Members of the Asian American community at UC Davis are taking a stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson and their continued struggle for survival in the face of police brutality. All black lives matter.
So, transform yourself first…Because you are young and have dreams and want to do something meaningful, that in itself, makes you our future and our hope. Keep expanding your horizon, decolonize your mind, and cross borders.
- Yuri Kochiyama (via conversationpeace)
Spotlight Series: 5 Times George Takei Inspired Us
1. When he took on his legendary role as Sulu and gave the Asian community a hero. “So many people have told me that for the first time they had someone they could relate to and be proud of when they turned on Star Trek… because they saw an Asian character who was not a stereotype, who was in many ways a hero, who was part of the leadership team…and that made them feel proud.” (YouTube)
2. When he opened up about growing up on a Japanese internment camp. “Life in prison became routine. We lined up three times a day to eat lousy food, I went with my father to a mass shower, and then I started school. The irony that I still remember is that they taught us the Pledge of Allegiance, and I could see the barbed wire fence and the sentry tower right outside my schoolhouse window as I recited, “…with liberty and justice for all.” (The Daily Beast)
3. When he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a teenage activist. “I was in a civil rights musical at that time, Fly Blackbird, and I met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and shook his hand. I was involved in activism from my teenage days, then the peace movement during the Vietnam War, then the redress movement for Japanese-Americans.” (The Daily Beast)
4. When he broke his silence on LGBT rights and came out. “I decided to come out to the press after then-Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation granting marriage equality in California. I was outraged that he would cave to political pressures, but also inspired by the young people I saw demonstrating against his actions.” (The Huffington Post)
5. When he reminded us that inclusiveness is not only better, but healthy too.
For all the awesome that you are, George Takei we <3 you!
Brand New Official Video from DANakaDAN ft. Clara C - Is There Anybody Out There?
My man Dan just dropped this beautiful video of his latest album’s lead single. Footage from the akaDan documentary is also included!
Download Song: https://itun.es/us/i4SbY
Follow DAN: http://twitter.com/DANakaDAN | Same Instagram
Directed+Edited: Jason Hwang
Song Produced By: Travis Graham
DANakaDAN “Stuntman” M/v: http://youtu.be/ABazRWEvu18
Kia ora whānau, my University (Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau) started an intiative this week to kōrero Māori all week. Any of my followers who are at uoa should join in this kaupapa!
@ZerlinaMaxwell: If u view the protestors as a threat but not the armed police who already killed an unarmed kid, u might want to reflect on why that is.
Why are police calling the people of Ferguson animals and yelling at them to “bring it”? Because those officers in their riot gear, with their tear gas and dogs, want a justification for slaughter. But inexplicably…we turn our attention to the rioters, the people with less power, but justifiable anger, and say, “You are the problem.” No. A cop killing an unarmed teenager who had his hands in the air is the problem. Anger is a perfectly reasonable response. So is rage.
…How dare people preach and condescend to these people and tell them not to loot, not to riot? Yes, those are destructive forms of anger, but frankly I would rather these people take their anger out on property and products rather than on other people.
No, I don’t support looting. But I question a society that always sees the product of the provocation and never the provocation itself. I question a society that values property over black life. But I know that our particular system of law was conceived on the founding premise that black lives are white property…
Nothing makes white people more uncomfortable than black anger. But nothing is more threatening to black people on a systemic level than white anger. It won’t show up in mass killings. It will show up in overpolicing, mass incarceration, the gutting of the social safety net, and the occasional dead black kid. Of late, though, these killings have been far more than occasional. We should sit up and pay attention to where this trail of black bodies leads us….
I think when these Asian American cyberactivists drop sound bite rhetoric like “all of you are anti-Black,” I’m just going to ask them exactly what they mean. I want them to use specific historical examples, I want them to explain their framework, I’m going to ask if they even think about how often the Asian people with the *least* amount of privilege are rendered invisible and silenced by their rhetoric. I’m going to demand that they work as hard as the rest of us do when we bring up difficult subjects, because right now, they don’t. They drop these phrases in an attempt to shame those of us on the Asian left who, you know, think it’s important that cross-community alliance and transformation happens between communities, not self-righteous individuals seeking a pat on the back for being the most down for the cause exceptional Asian.
- bao phi (via rockstarchinaman)