A group of mothers of African-Americans killed by police or gun violence spoke somberly at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night, imploring the attentive crowd and a nation watching at home on TV, to remember their fallen children and insisting that they did not die in vain.

Known as “Mothers of the Movement,” this sisterhood of seven which held in common the singular tragedy of having lost their sons to cops or guns, bravely took the stage amid a standing ovation and chants of “Black Lives Matter.”

First to speak was Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, who was found hanged in a Texas jail cell in July 2015, after she was arrested during a traffic stop.

“One year ago, yesterday, I lived the worst nightmare anyone could imagine. I watched as my daughter Sandra Bland was lowered into the ground in a coffin,” she said, holding back tears as she explained why she was supporting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“She knows that when a young black life is cut short, it’s not just a loss, it’s a personal loss, it’s a national loss, it’s a loss that diminishes all of us,” she said, voice strained. “What a blessing tonight to be standing here so that Sandy can still speak through her mother,” she added, prompting the second in a number of standing ovations.

“And what a blessing it is for all of us, if we seize it, to cast our votes for a President who will help us lead us down a path toward restoration and change,” she said.

anonymous asked:

Its literally not possible to cure? when people say cure they mean eradication, because it's been proven over and over that autism doesn't function like that. It's integral to us, it's too complex, it's enviromental and neurological not an 'illness'. When you say you want autism gone, you want WHO we are gone, when you say you want a cure, you want our deaths. if you want something so integral to our personalities gone, how the hell can you say you care about us.

That is complete and utter bullshit.  Did you read that on the internet?  If you really think you know better, i IMPLORE you to become a therapist and somehow help the autistic kids whose complex “identity” is scribbling circles in a rocking chair all day long, and crying themselves to sleep despite their mother trying everything to figure out what is upsetting them and comfort them, to no avail.

I really, really implore you to go meet with autistic children who can’t or won’t speak anything but gibberish.  The ones who bite themselves until the bones show, who jump out of moving cars, who punch other children on the bus without provocation, who ignore you when you try everything to figure out if they would like to do something for their birthday.  Maybe you, with all your knowledge of how special and complex their non-illness is, can help them not end up in the hospital, or left alone because no one can understand the words they speak.

I would do anything to go back in time and have a way to prevent my brother, and all the other autistic people I’ve met who can’t function on their own, from developing autism.  They deserve at least a chance to experience the world without the pain and frustration of a brain and body that does not listen to them.  It is disgusting that you think these people would be reduced to nothing without this condition that renders them unable to live on their own.  It’s not a personality quirk.

That would be like saying that we shouldn’t treat any sort of condition, from depression to schizophrenia, because it becomes “integral to someone’s personality”.  No.  Personality is fluid.  It develops and changes like a plant that is allowed to grow.  Autism can starve this plant, and crush it underfoot.  Being born naturally shy, or fiesty, or wise, or silly, or curious, or passionate, or hot-tempered, or obsessed with birds, or smart, or simple-minded, or stubborn, or introverted, or pessimistic, or compassionate, or quiet, or hardened, or many other things are integral to personality. 

Being literally restrained from expressing yourself is not.

“Reunindo toda a vossa diligência, associai com a vossa fé a virtude; com a virtude, o conhecimento” (2 Pedro 1.5)

Se você desfruta da elevada graça da total certeza da fé, sob a abençoada influência e assistência do Espírito, faça o que a Escritura lhe diz: “Procurai, com diligência” (2 Pedro 1.10). Assegure-se de que a sua fé seja do tipo correto – que não seja uma mera crença em doutrinas, mas uma fé simples, dependente de Cristo, e somente dEle. Acrescente cautela diligente à sua coragem. Implore que Deus lhe dê a face de um leão, para que você possa, consciente de estar fazendo o que é certo, avançar com ousadia. Estude bem as Escrituras e obtenha conhecimento, visto que o conhecimento da doutrina tende a confirmar a fé. Procure entender a Palavra de Deus; permita que ela habite ricamente em seu coração (ver Colossenses 3.16).

Depois de haver feito isso, acrescente domínio próprio ao seu conhecimento (ver 2 Pedro 1.5,6). Tenha cuidado de seu corpo; seja moderado em seu exterior. Tenha cuidado de sua alma; seja moderado em seu íntimo. Obtenha temperança de lábios, vida, coração e pensamentos. E acrescente a tudo isso, a súplica ao Espírito Santo que Ele lhe dê a paciência que suporta as aflições -e que, uma vez provada, se manifestará preciosa como o ouro (ver Jó 23.10). Vista-se com paciência, a fim de que você não murmure nem fique deprimido em meio às aflições.

Quando tiver obtido paciência, almeje a piedade, que é muito mais do que simples religiosidade. Faça da glória de Deus o objetivo de sua vida. Viva à vista dEle, e faça morada perto dEle. Busque companheirismo com Ele, e você será piedoso. À piedade acrescente o amor fraternal. Tenha amor para com todos os crentes. E ao amor fraternal acrescente a caridade que abre os braços a todos os homens e ama a alma de todos eles. Quando você estiver adornado com todas estas jóias, e à proporção em que pratica estas virtudes celestiais, reconhecerá com as mais claras evidências a sua vocação e eleição (ver 2 Pedro 1.10). “Procurai, com diligência”, se você deseja encontrar segurança, pois a negligência e as dúvidas andam de mãos dadas.

—  C. H. Spurgeon, no livro Dia a dia com Spurgeon.

anonymous asked:

I lowkey want to draw you surrounded with plenty of cats now

i WOULD cry and also we would automatically become legally married so watch ur STEP, IM NOT A GOOD HUSBAND!! 

