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Our niece posted on facebook page and gave us permission to use it here. The original was from The Pixel Project: Its Time To Stop Violence Against Women. Together.

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PICTURE OF THE DAY: This infographic makes an interesting point about the prevalence of violence against women by comparing rape statistics with shark attack statistics. Anyone else seen interesting and unusual infographics highlighting violence against women and girls in unconventional ways?

EDITOR’S NOTE:
We did not create this infographic but shared it because it drives home the point about the horrifically high chances of a woman getting raped in her lifetime. Since some of you have asked about the statistics, we did the legwork for you and here are the links to the sources for these statistics:

1. A woman/person’s chance of getting killed by a shark in her/their lifetime – National Geographic:
http://natgeotv.com/uk/shark-attack-experiment-live/facts

2. A woman’s 1 in 6 chance of being raped in her lifetime (U.S. only) – RAINN
https://www.rainn.org/get-informat…/…/sexual-assault-victims

Worldwide, it’s a 1 in 5 chance:
http://www.un.org/en/women/endviolence/pdf/VAW.pdf

3. 100 million sharks culled annually – Australian Marine Conservation Society
http://www.marineconservation.org.au/…/government-on-shark-…

4. Percentage of reported rapists convicted and imprisoned – RAINN
https://rainn.org/get-informat…/statistics/punishing-rapists

Rosa Clemente has posted something that we feel must be shared with activists in this country.

Rest In Power Edward Crawford!

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Be clear that these are political executions….and do not forget Joshua Williams who is incarcerated for his political actions as well as the many Ferguson fighters who have been taken to trial. Crawford was found shot to death Thursday night in his car, just like activist Darren Seals in 2016 and protester DeAndre Joshua the night of the Ferguson verdict in 2014. The latter two had gunshot wounds to the head and their cars were lit on fire. Crawford, it is believed by police, shot himself in the back seat of his car either in an attempted suicide or by accident.

A dedicated activist Crawford was photographed throwing a tear gas canister during the Ferguson Uprising against racist police and the murder of Michael Brown. In our book Edward Crawford was a liberation warrior of the top degree. Daring to pick up a tear gas canister and throwing it away from a group of children is a hero in our book.  Rest In Power Edward Crawford.

This article is a must read:

Ferguson, Mo., Activists Are Dying and It’s Time to Ask Questions

another article to gain some perspective to what is happening in Ferguson is, Darren Seals Isn’t the Only Ferguson Man to Be Shot and Torched in a Car, which speaks about all of the other warriors who have been murdered in Ferguson. This article was written by Justin Glawe in 2016 the year Darren Seals was murdered and begins like this: “The Ferguson protester who was shot to death and subsequently torched inside a car on Tuesday isn’t the first man from St. Louis County in the last two years to see such a gangland-style fate. He’s the sixth.”

 

 

Many thanks to Homophobia Exposed for this list.

Pre-existing Conditions List

AIDS/HIV, acne, acid reflux, ADD/ADHD, addiction, Alzheimer’s, anemia, aneurysm, angioplasty, anorexia, anxiety, arrhythmia, arthritis, asthma, atrial fibrillation, autism, bariatric surgery, basal cell carcinoma, bipolar disorder, blood clot, breast cancer, bulimia, bypass surgery, celiac disease, cerebral aneurysm, cerebral embolism, cerebral palsy, cerebral thrombosis, cervical cancer, colon cancer, colon polyps, congestive heart failure, COPD, Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, DMD, depression, diabetes, disability, Down syndrome, eating disorder, enlarged prostate, epilepsy, glaucoma, gout, heart disease, heart murmur, heartburn, hemophilia, hepatitis C, herpes, high cholesterol, hypertension, hysterectomy, kidney disease, kidney stones, kidney transplant, leukemia, lung cancer, lymphoma, mental health, migraines, MS, muscular dystrophy, narcolepsy, nasal polyps, OCD, obesity, organ transplant, osteoporosis, pacemaker, panic disorder, paralysis, paraplegia, Parkinson’s disease, PREGNANCY, restless leg syndrome, schizophrenia, seasonal affective disorder, seizures, sickle cell disease, skin cancer, sleep disorders, stent, stroke, thyroid issues, tooth disease, TB, and ulcers.

