ASUC Senate to consider bill condemning quinceañera-themed frat party 

thenoobyorker:

By way of The Daily Californian:

A quinceañera-themed party hosted by Delta Chi on Sept. 21 has been met with controversy among students of color on campus and prompted the introduction of an ASUC Senate bill condemning the event.

The campus community is often very critical of groups that attempt to create their own spaces, and so of course this bill is being met with derision rather than dialogue.

Maybe a Berkeley student or alum will build an app that clarifies to the student body why these parties are stupid and offensive. Maybe the app can foster a serious conversation about the “Greek” system the way the student body is always criticizing other communities on campus. Hopefully Yahoo buys it.

(Source: genericlatino)

@12 months ago with 10 notes
#berkeley #asuc #senate #politics #cultural appropriation #greek life 

afternoonsnoozebutton:

adventuresofcomicbookgirl:

Some of this is taken from other posts. Ladies makin’ history collage.

Mary Gonzalez is the Representative-elect for Texas and will be the first openly pansexual official in the United States. She acknowledged the existence of non-binary identities when she came out.

Mazie Hirono is the Senator Elect from Hawaii and will be the first Asian-American woman in the Senate.

Tammy Duckworth is the Representative-elect for Illinois. She lost both her legs in the Iraq War and will be the first disabled female veteran elected to the House.

Tammy Baldwin is the Senator Elect from Winsconsin and the first openly gay person ever elected to the Senate.

(There was some misinformation over her stance on transgender issues (admittedly, the whole incident was a bit fuzzy at the end) but to clear things up, she has publically spoken out against transgender discrimination and advocated for their rights as recently as last year.)

So proud

(Source: ladyloveandjustice)

@1 year ago with 3434 notes
#mary gonzalez #mazie hirono #tammy duckworth #ladies be awesome #politics #disability #lgbtq #poc #who run the world girls 

"Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that’s despicable."

Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, on the GOP (via itsintheskrees)

When Colin Powell presented a list of valid reasons to endorse the President, it was quickly decided by his own party that he was doing so “just because he was black”. Do I think all women like Ann Coulter because she’s a woman? Do I feel that all blondes have more fun? No, because I’m not so biased to presume that everyone that belongs to a particular category has to think or behave alike. The idea that black people support the President just because he’s black (and not because he’s a Democrat who happens to be black) is predicated on a false assumption. Its a claim that the speaker puts forth while indicating they don’t think  the members of the group (black people in this case) don’t pay attention to politics, or spend a great deal of time examining the political rhetoric of both parties before coming to a conclusion. 

Republicans made a similar mistake when assuming Sarah Palin would shore up the independent woman vote. People weren’t necessarily pro-Hillary because she was a woman, it was because she was a woman who embodied their political ideals. The assumption that a woman will vote for Sarah Palin just because they had gender in common was an interesting insight into how Republicans view minority politics. 

If President Obama pulled out of the race tomorrow and was replaced by Joe Biden, I’d still vote democrat not only because of the belief that society should protect the less able and strive towards equality in all fronts, but also because I’ve spent the past four years listening to conservatives refer to their non-white political opponents as “monkeys”, who “shuck and jive”. They’ve been going out of their way to inject political dialog with virulent bigotry, whether we’re talking about “baby mamma first lady e-mail fwds” from standing politicians or race baited fear mongering from active judges, its been there and it requires such wilful obliviousness to ignore it I honestly pity anyone who tries.

The point is, that many many black voters are rational thinkers and were politically active (and prone to be Democrats) well before Barack Obama arrived on the national political landscape. People who inhabit minority statuses don’t typically just think through that lens, so to dilute a person of color’s political decisions down to “voting for the black guy because of their race” you further reinforce all the reasons many POC haven’t more seriously considered your party.

(via invisiblelad)

(Source: The Huffington Post, via warcrimenancydrew)

@1 year ago with 657 notes
#politics #barack obama #racism #pho queue 
vivrai:

#’murica

vivrai:

#’murica

(Source: eltigrechico, via vivrai-deactivated20140628)

@2 years ago with 1695 notes
#politics #middle east #meme 

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@2 years ago with 47642 notes
#barack obama #rick perry #politics #military #gay rights 
Yes, he would have fit.
But, regardless of the door’s structure, they would have weighed it down.
What makes the story beautiful is that it was a tragedy, damn it. Goodness.

