Feb. 17, 2014

afrogrrrlxvx:

latenightwithicewaterjones:

cultureunseen:

Salute to the enduring spirit of the children of the slaves…

A lot of the men and women that had to endure this are still alive. Don’t let white people act like this is the distant past. It’s not.

^

(via melissadoom)

#race #racism #civil rights #poc


Dec. 11, 2013

10 Things You Didn't Know About Rosa Parks

stfumras:

invisiblelad:

fursasaida:

I’m sure somebody must have put this on tumblr already, but I haven’t seen it anywhere, so here. 

1. Parks had been thrown off the bus a decade earlier by the same bus driver — for refusing to pay in the front and go around to the back to board. She had avoided that driver’s bus for twelve years because she knew well the risks of angering drivers, all of whom were white and carried guns. Her own mother had been threatened with physical violence by a bus driver, in front of Parks who was a child at the time. Parks’ neighbor had been killed for his bus stand, and teenage protester Claudette Colvin, among others, had recently been badly manhandled by the police.

2. Parks was a lifelong believer in self-defense. Malcolm X was her personal hero. Her family kept a gun in the house, including during the boycott, because of the daily terror of white violence. As a child, when pushed by a white boy, she pushed back. His mother threatened to kill her, but Parks stood her ground. Another time, she held a brick up to a white bully, daring him to follow through on his threat to hit her. He went away. When the Klu Klux Klan went on rampages through her childhood town, Pine Level, Ala., her grandfather would sit on the porch all night with his rifle. Rosa stayed awake some nights, keeping vigil with him.

3. Her husband was her political partner. Parks said Raymond was “the first real activist I ever met.” Initially she wasn’t romantically interested because Raymond was more light-skinned than she preferred, but she became impressed with his boldness and “that he refused to be intimidated by white people.” When they met he was working to free the nine Scottsboro boys and she joined these efforts after they were married. At Raymond’s urging, Parks, who had to drop out in the eleventh grade to care for her sick grandmother, returned to high school and got her diploma. Raymond’s input was crucial to Parks’ political development and their partnership sustained her political work over many decades.

4. Many of Parks’ ancestors were Native Americans (Cherokee-Creek). She noted this to a friend who was surprised when in private Parks removed her hairpins and revealed thick braids of wavy hair that fell below her waist. Her husband, she said, liked her hair long and she kept it that way for many years after his death, although she never wore it down in public. Aware of the racial politics of hair and appearance, she tucked it away in a series of braids and buns — maintaining a clear division between her public presentation and private person.

5. Parks’ arrest had grave consequences for her family’s health and economic well-being. After her arrest, Parks was continually threatened, such that her mother talked for hours on the phone to keep the line busy from constant death threats. Parks and her husband lost their jobs after her stand and didn’t find full employment for nearly ten years. Even as she made fundraising appearances across the country, Parks and her family were at times nearly destitute. She developed painful stomach ulcers and a heart condition, and suffered from chronic insomnia. Raymond, unnerved by the relentless harassment and death threats, began drinking heavily and suffered two nervous breakdowns. The black press, culminating in JET magazine’s July 1960 story on “the bus boycott’s forgotten woman,” exposed the depth of Parks’ financial need, leading civil rights groups to finally provide some assistance.

6. Parks spent more than half of her life in the North. The Parks family had to leave Montgomery eight months after the boycott ended. She lived for most of that time in Detroit in the heart of the ghetto, just a mile from the epicenter of the 1967 Detroit riot. There, she spent nearly five decades organizing and protesting racial inequality in “the promised land that wasn’t.”

7. In 1965 Parks got her first paid political position, after over two decades of political work. After volunteering for Congressman John Conyers’s long shot political campaign,

Parks helped secure his primary victory by convincing Martin Luther King, Jr. to come to Detroit on Conyers’s behalf. He later hired her to work with constituents as an administrative assistant in his Detroit office. For the first time since her bus stand, Parks finally had a salary, access to health insurance, and a pension — and the restoration of dignity that a formal paid position allowed.

8. Parks was far more radical than has been understood. She worked alongside the Black Power movement, particularly around issues such as reparations, black history, anti-police brutality, freedom for black political prisoners, independent black political power, and economic justice. She attended the Black Political Convention in Gary and the Black Power conference in Philadelphia. She journeyed to Lowndes County, Alabama to support the movement there, spoke at the Poor People’s Campaign, helped organize support committees on behalf of black political prisoners such as the Wilmington 10 and Imari Obadele of the Republic of New Africa, and paid a visit of support to the Black Panther school in Oakland, CA.

