Today an able-bodied, straight white guy in his thirties told me DJT scares him, but added, “It’s important not to drown in fear. After all, what can we do?”
He was totally serious.
I politely explained that as a woman with a disability who has many loved ones of color and/or in the LGBTQ community, it’s impossible for me to be apolitical. I detailed the ways in which just having a disability renders my entire existence political.
I explained how my friends and I have been calling our Senators and Congressional Representatives, our Governors, our Attorneys General, our Mayors, our State Legislators, how we’ve been writing them, too, how we’ve been marching for women, for Black Lives Matter, for Seattle Stands with Standing Rock, how I frequently write about disability, how all of us have mobilized, are sharing information, and haven’t stopped.
Most of us have been politically active for years, but some have only recently begun and, like all of us, they’re learning quickly, sharing information, and working their asses off.
He struck me as a genuinely sweet guy, but he’d done none of the above. When he asked me, “After all, what can we do?” he was truly flummoxed.
I’m finding this dynamic among a certain type of white guy, one whose rights are remaining largely untouched–though climate change will kill them, too, but I digress–and it’s as saddening as it is angering.
I live in Seattle, so I encounter very few DJT supporters, but in the four and a half months since the election, I’ve met too many ostensibly liberal or progressive white guys who are sort of shrugging and hoping the midterms go better, but doing nothing in the meantime.
On the flip side, I know plenty of white male loved ones who are fighting smart and hard on behalf of women, and/or the disabled, and/or persons of color, and/or the LGBTQ community.
They genuinely care.
They get it.
As such, I’ve started making a distinction between straight, able-bodied, white guys and guys who happen to be straight, able-bodied, and white.
The former are one of the biggest reasons we’re in this mess.
The latter are helping the rest of us fight our way out.
The more alliances we build, the better.
Nineteen months ‘till the midterms: let’s do this!
Just added these Ladies of Liberty to my brand-new Etsy Shop!
Ready to send as a postcard or to display as a print!
Inspired by the women’s march, these are also perfect for International Women’s Day coming up on March 8th! I wanted to design a postcard with a positive/inspirational design for everyone out there making their voices heard!
“Black lives matter. Latinx lives matter. Trans lives matter. Native lives matter. Disabled lives matter. Muslim lives matter. ” “Donald Trump: Racist, Sexist, Anti-Gay” “We stand with Standing Rock” “Gay rights are human rights” “Refugees are welcome here” “Her body, her choice” “Global warming’s fucking real”
This is some dialogue from tonight’s NYC rally that spanned for dozens of blocks up until Trump Tower. Tonight I witnessed a mass of determined young people from different races, genders and backgrounds unify and stand up for each other. We are fighting for a future that is selfless and inclusive, and everything Trump’s regime is against.
#100Days100Women Day 88: Winona LaDuke is an environmentalist, indigenous rights activist
and founder of the organization Honor the Earth. She also helped found the
Indigenous Women’s Network and publicized forced sterilization of Native women.
She ran for vice-president in 2000 and 2004 on the Green Party ticket. She has
successfully blocked pipelines in Minnesota and is currently protesting the
Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock.
A great way to make a lasting impression on your DBQ and essay tomorrow is to bring in things that will surprise whoever is grading your essay. How though?Well for starters, if applicable, always bring in women’s rights, african american rights, and native american rights.
With women right’s, you should definitely include the cult of domesticity which basically says that women should be nurturers and be domesticated aka be a housewife. After the revolution this cult will turn into republican motherhood which is basically the cult of domesticity combined with how women should also educated their children on democracy and patriotism and why they should vote and thing though women lacked that right. Bring up people such as Alice Paul, Margaret Sanger (she sets up the birth control league which will later become Planned Parenthood), Susan B. Anthony, the Grimkey Sister’s, Abigail Addams and her request to her husband to remember the ladies when the writing of the Constitution was happening, authors such as Margaret Fuller and Emily Dickinson. Remember Clara Barton and her founding of the Red Cross , Jane Adams and the Hull House. Bring up organizations such as the National Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the National Council of Negro Women, don’t forget to add in organizations such as the NWSA, AWSA (which later come together as NAWSA or the National Women’s Trade Labor Union (NWTLU). Bring in how The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan sparked the feminist movement. Mention Seneca Fallsif it fits, bring in the passage of the 19th amendment and how orgs like NAWSA would campaign for suffrage by going on state by state campaigns.
For African Americans, bring up the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War. Bring up the 13th-15th amendments and how republicans were big supporters of it. Talk about the Great Migration during WW1, bring in people such as Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B DuBois, the creation of the NAACP. Talk about Brown v. Board of Education, Swann v. CMS, Plessy v. Ferguson, the integrated fighting units in the Vietnam War. The Freedman’s Bureau and the multiple chances of abolishing slavery in the writing of the articles of confederation, the constitution, and the bill of rights are great to bring up.
Talk about how the economienda system affected the native americans, how the reservation system sucked major ass, talk about the massacre at mystic. The events of Wounded Knee are important to discuss. Don’t forget Tippacanoe or the French and Indian War . The Dawes Severalty Act is important to discuss.
If the topic that’s at hand can in any way have these groups of people incorporated into it, then by all means write all about them. Bring in whatever other knowledge you know and feel free to add more to this post.
94% of Black women voted for Black, Latinx LGBT+, Jewish, Muslim, Disabled, Asian and Native American rights. Black women also voted for background checks on guns, affordable healthcare and an improved justice system. BLACK WOMEN VOTED FOR A BETTER AND SAFER FUTURE FOR AMERICA'S YOUTH.
Y'all better not disrespect or talk shit about Black women ever again.
My dear beautiful friends and all the friends I do not know
Every Muslim, African American, Native American, people of the LGBTQ community, each culture, woman, minority, child. Every single one of you:
This is…a sad day in history. We are all asking why, how, and what next? Unfortunately only one of those questions matters now. What next? We are feeling defeated, hopeless, discouraged, and disappointed. Yet we must remember over half of America voted against this. The younger generations voted against this.
My friends, this means there is hope. There is room, determination, and potential for change. We cannot bow our heads. We cannot raise our fists in hatred. No. We must raise our voices, open our arms, support every single amazing person hurt by these events. We cannot. Cannot. Let hatred win.
As a bi woman, I feel so violated. I went to my yoga mat, spilling my heart for our future, spent a sleepless night riddled with anxiety, waves of nausea and dizziness, I can’t eat. I know so many of us feel this today.
There is much to be done. Now is the time to break down barriers in our communities and do as much as possible to let our people know they are supported and will be fought for, peacefully. Shout your love until it echoes across this pained world.
I am here for you. I open my heart, my arms, my home to you. I love each and every one of you.
For the Hamilton asks: Take a Break and Tomorrow There’ll Be More of Us (:
(26) Take a Break - What’s the farthest distance you’ve ever traveled from home?
Mexico is the farthest I’ve gone (I live on the east coast), but this summer I’ll be going to Japan!
48) Tomorrow There’ll Be More of Us - Is there a cause you would die for?
I would die for pretty much any human rights movement (black rights, Hispanic/Latinx/Chicano rights, Native American rights, women’s rights, immigrant rights, Muslim rights, Jewish rights, LGBTQ+/SAGA rights, etc) regardless of whether or not I’m a part of that group. I am not black, Hispanic, Native American, and immigrant, a Muslim, or religiously Jewish, but I would die for the rights of people who are.
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