Hi again. It was another week of mostly goddamnitwhatthefuck, but I’m plugging away. I read some good stuff on International Women’s Day and planned to write a whole blog post about it but since I suck at blogging, I never got around to it. I included some links in this post though.
Who I supported
- Does this count? I registered for the annual Indy Pride Rainbow Run 5k. It’ll be my second year running this 5k and it supports Indy Circle City Pride and Indiana Youth Group.
- Indiana woman-owned brewery, Scarlet Lane. It was my only purchase on International Women’s Day.
Who I contacted
- I contacted my reps to oppose The REINS Act. This is the one that has the potential to bring the regulatory process to a screeching halt. It “radically repositions Congress, the most political branch of government, as the place to make the ultimate decisions that involve detailed technical matters.”
- Locally, this Crown Hill deforestation shit came to a head. Construction had started and things appeared pretty bleak, but a 25th hour letter from Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett seemed promising. I contacted the VA director, David Shulkin and asked him to listen to the mayor and consider an alternative location that would not require destroying the inner city’s last virgin forest, and I contacted Indiana’s (D) senator and asked him to do as the mayor has done and speak up on behalf on Crown Hill Forest. THEN, a civil disobedience success! People put their bodies in front of the trees! I wish I had been there. I know we shouldn’t get too excited, but it appears the VA is at least open to a dialogue with the public. It’s a relief to feel my actions perhaps made an impact.
- I contacted my Indiana reps to oppose a state pre-k funding bill. What? I’ll explain. This legislation proposes expansion of a pre-k pilot program, which sounds great and I would be a huge supporter of free, public preschool, but there’s some voucher language tied into it that I don’t like. From an article in one of our weekly papers: “Indiana needs to expand pre-school but not with an expensive link to guarantee K-12 private school vouchers,” Smith [Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary] said. “Any pre-K student, including public pre-K students, get a voucher for life. This would be the biggest expansion of voucher eligibility since 2013.” And that sets off all kinds of red flags in my head.
- I contacted my reps to oppose the AHCA, because obviously. If you’re on Obamacare, consider telling the White House about your experiences. They’re looking for negative stories, so let’s make sure they also hear from all the people the ACA has helped.
What I read
- EPA phones ring off the hook after Pruitt’s remarks on climate change
- How could the immigration situation possibly get any worse, you ask? Here’s how. Administration considering separating women and children at the border.
- Small Victories, issue 10. The Salvadoran woman with the brain tumor, Sara Beltran Hernandez, who was being held in federal detention? She was released and is receiving treatment! That one should go under big victories.
And some special stuff for International Women’s Day
- 5 supposedly empowering things we need to stop telling women about their periods
- Strikes aren’t for the privileged. I had a change of heart about this, honestly. I read an article early last week about the privilege of the women’s strike and while I do think privilege and white feminism needs to be called out whenever possible, there are some very good points here; namely, that striking isn’t rooted in privilege and privilege shouldn’t keep us from striking.
- AND HERE. How men failed the women’s strike before it even started
- The privilege of ‘civilized’ political discourse
- How pop culture tells women to shut up
- And some wikis! International Women’s Day, International Ladies’ Garment Worker’s Union and Rose Schneiderman.
What I did
I was sick last week so I mostly sat around the house feeling sorry for myself.
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