“I am a man.” - On February 12, 1968, Memphis sanitation workers, the majority of whom were Black, went on strike demanding recognition for their union, better wages, and safer working conditions after two trash handlers were killed by a malfunctioning garbage truck. The strike gained national attention and dragged on into March. Striking workers carried copies of a poster declaring “I AM A MAN,” a statement that recalled a question abolitionists posed more than 100 years earlier, “Am I not a man and a brother?”
A viral aid campaign led by actor Ben Stiller, Colin Kaepernick and others has raised nearly $2 million for famine-stricken Somalia in just five days.
The movement began after French social media celebrity Jérôme Jarre, concerned about a lack of media coverage surrounding the famine Somalia is currently experiencing, put out a call to action to his followers.
After figuring out that there is only one airline currently making commercial flights to Somalia — Turkish Airlines — Jarre set a seemingly impossible goal: What if, using the hashtag #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia, his fans could get the company to respond?
Soon Stiller and other social media influencers joined in, posting short videos on their respective platforms appealing to the airline to let the initiative use one of their cargo planes to deliver supplies.
To their surprise, the airline didn’t just accept — it offered to make multiple trips. Read more (3/21/17 11:40 AM)
What is something the average American, with no legal or social clout, can do to help with campaigning against mass incarceration rates, and campaigning for prisoner rights?
Although it’s easy to feel like individually we might not have much clout or that one person’s opinion won’t make much difference, when ordinary people unite around a particular issue, it becomes the most powerful force in the world. The key is to organize – when you organize people and organize resources, you get power. It’s what has propelled major policy changes like banning the criminal history question on job and college applications, limiting the use of solitary confinement, and recent commitments to close Rikers Island. If you are someone with no direct experience with the criminal justice system, the best thing you can do is identify groups and campaigns near you that are led by or centering people who have been locked up themselves (and their families). Those closest to the problem are usually closest to the solution, but furthest from resources and power. Follow their lead and join them in marching, advocating, and meeting with public officials. Invest in them financially if you are able – while social movements often appear organic and spontaneous, it costs money to organize them. Finally, don’t underestimate the power of social media. While action in the streets and the offices of public officials is still the most effective way to generate change, there are plenty of ways to support those activities from a distance by participating in social media campaigns.
To all the men whining about men not having a Men’s History Month, fuck you.
Only oppressed groups have a day or month to celebrate how far they’ve come in their revolution against oppression.
It’s exactly why countries like India, America, Pakistan and every landmass in the world celebrate an Independence Day. Because they were colonized and finally for freedom. We don’t see Britain celebrate a Day of Colonial Descent. That’s because they’re the group in power.
So, next time you whine about not having a men’s history month, shove your privileged opinion back up your ignorant ass and be grateful you don’t belong to an oppressed group.
If you’re actually concerned about men’s issues, you wouldn’t be whining about a social movement that talks about your privileges. You’d be concerned about gender stereotypes, hypermasculinity and how they harm men everyday. You’d be talking about how the suicide rate in men is alarmingly high as they’re shamed for expressng emotions.
P.S. This goes for the assholes who whine about not having a White History month, or a straight pride month.
Jordan Edwards is the latest name to be added to a long list of black people who’ve been killed by police. Edwards was only 15. His death sparked familiar outrage and calls to action.
But there’s also been a push by black feminists to call out the use of the hashtag #SayHisName in place of #SayHerName on social media — a hashtag that became popular specifically to call attention to the media erasure of black women who are also victims of police violence.
The #SayHerName hashtag went viral in the aftermath of Sandra Bland’s 2015 death in a Texas jail cell. Its meaning was simple:
In a political moment in which extrajudicial violence against black communities was becoming front page news, it was important to tell the stories of black women, whose deaths were often overlooked by media and the social movements they covered.
On Twitter, Chihiro Ogino made the case against using #SayHisName, noting that while it’s important to respect black men who die at the hands of police, that specific hashtag isn’t the way to do it. Read more (5/2/17)
150 years ago, they would have thought you were absurd if you advocated for the end of slavery. 100 years ago, they would have laughed at you for suggesting that women should have the right to vote. 50 years ago, they would object to the idea of African Americans receiving equal rights under the law. 25 years ago they would have called you a pervert if you advocated for gay rights. They laugh at us now for suggesting that animal slavery be ended. Someday they won’t be laughing.
in college, i was an unpaid intern of aclu’s immigrants’ rights project. the project was working on a class action lawsuit against prolonged detention of immigrants, but there were only 4(?) attorneys and the two head attorneys were rich white people who couldn’t deign to address us. everyday, the aclu would receive long letters from detainees describing their unjust situations. i thought about how these people had to put in scarce resources in order to write these letters, probably because the aclu had some PR campaign or other making it seem like that would be a useful thing for them to do, and how they had no idea the only person who would read their letters was the unpaid college intern. after summarizing the info in a database, i would send the detainees a slipshod photocopy of smaller non-profits in their state that might be able to help them.
they do some necessary work, but definitely nothing near as much as they are paid for and credited for. their ceo is paid HALF A MILLION DOLLARS in salary, others are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars. they are super corporate and hierarchical, super elitist and white. donate to smaller non-profits who need your money, not the ones who have the PR resources to make themselves the face of the struggle. liberals make fun of poor white conservatives for looking to a racist billionaire to save them, but if liberals allow non-profits whose leaders are part of the 1% (planned parenthood ceo makes $600,000) to dictate the terms of anti-trump resistance, what will that resistance ultimately achieve? also these big non-profits are shot through with funding from large foundations like Ford with a committment to deradicalizing social movements. stay skeptical.
“these riots are going to turn off apolitical people!”
gonna be real here bub, that argument didn’t fly a couple years ago when you trotted it out about BLM and it’s certainly not legit now. Who is this “apolitical person” here who is somehow the only legitimate target of any political campaign? Because these criticisms present their own view of reality, wherein everything basically works like American elections. A social movement needs to target the ‘median voter’, the ‘public eye’, or else it is legitimate.
Because of this violent is illegitimate, because it turns people off (never specified). But here’s the thing
for decades conservatives attacked abortion clinics, they made it dangerous and annoying to be a reproductive doctor, they bombed clinics. And a ton of liberals shook their heads and talked about how this is turning people off
and ya know what? it’s nearly impossible to get an abortion in a large part of the country now. Because this program of violence combined with a group of other tactics made talking about it impossible, alienated women and other people who needed to go to planned parenthood clinics, and then destroyed those clinics.
We can’t rely on these outside ‘apolitical people’, with their omnipotent judgement, to help us. People aren’t rioting to get people to vote for the Democrats, they’re rioting to protect themselves, to cast out fascists. The movement that’s building isn’t AND SHOULD NOT BE a movement of ‘reasonable people who just have some issues with Trump’. These ‘reasonable people’ have been willing to replicate this violent, to throw us under the bus if need be, in order to get back into the halls of power. The movement needs to be based on the interests and rights of those who are currently targeted by Trump’s policies. That’s a stronger coalition, that’s a better coalition.