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Telescope Selfie

taken looking down the barrel of 26 inch Baker Great Equatorial Telescope made in 1886, on-site at the Mt Pleasant Observatory, Ballarat. Mirror hand made by Captain Henry Baker.

Alma Washington, 76, began sewing the traditional sweetgrass baskets at age 5. Sweetgrass basketmaking has been part of the Mt. Pleasant community for over 300 years. Basketmaking is a traditional Gullah artform that has been passed on from generation to generation.

Fire Department Never Came

Violence prevented many African Americans from voting 95 years after the 15th Amendment granted them the right to vote in 1870. 

 The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) submitted this photo to Congress during consideration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. CORE noted this voting education site burned to the ground because “the fire department never came.” 

 The Voting Rights Act was officially signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on August 6, 1965. It banned literacy tests and vastly increased the number of minority voters and voters in general.

Photograph of the ruins of the Mt. Pleasant Society Hall in Gluckstadt, Mississippi, destroyed by fire on August 11, 1963

Learn more about the “Amending America” exhibit

On This Day: May 5

Arbegnoch Qen (Patriots Day) in Ethiopia

  • 1789: Estates General convene to discuss taxation - part of steps towards French Revolution.
  • 1818: Karl Marx born in Trier, Germany.
  • 1882: Birth of Sylvia Pankhurst in Old Trafford, UK. She was a revolutionary socialist, and campaigner for women’s suffrage.
  • 1886: Bay View Massacre: 14,000 strike at Milwaukee Iron Co rolling mill for 8-hour day. National Guard is called in and seven strikers are shot and killed.
  • 1886: Police raid the offices of the Arbeiter-Zeitung in Chicago, arresting its editor August Spies, and his brother. Also arrested were editorial assistant Michael Schwab and Adolph Fischer, a typesetter.  
  • 1916: John MacBride executed for his role in the Irish Easter Uprising.
  • 1920: Sacco and Vanzetti were arrested and accused of robbery and murder.
  • 1920: Charles Ange Laisant died.
  • 1925: John Scopes served with an arrest warrant for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act. Leads to the “Scopes trial”.
  • 1931: Gandhi is arrested for violating the Salt Laws; non-cooperation movements break out across India.
  • 1937: Italian anarchist Camillo Berneri was killed in Barcelona by members of the Communist Party of Spain.
  • 1945: The Czech Resistance launches the Prague Uprising to liberate the city from Nazis. 30,000 take up arms.
  • 1965: Draft card burnings take place at Berkeley. Several hundred UC Berkeley students march on the Berkeley Draft Board (BDB) and present the staff with a black coffin.
  • 1970: Protestors take to streets in Seattle to over killings at Kent State & against Vietnam War. More than 5,000 protesters occupy the I5 freeway.
  • 1981: Bobby Sands dies after 66 day hunger strike for political rights for rep. prisoners.
  • 1991: A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after police shoot a Salvadoran man.
  • 2003: Walter Sisulu dies in  Johannesburg, South Africa. He was an anti-apartheid activist & leading ANC figure who spent over 25 years in prison.
  • 2010: Three people were killed in one of the largest demonstrations in Greece since 1973. Anti-austerity movement in Greece begins.
  • 2014: Billy Frank, Jr. dies in Nisqually Indian Community, Washington. He was a Native American environmental leader and treaty rights activist.

Too many feelings right now. Way too many.

I just finished watching The Hunting Ground. A documentary I’ve been dying to see since I found out about it’s existence last Spring. 

I was expecting to be fired up; I’m a raging feminist, I was expecting to get angry, get mad, and be sick to my stomach at people’s ignorance. And I was.

But I didn’t expect to have my heart absolutely shattered. I didn’t expect to be sitting here shaking, still, and to be crying on my couch over mint chocolate chip ice cream and Sun Chips.

I thought this would be easier to watch. I know the statistics. I know that 1 in 4 will be assaulted, and I know about the amount of schools currently in violation of Title IX. Women in my life that I am so, so close to, have had this happen to them. One of them is currently in the process of reporting (and if I understand Title IX right, our University is three days away from being in violation- trust me, I’m counting because I will NOT let this fucker get away with this). 

But I’m still shaking. I’m 26 days away from graduating from Central Michigan University, and I have never once genuinely felt unsafe on campus, or at my apartment in Mt. Pleasant. But there are hundreds of thousands of students, men and women, across the country who feel unsafe every. single. day. because their attackers are still on campus. Or, if their attackers are not on campus, those who support the attacker still are. College has been the best four a half years of my life, and for these women in The Hunting Ground and for the hundreds of thousands more just like them, college has been the worst years of their lives. I absolutely cannot imagine living like that. 

I am so grateful for this movie for putting the names and faces of assailants and piece of shit University officials out in the public, but I am so enraged by the way things were handled when it came to athletes. The post-interview special is on now, and they’re talking about Jameis Winston. Fuck your Heisman Trophy. Fuck your celebrity status. None of that is even relevant when you look at the choice you made to rape her. I don’t care how much fame, success, or glory you have. It means nothing in comparison to the felony you committed. And it’s absolutely deplorable the way that the police officer and school stood behind someone just because they can run fast and throw a ball. Fuck. That.

I want to speak to the piece about Fraternities. I won’t say “not all fraternity men are rapists” because that’s unproductive and we know that. But it does kill me to see that there are Universities where active chapters are known as the date rape fraternities… and I thank the Lord that the fraternity on Central’s campus who partook in such things has been shut down (don’t get me started on the fact that their National’s still recognizes them). These campuses are so different from the one I’ve experienced, but I look at it and all I can see is entitlement. These fraternities partake in these actions because they feel entitled to girls, and entitlement (to anything) is an overall issue that needs to be shifted within all Greek communities. 

Now I’m rambling. But I am a ball of emotions who is so, so upset by so many things. Upset by the number of Tweets about The Walking Dead and AMAs when something so much more important was happening. Upset when I look at Central- I am so grateful for things like SAPA, but then I think of last year when someone who assaulted a professor was only banned from certain academic buildings. Upset by the fact that so many schools knowingly violate Title IX by waiting too long. Upset by how many athletes continue to play for two more seasons despite being accused of sexual assault. And upset that I am only one person, and it takes many more of us to make an impact.

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Just found this fantastic photo from my last show in Michigan, right before I moved to New Mexico. Photo was taken by Taryn Wattles, an inspiring and absolutely beautiful hooper, herself.