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Birthday, Community, and Lesbians: maireddog: Mark Ashton died on this day, the 11th of February, in 1987. Mark was born on the 19th of May, 1960 in Oldham, but grew up in Portrush, Northern Ireland. He moved to London in 1978, where he worked in a bar in King’s Cross, in drag as a barmaid with a blonde beehive. In the 1980s, he volunteered for London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, campaigned for CND and joined the Communist Party, becoming the first gay secretary of the Young Communist League. Though Mark transformed the Party’s approach to LGBT rights, he and Mike Jackson, who he’d met through Switchboard, wanted to be active as openly gay people. They formed Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) when they collected donations for miners on strike at 1984 Gay Pride. In the evening of 1984 Pride, a miner spoke at a rally, and they were struck by the similarities between the two struggle, of LGBT rights and the Miners’ Strike. Having collected about £150, they advertised a meeting in Capital Gay. 11 people turned up and from the meeting they made a leaflet to launch LGSM - the leaflet was accepted except with an amendment to ‘one in ten miners is gay.’ As LGSM, they supported the miners as lesbian and gay people. At the second meeting, they decided to focus on one community, of the Dulais Valley, as one of the members, Hugh Williams, was from there. They then met David (Dai) Donovan, who also had thought through the similarities of their struggles and how LGSM could help. A month later, 27 lesbians and gay men, arrived at Onllwyn village in Dulais Valley. Other than some hostility (and confusion towards vegetarianism), they experienced warmth, friendship and solidarity. LGSM raised £20,000 for families of miners on strike, and based on The Sun writing that “a group of perverts” were “supporting the pits,” they organised the Pits and Perverts concert in December, 1984, headlined by Bronski Beat. The miners marched with LGSM at Gay Pride in 1985. Mark was admitted to hospital on 30th January, 1987, and died 12 days later from pneumonia, aged 26. At his memorial, there were banners from the Communist Party, Anti-Apartheid, anti-nuclear, Caribbean and community groups, as well as from LGSM. The Mark Ashton Trust was created to support individuals diagnosed with Aids; Mark is also remembered on the UK Aids Memorial Quilt and by Terrence Higgins Trust, with the Mark Ashton Red Ribbon Fund and a plaque at their London headquarters. In 2017, on what would have been his 57th birthday, he was honoured with a blue plaque above Gay’s The Word bookshop. [Images: 1. Mark Ashton at Gay Pride 1981. 2. Mark Ashton at Gay Pride 1985, wearing a LGSM t-shirt and holding a pink “Communist Party” banner with the words “pinko commie queers.” 3. Blue plaque reading: “Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. Mark Ashton 1960-1987. Political and Community Activist. LGSM met at Gay’s the Word bookship on this site 1984/5.”]
Meme, Money, and True: THINK BEFORE YOU PINK MY MOTHER DIED FROM BREAST CANCER 2/11/2000 SUSAN G. KOMEN ONLY GIVES LESS THAN 2 0% OF DONATIONS TO CANCER RESEARCH THEIR CEOMAKES $684,000 A YEAR So proud of my mother for doing her own research after I sent her that meme. A sign she hung i her car window Stay woke pual1010 Is this true? Nat only is it true, it gets worse The Susan G Komen For The Cure Foundation has actually successfully sued competing" charities, because (paraphrasing) their message or branding was infringing You read that correctly they took money that people had donated to cure cancer, and hired attorneys with it, to sue ANOTHER group of people trying to find a cure for cancer, who, in turn, had to us their donated money to hire their own legal counsel to defend themselves. MAKE GIFS AT GIFSOUP COM Yeah signal boost because not enough people know about this and seriously FUCK SUSAN G. KOMEN THEY ARE THE ACTUAL WORST beanmom Some links undation has (reblogged in honor of my mother, who died of breast cancer, 11/1397) Reblog every time I see it. Roughly once a month. blockmind Also please never forget the pink fracking drill bit Doing Our Bit for the Cure that's right fracking you know, a process using chemicals known to cause cancer that leech into the water supply alexithymia42 It's that time of year again, please remember Komen is the actual worst sofia-ciel Komen For The Cure is pretty much awful My mother died in 1996 from breast cancer. Most cancer charities are scams, in that people throw fancy parties and get rich off them and very little money goes into research or support for patients Here are some vetted cancer charities that get good scores on Charity Navigator and pay medical expenses or fund research: Signal boosting this emmalily Reblogging from myself because it's October now 969,381 notes Oct 3rd, 2018 Think before you pink
Bailey Jay, Books, and Facebook: HEUP US RAISE MONEY FOR 2 CLASS SETS OF THE HATE U GIVE ANGIE THOMAS THE HATE GIVE $200 of $600 goal 4 Raised by 3 people in 1 day Donate Now THE fShare on Facebook HATE Created January 29, 2019 Martha Daniels Education SAVANNAH, GA GIVE Recent Donations $20 Amanda Harrell 17 hours ago AH 2 Class sets of "The Hate U Give" I am a part of a two person teaching team that teaches 9th Grade Literature at Savannah High School. We do not have the funds to buy the class sets of books ourselves. We need our community's help to afford these books. These books will help us create lesson plans that are culturally accessible to our students as well as engaging. The novel "The Hate U Give" is a story that our students are all too familiar with at Savannah High school and we want them to be able to see themselves in the literature we teach. Through being able to see themselves in the novel, we hope to be able to teach them and inspire them. enenkaydoodles: enenkaydoodles: My friend Martha is a teacher at a low-income school that’s short on funds and resources. She’s trying to raise money to buy 2 sets of “The Hate U Give“ for her classroom. So far, the project has raised $200 and needs $600 total. Every little bit counts, so please check out her project, and consider supporting education! PS: If you donate $20 or more, send me a screenshot of your donation and I’ll personally doodle you a random thank you drawing! The project is only $168 away from goal! LET’S DO THIS!!

