Want to hang with some kids? Want to get into radical childcare organizing? Want to know what that even means exactly? Check out the Crescent City Childcare Collective. They’re having an open volunteer meeting this Saturday. From their blog:
Summer is over and the Crescent City Childcare Collective is officially back! Please join us, experienced volunteers & newbies alike, this Saturday to discuss radical childcare and why it rules. On the agenda:
- Brand new Childcare Share!
- A review of volunteer guidelines
- Partner organization updates
- Resources and snacks
- Upcoming events & trainings
Saturday, September 29 at 12:30 pm, upstairs at Fairgrinds Coffee House in MidCity
Any questions or concerns? Check out our About C4 page and always please feel free to email us at email@example.com
See y’all there!
Just to update, the Raging Pelican made it’s Kickstarter goal and then some! Thanks to everyone who chipped in!
So sad to share that this week, Women With a Vision’s offices were broken into and set aflame. No one was hurt, almost nothing was stolen but, they’ve lost nearly everything and are in need of a new space. You can read more about it on the Louisiana Justice Institute’s blog.
I’ve posted about WWAV and their amazing work on improving the legal ramifications of sex work for poor women, WOC, and queer & transfolk in LA several times before. I think anyone working (or even breathing) in New Orleans is aware of and grateful for this organization and I personally can’t really imagine the city without them.
I’m learning more and more that sometimes solidarity just means cash. Please take a moment and show some with WWAV. Let’s bring ‘em back ASAP.
Even Jesus loved sex workers! Everyone know that.
I’ve posted a few times here before about Women With a Vision’s (swoon…) NO Justice campaign against Louisiana’s charmingly backwards SCAN law. Last year, they and their legal team successfully lobbied to reduce the sentencing for folks convicted of Solicitation of Crimes Against Nature (felony) to that of regular ol’ prostitution (misdemeanor).
And, now… Ta-da! This week, a federal judge has ordered that all peeps already added to the sex offender registry under newly-castrated SCAN be removed from it in the next 30 days. No takebacks (er… appeals).
As an anarchist with zero faith in electoral politics, I choose to put my time and energy into projects that I believe are trying to circumvent that system. These projects are often informal and small in scale and occasionally oppositional to (or just resentful of) liberal politics and non-profit work.
This campaign is an excellent reminder to me that it takes all kinds. The positive difference in the lived experiences of the ladies & gents who will soon be justly removed from the sex offenders list is almost incomprehensible. Being labelled a sex offender cost them time, money, and friends; job opportunities and access to resources; the simple privilege of being allowed near churches, schools, and children. Not to mention, it left them in a position of severe vulnerability to state and sexual violence. I can’t imagine the amount of work that went into navigating the Louisiana legislature, particularly on behalf (or even as) sex workers. I am personally so grateful for Women With a Vision and their liberal, non-profit work.
Oh, happy day!
Speaking of affective labor, while little Georgia is finally sleeping in the next room, I found some time to finally finish the first chapter of the Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital by Leopoldina Fortunati.
It only took me about six weeks.
But, it feels good! I’ve been getting pretty into these retro-rad Marxist-feminists but, four plus years out of college and typically subsisting on a regular diet of sci-fi and celebrity gossip (mostly the latter), I have to admit that it’s a bit challenging. Every few pages, I have to look up a term just to get through the paragraph. Enough to make me blush.
So, any smarty-pants out there who just breezed through it their summer between eighth and ninth grades? Anyone who has read it at all? And, most importantly, do I really have to read Das Kapital? Cause all this time I just assumed it was something that boys used to sound arrogant and out of touch.