Category Archives: Feminism

Brave woman tried to shield body from attackers | Perth Now

According to London’s Telegraph the woman pictured was a 48-year-old Cub Scout leader and mother-of-two.

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett described how she jumped form a passing bus to assist the injured man and tried to persuade the attacker to hand over his weapon.

She says the alleged attacker told her: “We want to start a war in London tonight.”

Mrs Loyau-Kennett, 48, from Cornwall, was first identified on twitter by her son Basil. She was one of the first on the scene and was photographed by other onlookers trying to talk down the man who was still holding the knife.

Of all the things today `I didn’t expect a suspected terror attack in my town and my mum, of all people, to talk to the attackers #Woolwich

— Basil Baradaran (@SiibillamLaw) May 22, 2013

He described his mother as a “motherf—ing badass”.

@lazaroumterror @dannymckiernan @skynews That’s my mother! Ingrid Loyau-Kennett. An unbelievable photo you’ve captured there

— Basil Baradaran (@SiibillamLaw) May 22, 2013

She told the Telegraph: “Being a cub leader I have my first aid so when I saw this guy on the floor I thought it was an accident then I saw the guy was dead and I could not feel any pulse.

@mlilleker They hit the soldier with a car first

— Basil Baradaran (@SiibillamLaw) May 22, 2013

“And then when I went up there was this black guy with a revolver and a kitchen knife, he had what looked like butcher’s tools and he had a little axe, to cut the bones, and two large knives and he said ‘move off the body’.

“So I thought ‘OK, I don’t know what is going on here’ and he was covered with blood. I thought I had better start talking to him before he starts attacking somebody else. I thought these people usually have a message so I said ‘what do you want?’

“I asked him if he did it and he said yes and I said why? And he said because he has killed Muslim people in Muslim countries, he said he was a British soldier and I said really and he said ‘I killed him because he killed Muslims and I am fed up with people killing Muslims in Afghanistan they have nothing to do there.”

“I started to talk to him and I started to notice more weapons and the guy behind him with more weapons as well. By then, people had started to gather around. So I thought OK, I should keep him talking to me before he noticed everything around him.

via Brave woman tried to shield body from attackers | Perth Now.

West Point Sergeant Accused Of Filming Female Cadets In Shower: Gothamist

Someone else had to know too and did nothing – the whole dumb culture has to change – NOW!

Sgt. First Class Michael McClendon is described as a “tactical noncommissioned officer” who worked as a staff adviser to 125 cadets at West Point. The Military Times reports that he faces 35 specifications “four articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for indecent acts, dereliction in the performance of duty, cruelty and maltreatment, and actions prejudicial to good order and discipline.”

McClendon is alleged to have been in possession of computer files for images of nude cadets, according to a charge sheet obtained by Army Times. The names of the alleged victims were redacted.

Between July 2009 and May 2012, McClendon allegedly made images and videos of a number of women’s exposed bodies, though it is unclear where and how each of the images were created. McClendon in at least some cases is alleged to have entered into a women’s bathroom without announcing himself to film women as they were coming and going from the shower.

via West Point Sergeant Accused Of Filming Female Cadets In Shower: Gothamist.

SARS-like coronavirus possibly found in New York | Vaccine News Daily

CDC Should investigate and now! Nurses at St. Luke’s hospital in New York claimed on Saturday that there are several cases of a new SARS-like virus in the hospital’s ICU.

This is one of many new reports of the coronavirus.  Most notably, there has been a recent outburst of the novel coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, which is believed to be a close relative to the cases in New York.

Novel coronavirus, also known as nCoV and Saudi SARS, is a new type of coronavirus that was discovered in 2012. Saudi SARS is closely related to the more famous SARS, which has been labeled Hong Kong SARS to avoid confusion, and is believed to have originated with an unknown animal species.

SARS works by evading the innate immune responses and disrupting interferon production in the cells. The result is a severe acute pneumonia, which can eventually lead to renal failure and death.

The nurses at St. Luke’s believe the cases are misdiagnosed and that these patients in the ICU are, in fact, infected with this new, deadly virus. One of the nurses who spoke out about this potential outbreak is now hospitalized with flu-like symptoms.

Though the hospital has not confirmed or denied any of the rumors, an online message board believes it is merely a case of influenza B. The nurses continue to dispute this.

via SARS-like coronavirus possibly found in New York | Vaccine News Daily.

How you can support the domestic workers movement

Domestic work is gendered and waaay undervalued. This we know. We know this because it’s been established over and over again on feminist blogs and in academia. But more importantly we know this because so many of us have seen it happen before our very eyes. We’ve watched our mothers cook and clean each day after working at her full time job, while Dad watches TV. We’ve seen this happen to our sisters, our friends, maybe it’s even happened to you. So many women aren’t properly compensated for that “second shift” they take on, and this extends to women who do domestic work professionally.

via How you can support the domestic workers movement.