(in all seriousness anon, although i must kindly implore u not to squander ur artistic talents on a fool like me, im SUPER FLATTERED U WOULD WANT TO!!! if u end up drawing this i’d love to see it, but once again there’s no need to do so, even the sentiment made me SMILE A LOT!!!! ur so kind and u can part own the cat kingdom with me (what is that film … i used to watch it so often, the cat returns??? is that a NAME OF A FILM??) ilu and thank u!!!xxx) 

sulu is a weed gay honestly he’d go on missions and spock would be like mr sulu i implore you to please stop trying to smoke the plants on every new planet we find and sulu would be like *visibly rolling a joint* it’s research


get to know me [2/5] animated movies ≡ zootopia
Life’s a little bit more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker. Real life is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means, hey, glass half full, we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what kind of person you are, I implore you: Try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you.


Malec!AU: Alec Lightwood is the most beautiful and talented classically trained ballet dancer at the New York Arts Institute. He’s pressured by everyone in his life to carry the honor of the Lightwood name in the New York performing arts world, he feels trapped in a box. Magnus Bane is the most liked, respected, gorgeous, and innately talented hip-hop freestyle dancer who was accepted to the Institute on scholarship. He puts on the happy face for everyone around him, but inside he is broken and badly scarred by his past. When Alec finds himself wanting to branch out and add free movement to his final senior piece he seeks the help of the one person he’s been secretly drawn to for years. The one person he knows lives very much outside of the box.

If you haven’t read this amazing story then I implore you to because it’s beautiful.
You can find it here I Won’t Let You Fall by @jezthemadficster

i implore each and every one of you to support stellar with this comeback. they are coming back july 18th and this comeback determines their future. they will most likely disband if this comeback does not do well. this happened to 4minute and it would break my heart if it were to happen to stellar as well. please buy their physical album (on yesasia or kpopmart) or buy the digital on iTunes if you can afford it. if you cant please vote for them on music shows to help them succeed and get a win, and stream the mv. tell your friends tell your followers tell anyone to watch their mv (it’ll be good i promise, stellar always is). i’m sick of people saying how girl groups are mistreated and deserve better and then not actually doing anything to help these groups e.g. buying their song or streaming their mv.

help stellar survive. these beautiful talented girls are too precious to let them end up just another disbanded girl group who couldn’t strive in a hugely male dominated industry. 


get to know me meme:  (4/10) animated films » zootopia
When I was a kid, I thought Zootopia was this perfect place, where everyone got along and anyone could be anything. Turns out real life’s a little bit more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker. Real life is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes, which means hey, half glass full, we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what time of animal you are, from the biggest elephant to our first fox… I implore you: try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you. It starts with me. It starts with all of us.


Supergirl // Zootopia

No matter what type of animal you are… I implore you: Try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you.
15 Things Your City Can Do Right Now to End Police Brutality
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By Mic

“Martin Luther King Jr. said it best in 1966: “[The] law cannot make a man love me, but it can restrain him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important also.”

Two years later, he was shot and killed in Memphis. But his dream that the United States legal system might eventually overcome its racial biases and serve its non-white citizens equally lives on.

For months now, politicians have invoked King’s legacy to implore black citizens to stay peaceful in the face of routine violence. The irony of this plea seems lost on its askers, but it does fall in line with a question that’s haunted Black Lives Matter protesters for the past 10 months, namely, “What’s going to happen next?

In other words: How, besides protesting, can we actually make sure no more black people are killed, beaten or tortured by the police? And how can we promote justice and equity in law enforcement more generally?

To that end, the Center for Popular Democracy and Policy Link, two nonprofit advocacy organizations, have partnered with various protesters and street-level organizers to find some concrete solutions to this problem. The result is a 15-point report, titled Building From the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Promoting Justice in Policing, which Mic has synthesized below to identify the concrete steps citizens and local governments can take to affect change.

Here are 15 things your city can do right now to better promote justice in policing.”

Read the full piece here

Also: 30+ Resources to Help White Americans Learn About Race and Racism

Please please please go and give @lesdogggg some love and support! In light of her recent work on the new Ghostbusters movie, she’s gotten a lot of hate that are both racial and extremely misogynist in nature, and it’s really unfair of her to have to suffer such inexcusable behavior.
I don’t care whether or not you liked or disliked the new Ghostbusters movie. The hate she’s received is appalling and shouldn’t be excused just because you don’t like the “gender reskin of the cast” or how it’s “mocking the original”. No one should have to deal with the racist comments and sexual harassment that Leslie Jones has received in these past few days.
She has a Twitter and Instagram account, and I implore you to support her as a person and actress!! She’s a wonderful, beautiful woman and deserves much better than this.

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Black-owned banks get rush of new depositors
A black-owned Atlanta bank is experiencing a sudden surge of deposits, powered by a campaign to bolster black-owned financial institutions after police killings raised awareness of institutional inequality.

A black-owned Atlanta bank is experiencing a sudden surge of deposits, powered by a campaign aimed at bolstering black-owned financial institutions after multiple high-profile police killings raised awareness of institutional inequality.

Citizens Trust Bank — anchored in metro Atlanta, Columbus, Ga., Birmingham, Ala. and Eutaw, Ala. — said it has received about 8,000 new applications for depositors in recent days.

One of the catalysts: Rapper Killer Mike called in to a town hall meeting on MTV and BET on July 8 to implore the black community to deploy “a portion” of its financial resources to make a difference.