stat tracker for tumblr
Prolonged Eye Contact
TRIGGER WARNING for MURDER and TORTURE OF A TRANS* WOMAN.
thinkmexican:

Trans Activist Agnes Torres Murdered In Puebla
Trans activist and respected counselor Agnes Torres Hernández was found dead this past Saturday near the town of Atlixco, Puebla. Reports indicate she was tortured before being killed.
Friends and supporters gathered to mourn and pay tribute to Agnes this evening in Puebla, the state’s capital city. Earlier today, the hashtag #AgnesTorres was a trending topic on Twitter, with thousands posting messages of support for Agnes, her family, and the LGBT community.
Former colleagues of Agnes Torres are demanding a thorough investigation and calling for a special department within Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission dedicated to cases of hate crimes against lesbians, gays, and transsexuals.
¡Justicia Para Agnes Torres!

TRIGGER WARNING for MURDER and TORTURE OF A TRANS* WOMAN.

thinkmexican:

Trans Activist Agnes Torres Murdered In Puebla

Trans activist and respected counselor Agnes Torres Hernández was found dead this past Saturday near the town of Atlixco, Puebla. Reports indicate she was tortured before being killed.

Friends and supporters gathered to mourn and pay tribute to Agnes this evening in Puebla, the state’s capital city. Earlier today, the hashtag #AgnesTorres was a trending topic on Twitter, with thousands posting messages of support for Agnes, her family, and the LGBT community.

Former colleagues of Agnes Torres are demanding a thorough investigation and calling for a special department within Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission dedicated to cases of hate crimes against lesbians, gays, and transsexuals.

¡Justicia Para Agnes Torres!

(Source: thinkmexican, via justabitradical)

theoppressedlittlefetus:

Oh hell to the mother fucking no.

And forced pregnancy is a gift! I’m just going to go walk on my ceiling now since everything is all turned upside down today :/
Go ahead embryo, keep your “body.” In many abortions you’re removed intact anyway. But you don’t have a right to mine. It’s not my fault that the nature of your development makes survival on your own impossible once we’re separated, that’s just the way it is.

theoppressedlittlefetus:

Oh hell to the mother fucking no.

And forced pregnancy is a gift! I’m just going to go walk on my ceiling now since everything is all turned upside down today :/

Go ahead embryo, keep your “body.” In many abortions you’re removed intact anyway. But you don’t have a right to mine. It’s not my fault that the nature of your development makes survival on your own impossible once we’re separated, that’s just the way it is.

(Source: reflections-of-shadows)

outrageandsprinkles:

propaganda-for-life:

communismkills:

[Image: a macro of a woman who looks like stereotypical college liberal over an eight-piece red background. Top text, “AGAINST EATING EGGS BECAUSE IT’S INHUMANE”. Bottom text, “SUPPORT KILLING HUMAN FETUSES BECAUSE IT’S HUMANE”. End description.]
Let’s not forget “cruelty-free”.

Actually, more like “support all lifestyle choices because they’re none of your goddamned business.”
Pro-choice: support everyone’s freedom of choice. It’s as simple as that.
Oh, abortion isn’t cruel or inhumane to the embryo (it’s an embryo most often), by the way. Most abortions happen before 21 weeks, and a fetus can’t even feel pain until 35. This isn’t even worth a “nice try.” This was five seconds on Google.

Not to mention that abortion CAN be the most humane option FOR THE PERSON CARRYING THE FETUS. You know, the grown, thinking, feeling, sentient adult? Yeah, that one. Sheesh, why is it when these anti-choice dingleberries talk about what’s humane they seem to be forget about everyone but the fetus? 

