong people
the bad guys get the cream
the lambs get slaughtered
shelter is not given to

here I am waiting
I’ve wanted it all to turn out fine
but the stars never seem to be falling for me
maybe it’s because
everything else seems to be falling around me

here I am,
screaming, kicking, throwing stones upwards
with my own baseball bat
because the night sky man seems to be on a sick leave

but while i’ve waited for my star to come
i’ve been watching the other waiting people
and I think I know why the stars are getting scarce

the night sky man
gave us all the stars we needed
our hands and our minds came delivered
and he wants us to unpack them
from their carton boxes

maybe the only shooting stars we need
are the ones that shine in our eyes
when we dream

maybe they’re the ones
that are born in our hands
when we stop waiting
and take the baseball bats in our own hands

from a comrade

“Planning to hit the streets to raise some hell? I commend you. You’re doing the hard work we need right now. Just remember to buy yourself some face coverage.

A bandana is always fashionable, but a balaclava provides more coverage and a more secure fit should you need to run. Plus it’s a lot warmer, which is important for these winter protests. A keffiyeh is a classic look, and wrapped correctly provides good coverage as well. Avoid shit like the Guy Fawkes mask; poor visibility, and you look like a dweeb.

"But friend,” you might protest. “Why do I need a mask if I’m not planning on doing anything illegal?” Excellent question! There are several reasons:

1. You don’t know when an illegal tactic will play out around you. You don’t want to be caught on camera next to someone smashing bank windows.
2. If only the black bloc masks up, the police immediately know who to prioritize. Even if you don’t personally involve yourself in such tactics, it’s important to stand in solidarity with your more militant brethren. They are the stick to your carrot, and we need both to be functional.
3. As these protests go on and become more disruptive, the Nazis will take an interest in direct action of their own. They’re already putting out literal bounties on resisters. The peacefulness of your protest will not protect you from the hate machine if you happen to get doxxed in a protest photo.

Fight back. Fight hard, or soft, as it pleases you. Fight together. But please, please be safe. <3"

Listen up Punks

If you think Punk is just an aesthetic, get out.
If you think punk is all ripped jeans, rock and roll, and wild hair, please leave.
If you claim to be a punk but make no effort to change society’s standards and challenge the norm outside of your fashion choices, I have a problem with you.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not some elitist asshole who wants to tell you what you can and can’t be, but I will implore you to go look up the history of punk. True punks fight for the oppressed. Punk isn’t just about patches and pins, and it’s certainly not this “I don’t give a fuck” shit I’ve been seeing from some self-proclaimed “punks”.

To be punk is to care enough to say “fuck society for hurting you” to minorities.

Right now, we need the you to really prove how punk you are. If you truly are punk, show some antifascist action.

Sincerely, a frustrated queer punk.

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• Call/write to your representatives,
• Donate to the causes you support,
• Sign petitions,
• Attend town hall meetings,
• Attend resistance recess events,
• Register to vote,
• And more!

YOUR PARTICIPATION MATTERS!

May 1 2014 - Nigel Farage, leader of the racist UK Independence Party gets egged.

The man who threw the egg was holding a placard which said: “UKIP… sad, scared, old men”. He was put into a patrol car by police and driven away.

The protester, who gave his name as Fred from Nottingham, said he had carried out the attack because he did not agree with UKIP’s policies.

He told the BBC: “Egg-throwing is a well established form of political protest in this country. I saw the guys outside the town hall about 10 minutes ago. I went to Tesco, bought some eggs.”

Moon Signs 3

Moon in Aries: You have instinctive reactions to people, and you immediately form your judgments. Your enthusiasm is easy to elicit, as is your anger. When you are in doubt, you immerse yourself in the activity. You are action-oriented, impetuous and determined, but you can also be selfish, irritable, impatient and abrupt. You make your needs known. When you were a child, your mother had to react to your impetuous demands. It was necessary. As a result, you have perceived him as a dynamic person. She taught you, for example, to be independent.

