standwithpalestine:

La Paz (AFP) - Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state.

President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba.

It “means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,” he said.

The treaty has allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia without a visa since 1972.

Morales said the Gaza offensive shows “that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community.”

More than two weeks of fighting in Gaza have left 1,300 dead and 6,000 wounded amid an intense Israeli air and ground campaign in response to missile attacks by the Islamist militant group Hamas.

In the latest development, 20 people were killed after two Israeli shells slammed into a United Nations school, drawing international protests.

Bolivia broke off diplomatic relations with Israel in 2009 over a previous military operation in Gaza.

In mid-July, Morales filed a request with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prosecute Israel for “crimes against humanity.”

Photos: Bolivian ambassador to the UN Sacha Llorenti wears keffiyeh in solidarity with Palestinians, July 2014. 

jessfink:

ANOTHER new page of Chester 5000: Isabelle and George.

Read it here:http://jessfink.com/Chester5000XYV/?p=597

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peachieperson:

please DO NOT reblog to porn/fetish blogs

teenageiconophile:

*seduces the president so i can find out the truth about aliens*

imagine michelle tho. day after inauguration like

"hey hon i love you but you’ve got to level with me…. are aliens for real?"

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hateboy:

i know this picture has been floating around a lot but look @ it. i want 2 hang this picture up in a museum where people will come to meditate on it and be so sublimely affected that they will be inexplicably moved to tears

mikasa-aackerman: My point wasn't made toward those people. It doesn't matter whether it was a troll blog or not, with respect to the point I was making. What does matter is that the point I was making became unclear in my words.

What matters is you helped to spread harmful words towards vulnerable individuals and aren’t taking responsibility for it. 

upthewolf:

amyfieldmouse:

fanart of myself kind of

OH MY GOD!!!!!

audscratprophetlilith:

casualcissexism:

"haha what do sjws want next, a bisexual disabled trans woman of color?"

yes

THAT WOULD BE A START.

mikasa-aackerman: Hello there love. As I have specified in my response to the person you reblogged this from, it was in no way my intention to invalidate otherkin, and I take full responsibility for that. What I said was not meant to attack. Please, accept my apology.

You might not have meant to hurt otherkin, but you hurt neurodivergent people and made a post without first checking to see if it was a troll blog. apologize for that and we’re cool. 

ere-beru:

mikasa-aackerman:

I need to get something off my mind :

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Why is it that every blog I’ve seen that identifies as ‘otherkin’ have all self-diagnosed disorders and illnesses alongside several sexualities I’ve never heard of. It’s one thing to identify a certain way, but seriously—

You are not a fucking special snowflake. I have several of these disorders, and know people with all the rest. None of us advertise it on our blogs, you know why?

Because these disorders are not an accessory, they are not something to romanticize. These are real conditions, which have killed and led to the attempted suicides of people I know and care for. 

Get the hell over yourself— the world doesn’t revolve around you, and it sure as hell won’t stop turning when you decide that you have some ten-and-counting disorders, all self-diagnosed. You know what that says? It says you’re willing to place a label on yourself, but you aren’t willing to get help.

-| this is something I have observed— I am not invalidating ‘otherkin’, but returning validation to those who do suffer from these disorders |-

Okay, first off the screenshot you took is from a troll blog. They literally exist JUST to make the otherkin & neurodivergent community look bad. So you are already using a screenshot from a blog that is on your side as an excuse to scream at otherkin. You claim that you aren’t invalidating us, and yet you’re calling us “special snowflakes” (which is so problematic im not even going to BEGIN) and telling us to get over ourselves. 

Onto your problems with self diagnosis—there is nothing wrong with self diagnosis. More often than not, we do DAYS of research before putting the label of a condition on us. AND, many of us do not have the money or a supportive family that will be behind us in order to GET a diagnosis and help. I have BPD. My family has a history of it, my mother is diagnosed, but there is not enough money right now to pay for a psychologist to give me an official diagnosis. On top of this, the process of finding a medication that works is long, strenuous, and expensive as fuck.

