I prefer relationships in which nobody wears the pants!
Fight the Pa(n)triarchy! FtP!
mixed media work in progress: sketches and a dash of photoshop magic.
from the FtP: #FightthePatriarchy! series: http://on.fb.me/1cDq651
dedicated to so many of my loverly friends who feel the same way i do about pants: the best pants are no pants!
A Mother’s Love
Lee Weathersby III 2/28/00 - 1/1/14
Lamar Broussard 6/19/94 - 1/19/14
Oakland Mother Loses 2 Sons In 19 Days — Please Repost and Click this link to support the family.
FILM THE POLICE!!!
Yo! Have you seen this? With the help of my friend Trishia, one of my latest designs is now available on a hoodie! And if you’re game, you can purchase one to help us raise funds for anti-repression work and prisoner solidarity work in our community!
Here’s where you can order: http://www.tfund.com/NoJusticeJustUs
All proceeds from these hoodies will go toward my friend Rae Rae’s fundraiser — Community not Cops! until they recoup funds that were stolen from them.
The rest will go towards ongoing jail support at Rita and prisoner solidarity (sending books/packages/commissary to prisoners like our beloved Kali).
As Rae Rae said:
this is what happens when people in a community come together to support each other!
…the message on this hoodie and the decision to fundraise work hand in hand. we all know that the police are not accountable to our communities. we know that their role is to hurt people, and not to help people. that is why filming the police is so important, and why relying upon them for justice does not work. both the message on this hoodie and the decision to not call the police and to reach out to ya’ll are part of an effort of our larger community to practice harm reduction, restorative justice, community accountability, mutual aid and healing, and abolitionism.
you can order these hoodies online right now! until my goal is reached, the proceeds will go to my fundraiser to replace my defrauded check monies. after my goal has been reached, money will go towards prisoner solidarity work and anti-repression work, including support for folks inside and getting out of jail!
for local bay folks, there is an option on the last page when you’re ordering that lets you get it shipped in bulk for free to Naomi, and you can pick it up from us
for more information or to donate directly to Rae Rae’s fundraiser you can go here: https://rally.org/f/4evdWftAyd
Whether you are able to purchase a hoodie or donate directly to their fundraiser, please consider reblogging this and sharing with folks who might be willing and able to help.
Thanks so much for your support!
Together, we can prove that calling on community is stronger and healthier than calling cops!!!
OAKLAND / BAY AREA PEEPS —
Please join the #Justice4AlanBlueford COALITION as we kick off our FtP Food & Toy Drive at The Alan Blueford Center For Justice!
Join Jeralynn Brown-Blueford, Adam Blueford, and Alan Blueford's extended community of friends, family, and warriors for justice as we work to heal the community in Alan's name.
Happy Birthday, Alan! Rise in Power!!
Feed the People!
Fight the Power!!
For more information: http://www.justice4alanblueford.org
My life has value
My heart is priceless
We are all more than any check-mark in a box could ever define
And one mark or another should never dictate
the degree of respect or love given or denied
over one or another
If you must know, I’m a bunch of XOXO’s
And if you’re still insistent
despite how damaging the cis-tem is
I may remind you (again) that I have a heart too
as I use my fist
to demonstrate its size
from the FtP: Fuck Patriarchy! mixed-media series http://on.fb.me/1cDq651
I’m too upset to share the conversation where this came up. But yes, my family is included in the Dawes Final Rolls of the Five Tribes. (A, Chahta sia hoke!) And no, I will not be silenced or pacified with blood money, broken benefits, or more empty apologies from the government that subjugated and/or slaughtered my ancestors and millions of other indigenous peoples across the globe…and continues to do so to this day.
And I sure as hell don’t need some white dude to tell me that I should be grateful, that it’s no big deal…that I’m being “un-American” (as if that’s an insult!) and then get angry at me when I politely but firmly decline his “advice” and also clarify that it’s not really the U.S. government’s money to give me anyway.
(Ironically, I find myself wanting to joke with idiots like this and just say, “If I had a dollar for every time one of you white men tried to impose your will on me and mansplain….I could erase the US debt!”)
Thanks, dude. But no thanks!! You can go fuck yourself.
Also, I didn’t post anything on Columbus Day because I don’t acknowledge it and I don’t like celebrating “Indigenous Resistance” one day a year. Rather, I prefer to see every single day as an opportunity to celebrate indigenous resistance and to actively declare war against colonizers of the body, mind, and spirit.
Yes, it’s sickening that a holiday honors such an asshole and the institutions he represents. So yeah, that dude and those who glorify him can go fuck themselves too. They can take all their apologists along with them and folks who want to celebrate the lesser evils among European colonizers.
And while we’re at it…fuck the mentality that absolves one from any culpability because you weren’t the first one off the boat/plane or the first to break the treaty, etc.
If we aren’t actively part of the solution, we are complicit.
I say this as my own body is born of a man who’s family walked the trail of tears and of a mother who’s people and land were also raped by the U.S. government, nearly 8,000 miles away. But, even still, my own family has reminded me that I am born of colonizer’s blood, born as a bi-product of U.S. imperialism. I cannot escape it. Every day I wake up and look myself in the mirror, I am reminded of this.
So, Mr. All Knowing White Man, can you and your money fix that?
Why don’t you tell me what it’s like to be a walking trigger to your own family and loved ones? How can you erase the daily reminder I am of how men who look, talk, and act like you have raped my people and the earth we lived on? Maybe start there and I’ll consider listening.
