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~ For those who cannot speak for themselves

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Australian HIV-killing condom available in months

In Australia, maybe. Here? It may kill a baby, too.

(Source: rhamphotheca)

scienceisbeauty:

Front pages after moon landing, from Poynter.

Nineteen year-old Renisha McBride — an unarmed Black woman from Detroit — was tragically shot dead in a mostly white suburb of Dearborn Heights, MI on Saturday, November 2, 2013. She was seeking help after being involved in a car accident nearby. Renisha was lost and frightened when she approached the home of 54-year-old Theodore Wafer. But instead of offering this distressed innocent young woman a helping hand, Wafer fatally shot her through the front door of his home.1
Jury selection in the trial of Theodore Wafer began yesterday.2 Now is our chance to demonstrate that Renisha’s family is not alone in their calls for justice and that they have the love and support of people across the country who are counting on the Wayne County Prosecutor, Kym Worthy, to deliver justice the first time so that this case won’t have to be argued in higher court.
Show your love and support for Renisha. Please share this image with your friends and family to send a powerful message that we’re paying close attention, we want a full, fair and just trial and that we are prepared to take action.
The tragic murder of Renisha hasn’t stopped calculated attempts to smear and criminalize her by Cheryl Carpenter, Wafer’s defense attorney. Carpenter recently requested a judge let jurors see photos of Renisha that show her with wads of money, alcohol and marijuana.3 As the trial gets underway this is likely the storyline that the media will run. But we can change this narrative and make it clear that this trial is not about calling up ugly racist stereotypes; its about justice, ensuring that Black lives are valued and protected, and that perpetrators who commit unconscionable, violent or deadly acts against Black folks are held accountable.
Renisha’s life was cut brutally short in circumstances that have become far too familiar — a young unarmed Black person gunned down by a white person harboring dangerous racist stereotypes, deep-seated and unfounded fear and a proclivity for racial profiling.4 Renisha is lovingly recalled by her family as “a caring person who loved cars and shopping, worked for Ford Motor Co. and had aspirations of becoming a police officer.” Renisha deserves to be alive today to fulfill her dreams. And while a murder conviction could never bring Renisha back, by sharing this powerful graphic we can send our love and support to her family, loved ones and Detroit community and fight back against irresponsible efforts aimed at criminalizing and putting the victim on trial.
Please share this powerful image to show your love and support for Renisha. And when you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same.
Thanks and peace,
— Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Aimée, Jamar and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team   July 22nd, 2014
P.S. Click here to download either the poster-size version or the Facebook share size of the image.

Nineteen year-old Renisha McBride — an unarmed Black woman from Detroit — was tragically shot dead in a mostly white suburb of Dearborn Heights, MI on Saturday, November 2, 2013. She was seeking help after being involved in a car accident nearby. Renisha was lost and frightened when she approached the home of 54-year-old Theodore Wafer. But instead of offering this distressed innocent young woman a helping hand, Wafer fatally shot her through the front door of his home.1

Jury selection in the trial of Theodore Wafer began yesterday.2 Now is our chance to demonstrate that Renisha’s family is not alone in their calls for justice and that they have the love and support of people across the country who are counting on the Wayne County Prosecutor, Kym Worthy, to deliver justice the first time so that this case won’t have to be argued in higher court.

Show your love and support for Renisha. Please share this image with your friends and family to send a powerful message that we’re paying close attention, we want a full, fair and just trial and that we are prepared to take action.

The tragic murder of Renisha hasn’t stopped calculated attempts to smear and criminalize her by Cheryl Carpenter, Wafer’s defense attorney. Carpenter recently requested a judge let jurors see photos of Renisha that show her with wads of money, alcohol and marijuana.3 As the trial gets underway this is likely the storyline that the media will run. But we can change this narrative and make it clear that this trial is not about calling up ugly racist stereotypes; its about justice, ensuring that Black lives are valued and protected, and that perpetrators who commit unconscionable, violent or deadly acts against Black folks are held accountable.

Renisha’s life was cut brutally short in circumstances that have become far too familiar — a young unarmed Black person gunned down by a white person harboring dangerous racist stereotypes, deep-seated and unfounded fear and a proclivity for racial profiling.4 Renisha is lovingly recalled by her family as “a caring person who loved cars and shopping, worked for Ford Motor Co. and had aspirations of becoming a police officer.” Renisha deserves to be alive today to fulfill her dreams. And while a murder conviction could never bring Renisha back, by sharing this powerful graphic we can send our love and support to her family, loved ones and Detroit community and fight back against irresponsible efforts aimed at criminalizing and putting the victim on trial.

