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AUGUST 4 - MICHI NISHIURA WEGLYN

As the author of the 1976 book Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America’s Concentration Camps, Michi Nishiura Weglyn highlighted the US government’s misconduct toward Japanese Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Her research helped to fuel a movement to gain reparations for Japanese Americans interned during World War II.

Years later, Weglyn would advocate for individuals denied reparations under the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, as well as more than 2,000 Japanese Peruvians who were taken from their homes by the US government and used in a hostage exchange program with Japan.

Though Weglyn never graduated from college - due to complications related to tuberculosis - she has received honorary degrees from Hunter College, California State University and Mount Holyoke College.

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Scientists Studied the Brains of Social Justice Activists, and Here's What They Found

Remember that time you chained yourself to a tree in college to prevent “the man” from cutting it down? Contrary to what you tell yourself now (something about being pulled into young activist drama?), you may have been acting rationally.

People who are more sensitive to the ideas of fairness and equity are driven by logic, not emotion, according to a recent University of Chicago study published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

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[For more on social justice, follow me on Instagram: soulrevision , Tumblr: soulrevision , Facebook: soulrevision , Twitter: soulrevision] On this day, June 21, 1964, three Freedom Summer volunteers were murdered by the KKK & the Neshoba County Sheriffs Department in Mississippi.

During the summer of 1964, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney & Michael Schwerner (ages: 20, 21, & 24, respectively) volunteered for Freedom Summer in an effort to register members of Mississippi’s black communities to vote.

The 3 young men had set out to investigate the burning and destruction of a church, telling other volunteers to search for them if they were not back by 4pm. 

While on the road, the 3 were pulled over by Deputy Cecil Price (a member of the KKK) and arrested. 

They were jailed briefly and released that night. While on the road again, they were stopped by the KKK who shot and killed all 3 of them, and buried them beneath a 15ft earthen dam. 

The bodies of the young men were found 44 days later after an informant tipped off the FBI.  The federal government initially charged 18 men with the crime, but were only able to secure convictions for 7 of them. The charges were not for murder, but for conspiring to deprive the 3 murdered men of their civil rights. 

The 7 men found guilty of murder were sentenced to 3-10 years in prison, none of them served more than 6 years.

The FBI referred to the investigation of the 3 missing Freedom Summer volunteers as, Mississippi Burning. The movie, with the same title, was inspired by the events of that summer and the trial that followed. 

If you don’t know what Freedom Summer was, I encourage you to research it. #NeverForget #FreedomSummer
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All across the world, males are advocating for gender equality in powerful and unique ways. Here are five extraordinary examples:

-Mali singer Bafing Kul, who writes anti-female genital mutilation messages into his lyrics. 

-Plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad, who repairs facial injuries of Pakistani women survivors of acid attacks.

-Ziauddin Yousafzai, who travels the world with his daughter, Malala, to advocate for female education.

-Arunachalam Muruganantham, who prevented women living in rural India from having to endure social restrictions during menstruation by inventing a machine that makes low-cost sanitary pads.

-Reverend Timothy Njoya, a Kenyan cleric who founded Men for the Equality of Men and Women to challenge men’s perceptions of what it means to be a man in his country. 

Read more about these men via Thomson Reuters Foundation.  

“We didn’t take no shit from nobody. We had nothing to lose. You all had rights. We had nothing to lose. I’ll be the first one to step on any organization, any politician’s toes if I have to, to get the rights for my community.”

Sylvia Rivera (1951 – 2002) 

Rivera was an American bisexual transgender activist and trans woman. She was a founding member of both the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Allianceand helped found Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a group dedicated to helping homeless young street drag queens and trans women, with her friend Marsha P. Johnson (quoted from Wikipedia).

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Malala and Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner, have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize.

At the age of just 17, Malala is the youngest ever recipient of the prize.

The teenager was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 for campaigning for girls’ education. She now lives in Birmingham in the UK.

The Nobel committee praised the pair’s “struggle against the suppression of children and young people”.

Mr Satyarthi has maintained the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and headed various forms of peaceful protests, “focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain,” the committee said at the Nobel Institute in Oslo.

The 60-year-old founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or the Save the Childhood Movement, which campaigns for child rights and an end to human trafficking.

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Unions And Black Lives Matter Activists Join Forces Against Scott Walker

Activists took to the streets by the thousands in Madison, Wisconsin on Wednesday with a long list of grievances — ranging from the police killing of unarmed 19-year-old Tony Robinson to the impending multi-million dollar cut to the state’s universities, which they say will “devastate Wisconsin for generations to come.”

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Michael Brown was killed on Canfield Drive, a residential tributary off West Florissant Avenue’s main drag in Ferguson, Missouri.

The block where Officer Darren Wilson left his body for hours in the August heat is now adorned with stuffed animals, ball caps and hand-scrawled notes from children, a grim but moving tribute to a boy who died long before his time.

On a Wednesday afternoon in mid-November, families could be seen wheeling their belongings into moving trucks, their breath thick with the autumn chill.

“They’re tired,” says Tory Russell, 30, a St. Louis native and co-founder of Ferguson activist group Hands Up United. “Moving out. They don’t want to deal with it anymore.”

