About online activism, blogging, and “slaktivism.”
- Why can’t you be both a productive activist out in the “real world” and a blogger?
Answer: You can. And people do. Don’t just assume someone with an active internet presence doesn’t do anything for causes or communities they care about. In fact, I started my own non profit youth program and most of my work behind the scenes requires me to be on the internet.
- The internet can be real and make things happen.Complaining and passing around internet petitions sometimes looks and feels futile, but just think about how corporations or other groups have responded when they saw support and backlash on the internet? It gets stuff done. And, see next bullet:
- A huge part of being a good activist is educating yourself.
The great thing about the internet is it’s endless information. If there weren’t angry bloggers people couldn’t read their angry blogs and make up their minds about the issues talked about.
- Lastly, some people have disabilities.Those disabilities whether visible or not can make being an online activist one of the best fits for people to be actively helping through teaching others, educating themselves or petitions, fundraisers, emailing important people, ect. I can’t speak a lot about this as someone who is pretty ablebodied and neurotypical but I’ll leave you with that.
yes yes yes yes yes!!!!
[CW: police brutality? thuggery at least.
MY FRIENDS ARE BEING HELD IN THE BACK OF A POLICE WAGON, SWEATING AND BEGGING FOR WATER. THE POLICE ARE REFUSING TO TURN ON THE AIR OR PROVIDE THEM WITH WATER. A MAN HAS A SERIOUS HEAD WOUND AND NEEDS IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION. I QUOTE “HIS FINGERS ARE TURNING BLUE AND THEY’RE LAUGHING AT US”.
Do not let the nypd get away with this.
SIGNAL FUCKING BOOST. NOW.
Land of the free, huh
Jennifer was threatened with deportation after her mother and she were pulled over in a routine traffic stop in Palm Beach county, where she lives with her younger siblings — who are U.S. citizens with health problems that require Jennifer’s ongoing care and attention. Immigration officials let Jennifer’s mother go because she was recently able to attain resident status that Jennifer could not be included in because she had “aged out” of the visa process (a painful experience that throws many immigrant youth into legal limbo when they turn 21).
Now, Jennifer’s family and legal counsel are calling out for help after she was taken into DHS/ICE custody and threatened with the possibility of deportation away from her mother, siblings, and future in this country.
Like DREAMer Manuel Guerra, Jennifer should not be a priority for deportation under the new ICE/DHS guidelines. Instead, she should be granted a type of status that allows her to contribute to the country she calls home. Jennifer has lived in the U.S. for a decade and completed high school through a GED program in order to help her mother and siblings.
In fact, Jennifer’s deportation would be doubly devastating — not only would it cut her dreams and future plans short, it would rip her away from a family that depends on her care. Jennifer’s younger sister, Ashley, a 5-year-old U.S. citizen, has been diagnosed with a blood clot, requiring her to be in observation for 3 months in the hospital, and to wear a special “boot” to get around. Her brother, also a citizen, appears to be losing his vision. Jennifer’s mother has been diagnosed with a tumor in her knee, which required knee reconstruction. On top of all of this, Jennifer and her mother have NO criminal record and have been paying taxes for more than 8 years.
please sign and/or pass this around if you can. thank you.(via numol)
One Thursday last month, during the lunch hour at H.D. Woodson Senior High School, half a dozen teenage boys have gathered to eat pizza and talk about hollering at women. “From where I come from, you holler at a girl,” one student tells the group. “A girl can’t be too upset when a guy is paying attention to her.” “It depends on the type of girl and whether she has respect for herself,” another says. “Some girls will say, stop. But they like it, for real.” “If she’s wearing short shorts, booty shorts, short skirt, with the thong showing, she wants it,” another guy says. “Can’t blame it on the boy. She knows what she’s doing.
“But what if it’s hot out?” This is Kedrick Griffin. He’s here to play the 37-year-old devil’s advocate on a subject that’s generally considered normal behavior for a teenage boy in the District of Columbia. This exercise has come almost at the end of a year-long District program called the “Men of Strength” club—MOST Club, for short. The same pattern is repeated with groups of boys in public middle and high schools across the District: Come for the pizza, stay for the deconstructions of masculinity.