Yes, he would have fit.

But, regardless of the door’s structure, they would have weighed it down.

What makes the story beautiful is that it was a tragedy, damn it. Goodness.

(Source: rickperryheadlines)

@2 years ago with 1367 notes
#Rick Perry #politics #Titantic 
inothernews:

Republicans.
Asking government to mind their own business unless it doesn’t suit them in which case hey, fuck you since about the 20th Century.

inothernews:

Republicans.

Asking government to mind their own business unless it doesn’t suit them in which case hey, fuck you since about the 20th Century.

@2 years ago with 353 notes
#republicans #gop #politics #news #abortion 

UC Berkeley College Republicans Planning "Affirmative Action" Bake Sale 

starmines:

BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) — A group of students planning a bake sale doesn’t usually stir up much controversy — unless the bake sale comes with a politically-charged twist.

Campus Democrats President Anais LaVoie thinks one Berkeley group has crossed the line.

On Upper Sproul Plaza, where free speech reigns supreme, the Berkeley College Republicans have scheduled a bake sale where the price of a cookie or a brownie depends on your gender and the color of your skin.

The price of a baked good costs $2 for white people, $1.50 if you’re Asian, $1 for Latinos, 75 cents for African-Americans and 25 cents for Native Americans.

Women get a discount of 25 cents.


Club president Shawn Lewis planned the event.

“The pricing structure is there to bring attention, to cause people to get a little upset,” said Lewis. “But it’s really there to cause people to think more critically about what this kind of policy would do in university admissions.”

Lewis says the bake sale is the club’s way of taking a stand against pending legislation that would let the University of California consider a student’s race or national origin during the admission process.

The bake sale wasn’t the first of its kind: A similar pricing structure was used for a similar sale in 2009 at Purdue, and the same year, another similar bake sale was held at Bucknell before it was shut down by school officials.

The nasty comments began as soon as the event was posted by Lewis on Facebook. Lewis said several members who created the event have been threatened.

The response was so strong and so negative, the College Republicans group canceled their usual lunchtime tabling at their usual spot for fear their volunteers would be harassed.

“It certainly is stirring emotions,” said Lewis, “and that’s what we want, but we certainly don’t want people to think that we’re making fun of racial issues or laughing at them because that’s not the message of the bake sale.”

But that’s the message Campus Democrats took away.

“The way they made the statement, the words that they used, the fact that they humorized and mocked the struggles of people of color on this campus is very disgusting to me,” saidLaVoie.

Many other students were equally disgusted. One student said they didn’t want to buy the cookies, while another said the group is missing the point.

“it’s wrong to try to make a statement about something that serious by using something like a bake sale,” said student one student.

Though the Campus Democrats have asked for an apology, the bake sale is still scheduled for Tuesday. (from ontd_political.  original source)

I probably shouldn’t be laughing (especially since I haven’t developed an actual opinion on affirmative action)…but what an odd little idea xD.  Kinda pushing it?  Maybe?

Definitely pushing it, in my opinion. Making a mockery of a real issue doesn’t bring awareness to it in the way people should hope; it creates resistance, just as this bake sale did.

(via starmines-deactivated20131230)

@3 years ago with 7 notes
#uc berkeley #republicans #affirmative action #politics #articles 

I teach the babies.

positivelypersistentteach:

I taught Kindergarten for several years.  I teach Pre-k now.

My students from last year are kindergartners now.  My students from all but two of the years I’ve taught live in neighborhoods where guns are prevalent.  I’ve practiced countless lock down drills.  I’ve had REAL lock down drills.  I’ve walked down a hall chucking students into classrooms because a student had knocked out my VP and I had no idea if he also had a weapon (he was in a gang).

Those students that died, they were just like mine.  They had dreams of being fire fighters, doctors, princesses, police officers, race car drivers, and Spiderman, just like mine do.  They were learning how to write, counting the number of sight words they knew, and eager for Christmas.  Just like mine.  They said funny things, reported to the teacher that they were everybody’s friends, and told their teacher, “I need a hug.”  Just like mine do.  They proudly showed off new hair cuts, new shoes, and their fingernail polish.  Just like mine do.

You see.  I love those kids like an extension of my family.  Heck, I don’t even have family in Florida, so they are extra important to me as I see more of them than anyone else in my life.  They make me laugh.  I try so hard to plan and prep things to boost them up.  When they fall, or they are sick, I hug them and try to make things better.

