BUT EVERYBODY KNOWS PAGANS ARE JUST NON-CHRISTIANS AND ALL US NON-CHRISTIANS ARE THE SAME AND WE ALL LOVE NATURE AND MAGIC AND SHIT AND KUM-BAY-YA—WAIT I CAN’T SING THAT BECAUSE IT REFERENCES GOD—
(um….not sure where you’re going with this or how being non-Abrahamic = being racist?)
It’s not about being non-Abrahamic = racist. it’s that a lot of stereotypical, and therefore racist, depictions of “Native” and “gypsy” things are ending up on the #pagan tag, because many pagans have this idea that gypsies are all like Loreena McKennitt and Natives are all noble savage animists.
“Every time I read an article about conservatives being “pro- life” I am reminded of my brother who died of ALS at the age of 47. He spent the last 6 years of his life in nursing homes where the care, supervision and meals were abysmal. One of his former roommates was smoking a cigarette, fell asleep and burned to death because his diaper caught fire. Another roommate went home for the weekend to visit his mother and committed suicide in the garage of her home so that he wouldn’t have to return to the nursing home. I have to say that in all the years my brother was there I never once saw a group of conservatives out in front of the building shouting slogans about the sanctity of life and how all lives - no matter what age - are meaningful. I never once saw a group of evangelicals visiting with patients, pushing wheelchairs, or feeding the elderly residents. There were no Rick Santorums advocating on behalf of my brother who several years before had been a pro golfer and was still the father of two adorable young boys. When conservatives and evangelicals understand that ALL life really is sacred, including that of the elderly, the permanently disabled, the terminally ill, and the women and children who accidentally get bombed in the course of a war, then maybe I’ll listen to their opinions on contraceptives and/or abortion. For now, however, this is really just a politically heated argument about women’s reproductive rights and who gets to control those rights.”—
AFAICT the new deadline is the 28th [of February]. they’re only at 69% of their goal as of now, please pass this around and donate if possible.
The Davis family has had to bury three warriors for justice in the past seven months. Virginia Davis, the matriarch of the family, passed in April, just two weeks after the US Supreme Court denied Troy’s final appeal, paving the way for the state of Georgia to set a new execution date. According to Martina, her mother died of a broken heart—she couldn’t bear another execution date. Troy was executed on September 21, despite an international outcry over executing a man amid such overwhelming doubt. Troy’s sister Martina succumbed to her decade-long battle with cancer on December 1, exactly two months after her brother Troy’s funeral, leaving behind a teenaged son.
There are still outstanding medical and funeral bills for Martina that the Davis family must pay.
The Davis family has had to bear more tragedy and sorrow than any family should ever have to. Together, we can ensure that the financial aspect of these losses will not be a burden to them.
Any amount will be highly appreciated.
Any questions can be directed to Jen Marlowe at email@example.com
ALSO: comment left by Jen Marlowe, with info for mailing checks:
checks should be made out to the “The Martina Davis-Correia fund” and can be sent to: Kimberly Davis PO Box 2105 Savannah, GA 31407
ALSO IMPORTANT: the Dread Times post says that after the deadline, “donations can be made via Kim Davis’s paypal account, at firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Donate and repost!
So basically I’ve decided that I’m just going to keep reblogging this until the goal is met. I just made a donation now, and am grateful that I was able to. There are 9 days left, and almost $6,000 has been raised. But that’s over $2,000 more to go.
For those concerned about legitimacy/making sure that the money actually gets to the Davis family, I checked it out for you; the organizer, Jen Marlowe, is a reputable journalist who did a great deal of work on Troy’s case and knows the family personally, and the email address listed is in fact hers.
The Davis family has been through unfathomable pain and injustice. The least we can do, if we have the resources, is help minimize their hardships in this small, material, yet important way. They’re owed a hell of a lot more than just being able to pay their medical and funeral bills, and they deserve all of our support and gratitude for their amazing and courageous fight. Please help spread the word about this. I’d really love to see them ultimately get more than just the bare minimum they need.
i’m just gonna keep reblogging this too, sorry i haven’t been around much otherwise
Six days left and $2,118 left to go. I know that tumblr can do that, so please help spread the word.
now [as of Feb. 27 2012]: $1,948 left to go, 19 days left.
The deadline was extended, please help out with either donations or reblogs
ETA: Just in case anyone was concerned about whether or not the paypal address is legit, here’s a link from Colorlines with the same info.
In a significant decision, the Punjab and Haryana High Court last week ruled that the right to abort a pregnancy in a marriage rests with the wife and not husband.
“A woman is not a machine in which raw material is put and a finished product comes out. She should be mentally prepared to conceive, continue the same and give birth to a child. The unwanted pregnancy would naturally affect the mental health of the pregnant woman…” said the court.
Stressing that marital intimacy between a couple does not automatically translate to the woman’s consent to child bearing, Justice Jitendra Chauhan said, “Mere consent to conjugal rights does not mean consent to give birth to a child for her husband.” Welcoming the judgement, Jagmati Sanwan, All India Democratic Women’s Association national vice-president said, “If the family conditions are unsuitable, no woman would like to give birth to a child because after all, she is the one who takes care of the children for all practical purposes. We see around us that fathers often desert their families after a couple of deliveries. But children become a part and parcel of the mother’s physical and emotional world. She invests much into their well being and she alone suffers. Hence, the rights of whether to give birth or not, should be with her.”
I honestly fail to understand what is so difficult about this concept. I’m pleased to see the Indian High Court appears to get it. Now, if only the SCotUS* could get it as well. *and all of the politicians who are attempting to get rid of legal abortions as well
Yeah, would be nice if US politicans would stay out of our uteri.