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Ass, Chelsea, and Donkey: malfunctioningtypewrite9 55:41:14.24 THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED ON THIS STREAM 1. THE FIRST $500 WAS EARNED BEFORE THE TREAM EVEN STARTED. 2. HBOMBERGUY WAS PLANNING ON MAYBE GETTING $3,000 3. CHELSEA FUCKING MANNING NOT ONLY SHOWED UP BUT JUST HUNG OUT ON THE CHAT FOR HOURS 3.5. THE FIRST THING HBOMBERGUY SAID TO CHELSEA FUCKING MANNING WAS "DO YOU KNOW HOW TO GET PAST BEAVER BOTHERS?" .5.5. SHE DIDN'T. HE WAS STUCK ON THAT MINIGAME FOR AN HOUR AND HAD TO CALL IN PROFESSIONAL SPEEDGAMERS TO HELP. 4. $25,000 WAS RAISED TO ERASE JK ROWLING 5. GRANT KIRKHOPE (THE PERSON BEHIND ALL THE MUSIC AND SOUND FOR DONKEY KONG 64) SHOWED UP AND SAID 'TRANS RIGHTS' IN DK'S VOICE 6. JOHN ROMERO (CREATOR OF DOOM) WED UP AND SAID TRANS RIGHTS 7. JOSH SAWYER (PERSON BEHIND FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS) SHOWED UP AND SAID TRANS RIGHTS 8. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ SHOWED UP AND SAID TRANS RIGHTS 9. DR CHUCK TINGLE ACTUALLY, HONESTLY SHOWED UP AND SAID TRANS RIGHTS, AND PUSHED THE DONATIONS TO $300K THE ENTIRE STREAM HAS VERY HEAVILY FEATURED TRANS CREATORS, ACTIVISTS, AND COOL ASS PEOPLE SHOWING UP AND TALKING AND SHARING AND DOING AWESOME STUFF TO SUPPORT TRANS KIDS 11. THE ENTIRE DONATION IS GOING TO MERMAIDS, A SUPPORT AND EDUCATIONAL GROUP TO HELP SUPPORT TRANS KIDS AND FAMILIES, AND THE SUPPORT HAS BEEN AMAZING AND PHENOMENAL AND I'VE CRIED AT LEAST 3 TIMES 12. TEETH GANG EDIT 13. OH RIGHT THE STREAM HAS ALSO BEEN GOING ON FOR OVER 50 HOURS, HE'S SLEPT TWICE AND LEFT THE STREAM ON AND BOTH TIMES HE GAINED LIKE $10K WHILE THE SKELETON CREW TALKED OVER A SKELETON WEARING HEADPHONES alfunctioningtypewrite9 14. WE GOT THE DONATIONS UP TO PI WHILE NB GENDER THERAPIST BEN RECITES PI AND TALKS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH FOR TRANS PEOPLE. 15. FUCK YOU GRAHAM halfunctioningtypewrite9 16, HE FUCKING DID IT. 101% ON DK64 AND $333K AND WE HAVE YET TO SEE HIM EAT A CARTON OF RAW SOY. UGLY CRY GANG YA'LL, WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. chuck tingle showed up?
