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Writer/Educator/Bikes interested in nation/gender/Slavic things RPCV Ukraine 2012-2014

All photos taken by me unless indicated otherwise.

nprfreshair:

Human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson represents those who have been abandoned. His clients are people on death row — abused and neglected children who were prosecuted as adults and placed in adult prisons where they were beaten and sexually abused, and mentally disabled people whose illnesses helped land them in prison where their special needs were unmet.

Today he spoke to us about justice in the 21st century:

"The new statistic from the Justice [Department] is really disheartening: The Justice Department is now reporting that one in three black male babies born in the 21st century is expected to go to jail or prison. The statistic for Latino boys is one in six. That statistic was not true in the 20th century. It was not true in the 19th century. It didn’t become true until the 21st century. That means we have enormous work to do to improve our commitment to society that is not haunted and undermined and corrupted by our legacy of racial inequality.”

One Lawyer’s Fight For Young Blacks And ‘Just Mercy’

Photo: Linda Nylind, The Guardian

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brookeinmoz:

My day begins between 6 and 6:30am, just as the women in my area begin sweeping their yards with tethered bundles of sticks and the booming bass of music begins blaring from houses near and far. Instead of the call of roosters I hear donkeys and the rumble of semi trucks as…

Sometimes when you’re 10, your parents tell you you’re going to have a new sister. And then, 18 years later, she grows up, gets a job, and randomly sends you the cutest dress you’ve ever seen just so you can wear it to work and spill oatmeal on it. #iloveyou

Sometimes when you’re 10, your parents tell you you’re going to have a new sister. And then, 18 years later, she grows up, gets a job, and randomly sends you the cutest dress you’ve ever seen just so you can wear it to work and spill oatmeal on it. #iloveyou

"My gin, my juice, my soul."
The world is abundant.

"My gin, my juice, my soul."

The world is abundant.

Conflict Uncovers a Ukrainian Identity Crisis Over Deep Russian Roots - NYTimes.com

"Even among those Ukrainians pleased with the current turn to the West, many are grappling with the almost inconceivable idea that Russia has become a mortal enemy, forcing Ukrainians to draw a line between themselves and what has long been their cultural motherland.

Ms. Bekeshkina, the sociologist, noted that Ukrainian independence came virtually overnight 23 years ago, so it took the conflict with Russia for people here to grasp its importance. ‘People are now deciding who they are as a people,’ she said.”

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I think Oksana Zabuzhko’s response in Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex ties it together pretty well:

"because your homeland is not simply the land of your birth, a true homeland is the country that can kill you.

Before I begin I would like to thank all of you, present here and absent, for the completely unjustified attention you have given my country and my humble persona—because if there’s one thing that we haven’t been spoiled by yet it’s attention: to put it bluntly, we’ve been lying there dying unnoticed by bloody anybody (and I’m still in a rather privileged position here, because if I were to really have the guts to say fuck it and pour the rest of those tablets in the Orange bottle down my throat, my body would be found relatively soon, I’d say, probably within three days” (29-30).

It’s okay to be fucking angry. Героям слава.