9. Parks was an internationalist. She was an early opponent of the Vietnam War in the early 1960s, a member of The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and a supporter of the Winter Soldier hearings in Detroit and the Jeannette Rankin Brigade protest in D.C. In the 1980s, she protested apartheid and U.S. complicity, joining a picket outside the South African embassy and opposed U.S. policy in Central America. Eight days after 9/11, she joined other activists in a letter calling on the United States to work with the international community and no retaliation or war.

10. Parks was a lifelong activist and a hero to many, including Nelson Mandela. After his release from prison, he told her, “You sustained me while I was in prison all those years.”

Also, some gems from the comments:

Mrs.Parks was the CEO of the Rosa & Raymond Institute for Self Development she wanted to build a educational building for children, she wanted a campus, she had a dream to educate children all over the world. This is why she left all of her intellectual property, her images, and assets to the Institute, to continue her legacy. Mrs. Parks said these words in one of the 4 books that she wrote about her life. The book is a children’s book called, “Dear Mrs. Parks” children from all over the world, send her thousands of letters to the Institute, everyday asking her questions about her life,one question,She answered, and I quote, ” Many young people ask me about how a person’s legacy can affect future generations. A legacy is something that is handed down to future generations. My grandmother, mother, and grandfather all nurtured me. They taught me hope and kindness and gave me a sense of inner strength. They gave me a beautiful legacy to understand that we all count.” These are Mrs. Parks own words, check out her books, and you will know who the real Rosa Louise Parks is. I spend 15 years serving Mrs. Parks and I thank God every day, because she carried the children and me on a spiritual journey.

And:

Also never mentioned is the fact that, for many years, Mrs. Parks was an investigator for the NAACP of white men raping Black women. She documented 112 cases; one of which occured on Sept. 3, 1944, when seven Abbeville, Alabama white males abducted and gang-raped Recy Taylor at gunpoint. Ms. Taylor’s horrorific encounter only captured national news in 2011.

Rosa Parks deserves better. She deserves to be known fully, not coopted and reduced to be a “safe” part of the version of history we get taught in school. 

Rosa Parks is was a fascinating woman and a tremendous historical figure but…it seems pretty obvious that she didn’t “end racism” by the compiling of this information alone.

It’s astonishing that a we learned about her in high school was that she refused to give up a bus seat

(via misandry-mermaid)

#rosa parks #civil rights #history #education


Aug. 29, 2013

sparkamovement:

"He was going to stab me, so I had to push it." - Civil Rights activist Gloria Richardson. Watch her whole interview about women activists at the March on Washington here

(via brieana90)

#civil rights #race #racism #women #Gloria Richardson #march on washington


Jun. 26, 2013

I tried to register to vote three times when I was in college. Each time I failed to pass the “literacy” test. Only after the passage of the Voting Rights Act was I registered, and thank God Almighty, my parents voted as well. They were not activists but ordinary folks who wanted the same rights as the white people. Today, I feel the scabs coming off the old wounds and they are bleeding again. I knew people who were asked how many bubbles are in a bar of soap, or how many grains of sand are in a quart jar as part of their literacy test. I remember that the names of those who attempted to register were run in the local newspapers so that, by law, any registered (read white) voter could challenge their moral fitness to become voters. The real reason was to publicize who they were so their employers and Ku Klux Klan neighbors could take actions against them for having the nerve to think they should have the rights reserved for whites.

So much of our focus is on what the law did to help to emancipate generations of African Americans. However, the deep scars are still there in the form of emotional trauma (some friends of mine suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome), loss of family to death, broken dreams, ruined lives, and consigned once again to second and third class citizenship.

This is why I mourn today because the conditions for so many have not changed that much. Moreover, the gains we won continue to erode as we see in the dismantling of the most important piece of legislation on racial equality of my lifetime.

— 

Civil Rights Veteran and SNCC Member Joyce Ladner addressed the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights decision.

