@normanikordei: “Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.” “I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” I reflect on the last three years of my life and come across a coalition of emotions. I look at myself in the mirror and continue to recognize the person staring back at me just as I did before this journey began. My mind, body & soul have all increased. I believe that I’m here for a greater purpose and that I’m destined to make this world a better place. I intend to leave an imprint on lives and leaving people hopeful. I can’t express enough how grateful I am for this platform that I have been given. I have never nor will I ever take it for granted. I am thankful for my team. I made a commitment to myself as well as four other girls and my promise remains. I dedicated three whole years of my life to this group which are years that I will never get back but I don’t regret it one bit because I truly believe in Fifth Harmony and believe that we’re anointed and destined for more than we could possibly imagine. I pray that we continue to grow through one another and learn for each other. I appreciate those who have not only seen the good in me but also accepted me at my darkest hour. I can’t thank you enough. I love you girls and appreciate you taking the time to read my heart even when others don’t.
Ally - I admire you being able to find the good in everyone
Dinah - I admire your value of life and how you never fail to recognize what is most important
Lauren - I admire your loyalty and hope for humanity
Camila - I admire your opinionated views and how you stand by them no matter what
HARMONIZERS - I admire how you have taken ownership of five ordinary girls who had a dream. Despite your differences and separate walks of life you always find a way to come together to make sure we come out on top. I find strength through you. Thank you for riding with us

Black Lives Matter protesters shut down Allen Rd  (Toronto, Canada)

A protest by coalition Black Lives Matter Toronto has shut down the off-ramp from Allen Rd. to Eglinton Ave.

A line of protestors have shackled their arms together to block the highway and about 150 more people are also present, said Desmond Cole, an activist and writer who was invited to speak at a rally before the blockade happened.

Protesters are chanting “Black lives matter!” and “Shut it down!” as well as singing and dancing.

Before the blockade, several hundred protestors gathered at Eglinton Gilbert Parkette for a “Day of Action” rally. The parkette is steps from the building where Andrew Loku, a 45-year-old man from South Sudan, was fatally shot by police in early July. The rally was held in honour of Loku as well as Jermaine Carby, who was shot dead by Peel police during a traffic stop in 2014, and demanded accountability for their deaths. Protesters are also calling for police to address carding practices and police brutality which they say unfairly targets black citizens.

Some cars on Allen Rd. are driving against the normal flow of traffic in an effort to get around the blockade.
Bill C-377: An Act to amend the Income Tax Act - requirements for labour organizations
Bill C-377, passed unamended by Conservative majorities in the House of Commons (2012) and in the Senate (2015), makes unprecedented changes to the Income Tax Act, which will come into effect 30 January 2016. For the first time, unions, labour organizations, labour federations, organizations comprised of different unions, labour trusts and professional associations are required to make public and itemize the details of all expenditures over $5000.

What’s the deal with Bill C-377?

Since it surfaced on 5 December 2011 at the hands of Russ Hiebert, a BC Conservative evangelical Christian MP with close ties to Stephen Harper, the use of the Income Tax Act “as a Trojan Horse to regulate unions” and a wide range of other labour and professional groups, has generated widespread outrage and recognition of its attack on fundamental rights.

On one side stand anti-labour champions such as the Fraser Institute, LabourWatch Canada, Real Women, the National Citizens Coalition and Merit Canada. In opposition stand unions, professional societies, many legal scholars, the Canadian Bar Association, democratic activists, Canada’s Privacy Commissioner, and at least seven provinces, since labour law is constitutionally largely beyond the jurisdiction of the federal government.

Implications and Consequences

Free Speech and Freedom of Association: Bill C-377’s requirement that details of union operations designed to protect Canadian workers from the uncertainties and prejudices of the free market be publicized by Revenue Canada handicaps unions in their relations with employers and governments. It curbs unionists’ ability to speak freely, and thus undermines their effectiveness, and ability to recruit and to lobby.