^^^^
Also: Vegan prochoicers care about sentient, autonomous creatures whether it’s non-human animals being exploited and tortured or pregnant people. I know you really want to make some sort of comparison between a sentient, autonomous non-human animal and an embryo but that’s untenable. The only comparison to be made is between a chicken whose reproduction is being exploited for eggs and a pregnant person whose reproduction is being coerced and exploited by the likes of you. You know what is mind-boggling, though? People who have a love-affair with a non-autonomous, non-sentient embryo and then go eat a pork roast. That, my friend, is cognitive dissonance; considering a pig is as intelligent as a 2-3 year old child and has far more worth than an embryo does, if we’re being honest. The only difference in your mind is an embryo’s so-called “humanity.” Hate to break it to you but there’s nothing superior about mere human DNA.
As for “cruelty free”: reproductive rights violations and forced pregnancy/birth are considered torture in some cases and cruel, unusual, and inhumane/degrading treatment in many others. Not to mention they’re a human rights violation. Giving people a choice to have an abortion is 100% “cruelty free”; your side, not so much.

outrageandsprinkles:

propaganda-for-life:

communismkills:

[Image: a macro of a woman who looks like stereotypical college liberal over an eight-piece red background. Top text, “AGAINST EATING EGGS BECAUSE IT’S INHUMANE”. Bottom text, “SUPPORT KILLING HUMAN FETUSES BECAUSE IT’S HUMANE”. End description.]

Let’s not forget “cruelty-free”.

Actually, more like “support all lifestyle choices because they’re none of your goddamned business.”

Pro-choice: support everyone’s freedom of choice. It’s as simple as that.

Oh, abortion isn’t cruel or inhumane to the embryo (it’s an embryo most often), by the way. Most abortions happen before 21 weeks, and a fetus can’t even feel pain until 35. This isn’t even worth a “nice try.” This was five seconds on Google.

Not to mention that abortion CAN be the most humane option FOR THE PERSON CARRYING THE FETUS. You know, the grown, thinking, feeling, sentient adult? Yeah, that one. Sheesh, why is it when these anti-choice dingleberries talk about what’s humane they seem to be forget about everyone but the fetus? 

^^^^

Also: Vegan prochoicers care about sentient, autonomous creatures whether it’s non-human animals being exploited and tortured or pregnant people. I know you really want to make some sort of comparison between a sentient, autonomous non-human animal and an embryo but that’s untenable. The only comparison to be made is between a chicken whose reproduction is being exploited for eggs and a pregnant person whose reproduction is being coerced and exploited by the likes of you. You know what is mind-boggling, though? People who have a love-affair with a non-autonomous, non-sentient embryo and then go eat a pork roast. That, my friend, is cognitive dissonance; considering a pig is as intelligent as a 2-3 year old child and has far more worth than an embryo does, if we’re being honest. The only difference in your mind is an embryo’s so-called “humanity.” Hate to break it to you but there’s nothing superior about mere human DNA.

As for “cruelty free”: reproductive rights violations and forced pregnancy/birth are considered torture in some cases and cruel, unusual, and inhumane/degrading treatment in many others. Not to mention they’re a human rights violation. Giving people a choice to have an abortion is 100% “cruelty free”; your side, not so much.

No justice for Bradley Manning | Al Jazeera

modernmalaise:

absinthedisco:

Washington, DC - Private Bradley Manning was just 22 years old when he allegedly leaked hundreds of thousands of US State Department cables and video evidence of war crimes to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. For that act of courage that revealed to the world the true face of the American empire, he faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison.

After waiting more than 18 months, half of which he spent in torturous solitary confinement that he was only removed from after an international outcry and the resignation of a top State Department official, Manning is finally getting a shot at justice - if we can think of a military court as justice - when his case moves to the pre-trial hearing phase this Friday. But whether Manning is ultimately found guilty or not is beside the point: All one needs to know about American justice is that if he had murdered civilians and desecrated their corpses - if he had the moral capacity to commit war crimes, not the audacity to expose them - he’d be better off today.

Indeed, if Manning had merely murdered the nameless, faceless “other”, as his Army colleagues on the notorious Afghan “Kill Team” did, he would not have had his right to a speedy trial blatantly violated. If Manning had intentionally killed unarmed civilians, posed for pictures with their dead bodies and slashed their fingers off as souvenirs, he would not have had his guilt publicly pronounced by his own commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama, months before he so much as saw the inside of a military court. If he had killed poor foreigners instead of exposing their deaths, he might even stand a chance of getting out of prison while still a young man.

