if voting changed anything

okay @ all of france i really really REALLY need you to go vote in the second round, PLEASE.

if you don’t want le pen to win, vote for macron. it’s that easy.

no “she’ll never win anyway”. that’s how brexit happened.  

no “but he’s not great either”, that’s how trump got elected.

no “I’m abstaining because i want to send a message”, that’s just plain stupid and i hope i don’t have to explain why oh my god. PLEASE.

If Le Pen wins, the EU is finished. Yes I’m german and I’m openly admitting that without France, we can’t do it. 
If she manages to win the election she’ll also be able to get France to leave the EU, and that will be a desaster for everyone involved.
Look up how absolutely fantastic the Brexit negotiations are going if you’re still on the fence about that.

It’s a very similar situation to the one the US was in last year.
“ugh a boring politician they’re not exciting and has ties to the big banks and voting for them won’t change anything god i hate the system”
versus one 
oh look a charismatic fascist who will probably literally kill us all and throw the country, if not the continent, into utter chaos” candidate.

please think twice before you say it’s a choice between two evils. it’s not pest oder cholera, at the very worst it’s a stubbed toe versus lung cancer, and the lung cancer’s best chances lie in people not voting at all.

the liberal response to low voter turnout is so condescending and useless, like, even if voting did change anything, people still feel like their vote doesn’t matter, and the default liberal response to this is just to lecture people about how it’s actually important to vote without trying to understand why anyone feels so disillusioned with representative government

I don’t know if anyone even knows what’s going on in Turkey, but we are faced with probably one of the worst possible democratical challenges in Turkey’s history. I voted, I had to go through so much stuff to be able to vote in this referendum, because I live abroad. Today, I don’t want to leave my bed, I don’t want to go outside, I don’t want to eat, I don’t want to study and to be honest, I don’t want to exist at all. Half of the country voted against the change, not that it would even mean anything will get better. It could’ve just postponed it getting worse. But with mere 1% they won the referendum. There has been so much fraud in this election, so I personally don’t even believe that we actually lost at all, but that’s besides the point for now. I don’t want to see my beautiful country, the incredible people that has to live under these circumstances to suffer anymore. And I felt like I did everything I could’ve done. But that’s never the case. So whether you’re feeling miserable because of Brexit, Trump or the Turkish Referendum or something completely different, all I ask from you is to get out of bed. I know it’s hard, believe me. But we won’t be able to help if we don’t try. So please just go out and do something nice. Go volunteer, donate if you can, help the little kids with their homeworks so they can get the education they deserve, read and learn yourselves, study hard, learn new languages and gain new perspectives, try to understand other beliefs, discuss about it, just do anything in your power to make the world a better and a more understanding place. Because it’s so easy to wallow in self pity and wish everything had gone differently. But to make a difference you have to start from somewhere, however little it may be.

My school district refuses to remove confederate symbols from my high school campus

I am a student at Robert E. Lee high school in San Antonio, Texas. When you walk into Robert E. Lee high school, the first thing you will see is a giant statue of Robert E. Lee. Imagine being an African American student and having to walk into school every day looking at a man who fought for the enslavement of your ancestors. Robert E. Lee high school is the oldest school in the North East Independent School district. The school mascot is a “volunteer” appearing in a red and gray confederate army uniform and looking a lot like Robert himself. The school colors are red and gray which are the confederate colors. The pep squad is called the “confederettes”, The JV drill team is called the “dixie drillers” and the varsity dance team is called the “rebel rousers”.  Progress this summer was made when two confederate emblems were removed from the campus. This summer, a peer of mine, Kayla Wilson, sought to get rid of all confederate symbols from my school and change the name. At first, the district wouldn’t even put the name change up for discussion. After a long battle of board meetings and a petition with over 11,000 people, the school board voted not to change anything about my school. “Dec 11, 2015 — On Monday night NEISD Board voted NOT to rename Robert E Lee H.S . Board Trustee Wheat pleaded with fellow Board members to give the students and faculty an opportunity to voice their opinion and grievances. He requested a committee made up of teachers, administrators, and community to do surveys, obtain facts, and submit alternate names. He stated"we have not done enough to make this decision". Board Trustee White gave his testimony, as a African American the name offended him, and “we should not have to constantly defend the name of our schools for someone who is so controversial”. White reiterated Robert E Lee was the general of the confederacy, and fought to continue slavery. 

