Lana Del Rey

Can we not with her? Here’s why:
1) Rich white girl buys record contract through connections.
2) Changed her name to be more “gangster” so she could make it. So of course it’s a name that could belong to a brown girl right?
3) Thinks what she’s doing is “rapping”. Thinks there’s nothing wrong with doing it.

Like, I don’t need to break it down anymore.

shin8shin:

catamite:

I want to graffiti that headline EVERYWHERE.

“18.3% of women over 18 reported being sexual assaulted in their lifetime while 17.4% of women reported smoking. Let’s consider this as we set health priorities.” yes, let’s.

This is such a fucking harsh reality. I say this as someone who works in tobacco policy. The reason why tobacco (smoking, cessation, cancer research) gets so much funding is because smoking is profitable and upholds capitalism. Smoking is government regulated and taxed. The profit of cigarettes allows for jobs to be created. My job is one of them! Reading this has allowed me to question the work that I am doing and the way that I am doing it. I was at a meeting yesterday and someone said that cancer research now has the second biggest budget in the US. So the Federal Budget is 1st and Cancer research is not far behind it because of funding through tobacco taxes, federal aid, and donations. Obviously, cancer research is important, but what happens with a lot with cancer funding is not going directly to “finding a cure”. It goes to things like building new labs. In order for research to get federal or state funding, job creation needs to be shown. So companies and researches will say they are building new labs and providing x amount of (short term) jobs in order to get the funding it needs. Work related to tobacco upholds capitalism.

It is in the benefit of capitalism to continue this cycle. Keep taking money by taxing cigarette companies and people who smoke, funnel that into cancer research, charge people for cancer treatment when they get cancer from smoking. It frustrates me because a lot of this money could be used more efficiently to help people NOW by helping with the cost of health care or helping sustain social services programs, cessation programs, helping people pay for patches or other aids to quit. In California, there is a new proposition on the ballot that is called the California Tobacco Tax for Cancer Research. It is asking for even more money (it will tax the buyer $1) to go into research while little money is going into direct and immediate needs of populations that are affected.

IDK, maybe I should find some statistics about the prevalence of smoking among people who have been raped. So that way the anti-tobacco community I work with can recognize that their issue isn’t a singular one. It’s a bullshit thing to have to do though. Tobacco advocates I have come to learn are ridiculously selfish, short-sided, and only think in singular issue terms (stop smoking, find a cure). The government needs to get it’s shit together too.

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Immigration, Deportation and Disability

I sent the below to a listserv of disability advocates and colleagues after I sent them an email with the article I posted earlier. I work in the disability community as an advocate. My colleagues are largely white. We’ll see how this pans out. I expect there to be little to no discussion from this from my colleagues.

A quick google search reveals a lot about Immigration and Disability.

I’m still reading and learning, but the general bias is that caring for people with disabilities is costly. That seems to be the argument on the forefront of this issue. This touches on the ableist stigma that people with disabilities aren’t able to be productive or contribute to the economy. The majority of deportation cases of people with disabilities seems to be those with mental health disabilities. The stigmas of validity around mental health disabilities are being perpetuated by this as well. It also touches on the immigration issue by assuming that migrants are more draining to society than contributors to it. The New York Times article below mentions that some countries could care for these individuals if they went back. Which, is definitely a negative assumption and probably a false one. Many illegal migrants come from nations that are not capitalist and do not have resources; when that is coupled with disability culture especially in countries of color, there is a much harsher perception of how and if people with disabilities should even be treated, let alone if those resources are actually available.

So why should we care? How is this relevant to our work?

Addressing the issue of immigration and disability should matter to us because it is using the deportation system to perpetuate ideas of ableism; placing a value on individuals with disabilities that affect social perceptions. We should care because immigration status is also a class issue, and in a community that has long focused on the success stories of people with disabilities that were born with the privilege of having the resources to succeed, we need to address the assumption that having a disability is not “cost effective”. Especially, as we have been pushing back on a system that year after year is cutting the scarce resources that the poor have. Also, in the ACLU report Deportation by Default “two to five percent of immigration detainees in 2008 had a “serious mental illness,” while approximately 10 to 16 percent of detainees had experienced “some form of encounter with a mental health professional or the mental health system.” It is pretty clear that the issue of lawful detainment and deportation is a disability social justice issue.

Here are more articles I have found. Keep in mind that below are just cases that actually get media attention.:

Disabilities: A Deterrent to Deportation? (Huffington Post)

Nowhere to Go: Patients Linger in Hospitals, at High Cost (New York Times)

American Citizen with Mental Illness Deported to Mexico (ILW.com)

Family with disabled child can stay in Canadian (Not a US article but still relevant)

Family fights disabled son’s deportation (Star Advisor)

Summary of ACLU and Human Rights Watch Report (Disabled Feminist)

The Deportation of Jamaicans with Mental Health Disabilities (Georgetown University Law Center)

Don’t Deport Mental Immigrants with Mental Health Disabilities (Huffington Post)

Deportation Process Penalizes Mentally Ill Immigrants (Psychiatry Online)

“No Defectives Need Apply”: Disability and Deportation (Oxford Journals)

Post email: I wish I would have talked about this link to the folx I sent it to in my follow up email. If we take Quelino’s story, we recognize that he became disabled because of capitalism, because he is from a poor country with no resources. So, yes, the US is accountable for him regardless of his status. He was injured on the job, contributing to the US economy.
Right now the listserv is focused on the California State Budget, which was just released by the governor. Which is important as well, just not surprising.

[Image Description: Photo of grocery store aisle with shelves filled with heart shaped boxes and other Valentines Day candy.] It isn’t even new years yet! This makes my head hurt to be honest. Give us a fucking break!
[Image Description: Photo of grocery store aisle with shelves filled with heart shaped boxes and other Valentines Day candy.]

It isn’t even new years yet! This makes my head hurt to be honest. Give us a fucking break!

notyourkinddear:

note-a-bear:

charquaouia:

Russell Simmons, bravo.

And that’s how you do it.
All the white-centric businesses ans everything wanna pull out, we’ll use our own goddamned money and promote ourselves.

Sometimes he annoys the shit out of me, but right now he just makes me smile.

[Image Description: Screencapture of a tweet by Russell Simmons reading “Just purchased remaining spots for #allamericanmuslim for next week. The show is now sold out! keep your money @lowes and we will keep ours]

notyourkinddear:

note-a-bear:

charquaouia:

Russell Simmons, bravo.

And that’s how you do it.

All the white-centric businesses ans everything wanna pull out, we’ll use our own goddamned money and promote ourselves.

Sometimes he annoys the shit out of me, but right now he just makes me smile.

[Image Description: Screencapture of a tweet by Russell Simmons reading “Just purchased remaining spots for #allamericanmuslim for next week. The show is now sold out! keep your money @lowes and we will keep ours]

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