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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
12:59 pm
bay area folks...
am lookin for something to do tonight in sf or oakland...

any suggestions?
Friday, November 14th, 2008
12:42 pm
this from answer l.a.
Marriage Equality Protest in Los Angeles
Nationally Coordinated Day of Action
Same-Sex Marriage Rights Now! Overturn Prop. 8!
Volunteer in the Struggle to Overturn Prop. 8

Saturday, November 15, 10:30AM
Gather at Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Friday, November 7th, 2008
3:58 pm
obama's website
http://www.change.gov/

while i am not convinced that obama is gonna make some kind of radical change for the u.s...

his website might be a tool for THE PEOPLE to use to have our voices heard... exchange ideas... keep people interested and engaged...

so... i'm gonna be checkin it out and seeing if there is a way to use it.
Thursday, November 6th, 2008
12:08 pm
-smirk-
http://www.nypress.com/21/45/news&columns/politics.cfm

IN SURPRISING MOVE, PRESIDENT-ELECT TAPS CINDY MCCAIN FOR KEY CABINET ROLE
Says that white Americans can’t handle too much change

By Jamaal Young


In his first act as President-elect of the United States, Barack Obama has named Cindy McCain to the newly created post of National Director of White Privilege.

The Obama Transition Committee’s website explains that “Barack Obama is committed to being a great president for all Americans and that means ensuring that we don’t lose sight of those traditions that have long guided us—white privilege is one of those traditions. Even in the most difficult of times, white Americans have been comforted with the knowledge that they can accept a promotion without their co-workers believing they received it because of their race; that their children will be taught about great Americans who look like them; and that they can go to their local pharmacy and buy “flesh”-colored band-aids that relatively match their skin pigmentation. It is the responsibility of the National Director of White Privilege to reassure millions of white Americans that these traditions will continue and that this land is still their land.”

When asked why make this decision before even naming a Treasury Secretary or National Security Adviser, Obama replied, “This nation is looking for change, but not too much change. There are millions of people who still think that the best way to stimulate the economy is to give large tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and then wait for the benefits to trickle down to everyone else. When I saw Cindy on stage at the Republican National Convention, leading a fundraiser to help hurricane victims while wearing an outfit that cost over $300,000, I knew that she was the perfect person to reach out to those misguided folks.”

Part of Barack Obama’s campaign strategy was to make the majority of voters feel comfortable with the idea of having a black man as president. He distanced himself from controversial figures such as the Reverend Jeremiah Wright while embracing more conventional leaders. Instead of choosing a woman (Sen. Hillary Clinton) or another person of color (Gov. Bill Richardson), he selected as his running mate Sen. Joe Biden. He touted the endorsement of General Colin Powell—whom one campaign adviser called “Cliff Huxtable in an Army uniform”—over that of Jesse Jackson. By recruiting Cindy McCain, Obama has made a bold move to clinch one of the few constituencies that never fully got behind his historic bid. Or as Donna Brazile, who remains the only African American to direct a major presidential campaign, explained, “Obama has big plans for this country but as he learned in the primaries, you can’t do anything in America without first getting the OK of white women.”

Wasting no time in getting started, Cindy McCain held a press conference at the offices of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington D.C., where she told reporters, “One of the biggest concerns I heard from my former husband’s supporters was that if elected, Michelle Obama would try to change the name of the White House to something less…offensive to African Americans. After the Inauguration, I plan to put this fear to rest by holding a ‘Christening Ceremony’ and officially affirming the Executive Mansion as the White House, now and forever.”

She also detailed her plans to pursue a prescription drug benefit for housewives worth over $250,000; tax write-offs for summer homes; free flights to Third World countries for married couples looking to adopt babies; plans to designate dozens of Southern country clubs “National Historic Monuments”; and funding for a nationally televised mini-series directed by Mel Gibson tentatively titled Reagan: A Dream Deferred.

