PREACH 🙌 We are ALL human, we deserve the same rights as others and the status of whether you have a paper that says “Citizen of the United States” shouldn’t 🙅♀️ make you have to leave the only home you love and know! 🗽 #libertyandjustice#daca#dacaprotest#supportdaca#preach
“In 1996, Australia Enacted Strict Gun Laws. It Hasn't Had a Mass Shooting Since.” (Slate) Within the last 44 days there have been 18 mass shootings. Since 2000, there have been more than 188 school shootings. September 1982, Tylenol pills that had been tampered with killed 7. Since then, there have been security measures enacted to prevent further tampering and deaths. However, since 2000 there have been around 234,000 gun related homicides and do NOTHING. More than Seven children or teens are killed with a gun on an average day. In an average month 50 women are shot to death by an intimate partner. Black men are 13 times more likely to be shot and killed with a gun than whites. But after all this, we are told “now is not a good time to discuss gun control”. WE OFFER NOTHING BUT PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES INSTEAD OF DOING SOMETHING TO PREVENT THINGS LIKE THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN. Why? If the amendment’s that claimed slavery was legal can be changed, can we not change the second amendment? In FL an 18 year old can buy an AR-15 with no background check, 100s of magazines, and 1000s of bullets without a drivers license. (Josh Moon) These are the laws that enable crazy people to get guns. Then people want to say that Muslims are the primary terrorists, or that Hispanics are bringing crime. When it’s a person of color as the shooter, we are called crazy and we are beaten down and antagonized. When it’s a white person “he needs help” or “it’s not a race thing”. When will this end? When will our children be able to walk into a school and not have fear? Every day since I’ve known that school shootings were a thing, I’ve been anxious, and I keep my eyes on the doors and plan what to do in the event that a shooter comes barreling into my classroom. I’m 16. I shouldn’t have to deal with this fear. No one should. #weneedguncontrol -Aria
Most acts that prop up our racial divide happen every day, without us even realizing it. I find that white people (myself included) often better understand racial issues when thinking about their parallels with gender discrimination. Imagine the top of the pyramid is femicide- something extreme that most women obviously haven’t experienced. The middle of the pyramid might be the wage gap, and the bottom might be ‘playing the gender card’ or ‘two sides to ever sexual harassment story’ or ‘male privilege isn’t real.’ We know that sexism is real and pervades our society at every level, so why can’t we acknowledge that racism is just as pervasive? I see things I’ve said or thought at all if the lower levels of this racism pyramid, and it’s a constant battle to unlearn a lifetime of systemic racism. We need to stop equating racism with macroaggressions like KKK rallies, and look inside ourselves to start dismantling our own biases that make us unwittingly perpetuate racist systems. Where have you been on this pyramid, and what can you do to dismantle it?
*please note that I am NOT saying racism and sexism are the same; simply providing an example that may be helpful.
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The government shutdown. Now what? How will this effect me? And the military? How often does this happen. Everything you need to know below. •The military is unaffected during the shutdown. Active troops still continue work. •The last time a government shut down occurred was in 2013. •Shutdowns have a constitutional basis, from Article I, Section 9, which says, "No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law." How it effects an ordinary American- • New patients were not accepted into clinical research at the National Institutes of Health, and hotline calls about diseases went unanswered. • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ceased disease surveillance. • Recruitment and testing of federal law-enforcement officials stopped, in one case including the hiring of 400 border patrol agents. • National Park Service sites and national museums and monuments closed to visitors. • Work on visa and passport services stopped. • Inspections for food, consumer products, and workplace safety could not be carried out.
We strongly encourage checking out www.politifact.com which explains simply the government shutdown. Credit to the website above.
We take time today to remember a man who fought like hell to change our world for the better. Let us step out of our comfort zones and stand in the gap to do what is right. #MLK#mlkday#libertyandjustice