Banned 500 Years of Chicano History offered free to AZ students by ABQ publisher
500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures, edited by Elizabeth Martinez and published by the SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP), is included in a set of primarily Chicano and Native American books that have been banned by the Tucson Independent School District. The school district says it’s not a ban, but the books were removed from classrooms after the Mexican-American Studies program was eliminated, and teachers in that program have been instructed to not teach these books through the lens of ethnic studies. To us, this is a ban.
The SouthWest Organizing Project, in response to the current ban and the overall climate of fear and scapegoating of people of color in Arizona, is offering the book at a 50% discount to Arizona residents, and will give it for FREE to any Arizona Student who requests the book by sending a letter describing why they think the teaching of Chicano and Native American history accurately to young people is essential. Many Arizona students have already shown their disapproval of the ban, as hundreds walked out of class and marched on the Tuscon Unified School District’s headquarters earlier this week.
Gordon will not be defeated. His situation is unique and the system cannot meet his travel needs. he continues to move forward. A benefit event with Comedian Don Burnstick performing at the Ecole Secondaire Algonquin theatre in North Bay On. is schedule for Friday Nov.19/10 to help purchase much needed updated equipment and safe travel. Donation are being accepted at the Anishinabek Nation 7th Generation Charity in North Bay. 705 407-9127, Tickets for the show are available at 705 474-7600 x5301. Please support a worthy cause.
Gordon was a good friend of mine in school and he had a lot of difficulties getting around campus and sometimes even getting to school. He is not in a wheelchair but rather a wheelchair bed. He can’t sit upright so he has to use a different type of wheelchair. He sometimes has to go from school campus all the way to downtown North Bay, Ontario on his own without any mode of transportation but his wheelchair. It is a pretty long drive to do that in a car and it takes him about an hour and a half. More funding/support is needed to help him get access to the proper services that he needs. He is a wonderful person and would do anything to help someone else out so please help support him.
Abortion is not murder. A fetus is not considered a human life.
If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the…
“[This is] a culture that holds private property as sacrosanct above public welfare. Where an individual’s greatness is put above the community, no matter how much wealth that individual amasses, no matter how much the community suffers. It’s the culture that Christopher Columbus brought with him, and every great man who came after him supported, built up, and used to increase their personal gain at the expense of the meek, the poor, the brown, black, and every female regardless of color or creed.”—Eric Zimmerman (via earlyfrost)
“To protest a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.”—
The true identity of Ludwig van Beethoven, long considered Europe’s greatest classical music composer. Said directly, Beethoven was a black man. Specifically, his mother was a Moor, that group of Muslim Northern Africans who conquered parts of Europe—making…
“White people say [“It’s not fair, if white people can’t say n*gger, black people shouldn’t either”]. And yet, why do I never hear: “It’s not fair, if white people make more just because their skin color, shouldn’t Black people receive equal pay too?” “It’s not fair, if men own 99% of the world, shouldn’t women get property too?” “It’s not fair, if Black people get pulled over dwb, shouldn’t white people get pulled over for no reason too?” “It’s not fair, if white people can breath around the cops without getting shot, shouldn’t people of color be able to as well?” I don’t really hear anything along those lines by people who cry it’s not fair that they can’t say a historically scarring word while some black people still use the term. Never heard them say anything like that. So they can kiss ass and shut the fuck up.”—QUEERING THE GAME OF LIFE (via cocknbull)
“Fat bodies are seen as “evidence”. People try to claim that our bodies are evidence of unhealthy behaviors, lack of willpower, lack of self-care. Then they claim that this evidence is compelling enough to make it ok to target us for shame, stigma and humiliation “for our own good”. Even more damaging, fat people start to internalize this message thinking “If I’m fat then no matter how healthy my habits are I must be doing something wrong. I deserve to be treated poorly and have my body and choices treated like public property.” This is just not true. Fat bodies are not public property, they are not evidence, and they are not a sign that we need someone to step in and tell us how to take care of ourselves. First because nobody can tell what our habits are based on our body size. Second because our health is our decision – we each get to choose how highly to prioritize our health and what path we want to take to get there, with the understanding that we may be limited by the resources that are available to us.”—Fat Bodies are Not Evidence « Dances With Fat (via mmmajestic)
“At the root of every large struggle in life is the need to be honest about something that we do not feel we can be honest about. We lie to ourselves or other people because the truth might require action on our part, and action requires courage. We say we “don’t know” what’s wrong, when we do know what is wrong; we just wish we didn’t.”—The Secret Life of Prince Charming, Deb Caletti (via creatingaquietmind)
Then there’s knowing somethings wrong and not being sure what to do about it.
