Category Archives: Resistances

Pesticide Drift and the Politics of Scale

“California’s Central Valley is a bread basket of America. It is the source of much of the country’s grapes, tree fruit, nuts, and vegetables. Many of the farms are massive, requiring large amounts of capital, land, and labor.

In the nearby small towns are the homes of the state’s farm laborers. They are primarily Latino. About half are undocumented. Most are poor and few have health care. Politically and economically weak, they are the primary human victims of pesticide drift.”

via Pesticide Drift and the Politics of Scale » Sociological Images.

As Riots Follow Freddie Gray’s Death in Baltimore, Calls for Calm Ring Hollow

“When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse.”

via As Riots Follow Freddie Gray’s Death in Baltimore, Calls for Calm Ring Hollow – The Atlantic.

Power and the Gaze: What Does Resistance Look Like?

“In 1975, Mulvey conceptualized the gaze as the power derived by the viewer when they cast their glance upon a hierarchized, usually female, body. This idea perfectly captures the way a subject on film is both frozen in a time and space, and consumed. I want to turn that around, in a more kyriarchal and postmodern fashion, and allot power to the subject.”

via Power and the Gaze: What Does Resistance Look Like? » Sociological Images.

14 Wonderfully Sassy Vintage Valentines From Suffragists

“In the 1910s, American suffragists would take advantage of holidays including Valentine’s Day to send postcards to politicians and loved ones advocating for votes for women.”

via 14 Wonderfully Sassy Vintage Valentines From Suffragists.

28 Powerful Pictures Of Women Fighting For Their Right To Vote

“In 1918, towards the end of the First World War, the Representation of the People Act was passed. This gave the vote to some women, but it was only in 1928 that the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act gave the vote to all women over 21 on the same terms as men.”

via 28 Powerful Pictures Of Women Fighting For Their Right To Vote.

Friendship 9 Convictions Overturned by South Carolina Judge

“Fifty-four years ago this week, nine young black men sat down at the whites-only counter of McCrory’s five-and-dime store on Main Street in the town of Rock Hill, South Carolina. After ordering burgers and cokes, the men were asked to leave; after they refused to leave, they were arrested for trespassing.”

via Friendship 9 Convictions Overturned by South Carolina Judge – The Atlantic.

Are Tiny-House Villages The Solution To Homelessness?

“In the Pacific Northwest, people with nowhere else to go are forming micro-communities with communal kitchens and toilets but teeny, individual sleeping units. Could tiny homes, once the provenance of design blogs, help curb homelessness nationwide?” via Are Tiny-House Villages The Solution To Homelessness – BuzzFeed News.

Feminism’s ugly internal clash: Why its future is not up to white women

“Our feminism looks like an end to police repression of minority communities, access to quality public schools that do not expel our children for minor infractions, and an end to the prison industrial complex, which locks up far too many of our men and women, fracturing families and creating further economic burdens when our loved ones are released. We need comprehensive healthcare and access to abortion clinics, but we also need a robust mental health care system, that can address long centuries of racist, sexist, sexual and emotional trauma. We need equal pay, yes. But we also need good jobs, rather than being relegated to an endless cycle of low-wage work.

White women’s feminisms still center around equality, a point on which Traister and Shulevitz converge. Black women’s feminisms demand justice. There is a difference.  One kind of feminism focuses on the policies that will help women integrate fully into the existing American system. The other recognizes the fundamental flaws in the system and seeks its complete and total transformation.”

via Feminism’s ugly internal clash: Why its future is not up to white women – Salon.com.

What Black Parents Tell Their Sons About the Police

“A Tumblr quote floated over to me about around the time of Trayvon Martins murder, from a Jonathan Lethem book that Ive never read The Fortress of Solitude. At this point, I dont really need to read it, because its already asked me the most important question Ive heard in a long time: “At what age is a black boy when he learns hes scary?”

via What Black Parents Tell Their Sons About the Police.

How to Have a Non-Commercial Holiday

Buy-Nothing-580 jpg“Toys are fun, but what kids really need for Christmas is love, connection, and play time.”

via How to Have a Non-Commercial Holiday.