The appointment of McCain is not without its detractors. When reached for comment, Barbara Bush declared, “White privilege is dead.” Asked to elaborate, the former First Lady responded that “Part of being white in this country is the ability to make decisions without being questioned because of your race, yet when I said that the refugees of Katrina were in a situation that was ‘working very well for them,’ I was called a racist—me! After all I’ve done to make sure those poor underprivileged children could read. If white privilege were alive and well I would never have to trouble with such unpleasantness. So, since white privilege is dead, I really don’t see the point in having anyone direct it, do you?”

Hip-hop artist Kanye West, who was not asked for comment by this paper, sent the following text message: “This is just like a Brotha, make it large and the 1st thing he does is roll up on a White woman! I told you this would happen too!! Remember my #1 hit, Gold Digger?!! Broke the record for most digital downloads EVAH and I still can’t win [the Grammy for] Album of the Year!!! I bet if I had slept with Jessica Simpson I would have won. What’s Obama gonna do about that??!!!”

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
2:31 pm
a great read!
Eve Ensler, the American playwright, performer, feminist and activist best
known for "The Vagina Monologues", wrote the following about Sarah Palin:

"Drill, Drill, Drill"

I am having Sarah Palin nightmares.

I dreamt last night that she was a member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and wore the claws of drowned and starved polar bears around their necks.

I have a particular thing for Polar Bears.

Maybe it's their snowy whiteness or their bigness or the fact that they live in the arctic or that I have never seen one in person or touched one.

Maybe it is the fact that they live so comfortably on ice.

Whatever it is, I need the polar bears. I don't like raging at women.

I am a Feminist and have spent my life trying to build community, help empower women and stop violence against them. It is hard to write about Sarah Palin.

This is why the Sarah Palin choice was all the more insidious and cynical.

The people who made this choice count on the goodness and solidarity of Feminists.

But everything Sarah Palin believes in and practices is antithetical to Feminism which for me is part of one story -- connected to saving the earth, ending racism, empowering women, giving young girls options, opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending violence and war.

I believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is one of the most dangerous choices of my lifetime, and should this country choose those candidates the fall-out may be so great, the destruction so vast in so many areas that America may never recover.

But what is equally disturbing is the impact that duo would have on the rest of the world. Unfortunately, this is not a joke.

In my lifetime I have seen the clownish, the inept, the bizarre be elected to the presidency with regularity.

Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution.

I take this as a metaphor.

In her world and the world of Fundamentalists nothing changes or gets better or evolves.

She does not believe in global warming.

The melting of the arctic, the storms that are destroying our cities, the pollution and rise of cancers, are all part of God's plan.

She is fighting to take the polar bears off the endangered species list.

The earth, in Palin's view, is here to be taken and plundered.

The wolves and the bears are here to be shot and plundered.

The oil is here to be taken and plundered. Iraq is here to be taken and plundered.

As she said herself of the Iraqi war, "It was a task from God."

Sarah Palin does not believe in abortion.

She does not believe women who are raped and incested and ripped open against their will should have a right to determine whether they have their rapist's baby or not.

She obviously does not believe in sex education or birth control.

I imagine her daughter was practicing abstinence and we know how many babies that makes.

Sarah Palin does not much believe in thinking.

From what I gather she has tried to ban books from the library, has a tendency to dispense with people who think independently.

She cannot tolerate an environment of ambiguity and difference.

This is a woman who could and might very well be the next president of the United States.

She would govern one of the most diverse populations on the earth.

Sarah believes in guns. She has her own custom Austrian hunting rifle.

She has been known to kill 40 caribou at a clip.

She has shot hundreds of wolves from the air.

Sarah believes in God. That is of course her right, her private right.

But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is declared in God's name,when the rights of women are denied in his name, that is the end of separation of church and state and the undoing of everything America has ever tried to be.

I write to my sisters.

I write because I believe we hold this election in our hands.

