1. The hammers rock us out of our slumbers


    Bodies writhe, undulating in their numbers

    Glistened chests throb not to their veins

    Riddled with teardrops, once in their chains

    The metals ring of laughter asunder

    Streets blush yellow, as the cries roar thunder

    I will say “fight”, and I will call “peace”

    The strings will keep tight, if only for the need


    Rusted pillars reaching to the clouds,

    The clouds, they lap one another

    Putting forth that unfathomable staircase which pervades your sleep,

    "The sky is open" you are told,

    "Why now, though?"

    "When my tendons have ceased to pulse?

  2. TIME’s new cover on the tragedy of Ferguson.

  3. “There are those who struggle for a day, and they are good. There are others who struggle for a year, and they are better. There are some who struggle many years, and they are better still. But there are those who struggle all their lives, and these are the indispensable ones.”

    -Bertolt Brecht

    For 14 years, Irom Sharmila Chan, also known as the Iron Lady of Maipur, has sustained her hunger strike against the widespread and continued abuses by the Indian Security Forces in the Northeast of the country. 


  4. "

    I don’t like you, death

    But I’m not afraid of you

    And I know that my body is your bed

    And my soul or spirit is your bed cover

    I know that your banks are narrow for me

    I don’t love you death

    But I’m not afraid of you.

    — Samih al-Qasim

  5. List of Journalists Arrested in Ferguson

    by Runa A. Sandvik

    On Aug. 13, 2014, police in Ferguson, Missouri, assaulted and arrested two journalists for allegedly failing to exit a McDonald’s quickly enough while on a break from covering the protests. Since then, police actions against journalists in Ferguson have escalated in severity and frequency. Many have been tear gassedand shot with rubber bullets and at least nine more have been arrested.

    It should go without saying that these arrests are a gross violation of the reporters’ First Amendment rights, and attempts to prevent journalists from lawfully doing their job on the streets of Ferguson are downright illegal. We will be documenting each journalist arrest below and are filing public records requests for the arrest records of the journalists who have been assaulted, detained, and arrested in Ferguson. All requests are publicly available on MuckRock

    August 19, 2014

    August 18, 2014

    August 17, 2014

    August 13, 2014

    We insist that the St. Louis County Police Department, Ferguson Police Department, and Missouri Highway Patrol cease and desist from violating the Constiutional rights of reporters covering the protests, and respect the court document they all signed agreeing that the media and members of the public have a right to record public events without abridgement. This document is not necessary, as the First Amendment provides that right to all members of the media and public, but it’s an indication of how the police have decided to ignore the law. 


  6. Marina Ginesta, a 17-year-old socialist militant, on a hotel rooftop overlooking Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War. [1936]

    Photograph: Juan Guzmán

  7. Police advance on demonstrators protesting the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

  8. thehazybeard:

    Whilst we go about our day, lets not forget that 3 years ago, the brave souls of Bahrain started a movement for justice, to this day, after being suppressed have carried on to try reach their goal, as the world and media stay silent. I get that’s its hard to have sympathy for something we are not a part of, but don’t let them become forgotten. 

    (via thaqafa)

  9. Ernest Hemingway during the Spanish Civil War c.1938

  10. 1956- Gordon Parks documented the everyday lives of an extended black family living in rural Alabama under Jim Crow segregation for Life magazine’s photo-essay “The Restraints: Open and Hidden.” (via)

    (Source: vintagegal, via bitch--repellent)