The decision by Guatemala’s Constitutional Court was a dramatic legal victory for General Ríos Montt, 86, and a blow to human rights advocates who had called his conviction a sign that Guatemala’s courts would no longer allow impunity for the country’s powerful.
General Ríos Montt was sent to prison immediately after the verdict on May 10 when a three-panel tribunal found him guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. He was sentenced to 80 years in prison but was soon transferred to a military hospital for medical tests. Monday’s decision means that he will return to house arrest, where he had been held since the case against him began in January 2012.
The additional effects of Monday’s court ruling were unclear. The court did not invalidate the entire trial, which began on March 19. Instead, the court ordered that the proceedings be rolled back and reset to April 19, when a complex decision by another judge sent the trial into disarray, causing a brief suspension.
By April 19, the tribunal had heard all of the prosecution’s case and most of the defense’s. That testimony still stands. But the court’s ruling invalidated everything after that date.
Really your going to keep this going ? Your racist and unapologetic so that makes you the worst #trash
“you’re being mean to your white friends”
“why do you have a white boyfriend if you hate white people so much?”
“not all white people are racist, you know white people, you should know that”
“you’re being racist against white people”
i was just getting mad about this a minute ago
Please email and call these spaces and let them know that you are unhappy that they are allowing Rachel Ivey of Deep Green Resistance to speak at their space as part of the Resistance Rewritten speaking tour. Rachel Ivey considers trans women to be men; equates being transgender with being “trans racial”; and is friends with Cathy Brennan, a well-known transmisogynist who has publicly outed trans youth, filed lawsuits against her critics, and campaigned against gender identity protections. More on Rachel Ivey and DGR’s transphobia here.
We have included a sample email below.
June 1: Florida International University - Biscayne Bay (Miami, FL)
June 23: Bluestockings (New York, NY)
June 24: City College of New York (New York, NY)
Office of Student Life
June 28: First Unitarian Church (Philadelphia, PA)
July 4: University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario)
July 19: The Democracy Center (Boston, MA)
To whom it may concern,
I am writing because I saw that [space name] is hosting an event on the Resistance Rewritten tour featuring speaker Rachel Ivey of Deep Green Resistance. I am asking that you cancel the event due to Rachel Ivey’s oppressive beliefs about transgender people.
Rachel Ivey considers transgender women to be men; equates being transgender with a white person saying they are a person of color; and is friends with Cathy Brennan, a well-known anti-trans blogger who has publicly outed transgender youth, filed lawsuits against her critics, and campaigned against gender identity protections. Deep Green Resistance, the organization for which Ivey is speaking, has as its official policy that trans women are men. This is unacceptable.
I urge you to cancel this event. Transgender women are some of the most at-risk people in our society for violence, harassment, and murder. People like Rachel Ivey wish to obscure the intense violence done to transgender women, and indeed reinforce trans oppression.
Many people have already found my feature in Seventeen Magazine, so I am really excited to finally talk about this after hiding it for two months!
As of May 20th, I am the first Hijabi to be featured in Seventeen magazine. I’m really humbled and honored to announced that I’m working with Gucci, Beyonce for her campaign, Chime for Change and Seventeen Magazine to unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world.
I would like to thank everyone who has constantly shown support, but more importantly thank God for all the opportunities, people and happiness He has bestowed upon me. Without Him, I wouldn’t be where I am today because He was able to help me become a better poet with my second family, my poetry slam team and my wonderful coach who helped me find my voice and believing in me. Thank you to my parents and siblings, as well as my friends for supporting me in everything I do. Thank you to Kevin Coval for Louder Than a Bomb, because if I had never competed, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Alhumdulillah, I really thank God for helping me by letting others see the best in me and hiding my flaws.
The issue is in stores all over the world, on itunes, amazon and kindle. Please make sure to buy a copy to show your support, it would mean so much! If you are unable to buy the magazine, here is a high-res scan of this article. There are videos of my poetry on youtube, you can search by typing in “ainee fatima”
I will be posting a video of my trip and photoshoot in a couple of days, make sure you look out for it. Thank you again to everyone for supporting me in everything I do, I wouldn’t be here without your support.
