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Crowdfunding, hospitalization, unemployment 

As I talked about before, I was hospitalized due to chest pain. I’m out of the hospital, but I am trying to take it easy this week and maybe beyond while I try to see a doctor, and I could use some help after being rejected from unemployment (which I am going to appeal).

If you can, please help me out by donating to my Venmo (FarahT), Paypal (deadname warning: paypal.me/farahth) or Cashapp ($Underwraps77).

Thank you. ❤️

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With people talking about Pride (for some reason), giving Harry Potter accolades and still sticking by Disney despite them stabbing LGBT communities in the back, I wrote a piece on media fandom, how it’s a racist pit that’s also watering down queerness with “leftism” borrowed from mainstream media, and how to go beyond it: longpaleroad.com/2022/04/09/su

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I’ve been holding onto this news for a while, but about 2 years ago I was asked to contribute to an anthology called “Transgender Marxism”, under my name Farah Thompson.

The anthology has finally been published, along with dozens of other great writers. Check it out in this Pluto Press catalog: d24gssfg51q0py.cloudfront.net/

Crowdfunding, rent update 

Hey.I talked about this elsewhere, but I have just paid rent and while I'm between school semesters and looking for work, I could use help staying afloat. Please keep spreading the word and pitch in if you can. Thanks. ❤️

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uspol, scotus 

Today's SCOTUS decision, in my eyes, essentially means the end to a requirement that patients consent to medical procedures.

Here's my rationale: one of the standard analogies is to imagine that you wake up one morning and discover that you're attached via tubes and wires to another adult human being, who is in a coma. These tubes and wires are providing nutrients to and waste disposal from this other human being; you are expected to consume additional nutrients and process additional waste on their behalf. You must bring this person wherever you go for nine months; at that point they will wake up and you will be freed. If you disconnect yourself before that, the person you were attached to will die.

Today's SCOTUS decision says that you don't have a right to disconnect yourself from that person; if you consented in the first place, you don't have the right to withdraw that consent, and if you didn't consent and the attachment was forced on you, then you still don't have the right to pull yourself away. Once you are attached, your right to self-determination ends.

(This is a vile decision on every front, but even if you are not and will never be in a position to have an abortion, this decision affects you, and you should be aware of that.)

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Feel how you feel today. Be angry, sad, furious, etc. Let you're self feel and process. Let yourself be a person and take care of yourself while you're processing the current lunacy of today.

But do not underestimate the opportunity we have right now to build community with people that are tired of this shit.

There are way more of us out there than you realize. And every insane decision white people make pushes us closer to the moment we say 'enough' collectively.

Channel that rage into a collective action that pushes us forward even as bigots galvanize to keep us stuck in the past.

Think bigger than the imaginations of hateful bpople and be dangerous.

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I'm not a fatalist. Of course, I have my feelings about today, but hopelessness is not one of them. White people have been trying to take us out for a while, and they have failed and instigated their demise in the process.

We do not live in the 50s and 60s, even though old white men and their tokens are trying to legislate like it is. Reactive policy based on hate inherently acknowledges they are
terrified of the direction the world is going and will do everything in their power to stop it.

But the world has changed, and it was and is inevitable. No doubt these hateful fools will fight, but fascism and hate are the best they have, and we see the best they can do.

Keep the pressure up. Keep building community. They don't have any new ideas, so the bulk of their strategy is to attack our hope to make us feel like it's hopeless.

But it's not. Not even close.

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For folks looking, you can search for local abortion funds here: abortionfunds.org/funds/

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begpost, urgent, please boost 

Hey all.

In addition to the cost for my marijuana card, I also ended up with a surprise bill for my echocardiogram of $500 which was just straight overdrafted from my checking account. Thanks to everyone's generosity I'm halfway to being back in the black!!! Please keep sharing <3

Marijuana helps me keep my panic attacks in check and reduces their severity when they do happen, and recently this has been very very needed. And this echocardiogram is essential in diagnosing the nature of my afib. Please, anything you can offer to help pay off this $500 so I don't get addressed further fees helps.

