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Migrant workers say they're Canada's "modern-day slaves"
Tens of thousands of migrant farm workers toil in fields across Canada without the possibility of applying for permanent residency, health care coverage or basic labour rights

The Harvesting Freedom Caravan arrived outside the Ontario Food Terminal on the Queensway Sunday morning, September 25, to mark the 50th year of the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – and to call for permanent immigration status and better working conditions for temporary foreign agricultural workers. The caravan had headed out from Leamington September 4 on three-week trip to Ottawa to demand support for workers. Demonstrators carried large signs in the shapes of vegetables. On the yellow bell pepper were the words “You’re eating injustice.”

Tens of thousands of migrant farm workers from the Caribbean, Mexico, Guatemala, The Philippines and Thailand toil in fields across Canada without the possibility of applying for permanent residency, health care or basic labour rights. In Ontario, for example, there is no minimum wage for farm workers. Many are tied into contracts with single employers and can be sent home without cause. NOW spoke with two former migrant farm workers at the rally.

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Dear friends, we need your help, share this message, help women in Poland to fight for their rights! We need to scream loud to let the world hear us! #czarnyprotest

Dear all, we are writing to you in deep sadness and disappointment. Our right-wing government just rejected a project which suggested a legalisation of abortion until the 12th week of pregnancy, followed by facilitating access to contraceptives and a good program of sexual education. Instead of that, the Parliament decided to discuss a law which will ban abortion in almost every case of endangered pregnancy. Even a miscarriage will be investigated to ensure that a woman has not willingly acted as if she wanted to get rid of her baby. Doctors removing a fetus, even when a women’s life is in danger, will also face legal consequences. This leads to leaving pregnant women almost without any medical support – doctors will be afraid of charges that might be out against them if anything goes wrong and the woman will miscarry.
Women will have to give birth to children conceived during rape, to fetus with a huge damage and prognostic of disability or even death just after birth, despite their own health , both physical and psychological.

You can read more about this matter in the following links:
https://www.theguardian.com/…/polish-abortion-ban-law…
https://www.amnesty.org/…/a-dangerous-backward-step…/…

On October 3rd we are organising a huge demonstration in the whole country, and world-wide, wherever girls and women are willing to protest in front of Polish embassies and consulats. Please support us in any possible way.
We do believe your wisdom and strength will help us be heard in Poland and world-wide. Polish women do not want to die for their children, they want to love and watch their children grow. All we are asking is to do it on our own terms, not under pressure of any government. We are asking for education, especially at schools, where teachers are not prepared to handle sexual assaults between kids or teenagers, where the girl and boy cliches are still very much alive. Being a parent is a heroism beyond any imagination, let’s not allow anybody to demand from us more than we can give.
Please help us.

Yours, the girls and women of Poland

washingtonpost.com
Norwegians now can change genders legally with a mouse click
Ten-year-old Anna Thulin-Myge’s passport shows what looks like an ordinary Norwegian girl wearing her long, blond hair fastened with a clip. It lists her first name as Anna, but under sex it says “M.”

LINK TW: problematic wording

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Colin Kaepernick: 'Embarrassing' that Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton are candidates
The San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback didn't hold back on his debate thoughts.

Colin Kaepernick watched “a little bit” of Monday’s presidential debate, and he didn’t come away impressed with either candidate.

The San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback, who has been kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest since the preseason, hopes for change with racial inequality in the United States. But Kaepernick doesn’t feel either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will assist the movement.

“It was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” Kaepernick told reporters Tuesday. “Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist.

"And at this point … you have to pick the lesser of two evils. But in the end, it’s still evil.”

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Nice. Colin Kaepernick continues to be real, certainly all his “progressive” and “liberal” supporters will cheer him on!

Oh, wait…

Like do people somehow miss the irony of this? Do fuckwads like Bill Maher not realize that they are making the same “shut up and play the football!11111″ argument that people against his protest make?

But Kaepernick made the mistake of pointing out that the candidates of both major parties exploit racist rhetoric and have helped build the system of racism that he is protesting.

Colin Kaepernick is unafraid to call out racist bullshit wherever he finds it. I’d rather salute him than salute a flag.

EDIT:

I came back. This has got me too infuriated. I like how Maher tries to dictate to Kaepernick what is within the acceptable confines of his “protest”. Colin Kaepernick can protest racism by kneeling during the anthem, but he can’t protest racism by pointing out the ways both major parties embrace and articulate racism.

Fuck Bill Maher.

