May 1, 2014 - International Worker’s Day March in East Oakland.
The sun and lack of wind made the walk feel very hot and long. I thought of the people that force through politicized deserts punctuated with dangers to the human life. Sometimes they walk for days, weeks, without water or hope; they walk with attempt to move into a land that deems them criminals and illegal. I felt sad that people are treated this way, and have to suffer in order to arrive to a place that doesn’t want them; doesn’t value them. I felt sad that people were raped of their land and culture years ago, knowing their future kin would be forced into this future.
I didn’t feel so sad when I realized I am them; I didn’t feel sad when I realized the hundreds surrounding me are them. I don’t feel sad when I understand history does not have to guarantee an oppressive future for people like myself; people that have been robbed of an identity through decades of institutionalized racism.
I am not sad, because I know that an educated brown person is dangerous and powerful.
"It’s not a literary question."
I love returning to this.
Betti Ono is hosting the closing party tonight! The opening reception in March was full of an amazing variety of people, and now that the STWTS campaign has proven success in delivering it’s message, I suspect that the farewell of this exhibit will heed nothing less.
What happens to your organs during pregnancy. Yes, stomach capacity shrinks. Yes, lung capacity shrinks. Organs get smushed and sometimes permanently displaced. Sometimes hernias will appear or worsen. Sometimes the pelvic floor permanently drops. Sometimes internal damage occurs that you don’t find out about until you’re 50 and going in for your first colonoscopy. Sometimes you need an episiotomy.
Pregnancy is not a walk in the park. Why should you force people into it?
This is why I feel the urge to roll my eyes every time an anti-choicer refers to pregnancy as an “inconvenience.”
Mother’s Day cards for everyone. via Strong Families
Absentmindedly booked vacation on the same night of The Knife gig in Oakland last week. This is a souvenir from my housemate: Ful Art Magazine, A Swedish Queer Feminist publication - very much in the taste of Karin and Olaf Dreijer.
you have got a brain.
”I am not a genuine woman. I’m not interested in being genuine. I am interested in the product of being a woman and how qualified I am.”
"Then Belano and Lima mentioned somebody called Cesarea Tinajero or Tinaja, I can’t remember which (I think it was when I was shouting at the waiter to bring us some beers), and they talked about the Comte de Lautreamont’s Poems, something in the poems that had to do with this Tinajero woman, and then Lima made a mysterious claim. According to him, the present-day visceral realists walked backward. What do you mean, backward? I asked.
"Backward, gazing at a point in the distance, but moving away from it, walking straight toward the unknown."
I thought this sounded like the perfect way to walk. The truth was I had no idea what he was talking about. If you stop and think about it, that’s no way to walk at all.”
-Roberto Bolano Los Detectives Salvajes (Mexicans Lost in Mexico, 1975)
Loma Prieta Earthquake SF Bay Area, 1989