Super Opinionated

Courtney Stanton stars as a woman with opinions on the internet.

susu6:

Hi! I’m tumblr user susu6 and I am in an awful situation right now! This picture is a lot of mail from the “Income Support Division” which was helping my family. Last month, after several weeks of jumping through hoops of paperwork and phone calls, I got approved for EBT/food stamps. This was a wonderful breakthrough for myself and my family of 4, because we’re been living in poverty since my father became disabled 5 years ago by a massive stroke.
At the start of this month, I got a notification from the EBT division stating that my benefits have already been cut off. The reason why, they stated, was because I didn’t participate in a work preparation class. Now, see, this is sort of confusing for me, because I filled out a legal form stating that I am completely disabled and I faxed it in to the proper people. I also got a notification stating that they received my fax. And yet, they are telling me that I do not qualify for food assistance, and that my benefits are currently not going to be reinstated.

This is absolutely crushing for me. It was this assistance that was allowing me to live safely, able to feed myself, my family, and my pets, while still being able to pay my living bills and keep my home. I’m working right now with my case worker to get this mess sorted out, but in the short term, this is really not going to work out for us. I need to be able to pay the electricity bill, water bill, gas bill, and rent within the next week, leaving my family with very little money for food.

I added a donate button on my blog sidebar, and I’d appreciate help and signal boosting in ways that I can’t put into words. Sorry for spamming your dashes with my long whiny post, but this is so so important to me. Thank you. High-res

susu6:

Hi! I’m tumblr user susu6 and I am in an awful situation right now! This picture is a lot of mail from the “Income Support Division” which was helping my family. Last month, after several weeks of jumping through hoops of paperwork and phone calls, I got approved for EBT/food stamps. This was a wonderful breakthrough for myself and my family of 4, because we’re been living in poverty since my father became disabled 5 years ago by a massive stroke.

At the start of this month, I got a notification from the EBT division stating that my benefits have already been cut off. The reason why, they stated, was because I didn’t participate in a work preparation class. Now, see, this is sort of confusing for me, because I filled out a legal form stating that I am completely disabled and I faxed it in to the proper people. I also got a notification stating that they received my fax. And yet, they are telling me that I do not qualify for food assistance, and that my benefits are currently not going to be reinstated.

This is absolutely crushing for me. It was this assistance that was allowing me to live safely, able to feed myself, my family, and my pets, while still being able to pay my living bills and keep my home. I’m working right now with my case worker to get this mess sorted out, but in the short term, this is really not going to work out for us. I need to be able to pay the electricity bill, water bill, gas bill, and rent within the next week, leaving my family with very little money for food.

I added a donate button on my blog sidebar, and I’d appreciate help and signal boosting in ways that I can’t put into words. Sorry for spamming your dashes with my long whiny post, but this is so so important to me. Thank you.

(via fakegirlgamer)

teenboypopstar:

thepeoplesrecord:

Columbia student will carry her mattress until her rapist exits school
September 2, 2014

While most students at Columbia University will spend the first day of classes carrying backpacks and books, Emma Sulkowicz will start her semester on Tuesday with a far heavier burden. The senior plans on carrying an extra-long, twin-size mattress across the quad and through each New York City building – to every class, every day – until the man she says raped her moves off campus.

“I was raped in my own bed,” Sulkowicz told me the other day, as she was gearing up to head back to school in this, the year American colleges are finally, supposedly, ready to do something about sexual assault. “I could have taken my pillow, but I want people to see how it weighs down a person to be ignored by the school administration and harassed by police.”

Sulkowicz is one of three women who made complaints to Columbia against the same fellow senior, who was found “not responsible” in all three cases. She also filed a police report, but Sulkowicz was treated abysmally – by the cops, and by a Columbia disciplinary panel so uneducated about the scourge of campus violence that one panelist asked how it was possible to be anally raped without lubrication.

So Sulkowicz joined a federal complaint in April over Columbia’s mishandling of sexual misconduct cases, and she will will hoist that mattress on her shoulders as part savvy activism, part performance art. “The administration can end the piece, by expelling him,” she says, “or he can, by leaving campus.”

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As painful as I know the constant reminder of attending school with her rapist must be, I’m glad she won’t be the only one forced to remember. I hope the rapist drops out immediately…or better yet, I hope he faces the justice he deserves. 

this is what a hero looks like

This woman is my fucking hero.

(via thetackyfemme)

dynamicafrica:

NEW MUSIC: Victoria Kimani - Prokoto ft Diamond Platnumz & Ommy Dimpoz.

American-born Kenyan artist Victoria Kimani releases a brand new video for her single ‘Prokoto’. If you’re wondering why the song has a heavy West African sound to it, it’s because Victoria, who briefly lived in Nigeria during her teenage years, is signed to Nigerian record label Chocolate City.

The track features to other East African artists, MTV MAMA and BET Awards-nominated Diamond Platnumz and fellow Tanzanian Ommy Dimpoz.

(via hannanimal)