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Sun, Dec. 4th, 2016, 08:34 am
Safety Pin Box

https://www.safetypinbox.com/


"Safety Pin Box is a monthly subscription box for white people striving to be allies in the fight for Black Liberation. Box memberships are a way to not only financially support Black femme freedom fighters, but also complete measurable tasks in the fight against white supremacy."


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Sun, Nov. 20th, 2016, 11:23 am
Trans Day of Remembrance is today

"More than liberal righteous anger, we need concrete funding for trans shelters, scholarships, program grants. More than nihilistic leftist rhetoric, we need creativity and transformation. We need people to stop talking about how trans women get killed all the time. We need people to start telling us that they won’t let us die."

#TDOR

http://www.xojane.com/issues/someone-tell-me-that-ill-live-murdered-trans-women-2015


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Wed, Nov. 16th, 2016, 07:09 am
Black Lives Matter statement on election

"Our mandate has not changed: organize and end all state-sanctioned violence until all Black Lives Matter.

What is true today — and has been true since the seizure of this land — is that when black people and women build power, white people become resentful. Last week, that resentment manifested itself in the election of a white supremacist to the highest office in American government.

In the three years since Black Lives Matter organized, we've called for more safety. Not less. We've demanded an end to anti-black state violence. We've asked white people to organize their communities, to courageously help their loved ones understand the importance of solidarity and to show up for us, for themselves and democracy.

In the months leading up to this election, we have demanded support from white people in dismantling white supremacy — a farce that persuaded some to believe we were living in a post-racial America while simultaneously rolling back the rights of black people and other people of color. White supremacy fortified the decision to disregard racism and sexism as serious variables in the outcome of this election.

Even if everyone didn't agree politically, at the very least, we deserved to have our collective humanity affirmed. We feel more than disappointed or angry — we feel betrayed.

Donald Trump has promised more death, disenfranchisement and deportations. We believe him. The violence he will inflict in office, and the permission he gives for others to commit violence, is just beginning to emerge.

In the face of this, our commitment remains the same: protect ourselves and our communities.

But we ask ourselves — how do we reconcile our vision for future generations' prosperity with the knowledge that more than half of white voting Americans believe a white supremacist can and should decide what's best for this country?

We organize.

Here's what we know: Civic engagement is one way to engage democracy, and our lives don't revolve around election cycles. We are obliged to earn the trust of future generations — to defend economic, social and political power for all people. We are confident that we have the commitment, the people power and the vision to organize our country into a safe place for black people — one that leads with inclusivity and a commitment to justice, not intimidation and fear.

We also need and deserve an elaborate strategy to eradicate both white supremacy and implicit bias towards it. We must reckon with the anti-blackness of America's history that led to this political moment.

We continue to operate from a place of love for our people and a deep yearning for real freedom. In our work, we center the most marginalized, and look to them for leadership. We fight for our collective liberation because we are clear that until black people are free, no one is free. We are committed to practicing empathy for one another in this struggle — but we do not and will not negotiate with racists, fascists or anyone who demands we compromise our existence.

We affirm our existence. We affirm our right to not only live, but to thrive. To exist in a world where our humanity is seen and honored. We are organizing to realize a world in which our faiths are held in esteem, our identities are respected and our families are prioritized. We deserve a world in which our children are protected, where our water is sacred, and where we are given a fair chance to decide our fates.

Because it is our duty to win, we will continue to fight. And today, like every day before it, we demand reparations, economic justice, a commitment to black futures and an end to the war on black people, in the United States and around the world.

The work will be harder, but the work is the same."

https://mic.com/articles/159496/exclusive-black-lives-matter-issues-a-statement-on-trump-s-election


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Fri, Nov. 11th, 2016, 08:17 am
Veterans Day appeal

On this #VeteransDay please generously and gratefully help these Veterans in the healing work of telling their story

https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/time-for-a-change-drop-the-mic-speakers-tour


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Fri, Nov. 11th, 2016, 08:12 am

Just a reminder: there exist Veterans who find being "thanked for their service" incredibly distressing. Today is very difficult for them.

Please, in all your fervor, be sensitive to who you are actually speaking and how they are reacting to what you say.... Today of all days, if you claim to care about Veterans, care about them as individuals and not as props to your ideology or ego.


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Wed, Nov. 9th, 2016, 10:24 am

A friend reminds me that those of us who feel safer around liberals than around conservatives are simply getting a taste today of what it is like for those unsafe around either

The ones we keep ignoring, the ones about whom our actions too often clearly say "no one cares about your survival anyway"

Today is incredibly scary for many of us.

Maybe it is time to humbly learn from those who have been dealing with this terror every day for years.


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Fri, Nov. 4th, 2016, 08:41 am
My pronouns

Hi.

This is the sqrl

I want to tell you something about myself and pronouns that I have recently realized after months of discernment and weighing

(and I will make notes and update appropriate documents in groups as I find spoons but please be patient because spoons are hard to come by right now)

(and I really really have no interest in debating with cis people what I am about to say, ok?)

First of all, there is still a lot of the world where it isn't safe for me to indicate that I am queer. Work and LinkedIn are good examples. In those spaces I continue to use she/her pronouns exclusively as a matter of safety. (Yup, it sucks to have to stop and think about whether something I say is going to impact my safety. Welcome to one of the constant low-level drains on my energy)

In spaces where I am 'out' - most social media, most in person interactions with personal friends - I want to start aligning how people speak of me in the third person more closely with my identity

If the person speaking about me personally identifies with the word "queer", my preference is that person use she/her pronouns in reference to me

If the person speaking about me does not personally identify with the word "queer", then I prefer that those people use they/them pronouns for me.

Yep, it's a change. It's unusual. There will be awkwardness. I recommend we just embrace the awkwardness and focus on accepting that this is what makes me more comfortable in an uncomfortable world.

Thanks.


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