Transparency: The use of the Canada Revenue Agency to discipline unions camouflages partisan interference with the rights of Canadian workers to organize and negotiate a better deal.

Civil Society: Unionists have long been key champions of civil society as a fundamental guarantor of democracy and a source of inspiration and creativity for improved state policies. Civil society is undermined when unions are diminished.

Democracy and Equality: In the 21st century, Canada has become more unequal. In particular, ‘the one per cent’ is increasingly powerful. Unions have always been a major champion of greater democracy and equality—from the universal franchise (also under threat by this government in its so-called Fair Elections Act of 2014) to better wages and working conditions—and their diminishment can only be at the cost of the rights of the vast majority of Canadians.

A case study on C-377 from

Say hello to Shorty!

Shorty is a 30lb, female Pug/Chihuahua Mix with a brown coat.

Shorty is a quiet, shy, little girl.  The shelter environment makes her incredibly nervous and she needs a family to come rescue her.  She has no trouble warming up to someone who will give her the affection and attention she deserves.  Could you be the one to do that for her?

The current adoption fee is $25 and that covers the cost of spaying, her rabies certificate, and her microchip.

Also, there are no pulling fees for licensed rescues!

If not adopted, Shorty will be killed on Thursday, July 30, 2015.

Contact for Adoption/Rescue:

Glynn County Animal Control
4765 Highway 17 N
Brunswick, GA   31525
(912) 554-7500

You can also contact us as No Kill Glynn County and we will help get you in touch with the right people!


#SayHerName protest exposes tension among Philly activists

“I’m extremely troubled by the fact that we say we are having a #SayHerName demonstration and brothers are speaking,” announced local activist Megan Malachi. Malachi was there representing Action Against Black Genocide, and she also supports the Philly Coalition for Real Justice. When she grabbed the bullhorn, though, she was speaking first and foremost as a Black woman.

“What I’m seeing by some brothers is that, once again, you all are not interested in Black liberation. You’re interested in Black male liberation for yourselves,” Malachi continued. The crowd began to interspersedly cheer and murmur. “Quite frankly, we’re fucking sick of it. The Black woman is not fighting in the streets for your Black asses so we can come home and be slaves to you.”

As she spoke, there were many nods of agreement from the women in the crowd. Malachi further cited misogyny in the national Black movement, saying that there were men in attendance who themselves have yet to address their own sexism, including one Malachi declared who “shits on sisters all the time.” She also cited the street harassment commonplace at the Clothespin as adding an “ironic” milieu to the demonstration…

Malachi went on to say that although #BlackLivesMatter was started by “three queer Black women, it’s continuing to be this extremely Black nationalist, Black male-centric movement. And, we’re here today to say that we’re not having this.”

She cited the used of the #SayHerName hashtag alongside the notion of men having to protect women as inherently oppressive. Men “have once againt today co-opted that and made it yet another space for Black men. Like I said on the bullhorn, Black women have been on the forefront of this movement.

"We’re really tired of these charismatic Black male leaders taking it upon themselves to corrupt our movement. And, we’re not having it. We saw those mistakes made during the King days, even Malcolm,” Malachi paused, “whom we love, had his faults. And, you saw this happening also during the Black power movement. We are not going to make those same mistakes again in 2015.”

When asked what allies or men could do to help unite the overall movement, Malachi was direct.

“I think that Black women are unified. We have been in the forefront of protecting not just Black women, but also Black men. We were on the forefront when Trayvon Martin was killed, when Michael Brown was killed, when Tamir Rice was killed. So, now we’re asking for our brothers, our Black men, to do the same thing in return,” she said. “Stop trying to co-opt these spaces that are reserved for Black women. Stand back and listen. Start unpacking your misogny, your male privilege, and stop trying to hide behind the fact that you are Black men.”