This isn’t really a head-scratching development. While killing unarmed civilians for sport may not be officially sanctioned policy, it doesn’t threaten the functioning of the war machine as much as a soldier standing up and refusing to be complicit in mass murder. From the perspective of a Washington establishment much more concerned with maintaining hegemony than its humanity, the former - murder - is much less troubling a precedent than the latter.

And so the US government is making an example of Manning, lest any other cogs in the machine start thinking about listening to their consciences instead of their commanders.

Read more

It should also be noted that the army and the good folks at CNN are trying to further pathologize Manning for not conforming to rigid binaries/constructions of identity.

I’m so tired of you, America.

(via sanityscraps)

in-her-hips-theres-revolutions:

fuerdiefreiheit:

The first of all Rights is the Right to Life

But with its existance in a womb without the uterus-owner’s consent, the fetus is violating their human rights.

Let’s go through some of those rights:

  • Freedom from torture (Forced pregnancy is torture.)
  • Freedom from slavery (Forced pregnancy is slavery.)
  • The right to legal and safe abortion (part of Reproductive Rights) (Forced pregnancy is a violation of this, obviously.)

The fetus, a non-person, who is not sentient and not physically autonomous does not have the right to infringe on these other rights.

If you’re not born, you don’t have rights. It’s stated clearly in the International Declaration of Human Rights that all people are BORN free and of equal rights/dignity etc, not before. THAT’S the first of all human rights, actually.

Seriously. How deluded do you have to be to think you can co-opt human rights and think you have any business applying them to embryos? 78.9% of the time it’s an embryo, not a fetus, that is so far from personhood, sentience, or moral significance it’s not even funny. You cannot trample the rights of people in an effort to give rights to something which has never been granted them before, and whose very existence conflicts with the rights of the person it’s inside of if not there consensually. We know by looking at 20 different human rights treaties, conventions, and conference documents that reproductive rights are human rights. We know that reproductive rights violations constitute torture in some cases and cruel, unusual, or inhuman and degrading treatment in many more. And your Pope is hardly the person to be taking human rights advice from. Oops.

(via sluteverxxx)

"Sanctioned Cruelty: Reproductive Rights Violations as Torture"

[*pregnant people]

A woman living with HIV in Chile is forcibly sterilized while unconscious and undergoing a cesarean delivery.

A Kenyan woman, along with her newborn child, is detained for weeks by hospital staff in miserable conditions. Her crime is poverty; she has no money to pay her medical bill.

In Peru, a young girl lives in a tragically diminished physical capacity because doctors valued her pregnancy—which resulted from rape—more than they did her life and health.

This kind of treatment, and its consequences, is horrifying and unconscionable. For too long, such acts have not been treated with the gravity they deserve. But the Center for Reproductive Rights is leading the movement in asserting that such egregious abuses amount to nothing less than torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment. And we demand that it stop today.

International human rights bodies have clearly defined torture. It’s the intentional infliction of severe pain or suffering—physical or mental—with the specific purpose of obtaining information, intimidating, punishing, or discriminating. And someone, or some entity, acting in an official capacity must be involved, have instigated it, or acquiesced to the treatment.

The threshold for cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, as distinguished from torture, can be crossed even more readily. The abusive treatment need not be intentional—negligence, with or without a specific purpose, is enough. And an act can be degrading simply because of the humiliation it causes.

Why do these definitions, these standards, matter in the fight to stop violations of reproductive rights? Because torture and ill treatment are universally condemned as grave offenses in violation of international law. All countries, whether bound by official treaty or not, are held to a global understanding that torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment are wrong and prohibited.

