The most touching Mandela tribute came from the least expected place
A South African chain store has laid on one of the most touching tributes to Nelson Mandela we’ve seen in the past week – and it was in the form of a flash mob.
Woolworths teamed up with the Soweto Gospel Choir, who posed as shoppers and store workers at the Parkview store in Johannesburg.
The choir then began an “impromtu” rendition of Asimbonanga [We have not seen him], singing:
Asimbonanga [we have not seen him]
Asimbonang’ uMandela thina [we have not seen Mandela]
Laph’ekhona [in the place where he is]
Laph’ehleli khona [in the place where he is kept]
Asimbonang ‘umfowethu thina [we have not seen our brother]
Laph’ekhona [in the place where he is]
Laph’wafela khona [in the place where he died]
Sithi: Hey, wena [We say: hey, you]
Hey, wena nawe [Hey, you and you]
Siyofika nini la’ siyakhona [when will we arrive at our destination]
The song was written during Mandela’s incarceration as a call for his freedom.
Re. that post by nextyearsgirl that’s going around, the one that reads:
It’s not men’s job to subvert, mock, parody, or critique femininity. You don’t get to tell us how much you hate the cage you put us in.
The person who posted this is an anti-trans radfem. She considers trans women to be “men”. She is attacking us with this post by invalidating our identities and experiences.
Please stop reblogging this, alright?
(And now you see why I didn’t just reblog the OP: I don’t want to show up in her notes.)
[image description: selfie of someone holding up both of their hands and forming the letter “w” by crossing their middle and ring fingers. their nails are on point, painted a deep red. they are wearing letter rings that spell out west side]
west side is where it’s at.
[photo description: 16 different images of people wearing dress pants and the imprint of their dick below the fabric.]
i’m determined to recreate this dick print collage of dick prints.
i can’t wait to get home to my mom whose favorite phrase these past 2 months has been, “i’m going to feed you so well when you get home!” after every question of “what are you eating today?” and i respond with the same: rice, fish, veggies, soup, rice, fish, veggies, soup, pho from the place on 7th and jackson ave and her ears perk up (i feel them through the telephone line) and she asks, “as good as mine?” her answer is “no,” which is mine too.
in between the stress and the sadness of being far from familiarity, safety, comfort - i have missed the most a warm, home cooked meal. humble portions and silence that blankets chewing and lip smacking. i miss sitting across from my mom on the living room floor or at the table in the kitchen - with one leg propped up underneath our armpit, arm extended holding a bowl of rice underneath a pair of chopsticks. she gets on me about how i sit, how my legs are often spread wide, how my back hunches but at meals we look exactly alike: carefree and happy and fulfilled.
i am most grateful for how we have kept each other alive. how we have figured out ways to make it together in a world like this; our skills almost like a balancing act. i speak english, translate for her, help her pay bills and she cooks meals that keep me at the root of things, teach me the rhythm of sewing machines, how to find abundance in scarcity.
i am so ready to return. picturing her face in my mind and her arms wrapped around my body, how she squeezes my arm slightly in silence makes me cry. neither of us wants to believe that my being closer, back where i belong is a big deal but after months of texting one another choppy viet sentences, vulnerable phone calls about my pain and depression and her illness and fear, i want nothing more than to share meals with her again - grateful that we have kept each other alive.
please take care of yourself because you are important
please take care of yourself so that we can better take care of each other, because we are what we’ve got and we are who’s going to give each other what the other needs.
my social media participation lately has been primarily facebook and i’ve just been witnessing a lot of people of color crashing and getting really tired and getting really soul-sucked. the world is tiring and soul sucking, it’s fucked up and it’s draining.
please remember to be gentle with yourself, that not every battle has to be fought with your body, with how you bleed yourself dry to convince someone with the narrative of your existence.
please remember that it’s okay to say fuck it sometimes. shit happens. because we need each other and we can’t waste the little space we have on white people don’t are ready to learn.
[photo description: image created by dreamactivist.org calling for a “full review of el paso detention center!” the link to the petition is bit.ly/epcreview. hashtags used are #reviewepc and #icereview. image includes a barb wired facility to the background and to the foreground various images of detained immigrants at the detention center.]
Let’s Bring Some Attention to the Injustices at the El Paso Detention Center: Make a Call & Ask for a Full Review!
1. Call Rep. O’Rourke @ 915-541-1400 & 202-225-4831
"Hi, I was calling to ask the member to take a look at the injustice going on at the El Paso ICE center. This center is in the members district. There are a great many immigrants being held here despite already being approved for release months ago. Will the member of congress look into this issue?"
2. Call Acting Director John Sandweg @ 202-732-3000
"Hi, I was calling to ask for a full review of the El Paso Detention Center. It has recently come to light that a great many of the detainees inside are eligible for parole but have yet to be released. Please review the El Paso Detention Center!"
Abuses at the Detention Center: (trigger warning for violence, sexual harassment, racism)
In the past week we’ve received calls from the inside notifying us of the following issues:
- Over 100 cases where detainees are granted Credible Fear, provide sponsorship documents, and ICE officials still refuse to release. This in direct violation of Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) Directive No.: 11002.1, issued to go into effect January 4, 2010;
- Three cases of pregnant women detained in conditions detrimental to the health of their unborn babies;
- Several instances of harassment based on the individuals religious or sexual identities;
- Documentation only being provided in English, without access to interpreters. A majority of detainees are primary, non-English speakers;
- Over 20 cases of individuals being held despite clearly being eligible for discretion under the Morton Memo, issued in 2011;
- A case of a male detainee being refused proper medication;
- Arbitrary Credible Fear rulings; instances of two individuals with identical cases (detained together) with one granted and another failed;
- Over a dozen instances of long-term, unjust, detention resulting in the deportation of discretion eligible individuals.
The list of abuses of power we’ve identified in just this week continue to grow.These instances highlight a clear pattern and practice of abuse, one that is being fully endorsed by El Paso ICE leadership, and, by their inaction, ICE officials in Washington D.C.
when i was a peer educator at planned parenthood that’s what we taught people. except that you should use non-microwavable seran wrap because it’s not porous.
indeed. the non-microwaveable part is super important.