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Reposted from [livejournal.com profile] gregoria44:

Alabama city to destroy Indian mound for retail store

That's right, folks. They're going to destroy a place of archaelogical/anthropological/spiritual importance...to build a Sam's Club.

ETA: There's a protest!

AUGUST 30TH
TWO PM TO FIVE PM (2-5 PM)
at the STONE MOUND behind KOHL'S ON OXFORD EXCHANGE in Oxford, Alabama

(Many thanks to the awesome [livejournal.com profile] gregoria44 for the protest reminder!)

From [livejournal.com profile] juno_magic on Twitter:

New Afghan legislation further diminishes women's rights

The revised bill allows husbands to starve their wives if the women deny their husbands sexual favors. Afghan laws are typically made of several types of fail, but this is fail of epic proportions, even by those standards.

Gawd, the world just gets more effed up everyday.

(no subject)

Date: 2009-08-17 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gregoria44.livejournal.com
Nice work - but don't forget the protest!

AUGUST 30TH
TWO PM TO FIVE PM (2-5 PM)
at the STONE MOUND behind KOHL'S ON OXFORD EXCHANGE in Oxford, Alabama

I saw the Afghan law business on the BBC news site. Every time I think women are getting a better place in the world, I read something like this and am appalled once again.

See, that's what irks me about Feminists (see capital letter) who are too busy worrying about words like 'management' and 'manpower' to actively campaign against these GROSS misuses of 'justice'.

You may be interested to know that Amnesty International have a whole raft of women's campaigns on the go at any time.

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Date: 2009-08-17 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roh-wyn.livejournal.com
Oh, thanks for the heads up on the protest. I forgot to C&P that from your post. *facepalm*

I'm not a traditional feminist, but I do work with women's rights advocacy groups in my pro bono practice, so this is something that hits really close to home for me.

You may be interested to know that Amnesty International have a whole raft of women's campaigns on the go at any time.

Thanks for the tip! I volunteer sometimes with Advocates for Human Rights (http://advrights.org) and with the local asylum law projects, and we deal with immigrant women's rights often.

(no subject)

Date: 2009-08-17 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-branwyn.livejournal.com
That Indian mound is huge, at least compared to the ones I've seen in my state (which have been nominated for status as World Heritage sites). This makes me hate Walmart even more, if that were possible.
There are days when I don't want to go work and wish I didn't have to work for a living. Then I remind myself that I am lucky that I live in a country where I can be a wage-earner. Those poor women.

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Date: 2009-08-18 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roh-wyn.livejournal.com
Inorite? Like we didn't have already have enough reason to think of Walmart as the scourge of our times. *rolls eyes*

I just have no words for the idiocy that passes for law in Afghanistan. Those poor women are living in a state of near-slavery...in the 21st century. I can't even wrap my mind around that.
From: [identity profile] wenrom31.livejournal.com
The last line of the article kind of sums it up, I think:

For now, it appears Oxford officials are pressing ahead with the project. As Mayor Smith said in its defense, "What it's going to be is more prettier than it is today."

Hm. More prettier? Wonderful. In the face of such vision and intelligence, what else should we expect? ::rolls eyes::

Isn't progress great? Why should we mind kissing 1500 years of human history goodbye when we can replace it with something so much more prettier like a Sam's Club? My son is fond of calling Walmart a soul-sucking black hole. I think I'm inclined to agree.
From: [identity profile] roh-wyn.livejournal.com
And you know what? I've never seen a neighborhood become "prettier" because of the addition of a concrete bunker-like storefront. *sigh* It's just so shortsighted, I can't stand it.

(no subject)

Date: 2009-08-18 04:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sspring92.livejournal.com
The whole human race is just so screwed up!

(no subject)

Date: 2009-08-18 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roh-wyn.livejournal.com
I know. It seems like it gets more screwed up everyday somehow. *is sad*

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Date: 2009-08-18 08:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tigger-01.livejournal.com
*stamp stamp stamp*
Sharia law makes me want to throw up, go back in time and hurt - badly - whoever thought that these laws would be good for the continuation of happy and progressive human existence, and 'get them into heaven'.

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Date: 2009-08-18 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roh-wyn.livejournal.com
You know what's really sad about all this? Democracy hasn't made one lick of difference to the plight of these poor women. Now they're just pawns in a political game between various factions in Afghanistan. It makes me just so mad!

(no subject)

Date: 2009-08-19 06:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tigger-01.livejournal.com
God, absolutely. The fact that democracy (if you can call it that, it's not like the govt has any power out in the country anyway) allows this kind of legislation to come up is so disappointing.

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