Weekend Reading

Basically, this is my link dump from everything I read over the week. I’m gifting it to you.

“Effective health care activism & advocacy needs to include disabled and chronically ill people.” https://t.co/jKxkMJ0gH0
Resistance: Pick a cause, make it yours – excellent advice for a lot of us who are overwhelmed with the magnitude of work to be done. I can’t say that I’ve narrowed down to any one cause but I would probably be better off if I did
The Criminalization of Poverty – we all know this story but still,great coverage by SPIN magazine
I am so Angry and Tired and Sad but I Refuse to Stop Rising Up – One my my most beloved bloggers wrote this. I love her and this,too ♥♥♥
5 Ways to Support Undocumented Folks – These are all good ways. Also check locally to see if there’s an advocacy group. Last week my local county sheriff made a statement following efforts to not only make Ithaca a sanctuary city but the entire county that essentially said he would never instruct his deputies to actively alert authorities about undocumented people (and added that if someone commits a crime and they’re undocumented, then obviously they’re not going to get away with it because that’s basic common sense). I intend to write him a thank you letter.
How to Boycott DAPL Banks – this is honestly the best and probably only chance to stopping DAPL but it’s going to take more than individuals. We need whole cities and companies to divest & withdraw
Amazon’s Supposed Automated Grocery Store Will Have as Little as 3 Human Employees — Grocery News–  yet another example of why we need universal basic income here in the U.S.
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Also…
Thor Harris from Swans gave a brief tutorial on Nazi-punching
Ok,that’s all. Have a great weekend. Here’s a song of the day:
“Angelina” by Pinegrove. It’s a live version but not the same live version that’s on their new live album “Elsewhere”, currently available to purchase HERE as a “pay what you want” with ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER. Good cause, good music.

News & Actions: 11/28/16

People want to be informed about what’s happening w/ the president-elect and his transition but they may not have time to follow all the news or for their own self-care, are limiting their exposure to social media right now. These ICYMI updates will be basic bullet points of the daily happenings with call to actions. I will generally just post the news  without my own commentary. I will include essays and thoughts from around the web after the news portion to give perspectives from marginalized folks.


November 24-27

 

Actions

  • Voice your opposition to Betsy DeVos’ appointment as Secretary of Education. Call your local reps but also, you can call the offices of those on the Senate Education Committee. (I’m sorry I didn’t have time to put all their individual numbers right here. I’m writing this before work and just copy/pasted rep’s links. Will update when I get a few extra minutes)

Lamar Alexander (TN)

Michael B. Enzi (WY)

Richard Burr (NC)

Johnny Isakson (GA)

Rand Paul (KY)

Susan Collins (ME)

Lisa Murkowski (AK)

Mark Kirk (IL)

Tim Scott (SC)

Orrin  Hatch (UT)

Pat Roberts (KS)

Bill Cassidy, M.D. (LA)

 

Patty Murray (WA)

Barbara Mikulski (MD)

Bernie Sanders (VT)

Robert P. Casey, Jr (PA)

Al Franken (MN)

Michael F. Bennet (CO)

Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)

Tammy Baldwin (WI)

Christopher S. Murphy (CT)

Elizabeth Warren (MA)

  • Continue to also call your representatives to challenge the appointments of Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, and whomever else is objectionable and will not best serve our interests and country.
  • Call the House Oversight Committee. Rep. Elijah Cummings is calling for a bipartisan review of the financial arrangements Trump has made for his businesses to ensure there’s no conflict of interest. 202-225-5074 & can also call Chaffetz directly, (801) 851-2500.
    If it’s easier for you, you can use a script like this:
    “I’m —- —– , a constituent calling to let the committee know that I support Rep. Elijah Cummings’s call for a bipartisan review of Trump’s “financial arrangements” for potential conflicts of interest before he’s sworn in as president. Please ask Chairman Chaffetz to immediately begin conducting a review to ensure that President-elect Trump does not have any actual or perceived conflicts of interests. I want the Committee to make sure Trump and his advisers comply with all legal and regulatory ethical requirements.”

 


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questionable decisions made this week

Poor people supposedly have poor decision making skills. I might be demonstrating that well.

