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

Aug 15

Millennials and the Myth of a Post-Racial Generation -

A study came out recently saying that millennials (a category that I apparently fit into) consider ourselves the “post-racial” generation. By and large, young adults think they are the ones who have moved past racism. Except, that’s not true. Racism is alive and well.

The Only Thing That Can Stop ISIS on Twitter -

When ISIS, the Iraqi-Syrian militant opposition group (or terrorist group, depending on who you ask) charged into the northern Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this year, they were backed not only by determined and relatively well armed fighters, but also by a well-oiled social media engine.

Aug 13

“Real depression (and there are plenteous counterfeits) cannot be chosen or un-chosen. It is not something someone turns on or off like a light switch. It is not something that one can simply talk (or laugh) oneself out of.” — Michelle Labonte, on Robin Williams’ suicide and on depression in general.

There's Nothing Selfish About Suicide -

I don’t talk about it a lot these days, as I’ve reached the point where it feels like a lifetime ago. Healing was a long and grief-stricken process. There were times when I felt very alone in my grief and there were times when I felt lost and confused.

Aug 12

Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt -

So why not just laugh now? – G Recently I posted a picture of myself in my kitchen, and I immediately started receiving generous messages from people wanting to help me “update” it.

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Aug 08

New Brazil law supports domestic workers' rights -

It is part of new measures to provide basic protection for some seven million domestic workers long excluded from Brazil’s stringent labour laws. Employers can now be reported and fined several hundred dollars each time they break part of the code.

Detroit porch killer Theodore Wafer guilty of murder -

Jurors rejected Theodore Wafer’s claim that he acted in self-defence when he fired a shotgun through his screen door at Renisha McBride, 19, in November. Mr Wafer, 55, faces up to life in prison, but it is likely his actual sentence will be much shorter.

How the US’s Foreign Policy Created an Immigrant Refugee Crisis on Its Own Southern Border | The Nation -

President Obama is showing little concern for international law, and none at all for Washington’s historic responsibility in Central America.

Aug 07

awwww-cute:

Where did my treat go?

awwww-cute:

Where did my treat go?

(via etkimbo)

Aug 05

In pictures: World War One anniversary -

Ceremonies are being held across the UK and in Belgium to mark 100 years since Britain joined World War One.

Aug 04

Day in pictures: 4 August 2014 -

4 August 2014 Last updated at 07:47 ET Day in pictures: 4 August 2014 A selection of images from around the world, taken over the past 24 hours.

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.