30 3 / 2014

anarcho-queer:

Police Officers Who Shot at Two Innocent Women 103 Times Won’t Be Fired or Suspended
The eight Los Angeles police officers who shot at two women over 100 times will not lose their jobs. They won’t even be suspended. They’ll just get some additional training.
They’ll need it, since the shooting happened at the height of the manhunt for cop-killer Christopher Dorner, when police mistook two women delivering newspapers in a blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck for one man hellbent on revenge in a charcoal Nissan Titan pickup truck and shot at them 103 times. One of the women, who was 71 at the time, was hit twice in the back. The second woman was hit by broken glass. I would say those cops should get some training in target practice, but then it’s probably best for innocent newspaper carriers that they don’t.
A commission found that the officers violated department policy when they thought the sound of a newspaper hitting the pavement was a gunshot and opened fire on two women who were, again, doing absolutely nothing wrong except driving a truck that didn’t even look like the one they believed their suspect to be in.
The officers faced suspension or even firing, but police chief Charlie Beck elected instead to let them all return to duty once they undergo some additional training, according to a memo obtained by the AP. The officers have not been named, so you’ll probably never know if the guy writing your speeding ticket once shot at an innocent senior citizen. 
Shortly after the women were mistaken for Dorner, another police officer shot at another pickup truck. This one was black Honda Ridgeline. Brian McGee drove his cruiser into the truck and opened fire three times. The man inside the truck was not hit, but he sustained back and head injuries. The city of Torrance, where the incident took place, gave him $20,000 to replace his truck which was, again, a black Honda Ridgeline and not a gray Nissan Titan.
In January, prosecutors found that the officer was “justified in using force to stop the vehicle and in discharging his firearm” and declined to press charges.

anarcho-queer:

Police Officers Who Shot at Two Innocent Women 103 Times Won’t Be Fired or Suspended

The eight Los Angeles police officers who shot at two women over 100 times will not lose their jobs. They won’t even be suspended. They’ll just get some additional training.

They’ll need it, since the shooting happened at the height of the manhunt for cop-killer Christopher Dorner, when police mistook two women delivering newspapers in a blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck for one man hellbent on revenge in a charcoal Nissan Titan pickup truck and shot at them 103 times. One of the women, who was 71 at the time, was hit twice in the back. The second woman was hit by broken glass. I would say those cops should get some training in target practice, but then it’s probably best for innocent newspaper carriers that they don’t.

A commission found that the officers violated department policy when they thought the sound of a newspaper hitting the pavement was a gunshot and opened fire on two women who were, again, doing absolutely nothing wrong except driving a truck that didn’t even look like the one they believed their suspect to be in.

The officers faced suspension or even firing, but police chief Charlie Beck elected instead to let them all return to duty once they undergo some additional training, according to a memo obtained by the AP. The officers have not been named, so you’ll probably never know if the guy writing your speeding ticket once shot at an innocent senior citizen. 

Shortly after the women were mistaken for Dorner, another police officer shot at another pickup truck. This one was black Honda Ridgeline. Brian McGee drove his cruiser into the truck and opened fire three times. The man inside the truck was not hit, but he sustained back and head injuries. The city of Torrance, where the incident took place, gave him $20,000 to replace his truck which was, again, a black Honda Ridgeline and not a gray Nissan Titan.

In January, prosecutors found that the officer was “justified in using force to stop the vehicle and in discharging his firearm and declined to press charges.

(via wicked-pissahh)

30 3 / 2014

fucknofetishization:

All people of color are welcome to submit pictures of yourselves with microaggressions on signs! This is all day!

Ps. You don’t have to show your face if you don’t want, you can just cover your face with your sign if you’d like.

(via angrywocunited)

29 3 / 2014

songandcrest:

#WhitePrivilege Wielded, correctly

songandcrest:

#WhitePrivilege Wielded, correctly

29 3 / 2014

nativeguy23:

Dan Snyder thinks he can silence Native Americans by giving us money. Well Natives are now putting money over their mouths to show we can’t be silenced or bought. #notforsale #notyourmascot #changethename.

nativeguy23:

Dan Snyder thinks he can silence Native Americans by giving us money. Well Natives are now putting money over their mouths to show we can’t be silenced or bought. #notforsale #notyourmascot #changethename.

(via reclaimingthenativetag)

29 3 / 2014

"Brown girl,
you are lovely
in every shade."

© 2013 Maza - Dohta

fair ‘n’ lovely is a constructed product of colonization,
and we are so much more. 

(via erfistired)

(Source: maza-dohta, via reclaimingthenativetag)

29 3 / 2014

27 2 / 2014

24 2 / 2014

Anonymous asked: Is the song Run to the Hills by Iron Maiden racist? I read your post when Mastodon made that sexist, racist failed attempt at being subversive thanksgiving shirt so as you are a first nations female metalhead I was wondering your opinion on this. Perhaps to add insult to injury the guys singing it are British. Thank you!

idolatrine:

Good question. I really like that song, and I think that the difference is in the approach. Iron Maiden’s song takes a pretty clear stance against the genocide of Native Americans:

ex. “The only good Indians are tame/ Selling them whiskey and taking their gold/ Enslaving the young and destroying the old”

I get that Mastodon wanted to do something to the same effect, but instead of making a poignant piece of art like Iron Maiden, they sold a shirt that did absolutely nothing to encourage critical thought.