This vote is a vote that will determine the future not just of the U.S., but of the planet.

It will determine whether we create policies to save the earth or make it forever uninhabitable for humans.

It will determine whether we move towards dialogue and diplomacy in the world or whether we escalate violence through invasion, undermining and attack.

It will determine whether we go for oil, strip mining, coal burning or invest our money in alternatives that will free us from dependency and destruction.

It will determine if money gets spent on education and healthcare or whether we build more and more methods of killing.

It will determine whether America is a free open tolerant society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism and aggression.

If the Polar Bears don't move you to go and do everything in your power to get Obama elected then consider the chant that filled the hall after Palin spoke at the RNC, "Drill Drill Drill."

I think of teeth when I think of drills. I think of rape. I think of destruction. I think of domination. I think of military exercises that force mindless repetition, emptying the brain of analysis, doubt, ambiguity or dissent. I think of pain.

Do we want a future of drilling? More holes in the ozone, in the floor of the sea, more holes in our thinking, in the trust between nations and peoples, more holes in the fabric of this precious thing we call life?

Eve Ensler
September 5, 2008
Friday, August 1st, 2008
11:28 am
we gotta part ways...
else i might end up with a new pair of kitten mittens...

princess mama




(that's lipstick on her forehead)

6ish years
female
spayed
current shots (i think)
declawed (so she needs to be an inside cat!!!)
does best as the only cat, but I think can manage with one other cat
she's still alive with one dog who doesn't mess with her, but she keeps trying to mess with (and when i say mess with she smacks him, for no reason it seems, with her clawless paws and runs off)
does not like to be held, but is very affectionate
very vocal but not very loud

anybody interested or know anybody who might be interested? she's a "good" cat... if there is such a thing as a good cat. but anyway... i am simply not a cat person. and i cannot deal any more. and i'm not being very nice to her. like she gets food and water, but i hardly ever love on her. i just dont like her. actually i just dont like cats.

so, yeah... let me know.

Current Mood: cranky
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
11:05 am
critical resistance
http://criticalresistance.org/article.php?list=type&type=36

In September 1998, thousands gathered in Berkeley, California, for conference that founded Critical Resistance’s movement to abolish the prison industrial complex (PIC). Each participant, with their own experiences of oppression and resistance, watched as diverse struggles were unified: by humanity, hope, and the shared vision of a different world. We witnessed a vision of a world with truly safe, healthy, and whole communities; a world with unconditional access to self-determination and dignity for all; and, critically, a world without imprisonment, policing, and other forms of punishment and control.


To celebrate 10 years of Critical Resistance, thousands will converge once more, September 26-28, 2008, in Oakland, California, for CR10, a 10th Anniversary Celebration and Strategy Session.
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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
12:06 pm
bay area in the house!
Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP)
presents

4th ANNUAL QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR FILM FESTIVAL
June 13 to 15, 2008

30 brand new films burst on screen in 4 film programs
that showcase queer women of color and our communities.
From the quick turns of a dyke couple on a mission to
conceive, to the fierce shimmy of big bodacious babes,
to the dynamic strut of a queer secret agent, these fly
films will let you get down, get funky and get loose!

FRIDAY, JUNE 13
7:30PM - Opening Night Screening: Kindred Queers

SATURDAY, JUNE 14 **FESTIVAL FOCUS**
2PM - Featured Panel & Retrospective Screening: Pratibha Parmar
5PM & 8PM - Featured Screening: From Queer API Women With Love

SUNDAY, JUNE 15
3PM - Centerpiece Screening: Sexily Subversive
6PM - Closing Night Screening: Delectably Yours

4 Film Screenings: FREE
Featured Panel: $10-$20

Information & Tickets:
www.QWOCMAP.org
festival@qwocmap.org
415-752-0868

VENUE
Brava Theater
2789 24th Street (at York)
San Francisco

******** FRIDAY JUNE 13 ********

FRIDAY, JUNE 13 - 7:30PM
Opening Night Screening: KINDRED QUEERS
Free

From a young girl's magical waltz with the moon, to
a mother-daughter tango of fear and acceptance, to
the quick turns of a dyke couple on a mission to
conceive, these films will shake you in a samba of
spirit and determination.