We know that a disorder isn’t an accessory. I’ve lost friends to disorders too. Friends and family of mine have committed suicide because of depression, have been on the brink of suicide because their disorder makes them feel isolated. WE KNOW.

Let me stress again: you used a troll blog as an example, so they’re going to do everything to make us look bad. 

AND, on the topic of the “genders and sexualities you don’t know of”: 

So what? What exactly are these labels doing to you to make you personally feel harmed or threatened?? These labels give folks a community, a place to feel accepted and a word that they can put to their feelings and say YES, YES THIS IS IT. It makes them happy. It gives them validation. It isn’t, in any way, hurting you personally. 

A quick reiteration because you attacked and hurt people i care about and that REALLY pisses me off:

  1. Maybe you want to check to see if a blog is real before using it as an example of “every otherkin blog you’ve ever seen.”
  2. Shaming self-diagnosis is extremely classist and ableist. Not everyone with a mental illness can see a professional for diagnosis.  This might be because they can’t afford it, because their abusive/ignorant parents forbid it, or because their disorder itself makes them to anxious to be in that situation. Self diagnosis helps these people to understand and help themselves despite their situation. Don’t be a d-bag. 
  3. Even if someone self-diagnoses themselves incorrectly, it’s just a mistake that they will probably correct in time. No need to throw every other self-diagnosed individual under the bus. 
  4. Accusing someone of romanticizing mental illness just by talking about it perpetuates the idea that mental illness is shameful and should be hidden. 
  5. stOp. 

slackmistress:

bethanysworld:

fightingforanimals:

Veronika Scott was a fashion student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit when her teacher, Stephen Schock, challenged her class to create a product that filled a need, rather than satisfying or creating a fad. Veronika’s design was a coat for homeless people that could transform into a sleeping bag, since in her city, she says, “you are constantly faced with the homeless epidemic.” 

Not only did her design win a International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, it’s become the core of Veronika’s nonprofit organization, The Empowerment Plan, which hires people from homeless shelters and transition homes to help her make the coats. Now, three years later, the 24-year-old social entrepreneur expects that her team of 15 seamstresses will produce over 6,000 coats in 2014 — all of which will be distributed free of charge to people living on the streets. 

Veronika originally designed the coats seeking input from people at a homeless shelter. After receiving feedback from people who used the prototype over a Detroit winter, she refined the design to create her final version which, in addition to being a waterproof and windproof coat and sleeping bag, also transforms into an over-the-shoulder bag with storage in the arm sockets. 

When she started out, Veronika states,

“Everybody told me that my business was going to fail — not because of who I was giving my product to but because of who I was hiring. They said that these homeless women will never make more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — you cannot rely on them for anything. And I know my ladies enjoy proving everybody wrong.” 

And, their impact is growing — according to CNN, which recently honored Veronika as one of their 10 Visionary Women of 2014, “The Empowerment Plan expects to launch a ‘buy one, give one’ program that will make it sustainable beyond the donations and sponsorships that keep it running now. Hunters and backpackers who’ve asked to buy the coat will be able to do so, and the Empowerment Plan will still create coats for homeless people who need them.”

Veronika is also excited to show other clothing producers that local manufacturing is possible: “I think we’re going to show a lot of people: you think it’s outdated to do manufacturing in your neighborhood, but I think it’s something that we have to do in the future, where it’s sustainable, where you invest in people, where they’re not interchangeable parts.”

You can read more about Veronika’s organization on CNN, or watch a short video about her work here.

To learn more about The Empowerment Plan or how you can support their work, visit http://www.empowermentplan.org/

For a wonderful book about women’s great inventions throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything” for readers 8 to 13.

For those in the US who would like to support efforts to end homelessness and help the over 600,000 people who experience homelessness on any given night, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness athttp://www.naeh.org/ or to find a local homeless shelter to support in your area, visit http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/

Important in so many ways.

This is amazing and wonderful.

peachieperson:

the concept of androgyny bugs me because tbh it’s just mostly masculine with no body hair and a soft jawline
like to be considered androgynous you have to be like 80% masculine and i’m so not about that and idk it just frustrates me like i want people to know i’m not a girl but i don’t want to have to be fuckin masc to achieve that

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