Neoliberalism sees competition as the defining characteristic of human relations. It redefines citizens as consumers, whose democratic choices are best exercised by buying and selling, a process that rewards merit and punishes inefficiency. It maintains that “the market” delivers benefits that could never be achieved by planning.
So I saw a post bringing awareness to bipolar disorder, and they had this image:
Why did they have to draw the fat person so… lumpy and gross looking? Was this really necessary? This really makes me uncomfortable. I don’t want to pick apart the post, but this is just gross. This isn’t what fat people look like, and there was no reason to draw us this way. -V
Because human rights organizations and journalists are not allowed to enter West Papua. and because of the Indonesian suppression of free speech and the press the West Papuan struggle for independence is one of the lesser known such struggles. Few people know or care about the human rights abuses and suppression of the indigenous Papuan population by Indonesia, and in the case of the Netherlands I would say this is especially shameful.
After Indonesia gained independence from the Netherlands it also claimed West Papua with the promise to allow them a referendum later on about independence. This referendum was held in 1969 and was a complete sham, but was still recognized by the UN. The KNPB or the West Papuan National Committee is the peaceful branch of the West Papuan liberation movement. Many of the leading KNPB members have been murdered by Indonesia.
The West Papuan National Liberation Army is the organization engaged in armed struggle against the Indonesian occupiers.
In this documentary undercover Al-Jazeera journalists visit with the leader of the KNPB to pay some much needed attention to their struggle.
Watch the documentary here: [video]
Today is the 147th anniversary of John Brown’s execution. In 1859, Brown led a raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, to start a liberation movement among the slaves there. During the raid, he seized the armory; seven people were killed, and ten or more were injured. He intended to arm slaves with weapons from the arsenal, but the attack failed. Within 36 hours, Brown’s men had fled or been killed or captured by local pro-slavery farmers, militiamen, and U.S. Marines led by Robert E. Lee. He was tried for treason against the Commonwealth of Virginia, the murder of five men and inciting a slave insurrection.
it's so bizarre how people say that being fat is a choice. i literally have big bones and an illness that makes it difficult for me to lose weight- practically impossible even? they just don't understand that it's so much more nuanced. we deserve positivity just as much as them.
Many people who are thin because of genetics make decisions for their body that aren’t very good, and if someone else made those same choices, they’d be fat. So why is it hard to believe that some people who are fat because of genetics make decisions for their body that are great, and if someone else made those same decisions, they’d be skinny? I mean why do we always assume that choice has anything to do with it, or that the choices fat people make are bad?
I mean, even if it was a choice, who cares? It doesn’t hurt anyone. It’s our bodies, so it should be our decision.
Everyone deserves to feel good about their body, no matter why it is the size it is and whether or not it is healthy. People deserve to love themselves and be treated with respect, by virtue of being human.
if you refuse to acknowledge that some political movements maintain oppressive power structures while others reject those structures, i calmly invite you to sit your ass down and keep your mouth shut about how “we need to listen to both sides” and “black lives matter/any other liberation movement are just as badas the systems they’re dismantling.”
Longtime activist Cleve Jones has dedicated his life to working with members of the LGBTQ community, but growing up he felt like the only gay person in the world. He tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that he felt so isolated as a teenager that he considered suicide. Then he read about the gay liberation movement in Life magazine and his outlook changed.
“This magazine, in a matter of minutes, revealed to me that there were other people like me,” Jones says. “There were a lot of us. We were organizing. … There was a community, and there were places we could live safely. And one of those places was called San Francisco.”
Jones moved to San Francisco when he was in his early 20s. There, he found a mentor in Harvey Milk, one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials. He marched alongside Milk for gay rights, and when Milk was assassinated in 1978, Jones decided to dedicate his life to the cause. “Meeting Harvey, seeing his death, it fixed my course,” he says.
After the AIDS epidemic hit San Francisco, Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and started the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Jones describes his life and his involvement in the gay rights movement in his new memoir, When We Rise. He says it’s a story of hardship, but also one of triumph. “I have these memories of great struggle and great pain and great loss, but I also in my lifetime have seen extraordinary progress and amazing change.”