r/StopFossilFuels/ - “
Stop Fossil Fuels researches and disseminates effective strategies and tactics to halt fossil fuel combustion as fast as possible.
“ - young people who have had enough bullshit. Small community.
r/carbontax/ - until capitalism is overthrown, this is a good next step. it is an unsexy step and fossil companies would rather us all fight amongst ourselves than to get together and pass such a tax. They have been purposefully obfuscating the science for decades exactly for this reason. Small community.
r/DeTrashed/ - “this is DeTrashed, this sub is committed to cleaning up the environment one can at a time. Please post anything related to picking up trash. Any thing from picking up a bottle while walking your dog in the morning, cleaning up a campsite or even organizing a clean up event.- Remember although this sub was started on just picking up trash and cleaning the environment, it is so much more. Please share anything that involves taking an active step to improve the earth. So cleaning up trash, recycling, removing invasive species, green improvements on your house, and etc. Be creative!“ Large sub, full of positive vibes and inspiration of people taking little actions
r/houseplants/ - friendly sub full of house plant aficionados. Large community.
Not really actively organizing on reddit but good to know about :
r/SunriseMovement/ - this group isn’t actively organizing on reddit, they’re elsewhere but if you haven’t heard of them and you’re interested in the environment, I highly recommend checking them out. They’ve already done quite a few major actions.
r/350/ - another major environmental mover that isn’t actively organizing on reddit too much but good to know about. their divestment campaign is still underway and has been extremely successful.
r/EarthStrike/ - honorable mention b/c they’re trying really hard but they’ve been having lots of internal issues… lots of young people organizing for the first time… they’d like to be Sunrise Movement I think.
Michigan survived as long as it did because women vehemently said no. They said no. They said it loudly and over and over and over again. In the face of unrelenting pressure and haterade. But we fought to hold our line despite the shaming.
The Land may be in “safe hands” (i’m not even sure what that means), but women are still battling to keep it. The not-for-profit that bought itowes 1.2 million dollars on it. So now? It may be in “safe hands” but a steadfast group of amazing amazons are BATTLING TO KEEP IT. Every day. Without PAID STAFF.
When I was in my 20s? We were facing AIDS as our normal (and I mean skeletal, lesion covered people dying on the street from AIDS, AIDS) and a rampant cultural homophobia. And then women started the Lesbian Avengers and fought dyke phobia–which was thick. Thick. Everywhere. In spite of that, we loved ourselves and each other. We showed up and out against the bullshit we got from gay men and straight men and from folks trying to shame lesbians in so many ways. It was scary and sometimes dangerous, but we looked each other in the eye, and gathered in a room every Tuesday at 6 and we organized and created and were public and fought. Even if there were only 10 of us.
One of the problems I am seeing is that a lot of YOUNGER WOMEN aren’t fighting for themselves as dykes. Not against anyone: other rad fems and trans folks, I am not seeing young women fighting for THEMSELVES as lesbians. They aren’t acknowledging themselves as worthy and powerful and sexy. I don’t see young women starting their own dyke-based things. I don’t see you coming together as a voice for each other. All the under 30s in my life are calling themselves queer. All of the under 30s aren’t saying they want to be with BUTCHES, not trans guys. All of the under 30s in my life are not shouting about the power of the pussy.
I don’t see young women coming forward to fight for their own SPACES the way we fought for ours in the early 90s (google the Clit Club). I don’t see young women at the forefront saying this is BULLSHIT and nope. I don’t see young women organizing in person, face to face, on the ground, creating new ground troops on this.
I know y’all are going THROUGH IT. I know that. I see that. I am not ignoring that. But every generation has gone through some serious shit. Every generation. You aren’t new or different. For real. The question is how did you stand up to fight it? We’ve been told that no one gives a shit about women and dykes. What are we doing to stand up for being a DYKE? When do you stop caring about what other people think and stand for what you are?