Polish women’s rights in danger! #blackprotest

Dear friends, sisters, mothers and daughters,

Polish right wing extremist party has decided to make anti-woman law project, which will ban abortion (even in cases of rape or incest OR threat to woman’s life) and penalize women for miscarriages. Doctors won’t be able to help if something goes wrong during pregnancy, because they might go to jail for interfering.

We protest on streets of polish cities, enraged, but the government pretends not to see us. They want to treat us like witches, murderers, OBJECTS. The media are silent as well.

We want safety, equality, freedom of choice and healthcare! We want justice!

Please, openly express solidarity with us! Upload your selfies on social media with hashtag #blackprotest and/or #czarny protest. We NEED to be heard and seen! Before it’s too late!

We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
—  After 87 courageous years on this earth, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel (September 30, 1928–July 2, 2016) has left us — and left us his timeless, increasingly timely wisdom on our shared responsibility in ending injustice.
fee.org
"Stop and Frisk" and "No Fly, No Buy" Both Violate Gun Rights and Due Process
There is at least one belief that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton share: Americans have far too much liberty when it comes to firearms and due process.
By Adam Bates
viralwomen.com
Female Chief Terminates 850 Child Marriages in Malawi and Sends Girls Back to School | Viral Women
A Malawian female chief has established a new law to prevent child marriage in Malawi and has terminated approximately 850 child marriages across the country to date.
By WRN Editor

According to a 2012 United Nations survey, more than half of Malawi’s girls are married before the age of 18. In addition, the country is ranked 8th out of 20 countries believed to have the highest child marriage rates in the world. Chief Kachindamoto is changing this one step at a time and has begun by annulling more than 850 child marriages, sending hundreds of young women back to school to continue their education, and by making astonishing strides to abolish cleansing rituals that require young girls to go to sexual initiation camps.

This is amazing. She’s like a real-life superhero.

remezcla.com
This Woman Tricked Trump Supporters Into Donating to a Queer Latino Organization
An unnamed woman created an ingenious poster that, at first glance, looks like it pays tribute to Donald Trump.

With a seemingly simple poster, a woman is raising money for Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement, and the donations are coming from the most unlikely of places: Donald Trump rallies. 

An unnamed woman known as thewwwayward designed a motivational Trump poster – with the words “There’s no good and evil, there’s only power and those too weak to seek it” attributed to him. She sold the posters to followers of the presumptive Republican nominee at a rally. What they didn’t know, unless they are big Harry Potter fans, is that the words actually comes from Hogwarts’ most villainous student, Voldemort.

In a video, the masked woman explains that she also gave buyers a clue that they were being trolled. “I also included a hidden image of Voldemort’s face that will only appear once they’ve hung up the poster and turned off the lights,” she said about the glow-in-the-dark bonus. 

While this already makes her a shero in our eyes, she’s taking it one step further and doing some good with the money she raised. All of her profits will be donated to Familia Trans Queer – an organization that advocates for all LGBTQ Latinos, Latinas, and gender nonconforming individuals. “Believe me, I have zero qualms about trolling Trump supporters, taking their money, and giving it to communities of color,” she concludes

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California bans employees from traveling to states with anti-LGBT laws
The new law bars non-essential travel to states with laws that sanction discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

California will limit publicly funded travel to states that have laws restricting the rights of gay and transgender people under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The Democratic governor said Tuesday he’s approving AB1887.

The bill by Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low of Campbell bars non-essential travel to states with laws that sanction or require discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. It also blocks California state agencies from requiring their employees to travel to those states. The bill applies to state agencies and the University of California and California State University systems.

The attorney general will come up with a list of states to which travel is restricted.

PSA: To my fellow lazy or wandering Americans,

Are you living away from the address at which you are registered to vote? Are you too lazy to get off the couch on election day?

VOTE BY MAIL. DO IT. YES. NO EXCUSES.

Originally posted by hobolunchbox

I’ve never actually voted in person, because I’ve been in college and grad school, and I’ve never bothered to change my registration (for various reasons, including refusing to become a citizen of a state where human rights don’t seem to matter *cough* TEXAS *cough*). So, I fully endorse voting by mail. It’s so easy and painless. I have friends that do this, too, just because they don’t have time to make the trek to a polling place or wait in line.

“Wait, how do I even register? Maybe I already am registered? I don’t knowwww.”

Go here or to one of the other 5,000 websites that can help you register.

“Ughhh, but voting by mail sounds complicated. How do I do that?”

