right to life liberty pursuit of happiness

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Bono’s vest he wears for Exit has the unalienable rights from the US Declaration of Independence written on it.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness"
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We hold these truths to be self-evident,
That all men are created equal,
That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,
Among these life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,
Unless you’re loud and black and possess an opinion,
The all you get is a bullet,
A bullet that held me at bay,
A bullet that can puncture my skin,
Take all my dreams away,
A bullet that can silence the words that I speak to my mother just because I’m other,
A bullet…held me captive.
Gun in my face, your hate misplaced.
White skin, light skin, but for me, not the right skin.
Judging me with no crime committed.
Reckless trigger finger itching to prove your worth by disapproving mine,
My life in your hands,
My life on the line.
Fred Hampton.
Tamir Rice. Rekia Boyd.
Reggie Green?
Spared by a piece of paper,
A student ID that you had to see before you could identify me and set me supposedly free.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
For some of us, maybe.
There’s nothing self-evident about it.
—  ~Reggie Green (Dear White People)

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among these life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, unless you’re loud and black and possess an opinion, then all you get is a bullet, a bullet that held me at bay, a bullet that can puncture my skin, take all my dreams away, a bullet that can silence the words that I speak to my mother just because I’m other, a bullet held me captive. Gun in my face, your hate is misplaced. White skin, light skin, but for me, not the right skin. Judging me with no crime committed. Reckless trigger finger itching to prove your worth by disproving mine. my life in your hands, my life on the line.

Fred Hampton
Tamir Rice
Rekia Boyd
Reggie Green?

Spared by a piece of paper, a student ID that you had to see before you could identify me and set me supposedly free. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For some of us, maybe. There’s nothing self-evident about it.

It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

  • The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
  • The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
  • The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
  • The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
  • The right of every family to a decent home;
  • The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
  • The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
  • The right to a good education.
  • All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for all our citizens. For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.

thisloveisastateofgrace  asked:

Hi Katie! I have a question for you. Are you still anti-abortion in cases of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is in danger? You've probably already answered these, so I'm sorry! But I was just curious as to what your opinion is. 😊

Hi! Thanks for asking! I’m always happy to re-explain my positions, especially on hard cases, because it gives me a chance to practice and to clarify.

Let’s take these one at a time, because they are all very complex.

Rape/Sexual Assault

Rape is wrong. Rape is horrible, evil, despicable…and any other words I can come up with. Rapists should be caught, put on trial, and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Survivors of rape should be protected. They should be supported, loved, and cared for. They should have access to health care that they need, counseling, and support groups. They should have friends and family around them who love and care for them. If that isn’t the case, communities need to step up and fill those gaps.

We can all generally agree on these things. They aren’t controversial. Pro-life people, pro-choice people, conservatives, liberals, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians…just about everyone. If someone doesn’t agree with those things, we stare at them like they’ve just grown a second head.

But what about the children of survivors of rape?

This is my friend Patti. We met doing pro-life work while I was in college out in California. She was conceived in rape. Her birth mother chose to place her for adoption, and she grew up loved and cared for. She says:

“I want to say that even though the circumstances of my conception were in violence and hatred, I am not my father, nor am I my mother. I am unique. I was created by a loving God and my life is so valuable. And so is the life of every baby conceived — valuable and a gift from God.“

This is Travon. She was conceived in rape. Her mother raised her instead of choosing adoption, and told her about who her father was after her 18th birthday. Today, she is a speaker, wife, and mother. She travels telling her story and advocating for children like her to be protected under the law.

This is Mary. Her mother had paranoid schizophrenia and was married to a man who also had a mental disability. When her mother was raped, the husband went to the police, but ultimately claimed Mary as his own to protect his wife’s reputation. Because of her mother’s schizophrenia, Mary was cared for by another couple, visiting her birth parents periodically. Eventually, when she was five years old, that couple adopted her.

(More stories at SaveThe1.com)

Do any of these people look like they were conceived in rape? What would that look like? My friend Patti told me that she has heard people refer to those conceived in rape as “devil spawn.” Should they have horns and tails? Should they carry pitchforks?

Or are they children? Teenagers? Adults? Mothers and fathers? Husbands and wives? People?

The circumstances of conception, no matter how violent, how terrible, do not reduce the value of the child conceived. If abortion is wrong because it kills a human being, then it is wrong no matter who that human being’s father is.

