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On Trigger Warnings and the Myth of Community
Recently, trans bro Jack Halberstam wrote an article called You Are Triggering me! The Neo-Liberal Rhetoric of Harm, Danger and Trauma. It is rife with crappy Monty Python references and historical inaccuracies. The main thrust of the article is that trigger warnings used by young people…
Porchlight Manifesta: A QTPOC Call to Community
This letter is a call to community: equal parts invitation and manifesta. On May 20, 2013, over a hundred queers in Austin, Texas gathered for “Queer Questions: A Townhall on Drag and Performance,” a structured forum in which to discuss racism and transmisogyny in the Austin queer performance…
Click here to support Help Caleb Get to AMC! by Caleb L.
I am a self-identified working class fat brown queer femme cis man, and a first-generation college student working towards degrees in Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. This winter I participated in a collaborative performance art piece about fat, queer, femme experience called Fat: the Play with six other fat queer femmes in Austin. Our play won Best of the Fest at Austin’s 2014 Frontera Festival and went on to perform for two additional sold-out audiences of community members at Austin’s Treasure City Thrift. The cast then presented a panel about the play and our process at this year’s Feminist Action Project Conference at UT Austin. Another cast member and I have been selected to facilitate a workshop about writing and performing fatness at this year’s Allied Media Conference in Detroit, Michigan.
From their website: “The ALLIED MEDIA CONFERENCE is a collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming our world, held every Summer in Detroit. The AMC is a network of networks – social justice organizers, community technologists, transformative artists, educators, entrepreneurs, and many others – all using media in innovative ways.”
About our workshop
Our workshop will create a space for fat-identified folks to come together and talk and write about our experiences as fat folks and, especially, how our fatness works with our other identities. How is our fatness impacted by our size, gender, race, class, ability status, sexuality, documentation status, our geographic location, and more? We will talk a little bit about our process of writing about our fatness to create Fat: the Play as a framework for workshop attendees, with the goal of leaving them with some writing, ideas on how to perform it, and, most importantly— fat community and empowerment.
Help me get to Detroit!
Because I am a college student and the workshop falls during the summer, I need help getting there! The summer time is when I am supported solely by my retail job, that does not allow me to spend extra money on traveling. Though I have reached out to my university for funding, they, too, are the end of their budget cycle and are unable to sponsor me. So I am turning to my community for help!
Where your money goes:
$400 for travel (flight)
$250 for food during my 5-day trip
$150 for housing.
$40 for gofundme fees
The AMC is an amazing opportunity for me and I am incredibly excited for the possibility to attend and participate. My deepest gratitude for your support in any way you can give!
Hi Tumblr! I am co-faciliating a workshop at AMC this summer, but I need help to get to this amazing opportunity! Please donate if you can and/or signal boost!
Thank you all for your help xoxo
Hi Tumblr! I am about halfway to my goal and that’s amazing! I still need about half of my goal to be able to attend AMC and it would mean SO MUCH TO ME if that could happen. Please signal boost and share widely! I really appreciate it. Thanks y’all. <3
Watch "I Didn't Know My Own Strength - Whitney Houston …" on YouTube
I Didn’t Know My Own Strength - Whitney Houston …:
As Black people, we have been fed the lie that the Black body is an “Always Able” body, with no time to rest, feel safe, or breathe easy. Though there isn’t one of us who can live up to these unrealistic expectation whiteness forces upon us, we still belittle and shame our kin. Black People, it is time to reclaim our Black bodies as our own.
It is time to shed these harmful, white supremacist, capitalist, cishet, patriarchal, binaric notions of The Worthy and Unworthy under ableism. ALL Black bodies are lovable, beautiful, brilliant, and whole—whether or not they are dealing with mental health concerns or living with chronic pain. It is the stigma and prejudice associated with illness, the racist, anti-black ideals filling this systemic society with hatred and violence that makes no room for ALL of us who just want to rest and feel free. We don’t have to “do” anything or “go” anywhere to be revolutionary and worthy of love, family, and community. Our mere existence as people on the margins of society—as Black, Queer/Trans, Chronic, Poor, and all the other labels we use to define our unique intersections—IS revolutionary.