Moon in Taurus: On the emotional level, you are cautious, trustworthy and enjoyable. You react slowly, but once you have decided to devote yourself to something, it’s for the long run. You are stable, but obstinate. In case of doubt, you refuse to move in the least centimeter. But you suffer in times of change. When you were a child, you desperately sought the safety of a present and caring parent. It’s likely your mother tried to be that for you.

Moon in Gemini: You are fickle, agitated, dashing, and you have a clear speech. You express your feelings with spirit and intelligence. But you take a basically cerebral approach to your emotional problems. Though you tend to worry, analyzing your own reactions brings you a dose of calm, and you adapt easily to change. As a child, you were agitated, curious and easily distracted.

Moon in Cancer: The Moon governs the sign of Cancer, and therefore no matter what else happens in your card, you are a lunar person: changing mood, receptive, sentimental, and supremely conscious of the continual flow of your emotions. Tears coqme easily, and the past exercises a magnetic influence on you. You are probably very affectionate and remarkably committed to your loved ones.

Moon in Leo: The Moon in Leo adds heat, luster and exuberance to any solar sign. You consider yourself an outstanding number. Although your pride is easily crumpled, you are generally confident and happy. But when things do not go as you wish, you conceal the doubts you have about yourself and your ambivalence by a firework of emotions.

Moon in Virgo: Shy in terms of emotions, you prefer to repress them rather than express them. You try to be discreet, and you may find it difficult to cope with major problems. Instead, you divert your attention by focusing on details or working so hard that you barely have time to think. You are industrious, you have practical sense and you are helpful.

Moon in Libra: You are gracious, kind, romantic and diplomatic. You avoid vulgarity and try to express your feelings in a balanced and reasonable manner. Love and relational life are indispensable to your well-being, and you can barely imagine life without a partner. But you also enjoy serenity, and you will do what is necessary to achieve this elusive goal.

Moon in Scorpio: Passionate and easily crumpled, you are a complex person. Stubborn, intense, and sometimes self-destructive, you express your feelings indirectly and you often try to keep them secret, which may require a certain amount of manipulation. You avoid confrontation in terms of emotions: you feel that it is safer.

Moon in Sagittarius: You have a philosophic attitude, you are frank, cheerful and generous. Well-intentioned and idealistic, you are also a risk taker who depends on his independence and will do anything to preserve it. When a problem arises, you tend to look for rational explanations. It is easier for you to take action than emotions. You may believe that you are always right, even if it is not, which can inadvertently hurt you. But your optimism eventually comes back, and you embark on a new adventure.

Moon in Capricorn: You are stable, reserved and well disciplined. You know your limits. You may be pessimistic and sad because, in one way or another, the typical joy of childhood has passed you by. Reserved and complexed, you feel more stable and calm when you succeed. The exuberance of feelings and the dramas of other people make you anxious. But in times of crisis, you take responsibility. When you are in control, you experience a sense of authority and control that you try to maintain with great effort.

Moon in Aquarius: In the depths of yourself, you consider yourself a sort of Crusader or pillar of good works of charity. You like to think that you are able to make a difference in the world. Whatever else you see in your natal chart, you are attracted by what is original and non-conformist. It is difficult for you to express your emotions and you can give people the impression of being reserved. In reality, you do not know what to do with your feelings, and you are trying to pretend you do not.

Moon in Pisces: You are gentle, sentimental, influential and compassionate. But each emotional wave puts you down. Extremely sensitive and easily injured, you also possess a very fine intuition. When you act upon it, you are well. Although you may be dreamy and sometimes lack practical sense, it is imperative that you protect yourself emotionally.

Soul Purpose of Moon signs 

Moon in Aries: To direct intense emotional energies into the mental body so fresh, intuitive ideas can be generated, like a flower springing from wintery darkness. The crisis is channeling confusing emotions into the mind. The moon is ultra spiritually active in Aries 

Moon in Taurus: Expressing pure creativity that satisfies material and spiritual desires. Personal emotions have admirable empathy and generate marvellous creativity that shapes the nature of Gods and Goddesses 

Moon in Gemini: The mental and altruistic awareness of emotions becomes a gateway for the creation of relationships. The mind is intensely spiritually alert and establishes new harmonic patterns between people 