But the common perception of these offenses is narrower than their actual reach. Torture and ill treatment are not confined to prisons and theaters of war. The Center for Reproductive Rights has just released the video “Sanctioned Cruelty: Reproductive Rights Violations as Torture” which identifies a far more common setting in which women find themselves subject to the mistreatment and discriminatory whims of government officials, where they suffer severe physical and/or mental pain simply because of who they are. These places? Hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices.

The Center, in partnership with the Campaign to Stop Torture in Health Care, documented these stories to illustrate the severity of the harm inflicted by certain reproductive rights violations. These violations of fundamental human rights, because of their tragic consequences, and the circumstances and conditions under which they are committed, absolutely rise to the level of torture and ill treatment.

Calling these atrocities by a different name won’t help a girl walk again, allow a woman to build the family she’d dreamed of, or restore the dignity of a mother wrongly detained, but our urgent efforts will signal to the world the gravity of these kinds of crimes against women. And that like all forms of torture and cruelty, they cannot be tolerated.

Cases and resources:

 

[TW: rape, rape apologism, forced birth]

Anon asked: Just because a fetus is the product of rape doesn’t mean that it’s its fault. You shouldn’t be making two wrongs

My answer:

Oh, Anon. Do tell me where on my blog I’ve ever blamed a non-autonomous, non-sentient embryo for it’s existence? That would be ridiculous. I blame rapists and rape apologists, like yourself, for trying to create laws which further violate a rape survivor’s bodily integrity. Sorry, over here in the land of logic I just can’t bring myself to advocate for rapists being able to reduce their victims to incubators for nine months AFTER they’ve been brutalized physically, mentally, and emotionally. Nor can I bring myself to legislate torturing pregnant people because other people have twisted sadistic fantasies about forced birth.

Rape survivors can make their own decisions. And many certainly do choose to carry to term, whether to parent or choose adoption. The operative word, though, being choose. I’ve heard from more than one survivor that they chose to keep children that were products of rape, but that it was incredibly difficult and they’d never dream of mandating other pregnant people be forced by misogynists to do the same. 

Oh, and the only time pregnancy and abortion is ever wrong is when it’s forced and coerced. The fact that you equate reproductive rights with the violent and horrifying act of rape says it all really.

Why don’t you come off anon, so everyone capable of being pregnant knows who they should be avoiding like the plague.

[made rebloggable upon request]

[TW rape, rape apologist] Radiance Foundation Continues Pressure on Rape Victims to Carry Their Attacker's Baby

Publicly, the Radiance Foundation is best known for its racist billboard campaigns, especially targeting African-American women. But when talking to their own, the founder of the group is more likely to discuss his own personal push to cut off rape victims’ access to abortion.

Via New American:

[Founder Ryan] Bomberger urged Americans to reconsider aborting a child who is the product of a rape. “Although you may be in this immediate moment of pain and chaos, there is another side of the story,” he stressed. “There’s something beautiful that can rise from the ashes of such a violent act.”

He discussed his happy life in his loving, multiracial adoptive family, with nine other siblings who were also adopted, and his profound gratitude for that life: “I keep thinking about this myth that is put out there by Planned Parenthood — the reason why they profit in the millions — because they destroy beautiful possibilities every single day. Even in cases of rape and incest, choosing life not only blesses the child but many others through the lives they can go on to live.”

I wonder if a new billboard campaign is in the making…

*************

I was going to bold the worst part, but that was everything. Say this shit to my face. I dare you. I will cut you.

How removed from reality can one person be? Some rape survivors choose to carry to term and keep the baby or choose adoption. That’s their right. But do not fucking EVER try to make it mandatory.

That. is. torture.

I don’t care about your stupid personal anecdotes. What bearing should that have on my fundamental human rights?!

Bill to strip citizenship from those that support hostilities to U.S.

misesman:

Legislation to strip U.S. citizenship from people who support hostilities against the United States has been introduced in Congress.

The bill is a response to the Sept. 30 killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born al Qaeda operative who helped recruit terrorists. Al-Awlaki’s death in Yemen has led to a debate about whether the U.S. had the right to set up any operation aimed at killing a U.S. citizen.

