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heidi8:

theorlandojones:

This is a very serious disease* so I gladly accept the “bucket challenge”

*My heart goes out to all those who struggle with ALS but I am, of course, talking about the disease of apathy.  If (and hopefully when) Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice and convicted of 1st degree murder, it still won’t prevent this from happening again. We cannot accept this as the status quo. We MUST continue the fight at the ballot box, in the media and by working to create systemic change. I’m not naive to the dirty politics (redistricting, voter ID requirements, etc) that will try to prevent us from our goal. But I refuse to give up hope. My “bullet bucket challenge” is not about pointing fingers and it’s not about being angry. Every shell casing in that bucket represents the life of someone who fought and died in the goal for civil rights and human dignity. As a member of law enforcement (yes I really am a reserve sheriff) I will not stand idly by while others violate civil and human rights under the cover of authority and I will insist that other good cops rise to the same standard as well. As a black man I will demand more from myself and my community. I will not allow outsiders to co-opt our struggle in order to commit violence in our name. I’m channeling my outrage into action so I no longer feel powerless. It’s not about black or white. It’s not about rich or poor. It’s about us vs. them. There are more of us — from all races, genders and identities — then there will ever be of them. And we will be victorious.

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality"

Join me.

My kids thought they were beads in the bucket, or ball bearings. I explained what they were, and why Orlando was pouring those instead of ice. 

I know the degree of privilege I have - we have - to not know what shell casings are - I’d never seen them myself until I was 14 and paid a visit to a military base - and God willing I hope my kids never see them In Real Life. In this context, they’re something to think about, and they hopefully will spur action. 

songofages:

kendronamore:

troylerkiss:

kendronamore:

Jfc is Canadia even real

I live in Canada and I’m not even sure.

60 notes in and no one has noticed that I spelled Canada wrong…nailed it

It’s ok the leader of our country also thinks its Canadia.

If you scratch and sniff American money you’ll get high off the coke and/or meth residue. :\

Justice Dept: HIV Criminal Law Should Reflect Science Facts

According to amfar.org, there are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States. Almost one-fifth (18.1 %) of those people don’t know they are infected. With those statistics, doesn’t it make sense to protect yourself from HIV/AIDS?

NEVER assume the person you are having sex with is free of disease. (S)he may not even be aware of his/her own status.

Take responsibility for your own sexual health.

The best way to avoid STIs is through abstinence. BUT, if you’re going to have sex, use a condom EVERY TIME!

Condoms are much less expensive than thousands of dollars a year in healthcare costs.

For questions about Safer Sex, start with Planned Parenthood.

There

s also the Ultimate Guide to Safer Sex.

There’s also the STD Project

…or you can ask the school nurse. ;P

(Source: projectqueer)

Hey, White Americans. We Need to Talk.

trinilikesalt:

postcardsfromspace:

According to a Pew Research survey, only 37% of white Americans think the events in #Ferguson raise important issues about race.

Okay, fellow white people. We need to talk.

Let me tell you a story: I was an angry punk teenager. Not violent, but I did a shitton of…

"So educate yourself, get the tools, and start dismantling this fucker.

Privilege is the bandwidth to speak up and dismantle because you’re not in fear for your life. And there is no conscionable excuse for failing to use it.”

This happenedThis is happening. Not recognizing it; stonewalling and insulating ourselves in our little bubbles does not make it go away.

radicalrebellion:

nelaguilvr:

iamchantaya:

rhomeporium:

A mother’s worst nightmare.

She was preaching

this gave me chills

Black woman who lost her son just preached on systemic racism, antiblackness, Black ppls internalized self-hatred and white supremacy. 

But some of y’all missed it 

…and there it is, the truth in just a few short sentences.

While Americans Work To Make Ends Meet; Here Are The Real Takers In One Image.

ramrodd:

COMMENTARY:

The GOP has ceased to be a contributing factor to the common good.

dear-white-people:

YOU DEMANDED IT! Check out the full-length official trailer for Dear White People before it hits theaters this weekend. 

#HITSHARE #TURNUP #BELIEVETHEHYPE

Reblogging and adding Dear White People to my ‘must see’ list.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prison (HBO)

  • America’s prisons are broken. Just ask John Oliver and several puppets.

This is an incredibly depressing topic but it needs to be talked about. The way we treat prisoners is a crime. (Ignore the pun, I’m on a rant.) Over 1% of Americans are incarcerated. Many were put there after Reagan closed all the mental hospitals. Most are there for non-violent drug offenses. The War on Drugs is a farce. We need prison reform now. Tell your representative to end privatization now!

Privatization is part of the Republican agenda. They want to privatize everything from the lottery to the military to prisons. The only thing privatization does is add money to their pockets. It doesn’t solve problems. It make the problems worse.

-end rant-