that is exactly my point of view. if all people were given universal basic income, we could have tens of thousands of boring, tedious, dangerous, and long term harmful jobs done by robots, while humans are free to explore their passions without fear of poverty and homelessness.
in a good society, automation means a boom in the arts. language, painting, music, dance, writing, philosophy, architecture, etc. these are the sectors that advance tremendously during periods of human health and flourishing
Back in the 1960s, we were told that automation and rising productivity would mean shorter work weeks with higher pay. Instead we have multibillionaires, growing poverty, and crumbling infrastructure. The money is all there, it’s just being hoarded.
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okay not to be a downer but petitions won’t do anything for lebanon, reading a carrd by a westerner who has literally no clue what is going on apart from what the western media has told them won’t do anything for lebanon so it’s better if you read what an actual lebanese person has to say (their views on current political parties do not reflect every person from lebanon’s views, but at least it isn’t feeding into us imperialistic propaganda). signing petitions isn’t helping. please donate. this twitter thread explains why USD donations are important in this situation and provides links to many gofundme’s / other methods of donating. one of them leads to the Lebanese Red Cross app, and this explains in more detail on how you can donate. it isn’t a government organization, and according to people in the replies, the red cross is the best option and though the red cross in other countries have a bad reputation, this is apparently not associated with any other foundation. donating to individual people in lebanon might not work because their currency has been losing its value over the past couple months, so the best option is donate to organizations like Global Impact and the Red Cross, food banks, and gofundmes where the person will make sure the money is converted themselves (not through the website), also i would considering checking this account, they are part of an independently owned Lebanese media/news site and is actively updating their account / setting up new fundraisers and providing resources. make sure to check who you are donating to, you don’t have to donate to EVERYTHING you see but if you actually want to help, do not just sign petitions. donate to people or at least get others to donate if you currently don’t have the means to do so.
a massive explosion just rocked the capital city of lebanon, beirut. footage of the explosion has been captured, and it is horrific and terrifying. dozens and maybe even hundreds of people have been injured and the reports have confirmed at least 10 people dead. reports are still coming in.
hospitals are overwhelmed. the lebanese red cross has sent out an urgent message in need of blood donations of all blood types. open transfusion centers to help aid in this disaster are currently
if you have loved ones in lebanon or you are aware of someone who has loved ones in lebanon, i strongly urge you to reach out to them as soon as possible. if you don’t have loved ones in lebanon, i hope you at least spread the word to help others and keep beirut in your thoughts today.
this all started just barely two hours ago, and the reports are still coming in with updates. keep an eye on the news, if you can. stay safe.
the country of lebanon and it’s people have been struggling intensely recently due to political unrest, famine, covid-19, and an economic crisis. please read this twitter thread by a lebanese user for more information and how to help, along with this carrd
additionally, a carrd has been made concerning the beirut explosion and it consists of information on emergency relief, access to breaking news about the catastrophe, and, especially, information on blood donations.
multiple lebanese twitter users have urged against monetary donations as they will have a far far smaller impact than intended. what they are asking for is blood donations and raised voices, along with the sharing of these resources on current events in lebanon.
please keep your heart, mind, eyes, and ears open to lebanon, the city of beirut, and its people right now.
humans are meant to eat together…. sharing a meal…… preparing a feast together…. so much of american culture has like…. ruined all sense of community idk where im going with this but why are we not coming together for massive feasts unless someone gets married or dies. we should be sharing……… everything…….. why is everyone now so obsessed with being individually independent? i know the cause of all these problems is capitalism but it makes me sad that its gone so far that like…… u dont even ask ur neighbors for shit anymore. we dont trust our communities anymore. humans are meant to rely on each other but we’ve been convinced that the ultimate sign of success is not needing anyone but yourself. i love to need people. i love to be needed. we all do. why is it so unacceptable to need a community to thrive when humanity would have gotten nowhere if we didnt help each other
Yemen is facing the worlds largest hunger crisis and the world is too quiet.
