“For Marx, the question of freedom should not be located primarily in the political sphere proper (Does a country have free elections? Are its judges independent? Is its press free from hidden pressures? Does it respect human rights?). Rather, the key to actual freedom resides in the “apolitical” network of social relations, from the market to the family.”—Slavoj Žižek (via andyunabridged)
“O.K., so we’re not actually trying to take your under-age children across state-lines to live the decadent Star Fucking Hipster lifestyle. We are a band featuring members of mostly current, with a couple of non-active, but not broken-up bands like Choking Victim, The Degenerics, Leftover Crack, the Slackers, Nanuchka and Casa de Chihuahua with honorary members from bands like the Bouncing Souls, World/Inferno Friendship Society and the Hold Steady (all of whom play on the two tracks we have decided to debut on this page). Anyhow, we have what I believe is a talented group of musicians here and we are making an effort to try and mix shit up with our styles of playing and song-writing while keeping the ideas of leftist-politics and ethics of true punk alive (we understand that the definition of “punk” has broadened and in our opinion has been obscenely perverted for years to meet capitalistic ends), but we are not here to exclude people, we don’t care what you do, own, believe in, look like, where you come from or any of that superficial shit. We plan on playing all-ages shows with the hope of maintaining the interest of “slightly older” folks such as our-selves. What we do or “believe” in does not need to be conformed to by you. We are an ANTI-RACIST, ANTI-SEXIST, ANTI-HOMOPHOBIC & ANTI-FASCIST organization. We are pro-choice, but anti-breeding, we are against any wars that are fought for profit or for the power to enslave people or to destroy the cultures of another race, religious or ethnic group. We are against nations and their ill-gotten arbitrary borders. We are against the invasion and colonialism perpetrated by crass, brutish governments such our own. We believe only in fighting to defend your people, culture and resources from being raped by international bullies looking to turn a profit at the expense of innocent people and this very planet that gives us life.
WE BELIEVE IN ROCKING YOU!!!
We hope that you rock back.”—Star Fucking Hipsters mission statement (via grimj3w)
17-Month-Old Boy Is Beaten to Death for "Acting Like a Girl"
Perceived difference can be a fatal thing in a society full of bigotry. This story is beyond sad, but it is not unique. Our culture values a stereotype of what a boy or girl should be. We need to change, we need to be vocal, we need to fight.
“…because there’s no longer any language for common experience. And we cannot share wealth if we do not share a language. It took half a century of struggle around the enlightenment to make the French Revolution possible, and a century of struggle around work to give borth the fearsome ‘welfare state.’ Struggles create the language in which a new order expresses itself. But there is nothing like that today.”—
Rais Bhuiyan was shot by Mark Stroman for being perceived as Middle Eastern / a Muslim. His family is from Bangladesh and he is a Muslim. He now fights to save the life of Stroman, he believes all life is important.
He is a Muslim and I am a humanist. We have come to the same conclusion, life should not be wasted, especially in revenge. Life is the first and most important human right.
I challenge every teacher to create their most commonly used classroom layout using Classroom Architect and post it on Tumblr (maybe even in response to this post). Maybe make a second post of what your dream classroom would look like! Please reblog and we’ll get a ton of ideas out there!
“‘Right now America might be the only country in the world for a writer,’ he says without prologue. ‘You help your writers by ignoring them in every conceivable way. I must say I do like that. If one has no professional existence, one is free to come and go as one pleases…be what one pleases. Anonymity - to be no one everywhere - it’s a delicious condition, don’t you think?’”
- W.H. Auden, as interviewed by John Malcolm Brinnin in “On First Meeting W.H. Auden,” published in our Fall 1975 issue.
This is sad, what does this country value? However, there is definitely freedom in anonymity. Without the anonymity of Tumblr, I fear I might censor myself unknowingly.
If words and actions mean anything, then Tracy Morgan needs to be given credit for an attempt at public change. Many public figures give a forced apology for heinous comments and then go on with their lives. Tracy Morgan appears to be attempting positive change, not only in his life, but in the lives of many others. Only time and careful observation can determine how true his change will be, but I hope this is a real transformation. A public transformation can show that bigotry can be changed, it can give hope to all of us who know someone who just needs to open their eyes. I need to believe that people can change, people can learn, people can love.
Many statistics are abhorrent, this is especially true of rape statistics. In America, sexual assaults are prevalent and rarely result in incarceration. I know people who chose not to report being assaulted. I understand why. Why bother reporting something that further traumatizes you and statistically will not have positive results? Why subjugate yourself to accusations of ‘what did you do’ and ‘did you lead him on’? There are no easy answers for victims. Some are strong and determined enough to report and some are not. All need time and support.
According to Human Rights Watch, in America “we do know that every two minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the United States, according to the Department of Justice’s Crime Victimization Survey. We also know that an estimated 60% of these assaults go unreported.
So the question is, do the 40% who are not reluctant to contact the authorities for help actually see justice done?
The answer: It depends.
Nationally, police arrest a suspect in only half of the sexual assault complaints they receive. Most of those arrested are prosecuted, but fewer than two-thirds of those prosecuted are convicted. Moreover, not all those convicted are sentenced to incarceration. In the end, an estimated 1 out of 16 rapists spends time in jail.”