Moon in Cancer: Turning back time, the individual remains partly in past lives. The goal is to materialise a cradle to protect, nourish, and nurture like the Mother Goddess. This is to use the illumination of the moon to radiate pure, unconditional love 

Moon in Leo: Self awareness and identity emanates from grandiose emotional activity. Feelings about themselves are based on their opportunity to give and receive love passionately and intensely 

Moon in Virgo: Christ inside, the individual is a sacred world server, spirit’s child. The individual activates all vibrations of love on behalf of whole humanity and all of earth’s minerals, plants, and animals 

Moon in Libra:  The creation, facilitation, and growth of love and relationships is the Moon in Libra’s soul plan. Bringing and reuniting souls on their journey together. Turns ego-driven need for relationships into spiritual love for all beings

Moon in Scorpio: To resist the ego’s need for isolation and separation. To generate the sacred, healing power of the spiritual self and dissolve destructive and karmic emotional activity and impulsive action. This facilitates soul level transformation

Moon in Sagittarius: The emotional nature is nourished and sustained by physical experience, to wander the temple of earth. The generation of ideas and vision that benefit the collective spirit and body. Submits the physical nature to something higher 

Moon in Capricorn: To direct and arrange personal vision and goals from being physically and materially based to wholly spiritual pursuits. To facilitate safety and spiritual nourishment for collective humanity 

Moon in Aquarius: Tremendous spiritual responsibility is born with Moon in Aquarius. Powerful, vibrational love is directed into the mind and as a matrix for wider humanity, immersing every soul like air droplets. To dissociate from the bias of human emotion and judgment to radiate the essence of higher beings, angels, pure unconditional love 

Moon in Pisces: Powerful soul work is activated with Moon in Pisces. The will of God is bought forth through the vessel of bright, loving illumination. Potent, universal compassion nourishes the soul of the world

-C.

i just want to say … everyone who reblogs donation posts, everyone who donates to people in need, everyone who cares enough to help on here … you’re life savers, you truly are. 

Like I know it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal to a lot of people to just reblog a post or to just donate a couple dollars, ….but … you save lives.

you got me the medications I needed to live my live, you have gotten my friend the money so they can not starve, you have raised money to get people out of abusive and potentially deadly living situations, you’ve helped people have proper funerals so their families can mourn, you’ve helped me pay for surgeries I needed to improve my quality of life, you’ve helped people get gas money so they can go to work and not become homeless, you’ve literally fucking given me a computer so I can continue to gather donations so I don’t die.

I’m just floored by the generosity of each and every one of you, yall contribute to saving lives, yall do, every single one of you who do all you can is quite literally unimaginable to me. I never in my wildest dreams would have expected such compassion all of you have shown. 

I owe yall my life, and I’m sure so many other people would agree. 

So shout out to all you who reblog donations posts, and to all you who donate however much you can … Thank you.

1. A boy who wants to speak to you will message you, if he’s not messaging you then it’s probably because he doesn’t want to.
2. If he’s not asking you out on a date then it’s most likely because he doesn’t want to take you on one.  
3. Calling you ‘crazy’ or ‘strange’ is his way of trying to make you feel like your feelings are unnecessary, don’t stay with someone who makes you feel stupid for having feelings.
4. You never really know what he’s thinking so don’t for a second think you do because you’ll end up getting disappointed.
5. A boy who truly likes you will never put himself in a position to lose you.
6. Know when to walk away, you will find a boy who appreciates you.
7. Don’t chase him, if he wants to leave let him. If he really did like you as much as you liked him he wouldn’t be walking away in the first place, remember that.
8. There’s always someone else, they might not be right for you either but there will always be someone you find after them and eventually you’ll find the right person.
9. Don’t ignore the red flags, if you think something isn’t right then trust your gut, you’re probably right anyway.
10. If he likes you then he’ll want to talk to you and only you and will make an active effort to do so.
11. “I’m not looking for anything serious right now” means “I’m not looking for anything serious with you”.  
12. A boy who likes you will want to be with you. 
13. If he tells you he’s going to bed but is then actively on social media then don’t dare message him the next day.  
14. A boy who likes you will want to speak to you everyday, not once a week or whenever it suits him.
15. Watch out for the boys who speak to you in their free time and the boys who’ll free their time to speak to you, it’s important to learn the difference.
16. If he ignores any of your messages, whether they’re messages that have an answer to them or ones that could be ignored then he’s probably not interested.
17. If a boy is interested in you then he’s going to message you back even if your last message was one he didn’t have to reply to, if he likes you he’ll want to talk to you.
18. Actions will always speak louder than words, don’t believe anything he says unless he actively proves it with his actions.
19. Boys say things they don’t mean.  
20. Once it’s over walk away, he’s made it clear how he feels about you or rather how he doesn’t so leave it at that.
—  20 lessons I’ve learned (and never want to forget).

