jobs and freedom

what i say: im fine

what i mean: how fucking DARE they do that to Reid? he was only trying to help his sick mother who he cares DEEPLY about to risk his job and freedom for, and yet the send him to jail because they believe he has a risk of fleeing if granted bail? I WANT THAT JUDGE FIRED. and do not get me started on how the epsiode before this luke alvez so determinedly rescued his boyrfriend Reid from being put in jail in mexico, only for him and the rest of the team to watch him BE PUT IN HANDCUFFS AND TAKEN AWAY WITHOUT EVEN BEING ABLE TO SAY ONE WORD TO HIM. also, why has no one spoken to Morgan about this? Morgan would be by Reid's side through all of this if he was still with the team, and i know DAMN WELL Morgan's ass would have been called up Reid already if he knew about what was going on to talk to him and make sure he's alright. THOSE TWO WERE LIKE BROTHERS. and let me have a GO at this judge who soul heartedly believes that DRUGGED REID'S high speed chase with the police puts him at risk for fleeing, despite having no criminal record and being a fantastic agent at the bureau for 14 YEARS. this entire story arc is doing reid so WRONG

I’ve been grappling with how to challenge cynicism in a moment that requires all of us to show up differently.

On Saturday, I joined more than a million women in Washington, D.C., to register my opposition to the new regime. Participating in the Women’s March — if you count satellite protests around the country, the largest one-day mobilization in the history of the United States — was both symbolic and challenging.

Like many other black women, I was conflicted about participating. That a group of white women had drawn clear inspiration from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, yet failed to acknowledge the historical precedent, rubbed me the wrong way. Here they go again, I thought, adopting the work of black people while erasing us.

I’d had enough before it even began. 53% of white women who voted in the 2016 presidential election did so for a man who aims to move society backward. Were white women now having buyer’s remorse? Where were all of these white people while our people are being killed in the streets, jobless, homeless, over incarcerated, under educated? Are you committed to freedom for everyone, or just yourselves?

For weeks, I sat on the sidelines. I saw debates on list-serves about whether or not to attend the march, the shade on social media directed at the “white women’s march.” Unconvinced that white women would ever fight for the rights of all of us, many decided to sit the march out.

Yet as time went on and the reality of the incoming Donald Trump administration sank in, something began to gnaw at me. Do I believe that a mass movement is necessary to transform power in this country? Do I believe that this mass movement must be multi-racial and multi-class? Do I believe that to build that mass movement, organizing beyond the choir is necessary? If I believe all of these things, how do we get there and what’s my role in making it happen?

I decided to challenge myself to be a part of something that isn’t perfect, that doesn’t articulate my values the way that I do and still show up, clear in my commitment, open and vulnerable to people who are new in their activism. I can be critical of white women and, at the same time, seek out and join with women, white and of color, who are awakening to the fact that all lives do not, in fact, matter, without compromising my dignity, my safety and radical politics.

In the end, I joined an estimated 1 million people who participated in the Washington, D.C. march and the estimated 3 million who marched around the world. I have participated in hundreds of demonstrations, but this was one of the first times where I didn’t know or know of most of the people there.

Sandwiched between other protesters like a sardine in a can, I spoke with demonstrators in the crowd who said this was their first time participating in a mass mobilization. I saw people for whom this wasn’t their first time at a demonstration, but who thought that the days of protesting for our rights was over. I asked them what brought them there. They said they wanted to stand up for all of us. They realized that they, too, were under attack. They wanted to live in a world where everyone was valued, safe and taken care of. They were in awe of just how many people were there, just like them, to oppose the values of President Donald Trump’s administration. They wanted to do something besides feel hopeless.

That evening, I participated in a town hall meeting that drew more than 700 people and had more than 1,100 on the waiting list. Those gathered were mostly white, though there were also people of color present. About half the room said that the Women’s March was the first time they’d participated in a mass mobilization. They were willing to learn about how change happens and how they could be involved. And that was just the beginning.

Checking my social media feed that evening, I read comment after comment dismissing the march — an experience that was transformative for hundreds of thousands of people. I wondered what would have happened if, instead of inviting people in, I’d told people to fuck off and go home. Would they come back? Did it matter if they didn’t?

Anger has an important place in transforming our political consciousness, and should be valued as such. The white lady with the pink, knitted “pussy” hat that came to the march was angry as hell when her future president talked about grabbing women by the pussy. Though she may have been sitting on the sidelines up until now, she decided that she was going to do something about it. Anger at the way America depends on immigrant labor yet forces undocumented immigrants to live in the shadows may lead them to join the movement. Black Americans mad as hell about the ways that this country strips us of our humanity might join the movement, even though they didn’t before.

I agree with Solange when she says, “I got a lot to be mad about, and I have a right to be mad.” But that anger is not enough. It is insufficient to build or take power. Anger will not change the fact that Republicans have taken control of all three branches of government and control both chambers of the legislature in 32 states. Anger will not stop vigilantes from terrorizing our communities, and anger will not change an economy that deems too many of us as disposable.

