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Yet another example of how rape culture is perfectly interwoven into the mainstream. A children’s song, folks. It’s so perfectly invisible to so many because it has been normalized and taught as our reality. We have to break this….more critical thinking, media literacy, and anything else we can think of….

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I was watching a DVD of French songs karaoke with my son, and came across a song I’ve known ever since I was a child, which every one in France knows and sings: ‘Jeanneton prend sa faucille’ (Jane takes her sickle). It’s a song for big gatherings, and everyone joins in with the chorus. It tells the story of a young woman who goes to work in the field and on her way meets three young men. The lyrics then say: The first is a bit shy and tickles her chin. The second is less shy and lifts her skirts. The third, even less shy, knocks her down on the grass. And what the fourth does is not told in the song. (The second one is not included in the karaoke version.) The end states either that the moral of the story is that men are bad, that women like…

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Trigger warning for talk of rape 

Preface the victim’s open letter about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father with a statement saying that he deserves the presumption of innocence. Always approach situations like this with the thought that the victim might be lying; remind yourself and others that the burden of proof is on her.

Insist on referring to the victim as the rapist’s “adopted daughter,” as if that mitigates what he has done. Using subtle language cues like this, imply that though it might be rape, it’s not really incest because the the rapist is not the victim’s biological father. Pretend that adoptive parents somehow feel differently about their children than biological parents do.

Like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, insist on your ability to differentiate between an artist and their art. As a spokesperson for the organization said, “The…

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I’ve put up quite a few posts about adjuncts (US) and temporary staff (UK) recently. I know there are some others on the site that were also posted a while ago. Here’s another article on adjuncts in the US. I’ll be putting up a post soon-ish (when I have a minute) about what can be (and is being) done to try and make things better – so watch this space. Thanks, DC.

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Saturday January 25

Please man the phones on Monday, January 27,2014. Westville Correctional Facility (SUPER-MAX Prison) is retaliating against the inmates who protested last week by refusing to give them heated cells. Inmates in the A-Pods of “Westville Control Unit” the (Super-Max) are being deprived of heat because they protested the sack lunch that had been served to them over the last nine months. The Blue setion, A7 & A8, Yellow setion 5&6 range along with the Alpha Pod are experiencing extremly cold temperatures.The policy of the facilty states that they cannot use tactics such as these to punish individuals for demanding the same treatment as all other inmates; HEAT!

To justify their actions, the prison has stated that there is a new engineer that does not know how to adjust the system up on the roof. In the meantime they have passed out…

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self-portrait - age 3

M. self-portrait, age 3.

Two years ago today, I sent the letter below to my extended family and closest friends.  M. had just turned four, and had been trying to tell me for months that she wasn’t the kid I thought she was.  Reading this letter now, I’m struck by how frightened I was and how hard I was trying to present M. – and the rest of us – with every possible scenario other than the one that ultimately came to be: That she was really a girl.  But I’m also proud of this letter.  It was my line in the sand, my declaration to our community:

I am going to support this child – no matter what.  Are you with me?

(p.s. I know that a lot of parents like me send letters like these to family and friends.  If you are trying to write such a letter…

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Here’s a juicy, educational tid-bit…sort of.

Voter Registration.  If you’re a student at a college or university, odds are you’ve come across folks poking these forms at you as you pass the major points of pedestrian traffic.  Outside of that, though….how does one register to vote?  I like to consider myself fairly knowledgeable about such things, but I’ve racked my brain and the only way outside of the above described scenario that comes to mind is my very first voter registration process – at the DMV.

By now I am sure a lot of folks have realized that *they* do not want us to vote, to exercise that civic duty/right that I too battle between loving and hating.  But I thought, surely, that the campaign to register folks was a little more robust than just hoping they wandered into the DMV (and even then I have no clue what the protocol really is) or onto a college campus during a strategic point in a major election.  But it’s not really.  There are, however, more ways to register than I knew.

Check it out:

“In addition to the printable voter registration application accessible on this website, voter registration applications are available at county boards of elections’ offices, public libraries, high schools and college admissions offices.

