U.S. Democrats plan to give Israel an addition $225 million for military spending. The same bill also cuts $1 billion of emergency funds meant to deal with the 50,000 undocumented child migrants held in crowded and unsanitary border facilities.
Israel already received $504 million for the joint U.S.-Israel Missle Defense Program for the Fiscal Year of 2014. That is not including the $3.1 Billion the Obama Administration spent on Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Israel for the Fiscal Year 2014.
no money for water in detroit
no money for public schools
no money for student loan debt relief
no money for healthcare
no money for crumbling infrastructure
no money for economic investment in inner cities and indian country
I look like an extremely professional fashionable woman in an Abaya. It probably took me AGES to look this professional right?
WRONG. I’m actually wearing my onesie underneath it and you will NEVER KNOW MWAHAHAHA
Wanna know another secret? Even though i LOOK like I’m paying attention to whatever nonsense you are saying…..
I AM ACTUALLY WEARING HEADPHONES AND LISTENING TO MUSIC
THIS IS TOO MUCH POWER FOR ONE PERSON TO HAVE
Veronika Scott was a fashion student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit when her teacher, Stephen Schock, challenged her class to create a product that filled a need, rather than satisfying or creating a fad. Veronika’s design was a coat for homeless people that could transform into a sleeping bag, since in her city, she says, “you are constantly faced with the homeless epidemic.”
Not only did her design win a International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, it’s become the core of Veronika’s nonprofit organization, The Empowerment Plan, which hires people from homeless shelters and transition homes to help her make the coats. Now, three years later, the 24-year-old social entrepreneur expects that her team of 15 seamstresses will produce over 6,000 coats in 2014 — all of which will be distributed free of charge to people living on the streets.
Veronika originally designed the coats seeking input from people at a homeless shelter. After receiving feedback from people who used the prototype over a Detroit winter, she refined the design to create her final version which, in addition to being a waterproof and windproof coat and sleeping bag, also transforms into an over-the-shoulder bag with storage in the arm sockets.
When she started out, Veronika states,
“Everybody told me that my business was going to fail — not because of who I was giving my product to but because of who I was hiring. They said that these homeless women will never make more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — you cannot rely on them for anything. And I know my ladies enjoy proving everybody wrong.”
And, their impact is growing — according to CNN, which recently honored Veronika as one of their 10 Visionary Women of 2014, “The Empowerment Plan expects to launch a ‘buy one, give one’ program that will make it sustainable beyond the donations and sponsorships that keep it running now. Hunters and backpackers who’ve asked to buy the coat will be able to do so, and the Empowerment Plan will still create coats for homeless people who need them.”
Veronika is also excited to show other clothing producers that local manufacturing is possible: “I think we’re going to show a lot of people: you think it’s outdated to do manufacturing in your neighborhood, but I think it’s something that we have to do in the future, where it’s sustainable, where you invest in people, where they’re not interchangeable parts.”
You can read more about Veronika’s organization on CNN, or watch a short video about her work here.
To learn more about The Empowerment Plan or how you can support their work, visit http://www.empowermentplan.org/
For a wonderful book about women’s great inventions throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything” for readers 8 to 13.
For those in the US who would like to support efforts to end homelessness and help the over 600,000 people who experience homelessness on any given night, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness athttp://www.naeh.org/ or to find a local homeless shelter to support in your area, visit http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/
Important in so many ways.
This is amazing and wonderful.
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if a girl wants to watch a sport because she thinks a player is hot then let her, it’s not like guys watch the VS fashion show because they want to buy new bras.
We do not Choose Our Color, Race, or Place of Birth - Fuck Borders - Fuck Nations - No Human Being Is Illegal
why test on animals when there are prisons full of rapists
because the prisons aren’t actually full of rapists
the rapists run free and the prisons are full of people charged with weed possession
So why can’t I wear it?
- Headdresses promote stereotyping of Native cultures.
- Headdresses, feathers, and warbonnets have deep spiritual significance.
The wearing of feathers and warbonnets in Native communities is not a fashion choice. Eagle feathers are presented as symbols of honor and respect and have to be earned. Some communities give them to children when they become adults through special ceremonies, others present the feathers as a way of commemorating an act or event of deep significance. Warbonnets especially are reserved for respected figures of power. The other issue is that warbonnets are reserved for men in Native communities, and nearly all of these pictures show women sporting the headdresses. I can’t read it as an act of feminism or subverting the patriarchal society, it’s an act of utter disrespect for the origins of the practice. (see my post on sweatlodges for more on the misinterpretation of the role of women). This is just as bad as running around in a pope hat and a bikini, or a Sikh turban cause it’s “cute”.
- It’s just like wearing blackface.