These are just a few things insurance companies will be allowed to hike up your premiums for. I’m betting at least 75% of you have experienced at least one of the things on this list. I know that in my EXTENDED family, almost NONE of us would be safe from premium hikes.

If you are a woman who voted for trump, who has ever been pregnant- congratulations. You just fucked yourself.

…and we all know that insurance companies are pigs and will more than likely go along with this. Keep up the fight. Free Health Care for All!

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We remember our martyrs. Kent State May 4, 1970 and Jackson State May 15, 1970. May they rest in power and may we continue to build a people’s movement against all injustice.

What a bunch of bull some people try to feed us and have been fed by others. When I saw this I had to cringe.

The person who posted this titled it Peaceful Resistance Always. Of course she is a democrat and a supporter of Obama.

So what is the real story of Obama and Peaceful Resistance:

Obama embraced the US drone programme, overseeing more strikes in his first year than Bush carried out during his entire presidency. A total of 563 strikes, largely by drones, targeted Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen during Obama’s two terms, compared to 57 strikes under Bush. Between 384 and 807 civilians were killed in those countries, according to reports logged by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

That figure does not include deaths in active battlefields including Afghanistan – where US air attacks have shot up since Obama withdrew the majority of his troops at the end of 2014. The country has since come under frequent US bombardment, in an unreported war that saw 1,337 weapons dropped last year alone – a 40% rise on 2015.

Afghan civilian casualties have been high, with the United Nations (UN) reporting at least 85 deaths in 2016. The Bureau recorded 65 to 105 civilian deaths during this period. We did not start collecting data on Afghanistan until 2015.

Total US drone and air strikes in 2016
Pakistan Yemen Somalia Afghanistan
Strikes 3 38 14 1071
Total people reported killed 11-12 147-203 204-292 1389-1597
Civilians reported killed 1 0 3-5 65-101

Notes on the data: The Bureau is not logging strikes in active battlefields except Afghanistan; strikes in Syria, Iraq and Libya are not included in this data. To see data for those countries, visit Airwars.org.

 

 

This is what Peaceful Resistance gets you.

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and this bullshit is overwhelming we only need one photo even if there are many more: The Obama administration has insisted that drone strikes are so “exceptionally surgical and precise” that they pluck off terror suspects while not putting “innocent men, women and children in danger”.

and really folks. Did the Nobel committee lose their minds?

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According to St. Pete for Peace here is a run down of peaceful resistance: (more…)

photo courtesy of Marc Burns

tape, chair, rope, boards, plastic and water

He takes the ordinary and makes it un-ordinary by an almost magical arrangement of materials into puzzles’ and questions that don’t need to be answered necessarily. But gosh when we try we have fun. Draped, wrapped, bound, tied, wound around, mysteries under cover that don’t require me to wonder, what’s under that wrap up? Beautiful presents not to be disturbed by questions of what’s inside. As I sit here writing those words I think “what’s underneath the tarps” never crossed my mind.

Photo courtesy of- Thomas Foran

This art opens up so many possibilities. It doesn’t shut anything down. It doesn’t say aren’t I nice because it doesn’t need to. It is there for the learning, for the moving us from here to there from one place to the next. We don’t always know where we will land or what we are landing on but land somewhere we will. Or then just maybe we won’t, maybe we will keep going, going, going. A push that gives out another push, a new invention inventing another invention.  This work doesn’t say “aren’t I nice for over your sofa,” it doesn’t fit in a nice little nice frame, No telling viewers “I am as slick as slick can be.” It can not, repeat and repeat after so many in the art world and say, “My mommy went to art school and this is what she learned.”  It doesn’t behave itself. It can’t, it doesn’t know how, it won’t, just a few reasons we love it. It doesn’t tell me I am “like” art. It boldly says I am art and means it. For all the reasons, in all the art history we know it is true.

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Photo courtesy of- Marc Burns

TEACH US TO OPEN UP OUR EYES (more…)

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https://www.facebook.com/events/468163966848380/