Harassmap

The movement and the success of the tracking of harassment of women is an amazing tool. The statistics on harassment were overwhelming. It brought to mind the way in which bystanders do not engage to stop public behaviors that are unacceptable. The 75 percent of individuals noted as not coming to the aid of those women being harassed is very startling. It reminded me of the case in which a woman cried for help in New York City during a rape and although, many heard her cries for help not one person intervened, called the police or reached out to help the victim. The use of the app to call out those that engage in such deplorable behavior is an effective tool in the fight against harassment of women. The ability of the app to track previous incidents and locations of incidents will hopefully detour those from further deplorable behavior. The problem with any type of movement is apathy. The cost to women and society as a whole with this type of behavior is also noteworthy. What message as a society do we send to our future youth if we allow these behaviors to go unchecked. We are condoning it if we do nothing to stop it. The movement and its ability to achieve funding through human rights organizations points to the need to stop treating women as property and objects. If this were a global program would it help to detour the sickness of human trafficking of women? It would appear that if women were able to share their stories it might work as prevention. I watched a program created by a serial rapist from prison that gave women insight as to how avoid situations in which they are more vulnerable to rape, sexual harassment and attacks. I shared this information with my two daughters and it has been very helpful. The key is information and the movement is centered on this approach, which is a very effective tool. The places, people and situations to avoid are central to the success of any determent of unwanted behaviors towards women. More importantly, making the perpetrators of sexual harassment aware that they are being watched and that there are consequences to their inappropriate activities is key to achieving positive change in the area of women’s rights. Society as a whole to call out this behavior on the streets, in the workplace and in the media…#Harassmap.

Legislation of Morality

“People with low incomes and communities of color are two groups that have historically faced systemic barriers in accessing quality health care, are less likely to have health insurance, and who benefit most from these protections.” Once again the conservative movement and anti-abortion rights activists are attempting to legislate morality. It appears that they always want less government with the exceptions of military complex expansion and issues of morality. They constantly want to get in our bedrooms when it comes to moral and ethical issues. History has shown that restricting the rights of a woman to choose is devastating on economical, social and health concerns.   It is never surprising when we ask these legislators what they would do if their daughter had an unwanted pregnancy….oh yes, they don’t have to worry about federal funding like the millions of low income women in this situation. We are now going backwards as we usually do when we allow the very few to make decisions for the masses. The concept of requiring a man to be notified as a “host” before an abortion is another misguided approach to the problem. ” In biology, a host is an organism that harbors a parasitic, a mutual, or a commensurable symbiotic, typically providing nourishment and shelter.” A host really at a party…what in the world is this congressman talking about…moral legislation as usual from the conservative right. Less government with the exception of your bedroom.

Freedom of Tweet and Internet Speak

Bassel Khartabil is an innovator of internet technology and created a  space for people to explore a new world internet. His activism with regard to the internet as a platform for free speech unfortunately, cost him his freedom. When free speech comes in conflict with  corrupt regimes and those that rule with oppression the victims become those that are speaking out….Bassel Khartabil. His (detainment) arrest was a blow to  online communities and the freedom of expression he fought to create online.

The opportunity to express ones displeasure with government regimes is often met with resistance and even murder. Bassel Khartabil has disappeared, how does someone disappear while being detained and locked-up? As we learned in class last Thursday with the guest speaker Shahid Buttar the information gathered by governments like the United States is often used to suppress any movement that is a threat to the economic and political means of those in power. This was evidenced by the files that were taken from the FBI by the Vietnam Veterans that implicated the organization for manifesting malicious actions towards Martin Luther King. One wonders is they broke in two years later what would we discover about the death of John F. Kennedy. Governments have a way of making those that speak out either remain in jail, become discredited and/or disappear/are murdered.

Sadly, Bassel Khartabil has an opportunity to come to the United States and work as professor at MIT as noted in the text for this week. We as a nation can no longer expand our Imperialism in countries around the world for resource extraction and then build a wall around ourselves. In effect, we want our hands in everyone’s cookie jar although, you better not try to get any of our yummy cookies. We have our own sad history of detainees and Trump announced yesterday that no other detainees at Gitmo will be released…”they are very dangerous to the world and must never be released.” It appears as if the government of Syria also finds Bassel to be very dangerous and that he must never be released….Who is it that is threatened by the release? Bassel was an internet frontiersman with vision for a future were open exchange of thoughts and ideas is a paramount concept to the expansion of the human race. Shall we digress as a race and continue to suppress freedom of speech and information… Stand-up for these rights or you may find yourself carried away (detained, disappeared) next!

 

Public Space and Waste

The discussion from the text explores the problems with cultural diversity when oppositional  forces divide public space . The question as to peaceful protest and whether or not the right to public space is infringed upon by one group or  sector of the greater society sparks an interesting debate. Rights to public space appear to become blurred when the space becomes occupied by one particular group. The homeless park at Berkeley was identified in the article. If you make the public space your home do you have more rights to be there than others.

Public space is where we must protest and if pushed even private spaces. For example, the private businesses that adhered to Jim Crow laws required public protest for the battle ground was on their properties…water fountains, restrooms and lunch counters for example. Parks, for example, with the #youstink protests are more common venues for large public protests. Globally the larger areas of public space are most frequently the canvas for launching protest…China’s Tienimum Square, Capital Hill Mall and large open spaces in every large city. The success of the protest requires that the venue be central to those who are seeking followers for a movement. As far as the horrific violent images fro Beirut during the protest , one must assume by the violent outbreak that passions were running very high on all sides of the protest. Police intervention when heavy handed always turns to violence and public harm.. history substantiates this premise as true.

How do we turn it around?

The Black Lives Matter Movement and other upstart black movements have been judged as to lacking leadership. Even Oprah is noted in the text of expressing criticism for the lack of leadership. As noted in the text the concept of leadershipless social action maybe a symptom of the twitter /social media movements when in reality their are leaders of black movements as identified in the readings. These leaders have qualities that are different and have evolved from the Martin Luther King era. They are as the article states more facilitators of action and moderators that spark the group into action… more democratic and less autocratic.

The greater problem is how do we spark change among youth in cities where violence, unemployment and poverty are at an all time high. The need for work, education and opportunity are evident as tools for solving the problem. If a society has primary needs met …drugs, violence and social upheaval diminish. How do we meet our needs? More military?