TW For Assault/Death
Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old Iraqi woman living in Southern California, was taken off life support today, succumbing to injuries sustained in a brutal tire iron beating on Wednesday. Shaima was found in her living room, and according to her daughter Fatima and the police investigating, a note was found near her saying “Go back to your country, you terrorist.”
Shaima was a mother of five who has been in the US with her family since the mid-1990s. She was described by her friend Sura Alzaidy as “respectful modest muhajiba.” Her daughter tearfully addressed her mother’s attackers during a media interview, saying “You took my mother away from me. You took my best friend away from me. Why? Why did you do it?”
tumblr user sincerely-and is currently harassing a woman on tumblr by posting her personal photos, linking to her, and calling her slurs.
i would really appreciate people taking the time to send in the link below to tumblr support, so we can get enough messages sent that they might actually listen for once. you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
again, tw: misogyny, and be warned he has music that autoplays: http://sincerely-and.tumblr.com/post/19593737678/more-updates-about-the-tumblr-slut
Please do not forget Trayvon Martin. His killer, George Zimmerman, still has not been arrested.
What you can do: Call, fax, or email the District Attorney’s office, Sanford Police, and political representatives to ask them why Trayvon Martin’s killer has not been arrested.
1. State Attorney’s Office - Sanford
Attn: Florida District Attorney Norman Wolfinger
State Attorney’s Office
Criminal Justice Center
101 Bush Boulevard
PO Box 8006
Sanford, Florida 32772-8006
Telephone: (407) 665-6000
2. Sanford Police Department
Sanford Police Department, Attn: Police Chief Bill Lee, 815 West 13th Street, Sanford, FL 32771
Telephone: (407) 688-5070
3. Florida Governor
Office of Governor Rick Scott, State of Florida, The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Governor’s office Telephone: (850) 488-7146
4. Florida legislators
(a) The Florida state senator for Sanford, Florida is David Simmons.
David Simmons, 251 Maitland Avenue, Suite 304,Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Telephone: (407) 262-7578
(b) The Florida state representative for Sanford, Florida is Jason Brodheur.
Jason Brodheur, District Office, 114 West First Street, Suite 208, Sanford, FL 32771-1273
Telephone: (407) 302-4800
(c) The US representative for Sanford, Florida is Corrine Brown.
Representative Corrine Brown, 2336 Rayburn HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515
Telephone: (202) 225-0123, Fax: (202) 225-2256
Senator Marc Rubio, 317 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Telephone: (202) 224-3041
Senator Bill Nelson, 716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Telephone: (202) 224-5274
This makes me so angry. Wtf.
I’m literally shaking, this was so scary. I don’t know what would make a human being hate me so fucking much to write such a thing. I don’t care if I get all the hate in the world, but this will and is going to change my life at home. I will possibly never be able to see my girlfriend ever again. It wasn’t your fucking place to come out FOR me. You sick fuck.
..why the fuck would somebody do this.
This is terrible.
Holy shit. There is a fucking line, you can ruin my internet life, my school life but if anyone tries to mess up my FAMILY LIFE, I will fuck you up. I feel so bad this happened to her.
WHAT THE FUCKING SHIT
cried watching this, h8n ppl rn
love to you tho OP
this made me cry a little too. anyone who has ever had to come out knows how terrifying it is, but to be forced out like this would be a nightmare. hope yr okay, OP.
note to anybody / everybody who reads older feminist texts:
just because an idea is incomplete, needs to be critiqued, and / or lacks an adequete analysis of the nuance of gender (gender identity as well as the ways in which other “isms” influence gender) does not necessarily mean that the text itself is unsalable.
I didn’t invent the turtleneck, but I was the first to recognize its potential as a tactical garment. The tactical turtleneck. The tactilneck.”
— Sylvia Plath (via incorrectsylviaplathquotes)
“pregnant persons” and “uterus bearers”
pastimperfection said in an ask to me last summer and i figured i should make it reblogable. this is US-centric in legal specifics but not completely.
Different standards are applied to laws to see if they are discriminatory. One standard involves disparate impact: if a law can be shown to have an unequal effect on a protected class, that can mean that it is discriminatory and therefore unconstitutional. “Literacy tests” for voters are a good example. One of the last Supreme Court arguments over the constitutionality of abortion restrictions was over notification laws. The question was whether they had an unequal and burdensome effect on women, because they forced women to give other people private information about their reproductive/sexual status. And some reactionary judge used the term, “pregnant persons” to effectively deny the existence of women as a class under the law. The law doesn’t burden women, it burdens “pregnant persons.” The striking overlap between the two categories didn’t fall under the SC’s purview. “Uterus bearer” doesn’t bother me because it reduces women to parts. It bothers me because it really doesn’t solve the terminology problem: anti-abortion laws hate on uteruses because they’re usually found in women. If “pregnant people” and “uterus bearers” really were gender-neutral concepts, there would be no stigma on abortion.
“Fox Fires on New Year’s Eve at the Garment Nettle Tree at Oji” by Utagawa Hiroshige (1857)
This fierce lady is Juana Galán. She was a Spanish heroine known for beating Napoleon’s troops out of her village during the Peninsula War (1808-1814). During the Battle of Valdepeñas in June, 1808, there weren’t enough men to defend the village from invading French troops. Juana, who was about 21 years old at the time, immediately rallied all of the women in the village to plan a defense strategy. When the French troops marched into the village, the women dumped boiling oil on top of them. As for Juana? She stood in the street with a large club and beat seven shades of shit out of any French soldier that crossed her path. The French beat a hasty retreat from the village, never to return, and Juana was declared a hero. Her combined intelligence, courage, beauty, and general badassery make Juana my ultimate history crush.
this painting is so perfect.
“19th century coal miners would traditionally take canaries in cages down into the mine with them. The birds would act as an early warning system for carbon monoxide gas. When the canary stopped singing the miner would know that he had to escape the chamber he was in.”
“This particular yellow canary was obviously a favoured pet as well as a working bird. Inscribed with the legend : ‘In Memory of Little Joe. Died November 3rd 1875. Aged 3 Years’”
this is quite lovely- a bird that wasn’t just a tool for the miners, he was an individual and obviously well-loved.