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Provide Internet to Protect Human Rights

There’s nearly 4 billion people in the world that are connected to the internet. Near half of the earth’s population right now. Internet has become something very important in our lives. Almost all data and information we use is transferred via internet.

Right now, free flow of information depends on internet and internet has been of the most important tools to protect free speech and human rights. Censoring internet or putting limitations on its connectivity is for sure a violation of freedom of speech.

Some governments like Iran, China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, etc. censor internet a lot. During protests in Kashmir, Indian government blocked internet access. Good internet connectivity, right now, is almost impossible in Kashmir and it’s very hard for journalists and people to report about the situation there.

During the latest protests in Iran, same thing happened and internet was down for near a month and people were unable to report their situation to anyone. This is a thing that should never happen again.

Governments like India can run a genocide. Same thing happened in Burma against Muslims and because of lack of connectivity to internet, nobody knew about it for a long time and even after world found out about it, the Burma’s government denied everything and tried to censor news and information about it.

We should find a way to provide a service (internet) that can’t be censored or limited. Protectors of human rights and governments that pretend that they value human rights should try to provide unlimited and not-censored internet to ensure that people can talk freely and report violations on human rights all around the world.

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Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

Today, protesters in Minneapolis clashed with police following death of a human (black) because of police brutality.

In a video that went viral on social media, a black human being was pinned down by a blue pig. Today, people were protesting against this brutality and this horrible, obvious violation of human rights.

The man in the video was telling the blue pig that he can’t breath but the pig refused to move his leg, which was placed on the neck of the arrested man, and the pig was pushing more weight on the poor guy’s neck. RIP George Floyd.

Police officers all around the world are brutal and protectors of power. People all around the world experience this violence and we’re forced to obey their rules.

This injustice and brutality happens a lot in U.S., against black people (among other races). I believe waiting for the system to do something is wasting time. People should rise and protest and don’t stop till something serious happens from government.

This brutality, injustice, inequality, and discrimination should be stopped immediately with guarantees that these things will never happen again.

“Justice delayed is justice denied”. Don’t forget about this and rise up.

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Society

Menstrual Hygiene Day

Menstrual Hygiene Day is an annual awareness day on May 28 to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management. It was initiated by the German-based NGO WASH United in 2014 and aims to benefit women and girls worldwide. The 28th was selected to acknowledge that 28 days is the average length of the menstrual cycle.

In low-income countries, girls’ and women’s choices of menstrual hygiene materials are often limited by the costs, availability and social norms.Adequate sanitation facilities and access to feminine hygiene products are one part of the solution. Creating a culture that welcomes discussion and makes adequate education for women and girls is of equal importance. Research has found that not having access to menstrual hygiene management products can keep girls home from school during their period each month.

Menstrual Hygiene Day creates an occasion for publicizing information in the media, including social media. Public information campaigns can help to engage decision-makers in policy dialogue. The day offers an opportunity to actively advocate for the integration of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) into global, national and local policies and programs.

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FreeCulture Society

Google Is Helping China to Censor Internet

Two days ag, Palmer Luckey reported on Twitter that Google (YouTube) is deleting his comments about a Chinese propaganda.

YouTube has deleted every comment I ever made about the Wumao (五毛), an internet propaganda division of the Chinese Communist Party. Who at Google decided to censor American comments on American videos hosted in America by an American platform that is already banned in China?

Palmer Luckey
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Please Donate Part of Your Taxes to Autistici/Inventati

I received this email message just now.

If you file taxes in Italy, you can donate to Autistici/Inventati via the so-called “5 per mille”, an option to donate 0.5% of your taxes to a non-profit organization.

