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He thought about his mother and sisters and the grandmother who died in childbirth and began to read widely in the literature of civil rights and feminism. Eventually he came across the concept of “reproductive justice,” developed by black feminists who argued that the best way to raise women out of poverty is to give them control of their reproductive decisions. Finally, he had his “come to Jesus” moment and the bell rang. This would be his civil-rights struggle. He would serve women in their darkest moment of need. “The protesters say they’re opposed to abortion because they’re Christian,” Parker says. “It’s hard for them to accept that I do abortions because I’m a Christian.” He gave up obstetrics to become a full-time abortionist on the day, five years ago, that George Tiller was murdered in church.

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   Take the time to read this moving piece on the incredible Dr. Willie Parker, who won’t let anyone stop him from providing people seeking abortion with the care they need. (via ppaction)   

the-uncensored-she:

rtamerica:

US Senate passes emergency Iron Dome funding for Israel
US Senate unanimously supported on Friday legislation to give Israel emergency funding for its Iron Dome missile system.


US tax-dollars at work; funding genocide and neocolonialism.

Wow

the-uncensored-she:

rtamerica:

US Senate passes emergency Iron Dome funding for Israel

US Senate unanimously supported on Friday legislation to give Israel emergency funding for its Iron Dome missile system.

US tax-dollars at work; funding genocide and neocolonialism.

Wow

cindymayweather:

"One fun fact I learned while on the air with Keith Olbermann was that humans on the Internet are scumbags. People say children are cruel, but I was never made fun of as a child or an adult. Suddenly, my disability on the world wide web is fair game. I would look at clips online and see comments like, "Yo, why’s she tweakin?" "Yo, is she retarded?" And my favorite, "Poor Gumby-mouth terrorist. What does she suffer from? We should really pray for her." One commenter even suggested that I add my disability to my credits: screenwriter, comedian, palsy."

Maysoon Zayid on TEDWomen (x)

fascinasians:

Join us tomorrow to talk about why Net Neutrality and the internet are so important to us! 42 national civil rights organizations recently signed on AGAINST net neutrality, it’s time to show them that we disagree! Tweet with us #MyInternetIs tomorrow at 12pm EST/9am PST!
Here are some examples (click to tweet!):
#MyInternetIs an open discussion space where I learn and grow from folks I would have otherwise never met. http://bit.ly/1aqjmEJ
#MyInternetIs a free library on all the information I was never taught in schools. http://bit.ly/1aqjmEJ
#MyInternetIs is the way I practice my 1st amendment rights. I won’t allow the FCC to influence my voice! http://bit.ly/1aqjmEJ
#MyInternetIs my safe space where I determine what’s “high-demand”. I don’t prioritize aspects of my identity! http://bit.ly/1aqjmEJ
Confused about Net Neutrality? The “Save the Internet Campaign” summarizes it like this:


What Is Net Neutrality?
Net Neutrality is the fundamental principle that ensures you can read, watch or download whatever you want — and it’s not up to a phone or cable company to decide which websites will work.


Why Is Net Neutrality So Important?
Net Neutrality has made the Internet an unrivaled environment for free speech, civic participation, innovation, opportunity, press freedom and much more. It prevents online discrimination and gives any individual, organization or company the same chance to share their ideas and find an audience.


How Is Net Neutrality at Risk?
The FCC’s proposal would let a handful of giant Internet companies become the gatekeepers of everything we do, say and see online. If the FCC’s rules go into effect, Internet service providers will be allowed to favor their own content and charge extra fees to others for VIP treatment. This would create a two-tiered Internet with express lanes for the few who can afford the tolls — and winding dirt roads for the rest of us.


What Can We Do About It?
To ensure decision-makers hear from millions of Internet users and not just a few big companies, Free Press is mounting an all-out campaign to organize public support for Net Neutrality. If we succeed, the open Internet will continue to thrive as a space shared and shaped by its millions of users.

fascinasians:

Join us tomorrow to talk about why Net Neutrality and the internet are so important to us! 42 national civil rights organizations recently signed on AGAINST net neutrality, it’s time to show them that we disagree! Tweet with us #MyInternetIs tomorrow at 12pm EST/9am PST!

Here are some examples (click to tweet!):

#MyInternetIs an open discussion space where I learn and grow from folks I would have otherwise never met. http://bit.ly/1aqjmEJ

#MyInternetIs a free library on all the information I was never taught in schools. http://bit.ly/1aqjmEJ

#MyInternetIs is the way I practice my 1st amendment rights. I won’t allow the FCC to influence my voice! http://bit.ly/1aqjmEJ

#MyInternetIs my safe space where I determine what’s “high-demand”. I don’t prioritize aspects of my identity! http://bit.ly/1aqjmEJ

Confused about Net Neutrality? The “Save the Internet Campaign” summarizes it like this:

  • What Is Net Neutrality?

