protest funeral

anonymous asked:

Hey, dumb American question here. Every UK person I have ever met hates Margaret Thatcher. Why? What terrible thing did she do to piss off that many people for so long?

Where do I fucking start?

So, Thatcher was the bane of the working classes, and much of what she did still has repercussions to this day. So, in no particular order, just in the order I remember them, here are some things she did that pissed us off - 

• In 1989 she introduced this thing called the “Community Charge” but which everyone calls the “Poll Tax” which replaced an older system in which your tax payment was based on the rental value of your home. This new tax meant that people living in one bedroom flats would pay the same as a billionaire living in a mansion. Obviously, the rich loved it, everyone else… not so much. So there were riots (video of news about the riots) - There were lots of riots in the Thatcher years, and they were all notable for the extreme levels of police brutality.

(photo, poll tax protest in Trafalgar Square, 1990)

• Then there was her war on industry. There was a lot of inflation when she came to power, so she instituted anti-inflationary measures. All well and good… except not the way she did it. She closed many government controlled industries, most famously steel and coal. The amount spent on public industries dropped by 38% under Thatcher. The coal miners went on strike, for almost a year, but in the end, the pits were still closed, and 64,000 people lost their jobs. Unemployment rates soared in industrial areas, and inequality between these (generally northern or welsh) areas and the rest of the UK is still there. During the strike there were numerous violent clashes with the police at picket lines which were widely televised. As a memoir from one miner attests: “ I saw a police officer with a fire extinguisher in his hand, bashing a lad in the back. I tried to get closer to note down the officer’s number but they were wearing black boilersuits with no numbers. The next thing I knew, a police officer struck me from behind. I was coming in and out of consciousness as I was dragged across the road into an alleyway. They blocked off the alley and beat another lad and me with sticks until I was unconscious.” (I can’t post the whole thing it’s too long, but read it in the Guardian) Images such as this swept the country, turning many people against Thatcher -

And after it was all over people felt Thatcher had lied, saying she wanted to close only 20 pits, when in the end, 75 were closed down.

• Inequality soared whilst she was prime minister. There is a thing called the gini coefficient, it is the most common method of measuring inequality. Under gini, a score of one would be a completely unequal society; zero would be completely equal. Britain’s gini score went up from 0.253 to 0.339 by the time Thatcher resigned.

• During her time as prime minister the notorious ‘Section 28′ was published. It stated: A local authority shall not (a) intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality; (b) promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship. - Section 28 wasn’t repealed until 2003.

• She introduced the Right To Buy scheme, which allowed people to buy their council houses for a very low price, which, at first glance, seems like a great idea, allowing people who normally wouldn’t be able to afford their own home to have one - however, loads of people have entered the scheme and now we have far too little social housing, meaning there has been a sharp rise in homelessness.

• The Battle of the Beanfield was a clash between hippies and police near Stonehenge in 1985. 1300 police officers converged on a convoy of 600 new age travellers who were heading to Stonehenge to set up a free festival in violation of a high court order. Again, there was an insane amount of police brutality, and 16 travellers were hospitalised, 573 people were arrested (one of the biggest mass arrests in UK history) - “Pregnant women were clubbed with truncheons, as were those holding babies. The journalist Nick Davies, then working for The Observer, saw the violence. ‘They were like flies around rotten meat,’ he wrote, ‘and there was no question of trying to make a lawful arrest. They crawled all over, truncheons flailing, hitting anybody they could reach. It was extremely violent and very sickening.’” (source) - Once everyone was arrested, the empty vehicles, which were in many cases the only homes the travellers had “were then systematically smashed to pieces and several were set on fire. Seven healthy dogs belonging to the Travellers were put down by officers from the RSPCA.” (source same as above)

Most of the charges were dismissed in court after Lord Cardigan, who had tagged along with them to see what would happen, testified on behalf of the travellers against the police. 

• Her removal of Irish dissidents right to be placed in a category that essentially made them political prisoners instead of merely criminals led to a hunger strike that ended in 10 deaths, including that of Bobby Sands, who was elected from his prison cell, reflecting the immense national, and international support for Irish nationalists. Thatchers lack of sympathy, or even empathy led to her becoming even more of a hate figure.

• She presided over a rapid deregulation of the banks, which ultimately led to much of the problems during britains 2007-2012 financial crash many years later.

