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This award is so much larger than me. This moment is about visibility and about representation. What and who we see in the media defines our perception of the world around us, and so to see ourselves in this picture of what is ‘normal’ and what is acceptable and what is beautiful is absolutely vital. In saying that, so much of the work that has contributed to our progress as a community is far less glamorous than the work that I’m being honored for tonight.

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things i love about Dig Down

after an entire album that was heavy hearted and dreary (yet badass) af, this is completely uplifting song that (in my case) came out the day i was at the doctor then hospital to get xrays done and i was a panicky mess before i heard this and once i did it kinda,, calmed me down ?

imo it took the tempo and rhythm of Madness and perfected it

im a slut for remixes of muse songs and this is gonna def be fun to see play out with this single

the whole cyberpunk / max headroom vibe:

features a legit activist and badass chick (Lauren Wasser)  as our hero in the vid, i mean LOOK 

things i don’t like about Dig Down:

surprise binch i love everything about it

HOLY SHIT

So I know that the only person with an official last name in Falsettos is Whizzer, and that his name doesn’t show up in Falsettos but is known because of In Trousers. Charlotte’s last name is reportedly DuBois, but that’s what was on Tracie’s jacket for costume purposes and may not have been true canon. Weisenbachfeld as Mendel’s last name was a delightful character choice on Brandon’s part.

The family at the core of the Marvin saga never officially gets a last name, but the fandom consensus seems to be that Marvin’s last name is Feldman.

I just watched a clip of an upcoming series about the gay-rights movement called “When We Rise,” and the clip features a young activist giving a speech in which he implores the crowd to cover a nearby federal building with the names of people whose lives have been claimed by AIDS.

Two minutes and thirty-four seconds in, this popped up. Yikes.

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Photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman’s portraits feature friends and acquaintances, activists and poets, Americans and immigrants — some naturalized, some undocumented.

All of them are queer people of color.

“I wanted to specifically focus on this community because queer and trans people of color are so rarely represented in the art world,” says Roman, who is Mexican-American and also identifies as queer.

The photo series, called “Queer Icons,” evokes the colorful, religious artwork that Roman grew up with. “Because I grew up Catholic in a Mexican community in Chicago, my first introduction to art was religious art,” he says.

He was particularly inspired by the fresco paintings of haloed saints that decorated the walls of his neighborhood church. “I’ve always thought of the halo as something very powerful — it’s like a badge of nobility,” he says.

And because Roman’s subjects are activists and artists who do good for the community, “I wanted to represent them as saints,” he says.

He also wanted to capture their pride and their strength. “I wanted them to be warriors — that’s why a lot of them are looking straight at the camera, saying ‘Here I am, and I’m not going to hide.’”

Not Your Mother’s Catholic Frescoes: Radiant Portraits Of Queer People Of Color

Photo credit: Courtesy of Gabriel Garcia Roman

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“The condition of our sex is so deplorable that it is our duty to break the law in order to call attention to the reasons why we do so.” - Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union, the leading militant suffrage group in Great Britain from 1903 to 1917

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Common, the National Announce Huge Planned Parenthood Benefit Concert
The night before the inauguration, Common and the National will headline a "call to action" and benefit for Planned Parenthood.

“Common and the National will co-headline the Planned Parenthood benefit Show Up! on January 19th. The event, billed as a “concert for reproductive health, freedom and justice” will take place the night before the presidential inauguration at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club.

“We plan to send a clear message to the incoming administration that millions of people across this country are prepared to fight attacks on reproductive health care and abortion services,” Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, said in a statement.

While Common and the National are on the bill as the only musical performers, the show, hosted by the All Access music and comedy series, will also feature activists, elected leaders, celebrities and more who support abortion rights and widespread access for women to reproductive health services. 

“Women should be able to make their own decisions regarding their bodies and health,” the National’s Matt Berninger offered in his statement on the event. “This is a basic human right, and we’re at the very beginning of a long and tough battle to defend these basic rights. A concert in D.C., inspiring people to take action, seems like a pretty good way to kick it off.”

Read the full piece here

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                                     Black Girl Magic

As we gear up for Black History Month Essence February issue celebrating “BlackGirlMagic” could not have been any more perfect. The three cover issues features  activist Johnetta Elzie and actors Teyonah Parris (Chiraq, Mad Men) and Yara Shahidi (Blackish). 


“Being a part of this reemergence of a movement both pro-diversity and pro-woman is the best part of being a Black girl,” says 16-year-old Shahidi

Will you be picking up February issue?

-Pierre

Think Hillary Clinton is pivoting to the center? Her new video sure isn’t.

[..Clinton celebrates pioneering elected officials like Shirley Chisholm, Patsy Mink, and Margaret Chase Smith; highlights present-day protests from undocumented Latinas and black trans women; and quotes not one but three different girls and preteen women.

