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Some extremely common lies used to turn the public against a protest

“Most of those who were arrested at the protest about this local issue were not from the neighbourhood”
Very often untrue. Outsiders posing as ‘concerned local citizens’ does happen but this is almost entirely a strategy of white supremacists. Anarchists and other left wing radicals don’t use this stategy as it runs counter to their goal of winning over the people.
Some ways the police manipulate statistics:
- defining ‘the neighbourhood’ in extremely narrow terms
- assuming all those arrested who did not give their address are outsiders
- just plain making up statistics.

“The road block prevented emergency services from doing their job”
Almost always untrue. Road blocks pretty much without exception allow ambulances to pass. When police report this some likely explanations are:
- ‘emergency services couldn’t pass’ just means ‘the police couldn’t pass’
- the police organized a blatant trap, driving an ambulance to the blockade followed closely by lots and lots of riot cops, and the blockade didn’t fall for the obvious trick.
- it’s pure fiction

“A mindless mob destroyed it’s own neighbourhood.”
Just not what protestors, rioters or mobs do. Some reasons you may hear it:
- protestors entered local stores to get essential supplies to defend themselves against police violence
- protestors destroyed windows close to protest lines because that is much safer than waiting for a rubber bullet to smash that window and send glass flying everywhere
- locals damaged businesses known to collaborate with the police
- locals destroyed surveillance equipment
- locals accepted an amount of physical damage to their neighbourhood in the struggle and their efforts to clean up and repair the next day were not covered by the media
- the police send people into the protest whose only intention was to cause mayhem and reck the neighbourhood.
- More fiction

There are way more like these and different police forces and governments have a different set if them that they use often. Know some? Reblog and add!

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry for asking this and I feel really ignorant, but why do you suggest volunteering at soup kitchens as part of political action? I mean obviously it's a good thing to do but I guess I don't really see how it connects to political progress, maybe because I'm new to politics. Sorry to bother you 😬

Mutual Aid, or Dual Power, has long been a major (and underrated) aspect of radicalism.  By focusing on the needs of the working class at a time when the government is ignoring them, radicals show people that they don’t need to rely on the charity of the government, on the well wishings of the rich, that the working class can help itself.  In a time when the welfare state is being destroyed, coming together and feeding each other, clothing each other, helping each other not out of guilt but out of solidarity is not only deeply necessary, to prevent people from being hurt, from dying, from going without food, is desperately important.

But, organizationally and internally to the left, mutual aid is also very important because it keeps us grounded in day to day issues.  A protest comes, happens, and disappears the next day, and it might have succeeded it might have failed but the complete focus on these actions can lead to self serving organizational perspectives that center just on these actions.  Replace “actions” with “elections” and you have the perspective of political parties.  Getting really organized requires a day to day interaction between people in our alienated society.  You look at the history of syndicalism (radical unionism, related to anarchism) and you’ll see in the background of most of these organizations the existence of a massive network of mutual aid organizations.

Beyond this, historically dual-power and mutual aid, in showing that the working class can help itself, shows the possibility of a world based not on capitalist accumulation but on people serving each other’s needs.

Protests that inconvenience no one are protests that no one pays attention to.

To bring attention to ignored issues, protesters must ensure they their actions are impossible to ignore.

Women’s rights, Standing Rock protests planned in major US cities this weekend

New York City

Rally for a #FairWorkWeek and Fast Food Worker Empowerment
Friday, March 3, 2017, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Eastern, City Hall

“Everyone needs to plan their time to balance work, family and education. But last minute scheduling practices endemic in the fast food industry prevent fast food workers from planning theirs. It’s time for a #FairWorkWeek NOW! They also need the ability to form their own nonprofit organization to fight for their rights and improve their communities.”

People’s March for Education Justice
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern, Trump International Hotel

“As we continue to defend public education from federal attacks by Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos, we march to defend [education] here in New York from Governor Andrew Cuomo. The public investment he proposes in his education budget this year is woefully inadequate and falls way short of being equitable. … Black, brown, immigrant, refugee, low-income, LGBTQIA, English language learners, homeless students and students with disabilities are worthy of an investment that will meet their needs not deny them opportunities to be successful.”

NY March 4 Trump Rally
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Trump Tower, 725 5th Avenue

“This is a Pro America rally in support of our President and to show our American pride. Wear your USA and Trump gear. Bring your American flags, signs and pride. This will be a peaceful rally. See you there!”