— Lynx Sainte-Marie, "Our R/evolutionary Bodies: On Being Black and Sick" (via ethiopienne)
Mother Of Special Needs Son Arrested After Entering His School To Console Him
A mother in St. Louis was unknowingly the reason for a lockdown at her special needs son’s school.
“I was lying in bed when I received a frantic phone call from the teacher, Michael was panicking,” said Niakea Williams — whose young son Michael has Asperger’s Syndrome — of the call she received before heading to the school.
“I saw a teacher and she said Ms. Williams what is wrong? I said something is wrong with Mikey and proceeded to go straight to my son.”
Once Williams got to her son’s classroom, she tried to calm him down and console him. The Walnut Groves Elementary School principal then entered the room to inform Williams that she failed to sign in at the desk and had therefore broken policy.
“’I didn’t sign the book, but I had to check on my son. You can bring me the book.’ She said, ‘Oh no, I’ve already called the police,’’ recalled Williams.
Soon after, local police arrived at the scene and arrested Williams in front of her son while the rest of the school was placed on a 12-minute lockdown. The school said the reason for the lockdown was “unauthorized entry to a school.”
“They escorted me away from my son, who already has emotional distress,” said Williams. “Four officers told me to turn around and put my hands behind my back, I was under arrest.”
Williams believes her arrest was unnecessary and that the school overreacted. She says that everyone there already knows who she is, including the principal, claiming that they had actually met just a week prior to the incident. Williams is trying to fight the charges against her.
Of all the spiteful petty things to do after an obvious misunderstanding. Heaping this sort of anxiety and embarrassment on top of an already escalating behavioral episode is pretty unprofessional, in my book.
For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?
— bell hooks (via note-a-bear)
*wells up. dreams of a world without prisons.* (via patchworkpoetics)
(Source: ethiopienne, via queerandpresentdanger)
Mother arrested after leaving kids in the car during job interview because she couldn’t afford childcare
March 27, 2014
Shanesha Taylor is a homeless, single mother of 2 children, who was arrested for child abuse this week. Taylor left her children, ages 6 and 2 years old, in her Dodge Durango while she attended a job interview in Scottsdale, Arizona.
A passerby found the children in the car, with the engine turned off and the windows cracked open. Once Taylor returned to the car, 45 minutes later, she informed the police officer that she did not have a babysitter for her children.
“She was upset. This is a sad situation all around. She said she was homeless. She needed the job. Obviously not getting the job. So it’s just a sad situation,” said Scottsdale Police Sergeant Mark Clark.
She was arrested and booked into jail for child abuse.
Her children are now in CPS custody.
Update from Prison Culture:
An email from Amanda Bishop who has organized a fundraising drive for Shanesha offers the following additional information:
Shanesha has been in jail over a week. She will be out within the next few days when her bail is done by her family. I do not know if the family would like me sharing any information regarding the jail she is at.
She has plans to get a specific lawyer when she is out. Her children are with family
Ms. Bishop also responded to a question about where the funds raised would be directed:
“All money from this fundraiser is deposited into a bank account of Shaneshas mother. The money is currently being used to bail her out. The money collected afterwards will be used for the care of herself and her children.”
Here is a local report where Ms. Bishop is quoted about the case here.
There is currently no more information available. @lifeandmorelife and I would like to encourage everyone who wants to support Shanesha to please donate to the fundraiser for now. You can also continue to spread the word about this story through your networks. A newsreport about this story is here.
We have been in touch with some folks based in Arizona, are gathering more information, and will provide updates as they become available.
Update #1 (4:30 p.m. central)
Shanesha is still in jail at this point. I was able to learn that she has a hearing scheduled on Friday at 8:30 am. Perhaps, she’ll be able to make bail at that point. Please keep donating to the fundraiser.
(Source: thepeoplesrecord, via queerandpresentdanger)