"How dare I be discouraged in the work by anything so trivial as the fear of personal failure?" - Paul Williams I am a white cisgender woman. I will mess it up. I will do it wrong. I will have good intentions and they will sometimes translate into shitty actions. I will be thoughtless sometimes, selfish... Continue Reading →
Names have power. I have been referring to my home as The Fox Den for a few years now. It truly has been a place of safety and comfort, a place where my little fox self could hide out and be held tightly. In the first Lord of the Rings movie, Galadriel says: The world is... Continue Reading →
Black people are being MURDERED by police EVERY GODDAMN DAY and it is being sanctioned by the state while white folk turn a blind eye to blatant,systemic racism in the United States. Indigenous people are peaceably protesting to protect our water, which, when last I checked, is essential to the survival of life on our planet, and we... Continue Reading →
I tire of this world. I am tired of place where different equals dangerous, where fear consistently trumps love, a world without the capacity for awe. But I'm not sure how to remake a whole world. It takes many hands, holding onto love...and many hearts, risking awe. I'm sure of those ingredients. We don't have much... Continue Reading →
If you are a person who… 1. cares at all about concepts like social justice, racism, gender equality, feminism, patriarchy, and privilege …and… 2. carries a frustration with people who have either been unable or unwilling to possess a nuanced understanding for what any of these concepts mean …convicted rapist Brock Turner, his father Dan, and…... Continue Reading →
“I’m not here to argue Hillary vs Bernie. I genuinely like them both. I’m here to say that I’m sick of seeing her reviled for the same things people forgive easily when they’re done by men, and that the stakes are too high this election cycle to indulge that or leave it unexamined. If you’re reviling Hillary for saying something racist and stupid in 1994 in favor of a crime bill that turned out to be a very bad idea, but you’re not reviling Sanders for actually using his political power to make that very bad crime bill law, I want you to take a long, long think about why that is. If you’re reviling Hillary for campaign contributions made by banks, but did not revile Obama for the same thing, I want you to take a long, long think about why that is.”
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At the beginning of the day, I found out that there was a mass shooting in Wilkinsburg, near my home. Instead of heading in to the office, I went to the Women and Girls Foundation's Crossroads Conference and sat and listened to women speak candidly and vulnerably about a variety of crossroads that they had... Continue Reading →
This Saturday, February 13th, we are planning a SJWW (Social Justice Witches Working) against Boko Haram. If you are on Facebook the event page is here. Consider yourself invited, whether on Facebook or not, as this is a public event and as many folks as possible are asked to join for the oomph a collective can bring.
CALLING ALL MAGIC WORKERS- A GLOBAL WORKING AGAINST BOKO HARAM
Invite your friends who would like to support this effort! This event is public. Details are below on the timing and bones of the working. I’ve added a poem I’m going to use (use as desired). I’ll be dressing candles with an herb and oil blend particular to the cause. I personally will be invoking Medusa’s unflinching gaze into the mix as i am working with Her this year. Add your comments, post your outlines, run with it!
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I've been thinking a lot about intent and impact after watching this video: Intent can be the archer, aiming the arrow. But we always need to ask: where did the arrow land? May we look with unflinching eyes at what we have done, rather than comfort ourselves with what we intended to do. May our impact influence,... Continue Reading →
“Without ever pulling a trigger or raising a hand, you are part of these murders and assaults as long as you refuse to take a proactive stance against misogyny.”
I don’t know why Janese Talton-Jackson turned that man down. She might have had a bad week and just wanted some alone time with her drank and her head bob. Coulda been PMS-ing. Coulda been upset about an “it’s complicated”-ship or stuck on a new, cute co-worker. Maybe she just found the guy trying to holler unattractive or pushy or boring. Or she pulled a Brandy and recently swore off of dating.
It doesn’t matter.
If Janese turned him down because she didn’t like his eye color or the hang nail on his pinky–the right was hers. Her “no” was the bottom line. Or should have been.
Instead, Janese Talton-Jackson was followed as she exited the Cliff’s Bar in Pittsburgh, and shot to death. [Insert details about her being a mother of three, daughter and sister here] and then realize that even if none of that were the case, Janese still did not deserve to be murdered for turning down a man…
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