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Bring Sara Back -The Canary Lives Initiative

telaryn:

rosietwiggs:

An Open Letter to the Executive Producers and Writers of Arrow:

“She was my sister. I couldn’t be angry because she was dead. I couldn’t grieve because I was so angry.” - Dinah Laurel Lance, 1x01

There is no better way to describe how countless viewers felt as they finished watching Arrow’s season three premiere, “The Calm.” That’s what happens when the writers of your favorite show quietly murder their canonically bisexual female hero.

We find it hard to believe that when you all sat down to decide the direction this season would go, that you imagined how the fans would take you murdering Sara Lance. If you had paused to consider it, we doubt we would be writing this letter.

Thank you to themuslimbarbie s4karuna absentlyabbie and freaoscanlin. You are all incredible and I am blessed to know you.

Please go here - please read the letter and consider signing.  You don’t have to be an Arrow fan, or even a Black Canary fan.  You just have to be tired of female superheroes being disposable material to further the male hero’s “development” and understand what it means for such a rare example of female, queer representation to be worth no more to her creators than what her death can provide the more valuable characters..

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ledi-babushka-soski:

weloveinterracial:

Black Teen With White Parents Mistaken For Burglar, Assaulted By Cops In His Own Home
‘Put your hands on the door, I was like, ‘For what? This is my house.’ Police pointed at photos of white people hanging on the wall and told him that he was lying.
A North Carolina teen was recently assaulted and pepper sprayed by police in his own home, after he was mistaken for a burglar.  18-year-old DeShawn Currie has been living with foster parents Ricky and Stacy Tyler in Wake County, North Carolina for about a year.
The Tylers love DeShawn as their own son and they have taken him into their home, in hopes to provide him the safe and loving environment that he needs to thrive in the most important years of his life.
Unfortunately, some of the Tyler’s neighbors were not familiar with the family dynamics of the home, and decided to call the police to report a burglary when they saw the young man entering his home after school one day.  DeShawn did not climb through a window or struggle to get inside, but simply walked through the unlocked door of the home.  The only thing that actually made his neighbors suspicious, was the color of his skin.
When police arrived on the scene they treated DeShawn like a criminal without asking any questions.
“They was like, ‘Put your hands on the door, I was like, ‘For what? This is my house.’ I was like, ‘Why are y’all in here?” DeShawn said in an interview.
When DeShawn asked the officers why they were in his home, they pointed at photos of white people hanging on the wall and told him that he was lying.
“I’m feeling comfortable, I had moved into my room, and I’m feeling like I’m loved. And then when they come in and they just profile me and say that I’m not who I am. And that I do not stay here because there was white kids on the wall, that really made me mad,” DeShawn later told reporters.
During the entire altercation, police were shouting profanity at the young man, and pointing multiple guns at his face.  When DeShawn stood firm and insisted that he was in fact in his own home, police attacked him with pepper spray.
When Stacy Tyler came home from work she saw her son DeShawn in the driveway being treated by paramedics for the injuries that police had inflicted.
“My 5-year-old last night, she looked at me and said, ‘Mama I don’t understand why they hated our brother, and they had to come in and hurt him,” Stay Tyler told reporters.
“Everything that we’ve worked so hard for in the past years was stripped away yesterday in just a matter of moments,” father Ricky Tyler added.
The police department has defended their actions, saying that that DeShawn did not obey the officer’s orders to the letter, despite the fact that they were intruders in his home and had no right to be there barking orders at him.

Now this is something to bring attention to.

Yes

im ashamed i live in this county

Burn it all down.

When people say they hate the police and don’t trust them and think they’re racist it’s not always because of a shooting (though that is part of it), incidents like this certainly add to it.  And before anyone is like “not all police officers are like that” while that may be true we need to also acknowledge that some police officers ARE like that and stop trying to excuse their actions with, “but they were just doing their jobs,” and, “you don’t know the whole story yet,” when stuff like this comes up.  
Also, stop with this whole “it’s not always about race” thing because clearly this was about race when neighbors decide to call the cops because a black kid walks into his home.  He was living with his white foster parents for almost a year you mean to tell me that in an entire year these neighbors didn’t know who he was?  Right.  But I’m sure someone will spin this in an, “Police work is hard and adrenaline gets going and they just react,” sort of way.  I hope this young man’s parents really go up to bat for him, maybe their voices will be heard since they’re white. Harsh?  Yeah. Truthful?  Double yeah.

brichibi:

thistimearoundmn:

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hitlerch4n:

ledi-babushka-soski:

weloveinterracial:

Black Teen With White Parents Mistaken For Burglar, Assaulted By Cops In His Own Home

‘Put your hands on the door, I was like, ‘For what? This is my house.’ Police pointed at photos of white people hanging on the wall and told him that he was lying.