When we’ve practiced lock down drills, I’ve told them that it is just practice.  That I would never, ever let something bad happen to them at school.   That they are safe.  Still, they cry in fear, and I hold their hands and rock them in my arms until the drill is over.

I am certain that those teachers had made similar promises to keep their students safe no matter what, whether out loud to their students, or only in their hearts.  I am so sad that they weren’t able to keep their promises, because I know when it happened the ONLY thing going in through their minds was how to keep the kids safe.  I know they died trying.

I absolutely would jump in front of a shooter for my students.   I’ve thought of it before.  I will think of it every day this week.  I will not be taking the morning time to prepare things in my room while my assistant is out greeting the kids in the hall. I will be in the hallway greeting them, telling them I missed them, and try to telepathically tell their parents that I will keep them safe with everything I have.

I will also being requesting that our administration allow teachers to keep their classrooms locked throughout the day.  I will be asking why people don’t have to be buzzed in.   I will ask when the last time law enforcement and fire fighters did a walk-through our building and if they have current school maps.  This shouldn’t have to be something I think about, but my student’s safety trumps everything.

My grief comes in waves, and it took until last night for me to feel my anger because the grief was so huge.

My students’ safety trumps everything.  Every student’s safety should trump everything.

My thoughts about gun control after the jump.

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@1 year ago with 335 notes
#education #for the love of teaching #news #politics #gun control 
fuckyescalifornia:

This is great too!

fuckyescalifornia:

This is great too!

@1 year ago with 42682 notes
#politics #tammy baldwin #news 

highsee:

Joe Biden is the cool grandpa that let 11 year old you ride around on his lap while doing 60 down a farm road in his fully restored ‘72 Challenger and gave you sips off his Coors when no one was looking.

Paul Ryan is the younger cousin who saw grandpa give you a sip of his beer then went and told your mom, and your mom is like “who cares, go play or something” but Paul Ryan can’t go play because he has no friends.

(via lostinhogwarts)

@1 year ago with 2725 notes
#lmfao #politics 

"23 years. We finished it, financed it myself, and I figured, you know, I could get prints and ads paid for by the studios, and that they would release it. I showed it to all of them and they said ‘No. we don’t know how to market a movie like this.’ …It’s because it’s an all-black movie. There’s no major white roles in it at all. It’s one of the first all-black action pictures ever made."

Red Tails executive producer GEORGE LUCAS, on why it took more than two decades for his latest film to hit movie theatres, on The Daily Show.

For shame, Hollywood.

(via inothernews)

@2 years ago with 1633 notes
#Politics #george lucas #hollywood #movies #racism #red tails 
Jaw literally dropped.

Jaw literally dropped.

(Source: rickperryheadlines)

@2 years ago with 1041 notes
#Rick Perry #politics #Supernatural #Castiel 

The Daily Californian: UC Berkeley student sets up tent on Chancellor’s lawn  

hellaoccupy:

thedailycal:

While most UC Berkeley students chose to head home for the Thanksgiving break, senior Alex Kim decided to do something decidedly different early Thursday morning.

Kim lugged camping equipment and his pet cat Obi to Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s front lawn at around 5 a.m. and pitched a…

Full text:

While most UC Berkeley students chose to head home for the Thanksgiving break, senior Alex Kim decided to do something decidedly different early Thursday morning.

Kim cancelled his plane ticket home and instead lugged camping equipment and his pet cat Obi to Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s front lawn at around 5 a.m. There he pitched a tent in solidarity with the Occupy Cal movement that has shaken the campus over the last three weeks.

Kim, who is taking a vow of silence until the New Year, said in a typed letter to The Daily Californian that he would appreciate a public apology from Birgeneau for the destruction of “creative property and personal property” when the Occupy Cal encampment was cleared out last week and “perhaps even an invitation to join him at his table tonight to make up for the fact that I broke my mother’s heart by canceling my plane ticket home.”

“In all seriousness, Our dear chancellor, Birgeneau needs to shape up or get out before we force him,” he continued in the letter.  “Occupy Cal has only been a beautiful community building activity and we all intend to keep it that way. It’s just too bad he doesn’t see it for what it really is. An awakening of our generation.”

Kim, an English major from Downey, Calif., has been on a self-imposed Internet-blackout since he was arrested last week when police officers cleared out the Occupy Cal encampment for the second time. He added that he has not listened to the audio-apology Birgeneau released Tuesday regarding police use of force at Occupy Cal but wanted the Chancellor to apologize again in a public setting.

Birgeneau, who sent the recording on his way to the East Coast for Thanksgiving, is not currently at his campus home.

As far as the encampment goes, Kim said in written messages with The Daily Cal that he would stay on the lawn of Birgeneau’s campus home until he police arrest him. Kim welcomed others to join him and Obi underneath two large trees on the lawn.

Setting up tents is against campus policy, but as of 7:00 a.m. no police officers had arrived to Kim’s tent. Since police used batons and pepper spray to clear out encampments at Occupy Cal and Occupy UC Davis, the campuses have taken a more laid-back approach to enforcing the no-tent rule.

Regardless of what happens to him or his encampment, Kim said that he hopes to raise awareness for the elderly and disabled in California as well as to give thanks to the people who have been continuously occupying Sproul Plaza since Occupy Cal began on Nov. 9.

“This is mainly for them,” he wrote in the letter. “To show my thanks for keeping the occupation alive.”

After spending close to 40 minutes driving stakes into Birgeneau’s lawn and fumbling with his tent cover, Kim expanded on his reasoning for continuing with the Occupy Movement.

“I continue to participate in protests because they are a means for opening up a space for discourse & discussion usually basically bringing people together – students, peers – people who would otherwise probably never know that they’d be so much on the same page. ”

The Daily Cal article also has the full text of Alex’s letter, but it’s really hard to read.

@2 years ago with 32 notes
#alex kim #chancellor #i fucking love this kid #obi #politics #protest #revolution #student #thanksgiving #uc berkeley #occupy #occupy cal #berkeley #california 
mycultureisnotatrend:

transgenderexpress:

cognitivedissonance:

Caption: Students Kritz Eliza and Taylor Matzen, dressed as American Indians, participate during a bake sale led by the Berkeley College Republicans Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at the University of California campus in Berkeley, Calif. The Berkeley College Republicans have scheduled a bake sale where the price of a cookie or a brownie depends on your gender and the color of your skin. The price of a baked good costs $2 for white people, $1.50 if you’re Asian, $1 for Latinos, 75 cents for African-Americans and 25 cents for Native Americans. Women get a discount of 25 cents. From SFgate.com
Wow. White girls in headdresses, participating in the bake sale. Are they trying to get free cookies or what? This is the insensitivity supported by the UC Berkeley Campus Republicans and their bake sale. From the article:

The Republican students said offering more expensive pastries to white students and less expensive ones to students of other ethnicities illustrated the injustice of any division by race.  A few feet away from the bake sale, opposing groups held a “Conscious Cupcakes” giveaway, handing out their own treats for free. And around midday, hundreds of people dressed in black laid down in Sproul Plaza, silently demonstrating their support of SB185.

This comes from the opposition to a bill that would allow California’s universities to consider race and ethnicity as one of many factors, like extra-curriculars, in college admissions. The bill would still ban admission based entirely on race or ethnicity. 
<sarcasm> Here’s something more honest: How about you still charge the white guy $2.00 for the cookie, give him $3 to buy it, and then let him punch the Native American students in order to steal their cookies, screaming “MANIFEST DESTINY, ASSHOLES!” triumphantly? After that, how about the African-American students are forced to clean up after the bake sale, as the Campus Republicans sip mint juleps and supervise? Is that more honest? </sarcasm>
I don’t support throwing the baked goods at them, nor screaming obscenities. I do absolutely love the steps taken by the Harry Potter student group, selling “enchanted Costco muffins,” for “Two galleons to pure bloods” and “Eight sickles to muggles.”

oh hey look everyone it’s one of the girls’ RACIST PROFILE PHOTO 
So much ignorance in one place. “Higher education” indeed.

