“But why do I notice everything? She thought. Why must I think? She did not want to think. She wanted to force her mind to become a blank and lie back, and accept quietly, tolerantly, whatever came.”—Virginia Woolf, The Years (via rabbrakha)
Forty-six million white adults today can trace the origins of their family wealth to the Homestead Act of 1862. This bill gave away valuable acres of land for free to white families, but expressly precluded participation by Blacks.
On the evening of August 25th, 2014, the Chicago Police murdered DeSean Pittman, a black youth living on the southside.
DeSean’s mother, Natasha Haul, might not be able to bury her son because the cop that killed him came to his vigil as an on duty officer, and police deliberately provoked the mourners by breaking candles for DeSean’s memorial and tearing down posters commemorating his life.
When a fight broke out between DeSean’s friends, family, and loved ones, and the police, five people were arrested, including his mother, and are still being held in Cook County Jail.
Natasha is being held on felony charges of aggravated battery of a police officer, and mob action, on a $75,000 bond. Natasha needs to be out in time for her son’s funeral. We need to put up 10 % to get her out, meaning we have 48 hours to raise $7,500.
Additionally, DeSean’s family urgently needs financial support to help with paying for DeSean’s funeral.
In the wake of an upsurge of national resistance to racist police terror and international attention to the police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and many others, Chicago must show support the families of those murdered by CPD right here at home.
The same night the police murdered DeSean, they also killed Roshad Mcintosh, a 19-year-old black resident of Lawndale, on Chicago’s westside.Donate, support the Pittman, Haul and Mcintosh families, spread the word, and resist police violence in our communities!
If someone were to forcibly enter a woman’s house without her consent no one would go up to her and say “maybe if your house didn’t look so expensive this wouldn’t have happened, you should make it look less wealthy” so why is that if someone forcibly enters a woman without her consent they say “if you didn’t dress like a slut this wouldn’t have happened, you should dress more modestly”?
that shaky thing your voice does when you’re confronting someone or speaking up for yourself is the worst damn thing it’s like you have no intentions of crying but your nervousness overcomes your vocal cords and you end up looking like such a weak shit
1. If it feels wrong, don’t do it.
2. Say “exactly” what you mean.
3. Don’t be a people pleaser.
4. Trust your instincts.
5. Never speak badly about yourself.
6. Never give up on your dreams.
7. Don’t be afraid to say “no”.
8. Don’t be afraid to say “yes”.
9. Resist the need to always have control.
10. Stay away from drama and negativity – as much as possible.
Source: Lessons Learned in Life