To Thug Kitchen: Your motto is “Eat like you give a fuck.” My challenge to you is: “Act like you give a fuck.”

 LINK :: Open Letter to the Perpetrators of Thug Kitchen | VINE Sanctuary Blog.

This is a must read.
Like the author, I originally thought Thug Kitchen was created by a young black man using a stereotype to change the way people eat.  The language didn’t bother me (I’m all about the swears,you know) but I was slightly uncomfortable with the lack of attention to the issue of access and affordability, key components to helping bring about change in lower income households but still, it wasn’t enough to keep me from reblogging on Tumblr now and then.

When it was revealed that the creators are a heterosexual white couple just utilizing stereotypical speech as a gimmick, I was definitely disappointed . I wondered how the authors would receive and respond to the criticism from the Black community. The lack of respect is profoundly disappointing. They learned nothing but hey, white people are buying the book,so there’s that.

‘Black culture is popular, black people are not’ and the problem with Thug Kitchen creators is that they exploits this premise to benefit themselves and never using their own privilege to help to change the ideas that contribute to anti-blackness.


Social Worker & Mental Health Tumblrs

There’s a wealth of information on tumblr regarding social work & mental health. These are listed together because the issues quite often go hand in hand.
Thanks to Creative Social Worker for putting this directory together.

Social Worker Tumblrs<br />
Creative Clinical Social Worker<br />
Social Workin’<br />
It Will All Make Sense<br />
The Political Social Worker<br />
Social Work Tech<br />
Social Work Helper<br />
Trauma Therapist<br />
Trauma Social Worker<br />
Connect The Dots Backwards<br />
Radical Social Worker<br />
Social Work Memes<br />
Social Werq<br />
Unemployed Social Worker<br />
Student Social Worker<br />
Products of Poverty<br />
SWK 4 Life<br />
What Should We Call Social Work?<br />
School Meet Life<br />
Canadian Social Worker<br />
Joylisamia<br />
Social Justice Solutions<br />
Life as a Social Worker<br />
ACSWA Clinical Social Work<br />
Social Worky Megan<br />
Lauren LCSW<br />
Miss Joan<br />
Heirloom June<br />
The Notorious Amy<br />
The Social Work Network<br />
Social Worker Taking on the World<br />
Social Work Grad Students<br />
Social Work Wisdom<br />
Social Work Sad<br />
School Social Worker Blog<br />
Social Work Psych Stuff<br />
Alison Rae<br />
What Even Is Social Justice?<br />
Chris Talks Social Work Stuff<br />
Southernish<br />
Social Work Bridges<br />
Social Work Wanderer <br />
Social Workers Online<br />
Tito Tito<br />
Hand Knit By a Failed Feminist<br />
The Social Work Exam<br />
The Running Vegan MSW<br />
Social Worky<br />
Social Work Musings<br />
Geeky Therapist<br />
Other Side of the Couch<br />
Steven Armijo<br />
Social Work, Psych and Counseling<br />
All Things Social<br />
June on the West Coast<br />
Chasing Thunder<br />
Social Work Problems<br />
Ramp Your Voice<br />
Onewomanareme<br />
Jehovahs Thicknesss<br />
Ducky Does Therapy<br />
Aspie Social Worker<br />
Social Justice Works<br />
Crasstun<br />
The Social Worker Life<br />
Social Worky Ideas<br />
Therapeutic Nihilism<br />
This is not Social Work<br />
Reflectophile<br />
Therapist Tumblrs<br />
Creative Clinical Social Worker<br />
The Humbled Therapist<br />
Therapy 101<br />
It Will All Make Sense<br />
Trauma Therapist<br />
What Should We Call Art Therapy?<br />
Connect The Dots Backwards<br />
Passionate Therapist<br />
Therapist Confessions<br />
Tenacious Twenties<br />
Kati Morton<br />
PsyD or Bust<br />
Twin Therapists<br />
So This is Expressive Therapies<br />
Ducky Does Therapy<br />
The Angry Therapist<br />
Doctor School Problems<br />
Psychologist Problems<br />
Keep Calm And Psychoanalyze<br />
She Wants the PsyD<br />
Other Side of the Couch<br />
Secrets of a Sarcastic Psychologist<br />
Confessions of a Broke Grad Student<br />
Geeky Therapist<br />
So You’re a Music Therapist<br />
Thrive Music Therapy<br />
Fuck Yeah Therapizing<br />
Misses Torrance<br />
Art Journaling<br />
Therapist at Play<br />
Creative Arts Therapy Rocks<br />
Psychotherapy<br />
Lowery Makes Art<br />
Serious Mental Illness Blog<br />
Psychological Musings<br />
Cognitive Defusion<br />
Chameleon Play Therapy<br />
LaraMaurinoTherapy<br />
Training-Psychologist<br />
Heirloom June<br />
Counseling Inside and Outside<br />
Psych Jim<br />
Mindful Irreverence<br />
The Medicated Therapist<br />
What Should We Call MFT<br />
Therapy Bros<br />
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy<br />
Creative Psychologist<br />
Therapy and Therapists<br />
Counseling Inside and Out<br />
Eevee Pony<br />
Therapy Ideas For Future Clients<br />
Shrink Rants<br />
This list represents a tumblr network of metal health professions from a wide range of backgrounds, intended to help us connect with one another. Click here for some more psych-related blogs.