• She took free milk from school children, which, though not as serious as anything else listed here, directly affected every child in the UK and was very unpopular, leading her to get the nickname “Maggie Thatcher, Milk Snatcher”, which is still used today.

• Oh… and she supported Apartheid and called Mandela a terrorist.

This is nowhere near everything she’s done that pisses people off, but I hope it goes some way to explaining why when she died “ding dong the witch is dead” became number one in the UK charts, people partied in the streets, and people protested her (State funded) funeral. She is a decisive figure, some people in the UK do actually love her. I do not. She decimated the UK’s industrial heartland, she caused mass unemployment and the destruction of much of working class culture, she was cavalier in her financial policies and increased inequality by staggering levels, she approved serious police brutality and attempted to destroy the culture of unions in this country.  I fundamentally disagree with all she stood for and it angers me that her mistakes are still affecting this country and the people who live in it. And I am VERY angry that the current government are spending £50 million on a museum about her.

Giant: Ch. 4

When you know I don’t have nowhere else to go
Does it feel good to leave me on my own?

Previously on Giant

Though it was summer, too much happened after the funeral. Lena stayed at her apartment in the city for the summer. Work kept her busy, preparing for grad school kept her exhausted, keeping an eye on her father and brother kept her borderline crazy. Long ago, her duty washed away any artifact of herself, and of that she was damn near certain. 

Keep reading

Top 10 Facts Of The Day (April 8, 2017)

10. The Westboro Baptist Church had their tires slashed when they were protesting a soldier’s funeral in McAlester, Oklahoma, and they had to call in a service truck because the entire town refused to help them. 

9. There are so many street dogs in Moscow that they’ve become very clever at finding food. They use the smallest, cutest members of their packs to beg, they sneak up behind people who are eating and bark to make them drop their food, and they ride trains into the city to find food and then ride back to the suburbs to sleep at night. 

8. Tony Perkins, the leader of an anti-LGBT hate group, who claimed that God uses natural disasters such as hurricanes and flooding to punish homosexuals and their supporters, had his own house destroyed by a flood.

7. This is what an armadillo looks like when it goes into defense mode. 

Keep reading

One year ago today.

One year ago today a man walked into a safe space for LGBT+ individuals, a club on Latin night, and slaughtered fourty nine individuals with a gun.

This past year I have seen heart ache and heart break. I have gone to vigils and sobbed and watched others sob. I have gone through emotions I would have never thought possible, and witnessed grief that I would have never wished upon any innocent person.

One year ago today my mother woke me up and the first words out of her mouth were “There has been a shooting in orlando at a gay night club.” I got up after that, watched the news for a short time, before going into my room and crying.

I do not practice my craft often, and I do not talk about it often because when I say I practice witchcraft I am often met with the laughter of those who think my craft is a joke, like it is somehow less valid than christianity, but I had every single candle on my altar lit, I was writing down the names of friends and family on paper and burning it to cast protection spells over them. I was reaching out on social media and asking if anyone wanted themselves or loved ones to be included in my prayers and spells of protection, and then writing their names down and doing the same. I was doing the only thing I could do at the time, protecting people who I only knew through name with my witch craft and praying some god or goddess or being of nature of force would hear my praying and help me, help them. I will never know if I made a difference, but I did all I could at the time.

I watched people say that this event will not break them, and will not bring them down and I remember not relating at ALL. I remember feeling like my chest was hollow and collapsing in on itself and crying and screaming into pillows and turning into ash.

This past year I have watched people call this event fake and acted out, I have witnessed people look in the eye of this fucking tragedy where fourty nine LGBT+ people were slaughtered and say “good riddance” simply because they did not like LGBT+ people, I have witnessed people protesting FUNERALS for victims of the tragedy because they did not like LGBT+ people,

And I have witnessed the most love I have ever seen in my entire fucking life in this past year.

I have had people tell me they may not agree with my craft but they think what I’m doing is amazing, I have witnessed what it looks like when over FIFTY THOUSAND PEOPLE light candles at a vigil for this tragedy, I have witnessed memorials where people have put thousands of flowers and art and candles in place in hopes that the victims of the tragedy rest in peace, I have witnessed people hugging and kissing, I have witnessed people coming together and being angels with PVC pipe and white sheets to block out protestors at funerals, I have witnessed all of my loved ones reaching out to me and asking if I was okay and if I was hurt, I have witnessed organizations come together or grow stronger because of this, I have witnessed people line up by the thousands to donate blood, I have seen people in different states, and even different countries show their love and support, and I have witnessed LOVE in possibly its purest form ever.

