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Kudos to the Hunger Strikers, all the support and advocacy folks who are keeping this in the news, and the NYCLU - first stop and frisk; now solitary confinement. Thanks for this, Nancy.
1 week, 1 day ago on CI: Stand Against Solitary
@ScottieThomaston @KayWhitlockI grieve. I fall apart, My heart is broken again and again. But for some reason - possibly neurosis? – I never feel anything is hopeless. Although I also don't ever count on things happening as or when I want them to. I believe I may never live to see some of the changes I'm working for.
I believe I cannot yet comprehend some of the changes that are needed, so I help till the soil for future generations to make those choices.
And every once in a while, I get to see change in real time - as when the farmworkers first began to get union contracts.
I believe every struggle is forever unfinished, but that doesn't discourage me, because forms of injustice and violence like racism and transphobia and misogyny and ableism and economic violence evolve, according to shifting social and economic and political conditions. They don't remain static. But they also don't go away because of this or that victory. Which is to say: they don't go away YET. That is why we continue to struggle.
Glad you're out there tilling the soil, too, Scottie.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on CI: Beyond the Pessimism of Certainty
@ScottieThomaston Good to see you, too, Scottie. I refuse myself the luxury of despair. In the most seemingly terrible times, something astonishing sometimes happens, and it is never possible to point to only one thing that made this astonishing and good thing happen. So we must all do what we can, knowing that in some mysterious, ineffable way, it matters.
Thank you, Nancy. And thank you, Howard Zinn, always – and especially for this.
@Richard Lyon amen, Richard.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on CI: Decriminalizing School Discipline
Stellar piece, Nancy. Thank you.
@jedwalsh0 @KayWhitlockThanks, Jed, I'll pass along your kind words to Joey and Andrea. I'm grateful for your work - and this essay is just stunning. Many thanks.
4 weeks ago on CI: A World Without Cages ~Thoughts on Vegan, Trans, and Prison Abolitionist Practices
Jed, what a powerful commentary. Thanks for this splendid glimpse into your take on "negotiating the complexities of oppression and compassion." May we all take inspiration from your profound vision and be so thoughtful.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on CI: A World Without Cages ~Thoughts on Vegan, Trans, and Prison Abolitionist Practices
@nancy a heitzeg@KayWhitlockhow about that. Why are we not surprised? And not surprised when informants recant and prosecutors refuse to listen?
1 month, 1 week ago on CI: Collective Non-Cooperation
Also: great infographics. Thanks to the online paralegal programs.com
"Drop a dime" informant initiatives turn us all into agents for the PIC. Check out this New Yorker story on how police coerce juveniles into being informants - sometimes with lethal results the police walk away from. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/09/03/120903fa_fact_stillman
@badphairy@KayWhitlock Also, we need to be aware of just how massive resistance to school desegregation was. Here's a great book about Prince Edward County, VA in the wake of Brown v. Board - there was an African American student strike over unequal educational conditions and resources, and when Brown came down, the school district literally shut down for 5 years. And I know you know who was hurt the worst - private academies for white kids sprang up like wildflowers. http://www.amazon.com/Browns-Battleground-Students-Segregationists-Struggle/dp/0807835072/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389836820&sr=1-2&keywords=Prince+Edward+County%2C+VA+desegregation
And then there was Sunflower County, MS, where the segregation/desegregation/school to prison pipeline transition was seamless. The same school board members who presided over a segregated school system presided over a "desegregated" one. Great film: The Intolerable Burden, so worth seeing. http://icarusfilms.com/new2003/into.html
1 month, 2 weeks ago on CI: Feds Finally Take Action to End School to Prison Pipeline
@ScottieThomastonIntersections, Scottie, for sure. Especially when you look at intersection of race/disability - not only in school punishments, but also in prisons, and especially in use of extended solitary confinement.
Thanks, Nancy, and thanks to the groups you list below.
Expect another form of "states rights/local rights." Here in MT, the county attorney is making a crusade out of opposing DOJ on handling of rape/sexual assault issues, and he's getting a lot of support from around the country (although local police and university officials are cooperating with DOJ). The school to prison pipeline is the white supremacist revenge for school desegregation.
Thank you, Nancy. Grim, but necessary reading. Here in Missoula, we're dealing with yet another city effort to further criminalize homelessness/poverty.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on CI: Poverty as a Prison
@Bob PhillipsAnd to you, Bob - a very, very bold and audacious New Year.
2 months ago on CI: Imagination, at the Intersections
Thanks, Nancy. It's hard not to be almost entirely reactive to the never-ending onslaught of political viciousness and systemic racism that characterize the present moment. But we must break free of the cycle of reactivity, and it will require the boldest, most disruptive forms of imagination we have to do so. Movement building and grassroots organizing are essential, and bold imagination can help to fuel them.
And thank you for making the links between the earth, the ecologies, the intersections at the level of species. Essential.
Here's to a bold 2014.
Hmmmmm, indeed, Bob. Fascinating.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: More Than 1000 Words…
That's the word.
Yes - this is how it is. This is the society we live in. And it will change if we determine that it will and work like hell to make it so. Thank you for this clarity.