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The Speech I Got Arrested For (But Not Really) [shared with permission]

So my best good pal who walked out of the pokey earlier this afternoon gave this speech at the thing, a couple whiles before the cops decided to assault peaceful protesters and then haul people off to jail for the crime of not running away fast enough (seriously; they’re calling not getting away “resisting a police officer”).  They told me I could share it wherever I pleased to, so this here’s me using what little voice I’ve got.

As some of you may have heard, I’ve recently been released from being locked up in the men’s processing center of the Marion County Jail. Which, as a non-binary trans person with gender non-conforming proclivities, would not have boded well had I not had the company of good comrades nearby, and the knowledge that people were still fighting for us on the outside. Also, there were neo-nazis. So there’s that. And to top it all off, I’ve been repeatedly deadnamed in the media. So, please, don’t read the names of the arrests, out of respect for me as your friend and as a person. But, in its full, uncut glory, I present to you the call-to-arms I issued last night: 

 Good evening. My name is Cambria. I organise locally in several Leftist, Labour, and Trans liberation circles, and tonight I am speaking on behalf of the Michiana and Central Indiana IWW’s General Defence Committee. The mission of the GDC is to provide defense and relief to members of the working class who are being persecuted for their activity in the class struggle, and to aid those who find themselves persecuted by the powers that be in their struggle for justice and freedom. This aid may include bail, bond, or legal aid, and may take the form of a grant or a no interest loan. Members may also rest assured of solidarity from the organization, including motions of support, letters writing, and public education as to the case (or cases) in question. Such gestures of solidarity are offered to political prisoners, regardless of membership in the IWW or GDC. 

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anonymous asked:

As an anonymous game dev, do you have any opinion on the contract that SAG-AFTRA is considering striking over? Does it seem [un]reasonable from your position?

This is something topical, so I figured I’d try to address it. I’ve looked over the arguments, and I generally feel like both sides have some legitimate asks.

Primarily, [this is what SAG-AFTRA wants]:

  1. Royalties/residuals. Blockbuster games sell a lot of copies, and good voice acting makes a big difference. If you put in the work, you should get something out of it. I’m fairly certain they want this in addition to their current rates (which can be pretty high, most of the time it’s at least $10,000 per day to hire them with celebrities like Ron Perlman commanding multiples of that for a single day’s recording.)
  2. Hazard pay for vocally stressful performances. If you could possibly injure your throat or voice by having to scream, yell, or shout for hours on end, you should probably earn some sort of additional risk compensation for it - especially if you don’t have a steady job that provides health insurance.
  3. A stunt coordinator present at all motion capture sessions. This is an added cost that isn’t always needed - needing one when you’re motion capturing walking, sitting, conversing, etc. might not really be necessary.
  4. Transparency - the performers want to know what it is they are performing for before auditioning. This actually has some direct correlation with #4 that the publishers are asking for below.

For the most part, most of these are reasonable asks. It seems unlikely that publishers will simply grant additional monetary compensation on top of existing compensation without something else - reducing the flat payment amount in exchange for a small percentage of the total take, for example. But that’s an argument for the lawyers.

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Whether I agree or disagree with who’s on the new money and why or why not…it will be the greatest travesty if we as a country do not use this as an opportunity to tell about their greatness. To sugarcoat Harriet Tubman’s legacy as simply a ‘fight for justice’ would deny some Americans teachable lessons; perpetuate ignorance. She was a disabled Black woman who very illegally freed hundreds of slaves in a system that made violence against Blacks not only acceptable, but profitable, marketable. She did all she did in spite of the government. She was very well breaking the law with every new escapee. She later, being a 40+ year old woman, served as a Union spy and left raids and missions that were vital to the North’s victory. Even after that, the government still refused her pension and compensation for risking her life. Any talks about “her legacy” that conveniently omit the slavery and the Civil War are revisionist and serve to perpetuate some retrospective sense of nationalism that she was not here for. Learn something. Do better.

SIERRA LEONE, Freetown : Volunteers arrive to pick up bodies of people who died of the Ebola virus, against a 100 US dollar weekly risk-taking compensation, on October 8, 2014 in Freetown. Dozens of British military personnel are due to fly to Sierra Leone next week to help build medical facilities to combat the Ebola epidemic, the defence ministry said on October 7. AFP PHOTO / FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR