on diversity and education. They were told to have some questions ready to ask about how my learning disabilities impacted my education and how teachers dealt with me and my disabilities.
It went well. People had good questions and I think they have a better idea of what their students are going through, even if they might not be able to see the disability in the ways they expect too.
One question made me a little sad. This guy asked if there was anything he could do, or other teachers have done, to make the classroom calmer to help kids with Tourette’s not tic.
I sort of answered his question, but then asked everyone what is the point of making a kid stop ticing. Why does a second grader need to stop moving? Is it because it is distracting to other kids? Or is it because there is something fundamentally wrong about the tics?
Kids shouldn’t be told that the way their mind works is wrong. Kids should have to work with people who are neurologically different from them. And all some of the people I spoke to today could worry about was keeping their classrooms under control.
“In his resignation statement, Pearce said he was discussing the abuses of the welfare system and quoted someone without attributing them. That was a mistake that “has been taken by the media and the left and used to hurt our Republican candidates.”—
“While most police officers do receive training on “the special needs population,” the problem is they are trained to defuse situations by issuing commands, such as “Drop that!” and “Get on the ground!” When officers encounter individuals who are unable to follow or understand these commands, like those with mental or physical disabilities, impatient officers can react quickly and forcibly—often with deadly consequences.”—
Described by PBS as an exploration of what constitutes beauty in the 21st century, the film offers a tantalizing look at the intersection of art and fashion.
Watch. This. Doc. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Kehinde Wiley’s work in person, it is massive and intricate and gorgeous. I actually saw a piece from the set they’re talking about here, a very striking piece about Black femininity and western beauty standards. I had known a little about his process, but this doc goes into great depth, not just about Wiley as an artist, but the lives of the women who sat for him as well.
A transgender woman was murdered just steps away from her home in North Memphis on Friday night. Alejandra Leos was shot in the 1600 block of Berkshire…
7 Trans Women of Color; all killed during the season that holds Pride Month. The queer community is still abuzz with the last vestiges of the season that promises parades, alcohol, and ‘a freedom to be you.’ So often, the larger LGBTQ “community,” has this idea that we’re all equally policed for being a part of this population. Without doubt, the summer of 2014 has proven that this is not the case.
…are the names of the 7 women that have fallen this season before Alejandra; and there is no protest for them. They are the silent-fallen that have fallen silent. There is an epidemic of trans female genocide; a cure to this maddening, tragic plague has yet to be seen.
Please #RememberAlejandra. If we continue to brush over the victimization of TWoC then again and again these beautiful lives will be cut short; again and again, #GirlsLikeUs will be made victims of hatred.
A few months ago at a live concert you mentioned a short video where George Bush becomes enraged in the middle of a sentence. If you can, would you mind posting this amazing sounding video? I can't seem to find it anywhere.
“The summer that marriage equality passed in New York, we saw the number of homeless kids looking for shelter go up 40 percent," says Carl Siciliano, founder of the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth. A former Benedictine monk-in-training, who once went by the nickname Baby Jesus, Siciliano had spent years living in monasteries and serving in shelters run by the Catholic Worker Movement before his own sexuality inextricably came between him and his institutional faith. "I ended up just feeling like the Catholic Church was wack," he says. "Cardinal O’Connor [the archbishop of New York at the time who once said if he was forced to hire homosexuals, he would shut down all of the Catholic schools and orphanages in the diocese] was like the arch-homophobe of America." Siciliano was working at a housing program for the homeless in the Nineties when he noticed that his clientele was getting younger and younger. Until then, he says, "you almost never saw kids. It was Vietnam vets, alcoholics and deinstitutionalized mentally ill people." But not only were more kids showing up, they were also disappearing. "Every couple of months one of our kids would get killed," Siciliano says. "And it would always be a gay kid." In 2002, he founded the Ali Forney Center, naming it after a homeless 22-year-old who’d been shot in the head on the street in Harlem, not far from where the organization’s drop-in center currently resides. Siciliano had been close with Forney and felt that had he had a safe place to go, he might be alive today.
Since founding the center, Siciliano, 49, has become one of the nation’s most outspoken homeless advocates. “I feel like the LGBT movement has been asleep at the wheel when it comes to this,” he says, running his hands through his closely cropped hair and sighing. “We’ve been so focused on laws – changing the laws around marriage equality, changing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ getting adoption rights – that we haven’t been fighting for economic resources. How many tax dollars do gay people contribute? What percentage of tax dollars comes back to our gay kids? We haven’t matured enough as a movement yet that we’re looking at the economics of things.”—
“There are two issues personified by the lack of call to action for the protection of Jill Scott’s body. First of all it is a prime example of the racial divide within feminism. While more often than not we stand together as women to protect our rights and freedoms there was a time in the dawn of feminism when it was believed to belong only to white women; because to involve the rights of Black women would jeopardize those of the white. Although we as Black women have integrated into feminism, there does exist this fine invisible line made up of white privilege and the double-edged sword that still makes Black women somewhat of the secondary party in feminism. Situations like this nude photo outbreak highlight where Black women’s protections stand in the realm of feminism.
Sadly, the controversy surrounding this show may mean that there will no longer be punk, hardcore or metal shows at the venue anymore. Haines says Coco66 has decided that in the future, they will only have EDM, folk and alternative bands. “We can’t take any chances from now on,” he said.
“You are probably wondering aloud to your flatmate, I wonder what his girlfriend will think when she reads this! The answer is, she will realize I am the finest writer of my generation….I do not like knowing these hard stories, even if it is about a person I care so much for. But I would like them a lot less if I was the one telling them. I know we can’t forget what happened to us, even if a choice made now, today, projects itself backwards to change our past actions as Milosz wrote. From that vantage the past is as nebulous and alterable as the present. Taking the next logical leap, it means that the present is as fixed as what preceded it.”—Sorry, is this a real thing written by a real live person? Or some sort of Turing Machine that spits out fatuous, pretentious blather instead of numbers?
ah yes, women’s equality day—the holiday commemorating the day white women gained the same voting rights white men already had for over 100 years.
Native women weren’t even eligible for US citizenship until 4 years after that date (largely thanks to the efforts of Native suffragette Zitkala-Ša), the US was still naturalizing Native people as citizens as recently as 1940 (20 years after white women got the right to vote), and it wasn’t until the 1965 Voting Rights Act that the federal government overrode state efforts to deny Native citizens (and other citizens of color) the right to vote. also like obvi voting rights are not really the best measurement of equality anyways bc i’m pretty sure women, especially WOC, still aren’t really treated like human beings 24/7 in this country yet.
so yeah it’s women’s equality’s day as long as equality is defined as voting rights and Black & Brown women aren’t really considered women.