AKA Thursday blogwhoring.
The Red Queen has a piece up at Change.org on Poverty in America:
We have had the hopeful ideas of how the world is supposed to work stripped from our imaginations. The American dream we all know is now shown as a myth. We don’t get ahead through honest hard work. We can’t make life better for our kids when education is so far out of reach. You can’t pull yourself up by your bootstraps when the only boot you know is the one holding your neck to the ground.
And now AIG is giving out million dollar bonuses.
The depressing reality is that everything you’ve been told to do is wrong. Getting an education, working hard, buying a house, saving for retirement, putting your kids through college, none of that makes much of a difference. Unless you are part of the elite, there is not much you can do to protect yourself. We are not much different from the feudal peasants who believed that if they just did what their master said they’d be rewarded in heaven, We believed the lines about hard work and education and saving for retirement. But investing for the long term doesn’t work when Wall Street scam artists reduce your 401k to pennies overnight or when the panic of the wealthy puts your home upside down in debt.
Anonymous Shaker has a post up at Shakesville about the side of forced birth arguments we never hear: The silent depression of birth mothers:
I have given a baby up for adoption, and I have had an abortion, and while anecdotes are not evidence, I can assert that abortions may or may not cause depression – it certainly did not in me, apart from briefly mourning the path not taken – but adoption? That is an entirely different matter. I don’t doubt that there are women who were fine after adoption, and there is emphatically nothing wrong with that or with them; but I want to point out that if we’re going to have a seemingly neverending discussion about the sorrow and remorse caused by abortion, then it is about goddamn time that we hear from birth mothers too.
Believe me when I say that of the two choices, it was adoption that nearly destroyed me – and it never ends. The only comparison I have is the death of a loved one. The pain retreats, maybe fades, but it comes right back if I poke at it. Writing this has taken me nearly two weeks. Normally, I can write this amount in about thirty minutes, with bathroom breaks. I started to type, and stopped only to reread, then go wail into my pillow. There is no such thing as “over” with this.
Via Black Amazon: Dear Iowa:
Lori Phanachone is a member of the National Honor Society, has a 3.9 grade point average and ranks seventh in the senior class of about 119 at Storm Lake High School.
But school officials have told her she is considered to be illiterate based on her refusal to satisfactorily complete the English Language Development Assessment, a test she says is demeaning and racist.
On Wednesday, Phanachone finished serving three days of in-school suspension for what school administrators say is insubordination. She faces another three days for continuing her silent protest with a second refusal to take the test. According to a written statement presented to her Wednesday, Phanachone said, she could be suspended again and then expelled for a fourth refusal.
“Mr. Ruleaux (assistant principal Beau Ruleaux) told me I was ‘no Rosa Parks’ — that I should give up because I would not succeed in my protest,” Phanachone said.
Like Black Amazon and The Jaded Hippy have already mentioned, how THE FUCK does a girl get straight A’s in English Comp, attain a 3.9 GPA, and suddenly be deemed illiterate? Simply b/c she had the audacity to be proud of her heritage and honestly state that her family speaks a different language at home, she is being forced to take an ESL or ELL test to prove her English proficiency, despite the obvious demonstration of that proficiency in her daily education. Post racial society my ass.
frau sally benz continues w/ her Legendary Latinas: Bigger than Life series, highlighting Rita Moreno:
Moreno’s greatest professional achievement is being the first (currently only) Latina to win the top four entertainment awards. She won an Oscar for West Side Story, a Grammy forThe Electric Company, a Tony for The Ritz, and an Emmy forThe Muppet Show (she went on to win another Emmy forThe Rockford Files). This is a feat very few entertainers are able to claim, and it’s great to have a Latina in that category who’s so skilled in her craft.
Along with her work as an entertainer, Moreno is committed to working as an advocate for education, Latino issues, diabetes, and osteoporosis. She is also married and has a daughter.
I have learned a lot about women w/ whom I was unfamiliar from her series. The other two posts highlighting Frida Kahlo and Dolores Huerta.
From Renee of Womanist-Musings: Teaching about the Laramie Project will get you fired in Oklahoma.
I tried to find something to excerpt, but I can’t decide on any one part. Please just go read the whole thing. When our children are faced daily w/ a public education system that wants mindless drones who just keep their heads down and go w/ the flow, a woman actually teaches children about social justice and how to speak up for your ideas, and she is whisked away for nothing more than the audacity to teach free thinking. For shame!
Pizza Diavola talks about Tax Time:
I just did my taxes today. Usually, when I think of taxes, I think of schools, public transit, Medicare/Medicaid, and all the other happy benefits that serve the common good. I also think of wars, nuclear stockpiles, torture, surveillance, and tax cuts that favor the wealthiest in this country. This year, I thought of Stuart and John (PDF) and John’s speech at the anti-DOMA rally in January, where he held up a 1040 (the primary federal income tax filing document in the U.S.) and talked about how the federal government forces him and every other married same-sex couple to commit perjury when they file as Single.
A guest post at Racialicious by Monica Roberts of TransGriot: If A Transwoman Can Play A Transwoman In Indian Movies, How About In Hollywood?
It would be nice if Hollywood would actually put a transwoman in a transgender role, but they still can’t get it right with cisgender women of color either.
What’s going to have to happen is that transwomen are going to have to write, produce and direct their own stories, and one of those indie films is going to have to make enough money and garner enough awards to get the peeps in Hollywood’s attention.
As for Paal, here’s hoping it’s an artistic and commercial success in India and beyond, and it leads to a nice career for Karpaga and other Indian transwomen who follow in her pumps.
From Renegade Evolution: An Open Letter to Kyle Payne
Another one in which I couldn’t decide on just one excerpt to include. Just check it out.
There are more links to be found at Womanist-Musings, The Jaded Hippy, Ojibway Migisi Binishii.
Feel free to discuss these links or drop your own in comments!