All films created by QWOCMAP filmmakers. Screening
followed by Q&A with filmmakers.

MAGIC & THE MOON (Pia Infante, 2008)
BOTH/AND (Stephanie Yang, 2006)
JAGADAMBA, MOTHER OF THE UNIVERSE (Amber Field, 2008)
RENACIMIENTO DE UNA BRUJA (Zemaya, 2008)
YO SOY/I AM (Nancy Angel, 2007)
SEEING GOLDA (Michelle Alcedo, 2008)
QUEERING MY MOTHER (Lourdes Rivas, 2007)
ONE IN A MILLION (Monifa Porter, 2008)
Running Time: 66 minutes

******** SATURDAY JUNE 14 ********

FESTIVAL FOCUS: Queer Asian Pacific Islander Women

SATURDAY, JUNE 14 - 2PM
Featured Panel & Retrospective Screening: Pratibha Parmar
$10-$20

FEATURED PANEL
Representations of Queer API Women in the Media

RETROSPECTIVE SCREENING
Khush - an exploration of queer South Asians in diaspora
Bhangra Jig - a celebration of culture and desire
Wavelengths - a quest for love and intimacy

~~~~~~~~

SATURDAY, JUNE 14 - 5PM & 8PM
Featured Screening: FROM QUEER API WOMEN WITH LOVE
Free

From a tricky tap dance with immigration agents, to
lyrical interpretations of grief, to the dynamic strut of
a queer secret agent, these powerhouse combinations
are a vibrant groove of heritage, humor and insight.

All films created through QWOCMAP. Screening
followed by Q&A with filmmakers.

LOOK AGAIN (Jennifer Lin, 2008)
LESBIANS TRYING 2 CONCEIVE (Helen Lin, 2008)
PIECES OF YOU (K.V. Cao, 2008)
IF YOU KNEW (Lida Shao, 2008)
VISIBLE VOICE (Paulette Tran, 2008)
JUST ANOTHER DAY (Thu Trinh, 2008)
ALL OF ME (Margaret Rhee, 2008)
LABELS ARE FOREVER (Jinky de Rivera, 2008)
Running Time: 69 minutes

******** SUNDAY JUNE 15 ********

SUNDAY, JUNE 15 - 3PM
Centerpiece Screening: SEXILY SUBVERSIVE
Free

From a 12-year-old who tip-toes around her boyish
desires, to the visual legacies embodied by Black
women, to the fierce shimmy of big bodacious babes,
these films will spin, sway and swing you on the
streets and between the sheets. Explicit content.

Screening followed by Q&A with filmmakers.

S/HE (Gina Chan, 2007)
THE WINK & THE PUCKER (Ami Puri, 2008)
HOKUM (Kortney Ziegler, 2007)
HOT/N/TOT (Stephanie Cooper, 2008)
CAUSE SHE'S GOT IT LIKE THAT (Vanessa Lewis, 2008)
SHE EJACULATES (Nenna Jonier, 2008)
PLAY WITH ME (Leslie Mullins, 2008)
CUT & PASTE (Alexis McCrimmon, 2007)
Running Time: 61 minutes

~~~~~~~~

SUNDAY, JUNE 15 - 6PM
Closing Night Screening: DELECTABLY YOURS
Free

From a yummy chance encounter over Pho noodles,
to a rebellious zapateado against green tortillas,
to tasty platanos from the lands of merengue, salsa
and calypso, these delectable films will move you
while they satisfy your hunger for community and
connection.

All films created through QWOCMAP. Screening
followed by Q&A with filmmakers.

