police violence mention
Some 50 or so scientists went out in labcoats today to join the protests.
A young protestor gathered us to say that seeing us made him realize it was the scientific method that mentally pulled him through every time the police almost killed him.
I hugged him & told him it was good to get the nerds outside every now and then.
He told me about some lab research he would like to do. I told him that sounded like really important work to do.
people in louisville, Kentucky are making a move at establishing their own Autonomous Zone.
ukpol action, trans rights
The sickening stuff reported in the papers yesterday is not happening yet. Here's hoping it's one of those things (like every lockdown measure, eh?) that the government floats in the press to see how we react to it before they decide if they're going to do it.
It's not too late to protect trans rights in the UK like we've seen done in the U.S. today. You can help: write to your MP, even if it seems hopeless. Write to Liz Truss. Suggestions here http://thekitetrust.org.uk/write-to-your-mp/
i work in the nonprofit sector. most nonprofits are bunk. the ones that actually matter are the small, on-the-ground ones, that usually have few to zero full time staff members, led by Black organizers and activists, led by trans people, led by the communities they actually serve.
so many of the orgs in this donation form are orgs like that.
short of directly redistributing to Black, trans people, this is where your money will actually help. Donate.
This would be the perfect time to stop using some form of the word #master as one's title. Banks (in Britain at least) still address boy customers as Master So-and-so, but Mr is just a variation on the same word, and Mrs, Miss and Ms are all derived from the feminine version, Mistress. Even the progressively gender-neutral Mx is only one step further removed.
Until someone offers me the doctorate I so richly deserve, I demand new salutations.
RT @🔒: "this is J.K. Rowling's charity's co-chair-- it's pretty straightforward that as soon as they're done trying to wreck the lives of trans people they'll come for you next" https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2020/06/10/baroness-emma-nicholson-same-sex-marriage-equality-tweets-twitter-homophobia/
I just wrote to my MP about this, because the idea that the government discarded the plans they proposed to support trans people because too many trans people responded favourably is................. I don't even know.
Parliament: Reverse the Decision to Scrap the Gender Recognition Act Consultation Results - Sign the Petition! http://chng.it/fzYkDwTw via @UKChange@twitter.com
The End of Policing
“The police do not prevent crime. This is one of the best kept secrets of modern life. Experts know it, the police know it, but the public does not know it. Yet the police pretend that they are society’s best defense against crime and continually argue that if they are given more resources, especially personnel, they will be able to protect communities against crime. This is a myth.” Quote from David Bayley, veteran police scholar
Howie Echo-Hawk (Indigeouns Comedian) at Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone on the whites:
Now for the next little bit though, because I have a message for whites. Many of you are whites. I am a funny person, so it may seem like what I'm saying is jokes but if you're white i don't want you to respond for a little bit. Practice silence. I know that people say "white silence is violence", but god i wish you would shut up.
You think its a joke, but its not a fucking joke. Shut your god damn mouth.
So I woke up today really fucking angry, and I am angry most days. I said I'm not a very hopeful person.
@luminesce Very fuzzy!
Also, I'll have Simon & Garfunkel's ecilia stuck in my head for a while now...
If you're curious what this taiji thing is all about, my teacher is doing some free (registration required) video workshops:
Qigong (more stationary breathing exercises) Mondays June 22 & 29: https://wise-orchid.com/event/free-for-everyone-qigong-surviving-thriving-online/?instance_id=26472 https://wise-orchid.com/event/free-for-everyone-qigong-surviving-thriving-online/?instance_id=26473
Taiji (more movement, more martial) Thursdays June 25 & July 2: https://wise-orchid.com/event/free-to-all-tai-chi-fundamentals-essentials/?instance_id=26474 https://wise-orchid.com/event/free-to-all-tai-chi-fundamentals-essentials/?instance_id=26475
An' ye harm none, do what ye will
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.
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