LOL, AND SHE’S AN ANTHROPOLOGY MAJOR. GOOD TIMES.

mycultureisnotatrend:

transgenderexpress:

cognitivedissonance:

Caption: Students Kritz Eliza and Taylor Matzen, dressed as American Indians, participate during a bake sale led by the Berkeley College Republicans Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at the University of California campus in Berkeley, Calif. The Berkeley College Republicans have scheduled a bake sale where the price of a cookie or a brownie depends on your gender and the color of your skin. The price of a baked good costs $2 for white people, $1.50 if you’re Asian, $1 for Latinos, 75 cents for African-Americans and 25 cents for Native Americans. Women get a discount of 25 cents. From SFgate.com

Wow. White girls in headdresses, participating in the bake sale. Are they trying to get free cookies or what? This is the insensitivity supported by the UC Berkeley Campus Republicans and their bake sale. From the article:

The Republican students said offering more expensive pastries to white students and less expensive ones to students of other ethnicities illustrated the injustice of any division by race. A few feet away from the bake sale, opposing groups held a “Conscious Cupcakes” giveaway, handing out their own treats for free. And around midday, hundreds of people dressed in black laid down in Sproul Plaza, silently demonstrating their support of SB185.

This comes from the opposition to a bill that would allow California’s universities to consider race and ethnicity as one of many factors, like extra-curriculars, in college admissions. The bill would still ban admission based entirely on race or ethnicity. 

<sarcasm> Here’s something more honest: How about you still charge the white guy $2.00 for the cookie, give him $3 to buy it, and then let him punch the Native American students in order to steal their cookies, screaming “MANIFEST DESTINY, ASSHOLES!” triumphantly? After that, how about the African-American students are forced to clean up after the bake sale, as the Campus Republicans sip mint juleps and supervise? Is that more honest? </sarcasm>

I don’t support throwing the baked goods at them, nor screaming obscenities. I do absolutely love the steps taken by the Harry Potter student group, selling “enchanted Costco muffins,” for “Two galleons to pure bloods” and “Eight sickles to muggles.”

oh hey look everyone it’s one of the girls’ RACIST PROFILE PHOTO

So much ignorance in one place. “Higher education” indeed.

LOL, AND SHE’S AN ANTHROPOLOGY MAJOR. GOOD TIMES.

@2 years ago with 306 notes
#UC Berkeley #Berkeley #Campus Republicans #Republican #republicans #politics #racism #affirmative action #bake sale #Harry Potter #California #bigotry #race #ethnicity #the point #you're missing it #white privilege #privilege 
ASUC Senate to consider bill condemning quinceañera-themed frat party→

thenoobyorker:

By way of The Daily Californian:

A quinceañera-themed party hosted by Delta Chi on Sept. 21 has been met with controversy among students of color on campus and prompted the introduction of an ASUC Senate bill condemning the event.

The campus community is often very critical of groups that attempt to create their own spaces, and so of course this bill is being met with derision rather than dialogue.

Maybe a Berkeley student or alum will build an app that clarifies to the student body why these parties are stupid and offensive. Maybe the app can foster a serious conversation about the “Greek” system the way the student body is always criticizing other communities on campus. Hopefully Yahoo buys it.

(Source: genericlatino)

12 months ago
#berkeley #asuc #senate #politics #cultural appropriation #greek life 
I teach the babies.

positivelypersistentteach:

I taught Kindergarten for several years.  I teach Pre-k now.

My students from last year are kindergartners now.  My students from all but two of the years I’ve taught live in neighborhoods where guns are prevalent.  I’ve practiced countless lock down drills.  I’ve had REAL lock down drills.  I’ve walked down a hall chucking students into classrooms because a student had knocked out my VP and I had no idea if he also had a weapon (he was in a gang).

Those students that died, they were just like mine.  They had dreams of being fire fighters, doctors, princesses, police officers, race car drivers, and Spiderman, just like mine do.  They were learning how to write, counting the number of sight words they knew, and eager for Christmas.  Just like mine.  They said funny things, reported to the teacher that they were everybody’s friends, and told their teacher, “I need a hug.”  Just like mine do.  They proudly showed off new hair cuts, new shoes, and their fingernail polish.  Just like mine do.

You see.  I love those kids like an extension of my family.  Heck, I don’t even have family in Florida, so they are extra important to me as I see more of them than anyone else in my life.  They make me laugh.  I try so hard to plan and prep things to boost them up.  When they fall, or they are sick, I hug them and try to make things better.

When we’ve practiced lock down drills, I’ve told them that it is just practice.  That I would never, ever let something bad happen to them at school.   That they are safe.  Still, they cry in fear, and I hold their hands and rock them in my arms until the drill is over.

