by-wilma

in this day and age, we name the strongest hurricanes and cyclones after furious women wielding thunder in their hearts and lightning in their eyes.

debbie, irene, katrina. we lace their names with fear and that fear spreads like contagion from city to city until entire countries of men fall to their knees at the mercy of a huntress with a vendetta.

yet we fail to grasp why woman after woman hurls her anger at those who claim earth as their hearth but fail to treat it like home… with love, respect, and kindness.

we fail to grasp why your huntresses have turned in their bows and arrows for gifts of nature in their final attempt to restore and protect the world you once ran wild upon.

but i, for one, sense the warning behind every hurricane, typhoon, and cyclone.

i’ve heard of wilma, hazel, camille, and patricia — been taught to fear the destruction a single one of your huntresses can cause because finally we have found ourselves to be fighting a war even guns and bombs cannot defeat. but i know that although your huntresses are strong, their power is nothing compared to the havoc and destruction you alone could wreak.

it’s how i know that the day the earth is struck by you, artemis… your name shall be whispered with tortured remorse from ear to ear until generations have vanished and the beauty of the earth can prosper for evermore.

—  if artemis returned, c.j.n.

The cw told me today that Wilma and Betty would be going to live with their dad in April. No specific date. Of course, Dec. 1 she said the girls would be going home in January. In March, she said they would be going home by the end of the month. I can’t say anything to the girls because I will not add to their confusion.

I emailed the cw’s supervisor last week, pleading for the girls to go home as per the court order on March 7. I advised that Wilma’s behavior was spiraling downward and I was worried for her (the other day she asked what I would do if she ran away.) When the cw did her visit on Friday, she said my email did the trick and got the ball rolling. CW said her supervisor told her that she didn’t realize the paperwork for W&B to go home was on her desk.(!) 

I can’t get away from this office fast enough and back to my own county office.Our resource worker came over yesterday to update me on a few things. He was so annoyed that we are paying out of pocket for a math tutor for Betty. Of course, our cw still hasn’t gotten back to me regarding the tutor, other than to say the state will pay for it through their contracted tutoring service. And then they do not tell me who that is so this means I will not get reimbursed. Well fuck you, shitty office, I’ll take care of it myself. 

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28 Queens Of Black History Who Deserve Much More Glory

Black history lessons in classrooms shouldn’t be limited to the names of men and only a few women. Especially when there are countless women who’ve made enormous strides for the black community, too.

The revolutionary words Angela Davis spoke, the record-breaking feats of Wilma Rudolph and the glass ceiling-shattering efforts of Shirley Chisolm paved the way for black women and girls across the country to dream big and act courageously.

Here are 28 phenomenal women everyone should acquaint themselves with this black history month.

Wilma Rudolph U.S. Stamp

Born on June 23, 1940, in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee, Wilma Rudolph was a sickly child who had to wear a brace on her left leg. She overcame her disabilities to compete in the 1956 Summer Olympic Games, and in 1960, she became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympics. Later in life, she formed the Wilma Rudolph Foundation to promote amateur athletics. The Olympic great died on November 12, 1994, following a battle with brain cancer.