district challenge

so i have taken it upon myself to enter my school districts summer reading challenge because i want to become well read and scholarly and poetic and i have not read a book for the sake of reading in years and i really really want too.

this post is more of holding myself accountable because i always get distracted by my phone when doing anything honestly but no!! more!!

yeah.

any suggestions are welcomed! on my list right now:
harry potter since i never have read it before!
matilda, roald dahl
anna karenina, leo tolstoy
war and peace, leo tolstoy (too pretentious? oops)
run the world, becky wade
east of eden, john steinbeck

usatoday.com
BREAKING: Supreme Court will rule on transgender rights in Gavin Grimm's case

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine once and for all whether transgender students have the right to use affirming school bathrooms and other spaces.

Earlier this year, a school district in Virginia challenged federal regulations that state trans students must have access to bathrooms that match their gender identity. They didn’t let Gavin Grimm, a trans student, use the men’s bathroom, and so Gavin is suing with the ACLU.

From USA Today:

“But 23 states, including North Carolina and Texas, have challenged the administration’s right to interpret its own regulations without legislative action or judicial review. And several conservative justices have argued in the past that agencies have no such power.

The justices in August blocked the lower court’s ruling from taking effect while they considered hearing the case. By agreeing to do so now, they likely are hoping that a ninth justice will be confirmed by the time the case is heard. But with Senate Republicans blocking President Obama’s nomination of federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland, that is far from guaranteed.

If the court goes forward with only eight justices, it could produce a tie vote that leaves the lower court’s decision intact. That would be a victory for Grimm and the ACLU, but without national precedent.”

Holy cow. This is huge. Let’s go.

December Book Photo Challenge (via books-cupcakes)

Day Eight: Best cliffhanger

Well it’s definitely shocking, and also happens to be the only one I can even think of. 

-Gerk

February Book Photo Challenge (via books-cupcakes)

Day Twelve: Fictional boyfriend (CATCH UP)

Finnick Odair and Killian Jones are just a few of my forever BAEs. I’ve got a soft spot for the charming ones. 

-Gerk

washingtonpost.com
BREAKING: D.C. mayor calls for citywide vote to make nation’s capital the 51st state
Vote would allow D.C. to petition Congress to become a state without ratification by the states.
By https://www.facebook.com/byaaroncdavis

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Friday called for a citywide vote in November to make the nation’s capital the 51st state, resurrecting a decades-old plan to put the issue before Congress and to raise awareness across the country about District residents’ lack of full citizenship.

“I propose we take another bold step toward democracy in the District of Columbia,” Bowser told a breakfast of hundreds of city residents, Democratic members of Congress and civil rights leaders marking the city’s anniversary of emancipation from slavery.

“It’s going to require that we send a bold message to the Congress and the rest of the country, that we demand not only a vote in the House of Representatives. We demand two senators — the full rights of citizenship in this great nation,” Bowser said.

The mayor’s announcement could significantly increase tension between the city’s Democratic majority and a Republican-controlled Congress.

[D.C. is about to declare it’s independence — from Congress]

The District is already challenging Congress over its authority to approve local city spending. Bowser and the D.C. Council this year plan to proceed with enacting a local spending plan — totaling $13 billion — without congressional appropriation for the first time since the nation’s founding.

Aides to Bowser said a broader push for statehood would follow a process known as the “Tennessee model.” When Tennessee was admitted to the union as the 16th state, it was a federal territory, much like the nation’s capital. Congress agreed to allow Tennessee to become a state without ratification by the existing states. Instead, it required a vote of residents in the territory to approve a state constitution and a pledge to form a republic-style government.

Bowser’s administration has been working to update a constitution approved by D.C. voters in 1982 for just such a state. That petition, submitted by then-Mayor Marion Barry, was ignored by Congress.

As Bowser spoke, hundreds of advocates for statehood were amassing on Freedom Plaza for a demonstration, and Bowser said she believes the time is ripe for a new effort.

She said there is a universal injustice in Washington, in which residents’ “Zip code” cuts them off from having a say in Congress over how city residents’ federal taxes are spent and whether the nation should go to war or confirm a new justice to the Supreme Court.

Bowser described a girl in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. “When she prepares to vote when she turns 18, she will not have the right to vote for senator,” Bowser said. “But if she moved just one mile away, she would have representation and she would have two senators. But by living in D.C., those rights are stolen from her.”

The mayor called on the nation to look at D.C. statehood not as a partisan issue that could tilt the balance of power toward Democrats but as “an American issue.”

“Some in Congress say . . . the reason why D.C. residents can’t have full access to the franchise is because of too many Democrats,” Bowser said. “Can you believe that? Do you think access to democracy is a Democratic or Republican issue? No, it’s an American issue.”