Superintendent Gottardy and Board Trustees Grona, Bresnahan, Hughey, and Perkins stated they had done enough research to make this decision and felt burdened to continue any additional effort. Board Trustee Perkins mocked Trustee Wheat attempt to add the voices of the students , teachers, and PTA.

The board meeting ended with an item being place on the Agenda to look into all symbol, icons, and songs tied to the confederacy. This Agenda item will be reviewed in the spring.

Please review the video below and review the response of the Board members. Unlike other communities like , Houston, Austin, Princeton, UT and even Robert E Lee’s Washington and Lee University recommended a discussion.

San Antonio NEISD refused discussion. Board Trustees did not feel the voice of its students or faculty matter for this decision.

Please email your Board Members why community matters. Why facts are important. Please tell them ALL are children voices’ matter.”

Robert E Lee was a confederate who fought for the enslavement of black people in the United States. He fought to maintain the continued subjugation of Blacks in America’s south. My school district perpetuates a racist culture by keeping racist symbols on my campus. 

The dance team and cheerleader coach threatened to their students that if the name change was posted about on social media or talked about at school, girls would be kicked off the team immediately. 

Faculty members were fired for talking about it on social media as well. 

The petition didn’t make a difference. The school board meeting didn’t make a difference. Very few individuals in San Antonio, Texas want to change the school name to make African American students comfortable. 


“People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.” -
Emma Goldman

“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.”- Emma Goldman

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”
Emma Goldman

“The most violent element in society is ignorance.”-
Emma Goldman

“The history of progress is written in the blood of men and women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause, as, for instance, the black man’s right to his body, or woman’s right to her soul.-
Emma Goldman

"Give us what belongs to us in peace, and if you don’t give it to us in peace, we will take it by force.”-Emma Goldman

“The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.” -Emma Goldman

“Ask for work. If they don’t give you work, ask for bread. If they do not give you work or bread, then take bread.” -Emma Goldman

anonymous asked:

Ate~~~ On produce 101 the winkdeep boys, why are they called that? I know jihoon is the wink part but I don't understand how jinyoung is the deep part 🤔 I'm so nervous for the final boys omg 😭😭 - F.P.A.

HI F.P.A. ANON!!!!! (sorry this is late huhu)

Baejin is called deep because his nickname is deep dark (probably due to the fact that early in the show, he always looked down when he sang and wasn’t super confident in himself!)

AND AAHH the finale is finally out, and unfortunately, our precious Samuel and national leader Jonghyun didn’t make it :/ the only thing that comforts me is that Samuel will probably have his own solo(?) debut from Brave and that Samuel is young so I believe he will garner much success!

Also with Nu’est members, I hope their contract changes (for Minhyun) so he is able to promote with the other members T_T I really think pledis will take this opportunity to promote nu’est (probably as a subunit?!) since Seventeen is nearly done with DWC promotions and will go on tour!!


anonymous asked:

I'm confused. Didn't everyone say that only people in the U.S could vote on the billboard website? I'm from europe and I'm able to vote and I didn't change my vpn or anything...

it’s not restricted anymore. no matter your location as long as you have an fb account you can vote

This is important. If you’re in the UK and have the right to vote, please use it. I know a lot of people think their votes can’t change anything but it’s not true. People thought Brexit still wouldn’t happen if they didn’t vote in the referendum, but it happenned. How the next government negotiates Brexit, what it does with the NHS, how it will deal with migration will literally impact your entire life. Voting only takes minutes, but the implications of this election will span decades.