I wish this had never happened, I am not glad that this has happened and I would stop it from ever happening if I could and erase this awful thing.

But it happened.

And I will never stop appreciating the love and togetherness this tragedy has brought not just in my city, not just in my state, not just in my country, but around the WORLD.

I remember not relating to the others saying that this event will not break them. I remember turning into ash, and then I remember rising out of that ash new and stronger than before. I remember building myself up into a better person.

It is not bad to let an event like this break you, people break every day and it isn’t bad because what matters is that even after we are broken, and numb, and empty, and hollow, is that we rise again, newer and stronger. With more love in our hearts than ever thought imaginable.

I could go on forever about how beautiful this past year has been because of what happened, but I want to keep this a reasonable length so people don’t take hours to read this. So I stop this message with the reminder that you are loved. If you are not loved by anyone else than you are loved by me.

You are important. If you are not important to anyone else then you are important to me.

and if you are broken I promise you will rise again.

One year ago today, and I could not be more grateful than to be the person I am today.

4

UK. Northern Ireland. Belfast. Shankill Road. 1971. A protestant funeral during the Troubles (1968-1998).

Also known internationally as the Northern Ireland conflict, it is sometimes described as a “guerrilla war” or “low-level war”. The conflict began in 1968 and is usually deemed to have ended with the Belfast “Good Friday” Agreement of 1998.

The conflict was primarily political, but it also had an ethnic or sectarian dimension, although it was not a religious conflict. A key issue was the constitutional status of Northern Ireland. Unionists/loyalists, who are mostly Protestants and consider themselves British, generally want Northern Ireland to remain within the United Kingdom. Irish nationalists/republicans, who are mostly Catholics and consider themselves Irish, generally want it to leave the United Kingdom and join a united Ireland. The conflict began amid a campaign to end discrimination against the Catholic/nationalist minority by the Protestant/unionist-dominated government and police force.

The main participants in the Troubles were republican paramilitaries such as several Irish Republican Army (IRA) groups (particularly the Provisional IRA) and Irish National Liberation Army (INLA); loyalist paramilitaries such as the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and Ulster Defence Association (UDA); British state security forces – the British Army and Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC); and political activists and politicians. More than 3,500 people were killed in the conflict, of whom 52% were civilians, 32% were members of the British security forces, and 16% were members of paramilitary groups. 

Photograph: Bruno Barbey/Magnum Photos

There’s a lot of hate against the biker community right now. Please understand that most bikers are not racist, violent or bigots. That one group of bikers does not represent the community as a whole. 

If you don’t believe me, check out the Patriot Guard Riders. They don’t care about your race, religion or anything. Their main goal is to shield mourners at soldier’s funerals from protesters. Allowing them to properly grieve without hearing the shouts of protesters.

Not enough? How about the Bikers Against Child Abuse. They’ll sit in court during trials for a child abuse victim, stand guard at their house and ensure the kid is protected from their abuser. They will stand guard all night if they have to. 

There’s also Rescue Ink. They’re a group dedicated to rescuing animals and dealing with cases of animal abuse or neglect. They had a short lived TV show a while back and are still doing great things for animals. Even turtles and chickens. 

Before you judge an entire community, remember, the bikers you’ve been seeing in the news DO NOT represent the biker community as a whole. 

A young masked Kashmiri protester participates in funeral prayers in absentia for rebel commander and his associate killed in a gunbattle, in Srinagar, India, Saturday, May 27, 2017. One civilian was killed and dozens of others injured Saturday after massive anti-India protests and clashes erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir following the killing of a prominent rebel commander and his associate in a gunbattle with government forces in the disputed region. (Photo: Mukhtar Khan/AP)

Angels Quietly Block Westboro Protesters at Orlando Funeral

Counter-demonstrators dressed as angels shield mourners from anti-gay protesters near the funeral service Saturday outside Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando, Florida, for Christopher Andrew Leinonen, one of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shootings. (John Raoux / AP)

people are like “yeah Fred Phelps was awful but be considerate of his family who are mourning his death, they just lost someone” like okay do you not know that he was the leader of a family based church organization who protest the funerals of soldiers who have served our country because “god hates fags” and said that the man who did the Sandy Hook shooting, where 28 innocent children and adults were killed, was “a man sent from God to punish the state of Connecticut for being one of the first states to allow fag marriage” and planned to picket the funerals of the victims and “sing of God’s victory” like no I refuse to feel remorse for this awful human being and his awful family goodbye

