Brittany Simon

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thepoliticalfreakshow:

  • : The situation in has prompted us to send human rights teams. First time we’ve deployed inside the US.
  • Wow | Amnesty International to send human rights teams to ; first ever deployment inside the US [via /]

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thewilsonblog:

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(From what I understand, the police thought they heard a gunshot and started throwing tear gas into the crowd. Correct me if I’m wrong)

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I had such hope. Shit.

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micdotcom:

Potent minimalist art sends a strong message about police and vigilante brutality in America

Journalist and artist Shirin Barghi has created a gripping, thought-provoking series of graphics that not only examines racial prejudice in today’s America, but also captures the sense of humanity that often gets lost in news coverage. Titled “Last Words,” the graphics illustrate the last recorded words by Brown and other young black people — Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and others — who have been killed by police in recent years.

Let us not forget their voices

Update: Mark is Staying In Seattle!

Asker Anonymous Asks:
i just wanted to point out in your last response on free bleeding. but there are men that are born w/ vaginas out there, and they do experience periods. as well, not all women are born w/ vaginas. i know you probably didn't mean to exclude them, but i just wanted to point it out.
brittanysimon brittanysimon Said:

Are you taking about trans individuals? If so, of course they would be the exception :)

I did not mean to exclude them.

Thank you for pointing that out.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Any thoughts on free bleeding??
brittanysimon brittanysimon Said:

Fascinating.

I didn’t know what that way until you said something. I always joke that if I went back in time I’d bring a tampon.

Truth is: I use a Diva Cup. Proud user. Best invention ever.

I’m not a fan of period blood, so anything I can do to be clean is a must.

Note:
I read some articles on it. I don’t actually believe that using tampons is like raping a woman. Rape isn’t the insert of something into the vagina. Rape is non-consenual sex.

The other reason women are doing this is to protest the idea that periods are dirty. Periods ARE dirty, dirty isn’t always bad, just fact. The blood is filled with the dirt leaving our bodies. It’s a cleansing.

Having a period is something a man WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND. He can understand the idea, but he will NEVER KNOW what it’s like to have a period. It’s a unique experience to each woman. So, women taking a stance in a way they feel comfortable about something that’s personal to them, is okay with me….

I would have to research the concepts behind the movement more to really make a stance on it. For now all I have to say is this: I believe in being clean, well organized and taking into consideration how my personal hygiene might effect others.

I’m not afraid that someone might not like my shaved legs. Fuck those people.
But I am aware that letting my period flow free could stain others furniture. Just a petty example.

Example: I’m aware that not showering could cause my body to smell so bad that others can’t handle being around me.

Again though, I’m a super clean oriented person. I tend to shower twice a day. I don’t even like sweating, so the idea that women would intentionally be dirty in such a fashion is boggling to me.

Thanks for letting me know about this interesting and odd new trend.

The scene in Ferguson is getting more intense.

Protesters are starting to feel a need to defend themselves with more than words.

If this turns into a blood bath, and I have a feeling that it might, I would like to say this: This need for violent defense on the side of protesters is because of the police. The reaction from the police birthed the need to take up arms.

Do not be fooled to think that protesters started out with guns. They started out with words.

It’s been over a week of protests, rubber bullets and tear gas.

The aggressive action of the police will not go unnoticed.

I’m not a fan of violence, but self defense is different.

In this moment, in Ferguson, self defense might be the only thing left.

And PS: For all those people who want revolutions: This is it. This is the moment.

I hope death can be avoided and freedom and justice attained.

-Brittany Simon

brittanysimon:

Brand new scarves available in my Etsy Shop!

Check it out HERE: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ColorsOfAdventure

I also wanted to let people know that I’ll be attending Vlogger Fair in Seattle. I’ll be handing out free handmade items, hugs and high-fives :)

Come say hi!

Thanks,

Brittany Simon

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visuals-by-raat:

SARTORIAL SERIES ENTRY #2 - “THE VISIONARY”.
-A little about yourself.
My name is Cedric Quick. I’ve been called an extremist because of my passion to be number 1 and give all I have to whatever my interest is at the time. The problem is those interests change and I’ve become a jack of all trade. I’m still searching for the one thing that I will master and never shy away from.
I’m a loving father and husband that enjoys the journeys and lessons of life.  I believe everyday is an opportunity to get better and make my family proud.  FOE

-What pushed you to start growing and maintaining your beard? 
First off, my father rocked the beard.  I’ve always wanted to let it grow and see where it goes, but I was concerned about how I would be perceived.  Then I said f**k it…
-Who inspires you to be great?
Again, my family and friends inspire me to be and do more than anyone ever imagined. 

-What advice can you give anyone who’s trying to grow or keep their beard healthy? 
Have favorable genetics, stop putting blades to it, and “Mane The F*** UP”

-What’s one quote that you live by daily? 
"Be yourself  #nuffsaid"

Another personal favorite quote:  “Aint no fun when the rabbit got the gun”

PHOTOGRAPHY IG: @RAAT_FASHION  |   visuals-by-raat

MODEL IG: @BEARDOBLACK .

BOOK A SHOOT WITH ME IF YOU LIVE IN THE  DMV AREA!

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whatwhiteswillneverknow:

He said he threw it away from the kids getting tear gas, not at the cops. 
How I know? His Twitter account.

whatwhiteswillneverknow:

He said he threw it away from the kids getting tear gas, not at the cops. 

How I know? His Twitter account.

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gayabortions:

a-little-bi-furious:

a-little-bi-furious:

The fact that there is more than one version of the heterosexual pride flag is actually very depressing. The fact cis heterosexuals felt the need to create any flag just for them is also very depressing.