Take your parents with you, take your friends, go and vote. And if you don’t, don’t you dare complain later. I know there are practically no politicians who represent many of your views’ but you can still prevent the worst apples from a bad bunch from gaining power.

I hate Labour and I hate Corbyn, but May is even worse and will make Brexit a complete fiasco. Let’s stop her, let’s save our jobs, our universities, our NHS, our less well-off neighbours, and our international friends. If everyone under 30 voted, the Tories would stand no chance of re-gaining a strong majority.

I’m not even going to apologise for my first post in a while being about politics, because this is genuinely so, so important. If you don’t believe me, take it from Tom ;)

People bemoan low turnouts to the polls. “Only 30% of people vote! Imagine how different the election results would be if everyone voted!”

They would be the same.

The people who don’t vote, mostly don’t vote because they live in a riding that consistently votes a supermajority for a particular party—i.e. it’s not a “swing” riding—and the representative their riding elects is already the one they want. Their riding is doing what they want, without their needing to tell it to. Their additional vote does not change anything. The number of votes a riding is won by does not impact the results. They stay home and win.

And this goes double for young people. Young people tend to move to cities—because that’s where they can get jobs; and then mostly to the lower-middle class “bohemian” districts of cities—because that’s what they can afford. Those particular ridings are likely to—100% of the time—vote to the young person’s preferences.

Which means that the prototypal young person cannot really “make their vote count.” Their riding will pick the local representative they’d pick… and then, more often than not, the party that representative stands for will lose the election.

And this will happen because all the most politically-active people have clustered together into a small number of ridings where any politicking they do is merely preaching to the choir, rather than evangelizing to the agnostic.

Want to actually help your party win an election? Find a bunch of like-minded people, move to a low-population swing riding, and then evangelize to the people there. You’ll maybe be able to talk to all of them.

Or, better yet: find a medium-sized company that has political leanings you agree with, and encourage it (from within, or from without) to set up an office in that swing riding, and import its employees from whatever settled ridings they currently live in. Let their culture just naturally seep into the culture of the place.

Yes, this means you’re doing (part of) your representative’s job. Yes, for free. Yes, it’s intrusive to your life.

You know what else is intrusive to your life? Actually running for office yourself. Which is always what everyone eventually thinks this comes down to. “Really want the world to be a certain way? You’ve got to go into politics yourself!”

Moving to a swing riding for political-evangelical reasons is less hard than that. For many people (e.g. people who make their money selling services over the Internet), it’s downright easy to do. You’ve got to live somewhere. Why not make “the leverage my words and actions will have at swinging elections” part of that calculus?

I can’t believe I’m jumping into the goddamn voting discourse happening on my dash BUT I’M IN A BAD FUCKING MOOD RIGHT NOW SO WHY NOT:

Point Number 1: Mandatory voting is, to me, obviously a far better system than what the USA has now and would push us much further to the goal of actual democracy instead of the myth that we have now.

Point Number 2: When Americans respond as if it’s a bad thing, it’s not them being ~stupid ignorant Americans~ because they are taking it as if we were to make voting mandatory RIGHT NOW without changing anything about our voting system.

Because our voting system right now is UTTERLY ABYSMAL, because our politicians don’t WANT the people of the USA voting. 

It is explicitly racist, classist, and ableist, so if the USA were to make mandatory voting tomorrow, it would basically just be only as a way to punish people who CAN’T vote (as opposed to WON’T vote), who are already at a disadvantage in the United States.

Here’s some “fun” facts about voting in the USA!

-Not every state has mail-in/absentee ballots. Only 34 states allow you to submit early voting without an “excuse” for doing so. So for people not living in those states, that means they must show up at their assigned polling location on that day. So if you can’t make it there because you’re working or don’t have the transportation to get there, or if the building is otherwise inaccessible to you, TOUGH SHIT!

