Indigenous People’s Day Photo Project 2013

"Dear Columbus…"

Photo Credit: Andrew Burlingham

South Puget Sound Community College’s Diversity & Equity Center

Olympia, WA 

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"When many people think of the Black Panther Party today, the image that comes to mind is male-centered and violent: a powerful man wearing the Panther’s signature black beret, with gun prominently in hand. This image has been seared into the collective conscious and appears on thousands of posters and t-shirts. It may be surprising, then, to learn that by the early 1970s the Black Panther Party was two-thirds female."

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"Loukanikos" internationally known as the "Riot Dog" passed away today in Athens at the age of 10. His health was adversely affected by police asphyxiating gas and from being kicked from police, forcing him to “retire” from active protest about two years ago.

“He was on the couch sleeping, when suddenly his heart stopped beating”.

Farewell our comrade

Oh no! Genuinely upset by the death of a dog I’ve never met

best dog ever

RIP Loukanikos

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As the world is celebrates Malala Yousafzai’s winning of the Nobel Peace Prize, it is important to reexamine why it is that this specific individual has won the prize, the meaning of which has become a mockery of peace with such notable recipients as U.S. President Barak…

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Darren Wilson remains on paid leave as protesters show solidarity with their comrades in Hong Kong.

Friday, October 10th

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"They were always there. Whenever you wanted to do something simple, natural and inoffensive. Like drink some water, sit down, go to the bathroom or a buy a bus ticket to Charlotte, North Carolina. Those classifying signs that told you who you were, what to do. More than those abrupt and discourteous signs one gets used to in this country—-the door that says “Push,” the towel dispenser that says “Press,” the traffic light that says “NO”—these signs were not just arrogant, they were malevolent: “White Only.” “Colored Only,” or perhaps just “Colored” permanently carved into the granite over a drinking fountain. But there was one set of signs that was not malevolent: it was, in fact, rather reassuring in its accuracy and fine distinctions: the pair that said “White Ladies” and “Colored Women.”
The difference between white and black females seemed to me an eminently satisfactory one. White females were ladies, said the sign maker, worthy of respect. And the quality that made ladyhood worthy? Softness, helplessness and modesty—-which I interpreted as a willingness to let others do their labor and their thinking. Colored females, on the other hand were women—unworthy of respect because they were tough, capable, independent and immodest. Now, it appears, there is a consensus that those anonymous sign makers were right all along, for there is no such thing as Ladies’ Liberation. Even the word “lady” is anathema to feminists. They insist upon the “womans” label as a declaration of their rejection of all that softness, helplessness and modesty, for they see them as characteristics which served to secure their bondage to men."

Toni Morrison, What the Black Woman Thinks About Women’s Lib. New York Times Magazine (23 August 1971): 4+ Reprinted by permission of International Creative Management, Inc. Copyright 1971 by Toni Morrison. from the book What Moves at the Margin.


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Watch Each of the Last Four U.S. Presidents Announce That We’re Bombing Iraq | Reason
Watch George H.W. Bush in January 1991 announce that “air attacks are already underway against military targets in Iraq.” 
Watch President Bill Clinton in December 1998 announce a mission, along with British forces, to “strike military and security targets in Iraq.” 
Watch President George Bush (the second one) in March 2003 announce that American forces, with help from coalition partners, “are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq.”
Watch President Obama, last night, describe U.S. airstrikes and other military operations designed to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
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Malcolm X: Our History Was Destroyed By Slavery 

on March 17, 1963 in Chicago.

see how little we get taught about history - I never had any idea why Malcolm X used the ‘X’. 

How come I didn’t know this

Also that crusty old white man called the named ‘gifted’. Jesus.

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Womanist - by Alice Walker


Womanist - by Alice Walker

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jsyk, only 2.9% of the population in Canada is black, and yet black Canadians makes 80% of prisons and are mostly likely to get mistreated in them

tell me again racism doesn’t exist Canada. (: 

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Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel have written a book which has just been released which will probably be worth the read.  In the book, Unequal Time, the two: 

.. .explore the ways in which social inequalities permeate the workplace, reverberating through a web of time in which the schedules of one person shape the schedules of others in ways that exemplify and often exacerbate differences between men and women, the privileged and disadvantaged.

What the authors find is what we know.  Capitalism, global capitalism, is finding better and better ways to exploit those upon whose labor the system depends.  Hours not quite up to enough to qualify for this or that “benefit,”  schedules all over the clock, substitutions, part time, seasonal, you know all the words which describe all the ways capital finds to squeeze every last bit of surplus labor out of working people the world over.

Further, the squeeze put upon workers impacts every one of us, well every one of us who are not way up at the top.  This Clawson and Gerstel demonstrate and explain rather well in their discussion of low paid healthcare workers, the very workers who we depend upon when we are sick, or feeble, the very workers we depend upon to care for those we love in hospitals and nursing homes.  The squeeze which is put upon them goes far beyond dollars and cents.  It impacts their own health, it impacts the quality of care which they can provide.

This is class struggle.  This is the multitude verses global capital.  This is life and death.

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"I was wondering about our yesterdays,
and starting digging through the rubble
and to say, at least somebody went
through a hell of a lot of trouble
to make sure that when we looked things up
we wouldn’t fair too well
and that we would come up with totally unreliable
portraits of ourselves.
But I compiled what few facts I could,
I mean, such as they are
to see if we could shed a little bit of light
and this is what I got so far:
First, white folks discovered Africa
and they claimed it fair and square.
Cecil Rhodes couldn’t have been robbing nobody
‘cause he said there was nobody there.
White folks brought all the civilization,
since there wasn’t none around.
They said ‘how could these folks be civilized
when you never see nobody writing nothing down?’
And just to prove all their suspicions,
it didn’t take too long.
They found out there were whole groups of people
— in plain sight —
running around with no clothes on. That’s right!
The women, the men, the young and old,
righteous white folks covered their eyes.
So no time was spent considering the environment.
Hell no! This here, this just wasn’t civilized!
And another way they knew the folks was backwards,
or at least this how we were taught
is that ‘unlike the very civilized people of Europe’
these Black groups actually fought!
And yes, there was some ‘rather crude implements’
and yes, there was ‘primitive art’
and yes they were masters of hunting and fishing
and courtesy came from the heart.
And yes there was medicine, love and religion,
inter-tribal communication by drum.
But no paper and pencils and other utensils
and hell, these folks never even heard of a gun.
So this is why the colonies came
to stabilize the land.
Because The Dark Continent had copper and gold
and the discovers had themselves a plan.
They would ‘discover’ all the places with promise.
You didn’t need no titles or deeds.
You could just appoint people to make everything legal,
to sanction the trickery and greed.
And out in the bushes if the natives got restless
You could call that ‘guerilla attack!’
and never have to describe that somebody finally got
and decided they wanted their things back.
But still we are victims of word games,
semantics is always a bitch:
places once called under-developed and ‘backwards’
are now called ‘mineral rich.’
And still it seems the game goes on
with unity always just out of reach
Because Libya and Egypt used to be in Africa,
but they’ve been moved to the ‘middle east’.
There are examples galore I assure you,
but if interpreting was left up to me
I’d be sure every time folks knew this version wasn’t mine
which is why it is called ‘His story’."

Black History

by Gil Scott-Heron

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Thomas Sankara was a Burkinabé military captain, Marxist revolutionary, pan-Africanist theorist, and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. During the Organization of African Unity Summit of 1987, Sankara delivers a speech entitled “Against Debt” in which he calls upon African nations to refuse to pay debts imposed by international imperialist powers. [Link]

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