The 48,000 march →
The 48,000 march on Qalandia is a culmination of the efforts of all Palestinian parties and political groups in Ramallah and its neighboring villages.
We grouped up in front of the Am’ari refugee camp, and from the start it was obvious that this was massive. To be totally…
The new Iron Man Mark 66 armor from Avengers: Age of Ultron was revealed today!
As seen in this promotional figure by Character Options, the new suit does away with the red and gold, presumably because gold might choke Tony Stark’s respiratory systems due to its non-corrodibility. Similarly, the new armor is resistant to bullets, but can be pierced by gold arrows and ammunition. The new suit also controls smaller versions called “Starkomats” that can attack by feeding off enemy brainwaves.
Producers have also released the first images of Ultron and his sentinels:
Help fund Happy Birthday, Marsha!
Happy Birthday, Marsha! tells the story of legendary best friends, Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, and the bold everyday decisions they made that helped spark the 1969 Stonewall riots.
When Marsha and Sylvia, self-proclaimed “street queens” – homeless, Black & Latina trans women – ignite the Stonewall Rebellion, they change LGBT politics forever. It’s a hot summer day in June, 1969. Marsha throws a party, but no one shows up. Meanwhile, Sylvia gets stoned and forgets the party after unsuccessfully introducing her lover to her family. Throughout the difficult day, the friends struggle with harassment and alienation before converging at the Stonewall Inn to finally celebrate Marsha’s birth. Unbeknownst to them, the NYPD has plans to raid the bar that night. Happy Birthday, Marsha! is the story of two brave best friends and the everyday decisions they made that changed the course of history.
Why are we making Happy Birthday, Marsha?
We truly believe how we tell the stories of our heroes matters, so we are drawing upon our community to make this film because we have an opportunity to make a movie written, directed and produced by people living Sylvia & Marsha’s legacy through our own work. It’s been 45 years since the Stonewall rebellion yet the leading role that street queens, trans women of color and gender non-conforming people had during the riots hasn’t received the recognition it deserves. By making Happy Birthday, Marsha! we are seeking to change that, but we need your help to make it happen.
1. Your skin may never be perfect, and that’s okay.
2. Life is too short not to have the underwear, the coffee, and the haircut you want.
3. Everyone (including your family, your coworkers, and your best friend) will talk about you behind your back, and you’ll talk about them too. It doesn’t mean you don’t love each other.
4. It’s okay to spend money on things that make you happy.
5. Sometimes without fault or reason, relationships deteriorate. It will happen when you’re six, it will happen when you’re sixty. That’s life.
"Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched."
If you want to know why you’re making less money now than you were five years ago, it’s because the recession replaced good jobs with low-wage jobs.
The NELP report finds that mid-wage jobs, paying between $13.83 and $21.13 per hour, made up about 60 percent of the jobs lost during the recession. But those mid-wage jobs have made up just 27 percent of the jobs gained during the recovery to date. By contrast, low-paying jobs have constituted roughly 58 percent of the jobs gained since 2010. (x)
Mid-wage jobs are being lost, and the jobs that are gained in their place are either low-wage or high-wage jobs.
The middle class is literally being squeezed out of the economy.
Take a look at the breakdown of the low-wage jobs with the highest growth in the new economy:
The jobs that are on the lower-end of the scale, like food preparation and retail work are experiencing higher growth, while the higher end jobs, like construction work and manufacturing work, hasn’t grown quite as fast.
True Story: My first job out of undergrad, in 2004, was an entry-level editing gig. $20,000 per year, full time, with benefits, and I was hired a week before I finished my BA. Gas was $1.65 a gallon and I rented a one-bedroom apartment about twenty minutes’ drive from work for $325 per month, utilities included.
In 2009, I saw the exact same job with the same company posted again. In 2009, it paid $18,000 per year, full time, with no benefits, and a BA and three years’ experience were required. Gas was $4.09 per gallon and that same apartment was going for $525 per month, utilities extra.
I wish this were an exceptional story, but it’s not.