World Water Day is Saturday, March 22nd. Access to clean sources of water continues to allude many people, though there has been progress. In the image above, women carry water from a reservoir created by harvesting the water vapor contained in fog high in the mountains of Nepal. Fog passes through a netting system and upon contact it condenses into water droplets; the droplets fall into pipes and are channeled to the village water tank. As a result of the system there is now sufficient water for a school in the village.

Photographer Brent Stirton has been documenting water issues throughout the world for over a decade. See more from Global Water Issues



I got dressed in my traditional Indian regalia, but there was a man, he was the producer of the whole show. He took that speech away from me and he warned me very sternly. “I’ll give you 60 seconds or less. And if you go over that 60 seconds, I’ll have you arrested. I’ll have you put in handcuffs.”

- Sacheen Littlefeather in Reel Injun (2009), dir. Neil Diamond.

You can watch the original speech here



It’s on Netflix Instant ! 


Tegan and Sara - August 2012 Under The Radar Cover


Tegan and Sara, from Under the Radar (print), August 2012 (Photo by Tommy Kearns)

This day in history

On June 20, 1967, boxer Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted.”Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No, I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here….. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people, they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years.


LGBTQ* Bans and Health Codes 

Since 1983, during the advancing years of HIV/AIDS scare, the FAC (Federal Advisory Committee) has placed a ban on gay* men donating blood. When filling out the blood donation questionnaire provided, donors are asked (if male) if they have slept with another male since 1977. If they answer yes, they are then told they cannot donate.

The FAC will be reviewing the policy again in the next few years (it failed to overturn the ban in 2010). 


An open letter to Fox News.


As seen in Glasgow.

We have a lot more work to do in our common struggle against bigotry and discrimination. I say “common struggle” because I believe very strongly that all forms of bigotry and discrimination are equally wrong and should be opposed by right-thinking Americans everywhere. Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination.

– Coretta Scott King, “Creating Change” conference of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, (9 November 2000)
3 years ago with 53 notes via

Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists there is no true freedom.

– Nelson Mandela, for the Campaign to End Poverty in the Developing World






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please take a moment to sign petitions or do some research on this crisis. spread the word as much as you can. the people of libya need our support!

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“the opposite of love is not hate. It’s indifference.” - Elie Wiesel

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