bridges to community

anonymous asked:

the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago absorbs all administrative costs and doesn’t profit from any donations to its hurricane relief fund, according to its site. if donations to this fund are explicitly not used for zionist operations, why do you find it relevant to ascribe a zionist qualifier to it on a resource post about relief options for a devastated PR?

it takes approximately 5 minutes to look at their website, click on the tab “JUF Israel” then choose from the drop down menu “Streams Funding” to find this exact sentence “In 2017 JUF provided $300,000 for pluralistic programs in Israel” :-) they definitely don’t profit from donations but they do use them to fund their “administrative costs” in Israel so yes i think it’s worth mentioning considering there are many people who wouldn’t feel comfortable supporting an organization that EXPLICITLY states an agenda to “strengthen the robust bridge between Chicago’s Jewish community and the people of Israel”

I think one of the misconceptions about Loki is that he is looking to cause chaos, but rarely have I experienced Loki causing chaos just for the sake of chaos.

Change, chaotic change, serves a purpose as the quickest way to get from point a to b. Or it’s for fun. Or because certain fuckers are asshats and really need to have things go wrong for them. Or because Really, Trust Me, Hold My Beer, This Is Gonna Be Great and you end up with some awesome stuff, or in the same vein it’s “Look these rules suck and if we say, DON’T play by the rules there might be some bumps but it will be totally worth it” and you end up with a foldable ship and a lightning hammer.

And change is fucking scary for a lot of people, especially when the change doesn’t follow rules or connect-the-dots steps or moments to adjust, so really it’s no wonder a lot of people are wary of Loki and I know with all this I sound slightly ridiculous going “No, dude- DUDE. It’s totally worth it. It’s amazing. Just do it it is so much fun oh my gods.” on the subject of working with him.

Policeman pulls over black woman and quickly discovers she is the state attorney

A pair of police officers have caught themselves on camera, struggling to explain why they had pulled over Florida’s first and only black state attorney.

Aramis Ayala, who serves as state attorney in the Sunshine State’s 9th Judicial Circuit, was pulled over on 19 June.

As the officer approaches her window, she can be seen grabbing her licence from her wallet, which she then hands over to him.

When he asks what agency she works for, she responds: “I’m the state attorney”.

The officer immediately launches into an explanation for the stop, explaining that he ran the tags on her car and received no result.

Ms Ayala asked: “What was the tag run for?”

The officer then begins to stumble, saying: “Oh we run tags through all the time, whether it’s a traffic light and that sort of stuff; That’s how we figure out if cars are stolen and that sort of thing.”

He added: “Also, the windows are really dark. I don’t have a tint measure but that’s another reason for the stop.”

The State Attorney, visibly annoyed, asks for the officers’ cards. Neither have them available, so they write their contact information on a piece of paper.

Orlando police department said that it “allows the running of tags for official business only, and this is done routinely on patrol”.

“In regards to the video, which was released by the Orlando Police Department last month, the officers stated the tag did not come back as registered to any vehicle. As you can see in the video, the window tint was dark, and officers would not have been able to tell who, or how many people, were in the vehicle,” a statement said.

No complaint has been filed over the stop, police said.

Ms Ayala, a career public defender, ran for state attorney on a platform of transparency and a promise to bridge gaps with communities of colour.

In a statement to The Independent, Ms Ayala said she has “violated no laws”.

“The license plate, while confidential was and remains properly registered… The tint was in no way a violation of Florida law… Although the traffic stop appears to be consistent with Florida law,” the statement said.

“My goal is to have a constructive and mutually respectful relationship between law enforcement and the community, Ms Ayala added. "I look forward to sitting down to have an open dialogue with the Chief of Orlando Police Department regarding how this incident impacts that goal”.

Ms Ayala recently made headlines for refusing to pursue the death penalty in the murder trial of Markeith Loyd, who is accused of killing Orlando Police Lieutenant Debra Clayton and his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon.

Florida Governor Rick Scott removed her from the case for what he called her refusal to “fight for justice”.

Ms Ayala has asked the state Supreme Court to block Mr Scott’s decision.

In April, the State Attorney’s office reported she had received a noose in the mail, accompanied by a disturbing letter. The office said Ms Ayala frequently receives hate mail, often expressing racist sentiments.

