Stop Mass Incarceration →
Demonstrations in Ferguson drew people from all over the country and riveted the attention of millions.
The next critical step is on October 22: protests to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.
POWERFUL protests of THOUSANDS on October 22 can further radically change how people think about what is just and unjust, what is legitimate and illegitimate, what is tolerable and what must not be tolerated in relation to this continual and horrific racist police abuse and murder…
These demonstrations must embody a spirit of telling the truth and a spirit of defiance. They must build on everything that has gone before. Youths from the inner-city high schools and youths who have been pushed out of the school system… joining with college students… with the parents of those who have been murdered and incarcerated bearing witness… along with many people of conscience who refuse to live in this kind of society …all out together. In the centers of the cities and in the neighborhoods. All over.
Click the link to see if there is a rally near you!
Remember her name and face.
Too many Native women don’t get their stories shared. Too many Native women are forgotten.
Remember her. Remember them.
Rest in peace, Misty.
July 6, 1982 — October 16, 2014
"Decolonization is the process of breaking your identity with and loyalty to this culture—industrial capitalism, and more broadly civilization—and remembering your identification with and loyalty to the real physical world, including the land where you live. It means re- examining premises and stories the dominant culture handed down to you. It means seeing the harm the dominant culture does to other cultures, and to the planet. If you are a member of settler society, it means recognizing that you are living on stolen land and it means working to return that land to the humans whose blood has forever mixed with the soil. If you are an indigenous person it means never forgetting that your land was stolen, and it means working to repossess that land, and it means working to be repossessed by that land. It means recognizing that the luxuries of the dominant culture do not come free, but rather are paid for by other humans, by nonhumans, by the whole world. It means recognizing that we do not live in a functioning democracy, but rather in a corporate plutocracy, a government by, for, and of corporations. Decolonization means internalizing the implications of that. It means recognizing that neither technological progress nor increased GNP is good for the planet. It means recognizing that the dominant culture is not good for the planet. Decolonization means internalizing the implications of the fact that the dominant culture is killing the planet. It means determining that we will stop this culture from doing that. It means determining that we will not fail. It means remembering that the real world is more important than this social system: without a real world you don’t have a social system, any social system. All of this is the barest beginnings of decolonizing. It is internal work that doesn’t accomplish anything in the real world, but makes all further steps more likely, more feasible, and in many ways more strictly technical."
I haven’t really made actual friends in grad school yet but I’m kind of okay with it but maybe I shouldn’t be?
I’m spending my Friday night watch the office with a dog so I’m pretty content
Today I finished my applications for field placement! And I actually made a good dinner and worked 8 hours and did some school work too. Yay for actually feeling productive!