Further, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) requires certain agencies in this state to offer voter registration services. Voter registration services are offered at the following agencies:

  • North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): A person may complete a voter registration transaction at any driver’s license examination office when conducting official DMV business with that office (applying for or renewing a driver’s license, I.D. card, etc.).
  • Public Assistance Agencies
    • Departments of Social Services (DSS)
    • Departments of Public Health (WIC)
  • Disability Services Agencies
    • Vocational Rehabilitation offices
    • Departments of Services for the Blind
    • Departments of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
    • Departments of Mental Health Services
  • Employment Security Commission (ESC)”

 

Now it might not be an aggressive campaign or anything, but it’s something to be aware of and to spread knowledge of to any and all folks.

Important also is that you register at least 25 days before the election in which you wish to vote. 

Now I’m not one to pretend that this process is perfect or that it’s the means to the ideal end that I envision, but it is a potential stepping-stone.  As is stands, far too many folks vote against their interests, are lied to by major media outlets, are deluded into believing that a 2 party system is a superior voting system, and believe that the presidential election is the make or break of this nation’s future.  The things we could do with proper representation, however, are beautiful.  We could elect representatives who put THE PEOPLE first in their legislative processes.  We could have representation that conveys our interests in, ya know, FOOD AND SURVIVAL, and education for all and human-centered solutions to the alleged problem of immigration across imaginary, stolen borders.  That could be a thing.  We could have universal healthcare.  We could change our laws and agencies and protocols to eliminate their “need” to incarcerate, dehumanize and otherwise attack and brutalize communities of color.

We can do this because, while the process is flawed, we are still in control.  We can use our votes for what they are worth and continue the fight on the 364 other days in the year.  We can use our votes to communicate the needs of the folks in our communities who are being denied the right to vote themselves.  I’m talking about felons, children, undocumented folks – anyone whose voice is intentionally drowned out by our current laws and ideology – consider the folks in the countries the U.S. constantly invades!! Who speaks for them in the U.S. government? Is that what we want? the wanton murder of folks in the name of imperialist strategy and positioning? NO!

But who will we vote for? Who is there to accurately represent these perspectives I’ve just listed?  Can we trust anyone of these majority white, male, wealthy, career politicians to do right by our communities once they have our initial nod?  Probably not.  I mean, maybe we can, but why take that risk if we don’t have to?  Radical folks – rise up!! Run for local office!! Yes, there are limitations to who can make it through the arbitrary list of initial requirements, but it can be done.  Locally elected officials have a real chance to impact the day-to-day lives of the folks in our communities.  Change to the systems we loathe can come from the inside AND the outside!  We can strip away the pretense and the hierarchy one official at at time.  IT WILL BEND TO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE!!

But yes, so that’s what I learned today and I hope you found it interesting.  Let’s continue this conversation, though, because resources are important and I haven’t covered everything by any means in this short rant.  It’s just something to start/keep thinking about.  I was inspired by the existence of countries with low levels of SES inequality and excellent health outcomes who still use similar processes electorally speaking as the U.S. does.  They also manage not to invade multiple countries per decade. Really sparkling resumes and shit.

 

Oh – PS. Total afterthought but needs to be discussed also — *they* don’t want us to vote and so *they* have implemented a Voter ID law to make it more difficult for the populations to which they wish to deny rights.  This isn’t going into effect until 2016 – so let’s…I dunno..raise so hell, or…appeals,….or….beat them at their own game and make new legislation that requires the gov to provide these IDs free of charge and at the voter’s convenience, or…I dunno. Something.

Thoughts? Feelings?

Surprise, surprise – as it turns out, the “harder” sciences are subject to the same biases as their practitioners….they are NOT IMMUNE to the flaws of human logic and whatnot.  They are practiced within social constructs and while we are getting closer and closer to eliminating human bias and subjectivity WE ARE NOT THERE YET. And yes, some do better than others. But that’s not what I want to talk about.  SO – let’s investigate one of the areas we could argue is the most taken for granted: map-making.

What political implications might we draw from any given projection? Who draws the maps we use in our everyday and why? And as always – what’s at stake? And for whom?

Watch this excellent video and then share it with everyone you’ve ever met and continue the conversation and question-asking.  This one covers a range of approaches from the limitations of human “sight” to the difficulty of projecting 3-D objects on a flat surfaces, etc. It’s way more interesting than I can describe. I learned a whole lot.
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From Dream Activisthugo2

On December 23, 2013, ICE agents raided the home of Hugo Leonel. Despite pleas from his children to ICE agents, Hugo Leonel was taken into custody and is currently being held at Stewart Detention Center.

