Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thursday Reading



The Assassination of Sandra Bland and the Struggle against State Repression
by Ajamu Baraka
During the struggle in South Africa black activists who were captured by the state had a strange habit of jumping to their deaths from the windows of jails and courthouses whenever the authorities would turn their backs. In the U.S. the method of suicide black prisoners appear to choose is death by hanging – that is, when they are unable to pull a gun from an officer and shoot themselves in the chest while handcuffed behind their backs.
Read More at Black Agenda Report


Homeless Reappearing (& Vanishing)
by Jeremiah Moss
There's been all this panicked talk recently about an increased visibility of homeless people. The neoliberal media is worried about a return to the city's "bad old days." Mayor de Blasio just sent a swarm of NYPD to guard Tompkins Square Park from the people who sleep in it. Again, there has been no recent spike in the homeless population--the massive increase happened under Bloomberg's stingy policies. They're just not getting hassled, dragged away, and imprisoned like they were under our previous two mayors. The homeless have always been with us.


by Tony McKenna
Nowadays the internet is awash with sites set up by “men’s rights activists” – sites which are known collectively as the “man-o-sphere”. Here the social frustrations of a traditional machismo go hand in hand with sexual ones. The standard, bilious ranting about “Femi-Nazis” and a culture which has been fatally undermined by “PC-propaganda” is accompanied by long screeds on how to reassert male dominance: “seduction seminars” that aim to provide frustrated, angry men with a sure fire set of procedures by which female targets can be tricked, manipulated, pressured or cajoled into sex.


by LaLa
Earlier this month, in the midst of the vast array of police brutality that has already claimed so many Black lives, Sandra Bland was pulled over while driving in Texas (on her way to her new job). She was supposedly stopped for failure to turn on her signal when changing lanes. Right.


by Monica Hunasikatti
Fujiberry Cosplay is amazing. Period. End of discussion. From her spectacular Yoko from Gurran Lagann to her Sailor Moon/Kill La Kill mash-up, she has certainly gained rightful recognition for her bold and colorful cosplays. She is also an inspiration to look up to when wanting to live a healthier, fitter lifestyle. I really admire her dedication to fitness and working out, despite the ridiculous amount of backlash a lot of women receive when trying to “pump iron” and get some Armstrong/FMA-type muscles. I had the opportunity to interview her, so please enjoy, and make sure to check out her Facebook and Instagram!





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