What about the mother? Like I said above, I am all in favor of resources and support for survivors of rape. I am all for counseling to help them process and heal. Abortion will not solve their problems. It will not take away their nightmares. It will not take away their fear, their pain. It will only take away the life of their child, who has no guilt in how he or she was conceived.

Meet Darlene. She was not only conceived in rape, but as a teenager she became a victim of child trafficking and became pregnant from rape herself. She says that in order to escape from her captor, she pretended to have an abortion. Now she is married with five children and two grandchildren.

Darlene, despite her own difficult childhood and the way she was forced into motherhood at a young age, has made it her life’s mission to protect the lives of children like her and her oldest child.

She says:

“I am so passionate about the value of every life; whether one is conceived with wine and roses, in a test tube or as a result of violence. I absolutely reject the utilitarian view that people are valuable only if they can contribute to society in arbitrarily contrived ways. We should all hold to the Declaration of Independence’s admonition that each of us is endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights: the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These God given rights are consecutive, not concurrent. Without the right to life, nothing else matters.“

I have included all of these stories here not because they prove my point. I include them because these are the real human beings we’re talking about when we talk about abortion in the case of rape. We need to remember these faces, these names, every time someone says “cases of rape are only 1% of abortions, we shouldn’t be a stickler over 1%.” Every time someone says “a pregnancy from rape is only a terrible reminder for the mother.” Every time someone says “abortion is okay for the same reason that rape is wrong, because of bodily autonomy.”

These are the people we’re talking about killing.

Pro-lifers know that abortion kills children and hurts women. So why should we abandon those women and children who have also been hurt by rape to the additional pain and death of abortion?

Incest

This is very similar to the case of rape, and many people put these two together. However, I gave incest its own section so I could deal with what does make it different.

In the case of incest, we have an extra layer of complexity that makes these cases exceptionally painful. In the case of incest, we usually have a young girl who is raped by a close family member, often her own father. She has been scarred in ways that someone who didn’t experience that can never understand. And now she’s pregnant, probably at a very young age.

What do we do?

First, we get her out of that situation as quickly as we can. We get her to a safe place, and we do everything we can to make her feel safe. We don’t want her to be worried about her rapist coming back for her, at least no more than she has to be.

We put her rapist in jail. We make sure that he is punished to the fullest extent of the law. Perhaps we even find comfort in knowing that in prison, he will be rejected even by other criminals for the nature of his crime.

But she’s still pregnant. And she’s still a child. What do we do?

We love and care for her and her child. We find a permanent home for her, through adoption or through other family members if possible. We give her power over the process as much as we can so she feels like she has some control. We talk to her about adoption and parenting, and we let her make the decision. If she chooses parenting, we work with her new guardians to make a plan for her welfare and the child’s. If she chooses adoption, we give her the opportunity to meet potential adoptive parents and choose the family that she wants her child to have. We give her the choice between open and closed adoption, so that she doesn’t feel like her child was taken from her.

We don’t kill her child.

Just like those conceived in rape, people conceived in incest are still people. They are human beings with the same right to life as any other human being. We cannot abandon them either.

If abortion is wrong because it kills a human being, then it is always wrong.

Health/Life of the Mother

This case is almost more complex, because here we get into the definition of abortion. For our purposes, I am defining abortion as a procedure that intentionally takes the life of the preborn child.

There is one case that comes the closest to abortion being necessary, and that is a tubal pregnancy. In these cases, the embryo implants in the fallopian tube. With current medical technology, we have no way to save the child. If we do not intervene, the child will grow, the tube will rupture, and the mother can die from hemorrhaging. So we have to intervene and remove the child from the fallopian tube.

I do not consider this an abortion. Our goal is not to kill the child, but to save the mother. If, someday, we found a way to save the child and the mother, we would do it. But currently, we can’t. A doctor’s job is to save as many patients as possible, but the loss of a patient does not mean the doctor is a murderer. He or she is only guilty of murder if the patient is intentionally killed.

This same reasoning applies to every other case. It is wrong to intentionally kill the child. However, if the child needs to be removed to save the mother’s life, we can do so. We just need to be sure that we are also concerned for the life of the child, and doing everything we can to save that child’s life as well.

