The U.S. government: We don’t want the DAPL “protesters” to freeze or anything, so they need to evacuate. We care about them and are worried about their safety.
Also the U.S. government:
*Takes militarized action against the water protectors* *Sprays them with water cannons* *Shoots them with rubber bullets* *Fires tear gas and sprays them with mace* *Fines those who bring supplies to the camp thousands of dollars* *Literally wants to put a major pipeline that is likely to spill and cause major disasters near their water supply and homes* *Destroys areas of cultural importance for the pipeline construction* *Wants to continue destroying areas of cultural importance for the pipeline construction* *Has openly colonized and abused indigenous Americans since forever and does everything in their power to keep indigenous Americans in poverty* *Ignores that people fucking live there*
The presentation of Standing Rock as a “non-violent” event erases the fact that forcing the Oceti Sakowin to take this approach was itself an act of colonial violence. Don’t co-opt the strategy at Standing Rock as part of an anti-gun/pro-pacifism ideology, because it ignores the nuances of our anti-colonial struggle (and rather blatantly that our culture is historically not pacifist.)
And DO NOT use it as a means to police the organizing methods of other communities.
After a bitter legal battle that has lasted nearly a decade, a Canadian judge has ruled that the government is liable for the harm inflicted on thousands of First Nations children who were forcibly removed from their families and adopted by non-indigenous families.
Between 1965 and 1984, around 16,000 indigenous children were fostered or put up for adoption in an episode which became known as the “Sixties Scoop”.
Ontario superior court justice Edward Belobaba’s ruling Tuesday found in favour of survivors of the operation and their families, who argued that the forced removal robbed the children of their cultural identity and caused emotional damage that has resonated for generations.
“There is … no dispute that great harm was done,” Belobaba wrote. “The ‘scooped’ children lost contact with their families. They lost their aboriginal language, culture and identity. Neither the children nor their foster or adoptive parents were given information about the children’s aboriginal heritage or about the various educational and other benefits that they were entitled to receive. The removed children vanished ‘scarcely without a trace’.”
A very personal reaction/musing regarding the death of Fidel Castro.
He played a key role in anti-colonial struggles across Africa, improved conditions in some key ways for the people of Cuba, and also lived as a specter of terror, a murderer of his own people.
I don’t care if he rests in power or peace or at all.
I want the good things he brought about to endure and the evil he has done to be healed and made right where possible.
I feel no solidarity with white Cubans whose wealth was redistributed. I feel all solidarity with Afro-Cubans everywhere. I feel solidarity with the families whose relatives were imprisoned and killed for their sexual orientation, gender identity, religious beliefs, and dissenting opinions. I want Cuban society to confront its alive-and-well anti-blackness, cis-sexism, and homophobia. I don’t want Cuba to go back to what it was before Castro. I want Cuba to move forward from him.
He was a Jew.
He was Palestinian.
He was Brown.
He was anti-colonialism.
He was anti-cultural appropriation.
He taught socialism and sharing.
He loved sinners, including prostitutes, tax collectors (thieves of the day), divorcées (sluts of the day) and murderers.
Some of the people he respected and loves the most were women.
He was for racial equality.
He was NOT apple pie, white, blond, capitalist, meninist, anti-immigrant, shaming, antisemitic, racist, gay-bashing, or a fan of basically anything Donald Trump.
While I don’t think Naomi Klein goes far enough in her prescription (unionized/welfare-oriented capitalism is not sufficient enough, as it always risks being once-again gutted by capital; we need full socialist economic democracy), her diagnosis is spot-on. An unholy mixture of nationalism, racism, and an anxiety-ridden neoliberal climate created the Trump presidency. We need to acknowledge this, let the Democratic Party crumble, build a new leftist party on the ashes, mobilize and empower people to reject Trump’s fascism, and offer real solutions to neoliberalism and capitalism as a whole. We can do this.
also everyone should just… read the chaos walking series
it’s beautifully written and thought provoking and immensely entertaining with LGBT representation in major characters, themes of anti-colonialism, anti-misogyny, and anti-fascism, and just overall a damn good read
so many people on my dash are talking about doing a Babylon 5 re-watch because of recent events
and like…god I love the show so much but it’s still so incredibly depressing how vividly and horribly relevant the stories it tells still are
re-watching it in the current political climate is just chilling; the oppression of the Mars Colony, the anti-alien rhetoric, the stripping away of help for the most vulnerable in society, the suppression of news and twisting of facts…
I mean in B5 it’s all ‘Earth First’ rather than ‘America First’ but urghhhh it’s all so horribly…familiar
I mean good lord that whole storyline was supposed to be a WARNING not an INSTRUCTION MANUAL, I can’t believe the leader of the most powerful country in the world is now practically indistinguishable from a fictional villain who I actually used to think was too one dimensional to be totally believeable
If anti SJWs think feminists in the first world are “triggered special snowflakes” who are so “radical” they’re probably not going to like the things that feminists in the third world (who they pretend to care about all the time) talk about more often than feminists in the first world, like anti colonialism and anti capitalism.
This is my lil rez doggie, Dora. She is anti-fascist and anti-colonial and basically just wants everyone to cooperate. We think maybe she’s some kind of corgi/beagle/rat terrier sort of thing - a rat corgle. She loves bagels, singing along to hand drum songs, and small children (but not for the same reasons) more than anything.
Today in history: December 6, 1961 - Frantz Fanon dies.
Fanon was a psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary, and writer who was a member of the National Liberation Front which lead the anti-colonial revolutionary movement in Algeria. His writings such as ‘Wretched of the Earth’ have inspired and influenced revolutionaries around the world.