    Net Neutrality is the fundamental principle that ensures you can read, watch or download whatever you want — and it’s not up to a phone or cable company to decide which websites will work.

  • Why Is Net Neutrality So Important?

    Net Neutrality has made the Internet an unrivaled environment for free speech, civic participation, innovation, opportunity, press freedom and much more. It prevents online discrimination and gives any individual, organization or company the same chance to share their ideas and find an audience.

  • How Is Net Neutrality at Risk?

    The FCC’s proposal would let a handful of giant Internet companies become the gatekeepers of everything we do, say and see online. If the FCC’s rules go into effect, Internet service providers will be allowed to favor their own content and charge extra fees to others for VIP treatment. This would create a two-tiered Internet with express lanes for the few who can afford the tolls — and winding dirt roads for the rest of us.

  • What Can We Do About It?

    To ensure decision-makers hear from millions of Internet users and not just a few big companies, Free Press is mounting an all-out campaign to organize public support for Net Neutrality. If we succeed, the open Internet will continue to thrive as a space shared and shaped by its millions of users.

hipsterlibertarian:

NYPD officer pictured ‘putting seven-months pregnant woman into a chokehold for illegally grilling outside her apartment’

An advocacy group has released images which claim to show an NYPD officer putting a seven-months pregnant woman into a chokehold for illegally grilling on the sidewalk in front of her apartment. 
NYPD officers have been banned from using the chokehold since 1993, but an officer can be seen in the pictures wrapping his arm around 27-year-old Rosan Miller’s neck in the Saturday incident. 
Her young daughter is also in the pictures, watching the arrest unfold.

Illegally grilling on the sidewalk! What a hardened, dangerous criminal! And I bet that little girl now has a very solid grasp on who she can trust and what’s ok to do to women and/or people who are physically weaker than you!

hipsterlibertarian:

NYPD officer pictured ‘putting seven-months pregnant woman into a chokehold for illegally grilling outside her apartment’

An advocacy group has released images which claim to show an NYPD officer putting a seven-months pregnant woman into a chokehold for illegally grilling on the sidewalk in front of her apartment. 

NYPD officers have been banned from using the chokehold since 1993, but an officer can be seen in the pictures wrapping his arm around 27-year-old Rosan Miller’s neck in the Saturday incident. 

Her young daughter is also in the pictures, watching the arrest unfold.

Illegally grilling on the sidewalk! What a hardened, dangerous criminal! And I bet that little girl now has a very solid grasp on who she can trust and what’s ok to do to women and/or people who are physically weaker than you!

Join #MyInternetIs and tweet about why Net Neutrality and internet freedom is important! July 31 at 12PM EST/9AM PST

fascinasians:

Vanessa Teck from projectavaorg, Reappropriate, and I will be trying to trend #MyInternetIs on Thursday at 9AM PST/12PM EST to discuss why Net Neutrality and a free internet is important. We’ll be tweeting with the hashtag #MyInternetIs!

ie #MyInternetIs a free library on all the information I was never taught in schools.

#MyInternetIs an open discussion space where I learn and grow from folks I would have otherwise never met.

We’d love for you all to join us!

micdotcom:

The New York Times: “Repeal prohibition, again”

On Saturday, the New York Times came out strongly in favor of marijuana legalization, publishing an editorial titled “Repeal Prohibition, Again.”
The Times is the biggest U.S. news publication to endorse reformed cannabis laws yet and is a huge slap-in-the-face to antiquated laws that criminalize marijuana smoking and possession. 
As part of a series entitled “High Time,” the editorial board is rolling out a six-part interactive examining state laws, the criminal justice system, the history, health, track record and regulation surrounding marijuana.
Why this is huge for marijuana | Follow micdotcom 

micdotcom:

The New York Times: “Repeal prohibition, again”

On Saturday, the New York Times came out strongly in favor of marijuana legalization, publishing an editorial titled “Repeal Prohibition, Again.”

The Times is the biggest U.S. news publication to endorse reformed cannabis laws yet and is a huge slap-in-the-face to antiquated laws that criminalize marijuana smoking and possession. 

As part of a series entitled “High Time,” the editorial board is rolling out a six-part interactive examining state laws, the criminal justice system, the history, health, track record and regulation surrounding marijuana.

Why this is huge for marijuana | Follow micdotcom 

lissymac37:

scandal-whipped:

ladybrun:

FINALLY: Israel accused of its warcrimes by members of parliament in the UK

"We should not equate the occupied with the occupier, we should not equate a refugee population of 1.7mil imprisoned in a tiny strip of land, with prison guards, we should not equate terrorists firing rockets with a supposedly "civilized" state systematically killing women, children, disabled and elderly people…If UK and other Western governments fail to discriminate between the actions of Hamas and israel, hundreds of Palestinian civilians will continue to die and the annexation of Palestine by israel will continue.”

Finally

Small victories. Alhamdulillah