I meant to actually publish this on mother’s day but let’s call this mother’s week.
Who I supported
- Mama’s Bail Out Day. Black Lives Matter activists raised $250,000 and were able to pay the bonds of 30 moms who were sitting in jail for ridiculous offenses like failing to pay a traffic citation. According to the Mama’s Bail Out Day website, four out of five incarcerated woman are mothers, and nearly half are in local jails unable to make bail.
Who I contacted
- I contacted my Indiana House rep Todd Rokita (aka fuckface) and asked him to do the right thing and vote against the ACA repeal bill. (Here’s how every rep voted so you can praise/chastise yours accordingly.) The ACLU had a crazy easy tool where you plug in your phone number, your phone rings and prompts you to enter you zip code, and then it connects you to your rep! EASY. And it was after-hours so I didn’t even have to talk to anyone. I just left an awkward voicemail saying that the repeal will hurt women, people with disabilities and people with preexisting conditions.
- I wrote the White House and asked the president not to sign the religious freedom executive order, which I figured would be a waste of time, but the order turned out to be a pretty watered-down version of the one we feared (though still not great) so maybe they actually remembered what happened in Indiana and decided not to do that again? Conservatives were kinda pissed, actually. 🙂
- I wrote and faxed all three of my members of Congress using the Resistbot to ask them to speak up about appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the Russia-Trump ties.
- I have placed repeated calls and emails to my two senators to oppose the latest “healthcare” bill AKA tax cut for the wealthy.
What I did
- Nothing, really? I guess what I’m “doing” right now is trying to focus on changes and impacts I can make locally. I think I’ve had a tendency to concentrate on too many broad, national issues while ignoring things that are going on right in my backyard, so to speak. I’m not gonna run for mayor or anything, but I’m trying to be more involved in my own community.
- Something I’ve been meaning to do is go back through all my subversive shit posts and do an update on any issues that have since been decided. We’ve had a couple of small victories in Indiana, but not many.
What I read
- The Market Theocracy. “Childlessness, just like childbearing, is not a freedom unless it’s a choice. The traditionalists who wish to take away women’s reproductive rights are a real threat that we should continue to fight. But the much greater yet more inconspicuous dystopia all around us today remains the pressure of the market to make profit for others and call it freedom, to remain ideal employees even at the expense of life itself.”
- Antifa aims to preserve safety of community through response.
- When We Talk About Cultural Appropriation, We’re Missing the Point
- Community garden will offer ‘a more dignified free food experience’ for 13,000 residents of east-side food desert
- Holcomb signs solar bill into law. BUT NOT THE GOOD KIND. This one removes incentives for small businesses that invest in solar and favors big utilities like Duke Energy and IPL. So, pretty typical for Indiana.
- The pain of gentrification knows no borders
Some good things
- Sally Yates
- Stephen Colbert
- This Australian politician who breastfed in Parliament.
- Democrats just ignored Trump and saved NPR and PBS funding
- Supreme Court rules gay adoptions must be honored across state lines
From peaceisloud: “I have never canvassed before, but I will fucking crawl door to door to make sure you lose.” – A mild-mannered 60-year-old in Florida, to her Republican representative
- Also from peaceisloud: “Remember Betsy DeVos’s staggeringly offensive comments about HBCUs a few months ago? Well, these students do too, and they weren’t afraid to let her know their thoughts. Seriously, this video is a must-see.”