native women rights

A reminder of the difference between equally non-violent protests when the protestors are majority black and majority white in terms of the police.

And if you need a reminder of what happens when it’s non-violent Native Americans well…

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Just added these Ladies of Liberty to my brand-new Etsy Shop

Ready to send as a postcard or to display as a print! 

Inspired by the women’s march, these are also perfect for International Women’s Day coming up on March 8th! I wanted to design a postcard with a positive/inspirational design for everyone out there making their voices heard!

“White guys” vs. Guys Who Happen to Be White

Today an able-bodied, straight white guy in his thirties told me DJT scares him, but added, “It’s important not to drown in fear. After all, what can we do?”

He was totally serious. 

I politely explained that as a woman with a disability who has many loved ones of color and/or in the LGBTQ community, it’s impossible for me to be apolitical. I detailed the ways in which just having a disability renders my entire existence political. 

I explained how my friends and I have been calling our Senators and Congressional Representatives, our Governors, our Attorneys General, our Mayors, our State Legislators, how we’ve been writing them, too, how we’ve been marching for women, for Black Lives Matter, for Seattle Stands with Standing Rock, how I frequently write about disability, how all of us have mobilized, are sharing information, and haven’t stopped. 

Most of us have been politically active for years, but some have only recently begun and, like all of us, they’re learning quickly, sharing information, and working their asses off. 

He struck me as a genuinely sweet guy, but he’d done none of the above. When he asked me, “After all, what can we do?” he was truly flummoxed. 

I’m finding this dynamic among a certain type of white guy, one whose rights are remaining largely untouched–though climate change will kill them, too, but I digress–and it’s as saddening as it is angering.

I live in Seattle, so I encounter very few DJT supporters, but in the four and a half months since the election, I’ve met too many ostensibly liberal or progressive white guys who are sort of shrugging and hoping the midterms go better, but doing nothing in the meantime. 

On the flip side, I know plenty of white male loved ones who are fighting smart and hard on behalf of women, and/or the disabled, and/or persons of color, and/or the LGBTQ community. 

They genuinely care. 

They get it. 

As such, I’ve started making a distinction between straight, able-bodied, white guys and guys who happen to be straight, able-bodied, and white. 

The former are one of the biggest reasons we’re in this mess. 

The latter are helping the rest of us fight our way out. 

The more alliances we build, the better. 

Nineteen months ‘till the midterms: let’s do this!

Laurel for perseverance, a torch to light the way.

Some ladies of liberty. 

Sketched this on Saturday, the turnout of the Women’s March was so heartening. 

Writing Tips

A great way to make a lasting impression on your DBQ and essay tomorrow is to bring in things that will surprise whoever is grading your essay. How though?Well for starters, if applicable, always bring in women’s rights, african american rights, and native american rights.

With women right’s, you should definitely include the cult of domesticity which basically says that women should be nurturers and be domesticated aka be a housewife. After the revolution this cult will turn into republican motherhood which is basically the cult of domesticity combined with how women should also educated their children on democracy and patriotism and why they should vote and thing though women lacked that right. Bring up people such as Alice Paul, Margaret Sanger (she sets up the birth control league which will later become Planned Parenthood), Susan B. Anthony, the Grimkey Sister’s, Abigail Addams and her request to her husband to remember the ladies when the writing of the Constitution was happening, authors such as Margaret Fuller and Emily Dickinson. Remember Clara Barton and her founding of the Red Cross , Jane Adams and the Hull House. Bring up organizations such as the National Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the National Council of Negro Women, don’t forget to add in organizations such as the NWSA, AWSA (which later come together as NAWSA or the National Women’s Trade Labor Union (NWTLU). Bring in how The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan sparked the feminist movement. Mention Seneca Fallsif it fits, bring in the passage of the 19th amendment and how orgs like NAWSA would campaign for suffrage by going on state by state campaigns.

For African Americans, bring up the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War. Bring up the 13th-15th amendments and how republicans were big supporters of it. Talk about the Great Migration during WW1, bring in people such as Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B DuBois, the creation of the NAACP. Talk about Brown v. Board of Education, Swann v. CMS, Plessy v. Ferguson, the integrated fighting units in the Vietnam War. The Freedman’s Bureau and the multiple chances of abolishing slavery in the writing of the articles of confederation, the constitution, and the bill of rights are great to bring up.

Talk about how the economienda system affected the native americans, how the reservation system sucked major ass, talk about the massacre at mystic. The events of Wounded Knee are important to discuss. Don’t forget Tippacanoe or the French and Indian War . The Dawes Severalty Act is important to discuss.