Real New Yorkers Don’t - “March 4 Trump”
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern, 53rd Street and 5th Avenue

“Donald Trump was scheduled to return to NYC for the first time since the inauguration; but of course he chickened out, knowing that we prefer New York City WITHOUT HIM! We are certain that his absence will not stop the trumpalumpas from continuing with their March 4 Trump rally in support of him this Saturday, so we still want to make a strong showing in a counter protest at Trump Tower.”

March 4th for Standing Rock
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern, New York Public Library, 42nd Street and 5th Avenue

“Six days before the national Rise with Standing Rock mobilization in Washington, D.C., march on Trump Tower (on 5th avenue) to protest the Dakota Access pipeline and its threat to the Standing Rock Sioux, their sacred lands and clean water.”

Print Organize Protest
Sunday, March 5, 2017, Shoestring Press, 663 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn

“Print Organize Protest is a nationwide campaign where print shops work with local artists to open their doors and invite the community in to print clothing and signs of resistance. We are a network of artists and printers committed to creating social change through art in our communities.”

Washington, D.C.

Event to Protest Trump at Russian Embassy
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern, Embassy of Russia, 2650 Wisconsin Ave NW

“Please come to our peaceful, issue-focused protest of Trump-Russia covert collaboration. We’ll protest outside the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C. — a location sure to generate press coverage.”

Chicago

Print Organize Protest
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, 4912 N. Western Avenue

“Print Organize Protest is a nationwide campaign where print shops work with local artists to open their doors and invite the community in to print clothing and signs of resistance. We are a network of artists and printers committed to creating social change through art in our communities.”

Los Angeles 

International Women’s Day March 2017
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific, Los Angeles Police Department headquarters, 100 W. 1st Street

“This march is convened and led by transnational/women of color, but all people are welcome to join!”

San Francisco

Print Organize Protest
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific, the Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street, #8

“Print Organize Protest is a nationwide campaign where print shops work with local artists to open their doors and invite the community in to print clothing and signs of resistance. We are a network of artists and printers committed to creating social change through art in our communities.”

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White Rabbit

TITLE OF STORY: White Rabbit 
CHAPTER NUMBER/TITLE/ONE SHOT: One Shot
AUTHOR: PassionateWriter07
WHICH TOM/CHARACTER: James Conrad 
GENRE: Romance/Smut
FIC SUMMARY: Over the course of the final weeks of the Vietnam War, you had become best friends with a certain British ex-special forces solider. What happens when you find out you’ll be separated for months; you back to America, him to Skull Island?
RATING: M!!! 
WARNINGS: A combination of fluff, friendship, and, once it starts, pure smut.
AUTHORS NOTES: Kong is amazing! Tom is sexy as hell! And I really, really wanted to write my first reader fic with Conrad. I hope you like it! (Sorry it’s so long!) 
TITLE NOTE: Named purely for White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, the song that plays in the background of the bar fight scene in Kong: Skull Island.

Tags: @slytherin-pixie 


Originally posted by maryxglz

One of these days, you needed to stop poking the proverbial hornet’s nest. Here you were, in the middle of the Vietnam, one of the few Americans willing to come over here in the first place. You wanted to help people—you were very skilled as a war nurse—and there was no one left at home, so why not enter the war?

It turned out to be one of the best decisions you ever made.

And led to the worst.

The streets of Saigon outside the bar were loud—you could almost hear the shouts and horn honks from inside. Inside, it was a dark, dismal, private place. People kept to themselves, whether they were there for a fling or to garner some extra cash. White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane blasted through the bar, ironically adding to your mood; in Vietnam, you sometimes felt like Alice lost in wonderland.  

You sat at the bar, your eyes traveled over the various types of people who had come tonight, as you swayed to the music. There were the typical Ladies of the Night dancing on tables, some on men’s laps, you didn’t really care to stare at their intimate activities for fear of someone catching your eye and getting pissed off. That had happened once, never again. Never. Again.

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Ways you can make protests/marches more accessible for people with disabilities

  • Choose routes that are wheelchair accessible 

  • Have the beginning and ending locations near public transit options

  • Have clear announcements of the full route the march will take, to protect and inform people who are triggered by loud sounds (such as a protest suddenly going by)

  • Create options for people to make signs/banners but not participate in the march or protest and validate these efforts

  • Stop saying that real activists protest and march–not everyone can

  • Encourage social media sharing and trends, validate these as real effort

  • Encourage posters to be made and put in windows for people along the route who cannot march but want to participate

  • Provide information if loud sounds are going to be used (besides people chanting): like blow horns, sirens, music, etc. 

