Isabel, 30, has been working on Florida tomato farms for many years since she arrived from Guatemala. Her experience in the sun-soaked fields has brought a steady paycheck, but she has also seen co-workers experience sexual abuse and sexual violence.
“Before, we would hear about a contractor or supervisor who would take women to a private place, to the edge of the field, and we understood that sexual assault is what was happening,” she said. “Now, we aren’t hearing these stories in the same way we used to.”
I’ve recently discovered a local TNR (trap, neuter, release) program for stray cats in my city. It’s the first TNR program that I have seen in our city, which is actually a huge deal. They are looking to raise $2,500 to help with the cost of transferring the cats to get them neutered/spayed. The volunteers have to drive a little over an hour away to Warren, MI with the cats.
If you’re interested in making a small donation you can at the link below!
Please help support this as it’s the first TNR in my city and it would mean A LOT to me and the animals <3 even if you can’t donate, please please please reblog
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Catatonia - ‘Mulder and Scully’ - 1998
#Welsh word of the day: Llan/ #Church
This is an excerpt from the documentary Our Spirits Don’t Speak English, where boarding school survivors are interviewed about their time in the schooling system.
Too many people don’t know about this. This, if anything, should be taught in schools, but instead it is hidden. In my elementary and middle school days we learned about the wild West, the railroad system, the California Missions, Pilgrims etc. The only Native education the U.S. implements in the curricula is the Trail of Tears. No one in my classes knew about Wounded Knee, the Long Walk, the broken treaties, the slavery of my own tribe to build churches, the bounties that were put on all Native heads (common bounty in CA was $1 for head $.50 for an ear), the cultural genocide.
If there is one Native thing this country needs to learn is the boarding school system. Some of us still live with the results of the boarding schools. We have high rates of domestic violence which is always stated as being introduced the schools. Native children were taken from their homes, and placed into the schools where they were beaten and molested by the teachers and staff. The schools were to reform Natives into respectable white people, but once the kids left the system they had trouble finding work, while some were outcast from their tribe.
This was all a part of the genocide, yet too many people have no idea this even happened.
One of the most heartbreaking moments in my life was sitting in Dennis Banks’ home (google him. you should know his story!) listening to him talk about being taken away to one of these schools. He talked about how much he hated his mother for letting him be taken and not coming to get him. He found out many years later, after she’d died, that she wrote to him every day, but the school never let him see the letters. A documentary film team, working on a film of him, discovered the letters and called him. She died with him still hating her, and he didn’t know the truth. This is one of the most current and ongoing atrocities of our country against Native Americans (that and the foster care issue!).
Jesus fucking christ, It’s a fantasy novel; key word FANTASY y’all need to calm the fuck down. I try to ignore this BS as much as I can but this post is pissing me off. Allow me to clarify; I have yet to read the books and I have never watched Game of Thrones. What l have seen are gifs and production stills of the show. It seems interesting and one day I shall read the books or watch the damn show. What I do know is that people need to stop pushing this whole “Oh my god everything is fucking racist because a PoC isn’t on the cover or the protagonist” seriously there are a million more important things in the world than some “vicious cycle of whiteness in publishing, authors, etc.” and even then so what if GRRM is misinformed about the mongols? He’s not a historian and one only needs to do some research of their own to find the truth. The Dothraki are a Proud Warrior Race that are inspired by the mongols. THEY ARE NOT MONGOLS. They are a FICTIONAL people in a FICTIONAL world.
Hey, you know what’s funny here?
I’m an avid fan of the books AND the show. I have read every book, including the novellas, and watched every single episode of the show.
These books are fantasy, but I still live in the real world, where a friend of mine who is also a fan, a friend who has a college degree and is no youngster (and neither am I), told me point blank that the misogyny in GoT/ASOIAF is entirely due to “Things Were Just Like That Back Then”.
I live in the real world, where someone who hasn’t read the books OR seen the show thinks AUTOMATICALLY that I just need to shut up about it and stop complaining, despite having zero frame of reference for what I’m even criticizing.
This is exactly what N. K. Jemisin is talking about in the article “Confirmation Bias, Epic Fantasy, and You”. You haven’t read or seen it, but you have already decided that it is beyond criticism, or that fiction in general cannot be criticized. Quick, someone call Harvard and tell them They’re Doing It Wrong.
I live in the real world, where my race being horrifically misrepresented in a degrading and racist way in a work that I enjoy is something I am told to shut up about by someone who knows nothing, Jon Snow.