Feminist Friday: Olympia Brown

Celebrating her 180th birthday this week, Olympia Brown was one of the first women to be ordained to the ministry in the United States and a leading women’s rights activist. She served as a full-time Universalist minister in New England (1863-1887), but eventually resigned to dedicate all her time to the suffrage movement. 

In addition, Brown was closely associated with Susan B. Anthony, as well as Julia Ward Howe, Frederick Douglass, and William Lloyd Garrison in the abolishionist movement. 

She died in 1926 in Baltimore, MD at the age of 91, but not before getting to vote for the first time after the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920.

More on Abolitionist Passmore Williamson

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Yesterday, I reposted an entry on Passmore Williamson, the abolitionist who was imprisoned for helping a slave.

I looked him up this morning and he’s got quite the web presence.  You can read his brief Wikipedia entry.  You can also read a much more detailed account of his rescue attempt, written by student at Swarthmore College.

I’m not sure his method for rescue was the best thought out, but it has been well documented.  I’d say he did more for raising awareness and blowing people’s minds than actually having a deep lasting impact on individual slaves, but every movement needs its activist members. 

I applaud his public display and his courage. 

Secret Santa- Vegan Edition

~What does it involve?~
I will provide you with the URL of a random Tumblr user. You will then message this user anonymously at least once per day. It doesn’t have to always be about veganism but as the ‘theme is ‘vegan’, it might be nice to leave some nice vegan things like little recipes or asking them about their journey into animal rights etc. Just try to stay fairly on topic whilst getting to know your user. On the 25th, you will finally reveal yourself and hopefully you’ll have gained a friend! In turn, a different user will be messaging you as you will be their secret santa! I hope this makes sense.

-No one has to be following me.
-Anyone can take part, vegan or not.
-If you want to be involved, please be sure to leave me an ask stating that you’d like to take part! This is very very important and will ensure that I can get around to everyone.
-Be sure to leave vegan related things in your Secret Santa’s ask box. (Recipes, a quote, some encouraging words- be creative!)
-Try to message your Secret Santa at least once per day. Be kind and encouraging! No one is here to judge each other!
-Keep your anonymous box on so that your person can keep secret until the 25th.
-This will be open until the 15th of December but as soon as you receive a your URL you may begin spamming them with love.
-Have fun! :D

Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa (1745? – March 31, 1797?) His autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa the African, was published in 1789. His autobiography was thought to have influenced British lawmakers to abolish the slave trade in 1807.

thegatsandpartyhats-deactivated  asked:

Why would we want to differentiate between Government and State? I understand that governing is different, but even as far as smaller Governments they will still grow to become a state regardless of steps taken. Is there really a point to differentiate Government and State?

It’s all about being precise with definitions.  A government, or governing bodies, just determines the policies of an institution.  

There are or could be governing bodies in sports, medicine, housing or condo complex, or any other community.  

But these hypothetically can and probably would occur voluntarily in an anarchist society.  But there could also be plenty of competing governing bodies where people can choose to either participate or not participate if they feel one or the other will benefit them.

So when we anarchists talk about abolishing the government it can be misconstrued as abolishing all governing bodies. That isn’t what we actually mean.  I’m just as guilty as the next anarchist for doing this myself.  

When we say we want to abolish the state it has a precise and definite meaning that can’t be misconstrued.  The state is the organization that uses violence to have a monopoly on their government.

I know when any anarchist, myself included, says we want to abolish the government we mean abolish the state.  But people who aren’t anarchists might not have that luxury.   

An Abolitionist Hymn -

“I am an Abolitionist! I glory in the name; Though by abortion’s minions hissed, And covered oʼer with shame; It is a name of light and power, The watch-word of the free; Who spurns it in the trial-hour, A spineless soul is he.

I am an Abolitionist! Then urge me not to pause, For joyfully do I engage Salvation’s sacred cause; A nobler strife the world neʼer saw, To childer slaying halt; I am a soldier for the war, Whatever may befall.