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Just in case anybody is curious, here are all the official…

i want to write a book titled “six shades of grey” about how fucking boring straight people are based on the two flags in here that are just six-tone grayscale.

This is always interesting to me: A group of people who are represented in every part of culture, wanting more representation.

brittanysimon:

Handmade necklaces in my Etsy shop, now for sale :)

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Thanks!
Brittany Simon

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.
Chinese proverb   (via life-nature-randomness)

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thepeoplesrecord:

One year anniversary of the murder of Islan Nettles: How long will we wait for justice?
August 17, 2014

Sunday marks one year since 21-year-old Islan Nettles was brutally killed on a street near her home in Harlem. Nettles, an African-American transgender woman, was a design intern at a fashion company. She was beaten to death in the early hours of Aug. 17, in the shadow of the NYPD Housing Bureau’s Service Area 6 .

Yet she — and transgender people around New York City and the world — are still waiting for justice from the NYPD and Manhattan District Attorney. Activity in the investigation, if there has been any, remains shrouded behind a disturbing veil of secrecy.

Nettles had been walking with a group of transgender friends when they came upon a group of young men who subjected them to catcalls and harassment of a type familiar to many women in New York City.

But the catcalling took a violent turn when the men apparently realized that she and her friends were transgender.

Nettles was beaten badly enough that she needed to be hospitalized. At the hospital, she lapsed into a coma. Four days later, she was brain dead. Life support was turned off. She was gone.

While she was in the hospital, the police arrested her alleged assailant. Witnesses reported that he had pushed Nettles to the ground, climbed on top of her and beat her repeatedly while screaming anti-gay and anti-transgender slurs.

Despite this, he was charged only with misdemeanor assault. Of course, Nettles hadn’t yet died at the time of his arrest, and he therefore couldn’t be charged with anything related to her death. But it was still difficult to shake the feeling that the authorities did not take this attack very seriously.

After Nettles died, charges were dropped against this assailant. The expectation was that new charges would be brought against him stemming from her death.

Those never came.

Instead, it appeared that the investigation lost steam. Explanations floated around. The one most commonly heard was that a second man had stepped forward claiming responsibility for killing Islan, but that he was too drunk to remember it clearly.

The various accounts only compound the sense that prosecuting the man who killed Nettles in what is by all appearances a hate crime simply isn’t a priority for the police and district attorney.

In November, the Manhattan DA’s office stated that it was still “aggressively investigating” Nettles’ death.

But the investigation hardly feels aggressive. It’s been a year and there has been little visible effort spent on finding justice.

For the transgender community — scarred by a long and difficult history of violence and an often uneasy relationship with law enforcement — the vacuum of information makes reasonable community members question whether or not resources are truly being directed towards this investigation.

After a year of claims about their commitment to justice, it’s time for officials to become more transparent about their investigation.

Transgender people, and transgender women of color in particular, face harassment and violence on a regular basis. All too often, crimes committed against them go unpunished.

But their lives matter. Islan Nettles’ life mattered. It mattered to her friends, to her family and to her community.

Every day, I work with many transgender women of color like Nettles who astound me with their strength and resilience in the face of widespread discrimination and violence and seeming indifference from authorities.

Transgender people are gaining more visibility, acceptance and legal protection every day. But violence remains a daily part of life. We must demand accountability from law enforcement and an end to anti-transgender violence and discrimination.

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Islan Nettles is yet another trans sister whose life will not be forgotten. Demand justice now!

Rally to Honor the Legacy of Islan Nettles
Sunday, August 17th, 2014 3:30 p.m.

Across from the police precinct, 147th street and Frederick Douglas BLVD

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
the problem with the protesters in Ferguson is that they are to impatient. they want the police to give them answers yet they keep disturbing the peace so that the police can not actually do there job. every time they break the curfew or start a riot etc etc. the police can not investigate the shooting. also all of these people keep saying its the police that are getting violent when they are not. its the rioters who are burning down homes, looting, and attempting to murder the police
brittanysimon brittanysimon Said:

Seriously? Are you watching the live feeds that I am? The ones from people on the street? Reporters from the Washington Post?
Yes, some people are looting, so what did the locals do? Stand guard to stop them.
Yes, some people are burning down homes? From reports, those people aren’t locals. They’re people who don’t give a shit and are there to destroy.
Yes, the cops are slow to action: Maybe if they had handled it correctly from the beginning the people wouldn’t be angry.
Police are there to protect, not to murder, rape and jail, but they do. They abuse their power. Not all cops are bad BUT FOR FUCK SAKE, how can you stand with the cops that throw tear gas at protesters?

This is a very peaceful protest/riot. Honestly, this is a great example of a protest. Anger and passion, working together, keeping people there and alert.

NOW, the state is trying to deny people a right to protest.

If my sibling was murdered in the street the way Michael Brown was, you bet you sorry ass I would be fucking angry.

I can’t be in Ferguson, standing with the community, but I can make others aware, I can WATCH the live feeds instead of catching up on TV.

My brother and I paused our TV shows and watched the live feeds from Wednesday. I began to cry. I was overwhelmed as I watched the cops throw tear gas, as I watched them scream “Turn off your cameras.”

Fuck that shit.
Fuck being passive right now.
Peaceful protest is what is happening.
Is it going to be perfect? No.
But why should it?
Why should there be NO violence against the police?
Define violence.
People throwing tear gas back at the cops IS justice.

For those of you that are interested in watching live feeds. My favorite IS HERE: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/9035483/events/3271930

Peace,
Brittany Simon