A North Carolina teen was recently assaulted and pepper sprayed by police in his own home, after he was mistaken for a burglar.  18-year-old DeShawn Currie has been living with foster parents Ricky and Stacy Tyler in Wake County, North Carolina for about a year.

The Tylers love DeShawn as their own son and they have taken him into their home, in hopes to provide him the safe and loving environment that he needs to thrive in the most important years of his life.

Unfortunately, some of the Tyler’s neighbors were not familiar with the family dynamics of the home, and decided to call the police to report a burglary when they saw the young man entering his home after school one day.  DeShawn did not climb through a window or struggle to get inside, but simply walked through the unlocked door of the home.  The only thing that actually made his neighbors suspicious, was the color of his skin.

When police arrived on the scene they treated DeShawn like a criminal without asking any questions.

“They was like, ‘Put your hands on the door, I was like, ‘For what? This is my house.’ I was like, ‘Why are y’all in here?” DeShawn said in an interview.

When DeShawn asked the officers why they were in his home, they pointed at photos of white people hanging on the wall and told him that he was lying.

“I’m feeling comfortable, I had moved into my room, and I’m feeling like I’m loved. And then when they come in and they just profile me and say that I’m not who I am. And that I do not stay here because there was white kids on the wall, that really made me mad,” DeShawn later told reporters.

During the entire altercation, police were shouting profanity at the young man, and pointing multiple guns at his face.  When DeShawn stood firm and insisted that he was in fact in his own home, police attacked him with pepper spray.

When Stacy Tyler came home from work she saw her son DeShawn in the driveway being treated by paramedics for the injuries that police had inflicted.

“My 5-year-old last night, she looked at me and said, ‘Mama I don’t understand why they hated our brother, and they had to come in and hurt him,” Stay Tyler told reporters.

“Everything that we’ve worked so hard for in the past years was stripped away yesterday in just a matter of moments,” father Ricky Tyler added.

The police department has defended their actions, saying that that DeShawn did not obey the officer’s orders to the letter, despite the fact that they were intruders in his home and had no right to be there barking orders at him.

Now this is something to bring attention to.

Yes

im ashamed i live in this county

Burn it all down.

When people say they hate the police and don’t trust them and think they’re racist it’s not always because of a shooting (though that is part of it), incidents like this certainly add to it.  And before anyone is like “not all police officers are like that” while that may be true we need to also acknowledge that some police officers ARE like that and stop trying to excuse their actions with, “but they were just doing their jobs,” and, “you don’t know the whole story yet,” when stuff like this comes up.  

Also, stop with this whole “it’s not always about race” thing because clearly this was about race when neighbors decide to call the cops because a black kid walks into his home.  He was living with his white foster parents for almost a year you mean to tell me that in an entire year these neighbors didn’t know who he was?  Right.  But I’m sure someone will spin this in an, “Police work is hard and adrenaline gets going and they just react,” sort of way.  I hope this young man’s parents really go up to bat for him, maybe their voices will be heard since they’re white. Harsh?  Yeah. Truthful?  Double yeah.

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National coming out day

I am very fortunate that my being bisexual has never been an issue with any of my family or friends.

As for work, our world headquarters in the Hague flew a rainbow flag on Thursday to celebrate National Coming Out Day. I hope that next year my office in Florida will do the same.

It breaks my heart that so many people still feel they have to hide their sexuality in fear of the reaction of their family, friends, community, or work.

I will continue to speak out. I will continue to live my life in the open to help pave the way for those still in hiding.

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Fall Out Boy
Thanks for the Memories (Vocals Only)

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baron-connectfour-the-third:

Why did Fall Out Boy not make this an actual thing?

Pete’s vocals at the beginning are magical. 

the harmonies oh m gy g od

how are they so majestic

ughh love this so much

Ok, this is really good.

I’d love to hear just the vocals for “my song’s know what you do in the dark”

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jonpertwee:

"Don’t celebrate Halloween, Christians!! It is based in a pagan holiday!"