In the months since Brown’s shooting, this spot has become more than a memorial. It’s a home, too, but also something darker — a visual reminder of death in a community still reeling from the unrest and overwhelming attention that came with it.

News reporters still frequent the area, asking tired questions of anyone who’ll give them the time of day. It’s a heavy burden for a neighborhood few Americans had even heard of before last summer. And as the day approaches when a grand jury decides whether to indict Officer Wilson in Brown’s death, that burden weighs heaviest on one group in particular:

The area’s young people.

Shut It Down.

Have none of you been informed about Homan Square?
It is a black site in Chicago where police are illegally detaining, beating, starving, and abusing “suspects”- which includes completely innocent people they just assume are doing something wrong or are someone they are not. They are not allowing them to contact any lawyers, family, friends, no one for help. 
Another famous black site being- Guantanamo Bay. 

JUNE 28 - BREE NEWSOME

Yesterday on June 27, 2015, activist Bree Newsome made national headlines after courageously climbing a 30 foot pole to remove a Confederate flag flying outside the South Carolina statehouse. She peacefully accepted her arrest when she reached the bottom, leading to repeated calls of #FreeBree and #KeepItDown throughout the social media world. In less than 24 hours, nearly $100,000 was raised on Indiegogo to pay her bail and future legal costs.

Newsome’s actions came just ten days after nine Black churchgoers were brutally murdered in Charleston, South Carolina, causing a renewed sense of urgency in the flag’s removal. Just one day prior, in a eulogy for shooting victim Rev. Clementa Pinckney, President Barack Obama offered up his voice in support:

“Removing the flag from this state’s capital would not be an act of political correctness,” he said. “It would not an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers. It would simply be acknowledgment that the cause for which they fought, the cause of slavery, was wrong.”

Yet when the flag continued to fly - waiting for a two-thirds majority vote from the South Carolina legislature for its removal - Newsome and fellow activists took matters into their own hands. “You come against me with hatred and oppression and violence,” she shouted from atop the pole. “I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today”

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Please Help My Friends

http://www.gofundme.com/hardtoaskforhelp

Hello friends and followers. What you see here is a fundraiser for three of my dearest friends who have found themselves in a rough position. They are a queer married couple with an adopted child, and are going through a separation right now. They need money to help get themselves to a place where their living conditions are stable enough that they can put forth the effort needed to repair their relationships. Right now money is tight, living situations are tenuous, and there’s no energy left over to make things right.

Who are you helping?

  • A transwoman who is also a disabled veteran. This woman is incredible, a leader for her community, an authour, a powerful activist for LGBT and disability issues, and a student. She’s beautiful and powerful inside and out. She needs financial liberty from this situation so she can focus on her health, pay for her medications, and maintain a safe place to live for herself, her service dog, and her cats.

  • A queer man, the husband of the woman mentioned above for 20 years. He’s an incredible chef, also a local community leader and activist, and the absolute best friend anybody could hope for. He is currently living with their adopted son, his dog, and several cats in a trailer. The money raised will be used to provide for himself as well as their son, so that he can move the trailer into a real living space [it’s currently stuck in a friend’s driveway] and maintain the transportation needed to hold down his job. 

  • A trans boy, the adopted son of this couple. He’s recovering from an eating disorder in addition to several mental health issues. The money raised from this fundraiser will help provide for his living space, the health of his pets, the care he needs for his illnesses, and the stability for him to be happy and healthy. There is a real chance that he may need to transfer back into an inpatient facility very soon, so this money issue is becoming a very real emergency.

Local friends and family have managed to get these wonderful people almost halfway to their goal. It would mean the world to me and to them if we could help get them the rest of the way there.

If you can’t donate, please consider giving this a signal boost so it can find people who can. 

Thank you.

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Help Revolutionary CeCe McDonald! | Go Fund Me

Revolutionary black trans woman CeCe McDonald has inspired many people with not only her survival from a racist, transphobic, and misogynistic hate crime and her criminalization for that survival, but also how she has emerged from that experience as a brilliant and passionate advocate. Now out of prison since January, CeCe is in a very precarious financial situation and is practically homeless. She needs the community’s support and love to help her gain some financial stability so that she can thrive and do her incredible activism. For example, CeCe currently does not own a computer and her phone was recently temporarily disconnected because she couldn’t pay the bill. Please support her however you can!

Please support CeCe McDonald! Forwarding the link isn’t enough - make a contribution yourself if it is at all feasible (especially if you identify as an ally - put your money where your mouth is, as the saying goes).

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JULY 1 - RIGOBERTA MENCHÚ

Born into a poor indigenous family of K'iche’ descent, activist Rigoberta Menchú is known for promoting the rights of indigenous peoples both during and after the Guatemalan Civil War. She is the subject of the controversial 1983 testimonial biography I, Rigoberta Menchú by Elizabeth Burgos, and later in 1998, she published a second installment with her own autobiography Crossing Borders.

For her work, Menchú was the recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, as well as a Prince of Asturias Award in 1998. She became the first indigenous woman to compete for the Guatemalan presidency in 2007, and though she was defeated in the first round, that didn’t stop her from running once again in 2011.