Some will argue that late-term abortion is necessary to save mothers, but this makes no sense. Sure, and early delivery might save the life of the mother. But why should dismembering, poisoning, or beheading that child in the process do anything to improve the mother’s health?

For more on this from an actual doctor (which I am not), watch this video of an interview with Dr. Anthony Levatino. Dr. Levatino was an abortionist and is still an OB/GYN. He worked out of a regular practice rather than an abortion clinic, and so he would routinely do an abortion in one room and then talk to a mother who was keeping her child in the other. He saw patients with complicated and high-risk pregnancies. He knew, even then, that abortion was not necessary. In fact, as he says in the video, for late-term patients an abortion is more dangerous than an early delivery. A late-term abortion might take up to three days, while a c-section delivery could take an hour. If the mother’s life is truly in that much danger, which would you choose?

Every case is different when we’re talking about high-risk pregnancies, but we can tackle each of them in a pro-life way by following a simple rule: treat both mother and child as patients. If we are doing that, we will find the best approach that saves the most lives.

I hope this helps! Feel free to ask for any clarification on anything I’ve said here.

We have the right to live our lives, with God or without, as we choose. There is a prohibition against the establishment of a state religion in our Constitution, and we have the right to choose with whom we live, whom we love… and who and what gets to interfere with our bodies. As Americans, men, women, people, gay, straight, L, B, G, T, Q, all of us have the human right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. And if you think people got mad when they thought the government was coming after their guns? Wait’ll they come and try to take away our Happiness!”

- Meryl Streep , recipient of the National Ally Award attends the 2017 Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala  (Waldorf Astoria Hotel on February 11, 2017)

The struggle between those who possess social power and those who do not, between freeman and slave, patrician and plebian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed is a war fought with many and varied weapons. Of highest importance are ideas, weapons in an ideological warfare by which every class struggling to maintain its grip on the world tries to justify its position morally and rationally, while those fighting to overturn the social order produce their own self-justificatory ideology as a counter-weapon.

If the revolution succeeds, that revolutionary ideology becomes transformed into a weapon of consolidation and conservation whereby yet further revolutionary challenges to the new dominant class can be resisted. Nothing better illustrates the historical progression of such ideological weapons than the revolution that created the twentieth century market-industrial society.

The society of Europe before the seventeenth century (with the exception of certain mercantile Italian republics) was characterized by a static, aristocratic scheme of relations in which both peasants and landowners were bound to each other and to the land and in which changes in the social positions of individuals were exceedingly rare. Persons were said to owe their position in the world to the grace of God or to the grace of earthly lords. Even kings ruled Deo gratia, and changes in position could only occur by exceptional conferrals or withdrawals of divine or royal grace. But this rigid hierarchy directly obstructed the expansion of both mercantile and manufacturing interests who required access to political and economic power based on their entrepreneurial activities rather than on noble birth.

Moreover, the inalienability of land and the traditional guarantee of access to common land inhibited the rapid expansion of primary production and also maintained a scarcity of labor for manufactories. In Britain, the Acts of Enclosure of the eighteenth century broke this rigid system by allowing landlords to enclose land for wool production and simultaneously displacing tenants, who then became the landless industrial workforce of the cities.

At the same time in France, the old ‘nobility of the sword’ was being challenged by the administrative and legal hierarchy who became the'nobility of the robe’ and by the rich commoners of banking and finance. The bourgeois revolution was brewing, a revolution that was to break assunder the static feudal-aristocratic bonds and create instead an entrepreneurial society in which labor and money could more freely adapt to the demands of a rising commercial and industrial middle class.

But the bourgeois revolution required an ideology justifying the assault on the old order and providing the moral and intellectual underpinnings of the new. This was the ideology of freedom, of individuality, of works as opposed to grace, and of equality and the inalienable rights to 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ Paine, Jefferson, Diderot, and the Encyclopedists were the ideologues of the revolution, and one theme comes through in their writings: the old order was characterized by artificial hierarchies and artificial barriers to human desire and ambitions and those artificial barriers must be destroyed so that each person can take his or her natural place in society, according to his or her desire and ability.

This is the origin of the idea of the 'equal opportunity society’ in which we now supposedly live.
Yet the bourgeois revolution that destroyed those artificial barriers seems not to have dispensed with inequality of station. There are still rich and poor, powerful and weak, both within and between nations.