Testimony focusses on a few relevant topics that influence today’s Native American images in motion pictures. For further information on the hearing and other wittnesses’ testimonies, go to: http://indian.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?hearingID=
“Native Americans traditionally have been associated with the Western myth: from the Dime Novel tales and the paintings of Frederic Remington to the Wild West shows of Buffalo Bill Cody and the popular Western movie and TV series, Indians appear to be inextricably linked to a remote frontier era.”
FUCKING THANK YOU.
Like Romeo and Juliet, she and her love were kept apart by parents.
ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C.(WCIV) – It’s no secret that the Lowcountry is full of history and culture, but for one group of people, it hasn’t been an easy road to keeping alive a past rich with tradition.
Just under two hours of highway driving south of Charleston to Beaufort County, down a winding dirt road on St. Helena Island sits the Gullah Garden. There is a woman, Queen Quet,who is trying to keep the history of the sea islands alive.
“I da Queen Quet head pond a body ting like dey dey,” she said.
She is the head of the Gullah Geechee Nation, and most of her life has been spent preserving the heritage of the Gullah Geechee people and the language they speak.
“Knowing the people were brutalized because of their language, realizing that you come from a history and a legacy of people who had the strength, or as the film says ‘will to survive,’ and then realizing the very land you live on, where this unique culture comes out of, that has its own language is something that you need to hold on to because it is your birthright,” said Queen Quet.
Her connection to the past is so strong that Queen Quet recalls a time when she could not bear to walk the historic streets of downtownCharleston.
“I would feel almost every energy, and it was harsh and it was brutal,” she said. “It was painful.”
But the pain did not stop until she put pen to paper.
“I started writing and when I finished this poem, it was the last time my feet ever burned and that the poem told the story of my ancestors and what they had been through along the coast and especially in Charleston,” Queen Quet said.
It was an inhumane struggle she says that today’s youth should be reminded of an carry with pride.
“When you find a Gullah Geechee person who wants to suppress their language and their mother tongue, more oft than not, they’re in the process of assimilation, which means that if they go too many generations without that kind of interaction, eventually, they won’t have that language and many times with the language goes the land that they are living on, too,” she said.
But Queen Quet is encouraged.
Through the likes of Twitter and Facebook, the younger generation is gaining a greater appreciation of the legacy they have inherited.
“I see now younger people being glad that they have that bilingual ability where before we were told we were backwards and we would never get anywhere in life if we continued to speak that way,” Queen Quet said.
An old soul among elders
You could say Queen Quet Marquetts Goodwine is an old soul. Growing up, she would find herself more times than not in the company of her elders.
“The best of my friends are the elders, the seniors,” she said.
At the new St. Helena Senior Center, she connects to her past through laughter. Just next door to the senior center there’s another new facility that Queen Quet was instrumental in making a reality.
“My books are here in the library,” she said. “The basket was the thing that connected us back to the motherland and into here.”
But Queen Quet’s work on behalf of her culture stretches beyond her books on the shelves of the library and St. Helena Island. She has received numerous recognitions and awards from around the globe, including the Audobon/Toyota TogetherGreen fellowship for environmental stewardship.
She will also be honored later this month in Washington by ASALH, an organization started by Carter G. Woodson, who is the founder of Black History Month.
It’s an award that she’s elated to receive.
But in the quiet time yards away from the shore, Queen Quet is left to reflect on the deep-seeded connection she feels to her culture’s beginnings.
“The first I think about is serenity and a peace that’s here, but as soon as I see water, I start thinking about the motherland because I know when I look in this direction that there’s somebody in the motherland looking back at me,” Queen Quet said. “I really pray the Gullah Geechee people themselves unify all the more and recognize their human rights and their right to self-determination and that they have a nation like any other in the world. But if they want to make sure that it always exists into the future, it’s going to take all of us working together.”
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