“We were not born critical of existing society. There was a moment in our lives (or a month, or a year) when certain facts appeared before us, startled us, and then caused us to question beliefs that were strongly fixed in our consciousness-embedded there by years of family prejudices, orthodox schooling, imbibing of newspapers, radio, and television. This would seem to lead to a simple conclusion: that we all have an enormous responsibility to bring to the attention of others information they do not have, which has the potential of causing them to rethink long-held ideas.”—Howard Zinn (via solitaryforager)
The document, obtained by the Climate Action Network Canada under the Access to Information Act, surfaced Thursday on the heels of a Crown-First Nations gathering which saw the Harper government and First Nations chiefs, through the Assembly of First Nations, agree to joint plan to begin discussing a host of issues that have defied resolution for years.
The gathering was hailed as ushering in a “new day” in the relationship between Canada and First Nations by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The document, which was contained in an email sent by Kumar Gupta, a diplomat based in London, outlined a strategy for the Canadian government to execute in order to counter the negative publicity tar sands development has garnered in Europe.
The strategy document also identified First Nations as “influencers” in the battle over the tar sands, along with provincial and federal governments, energy companies and associations. The strategy also aimed to increase understanding among European “stakeholders” of Canada’s and Alberta’s consultation with First Nations and that both governments were working to “address” health concerns linked to the tar sands, the document states.
The decision to put Aboriginal groups under a list of “adversaries,” while the federal Aboriginal Affairs department was placed under a list of “allies,” however, reveals the true colours of the Conservative government, said Clayton Thomas-Muller, with the Indigenous Environment Network.
“It’s just another example of how the federal government went into (the Crown-First Nations Gathering) in bad faith,” said Thomas-Muller. “This government continues to try and erode the collective bargaining rights First Nations have as first peoples of this land and continues to label us as stakeholders when, in fact, we are priority rights holders.”
Thomas-Muller said the document also shows the government is concerned about the growing “Indigenous rights movement,” which he said has increasing clout.
“We have a generation of young people that are coming up that are more educated than any generation since colonization,” he said. “We have (AFN National Chief) Shawn Atleo sitting there at the meeting and negotiating how we as First Nations can participate in an economy that will result in the destruction and desecration of our homeland. We need to come up with a new path.”
To gain perspective on what’s happening in the world, it’s sometimes useful to adopt the stance of intelligent extraterrestrial observers viewing the strange doings on Earth. They would be watching in wonder as the richest and most powerful country in world history now leads the lemmings cheerfully off the cliff.
The IEA estimated that if the world continues on its present course, the “carbon budget” will be exhausted by 2017. The budget is the quantity of emissions that can keep global warming at the 2 degrees Celsius level considered the limit of safety.
IEA chief economist Fatih Birol said, “The door is closing. If we don’t change direction now on how we use energy, we will end up beyond what scientists tell us is the minimum (for safety). The door will be closed forever.”
Though projections are uncertain, the Financial Times reports, the U.S. might “leapfrog Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s largest producer of liquid hydrocarbons, counting both crude oil and lighter natural gas liquids.”
In this happy event, the U.S. could expect to retain its global hegemony. Beyond some remarks about local ecological impact, the Financial Times said nothing about what kind of a world would emerge from these exciting prospects. Energy is to burn; the global environment be damned.
