Standing Rock 10/23/16

This week in NODAPL news:

Over 83 Water Protectors are arrested (again) for praying near the DAPL site.

Local militarized police fire four gun shots and take out a Native News drone covering the prayers.

Police go berserk and mace a crowd of about 100 protestors.

They currently are surrounding a camp of 100 Water Protectors.

If you’re able to get to Standing Rock, please go.

Otherwise please donate as much as you can to the camps and their legal defenses.

At the very least, blast all your social media about it.

Calling ALL of tumblr I need your help!!!

The standing rock tribe are being silenced about what is going on up there with the Dakota access pipe line.

I beg of you to help me get the topic out. It will affect millions of lives. The pipe will leak into the tribes only source of drinking water. We are trying so hard to get this out on twitter and facebook, but we are being silenced.

Today a security team came into the middle of a peaceful native american protest and numerous people got maced and bitten by the dogs. 

I want you all to take a look at the terror on these young girls faces. Then I want you to take a look at the two aggressive dogs. When did it become OK to use dogs against children, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters OUR freakin people!!!
The police will only let a dog go if the suspect runs or the suspect is violent and causes a threat to the public of the officer.
Do you see a weapon in these young girls hands? Do these girls look dangerous? The answer would be no. No they don’t.
The people with the dogs aren’t even police officers! They are security guards. They couldn’t even keep control of their own dogs leading to them being attacked also.

This is happening right this second and threatening millions of lives. I have to help.
We can only break the silence if you join us in this fight. Just sharing my post helps the reality of the situation get out there.
I now beg of you to share this post in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Give them a bigger voice. Help them shout this from the roof tops. Please… Rachael <3 <3 #NoDAPL

Amandla Stenberg comes out as bisexual
"We need our voices to be louder in the media. And not just women of color — bisexual women, gay women, transgender women, mentally ill women."

Last night, Amandla Stenberg came out as bisexual in a powerful message via the Teen Vogue Snapchat:

“I wanna thank Teen Vogue for giving me this opportunity, I cannot stress enough how important representation is, so the concept that I can provide for other black girls is mind-blowing. It’s a really really hard thing to be silenced, and it’s deeply bruising to fight against your identity and just mold yourself into shapes that you just shouldn’t be in. As someone who identifies as a black bisexual woman, I’ve been through it, and it hurts and it’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable. But then I realized: because of Solange and Ava Duvernay and Willow and all the black girls watching this right now, there’s absolutely nothing but change. We cannot be suppressed. We are meant to express our joy and our love and our tears, to be big and bold and definitely not easy to swallow. I definitely believe in the concept of rebellion through selfhood, and rebellion through embracing your true identity, no matter what you’re being told. Here I am, being myself; and it’s hard and vulnerable, and it’s definitely a process, but I’m learning and growing. Thank you for supporting me and doing this, and thank you to Teen Vogue. This is just the beginning, though; we have a lot of work to do for all women of color. We need more representation in film and television. We need our voices to be louder in the media. And not just women of color — bisexual women, gay women, transgender women, mentally ill women. I’m sick of all the misogyny and homophobia and transphobia that I see around me, and I know you are too. Thank you for listening and goodnight.”



This woman’s coworkers threw her a party to celebrate her coming out as trans!

Zoe Knox is a transgender woman who came out to her wife in July 2015. She and her wife have three kids – including a trans daughter – and she continued coming out to her family and friends slowly since then. 

In March, she came out at work via an email to her colleagues. She says she immediately received more than 70 emails of support from coworkers. Then, after she came back to work the Monday after Easter, she found that her coworkers had thrown her a party to celebrate her identity. They’d written her notes of encouragement and already gotten her a new nameplate. 

In a time where trans people face astoundingly high rates of workplace discrimination, inequality and harassment, this is such a breath of fresh air. Congratulations, Zoe, on both your big announcement and your awesome coworkers.