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I'm on a daily search for serenity and more knowledge. I've known fear and pain that cut deeper than any physical injury ever could but I've also experienced joy so powerful I've floated on clouds and peace so calming that meditation felt like bad earplugs covering the noises of life.
"Why?" is by far my favorite question.

Two other women, also breast cancer survivors, said their husbands left them after they were diagnosed. Both had to have mastectomies (in case anyone doesn’t know, this is the surgical operation to remove one or both breasts).

The first woman said her husband told her that he would rather see her dead than see her lose her breasts. The second woman had her operation and waited all day to be picked up by her husband, who never arrived. By nightfall, one of the nurses offered to give her a ride, and she came home to find the house empty.

Obviously, these are extreme cases of a man’s reaction to his wife’s breast cancer, but this is what I see when I see the “I ♥ Boobies” bracelets. I see love of the body parts, not the person being treated—not the patient, not the victim, not the survivor.

Dubbed terrorists, Mayans fight back against Guatemalan mining projects

The road between the Guatemalan towns of San Miguel Ixtahuacán and Quetzaltenango is guarded by a dozen thin, young, Mayan men in baseball caps and hooded sweatshirts, who mill around a truck parked across the road. “If you are from the mine,” the ringleader says, “you can’t come through.”

A mile or so away, the land falls away into a dust bowl, picked at by heavy machinery – the Marlin gold mine. All along the road, orange cliffs have collapsed onto the tarmac and the air is heavy with the stink of burnt clutches from the trucks that labour up the slope through the mountains, around 50km from Guatemala’s border with Mexico. The volcanic peaks are swaddled in gunsmoke drifts of cloud and patrolled by vultures; scattered settlements of adobe houses overlook a deep green patchwork of maize and coffee fields laid out across the ghosts of old Mayan terraces.

The Mayan Mam village of Agel hangs precariously over the edge of the pit. Crisanta Pérez’s house on the edge of the settlement clings to a steep slope that runs down to a long, turquoise tailings pond.

An intense, soft-spoken woman, “Doña Crisanta” is the figurehead of a peaceful resistance in San Miguel Ixtahuacán that has formed to protest the mine’s continued presence. Dubbed terrorists and enemies of progress by the state, the Frente de Defensa Miguelense is one of several Mayan-led protest groups across Guatemala that are facing down assassinations, detention and intimidation to stop their land becoming part of a continent-wide rush for resources.

“My family and I have been intimidated and criminalised,” Pérez says. “But I won’t give up. Who is going to do it, if not me?”

Pérez and her fellow community leaders say that the Marlin mine has contaminated the water sources that they use to wash and irrigate their crops and that the subterranean explosions have caused houses to collapse – charges that the mine’s owners, the Canadian firm Goldcorp, deny. Newsweek was shown evidence of skin conditions and severe neurological diseases that local health workers believe are the result of heavy metal poisoning, but, without independent medical assessment, their claims are hard to verify.

For the majority, the economic opportunities that the mine promised never materialised. Many, like the men manning the roadblock, sold their land and bought trucks, hoping to haul for the mine – their vehicles, daubed with religious icons, sit idle by the road. The Mayans’ anger goes deeper than individual grievances, however. The Mam, one of several Mayan nations in Guatemala, make up the majority in San Marcos. They number around 650,000 in the western highlands. On the other side of the mine, another nation, the Sipakapa, are also actively resisting the development. Both groups say that they were never consulted before work began on the pit, that their land was simply taken by a central government that does not represent them. This, they say, marks the continuation of centuries of marginalisation and discrimination – what rights they have won have proved secondary to the demands of commerce.

The Mam and Sipakapa see the mine, the government and private security firms as one entity that work together against them. “They have created a social monopoly. The mine comes to divide us, it causes conflict, psychological trauma, social repression,” says Rolando Cruz, a leader of the Movimiento de Resistencia Sipakapense, a resistance group in nearby San Isídro. “And they did not consult us.”

Téodora Hernandez was shot in the head and left blind in one eye by two men who came to ask her why she would not let a road pass through her land. Francisco Javier Hernandez Peréz, a leading voice opposing the development, was doused in petrol and set alight in 2011 by hooded men who identified themselves as supporters of the mine. His wife, Victoría Yóc, witnessed the attack; her neighbours heard her screaming across the mountains. Others have stories of near misses: Miguel Angél Bámaca, a health worker who has documented cases of suspected poisoning, was shot at in his home.The Mayans’ response has been escalating levels of protest and direct action. They have blocked roads, seized mine equipment and led demonstrations against company activities. Their campaign has been met with startling levels of violence.

Often, the violence is perpetrated by members of their own communities. The limited opportunities that the mine offers have created a powerful incentive for the few beneficiaries – Cruz calls them “traitors” – to crack down on dissent. The brutality has only hardened the resistance’s resolve.

“I’m never going to shut up,” says Victor Vicente Pérez, a Mam community leader. “I know I have the right to speak the truth … The [mineworkers] have tried to intimidate me with rumours that one day soon I’ll disappear, but I know I’m fighting for my rights and I’m willing to die for that.”