Fun Hate Group History Fact,

On Memorial Day, 2011 three members of the Westboro Baptist Church arrived at Arlington National Cemetery to protest the funerals of fallen soldiers.  Opposing them were ten members of the Knights of the Southern Cross, a Virginia branch of the Ku Klux Klan, who had arrived to counter-protest the Westboro Baptist Church.

anonymous asked:

You should be ashamed for sharing things about the Islam! They're destroy the world and killing people (9/11) if it means something to you. I thought you were better then that.

Because I reblog women wearing head scarves?!?!

Oh I can be a dipshit too look: “You should be ashamed for sharing things about Christmas because Christmas=Christians and they protest funerals of dead kids and say ‘god hates fags’ I thought you were better then that”

get out.

Do the KKK and Westboro Baptist Church get arrested when they’re throwing around hate speech and protesting funerals, or is that only reserved for black people asking to have their humanity recognized?

10

2014 Best Bulent Kilic Photography

The Guardian Picture Desk elected Turkish photographer Bulent Kilic from AFP as the best photographer of the year. Here is a look back on 2014 through his lens. Unrest in Ukraine to the refugee crisis on the Turkish-Syrian border through the plane crash of MH17 flight.

We must expunge the culture of hatred

There is a culture of hatred in our midst, targeting our LGBT community. It is not some remnant of a generation soon to pass, nor merely a product of the fringe. To some degree, it is born in the halls of our own offices of government offices, and lauded by some of our own so-called leaders.

Westboro Baptist Church “leaders” have announced that they are coming to our City Beautiful, Orlando, to “protest” at the funerals of our friends and neighbors whom we lost in the terror attack/hate crime on our LGBT community at Pulse. But even their demented cries of “God hates f****” won’t be as loud as the deafening silence against such hatred exhibited by so many elected officials, and even worse, that barely-audible sound of pen on paper signing hatred into law.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Senator Marco Rubio have spoken out against mass murder perpetrated on the LGBT community this weekend, though often conveniently excluding the LGBT detail. But they have launched legal attacks themselves against this community for years now. They have not apologized, and they have not committed to do better. They have cried crocodile tears for the cameras. That’s all.

A few months ago, Rick Scott removed protection from discrimination for LGBT foster youth in Florida. Pam Bondi wasted $500,000 of our tax dollars fighting tooth and nail to stop marriage equality from coming to Florida – all the way to the Supreme Court. Marco Rubio dismissed same-sex couples who wanted to start a family as a “social experiment,” and fought against their right to foster children in our state.

They have attempted to normalize, and even mandate, discrimination against the LGBT community. Now they ask how a gay nightclub could be under attack, how such a horrific hate crime could happen in our home state. They should be asking who created this culture of hatred, now that more than 100 innocent people, their friends, their families, and our entire community, must pay the hefty price.

I am heartbroken. But I am also furious – not only about what has happened on Sunday morning, but about what has happened continuously to an innocent, victimized group of decent people throughout the years. I am frustrated at a society that makes members of my own staff nervous to hold their same-sex partners’ hands in public, for fear they could be shamed, hurt, or even killed. (None of them will ever be able to forget that the killer’s father suggested that the killer’s action was triggered by seeing two men showing affection in a public place.) I am frustrated at right-wing media who ask questions like “was it a terrorist attack OR a hate crime?” or “why hasn’t the President launched [yet another] attack against ISIS?” rather than reporting on the hatred and discrimination against gays and lesbians that still thrives.

Young or old, male or female, black or white, English-speaking or Spanish-speaking, gay or straight, WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEINGS. Whatever your religion, whatever your age, we have to put hatred and discrimination in the rear-view mirror. It has no more place in the 21st century than slavery, or cannibalism. It’s the year 2016. Enough, already.

Today, I ask everyone to acknowledge that this wasn’t just an attack on my home, on our beautiful city of Orlando. This was an attack on our LGBT community. Forty-nine people were murdered for no reason other than their sexual orientation. The fundamental benefit of every civilized society is a sense of personal safety. Our LGBT friends deserve that as much as anyone else. We must organize against hatred and defeat it – and anyone who would perpetuate it.

NO H8.

Courage,

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Orlando)