Abc, Being Alone, and America: . Outdoor cats face danger from cars, disease, predators and cruel humans Domestic cats DO NOT belong outdoors as they're not a natural part of our ecosystem. They're a genetically modified species & a non-native, invasive predator Cats kill up to 3.7 billion birds 20.7 billion mammals, 800 million lizards and 300 million frogs every year. . Domestic pets like dogs & ferrets & even exotic pets like snakes & lizards do not roam free & hunt outside. Why should cats? A 2011 study indicates that cats have caused the extinction of 33 species of birds, mammals and reptiles kaijutegu: fantasticbeastsandhowtokeepthem: wildlife-rehabilitator: hotcommunist: withgoldenfire: hotcommunist: findchaos: wildlife-rehabilitator: Some of you may have seen my reply to a post and the ask I received about outdoor cats, so here is a little infographic about outdoor cats. Don’t let your cats outside.Don’t let your cats outside.Don’t let your cast outside. No exceptions. Nope, I don’t care if Muffles is super-special and adventurous. Nope, still don’t care that it’s different where you live. Please refer to the original bullet points.  (*gets ready to hit ‘Block’ on a thousand angry cat owners*) this is a mess have you gobshites genuinely never fucking heard of farm cats jesus wept, if i never see another fucking townie animal rights activist it’ll be too fucking soon. the current political system we live under doesn’t give a fuck about nature. wildlife charities have had a huge downward swoop in donations due to the recession caused by the powers that be, fracking is being done on national parks and nature reserves, roads are hastily built through wildlife rich areas and adequate warning signage is not provided… but no, it’s us ordinary people and our pesky outdoor cats that are the cause of…extinct….species…? really? is this the hill u want to die on OP??? get back 2 me I’m not refuting that humans kill far more animals than cats do, but over a billion animals are killed annually in the US by outdoor cats. That’s also a huge problem. I’m also aware that wildlife rescue organizations are losing donations - I’m the vice president and co-founder of a 501©(3) non-profit organization and not only do we scrape by on small donations while dozens of animals come in a month, many of which are injured by cats. We just had to euthanize a yearling squirrel because it was mauled by a cat and had full hind-end paralysis from the attack. Believe me, I understand. “An estimated 60 to 88 million cats are owned in the US and an estimated 60 million more are feral… While loss of habitat is the primary cause of extinction, cats are responsible for the extinction of 33 species of birds worldwide. Cats kill an estimated 480 million birds per year (assuming eight birds killed per feral cat per year.)” That is a grossly conservative number, and only accounts for feral cats, not outdoor pets. And that’s just birds. Plus the other wildlife that are killed by cats annually. Here’s another resource, a smaller scale research program called Kitty Cams: “Hunting cats captured an average of 2 items during seven days of roaming. Carolina anoles (small lizards) were the most common prey species followed by Woodland Voles (small mammals). Only one of the vertebrates captured was a non-native species (a House Mouse).” From the same group: “44% of cats were witnessed stalking or chasing prey; 30% captured wildlife.” An article from Mental Floss, sources listed at the bottom of the article:  “84 million House cats in the United States 4 to 18 Birds killed by a typical house cat every year 8 to 21 Small mammals killed by a typical house cat every year 30 million to 80 million Free-roaming, feral cats estimated to be living in the United States. They either survive alone or live in colonies. In Washington, D.C., for example, there are estimated to be some 300 outdoor cat colonies. 23 to 46 Birds killed by each feral cat every year 129 to 338 Small mammals killed by each feral cat every year 1.4 billion to 3.7 billion Total birds killed by America’s cats every year 15 Percentage of all bird deaths estimated to come at the hands — er, paws — of cats 6.9 billion to 20.7 billion Total small mammals killed by cats every year” From a report on ABC News: “Cats are responsible for the deaths of 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds and 6.9 to 20.7 billion mammals every year, according to research conducted by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.” From the American Bird Conservancy: “If we extrapolate the results of this study across the country and include feral cats, we find that cats are likely killing more than 4 billion animals per year, including at least 500 million birds.” (Also you’re putting your cat in unnecessary danger from tons of different threats by letting them outside unsupervised. So even if you don’t wanna give a shit about wildlife, maybe try giving a shit about your cat’s health life.) (Also farm cats are often not treated well, not provided with proper veterinary care, and there are other options for rodent control that doesn’t put other wildlife in as much danger) also consider: this is 100% something that you, as an individual, can do to mitigate some of the natural disaster that is the anthropocene. We’re on track to lose something like 80% of global biodiversity by the end of the century, and there’s almost nothing that your average citizen can do about it. But keeping your cats inside to help preserve local biodiversity and mitigating the damage that ferals do is actually something that you can do. 