We’re looking for volunteer writers, reporters, investigative journalists

We’re interested in exposes, Investigative reports, news articles, interviews and op-eds concerning:

Human Rights emergencies including assassinations, evictions and kidnappings

Threats to Indigenous Peoples/rights from governments, corporations and NGOs

Protests, blockades and related campaign efforts that focus on protecting Indigenous rights, culture, knowledge/history, the environment, etc.

Reclamation projects including the development of authentic Indigenous economies, permaculture/food sovereignty and securing Indigenous languages

Health issues

Victories, successes and inspiration stories

via We’re looking for volunteer writers, reporters, investigative journalists.

CENSORED NEWS: House of Snakes: US Natural Resources Committee targets Indian lands

the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2013.

The Arizona Congressional delegation is pushing for the destruction of sacred land for copper mining.

“It is outrageous that members of our Arizona Congressional delegation support a land swap that benefits a foreign mega-mining giant over what’s best for Arizona,” said Terry Rambler, Chairman, San Carlos Apache Tribe. “Resolution Copper Mining (RCM), owned by Rio Tinto which does business with Iran, wants to blast a 7,000 foot deep, massive block-cave mine into sacred land in the Tonto National Forest. This land was set aside in 1955 by President Eisenhower for its religious, cultural, traditional, recreational and archaeological significance.

“We, along with many tribes, and recreational and environmental organizations, have opposed this land swap and the mine for more than seven years.  Arizona cannot afford this deal. The mine would be an environmental disaster on an unprecedented scale and the job claims made by the copper company are unsubstantiated.  As Apaches, we will continue to fight to preserve this land for all Arizonans.”

via CENSORED NEWS: House of Snakes: US Natural Resources Committee targets Indian lands.

Free Bilingual E-Book! Asthma Triggers: A Guide For Parents, Teachers, Doctors And Nurses | Latina Lista

Remember, we share the air. That’s why Moms Clean Air Force is uniting to protect strong clean air standards–the promise of the Clean Air Act signed into law more than forty years ago by Democrats AND Republicans.

We hope you will find this e-book or this e-book helpful–and that you will use it in good health.

via Free Bilingual E-Book! Asthma Triggers: A Guide For Parents, Teachers, Doctors And Nurses | Latina Lista.

Japanese mayor: Wartime sex slaves were necessary | News , International | THE DAILY STAR – Intolerable and shameful!


An outspoken nationalist mayor said the Japanese military’s forced prostitution of Asian women before and during World War II was necessary to “maintain discipline” in the ranks and provide rest for soldiers who risked their lives in battle.

The comments made Monday are already raising ire in neighboring countries that bore the brunt of Japan’s wartime aggression and that have long complained that Japan has failed to fully atone for wartime atrocities.

Toru Hashimoto, the young, brash mayor of Osaka who is also co-leader of an emerging conservative political party, also told reporters that there wasn’t clear evidence that the Japanese military coerced women to become what are euphemistically called “comfort women.”

via Japanese mayor: Wartime sex slaves were necessary | News , International | THE DAILY STAR.

Pristine Angie’s Home − The Wizard of Capitalism

Which Religion Cares the Most about the Homeless? This is a photo taken by Reddit user Ventachinkway that has gone viral on the interweb. While it has sparked lively debate about religion and the homeless, the first thing that came to my mind was “the genius of capitalism in one shot.”

Now don’t get me wrong, I may look like a communist to the untrained eye, but I was raised on Shaw’s Major Barbara. I believe in free economy, corporate Darwinism, advertising manipulation to cater to the obsessive preoccupation with the self, and the mind-numbing industrial conspicuous-consumer complex that capitalism thrives on for the free world to flourish. I believe in it, I just don’t buy into it.

via Pristine Angie’s Home − The Wizard of Capitalism.

IPS – Female Garment Workers Bear Brunt of Tragedy | Inter Press Service

Eighteen-year-old Shapla, a garment worker who survived the Apr. 24 factory collapse, lies on a hospital bed in Dhaka. Credit: Nari Uddung Kendra (the Centre for Women’s Initiative)

DHAKA, May 10 2013 (IPS) – Last month, 18-year-old Shapla was just another one of thousands of garment workers employed in a factory in Savar, a suburb of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.

Today she is a handicapped survivor of one of the worst industrial accidents in history: the collapse on Apr. 24 of the massive Rana Plaza, a building housing five factories, that buried scores of workers under a wave of cement and glass.

The death toll reached 996 on Friday, though officials and families are still counting the bodies and searching for others beneath the rubble.

“I am desperate about the future,” Shapla said, echoing the sentiments of hundreds of female apparel workers like her who lost their limbs on that fateful day.

via IPS – Female Garment Workers Bear Brunt of Tragedy | Inter Press Service.