Marlin is one of over 100 metal mines currently operating in Guatemala. There are close to 350 active licences for exploration or production, with nearly 600 pending as the government, supported by the international financial institutions, promotes the sector as a way to raise revenues. Only 2% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is based on mining, and the government hopes that the sector may offer a chance at rapid economic growth. Around 75% of the population lives below the poverty line. Infant and child mortality rates are high, and around 50% of children are malnourished.

Full article

Photos: Doña Crisanta & Mayan People’s Council on strike in solidarity with Mayans resisting mining in Guatemala

(Source: thepeoplesrecord, via anarcho-queer)

http://afro-dominicano.tumblr.com/post/97077868185/ray-rice-incident-forcing-women-haters-to-once

afro-dominicano:

deehenn:

afro-dominicano:

Ray Rice incident forcing women haters to once again, present their true trashy selves. Yes, good, keep obsessing over and dreaming yourselves up in situations where you get to hit a woman it looks good on you in that people can isolate themselves from you faster. Who do you think you’re fooling…

YOU JUST NAKING EXCUSES FOR THE WOMEN AND SAYING ITS OK FOR THEM TO HIT MEN FOH BILL COSBY

Are you even real? in what world do you literally see a video of a woman getting punched in the face and knocked unconscious for several minutes for defending herself from a [possibly repeating] domestic abuser and perceive that as something she deserved? or when someone stands with the victim you call it “making excuses for them” even though no excuses are necessary because they got punched in the fucking face by god damn brolic ass NFL player like fam get your head outcha ass.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

socialjusticekoolaid:

Today in Solidarity: Protesters gather in Oakland against the Urban Shield conference and police militarization

Ever wonder where cities get all their fancy ideas on how to militarize their police force? It’s not just from the Pentagon— it’s conferences like Urban Shield, that highlight the latest in tactical equipment and practices for suppressing the very people you’re sworn to serve. #staywoke #whodoyouprotect #whodoyouserve 

Q

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An estimated 63 percent of young men between the ages of 11 and 20 who are imprisoned for homicide have killed their mothers’ batterers.

Kimberle Crenshaw, in her article Intersectionality and Identity Politics: Learning from Violence Against Women of Color. (via supreme-shieldmaiden)

when kimberle crenshaw speaks, you fucking listen. this is the incredible black woman who is responsible for creating the term intersectionality. 

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thecutestofthecute:

In honor of Autumn coming soon, here are some happy dogs that love the fall weather are aren’t afraid to show it. Have a great day everyone.

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mypatronusisyou:

dontbedeaded:

penaltybox:

IM JEALOUS OF COUNTRIES THAT TEACH LANGUAGES TO CHILDREN FROM A YOUNG AGE SO BY THE TIME THEYRE LIKE 18 THEYRE BILINGUAL . IN MY ELEVEN YEARS OF AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOLING I CAN NAME YOU LIKE 5 COLORS IN SPANISH

i’m a 14 years old argentinian girl and i run a blog in english

literally everyone in America hates the American education system and has thousands of ideas for how to make it better but nothing ever fucking changes 

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iverbz:

eluting:

an ideal date would be eating takeout dinner in our pjs while watching Netflix and you play with my hair

yall literally have the lowest standards in the history of the universe and there are animals that accept urine as a mating gift

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Objectification of women rant…

Seeing the above picture and the comments it provoked, my response is as follows: 

"I don’t wonder why women have self confidence issues when people discuss which grocery store to go to based off of two pictures of women instead of the quality of the products sold there or the company providing them. Personally, the health and personality of women matter so much more than what they look like as looks are mostly based off of genetics, and oddly enough you can’t actually know what her health and personality are from a photo like the ones above. The woman on the left could be completely healthy (weight and health have a correlation, not cause and effect) and the woman on the left could be underweight with an eating disorder. Enjoy oogling her with the image of her puking to the point of her teeth rotting as she could have bulimia, stemming directly from men like yourselves basing your opinion of women on their looks and she desperately wants to be admired and not condemned like you just condemned the woman on the left. And then there is the whole issues of whether or not you’d take a woman home to mom based on her "personality" when you’re actually just trying to make sure she doesn’t look to ‘sluty’ when that is exactly what you would want in your eye candy. Do you see how pathetically hypocritical that is?

It makes complete sense that men are terrified of women being equal when they can’t actually imagine a world where there was true positive equality and instead imagine women doing to them what they do to women. Objectification of men is a terrifying idea if you think about how much the image of women has changed over the years in ways which negatively affect the health of women due to the objectification of women by men. Why the heck would men want their health to be negatively affected by the judgments of women when they can prevent this by openly condemning women?”

Of course, I can’t post this as Bry’s wife agrees that both women are trashy and that the women who shop at Walmart are more trashy that the women who shop at Target because they OBVIOUSLY have a trashy meter at the door. Disgusting. Can’t we just look at both women as the gorgeous people they are inside and out, and acknowledge that everyone a) has different tastes in people, b) does the best they can on a daily basis, and c) was born with a life purpose which they are coming closer and closer to fulfilling each day.