(via corinnestark)

(via sparkamovement)

#Joyce Ladner #civil rights #voting #race #racism


Jun. 25, 2013

atleasthalfasleep:

Amelia Boynton-Robinson, beaten, gassed, and left for dead by police in Selma, Alabama during the first Selma to Birmingham voting rights march. 3/17/65. (x)

Amelia Boynton-Robinson, later that year, meeting with President Lyndon Johnson at the signing of the Voting Rights Act. 8/6/65. (x)

(Source: mixtapewormhole, via sparkamovement)

#Amelia Boynton-Robinson #voting rights act #race #racism #democracy #civil rights


Mar. 7, 2013

politicalprof:

48 years ago today civil rights marchers tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge on their march from Selma to Montgomery. It is now known as Bloody Sunday. It should be remembered.

(via veganemelda)

#Bloody Sunday #civil rights #race #racism


Feb. 24, 2013
fuckyeahfeminists:

quickhits:

Michigan hospital sued for honoring racist request.

um wtf

#racism #civil rights #michigan


Feb. 11, 2013

Policing African American Motherhood from Every Angle

In order to arrest, incarcerate, and institutionalize pregnant women for legal acts like “noncompliance” with a doctor’s orders, prosecutors distort state homicide, child abuse, and “feticide” laws—the latter meant to protect pregnant women from violence. As a result, many women have endured gross violations of their privacy, religious liberty, and suffered from infection, wrongful conviction, and even death. As mentioned, a disproportionate majority in the study’s cases were African-American women. African-American women in the study were more likely to be reported to the police by health care providers, arrested, and subject to felony charges. The study’s findings are consistent with reports of the racially biased application of the drug laws from disproportionate testing to well-documented targeting of pregnant African-American women in particular. The War on Drugs is manifesting quite systematically in the misapplication of child abuse and homicide law for the purpose of controlling women’s bodies, a disproportionate number of them Black, Paltrow and I believe, not coincidentally. I often hear the question from African-American women, “What do they [the right] want? We either have too many kids or too many abortions. Which is it?” The truth is, to them, it’s both.

(Source: riotgrrrlact, via theoppressedlittlefetus)

#race #abortion #prochoice #pregnancy #civil rights #racism


Oct. 30, 2012

(Source: paxamericana, via veganemelda)

#police #rape #rape culture #civil rights


Sep. 27, 2012
Remember: the US, we’re frequently told, is in Afghanistan to bring democracy to the Afghan people and to teach them about freedom. But the Afghan government is refusing the US demand to imprison people without charges on the ground that such lawless detention violates their conceptions of basic freedom. Maybe Afghanistan should invade the US in order to teach Americans about freedom.

#Glenn Greenwald #democracy #barack obama #civil rights #Afghanistan


Aug. 20, 2012
afunnyfeminist:

madamethursday:

[A graphic with a photo of candidate Mitt Romney smiling and text that reads: “This is what voter fraud looks like…
2008: Moved to California.
2009: Sold his only home in Massachusetts
2010: Votes for Scott brown in special election following Sen. Ted Kennedy’s death.
2011: Complaint filed with state election officials alleging that Romney voted in several elections without residing in the state. 
Massachusetts law says a residence is “where a person dwells and which is the center of his domestic, social, and civil life.”
Mitt did not own property in the state. His voter registration reflects the address of the unfinished basement of his son’s home.”]
blissandzen:

Odds are this is why he won’t release his tax returns - they almost certainly say he wasn’t a resident of Massachusetts during times when his political papers say he was.
He expects us to trust him on this, just like he wanted us to trust him when he lied about his tax returns in 2002.

If you want references from news sources for this:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/17/mitt-romney-tax-returns-voter-fraud-theory?newsfeed=true
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2011/06/did-mitt-romney-commit-voter-fraud
http://www.forbes.com/sites/brendancoffey/2011/06/15/did-mitt-romney-live-in-his-sons-unfinished-basement-last-year/

This article states that each count of voter fraud carries a 5-year prison sentence. I just smiled for some reason.

afunnyfeminist:

madamethursday:

[A graphic with a photo of candidate Mitt Romney smiling and text that reads: “This is what voter fraud looks like…

2008: Moved to California.

2009: Sold his only home in Massachusetts

2010: Votes for Scott brown in special election following Sen. Ted Kennedy’s death.

2011: Complaint filed with state election officials alleging that Romney voted in several elections without residing in the state. 

Massachusetts law says a residence is “where a person dwells and which is the center of his domestic, social, and civil life.”