I am certain that those teachers had made similar promises to keep their students safe no matter what, whether out loud to their students, or only in their hearts.  I am so sad that they weren’t able to keep their promises, because I know when it happened the ONLY thing going in through their minds was how to keep the kids safe.  I know they died trying.

I absolutely would jump in front of a shooter for my students.   I’ve thought of it before.  I will think of it every day this week.  I will not be taking the morning time to prepare things in my room while my assistant is out greeting the kids in the hall. I will be in the hallway greeting them, telling them I missed them, and try to telepathically tell their parents that I will keep them safe with everything I have.

I will also being requesting that our administration allow teachers to keep their classrooms locked throughout the day.  I will be asking why people don’t have to be buzzed in.   I will ask when the last time law enforcement and fire fighters did a walk-through our building and if they have current school maps.  This shouldn’t have to be something I think about, but my student’s safety trumps everything.

My grief comes in waves, and it took until last night for me to feel my anger because the grief was so huge.

My students’ safety trumps everything.  Every student’s safety should trump everything.

My thoughts about gun control after the jump.

Read More

1 year ago
#education #for the love of teaching #news #politics #gun control 
1 year ago
#mary gonzalez #mazie hirono #tammy duckworth #ladies be awesome #politics #disability #lgbtq #poc #who run the world girls 
fuckyescalifornia:

This is great too!
1 year ago
#politics #tammy baldwin #news 
"Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that’s despicable."

Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, on the GOP (via itsintheskrees)

When Colin Powell presented a list of valid reasons to endorse the President, it was quickly decided by his own party that he was doing so “just because he was black”. Do I think all women like Ann Coulter because she’s a woman? Do I feel that all blondes have more fun? No, because I’m not so biased to presume that everyone that belongs to a particular category has to think or behave alike. The idea that black people support the President just because he’s black (and not because he’s a Democrat who happens to be black) is predicated on a false assumption. Its a claim that the speaker puts forth while indicating they don’t think  the members of the group (black people in this case) don’t pay attention to politics, or spend a great deal of time examining the political rhetoric of both parties before coming to a conclusion. 

Republicans made a similar mistake when assuming Sarah Palin would shore up the independent woman vote. People weren’t necessarily pro-Hillary because she was a woman, it was because she was a woman who embodied their political ideals. The assumption that a woman will vote for Sarah Palin just because they had gender in common was an interesting insight into how Republicans view minority politics. 

If President Obama pulled out of the race tomorrow and was replaced by Joe Biden, I’d still vote democrat not only because of the belief that society should protect the less able and strive towards equality in all fronts, but also because I’ve spent the past four years listening to conservatives refer to their non-white political opponents as “monkeys”, who “shuck and jive”. They’ve been going out of their way to inject political dialog with virulent bigotry, whether we’re talking about “baby mamma first lady e-mail fwds” from standing politicians or race baited fear mongering from active judges, its been there and it requires such wilful obliviousness to ignore it I honestly pity anyone who tries.

The point is, that many many black voters are rational thinkers and were politically active (and prone to be Democrats) well before Barack Obama arrived on the national political landscape. People who inhabit minority statuses don’t typically just think through that lens, so to dilute a person of color’s political decisions down to “voting for the black guy because of their race” you further reinforce all the reasons many POC haven’t more seriously considered your party.

(via invisiblelad)

(Source: The Huffington Post, via warcrimenancydrew)

1 year ago
#politics #barack obama #racism #pho queue 

highsee:

Joe Biden is the cool grandpa that let 11 year old you ride around on his lap while doing 60 down a farm road in his fully restored ‘72 Challenger and gave you sips off his Coors when no one was looking.

Paul Ryan is the younger cousin who saw grandpa give you a sip of his beer then went and told your mom, and your mom is like “who cares, go play or something” but Paul Ryan can’t go play because he has no friends.

(via lostinhogwarts)

1 year ago
#lmfao #politics 
vivrai:

#’murica
2 years ago
#politics #middle east #meme 
"23 years. We finished it, financed it myself, and I figured, you know, I could get prints and ads paid for by the studios, and that they would release it. I showed it to all of them and they said ‘No. we don’t know how to market a movie like this.’ …It’s because it’s an all-black movie. There’s no major white roles in it at all. It’s one of the first all-black action pictures ever made."

