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Jul 13
1863-project:

tigertwo1515:

did-you-kno:

Source

Damn

OKAY, LET’S TALK ABOUT ROBERT SMALLS (BECAUSE HE HAS A NAME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH).
ANYWAY.
Robert Smalls was born into slavery in 1839 and at the age of 12 his owner leased him out in Charleston, South Carolina. He gravitated towards working at the docks and on boats and eventually became the equivalent of a pilot, and in late 1861 he found himself assigned to a military transport boat named the CSS Planter.
On May 12, 1862, the white officers decided to spend the night on land. Smalls rounded up the enslaved crew and they hatched a plan, and once the officers were long gone they made a run for it, only stopping to pick up their families (who they notified) along the way. Smalls, disguised as the captain, steered the boat past Confederate forts (including Ft. Sumter) and over to the Union blockade, raising a white sheet his wife took from her job as a hotel maid as a flag of truce. The CSS Planter had a highly valuable code book and all manner of explosives on board.
Smalls ended up serving in the Union Navy and rose to the rank of captain there. He was also one of a number of individuals who talked to Abraham Lincoln about the possibility of African-American soldiers fighting for the Union, which became a reality.
After the war, Smalls bought his owner’s old plantation in Beaufort and even allowed the owner’s sickly wife to move back in until her death. He eventually served in the South Carolina House of Representatives (1865-1870), the South Carolina Senate (1871-1874), and the United States House of Representatives (1875-1879) and represented South Carolina’s 5th District from 1882-1883 and the 7th District from 1884-1887. He and other black politicians also fought against an amendment designed to disenfranchise black voters in 1895, but it unfortunately passed.
Smalls ended his public life by serving as U.S. Collector of Customs in Beaufort from 1889-1911. He died in 1915 at the age of 75.
And now you know Robert Smalls.

1863-project:

tigertwo1515:

did-you-kno:

Source

Damn


OKAY, LET’S TALK ABOUT ROBERT SMALLS (BECAUSE HE HAS A NAME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH).

ANYWAY.

Robert Smalls was born into slavery in 1839 and at the age of 12 his owner leased him out in Charleston, South Carolina. He gravitated towards working at the docks and on boats and eventually became the equivalent of a pilot, and in late 1861 he found himself assigned to a military transport boat named the CSS Planter.

On May 12, 1862, the white officers decided to spend the night on land. Smalls rounded up the enslaved crew and they hatched a plan, and once the officers were long gone they made a run for it, only stopping to pick up their families (who they notified) along the way. Smalls, disguised as the captain, steered the boat past Confederate forts (including Ft. Sumter) and over to the Union blockade, raising a white sheet his wife took from her job as a hotel maid as a flag of truce. The CSS Planter had a highly valuable code book and all manner of explosives on board.

Smalls ended up serving in the Union Navy and rose to the rank of captain there. He was also one of a number of individuals who talked to Abraham Lincoln about the possibility of African-American soldiers fighting for the Union, which became a reality.

After the war, Smalls bought his owner’s old plantation in Beaufort and even allowed the owner’s sickly wife to move back in until her death. He eventually served in the South Carolina House of Representatives (1865-1870), the South Carolina Senate (1871-1874), and the United States House of Representatives (1875-1879) and represented South Carolina’s 5th District from 1882-1883 and the 7th District from 1884-1887. He and other black politicians also fought against an amendment designed to disenfranchise black voters in 1895, but it unfortunately passed.

Smalls ended his public life by serving as U.S. Collector of Customs in Beaufort from 1889-1911. He died in 1915 at the age of 75.

And now you know Robert Smalls.

(via waxjism)


Feb 21
fishingboatproceeds:

riceflavor:

diegueno:

This week, Tunisia passed a truly historic constitution widely heralded as a progressive and monumental document. Here’s just some of what these brave elected representatives agreed upon in the face of strong pressure from the more extreme factions of their parties:
Guaranteed equality between men and women
A constitutional mandate for environmental protection, only the third country in the world to do so
A declaration that health care is a human right, with preventative care and treatment for every citizen
A democracy with civil laws that respects freedom of religion
An established right to due process and protection from torture
In one stroke,
Tunisia’s become more democratic than many Western countries have been for years.This is a revolution of democracy and a great victory for human rights — and the more we recognize that, the more Tunisia can shine as an example for the Western and the Arab world!Congratulate the Legislators!MESSAGE FOR TUNISIAN LEGISLATORS: We , the citizens of the world, applaud your bravery in making a strong commitment to universal human values in your constitution. People deprived of democracy around the world look to you to set the example of human rights and democratic principle — hold true to the promises made in this revolutionary document! (via Three Cheers for Tunisia’s Revolutionary Constitution!)