Do you know what Google is? Google is your friend. Seriously. Just type “how to vote by mail” into Google, and a nifty widget has ALL THE ANSWERS. Use the drop down menu to choose your state. Some counties will have online applications that make things easier (like I personally use the online Los Angeles County application that takes 30 seconds to fill out).

“But I’m homeless. Can I still vote?”

YES, YOU CAN. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE. This website has all the info you need.

“Ok, I did it. What now?”

Please reblog this! Make your friends do it! Stay informed! Eat some pizza!

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This might come as a surprise to some people, but Canada is not perfect. Some Canadians may want to say that not all cops are going to or even capable of harassing the public in the ways discussed above. “I know a good cop”, “my sister’s husband is a good cop”, “who do you think is going to help you if you’re a victim of a crime?” 

What is important, however, is that nearly every Canadian law officer understands how our society works, and understands that they hold privilege of preferential treatment above the law if they are to ever commit a violent or demoralizing act against another human being.

Canadian cops are treated like they embody the stereotype of the honest, polite Canadian that the worlds sees us as. But in reality, they are humans - and even sometimes, monsters.

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#Kaepernick stands up against discrimination and racism much like Muhammad Ali did

Colin Kaepernick is refusing to stand for the national anthem to protest the oppression of African Americans in this country.

It wasn’t too long ago there was a global celebration of Muhammad Ali, who refused to fight for a country that oppressed his own people.

Ali became an “idea” to many people, who clearly had adopted their own sanitized version of Ali. So not surprisingly, the reaction to Kaepernick has been about what you’d expect.

As I always say, everybody wants athletes to stances and positions … Until they say something YOU don’t want to hear. #Hate it!

advocate.com
Pharma Loopholes Are Leading to HIV-Related Deaths
Conservative states and stingy insurers are cutting off the supply of lifesaving drugs. After losing his uncle to HIV-related causes, Ramon Gardenhire of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago demands action.

Being a black gay man living in an urban environment like Chicago and working in the HIV policy field, I’m surrounded by the realities of the modern HIV and AIDS epidemic and its devastating effects. However, even I sometimes find myself stunned by how close to home this disease can hit. Earlier this year, one of my uncles was diagnosed with and died of complications related to AIDS.

He was gone so soon, before I had a chance to say goodbye. Me receiving the call that he was hospitalized, us discovering his diagnosis, and his passing away all happened within a few weeks. It’s hard to believe, given all our medical and scientific advances in the U.S., that people still die of AIDS-related illnesses in this country. However, they do: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were an estimated 12,963 deaths (due to any cause) of people with diagnosed HIV infections classified as AIDS in 2013, and 6,955 deaths were attributed directly to HIV.

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Hande Kader was a 22-year old politically active sex worker. She was a transgender female, residing in Turkey. Before her body was found, she was last seen getting into a client’s car, after which she went missing for a week. Her body was found, badly burned, on the side of the road in Istanbul. This was after her friends had filed a missing persons report, prompting a search for her location.

On top of being transgender, Kader was seen at protests and demonstrations for LGBTQ rights. There are videos of her facing the police on YouTube, and she has apparently been arrested at least once during LGBTQ rights public events.

It is devastating in so many ways to see a member of my transgender family lost today, as well as the other LGBTQ people who have been attacked in Turkey of late. Please help to spread the word!   #HandeKadereSesVer

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Canada is about to deport me and my mother to racist, anti-Roma violence in Hungary
As a Roma family, we always lived in fear, but in the last years, things got worse. On television politicians were saying things like, "Gypsies are parasites we must eliminate."

August 2 is the official date designated by the worldwide Roma community to commemorate the Devouring, the genocide suffered by the Romani people during the Second World War. It is not yet recognized by Canada or the United Nations.

My name is Gilda. I am 17-years old and I am Roma. I came to Canada with my mother, my father, and my brother five years ago. We came here to escape the racism, violence and discrimination we suffered in Hungary.

As a Roma family, we always lived in fear, but in the last years, things got worse. On television politicians were saying things like, “Gypsies are parasites we must eliminate.” Groups of “skinheads” dressed as soldiers with Nazi flags marched around Roma villages. They stopped in front of Roma houses and chanted, “Here you will die.” A family was killed.

I was afraid to walk in the streets by myself, especially after my mother made a complaint against the police after my oldest brother committed suicide. We were threatened and insulted sexually in the streets. These attitudes were everywhere. We couldn’t live a normal life.