Like going back to college. Poor people are told that they need to get themselves educated, so this seems like a brilliant idea. I did indeed apply. I’m already “educated” and have a paper degree that says I learned some things but that’s beside the point. I decided I needed to go get another degree after seeing countless jobs I wanted to apply for recently that I didn’t have the right degree or qualifications for. Funny though…I usually had enough experience, although most of it is unpaid & volunteer work.

So, I’m going back to college, even though I’m poor AF and can’t even help my daughter pay her monstrous tuition (she goes to one of the most expensive colleges in the country and does get a massive fin aid & scholarship package but STILL….ugh) . I also can’t get a loan, so that should be interesting. Maybe those annoying people who tell us poor people that “If there’s a will,there’s a way!” are right and I’ll figure it all out by sheer will.

In September I will be here asking for math help and crying about what a horrible idea it was to even think I could do it. You’ll see.

I also cancelled my life insurance policy this week because I needed the cash surrender amount for pay bills and the last 2 months, that insurance payment has caused my bank account to be overdrawn and cost me $50 in bank fees that I didn’t have.
This means I can’t ever die now, which would be fine with me but if I’m going to live forever, I’d like to not be poor. How do vampires live such opulent lifestyles?

But really, I knocked on wood which should keep me safe from death and anyway, all I want is to be cremated in a cardboard box . Frugal to the end.

On a lighter note, I’m currently on duckling and gosling watch here on our rented homestead. No signs yet. Grown up geese and ducks have been quieter than usual, so maybe that’s the calm before the fluff?
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They’re nesting on the island in the middle of the pond (or lake,if you ask the neighbors)

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My coffee drinking, waterfowl watching bench . This is the extent of my good decision making lately.

All photos courtesy of my daughter and stolen from her instagram.


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12.14.15

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[content notes: basic income, homelessness,education,domestic violence,

χ NYC Low-income high school seniors march their college application to the post office  – “I am going someplace and no one can stop me.” Bless them.

χ Interview with Guy Standing o Basic Income

χ  Meathead Movers offers their services free to domestic violence victims fleeing abusive homes  – It might not sound like much but it is. It’s a big deal.

χ Parenting while homeless– An excellent long read focusing on the stress of parenting while living in a shelter and one initiative to support those families to build strong families despite homelessness

χ How Boise, Idaho has criminalized homelessness– they just shut down a homeless camp behind a church that was a refuge to 135 homeless folks.

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Everyone deserves a living wage…. even if they can’t spell ‘fries’

The above response is perfect.
*edited to add* The author is David Gerrold.

As a writer, I appreciate grammar and spelling. As a human being, I recognize that some people don’t speak or write with “perfect English” does not disqualify them from earning a living wage.   Perhaps I am able to see this because I was raised by my Grandpa who had to drop out of school in the 6th grade to help support his Mom and 6 younger siblings after his father died or because I have step-children who were raised in another country and speak English as a second language (they also speak Chinese and step-daughter also speaks French,Flemish, and Dutch but this doesn’t matter at all to employers and assholes of the general population who only hear an accent and “broken” English)  or because I have a child with a learning disability . But I’m a firm believer in the idea that we don’t need personal experiences to help us empathize or acknowledge obstacles others face.  So, get it together people. Use of language as you might deem ideal is not a reason for someone to struggle.

This does not only apply to the assholes like in the meme who are probably Republican fans of the “pull yourself up by your bootstraps!” myth. Liberals/Democrats will mock those w/ other political ideals openly for their lack of academically acceptable grammar. They call them hillbillies and call them stupid, ignoring lack of education or cultural differences. This has always been interesting to me since education is a thing that Liberals/Democrats seem to really love but they can’t recognize that what they’re mocking may be a symptom of what they supposedly champion for?

That’s all bad but worse is that White Liberals most definitely exclude the voices of poor and marginalized people who do not present as articulate and well spoken. When looking for a voice or face to use as a representation of the living wage cause, they most definitely choose to boost those who are “mainstream friendly”.  Trust me, I know. I’m an educated, White lady who is constantly used as an example of “good people who are poor through no fault of their own”. It’s offensive as hell. Knock it off. There are women in my exact predicament and far worse who deserve to be recognized and heard, no matter what language or dialect or speech patterns they use.