Community, Friends, and Target: JDstarblaster We've gotten over 1,000 signatures in 3 days, which goes to show how much @MaxFunHQ fans care about accessibility. What I hope to do now is highlight some of the comments on the petition, which are meaningful and speak power to the importance of accessibility JD ● @lDstarblaster If you want @MaxFunHQ to be accessible to those with disabilities, please sign this petition! Let @JesseThorn know that MaxFun fans care about accessibility: thepetitionsite.com/833/380/628/s... 3:18 PM-24 Nov 2018 1 Retweet 1 Like JD @JDstarblaster 15m I want to make it clear, to @JesseThorn and the folks at @MaxFunHQ that this petition was never meant as an attack. The signatures have come almost entirely from FANS, often ones who donate, and frequently ones who are disabled. JD @JDstarblaster So many folks from all over the world are engaging on this topic, and I hope that's meaningful to @MaxFunHQ. I want to amplify the voices of the community, especially the disabled members of the community, to show how important this issue really is 3:18 PM-24 Nov 2018 JD ● @JDstarblaster· 12m @lesseThorn @MaxFun HQ "I have audio processing issues and transcripts of о, dcasts are really valuable to me! I would probably listen to more shows on MaxFun or consider becoming a member if the content was more accessible to people like me. Thank you for your consideration." JD@JDstarblaster 12m While I am not hearing impaired, neurodivergent, etc., IAM a monthly donor to the MaxFun network, and I would consider making these shows more accesible a worthwhile use of my donations." JD@JDstarblaster 12m ou"I'm hard of hearing, and I rely on transcripts of my favorite podcasts to help me make sure I don't miss anything. Accessibility shouldn't have to be solely in the hands of disabled people JD@JDstarblaster 12m have auditory processing problems and reading the transcript while listening to the podcast will avoid me missing any information." JD@JDstarblaster 12m was thinking of maybe becoming a monthly donor of Max Fun this year, but now I'm certainly not. Not being fully aware of an accessibility issue is one thing having it brought to your attention and deciding you'd rather actively deny disabled people..." JD@JDstarblaster 12m (cont) "access to your content is a whole 'nother. I'm very lucky that despite having hearing issues, they generally don't inhibit me from being able to enjoy podcasts and like media, but there are plenty of people who just don't have the option of enjoying podcasts... JD@JDstarblaster 12m cont) "in the conventional way. I want to be able to support my favourite content creators, but I can't do that if they don't support me and my friends in this extremely basic way." keplercryptids: Image description: a series of tweets by @.JDstarblaster (me!) that say: We’ve gotten over 1,000 signatures in 3 days, which goes to show how much @.MaxFunHQ fans care about accessibility. What I hope to do now is highlight some of the comments on the petition, which are meaningful and speak power to the importance of accessibility. I want to make it clear, to @.JesseThorn and the folks at @.MaxFunHQ that this petition was never meant as an attack. The signatures have come almost entirely from FANS, often ones who donate, and frequently ones who are disabled. So many folks from all over the world are engaging on this topic, and I hope that’s meaningful to @.MaxFunHQ. I want to amplify the voices of the community, especially the disabled members of the community, to show how important this issue really is. (the rest of the tweets are tweeted at Maxfun and Jesse, and are in quotes.) “I have audio processing issues and transcripts of podcasts are really valuable to me! I would probably listen to more shows on MaxFun or consider becoming a member if the content was more accessible to people like me. Thank you for your consideration.” “While I am not hearing impaired, neurodivergent, etc., I AM a monthly donor to the MaxFun network, and I would consider making these shows more accesible a worthwhile use of my donations.” “I’m hard of hearing, and I rely on transcripts of my favorite podcasts to help me make sure I don’t miss anything. Accessibility shouldn’t have to be solely in the hands of disabled people.” “I have auditory processing problems and reading the transcript while listening to the podcast will avoid me missing any information.” “I was thinking of maybe becoming a monthly donor of Max Fun this year, but now I’m certainly not. Not being fully aware of an accessibility issue is one thing, having it brought to your attention and deciding you’d rather actively deny disabled people access to your content is a whole ‘nother. I’m very lucky that despite having hearing issues, they generally don’t inhibit me from being able to enjoy podcasts and like media, but there are plenty of people who just don’t have the option of enjoying podcasts in the conventional way. I want to be able to support my favourite content creators, but I can’t do that if they don’t support me and my friends in this extremely basic way.” i’m still adding to the thread! check it out on twitter if you want

keplercryptids: Image description: a series of tweets by @.JDstarblaster (me!) that say: We’ve gotten over 1,000 signatures in 3 days, which...

