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OccupySaskatoon, OccupyRegina


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For anyone who lives in Saskatchewan, there will be Occupy Saskatoon and Occupy Regina rallies.  Saskatoon’s is on October 15th, there’s a facebook page (facebook event here).  Also found there is a twitter hash tag for the event, #OccupySaskatoon (found here) and there’s one for #OccupyRegina as well (found here).  These are going hand in hand with other Occupy events around North America.

Here’s a bit of information from localyolk‘s tumblr:

So basically you can come to the university at 9:15 AM and support the issue that these students are trying to get the senate to discuss, which is corporations influencing the university(one of the head people of the senate has a bunch of shares of Cameco?). Apparently this issue is always pushed to the back of the meeting, and meetings usually run long so they never get to it. The students say if we have people in support of this issue needing to be discussed at the meeting they may choose to do it first, and even if they don’t they will feel an affect.

But if you cannot make that because of other commitments(or you were out too late last night ;] ) you can meet us in front of the Law building(which is beside the Arts building) at Noon. Then we march!

So, anyone who wishes to OccupySaskatoon or OccupyRegina, make sure to keep October 15th open.

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2011 in Life, randomness

 

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The Christian Right is at it again


This could conceivably be done in a 31 Days of Ghosts type post, because it’s horrifying what some people’s stupidity will lead to.

Yes, that’s right!  They’re coming after Halloween!  With the constant cries of “War of Christmas” that the Christian right always states is true (which, is bullshit), they are now suggesting that this Halloween, give out Bibles to all the trick or treaters.

 

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Okay, first.  Halloween is a kids’ holiday.  It’s not even a real holiday, like Christmas is.  And yes, you could argue that Christmas is for kids, but Christmas is for the whole family.  I also know that Halloween has it’s roots that go back to times before the middle ages when groups of people would go from house to help ward off evil spirits.  Now, Halloween is a time for kids to go house to house and trick or treat.  I do believe that in some areas if October 31 lands on a Sunday, then trick or treating is done on a Saturday.  That’s fine, I really don’t have a problem with that at all.

 

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It’s also a time when adults might go to costume parties at their offices or down to the local pub, or even get together and watch classic horror movies.  Nothing as extravagant, however, as is Christmas.

Now, second of all, I believe I have mentioned before that I am a Christian.  I also am of the belief that your faith is personal to you.  If someone asks, that’s fine.  I find it rude to talk to others and seemingly push your faith onto them.  I don’t think there’s some tally for the number of people we convert to Christianity, but I do believe we get major points for trying to help our fellow man without question and without want for payment.  So, by dumping Bibles into kids treat bags, this is sort of the reverse effect of the Jehovah Witnesses.  Instead of them coming to our doors, we’d be going to theirs.

The common reaction will be “but children need to know about God”.  I’m pretty sure if a child wants to know about God, then that child has all sorts of resources available to learn about Her.  Their parents are also there to help them answer any questions that they might have.  They don’t need outside influences pushing it onto them.  So, as noble intentioned as this is, you probably could have done a lot more good by handing out toothbrushes and toothpaste instead of Bibles.

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2011 in Life, randomness, Rants

 

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Change.org: Pro-gay student assaulted by principal


Change.org

 

Tell Monroe County officials to fully investigate a high school principal's assault on student who wants a Gay-Straight Alliance

Chris Sigler wants a Gay-Straight Alliance at his Tennessee high school, but his principal says no. When Chris wore a shirt to school supporting the club, that same principal allegedly assaulted Chris — and neither the school nor the sheriff’s office has fully investigated the assault since it occurred last Friday.

Chris was taking an economics exam when Principal Maurice Moser stormed into the classroom and ordered all other students to leave. (Chris’s sister, who was in the same class, refused to go.) Principal Moser shoved Chris against the wall, repeatedly bumped his chest against Chris, and shouted, “Who’s the big man now?” 

  When the folks at the Tennessee Equality Project and the GSA Network heard about Monroe County’s failure to investigate the assault on Chris, they knew something had to be done. So they started a petition on Change.org demanding a full investigation into the principal’s assualt on Chris — and the creation of a Gay-Straight Alliance club at Chris’s school. Please add your name to their petition now.

Sign the Petition Chris, who is straight, had been trying since August to create a Gay-Straight Alliance at Sequoyah High School. Chris wanted to create the club to provide support for gay students, including his sister, Jessica, who is bisexual. But Principal Moser blocked Chris from creating the group.

So Chris created a home-made T-shirt to support the club. The back of his shirt read, “Gay-Straight Alliance: We’ve Got Your Back.” That was enough to provoke Principal Moser to assault his own student in the middle of an exam.

The principal’s assault on Chris warrants a full investigation from the sheriff and the school district. And it’s evidence enough that Sequoyah High School needs a Gay-Straight Alliance. Sign the petition on Change.org calling for a thorough investigation of the assault on Chris Sigler:

http://www.change.org/petitions/investigate-harassment-of-lgbtq-youth-at-sequoyah-high-school-allow-a-gsa 

Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Eden and the Change.org team

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2011 in Life, randomness

 

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