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thebriskconvergence:

Amazing.

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hbcreative:

#FERGUSON

     I won’t soon forget the events that took place in #ferguson…will you?

http://unclesean.tumblr.com/post/95827464455/maarnayeri-let-us-be-vividly-clear-about-this

maarnayeri:

Let us be vividly clear about this.

What the New York Times did to Michael Brown today was not merely slander. It wasn’t a case of a lack of journalistic integrity.

Highlighting that a black teenager was “no angel” on the day he is being laid to rest after being hunted and killed by racist vigilante forces is not an unfortunate coincidence.

The New York Times deliberately played into an archaic American tradition in devaluing both the value of black life and the tragedy of black death.

They chose the day of his funeral, as his family, friends and activists everywhere have to grapple with a human being lost to pontificate about how he was “no angel”. Michael Brown was many things to many people; a son, a brother, a cousin, a nephew and another black causality of murderous police institutions and today, amidst all the racist violence he, his loved ones and community have had to endure, he was going to finally receive the respect and moment of honor he deserved and NYT decided today, of all days, to tune in their audience onto wholly irrelevant facts about his life - that in turn, transform the very injustice surrounding his death and the following police violence that plagued Ferguson into a national panel about whether or not his death is actually worth mourning and their language suggested that to them, it indeed is not.

This was hardly an accident or mistake. This is the perpetual hostility that is met against black life in America. The consensus is that black people deserve no respect and for black life to be legitimized and honored, we must meet a list of prerequisites. Subsequently, if black people aren’t valued, neither are our deaths understood as tragic or murders seen as criminal action.

This has been the atmosphere of America since its inception and much has not improved.

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kim-jong-chill:

what a difference 50 years can make

or not

Aug 8

Woke myself from a dream to savor this moment

I was running for public office and my mom came to see me debate. The woman introducing me said that I fight for the rights of workers, then someone whispered in her ear that I fight for sex workers. She turned beet red and then said to me, “I have trouble taking your concerns seriously.” My dream mom stood up and said fuck you to her. Thanks, dream mom! My mom would stand up for me like that in real life. But it felt pretty awesome in the dream.

Aug 5

Always get the money first! Newbie sex worker problems.

(Source: sihamdalila)

Aug 4
redupnyc:

Red Umbrella Project is accepting applications for our fall writing program through August 18th! If you’re in NYC, apply to participate in our eight week memoir writing workshop, and if you’re outside of NYC apply to get connected with a mentor editor and work toward publication in Prose & Lore Issue 5. Workshops are free and peer led, by and for people in the sex trades.www.redumbrellaproject.org/educate/memoir/

redupnyc:

Red Umbrella Project is accepting applications for our fall writing program through August 18th! If you’re in NYC, apply to participate in our eight week memoir writing workshop, and if you’re outside of NYC apply to get connected with a mentor editor and work toward publication in Prose & Lore Issue 5. Workshops are free and peer led, by and for people in the sex trades.www.redumbrellaproject.org/educate/memoir/

Aug 4

Hey sex workers!

clarawebbwillcutoffyourhead:

I want to make a master post of your favourite sex worker books, from trashy memoir to labour theory! Please add on and I’ll keep editing this post to include additions.
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I made a sex worker memoirs list on Goodreads - its got 99 books listed on it and growing!

Aug 3

via compoundchem:
Today, a look at the contributing compounds to ‘old book smell’, and the origins of the less well researched ‘new book smell’: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-hV

via compoundchem:

Today, a look at the contributing compounds to ‘old book smell’, and the origins of the less well researched ‘new book smell’: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-hV

one sex worker nation under dildo (by Audacia Ray)

Memory lane: in 2007 I curated an art show as a benefit for $pread magazine, and we did this thing that I started out jokingly calling “One Sex Worker Nation Under Dildo” and then became a thing. Sex toy stores in the US and Canada opened their doors to sex workers and gave them dildo and craft supplies, and then we did a silent auction of 40 awesome pieces of dildo art at the show. This one is one of my faves.

one sex worker nation under dildo (by Audacia Ray)

Memory lane: in 2007 I curated an art show as a benefit for $pread magazine, and we did this thing that I started out jokingly calling “One Sex Worker Nation Under Dildo” and then became a thing. Sex toy stores in the US and Canada opened their doors to sex workers and gave them dildo and craft supplies, and then we did a silent auction of 40 awesome pieces of dildo art at the show. This one is one of my faves.