OVER PHO (Rui Bing Zheng, 2008)
FRIED CHICKEN FEET (San Ng, 2008)
TOO MUCH PLAID (Caroline Le, 2008)
YOURS, ANONYMOUS (Puck Lo, 2007)
NO STINKING GREEN TORTILLAS (Norma Ramos, 2008)
BANADY & BANARIA (Jay Takeda, 2007)
THE COCK (Luna Han, 2008)
MASHED, BOILED & FRIED (Margo Rivera-Weiss, 2008)
Running Time: 78 minutes

********

COMMUNITY PARTNERS (partial list)
And Castro for All
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC)
Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women & Transgender Community
(APIQWTC)
Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center
Chicana Latina Foundation
Chinese Cultural Center
Community United Against Violence (CUAV)
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
NIA Collective
Pink & White Productions
San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR)
Trikone
Woodhull Freedom Foundation

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
2:46 pm
11:28 am
may day 2008- si se puede!
Join pro-immigrant organizations at a May 1 march and mass rally in downtown Los Angeles to demand full rights for immigrants. The April 7 Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition, of which ANSWER is a member, is part of a united front of all major immigrant rights organizations on May 1. There will be two marches that will unite for a mass rally in downtown Los Angeles that day. One will march from downtown and the other from MacArthur Park. Both will step off at 2 pm. This united day of action is an important step for the immigrant rights movement.




you all remember the police violence of last year... right??



show up in l.a. or show up wherever you are locally... but everybody has to show up!

Current Mood: angry
Monday, April 21st, 2008
3:35 pm
monday. 4/21/08
CalArts at LACMA: Reading Series in Contemporary Literature
Monday, April 21 | 8:00 pm
Curated by Brighde Mullins, Director, MFA Writing Program, CalArts
Chicana writers Cherrie Moraga and Helena Maria Viramontes read from their work in the Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement exhibition galleries, creating the possibility for spontaneous intersections of literary and visual experiences.
Art of the Americas Building, Plaza Level | Free, tickets required | Tickets are available at the LACMA box office one hour before the program begins. Seating in the exhibition space is limited.

http://www.lacma.org/events/Lectures.aspx#1204916388220

Current Mood: awake
Thursday, March 13th, 2008
3:35 pm
anti war march/rally
March 15 Anti-War Mass March & Rally
Momentum is Building to End the War NOW!

This Saturday, March 15, 12 noon
Gather Hollywood and Vine
March to Sunset and Cahuenga (CNN media building)

www.answerla.org

Current Mood: angry
Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
9:35 am
maybe some of you all are interested...
Dear friends and allies,

Help us spread the word on CTWO's updated and upcoming Community Action Trainings (CAT) and the Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) by forwarding this announcement to those who may be interested. Thanks!



MOVEMENT ACTIVIST APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (MAAP) Now Accepting Applications for MAAP 2008


The Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) is a paid 8-week intensive national organizer training program for people of color, who are committed to learning the theory and practice of building social justice movements through direct-action organizing. Participants learn the art and science of organizing through in-the-field training and skills development with a community or labor organization. Graduates of the program receive help finding employment as organizers with community and labor organizations fighting for social justice. Over the years, MAAP has produced hundreds of emerging organizers of color, who have continued to work for social justice and gone on to play key roles in the Movement.


MAAP 2008 CYCLE:
June 16th – August 8th


MAAP application deadline: March 21, 2008

Please submit applications to the CTWO training department via email: trainings@ctwo.org, fax: (510) 533-0923 or snail mail: CTWO Training Department, 1218 E. 21st St., Oakland, CA 94606.

Qualified applicants must be people of color, at least 18 years of age, and display a commitment to building a movement for racial and social justice. In order to be considered, individuals must be fill out an application and attend a Community Action Training during the spring in one of the following cities: Oakland, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Brooklyn, NY; Miami, FL; or New Orleans, LA. To learn more about the application process, please go to http://www.ctwo.org/index.php?s=27. For more information about the Community Action Trainings, see below.