It’s the difference between: 
1) writing a song that discusses genocide, thereby exposing your fans to important information

and

2) selling a shirt on Holocaust Remembrance Day that shows a sexy Jewish lady on her knees at the end of an SS officer’s gun barrel

23 2 / 2014

16 2 / 2014

eljengibre:

Originally meant to be on the Das Racist album, we decided to drop it as a free download for everyone to enjoy. This track features Heems and Kool A.D.

Go download Heems’s latest mixtape: http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/19658/heems-wild-water-kingdom.html
Go download Kool A.D. latest mixtape: http://koolad.bandcamp.com/
Download our free album at www.electricpowwow.com

(via sikssaapo-p)

16 2 / 2014

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Progressive activists and scholars, while prepared to make critiques of the US and Canadian governments, are often not prepared to question their legitimacy. A case in point is the strategy of many racial justice organizations in the US or Canada, who have rallied against the increase in hate crimes since 9/11 under the banner, “We’re American [or Canadian] too.”

This allegiance to “America” or “Canada” legitimizes the genocide and colonization of Native peoples upon which these nation-states are founded. By making anti-colonial struggle central to feminist politics, Native women place in question the appropriate form of governance for the world in general. In questioning the nation-state, we can begin to imagine a world that we would actually want to live in. Such a political project is particularly important for colonized peoples seeking national liberation outside the nation- state.

Whereas nation-states are governed through domination and coercion, indigenous sovereignty and nationhood is predicated on interrelatedness and responsibility.

As Sharon Venne explains, “Our spirituality and our responsibilities define our duties. We understand the concept of sovereignty as woven through a fabric that encompasses our spirituality and responsibility. This is a cyclical view of sovereignty, incorporating it into our traditional philosophy and view of our responsibilities. It differs greatly from the concept of Western sovereignty which is based upon absolute power. For us absolute power is in the Creator and the natural order of all living things; not only in human beings… Our sovereignty is related to our connections to the earth and is inherent.”

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16 2 / 2014

16 2 / 2014

sinidentidades:

California State Los Angeles Students Push for Ethnic Studies Requirement
Another showdown is brewing over ethnic studies, this time at California State University, Los Angeles, where students are demanding that the administration add an ethnic studies requirement to the school’s general education curriculum.
On Tuesday, 75 students showed up to an Academic Senate meeting to make their demands public, arguing that the courses are an important part of developing critical thinking skills in an increasingly multicultural society.
“College students who take an ethnic studies class can go out and uplift their community,” Jelani Hendrix, a 23-year-old Pan-African studies major, told the Los Angeles Times. “They can show that all of us are more alike than different.”
But ethnic studies programs throughout the California State University system, and the country, face tremendous hurdles as universities slash budgets and the programs suffer from dwindling enrollment. Cal State Long Beach recently moved to reduce the status of its Africana Studies program and a group of faculty from across the 23-campus Cal State system have advocated for a moratorium on proposed changes.
“General education requirements should be open to all departments and programs,” said Gretchen Peterson, chairwoman of the Cal State LA sociology department told the Times. “Ethnic studies should be integrated throughout the curriculum.”The 55-member academic senate, which includes students and college deans, rejected a similar ethnic studies requirement last month. It’s expected to take up the issue again next week.
In the video below, students and faculty speak out at a press conference in Los Angeles. 

sinidentidades:

California State Los Angeles Students Push for Ethnic Studies Requirement

Another showdown is brewing over ethnic studies, this time at California State University, Los Angeles, where students are demanding that the administration add an ethnic studies requirement to the school’s general education curriculum.

On Tuesday, 75 students showed up to an Academic Senate meeting to make their demands public, arguing that the courses are an important part of developing critical thinking skills in an increasingly multicultural society.

“College students who take an ethnic studies class can go out and uplift their community,” Jelani Hendrix, a 23-year-old Pan-African studies major, told the Los Angeles Times. “They can show that all of us are more alike than different.”

But ethnic studies programs throughout the California State University system, and the country, face tremendous hurdles as universities slash budgets and the programs suffer from dwindling enrollment. Cal State Long Beach recently moved to reduce the status of its Africana Studies program and a group of faculty from across the 23-campus Cal State system have advocated for a moratorium on proposed changes.

“General education requirements should be open to all departments and programs,” said Gretchen Peterson, chairwoman of the Cal State LA sociology department told the Times. “Ethnic studies should be integrated throughout the curriculum.”

The 55-member academic senate, which includes students and college deans, rejected a similar ethnic studies requirement last month. It’s expected to take up the issue again next week.

In the video below, students and faculty speak out at a press conference in Los Angeles. 

(via comprehensive8psychosis)

16 2 / 2014

punkprophet:

alltwibeverything:

#dunntrial #jordandavis #twibnation

hello

punkprophet:

alltwibeverything:

#dunntrial #jordandavis #twibnation

hello

(via radicalmenofcolor)

16 2 / 2014

Anonymous asked: Is 1/16th enough to identify as NDN?

indigenous-rising:

I think that depends on if you talking about how you personally identify or if you mean tribally recognized/enrollment. Tribes differ in the blood quantum needed to be enrolled; so your enrollment would depend on whatever tribe you are. If you mean how you identify I cannot answer that for you. You shouldn’t feel like you need to ask me, or anyone else, how you identify. I am no authority over you. You know yourself. You know your culture(s), you know who and what you are. If you are feeling disconnected from your Native culture then there are steps you can take to connect with it. If you feel unaccepted because you are mixed race or biracial then that is an ever on-going battle. You must accept yourself and not base your value on however many people will agree with you/accept you.

Edit: and remember there is more to being NDN then just an identifier.