And it’s the children that pay the highest price. An estimated 85,000 children have lost their lives to extreme starvation alone. Every 10 minutes, a child under 5 dies of preventable causes in Yemen. When choosing what charities or goals you want to support during the last few days of Ramadan, I urge you to keep the children of Yemen in mind. And if you’re not celebrating Ramadan, or are not religious.. you’re still human.
These are a few of charities that I know of that you can donate to:
- https://www.muslimglobalrelief.org/yemen-appeal (100% donation policy)
Remember, it’s the smallest donations that build up or even just rebloging/sharing would help. May Allah smile upon us all, and relieve the children of this world of their heartache.
The entire population of Yemen is expected to die by the end of this year.
If Yemen was 100 people:
80 need aid to survive
60 have nothing to eat
58 have no access to clean water
52 have no access to health care, however since Covid-19 their healthcare system has effectively collapsed
But Yemen is not 100 people
It’s 30.5 million humans
For those who can’t donate, you can still help! Please:
-Download the freerice app and play their multiple choice games.
Through ads it donates grains of rice to people in need through the UN’S World Food Programme for every right answer you get
-Educate yourself with:
“Yemen” by Conflicted,
“Yemen’s forgotten War ” by the Documentary Podcast
“Voices from Yemen”
“Yemen: A History of Conflict” by Foreign Policy Association
“Why is Yemen at War?” Aljazeera English
Sign petitions including:
“Stop the flow of weapons to Yemen” by amnesty.org
“Compassion and action for Yemen crisis refugees” by Change.org
“Stop the war and end famine in Yemen” by Change.org
“Save Yemen from extinction” by Change.org
do not ignore this
our momentum is slowing down. we can’t let our dashes go back to normal when the world is not normal. so, if you are reading this, you are ~legally~ obligated to choose 2 numbers below; you must complete the task of those two numbers today. don’t pretend you didn’t see this. either do them right now or set a reminder to get it done before the sun goes down. the timer starts now. choose two.
- sign some petitions. LINK HERE. if change.org hasn’t accused you of being a bot yet, you haven’t signed enough.
- watch these youtube videos. LINK HERE. do not skip the ads. this is a way to help raise money without having to donate any.
- sign up to get daily actions. LINK HERE. after filling out the form, you will receive texts Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays telling you what action to take.
- text or call for any of these victims. LINK HERE. this website is extremely helpful, well organized, and practically does all of the work for you.
- donate some money. LINK HERE. if you have any more money to spare, please donate it to one of these funds.
- follow every single one of these organizations on social media: blcklivesmatter, colorofchange, reclaimtheblock, showingupforracialjustice, and civilrightsorg
- post these important sources to your social media. LINK HERE. you have no idea who it might help.
- read this article and forward it to at least one person. LINK HERE.
- watch this video explaining the racial wealth gap. LINK HERE. it’s really informative and only about 15 minutes long.
- do some reading. LINK HERE. this link has a ton of great resources to educate yourself. read at least one.
PETITIONS TO SIGN‼️
if you can’t take direct action but still want to support the black lives matter movement, here are some petitions to help you do so:
- Justice for George Floyd
- Color of Change: #JusticeforBre: Police officers who killed Breonna Taylor must be FIRED
- Justice for Breonna Taylor
- Julius Jones is innocent. Don’t let him be executed by the state of Oklahoma.
- Hands Up Act
- Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
- Justice for Tony McDade
- Justice for Belly Mujinga
- Willie Simmons has served 38 years for a $9 robbery.
- Abolish Prison Labor in the USA
- We Demand Justice for Sheku Bayoh, We Demand to Know the TRUTH.
- Wis. Teen Face Life in Prison for Killing Man Who Allegedly Raped Her and Sold Her for Sex
- NATIONAL ACTION AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY! PROSECUTE POLICE WHO MURDERED UNARMED INDIVIDUALS!
- Justice for Amari Boone
- Justice for Tamir Rice
- Justice for Crystal Mason
- Justice for Amiya Braxton
- Justice for Sean
- Justice for Rashad Cunningham
- Justice for Elijah Nichols
- Justice for Andile Mchunu (Bobo)
- Dismiss the charges on Marchae Jones and charge the one who shot her and her unborn baby
- Justice for Emerald Black
- Justice for Shukri Abdi
petitions to sign. it only takes a minute.
on february 23rd 2020, ahmaud arbery, an unarmed, 25-year-old black man, was shot to death while jogging in a neighborhood outside brunswick, georgia, after being pursued by two white men in a pickup truck. neither of his pursuers, a father and son named gregory and travis mcmichael, were arrested or charged with a crime until may, even though gregory admitted to police that travis was responsible for the shooting.
on june 7th, 2019, emerald black a pregnant, black woman, and her fiance were pulled over by police officers after coming from a doctors appointment. the reason for being pulled over was for bad registration tags. the officers spoke to ms. black’s fiance while she stayed in the car. the officers began to order her out of the car. ms. black was clearly pregnant and she had let them know that she had just gotten back from a doctors appointment where she was also informed that she was at a high risk for a miscarriage. despite this, the officers yanked ms. black, still in her hospital clothes, and threw her to the ground. they taunted her, piled on top of her, and stomped on her stomach causing her to miscarry. the stomp had also left a shoe mark. because of the abhorrent attacks done by the police, ms. black suffered not only physical, but emotional injuries. she lost her unborn child.
julius jones was 19-years-old, he was convicted of a murder he says he did not commit. Julius has lived on death row for almost 20 years, and is held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. he is allowed one hour of sunlight a day, and three showers a week. at the time of the crime for which he was convicted, julius was a 19-year-old student athlete with a promising future, attending the university of oklahoma on an academic scholarship. eyewitnesses place mr. jones at his parents’ home at the time of the murder, miles away from the crime scene.
chrystul kizer is an incarcerated trafficking survivor who is being charged with life in prison for acting in self-defense against her trafficker.
regis korchinski-paquet was murdered by toronto police. a call was made for a domestic incident and toronto police officers were present on the 24th floor in a high park apartment building to “observe” 29-year old, regis. shortly after, she allegedly fell off the balcony.
on may 30, 2020 james scurlock, 22 years old, was shot by jacob gardner, while protesting for justice and equality in omaha, ne. no charges are being filed because “there was consensus among law enforcement that gardner’s actions were justified”. the citizens of omaha, are demanding the grand jury needs to decide if charges will be filed, not don kleine or his office.
tony mcdade was a transgender black man who got killed by police in tallahassee.
14-year-old joāo pedro was killed by the rio de janeiro police. joāo was shot at his home and his body was taken by the rio de janeiro police. his family waited 17 hours until receiving news of his whereabouts. they finally found his dead body at a medical examiner’s office. the family counted 72 bullet marks on the walls of the house. cops say joāo died in a shootout started by criminals. neighbors say that is a lie.
more than a year after police shot and killed 12-year-old tamir rice as he played in a park with a toy gun, a grand jury declined to charge the officers who opened fire on tamir in less than 2 seconds of arriving to the scene.
george floyd was murdered by a minneapolis police officer. george was handcuffed and restrained and being completely cooperative when this all went down. the officer put his knee on george’s neck choking him for minutes on minutes while george screamed that he could not breathe. bystanders beg for the police officer to take his knee off george’s neck, but the officer didn’t listen and continued to choke him. not that it would matter at all, but george was not even wanted for a violent crime.
in 1982, army veteran willie simmons, was prosecuted under alabama’s habitual offender law. mr. simmons he had three prior convictions, one of which was for grand larceny. he told reporter beth shellbure the other two were for receiving stolen property. at the time mr. simmons had become addicted to drugs while stationed overseas. he was convicted of 1st-degree robbery and sentenced to life without parole for stealing $9.
