Today also marks the show of solidarity for women’s rights by way of a strike: A Day Without A Woman. Women around the world are refusing to take part in both paid and unpaid labor in the name of justice for all gender-oppressed people of all ethnicities, religions, and sexualities. In doing so, they join the ranks of women who have led protests, strikes, and movements throughout history.
Let’s celebrate a few of those women:
Dorothy Height (March 24, 1912—April 20, 2010)
Dorothy Height, former President of the National Council of Negro Women, was one of the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington. She stood near Martin Luther King Jr. during his “I Have a Dream” speech, but did not publicly speak that day. In fact, no woman publicly spoke. “Even on the morning of the march there had been appeals to include a woman speaker,” wrote Height in her memoir. “They were happy to include women in the human family, but there was no question as to who headed the household!“ In 1971, she helped found the National Women’s Political Caucus with other notable feminists like Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, and Shirley Chisholm.
Marsha P. Johnson (August 24, 1945—July 6, 1992)
Marsha P. Johnson spent her entire adult life fighting for the rights of LGBTQ people. She’s credited for being one of the first to fight back in the Stonewall Riots. She started the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries with her friend Sylvia Rivera. Together they provided food, shelter, and care to young drag queens, trans women, and homeless children in need in the Lower East Side of NYC. She fought for what was right, and knew how to live life with exuberance and humor. When asked by a judge what what the “P” stood for, she replied “Pay It No Mind.”
Alice Paul (January 11, 1885—July 9, 1977)
Alice Paul was one of the leading forces behind the Nineteenth Amendment, which affirmed and enshrined a woman’s right to vote. She rallied 8,000 people to march in the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession in Washington—no small task in a world before the internet—with an estimated half million people watching the historic moment from the sidelines.
And some good activist blogs to follow:
Emily’s List (@emilys-list) slogan is “ignite change.” They aim to do so by backing pro-choice candidates for US office in key races across the country.
Women of Color in Solidarity (@wocinsolidarity) focuses on being a hub for the the WOC experience in the US. Original posts, incredibly informative reblogs…this place is wonderful.
It took me a week to find where you keep your wifi password. A whole week! I was really worried you’d thrown it away, but lo and behold, there it was in the cutlery drawer of all places. Everything about the way you organize things confuses me. I guess because you live on your own now you just put things any old place. I know there was someone else before, I heard you talking about him on the phone. Johnny, I think? Jimmy? Anyway, I know because you said it was tough being alone. But you’re not alone, of course. You have me!
Stephen Wrabel has made a strong and beautiful anthem about transgender lives
“This song is the most important thing to me that I have ever done and probably will ever do. It’s the closest thing to my heart,” Wrabel tells Billboard. (Photo above)
“I came out as gay around 23 into a church in Los Angeles that told me I could and should change; that I was unnatural and wrong. I hope this reaches anyone in need of it and makes them feel like they’re not alone.”
The main role is played by trans actor August Aiden.
I love this song!
Here are the lyrics:
No, your mom don’t get it And your dad don’t get it Uncle John don’t get it And you can’t tell grandma ‘cause her heart can’t take it And she might not make it They say, “don’t dare, don’t you even go there. Cutting off your long hair. You do as you’re told.” Tell you, “wake up, go put on your makeup. This is just a phase you’re gonna outgrow.”
There’s something wrong in the village In the village, oh They stare in the village In the village, oh There’s nothing wrong with you It’s true, it’s true There’s something wrong with the village With the village There’s something wrong with the village
Feel the rumors follow you from Monday all the way to Friday dinner You got one day of shelter, then it’s Sunday hell to pay, you young lost sinner Well I’ve been there, sitting in that same chair Whispering that same prayer half a million times It’s a lie though Buried in disciples One page of the Bible isn’t worth a life
President Trump has earned an express pass to the nether world, according to “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The playwright and songwriter said Trump, facing intense criticism for the federal response to Hurricane Maria, is “going straight to hell” after spending Saturday tweeting nearly hourly about media coverage of recovery efforts and accusing Puerto Rican officials of wanting “everything to be done for them.”
Miranda made the proclamation after the President, from the confines of his New Jersey golf resort, shared a snarky personal attack against the mayor of San Juan, accusing her of playing politics after a heartfelt plea for help.
At least 16 people have died in the U.S. territory in the harrowing 10 days since the Category 4 storm roared ashore.
Council Speaker Mark-Viverito says despair hitting Puerto Rico Residents, left with no electricity, fuel, food and water, have been frustrated by the pace of relief efforts and critics have blamed Trump for the slow federal response.
“I’m a ticking time bomb on the verge of exploding,” said Adeline Vazquez, 53, who needs a ventilator for respiratory problems and whose building in the western city of Mayaguez does not have enough fuel to run a generator 24 hours a day.
More than half of the 3.4 million people who live on the island have no access to drinking water, and 95 percent remain without power, officials said. Many roads remain impassable, making it difficult to get food, water and fuel around the island.
so, it seems as though our favorite blue boy, @crankgameplays , has just hit half a million subscribers, and i am beyond proud of him.
(of course i was too excited and clumsy to catch the counter going from 499,999 to 500,000, but i got this instead!)
despite what everyone says, ethan puts out original, funny content, and is not only a hilarious personality, but a truly good person as well. i am looking forward to the new content following the break, and i can’t wait to continue watching ethan develop as a creator and as a person. so congrats @crankgameplays !! here’s to 500,000 subscribers, and many many more.
to celebrate, i compiled some of my favorite gifs of the loudest of blue boys.
Because Planned Parenthood was “defunded” in Iowa, today nearly 15k people will lose their primary health care provider. Trumpcare has similar language to the Iowa bill, prohibiting patients who rely on Medicaid — nearly half of the millions who rely on Planned Parenthood — from turning to Planned Parenthood for preventive health care like cancer screenings, birth control, well-woman exams or STD testing and treatment.