Some Feelings About Slash and Allyship

I can’t stop thinking about a post I saw recently that echoed a sentiment I’ve seen (and felt myself *in a conditional way*) often: That straight men who fetishize lesbians and straight women (this was specifically with regard to shippers) who fetishize gay men and/or gay sex are assholes.

I want to talk about my conditional feelings. I feel, like I suspect a lot of bi/pan people do, like I’m a bridge between LGBTQ and straight communities. And I’m in a fandom that’s very largely composed of straight women shipping a M/M relationship.

And *every single day* I see you posting support for my people. You take down homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and aphobia. You reblog my LGBTQIAP posts and offer love to us.

You listen to me gush and gripe about my partners and crushes of all genders and have never judged me for my polyamory or my orientation. Rather, you actively offer love and positivity.

So my take is this: You celebrate any ship you like. You enjoy what you enjoy. But if you ship male or femslash and aren’t queer, you better damn well be an ally. You do owe it to us. To gay men, to gay women. To gender nonconformists and to all LGBTQIAP people.

AND YOU ARE doing that work. I see you. And I love you.


I’ve heard exactly one time in the MCU fandom about a woman who shipped male slash and was a homophobe. Other *straight women* called her hypocrisy out HARD. And that is amazing because it’s your job, sisters.

So I want to say thank you. Thank you for supporting the queer people in fandom and for supporting the community as a whole.

Just big warm floofy love to the badass, sweetheart, warrior women who make up this fandom. Biggest solidarity to our ace, trans, queer, genderqueer, pan, bi family of nerds.

Keep being fucking awesome. You are all my Space Viking Loves and my Captains America. My Billionaire Genius Playboy Philanthropists and my Genderfluid Chaos Gods.

*high fucking fives*


“The few centimeters of distance that I could see from afar have now disappeared..”

They say it takes 4 seconds for silence to be awkward. That’s why I think this moment was special in that they were able to sit together without talking yet the relationship became closer, the few centimeter gap was bridged, there was communication and love in the air. And the silence was never really awkward. That few minutes or hours just sitting idly silently was a special bonding moment for them.

Canon Autistic Main Characters

A list of characters that have been stated, in-universe or otherwise by their creators, to be autistic. (I tried to include only positive portrayals!)

Spencer Reid, Criminal Minds (2005- )

Topher Brink, Dollhouse (2009-2010)

Abed Nadir, Community (2009-2015)

Gary Bell, Alphas (2011-2012)

Sonya Cross, The Bridge (2013-2014)

Blackwolf, Soon I Will Be Invincible (2007)

Caitlin Smith, Mockingbird (2010)

Trueman Bradley, Trueman Bradley - Aspie Detective (2011)

Danny Becket, Sharp Zero (2014- )

Freddy and Saskia, Do You Think This Is Strange? (2015)

Linda Freeman, Snow Cake (2006)

Max, Mary and Max (2009)

Rizwan Khan, My Name Is Khan (2010)

River Wyles, To The Moon (2011)

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Alex Danvers was the complete opposite of her sister, Lena mused as she watched the DEO agent glance around the coffee shop, eyes scanning quickly past each of the patrons.  Lena waved, nudging the mug towards the second chair at her table.  

It was the first time she’d actively sought out Alex, going as far as asking Kara to pass along her phone number, so that Alex had the freedom to contact Lena when she was comfortable with the idea.  Honestly Lena was terrified that she’d overstepped, spending the entire evening prior working up the courage to ask Kara to bridge the communication gap.  

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anonymous asked:

I get that Laci's methods are unhelpful+ even counter-productive, but like Ash said her intention to bridge the gap between these communities is good(?) Are there any examples of other methods to do this? Sry if I'm missing something obvious

At this point, engaging with most (not all) mainstream anti-fem channels is self-preservation in my opinion. Doing livestreams with anti-feminists where both parties agree to be polite and respectful is helpful in the sense that their audience is exposed to a different opinion in a setting that isn’t “FEMINIST GETS REKT”. Does it change most people’s core beliefs? Not really. But it does humanize the feminist engaging with them which essentially gives you anti-fem “street cred.”

There’s this idea within those communities that the opposing side is only worth respecting and not hurling abuse at if they engage with the creators who have harassed them in the first place. I did this last year on B3aring’s channel after he had made 3-4 videos insulting me and gaslighting me and his 300k fans swarmed my channel with hate.

