Dear followers, I don’t normally ask for funds here, but I’m reaching out now for a deeply personal family matter. My nephews’ father died in a motorcycle accident just a week ago, and they only have a week to gather the money to fly his body home.
He was living across the country at the time of the accident, and his two sons are distraught over the fact that they may not be able to say goodbye to their father. There’s no way these two young boys can raise the $13,000 themselves.
If you can, please donate something. We have raised just under $6,000 and only have 6 days left. Closure is so vital to the grieving process and I want my nephews to be able to see their father one last time. If each of my followers donate a dollar, even fifty cents, he can come home. Please signal boost and share — this would change my nephews’ entire world and give them that last moment with their dad. Thank you so much. <3
please do not let ferguson die out like everything else big does. do not let this die out. do not let this continue on for three days and then everyone forget about it. do not let this happen.
queue this post up 3 days from now, a week from now, a month from now, a month from then. make sure even if you forget your blog will remember.
I WANNA SEE LOTS OF HYPE OVER THIS MOVIE I WANNA SEE EXCITEMENT CAUSE THIS IS THE FIRST CGI MOVIE WITH A BLACK PROTAGONIST
gonna reblog so that everyone can know about this movie
freaking out about how good her hair looks
when does it come out?
Disney, take note… I saw Merida’s hair. I KNOW you can do that for a Black character.
Hong Kong protester catching a tear gas grenade and throwing it backYo, son- this gif isn’t from Hong Kong. It’s from Venezuela.I repeat: not from Hong Kong. It is from Venezuela.
The gif is specifically from the Venezuelan Protests of 2014, which, from what I’ve seen, Tumblr does not know a whole bunch about. Since I think it’s kinda necessary knowledge, I’m going to try to explain it below. (Anyone who knows more about it than me, which would probably be most people, is welcome to add below or correct me. )So, as you can see, there’s some shit going down in Venezuela. I’m not honestly sure what exactly we can do, other than spread knowledge of what is happening currently, and try to make sure that the Venezuelan government does not succeed in sweeping this under the rug. If you can, I urge you to reblog this post, and to correct the incorrect use of this gif when you see if. Thank you. additional sources
The Venezuelan riots began in January of 2014, after the murder of Miss Venezuela, aka Mrs. Monica Spear. The actress was attacked by armed robbers after her car broke down, leaving her stranded. Mrs. Spear and her ex-husband, Thomas Henry Berry, were both killed. Their daughter Maya was shot in the leg, but survived. x
Unfortunately, the actress’ death was not a unique incident; Venezuela has a notoriously high violence rate. According to CNN.com, (same source as above,)One person is killed roughly every 21 minutes in Venezuela. And there were 24,700 violent deaths last year in the oil-rich country of roughly 30 million people, according to the nonprofit Venezuelan Violence Observatory.The Venezuelan government does little to help halt this excess violence. In fact, the country’s president, Nicolas Maduro, doesn’t report the crime rate, and neither did the president before him, Hugo Chavez.XSo the protests originally began as a, y’know,protest against violence.
The riots picked up speed after the attempted rape of a student in San Christobal, and became mainly student run. The local students and their allies took to the streets in protest.
The police and the government did not respond well, to say the least; there were five students arrested, and sent away to jail in Coro. Students in other schools across the nation joined the protest, urging the police to release the original five. Each of these protests was detained in turn. It was only eighteen days before the whole nation joined the protest.
by February 21st, the Internet in San Christobal had been turned off by the government, and the police and the protesters were clashing nightly. The protesters set up makeshift barricades, called “guarimbas,” and the police, and later the military force established in the city, used (supposedly) non-lethal rubber bullets. x Students also showed their displeasure through peaceful protest, using methods such as hunger strikes and sit-ins. The protests became more violent with the introduction of colectivos, or pro-government enforcer gangs, who were responsible for beating protestors. A subgroup of the colectivos known as the motorizados rode through crowds on motorcycles, and are believed to be responsible for the deaths of several student leaders. x The protestors also stood against the crushing poverty faced in Venezuela (it’s reportedly hard to get basic, essential items such as toilet paper or toothpaste, and I know I’ve seen people on my dash talking bout this) and the government censorship, which even now is on ongoing issue; Leopoldo Lopez , an ardent opponent of Venezuela’s socialist government was arrested on President Nicolas Maduro’s orders. He was charged for homicide and inciting violence, and was escorted by the national guard into a vehicle after he turned himself in during a demonstration in Caracas, on February 18, 2014. x.
I thought this gif looked incredibly familiar.