----------------


COMMUNITY ACTION TRAININGS
Announcement: Dates for 2008 Spring Cycle


The Community Action Training (CAT) is a weekend-long, intensive introduction to organizing. The three-day training provides entry-level organizer training to individuals, staff, and members of community and labor organizations through fieldwork, role plays, and discussions. During this high-intensity three-day training, CAT participants learn how to door-knock as a tool for recruiting and mobilizing constituents, participate in campaign development and actions, and learn to appreciate the legacy of organizing in communities of color and its relevance in today's fight for social justice. Learn from experienced organizers, share skills and knowledge with other activists, and have fun meeting others dedicated to building a movement for social justice!


Highlights Include:
* History of Social Movements * Principles of Community Organizing * Approaches to Social Change * Grassroots Fundraising * Fundamentals of Doorknocking * Planning effective direct actions * Framing your fights in campaigns


CAT 2008 Spring Cycle


MARCH 28-30, 2008
Oakland, CA


APRIL 11-13 2008
Oakland, CA & New York, NY


APRIL 25-28, 2008
Miami, FL & Los Angeles, CA

* Note: dates subject to change

To register online, go to http://www.ctwo.org/index.php?s=30 <http://www.ctwo.org/index.php?s=30> .

Scholarships are also available! To apply for a scholarship go to http://www.ctwo.org/index.php?s=31 <http://www.ctwo.org/index.php?s=31> .



Spaces fill quickly. Reserve your spot today!
Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
10:11 am
memage at it's finest... jacked from crack


You Are An ESTP



The Doer



You are adventurous and risk taking. You act first, think second.

You love being the center of attention. Chances are you were the class clown.

Competitive, charming, and charismatic - you have your own code of honor.

You live a flexible life, bouncing between a series of activities that interest you.



In love, you are a master seducer... and quite manipulative when you want to be.

If someone loves you, you'll only believe their actions. Words don't mean a whole lot to you.



At work, you are a "people person." You're especially good at getting people to do what you want.

You would make a great salesperson, marketing director, or entrepreneur.



How you see yourself: Reasonable, proficient, and tough



How other people see you: Flaky, unrealistic, and untrustworthy



Current Mood: amused
Thursday, February 14th, 2008
9:13 am
happy everyday!
i'm not a fan of the idea of a one-day holiday to celebrate love. i'm not a fan of the consumerism which pervades this "day of love". i'm not a fan of the trite ways which we are encourage to show our love: flowers, candy, cards, etc.

i dont celebrate this 'holiday'. i refuse to participate.

instead i celebrate the love in my life all the other 364 days of the year. i tell the people that i love that i love them every time i see them. and if for some reason i cant find the words to tell them, i try my hardest to SHOW them... and not by buying some piece of "love junk" that the man has deemed this year's token. i show them by being present and available. i show them by helping them in their lives in ways that they have expressed a need/desire. i show them by being respectful and honoring the person that they are. i show them by making them food. i show them by holding their hand. i show them by leaving voicemail of songs that remind me of them. i show them in a million small unmentionable ways that probably are only special to me and the person that i love.

so, hallmark can shove this day up it's corporate ass.

my love cant be bottled up and put on display for this one day.

my love is too big and precious to celebrated for only one day.

so, happy every day people. let's not forget about those other 364 days of the year!

