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!
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!
10th Annual New Orleans Book Fair
Kickoff party Friday night 11/4 at the Allways on St. Claude starting at 10 pm and a book-themed burlesque show across the street at the Hi-Ho from 10 to 12.
Book Fair this Saturday 11/5 at the corner of Frenchman and Chartres from 11 am to 5 pm. Be sure to check out the Kids’ Space while you’re there!
For those who don’t know, Ladies’ Night is a radical feminist discussion group that has been meeting almost weekly for over two years in New Orleans. We now meet every Sunday at 4 pm for a kid-friendly, BYOB, no$boys$allowed potluck and discussion. Update! Our new Contemporary Radical Feminisms readers are printed and bound and beautiful! Please shoot us an email for questions, our location, or to get a copy of the readings. (Readings schedule TBA.) firstname.lastname@example.org
Crescent City Childcare Collective
C4 provides competent and politicized childcare support to local organizations in New Orleans who are already doing amazing work. They will be Kids’ Spacing it at the Book Fair this Saturday but, if you miss em, don’t forget that there are monthly collective meetings every second Saturday of the month at Fairgrinds Coffee House in Mid City. The next one is Saturday 11/12 at 1 pm, immediately followed by a free childcare training for new volunteers at 2 pm at the same location. Check out their blog for more info.
Folks in New Orleans staged a peaceful and unobstructed demonstration and march today starting at noon at Orleans Parish Prison, briefly storming City Hall, and finally ending at their encampment just outside of City Hall at Duncan Plaza. About 300 to 400 participated in the march, with about a tenth of them remaining overnight at the camp. They held a general assembly this evening, coming to consensus on two points: first, this will be a peaceful occupation, and additionally that general assemblies will be held everyday at 1 and 7 pm.
The "white shirt" cops are primarily responsible for the entrapment and brutality seen during the occupation.
Hell yeah! The Partnership for Civil Justice filed a Class Action Complaint against Mayor Bloomberg, the City of New York, and the NYPD. The complaint says that the 700 protesters arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge were entrapped by police who carried out “a pre-planned and deliberate course of false arrest”.
The complaint names 5 defendants, all residents of NYC, and includes all 700 who were arrested as part of the class action. The factual allegations in the complaint are right on the mark and include the fact that we were allowed on the bridge and given only inaudible warnings about being arrested.
You can read the full complaint here.
I was arrested on Saturday, but I’m still unsure of how to process everything, and unsure of what exactly I should and shouldn’t say about what happened to all of us on the Brooklyn Bridge. I can tell you that I am scared though. I am scared of going back to Occupy Wall Street and getting arrested again. I am scared that after 700 people endured the terror of being bound and locked up by the NYPD (one as young as 13) that this might all amount to nothing…just another fizzle of radical hope eventually squelched by the State.
I’m also scared that the mass arrests are the last thing we need right now. I believe that reformist tactics do not work. I believe that disruption, insurrection, and direct action are currently the only ways even the most minute changes will occur. That being said, I don’t expect Wall Street to change at all. I don’t expect our government to start taking care of us. I don’t even want that. 700 people getting arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge got everyone’s attention, but to me that’s not what’s remarkable about Occupy Wall Street.
Woman being arrested by Chilean police during Aug 4th protests
Since May of this year, protesters have been taking to the streets of Chile showing their discontent with the largely privatized education system. In June, as many as 180 schools and universities were occupied by youths as young as 14, and since then people have been continuously pouring into the streets of Santiago with creative acts of civil disobedience. My personal favorite is the incredibly hot Kiss-in.
The students are demanding higher quality and affordable education. Under Pinochet, the school system was mostly privatized, and to date nearly 70% of university students attend private institutions. The current president, Sebastian Pinera, is not only a conservative, but also one of the country’s wealthiest men. He’s called education a “consumer good” and his pathetic attempts at compromise have only hightened the intensity of the protests.
On August 1, Pinera issued a proposal which was dismissed by protest organizers. Several days later, on August 4th, demonstrators took to the streets and when things turned violent 900 people were arrested. Then on August 9th when 100,000 people came out in support, another 275 were detained.
“The 17-year-olds were drinking stolen rosé wine at 9.30am yesterday as they laughed about the previous night’s disturbances in south London and made vague complaints about ‘rich people’.”
It like we live parallel lives!
Thanks, anonymous-fake-email-address-friend, for the link!
Went to court today to support WWAV and NO Justice and it was actually pretty awesome. The lawyers were very grateful for the substantial show of community support. The state’s representation was HILARIOUSLY shameful–near the end of the proceedings, the judge actually interrupted one attorney to tell her that they needed to go do some research and get back to him.
The plaintiff’s lawyers (our side), on the other hand, were just laying it down, left and right. Really impressive. They were arguing that SCAN and good ol’ regular prostitution are actually the same statute, just with very different consequences that can be meted out by cops and DA’s at their racist, homophobic discretion. Apparently, this is not really allowed. The state countered with “Uhhh… We don’t have the time to take all these people who are NOT child molesters off the sex offenders list, k? And, we don’t really feel like we can afford to go forward with these proceedings. Did you know that legal counsel is expensive?”
So, both teams have to turn in their arguments on paper in five days and the judge will decide whether or not he wants to deal with it which doesn’t make any sense to me. He was kinda already dealing with it today. Just finish it, right? And, then we’ll hear something in several months.