I am an Abolitionist! Oppressionʼs deadly foe; In Godʼs great strength will I resist, And lay the monster low; In Godʼs great name do I demand: To babes let breath be given, That peace and joy may fill the land, And songs go up to heaven.

I am an Abolitionist! No threats shall awe my soul; No perils cause me to desist, No bribes my acts control; A Son of God I’ll live and die, In sunshine and in shade, And give my all ‘til justice rains, Of naught on earth afraid.”

The International Coalition of Abolitionist Societies

Mary Ellen “Mammy"  Pleasant was a savvy and prosperous San Francisco businesswoman who supported, and helped finance, the fight to end slavery and to gain citizenship in the free states. Pleasant was associated with both the citizenship movement in California and abolition activities in the eastern United States.  She is known as the Mother of Civil Rights in California.

The Imbecilic Notion of Limited Government by Bill Buppert

So if you haven’t read my book, I wanted to provide the reader’s digest version of why limited government is impossible. There is no historical precedent whatsoever east or west of a statist entity arising out of the ashes of the latest secessionist movement and able to control the size it grows to as the cancer of the state metastasizes with time. None. Revolution either wholly transforms an existing government or rends chunks of an existing polity into another totalitarian aspirant in its embryonic stages squealing to grow into the abomination that is government today and has been government always.

I am technically an anarchist but the term grates me. Not only because it is weighted with historical contexts that make people fill their pants but because of the lack of specificity in definition. I am an abolitionist. Let’s clear up the semantics. Abolitionism is far clearer than the muddied nonsense of anarcho-communist, -syndicalist, -socialist and all the otherJudea People’s Fronts crowding the aisles of Libertarians-R-Us. It bears an especially sharp contrast against all the other collectivisms. I am certainly 95% an-cap as a philosophical species and I also suspect I am the thinnest of libertarians.

Harness the Austrian critique to Rothbard and that distills the philosophy. I never use the term voluntaryist because I think one could be a commie and faithfully employ the term much like the IRS fiction that the income tax is voluntary. It is also mispronounced constantly. It is why you can look through all my writing and rarely if ever find me using that as an identifier. I practice linguistic specificity because as my mind ages I get more and more addled and try to keep it simple.

Abolition means that the ownership of other humans is wrong whether chattel, regulatory, tax or whatever conditions you wish to apply. It also means I possess no rights that force others to do my bidding which is why I think modern juries are a sham not only because of the behavior of robed government employees but the penalties of not complying when summoned by the King’s men to “serve” in the kangaroo courts is heavy with threat and malice for non-compliance. How appropriate though for the injustice system in the USSA.

In that very limited context, any transaction that obviates the ability to opt-out and involves coercion to action absent consent is wrong. The sole exception is the informed consent of a contract and even that must respect the Zero/Non-Aggression Principle (Z/NAP).

That being the case, any statist government is wrong and only self-governance applies.

Minarchists are the wild-eyed utopians, not abolitionists. Day after day, I am queried by the usual suspects in a panicked falsetto “…but, but who will [fill in the blank] if the government isn’t there to bully me to action or screw a gun to my temple? ANSWER ME!” It proves to me again and again that collectivism is the creed of the adult toddler.

Limited government is the impossible dream because it never happened anywhere on Earth.

It’s my birthday and I don’t want any presents

This year for my birthday I don’t want any presents. 

I mean, I want presents, but I have decided to ask for something more important. 

This January, I was introduced to an organization called A21. This organization’s only purpose is to raise awareness of modern day slavery and to free those being trafficked.

Hold on a second! “I though Lincoln freed the slaves?” He tried. But there are 27 million slaves in the world today! That is more slaves than ever before in the history of humanity. More than when plantation owners were buying people as property, more than when hitler was killing jews cause he felt like it, more than the time period The Help was written in. This happens today, in this world, in this country and in this city.

“Human trafficking is an organized criminal industry that affects every nation. While the statistics can seem overwhelming, it is important to remember that every number represents the life of a victim. The A21 Campaign has recognized a significant need in the region of Europe, and is committed to combating this injustice through rescuing one life at a time.