I can’t even begin to express how much I love this.
it is so so so important that people are doing this. i’m grateful to all programs like this.
I’m so glad this is happening
especially for michiganders…
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Find your legislators’ name & phone number on these websites:
If you need help or don’t have computer access call Debra Eaton in the church office, 313-965-5422.
Susan B Anthony avoided real discourse with Ida B Wells and most feminists pretend they don’t know it happened
Angela Davis combined her experiences with feminism and the silent racism of yes Gloria Steinem with her education and her experience of sexism to write Women Race and Class , so many women name check the book and then drool kind of disgustingly and offensively over Steinhem
Mary Daly flat out avoided Audre Lourde and her book is still held up as radical godsend
Women OF color bloggers challenge white passive racism and sexism and less than five years later people send out book proposals like they don’t exist and must be found
This isn’t about the Help.
This isn’t even about the power.
Yes white women have in a SPECIFIC location to erase , validate or coopt women of color lives at will and have it considered work. Every Nice White Lady , Emily Deschanel manic pixie and touched teacher who did whatever she wanted and left sisters holding the bag, to be content with being sassy and alone crying at the wedding in the credits
That this discussion is hard on what about black women , that black women are the voices heard, that testimonies of REAL love of focus and desire come through.
This the Change
I am EXCITED about this.
I am excited that the Help is getting called out everywhere. I am excited that gossip columnists are uncomfortable about it.
I am EXCITED that Viola Davis is so damn good people are asking why the maid is all she can get?
I am excited that Black women feel empowered to say this is not okay.
If you have never had to beg for shit you were owed to keep your ass from going into default ( ended up doing it anyway)
or watch someone beg for her pay.
or watch someone be reminded how they were ” here to serve”
and know every single one of them looks and sounds like your mom.
And it’s all from well meaning fun liberal white women, who really wanna help
you will never have any idea how cloying and infuriating that is .
You will never get the heart break of that.
OF why spunky alternative white women narratives that feature black women will ALWAYS crawl your skin.
Because it is always about the same thing , of black women’s toil support and HELP in service of white glory.
and how every body needs multiple sources to believe that’s true
That we are what folks kind of sort of get right when they get around to it
be that it endangers our safety ( good being glib about this makes me LAUGH HARD)
our ability to be in the spheres we create
or to get out of bed
You have no unearthly clue what it is like to read someone say
” you are not alone”
” we hear you “
” we GOT this”
to see that in public, in private in the bold light of the sun Black Women can talk about themselves and that we can love and support and affirm each other
There is nothing about THAT , that isn’t awesome
ableism monday round up- social cue shaming
What is this” social cue” shaming I keep talking about, and why is it bad? Why am I enraged at the fact that everyone does it? First, understand that it applies to people with autism (hi!) and the fact that we find social rules difficult to follow because they aren’t written in our brains. That means rwe may do things that others perceive as stupid and clueless. Some examples from my life-
pretending to be a harry potter character when stressed.
not understand rules of conversation and thus talking out of turn.
not recognizing trolls and thus feeding them.
asking blunt questions (so you’re gay, right?) perceived as impolite because I couldn’t ascertain the nature of the appropriateness.
talking about my obsessions.
Sometimes I just like to be clued in regarding social rules that I didn’t acquire and so don’t know. Other times I like not to be bothered (if it’s not hurting anyone.) From feminists who claim to care about disabilities, though, I consistently get social cue shamed (shakethecobwebs). And it’s not just a little thing. It doesn’t just hurt my feelings.
It reminds me that you’re smarter and more capable than me. It makes me think i’m a bit less human than you. It makes me feel like a child. It makes me feel like everyone else has got it figured out. Not true. When public events happen and I relate them to harry potter, feminists tend to get all ragey, tell me I am too into harry potter and they wish they could go a day without a reference to a silly children’s story. Yay, police my obsessions more, why don’t you.
Social cue shaming is when you rudely tell me what is appropriate- what normal, allistic people do- without me asking for you to. Its you telling me to get back in line. Be more normal. Quite frankly, it’s dehumanizing but it’s quite common in activism/feminism.
Just something to ponder.
because you allistic douchefucks need a fucking refresher
This this oh goodness this.