Until then, don’t you dare tell me “to calm down.”
Shared this a few days ago via facebook with a smaller group of close friends. As I ran my fingers across my buzzed hair this afternoon, I felt a readiness to open up again here.
It was finally time. Time to let go. Over twelve inches of braided hair. As I cut it off, I thought about all that transpired in that foot of time.
I thought of how my g’ma Bunny would have had all kinds of questions about why I decided to cut my hair and I couldn’t help but think of the last trip I took to see her - to bury her. And the difficult journey that followed in that wake, saying goodbye to yet another beloved, my dear little one who had traveled with me long enough to pay our respects together.
Chi hullo li na billia chih!
As tradition would have it, the cutting of my hair is more than a sign of grieving; it is a way to release those memories, to allow myself to move on and continue to grow. To be open to a renewal of spirit.
When I feel the warmth of the sun or chill of the crisp, early morning air on my head, I cannot help but smile.
I share this with you more as an affirmation than an explanation. But, being able to express this is part of the accepting and letting go. So, in case you were wondering why I’m rocking the buzzed head again, now you know. Consider it my way of completing the “circle.”
p.s. A, Chatha sia hoke! Chahta Hapia Hoke. Ome, chi pisa lachike!
p.p.s. Initially when I shared this, I did so as an affirmation of my growth and readiness to release and continue my journey onward. But given the response to posts I’ve made here and some of the writings I’ve published elsewhere, I realize that a great source of strength has come from an amazing network of supportive friends but also from many strangers who reached out because of their shared experiences.
I know that many who will read this first stumbled upon my writings because of posts I’d shared over the past few years, coming to terms with the discovery of my infertility and the painful realization of how that somehow made my deep desire to be a mother and nurture a family become an ever stronger longing.
Several folks also reached out after coming across some of my more cryptic posts since this spring (or more candid reflections, especially those published under a pseudonym elsewhere) when I was wrapping my head around the discovery of my unexpected pregnancy and the subsequent miscarriage that followed immediately after the death of my grandmother.
The past six months have been one of the most difficult journeys I’ve ever been on.
And, for many reasons..including how my partner has also struggled with even being able to talk about any of this with me, I have kept mostly quiet, particularly among our circle of mutual friends. I’d wanted to respect their path and needs as they came to terms with everything. But, I think the imposed path of silence has been one of the most difficult aspects of this all.
So, I am breaking the silence and embracing the gradual willingness, ability, and desire to be more open about the hope, heartbreak, and healing related to my pregnancy and early miscarriage…and allowing myself to be open to the healing it may bring to others and to myself…
Hey my fellow gaysians, alphabet soup-er stars, and other beautiful peolple in the know! I rediscovered this rad hanky. But I need your help. I need a good laugh but also… before I fly my freak flag, I’d like to know…
WHAT DOES IT MEAN??
Help a sista out, would ya?
ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!
Watching this again gave me chills. http://ustre.am/_2rODZ:1D01
Countless stories were shared this weekend by dozens and dozens of families courageous enough to stand up and speak out about their loved ones and their ongoing struggle for justice in the face of a criminal (in)justice system. My heart breaks when I think about how so many - especially our black, brown, and poor youth - are being killed, brutalized, and terrorized by police every day. My heart breaks for each of their families, friends, and communities.
The only child I ever had, I lost before they were even born, and that has been, and still is, one of the most painful experiences of my life. There have been days when I barely have it in me to get out of bed, moments when it is a struggle just to put one foot in front of the other with the weight of that grief. I cannot imagine losing my child after 18 years of loving them. I cannot imagine the horror of having their life robbed from me by those purportedly sworn and paid to protect and serve our communities. I cannot imagine finding the strength and resolve that I hear and feel within Jeralynn and Adam, in the face of such painful grieving, as they continue to fight for justice for their son.
I have the utmost love and respect for Jeralynn and Adam and those who stand united to demand justice for Alan and all victims of police brutality.
When Jeralynn spoke to the crowd this weekend in Anaheim, I felt her fierce love. I was inspired all the more by her passion and resolve. I felt the energy of the crowd as it echoed back her words - a rally cry to keep fighting, keep loving, to stand our ground, and to demand justice.
We will stand together, united in struggle.
We will keep demanding justice.
We will keep JAB-ing!
We will keep loving fiercely.
We will stand our ground!!
More thoughts / photos from the weekend to follow. Still wrapping my head around the entire experience.
So overwhelmingly grateful for all the family, friends, and community that came out — and came together — putting hella heart and energy into making this weekend happen.
Thank you. Much love, gratitude, and respect!
From Oakland 2 Anaheim: Keep lovin’! Keep fighting!!
Justice 4 Kenneth Wade Harding Jr.!!
August 5, 1991 - July 16, 2011
Rise in Power, Kenneth!
On July 16, 2011 Kenneth Wade Harding Jr. was brutally murdered by the SF Police over a $2.00 transit fare.
Kenny’s murder is sadly yet another example of cops being judge, jury, and executioner. We must hold them accountable and put an end to this.
On the 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE MURDER OF KENNETH HARDING JR. (KENNY’S DAY), family, friends and community gather to shut muni down and hold a community vigil: https://www.facebook.com/events/169736963197173/
On Sunday July 21, folks from across CA will gather in Anaheim for 1 Year After Anaheim: Statewide Unity March Against Police Brutality:
Justice 4 Kenneth Harding!
Justice for all victims of police terrorism & brutality!
No Justice, No Peace!!!