For my first "Yeah I Said It Saturday" Series post of 2018, I have decided to focus on my first ever experience of participating in the Women's March. I am a proud and unapologetic black feminist and womanist. As you all know from following me, I am not just politically progressive but also holistically. I am atheist-humanist. All of this among other things make me also very intersectional. I am very matriarchal not just relative to my genealogy but also how I view myself. I marched today for a ton of reasons but I focused on these because they all are part of what makes me different from the establishment and mainstream norms. I am also a non-conformist which is something that I discovered about myself from listening to all of the voices that I was fortunate enough to hear from today. Last year, I didn't get to participate in this march due to work but I could not help but to be happy to be in the energy and company of people who all understood the meaning of moving and working toward the common goal of doing what we can to realize the nation that we seek for us all to live out our remaining lives in. I am fortunate to be living in a state and county that may be imperfect but also are of the better that exist on this planet not just in this nation. People flock to my native land of California because we are vastly a progressive and diverse state. Thus, the over 250,000 people including myself did not march for nothing. We did not march for things that "we already have." We marched to command and demand that no one is marginalized anymore that is truly about the highest and greatest good of all humanity and the planet. Demographic intolerance and outlawing is no longer justifiable. Ignorance is no longer given passes. This is beyond just women's and other civil rights. It's even beyond feminism and womanism. It is about bringing back to nature what was destroyed by the forces and energies of nurture. Thus, I found myself also grateful to have completed my first participation in a political march ever in life. I really do hope that I can do this again next year and ultimately find entities with whom I can proactively be involved and help out. Solidarity!!
Truth. That's what today is about. Truth being spoken to power. Truths being admitted by those that have, consciously or not, not spoken up when they should have. Truths that make me proud to be in the Bay Area and to have been shaped by New York and Los Angeles, places that have shown the virtues of progressive values and the idea that all of us (especially women and our traditionally undeserved populations) are equal. .
Take some time today to put truth into action, whether it's making a plan to vote in June and November, signing a petition, running for office or more. .
2 days ago
Two very grounding reminders to please march for ALL women today, not just American women. It's very easy to get angry at and caught up in the inequalities we face here in America (which are thankfully becoming few and far between because #progressivism), but at the end of the day we're still a first world country. The fact that women can come together and march here in the streets by the thousands and hundreds of thousands is a beautiful privilege that would no doubt be met with violence and hostility in other parts of the world. Please remember that as you march today. Be thankful to be holding your signs and marching with your sisters. Be thankful you have that freedom --- some women only dream of it.
2 days ago
BINGO ... err, E-V-I-L-L-E! Finished my #Emeryville scavenger hunt on a walk with my son to Arizmendi: A used condom, empty bag of meth, broken glass from an auto burglary, needles and (not pictured) human feces wiped with an East Bay Express. #FamilyFriendly#Progressivism
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3 days ago
My homework (DM me if u want the rest of this or wanna discuss TR/progressives)
In his essay “EXPANSION AND PEACE” published in 1899, Theodore Roosevelt argues for the moral case of a proactive movement against evil, even if that action be in the form of war and/or unprovoked invasion.
TR first argues against how we sometimes are deceiving ourselves when we call lack of war, peace. Though a proper war may not be in progress, something worse could be being allowed to take place during those “peaceful” times, especially when there is no violent resistance to evil. He channels a man named Captain Mahan to this point who argues that those who make an idol of peace, may lead nations “to compromise with unrighteousness, soothing their conscience with the belief that war is so entirely wrong that beside it no other tolerated evil is wrong.” TR next insinuates that some so-called men of peace are in fact cowards, unwilling to take on evil. He echoes Mahan’s example of the Hamidian Massacres where some 100,000 to 300,000 Armenians (including women and children) were tortured and slaughtered in 1894-1896 by the Ottoman Empire. To avoid war, the European nations did nothing to stop this “peace”, which made those powerful nations complacent with the evil.
Similarly and on the flip side, TR cites the result of the Turko-Russian War where the provinces of Bulgaria, Servia, Bosnia and Herzegovina gained independence and true peace because of the war that liberated them from the “ceaseless, grinding tyranny” they had endured for so long. Roosevelt also offers up the American Civil War and the Spanish defeats in South America as other examples of wars ending a certain misery and ushering in true peace. TR allows that “unjust war is a terrible sin” but that to condemn all war is as illogical as condemning “love and marriage because of the frightful misery caused by brutal unregulated passion”... #teddyroosevelt#progressives#philippines#war#spanishamericanwar#americanhistory#imperialism#racism#colonialism#progressivism#美国历史