Call To Action: Call Your Reps (actually How To Do This)

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While going through tweets I found a link to a post on tumblr about contacting your elected representatives about the issues that matter to you. A post that I will share the link to in this post.

To say that this is AMAZING is an understatement. I’m completely a pseudo-extrovert. When I need to I will speak out in person but I prefer to do it in writing. On paper and online – I’m fearless and witty and I get my point across. In person I fell less so and worry that I get swept away with the emotions when I do push (I was told that I am an ‘arguer’ ) or that people misinterpret my silence (usually they don’t, but nothing unnerves people more than silence).

Read up, use this a lot (don’t forget your representatives at the local level-the city/ward councilors, school board members, etc) and pass it on.

Excerpt from post on echothroughthefog:

How to call your reps when you have social anxiety
When you struggle with your mental health on a daily basis, it can be hard to take action on the things that matter most to you. The mental barriers anxiety creates often appear insurmountable. But sometimes, when you really need to, you can break those barriers down. This week, with encouragement from some great people on the internet, I pushed against my anxiety and made some calls to members of our government. Here’s a comic about how you can do that, too. (Continue here for resources and transcript.)

 

 

Voting in Election 2016

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Polls have closed in some states-still open in many states.

Remembers the following:

You don’t have to vote but you should vote. Many people literally died for the right to vote and some like Susan B. Anthony died before she could legally vote. Many people left their “I Voted” stickers at her graveside. Others have shown their love for others who fought for voting rights such as Ida B. Wells, the ancestor of “Black Lives Matter,” with her documentation of lynching in The Red Record. People are leaving tributes to her at her physical grave at Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 East 67th Street, Chicago and her virtual grave at Find A Grave.

Susan B. Anthony also has a virtual grave at Find A Grave. So do many of the people that that fought and died for voting rights. So, after you vote, you can leave some virtual flowers etc and let them know you appreciated this gift.

Those who are still voting or about to should remember the following:

To Report Voting Rights Violations: Alert election officials at polls, Contact @CivilRights Division 800-253-3931

The NAACP wants everyone to know that if someone tries to stop you from voting, take their picture and call 1-866-OUR-VOTE. Lawyers will be ready.

Hispanic and Latino voters can get information from the US Government website: gobierno.usa.gov.

REMEMBER

If you’re in line when your poll closes, STAY IN LINE. You can still vote. The polling station is legally obligated to allow you to vote as long as you are in line when the polls close. No one can make you leave.

If they try to, please refer to the reporting options above.

I did vote.  I voted one week ago as a part of my state’s 1st ever early voting option. I actually forgot to take my sticker off and have worn it on my fleece vest for the week. Early voting was something Massachusetts should have done a long time ago. I am please that more than 1 million people took advantage of it.

No matter what happens, be glad that you can exercise your right to vote.

 

1in6 | Myths & Facts – Sexual Abuse of Boys and Lasting Effects in Men

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It goes without saying that sexual abuse / sexual assault of boys and men is serious and often misunderstood. Everything from abusers being gay males to being “weak” because it happened to them is out there as misinformation.

Fortunately there is a great organization called 1 in 6 to help male survivors of sexual abuse.  They have a website that not only provides facts vs. myths (1in6 | Myths & Facts – Sexual Abuse of Boys and Lasting Effects in Men) but also connects survivors with assistance.

They can be found at: https://1in6.org

It will take more than sympathy to save refugees from drowning in lifejackets

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This post from Media Diversified hits all of the points that anyone who’s ever sat next to me heard me say about this. We need to do better and stop the xenophobia.

Media Diversified

by Shahd Abusalama

As world leaders were meeting in New York for the UN Migration Summit on Monday, activists transformed Parliament Square, the doorstep of British decision makers, into a graveyard of thousands of lifejackets. These lifejackets had once been worn by refugees that made it to the European beaches. No one knows if they arrived alive or as a lifeless unidentified body.

