wall street protestors

it’s no coincidence to me that liberals have taken aim at women holding signs about vaginas, uteruses, and specifically female-centered issues during the women’s march, but these very same liberals wouldn’t dare suggest that “black lives matter” activists should include “white lives” or “blue lives” in their signs and slogans too. these very same liberals did not see fit to inform occupy wall street protestors that its “not all rich people.”

women are the ones who have to step aside and make room at the podium for others. women are the ones who have to be reminded that it’s not okay to put ourselves first. women are the ones who need to sacrifice precious time, space, and voice at a public demonstration to make sure others are heard and seen, too. women are the ones who have no specific experience worth naming and discussing, no specific interests worth protecting.

woman does not exist.

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Discussed: Witnessing the emperor naked, travelling the world, getting arrested at Occupy Wall Street, drawing protestors and prisoners, sex workers and refugees, and learning to erase the line between writing and drawing.

In a fierce PEN DIY talk titled “How to Draw the Elephant in the Room,” artist, activist, and journalist Molly Crabapple wove a story of a lifetime of rebellion and art, beginning with how she got into trouble at school, worked as a “naked girl for hire” in lieu of getting a desk job - an experience that sharpened her artistic gaze and output - and ending with seeing her art go from sketchpad to protest sign during the Occupy Wall Street movement, and committing herself to drawing and writing about the disappeared.

protesting on Wall Street

…doesn’t mean that the protester shouldn’t be using all the fancy products made by those corporations which are being rallied against, and it doesn’t mean that the protester is looking for a government handout and doesn’t want to work.

protesting on Wall Street is (should be) about taking a stand against the unethical business practices our government and this free market capitalistic society have created.

Corporations aren’t the main offenders here.  Our economic philosophy has basically told them to do exactly what they’re doing.  Go wherever you want, take out whoever you need to take out, cheat the system as best as you can, screw the little guy, just make more money.  that’s capitalism!

don’t blame the dogs for getting to fat, we’re the ones that overfed them.

Protesting on Wall Street should be about curbing these corporations–whether that means stricter environmental laws, imposing foreign import tariffs on US companies (or any company really) that manufactures outside of the US or whatever.

Our government is corrupt and infected with financial contributions from corporations and lobbyists. THIS IS THE PROBLEM.

Wall Street protesters, if you want to take the government back take control of your elected representatives.  We like to think that we voted them in but we didn’t.  They bought their seats with dirty corporate money.  The top demand, which I believe will address the clusterfuck of issues that we hear and see in your chants and signs, could all be addressed by demanding the enactment of a law which would forbid corporations from making any financial contributions whatsoever, to any person who holds any type of public office.

Once that’s gone, maybe our politicians won’t be so afraid of corporations.

Changing the narrative: privacy more important now than ever

In one of those ‘Jobs (Now Hiring)’ free inserts you find outside places like grocery stores and pharmacies, I read a full-page article regarding the “do’s and don'ts” of social media habits for job hunters.

Under Don'ts:

Don’t Hide Your Account. Privacy settings are a great thing, but hiding your account completely is also a red flag for a hiring manager. If a manager does a social media search for you and can’t find you at all, then they’re likely to assume you’re hiding something.”

Of course, I’ve been advised of this since my days in undergrad – potential employers will search for you and they are willing to pay for services which provide you with the kind of information marketers build your ad profiles with. I’m sure I don’t have to spell it out for any of you, but I wanted to at least emphasize this common theme in public discourse

'Valuing my privacy is considered “extremism” by the NSA’

and

'Valuing my privacy is a “red flag” to a prospective employer’

In both our public and our private lives, our right to privacy is under attack. In order to financially support themselves, people are forced to project a part of their identity, no matter how small or seemingly-insignificant, online where they are constantly bombarded with requests to divulge more by friends and media. And for those who buy in to the legitimacy of the NSA as a result of sensationalist media, people engage in self-censorship, even self-deception regarding critical issues which impact civil liberties domestic and abroad; to further bastardize the idea of right to privacy, the state actually encourages a culture of fear and mistrust of one’s fellow citizenry. If you see something, say something. You will be safe once only we are armed.

Everywhere in the media and our minds, these little battles over the legitimacy of privacy are fought. It happened when Donald Sterling’s right to privacy was casually tossed aside in spite of his racist remarks. Elliot Rodger’s internet habits and interests were scrutinized (and demonized); the same holds true for Christopher Dorner, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Chelsea Manning, Abdulrahman and Anwar al-Alwaki, Occupy Wall Street protestors, TEA partiers, the Las Vegas shooters who visited Bundy Ranch, Cliven Bundy himself, and each of you who follow me are very likely being scrutinized more heavily than Americans who fall in line and forget their rights.