Boy have I got some news for you concerning Christmas.

This!

Also, I always giggle when I see a church having a “Fall Festival” instead of a Halloween celebration to distance themselves from the pagans. Dude, what’s more pagan than celebrating the seasons found in nature?

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Writing Advice: by Chuck Palahniuk

In six seconds, you’ll hate me. But in six months, you’ll be a better writer.

From this point forward—at least for the next half year—you may not use “thought” verbs. These include: Thinks, Knows, Understands, Realizes, Believes, Wants, Remembers, Imagines, Desires, and a hundred others you love to use.

The list should also include: Loves and Hates. And it should include: Is and Has, but we’ll get to those later.

Until some time around Christmas, you can’t write: Kenny wondered if Monica didn’t like him going out at night…”

Instead, you’ll have to unpack that to something like: “The mornings after Kenny had stayed out, beyond the last bus, until he had to bum a ride or pay for a cab and got home to find Monica faking sleep, faking because she never slept that quiet, those mornings, she’d only put her own cup of coffee in the microwave. Never his.”

Instead of characters knowing anything, you must now present the details that allow the reader to know them. Instead of a character wanting something, you must now describe the thing so that the reader wants it.

Instead of saying: “Adam knew Gwen liked him.” You’ll have to say: “Between classes, Gwen had always leaned on his locker when he’d go to open it. She’s roll her eyes and shove off with one foot, leaving a black-heel mark on the painted metal, but she also left the smell of her perfume. The combination lock would still be warm from her butt. And the next break, Gwen would be leaned there, again.”

In short, no more short-cuts. Only specific sensory detail: action, smell, taste, sound, and feeling.

Typically, writers use these “thought” verbs at the beginning of a paragraph (In this form, you can call them “Thesis Statements” and I’ll rail against those, later). In a way, they state the intention of the paragraph. And what follows, illustrates them.

For example: “Brenda knew she’d never make the deadline. Traffic was backed up from the bridge, past the first eight or nine exits. Her cell phone battery was dead. At home, the dogs would need to go out, or there would be a mess to clean up. Plus, she’d promised to water the plants for her neighbor…”

Do you see how the opening “thesis statement” steals the thunder of what follows? Don’t do it.

If nothing else, cut the opening sentence and place it after all the others. Better yet, transplant it and change it to: Brenda would never make the deadline.

Thinking is abstract. Knowing and believing are intangible. Your story will always be stronger if you just show the physical actions and details of your characters and allow your reader to do the thinking and knowing. And loving and hating.

Don’t tell your reader: “Lisa hated Tom.”

Instead, make your case like a lawyer in court, detail by detail.

Present each piece of evidence. For example: “During roll call, in the breath after the teacher said Tom’s name, in that moment before he could answer, right then, Lisa would whisper-shout ‘Butt Wipe,’ just as Tom was saying, ‘Here’.”

One of the most-common mistakes that beginning writers make is leaving their characters alone. Writing, you may be alone. Reading, your audience may be alone. But your character should spend very, very little time alone. Because a solitary character starts thinking or worrying or wondering.

For example: Waiting for the bus, Mark started to worry about how long the trip would take…”

A better break-down might be: “The schedule said the bus would come by at noon, but Mark’s watch said it was already 11:57. You could see all the way down the road, as far as the Mall, and not see a bus. No doubt, the driver was parked at the turn-around, the far end of the
line, taking a nap. The driver was kicked back, asleep, and Mark was going to be late. Or worse, the driver was drinking, and he’d pull up drunk and charge Mark seventy-five cents for death in a fiery traffic accident…”

A character alone must lapse into fantasy or memory, but even then you can’t use “thought” verbs or any of their abstract relatives.

Oh, and you can just forget about using the verbs forget and remember.

No more transitions such as: “Wanda remembered how Nelson used to brush her hair.”

Instead: “Back in their sophomore year, Nelson used to brush her hair with smooth, long strokes of his hand.”

Again, unpack. Don’t take short-cuts.

Better yet, get your character with another character, fast. Get them together and get the action started. Let their actions and words show their thoughts. You—stay out of their heads.

And while you’re avoiding “thought” verbs, be very wary about using the bland verbs “is” and “have.”

For example: “Ann’s eyes are blue.”

“Ann has blue eyes.”

Versus:

“Ann coughed and waved one hand past her face, clearing the cigarette smoke from her eyes, blue eyes, before she smiled…”

Instead of bland “is” and “has” statements, try burying your details of what a character has or is, in actions or gestures. At its most basic, this is showing your story instead of telling it.