After the livestream I got a ton of his fans saying “I disagree still but I actually respect you as a person now.” Like why was me doing an hour long public livestream necessary to be treated like a human being? On top of this, it didn’t stop any of my friends or fellow feminist creators from getting harassed by these channels. They might have laid off me for a bit, but it didn’t help the overall problem. All it did was create a dichotomy of “dumb feminists who refuse to leave their echo chambers” and “sort of ok feminists who are chill bc they engage our toxic ideology.” It’s ultimately self serving I’ve found.

Something I’ve been REALLY careful to do on my channel is not promote creators who have engaged in targeted harassment or hate campaigns against other creators. I won’t mention channels by name and I refused to do a livestream on my channel with these channels. Even though my platform is comparatively smaller, I’m not gonna use it to bring them traffic. Laci is taking the exact opposite approach…she has 1.5 million subscribers and a larger platform than most anti-fem channels and she’s using that to uplift them and give them views.

That’s my ultimate problem with this. Laci doesn’t really go out of her way to uplift smaller marginalized creators on her channel. Sure she’ll have on huge channels like Ingrid Nilsen or DaveyWavey to get a “different perspective” but literally only when it’s beneficial to her. She has a huge voice and could easily uplift smaller creators like Riley or Kat, but instead she’s using it to help out “anti-sjws” who view her as a valuable resource for growing their audiences.

I’m all for engaging with oppressive ideologies and toxic ideas and breaking down why they’re misguided. That’s super important work that I can 100% get behind. But she’s engaging with channels promoting these ideas–channels that have large audiences to spread their messages and regularly attack social justice advocates. And by engaging with PEOPLE rather than IDEAS, she’s giving a platform to them. She’s humanizing oppressive ideologies and doing it in front of a young audience.

I live in Orlando, let me say that first.

You are probably going read a lot about the pulse shooting today, as it marks one year since the event. Anyone who writes something that does not live within the city will have a birds eye view of the event and not truly understand how the community of Orlando was effected. People will try to politicize it on both the left and right, and try to push their agenda. Those people choose to ignore the fact that those involved are people and not just statistics. Please pay no mind to the writers and news outlets that are pushing an agenda around this event, they disrespect the memory of those that were effected. With that out of the way let me share a bit.

On June 12th of 2016, 49 people were killed within the walls of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando Florida. What was for many a great night, quickly turned into a tragic one. My city was shocked and devastated; and though a year has passed, it is still fresh in the minds of locals.

With that being said, the city of Orlando has never been stronger. This event, though abhorrent, has helped bridge communities that at one time or another were at odds. #OrlandoUnited is not merely a social media gimmick, but a state of being for the city. People from all walks of life are united in the act of caring for their fellow man. I’ll share a little of what I’m talking about.

The police department of Orlando have shown that they care for all of it’s citizens. The actions of the Swat team and OPD have shown them to be brave, to put others before their own safety, and to be humble. In a time where police violence was seen around the country and the news spoke of growing tensions around the nation. They did not seem to be felt in our city after pulse. A tragic event had caused us to see each other in a different light. Though I am very skeptical and wary of the police in general, I have great respect for those who entered the nightclub that evening.

The two hospitals that treated Pulse victims, Orlando Regional Medical Center and Florida Hospital, chose to not bill the victims of the shooting. Helping many who could not afford the treatment they needed.

Equality Florida, the state’s largest LGBTQ rights group started a fundraising page to aid the victims and their families, raising $767,000 in the first 9 hours. Their proceeds were eventually given to the OneOrlando fund, which was established by Mayor Buddy Dyer and raised over $23 million for all that were affected.

One part that people don’t know much about is the bridging of the LGBTQ community and the Christian community of Orlando. One church in particular, First Baptist Orlando, sent teams of volunteers to the hospitals that the victims were at to offer support to those affected. That support looked like: paying rent while someone could not make it to work, Buying groceries and cooking for those who needed help, paying bills, taking care of pets, and finally; offering to put together the funerals of all those who died, for free. The city of Orlando even offered free plots and services as well. They didn’t ask for anything in return, and they didn’t judge people for having a different lifestyle or political view.

At the time of the shooting, I worked at this church. I was a music minister and I still volunteer in the college ministry on Thursday nights. Though I could do very little in the grand scheme of things, I am very proud to say that my community and my city has been strengthened. My heart is for people and for the well being of others, no matter race, gender, or sexual orientation. It breaks my heart to see other church’s and religious people in general, turn their backs on those in need.

