Time for another Social Justice News Update from around the world. Giving you news and my perspective on it all from those fighting the good fight all around our Mother Earth. It’s been a minute since I have put one of these out and since we have a new commander-in-chief who is wrecking havoc all over the world and people are just acting crazier and crazier I’m here to give you my thoughts on it all.
In Climate Justice News…
Kids climate lawsuit heads to trail. U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken issued an order Thursday denying motions filed by the Trump administration and the fossil fuel industry that sought to appeal her Nov. 10, 2016 order in Juliana v. United States to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Two weeks ago President Cheeto pulled out of the Paris Agreement putting us in more danger in this climate. This Paris thing man…Cheeto is Cheating us out of a future😟but Mother Earth will be the ultimate winner in the end she’s got her fate in her hands it’s us humans who should be worried but we can fight & win I know will be alright! #climatejustice
In Indigenous News…
As of this week a victory has been won in the fight against the DAPL. A federal judge ruled that the federal permits authorizing the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation, which were hastily issued by the Trump administration just days after the inauguration, violated the law in certain critical respects. In a 91-page decision, Judge James Boasberg wrote, “the Court agrees that [the Corps] did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.” The Court did not determine whether pipeline operations should be shut off and has requested additional briefing on the subject and a status conference next week.
Cops are finally being sued for illegally spraying Standing Rock Protesters with water in freezing temperatures.
On South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, home to the Oglala Lakota people, one Lakota student at Red Cloud Indian School defied the negative statistics that continue to plague young people on Pine Ridge. Not only is nineteen-year-old Jacob Rosales going to college this fall, but he was accepted into seven of the nation’s eight Ivy League universities. Been to this rez and this is truly a blessing!
Oh and if you are a part of the Medicine Tribe go support this Salmon Run Doc that Nahko was apart of.
In Terrorist News…
About a month ago as we all know a bomb went off at a Ariana Grande concert killing some of her small young fans. It was said that the man who through the bomb pledged allegiance to ISIS. A couple of weeks ago a benefit concert was held by Ariana and many other artist and it was amazing! My favorite performances were from Justin Berber, Miley & Ariana singing Don’t Dream It’s Over which they original sang for Miley’s outdoor concert series for her charity Happy Hippie, the Black Eye Peas, Pharell, and Mac Miller. Then when Ariana sang with the children’s choir and the little girl started to cry it broke my heart and at the end of the concert when she sang her song One Last Time which has become an anthem for healing around this tragedy with all the artist lined up in back singing along.
The day before on June 3rd, an attack took place in the Southwark district of London, England, when a van mounted the pavement of London Bridge and was driven into pedestrians. The van crashed, and the three male occupants ran to the nearby Borough Market pub and restaurant area, where they stabbed people with long knives. Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, stated that the attackers were Islamist terrorists. Eight people were killed and 48 were injured, including four unarmed police officers who attempted to stop the assailants. The three attackers, who wore fake explosive vests, were all shot dead by police. It was the third terrorist attack in Great Britain in just over two months, following a similar attack in Westminster in March and a bombing in Manchester in May.
In Black Lives Matter News…
June 16th the verdict came in on the shooting of unarmed black man Philando Castile that happened last July. Sadly (go figure) the officer in question was let off the hook and again we are forced to see that Black Lives Don’t Matter! I am so over this justice needs to be served and as much as I have hope that we can fix this it still gets me down and just frustrates me. I’ve written countless blog post about all of this so go check them out.
Last week Bil Mahr a late night talk show host on HBO came under fire for calling himself a “house n-word” when making a joke. Then Ice Cube goes on his show to tell him after he goes under fire that basically what he said was wrong and that word is now a term of endearment among black people and that no white person should ever say it but it’s ok for black people. I personally don’t agree with Ice Cube. On the one hand yes white folks should NOT EVER say this word but I don’t think ANYBODY should EVER say this word! Read my blog post on this issue and see what I think about it.
Oh and then you have the real MVP Akon being better than all of us with his humanitarian spirit with all that he is doing for his continent of Africa.