Malachi was equally direct about why intersectionality, the idea that seemingly discrete social factors overlap in terms of discrimination and conversely liberation, is, in her mind, key to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

“Frankly, white supremacy is not going to allow the Black man to get free [on his own],” Malachi concluded. “The only way he is going to get free is if he accepts the fact that there isintersectionality — in our experiences, in this movement — and joins with us under this banner that #BlackLivesMatter with no exceptions — period.”

hey so here’s a mod post

I’m trying to piece together how exactly to classify all of my mental illnesses and other neurodivergence because everything bleeds into everything else and it’s hard to tell where one begins and the other ends

more specifically, I don’t have an autism dx even though at this point, after a long period of soul-searching and a lot of research, it makes way more sense than it doesn’t and it’s either that or a coalition of other things presenting the almost exact same way. because I’m a girl and more atypical / less “male” coded wrt neurodivergence (hyperlingual instead of a language delay, excess of affective empathy, etc) I was never screened in childhood even though my mom had suspicions for all the symptoms I presented.

I have ADHD and OCD dxs and lots of sensory processing fuckery, “brain cousins” stuff, and I don’t know a lot about differential diagnosis between ADHD and autism spectrum stuff so I don’t know if it’s possible to have both?

basically if anyone knows more about this and would be comfortable talking through it with me (and getting big infodumps of all my observations about my brainweird) then I would appreciate if you could help me out!
Turkey denies targeting Kurdish forces in Syria
Reports of shelling of YPG-held villages across border

Turkey has said its military is not targeting Syrian Kurds after Kurdish forces and a monitoring group said tanks shelled Kurdish-held villages in northern Syria.

Turkey has said it is investigating the reports of shelling even as it continues to round up suspected activists of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group as part of a double offensive.

If confirmed, Sunday’s night incident would be the most serious incident yet of Turkey targeting Kurdish-controlled areas in the Syrian conflict.

Kurdish officials told Al Jazeera on Monday that overnight shelling targeted a checkpoint in a village outside Kobane manned by the Burkan al-Furat (Euphrates Volcano) battalion, a coalition of fighters from the Free Syrian Army and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said four fighters were injured in the shelling.

“A number of shells fired by Turkish tanks fell on the village of Zur Maghar, which is controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units [YPG],” the UK-based monitoring group said.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Foundation donates $15 million to conservation efforts

Included in the list of where the donations will go are the California Wolf Center and the Pacific Wolf Coalition. 

The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore,” the 40-year-old actor said in a statement. “We have a responsibility to innovate a future where the habitability of our planet does not come at the expense of those who inhabit it. I am proud to support these organizations who are working to solve humankind’s greatest challenge.


The problem with allies in the LGBTQ+ community is they often make the situation about themselves and take away from the experiences of the people in the community. Allies do not understand what it is like to be discriminated against and bullied because of ones gender identity or sexuality. They therefore serve little to no purpose.

The Ally Coalition is trying to change this by giving allies an opportunity to actually make some difference in the community. Through partnerships with celebrities in the entertainment industries TAC raises money to help better the lives of LGBT+ youth. They do this through clothing donations, establishing shelters for the homeless, and creating communities safe from discrimination. 

TAC is currently partnering with Bleachers, in an effort to get fans around the United States to spread awareness and to help fund raise. Fans with the biggest funds raised will also be given an opportunity to get a meet and greet with the band. So by donating not only do you support a good cause, but you could help give me the opportunity to spend some time with one of my heroes. Everyone pitching in a small amount can make a big impact. And if you’re an ally, this is a way you can contribute to the community without shouting over the voices of those who matter.

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Thank you for reading, signal boosting, and possibly donating!


Why are Canadians so afraid of coalition governments?

Nearly half of all Canadians think coalition governments are inappropriate. In other words, argues comedian Scott Vrooman, nearly half of all Canadians don’t know how parliamentary democracies are meant to work.

National's worst has nothing on Labour's worst

Some people have observed that National will face a major problem in the next election because it will have no viable support parties.