Social Worker Tumblrs

Therapist Tumblrs

Psychology Tumblrs

Recovery/Support Tumblrs

ICYMI: Homeless in a Polar Vortex, giving away money to people who need it, funding programs for children in poverty and more


We’re in the middle of this polar vortex and it’s made me think more about homelessness than I probably ever have before.

Chicago Homeless Prepare for Deadly Cold


The Fight for Fair Food               Food Tank interviews the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a farm worker-led organization working to eliminate abuse, wage theft, and unsafe working conditions. The mission of Just Harvest USA is “to build a more just and sustainable food system with a focus on establishing fair wages, humane working conditions and fundamental rights for farmworkers.”

Ask A Native New Yorker: Should I Give Money to Homeless People? -A New Yorker answers the question,”Should I give money to homeless people?”. Great points and look at the issue of homelessness.

Food Stamps Are Affordable; Corporate Welfare Is Not -This is back from November when food stamps were reduced but I’m afraid this will continue to be relevant for who knows how long.
“The average American family pays a staggering $6,000 a year in subsidies to Republican-friendly big business.”
AND AGAIN… the average taxpayer making $50,000/year pays $36/yr into food stamps.

Why intersectional feminism matters. The average for white women is 80 cents for every dollar a man makes.

Why we should give free money to everyone -Mentions social experiments in the past (like Mincome ) that back up the theory that if you give poor people money, they don’t spend it on cigarettes and tattoos. They use it to make their life better & accentuate their community.

Invitation to a Dialogue: Children and Poverty |  Mark Shriver, an official of Save the Children, says we are failing to invest enough to lift kids out of poverty. Readers are invited to respond -I used to work at Head Start, as well as other programs that serve low income families. I live in a small community. I’ve had the benefit of watching children grow beyond Head Start and enjoyed staying in touch with these families. Programs like these work. Not just my anecdotal input… time and time again, statistics back it up. Funding from these programs should never,ever be cut. If anything, we should be investing more (instead of stupid shit like wars,for example).

[Songs for Social Justice] Free Nelson Mandela

On my regular ol’ blog, I post often about music. I apply music to life and think of it as making up a soundtrack to my own life and the world’s consciousness. It would seem strange if I didn’t carry the music over to this blog, so once in a while, I’ll share some songs that apply to social justice.

Nelson Mandela’s passing calls for commemoration in song. There have been many songs written to both call for justice for Mandela during his imprisonment and celebrate the social justice he achieved for those oppressed by apartheid in South Africa. I’m choosing this one purely for the context of what a song about a political and/or social issue can do.

Dorian Lynskey writes:

The Special AKA’s Jerry Dammers first encountered Mandela’s name when, in 1983, he attended a concert at Alexandra Palace in London to mark the imprisoned activist’s 65th birthday. During the headline set of South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, the crowd chanted “Free Mandela!”

Since settling in the US in the early 1960s, Masekela and his fellow South African exile (and later wife) Miriam Makeba had worked hard to publicise the injustice in their homeland, helped by the singer and campaignerHarry Belafonte.

Back home, music became an important means of inspiring and unifying the anti-apartheid movement. In 1964, the ANC activist and songwriter Vuyisile Mini went to the gallows singing some of the popular freedom songs he had written.


Some western musicians took an early stand against apartheid. The Musicians’ Union, in the UK, declared a boycott after the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, and the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Walker Brothers were among those who refused to perform in South Africa.

But compared with Vietnam and the American civil rights movement, apartheid remained a niche interest, even on the left. Gil Scott-Heron’s 1976 song Johannesburg was a rare call for solidarity: “They may not get the news, but they need to know we’re on their side.”

It was Steve Biko, not Mandela, who became the first anti-apartheid icon. When the young leader of the radical black consciousness movement died in police custody in 1977, he inspired songs by the folksinger Tom Paxton, the prog-rock star Peter Hammill, the reggae artists Steel Pulse and Tappa Zukie, and, tardily but most famously, Peter Gabriel.

“Bono called and told me that U2 had learned about apartheid and Africa from the Biko song,” Gabriel later said.

That same year, 1980, the UN finally approved a cultural boycott of South Africa, naming Mandela in a resolution for the first time.

The name was important. The ANC had been calling for the release of Mandela and his fellow political prisoners for years. Around the world, numerous petitions had been signed and tributes paid. But public awareness was stuck at a certain level.

In 1982, the 20th anniversary of Mandela’s arrest, the ANC’s leader-in-exile, Oliver Tambo, decided to relaunch the anti-apartheid campaign bywith an increasing focus on Mandela, effectively making him an international celebrity.