How is this to be explained? We might suppose that the inequalities are structural, that the society created by the revolution has inequality built into it and even depends upon that inequality for its operation. But that supposition, if taken seriously, would engender yet another revolution. The alternative is to claim that inequalities reside in properties of individuals rather than in the structure of social relations. This is the claim that our society has produced about as much equality as is humanly possible and that the remaining differences in status and wealth and power are the inevitable manifestations of natural inequalities in individual abilities.

It is this latter claim that has been incorporated from an early stage into the ideology of the bourgeois revolution and that remains the dominant ideology of market industrial societies today. Such a view does not threaten the status quo but, on the contrary, supports it by telling those who are without power that their position is the inevitable outcome of their own innate deficiencies and that, therefore, nothing can be done about it.

—  Richard Lewontin
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DECLARATION OF RESISTANCE

When in the course of American history it becomes necessary for the people to save our Nation from a Tyrant, to safeguard equality for all and their inalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness from bigotry and corruption, to ensure that our Government continues to derive its power from the consent of the governed rather than by autocracy, that whenever any President becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to make such demands upon their Congress: Immediate impeachment of the President for crimes committed, or removal from office by way of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

Donald J. Trump has conducted injuries and usurpations, pursuing the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world–

He has obstructed the Laws for Naturalization of Immigrants, and illegally banned refugees in need of safe haven. He has continued to violate the federal court orders which require the temporary cessation of this ban, thereby violating his executive oath. He has dismissed an Attorney General for fulfilling her oath to defend the Constitution, defying the autonomy of the Department of Justice. He has purged the State Department of its highest level officials without any regard for a responsible continuity of State Affairs. He has enlisted amateur ideologues - such as the white supremacist Stephen K. Bannon - to make national security decisions. He has vowed to enact policy and legislation which clearly tread on the separation of Church and State. He has refused to remove or address conflicts of interest regarding both his own business and that of his cabinet and family. He has moved to deregulate corporate interests, risking the health of the economy and has stated that he has chosen this action for the advancement of his own wealthy friends, showing no regard for the rest of this Nation. He has hastily signed multiple Executive Orders without the advisement of Congress, policy experts, his cabinet, or staff. He has signed an Executive Order which knowingly deprives the sick of desperately needed healthcare with no concern for their lives. He has signed an Executive Order permitting a pipeline that tramples on Native American Rights and endangers safe water supply. He has illegally threatened to cut off funding to Sanctuary Cities which have determined their values through self-governance. He has knowingly, repeatedly, and egregiously misled the public and directed his staff to do the same. He has strongly advocated for the silencing and suppression of a Free Press. He has repeatedly and consistently shown contempt for people based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, disability, and religion. He has shown disdain and disregard for the judiciary and the fundamental human Rights that are the foundation of Justice.

A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

We shall Resist until our Congress uses the mechanisms afforded to it by the Constitution to remove this Tyrant from Power. And for the support of this Declaration we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Honor.

Signed. The Resistance.

[x]

USA. Washington. June 19, 1970. The Panthers were fundamentally a political party. Here, Panther Chief of Staff David Hilliard calls for a new U.S. Constitution from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to guarantee all Americans the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — rights they say blacks had been denied.

