Reminder that Stonewall wasn’t about marriage equality. Stonewall was about police brutality. It was about systemic abuse and subordination. Stonewall was spearheaded by black trans women. As we celebrate Pride 2020, within the context of the Black Lives Matter riots, it’s imperative that we remember that.
Riots in protest of police brutality are the reason that we have more rights today. Do not forget your roots.
You can’t celebrate Pride while simultaneously condemning the Black Lives Matter riots and protests that are happening right now. Know your history.
They are only nonlethal when used in the proper manner: fired at the ground so they skip into legs. That’s where the intended contusions, abrasions, and hematomas come from. Police aiming them at people’s heads and center mass are aiming to kill or seriously maim.
Oh, and don’t forget that the British Army also concealed how dangerous they could truly be for 35 years until those documents were declassified. They are not remotely nonlethal or practical for riot control and should have been phased out decades ago.
Rubber Bullets were invented for the British Army, for riot control in Norther Ireland, and first used in 1970.
Technically called Baton Rounds, they are also often today alternatively made of wood, wax, and or plastic.
Such “kinetic impact munitions” are meant to cause pain but not serious injury. They are expected to produce contusions, abrasions, and hematomas. However, they may cause bone fractures, injuries to internal organs, or death. In a study of injuries in 90 patients injured by rubber bullets, 2 died, 18 suffered permanent disabilities or deformities and 44 required hospital treatment after being fired upon with rubber bullets.
people apparently think rubber bullets aren’t dangerous or something. they’re bullets with a thin rubber coating, they’re generally not, as some seem to believe, bullets made from rubber. they’ve got the capacity to seriously injure and kill. there is nothing nonviolent or lenient about rubber bullets.
i wondered this for like a year before I realized the line immediately preceding it was “we’ll take a long walk through the cornfield” and it clicked and I haven’t been the same since
I still think about when Owl City sang “and I’ll kiss you between the ears”. What the fuck does that mean. I can’t get over it
Please be aware though, re-posting art work without credit to the artist is NOT anarchist, anti-capitalist, or in any way punk.
I searched Google for “firing all the billionaires into the sun comic”, found the image —> used it to search for a nicer one and lo and behold found a link to their own Twitter. This took about 5 minutes. Slower than a 5 second reblog but still fast - and also much more important.
The creator is First Dog on The Moon and what makes this version^ so much worse to spread around is that the original HAD the author’s handle on it but it was cropped out.
If you reblogged the uncredited version I recommend taking 5 seconds to edit your post with their link and handle. It helps artists IMMENSELY.
Y’all don’t understand. This building is on the city’s logo and promotional tourist material. It stands in a traffic circle in the middle of downtown, where, aside from a placque on the interior wall, there is no context to inform passerby the original purpose of the building. (White) people take ~aesthetic~ photographs of the sun shining through the arches and sell prints of these photos for over $100. While the organizers of the Fayetteville protest denounced this action, this was a very powerful act against the ongoing legacy of white supremacy, and it was a long time coming.
if you hear any news about des moines and you see that the cops took a knee. it. was. performative. they do not care. there were cops in riot gear all around. those cops did not take a knee. the cops on the roof did not take a knee. it was all for show. they would have beat everyone there. in another part of town, they had already started shooting with rubber bullets. they arrested a reporter and hit her with tear gas. i hate it here. i hate everything.
A lot of the lists on tumblr have been circulating all week and some of the organizations have taken in as much as they can use with the size/scope of their mission. I signed up to the excellent Reclaim the Block and they just posted this list on their facebook.
Black Table Arts - Gathering Black communities through the arts, towards better black futures.
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha - CTUL is a worker-led organization where workers organize, educate and empower each other to fight for a voice in their workplaces and in their communities.
Du Nord Riot Recovery Fund - Du Nord Craft Spirits is a Black-owned distillery with a building that was damaged. They’ve “received a tidal wave of love and support from across the nation and many have asked how they can help… Therefore, Du Nord is establishing this fund to support black and brown companies affected by the riots.”