Crying, God, and Love: Archive of Our Own left the following comment on Kudos Posted: 2018-02-10 10:55:36 -0500 Reply to this comment the thread starting from this comment en If you've received this message in error, please contact Support. The Archive of Our Own is a fan-run and fan-supported archive that relies on your donations. gaslightgallows: phantoms-lair: joanielspeak: krey-9-jorce: delirious-comfort: rumple-belle: worryinglyinnocent: emospritelet: robertmarch82: kedreeva: I hear a lot of people bitching that they can’t leave kudos multiple times per story, or can’t leave kudos on every chapter, or whatever. Well, take a page out of this marvelous book, because I swear I’ve never been so happy to receive kudos as waking up to multiple people having done this on multiple chapters on a story I just posted. The bar just got raised, folks. Would… would writers be glad to read a comment, that is saying “kudos”?  We’re happy to get a smiley face, honestly. Leaving another kudos like this is great. Anything that tells us we aren’t just screaming into the void ^^^^^ This. Even the smallest comments are golddust.  Seconding, thirding, and fourthing all of this. Saying or typing anything is amazing. writers are happy with anything that isn’t ‘update pls’ when you just uploaded. type the alphabet and we’ll be grinning like fools cuz ‘sames’.  Dang I know what to do now!!!! Oh, but you can get creative with your extra kudos!  LOVE LOVE LOVE! (✿◠‿◠) – “I heart this so much!!”⊂◉‿◉つ – “OMG, the surprise was so sweet!☆(❁‿❁)☆ – “AHH! Love it!”≧◠‿◠≦ – “All the feels!”٩(˘◡˘)۶ – “Woot!!”( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) – “I see what you did there and/or that smut was on point.”┑( ̄▽ ̄)┍ – “Sweet praises for you!”ლ(╹◡╹ლ) – “I love this story so hard, I get tingles when it updates!”ʘ‿ʘ – “WHat?!”(●⌒∇⌒●) – “Squee!!”(❁´◡`❁) – “Oh dear god, cavities!”(ノ´▽`)ノ♪ – “This made me siiiinnnnnggggg!!”┏(^0^)┛ – “Happy dance!”ヾ(^∇^) – “Wonderful fic! Thanks again!” OMG sadface. (┬_┬) – “Literally crying, rn.”(^)o(^) – “Holy moly!” (◕﹏◕✿) – “How … how could you do this to me?!”ಥ‿ಥ – “I’m not crying you are!” FLAMES! ᕕ(◉Д◉ )ᕗ – “WTAF?!”(⊙…⊙,) – “Did yoU JUST.”ᕕ(˵•̀෴•́˵)ᕗ – “HOW DARE YOU! With my OWN EYES!”(ノ°Д°)ノ︵ ┻━┻ – “TABLE FLIP, you son-OF-A-!” I canNOT with you! (@[]@!!) – “WHAT IN THE HOLY HELL ARE YOU DOING?!”\(◎o◎)/!– “WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT.”(´・_・`) – “I do not know how I feel about this.” Assorted. ((((’ – “This fish is delicious.” Feedback means everything to fanfic writers and hitting a like or kudos button doesn’t really give that. Even one word reviews do wonders I’m bookmarking this. That list of kudos emojis is perfect and I need to use all of them. 
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Children, Crazy, and Definitely: Houston ISD * Follow HISD @HoustonISD All students this year, regardless of socioeconomic status, will receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner for FREE. blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2018/08/0 10:13 AM-27 Aug 2018 4,072 Retweets 17,872 Likes @-D @ a Maddie Schafer Follow @SchaferMaddie there are people who are mad in the comments saying that it's not free bc tax payers pick it up."·could you irric)(ine being mad that kids get to eat Houston ISD@HoustonISD All students this year, regardless of socioeconomic status, will receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner for FREE. blogs.houstonisd.org /news/2018/08/0 5:57 PM - 28 Aug 2018 from Missouri, USA 90,655 Retweets 233,296 Likes 園匎目⑤. .. for-liberty: libertarirynn: thatpettyblackgirl: Same people who are upset with this kind of thing are usually pro lifers…the irony runs so deep I’m so sick of seeing this shit about how people who aren’t crazy about tax funded programs “aReN’t PrO lIfE” because they hate children and want them starving to death. Churches have been running summer lunch programs for kids and families that can’t afford meals for years. There are tons of private charities and donations. And the fact is they’re right, these meals are not really free. Now of course I’m not mad the kids get to eat, but please don’t conflate pointing out the difference between free market charity and tax funded charity with not wanting to feed people. I might be revoking my libertarian card by saying this, but this is quite possibly one of the most worthwhile uses of tax money I’ve seen in a long time. Again, there’s no denying that this is a more worthy expenditure than many others and if this were all taxes were going to I’d be perfectly fine with it as a transition until a more private option is put in place. If I were to start eliminating taxes tomorrow the money going to food programs would definitely not be high on the list. But that’s just it, the money we spent on those programs is peanuts in the grand scheme of how much we are taxed.My point is that when people express concern over taxation, they are almost immediately accused of not caring for humanitarian efforts, as though the government is the only humanitarian organization out there when in fact the government is the most inefficient and terrible humanitarian organizations out there. The same money that goes to feed these kids goes to kill hundreds more in the Middle East. It’s absolutely ridiculous to act like the vast majority of taxes are just their “to benefit society“ instead of starting wars and lining the pockets of bureaucrats who regulate our freedoms into oblivion.
