That moment when you realize the WIFI indicator on your laptop looks like a labrys and you tell yourself it’s time to go home

#WhatHasBeenSeenCannotBeUnseen 

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Dearest Womynfolk: The countdown has begun! Less than 10 days and we’ll be celebrating the 25th year of the Ohio Lesbian Festival (Ohio LBA). Are you coming?

As a member of the OH LBA Crew, I’ll soon be making my trek from CA to OH to join the rest of the crew, gearing up in anticipation of your arrival. It’s an honor to do so each year - to work and play, to commune and create with hundreds of fabulous womyn.

As if the thought of seeing hundreds of y’all wonderful womynfolk wasn’t enough to make me smile from ear-to-ear, the fact that we’ll all soon be in LICKING County, down the street from OUTVILLE Rd admittedly has me giggling with glee! I remember being somewhat in disbelief when I made my way to the Frontier Ranch for the first time and stumbled upon this sign. It seemed almost too perfect. (Hence the desire to snap the photo and make this postcard.)

On the note of near perfect, the 2014 Ohio Lesbian Festival Lineup is fantastic! We’ve also continued to expand and improve upon the camping experience for y’all. The thing that would take things to the next level is if you and all of your friends come out to celebrate with us!  Please help us spread the word by tweeting, reposting, emailing, and inviting all of your friends. OH LBA is a womyn-only festival where all womyn are welcome, always.

And, as always, there is much to look forward to:

  • Jaw-dropping lineup of fabulous performers and amazing music
  • Camping and communing with hundreds of other womyn
  • Workshops by and for womyn, ranging from laughter yoga and dog training to Lesbian herstory and discussions about gender and sexuality.
  • Arm Wrestling Tournament and various games
  • Movies and popcorn, Childcare, Open Mic, Locally Sourced Food, Bonfires, Drumming, Dance Party, and so much more!

And the fun is all just 30 minutes east of downtown Columbus!

If you’re on facebook, you can RSVP here and help spread the word to other womyn with a quick and easy invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/544993728959890/

For more info, visit: http://ohiolesbianfestival.wordpress.com/

Solidarity Cafe: Help Marsha get a Home!
SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, September 14

Let’s get Marsha and the kids off the streets, out of shelters, & into their own home!

For more info & to RSVP: http://bit.ly/Home4Marsha #Home4Marsha!!!

Rise in Power, Mo 
March 6, 1991 - July 3, 2014

fist raised in the air, with love and rage, always and forever

photo(s) credit: Daniel Arauz 
— https://flic.kr/p/bVTmhZ (at OO BBQ)
— http://bit.ly/MoFDatOGP (at OG Plaza)

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naedesu:

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 work together to hold them accountable, we must find better ways to meet our communities’ needs, and put an end to this.

Every month, his mother - Denika Chatman - and folks from across the Bay Area come together in what is now known as “Kenny’s Plaza” to honor his memory and to heal together as a community.

7/16/2014 UPDATE:
Please join us for this month’s community feed!


Justice 4 Kenneth Harding!
Justice for all victims of police terrorism & brutality!
No Justice, No Peace!!!

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You’re invited to Sunday brunch! 

A household in our community is facing an economic hardship and the bills keep racking up higher and higher! Their PG&E bill is past due by $350 and pending shut off. Are we going to let that happen?

HELL NO!

So come around to the $ecret Cafe - turn the lights on! Featuring Shareef Ali! 

Sunday, July 20. 
10am - 3pm

We’re going to have Sunday Brunch featuring breakfast and lunch favorites, including mimosas! We’re going to have fantastic live music from 1-3pm in addition to brunch! 

Bring your friends, bring your families, invite your neighbors, and come have brunch with us!!!

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In honor of our loved one - Monique Robinson - we will Chalkupy OGP this Thursday. Please come join us!!!

As Pratibha aptly and succinctly said:

Joshua Scott Hewitt wanted her framed by hearts so she is… The pink area is space for folks to write in their thoughts for Mo. The link at the bottom goes to Taylor’s fund. This is the first chalkupy I’m not looking forward to. But it will be good to see our friends in Oakland.”

