09. 16. 14. 01:43 pm ♥ 93359

thepeoplesrecord:

egoting:

Some pictures from the rally today at Columbia. So much wonderful support for my sister and I! Emma and I are truly grateful to everyone who came, and everyone who was there in spirit.

Emma, you are such a fierce source of inspiration. Solidarity, sister <3

Where did I learn to put words to many of the things that made me angry, that scared me, and they I didn’t know how to respond to? Where did I find a community of activists and big-hearted women (and, to a fair extent, men) with huge hearts and terrifically sharp brains? This place. It sucks that Emma - that anyone - had to go through this. And that the admin took so long to respond. But clearly, finally, it’s not just people at the crisis center or an annual rally speaking out. Power to her. And to all the students standing with her.

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09. 14. 14. 11:33 am

Brief not/watch this space

I’m a little confused. When I first heard that priyanka chopra was playing Mary Kom I was pretty weirded out (mostly by the ethnic identity politics of this somewhere like india in particular). I’m not totally naive; I have an idea of why they picked her, even if I think that idea wasn’t great, and they could have has amazing/awesome/break-out star. But nobody seemed to be saying anything. And suddenly a lot of people are. How come? I’m curious about the shift. Also, S posted a pretty rad article about Mary Kom a month or so ago. Will share.

09. 12. 14. 11:12 am ♥ 1

Intentionally not theorizing.

There are so any terrible and trying and frustrating things happening in the world, and at home, many of which I wish more people knew about and were attending to — that, hell, I wish <i>I</i> knew more about and/or was attending to. There are so many things I feel grateful for, and sorry for, and ways I wish I could be and ways I wish people understood what I’m thinking through. Sometimes social media (not this one) feels like the site where this should be happening (‘if you didn’t post it you don’t believe it’) and I have to hold back. But then I also find myself holding back when really, all I want to share is pictures of dogs and trees the tremendous excitement I feel at getting to attend my best friend’s wedding.

The internet, it does funny things to me. Especially the most public parts of it.

09. 10. 14. 08:39 pm ♥ 1

What Racists and Black Ray Rice Apologists Have in Common

"What has been, if not most surprising, most disappointing, is what went on in many of our Facebook feeds and Twitter timelines and comment threads and break rooms and happy hours. Seeing people faced with this overwhelming evidence of some of the most conspicuous forms of injustice we’ve seen in a very long time, and having them still try to deny its existence or explain it away. These weren’t minor quibbles over minutiae. This is you standing in the ocean, waves splashing against your ribs, undercurrents tugging at your feet, the faint taste of salt on the tips of your lips, while listening to someone tell you water doesn’t exist.

For (many) Black people, this is the most maddening and exasperating part of racism. Not the actual racism. But the denial that the actual racism exists.

Knowing this, and how frustrated so many of us are by this continuous insidious denial, I think about all of the doublespeak I’ve heard in the last 24 hours regarding Ray Rice. Some from people whose intelligence and opinion I usually respect. And I wonder how a Black person — a Black person who’s just as angry as other Blacks are when (some) Whites (and some Blacks) deny that racism exists — can actually attempt to excuse Ray Rice’s assault on his wife with a straight face.

I wonder if they realize saying ‘She might have hit him first’ is no different than saying ‘Well, Michael Brown might have been high.’ I wonder if they know that thinking this is all just a plot to disgrace Black men is the exact same thing as thinking George Zimmerman was just persecuted by overzealous race-baiters. I wonder if they’ve grasped that their unblinking support of Rice, even in the face of overwhelming visual evidence, makes them spiritual twins with the Staten Island teachers wearing t-shirts in support of the precinct that has seen two unarmed Black men die at their hands in the last year. I wonder if they realize arguing it was a fair fight between Janay Palmer and Ray Rice — who, along with being a professional football player, is a trained boxer — is as stupid as arguing Michael Brown was ‘armed’ because he was 6’4 and 300 pounds.”

- Damon Young, “What Black Ray Rice Apologists and Racists Have in Common”

09. 09. 14. 09:49 pm ♥ 192

Indian Spices

indian-food:

Jeera/Zeera/Cumin seeds and it’s powder

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Dhaniya/Coriander seeds and it’s powder

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Dried whole red chillies and it’s powder

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Whole garam masala

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Garam Masalaimage

Cinnamon/daalchini and it’s powder

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Green cardamom/choti or hari elaichi (on left) & black cardamom/badi elaichi. (on right)

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Methi daana/methe/fenugreek seeds

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Dried nutmeg/jaiphal and it’s powder

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Bay leaves/tej pattaimage

Clove/laung

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Mace/javitri

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Dried methi leaves/kasoori methi

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Right at the point where I was struggling with the English names for things! Perfect!

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09. 09. 14. 11:10 am ♥ 2
If there is something to desire,
there will be something to regret.
If there is something to regret,
there will be something to recall.
If there is something to recall,
there was nothing to regret.
If there was nothing to regret,
there was nothing to desire.
Vera Pavlova
(In Russian)
09. 08. 14. 10:54 am ♥ 2
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen/"Anthem"

Reminding myself of this tonight. Instead of sending out apologies that perhaps don’t need to be sent.

09. 06. 14. 12:25 pm ♥ 1

"The Economics of the Colonial Cringe," about The Economist magazine; Washington Post, 1991

This piece is from 1991, with a few “updates”. (I’m curious about the current status of the British economy vis a vis the rest of Europe though…) It is a perspective I especially appreciate in light of the truly terribly review they posted of The Half Has Never Been Told (which, interestingly, they had the wherewithal to remove). 