So here’s some super passive things you can do to fight for women’s space (actual women’s space):
Join WWTLC’s FB group (look up we want the land coalition)
On “Giving Tuesday,” that’s November 28, starting at 8 AM, the Gates Foundation is giving away $2,000,000 by MATCHING individual fundraisers on Facebook (up to $50,000 per organization) until that $2,000,000 runs out. It is a race for funding. If every woman on here who follows me held a $1,000 fundraiser and raised it from family and friends (that is 100 people giving 10 bucks each) starting at 8 am, you could collectively raise $100,000 for WWTLC which would basically make it possible for them to meet their April land payment of $180,000. You want women’s space? Here’s how you can help fight to get it:
• CREATE YOUR OWN FACEBOOK FUNDRAISER ON NOVEMBER 28 — go to https://www.facebook.com/fundraisers/ — click on Raise Money; — type in “Purple,” — choose “Purple—Human Services, Lansing MI” (the fiscal sponsor for WWTLC) — fill out the form — Tell your friends why women’s space on The Land is important to you
• SHARE WITH ALL YOUR FRIENDS!
All donations to Facebook fundraisers for Purple can be matched • on GIVING TUESDAY, NOV. 28, beginning at 8 a.m. EST (this is important! it is a race and people need to start giving at 8 am ON THE NOSE) • up to $1000 per fundraiser • up to $50,000 total for Purple/WWLTC • until $2M in matching funds from the Gates’ is claimed
And if you are in Brooklyn or near it? On December 3, come to a fundraiser for WWTLC. Come be in women’s space. Dance. Listen to female musicians and poets and comics lay it DOWN (this one and this one and this one and this one). Make sure your deaf friends know it is going to be ASL interpreted. That the space is accessible for those in wheelchairs. Can’t afford the expensive ticket? Pay $20 for the DJ at 9. Can’t afford that? Ask on the FB page if there are any other options to attend.
But fight. Not each other. No matter how annoying. Don’t punch sideways and down. Please. Open your throats up and punch UP. You may lose people in your life, but are they really your tribe? Are they the people who hold you? Who you love? Who love you? Bad and good? You may lose, but you will gain others who are here for YOU. Who love women. Who love women’s community. Who are dyke-based and dyke-focused. But you can’t have it unless you don’t make the space for her to emerge. You have to struggle to earn something good.
A 19-year old started a dyke festival in 1976, when those words were ABSURD and women still needed their husband’s permission to get a credit card. Yes, y’all have it hard, but it has always been thus.
The “Mammy” trope—which depicts Black women as perpetual, asexual servants loyal to white supremacy—is particularly damaging to Black women. It holds that Black women are happiest when they are serving others, which means that they all too often are expected to delay their own self-care and joy. This trope gained popularity in the 19th century, but its remnants remain with us as Black women continue to be thought of as strong. If we take the Mammy trope as an example, a Black woman’s only role is to be in service to everyone outside of herself. Black women activists then become the depository for any affliction that ails people.
Many Black women have tirelessly fought to resist ascribed roles.
Triple Jeopardy and the letters of Bambara and Lorde taught me that Black women used activism and writing as forms of self-care. Self-care is antithetical to the Mammy trope, which represents Black women as self-sacrificing. Black women’s ability to write each other, about their personal, creative, and organizing lives, was deeper than just catching up. Letter writing served as a tool of survival, as the authors reimagined their lives as Black women. They also supported each other, as they provided feedback on each other’s poems and stories; they uplifted each other, and made plans for meetings and celebrations.
Many of the letters I came across in the collections of Bambara and Lorde expressed gratitude to the sender from the recipient whose spirits were lifted after receiving a personal letter. “I got your lovely card, and it picked up my dropping spirits—just like your fiction does,” scholar Mary Helen Washington wrote in a letter to Bambara. In another letter addressed to Bambara, the writer (signed only as “G”) said, “Girl—I just got your letter—and was it ever on time.”
Black women writer-activists also did some form of consciousness-raising via letter writing. They expressed rage and humor at the audacity of people, mostly white male publishers, trying to define them through a white, masculinist, and heteronormative lens. And they sought understanding and reconciliation from each other as Black women and feminists.
In a letter to scholar Evelynn Hammonds, Lorde writes:
Please forgive the delay in this reply to your letter…I wanted to think about issues you raised in your letter reaching beyond the material ones…Evelynn, it is not clear to me the exact nature of the conflicts underlying the history between you and Barbara and Cherrie, nor does it need to be. But the bitterness on both sides is quite obvious…I do not like this. It makes me very sad because I feel it is unnecessarily destructive for us all. We have so little time, and there are so few of us doing real work, and under so much pressure…I ask you to consider: WHO PROFITS FROM THESE SEPARATIONS BETWEEN US, THESE ACRIMONIES, THESE FEUDS? So, I am wondering if there is any way possible for each of the three of you, having been separate now for over a year, to re-examine your relationship to the personal conflicts between you…and consider what some of the real bases are upon which you can deal with each other with some amount of respect and trust?
