Through October 15, buy any of the Repeal Hyde Art Project’s reproductive justice posters and 50% of the proceeds will benefit the Mississippi NOW Reproductive Freedom Fund, which provides funding for people who live in Mississippi seeking abortion care. http://bit.ly/1m5rP8w
(Source: texansforreproductiverights, via becauseiamawoman)
We Read Too is a book resource app created by Kaya Thomas (@kthomas901) that includes over 300 Children’s and YA books written by authors of color featuring characters of color. You can browse, search, view the details of every book as well as suggest any books that should be added in the app. This resource is for all people of color who have felt misrepresented or forgotten when finding books to read.
Help the app grow by downloading it for free here (http://bit.ly/1mUfe2F), rating and reviewing the app, and suggesting new books & genres that should be included! Follow @WeReadTooApp on twitter and like Facebook page at facebook.com/WeReadTooApp for updates.
kaya is incredible, y’all! black girls rock :)
Stopping the Small Hands of Slavery →
Human Rights Watch has been campaigning for years to make schools safe. In some cases, armed groups target teachers and schools because they see them as symbols of the government. In other cases, groups carry out attacks because they oppose what is being taught, or to whom. Students, schools, and education are also endangered when national armed forces or armed groups use schools for military purposes during armed conflict.
But many children in both India and Pakistan don’t make it to school at all. Instead, they end up as child workers. Human Rights Watch has found that employers sometimes prefer children—even when adults are available—because they are cheaper and easier to control.
According to the International Labour Organization, there are still 168 million child workers in the world—more than half, 85 million, are in hazardous work. For instance, child tobacco workers in the United States are exposed to nicotine and toxic pesticides, and child miners in Mali and Tanzania use mercury to extract gold from ore, which can cause them enormous harm. There are an estimated 15 million child domestic workers worldwide who often work long hours for little pay, and are particularly vulnerable to trafficking, forced labor, and physical and sexual abuse.
Millions of children in India endure miserable and difficult lives. Children in India weave carpets and saris, work in the fields, pick rags in city streets, make bricks, polish gemstones, roll beedi cigarettes, package firecrackers, and work as domestics in the home, cooking and cleaning.
Bonded labor is a form of modern slavery where a child is handed over for a debt, and must work without pay until the debt is paid—which can be a lifetime.
"Your privilege is comprised of the questions you’ve never had to ask."
"In a study conducted on behalf of The Havens, around half of the young men (aged 18-25) studied did not consider it rape to force a woman who has changed her mind to continue to have sex. Another quarter reported that they would have sex with someone they knew was unwilling. However, it is not just perpetrators that often do not have full understanding of consent and sexual offences. The Home Office found that 40% of female rape victims did not self-classify their experience as rape and 30% of attempted rape victims did not self-classify the experience as a crime. Further studies have shown that many young women view sexual assault as “normal” and therefore reporting of such incidences is low. This suggests that we as a society are not teaching men and women enough about sex crimes. Such findings confirm what is meant by rape culture: our society does not see cases of rape and assault as crimes, often excusing, tolerating or condoning the perpetration of sexual offences."
"For as long as there’s been a mainstream feminist movement, there have been corporations eager to capitalize on women’s desire for empowerment. And simply saying men and women should be treated equally isn’t the slightest bit risky in an era when the economy demands that nearly all women work outside the home and the biggest pop stars in America embrace the term feminist. But empowerment conferences are less a product of this friendly brand of modern feminism than they are the result of changing media business models and the rise of superficial corporate do-gooderism. Consumers are so wary of traditional advertising that one of the only ways for brands to make an end-run around skepticism is to claim, “Hey, we’re doing some good here.” As Unilever has learned with all the free press its “body-positive” Dove ads have gotten, women’s empowerment is a great theme for conscientious advertising — Bitch Magazine co-founder Andi Zeisler calls it “empowertising.” You-go-girl ads appeal to a broad demographic, but unlike championing, say, stricter environmental regulation, they put the onus for change on women themselves, not corporations or society."
Know-How: The Trans Person's Guide for New York State →
This booklet provides detailed information and a step-by-step guide for transgender people in New York State to get or change all of the life documents and essential paperwork you’ll need to make your way in the world. From driver’s licenses to birth certificates and passports to social security cards, it’s all of the information you need in one handy booklet!
WE MADE A THING. Know-How is a guide for trans people in New York State to change all their identifying documents to their (ostensibly) new name and shiny new gender marker. Everything from altering driver’s licenses to passports to your gosh-dang birth certificate is broken down in language you can understand, all in one place.
It’s free! It works! It’s been tested! I did all this stuff literally a couple months ago! It’s FREE!
To our knowledge it’s the first of it’s kind, and we’re incredibly excited to share it with everyone so trans people in NY don’t have to be paralegal experts so the bouncer at the bar doesn’t look at them funny if they get carded.
The link is to the booklet itself, but if you go to our trans services website, there are also sample documents as .pdfs that you can look at. download or send to various doctors and therapists to slap on their fancy letterhead.
We put a ton of work into this, so please signal boost this so everyone who might need it can access it.
Go forth, trans people, and get the ID that matches your authentic self. Just one more step towards a little peace of mind.
Reblogging because this is helpful and awesome. If you’re a trans person in New York State and want to know how to change your ID documents to match your new name/gender marker, here’s a handy guide from the good folks (us!) at Planned Parenthood.
"I do believe that books can change lives and give people this kind of language they wouldn’t have had otherwise"
"What relationships — sexual and romantic or otherwise — are we closing off because of how we’ve been taught to value physical beauty above all else?"