09. 15. 14. 01:28 am
One of the reasons my mouth starts watering when I think of Brooklyn. High-res

One of the reasons my mouth starts watering when I think of Brooklyn.

09. 14. 14. 11:30 am

BBC News - Demand for agricultural products drives 'shock' tree loss in tropical forests

An updated overview-look at illegal deforestation in Brasil and Indonesia, among other countries, - and what is/isn’t working (very broadly speaking) in terms of government action. More later I hope!

09. 10. 14. 10:44 pm
From last night&#8217;s vigil at UCLA for 41 of the many, many, unarmed Black victims of shootings, by the police and civilians who thought they could interpret the law to their will. Every life matters, and hearing the ages of some of these victims &#8212; 92, 15, 17 &#8212; just tore at many of us. One that particularly had me reeling (other than the 92 year old lady) was the death of Latasha Harlins, age 15, killed by a grocery store manager. Shot in the back of the head. Over orange juice. While she had money in her hands. High-res

From last night’s vigil at UCLA for 41 of the many, many, unarmed Black victims of shootings, by the police and civilians who thought they could interpret the law to their will. Every life matters, and hearing the ages of some of these victims — 92, 15, 17 — just tore at many of us. One that particularly had me reeling (other than the 92 year old lady) was the death of Latasha Harlins, age 15, killed by a grocery store manager. Shot in the back of the head. Over orange juice. While she had money in her hands.

09. 09. 14. 10:07 pm ♥ 311
mehreenkasana:

The privilege of being a South Asian Muslim woman in New York City:

Journalist Charles Meacham snapped this picture, and shared it with me when he read the news. Looking at it now, surrounded by three big male cops, w/ AO pushing my handcuffed arms upward in a way that I could only walk bent over, losing my shoe while the other gabbed my arm. When I was explained I was in pain: response: “You are my prisoner.” I went from mom to prisoner. Seeing this again reminded me of how traumatized I was, and still am. I have not been able to sleep properly. That day I was fasting, had not eaten since pre-dawn. In some ways, I was thankful it was Ramadan because I kept a heart dialogue w/divine creator throughout: There must be a purpose. I can only but surrender to the moment for it be revealed.

Chaumtoli Haq.

It was crazy to see this happening to Chaumtoli. I initially didn&#8217;t know what to say - but I like I did say to her, it&#8217;s so terrible that this happened, to her or anyone. Given who she is though, I knew she&#8217;d do something (given the work she&#8217;s done before!) &#8212; and she is. Power and respect to her. She&#8217;s amazing. High-res

mehreenkasana:

The privilege of being a South Asian Muslim woman in New York City:

Journalist Charles Meacham snapped this picture, and shared it with me when he read the news. Looking at it now, surrounded by three big male cops, w/ AO pushing my handcuffed arms upward in a way that I could only walk bent over, losing my shoe while the other gabbed my arm. When I was explained I was in pain: response: “You are my prisoner.” I went from mom to prisoner. Seeing this again reminded me of how traumatized I was, and still am. I have not been able to sleep properly. That day I was fasting, had not eaten since pre-dawn. In some ways, I was thankful it was Ramadan because I kept a heart dialogue w/divine creator throughout: There must be a purpose. I can only but surrender to the moment for it be revealed.

It was crazy to see this happening to Chaumtoli. I initially didn’t know what to say - but I like I did say to her, it’s so terrible that this happened, to her or anyone. Given who she is though, I knew she’d do something (given the work she’s done before!) — and she is. Power and respect to her. She’s amazing.

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09. 09. 14. 02:53 pm ♥ 1

"If we viewed victims as more than a link to be tweeted, more than statistics to be reported to a broken criminal justice system, we would have to grapple with their complex humanity. We would have to offer meaningful solutions to violence, holistic responses to trauma, and accountability for abusers whom we may love. We would have to do more than just watch."

An acquaintance from college, who I really look up to, shared a piece earlier today on Ray Rice (now-former member of the Ravens, an NFL team) and his wife. He was just removed from the team after video evidence of him beating up his wife was made public — even though the assault itself was known, last year. The piece PPD linked to, and where this excerpt comes from, is this one (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/08/ray-rice-domestic-violence-video-janay-palmer-victim-blaming).

But the piece I want you to read, whether the “you” is m or a or someone else entirely, the piece that illustrates this so brutally and perfectly, is here: http://www.guernicamag.com/features/it-will-look-like-a-sunset/ .

I won’t comment too much more for now. But there is little more frustrating than when people victim-blame, and when they blame at all levels of intimate partner violence, whether an individual leaves a violent partner or not. The equation always seems easy — but it seems easy most often because we’re not in that situation. It’s not that easy. No matter who you are, or where you are. It doesn’t matter how ‘educated’ you are, or how ‘empowered’ you seem to be. It’s not that easy.

09. 09. 14. 09:17 am ♥ 34

Round Table India - Savarna English and the violent exclusion of Dalits

I know different people have written about this, often beautifully, but it’s is something that weighs on me, especially in the context of my previous job, the particular form(s) of privilege I have, and the assumptions people make about others based on the form of English - or no English! - they have. In Nepal it’s not even a Dalit/non-Dalit thing, but it certainly infects how speakers of Nepali from Kathmandu will think about other forms of Nepali, too. The ideas of “inauthentic learning”, and that of “guarding”, are also relevant. 

(Source: sunborn-sundered-sound)

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09. 08. 14. 01:16 am ♥ 2
Not to be confused with torte.

The wikipedia page on Tort law.

This has to be the best disambiguation message I’ve seen yet. TORTE! And *tort*! Amazing.