its-almost-as-if:

PLEASE SHARE/REBLOG WIDELY!!! Glasgow Palestine Action Shut Down Drone Manufacturer

Statement from Glasgow Palestine Action: A group of activists from Glasgow Palestine Action network have today shut down Thales UK, the weapons systems manufacturer, in Govan, Glasgow. The activists climbed onto the factory roof, and blocked the doors, during the early hours of the morning and are planning to remain as long as possible. Activists are blockading both entrances, lying on the ground attached to arm tubes, and are occupying the roof. The action is in response to the recent Israeli bombardment of Gaza, and the UK economy’s ever growing military industrial cooperation with governments that flout international law. In just over 7 weeks, Israel, armed with weapons supplied by the UK, killed more than 2000 innocent Palestinians. Thales is being targeted today for their close relationship with Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest military company and the world’s largest drone producer. In a joint venture, Thales UK is working with Elbit Systems to make the next generation of ‘Watchkeeper’ drones, a contact worth £1 billion. These drones are based upon the Hermes 450, which was documented killing Palestinian civilians in Gaza in 2008-2009. The drones are marketed as ‘field tested’ – which means they have proven effective at killing Palestinians. Fiona McDermot, one of the roof occupiers, explains: ‘Drones are a key part of Israel’s military arsenal. By allowing this factory to export drone components and other arms to Israel, the UK government is providing direct support and approval to Israel’s massacres.’ Speaking about Scotland, Leena O’Hare said: ‘The UK government, and by allowing Thales to operate with Elbit systems, have blood on their hands. Last year alone the UK government had 381 extant arms licences to Israel, worth almost £8 billion. We demand that the Scottish government puts pressure on the UK government to end arms sales to Israel. And also takes active steps towards ending the production of weapons systems in Scotland that are connected to apartheid, colonialism and genocide. Another Scotland is possible!’


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Blair Poutney

Phone: 07545891704

e-mail: glasgowpalestineaction@gmail.com



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janetmock:

Heroes — a Collaboration with artist Julio Salgado

I was honored when undocuqueer artivist Julio Salgado emailed me about wanting to collaborate on a project about my biggest influences. He drew portraits of me embracing my heroes, and I provided words about their significance in my life. 

These images moved me to tears, and I am grateful to Julio for creating them with me. 

AUDRE LORDE

Audre Lorde was the first black lesbian feminist writer I was exposed to in college, and she blew my world up. Her body of work, from her poetry to her prose, pushed me to transform silence and define myself.

MAYA ANGELOU

I first read “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” in the 10th grade, and Maya Angelou pushed me to make freedom my lifelong quest. She wrote about being a black girl who was touched without permission and protection, and it emboldened me to share my most uncomfortable truths.

SYLVIA RIVERA

Our elders are our greatest untapped resource, and Sylvia is my blueprint. Without the work and legacies of my foremothers (including Marsha P. Johnson and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy!) I could not and would not be able to thrive as a young trans woman writer of color.

ZORA NEALE HURSTON

Without Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” there would be no “Redefining Realness.” Zora was a revolutionary woman and writer. She centered a black woman’s quest for identity and love, making Janie Crawford my No. 1 heroine. This book is a lifemap!

JAMES BALDWIN

I adore no man more than James Baldwin. I’ve devoured all his writings and find myself seeking his guidance by watching footage of his interviews. There is no better orator and thinker than Baldwin. He slays, all day, every day.

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anarcho-queer:

Kudo’s to this brave activist^^
During today’s ‘Flood Wall Street’ protest, he climbed a phone booth and led some anti-capitalist chants. 
He gave a small speech about being a member of the IWW and demanded that the working class organize to take total control over the means of production. Soon after, the NYPD pointed him out to be arrested.
Over 20 officers piled on top of him and brutalized the activist in front of a dozen news camera’s. It was the first official arrest of the day.
His arrest led protesters to chant anti-police slogans and to remove the barricades that surrounded us.

anarcho-queer:

Kudo’s to this brave activist^^

During today’s ‘Flood Wall Street’ protest, he climbed a phone booth and led some anti-capitalist chants. 

He gave a small speech about being a member of the IWW and demanded that the working class organize to take total control over the means of production. Soon after, the NYPD pointed him out to be arrested.

Over 20 officers piled on top of him and brutalized the activist in front of a dozen news camera’s. It was the first official arrest of the day.

His arrest led protesters to chant anti-police slogans and to remove the barricades that surrounded us.

Reblogged from Ⓐnarcho Queer
genderoftheday:

Today’s gender of the day is: smiling cake with sunglasses. 

genderoftheday:

Today’s gender of the day is: smiling cake with sunglasses. 

genderoftheday:

Today’s Gender of the day is: event

genderoftheday:

Today’s Gender of the day is: event

genderoftheday:

Today’s Gender of the Day is: The Alethiometer.

genderoftheday:

Today’s Gender of the Day is: The Alethiometer.

genderoftheday:

Today’s Gender of the Day is: This Carrot with a Face

genderoftheday:

Today’s Gender of the Day is: This Carrot with a Face

dislikeyous:

modern day politics

Reblogged from Queer Caribbean Dreams
tefpoe1:

The national mobilization begins …. We are asking people all over the world to join us in #Ferguson and help us flood the city with the war cry for #justice4mikebrown and the countless other victims of police brutality … People from all over the world will be joining us !!!

tefpoe1:

The national mobilization begins …. We are asking people all over the world to join us in #Ferguson and help us flood the city with the war cry for #justice4mikebrown and the countless other victims of police brutality … People from all over the world will be joining us !!!

Reblogged from Class War University
militantweasel:

We at Black Autonomy Federation recognize climate change is real! However, we do not care how many photo-ops folks took with Leonardo Dicaprio, are the other actors and entertainers at the highly funded climate change March in New York. To us it is about the poor, dispossessed and working class People that matter, and building a movement to confront and defeat capitalism, police-murder, mass-incarceration, internal racism, and both the state and imperialist-colonialism. [As well as the entire white power structure] We have no use for “Champagne revolutionaries”, are the Non-profit industrial complex pacification agenda-agents. 
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militantweasel:

We at Black Autonomy Federation recognize climate change is real! However, we do not care how many photo-ops folks took with Leonardo Dicaprio, are the other actors and entertainers at the highly funded climate change March in New York. To us it is about the poor, dispossessed and working class People that matter, and building a movement to confront and defeat capitalism, police-murder, mass-incarceration, internal racism, and both the state and imperialist-colonialism. [As well as the entire white power structure] We have no use for “Champagne revolutionaries”, are the Non-profit industrial complex pacification agenda-agents.

Source

Reblogged from Class War University