i’ve been thinking a lot about accessible activism lately

i’m just so tired of people upholding this Real Activism where people physically go out to protests and rallies and do the Real Work and donate and tell everyone else to stop sitting in front of their computer and that you need to Get Out There as if mental illness and chronic illness and literally everything about life doesn’t exist

not all of us can leave our homes, our families, our jobs, spend money, let alone have any of those things to begin with, y’know?

so how do we make activism more accessible? esp now that people are criticizing online petitions and fundraisers as not being enough? what does it mean to be an activist? what does it mean to do? what does it mean to do enough?

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White protesters get called “patriots,” after blocking streets and terrifying school buses filled with children. It’s assumed these “protesters” have jobs. No riot gear. No tear gas. No tanks.

Meanwhile, Ferguson protesters get called called “thugs,” “animals,” and “terrorists” for blocking streets. Protesters make sure ambulances are able to pass through. Ferguson protesters are told to “go get jobs.” AND we’ve seen the massive police response. Pin on Pinterest.

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Today, November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. I am remembering the too many transgender and gender diverse people whose lives have been destroyed, diminished or damaged by hate and ignorance. I am also honoring today my transgender and cisgender friends who stand up against hate, and who work so hard to make us all safer.

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Fists Up! Fight Back!: Help A Mother Regain Legal Custody of Her Children

Our friend Kerie is on a fixed income and needs some help paying legal fees. After a loooooong battle to get parental rights restored, the end is in sight and any help is greatly appreciated! 

She’s already paying off thousands of dollars of legal fees accrued to-date and must now prepare for a long cause hearing in February 2015 which will likely cost another $3000 in legal fees as it will involve subpoenas and expert witness testimony, likely a psychological assessment to prove she’s mentally fit, etc.

Let’s ensure she doesn’t have to do this alone and help this mama so that money isn’t the barrier standing between her and what’s best for her kids!! To help, you can purchase this shirt.

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It’s never too late to remember, and never forget our brothers and sister’s struggles. We’re Here. We’re Queer. We’re Fabulous. Don’t Fuck With Us!
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I am loving student life

And I don’t just mean that in a sleeping in until 11 and watching Netflix sort of way (although both of those activities are not without merit). This Gender Studies course is absolutely fascinating, and I’m very proud of my grades so far. In fact, I have found my niche in life. Should everything continue to go this well, my plan is to continue my studies and obtain a PhD. Someone asked me if I would use the title of “Doctor”, which is a question I seriously doubt men in academia are ever asked. If I do go on to get a doctorate, I’ll have spent 4 years on my Honours degree, 2 years on my MLitt, and 3 on my PhD. That’s 9 years of work. Of course I would use the damn title, and I’d do it with pride.

Anyway, to focus on the present, I am enjoying every minute of my course. This is the happiest and most fulfilled I have ever been. Education is a wonderful thing. The reading is always interesting, and class discussions are great. Our tutorials follow a discursive model, and what I love is that everyone talks to one another so respectfully. Everyone has something interesting to contribute to our lessons.

Even if people disagree (and we often do, because there are such a broad range of lived experiences in the room) it is always polite and informative - nobody is aggressive or tries to silence anybody else. The topics we cover - feminism, gender, sexuality - have always interested me. The reason I don’t engage with them more online, specifically on Tumblr, is because activists are often didactic at best, and rude at worst. I’ve seen people get angry about “tone policing”, but how you deliver your message is so important. Before this course, I was completely disinterested in intersectionality because the first place I came into contact with the theory was Tumblr, and it was not exactly encouraging. When preparing for my course, I read “Feminism is for Everybody”, one of the most accessible and engaging feminist texts, and my perspective changed. 

In “real” life, people are not going to engage with someone who is overly confrontational, so why would they do that online? It makes no sense. I like that the goal is always to learn. SJW activists often say “It’s not my job to educate you”. That is so counter-productive, and also rather elitist. I’m aware that I am extremely privileged to be able to continue my formal education to this level. Not everyone has that opportunity. Knowledge shouldn’t exist solely in an academic setting. As far as I’m concerned, refusing to help someone become informed about any issue tied with liberation or equality is the polar opposite of activism.