If the topic that’s at hand can in any way have these groups of people incorporated into it, then by all means write all about them. Bring in whatever other knowledge you know and feel free to add more to this post.

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“Breathe and Push”: Sikh-American civil rights activist Valarie Kaur’s awe-inspiring plea to her country during the “reawakening” of White Nationalism under Donald Trump. 

“I close my eyes and I see the darkness of my grandfather’s cell, and I can feel the spirit of ever-rising optimism - in the Sikh tradition, Chardi Kala (ascending energy) - within him. And so the mother in me asks, what if? What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb? What if our America is not dead, but a country that is waiting to be born? What if the story of America is one of long labor? 

… What does our midwife tell us to do? Breathe and push. Because if we don’t push we will die. If we don’t push our nation will die. Tonight we will breathe. Tomorrow we will labor. Labor in love, through love, and your revolutionary love is the magic that we will show our children. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.”

I know this isn’t Adventure Time related, but this woman is inspirational and her message cannot be lost if we want to move forward to a better America. Please watch and reblog to pass the message on. 

Paradise of the Blind

Imagine a world

where no one could see. 

We’d be sad at first because 

we wouldn’t be able to see the beauty around us.

We’d miss the colors

we’d miss the faces

we’d miss the trees, the water, the earth.

But then we would learn. 

We would learn to see with our ears

to hear the beauty of another’s voice

to see the colors inside their soul. 

Imagine a world

where I could love anyone I wanted

no matter what they looked like. 

I would just listen

and fall in love with a voice. 

Imagine a world

where you can leave your home safely

there would be no need to fear

other people

because we’re all similar 

on the inside. 

Imagine a world

where you could step on a plane

with no anger to be seen from another’s eyes

for wearing your hijab

for wanting to touch the skies

Imagine a world

where no one could see

I could love you

And you could love me

No one would be hurt

And no one would care

There would be love inside

for all to share

But we live in a world

With hate in our eyes

We’re all afraid

to even step outside

Because you are black

Because she is brown

Because he is red

Because I am white

We live in a world blinded by hate

Unless we learn to close our eyes and listen

to the people we are inside

We may never escape. 

For all of those who have been effected by hate in their lives, I praise you for being able to stay in this harsh world. 

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anonymous asked:

Correct me if im wrong, Native Americans, including native women, didn't get the right to vote in 1920. It wasnt until after 1924 when the Indian Citizenship Act was passed granting natives citizenship they were given voting rights, prior to that they weren't considered naturalized citizens so thats why they were not allowed to vote. So to say that all women were allowed to vote in 1920 isnt really true and the fact is that only white women were allowed to freely practice their voting rights

I think you’re referring to the ask I just answered, so I’m really confused

The entire ask was literally me saying that the 19th Amendment, in reality, only ensured that white women could vote. I re-read the ask multiple times and have edited near a sentence where I think might have been unclear. But overall my point was very explicit and had lots of resources that show that the second half of this ask is agreeing to what I wrote out. Please read what we post in context. 

For the first part of your ask - technically you’re right, but again (like my entire ask) this is a case of what passes legally vs. what’s happening in reality. There was a Tumblr post going around a while ago, where user chalkunderstars talked about this briefly

The Native American Civil Rights Wikipedia page  explains in a bit more detail that most Native Americans also didn’t get the right to vote until 1965. Some of the key dates from this page are:

  • 1924: the Indian Citizenship Act grants Native people citizenship without having “to give up being a Native to be a citizen” but does not explicitly grant the right to vote, and in fact, many states disenfranchise Native voters.
  • 1936: Colorado’s attorney general declared Native people can’t vote because they’re not state citizens. Other common tactics to stop Native folks from voting include: reservation residency, taxation, having to “abandon their tribal ties,” English literacy
  • 1940: Congress passes the Nationality Act of 1940, ensuring Native people are citizens, and so can/will be drafted into WWII, but ~surprise~ this doesn’t guarantee the right to vote.
  • 1965: the Voting Rights Act is passed: “No voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure, shall be imposed or applied by any State or political subdivision to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.” Native people technically, legally have the right to vote. 
  • 1965 - Present: there have been about 74 reported cases of Native people being denied their right to vote through voter restrictions and intimidation. 

Indian Country Today Media Network also has a number of articles talking about current Native voting rights, though I’m sure there are many, many more resources (and if any Native followers want to give them a shout out or expand/correct on anything I’ve written, please do!)

- Jennifer