organic social

Those of you who can afford to buy organic, or even just buy fresh produce: please do. The more healthy food we buy, the more in demand it becomes, the cheaper it will be.
The cheaper it is, the more people in poverty will be able to afford healthy food, the more kids won’t grow up obese, the more adults won’t be trapped in a cycle.

Every time you buy something, you cast a vote for it to be in supply, to be produced more, to be cheaper.

Remember that.

this is why I get high

• I have more patience for things (from annoying people to video games)
• I’m more optimistic
• I get more done because I’m motivated
• I’m not depressed (actually since i started, my depression is less frequent even when I’m clean)
• I’m more organized
• I’m more social
• I work out better (longer amounts of time, more intensely, etc)
• I sleep better
• I’m more confident in myself
• I don’t eat as much
• Everything feels good
• No stress
• Music sounds better
• I notice minor details that would normally go unnoticed
• I fucking like to

A lot of people have been asking me “how to I get involved, I don’t know anyone in my area, but I want to help, what do I do”. And I have a kind of short series of suggestions for how to find a place you’re into.

Any org, you should go to it at least once to check it out, see if you like the people, the mission, the way it works in practice, before you start committing yourself to doing stuff. If you feel kinda iffy about it, check out someplace else, or at least go a second time before you commit yourself. Nobody wants you killing yourself with stress over activism and if a place is sketchy, is amazingly ineffective, etc, then stressing yourself out and putting your whole life into that org isn’t going to solve that.

In any moderately sized city, there’s going to be some broad range political org. Your ISO’s (international socialist organization), your Black Roses (anarchist peeps). If you don’t know anyone, if you’re new to a city and want to get involved, it might be worthwhile to go to a meeting, because a lot of the people involved in those groups are going to be involved in other stuff and you can talk to them about like where a place to check out would be, who’s sketchy, what groups are misogynistic/homophobic, etc. This can be very important even if you don’t end up going to weekly meetings or planning any actions.

It’s easy to look at the protests, see Richard Spencer getting punched, etc, and think “that’s all activism is, I’m crap if I’m not doing that”. And that’s not the case. If the process of planning and pulling off a protest/march/action isn’t your deal, that’s okay because there are *other things that you can do*. Something that I very much believe in, right now, in a country and a political situation where the welfare state is getting ripped apart, is the importance of mutual aid, the importance of shelters/soup kitchens/free clinics. These gorups are going to be *everywhere*, even in smaller towns, even in suburbs. Recently I checked out a Catholic Worker’s Shelter, and they’re really beautiful places. My first point still applies, but Catholic Worker’s Shelters are everywhere, and checking them out if you want to get involved is a good place to start. Food Not Bombs is also a great organization that gives food to the homeless but again, step 1

I think that there’s a lot (probably more) groups to get involved with that are more single issue groups that may or may not have a “broad range political org” behind them. Some are harder than others to connect with, but they are often more connected to on the ground organizing and communities than political orgs focused on ideology. The best way to find these orgs is too look for community events in the paper, in the internet, and any other popularity community resources such as co-op cork boards and the like. My advice to any person interested in getting involved is to pick ONE issue and stick with it.
also be wary of PIRGs because their work tends to be based around fundraising towards little more than survival

Feel free to add stuff !!

For all K-2’s social dysfunction (or perhaps his disinterest in organic socialization-who could fathom the mind of a droid?), he knew Cassian better than anyone. He’d seen Cassian commit acts even Draven wasn’t aware of.
On Jenoport, he’d found Cassian staring at his blaster with tears on his face. K-2 had volunteered for a memory wipe in case Cassian’s “continued dignity and service demanded it.”
—  Rogue One novelization

Liberalism is the dominant ideology of the capitalist system, encompassing ideas like classical liberalism, social liberalism, and neoliberalism. Modern conservatism melds old school concern for tradition with classical liberal and neoliberal economics (so in many ways conservatives are still liberal), and modern “Democrat Party style liberals” fall into social liberalism. It’s confusing because there’s a lot of overlap, but what’s important to realize is that everyone acquires varying levels of liberal ideology by default through living in capitalist society, regardless of whether or not they’re Democrats or Republicans, Tory or Labor, etc.