darrius stewart, an unarmed 19-year-old, was gunned down by a white cop in a case of mistaken identity.
breonna was asleep at home when a rogue task-force of the louisville police broke down her door in the middle of the night and murdered her. they were attempting an illegal drug raid in the wrong neighborhood for a suspect that they’d already arrested earlier that day. the police officers have yet to be arrested or charged.
on her 21st birthday, july 21st 2018, she was date raped by brendan rundle in gaborone, botswana. nothing was done. forensic evidence went missing, she was told that because she was drugged and had no clear story that it was unlikely he would be charged.
the market house as it is known is in the middle of downtown fayetteville. it has a troubled past in the african american community. though it is admired by the city and used as a trophy for the city’s “business of the year” award, the history of this building and area is lynching and selling of african american slaves. the city of fayetteville has known that most african americans in the city wish for it to be taken down and replaced with something more positive about african american history. the market house building is a reminder of slavery and fuels white supremacy. it should be replaced with a beautiful landmark funded by an annual city or state grant and remain a historic site.
rubber bullets can be extremely lethal. they may cause bone fractures, injuries to internal organs, or even death. it’s been proven that rubber and plastic bullets are too dangerous for crowd control.
HOW TO DONATE TO BLM WHEN YOU HAVE NO MONEY
a black woman named zoe amira posted a video on youtube. this video is an hour long and filled with art and music from black creators. it has a ton of ads, and in result will rack up a ton of revenue. 100% of the ad revenue from the video will be dispersed between various blm organizations, including bail-out funds for protesters. it will be split between the following, dependent on necessity
- brooklyn bail fund
- minnesota freedom fund
- atlanta action network
- columbus freedom fund
- louisville community bail fund
- chicago bond
- black visions collective
- richmond community bail fund
- the bail project inc
- nw com bail fund
- philadelphia bail fund
- the korchhinski-parquet family gofundme
- george floyd’s family gofundme
- reclaim the block
turn off your adblocker and put the video on repeat. do not skip ads. let it play on loop whether you’re listening or not. mute the tab if you need to focus elsewhere. but let. it. play.
youtube will donate to blm for you.
please, please reblog. for people who don’t have money to spare, this is incredibly important information to have.
“When I say, “abolish the police,” I’m usually asked what I would have us replace them with. My answer is always full social, economic, and political equality, but that’s not what’s actually being asked. What people mean is “who is going to protect us?” Who protects us now? If you’re white and well-off, perhaps the police protect you. The rest of us, not so much. What use do I have for an institution that routinely kills people who look like me, and make it so I’m afraid to walk out of my home? My honest answer is that I don’t know what a world without police looks like. I only know there will be less dead black people. I know that a world without police is a world with one less institution dedicated to the maintenance of white supremacy and inequality. It’s a world worth imagining.”
— Mychal Denzel Smith, abolitionjournal )
in case you missed it, Sandy Hudson was snubbed from CBC because she gave very cogent answers about defunding the police: https://mobile.twitter.com/sandela/status/1266494339422621696
when atla said “as long as I’m confident with who I am, it doesn’t matter what other people think” and when atla said “life happens wherever you are, whether you make it or not” and when atla said “the greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation” and when atla said “some friendships are so strong, they can even transcend lifetimes” and when atla said “the true heart can touch the poison of hatred without being harmed” and when atla said “hope is something you give yourself, that is the meaning of inner strength” and when atla said “love is a form of energy, and it swirls all around us” and when atla said “sometimes the best way to solve your own problems is to help someone else” and when atla said “love is brightest in the dark” and when atla said-
If you’re able to, please donate to the gofundme page directly set up by George Floyd’s next of kin. After suffering such a horrific loss, they need all the support they can get. All other gofundme pages that look similar are not directly affiliated with the Floyd family.