Wake Forest and Salem Students, organized by Muslim peers, came together to show solidarity with Trayvon Martin and Shaima Al Awadhi. Students are calling on our community leaders to condemn hate crimes and make sure our community is a safe place for everyone.
Please re-post this picture to raise awareness about these atrocities! Let’s encourage other Universities & schools to create photographs such as this one!
*This is not meant to compare both tragedies, but to recognize them both for injustice and discrimination being carried out.
“As her mother tells it, 9-year-old Brisenia Flores had begged the border vigilantes who had just broken into her house, “Please don’t shoot me.”
But they did — in the face at point-blank range, prosecutors allege, as Brisenia’s father sat dead on the couch and her mother lay on the floor, pretending that she too had been killed in the gunfire.”
Fuck the Minutemen FOREVER. Disgusting, putrid excuses for human beings, every single one of them.
I will always reblog this story because we can’t forget about this. We can’t forget what has happened and is happening. We have to stop the hate that fueled this horrific crime.
The front-page newspaper story featured a list of Uganda’s 100 “top” homosexuals, with a bright yellow banner across it that read: “Hang Them.” Alongside their photos were the men’s names and addresses.
In the days since it was published, at least four gay Ugandans on the list have been attacked and many others are in hiding, according to rights activist Julian Onziema. One person named in the story had stones thrown at his house by neighbors.
A lawmaker in this conservative African country introduced a bill a year ago that would have imposed the death penalty for some homosexual acts and life in prison for others. An international uproar ensued, and the bill was quietly shelved.
But gays in Uganda say they have faced a year of harassment and attacks since the bill’s introduction.
The legislation was drawn up following a visit by leaders of U.S. conservative Christian ministries that promote therapy they say allows gays to become heterosexual.
“Before the introduction of the bill in parliament most people did not mind about our activities. But since then, we are harassed by many people who hate homosexuality,” said Patrick Ndede, 27. “The publicity the bill got made many people come to know about us and they started mistreating us.”
More than 20 homosexuals have been attacked over the last year in Uganda, and an additional 17 have been arrested and are in prison, said Frank Mugisha, the chairman of Sexual Minorities Uganda. Those numbers are up from the same period two years ago, when about 10 homosexuals were attacked, he said.
It is hard for me to understand why schools don’t have better systems to abolish bullying and inappropriate teasing. After all, if you are paying taxes and your taxes are funding the schools your children attend, shouldn’t we have every right to ensure their safety?
A Muslim boy says four bullies made his life a living hell in the halls of a Staten Island public school, calling him a “terrorist” and beating him every chance they got.
The victim, a 16-year-old high school freshman, told his father and the police of the constant abuse he endured, prompting the arrests Sunday of his teen tormenters on suspicion of hate crimes.
Today in History: On October 7, 1998, Matthew Shepard was beaten and left tied to a fence post outside Laramie, Wyoming. Shepard, a student at the University of Wyoming, was attacked by two men after they offered Shepard a ride but found out he was gay. He was found tied to the fence 18 hours later by a passing cyclist. Shepard, now in a coma, was rushed to the hospital where he died five days later. The death sparked conversation and debate about whether crimes against homosexuals should be considered hate crimes. The Matthew Shepard Act would finally be signed into law by Barack Obama in 2009, extending hate-crime legislation to include homosexuals.