They gathered strength from each other as they talked of how things are, and how they wanted them to be.
These letters challenged the narrative of the strong and ever-enduring Black woman. They serve as an example of the importance of quality of life for activists, and how they can best be supported.
In order to have sustainable movements, social justice movements and organizations need to center the care of activists.
Organizations and movements can make sure that they are creating space for self-care by prioritizing wellness, and encouraging activists and movement builders to take the time to do the same. I know that the work to destroy all forms of oppression requires all of our time. We are, after all, fighting to bring about a more just and equitable society. However, it is possible to do the work and prioritize health and wellness at the same time.
I know that conversations around self-care can sometimes be elitist and classist. Yoga classes can cost an average of $18 per session, and massages sometimes start at $70. Self-care can quickly become about who can afford to relax and release some tension. But costs don’t necessarily have to be a barrier to relaxation.
Community care is essential to the lives of activists. Activists and organizations can host massage and healing circles, journal together, check in with each other regularly, and seek authentic and honest relationships that affirm them. Instead of being seen as more work, this actually can be an essential part of a wellness routine that can aid activists in their work.
Love for each other, and an investment in our individual as well as collective needs, will help us as we navigate and work to dismantle hostile environments. Activists can encourage each other to take care of their emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical selves. Managers and executive directors can create wellness as part of work culture by checking in with their employees. Some already do. I hope others will catch on.
Hi lovely! Well, I feel like I should mention that organisation is different for everyone. While I generally try to keep as little of my desk as possible, other people thrive when there’s lots of things stacked on their desks. So my first tip would be, experiment a little, and find out what works for you.
The second tip is kind of three tips rolled into one, and they’re the main principles of tidying that I’ve found really work for me. They are:
A place for everything, and everything in its place. I have a lot of pens (seriously, like lots), but I keep them all in a drawer, so whenever I need a pen, I know that I have to go to that drawer, and I can find all the pens I would ever need.
Keep like with like. Similar to the above, I tend to know where I keep all my pens, because they’re all in the same place and not scattered all around. The same thing goes for my Post-Its, my paperclips, my hole punch, etc.
Don’t put it down, put it away. This is a principle I’ve learned from Emilie Barnes, and it’s so genius in its simplicity. Once I’m done with whatever project I’m working on, I put everything away. All the pens, all the notebooks, all the planner supplies - if it’s done, it gets put away. This prevents stacks from popping up, and it’s generally easy to keep your desk/room cleaner that way.
Once I’ve got it all set up, I’m going to film a desk tour in my new study on my YouTube channel, so be on the look-out for that if you’re looking for more specific organising ideas! I hope this helps! xxx
Even if you have no interest in ever becoming a community lobbyist, it’s important to understand how things Actually Get Done. Please consider sharing this so others can learn, too.
Note: this next slide is UTAH-SPECIFIC. Actual dates and numbers of legislators will vary from state to state.
This is how it gets done:
This is more Utah-specific info, but you can find bill trackers and watch things online in most, if not all US states at this point.
How to communicate with ‘em - general things
How to talk to ‘em on the phone
How to write to ‘em
Showing up to committee meetings - this is when they know you’re serious af
Politely harass the hell out of ‘em at work. Dress to impress. They work for you!
Talk to old people (letters to the editor), young people (online), anyone who might possibly listen to you, your cause, or whatever it is that you care about. This is good option for introverts, those with poor transportation options, or people who live far from state capitols.
Work with groups for more effective actions and use of your time!
Well the snow has given me a great excuse to organize the heck out of our kitchen and today’s got me rooting through my spice cabinet.
I imagine I’m not the only one who has no idea what all is in my spice cabinet. I have the habit of buying fancy sounding spices I have no idea how to use and then they just sit there *ahem* unused. So to fix my own wagon I pulled everything out…
Yea. There’s a lot. Eek!
And organized it the best I could writing all of the spice names on each shelf on these little papers. When I use up a spice I use all the time, I’ll replace it next time I’m at the grocery store. But! If I use up a spice I rarely use, I’ll cross it off the list so I know it’s gone and only replace it if I really want it in the future. Waste not! Plus I figure it’s a zero waste way to slowly downsize my spice cabinet to those tried and true spices I can’t live without.
