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.
Had a pretty fantastic time with the F Word at Florida State last night talking about Anarcha Feminism and police brutality and creepy frat culture and TV. Thanks for having me, ladies, and keep up the good work!
I am currently en route to visit my mama in Miami, and as excited as I am, I’m also really,really bummed to be missing the kickoff of New Orleans’ #occupywallstreet solidarity march. (Ps. Here’s their first official statement.) But, just because I’m a poor planner, that doesn’t mean you should miss out, too.
Ok. Pay attention.
The initial march will form in front of Orleans Parish Prison at Tulane & Broad at 12 pm, this Thursday Oct. 6th in spirit with Occupy Together’s National Day of Solidarity. It will move to the Federal Reserve at Lafayette Square, the base being at Duncan Square at City Hall.
For more info and updates, please check the website: occupynola.org
And, lemme tell you. Babies, I’ll be home soon. And if y’all still around by Friday morning, it’s bookoo daiquiris for everyone. Hold tight!
With media sources blaming “anarchy” for the unfolding violence in London and across England, the North London
Solidarity Federation has released the following statement as a response from an anarchist organisation active in the capital.
Over the last few days, riots have caused significant damage to parts of London, to shop-fronts, homes and cars. On the left, we hear the ever-present cry that poverty has caused this. On the right, that gangsters and anti-social elements are taking advantage of tragedy. Both are true. The looting and riots seen over the past number of days are a complex phenomenon and contain many currents.
It is no accident that the riots are happening now, as the support nets for Britain’s disenfranchised are dragged away and people are left to fall into the abyss, beaten as they fall by the batons of the Metropolitan Police. But there should be no excuses for the burning of homes, the terrorising of working people. Whoever did such things has no cause for support. Continue reading
Just in case you don’t remember, the Crescent City Childcare Collective provides free, competent and politicized childcare for local community organizations in New Orleans. There are many activists and organizers in our community who are also parents and C4 exists to support those individuals. The way it works is that you will receive a text message or e-mail asking if you can provide childcare for a certain organization on a specific date and we ask that you reply “yes” or “no.” There is no minimum commitment, but ideally, each volunteer could be available to provide childcare at least twice a month.
If you would like to be a part of C4, please attend the upcoming meeting on Saturday August 13th at Fair Grinds Coffee House at 1 pm.
See you there!
Lemme say, I’m not a your-vote-counts, sign-this-petition, reformist kinda gal but, this whole SCAN/sex offender registry legislation is so intrusive, so abusive that we are blessed that there are local organizers who have devoted themselves to its amendment. To remove persons who have been charged with a SCAN charge from the sex offenders list will offer real, tangible changes in access to opportunity and quality of life.
Which is why it is so goddamn disappointing that despite the fact that Women With A Vision (as a part of their two year old NO Justice campaign) just recently succeeded in persuading the LA State Legislature to remove persons convicted of Solicitation of Crimes Against Nature (aka blowjobs for cash) from the sex offender registry, some scumbag politician/bureaucrat types FOOLISHLY would like to propose that 400 women should stay on that list–you know, the one they just signed a law to exclude them from.
Whatever. Fuck those guys.
WWAV and NO Justice is calling for courtroom support this Wednesday, August 10, 10am at 500 Poydras – Courtroom C 551 . Can Louisiana keep 400+ people on registry for past SCAN convictions? We say no. Louisiana says yes.