Sunday links, 12/21/14

chocolate cupcake with peppermint frosting

#BlackLivesMatter
Why #BlackLivesMatter actions aren’t stopping.
-“We are connected online and in the streets. We are decentralized, but coordinated. Most importantly, we are organized. Yet, we are likely not respectable negroes. We stand beside each other, not in front of one another. We do not cast any one of ours to the side in order to gain proximity to perceived power.”
-Powerful pictures from #ChanukahActions around the country, including the one I attended in Brookline.
26 ways to be in the struggle beyond the streets.
“Some of the worst racist tragedies in history have been perfectly legal”: Kimberlé Crenshaw on Eric Garner, Broken Windows and police impunity.
When we talk about police shootings, we need to talk about gender.
-This makes my heart happy: two women who met at the protests in Ferguson are getting married.

One of the pictures I took at the Brookline Chanukah Action

One of the pictures I took at the Brookline Chanukah Action

Angela Davis: “There is an unbroken line of police violence in the US that takes us all the way back to the days of slavery.”
-It is beyond disturbing to learn about how the Cleveland police treated the family members of both Eric Crawford and Tamir Rice after they were killed.
Policing is a dirty job, but nobody’s gotta do it: 6 ideas for a cop-free world.  In the meantime, Richmond, CA is an example of how a police department can do better.
Being a cop showed me just how violent and racist the police are. There’s only one fix.
From Michael Brown to Assata Shakur, the racist state of America persists. You can read more about Assata’s situation here and here, and sign a petition asking Obama to pardon her.
-This is great: Product Review: The Invisible Backpack of White Privilege from L.L. Bean.

Fa(t)shion
-Glitterinthedirt interviews Tracy of Domino Dollhouse and Shawna of Chubby Cartwheels about the small business side of plus size fashion–very relevant to what I was talking about in this post.
Fashion and feminism: Taja Lindley of Colored Girls Hustle.
-The new issue of Skorch is awesome as always.
33 plus size dresses for New Year’s Eve–because what better night to channel Beyoncé?
17 bizarre Nicki Minaj outfits, because she knows how to make costume-wear look incredibly cool.
-The Fab Fatty Wonderland clothing swap looks amazing!
The next big plus model is also a master’s grad, philanthropist, and all-around bad-ass.
-I’m drooling over the Marchesa gowns that Nicolette got to see up close in NYC.
11 inspiring holiday outfits from our favorite plus-size bloggers. Continue reading

Sunday links, 12/7/14

Thursday night's protest on the Boston Common.

Thursday night’s protest on the Boston Common.

Eric Garner/Mike Brown/#BlackLivesMatter
(I know this is an overwhelming amount of links, but 1.) this shit is important and 2.) there’s been so much necessary and powerful writing, I couldn’t pick just a few pieces.)
Can you breathe? Reflections on non-indictment, activism, and black life.
White America’s scary delusion: why its sense of black humanity is so skewed.
-This is painfully true, and be forewarned that the painting at the end of the post might make you cry: The 10 stages of what happens when there’s injustice against black people.
-Katherine Cross writes about why she was not surprised by the Eric Garner decision, as a trans woman of color who has seen her sisters regularly face brutality from the NYPD.
Meet the BART-stopping woman behind “Black Lives Matter.”
This country needs a truth and reconciliation process on violence against African Americans–right now.
-Another incredibly fucked-up decision: charges were dropped against the police officer who shot 7-year old Aiyana Stanley-Jones while she slept in her own home.
-In a rare example of someone (although not a cop) being held accountable for killing a black person, Renisha McBride’s killer was found guilty of murder.
-“Twelve years after getting my Vassar College faculty ID, I sit here and know that the nation can’t structurally and emotionally assault black kids and think they’re going to turn out OK.”
This stops today: seeking strategies to end discriminatory policing. A key point: “support [solutions] that take power and money away from the cops, and those that give power to the people.”
Police “reforms” you should always oppose. Likewise: Body cameras won’t stop police brutality, and Eric Garner is only one of several reasons why.
-An important analysis of public space and power: After Ferguson, we have to ask: who owns the streets?

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Sunday links, 11/30/14

This video is a must-watch–Jay Smooth is fucking brilliant. You can also read the transcript here.

Ferguson/#BlackLivesMatter
The Ferguson Masterpost: how to argue eloquently and back yourself up with facts.
-Feministing covered Boston’s protest!
-There’s been some disturbing news coming out that Boston’s police targeted queer and trans activists at the protest.
Ain’t I a human? Ferguson and the neglect of black women, femmes, and girls.
Barack Obama, Ferguson, and evidence of things left unsaid.
-Sarah Kendior’s reporting from St. Louis has been so necessary. Her latest piece, Burning Ferguson, explores how Ferguson police selectively protected the stores owned and frequented by middle-class white people while letting poor black people’s property burn.
Black & Jewish–from Ferguson to New York.
Telling my 10-year old son about Ferguson.
-“When President Obama says he wants us to adhere to the rule of law—he means the lynch law. And when he advises us to practice restraint he means for us to bow down to white rage.”
On Ferguson protests, the destruction of property, and what violence really is (and isn’t).
Why it’s impossible to indict a cop.
-A very succinct explanation of why white people invoking Martin Luther King, Jr. to condemn rioting should stop, right now.
-“To the disabled black folks that can’t be out there in the streets, yall matter.”
Ferguson protesters guard stores from looters.

Fa(t)shion
50 plus size holiday dresses under $150.
-I love all of these gold sparkly pieces from SimplyBe.
Curvily deal alert: Small Business Saturday.
-“We forget how the lack of plus size clothing means people aren’t even able to find adequate coats for the winter.”
The Tiny Hobo’s t-shirts are now available! I especially love the “Chub Club” and “Cupcakes and Curves” ones.
-Betty went to the British Plus Size Awards 2014, which looks like a ton of glamorous fun.
Facebook, the new online plus size thrift store.
This is Black Friday in Bangladesh. Continue reading