pepper spray

It’s Thanksgiving which means tables decorated with tiny porcelain figures of Native Americans sharing corn with pilgrims. It’s a holiday about being grateful, coming together, and being at peace but while we use caricatures of a great people, mainstream media ignores their cries for help. While we set tables with servings of food that are far too large, the original inhabitants of this great nation struggle to fight for clean drinking water and respect for their ancestors.

I’m not great at words but this issue is very dear to my heart so here’s some art.

This is your body on police brutality:

Pepper spray in the eyes burns 10 times worse than habanero pepper.

Tasers don’t electrocute, they scramble the electronic signal from brain to muscle.

Flash-bang grenades could blow your jaw off.

Rubber bullets are still fired out of shotguns.

And it doesn’t end there. There’s a program to decide what “nonlethal” weapons could kill you.

Rant time, children.

I am heading off to college this fall and being the kind of person who always likes to be prepared, I decided I should by myself some pepper spray… just in case, you know? Now when I was buying this the saleswoman was making small talk and asked me why I was buying pepper spray. I said that I’m going to college to which she immediately replied that I should definitely get the bundle of two and the pull away lanyard so it would be closer to me and more easily accessible. 

Now tell me. Look me in the eyes and tell me America doesn’t breed rape culture, tell me that feminists aren’t needed, tell me that we as women are overreacting….when all we as women want is to be safe, to get our education, to live our lives, to be who we are without fear. And I know it’s not all men, but it is all women who live with this constant fear… and it is constantly promoted by awful cases such as the Brock Turner case that teaches women in this country that if it does happen to us, we will be blamed and our attacker will be let off with barely a slap on the wrist. I am sickened by this countries failure to protect women. I am sickened that this continues to happen.  I am sick of being told that feminism is not needed and then seeing this continue to happen.

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November 24 2016 - Hundreds of antifascists marched in Brussels against the opening of an office of the APF (Alliance for Peace and Freedom), an alliance of European fascist parties, including the Greek Golden Dawn, the NPD from Germany, Italian Forza Nuova, Spain’s Democracia Nacional and Nation from Belgium. The APF has been sponsored with over 600k euros through the EU. [video]

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Dakota Access Pipeline Company Attacks Native American Protesters with Dogs & Pepper Spray

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Watch: Black Lives Matter protesters were pepper sprayed in Cleveland this weekend

The protest was part of a demonstration by the National Convening of the Movement for Black Lives, which met at Cleveland State University for a weekend conference on police brutality. Protests turned nasty, however, after the city’s Regional Transit Authority reportedly detained a 14-year-old for a seemingly minor reason.