Boycott the White House Iftar 

Posting on behalf of others;

Dear Friends,

The attached letter is a culmination of efforts by Muslim American scholars, activists, and legal advocates across the country calling on Muslims, who have been invited to the July 14th White House Iftar, to boycott this event. Especially given Glenn Greenwald’s recent revelations of spying on Muslim American civil rights activists, U.S. complicity in an ongoing deadly surge of Israeli state violence against Palestinians, and given the numerous consequences that Muslims face through extremely problematic and biased applications of counter-terrorism laws and legislation, we believe that we must take a stand.

We are asking for all Muslims of conscience (If you are not Muslim, please help disseminate this to Muslims in your network) to sign this letter so that we can rally our collective voices. Please read the attached letter and either sign your name in the google form (https://docs.google.com/a/student.american.edu/forms/d/1CdA0VtBw9vn7DShCdQ5j_4mXJ9CqIUXLUneaPEkKRMM/edit?usp=sharing), or send your name/affiliation to Dr. Maha Hilal - silencegivesconsent@gmail.com. Please sign by 5pm, Monday, July 14th.

Note: If you have been invited to the iftar and have declined for the reasons outlined above, we would love to hear from you and talk to you about the possibility of getting a written/video statement for our White House protest action this coming Monday, July 14th at 7 p.m. Click here for more information about our upcoming action.

Sincerely,

Maha Hilal
Ramah Kudaimi
Muhammed Malik
Darakshan Raja

The boycott has also been called for by the sister of Ahmed Abu-Ali, detained in 2003. If you are in the D.C. region, there is also a protest outside the white house, more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/571099382999489/

i-need-that-seat:


A few days ago in a parking lot in Lisbon wheelchair users and volunteers occupied all the available Non-Handicap spaces to make a point to able-bodied motorists what it is like to have “their” parking places unavailable to them.
On every wheelchair various notes were left like: "be right back", "it only takes a moment", "I’m get something here", etc.
Via Mobility Van Videos by EJ Dulina

Reblogged this yesterday from a different source, but I think this photograph is more powerful.

i-need-that-seat:

A few days ago in a parking lot in Lisbon wheelchair users and volunteers occupied all the available Non-Handicap spaces to make a point to able-bodied motorists what it is like to have “their” parking places unavailable to them.

On every wheelchair various notes were left like: "be right back", "it only takes a moment", "I’m get something here", etc.

Via Mobility Van Videos by EJ Dulina

Reblogged this yesterday from a different source, but I think this photograph is more powerful.

5 Tips to Make Your Pride Event More Inclusive 

queerability:

Happy Pride, everyone!
We compiled this list of tips to help Pride event organizers make their Pride events more inclusive for attendees with disabilities.

1. Ensure physical and cognitive accessibility from the start. Let’s go beyond just wheelchair ramps, raised viewing areas, and ASL interpreters. Have designated areas as far away from noise as possible for people with sensory processing disabilities who might get overloaded from all the hustle and bustle at Pride events. Have designated smoking areas and encourage attendees to refrain from smoking outside those areas. Supply communication badges and strongly encourage people to use them and respect the communication preferences of all attendees. 

2. Create “drop out/in” points on parade/march routes. Many people with disabilities want to be a part of Pride parades and marches, but they are unable to walk the whole route. Instead of barricading the whole route, create “drop out/in” points for people to enter and exit the parade when they are unable to continue. 

3. Have the parade/march displayed and live-captioned on closed-circuit TVs. This feature can be expensive for smaller Pride events, but this can help people with auditory processing disabilities understand what the announcer is saying. 

4. Use clear signage and have volunteers ready to direct people where they need to go. Some people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have trouble navigating festivals so it would be helpful to have things clearly labeled and marked. 

5. Have people with disabilities in leadership roles when planning Pride events. Whenever possible, seek the input of people with a diverse array of disabilities when planning Pride events. Nothing About Us Without Us.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Caracas, Venezuela: Workers’ mass march against fascism, in defense of the Bolivarian Revolution and President Nicolas Maduro’s government, February 18, 2014.

Photos by Tim Anderson

ethiopienne:

University of Michigan students (members of Students Allied for Freedom and Equality, the Students for Justice in Palestine of U of M) slipped mock eviction notices under the doors of over 2,000 students in university housing to raise awareness about the horrors enabled by UMich’s facilitation of Palestinian ethnic cleansing.

Follow the conversation on twitter: #UMMockEviction and read the article accompanying the actions.