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Via @thesociologicalcinema

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Gym instructor loses job after autistic man he publicly humiliated spends two years studying law and successfully sues for discrimination.

(long story)

A fitness enthusiast who complained his gym’s music was not motivating enough has won damages after an instructor humiliated him over a microphone for complaining.

Ketan Aggarwal, 30, who was branded “stupid” by staff in a Virgin Active club spin class has successfully sued them for disability discrimination while representing himself in court.

The gym goer, who is autistic, proved he was anything but stupid by swatting over law books to beat the multi-million pound company’s legal team.

Mr Aggarwal was in a spin class when he agreed with a fellow cyclist the music was too slow - prompting the instructor to apparently yell “don’t tell me how to do my job”.

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From A Friend:

Important ideas for moving forward into the new world:

1: collectivize EVERYTHING. we need medical collectives that go beyond first aid and street safety, we need self defense collectives, food and clothing production and distribution collectives, etc etc etc. WE MUST START INFRASTRUCTURALLY SUPPORTING EACH OTHER OUTSIDE OF THE CAPITALIST PARADIGM

2: DO LEGAL SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WHO GET ARRESTED, ESPECIALLY THOSE MORE RADICAL THAN YOU. historically, anarchists and other anticapitalist anti authoritarians have fundraised and supported the actions and legal defense teams of liberals and progressives. we no longer have the time or resources to do that. its our turn. support us or fuck off.

3: PHYSICALLY DEFEND PEOPLE OF MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES. use your privilege to keep others safe. whether that means going to the store with them or punching nazis in the face.

4: NORMALIZE RESISTANCE, NEVER NORMALIZE OR LEGITIMIZE FASCISM. we must CONSTANTLY resist the idea that genocidal fascist and capitalist ideologies are in any way to be debated. they must be destroyed. likewise, it is CRITICAL that we shatter the narrative that those who participate in active resistance are somehow morally responsible for state repression. DO NOT LET PEOPLE GET AWAY WITH FRAMING BLM, INDIGENOUS WARRIORS, ANTIFA, ETC AS THE ENEMY. the true enemy is the social order that has created a white supremacist fascist hell that seeks to destroy every bit of liberty we fight so fucking hard for.

5: FIGHT HOW YOU CAN. Every act of resistance matters. Social media, in the streets, at home. Staying alive and as healthy as possible is resistance. Punching nazis in the face is resistance. Standing up to the fascist police state is resistance. Don’t overextend yourself, and do not EVER imply that those who engage in their resistance in a way that is different or more/less militant than yours (assuming similar goals of course) are somehow morally inferior. We are in this for the long haul and it is IMPERATIVE that we take care of ourselves. Supporters AND those in the streets need to remember that neither would be effective without the other, and every person’s role, however they choose to engage, is vital.

6: NEVER FUCKING SNITCH This one is self explanatory. Don’t sell out anyone on our team. This includes taking pictures of faces at demos, theorizing about who may have done what “illegal” act, and other forms of soft snitching.

7: BE STEADFAST This is going to be a long and bumpy road. You will get scared, demoralized and hopeless many many times. But there is light in the darkness, and we are making it grow.

US city mayors representing 36 million Americans commit to uphold the #ParisAgreement. More like this, please: bit.ly/2rKgEtJ

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Please do your small part in this large fight for environmental justice!