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Today is International Women’s Day.

Today also marks the show of solidarity for women’s rights by way of a strike: A Day Without A Woman. Women around the world are refusing to take part in both paid and unpaid labor in the name of justice for all gender-oppressed people of all ethnicities, religions, and sexualities. In doing so, they join the ranks of women who have led protests, strikes, and movements throughout history.

Let’s celebrate a few of those women:

Dorothy Height (March 24, 1912—April 20, 2010)

Originally posted by womenthrive

Dorothy Height, former President of the National Council of Negro Women, was one of the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington. She stood near Martin Luther King Jr. during his “I Have a Dream” speech, but did not publicly speak that day. In fact, no woman publicly spoke. “Even on the morning of the march there had been appeals to include a woman speaker,” wrote Height in her memoir. “They were happy to include women in the human family, but there was no question as to who headed the household!“ In 1971, she helped found the National Women’s Political Caucus with other notable feminists like Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, and Shirley Chisholm.

Marsha P. Johnson (August 24, 1945—July 6, 1992)

Originally posted by dannisue

Marsha P. Johnson spent her entire adult life fighting for the rights of LGBTQ people. She’s credited for being one of the first to fight back in the Stonewall Riots. She started the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries with her friend Sylvia Rivera. Together they provided food, shelter, and care to young drag queens, trans women, and homeless children in need in the Lower East Side of NYC. She fought for what was right, and knew how to live life with exuberance and humor. When asked by a judge what what the “P” stood for, she replied “Pay It No Mind.”

Alice Paul (January 11, 1885—July 9, 1977)

Originally posted by taryndraws

Alice Paul was one of the leading forces behind the Nineteenth Amendment, which affirmed and enshrined a woman’s right to vote. She rallied 8,000 people to march in the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession in Washington—no small task in a world before the internet—with an estimated half million people watching the historic moment from the sidelines.

And some good activist blogs to follow:

  • Emily’s List (@emilys-list) slogan is “ignite change.” They aim to do so by backing pro-choice candidates for US office in key races across the country.
  • Women of Color in Solidarity (@wocinsolidarity) focuses on being a hub for the the WOC experience in the US. Original posts, incredibly informative reblogs…this place is wonderful.
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Martin Luther King Jr. the Lost Speech - The Casualties of the Vietnam War

the reason that we are posting this speech is because we have a belief looking at the situation as it exists in politics today that Donald Trump is going to start a war. if he does it will be exactly the same war that Richard Nixon fought in Vietnam. He will do it by sending all minorities and people he considers undesirables. Just like Nixon, Trump will spill poor peoples blood. once again sending minorities off to foreign lands, to fight for those he considers too good to get their hands dirty for America’s RICH ideals. I lived during this time and I can tell you that I know what happened. Yes I followed it intensely as a child and a student. Richard Nixon was exactly who we see today Donald Trump. He is Hateful. He is a separationist. He has no relationship whatsoever to the majority of people in this country. People, who did not vote for Trump. People who he will end up disenfranchising purposely. Do not be deceived Do not look away and do not pretend this is not happening because America you made this. AMERICA you did this Stand up and look at yourself in the mirror. Look at yourselves and be disgusted at what you truly invented this time. Nothing but hate. Nothing but divisiveness. Nothing but pure lies. America this is what you have done now stand up and look at what you are going to have to deal with because you did it.
On This Day: The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Funeral: King Family and Friends, © Burk Uzzle, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.  

On this day in 1968, shortly after 6 p.m., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray while standing on the balcony outside the now memorialized Lorraine Motel room 306.

Photo: SCLC pallbearers stand over casket of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at Morehouse College on April 12, 1968, Atlanta, GA, © Ernest C. Withers Trust, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Anthony Decaneas, Decaneas Archive, and Ernest C. Withers Trust.

In the early months of 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked on a campaign to lobby on behalf of the poor. While planning a march in Washington, D.C. to urge Congress to pass further Civil Rights legislation, King was called to Memphis, Tennessee to assist in a sanitation workers’ strike. African American sanitation workers were protesting for equal pay and improved working conditions. On April 3rd, after his flight to Memphis was delayed due to a bomb threat, King spoke at Mason Temple, headquarters of the Church of God in Christ. Here he gave his last speech, known as the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” sermon. King stated the famous words:

“…I’m not worried about anything, I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

King’s death evoked sadness nationwide and many African Americans were not only in mourning, but were outraged. A series of riots followed in more than 100 cities. Subsequently, the Civil Rights Act of 1968, known as the Fair Housing Act, was passed and signed on April 11th.

Photo: Memorial March after assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Main Street, Memphis, TN, April 8, 1968, © Ernest C. Withers Trust, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Anthony Decaneas, Decaneas Archive, and Ernest C. Withers Trust.