Palestinian Youth & Student Solidarity with Mi’kmaq Blockade 

decolonizehistory:

From one stolen land to another, we express our highest solidarity with the Mi’kmaq and Elsipogtog people, the Mi’kmaq Warriors Society and the members of their blockade, defending their lands and confronting colonial resource extraction and profiteering. The blockade, which began September 30, closed Highway 134 in New Brunswick, in the Canadian state, in order to prevent devastating resource extraction (hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”) by SWN Resources, a large U.S. corporation.

Indigenous people in Canada have faced genocide and crimes against humanity, including cultural genocide in residential schools, forced displacement, containment on reservations, controls on movement, and massive land theft and expropriation. They have been resisting for hundreds of years on their land, continually confronting settler colonialism and occupation.

As Palestinians, we also face a settler colonial occupier. We also face occupation, apartheid, resource exploitation, the destruction of our olive trees and the theft of our land and labour for a colonial settler project based on the dispossession, expulsion and oppression of our people. We are struggling to bring settler colonial rule to an end, along with the occupation and apartheid that it creates, and for the right of return of Palestinian refugees, expelled from their homeland for over 65 years.

The Canadian settler colonial state has been one of the foremost international supporters of our settler colonial occupier, Israel. Canada supported the partition of our land, and is now constantly heard in international arenas supporting Israeli wars against Palestinians and Arabs, attacking Palestinian rights, and labelling itself Israel’s best friend. Canadian state officials denounce Palestinian efforts to hold Israel accountable under international law for its crimes against Palestinians, the indigenous people of Palestine - at the same time that Canada attempts to quash and suppress international efforts by Indigenous people to seek justice, accountability and decolonization.

From Palestine to Turtle Island, we have one struggle, and we affirm our solidarity and common resistance!

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Students, Faculty, and Community Members Respond to CCNY Shutdown and Takeover of the Assata Shakur/Guillermo Morales Center — October 20, 2013

Today, Sunday 10/20, the City College/CUNY administration has shutdown and taken over the Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Community Center.

This center has existed since 1990, when students and community members organized through struggle to create it. In more than 20 years, it is not the first time that CCNY administration has tried to shut it down (see: “Student Activists Under Attack at City College of New York for Honoring Black and Puerto Rican Liberation Heroes “— 2006)

Watch the arrest of a CCNY alum who sat in front of the center upon the takeover here.

View more photos from today’s action here.

Join our Facebook event on October 21st at City College at 12:30pm as we demonstrate against this attack on student and community organizing and oppressed peoples.

Here is a press release by the Students For Educational Rights, the student organization directing the Shakur/Morales Center.

this is a spit in the face to student and community organizing, to Assata Shakur and Guillermo Morales, to the Harlem community, and to the struggle of oppressed peoples worldwide. if you are in NYC today and are able, PLEASE SUPPORT US AGAINST THIS ATTACK ON OUR PEOPLE!
Today, October 21st, 1230pm. 138st and Amsterdam Ave.
it will be community and student struggle once again that will win this space back, just like it did back in 2006. ALL PPOWER TO THE PEOPLE!
check for updates on my Twitter @HeruEspy #CCNYshutdown #saveCCNY

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MIA is having none of it. “I am not a conspiracy theorist,” she says.
“Yes, you are,” I say.
The great pop contrarian also known as Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam huffs. “What I said about the internet is what’s happening now. It’s on the front of your own newspaper. It’s not a conspiracy theory, is it – unless your paper is supporting a conspiracy theory? Conspiracy theory is too much of a small pond for me to swim in.” I feel suitably admonished.

It’s been three years since MIA released her last studio album, Maya. Its first track was The Message, a 57-second discordant rap suggesting that social media companies were working hand-in-hand with the world’s governments to spy on us (“Connected to the Google, connected to the government,” she chanted repeatedly). A lot of people accused her of being politically naive. Now, following the Guardian’s revelations about the spying capacity of America’s NSA and Britain’s GCHQ, it looks as if she was stating the obvious. Does she feel vindicated? “I do. I love it.” She grins.

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M.I.A. interviewed by the Guardian (19th October 2013)

being vindicated is all intelligent brown folks can hope for these days

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don’t nobody wanna listen to folks of color when we tell them, remember how during occupy wall st Questlove had seen a bunch of NYPD roit gear suited up and when he tried to tweet about it to occupy folks they brushed it off……..only to be overrun by nypd not 20 mins later.

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