The divide between feminist academia and activism is a problem. On one hand, I don’t want to contribute to that divide. On the other, academic feminism within the UK is very white. We don’t have a bell hooks, Patricia Hill Collins, or Alice Walker over here. 1 in 6 British people are not white - I’m not sure how that figure breaks down for women. This isn’t exactly reflected in academia. With my future research, I’d like to redress that balance. Feminism - both on academic and activist levels - needs the voices of black women to be heard. And I want to be one of those voices.

”I admire Ai Weiwei for his art and activsm” His art is beautiful in form, and in function embodies the principles of populism and social consciousness I aspire to in my own practice”  Shepard Fairey.

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The majority of our people are not going to find any relief. It is a hopeful sign, this executive order, but it’s fragile.
—  Juan Carlos Ruiz, a priest and community activist who serves as immigration liaison with the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. Watch him discuss President Obama’s recent announcement on immigration on Democracy Now! today.

Fellow teachers describe Carlos, called Caloy or Charlie by fellow activists, as amiable and adaptable, diligent and trustworthy. He was an organization man, but he was also dynamic, an effective articulator for nationalism, social reforms and civil liberties.

Charlie became a student activist in the mid‑1960s, organizing core groups which later became the base of the militant Kabataang Makabayan (KM), which he helped establish in 1964. Charlie was KM’s first Vice‑President. He also became its National Treasurer, General Secretary and Executive Member of the Committee of Advisers in its National Council. He was a major personality of the 1970 First Quarter Storm (FQS).

In these capacities, Charlie helped organize the massive demonstrations, conferences and congresses that helped spread the nationalist movement in the Philippines. He believed that the revolution started by Bonifacio and Jacinto of the Katipunan was unfinished and had to be completed.

These ideas were reflected in his subsequent involvement in the student movement in the 1960s and 1970s. He became a staunch nationalist and an advocate of national sovereignty and independence.

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. A day where we mourn the loss of those taken from us by anti-trans violence. It is a solemn day where we remember the real implications of being out trans people. It is still not safe to be trans, especially for POC and people who live in intolerant areas. We need to realize that this is what we are up against. It is not government bureaucracy or intolerant schools and institutions, but real violence and pain. We need to think of this in our work everyday, not just today. Remember that trans people are fighting for their lives and dignity.
On a personal note, today I remember one trans woman in particular. Alejandra Leos was a trans woman of color from my ancestral home of Memphis, TN. My experience with that place has taught me that it is not accepting of anyone who is different or who defies the social expectations of the place. It has never been a good experience for me and when this news broke in early September, it shook me to my core. Alejandra could have been me, and more likely, she could have been my late father. I will never forget her.

It doesn’t put me on the path to legal permanent residence and then the path to citizenship. This is just a temporary relief — it’s not permanent.
—  Maru Mora Villapando, an activist and undocumented immigrant with the group Latino Advocacy, discusses President Obama’s announcement that he will take executive action on immigration. Watch her interview on Democracy Now! today.

November 8 2014 - Palestinian activists affiliated with local popular resistance committees in the villages northwest of Jerusalem on Saturday broke open a hole in the separation wall to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

“No matter how high walls are built, they will fall. Just as the Berlin Wall fell, the wall in Palestine will fall, along with the occupation,” the popular committees said in a statement. [video]

OUT100, Readers’ Choice Award: Tyler Oakley
Internet celebrity, Advocate

It was while interning for the Trevor Project in 2009 that Tyler Oakley first truly appreciated the work being done to help LGBT youth in crisis. “It made me realize I have a voice and can help to make sure that nobody, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, should ever feel so alone that they are compelled to take their own life,” says the 25-year-old activist. Oakley has parlayed his commitment to equality into a stunningly successful career on YouTube, where his channel is rapidly approaching 6 million subscribers.

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