We are a new generation, and although we adapt habits and practices from previous generations it is our responsibility as the youth to bring forth new ideas on how we could make the world a better place. With advanced technology, possibilities of doing this are more in reach than any other generation before us. Access of information has allowed unjust practices from around the world to be reported to rational thinking humans in places like California – and that is exactly what is happening. Acts of oppression anywhere is important to every living person because that means they live in a world that lacks justice. So by being informed it is only right to generate discussion, and get people talking, right? That is what our aim at American Ink Apparel is. Israel has been top ranked when it comes to practicing oppression, usually against the people of Palestine; however, the practices that they force on their own citizens are just as oppressive. A program that was set in place since the 1980s to get all remaining Jews out of Ethiopia has brought over 200,000 Ethiopians to Israel. The Jewish state promised Ethiopians a life of prosperity with possibilities in the job sector, education, and family. This prosperity came with a high cost. In order for Ethiopian women to enter Israel they were forced to take long-term birth control shots called “Depo-Provera.” These shots cause extreme side effects, and were given to women against their will. Women who were given these shots were told they were basic vaccinations that every citizen has to take, when in reality they were dangerous contraceptives that take away any fertility rights that these Ethiopian woman ever had. The goal of the Israel government was to diminish the amount of black Jews in Israel, who are constantly discriminated against in every aspect of Israeli life. In Western civilizations the Women’s Rights Movement has made tremendous strides towards liberation, but as long as women are oppressed in other countries, they will not reach full liberation. We propose that our viewers take a minute to read up on this contraception practice in Israel, and give us feedback on their opinions and experiences. Once again it is a priority of our generation to bring new ideas to the table on how we could stop, or at least slow down practices of oppression – and at American Ink were doing the best we can to do so.
Thanks again Robby Johnson (Marketing Director) for this well written article.