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A woman at a rally holds a sign that says "Support Higher Education"

Photo credit: Think Progress

I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.

-Stephen Jay Gould

When I woke up on Saturday morning, I started streaming C-Span and made breakfast.  The Senate was talking about immigrants and gay people at the same time, something so unusual that it struck me as amazing – even if they didn’t exactly realize that sometimes immigrants are gay, that sometimes gay people are immigrants.

As I ate I watched  the Senate effectively repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and kill the DREAM Act; and I was crushed.  I know DREAM wasn’t perfect – I am not a fan of the military, and I know that recruiters must have been salivating at the thought of newly-available low-income people of color to send off to die in our greedy wars.  But the Senate’s vote that we, immigrants, are not worthwhile, not equals…just puts a heavy weight on my chest.  And sure, it’s good that DADT isn’t around anymore, but making a totally fucked up institution slightly less so doesn’t quite feel like that much of a victory for me.  It makes me glad my queer friends who love military folk can rest a bit, but even as an indicator of how the country feels about gay people, the repeal of DADT hardly brings any relief for me because  I know that vote is a reflection of a certain kind of “acceptable” gay – not the immigrant queers, the radical homos of color, the queer weirdos who resist assimilation. Not my people.  My heart is heavy for them – for us – and for the young people who have put themselves at risk by being outspoken about being undocumented.

But they are wrong about us.  They are on the wrong side of history.  And after we cry, we pick up the pieces and keep moving.  Forward.  Always.

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.

Red sign that says "Emergency" with an arrow on it, and some tree branches next to it.

Photo credit: SEIU

Hey everyone! Glad to be back. I’ve been out for a few of days because I’m recovering from surgery, and the road to where I am today in terms of my health has been a bit bumpy.  Bumpy in ways that reveal the cracks in our health care system, and the systematic denial of quality care to marginalized groups of people.  Let me tell you all about it. Read the rest of this entry »

Picture of a rally against Arizona's SB1070.  There is a person holding a sign that says "sb1070: guilty of being brown" and a person in a pink hat holding an american flag.

Photo credit: Huffington Post

There’s a great article over at Tikkun Daily by my dear friend Josh Healey, in which he talks about how the current immigration fight against SB1070 in Arizona and the rest of the country is just the tip of the iceberg.  He asks us to look at why folks are immigrating:

Let’s be clear: NAFTA is currently the single greatest cause of migration to the United States. NAFTA, which eliminated most trade and investment barriers between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, was pitched to the peoples of all three nations as an instrument to improve the economic fortunes of all the parties involved. Instead, the agreement (like others the U.S. has signed with countries in the Global South over the last two decades) has been a bonanza for corporations and a disaster for everyone else. With no more tariffs, U.S.-subsidized corn flooded Mexico with impossibly cheap prices, destroying the livelihood of over two million Mexican farmers, many of whom have since migrated to the States.

Josh continues to talk about a North American Union leading to open borders – it’s a great piece, and I recommend you go over and read the whole thing.  The mainstream dialogue about immigration doesn’t include too many people talking about its root causes, and it is an absolutely critical conversation.  We need to call out the unjust policies that make some countries rich while making others poor, and the mass displacement it’s causing globally. Read the rest of this entry »