Yes.

Huge moment for Tunisia, which has persevered through terrorist attacks and assassinations. The hard work doesn’t end today, of course, but this is a great day nonetheless.

fishingboatproceeds:

riceflavor:

diegueno:

This week, Tunisia passed a truly historic constitution widely heralded as a progressive and monumental document. 

Here’s just some of what these brave elected representatives agreed upon in the face of strong pressure from the more extreme factions of their parties:

  • Guaranteed equality between men and women
  • A constitutional mandate for environmental protection, only the third country in the world to do so
  • A declaration that health care is a human right, with preventative care and treatment for every citizen
  • A democracy with civil laws that respects freedom of religion
  • An established right to due process and protection from torture
In one stroke,
Tunisia’s become more democratic than many Western countries have been for years.

This is a revolution of democracy and a great victory for human rights — and the more we recognize that, the more Tunisia can shine as an example for the Western and the Arab world!

Congratulate the Legislators!

MESSAGE FOR TUNISIAN LEGISLATORS: We , the citizens of the world, applaud your bravery in making a strong commitment to universal human values in your constitution. People deprived of democracy around the world look to you to set the example of human rights and democratic principle — hold true to the promises made in this revolutionary document!

Yes.

Huge moment for Tunisia, which has persevered through terrorist attacks and assassinations. The hard work doesn’t end today, of course, but this is a great day nonetheless.

(via waxjism)


Jul 24

politicalmachine:

36 Photos From Russia That Everyone Needs To See

Russia is hosting the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi. What does this mean for gay athletes and spectators? Is the US Olympic Committee okay with this?

(via littlemousling)


Jun 3


All in Favor by Amber Tamblyn

Dear men in congress,
You think banning birth control is conservative progress?
You think sanctioning my ovaries won’t bring me to violence?
How about I tell you what to do with your caucus?
It is now illegal to think about me topless
To keep your lotion where your socks is.
To refer to powerful women as monsters like those jocks at Fox did.
I am not afraid to cock-block dick.
To sew an instructional video for rape kits to your eyelids and make you watch it.
I’ll take away your golf clubs and gun clips.
I’m going to fix this by getting you fixed.
Enough’s enough, kid, come on stop that.
If you want to make this law then use my law rap.
You have the right to get strangled by a bra strap.
Anything you sexualize with, can and will get shot at.
With a glock cap.
I’ll shove your life in a duffle bag
Hand it over to a sex trafficker and let him smuggle that.
You want to cuddle dad?
No! Don’t touch me!
You can’t touch me anymore!
I’m so pissed I forgot how to rhyme!
I hate you so much I forgot what I was talking about!
Who wants to get Mexican food?
Jay-Z, do something!
This is do or die.
These are the new rules I play by.
This is the end of the line.
KO, white guy.
Ladies testify.
It’s time to put a measure on the floor against chromosome-Y.
All in favor say I.


Oct 4

smythe-hummel:

heathermorris:

“i love coal”

“i like big bird”

ok mitt

(via peachbows)


Aug 26

barackobama:

squidkitten:

OBAMA IS SELLING A COFFEE MUG WITH HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE ON IT AND ON THE OTHER SIDE IS HIS FACE AND “MADE IN THE USA” I AM ACTUALLY CRYING

Yes, this is a real thing we sell in our store!

(via somehigherplace)


Feb 22

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Oct 6

House GOP triples budget to fight same-sex marriage

lgbtlaughs:

shortformblog:

  • $1.5 million in funding to prevent gays from marrying source

» Don’t forget, this is taxpayer money, allocated by House Republicans to their legal counsel to defend DOMA in court. It was originally capped at $500,000, but that limit has since been tripled.

I’m reblogging this because this is an utter joke. A cruel, sick, twisted joke.

(via foundorfollowed)


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