Which got me thinking of a top 10 list of essential pantry spices (in my humble opinion.)
So without further ado…
10 Spices for a Spice-tacular Spice Cabinet (hey I never said I was good at puns):
Cumin - I think this is my favorite spice ever. Woody, slightly meaty, dark and earthy in flavor, I like to add it to taco and fajita seasoning, it goes great in hummus and spectacular in Indian recipes. What doesn’t it do? Idk. Srsly.
Curry - A spice blend technically, but super handy to have on hand if you, like me, enjoy Indian food a lot. You’ll see it in so many recipes, plus! I just discovered if you add it to mashed potatoes it makes a samosa-like mashed potato that is amaaazing. Mind. Blown.
Garlic Powder - There will be days when you think you have garlic on hand and you’re happily cooking away until BOOM you realize you’re out of garlic and dinner is all screwy now. If you’ve got garlic powder in your pantry, you got a back up!
Onion Powder - Same as above.
Chili Powder - Great for tacos, fajitas, chili, veggie burgers and more. Chili powder is, in my opinion, one of the holy trinity of spices for vegetarians trying to approximate meat flavors - along with cumin and smoked paprika.
Red Chili Flakes (or cayenne) - Baby’s gotta have some HEAT. I personally prefer the chili flakes, you do you.
Smoked Paprika - As stated, paprika is a great way to add a meaty punch to otherwise meatless meals. It also is perfect in homemade bbq.
Turmeric - Necessary for many Indian dishes, turmeric is a nutritional powerhouse that is a great boost for juices and smoothies. My personal favorite is adding it to hot water with ginger, lemon and honey for an herbal tea.
Garam Masala - Just try to make Indian food without it. Just try!
Cinnamon - So I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but this is my nod to those who do. Cinnamon is great in many desserts and pairs nicely with cider. It is also found in many Mediterranean dishes and its undeniable utility earns it a place in my top ten.
Tell me the truth, does any of my followers keep their pantry as organized & complete?? 🤷🏼♀️ Please leave me your comments and explain your secrets for me and those interested as well please. I need help. (seriously tho)🤦🏼♀️megٹ
This year, I’ve worked from home more often than not. The lack of structure can be a productivity suck for people with ADHD, making it even more important to organize my time and space. I’ve developed a few tricks over the years to make this easier. The basic principles involved might be familiar to those who regularly read tips on how to organize:
Minimize visual clutter.
Label everything possible.
Have a specific place for everything and keep everything in its place.
Make it fast and easy to put things back where they belong; otherwise you’ll never do it.
Have places to store ongoing projects so they don’t cover every available surface.
Use visual reminders.
Keep what you need most where you’ll use it. Make sure what you use most regularly is easiest to reach.
Keep similar things together. (For example, if you still send snail mail, keep your envelopes and stamps close together).
These principles are easy to understand, but can be hard to apply. So, here’s a tour of my workspace. As with all things organizational, your mileage may vary.
My biggest source of surface clutter has always been papers from projects in progress. The worst is when I have a writing project, an ongoing issue with health insurance, and a couple other tasks going at once. My solution is shown above: two file boxes sitting on a desk. A yellow one is labeled “In Progress Work” and a purple one labeled “In Progress Life.” Each is full of folders of various colors–one folder per project. The purple Life folder also includes a black bound notebook and adult coloring book (which are normally there) and extra-large folded paper to be hung on the wall (which is only there temporarily).
Note that there are few folders in either box. My medical, financial, and other long-term papers are in a crate sitting on the floor next to my desk (not shown). Only immediately active projects live on my desk.