Red Tails executive producer GEORGE LUCAS, on why it took more than two decades for his latest film to hit movie theatres, on The Daily Show.

For shame, Hollywood.

(via inothernews)

2 years ago
#Politics #george lucas #hollywood #movies #racism #red tails 
2 years ago
#barack obama #rick perry #politics #military #gay rights 
Jaw literally dropped.
2 years ago
#Rick Perry #politics #Supernatural #Castiel 
Yes, he would have fit.
But, regardless of the door&#8217;s structure, they would have weighed it down.
What makes the story beautiful is that it was a tragedy, damn it. Goodness.
2 years ago
#Rick Perry #politics #Titantic 
The Daily Californian: UC Berkeley student sets up tent on Chancellor’s lawn →

hellaoccupy:

thedailycal:

While most UC Berkeley students chose to head home for the Thanksgiving break, senior Alex Kim decided to do something decidedly different early Thursday morning.

Kim lugged camping equipment and his pet cat Obi to Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s front lawn at around 5 a.m. and pitched a…

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While most UC Berkeley students chose to head home for the Thanksgiving break, senior Alex Kim decided to do something decidedly different early Thursday morning.

Kim cancelled his plane ticket home and instead lugged camping equipment and his pet cat Obi to Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s front lawn at around 5 a.m. There he pitched a tent in solidarity with the Occupy Cal movement that has shaken the campus over the last three weeks.

Kim, who is taking a vow of silence until the New Year, said in a typed letter to The Daily Californian that he would appreciate a public apology from Birgeneau for the destruction of “creative property and personal property” when the Occupy Cal encampment was cleared out last week and “perhaps even an invitation to join him at his table tonight to make up for the fact that I broke my mother’s heart by canceling my plane ticket home.”

“In all seriousness, Our dear chancellor, Birgeneau needs to shape up or get out before we force him,” he continued in the letter.  “Occupy Cal has only been a beautiful community building activity and we all intend to keep it that way. It’s just too bad he doesn’t see it for what it really is. An awakening of our generation.”

Kim, an English major from Downey, Calif., has been on a self-imposed Internet-blackout since he was arrested last week when police officers cleared out the Occupy Cal encampment for the second time. He added that he has not listened to the audio-apology Birgeneau released Tuesday regarding police use of force at Occupy Cal but wanted the Chancellor to apologize again in a public setting.

Birgeneau, who sent the recording on his way to the East Coast for Thanksgiving, is not currently at his campus home.

As far as the encampment goes, Kim said in written messages with The Daily Cal that he would stay on the lawn of Birgeneau’s campus home until he police arrest him. Kim welcomed others to join him and Obi underneath two large trees on the lawn.

Setting up tents is against campus policy, but as of 7:00 a.m. no police officers had arrived to Kim’s tent. Since police used batons and pepper spray to clear out encampments at Occupy Cal and Occupy UC Davis, the campuses have taken a more laid-back approach to enforcing the no-tent rule.

Regardless of what happens to him or his encampment, Kim said that he hopes to raise awareness for the elderly and disabled in California as well as to give thanks to the people who have been continuously occupying Sproul Plaza since Occupy Cal began on Nov. 9.

“This is mainly for them,” he wrote in the letter. “To show my thanks for keeping the occupation alive.”

After spending close to 40 minutes driving stakes into Birgeneau’s lawn and fumbling with his tent cover, Kim expanded on his reasoning for continuing with the Occupy Movement.

“I continue to participate in protests because they are a means for opening up a space for discourse & discussion usually basically bringing people together – students, peers – people who would otherwise probably never know that they’d be so much on the same page. ”

The Daily Cal article also has the full text of Alex’s letter, but it’s really hard to read.

2 years ago
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inothernews:

Republicans.
Asking government to mind their own business unless it doesn’t suit them in which case hey, fuck you since about the 20th Century.
2 years ago
#republicans #gop #politics #news #abortion 
mycultureisnotatrend:

transgenderexpress:

cognitivedissonance:

Caption: Students Kritz Eliza and Taylor Matzen, dressed as American Indians, participate during a bake sale led by the Berkeley College Republicans Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at the University of California campus in Berkeley, Calif. The Berkeley College Republicans have scheduled a bake sale where the price of a cookie or a brownie depends on your gender and the color of your skin. The price of a baked good costs $2 for white people, $1.50 if you’re Asian, $1 for Latinos, 75 cents for African-Americans and 25 cents for Native Americans. Women get a discount of 25 cents. From SFgate.com
Wow. White girls in headdresses, participating in the bake sale. Are they trying to get free cookies or what? This is the insensitivity supported by the UC Berkeley Campus Republicans and their bake sale. From the article:

The Republican students said offering more expensive pastries to white students and less expensive ones to students of other ethnicities illustrated the injustice of any division by race.  A few feet away from the bake sale, opposing groups held a “Conscious Cupcakes” giveaway, handing out their own treats for free. And around midday, hundreds of people dressed in black laid down in Sproul Plaza, silently demonstrating their support of SB185.

This comes from the opposition to a bill that would allow California’s universities to consider race and ethnicity as one of many factors, like extra-curriculars, in college admissions. The bill would still ban admission based entirely on race or ethnicity. 
&lt;sarcasm&gt; Here’s something more honest: How about you still charge the white guy $2.00 for the cookie, give him $3 to buy it, and then let him punch the Native American students in order to steal their cookies, screaming “MANIFEST DESTINY, ASSHOLES!” triumphantly? After that, how about the African-American students are forced to clean up after the bake sale, as the Campus Republicans sip mint juleps and supervise? Is that more honest? &lt;/sarcasm&gt;
I don’t support throwing the baked goods at them, nor screaming obscenities. I do absolutely love the steps taken by the Harry Potter student group, selling “enchanted Costco muffins,” for “Two galleons to pure bloods” and “Eight sickles to muggles.”

oh hey look everyone it’s one of the girls’ RACIST PROFILE PHOTO 
So much ignorance in one place. “Higher education” indeed.

LOL, AND SHE&#8217;S AN ANTHROPOLOGY MAJOR. GOOD TIMES.
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UC Berkeley College Republicans Planning "Affirmative Action" Bake Sale→

starmines:

BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) — A group of students planning a bake sale doesn’t usually stir up much controversy — unless the bake sale comes with a politically-charged twist.

Campus Democrats President Anais LaVoie thinks one Berkeley group has crossed the line.

On Upper Sproul Plaza, where free speech reigns supreme, the Berkeley College Republicans have scheduled a bake sale where the price of a cookie or a brownie depends on your gender and the color of your skin.

The price of a baked good costs $2 for white people, $1.50 if you’re Asian, $1 for Latinos, 75 cents for African-Americans and 25 cents for Native Americans.

Women get a discount of 25 cents.


Club president Shawn Lewis planned the event.

“The pricing structure is there to bring attention, to cause people to get a little upset,” said Lewis. “But it’s really there to cause people to think more critically about what this kind of policy would do in university admissions.”

Lewis says the bake sale is the club’s way of taking a stand against pending legislation that would let the University of California consider a student’s race or national origin during the admission process.

The bake sale wasn’t the first of its kind: A similar pricing structure was used for a similar sale in 2009 at Purdue, and the same year, another similar bake sale was held at Bucknell before it was shut down by school officials.

The nasty comments began as soon as the event was posted by Lewis on Facebook. Lewis said several members who created the event have been threatened.

The response was so strong and so negative, the College Republicans group canceled their usual lunchtime tabling at their usual spot for fear their volunteers would be harassed.

“It certainly is stirring emotions,” said Lewis, “and that’s what we want, but we certainly don’t want people to think that we’re making fun of racial issues or laughing at them because that’s not the message of the bake sale.”

But that’s the message Campus Democrats took away.

“The way they made the statement, the words that they used, the fact that they humorized and mocked the struggles of people of color on this campus is very disgusting to me,” saidLaVoie.

Many other students were equally disgusted. One student said they didn’t want to buy the cookies, while another said the group is missing the point.

“it’s wrong to try to make a statement about something that serious by using something like a bake sale,” said student one student.

Though the Campus Democrats have asked for an apology, the bake sale is still scheduled for Tuesday. (from ontd_political.  original source)

I probably shouldn’t be laughing (especially since I haven’t developed an actual opinion on affirmative action)…but what an odd little idea xD.  Kinda pushing it?  Maybe?

Definitely pushing it, in my opinion. Making a mockery of a real issue doesn’t bring awareness to it in the way people should hope; it creates resistance, just as this bake sale did.

(via starmines-deactivated20131230)

3 years ago
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