Photograph: AP

Why We March

I see a lot of people saying, “I didn’t march because I have all the rights of a man!”
Why do we march then?
We march because 97% of rapists don’t see a day in jail.
We march because Planned Parenthood isn’t about abortions it’s about low income healthcare and lifesaving screenings and medical advice.
We march because Miley Cyrus is attacked for portraying herself sexually yet people say nothing when a woman is sexualized without consent.
We march because a white woman makes 77 cents for a mans dollar and that is A FACT.
We march because we believe in religious freedom.
We march because when I worked in a cabinet shop I was asked, “So, do you just stand around and look pretty?” And no one defended me. No, my coworkers joked that I am just “the pretty face of the company.”
We march because it is still legal to fire someone in 28 states because they are gay.
Because gun sales NEED federal background checks.
Because climate change is real and if we don’t chose a different path NOW we will have no Earth to live on.
Because religion should stay out of politics.
Because the electoral college is outdated and unfair.
Because the right to peaceful protest is a constitutional, human right.
Because gay kids all around the country are asking, “will I still be able to get married?”
We march because Trumps tax policies give the elite and filthy rich over 14% of a tax break and the working class hardly 1-4%.
Because Trump outwardly endorsed sexual assault.
Because TAMPONS have a luxury tax when Viagra doesn’t.
Because Christians want to have a Muslim registry.
We march because men are taught to “man up,” and that they can’t be victims of abuse.
Because a woman wearing basketball shorts is fine but a man wearing a skirt is disgusting.
Because violence against women is seen as sexy.
Because Trump has already violated the constitution and refuses to let us see his tax returns.
Because as a feminist I stand for men’s issues ALL the time, not just when women’s issues are discussed.
Because in the UK, police officers have been trained to be psychologically tactical and have had the same amount of police related deaths that we have had in a few months OVER THE SPAN OF SEVERAL YEARS.
Because Trump has endorsed Vladimir Putin.
Because the Affordable Care Act saves lives.
Because men are raped.
Because sex trafficking IS RAMPANT.
Because an unarmed black person is shot every 24-28 hours.
Because doctors refuse to tie single women’s tubes, “cause what if your future husband wants kids?” And do so LEGALLY.
Because men are SO much more than sexual desire and reducing them to such is horrific. They are humans. They are people. They are amazing.
Because the LGBT and climate change pages have already been removed from the White House website.
Because I could keep this list going for hours.
We march because humanity is more important than money.
We march because we believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

MBTI Hamilton Lyrics

Know I’m late to the party with this, but thought it would be fun.  I’m picking lines that I can imagine each of the types saying, not things that would be directed towards them or that would said be about them.  So imagine each type singing these lines.  

ISTJ
I am the one thing in life I can control.
I am inimitable, I am an original.
I’m not falling behind or running late.
I’m not standing still, I am lying in wait.
-Burr, in “Wait For It

ISFJ
Oh.  Can I show you what I’m proudest of?
I established the first private orphanage in New York City.
I help to raise hundreds of children,
I get to see them growing up.

-Eliza, in “Who Lives Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

INFJ
While we’re talking, let me offer you some free advice:
Talk less.
Smile more. 
Don’t let them know what you’re against or what you’re for.
-Burr, in “Aaron Burr, Sir

INTJ
God help and forgive me,
I wanna build
Something that’s gonna
Outlive me.
-Hamilton, in “The Room Where It Happens

ISTP

All alone, watch them run,
They will tear each other into pieces
Jesus Christ this will be fun!  
Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da
Da da da dat dat da ya daaaaa!
-King George, “I Know Him

ISFP
I wanna sit under my own vine and fig tree
A moment alone in the shade
At home in this nation we’ve made
One last time.

-Washington, “One Last Time

INFP
The world has no right to my heart,
The world has no place in our bed,
They don’t get to know what I said.
I’m burning the memories, 
Burning the letters that might have redeemed you.
-Eliza, “Burn

INTP
My name is Philip,
I am a poet,
I wrote this poem just
To show it.
And I just turned nine,
You can write rhymes,
But you can’t write mine.
-Philip, “Take A Break

ESTP
I’m taking this horse by the reins makin’ 
Redcoats redder than bloodstains.
And I’m never gonna stop until I make ‘em
Drop and burn ‘em up and scatter their remains.
-Lafayette, “Guns and Ships” 

ESFP
I’ll remind you that he is not Secretary of State,
He knows nothing of loyalty.
Smells like new money, dresses like fake royalty.
Desperate to rise above his station,
Everything he does betrays the ideals of our nation.
-Jefferson, “Cabinet Battle #2

ENFP
If I could spare his life,
If I could trade his life for mine,
He’d be standing here right now,
And you would smile, and that would be enough”
-Hamilton, “It’s Quiet Uptown

ENTP
‘Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,’
We fought for these ideals, we shouldn’t settle for less,
These are wise words, enterprising men quote ‘em,
Don’t act surprised you guys, because I wrote ‘em.
Owwwwwwww!

