“Corrections Corporation of America’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission read very much like the documents of a slave-trader. Investors are warned that profits would go down if the demand for prisoners declines. That is, if the world’s largest police state shrinks, so does the corporate bottom line. Dangers to profitability include “relaxation of enforcement efforts, leniency in conviction or parole standards and sentencing practices or through the decriminalization of certain activities that are currently proscribed by our criminal laws.” The corporation spells it out: “any changes with respect to drugs and controlled substances or illegal immigration could affect the number of persons arrested, convicted, and sentenced, thereby potentially reducing demand for correctional facilities to house them.” At the Corrections Corporation of America, human freedom is a dirty word.”—
Support Zine (a really intense, sometimes-triggering, but beautiful and extremely helpful and inspiring zine about surviving and thriving after experiencing sexual assault):http://www.phillyspissed.net/node/18
“I will remember your small room, the feel of you, the light in the window, your records, your books, our morning coffee, our noons, our nights, our bodies spilled together, sleeping, the tiny flowing currents, immediate and forever. Your leg, my leg, your arm, my arm, your smile and the warmth of you who made me laugh again.”—Charles Bukowski (via transformfeminism)
how can i be grumpy when my morning started with puppy cuddles and a sunny bike ride to work? oh yeah, the internet.
while i am moving, i vow never to take that tone with alberta. the one where i look down at how horribly conservative it is and ask its residents what they are doing about it….
also the comments towards AB government politics like “…remembering why I left” and shit like that. you left cuz you’re a brat with money (most of the time). your choice, but shuttup about it. oh, and NO WHERE in Canada are politics progressive (BC I’m looking at you). every single fucking province is putting poor people in jail and exercising violent colonialist power over Indigenous people and lands, and so on. Let’s just get that straight.
I needed this today. Yes, Alberta is struggling with our nutty electoral politics, but there are so many beautiful things happening here simply because of the people who are here and commit to taking care of each other, while fucking up the shit too.
“If you’re not lost, you’re at a place that somebody has already found. If you’re comfortable or familiar, you’re in mapped territory. If you feel like you know where you’re at, somebody’s already done it. So if you want to create something new, you need to get completely lost.”—Junot Díaz, Author (via lonelyinacrowdedwest)
“The problem isn’t that gay soldiers are now free to be as gay as they want in the military. The problem is that gay soldiers are now joining the military without hesitation. I helped to make that happen. I encouraged people to support the military industrial complex, an industry so large and so profitable that wars are seemingly now fought in order to award high-yield contracts to weapons manufacturers and private security operations like Blackwater. I. Was. Wrong. […] The reason I’m wrong isn’t because gay people shouldn’t join the Army. It’s because no-one should join the Army. No-one should go kill people so that Blackwater can line its pockets.”—
“A community is the product of work, of struggle; it is inherently unstable, contextual; it has to be constantly re-evaluated in relation to critical political priorities; and it is the product of interpretation, interpretation based on attention to history, to the concrete.”—Mohanty (via rebj)