Watch Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. make his famous last speech:

dragonrhapsody  asked:

Do you have any sources for the homophobic, anti-semetic and paedophilia comments from the Green Party?

I do:

B.C. election 2017: Greens apologize over unsavoury social media posts

Marciniw, the Green party candidate for Richmond North Centre, had tweeted in support of fat shaming (claiming it had led him to slim down) and retweeted a controversial message about the holocaust.

Nearly a decade ago, Marshall, the Green party candidate for Vancouver-West End, posted content that made light of pedophilia and drug abuse. Those posts were deleted Sunday. 

Also I posted them here:

Also as a bonus, here’s a Green candidates rape culture trying to compare political donations, to men expecting sex from women by buying them drinks

In addition here’s the BC Greens outing their candidate Nicola Spurling as Transgender.

And a second post on that.

Finally here’s a BC Green candidate imitating/mocking Martin Luther King Jr.:

Daughter of first Black speaker of B.C.’s legislature upset by Green candidate’s Martin Luther King Jr. impression

Watch a White BC Politician Give a Speech Imitating Martin Luther King

All of these candidates remain on the ballot. To my knowledge none of them have faced any serious consequences for their actions or viewpoints.

20-year-old Bernie Sanders organizing a protest against segregated university housing at his Alma mater, the University of Chicago in 1962

“We feel it is an intolerable situation when Negro and white students of the university cannot live together in university-owned apartments,” Sanders said at the protest. Sanders and 32 other students then entered the building and camped outside the president’s office, performing the first civil rights sit-in in Chicago history

Sanders is one of only two sitting United States Senators who was personally in attendance at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The other was Senator Mitch McConnell.

March on Washington through Sunglasses, 1963

The Washington Monument and a U.S. flag are reflected in the sunglasses of Austin Clinton Brown, age 9, of Gainesville, GA, as he joins others in the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. This photo was taken around the time of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech.

Watch Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech 

More than 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was honored by the Nobel Committee for his nonviolent campaign against racism in the United States. 

“I accept the Nobel Prize for Peace at a moment when 22 million Negroes of the United States of America are engaged in a creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice,” began King in his acceptance speech in Stockholm, Sweden. “I accept this reward on behalf of a civil rights movement [that] is moving with determination and a majestic scorn for risk and danger to establish a reign of freedom and rule of justice.”

But King’s speech was far from pure adulation, and the civil rights leader quickly sought to draw attention to the ongoing struggle of black Americans seeking dignity and respect.

On This Day: June 4
  • 1848: Mikhail Bakunin participates in Slav Congress in Czechoslovakia, where he speaks and presents papers; he also participates in the Whitsuntide insurrection here. Karl Marx publishes a false report that Bakunin is a Russian agent responsible for the arrest of Poles.
  • 1848: Karl Marx publishes a false report that Bakunin is a Russian agent responsible for the arrest of Poles.
  • 1850: Mikhail Bakunin’s death sentence is commuted to life imprisonment in Germany. Extradited to Austria, he is imprisoned in Prague. (He was condemned to death on January 14, 1850 while held in the Königstein fortress.)
  • 1857: John William Lloyd born in Westfield, New Jersey. Anarchist, poet, writer, doctor, editor of “Free Comrade,” and wrote for Benjamin Tucker’s Liberty. He was known as the “drugless physician.”
  • 1861: Mikhail Bakunin escapes from Siberia (today or tomorrow), via the Amur River, arriving in Nikolavsk in July; he sails on the Strelok to Kastri where he boards an American merchant ship, Vickery, to Hakodate, Japan.
  • 1898: Individualist anarchist Laurance Labadie born, son of Joseph Labadie. His writings include Origin and Nature of Government and Anarchism Applied to Economics.
  • 1913: Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison runs in front of the King’s horse at Epsom Derby & later died.
  • 1917: On the eve of the official military registration day, Emma Goldman, among others, addresses a mass meeting organized by the No-Conscription League.
  • 1919: Nestor Makhno is declared an outlaw by Bolshevik government.
  • 1932: Anarchist Angelo Sbardellotto is arrested in the Piazza Venezia in Rome. He was carrying a false passport, a gun and two bombs attached to his body. During interrogation, he confessed that he had gone to Rome with the intention of attacking Mussolini.
  • 1957: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “Power of Nonviolence” speech at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • 1965: A CND Demo against nuclear weapons takes place in Albert Square Manchester, UK.
  • 1966: The New York Times publishes a petition to end the Vietnam War, with 6,400 signatures including many prominent scholars and clergy.
  • 1971: György Lukács dies in Budapest. He was a Marxist philosopher, aesthetician, literary historian, and critic.
  • 1972: Angela Davis is acquitted on all counts in her weapons trial.
  • 1986: Umberto Marzocchi dies. Italian anarchist shipyard worker, and maqui partisan.