-Jefferson, “Cabinet Battle #1

ESTJ
Thomas, that was a real nice declaration,
Welcome to the present, we’re running a real nation.
Would you like to join us?  Or stay mellow,
Doin’ whatever the hell it is you do in Monticello?
-Hamilton, “Cabinet Battle #1

ESFJ
I’m a girl in a world in which
My only job is to marry rich.
My father has no sons so I’m the one
Who has to social climb for one.
-Angelica,  “Satisfied

ENFJ

I’ve got a small query for you:
What comes next?  You’ve been freed,
Do you know how hard it is to lead?
You’re on your own.  ‘Awesome, wow!’
Do you have a clue what happens now?

-King George, “What Comes Next?

ENTJ
You want a revolution? I want a revelation,
So listen to my declaration:
‘We hold these truths to be self-evident,
That all men are created equal.’
And when I meet Thomas Jefferson,
I’ma compel him to include women in the sequel.
WORK!

-Angelica, “The Schuyler Sisters

I am once again stunned by the inefficiency and negligence of the Department of Justice in wake of today’s news that they will not be pursuing federal charges against Baton Rouge police officers Howie Lake II and Blane Salamoni, who shot and killed 37-year-old Alton Sterling last July.


I was hoping that of all cases, this one would result in some element of justice, however, it appears like that the trend continues. It is clear, from video of the incident, that this man should not have been shot and should still be alive today. People are so quick to shout about the right to keep and bear arms, yet this man, who had purchased a gun for his protection, was executed on site for having a weapon, so where is the right’s defense of Mr. Alton Sterling? Where are the gun activists? Where are the throngs of angry conservatives shouting about the second amendment? This man’s right to bear arms; his life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness; his right to a jury and speedy trial -those were taken from him and yet they are silent. We all know why; we know about the apathy towards black Americans and other minorities being shot and killed by police, we know they are automatically assumed to have done something wrong and convicted in the courts of the media and white public opinion. There are those who deny the significance of race in Alton Sterling’s death, but as someone who works in public safety along side police officers, as someone who has been detained at gunpoint before, I can clearly see the racial impact, not only in the shooting itself, but also in the public reaction, the investigation, and now, the results. This is not only about one man’s death, it is about how common place this is. This is not anti-police, actually it is the opposite, it is about holding officers and departments accountable to assure the credibility of police.


This is a sad day for America, another name has been added to the list of injustice, with more names sure to come. When does it end? When will we be able to reassure our black children, youth, and even the 37-year-old man selling CDs at the convenience store or cigarettes on the street, that they can trust law enforcement and feel safe when approached? That they will be given the respect they deserve and that they will be innocent until proven guilty?


Now, we await the State of Louisiana’s decision as to whether or not they will pursue charges - I hope they do, and I hope some element of justice is served.  


My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Alton Sterling who have had to see this play out over the last 10 months, with much more to come. I wish peace for the community and safety for those within. And for the rest of us, the observers across the country, and across the world, inform yourself, speak up and speak out, we cannot allow this to quietly go away. 

justsomewhump  asked:

So you mentioned humiliation... Likes/dislikes about it?

Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond to this, my dear friend. I wanted to give it a nice, thorough answer, and I’m just slow in general, lol. Also, forgive me for both the length of this post and its tendency to read like a magnum opus of humiliation instead of a direct answer to you. It… uh… kinda turned into a magnum opus of humiliation somewhere around the cut. *cough* :D

I loooove humiliation. Done well, it can push all kinds of buttons for me that I absolutely love. Of course, it’s also easy to get completely wrong and end up being all weird. Too often, mainstream TV shows do it wrong because they don’t take it far enough to actually fuck someone’s head up and it ends up in some weird quasi-embarrassing situation that’s more likely to cause second-hand embarrassment than push any good buttons. Ew.

But then, humiliation is largely subjective. It all depends on the character’s psyche and the viewer’s own views on the situation at hand. Something that might humiliate one character might do nothing for another… and it doesn’t matter how good the scenario is if it doesn’t appeal to the viewer watching it.

I’ll start out with light stuff I like, then put the more intense stuff behind a cut. Also, please keep in mind, absolutely nothing in this post should ever be done to a non-consenting individual in real life! But in fiction, well, have at it ;)

I love it when male characters are talked down to - particularly by women. It’s the Domme in me poking her head out ;) I just love when women refer to men as objects, talk about them like they’re not standing right there, call them names, refer to them as a pet, a slave, an “it”. Oh, I love that stuff.