“Playing Indian” has a long history in the United States, all the way back to those original tea partiers in Boston, and in no way is it better than minstral shows or dressing up in blackface. You are pretending to be a race that you are not, and are drawing upon stereotypes to do so. Like my first point said, you’re collapsing distinct cultures, and in doing so, you’re asserting your power over them. Which leads me to the next issue.
- There is a history of genocide and colonialism involved that continues today.
By the sheer fact that you live in the United States you are benefiting from the history of genocide and continued colonialism of Native peoples. That land you’re standing on? Indian land. Taken illegally so your ancestor who came to the US could buy it and live off it, gaining valuable capital (both monetary and cultural) that passed down through the generations to you. Have I benefited as well, given I was raised in a white, suburban community? yes. absolutely. but by dismissing and minimizing the continued subordination and oppression of Natives in the US by donning your headdress, you are contributing to the culture of power that continues the cycle today.
But I don’t mean it in that way, I just think it’s cute!
- Well hopefully I’ve illuminated that there’s more at play here than just a “cute” fashion choice. Sorry for taking away your ignorance defense.
But I consider it honoring to Native Americans!
- I think that this cartoon is a proper answer, but I’ll add that having a drunken girl wearing a headdress and a bikini dancing at an outdoor concert does not honor me. I remember reading somewhere that it was also “honoring the fine craftsmanship of Native Americans”. Those costume shop chicken feather headdresses aren’t honoring Native craftsmanship. And you will be very hard pressed to find a Native artist who is closely tied to their community making headdresses for sale. See the point about their sacredness and significance.
I’m just wearing it because it’s “ironic”!
- I’m all for irony. Finger mustaches, PBR, kanye glasses, old timey facial hair, 80’s spandex—fine, funny, a bit over-played, but ironic, I guess. Appropriating someone’s culture and cavorting around town in your skinny jeans with a feathered headdress, moccasins, and turquoise jewelry in an attempt to be ‘counterculture’? Not ironic. If you’re okay with being a walking representative of 500+ years of colonialism and racism, or don’t mind perpetuating the stereotypes that we as Native people have been fighting against for just as long, by all means, go for it. But by embracing the current tribal trends you aren’t asserting yourself as an individual, you are situating yourself in a culture of power that continues to oppress Native peoples in the US. And really, if everyone is doing it, doesn’t that take away from the irony? am I missing the point on the irony? maybe. how is this even ironic? I’m starting to confuse myself. but it’s still not a defense.
Stop getting so defensive, it’s seriously just fashion!
- Did you read anything I just wrote? It’s not “just” fashion. There is a lot more at play here. This is a matter of power and who has the right to represent my culture. (I also enjoy asking myself questions that elicit snarky answers.)
What about the bigger issues in Indian Country? Poverty, suicide rates, lack of resources, disease, etc? Aren’t those more important that hipster headdresses?
- Yes, absolutely. But, I’ll paraphrase Jess Yee in this post, and say these are very real issues and challenges in our communities, but when the only images of Natives that Americans see are incorrect, and place Natives in the historic past, it erases our current presence, and makes it impossible for the current issues to exist in the collective American consciousness. Our cultures and lives are something that only exist in movies or in the past, not today. So it’s a cycle, and in order to break that cycle, we need to question and interrogate the stereotypes and images that erase our current presence—while we simultaneously tackle the pressing issues in Indian Country. They’re closely linked, and at least this is a place to start.
Well then, Miss Cultural Appropriation Police, what CAN I wear?
- If you choose to wear something Native, buy it from a Native. There are federal laws that protect Native artists and craftspeople who make genuine jewelry, art, etc. (see info here about The Indian Arts and Crafts Act). Anything you buy should have a label that says “Indian made” or “Native made”. Talk to the artist. find out where they’re from. Be diligent. Don’t go out in a full “costume”. It’s ok to have on some beaded earrings or a turquoise ring, but don’t march down the street wearing a feather, with loaded on jewelry, and a ribbon shirt. Ask yourself: if you ran into a Native person, would you feel embarrassed or feel the need to justify yourself? As commenter Bree pointed out, it’s ok to own a shirt with kimono sleeves, but you wouldn’t go out wearing full kabuki makeup to a bar. Just take a minute to question your sartorial choices before you go out.