Awareness could not be generated overnight, as Mandela later wrily acknowledged in his autobiography: “I am told that when ‘Free Mandela’ posters went up in London, most young people thought my Christian name was ‘Free’.”

Dammers came home from Alexandra Palace in July 1983 with an armful of leaflets and an idea for a song. After the bitter demise of the Specials two years earlier, he had convened a new band, the Special AKA.

Their debut album, In the Studio, was a brooding, heavy affair and the song Nelson Mandela (better known by its US title, Free Nelson Mandela) was intended as a “happy ending”.

He invited members of the Specials and the Beat to join vocalist Stan Campbell on the chorus to create a mood of joyous solidarity. Produced by Elvis Costello, it was as optimistic as Gabriel’s song was solemn.

Tambo’s Free Mandela campaign could not have asked for more. The song was embraced by the UN, ANC and black South Africans, who sang it at demonstrations and played it over loudspeakers, even though the record was banned in the country. The chorus was so simple and catchy that anyone could sing it and remember its message.

Dammers put Mandela’s face on the front of the sleeve and filled the back with information gleaned from anti-apartheid campaigners.

From then on, the momentum became unstoppable. Dammers founded the British wing of Artists Against Apartheid, which brought him intoconflict with Paul Simon over the Graceland album: a bitter row which at least helped raise awareness.

The anti-apartheid movement became one of the decade’s causes célèbres. Stevie Wonder released the bluntly titled It’s Wrong (Apartheid)and was arrested during a protest outside the South African embassy in Washington DC.

The British reggae singer Eddy Grant recorded Gimme Hope Jo’Anna(Jo’Anna being Johannesburg). Many artists, from the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest to the Irish folksinger Christy Moore, continued to honour Biko.

Among school-age listeners in 1986, perhaps the most effective song was Spitting Image’s I’ve Never Met a Nice South African, cleverly placed on the B-side of the No 1 novelty hit The Chicken Song.

Masekela released two instant anthems calling for Mandela’s release, Tomorrow and Mandela (Bring Him Back Home), and Makeba wroteSoweto Blues, joining a groundswell of voices that had not existed when they began campaigning more than 20 years earlier.

Predictably, all of these songs fell foul of South African censors, and artists inside the country had to be more subtle. Dan Heymann, a reluctant army conscript, wrote the brutally satirical Weeping for His Band Bright Blue. The censors failed to spot a brief musical reference to Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, the banned ANC anthem, and Weeping reached No 1 on the government’s own radio station.

The multiracial band Savuka were more direct. Their song Asimbonanga, explicitly dedicated to Mandela, Biko and other activists, led to repeated arrests and raided concerts.

All this activity, and the inspiring example of Live Aid, led to 1988’s 70th birthday concert for Mandela at Wembley Arena, conceived by Dammers and the Simple Minds frontman, Jim Kerr, who wrote the well-meaning but windy Mandela Day for the occasion.

African musicians and dedicated campaigners shared the stage with sympathetic superstars on a night that peaked with the iconic trio of songs; Biko, Sun City and Nelson Mandela.

A subsequent survey found that three-quarters of 16- to 24-year-olds now knew who Mandela was and wanted him released: remarkable progress in just a few years.

The follow-up concert to mark Mandela’s liberation two years later had the advantage of starring the man himself. He took the stage after dark, greeted by thousands of cigarette lighters and the sound of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, then went straight to the airport to fly home and continue his work.

Dammers learned that Mandela had just one quibble with the Special AKA song. The line about his captors forcing him to wear painfully ill-fitting shoes had been taken from anti-apartheid publicity that turned out to be inaccurate.

It’s testament to Mandela’s integrity that, even when his own freedom was at stake, he felt that the truth required no embellishment.


Piety and Poverty: Nelson Mandela on poverty.   > > > Click image!

[Songs for Social Justice] “I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down…”

On my regular ol’ blog, I post often about music. I apply music to life and think of it as making up a soundtrack to my own life and the world’s consciousness. It would seem strange if I didn’t carry the music over to this blog, so once in a while, I’ll share some songs that apply to social justice or have perseverance of the human spirit at it’s core.

I don’t think enough people realize what a rabble-rouser Johnny Cash was. I always find it a little funny when Conservative leaning people embrace The Man in Black. My own Grandfather was a huge Cash fan. HUGE. But as much as I loved that guy and am grateful for the role he had in my life raising me, he was not what I would consider a compassionate man for much of his life. It wasn’t until the last 10 years of his life that I saw a lot of his hard stances on moochers and bums soften up quite a bit… mainly from witnessing my own experiences being ” beaten down, living on the hopeless,hungry side of town. ”

“The Man In Black” in particular is a great protest song. A lot of protest songs are angry and ranty but not so much this one. It simply and casually speaks about human compassion for others who are often vilified and a firm statement of solidarity.


Another great moment in Cash protest songs: When Johnny Cash Met Richard Nixon






I do not know the artist who did this great illustration of the lyrics. If anyone knows, give them a shout out.