social-activism

Sounding Klaxons

The problem I have with ‘signal boosting’ a cry for help is that I will never know when it’s evolved. 

I’ve always been wary of these. On Tumblr - not as a community, but as a platform - I always see signal boosting a missing persons report or a call for funds as potentially harmful. 

Because if something changes, I won’t know. All I saw was the boosted post, an appeal to my greater sense of justice in a world with unjust people. I won’t know if another development’s arisen - if the kid’s found, or was never missing; if the abuse tip was a hoax built to get crueler people to bully someone for an alleged harassment; if the money call was a scam to get me to part with cash I need just as well. 

All I know is what was boosted. 

So every boost rings like a klaxon instead.
Not a call to arms, drawing people into the public square of social justice Tumblr to do a greater good. 
A fire alarm. Get out. Something may not be right here, and it may hurt somebody. 

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Day 414: Tuesday 28/07/15

This is the best laptop photo I’ve taken in a while. Today’s been a bit of a slog, trying to kick things back into normal practice straight away never works but I couldn’t afford the day off so I punched out a review and went to town to get my sister a birthday card… which I got wrong. I signed up for some social activism stuff and began to sort my week out. Saw my sister and we all sat around and chatted shit and I feel very unproductive.

It just bothers me that significant pre-colonial societies had relatively loose notions of gender, sexuality, and heteronormativity and it was the imposition of Western colonial systems that informed strict binaries in those spheres, but now… now when post-colonial societies are still stuck in their previously forced yet regressive dichotic norms and the West has only recently begun shedding its entrenched ignorance in the name of social progression, it has also somehow simultaneously become the champion of forward-thinking beliefs. And that’s just bullshit on so many levels.

LGBT COMMUNITY: YOU NEED TO WATCH FAKING IT AND HERE IS WHY!

Hi there, this a very unconventional post on here, so I apologize. However, you may or may not have seen/heard of the new MTV sitcom “Faking It”. I know what you’re thinking, this show is about girls faking being lesbians for popularity, giving awareness to the incorrect idea that being gay is a trend, and I’m with you! The initial concept for the show seemed offensive and problematic.

However, I challenge you to look closer! This show is ground breaking on so many levels. This show was created by a gay man who understands the reality and struggles of the LGBT community. He accurately expresses what it’s like to be trapped in the closet, outed, in love with your best friend, and many other common themes for people questioning and working towards understanding who they and what their sexual orientation is or isn’t. In addition, they consistently challenge conventional stereotypes, create well-rounded characters, and most importantly show sexuality as more than just straight or gay.

Yet, the beauty and truly defining factor in my opinion, is HOW the content is being delivered. IT’S A COMEDY! An amazing and effective way to talk about massive issues like the LGBT community, is through humor. Humor makes these topics seem approachable and create an avenue for conversation. In order to continue to gain rights and social acceptance, this is the kind of representation that is necessary. 

However, in order to get this representation, we need people to watch the show. The ratings haven’t been high enough in order to get renewed, so we need to get people on board. I encourage you to give Faking It a chance, I promise you that it is relatable, it is witty, and it is time for a show like this to be seen and talked about. 

Sorry for the essay, I just think it’s super important to get this representation out there!

Tracy Chapman: Why she kicks ass

  • She is a singer and song writer.
  • She has won the Grammy Awards four times.
  • She is a multi-platinum artist.
  • Her song “Fast Car” was ranked by Rolling Stone as number 165 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”; the highest ranking song both written and performed by a woman.
  • She has a strong interest in human rights; this is reflected often by her music (see: “Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution” which is about speaking up against injustice).
  • She performed in London as part of a worldwide concert tour to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with Amnesty International (1988).
  • She performed in the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute, an event which raised money for South Africa’s Anti-Apartheid Movement and seven children’s charities (1988).
  • In 2004 she performed at and rode in the AIDSLifeCycle event.
  • She sponsored an essay contest for high school students in Cleveland and other cities, “Crossroads in Black History”.
  • She was given an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts by her alma mater, Tufts University, recognizing her commitment to social activism.
  • She often performs at and attends charity events such as Make Poverty History, amfAR and AIDS/LifeCycle, to support social causes.
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The protest against the new price of electricity in Yerevan, Armenia. Citizens organized a peaceful sit down demonstration near the Armenian president’s residence, Baghramyan avenue. The police blocked the way to the residence. At 5:10 in the morning of 23rd of June the police forced back the peaceful activists with water cannons, forced more than 240 social activists to go to police stations, broke journalists’ gadgets and recording devices. After the incident people made graffiti on some walls with the following expression: “This hasn’t been watered” which means that the activists are not going to give up.

They spend  nights in the street demanding from the president of Armenia to cancel the new law and agreement according to which the price of electricity will be raised by 40%.

In the morning of 24th of June the activists started cleaning the avenue, new people joined the rows and shared food and drinks with the ones who spent the night in the main street of the city. Some of them threw flowers to the police as an act of peace and kindness. The protest is still going on. The participants have promised to stay there as long as it takes to cancel the new law.

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MUST WATCH: Kendrick Lamar debuted his new song on The Colbert Report last night and delivered a breathtaking performance. With the current epidemic of police killings, the last verse is especially relevant and powerful. WATCH it in full here: http://on.cc.com/13c95v6 and SHARE if you are moved!