This ‘problem’ is nothing compared to Labour’s: that to form a Government in the next election it either has to climb to a level of popularity it has never experienced under MMP,  or will have to do deals with an eclectic collection of minority parties.

The idea being mooted is that the only way for National’s party vote to go from this election is down.  If it gets beneath 48% it needs support parties, but these have been decimated.

With 0.61% of the Party vote to his ‘Party’, Peter Dunne is reliant on his electorate, and is almost totally aligned with National.

With 1.07% of the Party vote, ACT has been cut to ribbons. Its sole MP, John Banks, is an ex-National Party MP and Government Minister. It is likely that his party may disband from under him.

With 1.35% of the vote, but three Maori electorate seats, the Maori Party is concerned that its alliance with National has harmed its level of support.

Although National will use the support of Dunne and Banks, it will be looking to keep its options open. Therefore some sort of loose ‘support’ deal with the Maori Party is possible – if they are interested.

National’s 'problem’ is academic. It’s just as easy to moot that the strange collection of opposition parties, and a very weak Labour Party, make a centre-left coalition government very unlikely in the next election.

The seriousness with which National’s “nowhere to go” problem has been treated by journalists immediately after its electoral triumph reveals how media will be treating this new National government: hostile and cynical.

Either way, the issue is not worth worrying about right now. National has three years of almost unbridled power ahead of it. A lot can happen to voter sentiment and other political parties over that time. National would be wise to use Helen Clark’s approach of using the cards you have been given, and only worrying about the next hand when it is dealt in three years.

Health as Social Justice Miniseries (Post 4)

This was actually a really hard class for me. The in-class project felt like we took a magnifying glass to my tenure as a coalition leader and highlighted all the things I did wrong. It was rough, but important. 

Leadership Lessons in Coalitions 

The small-group work in class today about Sumaya and her work with the community hit very close to home for me today. Shortly before moving down to Atlanta, I stepped down as co-chair of a coalition in the DC area. It is comprised of representatives from various private, public, and non-profit organizations working in HIV prevention, education, treatment, and research. They are an amazingly talented group of people and I had the honor of serving as their co-chair for more than 2 years.


I’m admittedly an idealist and at times militantly optimistic about the possibility of great social change. During my tenure in a leadership position, and in the reflection time since my transition out of that position, I’ve looked critically at my tenure for both success and areas where I felt I fell short. Today’s discussion about leadership, in particular the concrete and critical analysis of the skills Sumaya needed were a lot like the class performing a case study on my time as a coalition leader. Specifically, the last discussion around motivation helped me to identify some of the areas where I fell short as a leader.


I had no trouble believing in the power of other people in the coalition, to me they were all great leaders and I was just selected to harness and organize their power. What I didn’t do was reflect that back to them. I didn’t let them know how much was in them. I didn’t leave enough space for community initiative, nor did I point out the already present sources of deep abiding strength.


That’s a thing I’m great at doing on an individual and interpersonal level, but something that on a professional level I didn’t do. I simply trusted that they knew how great they were because to me it was so glaringly obvious. I understand that on a personal level we all need a mirror from time to time to see what we are capable of. But I didn’t do that with this group. Even leaders need to see themselves through the eyes of another from time to time.


I didn’t capitalize on the strengths of the coalition. I only occasionally harnessed it. When it worked, it was a transformative experience and a feat of beauty worth beholding. Like a dilapidated house with good bones, the potential went largely unrealized.


I held the door open to power but I didn’t invite them in. Not in a way that made them feel capable of walking through the door and taking ownership of it. My constant struggles with motivating the group were a result of my failure to state the obvious - everything that we as a community needed was at the table.


Luckily they’re still together. There is still that bond, that connection, that drive to be part of a greater cause and that drive to make a difference. Out of the leadership position, but still looked to by current leadership for guidance, I might still have the chance to remind them of how amazing they are and how magnificent the work of the collective is.