Orlando City soccer stadium added 49 rainbow colored seats as their own memorial for those who died. This may seem small to someone outside of Orlando, but it is a pretty big deal. Everyone here is obsessed with Orlando City Soccer.

There were hundreds of things that united Orlando at this time but these are just a few that I have seen and experienced myself. Orlando became united around what was truly a horrific event, and though the pain of it all is not truly gone. We can still move forward a build a future that is better for our city as a whole. It is The City Beautiful.


psa I’m just rambling all over this thing, so just enjoy the pretty photos of where I started and where I am now

I’ve been thinking a lot about how far I’ve come over the last year and I never expected to be where I am today.

Since graduating so much has happened!

  • I defended my thesis
  • spent a summer applying to every job possible (I swear I applied at 50+ places)
  • moved to the bay
  • got a full time job (which is awesome, and I talk to scientists everyday)
  • got a girlfriend (she’s pretty darn cool too)
  • submitted my research for publication (yay!)
  • still enjoying my job

I definitely worked my ass off and I’m stoked to be here but none of it would have happened if I didn’t take step out of my comfort zone and get lucky.

In undergrad I joined a research lab, learned how to dive, moved to Catalina, that got me into grad-school, studied one of the most elusive fish in Southern California, crowdfunded, gave a billion talks, and networked like it was my job.

All of these things, the steps I took, they all helped me get to here and made me the scientist I am (or was 🤔). It was a long road with hiccups everywhere but I kept pushing.

I have no idea where I’m going with this, but really I just want to help people get to where they want to go in science and make science happen for anyone who wants to do research.

Anytime I read about tips and tricks for undergrads, grads, and researchers I’ll try to post something here (and if I think of anything). I wish I had someone to guide me through it all but I just winged it and ended up taking classes I didn’t need to and was unprepared in some scenarios. With that said if you have questions or need help, I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

If you actually read all of this. You’re the real champ

Maybe one day we’ll have a fresh start.
We’ll acknowledge the charred grass underneath our feet,
remember the flames
without breaking for once,
and call the burnt bridge
another one of our
special landmarks.
—  Maxwell Diawuoh, Landmarks (263/366)

uzumakijobi  asked:

Hey have you seen the adam ruins everything video saying how myers briggs test is bs. It's on trending in youtube. I know the tests can get inaccurate sometimes but he didn't even mention cognitive functions and compared it to a childish parlor game. You can't say it's bs without even researching about cognitive functions. Just want to know your opinion on this :)

Thanks to you, I spent 56 minutes this morning watching a bunch of his videos on YouTube. So, thanks for creating a fun new obsession for me to use as a procrastination technique in my down time. He’s hilarious and often right. ;)

Adam is correct in establishing this is just a theory and should be treated as such (it isn’t science), but you are also correct in that he over-simplified it and dismissed it out of hand. A couple of minutes is not much time to get into specifics and he tends to just rely on the facts he’s reporting.

Theories are just that: theories. Some have weight, others do not, and while I do not think you should allow a theory to dictate your life’s decisions or expect it to explain every nuance of your behavior, I think there is truth in this theory that seems accurate with people I have known. I can see evidence of cognitive function interaction in historical people and those I know or observe in real life that align with Jung’s cognitive theories. The patterns mean something.

I primarily use it as a tool to know myself, to help others know themselves and their strengths / flaws better, and to bridge communication gaps between other people (once I explained to a Fe-dom friend she cannot expect her ISFP friend to be as forthcoming in his emotions as she is, it relieved pressure from their relationship and helped her form realistic expectations for the relationship).

There is a danger in writing MBTI off as nonsense, but also in allowing the type stereotypes or assumptions about your type to box you in, influence, reinforce, excuse, or cause you to doubt yourself. It’s a theory on how your brain works. The person you become and what you achieve is all on you. :)

- ENFP Mod
A group of engineers just submitted this incredible proposal for Trump's border 'wall' that's actually a $15 billion hyperloop
A group of Mexican and American engineers and planners submitted this "border wall" design to the Trump administration.
By Leanna Garfield

“The 19th century brought us boundaries, the 20th century we built walls, the next will bridge nations by creating communities based on shared principles of economic resiliency, energy independence, and a trust-based society.”