Muslim Ban

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Based on this list it seems more realistic to ban armed toddlers than Muslim immigrants but when it comes to fear and bigotry, facts don’t actually matter.

If you somehow missed it,  POTUS signed an executive order on Friday night banning people from 7 Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States. This may appear vaguely reasonable (or at least not absurd and outrageous) if it weren’t for the following fact

Between 1975 and 2015, foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen killed exactly zero Americans on U.S. soil, according to an analysis of terror attacks by the Cato Institute.   [X]

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[CHARLES KURZMAN]

So, one major issue, this seems like an extreme overreach for a nonexistent problem.

Worse though, is the fact that POTUS excluded from the ban, Middle Eastern countries where he has business ties.

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Red -> Banned countries, Yellow -> Countries where POTUS has business ties [X]

Additionally, this ban affects legal residence who have been living in the US for years. It cancels green cards and visas from those countries. To get either of those you have to go through a strict vetting process.

This ban is also inhumane and cruel because it indefinitely blocks the entrance of Syrian refugees.

Not only are these Syrian refugees not terrorists, but they are fleeing the brutal state terrorism of the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and the brutal non-state terrorism of ISIS. [X]

They are VICTIMS.

Victims who are tirelessly vetted before resettling.

Anne Richard, a senior US State Department official, testified at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing in November 2015 that any Syrian refugee trying to get into the United States is scrutinized by officials from the National Counterterrorism Center, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, State Department and Pentagon.

They must also give up their biometric data — scans of their retinas, for instance — submit their detailed biographic histories and submit to lengthy interviews. These refugees are also queried against a number of government databases to see if they might pose a threat — and the whole process takes two years, sometimes more.
Leon Rodriguez, the director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, who also testified at the November 2015 hearing, said that of all the tens of millions of people who are trying to get into the United States every year, “Refugees get the most scrutiny and Syrian refugees get the most scrutiny of all.”
By contrast, Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe do not go through anything like the rigorous process experienced by those who are coming to the States, and the volume of Syrians fleeing to Europe is orders of magnitude larger than it is to the United States. [X]
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Puppies Lead the Twitter Resistance

 

The National Parks’ Twitter rebellion

 

The inhabitant of the White House is working hard to suppress/destroy/hide any evidence of climate change, which in and of itself should make it 100% clear that climate change is real. Part of this effort include forbidding the National Parks from tweeting about climate change. The official twitter of Badlands National Park starting only tweeting about climate change, in defiance. That was quickly stopped and the tweets were deleted. But then, Alternative National Parks twitters were born.

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Now make your feminism intersectional

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[Source: Rosalarian]

Intersectionality: People are marginalized along different axes [gender, race, sexual orientation, disability status, religion, etc.] and they experience discrimination that is unique to their intersection of oppression.

  • The sexism that a black women faces cannot be separated from the racism they also face
    • The sexism they face cannot be addressed without also addressing racism
  • White [able-bodied, cisgendered, hetrosexual] women do not experience the same issue, it is simple to separate your gender from your race when your race is the default [white privilege]

If our feminism is going to help more than just white women, we must center the most marginalized among us. Otherwise what’s the point?

I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.

Audre Lorde

 

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – MLK

How do you make your feminism intersectional?

  • Check your privilege
    • What I mean is, check your reaction before responding to something
      • “Why don’t I like this statement?”
      • “Does this bother me because it’s calling me out?”
      • “Why haven’t I notice this issue?”
    • Acknowledging your privilege is not saying that you haven’t suffered or have it hard
      • With respect to white privilege: it means that race did not act as an additional burden in your struggles. And, because our society is built to support white supremacy, society is structured to rise you up while putting others down
      • It is not about denying your struggles or successes
  • Listen
    • Let marginalized people tell you their story
    • Respect their lived experiences
  • Center the most marginalized
    • Feminism isn’t about making you comfortable
    • If you want to support equality you are going to have to sit with uncomfortable things some time
    • One of those things, is that you do not have to be the main focus
  • Use your voice to amplify the marginalized voices, not speak over them
    • Talk to other white people
  • Accept criticism
    • You’re going to make mistakes
      • You’re always learning
    • Allow people to call you out, or call you in, without becoming defensive
    • Swallow the anger, discomfort, etc. and evaluate why you feel that way

 

Additional information: here, here, and here