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!

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.

White Rabbit

TITLE OF STORY: White Rabbit 
AUTHOR: PassionateWriter07
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?
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.

Sebastian’s controversy

I see so many people complaining about how people are dying and how he’s part of what is wrong with society and that his white persona doesn’t understand shit. I find it so ridiculous.

He was fully aware of what the picture meant, but he has a satire as sense of humor, doesn’t fit everyone but it fits him. He didn’t make the picture (fucking hypocritical the creator doesn’t even her one once of hate for it). And the issue the movie talks about it’s just as important as the issue the protest are about. This protest have been going on for months because we talked about it in one of my classes back in February, so the excuse poor timing is just stupid to me. This is why I’m not offended, I found it funny. Does that make me a heartless bitch? No, because I’m still against police brutality and discrimination against people of color. I work with organizations and I’m very vocal about it.

Now, instead of peacefully and with manner explain the different points of views, people are attacking each other and insulting each other. Even as far as sending death treats. Like what the hell, can we not be civil toward each other? I got called mayo white ass, bitch, and some many other things today for expressing my point of view in a civilized way. If you want to educate people, no matter what it is or the side you’re own, you do it civilized or else you look like a moron.

This is not about being far up his ass, but if you’re gonna complain about how this doesn’t help you better be actually doing something that is not just sitting around and complaining. To me, and this is by experience, protest don’t do shit. They won’t fix the issue, they won’t help to make the country better. Which is why I am also not fully supportive of this whole movement. I love what it stands for, but I don’t agree with the way its handle.

Now this is my opinion, you want to talk about it or educate me? Fine, but be civilized.

Edit: He has now deleted the picture and posted an apology.

Apparently half of Sweden is up in arms over a new exhibit by Liv Strömquist featuring women on their periods enjoying their lives - because her art is displayed in the metro, which means people ‘have to see it, whether they like it or not’, and to be honest I’m fed up with this attitude? We don’t get a choice about ads, either - what can I do, as a citizen, if I don’t agree with half my city, and my buses and trains (stuff I pay for, by the way) being plastered with naked women and luxury shoes and cars and a new brand of perfume which will either make me irresistible or invite men to beat me up (often the message is not that clear)? And why, exactly, should I spend my whole day being flooded with messages about stuff I don’t need and don’t want and can’t afford? And yet, you never hear people complaining about ads. Or when they do, it’s because the image is inappropriate, and yay for citizen power, but as soon as the scantily dressed woman is swapped for a soda or a blender, we all go back to our lives, accepting that order has now been restored and all is well. Ads are so ubiquitous we don’t even think to challenge their presence anymore, and on bad days, that annoys the hell out of me. Seriously - how are we okay with a faceless corporation pushing a new mascara on us so we can finally embrace our inner vixen and stop walking around as boring and unattractive half-women, and yet we’re so ready (men and women, apparently) to huff in disgust at some art featuring someone on her period? For fuck’s sake - priorities, people.

It’s alright (I’m only bleeding). 

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.

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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anonymous asked:

wtf is going on in America now? With some kneeling stuff and the sudden hate? I'm off of tumblr for a few days to vote for the german elections and America has a reason to go crazy again? Do you possible have some time to explain this to non-americans? What's so bad about kneeling? Where I come from kneeling shows respect and some form of subservience. Kneeling before a king shows respect to king and country. Kneeling before the pope shows respect to the pope and the religion. So wouldn't (1)

kneeling before a flag (it was something about a flag, wasn’t it?) show respect to the flag and the country it represents? Or do Americans have another understanding about “kneeling before something”? This is not hate here, if you maybe think so, but just a really confused and curious german who wants to learn more about american culture (?). (2)

Hypocrisy, my friend. That is the word at the center of all of this.

There is actually a certain etiquette that is advised, when in conjunction with the American Flag. Trump and his administration are hypocrites, because they are attacking people for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance, thereby ‘disrespecting the flag’. But they disrespect it all the time!

Now, it is advised that you stand at attention, right hand over your heart as the flag flies and the Pledge/Anthem play. WE ARE NOT REQUIRED TO ACTUALLY STAND THOUGH. Nowhere does it say we should. But Trump, the dumbass, blows every little thing out of proportion.

So you might know of some of the Nazi, KKK, and white supremacist problems we’ve been having lately, especially since Trump took office and they feel safe under his reign. Trump has waved off their actions that have resulted in the death of a young woman even, as well as violence against People of Color. He took days to respond when the crisis of Charlottesville occurred and gave a pansy-ass comment about how there were ’good people’ in the Nazi group. Said group who labeled themselves as Republicans who had values such as ‘killing Jews’.

In recent months especially, people have been silently protesting the state of America by refusing to stand for the pledge and anthem. Either by sitting or getting on one knee. Republicans/Trump Supports/Nazi Sympathizers are pissed about it, claiming how ‘disrespectful’ it is.

Meanwhile, in the rules on flag etiquette:

  1. We are not supposed to carry the flag flat or horizontally.
  2. We can’t have its image impressed onto things like paper plates or napkins or basically anything created for immediate disposal after using it once. 
  3. It is not to be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. 
  4. It should not be embroidered onto things like cushions or handkerchiefs. 
  5. Should not be used in any costume or athletic uniforms. 
  6. Should not be used as advertising material. 

Basically, every American is guilty of one of these at least once. And the whole ‘make America great again’ slogan and Trump using the flag in his merch, is especially breaking these rules. But they either don’t know or don’t care. Because it’s only wrong if they claim it is.

So here is the hypocrisy. We have Nazis who think they are safe to walk around spouting their bullshit, but Trump doesn’t care and even thinks they’re ‘good people’. Meanwhile, he and his shitty administration, who are so fucking guilty of being disrespectful to the American flag that it isn’t funny, are pointing fingers are football players for daring to protest the current issues on American soil. They knelt during the pledge and basically, white Trump lovers/Republicans lost their minds.

And that has what has been happening. Trump has also called one of the players a ‘son of a bitch’ to the press. But you know, Republicans keep going on and on about how he’s a great example of a leader. Meanwhile, this childish, dried of orange takes to Twitter to complain about everything that happens to him and swears constantly.


CA Gov. Jerry Brown Tells Indigenous Activists Protesting Fracking He’ll‬ Put Them “In The Ground”

As a resident of California, I’m disgusted with Gov. Jerry Brown’s disrespectful attitude towards Native Americans. His refusal to ban fracking makes him part of the problem we have with Democratic Party that doesn’t care about protecting our access to clean water from fracking. Jerry Brown is far from a climate leader since he’s refusing to support a ban on fracking.

anonymous asked:

Sorry but I actually like iron fist, it's not that bad.

Of course it’s not that bad, it’s just another Kung Fu cracker jumping around. I’m not saying you can’t like it, I’m just saying the whole whitewashing, white-savior crap is getting old. Actually, it’s been old.

Believe it or not, we’re not the only generation of Asian Americans who have boycotted and protested against these issues. The whitewashing, yellowfacing, and brownfacing of Asian people in white American media has been around for at least 100 years. After 100 years, it’s not about asking or “not so bad” or “just accept things as they are” anymore. It’s time for a little bit more than that lol.

Angry Asian Guy