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!
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.
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.
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.
For me, one of the more exciting aspects of the uprisings in Egypt is that it’s serving as a reminder of how necessary women are to any revolution. From London, to Greece, to Iran we’ve been seeing a lot of bad ass women taking over the streets lately. There’s nothing more beautiful than a woman standing up against a wall of armed and armored men- the very representation of masculine militarization. Everyone benefits from the mass dissemination of images of women resisting and antagonizing the state.
I’ve been greatly inspired by Mona Eltahawy, a reporter and analyst who’s been an outspoken advocate for the Egyptian people on cable news. She’s been calling out mainstream broadcasters for describing the events in Egypt as chaos and disaster, when they should be calling them by their proper name, uprisings, or a revolution. On Democracy Now!, she also described how Mubarak’s attempt to reek more havoc by releasing prison inmates was met with community solidarity. Prostesters are organizing themselves into community watch groups to protect themselves and each other, and to stop looting at libraries and museums.
Many Egyptians have pointed out that there is a great history of woman resistors in their country. During the Egyptian Revolution of 1919, three hundred women came together to denounce colonialism and the British occupation of Egypt. It was March 16, 1919, when they demonstrated, and the event is known as Egyptian Women’s Revolution against Colonialism. Even though the protest was organized by upper class women, other women began to join them, including Hamida Khalil, who became the first female martyr for the cause of national liberation in Egypt.
It’s a shame that often insurrection is seen as a masculine effort. I blame this on the fact that it’s militant male voices who are the loudest and most listened to. Fortunately, there are a plethora of women and queer people who have been declaring that we must reclaim the language and sentiment of revolution to reflect the fact that everyone has a place in it and must be a part of it.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
RALLY & Protest to Save the Gulf:Sunday May 30 at 1pm in Jackson Square, New Orleans
WHY is Washington DC leaving our communities to DIE in the BP Oil Flood? WHY is the Federal Government standing idle? BP is murdering the Gulf!
WHERE is the federal response?
We the people of the Gulf Coast demand IMMEDIATE FEDERAL INTERVENTION and deployment of all available resources to STOP this flood of oil into the Gulf… NOW!
BP’s greed & negligence MURDERED eleven human beings– real working people, just like you and me, with real families, spouses and children– and now BP is DESTROYING the entire Gulf Coast while the Federal Government does NOTHING!
The flood of toxic oil MUST be STOPPED NOW! No more delaying, no more excuses. BP is killing our wildlife, our oysters and fish, our birds, and our way of life. This is CHERNOBYL IN THE GULF. The BP Oil Flood is destroying the Gulf of Mexico for ENTIRE GENERATIONS.
WHERE is the leadership at the federal level? Where is the action? BP cannot or will not stop it. The government MUST INTERVENE and by any means necessary with all available resources STOP THE BP OIL FLOOD!
JOIN US SUNDAY, MAY 30 to PROTEST! Jackson Square, 1 pm!
Please help promote this event anyway you can.