Just about every government is taking at least halting steps to do something about the likely impending catastrophe. The U.S. is leading the way – backward. The Republican-dominated U.S. House of Representatives is now dismantling environmental measures introduced by Richard Nixon, in many respects the last liberal president.
This reactionary behavior is one of many indications of the crisis of U.S. democracy in the past generation. The gap between public opinion and public policy has grown to a chasm on central issues of current policy debate such as the deficit and jobs. However, thanks to the propaganda offensive, the gap is less than what it should be on the most serious issue on the international agenda today – arguably in history.
The hypothetical extraterrestrial observers can be pardoned if they conclude that we seem to be infected by some kind of lethal insanity.
Disgusting. I really like that they have to know what they’re saying in case they’re saying something racist.
“see! We can’t be racist cuz we so worried the two non-white girls are being secretly racist!”
Approximately 35 people arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience, singing in courtroom: “Mr. Auctioneer, all the people here are asking you to stop all the sales right now.”
Brooklyn, NY — This afternoon approximately one hundred people peacefully and powerfully disrupted a foreclosure auction by bursting into song. At 3pm the foreclosure auctioneer attempted to start bidding on homes that had been foreclosed upon. When the bidding started, the courtroom burst into song:
“Mr. Auctioneer All the people here Are asking you to stop all the sales right now We’re going to survive, but we don’t know how”
BIA Livestock Impoundment crews are confiscating sheep, goats, horses, cattle belonging to the Dine People of Big Mountain/Black Mesa, Arizona right now. Human rights violations against traditional Dine (Navajo) taking away one of their major food sources as well as wool essential to their livelihood.
Please flood the office of Robert Carolin and tell him the elders need to eat during the winter and these confiscations are WRONG! Slow motion genocide in action. This must be stopped! … Mae Tso, Bessie Begay and Pauline Whitesinger are those whose names i have been given who are being impacted. We can’t let them get away with this!
Hopi Agency Bureau of Indian Affairs P.O. Box 158 Keams Canyon, AZ 86034 P: 928/738-2228 F: 928/738-5522 Robert Carolin
Honestly, this still works for me most of the time, at least in a sense to shame people into silence and make them feel embarrassed. The key to this is stating this completely deadpan. The next time a friend of yours makes a racist or sexist joke,…
“President Obama announced a potential environmental nightmare when he called tonight for more than 75 percent of offshore oil and gas resources to be exploited. The President claimed he would not compromise on oil spills, but he has approved oil exploration in the Arctic, which his own Coast Guard says will be a ‘nightmare scenario’ when an oil spill happens.”—
I’ve worked in the Arctic, for BP actually. If there’s a spill in the water, we’re fucked. And it actually costs more expended oil to extract the oil, than oil gained. In other words, they’re spending/using more oil than they’re producing. But BP doesn’t care cuz the government essentially pays them to drill.
Opinakii, the place where the wild potatoes grow, lies just south of the Bad River Reservation on land ceded to the United States by the Ojibwe in 1842. Remote and beautiful, Opinakii is more commonly known as the Penokee Hills, a range of mountains that ride the Northern Continental Divide and is currently ground zero for a battle that stems from a cultural chasm between two worldviews. One vision measures the earth’s resources in terms of jobs and money; the other emphasizes stewardship of the land and water, and a sacred responsibility to preserve both for future generations. This battle will have a drastic impact on tribal sovereignty, economics, political and environmental responsibility and the very survival of a people and their culture.
Facing a possible recall election this year and eager to make good on a campaign promise to create more than 250,000 jobs for Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker is supporting the construction of a 4.5-mile-long, open-pit iron-ore mine in the pristine Penokee range, home to the immense Bad River watershed. Remarkably, the many streams and rivers flowing through this watershed flow north into Lake Superior, where numerous towns and cities get their drinking water. The water also feeds into the Bad River slough, the home of the Bad River Ojibwe tribe’s legendary wild-rice beds, where manoomin, the sacred seed, has grown and nourished the people as long as anyone can remember.