I am a refugee myself for the second time of my life in the UK; I was born as a third-generation refugee in Gaza’s Jabalia Refugee Camp, and I have recently been granted refugee status in the UK. But I am one of the lucky ones who managed to enter this country on a student visa by airplane and claim asylum successfully. Over the years I’ve met so many refugees who are stuck behind closed borders, putting up with bureaucratic barriers that they experience as a slow…

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New African American Center Named After Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer Planned at UC Berkeley

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Fannie Lou Hamer was one of the names of the Civil Rights Era that as was pointed out, people may know but whose accomplishments are not always known.

Often the men of the Civil Rights Movement are celebrated by memorials-the most famous of course being Martin Luther King, Jr. It is good to see the women of the movement get their due.

GOOD BLACK NEWS

(photo via takepart.com) (photo via takepart.com)

article via jbhe.com

The University of California, Berkeley has announced that it will build a new African American Center on campus. The center will be named after Fannie Lou Hamer, the Mississippi-born voting and civil rights activist.

Fannie Lou Hamer (photo via socialfeed.info) Fannie Lou Hamer (photo via socialfeed.info)

The agreement to establish the center comes after a year of talks among the administration, the Black Student Union and other campus African American groups.

The university has allocated more than $80,000 to refurbish the space for the new center in the Hearst Field Annex.

Na’ilah Nasir, vice chancellor for equity and inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley, stated that “it’s a big deal for our students to know that our administration understands their needs and supports them.  It’s a financially constrained time, but it’s also a time when the administration is thinking about its priorities and values. I think the…

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Kaepernick’s Protest Gesture and the Militarization of Professional Sports

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This is precisely why the Mizzou football team came under fire because they realized their collective power and their voice.

I still find it funny that people seem to conveniently forget when Zaevion Dobson’s mother, Zenobia Dobson reminded sports personalities and athletes at this year’s ESPYs that they had a lot of power and a lot of opportunities to give voice to a platform that others don’t.

Kaepernick is just answering the charge that was laid upon him and others like him.

Read and understand.

Tropics of Meta

Colin Kaepernick’s recent gesture has shaken up the sports world because he has refused to take part in one of professional, and amateur-level, sports’ most normalized rituals: the playing of the national anthem. The gesture has made an impact not solely because he is denouncing the current state of US race relations, but because his gesture exposes some of the real contradictions in professional sports as key sites for normalizing nationalism, militarism, hetero-normative-patriarchy, and social darwinist ideology. This nexus is perhaps best described as the militarization of professional sport.

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Spending too much time watching professional sporting events might even lead one to believe that the world is a dog-eat-dog violent competition between men. Professional sports represent a type of competitive male subjectivity that carries a winner-take-all attitude, which is totally understandable for the fun of sport. After all, they are just games! At some point, however, the competitive spirit of…

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What is Missing Maps? An Amazing Collaboration for Responding to Crisis by Putting People on the Map!

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I always get excited about things like this. Especially when it’s the result of collaboration

American Red Cross Northwest Region

A collaboration among non-governmental agencies will put vulnerable people on the map to improve emergency and disaster response. A collaboration among non-governmental agencies will put vulnerable people on the map to improve emergency and disaster response.

Missing Maps is a joint effort between the American Red Cross, British Red Cross, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and Doctors Without Borders. The objective of Missing Maps is simple: to map the most vulnerable places in the world so that NGOs, communities and individuals can use the maps and the data to better respond to crises. The project seeks to literally and figuratively put people, and their communities, on the map.

 
Missing Maps is powered by the enthusiasm and hard work of digital/remote volunteers here at home and abroad. Through open-source technology, digital volunteers can trace satellite imagery that helps disaster responders measure damage, identify priority areas, navigate around damaged roadways and more efficiently deliver aid to people in need. You don’t need experience to participate.
 
Missing Maps is celebrating it’s one year…

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