And whether or not you are able to make it Thursday, please join Mo’s community of friends and family as we are Picking Up the Pieces to support her little boy Taylor. The link, so you have it handy is http://bit.ly/RIPMONIQUE

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Might have lost my voice screaming at the refs and out-cheering the stadium full of Santa Cruz fans but it was totally worth it to do so with our tiny but fierce crew of 7 as we cheered the Oakland Outlaws on to victory!!

Admittedly, I have a soft spot for all the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls but Oakland totally holds a special place in my heart. (..as does our rowdy little crew!)

If you want to help bring the ruckus and support some badass ladies, save the date for the 2014 Golden Bowl —  June 14-15. (Weekend tix are a hefty chunk of change but you can always volunteer or check out this Groupon for $20 day pass.)

Until a few weeks ago, it’d been over a decade since I’d stepped into a dojo. Actually, while talking to a couple of friends yesterday, I realized it’s actually been closer to 15 years! So many thoughts and emotions flooded to the surface the past few weeks, as I began training with Girl Army… 

I studied Aikido and Karate for such a brief time and so long ago but they radically transformed me and were a huge part of my healing and strengthening in mind, body, and spirit. 

Despite my parents’ encouragement at an early age, I had avoided Karate or any other martial arts as a kid, fearing the additional ridicule and taunting for remotely embodying anything that was (stereotypically) Japanese/Okinawan. 

So, despite being googly eyed with wonder when my dad would take me to his dojo or to competitions, I never asked if I could take classes. Instead, I watched silently and stuck to simply practicing my punches on the makiwara my dad had mounted in the garage, or visualizing the katas in my mind. (Ironically, I know now that embracing such a discipline would have helped me survive the daily mental and physical attacks that singled me out as a queer Okinawamerican girl growing up in the south.)

Alas, when I was older and had overcame this mental obstacle and was eager to pursue my studies, I struggled to find a place that didn’t feel like culturally appropriating money-making businesses. But, sitting in on a class at Suigetsukan last night and reflecting on my experience with Girl Army, I felt like maybe, just maybe I had indeed found the place I’d always longed for.

Girl Army, which draws much of its curriculum and inspiration from Danzan Ryu Jujutsu, has been an experience that has challenged and resonated with me on many levels. And while sitting in on part of a jujutsu class at Suigetsukan Dojo last night, I think I came to the decision that this may be a perfect fit for me!

This is all to reiterate that Girl Army really has been one of the best gifts I’ve ever given myself and I am eager to continue this path and to continue to heal, challenge, and grow in mind/body/spirit.

Bay Area peeps — if you aren’t familiar with Suigetsukan, you should check ‘em out: http://suigetsukan.org/ And seriously, all of my non-cis-male friends should consider signing up for Girl Army training. It’s not too late to sign up for the next basic 3-week course: http://girlarmy.org/

Nobody would be better!

After numerous conversations about Dan’s mayoral bid and folks assuming I would vote for Dan and/or work on his campaign because of our work together in the community, I figured this was a great way to sum up my feelings on the matter.

Seriously, I do love and respect Dan (hence the playful nod to him), but I do not support any candidate for government office. As my friend Robbie said, “especially not an executive office in which your job is to execute and enforce racist, colonial, capitalist laws.” 

http://bit.ly/Nobody4Mayor

I recently had the pleasure of designing a poster for one of my favorite bands. Whatcha think?

If you haven’t seen ‘em, you can (and should!) rectify the situation this weekend!! You can get a taste here: http://madnoisemusic.com/

And if you already have mad love for them like I do, be sure to invite your friends and spread the FREE love! (tumble, RT, share, etc all your Bay Area peeps. I’ll see y’all there!)

More deets on this weekend’s show:
SECRET SHOW ✖︎ THIS SUNDAY 3/16 : ✖︎ Mad Noise ✖︎ #SECRET ✖︎ 7pm

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!

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The state is not something that one can smash in order to destroy… 
One destroys it by entering into other relationships.

Let’s do ‘the deed’ together & destroy the state! 

— Gustav Landauer



for more rad(ical) love & laughter, check out: http://bit.ly/vdaycardz

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"You make me wobbly." 
Joe Hill

this is one of my fav radical valentines. for more rad(ical) love & laughter check it: http://bit.ly/vdaycardz

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Happy Birthday, Trayvon. 

Rise in Power!

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