Tribal members and many other local residents are concerned that a large open-pit iron-ore mine would pose serious environmental threats to the water, wildlife and quality of life in this pristine woodland. Supporters point to the more than 700 jobs promised by the mining company in counties where the average income is 20 to 30 percent below the state’s average, and the unemployment rate is about 11 percent. Wisconsin’s overall unemployment rate is around 7.3 percent. While not overtly in favor of mining, local State Senator Bob Jauch points to the pressure from world market demands for minerals and the inevitability of mining as a reason to get on board with changing the current laws rather than opposing the mine.
Cyrus Hester, environmental specialist for the Bad River tribe, has a succinct rebuttal: “That’s the viewpoint that supported Manifest Destiny.”
For a possible 700 jobs pinkie swear promised by a *mining company* (which do not have a great record for following up in promises) these douches are going to risk poisoning their own drinking water? And who cares what a bunch of brown ppl think about it right? Hate the world.
“Approximately 6 million Jews died at the hands of the Nazis. Approximately 12 million slaves were transported to America, and approximately 40% died en route. That means that approximately 4 million blacks died, which does not include those that died at the hands of their masters. Also, many millions of American Indians died through European expansion. In Germany it is illegal to even make the Nazi salute. In America the Confederate flag flies above at least one state capital and it is displayed on millions of license plates. Tell me again, which nation is the Christian one?”—Following Judah’s Lion (via azspot)
This! I want to tear ppl apart every time I see the fucking confederate flag.
“Gradually, as education ceased to function as the institutional agent of colonization,” Patrick Johnston wrote in 1983, “The child welfare system took its place” (24). Johnston’s study Native Children and the Child Welfare System documented the disproportionate removal of Indian children by…
Ginger Strivelli delivered on her promise to bring Pagan spell books to North Windy Ridge after the intermediate school made Bibles available in December. She said school officials said they would allow for the availability of her materials, just as they did the Bibles from a…
Sibling: Do you know when we stopped trusting the government?
Me: I’ll play along, when?
Sibling: Watergate. Cuz…
Me (interrupting): I don’t know bout that. I’m pretty sure native Americans stopped trusting the government since at least Andrew Jackson.
I was a little surprised to get nothing but agreement. Not a single “they don’t count” was heard. My very loving of all humanity and creatures uncle was there and all respect his thoughts on almost any subject. So if he agrees that something is correct and expands on it, generally all douchery is effectively curtailed. wish my uncle did more in politics, he’s pretty amazing
A security researcher was able to locate and map more than 10,000 industrial control systems hooked up to the public internet, including water and sewage plants, and found that many could be open to easy hack attacks, due to lax security practices.
Infrastructure software vendors and critical infrastructure owners have long maintained that industrial control systems (ICSes) — even if rife with security vulnerabilities — are not at risk of penetration by outsiders because they’re “air-gapped” from the internet — that is, they’re not online.
But Eireann Leverett, a computer science doctoral student at Cambridge University, has developed a tool that matches information about ICSes that are connected to the internet with information about known vulnerabilities to show how easy it could be for an attacker to locate and target an industrial control system.
“Vendors say they don’t need to do security testing because the systems are never connected to the internet; it’s a very dangerous claim,” Leverett said last week at the S4 conference, which focuses on the security of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems (SCADA) that are used for everything from controlling critical functions at power plants and water treatment facilities to operating the assembly lines at food processing and automobile assembly plants.
It could be that, in the future, people will look back on the American Empire, the economic empire and the military empire, and say, “They didn’t realize that they were building their whole empire on a fragile base. They had changed that base from brick and mortar to bits and bytes, and they never fortified it. Therefore, some enemy some day was able to come around and knock the whole empire over.” That’s the fear.
- Richard Clarke, Special Advisor to the President on cybersecurity under George W. Bush