Two ways of dealing with tear gas grenades from comrades in Turkey: Either submerge them in water. Make sure you can close off the container cause the gas will still spread for a while. Or throw them in the fire so the gas burns off before it can spread.
Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores is running to become the first Latina Lieutenant Governor of her state. She’s no billionaire’s wife, no Ivy League prodigy, no daughter of some ruling-class family from Latin America. Lucy Flores grew up poor in a family of 13 children. A daughter of immigrants, she dropped out of high school, got involved in gangs and spent time incarcerated. She saw all her sisters become teen mothers and didn’t want that for herself. When she became pregnant at 16, she had an abortion that she doesn’t regret.
She eventually turned her life around. She went to college and later law school. Yet she doesn’t twist her success into a bootstraps narrative of a self-made woman. Instead, she acknowledges all the support she got along the way. She bears witness to the fact that it was the chance generosity of individuals, and not a reliable safety net in our society that made the difference. Her own lived experience becomes the basis of her progressive agenda for social change.
Lucy Flores defies the politics of respectability. She’s single, childless, honest about her sexual past, and fierce in her advocacy for poor and marginalized people. She takes bold stands on immigration, education, and domestic violence. Her experience makes her an effective advocate, but it also makes her a new kind of role model for Latina women. Like Justice Sonia Sotomayor before her, we are watching a smart, single, childless Latina rise from poverty to political authority. But Flores’ background not only includes the “humble beginnings” of poverty, but the stigmatizing experiences that can accompany poverty, like jail, dropping out, and unplanned pregnancy.
Read more of Aya de Leon’s article about Lucy Flores on Bitch Media
So I actually got done from attending her first meet on her way to campaign for Lt Governor here in Nevada and I met her and she’s a very genuine and humble woman.
I’m not huge on politics here and I definitely don’t identify as a Democrat, but she appeals to me on so many levels. I honestly feel she’d give it her all to bringing about a lot of real positive changes to the education system here in Nevada because it’s honestly shit.
A huge important piece of information I learned today from one of the supporters, who also happens to be autistic, is that here in Las Vegas, no changes have been implemented whatsoever towards special ed programs since the 70s! I knew it was bad, but never knew the exact extent. I’m glad someone is finally highlighting that issue.
I am pretty excited to have this woman be a representative for Nevada. I know sooner or later my personal political views might not correlate with the Democratic view since I know a lot of people might consider them “radical” and too “leftist”, but I don’t care. I’m going to give my 2 cents to anything I feel is being overlooked and at least I’m on my way to being a part of bringing more awareness to poor communities of color like mine that desperately need educational resources and access to reproductive health and information.
ima keep you posted :)
I was tear gassed in 2005 in Quito – Ecuador during weeks of strikes and marches led by the Forajidos Movement, which demanded the resignation of President of Lucio Gutierrez. During a particularly aggressive encounter of Forajidos with the authorities, the police launched several “bombas lacrimógenas” one after another, without warning at a crowd of 5,000+ people, including families and young students. I was engulfed in smoke, could not out run it, almost asphixiated but was given aid by a Journalist with a mask. Weapons like tear gas are used to repress people who seek justice and autonomy … NO Más violencia contra el Pueblo Ecuatoriano! Justicia Para todos los Pueblos del Mundo! - Julieta
my first brushes with photo journalism involved tear gas in Ecuador
A mother lost her child. A father lost his son. A young man lost his life. #JusticeForMikeBrown
SO YOU THOUGHT THAT AFTER 9/11 THE MILITARIZATION OF POLICE FORCES GLOBALLY WAS FOR YOUR OWN PROTECTION?
The world was watching…
New York, London, KC, DC, St. Louis, Portland, Minneapolis, Philly, Norfolk, Oakland, Denver, New Orleans, Chicago, Baltimore, Harvard, Howard U….all had protests in solidarity!
Protesters upset about the smearing of Mike Brown converged at CNN headquarters.