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My name is Myra.
I'm 22 years old.
I'm a college student (Long Beach State "Senior" trying not to drop out sooo close to graduation but im not feeling it).
From Pasadena, California
(pictures of me tagged "myreezy", things i write tagged "myreezy writes")


A U.N. committee urged the U.S. Friday to stop police brutality, in light of the shooting of Michael Brown that set off the riots in Ferguson, Mo.

In a news briefing Friday, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (C.E.R.D.) vice chairman Noureddine Amir said the “excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern.”

"Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Amir added. "This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials."


The U.N. panel also called for a review of the controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws and for further investigation into the shooting. 

Several officers in Ferguson have been pulled off duty as a result of brutality. One, who threatened protesters with a gun, was removed earlier in August. Another, who pushed CNN’s Don Lemon during a live broadcast, has also been relieved of his duty. In all, the acts in Ferguson have led to a $41.5 million lawsuit against the Ferguson and St. Louis County police forces over civil rights abuses.

The panel isn’t the only international call    for curbing police misconduct. The New York-based International Action Center held a protest outside NYPD headquarters supporting Michael Brown. The Human rights    organization Amnesty International also sent observers to Ferguson. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon commented through spokesperson Stephane Dujarric that authorities should “ensure that the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are protected… He calls on all to exercise restraint, for law enforcement officials to abide by U.S. and international standards in dealing with demonstrators.” 

Source: Shirley Li for The Wire








and that’s why you don’t go around fixing people

and that’s why you don’t give up pieces of yourself to make someone else whole

We do this more than we think. Sometimes we reject those who have helped us the most. Other times, we help those who allow their egos to hide their humilities.











it may take time but there is someone waiting to hold your hand

My tears


This is still my favorite Tumblr thing






I heard his story on NPR. His mom raised him to “not see color” etc. And the cops beat  the hell out of him when they pulled him over. It took seeing him in jail beaten half to death for her to see that race matters every day.

"I thought that love would conquer all and skin color really didn’t matter. I had to learn the really hard way when they almost killed you."

yo fuck these white moms who be putting their Black kids in danger because they wanna be on some post-hippe everything is love and sunshine bullshit. that’s fucking child endangerment.

I HAVE to say something because don’t blame the mother for teaching their child to be color blind… blame the POLICE. 

White people (especially you allies), please remember that color blindness is YOUR PRIVILEGE & OUR NIGHTMARE. Because of the way YOUR ancestors set up the CURRENT society, visible POC will be treated as LESS THAN HUMAN, EVEN BY YOU. If you don’t believe it just take a look at the responses you give to people of color - you dismiss our facts/proofs/claims/feelings about the racism that exists because YOU CANNOT BELIEVE IT. YOU HAVE INTERNALIZED RACISM SO MUCH THAT YOU CANNOT SEE THE FORESTS FOR THE TREES WHEN YOURE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT. Do NOT tell us who to blame - doing that makes an individual as controlling and violent as the very system itself and spits in the face of all the black people and POC that have experienced brutality and death at the hands of whites SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY EXIST.





The St. Louis County police officer who was recently suspended after video surfaced of him threatening to “kill everybody” and who shoved CNN’s Don Lemon on live television in Ferguson has retired. Officer Dan Page, a 35-year veteran of the force, had his last day on August 25th. Sergeant Colby Dolly, aid to the St. Louis County Police Chief, told msnbc by phone that Page is expected to receive his full pension. 

Officer Page was suspended from the force on August 22, after an online video surfaced of him threatening violence and criticizing President Obama, Muslims and LGBT people. 

The officer’s pension has not yet taken effect. 

Source: Collier Meyerson for MSNBC

Not surprised and now he’ll have more time for his KKK meetings.

Nope, no surprises here…

Yup. On the one hand, he could fight; on the other, get a pension and accolades as a martyr of sorts. We know these people now.


imagine if mike brown’s family had considered deleting their son’s social media before the media got to it

that would turn heads

"what are they trying to hide?"