In early 2013, Hugo Leonel was charged with a DWI. Being his first offense, Hugo Leonel was released under bond. In compliance with his sentence, he completed community service hours and an alcohol treatment program. So why is he detained?

HUGO LEONEL IS SET TO BE DEPORTED ON TUESDAY NIGHT!

Help get Hugo Leonel released and his deportation stopped by making a phone call and signing the petition!

TAKE ACTION – MAKE A CALL:

Call Atlanta ICE @ (404) 893-1210
Call DC ICE @ (202) 732-3000 or (202) 732-3100

Sample Script
: “Hi, I am calling to ask for the release of Hugo Leonel Perez (A# 077-665-965) from Stewart Detention Center. Hugo Leonel…

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Hey folks -

This might seem a bit off-topic, but today I learned just how easy it is to create a compost bin and I wanted to share this knowledge!! Yes, I know, this is probably well-known by lots of folks, but it’s brand new to me, and I am stoked.

SO – a little bit of background:

I am FINALLY in a place in my life where I am able to *make manifest* all my dreams and resolutions.  By this I don’t mean that I have money (or even a steady, living-wage job, for that matter) or unlimited magic dust, y’all -  I mean that for the first time in my entire life I am FINALLY free enough from the paralyzing grasp of depression and anxiety to have thoughts and desires and to take action.  This might seem like such a insignificant thing, folks, but I promise: this. is. huge.  I thought to myself, “you know, a garden this year would be just lovely” and then I started doing the things that need to be done to HAVE said garden.  I feel alive.

Having gardens and a knowledge of how to cultivate plants and grow food is an essential part of being human and remaining connected to our labor, so when and if it is possible, I encourage all folks to give it go.  Even on the smallest scale, I firmly believe that growing our own food is resistance.  We can talk about that more as the politics of *food* are being highlighted now more than any time before, but perhaps in another post.  Or just in conversation.  But anyhow, to keep it shortish, knowledge of sustainable living is important.  People often paint it as a trend but this knowledge represents a larger portion of human history than does our faceless, industrial agri-giant of today.  With this knowledge we can feed our communities – and not just with that nutritionally void, processed shit, either.  This is very much an issue of class.

Back to the containers:  I live in an apartment and I don’t have a yard that I can use for growing.  I am working with limited funds and want to minimize my waste as much as is practical for my situation.  I have decided that my collection of old plastic totes, prior to now used only in harried moves a couple times a year, will serve perfectly as container gardens and a compost bin.

It’s the perfect time to start composting, though I suppose weeks ago would have been even better, so I did a quick google search to make sure I wasn’t doing it all wrong, and BAM! Compost bin.

If you find yourself with little space and dreams of greenery, grab yourself an 18 gallon or larger plastic bin and lid.  Then, literally stab a ton of holes into the sides, bottom and lid.  You can use a drill for this if you have access.  The size of the drill bit doesn’t matter, but if your hole can accommodate a rodent – expect a rodent.  Drills are nice but aren’t necessary as long as your holes allow for some airflow. It’s good idea to keep this thing outside, as all your old food and paper will literally be decaying in here.  Also, if possible, procure an extra lid or something similar to place beneath your new compost bin to catch all that nutrient-rich garbage juice.  Shake it up once in a while to help everything along with the process and to prevent spontaneous combustion.

 

In a few weeks I will be starting some seeds inside, but when the frosts are behind us they will be transferred to container gardens made from the very same totes as our compost bins.

Self-watering container gardens

 

I think these are just swell.  Well, that’s all the knowledge sharing I have in me today.  Just remember that all of these skills, lost to so many of us folks these days, are the true wealth of our human legacy.  If that doesn’t do it for you, just remember that if the zombie apocalypse strikes, you’ll be a lot more useful to your apocalypse-posse if you have some survival skills.

 

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People's Hearing On Prison Expansion

Save the date or take off work! Wednesday, February 5th in Harrisburg, PA

Register for the bus at: http://decarceratepa.info/peopleshearing

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