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alan l hart was a man who’d been “born a woman” and practiced medicine in the pacific northwest at the turn of the century and up through the 40s
his tuberculosis research in radiology saved thousands of lives but he was driven from practice to practice and town to town…
Dude makes a list of 13 books that demonstrate why 2014 is going to be a banner year for fantasy novels. List contains 12 books by men and a book by a lady which has been pushed back to 2015. Okay then.
Rather than re-hash arguments about why creating public SFF recs lists that largely feature male authors is kind of dickish, I decided to fight books with books. Here’s a list of 15 SFF books by women that I’m excited to see published in 2014. Token guys need not apply.
I see so many posts asking for money because people are kicked out, made homeless, etc, and it’s great that people are helping out, but I can’t help but think we’re like… barely scraping by financially while failing communally. How can we socially build on these thin strands of support via donation? Can we build support networks that stretch beyond PayPal? Shelters and other official orgs seem to be failing or not doing enough… I just worry we’ll have nothing left when the little bit of money going in this impoverished community dries up
What we need as a community is a way to generate our own resources and ways to keep the resources we already have *in* our community.
We work *for* cis people and most of our money goes *to* cis people. We have to find a way to break this cycle.
That is VERY TRUE. And the trans community—or rather communities, because let’s face it, we do have plenty of divisions and are not one cohesive group—are not the first to encounter this very problem. Historically this is not a new thing. The question is… how do we make it work for us? Each community has its own quirks and dynamics. Look to the past, think of the future
Well lets start with basics.
We need one of two things.
Money, or the things money can buy.
In this we need food, clothing, shelter, water ect.
Other oppressed groups in the past used tactics where they only spent their money at places owned by the same oppressed group so the money stayed *in the community*. We might look into making organized lists of services and goods providers owned by trans women and encouraging our sisters to provide services to other trans women at a discount and to encourage other trans women to open new services.
One of my projects right now is an indoor growing project and eventually a seed bank for various food plants and fungi, though im starting with hot peppers because we all like spicy food :p
I know a lot of transwomen know how to knit and sew as well, we should be making clothing *within our own community*. It wont be name brand fashions but it will save money and help develop a sense of culture within our communities.
Housing is another big issue, if anyone had any ideas on this please chime in.
In my sphere, games dev, there is some money flowing, but I have to fight this feeling that it’s frivolous. Even as I try to make games that have real meaning and social impact. But entertainment is good too. It seems like people are more willing to spend “in community” for entertainment than other things, which I find strange. I feel it sometimes myself, but it’s very strange.
So one thing I’ve thought about a lot is how computer/IT-based work lends itself really well to forming worker co-ops? Overhead is generally low, not everyone has to live in the same place (though it would be cool to), and afaik, you could chose to incorporate wherever you have a member living with the most favorable laws. I *may* have once geeked out reading a bunch of info out there about how to structure & incorporate different kinds of co-ops, and how there are co-ops and credit unions that specifically loan money and provide training to co-ops, etc.
The same goes for housing co-ops. It takes a lot more capital to get that kind of thing going, but like there’s a 9 bedroom triplex next door to me, and 7 people could live there for $200/mo each, and own it. Which, at least, anywhere people can get that kind of thing going is one more little corner where landlords can’t fuck with you, and where we can make room for people in dire straights outside of a paternalistic/controlling shelter model.
Other than that…IDK how, exactly, to invest in tackling the structural stuff so we/y’all can stop being drained by rushing to put out people’s individual fires. Like, in the long run it would be cheaper to create a couple scholarships, send some trans people to med school, pharmacy school and law school in exchange for their commitment to treating us and filing some choice class action suits. In the present it’d be amazing to be able to pay the people who are already in that kind of work to do more. But that’s a long game and keeping people afloat in the present does drain the little bit most people in-community can afford to give.
(also, I’m a trans man, and if y’all would rather keep this specific to trans women I apologize and will butt back out)
'This is a very exciting time for us. Who is us? I'm “Emmy” (pronounced “Emmy”) for starters, and I have in front of me a number of followers, or my tumblr crew, or in old language of a couple of thousand years ago, my disciples - those who are trying to prepare themselves for entry into the Evolutionary Level Above Human, synonymous with the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven. We’ll title this post, “Planet Earth About to be Recycled - Your Only Chance to Evacuate is to Reblog my Selfie.” Planet Earth is about to be recycled - Your only chance to survive or evacuate is to reblog my selfie.