And forever after, once you’ve learned to unpack your characters, you’ll hate the lazy writer who settles for: “Jim sat beside the telephone, wondering why Amanda didn’t call.”

Please. For now, hate me all you want, but don’t use thought verbs. After Christmas, go crazy, but I’d bet money you won’t.

(…)

For this month’s homework, pick through your writing and circle every “thought” verb. Then, find some way to eliminate it. Kill it by unpacking it.

Then, pick through some published fiction and do the same thing. Be ruthless.

“Marty imagined fish, jumping in the moonlight…”

“Nancy recalled the way the wine tasted…”

“Larry knew he was a dead man…”

Find them. After that, find a way to re-write them. Make them stronger.

(I tagged those of you who I think may really like as much as I did or maybe even more)

This is glorious

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z33zy:

breenewsome:

#Ferguson: Reports that 18 year-old Vonderrick Myer shot & killed by off duty #STL cop. Cops say Myer was armed but witnesses say he was only holding a sandwich when he was tased, fell over & then was shot #16times. Needless to say, tensions are high. Photo via @search4swag on twitter

what the FUCK

The “witness” was his cousin who was NOT present.
And unless that sandwich fired 3 shots at the off duty officer, that is not how this went down. 
The off duty officer was working his second job as security. He was doing his rounds and came across three young men who started to flee.
Then one of the young men turned around and came back toward the off duty officer. That young man pulled a gun and fired 3 times before his gun jammed.
The off duty officer returned fire, emptying his clip of 16 bullets, killed the young man.
It is sad that a young man is dead, but this is NOT like Michael Brown.
This is NOT an unarmed man being shot down in the streets.
We need to use our energy and protests for when officers are gunning down unarmed civilians - not when they are in fear for their lives and returning fire.

z33zy:

breenewsome:

#Ferguson: Reports that 18 year-old Vonderrick Myer shot & killed by off duty #STL cop. Cops say Myer was armed but witnesses say he was only holding a sandwich when he was tased, fell over & then was shot #16times. Needless to say, tensions are high. Photo via @search4swag on twitter

what the FUCK

The “witness” was his cousin who was NOT present.

And unless that sandwich fired 3 shots at the off duty officer, that is not how this went down.

The off duty officer was working his second job as security. He was doing his rounds and came across three young men who started to flee.

Then one of the young men turned around and came back toward the off duty officer. That young man pulled a gun and fired 3 times before his gun jammed.

The off duty officer returned fire, emptying his clip of 16 bullets, killed the young man.

It is sad that a young man is dead, but this is NOT like Michael Brown.

This is NOT an unarmed man being shot down in the streets.

We need to use our energy and protests for when officers are gunning down unarmed civilians - not when they are in fear for their lives and returning fire.

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socialjusticekoolaid:

HAPPENING NOW (10.9.14): Another young black man, 18-year old Vonderrick Myers, has been killed by a police officer, miles away from Ferguson. St Louis (STL) is turnt the fuck up right now. They literally ran the police out of the neighborhood, and are currently marching around the city. Details are still emerging, but from eye witness accounts, the young man was shot 16 times after the cop mistook a sandwich for a gun. My heart and soul are with the people of STL tonight. See you on Friday for #FergusonOctober. #staywoke #blacklivesmatter

Follow #shawshooting on Twitter for updates.

Follow the Argus Livestream as events unfold tonight.

Check out Bella Eiko’s UStream.

RIP Vonderrick Myer, the victim of tonight’s police shooting. We fighting for you now too.

Unless that sandwich fired 3 bullets at the police officer - there was no mistake.

I am sorry that another young man is dead. But if you fire a gun at someone 3 times, they have the right to shoot back.

This was NOT an unarmed, young, black man being gunned down by the cops. There are plenty of times that has happened - and as a community that is where we should focus our protests and demands for change.

In this case: the police officer was off duty and working security.

As he did his rounds 3 young men ran off. Then one of the young men turned back around and moved towards the off duty officer. That young reached back and took a gun out of his waistband.

He then fired 3 times at the off duty officer. He would have continued firing but his gun jammed.

The off duty officer returned fire and the young man was killed.

It is sad. But this is NOT the same a the Michael Brown shooting. This is NOT an unarmed man being gunned down in the streets.

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