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!
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.
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.
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!
Last week, those ALEC fuckers had a meeting at the Mariott in New Orleans. Some folks mostly from Cincinnati and Baton Rouge staged a protest. An anarchist local convinced me it was worth my time to go check it out.
I’m really sad to hear that these organizers are following ALEC around the country to stage peaceful and under attended demos in each city. Where are y’alls kids? It’s time to try something new, boo.
All the anarchists were chilling in front of the hotel, talking shit and waving our cutesy little flags while the liberal demonstrators marched around the block in the middle of the day in August in the French Quarter. The conference attendees stood behind the cops and laughed at both groups of dissenters. Pretty sad. Bored, I managed to hit on every man in a business suit on the sidewalk that afternoon.
“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!
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!