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Activism, Reform, & Civil Disobedience in History!

  • The Woman’s Suffrage Movement: in which women marched for equal rights, endured imprisonment, hunger strikes, and cruelty in order to gain the right to vote.
  • The Civil Rights Movement: included sit-ins, freedom rides, and illegal marches in order to stop segregation in the U.S.
  • Anti-War Movements: actions of these protests have been refusal to pay for war, refusal to enlist in the U.S. military, sit-ins, blockades, peace camps, and the refusal to allow military recruiters on high school and college campuses.
  • The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Movement: one of the most significant riots in LGBTQ history was the riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York City in September of 1969. It was the first time that American gays and lesbians took a stand against the police and a government-funded system that persecuted sexual minorities such as LGBTQ people.
  • Community Service Organization: headed by Cesar Chavez, this organization was a Latino civil rights group, in which Latino-Americans were urged to vote and worker’s rights was a main issue.
  • Planned Parenthood: created in 1916, Planned Parenthood provided and still provides reproductive, maternal, and child health services to American women and families. They also lobby for comprehensive sexual health education, pro-choice legislation, and access to affordable health care.
  • Abolitionist Movement: the abolitionist movement in the North United States was led by William Lloyd Garrison, founder of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Abolitionist movements in the South were led by reformers such as Harriet Beecher-Stowe and Frederick Douglass.
  • Muckrakers: the term “muckraker” was coined during the Progressive Era as a way to describe investigative journalism and journalists who published only the truest of stories, consequently making many government-run agencies angry. Muckrakers and articles that they wrote helped pass the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, child labor laws, and helped stop Standard Oil’s monopoly over the oil industry.
  • Many, if not all, nonviolent protests are inspired by the teachings and demonstrations of Mohandas Gandhi. One of Gandhi’s biggest fans was Martin Luther King, Jr., who used Gandhi’s teachings on nonviolent civil disobedience in leading the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Civil disobedience in the United States has its origins in Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Civil Disobedience: Resistance to Civil Government” (1849), in which Thoreau states that people should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences. People have a duty to avoid allowing themselves of enabling the government of making them the agents of injustice.

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Say No To Louisiana House Bill 645 (Formerly Hb587)

walkforchoice:

…put forward by Rep. John LaBruzzo (R – Metarie). The bill would outlaw all forms of abortion, even if it is medically necessary to save the mother’s life. Any woman having an abortion could receive up to 15 years in jail, as could the doctor providing it. The bill was at one point specifically worded so that abortion would be outlawed “to the extent allowed by the Supreme Court.” That wording was taken out, making it instead a total ban on abortion. This bill would make abortion completely illegal—no exceptions for life of the mother.

You may remember John LaBruzzo. He also wants to start a program that pays poor women to have their tubes tied.

Please reblog now. The Louisiana House could vote on this as early as next week.

stfufauxminists:

fyeahpdp:

Privilege Denying Dude:  [Picture: Background: 8 piece pie style color split with red and teal  alternating. Foreground: White guy with glasses and light shadow wearing  a sweat shirt over a button down and short black hair. Has a smug,  arrogant facial expression and crossed arms.  Top text: “ “Sign language?” ” Bottom text: “ That’s not a language, that’s miming and gesturing.  ”]
inspired by the italian government, who is telling the italian deaf community that they will not legally recognize their language unless they use the acronym provided by the government - “LMG” or “language of miming and gesturing”.
…yeah.
there are petitions available to sign to tell them to cut that the hell out. italian nationals can use this one available on petizionsonline.it, and those outside of italy can use one provided on change.org.

Yeah, uh, fuck this. Anybody that says this kind of thing about any signed language is an ignorant asshole. Oh, same thing goes for “Deaf is a disability, not a community”. 

stfufauxminists:

fyeahpdp:

Privilege Denying Dude:
[Picture: Background: 8 piece pie style color split with red and teal alternating. Foreground: White guy with glasses and light shadow wearing a sweat shirt over a button down and short black hair. Has a smug, arrogant facial expression and crossed arms.
Top text: “ “Sign language?” ” Bottom text: “ That’s not a language, that’s miming and gesturing. ”]

inspired by the italian government, who is telling the italian deaf community that they will not legally recognize their language unless they use the acronym provided by the government - “LMG” or “language of miming and gesturing”.