"a teenager with no internet profile? seems fishy"

"did he keep a low profile because he was in a gang?"

but no one thinks its weird that darren wilson’s internet EVERYTHING seems to have magically vanished







As a huge proponent of serious charitable organizations, it always is disturbing to see trends such as Kony 2012 and various Susan G. Komen for the Cure initiatives take the social media atmosphere by storm. From the ultimate backlash against the celebrity-driven Kony fraud to the embarrassment of the KFC ‘Buckets for the Cure’ campaign backed by Susan G. Komen, I was immediately hoping that the infamous new ‘ice bucket challenge’ would in fact be an exception to the series of misled social media fundraising campaigns.

As soon as the ALS Association published its official numbers and my contacts within the investigative community confirmed the worst, however, it was apparent that once again we have been shoveling (or dumping in this case by the bucket-load) our hard earned funds into an organization that only uses about 27% of its financing to actually fuel research ‘for the cure’ — which just so happens to be based on pumping up the bloated pharmaceutical industry.

But don’t just take my word for it.

$95 Million Later: Only 27% Of Donations Actually Help ‘Research The Cure’ 

Reaching over 94 million in donations at the time of writing this article, thanks primarily due to the viral ice bucket challenge marketing campaign, you may be surprised to see the admitted breakdown of the company’s donated resources. You may be even more surprised to see the income breakdown within this non-profit that prides itself in helping ‘find the cure’ for ALS — now the most common among the five motor neuron diseases. From the company’s own records, we find the following cost breakdown for the year ending in January of 2014 [see above pie chart]. 

Research, as you can clearly see, sits at only 27% of the organization’s overall expenditures. Fundraising (marketing), stands at around half at 14%, and 1.9 million in administration (7%) was spent on their roster of highly paid non-profit executives. In fact, we even have the salary figures for each executive, including the ALS Association CEO’s six figure total:

  • Jane H. Gilbert – President and CEO –$339,475.00
  • Daniel M. Reznikov – Chief Financial Officer – $201,260.00
  • Steve Gibson – Chief Public Policy Officer – $182,862.00
  • Kimberly Maginnis -Chief of Care Services Officer – $160,646.00
  • Lance Slaughter -Chief Chapter Relations and Development Officer – $152,692.00
  • Michelle Keegan – Chief Development Officer – $178,744.00
  • John Applegate – Association Finance Officer – $118.726.00
  • David Moses – Director of Planned Giving – $112,509.00
  • Carrie Munk – Chief Communications and Marketing Officer – $142,875.00
  • Patrick Wildman – Director of Public Policy – $112,358.00
  • Kathi Kromer – Director of State Advocacy – $110,661.00

And let’s be clear: I am a huge proponent of prosperity and business expansion. When it comes to private business and commerce, it benefits us all to see growing numbers among a company and its members. This, however, is not the case for a ‘non-profit’ organization that is based around the concept of ‘searching for the cure’ and ‘funding research’ as its primary goal. Especially when this organization is being funded with close to 100 million dollars through a viral social media campaign in which it appears no one truly took the time to investigate the very company they are shoveling their assets into.

But as our friend Sayer Ji of GreenMedInfo points out in his breakdown of the ice bucket phenomenon, even the smaller portions spent on ‘research’ for ALS are actually going towards pharmaceutical interventions and the pharmaceutical industry at large. There is simply no room to spend even a single percent of the $100 million in an effort to educate you about the reality that numerous studies available through the United States National Library of Medicine have demonstrated the natural preventative effects of key substances like:

Vitamin E: Shown by research to exhibit a whopping 50-60% decreased risk of developing ALS when taken alongside powerful polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Vitamin B12: Demonstrated by scientific study to be highly beneficial in the aid and understanding of ALS. In fact, PubMed research specifically reveals the integral usage of vitamin B12 in ALS research:

“To develop a symptomatic treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, we compared the effects of ultrahigh-dose and low-dose (25 and 0.5 mg/day, intramuscularly, for 14 days) methylcobalamin on averaged compound muscle action potential amplitudes (CMAPs) in a double-blind trial. No significant changes in CMAP amplitude were found in 12 patients who had the low-dose treatment at either 2 or 4 weeks after start of treatment. By contrast, 12 patients assigned to the ultrahigh-dose group demonstrated a significant increase at 4 weeks. This method may provide a clinically useful measure to improve or retard muscle wasting, if a larger extended trial fulfills its promise.”

