September 21, 2011
Innocence Project Petition for Troy Davis

numol:

EXECUTION SET FOR 7 PM TODAY.

charkaka:

Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed tomorrow in Georgia for a murder he has always said he didn’t commit. There are serious doubts about the evidence used to convict Davis, and today the Innocence Project is calling on the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to stop the execution so the evidence of Davis’ innocence can be thoroughly reviewed.

Davis has served two decades on Georgia’s death row for the murder of a Savannah police officer in 1989. He was convicted almost exclusively on the basis of unreliable eyewitness identification testimony. Seven of the nine eyewitnesses who testified at his trial have since recanted, and new evidence points to another person as the real perpetrator.

The petition is quick. As in about 20s quick! Please sign it.

link to list of other petitions

link to list of people to contact to stop Troy Davis’s execution

online free faxing websites (up to 2 faxes a day for free):

Call Judge Penny Freesemann at 912 652 7252 to save Troy Davis. She has the power to pull the death warrant. The DA can ask her to rescind the warrant or she could rescind it directly. her email is pfreesemann@chathamcounty.org

also:

smallrevolutionary:

TroyDavis rally at the prison in Jackson, GA at 4pm. If you’re in the area, be there on the grounds

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September 12, 2011
"If white American feminist theory need not deal with the differences between us, and the resulting difference in our oppressions, then how do you deal with the fact that the women who clean your houses and tend your children while you attend conferences on feminist theory are, for the most part, poor women and women of Color? What is the theory behind racist feminism?"

-Audre Lorde (via soydulcedeleche)

But not all white feminists utilize people who do clean their houses. Let’s remember that. 

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hopefully thats sarcasm. :/ white feminists…please remember women do 3/4 of the worlds labor, MOSTLY WOC!!!! that means most if not all the shit you get at any supermarket or any kinda shop, really, has a really high chance of having been grown, picked, made by some cruelly underpaid WOC. whether you can afford a housekeeper or not. no WOC ever gets paid as much as white women either.

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^^^

This.

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LET US BEAR WITNESS TODAY, THIS REMARKABLE SIGHT, THAT IN THE HISTORY OF WHITE PEOPLE KILLING/TERRORIZING/OPPRESSING PEOPLE OF COLOR, AND THUS WOMEN OF COLOR, THERE WAS ONE WHITE PERSON WHO FELT THE NEED TO POINT OUT THAT THEY DON’T HAVE A MAID, WHEN THE  VERY LAND THEY LIVE ON CAME TO FRUITION ON THE BACKS AND BLOOD OF PEOPLE OF COLOR. WHEN THE FUCKING LAND IS STILL PROSPERING ON THE BACKS OF PEOPLE OF COLOR.

THEY SAID IT WITH FUCKING CONVICTION.

and tumblr, i bid you a fuck off because i am done.

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^ reblogging for more commentary.

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August 24, 2011
But They Didn’t Know About Racism Back Then!

iamabutchsolo:

I hear this from people all the time when it comes to all forms of oppression, but particularly racism. When discussing the past atrocities committed by white folks onto people of color, someone, almost always a white person tries to excuse the white people in the past by suggesting that they just didn’t know what they were doing was racist.

Slavery? Native American genocide? Banning racial minorities from immigrating to the US? The Zoot Suit riots? Internment of Japanese Americans? Etc.?

“Yeah, that was bad, but they didn’t know that what they were doing was racist/knew what racism was/didn’t think about race!”

I think what people neglect to think about is that the people of color who were the victims of these racist acts definitely knew what racism was. They could see that the way they were treated was predicated upon their race. They lived every day seeing it and having to take it and normalize it as if that was how life was supposed to be. So when I hear, “But they didn’t know about racism back then!” to me, it suggests that the mindset of “they” meaning “white people” is somehow more important than the suffering of the people of color they oppressed. And to me, it’s just another example of how white people control how we see US history.

Plus, the fact that they happened happened in the past does not negate the fact that these acts were heinous and racist, the consequences of which still affect racial inequality today, and I don’t believe that we should just give the white people of the past a free pass and treat them as children by saying, “They didn’t know better.” No, it’s far worse: They knew exactly what they were doing; they just didn’t care that people of color were suffering.

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August 14, 2011
"The oppressors do not perceive their monopoly on having more as a privilege which dehumanizes others and themselves. They cannot see that, in the egoistic pursuit of having as a possessing class, they suffocate in their own possessions and no longer are; they merely have."

Paulo Friere, in Pedagogy of the Oppressed

He goes on to write:

For them, having more is an inalienable right, a right they acquired through their own ‘effort,’ with their “courage to take risks.’ If others do not have more, it is because they are incompetent and lazy, and worst of all is their unjustifiable ingratitude towards the ‘generous gestures’ of the dominant class. Precisely because they are ‘ungrateful’ and ‘envious,’ the oppressed are regarded as potential enemies who must be watched.

Ok. Now think about this in terms of the youth of color rioting in England. Friere is describing here the justification for police/state violence against poor people who are now destroying the material property of the oppressor class. As the news insinuates, “we must arm ourselves (with police) against those dark-skinned youth who just can’t be satisfied to not have what we have all worked so hard for.”

To this, Friere would say, “you no longer are, you merely have.”

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