More than a moral question, it is a practical one. Can we build a movement of millions with the people who may not grasp our black, queer, feminist, intersectional, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist ideology but know that we deserve a better life and who are willing to fight for it and win?

If there was ever a time to activate our organizer super powers, this is it. I’m not going to argue that black people or other people of color need to stop holding white people accountable. White people are not going anywhere, but neither are we if we don’t start to think and do differently.

Hundreds of thousands of people are trying to figure out what it means to join a movement. If we demonstrate that to be a part of a movement, you must believe that people cannot change, that transformation is not possible, that it’s more important to be right than to be connected and interdependent, we will not win.

If our movement is not serious about building power, then we are just engaged in a futile exercise of who can be the most radical.

This is a moment for all of us to remember who we were when we stepped into the movement — to remember the organizers who were patient with us, who disagreed with us and yet stayed connected, who smiled knowingly when our self-righteousness consumed us.

I remember who I was before I gave my life to the movement. Someone was patient with me. Someone saw that I had something to contribute. Someone stuck with me. Someone did the work to increase my commitment. Someone taught me how to be accountable. Someone opened my eyes to the root causes of the problems we face. Someone pushed me to call forward my vision for the future. Someone trained me to bring other people who are looking for a movement into one.

No one is safe from the transition this country is undergoing. While many of us have faced hate, ignorance and greed in our daily lives, the period that we have entered is unlike anything that any of us has ever seen before.

We can build a movement in the millions, across difference. We will need to build a movement across divides of class, race, gender, age, documentation, religion and disability. Building a movement requires reaching out beyond the people who agree with you. Simply said, we need each other, and we need leadership and strategy.

We can tell people a hundred times over that because they haven’t been here, they have no right to be here now. But I promise that the only place that will get us is nowhere.

— Alicia Garza, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter. Our cynicism will not build a movement. Collaboration will.

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March 27, 1917 - Russian Provisional Governments Lifts Legal and Social Restrictions on Jews

Pictured - A Jewish labor Bund during a march. The Russian Provisional Government eliminated Tsarist restrictions Jewish movement, political freedom, job quotas, and much else.

The Russian Empire gained a massive Jewish population in the 18th and 19th century when it took part in the partitions of Poland-Lithuania. By 1914 more than 5 million Jews lived in Russia, the vast majority on the western border in Poland, the Baltics, and Ukraine. Catherine the Great established this zone in 1791 as the Pale of Settlement, a restrictive area for Jewish settlement, with movement outside prohibited. Jews could live or work outside the Pale only with strict limitations, which cordoned them off into a number of jobs.

Government policy that restricted Jewish rights helped stir up constant ethnic unrest in Russia, leading to pogroms designed to terrorize and chase out Jews, events that plagued Russia’s 19th and early 20th centuries. New laws forbade Jews from settling in many cities, limited the numbers that could serve in the army, forbade them from conducting business on Christian holidays, and limited their political rights. An ultra-monarchist group called the Black Hundreds especially demonized the Jewish population and played a leading role in pogroms. During the war, the conservative Russian military suspected Jews of being spies, and mercilessly drove them away from the border. In 1917 thousands of Jews had been ripped from their homes and made refugees.

Thus the Tsar’s abdication probably caused few Jewish tears. A large segment of the Jewish population was politically active, engaged in either socialist labor Bunds or Zionist organizations. A number, mostly of youths, did join the Bolsheviks or other ultrarevolutionary groups, but they represented both a minority of the Jewish population and a minority of Bolsheviks. The easy conflation of Jews and communism is reactionary nonsense.

Russia’s new leftist-liberal Provisional Government began reforming Russia’s Tsarist laws immediately, and on March 27 it began to life restraints on Russian Jews. They were allowed to move freely, to hold political office, to use Yiddish in business, among other things. Unfortunately, the reversal of repression on Jews only confirmed to monarchists and conservatives their conspiratorial link between revolution and the Jews, and over the next few years the Jewish population would suffer from more pogroms and harassment by the White Army during the Russian Civil War.

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Bayard Rustin - The Gay Civil Rights Leader

Bayard Rustin was the heart and soul of the black civil rights movement in the United States, He was Martin Luther King Jr.s chef organizer, the pioneer of nonviolent resistance, and the man behind the march on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, during which Dr.King delivered his momentous and influential “I Have a Dream” speech. Rustin’s open homosexuality was contentious, and to this day his impact on the American landscape is all too often overlooked.

You attack those like me
The fairer sex, we’re called
You try to control our bodies
When they do not belong to you at all
You take away our funding
You take away our rights
We marched around the world
To show we’re ready for the fight
Women will not be silenced

You blame us for all your problems
Which is, in the least, unjust
We came for jobs, safety, freedom
Now just look at us
We are attacked for our heritage
In this “haven of diversity”
But now we see White matters more
In the grim face of adversity
Immigrants will not be silenced

Our community has been long hated
They call it a “disease”
We’re called dirty, filthy, unholy
By those praying on their knees
You can’t shock away our feelings
Because we feel only love
And there’s no room in politics
For your creator, up above
The LGBTQ community will not be silenced

We’re called terrorists for how we look
Without a real reason why
Our hijab seem to frighten you
You never meet my eye
We are refugees, in need of help
We reached out for your hand
Just to have ours slapped away
“We can’t trust you. You’re banned.”
Muslims will not be silenced

There are many more like us
We are not ashamed of who we are
We will fight against oppressors
And show our battle scars
We have fought for many years
Against your white, male biased
But no matter how loud you yell over us
We will not be silenced


I’m not a writer by any means and if this is awful (or in some way offensive) I will absolutely take it down but I had some late night feelings about our new administration.