The legislation, introduced by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) in the Senate and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) in the House, would resolve that issue in future cases by revoking the citizenship of anyone who engages in hostilities against the U.S., or who purposefully and materially supports hostilities against the U.S.

“The repeated attempts by the now-deceased al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki to recruit other American citizens to strike our homeland demonstrates the necessity of updating our laws to account for an enemy who would subvert our freedoms to attack us,” Lieberman said. “This bill would establish in law a fact that all Americans already know — when an American citizen joins wartime hostilities against the United States, he is also renouncing his citizenship and should not be able to use an American passport as a tool of terror or a shield of self-protection.
“This bill modernizes the process by which the citizenship status of an individual engaged in hostiles against the American people is examined by treating terrorists in the same manner as a U.S citizen who marched with the Third Reich, Imperial Japan or the forces of Saddam Hussein,” added Dent.

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who co-sponsored the Senate bill, cited another recent case involving Rezwan Ferdaus, who was stockpiling weapons in Massachusetts in preparation for an attack against Washington, D.C. Brown said the bill, S. 1698, would strip these terrorists of “the right to call themselves Americans.”

How does the US gov go about determining whether a person has engaged in such hostilities and therefore loses their citizenship? If the gov can declare anyone a hostile without a trial, then anyone can be denied a trial for any charge.

In other words, this administration is now building a law so that they COULD kill whoever they want to,including journalists and preachers,activists and basically anyone who will oppose the coming war with Iran.

The road to crushing ALL movements which the government sees as dangerous is in the works.

I wish this was a surprise but after they passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act in the middle of the night without a recorded vote and only 6 people present, I wouldn’t put anything past them. This law was written by the agricultural and pharmaceutical industry. It effectively makes environmental and animal rights activists terrorists on par with OBL on the most wanted list (before he was murdered). This shit would have made the civil disobedience of MLK terrorism. Do people understand the implications of this?

It is terrorism now to investigate a research lab or factory farm business online with the intent to protest against them or to boycott their shareholders with the intent of getting them to sell stocks. It is terrorism to take pictures of factory farm abuses while outside the facility on public property. I know this might seem like a tangent, but the point is that our government is trying to make it impossible for us to use freedom of speech and assembly to protest injustices.

Whether it’s the injustices of animal testing, the Keystone XL pipeline, the occupation of Palestine and our government’s complacency in Israel’s war crimes, the torturing of people in Gitmo, our own war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, the GOP charging for town halls and making lists of constituents they don’t want the media to speak to, or corporate greed necessitating Occupy Wallstreet. And now they’re trying to tell me that if I call out my government for illegal activities and underhanded foreign policy or for the injustices of my own people that I’M UNAMERICAN?! What happened to being able to overthrow a government that no longer represents the people? Or was that only applicable to those oppressive Brits during the American Revolution?

I DON’T condone terrorism, or al-awlaki for that matter. But putting him on a fucking secret kill list without a trial and with no transparency or accountability from the government, I can’t get behind that. Not when I know that our government is capable of [major TW for everything under the sun] THIS. And THIS / THIS. and THIS . and THIS (as an activist and a photographer, this could  be ME someday). and THIS. and THIS. and THIS. and THIS. and THIS. and THIS. and THIS. and THIS. and THIS.

But me, a 23 year old democratic socialist, pacifist, anti-zionist, prochoice feminist, who opposes animal cruelty, government sanctioned terrorism, the destruction of the earth, and racial profiling…Yup, I’m the terrorist.

Remind me again why I’m a “terrorist” but the government can do shit like this, and then the ACTUAL terrorists that firebomb abortion clinics and kill doctors can’t even be labeled as such. The rabbit hole is long I guess.

Way to go USA, you’ve proven again why I protest. It’s for your own good, I promise.

I’m going to go watch some Lowkey videos and try to remember what the hell freedom is.

(Source: voluntaryexchange)

CUDDLE FUDDLE by DEDDY