…yeah.

there are petitions available to sign to tell them to cut that the hell out. italian nationals can use this one available on petizionsonline.it, and those outside of italy can use one provided on change.org.

Yeah, uh, fuck this. Anybody that says this kind of thing about any signed language is an ignorant asshole. Oh, same thing goes for “Deaf is a disability, not a community”. 

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thedailywhat:

First Look of the Day: Courtesy of Disney Pixar France comes the first non-concept-art look at Princess Merida, the female protagonist of Pixar’s 13th feature-length film Brave — the first Pixar film to feature a female lead (Kelly Macdonald), and the first to be co-directed by a woman (Brenda Chapman).
Brave, which is set “in the mystical Scottish Highlands,” also features the vocal talents of Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Kevin McKidd, and Robbie Coltrane.
A release date has been set for June 22, 2012.
[bleedingcool.]

thedailywhat:

First Look of the Day: Courtesy of Disney Pixar France comes the first non-concept-art look at Princess Merida, the female protagonist of Pixar’s 13th feature-length film Brave — the first Pixar film to feature a female lead (Kelly Macdonald), and the first to be co-directed by a woman (Brenda Chapman).

Brave, which is set “in the mystical Scottish Highlands,” also features the vocal talents of Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Kevin McKidd, and Robbie Coltrane.

A release date has been set for June 22, 2012.

[bleedingcool.]

(Source: thedailywhat)

Women’s History Facts!

  •        During the 19th century, most factory workers were single, young women. 
  •        Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote. 
  •        Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for the presidency in 1872 under the National Woman’s Suffrage Association (NAWSA).
  •  Because of her work with the Hull House, Jane Addams was the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She was also recognized for her work in literature, philosophy, her leadership, and role as a suffragist.
  •       Amelia Jenkins Bloomer helped make articles of clothing known as “bloomers” popular in the early 1850’s as a way of making women more free and active in the suffrage movement.
  •      During World War II, women’s participation in the labor force dramatically increased.
  •      During the Civil War, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, which became one of the most popular and controversial books regarding the issue of slavery during that time.
  •        In 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the first birth-control clinic in the U.S. in Brooklyn, New York. It was shut down by the government ten days after it opened.
  •      In 1918, birth control is legalized.
  •   In 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, granting women the right to vote.

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Stfu Hypocrites: The dangers of victim-blaming.

stfuhypocrisy:

It’s so easy for people to pass on the blame to victims of rape. So often we hear, “Well she was wearing/walking/drinking xyz and therefore the man is exempt of responsibility of raping her, I mean, what did she expect?

If this is the message we hear, then there’s little incentive for us to…

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STFU, Conservatives: Racism Primer

pianycist:

degausse:

Racism: A Primer~*

Racism is sociologically defined (and therefore not going to be used in the DICTIONARY) as policies and practices put into place to enforce hierarchies. These hierarchies are also known as ways to keep white people in power.

In short, racism =…

Houston, we have a problem (Shakesville)

keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

On Texas’ new sonogram bill, signed by Governor Rick Perry earlier this week:

According to the law, women will not only be forced into the ultrasound process but most will have to wait 24 hours AFTER having one to be able to go ahead with her abortion. There is a caveat for women who live more than 100 miles away—they “only” have to wait two hours.

I can’t really pick out what is more disgusting and inappropriate (apart from the bill itself, that is): Perry signing a law AGAIN to show off for and appease the bloodlust party crowd of anti-abortion activists or Rep. Patrick’s patronizing theocratic spewing. It’s all appalling, intrusive, controlling bullshit dressed up in theocratic religious fervor shrieking about “saving babies”—and it’s SOP for many state legislators these days.

(Source: keepyourbsoutofmyuterus, via walkforchoice)