To do so, on your “Modello CU Unico” and Form 730, in the section called “5 per mille”, you will have to sign your name ad insert the tax code (codice fiscale) 93090910501 where it says:

“SOSTEGNO DEL VOLONTARIATO E DELLE ALTRE ORGANIZZAZIONI NON LUCRATIVE DI UTILITA’ SOCIALE, DELLE ASSOCIAZIONI DI PROMOZIONE SOCIALE E DELLE ASSOCIAZIONI E FONDAZIONI RICONOSCIUTE CHE OPERANO NEI SETTORI DI CUI ALL’ART. 10, C. 1, LETT A), DEL D.LGS. N. 460 DEL 1997”

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Asides Society

Anti-Vaxxers Are Protesting Against COVID-19 Vaccine

There’s still no vaccine for coronavirus (COVID-19) but stupid anti-vaxxers are protesting against it. If you know any anti-vaxxer, please explain how vaccines work and if they still don’t accept the good in vaccines, please try to avoid them as much as you can.

Anti-vaxxers can be very dangerous to your health specially when it comes to vaccinating people against the coronavirus. There’s also this note on The Guardian.

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Society

It’s Late but Happy Birthday Général Toussaint Louverture

Few days ago, May 20, was the birthday of Général Toussaint Louverture.

Born 20 May 1743, Louverture was a former slave who would lead the Haitian Revolution that would defeat the French and Spanish colonizers and established the first free, Black republic shortly after his death in 1804. Louverture led the anti-slavery uprising in his country into a war for independence, using his political and military genius against colonial forces led by Napoleon, one of the greatest military commanders of all time.

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Society

It’s Human Rights

I believe we should all work to ensure human rights and freedom of speech. Women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, black rights, workers’ rights, etc. All are human rights. We cannot forget other societies under the pretext of supporting one society.

What I do believe in is that every human being that fights for its rights, is a great soldier and a future maker. The war is not finished. This is a war against those who still can’t accept that slavery is over.

But today’s slavery is different. In today’s world, people are slaves of capitalism. People are slaves of those who believe women are less than men. We see this everyday in our lives.

Women are paid less than men in a same job. Women are still considered housekeepers by default. There’s still silly talks that men don’t have emotions. Workers are still being oppressed by the rich. Many people have sexuality that is not respected.

We should not fight for black rights; we should not fight for LGBTQ rights; what should we do is fighting for humans because we all are humans. Every human being, no matter what its job, sexuality, financial status, color, nationality, ethnicity, etc. is, should be respected and treated fair and equal.

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Society

The Point Is to Change the World

Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.

Karl Marx
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Riseup’s Fundraising Campaign Is Done Susuccessfully

Riseup announced that its fundraising campaign for year 2020 is done successfully. This doesn’t mean you can’t donate. You can still donate to help Riseup increase its service quality

Our fundraising campaign has been a little nontraditional this year. We are wrapping it up with this email and want all of the people and movements that use Riseup’s services to rally and appreciate the things that we are accomplishing together.

So far, 2020 has proven to be a pretty intense year… It is heartening to see people come together and engage in mutual aid and solidarity. We see a silver lining in these difficult times. In a time where most of us are being left behind by the rich and powerful, we hear serious talks of a general strike. Together, people are moving to stand up to them.

We know this comes at a hard time for many people and some of you need to keep your own efforts alive. Riseup would not be possible without you all, or without the hard work that our communities do in movements around the world. We want to thank you all for your dedication and focus on making the world a better place in all the various ways that you do. If you are someone who is less affected, please consider helping keep activism alive as the daily struggle becomes more difficult.

Our goal to reach 600 monthly donors by the end of March not only succeeded, but we made it to 650. A heartfelt thank you to the folks who have committed to sustained support throughout the year. Our goal to enhance our VPN services succeeded. All in all, we raised 25% of the funds it requires to keep Riseup’s lights on.

It’s never too late to donate! The funds you send us are directly used to increase our services’ quality and help the activist community.
https://riseup.net/donate

Thanks to the people who mail nice letters when they send in money, you spread joy in our collective and inspire us to keep going.

Thanks to the people who are making recurring donations, you help us know that the servers will keep running.

Thanks to the people who run services like ours, we are in this together.

Thanks to the people who manage mailing lists, you spread the word.

Thanks to you! (Except the spammers, nobody likes you…)

Riseup’s email message – May 13, 2020