Archives for the month of: October, 2010
torso of a woman; the t-shirt she is wearing says "take care of each other" and has a drawing of three monkeys grooming each other.

A lovely shirt from the shop of Means of Production Printing

So many times, I want to write about horrible things on this blog.  There is so much that is wrong in the world – so much exploitation, so much unnecessary suffering.  It gets so complicated, too; once you start pulling apart hierarchies it is clear that so many things are stuck together.   Like a horrible web, once you start tugging at gender, it becomes clear that sexuality, class, race, and so much more are helping to keep things in place as they are, and as their interconnections become clear it can become so overwhelming to think of solutions.  But writing only about the ways we are wronged leaves out our resilience.  It leaves out our ability to make it work, to build what we need, to survive, because shit, we have to.    We short-change ourselves when we don’t take the time to tell these stories of resilience and resistance.  Read the rest of this entry »

Hey my dearest folks!  I know I haven’t been so good at keeping this together lately, and I just want to make sure y’all hang in there – more is to come!  I, of course, decided to start this blog right as one of the more stressful times in my life was about to get started – in terms of health, travel, work, personal stuff, my future, OMG I FEEL LIKE I AM GOING TO EXPLODE – and I’m riding the stress wave hard, but I promise I’m in it to win it with this thing.

What I am trying to say is: updates soon, my dears.  Very soon.

I’m not the kind of lady that cries during poems.  But this one: yep.  Joshua Bennett performing at the White House Poetry Jam, y’all.  Amazing.

Hat tip to the always lovely Ms. Mia Mingus.

Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, pointing his hands up and next to a sign for the Rally to Restore Sanity.

So, I’ve been thinking about the Rally to Restore Sanity. I’ve been thinking about it a lot.  People, it seems, are pumped!  Which I guess is cool – my politics don’t align perfectly with Jon Stewart’s, but I do watch The Daily Show pretty religiously, and I think he is a smart, pretty hilarious guy most of the time.  And going to see him be funny in person sounds kind of fun.  But it’s been really getting on my nerves, and it’s not just because he’s equating people spewing hateful bullshit to people accusing G.W. Bush of being a war criminal (which, as it turns out, he was). Read the rest of this entry »

White doctor draws blood from a black man in the Tuskeegee syphillis experiment. A black woman and a black man watch in the background.

Taken during the Tuskeegee syphillis study. Photo credit: Wikipedia

This morning the United States apologized for a little experiment they did from 1946-1948: infecting Guatemalan prison inmates with syphilis to test out then-brand-new antibiotic penicillin.

In the experiment, aimed at testing the then-new drug penicillin, inmates were infected by prostitutes and later treated with the antibiotic.

OOPS! SORRY GUYS!  We didn’t mean it!  Thankfully these little unsavory bits are in our past! Wait, wait a minute.  Let’s look at this story from TODAY:

The NYC Department of Homeless Services, curious to see how effectively it services the homeless, is being berated for conducting a study that left 200 families banned at random from city assistance. In lieu of gentler polling, a total of 400 families on the brink of homelessness were split into two categories: An experimental group, who were allowed to continue their use of the service, and a control group, who were banned from receiving aid for two years and told to fend for themselves.

By the way, in New York City, even though 53% of the city is black or Latino, 93% of homeless persons are black or Latino. Whose bodies are expendable?

Oh, I’m sure everyone will be cool if y’all apologize in 50 years.  Geez, sorry guys, we keep fucking it up!

via Gothamist