I also love men on their knees. It’s such a subservient position, and men in particular take great offense when forced into that position by their adversaries. That, of course, makes it delightful to me. Again, I really like it when a woman’s the one forcing a man to his knees, but I’ll take whatever I can get. I just love a reluctantly kneeling man ;)

Name calling in general is hit or miss. Random insults, like “jackass” don’t do too much for me. Names picked specifically to needle at someone’s insecurities are good, like if someone was calling Killian “slave” - which would likely bother him after having grown up as one and undoubtedly being called it derisively in the past. In general, I like it when men are called “boy” - especially by other men, making it even more of an assault on their masculinity.

Because, really, that’s what humiliation is all about for me - dismantling and assaulting an individual’s very sense of self. Finding the things they take pride in and just annihilating them through word and deed, as well as finding the things they’re sensitive about and jumping on them like a trampoline. You can’t just dress a character up in a stupid clown costume and have people laugh at them. That’s… just weird and totally unsatisfying to me.

Which isn’t to say some of the humiliation scenes I’m into aren’t weird… Some of them are very weird, and you should only click the link below if you want to see just how weird these things can get…

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May 10th 1872: Victoria Woodhull nominated for President

On this day in 1872, Victoria Woodhull became the first woman to be nominated for the Presidency of the United States. Born to a poor family in Ohio in 1838, she married at age 15, but later divorced her loutish husband and married a colonel. After moving to New York, Victoria and her sister Tennessee - with whom she had worked as a clairvoyant - established the first woman-run stock brokerage company and created a radical weekly publication. In the magazine, the sisters articulated their vision for social reform embracing female suffrage, birth control rights, and ‘free love’. Their journal also advocated workers’ rights, calling for the 8 hour work day and graduated income tax, and publishing the first English translation of Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto. Victoria became such a prominent figure that she was invited to testify before Congress on female suffrage. In 1872, despite women being barred from voting, Woodhull was nominated as the presidential candidate of the Equal Rights Party; she selected famed black abolitionist Frederick Douglass as her running mate. Woodhull’s radical rhetoric alarmed moderate elements of the feminist and reform movements, limiting her electoral appeal. The 1872 campaign - between incumbent Republican Ulysses S. Grant and Democrat Horace Greeley -  quickly became acrimonious, and Woodhull’s opponents accused her of adultery. On election day, after retaliating against her critics and publishing accusations of adultery against them, she was in prison for distributing ‘obscene’ literature. Woodhull also did not appear on the ballot, as she was one year under the Constitutionally required age of 35, and won a minute percentage of the vote. Hounded by law enforcement and critics, Woodhull moved to England in 1877, where she continued her activism until her death in 1927. With a major American party poised to nominate a woman for president, it is fitting to remember Victoria Woodhull’s historic campaign.

“I come before you to declare that my sex are entitled to the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” “The New Colossus,” – Emma Lazarus,1883; Inscription on the base of the Statue of Liberty


“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” –The Declaration of Independence


No Ban. No Wall.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, unless you’re loud and black and possess an opinion, then all you get is a bullet, a bullet that held me at bay, a bullet that can puncture my skin, take all my dreams away, a bullet that can silence the words that I speak to my mother just because I’m other, a bullet held me captive. Gun in my face, your hate misplaced.
White skin, light skin, but for me, not the right skin. Judging me with no crime committed. Reckless trigger finger itching to prove your worth by disproving mine, my life in your hands, my life on the line…”
“…Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For some of us, maybe. There’s nothing self-evident about it.
—  Dear White People
Dear White People // Reggie Green

We hold these truths to be self-evident,

that all men are created equal,

that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,

among these — life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,

unless you’re loud and Black and possess an opinion,

then all you get is a bullet,

a bullet that held me at bay,

a bullet that can puncture my skin,

take all my dreams away,

a bullet that can silence the words that I speak

to my mother just because I’m other.

A bullet held me captive,

gun in my face, your hate misplaced.

White skin, light skin, but for me, not the right skin.

Judging me with no crime committed.

Reckless trigger finger itching to prove your worth,

by disproving mine.

My life in your hands,

My life on the line.

Fred Hampton. Tamir Rice. Rekia Boyd. Reggie Green?

Spared by a piece of paper,

a student ID that you had to see before you could identify me,

and set me supposedly free.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,

for some of us, maybe.

There’s nothing self-evident about it.