“I knew that Malcolm X had an almost fanatical obsession about time. ‘I have less patience with someone who doesn’t wear a watch than with anyone else, for this type is not time-conscious,’ he once told me. ‘In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success of failure.’”—
Alex Haley, “Epilogue,” The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Consider the tactics available to us for small insurrections: opportunities to disrupt, travesty, call out relationships of power and manage them by name. The student who is habitually tardy is not demonstrating lack of “time-consciousness”; quite the contrary. It is precisely a fanatical obsession with time paired with strategic deployment that is demonstrated. This is the cunning irony of Flavor Flav’s grotesque and magnificent clock.
“Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society, Chomsky suggested. “When you trap people in a system of debt . they can’t afford the time to think.” Tuition fee increases are a “disciplinary technique,” and, by the time students graduate, they are not only loaded with debt, but have also internalized the “disciplinarian culture.” This makes them efficient components of the consumer economy.”—
Welcome to ZineLibrary.info. Here you will find hundreds of radical zines ready to print. You can also upload zines to the site ( zines with file sizes bigger than 7mb can be uploaded to http://indybay.org and linked here). Feel free to comment and contribute.
This is a labor of love and apparently an act of pure benevolence. We were intending to start an open zine archive using FOSS software called open journal. But with zinelibrary succeeding in its mission, is there a need for another archive?
“…proponents of critical pedagogy understand that every dimension of schooling and every form of educational practice are politically contested spaces. Shaped by history and challenged by a wide range of interest groups educational practice is a fuzzy concept as it takes place in numerous settings, is shaped by a plethora of often invisible forces, and can operate even in the name of democracy and justice to be totalitarian and oppressive.t”—Kincheloe (via ghoulmann)
“Advocates of critical pedagogy are aware that every minute of every hour that teachers teach, they are faced with complex decisions concerning justice, democracy, and competing ethical claims. Although they have to make individual determinations of what to do in these particular circumstances, they must concurrently deal with…the surrounding institutional morality. A central tenant of critical pedagogy maintains that the classroom, curricular, and school structures teachers enter are not neutral sites waiting to be shaped by educational professionals. Although such professionals do possess agency, this prerogative is not completely free and independent of decisions made previously by people operating with different values shaped by the ideologies and cultural assumptions of their historical contexts. These contexts are shaped in the same ways language and knowledge are constructed, as historical power makes particular practices seem natural - as if they could have been constructed in no other way.”—Joe L. Kincheloe (via ghoulmann)
"I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals. In such an economy, the means of production are owned by society itself and are utilized in a planned fashion. A planned economy, which adjusts production to the needs of the community, would distribute the work to be done among all those able to work and would guarantee a livelihood to every man, woman, and child. The education of the individual, in addition to promoting his own innate abilities, would attempt to develop in him a sense of responsibility for his fellow men in place of the glorification of power and success in our present society."
Priorities of the US Program of Human Rights Watch
I hear a constant stream of people commenting on how wonderful and free this country is; and, I wonder how this perception can still exist. Statistically, every American should know someone whose rights have been violated, ignored, or mishandled by the government.
From Human Rights Watch
The United States, with a contradictory history of promoting and disregarding international human rights abroad, has a similarly mixed record at home.
In our work on US domestic human rights violations, Human Rights Watch prioritizes those that arise from the coercive, penal, or custodial powers of the government; from discrimination; or from insufficient access to the courts.
Within these priorities, we have focused on these five areas of work:
Not only did she admonish Tracy Morgan but pointed out how mainstream the LGBT community is in the world. It is important to remind the bigots that the LGBT community aren’t a hidden group; but, they are people you see and work with everyday, people you count on, and probably people you like.
From Human Rights Campaign
"30 Rock star Tina Fey also put out a statement, saying the “violent imagery of Tracy’s rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community.” Fey went on to say that without 30 Rock’s LGBT employees, Morgan “would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with, or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket.””
Freedom of expression and freedom of religion are central to a free society. The clothes people wear, signifying their religious or cultural beliefs, should be left to the people, not to the government. The fascist of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has encouraged his ‘virtue campaign’ for women to grow into harassment and violence against women. Russia is permitting these horrors. No one is helping the victims. The Chechen Republic is becoming a place of repression for all women. First, they take away their right to wear the clothes they desire. What will they take away next?
US is the only country to give life without parole to juvenile offenders.
This is shaming. I am ashamed. I should be in the streets protesting. Maybe tonight.
According to Human Rights Watch “the United States is alone in the world in applying this harsh sentence to juveniles, that an estimated 59 percent of youth who receive the sentence had no prior adjudications or convictions, and that there are currently nearly 2,500 offenders who are serving life without parole for crimes committed while they were a juvenile. Additionally, data reveal that there are stark racial disparities in the imposition of the sentence, with black youth serving life without parole at a per capita rate that is 10 times the rate of white youth.”
No other country sentences children to a life in prison. We do not value our children. We do not believe in them. We hurt them.
I’m paying 20 more years for that opportunity to learn how to snidely hate everything unphased and with articulate nonchalance. I can point to the precise moments during which anything you love travesties itself. And then I can blame a system that doesn’t pay a living wage for that skillset.