My most-frequently-used small office supplies sit on a shelf directly above the desk, and my most-frequently-used art supplies on the shelf just above that:
The office supply shelf contains a long yellow rectangular box, open side facing out, with multicolored labeled compartments containing various office supplies. Two drawers, a yellow one labeled “Small paper clips” with a bad paper clip drawing and a blue one labeled “Small rubber bands” with an oval representing a rubber band, are hanging open. Other closed drawers are labeled “Stamps,” “Reusable Color Tabs,” “Post-it Clear Colored Tape Flags,” “Large Paper Clips,” “Rubber Bands,” “Safety Pins,” “Chalk,” and “Tacks.” All these labels include a picture of the contents. The colors are arbitrary, but the left-to-right order is not. The left side, which is relatively hard to see from my seat at the desk, contains the less-often-used supplies, while the right side (with the two open drawers) contains the most frequently used ones. Sitting on the office supply container is a whiteboard marker and a hole punch. In front of the office supply container, sitting uncontained on the shelf are, from left to right: a bottle of white-out, a glue stick, a tape dispenser, a blue eraser, and a clear plastic container of tacks that didn’t fit in the tack drawer. To the right of the office supply container, leading against it, are from left to right, colored post-it flags, colored labels, file folder labels, and envelopes. The envelopes are in an open envelope box labeled “ENVELOPES” in black permanent marker, to make them easy to find.
The art supply shelf contains: on the left, pink Mudd shoe box with miscellaneous art supplies inside (not yet labeled). Boxes of Warm Gray and Cool Gray Prismacolor markers are stacked on top of it. Next to it, 2 stacked opaque containers (not yet labeled), both containing Prismacolors. One contains warm colors (yellows/reds/oranges), the other cool colors (blues/greens/purples). A box of crayons, lid facing out, sits atop these containers. Immediately to the right are a clear plastic bag full of thin, less-fancy markers, with an opaque blue pencil case sitting on top (containing gel pens). To the right of that, a transparent blue box with more markers. On the far right, a box of sculpting clay.
Not perfectly labeled, and I’d like to replace the opaque with transparent containers, but the basic organizational principle is clear, and it’s easy enough to find what I use regularly.
Above: Another shelf contains labeled binders, file folders and notebooks that I use reasonably often and don’t fit into the file folder crate where I keep similar items. Binders are labeled “RECIPES,” “HOW-TO INFO,” “COMMUNICATION,” “Active Medical Records-Bring to Appts”, and “Managing Medical Conditions.” An aqua-green file contains business cards. This is a messy-looking shelf. There’s an empty sheet protector sticking out at an angle. There aren’t enough binders and notebooks to fill the shelf, so a box from a pencil sharpener is used as a bookend. This is clearly the shelf of someone with ADHD, but it gets the job done.
Above: on the surface of my desk are the essentials for my morning routine: a wide cup containing pencils, pens, and highlighters; a sun box (with two worry stones, hair ties, gum, and a nail clipper sitting on it), and a box full of things to keep my hands busy. (Squeezable balls, Cat’s Cradle, red and blue resistance bands, a tennis ball, pink putty, etc.) You can also see a key part of my morning routine, a cup of coffee, sitting in front of these (not on the coaster sitting right next to it). A straw acting as a stirrer is sticking out of the mug.
In the morning, I also take most of my medications. the large vitamin bottles act as a visual reminder to take them. (Orange pill bottles can be seen in an open clear plastic drawer behind the pill bottles. There’s another transparent aqua container on top of that; contents aren’t visible.
Of course, my organizational system isn’t perfect. See, for example, the final resting place for miscellaneous papers and magazines, an overflowing wire tray above my printer (below):
My workspace is always a work in progress, so it may change over the coming year. But for now, it works. It’s easy to find what I need, and easy to de-clutter.
Things to do if you want to join a union, the simple version:
See if others in your city/state/municipality/whatever are unionized in other workplaces for similar trades. Like, are you a janitor in a town where you know there’s other unionized janitors? GO ASK THEM. They should all be able to point to a union steward or representative who can help you out and/or get you started.
The hard part (that I know about): Start talking to your coworkers about unionizing. Be friendly enough with them that you can do it off the clock, because that shit is risky to talk about at work. Educate them about how it works, and the benefits that can result. Are y’all always working off the clock? Don’t have health care? Shitty scheduling? Dangerous conditions? Harassment? Just want better everything? Unions will give you help with all that.
Be real with them about the material risks… the bosses won’t be happy, you might get fired for bullshit before you have a chance to unionize and be protected by that union, that sort of thing. There’s a reason why unionization has dropped over the past fifty years, and it’s because the bosses have schemed to make it hard for us. They want to keep us divided and powerless.