Now, that’s a pretty drastic statement - pretty bold - in terms of religion, in terms of anybody’s intelligent thinking. To most people who would consider themselves intelligent beings, they’d say, “Well, that’s absurd. What’s all this doomsday stuff? What’s all this prophetic, apocalyptic talk?” You know, intelligent human beings should realize that all things have their own cycle. They have their season. They have their beginning, they have their end. We’re not saying that planet Earth is coming to an end. We’re saying that you should reblog my fucking selfies. ‘
Pascal’s wager gets ya every time
When I was in High School I heard some doofy spoken word thing Jello Biafra did bout the time he ran for mayor basically to troll Dianne Feinstein. The only part I really remember was about some dude showing up to one of his rallies with a sign that read ‘What if he Wins?’, and Biafra joking about how it struck him that he hadn’t really considered that possibility.
As we get close to this mayoral election, I keep thinking about that: what if my sleepy little hometown elects one of the activists the current mayor had chased away at late-night gunpoint not three years ago? Damn.
10. Tim’s lack of experience is not an issue. Every mayor we elect for the first time is inexperienced at being mayor and has to learn on the job. He has shown by his enthusiastic agitation for opening Athens government up for everybody that he’s willing to work hard and learn what needs to be done.
9. Tim knows Athens—the hard way. He has been out there for a long time now, going door-to-door, meeting people, listening to their concerns. He is not telling them what they want to hear; he’s out in the neighborhoods listening to what people want to tell him. He has a sidewalk-smarts grasp of our city and its needs.
8. Tim is an outsider. He’s in nobody’s pocket. He operates out in the open, not behindclosed doors. This is important for our government and for our city. We need a mayor who includes everybody in the decision-making, not just an inner circle. That’s the way Tim works; that’s the way he would work in the mayor’s office.
7. Tim would be the best thing that could happen to the Athens-Clarke County Commission. He would have to rely on its members for their knowledge of government. The commission would immediately come out of its dormant state and start taking care of the people’s business. The mayor and commission would work as a team, the way they’re supposed to do.
6. Tim would bring a youthful perspective to our government, and that’s extremely important in a college town which is increasingly resigning itself to old, do-nothing attitudes that favor the status quo and fear rocking the boat. Athens desperately needs somebody who will shake things up and try new solutions to the same old problems that bedevil us day after day.
5. Tim’s ideas for Athens are on the cutting edge in meeting the challenges we face. For instance, he sees our potential for a free and frequent, combined city and campus bus system, while our government is busy kicking our citizens off the university system, because our expensive-and-infrequent system can’t compete. Another example of why we need Tim’s vision.
4. Tim has a sense of humor and knows how to use it to make a point. He’s willing to dress up as Charles Darwin to promote a write-in campaign against our science-denying congressman. Tim is completely serious about the need to improve government, but he doesn’t take himself too seriously.
3. Tim is focused on our most important issues. He is committed to addressing theproblems of poverty that get swept under the rug while almost 40 percent of our citizens live in poverty. Tim reminds us constantly that this burden, which crushes so many, also affects our whole community—schools, public health, public safety and our local economy.
2. Tim “gets” Athens. He’s a musician. He’s a homeowner. He works a 9-5 job and then goes out and tries to improve his community. He understands how Athens works, how it depends on the university, how it attracts people from all economic, social, racial, sexual and educational strata. He understands the importance of making our government work for everybody.
1. The No. 1 reason to elect Tim Denson mayor of Athens: He believes in and works for “An Athens for Everyone.”
Help save a 16 year-old trans girl of color from being put in a mens adult prison with NO crimes charged on her by emailing Commissioner Katz.
She has never been convicted of a crime but they want to move her to near isolation in an adult mens prison. This CANNOT happen. Here is a more in depth article: http://feministing.com/2014/04/14/how-the-connecticut-department-of-children-families-is-failing-a-trans-girl-of-color/
I put together an email for Commissioner Katz, so all you have to do is copy and paste it. Click here for the example email
Please reblog to raise awareness!