I’ve noticed that a lot of y’all are really into the hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black. Now, I’m not going to bore you with any prison abolitionist rant here. I just have a request.
You know how Miss Claudette doesn’t get letters? How Tricia says that her friends used to write her a lot in the beginning but tapered off? How Piper mentions that the only mail she got that week was a card from her grandma? Well these are all fairly accurate things for real prisoners.
If you love this show and your heart hurts for them, that’s fine. Just please consider taking the time to get a prisoner penpal.
There are hundreds of lists of prisoners who need penpals. One of the best resources in the world is black and pink’s database of queer and trans prisoners. That’s at:
I could go on and on about how important this is, but if you’ve watched OITNB, you should already know. Please consider sharing just a few minute of your life every month with someone who could really use it.
I am in a bit of a quandry and need your help.
On April 5th, my landlady informed me that I need to move out asap as she is selling the house.
I had just found one that fits most of my criteria (size, location, access to transit, the space for my mom to move in at a later date), but I’m only allowed to have one cat. I currently have two.
Now I’m being asked to move by the 17th (this Thursday), and the landlady’s offering to get her mover friends to haul my stuff to the new place for half price discount just to get out of here. Not entirely sure the new landlady can let me move that soon, but I still have one too many cats for her liking. (My mom pressuring me into accepting the moving help is piling on additional stress to what I gotta deal with in this whole situation)
I have looked into shelters and rescue agencies in my area but they are either not accepting surrenders/filled to capacity.
It’s hard enough to have to find a new home for Henry, as I don’t want to give him up, nor do I want to separate him from my other cat, Sebastian.
Henry at a few months old:
Henry at a year old:
Lousy webcam photo taken last year:
I adopted Henry when his first owner (an acquaintance of mine) couldn’t care for the spunky and affectionate kitty, and have had him for about five years. He does well enough on his own, though he isn’t shy about wanting affection. He quickly warms up to visitng strangers.
We live in the east end of Toronto, and I want to do what I can to make the transition easy on Henry.
If you are thinking of owning a kitty or know of someone who might, and live in the Greater Toronto Area, please consider adopting Henry? Or even just pass this post along to someone who might be interested in the joys of feline companionship?
Also to the OP - I totally recognize that a) you may already know this and b) this may not matter to you given what it’s like to find a place in Toronto, but as long as you don’t share a kitchen or bathroom with your landlord, you’re covered under the Residential Tenancies Act.
Under the Residential Tenancies Act, your landlord cannot prevent you from having pets. If there’s a no pet clause in the lease, it’s an illegal clause and you can take your landlord to the Landlord and Tenant Board about it if they give you fuss (I’m pretty sure it’s a T2 application). There are a few ways to evict tenants for having pets, but it’s often due to health and safety concerns. That your landlord is okay with one cat but not two is suspicious and sounds like enough of a case to push a T2 forward if you need to.
A message for you Canadians
Are you going to Anime North? Do you identify as a trans or non-binary person? The please consider joining the Transphobia in Anime panel discussion!
The panel is being organized right now and it would benefit inmensely by having more trans speakers. The forum thread is here
If you don’t know how to sign up for Anime North panels you can message me :)
"How Defective Circle Lenses Damaged My Eyes"
Really scary article about Mint’s issues with circle lens stores and the damage defective lenses had on her eyes! I think everybody who wears lenses should give this a read! :(
If possible, reblog to spread the word!
#WishiLearnedinHS Campaign Launches In Solidarity With Ethnic Studies Educators And Students In Arizona
This hash-tag has been created in response to the Ethnic Studies ban in Arizona. It is designed to bring attention to the cultural gaps in our education; the gaps that widen as governments and school districts privilege some histories, while silencing other cultures and points of view. Over the next 5 days, beginning February 1, we ask that you Tweet, Facebook, or blog what you wished you learned in high school, in response to the below question:
What do you wish you learned in high school as it relates to various cultural identities, histories, and perspectives?
On Feb 1, 2012 the government of Arizona’s ban on the teaching of Ethnic Studies in Tuscon, Arizona takes effect backed by HB2281. Under this law, school districts that do not comply are at risk of losing millions of dollars in state funding.
This means no more Mexican American Studies. Teaching ethnic students about their culture, history, race or oppression is dangerous because it can cause resentment between ethnic groups and build anger toward the government, says Arizona’s superintendent. This law has also resulted in the banning of books from Shakespeare and Paolo Freire to bell hooks.
In effect, HB2281 as a whole is designed to hinder political education and critical thinking.
As Arizona’s government moves forward to boldly protect a euro-centric education, we Americans across the country reflect on our own education. We recognize that Arizona’s law is part of a broader tradition that overlooks the accomplishments, perspectives and history of people of color, women and other marginalized groups.
Many of us have received an education that privileges the stories, ideas, history and perspectives of wealthy, western, white men. It is this tradition that creates a need for courses like Ethnic Studies, Mexican American Studies, Asian American Studies, African American Studies, Women’s Studies, Queer Studies, and many “others.” While we hope that Arizona and other states push to make classrooms and curricula truly inclusive, there is still a need to teach ALL students Ethnic Studies coursesthat take a more in-depth look at marginalized histories, literature, and perspectives.
What happens when people know and understand their own and other’s history and oppression? The State of Arizona may be afraid of the answer to that question. But we must consider this as we reflect on the gaps in our education. The expression“I wish I learned that in high school” has political implications.
Petition: An apology for and the deletion of the “No Light, No Light” video
As a fan of Florence + The Machine, I think this is really important. I only watched the video after seeing arguments about it here on tumblr and was honestly not prepared for the levels of racism I found in the video.
In the video, Florence is being chased by a white man in blackface, a symbol of darkness and evil. At several points, he is shown piercing a voodoo doll, in a flawed and corrupted vision of the voodoo religion. At the end of the video, Florence is saved when she tumbles off of a building and falls into a cathedral, at the feet of a group of young, white boys dressed as priests.
There really is no question that this is blackface. And even if it weren’t, it still plays into tropes casting black men as evil, and white, Christian men as the saviors of white, Christian women. The video is appalling and inexcusable, please sign the petition to let the band and producers know that we will not tolerate this.
This has been one of my favorite songs for weeks for the utterly gorgeous passion and beauty of it— and the music video made me sick. It’s not clever and it’s sure as hell not harmless, and any resonance the demonic blackface and the little doll manages to strike up from the audience arises explicitly from misuse of foul and ancient colonialist tropes. It’s not just racist, it’s lazy and racist, which makes it doubly inexcusable for a piece of art.
I’m not one of those people that think you get to opt out of being a decent human being because you’re An Artist. If anything, your ability to communicate in larger ways, to a larger audience, only increases your responsibility to being mindful of what comes out of your mouth, and your hands, and your heart. If balancing your drive to create with your obligation not to be a complete asshole is actually tough for you, then maybe you should do a little actual soul-searching, instead of singing about God and looking anguished on top of tall buildings while reinforcing, again, the hoary old bit of collective lunacy that black dudes are scary demons out to hurt normal white people.
Sign the petition.
Signal fucking boost, because watching the video made me unbearably upset and disappointed.