Please share this powerful image to show your love and support for Renisha. And when you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same.

Thanks and peace,

— Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Aimée, Jamar and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
   July 22nd, 2014

P.S. Click here to download either the poster-size version or the Facebook share size of the image.

A co-worker closed the door to the staff room behind him.
It locked automatically
and I started planning what I could use as a weapon:
smash the glass beside the fridge into his eye.
pick up the fork next to me and sink it into his leg.
claw him across the face if I couldn’t get to anything in time.
As I calculated how hard it would be to shove his body weight off of me,
he finished making his lunch, said, “Sup,” and left,
the door automatically locking behind him.
I expect if I told him I was prepared to stab him with the corner of my staff ID if I had to,
he would say what I’ve heard too often, the one we all know
but are getting wearily suspicious of:
Not all men are like That.

When I was eleven, all the girls in my class got sent to self-defence
because they assumed we’d need it one day.
When I was twelve, there was a prostitute’s body dumped in the river next to my house
because someone thought she was disposable.
When I was thirteen, it happened again and this time the man went to jail
and people stood outside the courtroom and held up signs that he did the right thing.
When I was fourteen, my friend showed up to a sleepover late, chest heaving from sobbing
and from running four blocks after getting chased by a man that followed her off the bus.
When I was fifteen, my mother accused me of being a Man Hater
and I said, “No, but god, would you blame me if I was?”

I got catcalled and then got laughed at when I flipped them off.
they pulled up beside me and I clutched my bag tighter,
my hand going in for my keys and my mind going over how their noses would look
if I smashed them in with my elbow.
“What’s the big deal,” the guy at the steering wheel asked. “We’re just complimenting you. We’re not like That.”

Sorry, but I’m not going to trust you in case I end up on a poster labelled ‘MISSING.’
Even if you seem like the nicest guy, I’ll still have one hand holding my keys
as the only knife I’m allowed, because I don’t know how far you’re going to take it:
if you won’t back off when I tell you I don’t want to date you
if you’ll shout BITCH at me when I don’t respond well to your catcall
if you’ll expect my body as a reward for treating me like a human being
if you’ll try to take what you think you’re owed by being a man
if you’ll turn me into another statistic that people shudder away from.

I have been trained to assume that it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing
or face the consequences.
I don’t know if you’ll nod when I reject you
or pump me full of bullets.

Every single woman I’ve talked to has a story where they haven’t felt safe in their own body
because of what a man said or did.

Not all men are like That, but god, it’s enough.

—   

'Welcome to Girlhood: None Of Us Are Safe,' theappleppielifestyle (via tiredestprincess)

So true. They’re not all like that, but I’ve met more than one who were. How many men does it take…?

(Source: theappleppielifestyle, via sorayachemaly)

Wyoming Unites for Marriage

Hey there—

Did you know that right now, a case is making its way through state court that could overturn Wyoming’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples? This could be the case that brings the freedom to marry to Wyoming once and for all—but only if our state leaders do the right thing and refuse to defend our harmful marriage ban.

That’s why I just signed Wyoming Unites for Marriage’s petition urging Governor Matt Mead and Attorney General Peter Michael to stop defending Wyoming’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. It’s easy—and signing the petition will make a huge impact. Will you add your name now?

Sign here—-> http://wyunites.org/Petition

Momentum for marriage equality is at an all-time high, and it’s never been more clear that the people of Wyoming overwhelmingly believe that everyone should have the freedom to marry the person they love.

Governor Mead and Attorney General Michael should stand on the right side of history—and with the majority of Wyomingiites—in refusing to defend a law that harms thousands of families each and every day.

Add your name to the petition now and Wyoming Unites for Marriage will hand-deliver your signature: http://wyunites.org/Petition

Thanks for taking action!

Give Kenai Brown Bears a True Refuge

Repeal dangerous regulations targeting women's health centers - National Women's Law Center

Take Action!!!

mymodernmet:

California-based artist Crystal Morey explores the relationship between humans and nature with her intriguing ceramic sculptures of people encased in animals.

Beautiful!

Kill the Monument Bill (HR 1459)

More assholiness from the GOP and the Tea Party (am I being redundant?)