-Election Day is a Tuesday, i.e. a day when many people have to work. Not every state has a law that says a workplace must give a worker time to go to the polls and vote. Hell even some states that do have a law for that, the time is still unpaid. You can see how this deters people who are living on hourly wages from voting.

-Thanks to the boogeyman of ~voter fraud~ that Republicans invented, voter ID laws since 2006 require that people present a government-issued ID at their polling location in order to vote. This disproportionately affects non-white voters (particularly Black and Latinx voters) and while claiming to combat ~voter fraud~ (a crime that happens so rarely it barely counts as a statistic), what it really does is erect another barrier that keeps people from voting.

So in short: I’m kind of super tired of seeing people from other countries where mandatory voting makes perfect sense because it’s an accessible system that make voting as easy possible cluck over those ~ignorant Americans~ who don’t want something that’s obviously such a good thing! Obviously the reason they don’t have it is because they’re just so darn ignorant! NO, it’s because the rich assholes in power in this godforsaken country DON’T want people to vote!

Blah blah blah ~tumblr is America-centric~ whatever, I’m over it right now.

The Problems with Black People

The problem is that people want to turn things around using methods that have not worked, and will not work. We want so bad to just integrate into the mindset, ideas, and customs of the societies we find ourselves living in. But it is not that simple. That should be apparent by now. 

Pundits babbling all day will not change anything. The popular “leaders” are not going to change anything. Voting is not going to change anything. Marching is not going to change anything. Lying on the ground like an idiot pretending you are dead is not going to change a darn thing.

Do you need another 100 years of repeating the same things in order for it to click that we will still be in the same situation if we use these same methods?

Our current situation is PROPHECY. It is not by chance, it is happening for a reason. And until we understand that and do what we have to do, things are not going to work in our favor.

Why don’t black people come together? Why do the men leave their children? Why don’t black men uplift black women?

So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave: Deut 28:54

Why are so many women the head of the household? Why are the kids out of control?

As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. Isaiah 3:12

Why do black women have issues with their hair?

Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts. Isaiah 3:16-17

Why are we being killed left and right and seeing no justice?

Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter; Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not. Zechariah 11:4-5

And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you. Leviticus 26:17

What can we do to make it stop?

Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations. Ezekiel 14:6

If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land Lev 26: 40-42

My people, you are the House of Israel. Wake up.

And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.
Deuteronomy 28:64

And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.
Deuteronomy 4:27

The problem with the stories going around about people who voted for Trump and are already regretting it is that, broadly speaking, they fall into one of two categories:

1. I regret voting for you because it turns out you are harmful to me; I should just not have voted. (Not likely to mean they have changed their minds about anything; rather than admit they trusted the wrong person, they insist on mistrusting the entire system. The kind of thinking which, in conservatives, leads to joining extremist anti-government hate-group militias.)

2. I regret voting for you because you aren’t being racist/misogynist enough. (Definitely have not changed their mind about anything. Also give him time, like most moderates are doing, and I’m sure he’ll get there.) 

Like…none of these people seem to regret voting for a monster because he’s a monster, they just regret that he’s not being the right kind of monster. There’s no sense of care or compassion for anyone around them, no realization that they have nurtured ignorance and violence. They’re just petulant that daddy said he’d buy them a toy and bought himself a steak instead. 

I wish I could take pleasure in that, but there’s not a lot of pleasure to be had in seeing people get hurt without changing their minds at all. It just means the next time they lash out it’ll be harder and stronger. 

Jeremy Corbyn speech

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at a rally in Leicester today, said:

***Check against delivery***

There’s no doubt that Thursday’s local election results were disappointing for our party. We had welcome victories in Manchester, Liverpool, Wales, Doncaster and elsewhere but too many fantastic councillors, who work tirelessly for their communities, lost their seats.

We face a huge challenge in the next five weeks.

But this General Election campaign is also a great opportunity. A chance to break free, to create a society in which people are no longer held back by a system that is rigged for the rich. A chance to rebuild Britain for the many not the few.