Gif, Hello, and Meme: THINK BEFORE YOU PINK MY MOTHER DIED FROM BREAST CANCER 2/11/2000 SUSAN G. KOMEN ONLY GIVES LESS THAN 2 0% OF DONATIONS TO CANCER RESEARCH THEIR CEO MAKES $684,000 A YEA croxovergoddess: emmalily: offending-the-offended: imaginarycircus: sofia-ciel: alexithymia42: blockmind: hello-missdolly: beanmom: nospockdasgay: redbloodedamerica: mallninjacode: pual1010: brownglucose: stunningpicture: So proud of my mother for doing her own research after I sent her that meme. A sign she hung in her car window. Stay woke Is this true? Not only is it true, it gets worse. The Susan G Komen For The Cure Foundation has actually successfully sued “competing” charities, because (paraphrasing) their “message or branding was infringing.” You read that correctly: they took money that people had donated to cure cancer, and hired attorneys with it, to sue ANOTHER group of people trying to find a cure for cancer, who, in turn, had to us their donated money to hire their own legal counsel to defend themselves. Yeah signal boost because not enough people know about this and seriously FUCK SUSAN G. KOMEN THEY ARE THE ACTUAL WORST Some links… http://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/ http://www.somethingawful.com/feature-articles/for-the-cure/ http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/132728/susan_g_komen_foundation_has (reblogged in honor of my mother, who died of breast cancer, 11/13/97) Reblog every time I see it. Roughly once a month. Also please never forget the pink fracking drill bit that’s right frackingyou know, a process using chemicals known to cause cancer that leech into the water supply http://www.triplepundit.com/2014/10/baker-hughes-fights-breast-cancer-pink-fracking-drill-bits/ http://www.nbcnews.com/health/cancer/pink-drill-bits-bring-complaints-komen-tie-fracking-n223166 It’s that time of year again, please remember Komen is the actual worst Komen For The Cure is pretty much awful. My mother died in 1996 from breast cancer. Most cancer charities are scams, in that people throw fancy parties and get rich off them and very little money goes into research or support for patients. Here are some vetted cancer charities that get good scores on Charity Navigator and pay medical expenses or fund research: Breast Cancer Research Foundation Cancer Research Institute Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 63 four star rated cancer charities on charity navigator Signal boosting this Reblogging from myself because it’s October now Always sharing
Af, Being Alone, and America: There is a biker gang from Arizona who help keep child abuse victims safe while the child's abuser is prosecuted, including guarding their houses at night person is not yet in jail and attending court with the child, shielding them so they don't have to look at their abuser Ultrafacts.tumblr.com macgyvershe: mjaydziarand: instructor144: bowtomypointlesswords: hurtlittleboy: bama-5sos: copperbadge: drgaellon: racethewind10: rowsdower-saves-us: your-uncle-dave: tinyfloatingwhales: kikithegirl: uriesays: clatterbane: haydengise: ultrafacts: groovypirate: bee-the-gatekeeper: chauvinistsushi: bebinn: hellkatsally: ultrafacts: Source  These dudes are fucking legit.  They don’t just show up one day in court, either, they actually make friends with the kids and let them know they have a support system and that there are people in the world who care about them and will always have their back.  And less important, but also cool, is that the few times a couple of them have come into my cafe, they’ve been super friendly and polite and when I told one of the guys that I noticed his Bikers Against Child Abuse patch and wanted him to know how awesome I thought he was because of it, he got kind of shy and blushed and said, “The kids are the awesome ones, we just let them know they’re allowed to be brave.” The source is long, but so, so good. These men and women are available in 36 states, 24 hours a day to stand guard at home, in court, at school, even if the child has a nightmare. Many of them are survivors of childhood abuse as well, and know what it’s like to feel scared and alone. In court that day, the judge asked the boy, “Are you afraid?” No, the boy said. Pipes says the judge seemed surprised, and asked, “Why not?” The boy glanced at Pipes and the other bikers sitting in the front row, two more standing on each side of the courtroom door, and told the judge, “Because my friends are scarier than he is.” Actual tears.. hnngh Show me more of people like this, world. I give up on humans too easily. where do i sign up for this,i want to be in this gang This is fucking amazing. It may be out of character for me to say this but rock on Bikers Against Child Abuse was founded in 1995 by a Native American child psychologist whose ride name is Chief, when he came across a young boy who had been subjected to extreme abuse and was too afraid to leave his house. He called the boy to reach out to him, but the only thing that seemed to interest the child was Chief’s bike. Soon, some 20 bikers went to the boy’s neighborhood and were able to draw him out of his house for the first time in weeks. Chief’s thesis was that a child who has been abused by an adult can benefit psychologically from the presence of even more intimidating adults that they know are on their side. “When we tell a child they don’t have to be afraid, they believe us,” Arizona biker Pipes told azcentral.com. “When we tell them we will be there for them, they believe us.”( Article) More about BACA, from their site My parents are a part of this organization and they are metal af They go on runs to protect the child if they feel even the slightest threatened no matter where. If the child needs them to go on vacation with them, they do. Bikers come from across the nation to watch over and take shifts for these kids. And the best part is once you’re adopted into this family as a BACA kid, you’re always one. Even when you’re 40 and the perp gets released from jail, they’ll come meet with you and find your best options for avoiding the person and maintaining the life you’ve built for yourself. Once a BACA child, always a BACA child. In Florida, there’s 100% rate for identifying the perp based on the child’s testimony. Why? Because BACA stands with the child and supports the child so they feel comfortable enough to point out their attacker. What’s better than a badass biker gang being on your side??? NATIVE AMERICAN CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST WHO IS A BIKER AND NAMED HIMSELF CHIEF HELL YES I’M HERE FOR THAT AND BIKERS BEING BAD ASS TO PROTECT KIDS. HELL YEAH. it’s back! I will always reblog BACA Damn good people. I know they wouldn’t consider themselves such, but these people are freaking heroes and the world is a better place because of them.  Hey folks, it talks about this in the article but its not mentioned in this post, BACA is a 501 © (3) charity that depends in part on donations to help pay for stuff like gas for their bikes. If you want to help, consider donating.  @copperbadge You like posting about heroes, Sam. Seems like this would be up your alley. I love these folks! I’ve reblogged them before but it’s wonderful to see the donation information has been added.  Always reblog. Keep doing what you’re doing y'all. Guys? This post changed my life. I saw this post. Forever ago. And thought it was only in america… and wished desperately that they could help me. But then I saw it again, during a bad episode, and checked their site. They aren’t just in the USA They’re in Canada as well and probably other countries. I met and talked with a native guy who runs the place near me. His name is Shaman. I got in, and I’m considered a BACA child now. Despite being 17, turning 18 when I talked to them. They spent time with me when my abuser was over, they gave me therapy resources. They give you something called a ‘level 1′ where they go to your house with as many bikers as they can, i shit you not a solid 20-40 bikers came from even out of province, and met me. I got to choose my biker name and I got a vest with patches on it and my name on it. They all hugged a Teddybear before giving it to me, and told me if I ever felt the BACA bear was running out of love, to give them a call and they’d refill it for me, and then I got a ride on one of their bikes. Just a day or so ago I went to an annual party with them and they we ate food one of them cooked and had a lot of laughs.  I’ve never felt as loved as I did being a part of the BACA family. They also gave me dog tags with the names, and phone numbers of my 2 workers.  So I can call them whenever I feel scared.  BACA is an absolutely wonderful group that will do everything in it’s power to help any child whos been abused.  And it doesn’t end when you’re 18 either. As long as you get in contact/get your level 1 before you’re 18? you’re ALWAYS a BACA kid. I’m 18 now and they still invite me to parties, ask me if I’m okay, and are there for me. They’re still trying to find me resources for therapy.  BACA has changed my fucking life.  I hope you all can read this, and reblog it knowing from someone who fucking been with them, that they are absolutely amazing.  This is truly amazing, I’m so glad people like this exist This needs to be reblogged. Because. Always reblog BACA. Signal Boosting because the world needs more biker angels.
