Cherríe Moraga, La Güera (x)
How have I internalized my own oppression? How have I oppressed?
We’ve all been in the position where someone we’re close to says something wildly offensive - this article looks at ways to mitigate those situations in a way that keeps your relationships intact while not letting racism, sexism, homophobia, and prejudice in general slide.
On Friday, July 13, 2012, the women of Sudan were at the forefront of the protests, where they chanted for the fall of the regime and demanded the release of all political detainees. This Friday was inaugurated the “Kandaka Friday”, in a reference to the brave and revolutionary women of Sudan. Kandake (Candace) in the Kushitic language is a title for strong women. The term was used by the Kushites to refer to their queens.
In the wake of the “Kandaka Friday”, more women were arrested in a blatant attempt by the NISS to mock the day dedicated to the women of Sudan: the Kandaka’s.
In addition to mass arrests and the targeting of female activists and protesters, incidents of rape have been reported as well as serious injuries sustained by female victims, such as Halima Hussein Omar, a junior at the University of Khartoum, who lost her eye as she was making her way out of campus during a protest.
In the backdrop of #SudanRevolts, around 2,000 remain in the custody of the NISS without facing any charges and denied access to lawyers. However, despite the government’s intense crackdown on protests and president Omar Al-Bashir’s insistence that the Sudanese revolution is neither a continuation of the Arab Spring nor a succession to the Sudanese people’s two previous uprisings, netizens remain optimistic that the tidal wave of protests will subsequently bring an end to the reign of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).
Signal boost! And in case you’re left scratching your head: poverty is a form of violence for many reasons, most of which being that it is cyclical, preventable, and very difficult to escape unassisted. The idea that poor people are “lazy” is false; it’s oversimplifying for the comfort of people who can’t face the idea that they are complicit in such and overwhelming problem.
We have a Food not Bombs in Eugene! It’s operated out of my co-op kitchen actually, we get donations of organic veggies that are about to go bad and make delish food from it. I made some dank guac yesterday and folks loved it… we need more help through. There aren’t enough folks and people always get tired and usually leave our kitchen a mess and mess is contagious and then I have to deal with it. So come help us, we’re friendly ;)