Jumping off Bridges

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sinidentidades:

Heartbreaking photos show hundreds of undocumented immigrant children crammed into Texas air base

A half-century-old section of a U.S. Air Force base in Texas has been transformed into a holding and processing center for thousands of undocumented children crossing the border from Central and South America without adults.

Leaked photos from the base, which were obtained by the Breitbart.com news blog show hundreds of children holed up in crowded concrete rooms, many of them sleeping on the bare floor without blankets or pillows.

Among those children are Jose Maquez Soto, 12, who came from Honduras to the United States and now rests on a bunk at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio under a hand-drawn flag of his native country and a message cheering the Honduran squad in the upcoming soccer World Cup.

Jose is one of the 60,000 ‘unaccompanied minors’ - children under 18 - that the Obama administration estimates will enter the United States this year. 

It projects that number to grow to nearly 130,000 next year, creating what the White House describes as an ‘urgent humanitarian situation’.

Nearly 1,000 of the minors at a time are being sheltered at a facility built about 50 years ago to house new recruits for basic training. 

The boys and girls will pass along corridors with faded Air Force pictures and new signs written in Spanish that point the way to the dining hall and bathrooms. 

Since the facility opened three weeks ago, 1,820 children have passed through the center.

About 850 have been released to a vetted family member or a sponsor, said U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Jesus Garcia.

The person who takes the child, Garcia says, has to agree to bring the child to an immigration hearing.

The minors flooding over the border are often teenagers leaving behind poverty or violence in Mexico and other parts of Central America such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

They are sometimes seeking to reunite with a parent who is already in the United States, also without documentation.

Another facility for minors will open at Naval Base Ventura County in Southern California that will hold a maximum of 600 children.

At Lackland, the children between the ages of 12 and 17 are handed several sheets and towels when they arrive and checked for lice and scabies.

They then undergo physical and mental health evaluations, and are assigned a metal bunk from among the rows that line the walls of large barracks-style rooms.   

There is little need for storage because, as social workers put it, few of these children arrived with anything other than the clothes they wore on their journey north. 

'The reasons, as we understand them, that contribute to this dramatic increase have to do with economic conditions in those countries, sustained violence in these countries, and the desire of these children to be reunited with family members in the United States,' Celia Munoz, the White House Domestic Policy Adviser said.

(vía thisisnotindia)

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Reclaiming slurs

pocproblems:

So we’ve gotten a few asks about reclaiming slurs so I thought I’d do a post on it instead of answering the same question multiple times.
TL;DR: If you are a poc you have the right to reclaim or not any language used to oppress you. If you are a white person your opinion of poc reclaiming…

hace 3 meses

secondlina:

Here is “Knot”, a short comic I drew to sell at Mocca and TCAF this year. The printed version is going to be SO PRETTY. I’m in love with the cover (which I will post later).

I just wanted to do something fairy-tale-like that talked about doubts and frustrations and how to deal with them. I’m really happy with how colorful and adorable the story turned out to be. 

If you enjoyed “Knot”, please consider reblogging it and/or checking out my ongoing webcomic Namesake! HUGS TO ALL OF YOU!

hace 4 meses

omgthatdress:

drtuesdaygjohnson:

ayabug:

This is a photo of 2 1/2 year old Franklin D. Roosevelt. At the time of this photograph, 1884, it was the social norm to dress children in gender neutral clothing, white dresses, until about 6 or 7.
When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink?
From the Ladies Home Journal in 1918:


The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.



I think it’s fascinating these so-called traditions of pink being for girls and gender being defined in a specific way are actually rather recent and quite malleable. People need to learn some history and get ready for change.

I’ve definitely reblogged this article before, but it’s always worth another.

the dresses worn by children weren’t necessarily gender neutral- while white was popular for infants, toddler boys wore dresses with darker, masculine colors and bolder decorations while girl’s dresses were lighter and frillier.

omgthatdress:

drtuesdaygjohnson:

ayabug:

This is a photo of 2 1/2 year old Franklin D. Roosevelt. At the time of this photograph, 1884, it was the social norm to dress children in gender neutral clothing, white dresses, until about 6 or 7.

When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink?

From the Ladies Home Journal in 1918:

The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.

I think it’s fascinating these so-called traditions of pink being for girls and gender being defined in a specific way are actually rather recent and quite malleable. People need to learn some history and get ready for change.

I’ve definitely reblogged this article before, but it’s always worth another.

the dresses worn by children weren’t necessarily gender neutral- while white was popular for infants, toddler boys wore dresses with darker, masculine colors and bolder decorations while girl’s dresses were lighter and frillier.

hace 1 año

The Power of Introverts

hace 1 año

How To Be Alone (A video by filmaker, Andrea Dorfman, and poet/singer/songwriter, Tanya Davis.)

(Fuente: youtube.com)