GRAD SCHOOL UPDATE

I defended my MA thesis last week, passed with minor revisions!! Then the next day I confirmed that I’ll be starting my new life as a funeral director & embalmer on Dec. 13th, thus using my archaeology MA that I spent 3.5 years getting in only the most abstract and tangential of ways LOL WHOOPS. 

IDGAF though because I’m freeeeeeee; seeya never, academia!!

Good jobs for the midheavens
  • Aries Midheaven: They enjoy being creative, so an artist / musician is okay, but it's a bit passive for active, challenging, leader-like Aries. They would probably enjoy sports just because of the physicality. They love being in charge and do really well in managerial positions so big business is an idea.
  • Taurus Midheaven: They're stable and like money, so something high-paying and socially acceptable. Something that they can work in, climb the corporate ladder, so business is good again. They also really like animals and nature, so maybe something in that area would suit them sometimes.
  • Gemini Midheaven: They make good politicians, but their strength is almost definitely teaching. They also make good writers and actors, TV presenting is an option too. Definitely make use of their communication skills. They want freedom, so nothing too boring or mundane: that won't satisfy them.
  • Cancer Midheaven: They do like the home, so a quiet domestic life could suit. They also love children and are pretty creative, so maybe teaching music, language or art in schools is a good idea. In addition, they tend to really like caring for animals so they could always go into veterinary science.
  • Leo Midheaven: They want high profile! The performing arts is best - acting, singing, music, modelling, or performing in any way is simply their highlight. As they're associated with children, they could also lead activity groups and clubs for kids, which would probably be really fun.
  • Virgo Midheaven: They're probably interested in an academic career. They could go into science, maths, or engineering, and they also tend to make very good writers. Because they're usually quite shy they might want to stay away from jobs involving interpersonal relations.
  • Libra Midheaven: They love all that's beautiful so a designer, garden / interior planner, personal shopper, sales-person, or estate agent would suit Libra. Their sense of justice and good social skills could also lead them into the legal profession. Their team skills mean that they will do well in most jobs.
  • Scorpio Midheaven: Persuasive, manipulative, and lovers of control - you wouldn't think it but politics could definitely suit a Scorpio. They probably want something intense and difficult that they can focus themselves on - that really feels like an achievement - so further maths or science could be an option.
  • Sagittarius Midheaven: University professors or academics are probably appealing lines of work for the Archer. They are also often drawn to religion and philosophy, so studying and / or teaching in this area is a great idea. They should choose a job which allows them freedom and travel opportunities.
  • Capricorn Midheaven: They're so hard-working that they'll succeed at most things, but business is an especial strength for these. Quite honestly their status in the job, how hard they work, and what they get in return, is probably a lot more important to them than the particular line of work.
  • Aquarius Midheaven: Politics is an obvious choice, and the tech industry (programming, etc) is also a really good idea for these guys. They will probably lean towards scientific and mathematical careers. They also tend to be good sports-people and runners, and succeed in extreme sport especially.
  • Pisces Midheaven: A spiritual or religious job will suit a Pisces, but they also love working with children or animals, so those are both excellent ideas. They might be drawn to helping others as a counsellor, therapist, or, in fact, any kind of doctor - maybe a paediatrician or veterinarian.
ideal jobs for the signs (midheaven)

aries: a job where you can help people, psychiatrist, counsellor

taurus: a job where you will get a lot of money, law, business, finance

gemini: a job involving language, journalism, performance, business, PR

cancer: a fulfilling job, in food, housing or retail, social work, politics

leo: a job where ambitiousness is useful, government, acting, management 

virgo: a job where their courage is used, medicine, teaching, science, literature

libra: a job where they can balanced everything, law, writing, diplomacy, politics

scorpio: a job where they search for truth, criminology, therapy, psychology

sagittarius: a job that gives them independence, politics, sales, writing, agenting

capricorn: a job with structure, law, business, teaching, banking, finance

aquarius: a job with freedom, medicine, astronomy, engineering, communication

pisces: a job in the arts, music, theater, film, literature

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• “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’.”
— Muhammad Ali

• “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
— Nelson Mandela

• “We can’t change the world unless we change ourselves.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.

• “A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.”
— Malcolm X

• “If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?”
— Steve Jobs

It’s my last day of work before a ten-day vacation, and then I’m only back for three days before I fly to Denmark for a six-day vacation, and then I only have two days of work left. And then I’m free. Like this llama here. 

Originally posted by mtv

Words cannot express how excited I am.