On Sunday, June 30th at around 11:45 PM, I was riding home on the Queens-bound F train following a day of LGBT Pride festivities. Two men were loudly making homophobic comments, such as “Today was a scary day for me. There were fags everywhere.” When a group of queer youth got on the train, the men proceeded to harass them, stating that the teens made them want to puke and that they would be killed if they were in Iran. The first assailant then threatened to rape them, at which point I took out my phone to document the incident.
Seeing that he was being recorded, the first assailant lunged at me, violently grabbing my arms while trying to steal away my phone. One of the youth took the phone from me temporarily to protect it and told the assailant he shouldn’t attack a woman. When the assailant threatened to punch me, I took the phone back and ran to the other side of the train to push the emergency button and alert the authorities. At this point the second assailant got up and came towards me, grabbing my body and hands to try and get the phone to destroy the evidence. I yelled and told him I was an attorney. An onlooker then got up and stood between the assailants and myself, and another person left to get the train conductor.
A group of people had gathered to stand up to the gay bashers. During this, the second assailant put his hand around the neck of a young queer woman. When the doors opened up at the Roosevelt Ave stop, both assailants fled. I followed them to the station exit while calling 911. One witness had overheard them saying they were on route to Jamaica; they’re likely commuters who regularly take this route.
I uploaded the video to YouTube to see if anyone can identify these men. I was left with bruises and scratches from both assailants which I also documented. If anyone sees them or knows them personally, please contact the authorities. This was a hate crime.
“The Superior Human?” is the first documentary to systematically challenge the common human belief that humans are superior to other life forms. The documentary reveals the absurdity of this belief while exploding human bias.
American Holocaust Of Native Americans (Full Documentary)
The powerful and hard-hitting documentary, American Holocaust, is quite possibly the only film that reveals the link between the Nazi holocaust, which claimed at least 6 million Jews, and the American Holocaust which claimed, according to conservative estimates, 19 million Indigenous People.
It is seldom noted anywhere in fact, be it in textbooks or on the internet, that Hitler studied Americas Indian policy, and used it as a model for what he termed the final solution.
He wasnt the only one either. Its not explicitly mentioned in the film, but its well known that members of the National Party government in South Africa studied the American approach before they introduced the system of racial apartheid, which lasted from 1948 to 1994. Other fascist regimes, for instance, in South and Central America, studied the same policy.
Noted even less frequently, Canadas Aboriginal policy was also closely examined for its psychological properties. America always took the more wide-open approach, for example, by decimating the Buffalo to get rid of a primary food source, by introducing pox blankets, and by giving $1 rewards to settlers in return for scalps of Indigenous Men, women, and children, among many, many other horrendous acts. Canada, on the other hand, was more bureaucratic about it. They used what I like to call the gentlemans touch, because instead of extinguishment, Canada sought to remove the Indian from the Man and the Women and the Child, through a long-term, and very specific program of internal breakdown and replacement call it assimilation. America had its own assimilation program, but Canada was far more technical about it.
Perhaps these points would have been more closely examined in American Holocaust if the film had been completed. The films director, Joanelle Romero, says shes been turned down from all sources of funding since she began putting it together in 1995.
Perhaps its just not good business to invest in something that tells so much truth? In any event, Romero produced a shortened, 29-minute version of the film in 2001, with the hope of encouraging new funders so she could complete American Holocaust. Eight years on, Romero is still looking for funds.
American Holocaust may never become the 90-minute documentary Romero hoped to create, to help expose the most substantial act of genocide that the world has ever seen one that continues even as you read these words.
I cannot believe it’s been a year since the Turlock rescue, the single largest farm animal rescue, happened. It does not seem like that long ago. I remember it was kind of a big deal on here for a couple days, and it was really awesome seeing the tumblr community get together and calling and emailing and trying to get them to release the hens. After that it was a lot of struggle, hard work, and endless hours of care for the 4,000+ lives that were able to be saved.
This is a documentary put together by an awesome friend of mine about the incident, and has footage of wonderful people I’m privileged to know and humbled by every day of my life. Listen to them talk, because they will have much more to say than I could ever type on here.
Anyway, it’s about 40 minutes or so, and I highly recommend you watch it. It covers the rescue and some other stuff as well, and it’s a definitely worth your time.
More than 400,000 children work in American fields to harvest the food we all eat
Children working in agriculture endure lives of extreme poverty
The average farmworker family makes less than $17,500 a year, well below the poverty level for a family of four.
Poverty among farmworkers is two times that of workers in other occupations
Farmworkers can be paid hourly, daily, by the piece or receive a salary, but they are always legally exempt from receiving overtime and often from receiving even minimum wage.
Families often cannot afford childcare and so have no choice but to bring their children out into the fields.
Increasing the incomes of migrant farmworkers by 40% would add just $15 to what the average US household spends every year on fruits and vegetables, according to a researcher at University of California Davis.
Children who work as farm laborers do not have access to proper education
Working hours outside of school are unlimited in agriculture.
On average, children in agriculture work 30 hours a week, often migrating from May – November, making it exceedingly difficult to succeed in school.
Almost 40% of farm workers migrate and their children suffer the instability of a nomadic lifestyle, potentially working in multiple states in a given season and attending multiple schools each with a different curriculum and standards.
Migrant children drop out of school at 4 times the national rate.
Children face health hazards and fatalities in the fields
According to the USDA, agriculture is the most hazardous occupation for child workers in the US
The risk of fatal injuries for children working in agriculture is 4 times that of other young workers.
