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lindsaymaknae  asked:

So not sure if ur actually doing headcanons but I want one where MJ is Midtowns BAMF. Like she gets arrested in protests and punches Nazis in the face and she ain't got time to do makeup and dress pretty because she's raising money to get young black girls through school. Like, she's the real life superhero and Peter is the romantic interest, but also she's incredible smart and help Pete with issues in his suit not even Tony Stark figures out. Just badass MJ

MJ is bamf, okay?? like, we only get maybe (and I’m being generous here) 10 minutes of her in the whole movie but I know and you know and we all know that she is the most boss-ass bitch at Midtown. LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT IT-

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Guarantee you the same people defending the cop who shot at the kids in Anaheim today also defended George Zimmerman killing Trayvon Martin.

Cop or not, you don’t attack children. Those kids tried to protect their friend and this “cop” who is suppose to calm the situation makes it worse. And also what situation anyway? Stepping over some fucking grass? Gimme a break.

People saying he was “defending himself ” or “defending his property” or acted in “self defense” you’ve clearly never experienced how these guys can intimidate you. Especially towards minorities. So of course most of the apologists in this situation are white, pro Trump, or both.

It’s bad enough police are killing minorities. When they attack children, especially ones who aren’t white, that’s what I don’t understand how people can be ok with that.

“(The NRA) had an opportunity to be on the right side of history, and they missed that opportunity. It was a complete failure on their part,” said Maribel Pizarro of Miami during a rally before the Women’s March from the NRA headquarters to Washington D.C.’s Department of Justice. 

What do you think of the NRA’s statement on Philando Castile. Share your thoughts with us using #usatwomensmarch. 

Five You Should Know: Organizing for Change

As we begin Women’s History Month, we are excited to highlight the efforts and the abilities of African American women. African American women have made tremendous contributions toward the freedom, equality and thriving culture of African American communities. However, these stories are often historically lost to us or overlooked within the American story.

The women here represent a continual pursuit of equality through organizing, led by African American women. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and join us in sharing #HiddenHerstory during the month of March. 

1. Hallie Quinn Brown

Photo: Photo from Homespun Heroines and Other Women of Distinction, edited by Hallie Quinn Brown, 1926. 

Hallie Quinn Brown (1849-1949) helped organize the Colored Women’s League in Washington, D.C., one of the organizations that merged in 1896 to become the National Association of Colored Women (NACW). She served as president of the NACW, from 1920 to 1924. Brown is among many other notable founders of the NACW, to include Harriet Tubman, Mary Church Terrell and Ida B. Wells.

Brown also served as President of the Ohio State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs between 1905 and 1912. During her last year as president of the NACW, she spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Brown had a reputation as a powerful orator. In 1899, while serving as a U.S. representative, she spoke before the International Congress of Women meeting in London, UK on women’s suffrage and civil rights.

2. Madam C.J. Walker

Photo: From Homespun Heroines and Other Women of Distinction, edited by Hallie Quinn Brown, 1926. 

Madam C.J. Walker (1867-1919) is widely known for her successful beauty and haircare business, produced by her Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. However, Walker’s life also includes a long history of activism and philanthropy toward racial equality and civil rights. During World War I, Walker was a leader in the Circle For Negro War Relief, in the effort to establish a training camp for black army officers. In 1917, she joined the executive committee of the New York chapter of the NAACP, which organized the Silent Protest Parade on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. More than 8,000 African Americans participated in protest of a riot in East Saint Louis that killed thirty-nine African Americans.

Walker was also a supporter of Marcus Garvey, donating to the mission of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). She was joined by Garvey and others when she founded The International League for Darker People in 1919 in the U.S. The organization aimed to bring together African Americans with other non-European people to pursue shared goals at the Paris Peace Conference following World War I. In particular, the organization made connections between Asian and black communities and for solidarity within their liberation movements. Walker’s life of activism is a reflection of her desire for global equality.

3. Barbara Smith

Photo: Portrait of Barbara Smith.

In 1973, author and lesbian feminist Barbara Smith, with other delegates, attended the first regional meeting of the National Black Feminist Organization (NBFO) in 1973 in New York City. This meeting resulted in the founding of the Combahee River Collective. The Collective’s name was suggested by Smith, who owned the book, Harriet Tubman, Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Earl Conrad. The name commemorated an action at the Combahee River planned and led by Harriet Tubman on June 2, 1863, in the Port Royal region of South Carolina. The action freed more than 750 slaves and is the only military campaign in American history planned and led by a woman. The Combahee River Collective emphasized the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and class oppression in the lives of African American women and other non-white women.

Smith also established the Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press in 1980, an activist feminist press that published several pamphlets and books. Many of these works became widely influential and adopted into many courses of study. Smith continued her work as a community organizer, when she was elected to the Albany, New York city council in 2005. She was an advocate for violence prevention, and educational opportunities for poor, minority and underserved people. Smith continues to be activist for economic, racial and social inequality.

4. Marsha P. Johnson

PhotoMarsha P. Johnson Black & white version of Andy Warhol Polaroid.