…and an editorial comment: I should also note that I have absolutely nothing against hipsters. In fact, some would argue I have hipster-leaning tendencies. In my former San Francisco life, had been known to have a drink or two in the clouds of smoke outside at Zeitgeist, and enjoyed shopping on Haight street. I enjoy drinking PBR out of the can when I go to the dive bars near my apartment where I throw darts and talk about sticking it to ‘The Man’. I own several fringed hipster scarves, more than one pair of ironic fake ray-ban wayfarers, and two plaid button downs. I’m also not trying to stereotype and say that all hipsters do/wear the above, just like not every hipster thinks it’s cool to wear a headdress. So, I don’t hate hipsters, I hate ignorance and cultural appropriation. There is a difference. Just thought I should clear that up.
do not pity the dead, harry, pity the living, and above all those who cannot go to comic con
These new army regulations only affect black women. Curly hair is not the same between races and the needs of curly hair between races are different and these hair styles are only worn by black women (excuse me for the 1% of white women with dreads). Those who are saying that the new regs aren’t discriminatory are wrong. Maybe they didn’t intend to be discriminatory-I don’t really care-but they are.
Jessica Williams and Travon (one of the staff writers) do it again!
This is why white women can’t be in the natural hair movement
Had to bold that comment
what’s really annoying me is that twist don’t even look that different to micro braids from a distance or in most pictures (especially on darker hair colours) so why would micro braids be allowed but not twists?
Wigs are allowed to cover natural baldness and physical disfigurement.
The military is paying you, and even gives you extra every year for uniform stuff. They’re giving you a regular paycheck, and they pretty much own you for the time of your enlistment. You are considered government property. Most of those are for safety reasons, and everyone follows those regulations. Not just “black women”.
I think what people do have a problem with though is that a white woman only has to get her hair cut (or wear it tied back, I think that’s allowed too) where as a black woman has to have a lot more done and they’re not allowed to just cut it short (from what I’ve heard) like the white women and don’t understand why. Everyone knows that the army has regulations (I think anyway) but people don’t understand the reasoning behind particular ones.
If someone could explain exactly what the problems with all the banned styles are, I’m sure people would be much less annoyed.
Here’s a link to the new policies. It does not specify race, so I don’t know why people are saying it’s discriminatory. Is it so hard to use hair relaxers or conditioner if you don’t want to spend hours in a salon chair or use weaves, microbeads, or cornrows? My hair does not like heat, humidity, and a lot of shampoos. I’ve gone through a lot, but I found something that my hair loves. By then, especially if you know that the Army has rules and regulations agains dreadlocks, twists, and the like, shouldn’t you have a hairstyle down that is acceptable under Army code?
is it so hard to use a something that if you put a coke can in it will literally burn through and can actually burn your skin and the hair off your head if left in too long? pls stop talking.
Because the woman in this video is screaming in pain, right? She’s using conditioner. Which will not melt a fucking coke can.
It’s not that hard. And I never said to use burning chemicals in your hair. I said relaxers OR conditioner. I’ve used relaxers. They don’t hurt. And maybe if it hurts when left in too long, *GASP* don’t leave it in too long. Pls read the whole comment.
a relaxer is actually a burning chemical that alters the composition of your hair. i’ve gotten relaxers too and let me fucking tell you i have screamed in pain even if i didn’t leave it in for a long time. you can’t wash your so many days before, can’t scratch your head beforehand because it’ll make the burn worse. what are you actually talking about? just because YOU haven’t gotten burned by a relaxer, it doesn’t mean people never have.
THEN USE CONDITIONERS AND FLAT IRONS! The woman in the video is black, with the hair style that the military doesn’t allow (lots of thickness and tight coils), so do NOT bitch to me that *oh no there’s nothing I can do!*
Yes there is.
Look at the video and if you don’t like the military’s policies, don’t join/reenlist!
It’s that simple.
No one is making you serve.
this is the last thing i’m going to say to you, there is not amount of fucking conditioner that i will ever, ever, be able to put into my hair that will EVER straighten it. I’m not going to flat iron my hair thereby altering its composition still without the guarantee that it will be coily again. THE MILITARY DOESN’T ACCEPT THE HAIR GROWING OUT OF SOMEONE’S HEAD BECAUSE OF RACISM END OF FUCKING STORY. THE WAY SOMEONE’S HAIR GROWS OUT OF THEIR HEAD SHOULD NOT DICTATE WHETHER OR NOT THEY CAN SERVE. THESE STYLES CAN BE PINNED UP SO THAT THEY DON’T HINDER YOU FROM WEARING YOUR HAT OR TOUCH YOUR COLLAR WHICH IS THE MILITARY REGULATION THAT I WAS AWARE OF WHEN I WAS PREPARING TO JOIN. I HAD NO IDEA THAT THERE WAS A HIDDEN RULE THAT SAID ALSO YOU CAN’T HAVE BLACK PEOPLE’S HAIR. IF I CAN FUCKING DIE FOR MY COUNTRY I SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO IT. IT SHOULDN’T MATTER. IT SHOULD. NOT. MATTER WTF MY HAIR LOOKS LIKE I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. you are probably the most ignorant pos i’ve had the pleasure of speaking to in a long ass time. i’m out.