Current Mood: happy
Thursday, January 31st, 2008
11:53 pm
this fucking song makes me wanna cry all the gawd damn time!
Beautiful Boy
John Lennon

Close your eyes
Have no fear
The monster's gone
He's on the run and your daddy's here

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way
It's getting better and better

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy

Out on the ocean sailing away
I can hardly wait
To see you come of age
But i guess we'll both just have to be patient
'cause it's a long way to go
A hard row to hoe
Yes it's a long way to go
But in the meantime

Before you cross the street
Take my hand
Life is what happens to you
While you're busy making other plans

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way
It's getting better and better

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Darling, darling, darling
Darling sean
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
9:14 am
and the beat goes on...
you know... i take the train in to work every day. the blue line from long beach to the red line in downtown la. every day i watch cops barge on the train in small herds of usually 3-4. one takes up post at either end with the other two going down the center asking for passes. it never fails that the young poc kids are the ones caught. young brown kids just trying to make it to school, or work... or even get their own babies to school. young brown people who cant afford even the five-dollar day pass are given the mandatory $250 fine. and they are given the ticket no matter what excuse they have.

so, this morning was no different. i am sitting in my seat reading "this bridge called my back" an anthology of radical women of color. (if you havent read it... READ IT!!! it's amazing! and i've only read the foreward so far.) i am nodding my head in affirmation of what i am reading and can feel my heart pounding. i feel empowered by the words and knowing that my sisters are fighting the fight through their art! and then they board the train. i pull my wallet out and hold out my pass for inspection without even looking up or making eye contact. they pass me by.

then i hear a female's pleading voice. and i know somebody has been caught without their pass. i look up. she's white. i already know what's gonna happen. the latina cop calls over two other cops, both black women. they blahblahblah between themselves. i know what's gonna happen and i am getting pissed. the latina takes out her ticket book and already has the white girl's id in her hand. she says something about how the white girl can go to court and the fine will be waived. the white girl whines about how unfair it is...

my foot starts tapping and i look away. i know what's gonna happen.

within the next few seconds the group has broken up. the white girl stands alone. the cops gather at one end of the train. nobody on the train receives a ticket today.

i knew it. my blood is boiling. angry and fucking helpless i sat there. watching. watching this white girl use her priviledge. watching poc perpetuate that fucking white priviledge. my foot is bouncing and i am sure i am scowling as i look back and forth between the cops and the white girl. i am sure i growl under my breath as i shook my head.

there is a brown woman next to me who says in spanish "they didnt give her a ticket?"

"no" i respond.

again in spanish "it's because she's not latina."

"right?!" i answer. glad to have a witness. my heart slows to a more normal rate. and the tears in my eyes dont feel so out of place.

sometimes when my life gets good i forget how much work there still is to be done in the world. sometimes the priviledge i experience in my life makes me forget that i am still just a brown person in this white fucking world.



ETA: this was posted private, but i have since made it public.
Friday, January 11th, 2008
12:28 pm
books that have helped shape me and my ability to love...
to be read in order:

the road less travelled
scott peck

all about love
bell hooks

getting the love you want
harville hendrix



i felt that each one built upon the other for me. peck definitely built the foundation.

love is revolutionary. kindness is revolutionary. dialog is revolutionary.

Current Mood: SOLID
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
11:57 am
long beach this weekend
WALK WITH US: a citywide event.

In an effort to lift the consciousness of the community about Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy and principles, Councilman Dee Andrews and The City of Long Beach Human Dignity Program has introduced Peace Week 2008--a series of week-long activities designed to unify the community.

Peace Week begins with a Candlelight Peace March on Saturday, January 12, 2008. Bring your family and your friends.
Join us as we remember those whose lives have been lost by violence, as well as the many youth in our community who have a promising future.
Walk with us to show our city that we stand united.
Walk with us to represent peace, love, and understanding--the true essence of community.
Walk with us.

WHO: You, your family and friends (adults and youth)

WHAT: Candlelight Peace March
WHERE: Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue
WHEN: Saturday, January 12. March begins at 5:00pm
*Light refreshments will be served after the March.

Contact Melissa Morgan at dignity@longbeach.gov or 562-570-6948 with questions.

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9:09 am
even in this urban jungle there is beauty...
a pic of the sunset last night from my office window... it's a little discolored and you can see the lights reflected... but... damn... it was beautiful.




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