There is also a huge danger – that the Tories’ fearmongering and spin machine will make some people settle for less than they should. Resign themselves to things the way they are - underestimating just how many more burdens the Tories could impose if their mission to rig the system for the rich isn’t halted.

The stakes are high. We know from yesterday’s election results that the gap between us and the Tories is not as great as the pundits have been saying.

But we still have many people to convince. We have four weeks to do that. Are we up to the challenge?

Millions are still sceptical and undecided, not sure which way to turn.

And who can blame them.

Andy Burnham – who had a brilliant victory to become the new Mayor of Greater Manchester yesterday – spoke last week of how alienated people are from the political system.

He said we can’t just carry on doing what we are doing; the time has come to do something different.

He’s right. Our Westminster system is broken and our economy is rigged. Both are run in the interests of the few.

Things can and must be different.

Labour is under attack because we are standing up to the elites who are determined to hijack Brexit to pay even less tax and take even more of the wealth we all create.

Labour is under attack because we are standing up to the corporate interests plundering our NHS - £13 billion of the NHS budget is already privatised – how much more will be if the Tories get another five years?

That’s why Labour is under attack. We’re drawing a line. Three decades of privatisation – from energy and rail to health and social care – has made some people very rich but it has not delivered richer lives for the vast majority.

In this election, we will be outlining a plan to transform Britain – an upgraded economy run for the many not the few.

It will mean standing up to powerful vested interests. But we are ready for the challenge.

The Conservatives only stand up when taking orders from their billionaire friends, who hoard our country’s wealth for themselves in tax havens.

Theresa May thinks she can win the General Election by claiming she cares about working people.

She talks about building a fair society. Does she think people will forget what the Tories have done to this country, how they’ve actually treated working people? 

This Tory leader sat alongside David Cameron in government for six years.

She was in the cabinet room when they introduced the bedroom tax. So were the Liberal Democrats as part of Cameron’s coalition. What was fair about that?

And what was fair about racking up tuition fees?

Or about taking benefits away from people with disabilities?

Or about closing Sure Start Centres? Or starving schools of cash? Or opening up the NHS to be plundered by profiteers?

And what was fair about giving big business and the richest in society tax giveaways worth tens of billions of pounds - while the rest of us were told to tighten our belts, to accept a big dose of austerity?

The Tories are hoping everyone has short memories.

But if that fails, they have another card they are playing. That this election is about Brexit and who can play at being toughest with Brussels.

But Labour will not allow the Tories to put their party interests ahead of the real national interest. The interests of the British people.

This election isn’t about Brexit itself. That issue has been settled. The question now is what sort of Brexit do we want – and what sort of country do we want Britain to be after Brexit?

And who can really be trusted to put working people first?

Labour wants a jobs Brexit, a Brexit that safeguards the future of Britain’s vital industries, a Brexit that paves the way to a genuinely fairer society and to an upgraded economy.

Labour’s plan to transform Britain will mean:

·         investing in infrastructure and new industries,

·         rebuilding our NHS and social care services,

·         giving our children and young people a chance to fulfil their potential.

We won’t be paying lip-service to working people.

We will introduce a comprehensive programme to strengthen rights at work, make sure new jobs are good jobs, and end the race to the bottom in pay, conditions and job security.

Low pay and insecurity have spread like an epidemic under the Tories.

Labour will invest in skills and jobs, and take action to enforce a floor under employment standards across the board – so that all jobs are decent jobs, so that all workers – the true wealth creators - can play their part in transforming Britain and benefit fully from it.

Transformation means that, instead of a country run for the rich, Britain will be a country in which people are not held back, in which everyone is able to lead a richer life.

And that’s why we are fighting to win this election. Fighting to win, not because I yearn for the trappings of Downing Street office but because I want a better Britain

A country for the many not the few.

The local election results yesterday leave us in no doubt about the scale of our challenge.