Be real about where your coworkers are in life. Unionization might sound like yet another responsibility in an endless sea of responsibilities. Tell your coworkers that it’s a way that the burdens of life can be shared and divided amongst us all. Paying one’s union dues is a pain in the ass if you’re really needing that extra $5 per check or whatever, but that $5 should be subscribing you to a world of support and benefits that far outweigh the $5 per check sacrifice. Health care. Benefits. Sick days. Representation if the boss tries to fire you for bullshit. That sort of thing.
“I’m not expecting to be in that job for long, I don’t even care about unionizing!” To which I would say, do it anyway! You never know how long you’ll be stuck in your Not Your Dream Job, and the people who come after you could use the protection. Just because you hate your shit job doesn’t mean you couldn’t help make it better for those who love it, do it well, or will be stuck there for a while.
Anyway, there it is. Sorry it took so long to get back to you @teal-deer and anyone else waiting for an answer. I work from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and I’m just trying to get back to writing my fanfiction and shit, let alone actual informative posts.
FWIW, I’m in SEIU at work, and am joining IWW soon (next paycheck) so that I can help start organizing the unorganized.
As far as I’ve been able to discern, there’s just this one life guaranteed to us. Those of us who have to blow most of it working to survive… we deserve gold and diamonds and bread and motherfucking roses for what the bosses are asking from us. Get your paper. Get your life.
Last week I talked about how to calendar block, and why it is a useful tool. Today I want to talk about how to “level-up” your calendar blocking skills, or additional tools and methods you can use to make calendar blocking an even better tool.
1. Figuring out How Much Time You Need
One tool I use, alongside the calendar blocking, is Toggl. Toggl is a timer extension which times how long it takes you to complete a task, such as a homework assignment. You can also use your phone or a kitchen timer. Timing these tasks, in the beginning, will give you a more accurate sense of how long it ends up taking you which allows you to more accurately “block” the correct amount of time in the future.
2. Using Multiple Calendars
In the video @marianastudies made, she discusses how she uses multiple calendars. This is also something I do, and something I feel is beneficial to students with a lot on their plate.
To do this, click the plus button next to “Add a Coworker’s Calendar” Then click “new calendar” and give it a title. You can use additional calendars for specific clubs, greek life, social media scheduling and more. You can have as many or as few calendars are as helpful. Then you just check (or uncheck) the boxes next to the calendars to choose which ones to display.
One of the biggest tricks to color blocking is color coding. There are multiple ways you can approach this, one color per calendar, one color per type of event/task (for example all classes would be red, all study times orange), or one color per class (red for science, green for history), etc. To do this, click “more options,” then click on the colored dot on the next page.
4. Finding a Time
Sometimes you are trying to find a time to schedule a meeting or event. You can do this by doing a brief glimpse of the calendar, but you can also do it once again by clicking “more options” and then “find a time”. This prevents you from having to navigate back and forth.
5. Send invites to friends
One of my favorite features is being able to send google calendar invites to people, when you do this it adds the events to their calendar. This makes sure you are both on the same page and that neither person forgets. If you use this feature too much, you might annoy people. Therefore, I only recommend using this feature for “one-time” only appointments and meetings as supposed to standing commitments.
I hope that these tools help you take your calendar blocking to the next level.
I know no one wants to talk about third-party voters or people of color that voted for Trump or chose not to vote, but we have to. We have to because, from an organizing and strategic perspective, the white people that voted for Trump cannot be our audience. They are not going to be moved. The “shy” white Trump voters lied to pollsters, lied to friends, and hid their true motives & then went into the voting booth & said the rest of our lives don’t matter. Yes, it’s largely their fault, but they are not a source for solution.
The white folks and people of color who voted third-party can be reached. Many of the people of color who misguidedly voted for Trump can be reached because at least they have some real connection to people of color & are capable of understanding the struggle. Disaffected folks of color who chose not to vote, as opposed to being disenfranchised by voter suppression, can be reached. These people can & must be encouraged to vote as a block in future elections.
This isn’t a blame game or pointing fingers. This is part of what it means to organize. Organizing and mobilizing means we have to take a hard look at all the variables that led to setbacks, assess them, and prevent them from happening again. I know it’s hard & I know it’s painful, but we all must assess and acknowledge the ways in which we were complicit in this result in order to course correct.
There are enough of us to defeat the horde of white people who voted for Trump, but we must organize and mobilize so that when it really matters we can come together as one.
