Activité de l’après-midi, putain c’était long mais qu’est ce que c’est bon 

I’m really thankful I had the chance to have a childhood experiencing camping and the great outdoors. If it wasn’t for my dad, and his love for the mountains, I probably wouldn’t have the same outlook on doing adventurous activites. So many of my childhood memories lie within the mountains and the trees, and I’m so glad I can create more memories now that I’m older. 

Global Poverty Project and Earth Day Network Presents

Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day


18 AprilTime:11:00AM - 7:00PM Saturday April 18, 2015Venue:Washington Monument GroundsA FREE EVENT,no tickets necessary

Marking the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day comes during a pivotal time to protect the planet and ensure that world leaders address key issues facing the next generation. Timed to coincide with the spring meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day will bring together global policymakers, finance ministers, environment and development NGOs, industry executives and high-profile artists.

Together, these world leaders will work to educate and inspire citizens to take immediate action to end extreme poverty and address climate change. The event is part of a widespread effort to mobilize global citizens in the climate and environmental movement, and the poverty and development movement to drive bold commitments from governments, businesses and individuals.

With this battle in hand, the time is now, for our generation to stand up to the madness. But we need to be more than green consumers if we think we’re going to make any difference. We need to activists. Despite how demonized this term “eco-activist” has become – especially after the post 9-11 era that equates this kind of activism with terrorism – it is integral to our democracy, our own rights as individuals, and for the safeguard of our world that we become activists now. There couldn’t be more of an important time to risk something of ourselves, to get creative with our abilities and to step up to plate.

This is our time.

This is our moment.

This is it.

So a few days ago letters and emails have been sent to my local MP stressing that what is currently happening in Gaza has to be raised in the Parliament as well as demanding immediate action to be taken by the UK government to stop the bloodshed of the innocent civilians in Gaza. This morning, I woke up to a letter from the MP stating that in response to the letters and emails from the constituents, the issue has been raised in the House of Commons and that letters have also been written to the Foreign & Commonwealth office, asking Ministers what they are doing in this regard. Many people believe that writing to their local MP won’t help end the suffering of the innocent Palestinians, but I beg each and every single one of you to try all you can and never despair. In just 17 days, Israel’s brutal military assault on Gaza has led to the death of over 667, 70% of whom are women and children!! It’s heartbreaking! The people of Palestine are slowly, and deliberately, being wiped off the face of the earth!! It is the duty of every human being to take every action possible to help these innocent people and stop their bloodshed. So PLEASE do write to your local MP, protest, sign petitions, donate as much as you can and most importantly pray and keep on praying for all the innocent souls suffering all around the world.
"Like A girl"?

“Like A girl”?

“Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, ‘She doesn’t have what it takes’. They will say, ‘women don’t have what it takes.” – Clare Boothe Luce

For as long as I could remember, being a girl came with double standards. I was urged to reach for the stars, push for greatness and be the best that I could be. Yet, being ‘like a girl’ was one of the…

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Walmart broke labor laws by intimidating and retaliating against worker activists at two California stores, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled this week: In a decision made public on Wednesday, Geoffrey Carter, an N.L.R.B. administrative law judge, also found that a Walmart manager had illegally intimidated workers by saying, “If it were up to me, […]

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“After spreading the word about the drive on the lesbian, gay, and transgender (LGBT) student group’s website and Yahoo discussion list and working in shifts between …the Berea students gathered more 400 signed postcards to hand-deliver at K FA’s 2002 Lobby Day … LGBT people live in his district,” (Gary 35). It seems like teen queer activists have always had an interest in making things fair in society and both author Gary and Warner have articles that shed light on these issues as well. However, Gary does more of an equal rights through colleges while Warner explains things in a more queer way. Meaning, he claims that most of these teens aren’t really knowledgeable about what queer theory really means, which is what he goes onto explain in his article. He states, “The appeal of ‘queer theory’ like the appeal of ‘cultural studies’ has outstripped anyone’s sense of what exactly it means,” (8). However, to begin I will explain the article that Gary speaks about and what she would likely say to Warner and vice versa.

In this picture above we see a bunch of college graduate and the colors that symbolize the queer culture. In Gary’s article she explains the issue that occurred at Brea college which goes as followed: “Longtime PFLAG-Berea member Ed McCurley wryly responded, “Whose families, Representative Napier?” Ed began recounting the difficulties his own son had as a gay man growing up in their county. Before Ed could continue, Representative Napier’s assistant, a blond-haired white woman not much older than the Berea students wearing the stately pearls and pantsuit of someone twice her age, said, “I’m afraid we’ll have to end here. Representative Napier has to attend to the state’s business:‘’” (36). We have thought that colleges have become more accepting on campuses and from the picture we can assume that, but obviously things do not seem to be changing. Gary goes on with this article and mentions different ways that made a stance to change these problems as well. However, it still seemed to be a struggle to get somewhat of an equal stance about the issue at Brea College. “A strategy of familiarity can only carry LGBT visibility so far in places with limited venues and resources on hand to sustain the work of transforming strangers into familiar locals.” (41). Although LGBTQ teens have fought to carry out equal rights among the school it is still a struggle. Warner would agree that fighting for equality is definitely something that all school and society enterprises should fight for, however, he would disagree that asking to be like everyone else is not the definition of what queer theory is.

“The idea of queer theory may involve some generational mythmaking as well,” (Warner 8). Warner explains that many activists have created their own myths and reasoning as to what queer theory actually means, which can go back and reflect on Gary’s article as well. Basically stating that queer activists should be fighting for equality and to be treated the same as everyone. In this picture above we can assume that this is something that these queer activists are doing. He explains more about what it should actually mean and concludes with a very interesting quote. He states, “She wants queerness to challenge the very nature of heterosexuality self-understanding and it can’t do that by…,(10). I agree with this because queer theory should be challenging society, claiming that they are different in society but they should get treated as more so people and not objects or freaks. 

Tiffany Jusino

Le désir est une activité latente et en cela il ressemble à l’écriture : on désire comme on écrit, toujours. D’ailleurs, quand je suis en passe d’écrire, je me sens plus envahie par l’écriture que quand je le fais vraiment. Entre désir et jouissance, il y a la même différence qu’entre le chaos primitif de l’écrit – total, illisible – et le résultat final de ce qui, sur la page, s’allège, s’éclaire. Le chaos est dans le désir. La jouissance n’est que cette infime part de ce que nous sommes parvenus à atteindre. Le reste, l’énormité de ce que nous désirons, reste là, perdu à jamais L’amour comme désir de posséder l’autre au point de vouloir le dévorer.
—  Marguerite Duras

I’m coming across conflicting reports about exactly what happened during the shooting. In the Guardian article I posted earlier the military claim that “When [the officer who shot Wutty] learned that Chut Wutty died, he killed himself with his own weapon,” however an article in the Phnom Penh Post (who are known to avoid criticism of Hun Sen or the Cambodian government) stated that human rights group Licadho, upon hearing of the shooting dispatched investigators and and the organisation’s Koh Kong provincial coordinator, who spoke to ballistics police and were informed that the officer was killed by his own bullets ricocheting off Wutty’s car. It’s difficult to know what’s the truth, perhaps the military are trying to spin the story as an accidental killing by saying the officer turned the gun on himself. To me the death of an individual investigating and publicising corruption in Cambodia, especially one which involves big money such as illegal logging and involvement of people in high places is going to be somewhat suspicious.