The A21 Campaign is comprised of individuals, organizations, government officials, and people like you who are committed to abolishing injustice in the 21st century. Our goal is four-fold:

  • Prevent people from being trafficked
  • Protect and support those who have been trafficked
  • Prosecute traffickers, and strengthen legal responses to trafficking
  • Partner with law enforcement, service providers and community members to provide a comprehensive front against trafficking”

They are abolitionists.

And they do it all in the name of Jesus. 

Praise Him! 

One of the easiest ways to help is to send things that the women in the A21 shelters need. This is what I am asking of you for my birthday. I want to put together boxes for these women. Here is a list of things to send from the A21 website:

Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, bar soap etc), Slippers and boots, Craft items such as balls of wool and knitting needles, Board Games (Dominoes, UNO etc.), Puzzles, Coloring Pencils, Small blankets, Socks, Thermal leggings, Undergarments (small / medium), Gloves, Pajamas, Dish towels for kitchen, Pot holders (used for handling hot dishes), Wooly hats, Make Up, Jewelry, Tweezers, Sanitary products

The hope is that ya’ll go so out of control with this, I can’t figure out how the junk I am supposed to mail it. I want to really show these women they are loved. 

This is something you can do without too much extra effort. While you are doing your regular shopping, at publix or target or whatever, please have this list in the back of your mind and pick up some things. Just pick up one more and put it aside for the girls. Seriously, you know toothpaste is on BOGO all the time, just pick up that second one!   

The 21st of every month A21 asks us to fast and the 21st of July is the Saturday after my birthday. The website explains, “Fasting is simply as personal reminder throughout the day of your commitment to see breakthrough in injustice. On the 21st of every month, join people all around the world and fast for the work that is being done to fight the injustice of human trafficking." 

So, on July 21st, I am hosting a packing party to pack up the boxes and for us to write cards and letters to the girls and for us to do the best thing we can do, pray together for the victims of trafficking and for the work A21 is doing right now. I will be fasting that day and I would challenge you to do the same! 

If you can’t come out on the 21st, that doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of this. As you go throughout your usual routine and see something you can pick up, a package of socks, or a package of Phase 10, whatever you see in your own shopping trips, pick it up and bring it to FBCTT and leave it at my desk, bring it to the Corps and leave it with my mom, bring it to the center and leave it with Ashley, or bring it to The Burrow when you’re passing by. 

Please join me in doing what I can to work in abolishing modern day slavery in the 21st century. 

Help Prevent Further Russian Orca Captures

You can appeal by clicking the link above. Unfortunately, they will only accept Russian comments but here’s the easy part. A template letter has already been written!

All you need to do is write your name in the top line, your address in the middle line, your email address on the bottom line; and finally, paste the following letter of appeal: 

Обращаю ваше внимание на то, что процедура оценки общего допустимого улова (ОДУ) косатки в настоящее время проводится с нарушением ст. 2 ФЗ от 20.12.2004 № 166-ФЗ (ред. от 18.07.2011) «О рыболовстве и сохранении водных биологических ресурсов». Согласно указанной статье ФЗ при определении правового режима биоресурсов должны учитываться их биологические особенности. Биологической особенностью косаток является разделение на два репродуктивно изолированных экотипа, оценка ОДУ которых должна проводиться раздельно.

По этой причине экспертная комиссия государственной экологической экспертизы «Материалов ОДУ» в своем заключении рекомендовала не включать косатку в ОДУ 2014 г. и ввести запрет на изъятие косаток до тех пор, пока не будет разработана методика идентификации косаток двух разных экотипов и организован контроль за их отловом.

В экспертную комиссию государственной экологической экспертизы входят ведущие российские специалисты по морским млекопитающим, мнение которых должно быть ключевым фактором при определении размеров ОДУ. В связи с этим я прошу принять рекомендации экспертной комиссии не включать косатку в ОДУ 2014 г. и ввести запрет на изъятие косаток до тех пор, пока не будут разрешены проблемы, связанные с разделением косаток на две единицы запаса водных биоресурсов.