Little Earth Residents Association - Food and safety needs for residents of Little Earth of United Tribes.
Migizi Communications - MIGIZI Communications advances a message of success, well-being and justice for the American Indian community. Support them rebuilding after fire.
Minnesota Healing Justice Network - We provide a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, or people of color).
Northside business support - support businesses on Minneapolis’s Northside that have been impacted by recent demonstrations.
Pimento Relief Fund - We’re partnering with Pimento to provide black business without insurance relief after white supremacists set them on fire during the protests.
Powwow Grounds - send via paypal to email@example.com - Native-run cafe, currently providing meals to elders, protectors and community, purchasing medical supplies, fire supplies, cooking supplies.
Southside Harm Reduction- Southside Harm Reduction Services works within a harm reduction framework to promote the human rights to health, safety, autonomy, and agency among people who use substances.
Spiral Collective - A volunteer full-spectrum reproductive options and support group comprised of doulas, birth-workers, and passionate reproductive justice advocates. based in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, occupied Dakhóta territories.
Women for Political Change - Holistically investing in the leadership and political power of young women and trans & non-binary individuals throughout Minnesota.
Unicorn Riot - A decentralized media organization that has been live-streaming uprisings
The Du Nord Riot Recovery fund and Black Table Arts websites both say that they’ve achieved their funding goals (at current 9:24 EST June 1st).
The Minnesota Healing Justice Network, Pimento Relief Fund, Powwow Grounds, Southside Harm Reduction, Spiral Collective, and Unicorn Riot all have PayPal as an option!
Bilbo was declared dead while he was away in the Hobbit (and had to do a bunch of paperwork to get declared alive again) but there’s no indication he was formally declared dead after leaving the Shire, even though most people assumed he had died.
Therefore I posit: having a missing person declared dead in the Shire requires the consent of their next of kin. Whoever Bilbo’s next of kin was at the time of the Hobbit (possibly Otho? I’m not sure) had him declared dead at the first opportunity but Frodo refused to ever do it.
Frodo had anxious hobbit bureaucrats knocking on his door every couple of years like ‘Mr Baggins… blease… it’s been 10 years… he was eleventy-one… can we fill out his death certificate yet’ and Frodo was like ‘absolutely not’.
Early on he genuinely couldn’t bring himself too but after a while it was more that he enjoyed irritating the local magistrate’s office than anything else.
I raise you: the hobbitish bureaucracy has no means to re-declare someone dead. They had no precedent to declare someone who was once-dead dead again. They would need the Thain, the Mayor, and the Master of Buckland to agree to changing the statute, and since the Thain and the Master are too amused by the whole henclucking that they haven’t gotten round to it just yet.
I’m upping the stakes with: last time Bilbo was declared dead when he was, in fact, not dead, they removed the law stating that you can have someone declared dead without a body, so when Bilbo left (happily aware of this legal loophole and snickering) he could never become legally dead again.
I am loving the implication here that Bilbo can literally never die in the eyes of the law. He’d love that.
a hobbit parent telling their kids the story of Mad Baggins and being like “thanks to a loophole in hobbit law he’s technically still alive today”
a hobbit child misinterprets this and lies awake at night worrying that Mad Baggins is still out there and will appear in their room without warning
Alternatively: the laws for declaring somebody dead if they’re missing for long enough are still in place, but the magistrates are just refusing to enforce them in this particular case.
After all, last time they declared Bilbo Baggins dead— which involved filling out all the paperwork necessary to declare somebody dead without a body— he had the rudeness to show up again, forcing them to do a lot more paperwork, and this time with an indignant Bilbo having a go at them while they did it.
As a result, the magistrates have decided that they’re not going to declare Bilbo Baggins dead a second time unless they have a body, a coroners report explaining the cause of death, and a three day wake to make sure that he doesn’t get up and walk away again.
Centuries later, hobbit parents tell their children that Mad Baggins is forever gone from the shire— at least until the day when somebody is stupid enough to declare him legally dead, at which point legend states that he will immediately come marching back, demanding an explanation.