Our present century is notable for the scale of its disasters. Furthermore, scientific consensus predicts that mega-disasters like Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and Hurricane Harvey will grow even more intense as the millennium unfolds. As our planet warms, this change in the climate acts as an accelerant to storms that would otherwise be less intense. This climate … [Read more...] about Disasters and Social Justice #SoJustDisasters by @raindawgtao
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#SaturdaySchool started as a weekly hashtag chat about academics and rights-based issues — but it’s more than that. It’s an idea about protesting misinformation that is funded by corporate media and perpetuated by ignorance. #SaturdaySchool is a weekly digital teach-in intended to cross social media platforms. It doesn’t even have to happen on Saturday. A teach-in is a kind of protest that involves boycotting a previous behavior to learn and teach. That’s what #SaturdaySchool is all about.
They way we think about the past shapes our interpretation of the present. History--the stories we tell about ourselves--says a great deal about who is considered part of that story and the value of their roles. People who are left out of the story are made invisible, which leads leads to disenfranchisement and voicelessness in the present. For instance, the indispensable … [Read more...] about History and Social Justice #SoJustHistory By @raindawgtao
Internalized oppression occurs when the values of a dominant group are adopted by other groups who are kept in a subordinate position through violence and oppression. This cycle of violence and domination is the central problem of our culture. Capitalism, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, zenophobia, mysogyny and patriarchy are all toxic discourses that send negative … [Read more...] about Social Justice and Internalized Oppression #Internalized by @raindawgtao
We have received so many heart-felt messages asking what people can do to make sure human rights are supported in the chaos of this Trump era. All over the country, people are beginning to participate in the political process. A roar of dissent has gathered, and it grows. We are not powerless against what Cornel West has called the "neofascist state." When the people are … [Read more...] about Activism in the Neofascist Era #WhatWeCanDo by @raindawgtao
Media representations of crime in the USA drive not only public perceptions about crime but public policy, as well. For this reason, it is essential that media representations not be biased against any particular groups, especially on the basis of race or gender. Today, #SaturdaySchool evaluates the fairness of media representations of crime and surveys the role of the media in … [Read more...] about Is the Criminal Justice System Just? #SoJustCrime by @raindawgtao