Child farm workers are especially vulnerable to repetitive-motion injury
Farmworkers labor in extreme temperatures and die from heat exposure at a rate 20 times that of other US workers and children are significantly more susceptible to heat stress than adults. Heat illness can lead to temporary illness, brain damage, and death.
Farmworkers are provided with substandard housing and sanitation facilities. As many as 15%-20% of farms lack toilets and drinking water for workers, even though they are required to provide them. Farms with 10 or fewer workers are not required to provide them at all.
EPA pesticide regulations are set using a 154-pound adult male as a model. They do not take children or pregnant women into consideration.
Research indicates that child farmworkers have a much higher rate of acute occupational pesticide-related illness than children in other industries and that there is a strong link between pesticide exposure and developmental disabilities. Long-term exposure in adults is associated with chronic health problems such as cancer, neurologic problems, and reproductive problems.
64% of farmworkers do not get healthcare because it is “too expensive”
Introducing TURLOCK, a First Spark Media production and the incredible film inside our largest rescue. It’s the 1-yr anniversary of our Turlock rescue, and we want YOU to watch, then promote our film. Please share. http://youtu.be/pPocQGjxE10
Don’t believe there’s a racial element to the War on Drugs? As a former U.S. marshal and special agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency, Matthew Fog witnessed the astonishing inequity of the War on Drugs firsthand. This is his story.
Few intellectuals have waged a public battle against white supremacy and patriarchy like Toni Morrison. Morrison has both examined and challenged systems of domination throughout her intellectual life. With her novels, essays, and interviews she has taken critical looks at the interlocking systems of race and gender oppression. In this interview she is asked by PBS’s Charlie Rose what it is like for her to encounter racism. In true Morrison fashion she turns the question on its head, and places the onus for explaining racism back into the hands of White people. She asks Rose what he thinks of racism, why do Whites hold onto, and what are they going to do about it ending it. She rejects the notion that racism is simply something that Black people must grapple with, insisting, demanding, that White people also grapple with it. Fearless. Brilliant. Powerful.
will reblog until the end times
“If you can only be tall because someone else is on thier knees, then you have serious problem. And white people have a very, very serious problem.” - Toni Morrison
Prison Labor Booms In US As Low-Cost Inmates Bring Billions
US breeds a Chinese-style inmate labor scheme on its own soil. Both state and some of the biggest private companies are now enjoying the fruits of a cheap and readily available work force, with tens of millions of dollars spent by private prisons to keep their jails full.
We’ve all heard examples of fake Chinese or German from speakers who lack familiarity with either language. While typically cringe-worthy, these examples do raise interesting questions regarding our own language. What does English sound like to non-English speakers? After more than 40 years, Adriano Celentano’s “Prisencolinensinainciusol” remains one of the most illuminating examples.
The entire song is nonsense verse, neither English nor Italian, but the sounds are meant to resemble English. Linguist Mark Liberman wrote an interesting post about this sort of thing over at Language Log discussing yaourter, the French word for an attempt to speak or sing in a foreign language that one doesn’t know all that well. This often involves trying to sing a foreign song with nonsense or random words filling in the blanks. Liberman shares this wonderful quote from a random Internet user:
Just for the story, in France, when we don’t speak English and we want to imitate the sound, we call it “yaourter”(to yoghourt), the imitation sounds like a very nasal language, kind of like a baby crying. It mostly imitates the “cowboy” accent.
jesus christ this is actually reALLY FRUSTRATING IT SOUNDS LIKE ENGLISH BUT IT DOESNT MAKE WORDS
Racist white man attacks and spits on a defenseless African American female contractor for recording him going off on a tirade belittling her and the other employees…no male employees interviewed *chin rub* wonder why..was it his white male privilege???
Watch the whole clip.
Smh I bet no-one will reblog this… people not caring about black women is why homeboy thought he could get away with this shit…
SMH, this is why I need RADICAL FEMINISM so shit like this NEVER happens.
He needs his fucking teeth kicked in and needs to choke on them and needs his skull cracked opened and eyes removed with a power drill
Just wondering when the Tumblr Crackahood is gonna defend dude.
This makes me so sick. That man tried to assault her and he spit on her. And not a one of those other men tried to help that girl. This makes me scared as a black woman to live in the world in which I live. Seriously.
I am not surprised in the slightest that nobody came to her defense. She’s a Black woman after all. The people around her thought that she could handle herself and didn’t need any protection that’s that strong black woman stereotype
*sips invisible coffee*
I wanna point out one more thing. Near the end of the video, they make a really good point. Once that white man realized he was being filmed, that’s when he lost it. He saw her recording him, and he made a beeline for her ass. Why? Because he knew that had she not filmed this, not a soul would’ve believed her. White folks would’ve came out of the woodwork talking about how she was “playing the race card” and just doing this for “attention.”
Okay, so right before the Big Giant Motherfucking Asshole I Hope Dies In A G-dforsaken Fire comes straight at her, there is a person whose body is basically right between this woman and Asshole.
Why in the everliving fuck does that person move out of the way????
I fucking hate this world. I hate it. Hate it. Hate it.
♥ Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials;
♥ Margaret Atwood (especially the Mad Adam series & The Handmaid's Tale);
♥ The Hunger Games;
♥ The X-Files;
♥ (Mostly) everything Joss Whedon; and
♥ Unicorns, narwhals, time travel & zombies (not necessarily in that order).
Also, I'd rather pretend that season 6 of Lost never happened, and that Alias ended with the 2003 Superbowl episode.