Abc, Being Alone, and Anaconda: 8:20 AM a mobile.twitter.com Sprint Tweet Imam Tawhidi @lmamofpeace If you really cared about babies, you would've given £30,000 to Children's Rights organisations, to help "the children in detention camps". Instead, you spent it on a balloon Now we have a balloon that's big on the outside and empty on the inside, just like vour morals Reuters London 0.04 AM TRUMP IN UK PROTESTS GREET U.S. PRESIDENT IN UK N Street demonstrations and a giant, infiatable Trump baby EAANPT AALY START 7:02 AM Jul 14, 2018 roguestatistician: awesomehawks: ms-demeanor: rightsmarts: The Imam of Peace drops a MOAB on the U.K. Trump protestors Hello rightsmarts, the latest in conservative news. I’m just reblogging this because it’s gotten around to the punk side of things and sometimes it seems like anarchists forget that PR is important in political movements. The balloon cost around $3k to make and fill, the remainder of the money is going to go to take the balloon on tour. People DID donate $52,000 dollars to the Trump Baby. They also donated $21 million to The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) to help the children in detention camps. The comparative cost of the balloon is about a quarter of a percent of what was donated to RAICES alone. You know what’s great about a balloon? It’s ridiculous. It’s got a fun, airy parade feel. You go to a protest with the Trump Baby and you see people who share your values and are equally frustrated with the world - and it’s hard as hell to show a bunch of people having a fun old time with a parade float as dangerous antifa terrorists. (Also it gets news cameras pointed at protests of Trump, and at this point we should all recognize the value of big stunts that get you free press because Trump sure as hell did.) That and it gives frustrated, burned-out activists a bit of a laugh. We’ve got to have levity, we’ve got to be able to enjoy things and have a sense of humor. If we’re all grimly grinding away and donating all of our spare change to the ACLU and only ever talking about the horrible things that are happening we’re going to get too exhausted to carry on. Which is exactly what folks like rightsmarts and Imam Tawhidi want. Oh yeah, that’s the other thing - imamofpeace up there bills himself as a moderate Muslim who wants reform but he’s supported calls for Muslim immigration bans in Australia. He claims to want reform to prevent extremism but denies extremism in his own sect and only targets Muslims of other sects. He doesn’t have many Muslim followers but he does have a lot of twitter followers who seem to like being able to point to Imam Tawhidi and say “see, I’m not islamophobic, I only want to listen to *reasonable* Muslims, like this guy who tells me how backward all those Muslims are and how they’re preparing to take over the west.” So a professional pot-stirrer is criticizing activists for spending the equivalent of a quarter of a percent of their donations on a fun balloon that bring out large crowds to protest, creates feelings of solidarity and levity, and is an excellent PR tool. Yeah, fuck off with your bullshit. People recently crowdfunded a couch for Elon Musk and tried to give Kylie Jenner $100 million so she’d be a round billionaire. Nobody should feel the tiniest bit bad for donating to the construction and display of a protest sign. The Trump Baby balloon is a good investment on the part of protesters and helped ensure that Trump knows he’s not welcome or appreciated by the people of London. (hey by the way this criticism of decadence and fun is the kind of puritanical authoritarian shit that you get from the right and from tankies and it’s why nobody likes tankies. bread AND roses, motherfuckers.) Sharing this with you all.  Reminder - it’s possible for people to do more than one thing at a time! We can spend money on charity and protests. We can fund libraries and food programs. We can laugh at stupid shit on the internet and still read serious news.
Bad, Community, and Facebook: jazmyne sharee @jazzyphats_ Use it as a homeless shelter. ELLE DECOR@ELLEDECOR No One Wants To Buy This 55-Bed, 55-Bath, $3.5 Million House In Texas bit.ly/2903cui 0 6/2/17, 12:06 PM from Charlotte, NC 72.2K RETWEETS 164K LIKES vbatheflyinghead: kindaundead: likehercoffee: itsalburton: weavemama: I HIGHY AGREE WITH THIS What rich fucker needs 55 beds and bathrooms to himself or a small family? that makes too much sense so it won’t happen Hey. I live right down the street from this and theyre looking to turn it into a facility for veterans. Theres unfortunately some backlash from the surrounding community, and its hard to see from the pictures but the building sits next to a neighborhood. Its also across the street from an elementary school. Some people in the neighborhoods are UPSET that this facility will be offering mental health care for veterans. Theyre upset that mentally ill people are going to be coming and going near a school. Most of this is being voiced on the neighborhood forums so I dont have links for it, apologies.  The nonprofit that is leasing the space for their project still needs donations because the building is vandalized on the inside. Mostly from kids from the surrounding neighborhoods breaking into it. Which I know because I went to school with them. Anyways. Good news, this space is being used to help people who need it. Bad news, people are ableist assholes. Sources: x x x  MAKE DONATIONS HERE MAKE DONATIONS HERE MAKE DONATIONS HERE
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