By dominant ideology, here’s a few examples of what that might mean in real-world context:
-Liberal representative democratic capitalism is seen as the “end of history”, an unspoken dogma that social organization cannot advance beyond what we find ourselves in right now
-A vague notion that “all views” ought to be accepted at the “marketplace of ideas”, with zero concern for power dynamics (which merely reinforces the imbalanced status quo)
-A belief that the system can be worked with and reformed to eventual perfection, even if there’s disagreement on what those reforms entail
-A reverence for the concept of private property and a belief that hierarchical market transactions are economic freedom in its purest form, even if they believe that that “economic freedom” needs to be curbed a bit for the betterment of society (as social liberals argue)
-Believes in some degree of horseshoe theory, where politics is seen as a “circle” (militant ideologies are all seen as inherently the same thing) rather than as historical struggle over the modes of production and the accompanying ideologies
-Will ultimately admit that the economy’s #1 priority is to meet the needs of capital when the chips are down (indeed, that is capitalism’s primary function).

With regard to the above examples, it doesn’t generally matter what a person labels themself – if they subscribe to a mainstream political position, they very likely believe in most of the above. When politicians accept “bipartisan” actions; when crisis afflicts the capitalist system and people need to “come together” to find solutions; when Michelle Obama hugs George W Bush and they act like best pals; when Democrats peacefully hand power over to Donald Trump after months of labeling him dangerous and on-par with proto-fascism – that’s when the idealistic bubble of political liberalism tears and you’re able to see the unified interests of the ruling classes, realized in the maintenance of capitalist society.

Ascendant Signs

How you appear to others, initial responses, and the mask you wear in public.

Aries: dominant, impulsive, active, goal-oriented, earnest

Taurus: patient, calm, materialistic, sensual, stubborn

Gemini: communicative, witty, social, networking, flighty

Cancer: nurturing, moody, sympathetic, stable, determined

Leo: elegant, generous, loyal, self-centered, melodramatic

Virgo: conscientious, modest, organized, perfectionist, finicky

Libra: diplomatic, social, elegant, judging, inconsistent

Scorpio: discerning, intriguing, sensitive, secretive, cruel

Sagittarius: adventurous, optimistic, lively, opinionated, rude

Capricorn: realistic, ambitious, dedicated, stiff, cold

Aquarius: unique, friendly, idealistic, detached, condescending

Pisces: passive, creative, sensitive, impractical, escapist


Black activists rally for domestic workers, immigrants — just outside the Women’s March

  • If there was one major concern of some black activists regarding Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington, it was that the voices of the most marginalized women of color didn’t have prominent billing.
  • That’s why a group of women and men representing domestic workers, undocumented immigrants and the working poor met less than a mile from the march’s rallying point to elevate their voices. 
  • They supported the march, but wanted to affirm their cause, one day after the inauguration of Donald Trump, who they see as a direct threat.
  • “This is a march that should highlight our voices, the grassroots,” Melissa Miles, an organizer of the social justice agency Ironbound Community Corporation in Newark, New Jersey, said at a rally in Garfield Park. “That’s why we’re over here.” Read more

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anonymous asked:

what do I do when someone tells me Jewish isn't a race

Ah yes.  We know the type:

We don’t imagine the person who told you this will be intelligent enough to comprehend the following, but here’s the breakdown of how wrong they are:

1) There is no biological basis for race.  There is no gene that is exclusive to members of any one “racial” category.    The concept of “race” has been roundly rejected by geneticists and anthropologists as having zero scientific validity.   As anthropologist John Shea points out, “Race is folk taxonomy, not science. The variables used to organize it, such as skin color and hair texture, are arbitrary choices.”

2) If race isn’t a scientifcally-valid construct to describe reality, then just what is it?  It’s a social construct - something that doesn’t actually exist but that humans have taken a hold of as a way to organize their social world. As Brian Jones put it, race is real “…in the same way that Wednesday is real. But it’s also made up in the same way that Wednesday is made up.”

3) Because race is a made-up social construct, we prefer the term “racialized” as a term, since race isn’t something people are, it’s something that’s done to them - an identity foisted upon them.

4) Racialization historically has been super-arbitrary and what people think of as “races” varies with geography and time.  Since it’s not a scientifically-valid concept, country of origin, language spoken, and religious beliefs have all been used to determine what racial category one group or another has belonged to over the years - all in an attempt by the dominant “race” to keep “lesser races” subordinate to them.  For example, in the late 1800s, neither Italians nor the Irish were considered to be white.  There are parts of the word even today that would consider Catholics to be a separate racial category.

