I follow @KristyT on Twitter and she let me know about a project that she created with @tiffani (#DetroitWater) to help Detroit residents with their water costs. Their website is detroitwaterproject.org and there you can confidentially donate to cover a person’s bill.
Detroit has the highest percentage of Black residents compared to any other major U.S. city, and as I wrote about in Black In The 99%, race is most certainly forever intertwined with class and poverty; these cannot be extracted from each other, especially in a country where its very financial system and imperialistic power would not exist without enslavement and genocide. There is no way to extract the economic violence being committed upon Detroit residents from racial histories.
According to RH Reality Check, "in Detroit, the cost of water is nearly twice the national average, and approximately half of the city’s customers owe outstanding balances on their water bills. But let’s situate this against a broader historical and sociopolitical backdrop. By 2011, half of Detroit’s working-age population was unemployed, and only 27 percent had full-time work. Nearly one in five Detroit residents were below the poverty line. Approximately three in five children were living in households headed by single mothers (see Rose Brewer’s article on the prison industrial complex). Moreover, these statistics are significantly worse for the city’s Black and Latino residents.”
People simply cannot go without water and while this entire situation is larger than just “unpaid bills” but are acts of violence against these residents amidst larger economic and racial disenfranchisement, with the recent 15 day suspension on the human-made drought, hopefully no other excuses can be used to harm these people if they’re able to pay the bills. This isn’t about lack of “personal responsibility” creating negligence over a “luxury” but about systemic poverty, capitalism, privatization and WATER.
Again, if you want to support Detroit residents through a confidential donation via this fundraiser created by two thoughtful Black women, visit: detroitwaterproject.org.
did anyone ever find out why daniel radcliffe was walking all those dogs
I’m this bunnies momma
ARE U KIDDIN ME ITS SMALLER THAN A PLAYING CARD ITS SO TINY AND CUTE WOW WOW WOWEEEE
RINKO KIKUCHI PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARIANO VIVANCO
STYLING: NICOLA FORMICHETTI
but at this point I don’t care if Newt’s a Gryffendor or a Slytherin, let’s talk about HP characters in Jagers!
Harry and Ron piloting the Golden Snitch, the most manoeuvrable Jager ever made. Harry is the world’s golden child, the boy who lived, the one who’s parents died in a 1st gen Jager personally protecting him from a devastating attack.
Ron feeling constantly overshadowed, because of who his drift partner is, his brilliant scientist girlfriend, and because his entire family is involved in the program.
Hermione being offered a Crimson Typhoon deal with Ron and Harry, but reluctantly deciding that her work mapping the rift is more important. Once word get’s out about the offer though, the three of them are known as the Golden Trio in the media.
(The media being mostly gossip columnist Rita Skeeter, who writes about personal lives and scandals, and Colin Creevey, who hero-worships the pilots and writes about their triumphs.)
Hermione has to share a lab with crazy Dr. Luna Lovegood, who thinks that the key to winning the war is in understanding the Kaiju’s motivations and treating with them.
Bill and Fleur (Jaeger Breaker Veela) as the superstars of the program, with their incredible looks (even after Bill’s drivesuit burns), charming interviews, and fairytail romance.
Charlie as that one scientist who thinks that Kaiju are super cool on an anatomical level and wants to study and understand everything about them.
Percy as a bureaucrat who works hard to keep everything running, but eventually defects to the Wall of Life program and stops talking to his family.
Fred and George as the pilots of Wizard Wheeze, with one of the highest drift compatibility scores ever, until the fight that costs George an ear and puts Fred into a coma for a year and a half. That ends the twins’s careers as pilots, so they work designing new and innovative weapons for the others.
Ginny is still in the Academy, and has some of the highest drop scores ever recorded. The problem is that she just can’t find a drift partner, so she’s stuck on ice, so to speak. Eventually to everyone’s surprise she finds herself drift-compatible with Neville Longbottom, who’s parents were great pilots (though he himself was studying environmental sciences). They eventually pilot a mark 5 called Harpy Courage.
After the debacle with the Kaiju Voldemort (largest ever recorded) bringing down Emerald Marauder and killing Lily and James, Sirius retires from the program in grief and his partner Remus leaves their Jaeger Romulus Grimm to becomes a mentor to the newer pilots alongside Molly Weasley (who of course is a total mama bear to everyone in the Jaeger program).
Dumbledore designed the original Jagers and still runs the program even as an old man, though he hasn’t piloted since Grindelwald defected to form the Beuna Kai, which eventually becomes a terrorist organization similar to the Death Eaters.
Any more ideas? Wanna see Dobby as The Snitch’s chief mechanic? Feel free to add on to this absolutely ridiculous AU! (God knows I probably will).
TV show meme ➔ [4/5 female characters] Kaywinnet Lee Frye (Firefly)
I don’t believe there is a power in the ‘verse that can stop Kaylee from being cheerful. Sometimes you just want to duct tape her mouth and dump her in the hold for a month.
#I adore Kaylee so much #because her character is just so rare#someone whose soul is just so pure and sweet and good#but free of the assumptions that come with that #she is sexual #she is competent#she does crime #and none of those take anything away from her inherent innocence#she looks at the universe #and even though she has seen so much strife and pain#she still focuses on the beauty and the goodness #and I love that about her (via jaxin88)
fleur delacour is so important i can’t even put it into words
badass girl whose “most precious” was her sister, who despite what anyone might think of her (cough molly cough ron cough hermione cough) looks past any aesthetic unpleasantries because she is completely and irrevocably in love with bill, who willingly risks her life for harry (the seven harrys, anyone???), who manages to create a spot of brightness in the middle of war (wedding!!!), who is feminine and badass at the same time, who opens her home to an entitled goblin and multiple refugees/runaways, who doesn’t sacrifice one bit of her integrity or character despite the looming threat of war