Happy Birthday Rosa Louise Parks
February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005
|—||Assata Shakur (via daughterofzami)|
For your glitter sex parties. For your ability to self-identity. For you to be femme trans men. For you to have GAY RIGHTS!!!! and to even have national conversations about ~marriage equality~ as shitty as they both are. We died to give you life, a voice, a fucking megaphone and stand so you could shout every fucking crime committed against your body/psyche/soul/family. We died to live as freely and proudly and as unapologetically as we could. We were murdered and tortured and imprisoned and ridiculed and dehumanized and marginalized and pushed out of the VERY ORGANIZATIONS WE CREATED SO YOU COULD HAVE YOUR ~PRIDE~. YOUR VISIBILITY. YOUR QUEER SPACES. YOUR FUCKING LIBERATION.
Pay us some damn fucking respect and realize that the least you can do is give up some of your space so we don’t have to fucking fight our way to see the stage where our trans sisters aren’t even performing.
[thanks Hermelinda for this]
We see who we are.
We will not let our fear, our sense of scarcity, our loneliness
From the strength within us that our history can shore up
we will not be divided from our
our suffering does not make our power less real.
we know our peopl ehave survived,
as many at once,
loving in doorways,
hand to hand,
knowing each other by symbol alone.
Because of that struggle so much is possible in our lifetime.
We have read this out loud together once.
now we don’t need it anymore.
we are ready to write our own.
African feminist Ifi Amadiume
white people, stay the fuck out of Africa
[photo: image of lean alejandro born july 10, 1960 and laid to rest september 19,1987. a quote of lean’s reads, “the struggle for freedom is the next best thing to actually being free.”]
[photo: image of someone’s march sign. text reads, “my mother’s coarse, crooked and overworked hands are the hands of countless immigrant women workers. these hands are the reasons i’m here. viva las trabajadoras.”]
Dignity & Resistance March May Day 2012 in Oakland, CA
[“without community there is no liberation…but community must not mean a shedding of our differences, nor the pathetic pretense that these differences do not exist.” -audre lorde]
does your life practice support your liberation?
does your life practice support your oppression?
☮, lawsonry: “How to tell when you’re about to say… on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/10290378
[photo: scanned image of a hand written note titled, “how to tell when you’re about to say something completely illogical and quite possibly oppressive” the bullet points that follow are, “I’m not racist, but…” “I’m not sexist, but…” “women should” slash “women shouldn’t” “I don’t hate (insert minority), I just think…” “(insert social/assistance program)is nothing but a (insert long, bias tirade).” “insert of one the following: low-cute shirts, abortion, black people, head start, affirmative action, immigration, taking god out of school, planned parenthood, boobs, feminism, democrats, muslims, obama, homosexuals, gay marriage, teachers, liberals, unions, jews, progressives, atheists, mexicans, women… have/has ruined America.” in cursive, there is a note saying, “this has been a friendly remind from lawsonry.tumblr.com” there is a special thanks in the top right corner that reads, “special thanks to inherhipstheresrevolutions.tumblr.com”]
Audre Lorde (via restoried)
‘Your silence will not protect you’
[anti-imperialist, anti- U.S. occupation trans/queer people of color | Trans Day of Action 2011. note: members of DAMAYAN migrant domestic workers association and UGNAYAN, media organizer Prerna Sampat from All Out, performer, poet, and educator Kay Ulanday Barrett and author, activist, and organizer Imani Henry.]