And the list goes on. But what’s even more important to consider is the lack of information regarding the actual cause of ALS, which may be even more valuable to many sufferers. Looking to the research we find an extensive list of culprits that can be identified and reduced, including:

Pesticides: Not mentioned by the ALS Association, a number of studies have drawn links between ALS and pesticide exposure.

Lead: Often contaminating the food supply and foreign products, 4 studies have demonstrated a relationship between lead and ALS at large.

Statin Drugs: You may already be well aware of the dangers surrounding statin drugs, in which case this may not surprise you. ALS has been identified as a possible side effect of these drugs that aim to reduce cholesterol.

The Bottom Line: Spread Information, Give to Trusted Charities

Amid all of the social media madness when it comes to charitable organizations like Susan G. Komen and now the ALS Association, it remains true that the key element necessary for real change is the spread of information. And when financial abilities allow for it, supporting real charities with a proven track record of directly supporting its stated goals with the bulk of its financial power.

As a major believer in supporting real charities, I always am searching for real organizations that follow these principals. Earlier this year, I found out about a Washington native named Ben Charles whose charity had been shut down by beauracratic government officials — even going as far as to threaten Ben with arrest for feeding the homeless on the streets of Olympia. Concerned about this issue, I further reached out to Ben back in early December of 2013, documenting the government crackdown on his initiatives and others.

Later that month, I gave another church that was targeted by the government for handing out turkeys on Thanksgiving a $1,000 donation in order to purchase additional food items (specifically turkey) and distribute it among those who needed it in the area — a proverbial middle finger to the bureaucratic park rangers and officers who sought to shut them down. This was also done as an initiative to drive others to do the same.

Now, amid yet another social media donation campaign that has led to almost 100 million going ‘towards the cure’, I am inspired (and want to inspire others) to give to a charity that really gives directly to the people it seeks to serve. That’s why I am giving $2,000 to Ben Charles and his grassroots ‘Crazy Faith’ food program in Olympia, Washington in order to help feed hundreds of homeless individuals on the streets with healthful food items.

With this donation, 100% is to be used in order to purchase high quality foods to feed those in need — and educate them on how to better their lifestyle with wholesome foods.

Whether or not you have the funds available to support your local communities, what’s even more important is the spread of information. If everyone donating to the ALS Association actually took the time to share key articles such as those highlighting the dangers of ALS-linked toxic substances, or those discussing the power of natural alternatives to ALS treatment, millions would be helped within hours.

No matter what the next social media fad becomes, always remember that it is your voice that propels change and life-saving differences.

can someone explain to me why providing services to families and communities is bad?

the largest part is going to education how is this *SCANDALOUS* exactly?

I know!

and like fundraising is also important especially because ALS’s budget just go slashes by a huge amount by the government. 

And administration is just 7% like it’s not that big and administration is a useful part of an organization, like those people need to be paid because not everyone can afford to volunteer services. 

Also I kinda hate the water outrage too because TAKE LESS SHOWERS or like maybe EAT LESS MEAT like cows are a huge user of water. Really you’re going to bitch about the drought because of this? WHAT ELSE ARE YOU DOING ABOUT THE DROUGHT? 

Are you reporting everyone you see violating the water use rules? Are you? If you see water running down your neighbor’s yard and into the road, report them

Or like let your lawn die. Kill your lawn. 

like is this suppose to expose misuse of funds or something?

only 7%of the budget is for paying staff


We cannot forget that Black and Brown Lives Matter. We are all in this together. #Ferguson #Immigration


We cannot forget that Black and Brown Lives Matter. We are all in this together. #Ferguson #Immigration


Creating a new face, for a new drawing. Someones eyes someones mouth and my nose.


Creating a new face, for a new drawing. Someones eyes someones mouth and my nose.


72 Degrees in the shade.
The Animated Self Portrait 
T.S Abe


72 Degrees in the shade.

The Animated Self Portrait 

T.S Abe