Showing how to be good comrades, hundreds of anti-racist protestors turn themselves in en mass to flood the system in solidarity with Takiyah Thompson who was arrested for assisting in the toppling of this confederate statue:
Don’t schedule important events on major Jewish holidays
A lot of things get scheduled on major Jewish holidays, in a way that prevents Jews from being able to participate. This needs to stop.
If you’re in charge of scheduling things like:
Public school orientations
Other important events
Please avoid scheduling on major Jewish holidays. The most important ones to avoid are:
The first two nights of Passover
These holidays are at slightly different times each year, because the Jewish calendar is lunar. Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are in the fall, Passover is in the Spring. You can check when they are at hebcal.com, and hebcal.com also has a calendar you can subscribe to that says when the holidays are.
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are the times at which Jews who don’t go to synagogue at any other time of year go. (In the same way that some Christians only go to church on Easter and Christmas). They are also major family holidays, even for people who are otherwise secular. Yom Kippur is a 25 hour fast (from both food and water) and most people who observe it are pretty wiped out immediately afterwards.
The first two nights of Passover are when Jewish families hold Passover seders. It’s a major family holiday, even for people who do not consider themselves religious and never go to synagogue at all. Nearly all Jewish families have some sort of seder.
It is considerate to also avoid scheduling important events that would require travel on the day before and after these major holidays. It is critical to avoid scheduling events on the holidays themselves.
There are other Jewish holidays that will create conflicts for some Jews, but they’re not as important to most Jewish people.
tl;dr: If you value Jewish participation and solidarity with Jews, it is critically important to avoid scheduling important events on on Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and the first two nights of Passover.
okay listen, lance? he had the biggest celebrity crush on shiro for the longest time and these are my hc’s about this:
i fully believe that mr. takashi shirogane was the “face” of the garrison, and that during his career he was roped into more than one recruitment video, with all the dramatic music and cinematic shots of pilots standing next to their fighter jets
someone: hey lance! your mans is on tv!
lance: [dropping whatever the hell he’s doing] press pause! press pause! i’m on my way!!!!
his siblings got into the habit of just shouting that even when the commercial wasn’t on because they liked recording his reaction time. the fastest he’s gotten there is six seconds (he was upstairs)
listen, lance isn’t naive. he knows that shiro is the best the garrison has to offer and he’s going into the cargo pilot program so he’s probably never going to see him, but still they’re in the same place:
lance: [at orientation] shiro…he walked through these halls, he ate in this lunchroom, i’m breathing blessed air
the one time lance almost gets caught sneaking out is because he couldn’t help peaking through the windows of the teacher’s lounge to see if maybe shiro was there
he was. and because shiro’s a legend he immediately picks up on the fact that he’s being stared at and then he catches lance’s eyes. lance just freezes, because shit…..but then shiro just sips his coffee and pointedly looks away because you know damn well he’s snuck out his fair share of times when he was a cadet
shiro: [in keith’s shack after being rescued] lance right?
lance: [internally: he knows my name? HE KNOWS MY NAME!]
later in the castle, after they’ve all gotten to know each other, after they’ve become a family:
hunk: hey lance do you remember when you liked shiro?
keith: wait what? you liked shiro [cue the face of disgust at the thought of anyone liking his brother]
lance: [defensively] i didn’t like him, it was just a stupid celebrity crush. i’m over it now
Solidarity between blacks and white Jews must be mutual. It cannot be based on a notion of black people as needy victims that white Jews “help.” It cannot be based on gratitude extended by blacks to white Jews for those historical moments when they have been steadfast comrades in struggle furthering black liberation. It has to be rooted in a recognition on the part of which both groups of shared history, shared struggle, and the ways in which our past and future destinies both connect and diverge. It has to be rooted in an ongoing political recognition that white supremacy relies on the maintenance of antiblack racism and anti-Semitism, hence there will never be a time when these two struggles will not be connected. No matter how many strong ties Jewish Americans make with white South Africa, thereby condoning the maintenance of white supremacy, this reality will remain. Wherever there is white supremacy, there will be anti-Semitism and racism.
bell hooks, Keeping a Legacy of Shared Struggle (1992)
You know what? I really wish people were as hyped about Sonequa Martin-Green being the first Black woman to lead in a Star Trek series as they are about the D*ctor Wh* casting. But then again, most feminists don’t care about non-White women so it’s to be expected that most of you guys don’t care about the fact that she’s making history too. And when you factor in Michelle Yeoh, you get it doubly so. Last time I checked, this is a pretty big deal for the sci-fi genre too.
What’s strange, to me, is people thinking that the D*ctor Wh* casting gives hope to all little girls when we know that’s not true. This issue is just so very layered and complex, but there is something particularly troubling about the fact that people think a White woman should be the symbol all little girls should look up to, regardless of their race. It’s so very arrogant to believe that little non-White girls will be represented by this woman that looks nothing like them. It’s very arrogant to think that little non-White girls should look up to the new Doctor as their new hero, especially knowing this casting is only a win for White women and White women only.
September 17 2017 - A Fascist, wearing an actual Swastika armband, was spotted on the Seattle subway harassing people. Someone reported the sighting to antifascists, and a little later the problem was dealt with. [video]