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{ For everyone upset about that case in the Netherlands I posted earlier… }

meloukhia:

Are you aware that restraint and seclusion in US schools are poorly regulated, and disability rights activists have been trying for several YEARS now to get a law banning restraint and seclusion in schools passed? A report from the AP last year (content note for abuse of PWDs, suicide, and see how I cited my source?) notes one of the more dire consequences of lack of regulation:

“It took the death of my son for everybody to start listening about this problem,” said King, a construction worker who lives in Gainesville, north of Atlanta. “I wish we had known they were locking him up like that or we would have taken him out of that school. They treated my kid like a prisoner.”
It is perfectly legal for schools across the United States to place children in isolation as well as tying/tethering and otherwise restricting their movement.

Jesus.

(Source: se-smith, via lucypaw)

{ LINK: a crooked girl: in honor of roe v wade's birthday (*trigger warning* for mention of child rape) }

heartinakiln:

once upon a time, i was pro life

i was raised catholic, ok? this was the only thing i knew. i was 13. i did not understand the fine nuances of the issue. i did not understand what pregnancy does to a woman’s body. i did not understand that rape happens. i thought it was easy, black and white.

*Trigger Warning* for classism and horrors of foster care system

threeoh4:

someone responded to that facebook post and said “if they have money to get drugs, they have money to buy food.”  and had the nerve to say “if they’re on drugs just take their kids away from them.”

i’m like… wait… you want to take the kids out of the home and throw them into the foster care system which has been proven to be a problematic situation anyway.  With people taking kid after kid after kid and using them just for the monthly stipend? Physical, mental, and verbal abuse, molestation, sexual assault, workers who don’t have the time, resources, or energy to check on their clients? the list doesn’t end.  the last place a kid should be unless it’s absolutely necessary is in the foster care system, imho.

and all i want to know is who thought up that argument?  people think buying heroin is like going to walmart or something, apparently.

“oh, what’s that? you’d like some heroin? well that’ll be $28.95 madam. no tax this time. i’ll eat that.”

“sir, you’ve been coming here regularly for 4 years.  you’ve sucked copious amounts of dick for cocaine and you know we have a strict 8.6% tax on it. oh, and as of February 11, 2011, we’ll no longer be accepting checks.”

“thank you! come again! - wait, we know you’ll come again.  and again. and again.”

(Source: peechingtonmariejust, via tranzient-deactivated20110219-d)

{ LINK: Rapist walks free as judge agrees girl, 12, looked 16. }

*Trigger Warning* for rape and rape apologism

lucypaw:

inherhipstheresrevolutions:

“A convicted child rapist who claims he believed a 12-year-old girl he raped was 16 has been given a conditional discharge by top judges…”

Ah, I love how his full name and street address has been published. Nice one LEP ;)

This is rape culture.

Note that the article says “They met and had sex in a park”.  Had sex.  That is some really unfortunate wording there.

EDITED to add trigger warning.

(Source: sluteverxxx)

“…[Natalie] Portman talks of being ‘infuriated’ by protests against the Toronto Film Festival for its string of films from Tel Aviv. She explains that the protesters…“say [Tel Aviv] was built on the misery of Palestinians. Well, the United States was built on the misery of the Native Americans and all the slaves who were brought over so are we going to boycott all American films? I don’t think the Israeli government is beyond criticism—there’s plenty to protest against, but it seems really absurd to me that artists would try to censor art.””

Natalie Portman in V Magazine in 2009 (you can read it here)

I guess she didn’t think the social and cultural boycott of apartheid South Africa was a great idea either. Or that protesting current, ongoing human rights violations is different from protesting ones that happened 200-300 years ago. And the “other countries did/do bad things too!!” has always been my favorite defense, nice touch Ms. Portman.

I have a ton more of garbage just like this sitting in a word doc on my comp from when I was writing the colour beige entry, I wonder if I should just make a Colour Beige 2: The Idiocy Outtakes post or something.

(via somerset)

[TRIGGER WARNING: Links and commentary may be triggering for sexual assault and institutionalized racism.]

