The Women Ridding Sri Lanka of Landmines

Jalini, 30, gets to work in the paddy fields in the ‘Vanni’, the ‘rice-bowl’ region of northern Sri Lanka. But she isn’t harvesting rice; rather she’s on the hunt for landmines, a deadly legacy of the violent 26 year-long conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers…until the various hidden landmines are identified and removed, the community in Thunnukai can’t work here. Jalini and her fellow de-miners have already found a dozen mines in this field alone, and believe there are some more. Across the north of Sri Lanka, an unknown number of land mines litter the once productive landscape, threatening lives and livelihoods.”

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Black Women Intellectuals (pdf) (from Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life with Cornel West



Victoria Ruiz from Downtown Boys

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Victoria Ruiz from Downtown Boys

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Today marks the anniversary of FDR signing executive order 9066, which authorized the “indefinite detention” of nearly 150,000 people on American soil.

The order authorized the Secretary of War and the U.S. Army to create military zones “from which any or all persons may be excluded.” The order left who might be excluded to the military’s discretion. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt inked his name to EO9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, it opened the door for the roundup of some 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese citizens living along the west coast of the U.S. and their imprisonment in concentration camps. In addition, between 1,200 and 1,800 people of Japanese descent watched the war from behind barbed wire fences in Hawaii. Of those interned, 62 percent were U.S. citizens. The U.S. government also caged around 11,000 Americans of German ancestry and some 3,000 Italian-Americans.



Disliking a trans or nonbinary individual does not mean you get to misgender them as if correct pronouns are a privilege that only nice trans people get to have.

I know some people who need to remember this.


Yarl’s Wood Immigation Removal Centre aka Detention Centre aka Detention Hell

and their website is horrific:

Former Yarl’s Wood Detainee Calls For An End To Detention Hell

“WE did not know they were coming for us. Nobody ever knows they are coming.”
Meltem Avcil’s voice wavers as she describes the moment when, in the early hours of August 27, 2007, she and her mother were ‘dragged’ from their Doncaster home and bundled into the back of a van by immigration officers.
“They knocked hard on the door; a terrifying noise. Even now if I hear a loud bang I start shaking,” she says.
Meltem (pictured) was just 13 years old when she was taken to Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre on the outskirts of Clapham.
Now she is 20, a mechanical engineeering student at Kingston University, and campaigning to end the detention of women seeking asylum in the UK - 
beginning with Yarl’s Wood.
“Whatever they try to call it, any place where they search you at the gates, give you an ID card and lock metal gate after metal gate after you is a prison,” she says of the centre she lived in for 91 days.
On Thursday, she brought her fight to the Government’s doorstep in a peaceful protest outside the Home Office in Marsham Street, London. She was joined by human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti and refugee charities including Women for Refugee Women.
Back in 2010, Meltem’s story moved the coalition to act after they pledged not to detain the children of 
asylum seekers.
Her ultimate goal is to put an end detention full stop. But first she is calling for women to be removed from Yarl’s Wood (‘step by step,’ she says).
Since opening in 2000, the centre has been mired in controversy including the fire of 2001 and most recently the dismissal of two guards who sexually abused a female detainee. “Alot of people ask if I am sexist by only campaigning for women,” Meltem says, “but my reply is, of course not. What I know is, for a woman, being in detention is like being in hell”.
A report released last month by Women for Refugee Women, spoke to 46 women who had been detained, the majority in Yarl’s Wood, and found 93 per cent of women felt depressed in detention; 61 per cent thought about killing themselves; and more than one in five had attempted suicide.
More than 85 per cent of the women said they had been raped or tortured before arriving in the UK.
Meltem’s Kurdish family was forced to flee their home in Turkey when she was just four years old.
She travelled to Germany with her parents, where they were refused asylum; they then travelled to the UK, where her parents split up, and she remained with her mother. “After that we lived peacefully in Doncaster until the night they came for us,” she says.
Her message is clear: allow asylum seekers to live in the community they seek sanctuary from while cases - which can take years to be decided - are resolved.
Innocent until proven guilty.
The Detained report also showed that just 36 per cent of women who sought asylum and placed in detention centres were then removed from the UK. The others were either granted leave to remain, or continued their cases while living in the community. Watching her mother endure the experience of detention was enough to convince Meltem that something had to change.
“I had a choice to pretend everything was fine or do something about it. I chose to do something about it.”
In an open letter to Theresa May, which accompanies her petition for change, Meltem makes her plea: ‘It’s possible to create an asylum process which treats women who have survived rape and torture with dignity and humanity’.
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