Born on this day…July 16, 1862
Ida B. Wells: Journalist, Newspaper Editor, Anti-Lynching Activist
Ida B. Wells was one of the foremost crusaders against black oppression. This engaging memoir tells of her private life as mother of a growing family as well as her public activities as teacher, lecturer, and journalist in her fight against attitudes and laws oppressing blacks.
Quotes from Ida B. Wells:
“The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.”
“I had an instinctive feeling that the people who have little or no intelligence or no school training should have something coming into their homes weekly which dealt with their problems in a simple, helpful way…so I wrote in a plain, common-sense way on the things that concerned our people.”
“The mob spirit has grown with the increasing intelligence of the Afro-American.”
“The city of Memphis has demonstrated that neither character nor standing avails the Negro if he dares to protect himself against the white man or become his rival.”
“The nineteenth century lynching mob cuts off ears, toes, and fingers, strips off flesh, and distributes portions of the body as souvenirs among the crowd.”
“The white man’s victory soon became complete by fraud, violence, intimidation and murder.”
“If it were possible, I would gather the race in my arms and fly away with them.”
HBO is bringing the Australian “comedy” mini-series Jonah From Tonga to the United States, but I don’t really know why. Creator Chris Lilley (center) dresses up in brownface to play a caricature of the worst stereotypes of Pacific Islanders, and the show was a ratings disaster in Australia.
So, how about…not? - CM
In late June of 2013 in the town of Busia in Kenya, a girl was gang-raped on her way home from a funeral and left to die. The international cry for justice on her behalf unleashed a torrent of information concerning mishandled cases of sexual violence in Busia.
This case drew national and international attention, bringing to light the horrendous obstacles that survivors of sexual violence in Busia must overcome in order to seek justice through the criminal justice system.
But, not all hope is lost. Organizations including Equality Now and The Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW) are working to garner even more widespread support to force officials to arrest and prosecute rape suspects. In Addition, “the attorney general, director of public prosecution and the chief of justice have launched procedures to facilitate implementation of the Sexual Offences Act, geared towards combating the high incidence of sexual violence in the country.”
Read more via Thomas Reuters Foundation.
LOST BOYZ: Deporting the Cambodian Diaspora
After escaping the long war and the Khmer Rouge genocide, hundreds of Cambodian refugees reached safety in America, only to wind up, decades later, deported to a land many never even knew. Cambodian refugees got caught up in reforms dating to 1996, designed to clear courts, prisons and holding cells of undocumented immigrants and foreign criminals. To speed deportations, the new codes removed appeals, hearings, and reconsiderations. The Cambodians presented a quandary for a variety of reasons. First off, they weren’t undocumented immigrants at all, but refugees invited to America with ‘permanent resident’ status.
Tulalip Tribes prosecutor gets expanded authority under VAWA
The Tulalip Tribes signed an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Western Washington to address domestic violence.
Sharon Jones Hayden, a tribal prosecutor, was named a special assistant U.S. Attorney. She will work closely with federal prosecutors on domestic violence matters involving all offenders, Indian and non-Indian.
Tulalips wield new power against domestic violence
TULALIP — The Tulalip Tribes are now one of just three Native American tribes in the country to take advantage of a federal program designed to better combat domestic violence on tribal lands.In an agreement signed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office Friday during a regular meeting of the Tribes’ board of directors, tribal prosecuting attorney Sharon Jones Hayden was appointed Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with expanded authority over domestic violence cases.
In Bangladesh, prostitution is legal, and poor families sometimes sell their girls to the brothels for as little as $200, from as young as nine years of age. In order to mask how young some of the prostitutes are, brothel owners use Oradexon on them, a steroid intended for cattle. Oradexon is highly addictive and deleterious to the girls’ health, but it fattens them up, giving them a more mature, older appearance, which then makes the girls more appealing to the brothels’ customers.
“It is a basic violation of human’s rights to force malnourished, poor underage girls into consuming Oradexon on a daily basis to enhance unnatural physical growth and energy,” Bangladeshi advocate Naila Hussain Chowdhury, founder of Women4Empowerment, says. “The sex trade is using steroids to make young girls physically develop faster and unnaturally. This is a frightening development.”
Learn more via The Daily Beast.