the only abortion clinic in kentucky that does surgical abortions and one of the only black-owned clinics in the county was damaged and possibly looted on the 30th; they're still open and seeing patients, but you can donate to help them with repairs here: http://www.emwwomens.com
I'm on Snopes today talking about the "DC blackout" trending topic across several social network sites. It seemed to me to be a fairly complex operation spreading disinformation on all sides of the topic, entirely meant to sow discord. I even interviewed some of the people who got swept up in it for my research.
Consider donating to the Okra Project, a grassroots crew that fights food insecurity among black trans folks: https://www.theokraproject.com/
Bad depression today. No active writing project because I have no relevance and after thirty years still can't get a reader reaction. About to take down my website because after 9500 pageviews there's been exactly zero comments. Bitter, angry, and wondering why I still exist. No takers on the offer of free copyediting. No use for an old white man who just needs to get the fuck out of the way.
Here is a very small sample of the many non-profit organizations in Chicago that work to improve Black communities and lives.
I'm sure you can find some local to you if you try.
You can also support the people doing work on here. Run Marcia their check
Someone suggested we support individuals today, and I think that we should all start with Artist Marcia X, @ArtistMarciaX ,
who's not only taught just me a lot, but a lot of other people too.
The Go Fund Me for their PhD will be at the bottom. They are more than half way there already, and we could finish that off today, easy.
If you're curious about what kind of work they do outside of here? Check out their website
police brutality, David McAtee
David McAtee was shot to death early this morning in Louisville, KY. He used to give the police officers free BBQ. His body laid in the street for 12 hours. Cops are killing unarmed black men at protests about cops killing unarmed black men. https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2020/06/01/who-david-mcatee-louisville-barbecue-store-owner-killed-police/5308229002/
begpost, asking for financial help
Hey y'all, we're still in a bad situation. We're getting benefits but that barely covers everything. We have £7 to last until the 11th of June, which isn't going to last at all. I'm open for commissions too, info is in my pinned posts
i know there are more important things to donate to right now and please if you can donate to those first, but if anyone can spare anything that would be amazing
the okra project is currently taking donations and pledging $15,000 to the creation of mental health recovery funds in honor of the deaths of Nina Pop and Tony McDade.
(link to donate)
(link to their main site which explains their work which includes grocery funds and cooking education for black trans people.)
Really enjoyed this story from a "reluctant" indigenous gardener:
"We live in the country, a long skinny property one acre wide and eight acres deep. It backs onto a wetland, a swamp, mshkeg. You go through the meadow grass of our yard to the thicket and find a deer run. Follow that across a stream and over a small berm and the forest opens up to you in all its swampy beauty. We used to call it Narnia because in the winter you can see the faint lights of our neighbours on the other side of the forest.
To most people it is a wetland, a forest filled with vernal pools and tall grasses, trees and low shrubs. To my son it is a garden. He tends the nettles and raspberry bushes, brings home ramps and the leaves from toad lilies, burdock root that he worried had been crowding out the nettles and turned out to be edible. He experiments with controlled burning of the meadow to see if it helped the wild strawberries threading their way through the grass. It does.
Starting in late winter and then through spring and early summer last year I went out to the swamp every week or so. I harvested the nettles, eventually getting so used to them that the sting barely registered. I ate the raspberries that I could find; the birds got most of them. I remembered to bring candy and silver and small bits of leather and sinew, gifts for the little people. One day I found a small jawbone on the path, a gift maybe. Summer gave way to fall and the green gave way to gold and orange and red before getting tucked into its snowy blanket for a rest.
Europe colonized itself before it came to America. It separated peasants from land and separated people from the each other. It turned its hunger on the Americas, a wendigo so hungry that it consumes its own lips if there is nothing else for it to eat. We feed it because we don’t know how else to live, and so we live disconnected lives watching the seasons change through windows, marking the seasons by what we complain about."
Misinformation on the "#dcblackout" Twitter trend in DC, please boost.
This whole "dcblackout" hashtag is false. The White House and surrounding streets lights went out, but we didn't lose phone signals, and people did not disappear. They just broke into numerous groups because of the riot police. People were spreading out after 1am.
It's a disinformation tactic typical of Twitter.
#BREAKING: Last night, David "Yaya" McAtee, the owner of a local BBQ stand, was killed in #Lousiville #Kentucky as police officers and the national guard opened fire on a crowd just after midnight. #GeorgeFloyd https://twitter.com/SeymaBayram0/status/1267484781173968897
Boost if you can. Demand justice for Tony McDade, a black trans man who was shot five times in the back by a Tallahassee police officer. https://actionnetwork.org/letters/demand-justice-for-tony-mcdade
Old, tired, bitter, depressed. Hypomanic bipolar, but also surrounded by assholes. Nontheological Satanist. Hard left socialist drifting to anarchist.
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