I know this is an unusual topic for me. Normally I couldn't care less about any pundit or alleged "expert" unless s/he is also in Congress or in the White House, affecting national policy. But yesterday's alert from our friend Julia Williams (Green Congressional Candidate in 2012!) galvanized me into action. Read more about Fire Racist, Sexist Satoshi Kanazawa
[Welcome Confluence readers! -- Lambert]
Sorry folks, there is no activism today. I'm still processing my feelings about the shocking developments of last Sunday evening.
What I've ultimately settled upon, after my initial excitement has faded, is a feeling of despair. Read more about A Feeling of Despair
This is the latest example of why. Another "Left" institution turns out to be an epic fail when it comes to women.
Casey Frazee arrived in South Africa in 2009 as an eager Peace Corps Volunteer, honored to be a part of an organization known for doing good around the world.
But after being sexually assaulted, Casey discovered a glaring flaw in the organization she idealized: a total lack of support for survivors of sexual violence and a"victim-blaming" response to rape. It was all the more shocking, Casey recalled, because “in my mind I held them to this really high standard.”
Although Barack Obama has discarded too many campaign promises to mention, there is one he has kept: He has ushered in a new era of post-partisanship, the like of which I have not seen in my lifetime! The proof? There are no partisans left in the base of either the Republican, or the Democratic Party. What a wonderful world! Read more about What If They Threw an Election, and Nobody Came?
I realize that the title of my post is a contradiction in terms, but I can't think of any other way to describe what's going on with federal Republicans and Democrats these days. Burnt Orange Boehner pulls out all the stops by demanding something outrageously batshit fucking crazy - like, the total defunding of Planned Parenthood - and then he stamps his little feet and says he'll shut down the government if he doesn't get it. The Democrats bang their fists on the table in outrage and say there's no way the Republicans will get what they want. But somehow, the deals are made, the governmental shutdown is avoided, and some horrible "compromise" is reached which, mysteriously, amazingly, benefits the top 2% of society. Read more about Report from the Field: Life-and-Death Kabuki
(This play was inspired by Georgia Representative Bobby Franklin, who has proposed a bill which, among other heinous things, would declare that all “unexplained’ miscarriages should be investigated as potential "pre-natal murders." I envisioned the dedicated men who would join this investigative unit: “Miscarriage Scene Investigators.” Et voila.) Read more about MSI, Georgia: A Play In One Almost-True Act.
"We, the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution Read more about Women, Remember the Power of Union
I often refer to the conservative takeover of the Republican Party as activism we lefty types would do well to emulate. However, there may be a limit to just how far the conservatives can go within that Party. A genuine backlash is coming: a giant grunge match "to the pain" between the corporatists at the top of the Party and the anti-government/fundiegelical base at the bottom. Read more about CPAC the Popcorn...The Base is Revolting!
The Hyde Amendment, put forth by Henry Hyde (R-We Hate Wimminz) after the passage of Roe v. Wade, has been a rather stubborn thorn in the side of pro-choice activists since its inception. It is a "rider," usually attached to some appropriations bill and passed every year, which prevents the HHS from sending any federal funding towards abortion, except in the cases of rape, incest or danger to the life of the mother. Read more about "Jekyll" and Hyde
This is a chock-full Friday. With the anti-choice hypocrites in charge of the House, it didn't take them long to start having their usual foam-at-the-mouth conniption fits about that wimminz-only medical procedure that is none of their fucking business. Read more about Smith-Lipinski, Santorum, and Other Signs of the Opocalypse
This is just a quick hit, but I think Chris Hedges' article from 1/3/11 nails it (with a big assist from perpetually controversial Ralph Nader). (Please note: I am committed to non-violence. I don't know if Hedges is or not, but I do think we can take our country back peacefully.)
Here is a choice excerpt: Read more about Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader Nail It To the Wall
The Empty Plates Protest last Sunday (inspired by Julia Williams, The Widdershins' first L 2012 candidate) was quite an experience. We had five people total, three of whom LibbyLiberal brought along from her Green Party group, and one who decided to join with us on the spur of the moment. (Thanks, "John!") Libby handed out about 60 of her flyers, and gave more to the Greens to paper on cars in Union Square. I and others held up my poster as an attention-getter (it worked!), and there was also a Green Party banner which the protesters brought with them. Read more about Report from the Field: Empty Plates Protest, 12-12-10 in NYC
Libby and I (and a few others, I hope) will be meeting at Starbuck's at 14th and 4th Avenue, Union Square, at 2 pm. We will be protesting in front of Barnes & Noble, Union Square, until 3:30 or 4:00 pm. Come join us!
We will be handing out her flyers, and holding up these posters. Anyone is welcome to download and use them. File format is Adobe Acrobat PDF; paper size is 11 x 14. Read more about December 12, 2010 - EMPTY PLATES POSTER!!!