learn.think.act. - a social activism blog by ria

Jul 25

Here's How The U.S. Sparked A Refugee Crisis On The Border, In 8 Simple Steps -

In 1846, shortly after the annexation of Texas, President James Polk ordered U.S. troops into disputed lands, precipitating a war against Mexico. The war ended with the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. This is what Chicano activists mean when they say “the border crossed them.” Today, 33.

Jul 24

11 Parents of Nigeria's Abducted Girls Die -

In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say. The town where the girls were kidnapped, Chibok, is cut off by militants, who have been attacking villages in the region.

In cryptic appeal, officials seek public’s help in Abigail Hernandez case -

The mystery of Abigail Hernandez’s disappearance in Conway, N.H.

When time stood still -

When time stood still A Hiroshima survivor’s story Enter ‘When time stood still’ is an immersive story told through text, images and video, best viewed on an up-to-date browser.

Jul 23

First MH17 dead to be flown to Netherlands from Ukraine -

The first bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Ukraine last week are to be flown to the Netherlands for identification. The Netherlands is holding a day of mourning for the 298 killed in the 17 July crash, 193 of whom were Dutch.

The Washington Football Team That Must Not Be Named -

Anybody who possesses a scintilla of good taste (and/or decency) is against the Washington football team using its longtime nickname. I don’t have to scrounge for Brownie points by getting all indignant about it.

The one person who is most adamant about keeping the name is Daniel Snyder, who owns the Washington football franchise, and who appears to be either especially stubborn, or insensitive or both.

The obscene nickname is, of course, Redskins, and increasingly it’s been suggested that we in the media should stop saying or writing it.

It’s certainly an original proposition. We would, however, get tired of just hearing “Washington” all the time. Nicknames are such a useful alternative in sports. However, maybe we could say the “D.C.-ers” or the “Columbias” or even the “Snyderers.” After all, the Cleveland team was named Browns after its coach, and even “Snyderers” is a nicer name than “Redskins.” Well, barely.

Or, even better, we could all — not just the media, but everybody — take a lesson from the Bible. If you remember, the people wanted to build a tall tower up to heaven, but this displeased the Lord, so he made everybody talk in different languages. They couldn’t communicate, so they had to stop building the tower, which was in a place called Babel — or, as some people now call it, the House of Representatives.

Anyway, I think rather than not calling the Redskins anything, we should all call them whatever we want. You might call them the “Federals” or the “Presidents” or the “Lobbyists” or whatever. You could call them the “Muskrats” or the “Skunks” or the “Nincompoops.” You could call them the “Who” or the “Whatzits.” You could call Mr. Snyder’s team whatever your heart desires, except what Mr. Snyder wants. The team and the franchise would get lost in the chaos … just like that tower.

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Jul 22

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Lego, how will you rebuild what Shell destroys? 
We love LEGO. You love LEGO. Everyone loves LEGO. But when LEGO’s halo effect is being used to sell propaganda to children, especially by an unethical corporation who are busy destroying the natural world our children will inherit, we have to do something.http://grnpc.org/Ig0qP

Lego, how will you rebuild what Shell destroys?

We love LEGO. You love LEGO. Everyone loves LEGO.

But when LEGO’s halo effect is being used to sell propaganda to children, especially by an unethical corporation who are busy destroying the natural world our children will inherit, we have to do something.
http://grnpc.org/Ig0qP

Jul 21

Stereotypes in 'The Mikado' Stir Controversy in Seattle -

A 130-year-old play is under attack for including racial caricatures and failing to include any Asian American actors in its latest iteration by an amateur Seattle theater group.

Jul 17

http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/attorney-general-holder-is-right-racial-animus-plays-role-in-obama-opposition

Rest in peace, Nadine Gordimer. Learn about her incredible life and legacy: http://nyti.ms/1mOwmcX

Rest in peace, Nadine Gordimer. Learn about her incredible life and legacy: http://nyti.ms/1mOwmcX

Jul 16

Dutch state liable for 300 Srebrenica deaths -

16 July 2014 Last updated at 07:50 ET Dutch state liable for 300 Srebrenica deaths A Dutch court has ruled that the Netherlands is liable for the killings of more than 300 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men and boys at Srebrenica in Bosnia-Hercegovina in July 1995.

Nestlé doesn’t want you to know how much water it’s bottling from the California desert -

Nestlé may bring smiles to the faces of children across America through cookies and chocolate milk. But when it comes to water, the company starts to look a little less wholesome.

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Jul 15

Human trafficking has no place in modern world, General Assembly President says -

14 July 2014 – Human trafficking has no place in the modern world, the President of the General Assembly declared today at a special event at United Nations Headquarters ahead of the observance of the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons.