Do you know how many times I’ve been on here and thought to myself, “huh, I never thought of it that way.”
I just read something a moment ago and realized: My mind has been changed. I have changed my mind on an issue (this has probably happened a lot in the past 5 years, especially in the last 2). Maybe more argument will sway me back; who knows?
I like that my scope is broadening and I’m caring about more and more people everyday. Although, this mindset combined with the world we live in is exhaustively depressing.
Almost as depressing as the people who are the victims of (fill in the blank) are the people arguing about it; crying, perhaps literally, about how these issues are not important. I’m wondering more and more: What are these people losing that’s so important that they have to derail efforts of other individuals that are trying to help solve problems? Also, arguments can be so helpful and productive. This almost never happens, though. Or, there is so much unproductive BS to sort through, it’s hard to find anything of use.
— Carl Sagan (via tumblrpigeon)
Every time I look back to this photo, I feel uncomfortable — it haunts me. It’s as if they are saying to me, we are not a number — not only cheap labor and cheap lives. We are human beings like you. Our life is precious like yours, and our dreams are precious too.
They are witnesses in this cruel history of workers being killed. The death toll is now more than 750. What a harsh situation we are in, where human beings are treated only as numbers.
This photo is haunting me all the time. If the people responsible don’t receive the highest level of punishment, we will see this type of tragedy again. There will be no relief from these horrific feelings. I’ve felt a tremendous pressure and pain over the past two weeks surrounded by dead bodies. As a witness to this cruelty, I feel the urge to share this pain with everyone. That’s why I want this photo to be seen."
Click that link. This is a picture that needs to be seen just as badly as the endless failures of global capitalism, which encourages and necessitates the conditions that made this happen, need to be seriously addressed.
I just can’t get over the fact that we don’t pay these people anywhere close to fair wages. It really bothers me that we can go out and exploit these workers all over the world just so we can buy things at a low cost. The corporations should be held responsible because they’re making the decision to pay these people next to nothing so they get the most profit. They can pay these people decent wages and still make tons of money. It’s sick. And we’re not doing anything about it. …Can we?
I feel like paying $5/hr even, would help all of these places enormously. I imagine this could lead to more prosperous people there, allowing for the economic growth, and over time maybe the town/city/country are not in such a bad place. We’d see more thriving all over the world. Am I wrong?
1. Kids don’t drop out of school, they’re pushed out because the knowledge is not meaningful.
2. Activism is not about convenience. I cannot be antiracist all day and then go home at 5 o’clock, put my feet up and be a bigot.
3. As a white person you can walk away when you get tired about talking about white privilege. A person of colour cannot walk away.
4. I can speak English. The gift of 200 years of colonialism: you come out of your mother’s womb speaking English.
5. I had an arranged marriage. I arranged it myself.
6. Language is not neutral. Language is political.
7. The Sharia Hysteria: if you want it you’re a Neanderthal, if you don’t want it you are a liberal.
8. Muslims do not have a monopoly on oppressing women.
9. I don’t get offended anymore. If I’m continually insulted I am frozen into inaction.
10. If I am the standard and you are different from me then I have the power.
11. When you get tired of anti-racism and social justice, remember those who cannot walk away. You’ve got to stand with them.
12. I don’t mind being an immigrant. But my children were born here — their imagination of home begins and end in Canada. I can go home to Pakistan but this is home to my children.
13. Pakistan has been colonized for 200 years but the colonizers went home. They left behind their cronies to watch over us.
14. I didn’t know I was being a feminist until I came here a week ago. I thought I was just a woman who liked to fight.
15. We have to fight together. We have been marginalized and oppressed and if we’re not careful we’re going to marginalize and oppress someone else.
16. Everyone wants to save the muslim woman. Some want to put the hijab on me and save me; some want to take hijab off me and save me; some want to bomb us and save me. Just give me a break man! I can save myself! I don’t need Western imperialism to save me or Western feminism riding on the coattails of Western imperialism to save me. I can save myself.
17. Just because we are doing social justice does not mean we are socially just.
18. We [immigrants and refugees] don’t come here to live in poverty. We don’t come for the weather and we don’t come for the food – we bring the food! We come for the democracy.
19. To hurt someone is to sin. To watch someone else get hurt and do nothing is a greater sin.
20. If you are a man you can be a feminist – if you are a man you
must be a feminist because if you’re not, you’re part of the problem.
21. I wish all I had to worry about was [my son’s] baggy pants and who he dates. I have to worry if he’s going to get arrested, if he’s playing basketball, out with his Black and Arab friends. This is part of mothering for black mothers, aboriginal mothers, and now it is true for Muslim mothers."
— Quotes by Uzma Shakir - Muslim woman and feminist. (via yourfriendlycomrade)