We know this is no small task - it is a challenge on a historic scale. But we, the whole Labour movement and the British people, can’t afford not to seize our moment.

We have five weeks to win the General Election so we can fundamentally transform Britain for the many not the few.

When we win, we form the NHS.

When we win, we introduce the Equal Pay Act.

When we win we establish a National Minimum Wage - one of my proudest days in politics.

When we win, the British people win. The nurse, the teacher, the small trader, the carer, the builder, the office worker win.

Labour is offering a real choice, a real alternative to the rigged system that is holding us back and the Conservatives who are running our country down in every way.

An alternative for the many not the few.

And we need to be that real alternative because too many people in our country worry that voting won’t change anything, that all politicians are the same.

We are not all the same but people are frustrated that the system remains rigged for the few, that the lives of the many don’t seem to be getting better.

They vote, nothing changes.

The economy is still rigged in favour of the rich and powerful.

We have to show that we are different, that we will transform Britain. That we are for the many not the few.

When Labour wins there will be a reckoning for those who thought they could get away with asset stripping our industry, crashing our economy through their greed and ripping off workers and consumers.

When did the Conservatives - Osborne, Cameron, May, Johnson - ever stand up to their financial backers and demand our money back?

Never and they never will.

Instead, they make our nurses, our carers, our soldiers, our disabled, our young people trying to get a home of their own, our elderly looking for dignity in retirement and those working hard to get on, foot the bill instead.

It makes me angry. It makes me really angry. And I know it makes the people of Britain angry too.

So today, I say to tax cheats, the rip off bosses, the greedy bankers.

Enough is enough.

The people of Britain are taking our money back.

We have always stood up for the many not the few.

And I will always stand up for our beliefs.

That can be lonely, I know.

I campaigned against privatisation, tax cuts for the rich, letting the banks become all powerful and the Iraq war when many politicians were pushing them through or not standing up against them.

We stood up for workers’ pay, better public services, a fairer society, a more equal economy and for peace and justice.

Standing up for your beliefs in any circumstances, takes great determination. It can be frustrating. It takes its toll. It is far easier to compromise your beliefs and go along for the ride.

But strength is holding on to what you believe in. Standing up for the many against the few means a struggle against the odds.

Looking out for the few is easy; winning for the many is hard.

I have a message for Theresa May. If you feel the need to go on about what a great leader you are, then show it by debating with me in this election campaign. We are for the many, you’re for the few.

But this is about so much more than Theresa May and me.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you, the people, to decide what sort of country you want to live in.

We are full of so much potential, which is being stifled and held back in favour of the few.

Together, we can transform Britain.

And we must transform Britain because now it is rigged for the few.

In this election, Labour is standing for decent jobs, investment for the future, shared wealth creation, security at work, affordable homes for all, a fully funded NHS and schools, training and skills, an end to rip-off privatisation, fair taxation and a fairer, more equal country.

As we set out our detailed plans for Britain, the scale of the change we are offering will become clear.

So let’s turn our country around. Let’s come together to transform Britain. Together, we can win for the many not the few.

Make sure you are registered to vote.

Please help others get registered to vote.

Make sure you use your vote.

Talk to your friends, family, neighbours and co-workers about this General Election.

It is so important.

This election could be a great and proud moment in our national story.

Don’t wake on up on 9 June to see celebrations from the tax cheats, the press barons, the greedy bankers, Philip Green, the Southern Rail directors and crooked bankers that take our wealth, who have got away with it because the party they own, the Conservative Party, has won.

We have five weeks to ruin their party. We have five weeks to have a chance to take our money back. We have five weeks to win so we can transform Britain for the many not the few.

We must seize it. Thank you.


Last post on the election, I promise.

An estimated 14 million of the electorate didn’t vote. 14 MILLION. “My vote won’t change anything.” “My vote is pointless.” “I don’t know anything about politics.”

If even half of those 14 million non voters actually voted, we could have a very different result.