Marsha P. Johnson (1945-1992), a drag queen and gay liberation activist, is known as one of the first to fight back in the  Stonewall riots, a series of violent demonstrations among the LGBT against police raids. In the 1970s, Johnson and a friend, Sylvia Rivera, cofounded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), an organization that promoted the visibility of the gay community, particularly through gay liberation marches and other political actions. The organization also worked to provide food and clothing for young drag queens, trans women and other kids living in the streets in the Lower East Side of New York. In the 1980s, she continued her street activism as a, organizer and with the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP). 

5. Charlene Carruthers

Photo: Charlene Carruthers, Photo Courtesy of BYP100 Project.

Charlene Carruthers is a black queer feminist activist and organizer. In July 2013, Carruthers with 100 other black activist leaders from across the U.S. were assembled by the Black Youth Project in Chicago for a meeting. The meeting convened with the goal of building networks of organization for black youth activism across the country. However, it was the verdict of George Zimmerman regarding the death of Trayvon Martin, that inspired Carruthers and the other activists to form Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). The group was created to organize and promote young black activism in resistance to structural forms of  oppression. BYP100 trains youth to be leaders, to empower a younger generation of black activist. 

an open letter to anyone who still believes all lives matter.

from a pair of open palms,
from the sidewalks stained in our blood,
from sean bell’s fiance,
from the fifty shots fired into his car the day before his wedding,
from twelve year old tamir rice,
from a spilled packet of skittles, from the race card,
from the eighth birthday aiyana jones will never have,
from ferguson,
from new york, detroit, baton rouge, houston,
from waco,
from the black women who keep dying in police custody,
from sandra bland,
from symone marshall,
from tanisha anderson,
from iretha lilly,
from a hoodie,
from an untaxed cigarette,
from a case of cd’s,
a broken taillight,
from a completely functional tail light and just a wide nose,
from freddie gray’s severed spine,
from the last laugh to dance from rekia’s boyd’s mouth before it was mistaken for a gun,
from amadou diallo’s wallet,
from a bass drop in florida,
from the cellphone in their pocket,
from john crawford and walmart’s toy gun,
from the gun george zimmerman murdered trayvon martin with,
the same gun he sold for $200,000,
from august 9, 2014,
from the disbanded black panthers,
from the still active ku klux klan chapters,
from the kkk lynching in atlanta this summer, the one police ruled a suicide before they’d even begun investigating,
from kendrick johnson,
from the gym mat his body was left to rot in,
from the charges that were never filed,
from the man that was lynched yesterday,
from the race card that you created,
from this never ending list,
all with my kind of melanin,
from the hashtag I have nightmares of turning into,
from mamie mobley till,
from sally hemmings
and sarah baartman,
from a tuskeegee experiment,
from august 20, 1619
from july 4, 1776

show me a time when all lives have mattered to this country,
and i will show you a lie.

its time for you to recognize we are living different experiences.
focus on us is not exclusion from you, we just want justice.
you’re looking out into a country on fire, complaining about how ugly the ash and embers are.
of course it’s not pretty, freedom never is.
freedom blisters.

but you’re more committed to peace than justice to see that we are not the problem. so either help us put out the fire, or sit down.
yelling “fire!” when you see one is not starting the fire itself. bringing attention to an issue is not creating the problem.

racism is not a sand castle on the beach that’ll eventually be washed away with the tide if we never talk about it, it is the sand.
that’ll morph into whatever shape it needs to stay just under the radar, to fit into juuust the spot it needs…
that sand is the foundation of this country,
of our justice system.

And yeah maybe,
it’s not just us,
but justice should be just this:
once you get black lives to matter,
then all lives can.

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Dr. Rand Paul on Criminal Justice Reform:

“Martin Luther King spoke of two Americas. He described them as two starkly different American experiences that exist side by side. I’ve seen the other America in my trips to Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, Appalachia - liberal policies have failed our inner cities and our poor communities. Our schools are not equal and the poverty gap continues to widen. It is time for a new way - a way predicated on opportunity and freedom. We must break down the wall that separates us from the other America.”

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Two insurance companies, Chubb and Lockton Affinity, have partnered with the NRA to provide NRA Carry Guard insurance to gun owners who shoot someone and claim “self defense.” This cynical insurance plan is specifically designed to protect “Stand Your Ground” murderers like George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin’s killer. NRA Carry Guard provides coverage for criminal legal defense, firearm replacement, clean up costs, payouts to bail companies, and a 24-hour legal hotline to provide shooters with guidance in how to avoid prosecution.

Guns Down and Color Of Change are partnering to speak out against Chubb and Lockton for supporting the NRA and profiting from NRA Carry Guard. Add your name and stand with us. “Stand Your Ground” laws have caused gun murders to skyrocket – and are radically skewed toward protecting white shooters who kill black victims. NRA Carry Guard turns this racist reality into profit.

Lockton Affinity, which created and sells NRA Carry Guard insurance, and Chubb Insurance, which underwrites the policies and takes a profit, are perpetuating fear of minorities and immigrants, and by offering special protections to gun owners who shoot first and ask questions later, these insurance companies are promoting gun violence.

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Trayvon Martin was judged for smoking weed and getting mediocre grades... meanwhile people are lining up to defend Officer Ben Fields after he violently breaks the arm of a teenage girl and has already been sued for excessive force three times.

Um, yeah: Let’s be real: If Mike Brown or Trayvon had broken someone’s arm and been in and out of court several times, Fox News would have been broadcasting it 24/7 and never stopped talking about it