(above: anti-Irish racist propaganda from the late 1800s)

5) So because racialization is a social construct that changes with time and geography, Jews have previously been considered a separate “race” - certainly by the nazis in the most extreme and tragic example.  Karen Brodkin has written about how Jews in America “became white” in the 1940s.  Currently we are witnessing the racialization of Muslims in very much the same way that Jews were racialized.

So to sum up: race is a made-up concept that’s not substantively real or scientifically-valid.  Because of this, people have historically used all manner or criteria to try to delineate racial boundaries, including religion, language, and geographic origin.  Some of these, mixed with physical stereotyping, were combined to racialize Jews.  There have been other examples of ethnic, linguistic, and/or religious groups being racialized and we’re currently seeing the same thing happen to Muslims.  


Bernie Sanders | Standing Together for a $15 Minimum Wage

Okay I am only going to say this once and then I’m done talking about this topic. Taylor Swift is not a social activist, and I am not claiming that she is. She is a song-writer, a musician, an entertainer, and a businesswoman. Sometimes, she speaks up on social topics which she finds that it is her place to contribute to them (for example feminism, lgbtq+, environmental conservation, etc.), and more often donates to various social organizations supporting numerous different social topics, even ones she doesn’t speak on (and before you bitch about any of this fact check yourself, all it takes is a few simple google searches). Taylor doesn’t speak up about many social movements that other celebrities do, and many other celebrities don’t speak up on some of the movements she speaks on. As someone who is extremely liberal and strongly believes in speaking up about injustice, I do understand when people get frustrated that she may not speak up about something that she could; however, I also understand that this is not her job, and she is under no obligation to speak up about anything at all. Taylor Swift has never been bigoted or disrespectful to any social movements whether or not she has specifically spoken up about them, so what I really do not understand is how people can claim that she is an evil person. She isn’t evil and she doesn’t discriminate, just because she doesn’t play social activist doesn’t mean that it’s okay for you to get your panties all twisted over it. Yes, sometimes her feminism seems short-minded, but even with that she has never actually done anything that would brand her as someone who is evil and discriminates through her feminism, people who claim that have quite frankly never fact checked and talk about that simply because it’s the trendy thing to do. Personally, I would absolutely love for Taylor to use her platform for more social movements, as I surely would in her position; I admire every celebrity (and every person in general) who not only speaks on important issues but also acts to protest for them, and yes part of me wishes she would do that more often. But again, this is her decision, and I will respect it as long as she stays respectful and open-minded (as she always has been). This culture of crucifying Taylor Swift for every single thing she says and does is absolutely childish and counterintuitive, because if she gets pissed on for both speaking and staying silent then you aren’t doing anything other than straight up bitching. If she was disrespectful, bigoted, or discriminatory, I would understand the hate; the fact though is that she is none of those things, and that entire storyline has been completely manufactured by this toxic culture of insensible hate. If any of you actually cared about “policing social movements” then Taylor wouldn’t be the only one getting so much unnecessary hate; she is held to an entirely different standard than anyone else, and that is done specifically so that she cannot win. If she talks about a movement, people bitch about how she “only speaks and doesn’t act”; if she acts on a movement people bitch about how she is “overshadowing the movement”; if she stays silent, people bitch about how she is “being discriminatory and fake”. No matter what she speaks or acts on, she is called self-serving because what, she doesn’t speak up on every movement out there? None of this hate is getting anybody anywhere, and if anyone is self-serving it’s all of you who create all of this toxic discourse simply because it entertains you. If you want Taylor Swift to become more of a social activist in the future then stop bitching when she doesn’t do something exactly the way you want her to; and if you don’t want her to, then you can just keep quiet because this is no longer any of your goddamn business. All of us are learning and growing with these social movements; none of us are perfect, so your expectation that she should be perfect but yet other celebrities don’t need to be is highly hypocritical. Taylor Swift isn’t perfect, so holding her to that standard in order to justify your hate of her is pathetic and childish; it’s about time you grow up and form your own political stances based off of actual politicians and social activists rather than celebrities.

“The workers must be armed and organized. Under no pretext should arms and ammunition be surrendered; any attempt to disarm the workers must be frustrated, by force if necessary.” — Karl Marx

This should be a very pressing issue for the far-left. We need to start pulling a lot more Black Panther shit, waltzing around the capitol building locked and loaded. As a tendency and a movement, we need to flat-out steal the “gun culture” from reactionaries.