In Music News…
Katy Perry Sucks! Miley Cyrus hates Hip-Hop and white female pop stars are so fickle and culture vultures. Basically Miley Cyrus is now back to her country/soft rock ways and has thrown the rachet wayz behind her and along the way has basically demoralized hip-hop by saying that all it is about it bitches, hoes, and suck my dick. Well Miley we all know your rachet self was only listening to that type of hip-hop so you have no idea about some concuss rhymes. Also Miley we all know you have the lugery of flip-flopping when you want to and throwing away our culture. Well now Katy Perry is doing the exact same thing only deference is she has basically been doing this her whole career. I haven’t listened to her album yet but probably won’t as Katy is Trash and a cultural appropriator who wants to cry on camera trying to act like she put all that behind her and is a “woke activist feminist” now. Lies! But I will admit that I kind of like the new Miley stuff (but don’t hate me).
Not the biggest Jay-Z fan as a person but I still respect him lyrically and today he came out on twitter with his influences in the hip-hop game both old and new after Obama inducted him into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His list is actually pretty legit. I agree on almost all of the old heads he listed but not on all of his new area cats.
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And in general music news: pop is turning rock, rock is turning pop and hip-hop is trash except for the underrated, underground and woke mainstream artist.
Happy 50th Sgt. Pepper!
In LGBTQ News…
Last weekend was DC & LA pride and the day after pride was the Equality March which was well attended and even had a representative from the Two-Spirit community from the International Indigenous Youth Council. RuPaul was at the LA Equality March being the Queen he is. The day of actual Pride in DC groups of LGBTQIA+ of color came together to boycott the Pride parade which is basically just exploiting our communities by capitalizing the parade & festival. Also remember the victims of the Pulse shooting as this week marked the 1 year anniversary of their deaths.
In TV & Movie News…
THAT BLACK PANTHER THOUGH…SO LIT!!! Come through #BlackHistoryMonth2018 Also check out my review of Dear White People. Oh and Raven’s Home the sequel to That’s So Raven is coming out in July and they have released a little teaser trailer which is funny and Raven is still dope. (Raven Baxter guys not Raven Symone chill) Go support this kickstarter indie show! Apple now has the ability to know things beyond her means and age. Her father MATTHEW, a mid 30s university professor, is obsessed with her rapidly growing intellect and confidence, eager to engage her intellectually. Her mother CHARLENE, an early 30’s registered nurse and the backbone of the house, is more concerned about Apple’s equally growing impudence towards authority. Apple is developing claircognizance (all-knowing) abilities very quickly. With her newfound consciousness and knowledge comes a decision: assimilate and accept the world as is or use her abilities to speak up. The series stars Milan Williams, whose commanding presence in the Kickstarter video makes us all the more excited for the project, and is co-produced by Lisa Cortés (Precious). Remember that time Adam West voiced himself on Fairly Odd Parents? Will miss you Catman!
In General Social Justice News…
On Thursday June 15th a group of citizens went down to the Dollar Tree community stock owners and customers with the Campaign for Heathier Solutions and attend the company’s shareholder meeting in Virginia Beach, VA to push for the removal of toxics from Dollar Tree products and deliver 150,000 petition signatures urging the chain adopt better policies to prevent toxic chemical exposure.
Women, men, elderly, and children made their way to the city of Karbala on Sunday and Monday last week for the holy day of Arbaeen. Arbaeen is the event which marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the religious ritual that commemorates the death of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussein in 680 AD. This took place during the holy month of Ramadan and was a walk to take a stand against ISIS and their demoralizing of the Islamic religion. In one of the largest organized marches in the history of the world, tens of millions of Shia Muslims made an incredibly heartening statement, by risking their lives to travel through war-stricken areas to openly defy ISIS. This massive event that would have undoubtedly helped to ease tensions in the West was almost entirely ignored by corporate media.
Happy 50th Anniversary to Interracial Marriage becoming legal!
Um I think that’s it but there is always more so be on the look on for more of these news updates to keep you in the know in the future.
Also if you’re looking for alternatives to the mainstream news check out these news outlets: Democracy Now!, RT, Young Turks, AJ+, Al Jazeera