What’s the issue we’re going to rally around? Immigration? Healthcare? Oh… right. It’s white supremacy.
If we are a minority-majority country and no one can vote, it doesn’t matter.
Grammy Award-winning singer Esperanza Spalding has a new video out called “We Are America,” wherein she urges Congress to close GITMO. In an interview with the ACLU, she credited the recent Guantanamo Bay inmate hunger strikes as a moment that inspired her to use her platform to make a political statement.
What motivated you to start this whole project to begin with, what was the spark?
It was the first time I heard about the hunger strike. I was touring in Europe, and I was appalled and embarrassed about what was happening. I remember I started researching online to see what I could do about, it and I saw that I could download this action pack. With that, you had some important info to use to call your representative. And I did, I did call my representative and Senators. In fact, I got a letter back from one Senator who basically said that she was not going to proactively deal with it but that they would ‘keep my comments in mind’ or something like that. But I really wanted to do more. And my band actually came to me first and said they wanted to do something too.
Earlier this year, rapper Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) released a video that brought attention to the practice of force-feeding inmates who had gone on hunger strike.
Obama is condoning a U.S. concentration camp.
Dear Eve Ensler,
I want to start off by saying thank you. I appreciate the time you took to reach out to me, because I know you’re incredibly busy. I know there are much more important people in this world than myself, so I appreciate you engaging in dialogue with me and my colleague Kelleigh…
Why I almost defriended everyone who had an HRC logo as their profile photo this week
It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that, though I didn’t think about this at the time, I probably started a blog because I need somewhere to vent my boundless rage that is not random people’s Facebook walls. I mean, one thing among the many thousands of things that are guaranteed to raise my blood pressure is when folks get all “the internet isn’t real, and it’s not a viable platform for communication,” but also like, Facebook fights are dumb, I’m supposed to be an adult now.
So here’s the thing that got me all het up this week: gay marriage.
Specifically, these goddamn things:
strangers and acquaintances are lately the most irritating people on earth. ugh. from telling me to smile more, asking about and commenting on my tattoo, my hair, my language and religion, where i’m from, what i look like/my style… it’s uncomfortable and difficult enough with real friends. wish everyone else would step back. ugh.
Mishal Husain is known for her excellent and graceful reporting on issues concerning South Asia and the Middle East. Well-known for her bluntness, she has spoken about the racism she has received as a Pakistani in the UK. In one instance an old Englishman told her: “Your tribe needs to behave like proper English children.” Mishal is also fearless at calling out the sexism in BBC where her good looks often got her comments from fellow colleagues such as John Humphrys who is reported to have asked Mishal if she got the job because of her attractive appearance. She rebuked him publicly. This woman isn’t here to take your racist and sexist crap.
It has been 6 months since the tragedy and loss… reflecting on what community means to me and how strong we are…