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@nancy a heitzeg @ScottieThomastonThis is why I always find it comforting that everything is always changing. :)
2 weeks, 5 days ago on CI: Beyond the Pessimism of Certainty
@KayWhitlock @ScottieThomastonI guess I do both - not really sure if that even makes sense. I mean I despair probably more than anyone I know about things, BUT I don't think I'm/we're powerless to do anything just because the circumstances are bad. It definitely matters what we do.
Wow, I can relate to this a lot, especially the opening paragraphs of the essay. I don't have an especially positive view of people, but it is obvious that everything always changes. And it doesn't make sense to sit on the sidelines knowing this. I guess that's where I'm coming from.
This is great. And hey Nancy and Kay! Really good to see both of you.
treatment of disabled students should be a source of national shame:
They represent 12 percent of students in the country, but they make up
25 percent of students receiving multiple out-of-school suspensions and
23 percent of students subjected to a school-related arrest."
1 month, 3 weeks ago on CI: Feds Finally Take Action to End School to Prison Pipeline
@nancy a heitzeg@ScottieThomastonI'll try to look for that! I've been actually reading a lot more since I discovered that there are now a lot of books available to read online from Amazon. Easier for me to finish a book really quickly online.
Glad to hear you're good! Definitely looking forward to 2014, although I'll be 30.. and that's kind of freaking me out.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: The Year in State-Sponsored Homicide
@nancy a heitzeg@ScottieThomastonI don't understand what it is about the south that makes people here so intent on being authoritarian on crime issues. It seems counter-intuitive to the whole "government is bad" view the south normally takes. But I never understood anyone here, so that's not new.
And hey! Really good to see you too. Glad I was actually awake this time - I'd been sleeping during the day and missing the conversation here. I'm doing okay I guess, nothing new's really going on but that can be good news. How are you?
I'm rather surprised that my state doesn't look WORSE on the map (not that it's particularly great.)
@KayWhitlock @ScottieThomaston Wow, yes we do. I think some of the kids in those places are already there because of abuse in the first place, so it's really hard to even contemplate what they were trying to do there.
6 months, 1 week ago on CI: Brutalizing Children Who Were Promised Protection
That slide show! That is unbelievable. I never heard about it.
@KayWhitlock @ScottieThomaston Agreed. I've had (ridiculous) conversations with people who seem to feel like it's just too "messy" to complicate things by bringing trans rights into the picture at this time. And people who get seriously defensive over racial discussions. There is a huge "walling off" effect. It used to seem like maybe white gay men took over the movement so their/our issues came first and others should "wait their turns", but now I honestly get the impression that people just think they shouldn't HAVE to discuss those other issues. This isn't universal, or at least I've met a lot of people who genuinely care about ALL queer people, but it is hugely noticeable.
I had no idea it was happening in anti-violence orgs but from my experience I would not be surprised. It's depressing. More and more people see only their narrow circumstances as "their" issue, and everyone else is on their own.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: Militarization, Surveillance, and the Police State, Part 2
Same in terms of transgender people and gender non-conforming
@KayWhitlock @ScottieThomaston You see that a lot with LGBT rights, too. It's fine to harass gay people using unconstitutional laws that remain on the books in some states, or to raid bars where gays go. It's fine to make us targets of police harassment, or at least it happens without much thought. But if that system targets something that fits into a person's particular political ideology, suddenly the police state is the worst.
@nancy a heitzeg @ScottieThomaston Great to see you too!
And yep. Money trumps everything.
@KayWhitlock @ScottieThomaston It's great to see you too! I feel like it's been forever.
And that makes sense I suppose. It just seems counterintuitive to SAY you're against, for example, policies that are designed to lock up people, but then to also be for other policies that do the same thing. I guess opposition or support depends on who's most affected.
Interestingly, the libertarian crowd, Cato, et al, is strongly in support of privatized prisons. They're for that even while opposing the war on drugs and such. So these are people who theoretically oppose police states but whose preferred policies would lock more and more people away. Strange.
@nancy a heitzeg I am too, I've been regretting not being around more. I miss you.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: The “Criminal” Court and the Needlessly Divided “Left”
@nancy a heitzeg @ScottieThomaston Thanks and please do!
@nancy a heitzeg @ScottieThomaston Exactly, it's a little scary. I got my work to join a statement calling on Congress to fix it and I wish I could do more
@nancy a heitzeg I have mixed feelings. I am relieved neither were upheld. But I wished they'd have decided on the level of scrutiny (and essentially required those people defending antigay laws to prove they'er constitutional instead of putting the burden on LGBTs) but they didn't. And I think that affected the whole DOMA opinion. It could have been more about discrimination. Instead because they didn't want to address that question it was all about a state's equal dignity, whatever that is.
Prop 8 I expected but the line up was weird. Kennedy was in dissent (he believed there was standing, but did not say anything about the merits.) So was Sotomayor. I am still disappointed especially because it's kind of a joke. Kennedy's DOMA opinion almost quotes a section of the Ninth Circuit's opinion in Prop 8. Then he talks about equality and fairness and how the state in the DOMA case has decided to promote fairness and blahblah, well if he thinks marriage equality is right under equal protection why not decide that way? Just weird.
@nancy a heitzeg @ScottieThomaston Great to see you too! Now that this is over I can try to stop by more. Been working nonstop. It's weird - I'm more RELIEVED at the wins than actually excited. My mentality is more like 'wow, that didn't suck!" I've been sick over it.
And then after the VRA decision, well, that was actually more interesting to me so losing on that one was really hard to take. If Congress doesn't attempt to fix Section 4 and there is not any outrage, I may start thinking we've reached a point where the Supreme Court can do whatever it wants, even invalidate significant civil rights laws, and majorities don't care.