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U.S. attorneys declined 50 percent of the Native American cases deferred to them between 2005 and 2009, of which 67 percent were sexual abuse and rape related, according to the Native American Bar Association. [source]
Sen. Dale Schultz (R) who called out Wisconsin GOP politician for supporting voter suppression efforts (via Think Progress)
Schultz added that the suppression was “just plain wrong,” adding, “It is all predicated on some belief there is a massive fraud or irregularities, something my colleagues have been hot on the trail for three years and have failed miserably at demonstrating.” The GOP-controlled Assembly has already passed a similar bill.
This obstruction is national policy by now. Voter suppression couched in voter I.d legislation is invariably a Republican initiave
Voter suppression is directly linked to reproductive rights. It’s not a coincidence that people who support reproductive and other human rights over states’ and big businesses’ rights - women, people of color, people living in poverty - are overwhelmingly targeted by these laws. It is the reason these laws exist.
Never forget, it was black women who developed “reproductive justice" and a black woman who coined "intersectionality.” Black women have long been at the forefront of civil rights and social justice movements, yet it’s our white activists who get the spotlight.
After reading an NPR segment featuring a cheery grandmother as the face of anti-abortion protestors, clinic escort Erin Matson decided to show the truth behind the innocent facade. Click through for more first-person accounts of anti-choice harassment and terrorism.
I heard “be a man” shouted a lot. Old white men telling scared young women of color that the clinic kills black babies. (As if those racist pieces of shit cared one iota about black lives aside from how much they can control them.) Old white men — all of the protesters I ever saw were white — following these scared women back to their cars, pushing leaflets into their shaking hands and berating their boyfriends and husbands in front of their children. A lot of very off-key hymn singing.
Anti-abortion protesters are the scum of the earth.
Yesterday I posted about the Italian woman who was forced into a C Section because, according to British Child Services, she had suffered a mental breakdown. In my post, I said that I had heard similar stories about migrant women (not the forcible birth but the involvement of Child Services because their motherhood skills are questioned more often than their White counterparts). I had no data about the Italian woman in question so I did not feel comfortable speculating about her ethnicity. However, for the past 24 hours I have been monitoring a number of Italian news sites in the hopes that more info about the woman becomes available. English speaking media is behind its Italian counterpart in updating the development of this story. A moment ago I finally found what I had suspected. Via Repubblica (translation from Italian mine):
“I want my daughter back, I am suffering like an animal. I was forced into a C-Section without my consent. The day of the forced delivery I thought they were moving me from one room to another while I kept saying I wanted to return to Italy. Then I was sedated and when I woke up, she was gone. She was taken away from me.
Speaking like a wounded mother, Alessandra Panchieri, 35 years old, from Chainciano. She is the woman who suffers from bipolar disorder whose daughter was taken away in Essex, England. […]
The baby’s father, who is from Senegal, and an American relative of mine, Indra Armstrong, were both available to take care of the child but the British social services have ignored this. Why? Why did nobody help me?”
And there you have it. The baby’s father, who was willing and available to take care of the child, is from Senegal.
Her mother is A. She is an Italian national. Her father is B who is a Senegalese national, he is currently living in Italy. His situation is unclear, as I understand it he travelled there under a student visa, at least on one version, and is an over-stayer. He certainly has no status in Italy and he is unable, as I understand it, as a result of his status, either to leave Italy at all , and is certainly not able to come to the United Kingdom.
This is what happens to children of color born from an undocumented parent. Given away like the spoils of the Empire, to decide their fate and future.
I was expecting this. I kept reading more details of this case in hopes that something would click, but the more you learn about it, the less sense it makes. Horrifying.
Because white women should totally be appropriating Aztec religions!!!
Nope, they definitely shouldn’t! What’s great about Take Back Halloween! is that they have costumes sourced from so many different cultures and countries; no matter your background, you can almost certainly find a badass lady to emulate. Unfortunately, such a comprehensive resource also makes it very easy for white women (who either don’t know better, or don’t care) to appropriate sacred and important aspects of other cultures.
TBH! has a section on their About page about ethnic stereotype costumes, but no mention of appropriation. I think it’d be great to reach out to the creator, Suzanne Scoggins, to request some information on the issue be posted on the site. Her email is on the About page, and she’s on Twitter, too.
I would highly recommend everyone taking some time to read about cultural appropriation before deciding on a costume. My Culture Is Not A Trend and Native Appropriations discuss appropriation of Native American culture, and Gypsy Appropriations is about the Romani people, while This Is Not India has a great post on…you guessed it: appropriation of Indian culture. Those are good places to start, but there are tons more resources out there. All you have to do is Google.
Thanks for the message, anon.
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