This week, Tunisia passed a truly historic constitution widely heralded as a progressive and monumental document.
Here’s just some of what these brave elected representatives agreed upon in the face of strong pressure from the more extreme factions of their parties:
- Guaranteed equality between men and women
- A constitutional mandate for environmental protection, only the third country in the world to do so
- A declaration that health care is a human right, with preventative care and treatment for every citizen
- A democracy with civil laws that respects freedom of religion
- An established right to due process and protection from tortureIn one stroke,Tunisia’s become more democratic than many Western countries have been for years.
This is a revolution of democracy and a great victory for human rights — and the more we recognize that, the more Tunisia can shine as an example for the Western and the Arab world!
Congratulate the Legislators!
MESSAGE FOR TUNISIAN LEGISLATORS: We , the citizens of the world, applaud your bravery in making a strong commitment to universal human values in your constitution. People deprived of democracy around the world look to you to set the example of human rights and democratic principle — hold true to the promises made in this revolutionary document!
Huge moment for Tunisia, which has persevered through terrorist attacks and assassinations. The hard work doesn’t end today, of course, but this is a great day nonetheless.
I’m sure we’ve all heard it before. The assertion that bein trans is wrong, ridiculous, or “not real” because it would be similarly wrong for someone to try to change their race. As a Latina, Yaqui, and White multiracial trans woman, I usually scrunch my eyes in response as a “what the fuck are…
Tobi, as always, is beyond spot on.
Good morning! Reflections on a rocket launch. Florida photo by James Vernacotola.
I’ve spent almost two decades teaching in English primary schools, which serve multiracial, multicultural, multifaith communities. I want to explore two things I have noticed.
1) Almost without exception, whenever children are asked to write a story in school, children of colour will write a story featuring white characters with ‘traditional’ English names who speak English as a first language.
2) Teachers do not discuss this phenomenon.
Furthermore, simply pointing these two things out can lead to some angry responses in my experience.
Why are you making an issue of race when children are colourblind?”
is an example of the sort of question that sometimes gets asked.
Well let’s look at that. If children were writing stories where the race of characters was varied and random, there might be some merit in claiming that children are colourblind. However, even proponents of racial colourblindness do not argue that all people are White… and English. They argue that race no longer matters. If that’s true, why are young children of colour and young white children writing exclusively about white characters?
Read the full article by HipHopTeacher at Media Diversified!
Fine Art Collection by PurpleFishBowl
Nnhnnnh! ( nitrisco.)
do u ever have that default username that you always use and if a site already has it taken youre like . speechless
Why yes, yes I do. Then I realize it’s me, I already have an account, I just forgot.
Photos of empty spacesuit gloves are among my favorite things, ever, forever.
Dog.exe has crashed
I can’t top that caption, so I won’t try.
"Sometimes it’s so hard to not fall in love with your friends."
Junot Díaz (via ethiopienne)
Dead on. And doesn’t say which side of the line you’ve found yourself.
My friend who keeps messing up my pronouns got me this as a way to encourage him to get better at it.
this is the best thing i’ve ever seen. in my entire life.
Best friend ever.
I’m sad that I remember
walking down MLK in Portland in autumn
smelling like panic attacks and tears
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he pried through my shell
flesh forked open; wet; waiting
my pearl then exposed
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