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What You Bomb / Vijay Prashad

The whole “I support Palestinians but Hamas is an extremist/terrorist” yadda yadda yadda line is annoying. Occupied peoples have a right to resistance and armed struggle MUST be a part of any liberatory praxis when the oppressor has forgone consciousness and dehumanizes an entire people.

"When people are occupied, RESISTANCE is justified."

Hmm… now I’m really considering waiting another year before I apply to grad school.  Prior to getting this job, I have always felt a sense of urgency to get my master’s degree and start working in higher education/student affairs.  A lot of my mentors have suggested that I pursue a master’s degree immediately or soon after my undergrad because without it, it’s rather difficult to find work in the field.  And honestly, I have internalized some sort of stigma that I am a “failure” and will “lose focus on my career path” if I continue to push back this process.  

But what’s the rush?  Why continue to put myself in debt when I have the opportunity to pay off some loans while I gain more experience working in a related field?  Why rush myself to go to grad school when my heart isn’t completely in it?  And even if my original plan changes, is that necessarily a bad thing?  What if I become passionate in another career path?

I know there’s still so much I can learn, do, and grow from in SF/the Bay.  I can really develop professionally if I stay at my job for over a year.  I have more time to immerse myself in the Pil-Am community and other organizing spaces, something that I’ve been trying to do since I’ve moved back.  And I know I can really work on my own personal development and self-love/self-care in the meantime.  I also won’t feel as rushed with the grad school application process and will have a better idea of exactly what programs I would like to pursue.

Definitely need to reflect on this more.

Detroit rallies largest turnout for Palestine in years

blackonpalestine:

The event was a success, yet organizers saw significant room for growth in solidarity and building joint struggle between Palestine and Detroit. Copeland remarked that “It’s a long term work to connect black populations to the struggle in Palestine, and it’s a long term struggle to connect those groups supporting Palestine to the struggle in black Detroit.”

Organizers William Copeland and Dawud Walid. Photo credit: Invincible