Harmless Insanity

mihrstears:

send this to your crush. Just.. just do it

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Sex gets more attention than love from feminist women and everyone else because when we speak of love we have to speak of loss, of lack, of our failures of will and courage. It is not easy to face that men, even politically progressive men, may want sexual power over women more than they want to love us.

bell hooks | Communion

is the most important book ive ever read in my life i swear, please read this book, she is just cracking eggs of knowledge everywhere and its the most painful and validating work in the english language

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theyearofselfeducation:

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theyearofselfeducation:

PLEASE SHARE FAR AND WIDE! #DEFENDNUBIA

TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE BRUTALITY

BART OFFICERS & SANTA RITA SHERIFFS TAG-TEAM BATTERY OF NUBIA BOWE, A 19-YEAR OLD AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN

One might think that based on the sordid history and negative press surrounding Oakland’s law enforcement activity, officers would think twice before using excessive force on unarmed citizens.

Unfortunately, this is not the case for many black and brown youth who are overly scrutinized and policed simply for existing in the skin in which they were born, nor was it the case for Nubia Bowe on Friday, March 21, 2014. On this evening, officers responded to a complaint of two young performers soliciting for money on the train. Two male passengers, and friends of Bowe, were approached by officers at the Lake Merritt station, with a witness who identified the two young men as the guilty suspects. The men were instructed by the officers to get off the train for questioning. Some of the train’s passengers stood up for the youth, telling the officers that young people they were looking for had already gotten off the train at the West Oakland station and that these three riders had not been engaged in the solicitation of passengers.

Bowe, a 19-year-old African American female and full-time student of a local security-training program, repeatedly iterated the group’s innocence, telling the officers that they were in violation of the young men’s rights. This “challenge”, as well as mounting vocal pressure from other BART riders, agitated the officers who forcibly removed Bowe from the train. One officer threw the 5’0” tall, 105 pound teen into the platform and repeatedly “roughed her up” according to one passenger. “They kept slamming her around..her mouth was full of blood” as she was ushered by her attackers to the Lake Merritt station holding cell in preparation for transport to Santa Rita County Jail on one felony and three misdemeanor charges.

Bowe’s first experience with the law quickly intensified at Santa Rita where she was taunted, battered, and denied serious medical care, as well as the usage of phone privileges by deputies at the County Jail; a jail whose condition is reported to be torturous in-and-of itself. “Three male guards and one female guard came in my cell and beat me up. They hit me then said that I assaulted one of them..they chained my wrists to my ankles and tipped me over onto the urine-soaked ground so I couldn’t get up. I could tell they were trying to break my spirit” says Bowe about the four-night stay that resulted in two additional arrest charges being tacked to her quickly growing rap sheet.

Now Nubia is facing felony charges, and the DA is pushing to send her back to jail. On top of the horrible traumas she’s already suffered through this experience, she could be sent back to jail where she would likely be subject to the same treatment. 

We need to build serious public pressure to get the DA to drop these bogus charges! The officer who initially assaulted Nubia on the BART platform told her, “You have no rights.” That is the attitude of law enforcement towards Black youth in the country. We need to fight back and protect our young people from the triple threat of racist institutions - the police, the courts, and the prisons. 

Share Nubia’s story far and wide! Use the hashtag #DefendNubia on tumblr, twitter and Facebook. Her trial is set for August 5th. Let’s mount  public and media pressure to show Nubia and every young Black woman and man that we will not stand for this kind of abuse from the prison industrial complex. 

hey guys guess what? i am at this bart station every week. today i very likely walked past the spot where nubia was slammed to the ground.
why the fuck isn’t this more well known?
please, people. this is my home. i can’t deal with this going unknown.

Thank you so much for sharing. I’m working on a longer video, but here’s a clip from my interview with Nubia: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21czrNVTJXs

Here’s her amazing god father’s speech to the Board of Supervisors (who oversee the Sheriff): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibVXxuNFgzg&feature=youtu.be

And here’s a Facebook page where you can follow her case and find out ways to support Nubia: https://www.facebook.com/oneshotawayba

She has a court date on Monday morning if you want to come support in solidarity: https://www.facebook.com/events/311404372341225/

Thank you again, so much, for sharing. Keep spreading the word. 

In Solidarity,

The Year of Self Education


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feminist77:

Pretty sure I already reblogged this but what the hell.  Love this campaign.  

campaign bringing awareness to homeless youth

I adore this campaign so much.

Okay just going to inform people about being young and homeless for a second

In most states, it is a status offense to run away from home, and in most states your parents can drag you home kicking and screaming.

46% leave because of physical abuse.

17% leave because of sexual abuse.

50% of homeless youth were kicked out, or their parent/guardian didn’t care/try to stop them when they left.

40% of the homeless in America are under 18.

Okay, so obviously in trying to fix homelessness, fixing youth homelessness is very important. But our society is completely restricting of youth being independent. A youth who is unhappy at home has very few options.

A youth is restricted from getting jobs without parental permission (and of course few homeless teens can get that). Without the option of getting a legal job, youth are forced into prostitution (survival sex), drug selling, and theft.

A yout cannot rent an apartment without parental permission.

Most hotels and motels will not let somebody under 18 book a room.

A youth cannot even get medical help without parental permission (even if they could afford it).

To house a homeless youth for more than 24 hours is a felony.

To aid a homeless youth in finding housing (besides a homeless shelter or their parent’s/guardian’s residence) is illegal.

Even shelters place 48 hour restrictions on youth without parental permission.

40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ.

Our misguided belief that these restrictions help youth- that these kids will go home and all will be well- is naive and harmful. It is ridiculous that we place parental rights and our notion that kids shouldn’t leave their parents above youth safety.

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