  • Have some people (proportionate to the crowd’s size) with snacks and water, especially snacks that can raise blood sugar quickly. Also spray bottles of water, hats, umbrellas for hot days. Blankets and emergency thermal gear for cold ones. 

  • Provide earplugs, or have them available in an emergency for someone who is still in the protest (and cannot immediately leave and find a quiet place), and is having a meltdown, breakdown, or panic attack

  • For one-place protests, have a calming tent or space people can go to if they become overwhelmed 

  • Have places in the march or protest that are less crowd dense (for those triggered by unexpected touch, people with service dogs that could get hurt in too dense of crowds, people with mobility devices that need some extra space)

  • Inform abled protestors of the potential needs of the disabled people in the protest, so they can know proper non-ableist ways to help

  • For chants, have someone who can sign the chant present in the protest and visible (or state what the chant will be, written down, ahead of time)

  • Never ever shame someone who didn’t protest for an issue they’re passionate about

  • Include disabled people in the marginalized communities you’re speaking up for (we’re often excluded from conversations about social justice)

  • If photographing people (close enough that they are able to be identified) always get permission to take their photo. Not everyone is comfortable, and it’s not safe for everyone to have their photo and location publicized. This goes for any photo you share, even on your private social media.

  • Listen to the individual needs of disabled people in your communities and protests. Even better, literally ask when organizing the event “how can we make this accessible for people with disabilities?”

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anonymous asked:

It pisses me off that people will be like "We need Sasha to win because we need a social justice winner!" and like! Bob has been on the front lines of protests and vocal about issues her entire career. Shea is vocal about black and queer issues. Peppermint is vocal about trans issues. What they mean is that they don't want another black winner and it's fucking disgusting.

this has kinda always bothered me this season tbh i feel like there are a lot of people that only hear what sasha says but peppermint has the life experience of a black trans woman and has spoken on that many many times and other issues too and so has shea and trinity and just about everyone has this season honestly this is a really good season/cast for that. i feel like her intelligence (scholarly) is held up in really high regard, which is fine and its amazing that shes educated, but i feel like some fans only listen or hear what she says bc of that and bc thats basically her thing. thats her kind of drag. but thats never been like .. a key component to drag … ever! and all of the queens have the experience of being lgbt and the knowledge so :/ it upsets me sometimes :/ they’re all knowledgable about being lgbt and on social issues AND they speak on it if you’d just listen :/ stop discrediting the others for that :/ (i hope this makes sense its been a long day dkendn)

  • Roger Taylor: Obtained a BSc (Bachelor of Science) qualification in Biology
  • Roger Taylor: Has O-Levels in English Literature, English Language, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, French, Maths
  • Roger Taylor: Has been playing the drums since the age of 12
  • Roger Taylor: Has written a collection of Queen's greatest hits. Including 'Radio Ga Ga' and 'A Kind of Magic'
  • Roger Taylor: Is a multi-instrumentalist and can play over 4 different instruments
  • Roger Taylor: First Queen member to start a solo career
  • Roger Taylor: Uses his music to express his opinions and views
  • Roger Taylor: Also uses his writing as protest against political issues
  • Roger Taylor: Promotes and raises money for AIDs awareness
  • Roger Taylor: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001
  • People: Oh the drummer who's in love with his car LOL.
The Houses and How They Promote Change
  • Ravenclaw: Educate people. Teach children, teach open-minded adults, show them data and facts so that they will have enough information to realize what is right.
  • Hufflepuff: Go out and change it yourself. Promote the cause by being the cause. If the cause is to help the homeless, the Hufflepuff is the one most likely to be out there feeding them.
  • Gryffindor: Big, large scale leadership. Draw attention to the issue through protests, writing letters, making phone calls and just making it a big deal.
  • Slytherin: They believe that people want to follow and use their connections/fame to bring change. They'll work to get a high standing in a community or otherwise because then people believe what exactly they are saying.
US History Videos (and using songs to study!)

Here’s a collection of US history videos (besides those crash course videos by that John Green guy). Disclaimer: This blog is not responsible for any of the content provided in these videos.