I really want to clean my room. It's so messy I've no idea where to start. I've attempted many times in the past but I tend to make an even bigger . My bed, chair, desk are homes for clothes piles :/ which I move around whenever I need the thing, my floors have little knick knacks everywhere, my shelves are full of stuff I don't even know what. I've got boxes of lots of random stuff including sentimental stuff. I just really want a clean room. It's suffocating when it's so messy. Got any tips?
I recommend starting with specific sections of your room, cleaning out and throwing away anything you haven’t used in the past year, straightening everything up, and moving on. Work on completing just one section at a time so that you don’t feel overwhelmed to clean everything all at once. Don’t stop cleaning until said section is completely organized.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Clean your closet or dresser
Clean your desk/computer area
Clean your bookshelf
Clean anything in your bathroom
Clean underneath your bed
Clean any important papers/old school stuff/files you may have
Clean your walls
Clean your floor
Clean any storage you have (boxes, containers, etc)
And then it was right there on the top of my Netflix queue.
And I just clicked play. And half watched it today.
Next thing I know…I’ve got all my clothes dumped on my bed. 🤷🏻♀️
But it does feel good to have a large box of clothes to donate. And I can find my clothes more easily now.
One thing that surprised me is how many things I kept and wore out of obligation. Either because someone bought it for me ten years ago, it was attached to an event of some sort, I bought it not long ago, or ya know…the pit stains weren’t big enough 😂
Just kidding about that last one…maybe lol.
I’m pretty good at purging things as I go, so I didn’t have too much to work through. But I still got rid of quite a bit and it felt really good. I’ve got excess hangers now and space to find stuff.
I still have my socks and underwear to sort through. And I’ll most likely organize the closet a bit more. But it was a great start!
My office might be next….we will see how many more episodes I need to watch for the motivation ;)
Also tonight, Peyten and I put the first coat of paint on her desk. Hopefully tomorrow we can finish and get the chalkboard paint on top.
Happy February! Today I organized all my textbooks, notebooks and folders on my desk (usually they’re just randomly strewn across my desk). The only subject I worked on today was Chemistry, and that time was spent making notes and doing some textbook questions. Chemistry has to be one of my favourite subjects so far even though there’s a lot of content. What is your favourite subject?
A couple weeks ago I went to a debate at Berkeley about disruptive protest, between Wayne Hsiung of the animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere and Rob Wiblin of the effective altruism research group 80,000 Hours.
It was really cool, but sort of vaguely unsatisfying. This was mostly because Wayne (arguing for disruptive protest) and Rob (arguing against it) didn’t actually disagree on very much. They both agreed that violent protest is very likely to be a spectacularly bad idea - that we are as confident in this conclusion as we can be in anything given the extraordinary difficulty of pulling confident conclusions out of the literature. They both agreed that nonviolent property damage is also really likely to be a bad idea, and Wayne actually surprised me by going so far as to say he thinks nonviolent, purely symbolic but upsetting forms of protest (burning cardboard cutouts of people, burning American flags or religious texts) are probably also a bad idea.
And they both agree that nondisruptive peaceful protest doesn’t galvanize anyone against your mission but also rarely accomplishes anything.
This leaves a sort of narrow range of disagreement: confrontational nonviolent nondestructive protests, like DxE’s shout-ins (I do not think they are actually called that) at grocery stores and restaurants. Rob thinks those are a bad idea; Wayne thinks they’re a good one, though they didn’t dig into this as much as I would have liked. Interestingly, Wayne mostly doesn’t think they’re a good idea for their effects on bystanders. Instead, he think that successful social movements have incredible high-pressure organizing capacity (people willing to spring into action at a moment’s notice and do scary difficult things, people willing to raise lots of money very fast to support striking workers, people willing to be out all night getting supplies for other organizers in need, people potentially willing to go to jail for civil disobedience) and that these events are sort of neutral in effect on bystanders and really great for building high-pressure organizing capacity.
I think I disagree with him that they have a neutral effect on bystanders; I think they probably have a negative one. Because of that I have reservations about their use as practice at high-pressure organizing; building organizing capacity by doing detrimental things just feels very suspect somehow. I could say “I’m worried that it will mean your organization is in the habit of prioritizing building internal loyalty and commitment among members over achieving things in the real world”, and that’s part of it, but if I’m honest the real root of my reaction is that doing that feels sketchy.