Mitt did not own property in the state. His voter registration reflects the address of the unfinished basement of his son’s home.”]

blissandzen:

Odds are this is why he won’t release his tax returns - they almost certainly say he wasn’t a resident of Massachusetts during times when his political papers say he was.

He expects us to trust him on this, just like he wanted us to trust him when he lied about his tax returns in 2002.

If you want references from news sources for this:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/17/mitt-romney-tax-returns-voter-fraud-theory?newsfeed=true

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2011/06/did-mitt-romney-commit-voter-fraud

http://www.forbes.com/sites/brendancoffey/2011/06/15/did-mitt-romney-live-in-his-sons-unfinished-basement-last-year/

This article states that each count of voter fraud carries a 5-year prison sentence. I just smiled for some reason.

(Source: lafaux, via feministavegana)

#voter fraud #mitt romney #elections #civil rights


Aug. 19, 2012
think-progress:

Ohio’s new tactic in restricting voters: 
Early voting stations Ohio’s heavily Democratic counties will be open shorter hours, while Republican counties are expanding voting hours. 

(I’m a little late in posting this; here’s an update.)

think-progress:

Ohio’s new tactic in restricting voters:

Early voting stations Ohio’s heavily Democratic counties will be open shorter hours, while Republican counties are expanding voting hours. 

(I’m a little late in posting this; here’s an update.)

(via feministavegana)

#voter id #disenfranchisement #2012 elections #civil rights #race #racism #classism #ageism #ohio #charts


Jul. 21, 2012

revolutionaryinterstices:

larepublicadedet:

Know Your Rights

Always relevant.

(Source: readnfight, via veganomalous)

#civil rights #police #copwatch new haven


Jul. 13, 2012
medeaismyfavourite:

babyslime:

dumbthingswhitepplsay:

siddharthasmama:

thequilentone:

knowledgeequalsblackpower:


June, 1964. Black children integrate the swimming pool of the Monson Motel. To force them out, the owner pours acid into the water.



And white folk wonder why

My mom was born in ‘64, kay? So, what that means is… THIS SHIT WASN’T THAT LONG AGO AND Y’ALL NEED TO STOP ACTING LIKE THE SHIT WE TALK ABOUT IS ARCHAIC AND OLD-HAT.

my mom was still in trinidad when this happened but seriously it could’ve happened to either my aunt or uncle who were 12 and 15/16 respectively

I think photos like this need to exist, not because I like the subject matter, but because it helps immortalize events that many people want to forget ever happened (and work pretty hard to make it so). It makes us face it. I’ve seen this picture before, but don’t know all the details. I hope the children in this photo were okay.

I’m always going to reblog photos like this. People are always like “Oh just get over it already”. Well, no.
No.

medeaismyfavourite:

babyslime:

dumbthingswhitepplsay:

siddharthasmama:

thequilentone:

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

June, 1964. Black children integrate the swimming pool of the Monson Motel. To force them out, the owner pours acid into the water.


And white folk wonder why

My mom was born in ‘64, kay? So, what that means is… THIS SHIT WASN’T THAT LONG AGO AND Y’ALL NEED TO STOP ACTING LIKE THE SHIT WE TALK ABOUT IS ARCHAIC AND OLD-HAT.

my mom was still in trinidad when this happened but seriously it could’ve happened to either my aunt or uncle who were 12 and 15/16 respectively

I think photos like this need to exist, not because I like the subject matter, but because it helps immortalize events that many people want to forget ever happened (and work pretty hard to make it so). It makes us face it. I’ve seen this picture before, but don’t know all the details. I hope the children in this photo were okay.

I’m always going to reblog photos like this. People are always like “Oh just get over it already”. Well, no.

No.

(via queerveganfeminist)

#race #rcaism #integration #civil rights


Sep. 6, 2011
subconciousevolution:

Free Abortions on Demand, NO APOLOGIES!

subconciousevolution:

Free Abortions on Demand, NO APOLOGIES!

(via keepyourbsoutofmyuterus)

#abortion rights #choice #civil liberties #civil liberty #civil right #civil rights #feminism #feminist #feminists #my body #my body my choice #my choice #pro-choice #pro-life #prochoice #prolife #right #rights #women #women's rights #womens rights #womensrights #signage #activism #abortion


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