Imagery from George Floyd protests
Monday's demonstrations in Philly were intense. I'm still processing everything I witnessed but one thing was immediately clear and indisputable: the cops didn't treat the "protestors" who stormed capitol buildings with assault rifles with nearly as much contempt as they treated us.
And we know the reasons why.
Anyway, I have a camera. So I'll document it. I won't be reckless but I will insist on telling the truth. This is just a small part of a large story.
if you're feeling like this isn't worth it, or afraid there's no point, or that riots don't work
here's a Minneapolis councilman saying that the council is looking into how to entirely disbanded their police force and replace it with something entirely different
Fellow white people, please listen to this, a lot of the people around me have yet to understand it:
"You can’t renounce your class position. Privilege is not an accusation or damnation, it’s simply an observation about your class position. White liberals understand the concept of privilege as if it is an original sin and that is pathological"
“Free users for sure we don’t want to give that [end-to-end encryption] because we also want to work together with FBI, with local law enforcement in case some people use Zoom for a bad purpose” - Eric Yuan, CEO.
i know things are starting to happen in the UK again. please remember that a lot of police forces work with the DWP and will pass on information about disabled activists attending protests and demonstrations. the DWP can and will use attending protests as "evidence" that you shouldn't be receiving disability benefits.
wooden bullets are being used in columbus ohio in lieu of rubber bullets. these were used often in hong kong and are known to splinter upon impact to the ground and skin, causing wooden shards to erupt.
rubber bullets are known to ricochet uncontrollably when fired at the ground, but wooden bullets can splinter and explode upon impact. both are extremely dangerous.
HEY, rubber bullets aren’t made out of rubber.
they are metal bullets coated with a thin layer of rubber. the cops obviously know this. they aren’t non lethal. they are not meant for close range.
they were invented as a way to break up riots by firing the bullet at the ground with the intent to bounce into people’s legs without much injury and are expected to produce contusions, abrasions, and hematomas in those cases but they can kill.
police that are shooting them point blank at people's heads are shooting to kill.
btw for masto folks:
if you're black or bipoc and have ever wanted to get into podcasting or blogging online but don't have the technical knowledge setting up websites and servers or do not know how to edit audio / really how to structure and record a show
hit me up, I am happy to help people get setup with blogging platforms for podcasting or writing
I am more than happy to edit podcasts for free for black folks on the tl
I've been gaslit, lied about, attacked, dog piled, had a few campaigns where folks were emailing my host provider to take Social down, hit with a couple of DDoS attacks and still deal with a consistent group of bigots going after people that follow me to undercut me.
People are right when people say this isn't Twitter because it's worse.
White people have used the fedi to create their own little fiefdoms of hate with no accountability whatsoever.
The idea the fedi is better is a joke.
FROM BERUIT TO MINNEAPOLIS
A Protest Guide In Solidarity
In #solidarity with protesters in #Minneapolis and other American cities, Lebanese technologists, protesters, and activists put together this document as a guide for escalating protests and documenting police abuse. We recognize that our experiences and lived realities are different, but in the same way that we’ve found solidarity with Hong Kong and Chile protesters, we wanted to extend ours to others.
the hypocrisy of white fragility
One of the most insidious things we as nonblack and/or white-passing people do is demand to be let off the hook for our mistakes as allies by citing our imperfections. “We’re only human!” Or even “I’m poor! I’m disabled! I’m queer! Criticizing my mistakes is actually bigoted!”
It may in fact be true that you cannot do what is asked of you, that you cannot (right now) do effective activism or even set your ego aside long enough to listen. Maybe you have a valid-sounding reason, or maybe you just can’t or don’t want to do the thing.
The disgusting thing is the way we demand absolution and coddling for our failures from black people, while simultaneously punishing those same black people for being human, for making mistakes, for being poor or disabled or queer.
Black people have all the reasons in the world to not be able to spend emotional energy soothing white guilt and white fragility, but they also don’t need a reason beyond “I don’t want to do the thing.”
my just-arrived copy of Gay New York: The Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, by George Chauncey, has three major flexes before the table of contents:
one, his author photo on the inside cover, which is very cute;
two, on the copyright information page, "The Author asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work," a line I have never seen before in my life;
three, the dedication, To My Parents
i honestly didn't use to care as much about language used in this reagard
but it's really not that hard to change ableist language. it takes time and effort, yes, but it's not difficult
ludicrous, silly, absurd, indescribable, ridiculous, and many more will fit where you use "casually" ableist words
"The 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work."
@InvaderXan @teslas_moustache Both ayahuascha and ibogaine are used to treat addiction in many forms, but ibogaine is especially known to brake heroin addiction. Ayahuascha is _relatively_ harmless, but ibogaine can be quite dangerous if administered wrong or without supervision.
I know that Gabor Mate, a Canadian physician, makes use of both substances in his practice with addicts, and there are some studies done on the effects of these substances.
There's a plan more effective than adding infinite zeroes to what the settler state sees as infinitely-exploitable and capitalistically-limitless "growth" systems on what is a finite-sized planet.
Listen to the sustainability engineers: there are steep, steep differences in effectiveness. Neither the delusion of "infinitely exploitable" nor the sickness of "capitalistically-limitless" are actually sustainable. Neither one provides any basis for the continuation of life. Ancient people have been involved in the sustainable solutions for a long time. Why won't anybody listen to us?
Heres a beautiful #LandTitle #template anybody can use and #adapt to overthrow white priviliege if you are... say... finding yourself as the deeded "title holder" of any lands occupied by pre-Columbian inhabitants on any parcel of dirt in the US of A:
"For the consideration of zero units of colonial money, and with solidarity for 500+ years of indigenous resistance against broken treaties, forced relocations, Indian boarding schools, internment camps, MMIW, desecration of sacred sites, and other pollution of inhumane treatment against indigenous peoples...
Let the County record reflect that this parcel is among Pre-Columbian settlements belonging to [Hopi, Zuni, Pueblo, Apache, and Navajo Nation] people, as it always has been; it does not fall under any jurisdiction claims brought forth by the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA or colonist settlers. Grantor hereby covenants with Grantee that Grantor has right and lawful authority to RETURN TITLE and CONVEY TO GRANTEE this deeded parcel of land ... and WARRANTS and agrees to forever defend the right and title to the above described property unto the said Grantees against the claims of any settler colonist or other person whose ancestors’ occupation of North America started after the late 1400’s.
This document was prepared for the OFFICIAL RECORDS OF [APACHE] COUNTY."
Truly, history has a lot to teach us about the roots of our radicalism.
When we remember that people were shot so we could have the 8-hour day; if we acknowledge that homes with families in them were burned to the ground so we could have Saturday as part of the weekend; when we recall 8-year old victims of industrial accidents who marched in the streets protesting working conditions and child labor only to be beat down by the police and company thugs, we understand that our current condition cannot be taken for granted - people fought for the rights and dignities we enjoy today, and there is still a lot more to fight for.
The sacrifices of so many people can not be forgotten or we'll end up fighting for those same gains all over again. This is why we celebrate May Day.
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