Things that are true: Natalie Portman said something hella stupid and it’s not the first time. She made a crass comparison to try to make a flawed and fucked up point and she should be called out for it.

Things that are not true: That human rights violations committed against Native people is not a current, ongoing issue. It is not in the past. And you know what? We should be protesting about it. We should be demanding the return of sacred land and landmarks. We should be fucking infuriated that a 2010 law meant to protect Native people places a value of three years maximum jail time on their rape, which is epidemic and overwhelmingly committed at the hands of non-Native men.

I am so exhausted with this bullshit, y’all. I am so sick of purported allies perpetuating the meme that, after all that there genocide “200-300 years ago,” EVERYTHING WAS TOTALLY COOL. It erases all the shit that went down in those 200-300 years. Like Catholic boarding schools built for the expressed purpose of teaching Native children how to be “civilized people,” boarding schools full of physical, emotional, mental and sexual abuse, the last of which weren’t shut down until the 1970s. It ignores the fact that as a DIRECT RESULT of these schools, huge parts of our culture has been lost forever, trained out of us, that so many of our languages are dying out and alcoholism and abuse within the community has skyrocketed. And then there’s the forced sterilization of Native women (also in the 1970s!), the undermining of tribal law and leaders, making it impossible for them to protect their own people, something that was, as mentioned, only addressed in TWO-THOUSAND AND TEN in a hugely problematic and fucked up law that inherently values a Native person’s rape as less worthy of punishment than any other citizen. And these are the US government’s attempts to fix things.

What Natalie Portman said was fucked up, but so is the commentary above and I am officially out of spoons.

(via fiercelynative)

the last residential school was shut down in the 90’s. More current than you think.  If you’re in your 20’s, and had been born native - it could have been you.

(via cecinestpasuneblog)

Thanks for the correction. I had heard a lot of articles citing the 1970s as when most shut down and then read one that said the last was, indeed, closed in the 90s, but apparently my brain blanked on that in my rage. Shall edit the original post.

(via fiercelynative)

(via lakalenyu-deactivated20111225)

eateroftrees:

nines19:

eateroftrees:

fyeahpdd:

[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: “Parents just want to make their children normal” Bottom text: “Is that so cruel”]
Specifically said about how we need to cure autism because neurotypical parents want XYZ for their children (and, of course, can’t be bothered to work out how to get that for their kids in another way), but this applies to fucking everything.

Blarhgrhhghghhhhhhhh
Yes.
I don’t have teh energy to elaborate but yes definitely it’s creepy and probably abusive.

The tipoff for this being shitty for me is “make their children”. As someone who endured abuse at the hands of my parents, that rings WAY suspicious of language to me.
</don’t have any other place in this convo so I’mma bow out now>

Yep, exactly.
(although like: pretending your child isn’t disabled when they are is also a problem.  Though I guess that is trying to make your child normal; just by, you know, having the child put in all the effort)

eateroftrees:

nines19:

eateroftrees:

fyeahpdd:

[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: “Parents just want to make their children normal” Bottom text: “Is that so cruel”]

Specifically said about how we need to cure autism because neurotypical parents want XYZ for their children (and, of course, can’t be bothered to work out how to get that for their kids in another way), but this applies to fucking everything.

Blarhgrhhghghhhhhhhh

Yes.

I don’t have teh energy to elaborate but yes definitely it’s creepy and probably abusive.

The tipoff for this being shitty for me is “make their children”. As someone who endured abuse at the hands of my parents, that rings WAY suspicious of language to me.

</don’t have any other place in this convo so I’mma bow out now>

Yep, exactly.

(although like: pretending your child isn’t disabled when they are is also a problem.  Though I guess that is trying to make your child normal; just by, you know, having the child put in all the effort)

(Source: , via thenameoftheworms)

{ [WARNING: description of child rape/child abuse/victim-blaming/rape culture] }

brutal child abuse/victim-blaming by school officials at Republic Middle School in Springfield, Missouri.  article under the cut.  this is an important story but likely triggering.