Review Videos

  • Adam Norris (of course)—His videos have reviews designed specifically for APUSH. He has a series based on The American Pageant as well as some general review videos. He’s been making new videos for the updated APUSH curriculum as well as videos for AP US Government.
  • Mr. Pate’s AP US History—These videos offer a thorough review of major periods and themes in US history. His teaching style is in the traditional lecture format.
  • AP US History Review Videos—These videos are more brief and casual, but offer good summaries. The videos can be a bit strange, though, such as the video on Free Soil, which starts off with a message about picking up after your dog…

A sampling of songs having to do with US history

This might not be useful for everyone depending on learning styles and all that kind of stuff, but It could be helpful to listen to some songs from the time periods you are studying, especially for the more recent eras (20th century) where there were many folk songs and protest songs about social issues during the time which are accessible today. Such songs, as examples of culture during that time, could theoretically be used for DBQs as outside historical evidence.

okay so as anyone who follows me knows, I am not a fan of s*langelo. I have made that clear why in posts before (x) but I recently made a post in a joking manner on how I don’t like Magnus and Alex Fierro’s relationship being compared to Nico and Will’s because Magnus and Alex respect each other and there isn’t much respect in s*langelo’s canon. 

now I’m going to clarify my meaning as well as provide textual evidence cuz some of y’all don’t see it. (read more cuz this is long)

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Disability does not end where values begin

One of the most painful aspects of disability is that it can interfere with treating people the way we’d like to treat them, and doing what we’d like to do for them.

Disability makes some things hard, and other things impossible. Often, we have values that say it’s important to do the thing anyway. This does not actually make it possible to do the thing. Caring about others doesn’t make disability go away. Accepting and accommodating our limitations works a lot better. We can only do things that are possible, with the brains and bodies we actually have.

For instance, body language:

  • People communicate a lot of important things through body language
  • Some people can’t see well enough to understand body language
  • Others have insurmountable cognitive barriers to understanding body language
  • It’s important to listen to what people are saying. That doesn’t make it possible for everyone to understand body language.

Understanding speech:

  • Most people communicate a lot of important things through speech
  • Some people can’t understand speech
  • (Either because they can’t hear well enough, or for cognitive reasons)
  • It’s important to listen to people. That doesn’t make it possible for everyone to understand speech

Text communication:

  • There are often competing access needs in text communication
  • Some people can’t read walls of text, and need whitepsace
  • Some people aren’t capable of putting in line breaks (or aren’t reliably capable of doing so)
  • Some people need simple language to understand things
  • Others are incapable of changing their language use, and have to use big words in order to communicate
  • The importance of listening doesn’t make it possible for people to understand every kind of writing.
  • The importance of communicating in a way people can understand doesn’t make it possible for everyone to communicate in every way people need
  • Sometimes there needs to be an interpreter

Inaccessible buildings:

  • Some important meetings take place in inaccessible buildings
  • Some people can’t climb stairs (or can’t do so reliably)
  • The importance of the meeting doesn’t make it possible to climb the stairs
  • Even if someone you care about really, really needs your help with what’s going on at that meeting

Outdoor events:

  • Some people can’t be outside for extended periods safely
  • (For any number of reasons)
  • This is just as true when there’s an important protest. Caring about the issue doesn’t make being outside any safer.
  • Or when there’s a wedding or something. Caring about friends and family doesn’t make it any safer to be outside

Recognizing people:

  • Most people want people they know to recognize their face and remember their name
  • When people aren’t recognized, they often feel like no one cares about them
  • Some people can’t recognize faces
  • Some people can’t remember names
  • Understanding the importance of recognizing names/faces does not make it possible for everyone

Intermittent abilities:

  • Some people can do certain things only some of the time
  • They may be able to push really hard and do it in an emergency
  • Or it might fluctuate in ways they have no control over
  • That doesn’t mean they could do it reliably.
  • Caring about something doesn’t make it possible to do it all of the time.
  • Disability is real even when it’s intermittent.

There are any number of other examples. When something is physically or cognitively impossible, it’s still impossible when it’s important. When it’s dangerous, it’s still dangerous when it’s important. Caring about other people doesn’t make disability go away.

Whatever we do, we have to do as who we are.

tl;dr Disability makes some things hard, and other things impossible. Often, we have values that say it’s important to do the thing anyway. This does not actually make it possible to do the thing. Caring about others doesn’t make disability go away. Accepting and accommodating our limitations works a lot better. We can only do things that are possible, with the brains and bodies we actually have.