The video features black trans* activists Blossom Brown and Cherno Biko; it also features Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, who’s become involved in racial justice efforts after the death of her son.

Since none of the women in the video are identified by name or role, most viewers probably won’t recognize all of them. They’re basically Easter eggs for the politically aware. But that’s significant in its own right: As she pivots to the general election, Hillary Clinton is making a point of featuring some of the core Democratic and progressive constituencies and issues that have gotten her here.

Even viewers who don’t recognize many (or any) of the women in the video will notice something striking: Clinton is, time and again, celebrating activists.

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Berkeley in the Sixties (1990) 1h 57min.

A documentary about militant student political activity in the University of California-Berkely in the 1960’s. The film highlights the origins of the Free Speech Movement beginning with the May 1960 House Un-American Activities Committee hearings at San Francisco City Hall, the development of the counterculture of the 1960s in Berkeley, California, and ending with People’s Park in 1969. The film features 15 student activists and archival footage of Mario Savio, Todd Gitlin, Joan Baez, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Huey Newton, Allen Ginsberg, Gov. Ronald Reagan and the Grateful Dead. The film is dedicated to Fred Cody, founder of Cody’s Books. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

anonymous asked:

As stupid and hateful a person he is, I find the UK's recent uproar over banning Donald Trump from Britain for hate speech a slap in the face to the UK's own massive increase in anti-semestism. Your thoughts?

The UK government never banned Holocaust denier David Irving, and elected frothy-mouthed racists like George Galloway and Jeremy Corbyn to high office. For decades they squelched investigations into Jimmy Seville and other open-secret pedophiles of the right social class. A recent British pro-Palestine rally featured activists waving the Confederate flag - the KKK lynching flag! - and no one was banned or deported for that. Banning Trump is hypocritical, headline-driven, pick-and-choose moral posturing.

#Ni una Menos

I hope that angrylatinxunited stands with us on june 3. #Ni una menos!

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Anger over femicides turns into call for June 3 march

The growing movement against femicide in Argentina will stage a march to Congress on June 3 at 5pm, after momentum for the cause has rallied in recent days round the #Ni Una Menos (Not One Less) slogan, following the murder of 14-year-old Chiara Paéz in Rufino last week.

She was allegedly killed at the hands of her boyfriend Manuel on Sunday, whose admission of guilt yesterday was met by rage from local residents, who demanded that a march in solidarity with Chiara and against more femicides.

Chiara had been expecting a child at the time of her death and it was reported that the incident occurred following a row regarding the unborn baby.

In the wake of the tragedy, news of which broke officially on Sunday following a police invesigation, an outpouring of anger was witnessed across the country. It was particularly apparent in the online social media sphere, where the “Not One Less” (Ni Una Menos) slogan was mentioned and resent to other users thousands of times on micro-blogging website Twitter. Consequently, momentum grew behind calls for the protest on June 3, intitially demanded by Rufino locals.

A broad group featuring activists, journalists and NGOs that have campaigned on the issue of femicide and domestic violence in Argentina united around the vocal response to this latest case, releasing a statement emphasizing the prolific nature of the issue nationwide. “Now it was Chiara. Where once it was Angeles, Lola, Melina, Wanda and so many others before,” it said.

The NGO La Casa Del Encuentro, which runs support groups for victims of domestic violence, reported that since 2008 in Argentina 1,808 women were killed by domestic violence, 261 of these girls between 13 and 21 years old. Last year alone, 277 femicides were documented in Argentina.

Ada Rico, head of the Femicide Observatory group affiliated with La Casa Del Encuentro, emphasized just how widepread the issue is, in particular regarding the youth in Argentina, was.

“Chiara Paéz is a case of extreme savagery, but these figures are nationwide. As in reading the annual report of femicides in particular, we were struck by the number. We’re talking about very young victims and perpetrators,” she said.

NGOs involved in studying these themes have argued that the developmental stage at which younger men and women form relationships can often be a pivotal factor, where a cycle of domestic violence, also a widespread issue in Argentina, develops between boyfriend and girlfriend. Rico told reporters that younger women are more vulnerable as they can lack the necessary experience and skills to deal with an escalting cycle of abuse.

Legislation does exist in Argentina regarding the issue of domestic violence. In 2009 Law 26,485 was passed into legislation, which comprehensively addresses gender violence. In full it was called “Full protection under the law to prevent, punish and eradicate violence against women in areas where they develop their interpersonal relationships.”

Many campaigners, however, have emphasized the presistence of the problem, and lobbied local and national government to make sure the law is implemented.

“The numbers remain staggering: every 30 hours a woman dies in the country as a victim of gender violence. Crimes are becoming more violent and women are still being killed even though many acts of violence are reported and there are legal restrictions” said Fabiana Tunisia, executive director of La Casa del Encuentro.