23 05 2007

Hey, I took a short break from blogging/commenting, but I’m back now, and I love love love this new blog:

I’ll have more to talk about soon, including:
–the concept of violence in media as catharsis ( I was actually inspired by Trinity and her posts on BDSM and violence in entertainment)
–Women and immigration
–exceprts from one of bell hooks’ books: Killing Rage: Ending Racism

I’ve been really rushed/stressed out with AP exams, getting ready for prom, getting ready for finals, figuring summer plans…etc, etc, so that’s why I took a break. Plus I needed to put aside some spiritual time for myself. Now that I’m back in the saddle, I plan to post a lot more, especially since the summer is coming up and I’ll have TIMMMEEEE, PRECIOUS TIME!


The Futility of Random Drug Testing

11 05 2007

From Alternet:

Though touted by the Bush administration as the “silver bullet” that will force teenagers to “just say no,” random drug testing is of questionable effectiveness. It is also costly, counterproductive and violates basic American values. That’s why the million-member California State PTA, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Education Association, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, and the majority of the nation’s school districts oppose school-based drug testing.

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Greenadelphia! and All For the Taking

10 05 2007

This is a really awesome organization I just found out about. Greenadelphia! is fighting for urban sustainability and making Philly’s environment better to live in for everyone. There is an Urban Sustainability Forum coming up on May 17 for anyone who’s interested.

Also, All For the Taking fights for affordable housing for everyone and preserving communities. They are currently fighting against plans for casinos to be built in certain neighborhoods. The casinos would break up the communities and cause more housing and poverty issues, and possibly cause gentrification of the areas, which leads to higher rents, pushing low-income families and individuals out and contributing to homelessness.

I found a light out of the cave.

9 05 2007

Today in lit class, we were discussing Brave New World, Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel. We ended up talking about the “system” and how we all buy into it in various ways. It was strange, how everyone in the circle seemed aware of the fact that things are fucked up, but they admitted their complacency. They were okay, comfortable even, with things continuing the way they are; after all, they’re upper-middle class–no worries there. I countered with the fact that they were complacent in their own oppression (oppression of their hopes/dreams/aspiration in this case, not that they’re oppressed by being white or something dumb like that). My teacher mentioned Plato’s allegory of the Cave and explained it to us, but it seemed that my classmates were depressed and cynical about this; one guy said that humanity is hopeless.
I see something different, though: I believe I have escaped from the Cave, and that many others I know, either online (from the blogroll, livejournal, etc), or in real life, have as well. I think there’s hope for humanity; we are curious creatures, and we can make this world a better place. We can reject capitalist notions of “wealth”, and reject white-patriarchal standards of “success”. We can live for art, live for peace, live for love. There are so many strong activists out there that are doing amazing, hard, painful work that aren’t getting recognized because of this prevalence of pragmatism and cynicism.

We are stronger than we think.

better late than never.

4 05 2007

fuck the lapd. seriously. I am so pissed off.

Happy belated May Day!

2 05 2007

I’ve read some articles about the protests yesterday, and I am very proud of everyone who participated, because fighting for immigrant rights is really important and benefits us all. However, the fight against unions that has been going on for some time has really affected those workers in professions that traditionally have unions. Here’s an article from Alternet talking about this issue: De-Unionization Hurts Women, Especially Latinas

Although women have made many gains since the 1960s, they must still catch up with men when it comes to equal pay and the benefits that generally accompany it, like educational attainment and access to health insurance, paid leave and other benefits. This is particularly true for women of color, who have the highest levels of disparities in income in comparison to men. In 2006, women overall made 77 percent of men’s annual earnings.

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Immigration Update

8 04 2007

Clinics told to check immigration status

May Day 2007–Organize for Immigrant Rights

Census Bureau: Big Metro Areas Would Shrink Without Immigration

I want to update later with a discussion on how I have a love/hate relationship with the fashion industry, but for now, I’d figure I’d give a quick news update. Thanks to Vox Ex Machina for some of these links. 🙂