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(via rendezvoodoo)

“I must remind you that starving a child is violence. Suppressing a culture is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence.”

Coretta Scott King  (via zeitgeistmovement)

Yes.

(via tranimal)

(Source: kabinessence, via face--the--strange)

{ LINK: Help stop forced confessions and wrongful convictions | Color Of Change }

could’ve sworn i posted this already.  anyway please sign this and/or pass it around if you can:

Recent DNA testing has proven the innocence of 10 men from Cook County, Illinois who were forced to confess as children to crimes they didn’t commit. Some of them have been imprisoned for nearly 20 years. Despite the overwhelming genetic evidence, which has linked the crime to the real killers, State officials have refused to recognize their innocence.‬

‪Please join us in demanding that State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez immediately agree to vacate the convictions of these men, now grown.‬

[READ MORE & SIGN PETITION]

midwestmountainmama:

soydulcedeleche:

drueisms:

Cristian  Fernandez is only 12 years old. And if Florida prosecutor Angela Corey has her  way, he’ll never leave jail again.
Cristian hasn’t  had an easy life. He’s the same age now as his mother was when he was born. He’s  a survivor of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. In 2010, Cristian watched  his stepfather commit suicide to avoid being charged with abusing Cristian.
Last January,  Cristian was wrestling with his 2-year-old brother, David, and accidentally  broke David’s leg. Despite this, their mother left Cristian with his brother  again in March. While the two boys were alone, Cristian allegedly pushed his  brother against a bookcase, and David sustained a head injury. After their  mother returned home, she waited six hours before taking David to the hospital.  David eventually died.
Now  Cristian is being charged with first degree murder — as an adult. He’s  the youngest person in the history of his Florida county to receive this charge,  and his next hearing is scheduled for tomorrow.
REBLOG AND SIGN THE PETITION BELOW
(Petition)

they dont do this shit to lil white boys. only to ours.

been reading more about this case…just about the most heartbreaking thing I’ve read in a while. the mother was also arrested, charged with negligent homicide. Which sorta makes me sick—we can *see* negligence when a woman of color does it—we can’t see the negligence when the nation/state does it. Generational poverty, generational sexual violence, generational untreated addictions, generational unstable communities…and the way to solve this is by warehousing violated children in prisons.
because the nation/state that set the conditions up for this tragedy thinks it is better mother than the person it beat to hell for her entire life—as it did to her mother.

midwestmountainmama:

soydulcedeleche:

drueisms:

Cristian Fernandez is only 12 years old. And if Florida prosecutor Angela Corey has her way, he’ll never leave jail again.

Cristian hasn’t had an easy life. He’s the same age now as his mother was when he was born. He’s a survivor of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. In 2010, Cristian watched his stepfather commit suicide to avoid being charged with abusing Cristian.

Last January, Cristian was wrestling with his 2-year-old brother, David, and accidentally broke David’s leg. Despite this, their mother left Cristian with his brother again in March. While the two boys were alone, Cristian allegedly pushed his brother against a bookcase, and David sustained a head injury. After their mother returned home, she waited six hours before taking David to the hospital. David eventually died.

Now Cristian is being charged with first degree murder — as an adult. He’s the youngest person in the history of his Florida county to receive this charge, and his next hearing is scheduled for tomorrow.

REBLOG AND SIGN THE PETITION BELOW

(Petition)

they dont do this shit to lil white boys. only to ours.

been reading more about this case…just about the most heartbreaking thing I’ve read in a while. the mother was also arrested, charged with negligent homicide. Which sorta makes me sick—we can *see* negligence when a woman of color does it—we can’t see the negligence when the nation/state does it. Generational poverty, generational sexual violence, generational untreated addictions, generational unstable communities…and the way to solve this is by warehousing violated children in prisons.

because the nation/state that set the conditions up for this tragedy thinks it is better mother than the person it beat to hell for her entire life—as it did to her mother.

(via butterfacebooger-deactivated201)