I need presents for my friends. What's your favorite queer/anarchist/antifa Etsy or DIY store?
I like this store for DIY embroidery patches:
Dear social justice folks around the world: I am as happy as you are to see the decline of Facebook, but please please please do not replace it with Instagram, a platform owned by the same company with all the same privacy problems, censorship of anyone who uses Tor, etc. It's just as shit and unsafe as FB. Do not.
racism, meta (2/2)
& I am by no means saying 'let white people off the hook for their racism'.
I am saying build a situation where all the best instances are black & POC-owned and if you want access to that content, you gotta fix the racism problem in your own instance.
Power, not awareness and intentions, fix systematic oppression.
racism, meta (1/2)
The fediverse depends on it being run and moderated by users, not companies.
But resources and know-how to host an instance aren't distributed equally and heavily favors white people.
A lot of the answers to racism on fedi have consisted of demanding that white people behave better, but when has that ever worked? Every online space that isn't hostile to POC came about because POC build up their power there.
So what if there was a fund & tech support for POC-owned instances?
It seems like a standard part of a Netflix series these days is that a white character will use drugs on screen or mention their drug use, and it is treated in a nonjudgmental way, with no addiction or legal consequences and virtually no plot impact.
(Mindy & Cocaine in The Good Place, multiple characters & Cocaine/XTC in Lucifer, Phil & weed in special, etc etc.)
... not sure how I feel about that. I like nonjudgmental and positive portrayal of drug use, but the privilege thing...
The next GAF Livestream is out on the 8th of July! The topic is the increasingly worrying idea of eco-fascism. This livestream will be co-hosted by friends from Ende Gelände and the London Antifascist Assembly Check out the link for details:
Cool resource: https://www.withuiswerk.nl/
Dutch and English language resources about whiteness, privilege, zwarte piet, intersectionality, allyship, black feminism, history, parenting, white saviorism, workplace racism and more.
It is obvious that the rich, private jets and business flights are the biggest part of the problem
along with the society that allows them to just do this incredibly destructive shit with no consequences.
But like going vegan, never flying is also one of those very few 'consumer choices' that actually has a pretty immediate direct impact.
I am not a primitivist AT ALL. Technology is to me an essential puzzle piece in stopping climate change while achieving quality of life.
That said, I'm down for a future without flying.
It would be so easy to organize our lives in a way that makes flying utterly unnecessary and any inconvenience that would bring doesn't measure up to the enormous damage flying does to our climate.
Only 5-20% of the world population has ever taken a flight.
Of the few percent of the world population who have ever flown, an even smaller proportion flies regularly. For example, numbers for England show that 10% of the residents take more than half of the flights abroad.
on racism and human nature
The scientific consensus has begun to shift in light of new discoveries, in understanding that we really probably weren't directly responsible for this ancient extinction, we did not murder our fellow human race. In fact, we lived with them. There are evidence of sites where our bones will be found side by side, there is evidence in our DNA that we lived together then, that we hunted together, and that we fucked. There was a time when many humans walked the Earth and we are the only humans left. Because we got lucky. We survived.
I hate the ‘our grandchildren will ask us how we let this monstrous thing happen’ line.
Unless we actually have a revolution so we raise kids without training obedience and passivity into them from birth, they’ll be like the people that came before: horrified by a few of the evils of our time - selected in textbooks written by those in power - while complicit in evils as big.
History isn't progress & we don't need the eyes of the future watching us to see injustice. We can do that ourselves.
Someone corrected my spelling on the internet last week. The first time that has happened in years.
And in one horrific flashback I remembered that this pointless ableist condescending classist bullshit used to be constant and totally normal on every online platform a decade ago.
I guess something got better.
I wrote a long post about the 'return to normal' and why I think acts of mourning and processing might counter a second wave: https://queeranarchism.tumblr.com/post/622795292776054784/acts-of-mourning-might-counter-a-second-wave
long post about tone and voice (6/6)
And that’s the thing. It’s often up to marginalized people to do the difficult work of asserting dominance, broadening their shoulders, lowering their voices, adopting the mannerisms of the majority, to claim space & risk being judged for it. Very rarely do the people who have the space consciously yield it so others can step in. If you do want to give others space, unlearning your dominant voice is one thing you need to do.
long post about tone and voice (5/6ish)
But trying to convince other people to do the same is difficult, as many have learned to see their voice as a solid unchanging thing. Suggesting that they change the way they speak feels like suggesting that they change who they are. Pointing out that they claim space in the decision making process by using that voice is difficult, because they have never deliberately claimed that space, they have just always had it.