Remus Lupin was supposed to be on the H.I.V. metaphor. It was someone who had been infected young, who suffered stigma, who had a fear of infecting others, who was terrified he would pass on his condition to his son. And it was a way of examining prejudice, unwarranted prejudice towards a group of people. And also, examining why people might become embittered when they’re treated that unfairly.

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I have been saying this forever.

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55 - La Revolucionaria

Revolutions are often started by those who have little left to lose.

On the night of the Stonewall Riots, Sylvia Rivera — an orphaned, homeless, trans* /gender-variant woman and sex worker of Venezuelan and Puerto Rican descent - was a few days shy of 18. But none of that stopped her from revolting when a group of cops raided the Stonewall Inn.

Despite raids being a common occurrence at the time, Sylvia and her friend Marsha P. Johnson decided that enough was enough. They began to throw bottles at the police, and with the help of other queer people tired of police oppression, ultimately barricaded the invading officers inside the bar.

Her act of defiance sparked a movement towards queer liberation, and to this day we are indebted to her.

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Toni Morrison Takes White Supremacy To Task

Few intellectuals have waged a public battle against white supremacy and patriarchy like Toni Morrison. Morrison has both examined and challenged systems of domination throughout her intellectual life. With her novels, essays, and interviews she has taken critical looks at the interlocking systems of race and gender oppression. In this interview she is asked by PBS’s Charlie Rose what it is like for her to encounter racism. In true Morrison fashion she turns the question on its head, and places the onus for explaining racism back into the hands of White people. She asks Rose what he thinks of racism, why do Whites hold onto, and what are they going to do about it ending it. She rejects the notion that racism is simply something that Black people must grapple with, insisting, demanding, that White people also grapple with it. Fearless. Brilliant. Powerful.

will reblog until the end times

Always reblog.

“If you can only be tall because someone else is on thier knees, then you have serious problem. And white people have a very, very serious problem.” - Toni Morrison

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Oh hey look, a 12 year-old just grasped the main concepts of The Hunger Games more accurately than most media networks.

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1650 doctors from all over Spain including Galicia and Catalonia, announced that they REFUSE to comply with the provisions of the Spanish Health Ministry, ordering them NOT to provide medical care to immigrants. They insisted that their medical oaths and moral obligations exceeds all governmental order.
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1650 doctors from all over Spain including Galicia and Catalonia, announced that they REFUSE to comply with the provisions of the Spanish Health Ministry, ordering them NOT to provide medical care to immigrants. They insisted that their medical oaths and moral obligations exceeds all governmental order.

watch this  ..

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Tonight we got a tweet from SUNY Fredonia’s @LatinosU about an Urban Outfitters product image posted on Twitpic.


When we asked about the context of the shirt, here is what we were told:

Fuck Urban Outfitters.

ohhh my god. this shit just keeps getting worse.

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There is a petition on that will restrict congressmen and senators salaries to $75,000 a year for the next THREE YEARS to pay off the deficit! It needs 20,919 signatures, And it’s still under 5,000



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Dolores Huerta

Born Dolores Clara Fernandez on April 10, 1930, in Dawson, New Mexico, Dolores Huerta would grow up to become one of the most influential labor activists of the 20th century. Her father Juan Fernandez was a farm worker and miner, later becoming a state legislator. Her parents divorced when Dolores was just three and her mother Alicia moved the children to Stockton, California. Dolores’s grandfather raised her and her two brothers while her mother took on many jobs to support her family. Alicia worked two jobs to afford her children the opportunity to partake in cultural activities such as Girl Scouts and violin and dancing lessons.

Dolores encountered much racism growing up. In school she remembers a teacher accusing her of stealing another student’s work because of her ethnicity and giving her an unfair grade. On the way to a party celebrating the end of World War II she found her brother badly beaten because of the zoot-suit he was wearing, which was a popular fashion for Latinos at the time.

A bright student, Fernandez received an associate teaching degree from the University of the Pacific’s Delta Community College. She married during college and had two children, later divorcing her first husband. Dolores would later remarry and have five children with Ventura Huerta, whom she would also divorce. She began teaching grammar school but resigned soon after. She was distraught at the sight of children coming to school hungry or without proper clothing. Of her resignation she said: “I quit because I couldn’t stand seeing kids come to class hungry and needing shoes. I thought I could to more by organizing farm workers than by trying to teach their hungry children.”

In 1955 Huerta officially began her career as an activist by helping Frank Ross to start the Stockton Chapter of the Community Service Organization, which fought for economic improvements for Hispanics. “The CSO battled segregation and police brutality, led voter registration drives, pushed for improved public services and fought to enact new legislation.” In 1960 she helped found the Agricultural Worker’s Association (AWA). It was through her work at these organizations that Dolores met fellow activist and labor leader Cesar Chavez.

In 1962 Huerta and Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA). This was the predecessor to the United Farm Workers Union (UWF), formed in 1965. Dolores Huerta served as Vice President of the UWF until 1999. The 1965 Delano Grape Strike was a major catalyst for the group’s efforts. Huerta helped to organize the strike of over 5,000 grape workers and the following boycott of the wine company. This work led to a three-year contract about bargaining agreements between California and the UWF. In 1967 the NFWA combined with the AWA to create the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee. Huerta negotiated contracts for workers and managed an entire hiring system to increase the number of available jobs. She also fought against the use of harmful pesticides and for unemployment and healthcare benefits for agricultural workers.

Once again in 1973, Huerta led a consumer boycott that had lasting effects. It resulted in the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, which allowed farm workers to form unions and bargain for better wages and working conditions. Throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, she worked diligently as a lobbyist to improve workers’ legislative representation.

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