"Solidarity Not Charity"
"Solidarity can be material, including organizing temporary support to address a crisis or building long-term infrastructure for necessities like food, clothing, shelter, medicine. It can also be ... building human and non-human connections, emotional and cultural. When addressing social and ecological struggles, solidarity always means action.
We’ve been practicing mutual aid long before anarchists decided it was a necessary principle for just social relations."
trans day of visibility, possibly hot take
tired: trans day of visibility being literally about making trans people more visually prominent in the day
wired: trans day of visibility being about dismantling the erasure of trans identity that leads to their invisibility.
i.e. attack "passing" as a concept, or the conflation of non-binary with being between a dichotomy of men/women, raise awareness of non-white gender identities, etc.
Rather than seeing himself as human because he could make economic calculations, the hunter insisted that being truly human meant refusing to make such calculations, refusing to measure or remember who had given what to whom, for the precise reason that doing so would inevitably create a world where we began "comparing power with power, measuring, calculating" and reducing each other to slaves or dogs through debt.
open-source low-cost ventilator (covid)(pls boost)
Here's the MIT E-Vent, an open source ventilator (costs $100 from parts on hand), which company Newport was going to build for USA pandemic reserves, until rival company Covidien (yes, real name) bought them out to stop competition with their own more expensive ventilator unit.
I do not know what the average age here is, but I am old enough to have gotten a new copy of Steal This Book. What I am seeing is that it is hip to be concerned about Climate Change, hip to be against war, etc, etc, etc. The behavior of so many reminds me of what happened in the mid-70's. The war was over, the left collapsed because they had no plan other than ending the war. The vast majority returned to nice liberal Americans. In the end Abbie Hoffman took his life because of this,
"the Secretary of the Interior has ordered that our reservation be disestablished and that our land be taken out of trust."
I love the folk who are selling off their stocks to meet living expenses freaking out that the buyers will use their new authority over our capitalistic system to exploit them, the people selling their shares.
Just... plainly stating, while failing to recognize, that the stock market is based on the exploitation of the worker.
Are you being asked to participate in the economy?
Read this as soon as you can. Especially if you're on the clock.
Why do I give food to everyone? Because it's, as I said, about building a culture of abundance: if /everyone/ knows that food is there for them, the employed and the homeless, everyone in the working class, then they all can feel a little less burdened. The homeless can take a break from begging to chat amongst themselves. (The first step of orgnaization.) The employed can take a break to look at their place in the world (the first step of agitation)
For folks who want something Patreon-esque but don't want to deal with Patreon and its various issues, this new alternative might be worth looking into: https://medium.com/@jessevondoom/introducing-substation-cd9612d04f82
It seems to be a middleware API that lets you handle your own payments and manage the communications/perks/levels yourself.
Right now I am not in a situation where I need/want to look into this further but others might want to.
Here lies something that might have been a pigeon in an alternate dimension.
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