In Hungary, school was difficult. Roma kids were separated from non-Roma Hungarian kids. We couldn’t play with the other children. There were special classes just for Roma. Our teachers never came to the class and even when they were there they didn’t answer our questions.

Racism in Hungary is everywhere, even in the hospitals. I was 11 when my other brother got very sick. We went to the hospital, but they didn’t want to help him. The doctors said there was nothing the matter with him and sent us home. Next day, he was even worse, he vomited blood, he had a high fever, and he couldn’t even get out of bed or walk. We called the doctor to come but he said he was too busy.

Next morning, he could hardly breathe, my father carried him to the hospital and the doctors had to send him to Budapest because his life was in danger. In Budapest, his heart stopped and he fell into a coma for five days. It was the second time that I almost lost a brother to racism and discrimination. The doctor told us that it could have been avoided if he had been seen earlier.

In Hungary, Roma are often refused treatment by doctors. For my mother it was even more difficult, just when she had started to feel better she almost lost another son. My parents were both very depressed. We didn’t know what to do, it was just too much. Thank goodness, my brother awoke from the coma but we could no longer put up with it all. We came to Canada.

For five years in Canada, we had a good life. I was in school and was treated like other kids. I did well, there were school activities like a volunteer programme at an old age home for women, I learned to speak French, and to play basketball.

I made lots of friends at school. We went out and did things together. We talk regularly and they support me a lot. They helped me get through my past; gave me hope, they made me feel like everything was possible. This was so important to me, because in Hungary, I didn’t have non-Roma friends, nobody would talk to us because we are Roma. They would say, “we don’t talk to Gypsies.” I don’t want to lose my Canadian friends.

I feel hopeless when I think of my future. I don’t understand why we were refused, why they want to send us back to Hungary.

In April 2015, our refugee claim was refused. In September we put in an application for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds. In October we asked to be able to stay in Canada until there was a response on our humanitarian application. We felt terrible when they refused to allow us to wait for a response.

This was one of the most difficult times for my family. For five years, we had been able to live a normal life. We were like others for the first time, we were safe. We had such hope. The idea of returning to Hungary brings back all these memories; the slogans, the constant discrimination in all parts of our lives - school, work, hospital, in the streets. There is no escaping it, anywhere.

They ordered us to leave Canada on October 30. We stayed and became “non status” – at risk of being arrested and deported at any time.

Because of this, I couldn’t finish high school. After the deportation order, I was afraid of continuing school. My classmates asked what was going on with me and my family and it was humiliating to have to explain my story and why I had to stop school.

In March, my father and brother were arrested during a routine police check of the car they were traveling in. After they were detained, my mother and I turned ourselves in to Immigration on March 8. We were put in detention in Laval. We were in a kind of prison for 10 days. This was very hard on my mother and me. We were placed in a segregated section. We were alone with our thoughts and had nothing to do except think about all that had happened to us and what would happen to us back in Hungary.

My brother and father were deported a few days after we were put in detention. Now they are living in a lot of insecurity in Hungary. I am worried about my father. He tells me that he can’t sleep or eat. My mother and I are always worried about something happening to them.

I am also worried for my mother; her health is not good. The death of my oldest brother was very hard on her. Since his death she has suffered from depression a lot of the time. The uncertainty we have been living since our refugee claim was refused in April 2015 really affected her, and almost every difficulty has become too much for her. After we got out of the Laval detention centre, she didn’t get out of bed for three days. She hardly talked for those three days. I didn’t know what to do.

I am trying really hard but it is not easy. All these things have left a mark on me, forever. When I think about it, I become very stressed, I am afraid.

It is hard for me to even think about going back to Hungary. In Canada, I can live a normal life. I have dreams for the future, for my life in Canada. I want to continue school, finish high school, go to CEGEP and then university. I would like to work as a manager in a business or become a lawyer.

On May 12, we were supposed to be deported to Hungary but we appealed to the minister to stay. With the help of friends and organizations who are supporting us, we got a temporary permit to stay until July 16. I was relieved but also disappointed because we could still be deported. We were still in complete uncertainty.

And now we have been asked once again to leave, this time August 11.

I am doing my best to not think about it. I am doing my best to be positive, help my family and others in similar situations, and to do everything possible to be able to stay here in Canada permanently.

These are the reasons that I am appealing to be given the chance to stay. With my family, I want to continue to build my future here, in Canada, which is also my country.

For more information on how to help Gilda and her mother Katalin, see here.