Paypal: paypal.me/gaydragongirl
Venmo: @GayDragonGirl
Kofi: ko-fi.com/gaydragongirl

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🚨 asking for help with money help again!

we are currently undergoing a move to Portland while bringing some pets with, we need a bit more for the last leg of the trip, for gas and a hotel room and stuff. the amount my roommate gives is $300. anything helps!

"Lumumba’s faith in the system began to waver when he realized that despite the many efforts required for attaining a higher status, the Congolese remained less than human in the eyes of the Belgians. And nothing could change that. Because Congolese status was tied to their Blackness. And nothing could change that. When Lumumba saw other African states achieving independence, his resolve for Congolese independence was strengthened."

folukeafrica.com/patrice-lumum

"National groups, often through their local chapters, have provided video lessons and toolkits to parents across the country on how to effectively spread their messaging about so-called school indoctrination. Parents Defending Education has created “indoctrination maps” tracking everything from a district celebrating “Black Lives Matter week” to one that allows students to watch CNN Student News..."

This is a terrifying read about racist intimidation of Black teachers: propublica.org/article/georgia

"As South Africans, we find similarities in our past with the Palestinians, and now I remember the funeral of Shereen Abu Akleh and what happened to her coffin. It reminds me of the gravesites that we had to carry out under the persecution of the apartheid soldiers."

middleeastmonitor.com/20220617

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mutual aid request, asking for help 

Hey everyone, I'm a trans woman of color and I'm seriously struggling to survive right now and I really need help with rent, food and medicine. Any help is massively appreciated <3

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Fund-raiser for MCH 

I have started a ko-fi goal to raise money so I can travel to and attend MCH at the end of next month. ko-fi.com/violetlotor

If you wish to know more about my current financial situation I have a thread here: chitter.xyz/@Violet/1084479839

Please be nice and respect my decision to do a fund raiser for this, it's something I'm passionate about and also helps me spend more time away from home.

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New privacy strategy: pocket sand. They can not spy on you with sand in their eyes.

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Mutual Aid Req: meds & food needs. Boosts welcome! 💕 

Hi!👋🏻

If someone would be so kind to help me get meds for ADHD; depression; Multiple Sclerosis symptoms; physiotherapy + some food that'd be super helpful! :blobnervous2:

I need 250€: 165 for meds, 30 for physio & 55 for groceries.

Any amount helps & so do boosts. They're v. welcome & appreciated! :blobcatthx:

:ko_fi: ko-fi.com/eloisa​​

:paypal: PayPal.me/eloisa85

Tysm for helping me survive, fedi! :blobcatflower:

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I know there can be a difference between what mass media companies and orgs consider important and how people on the ground feel, but seeing takes like, "Disliking True Crime and being a Bimbo is the new misogyny" in the midst of a wave of threats to reproductive care and trans rights throws me for a loop.

"I have given more interviews than I can remember on trans healthcare’s politicization in recent years. In nearly all of them I have offered the most quotable way I know to explain to a public audience the material difference between transgender healthcare and non-transgender healthcare: the difference is transphobia."

sadbrowngirl.substack.com/p/th

“We’ve never been seen as working class—that our work is valued—it’s always been that our work is required,” Celeste Faison, director of campaigns for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, told me in a recent phone interview. “To exclude Black and brown voices from the working-class conversation is to deny that they are a part of the electorate.”

thebaffler.com/salvos/redefini

You can only use optics if it is all you have given to work with, if you place your thoughts, and intra-communal developments, on the same footing as the biggest media conglomerates and systems. As if a vent post is going to stop Exxon Mobil. That's not how it works.

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Like you'd think from even some of the most sectarian and campist online leftist personalities that social media is still the thing you have to master in order to be worthwhile. Just about everyone invests time practicing how to Twitter, how to Instagram and so on, which is all well and good, but many have internalized this hyper-competitive yet surface-level approach towards building a better world. As Gramsci once observed, "They allowed themselves to be absorbed by reality, not dominate it."

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Maybe the problem is that I'm not articulate or willing to invest in this bullshit enough, but honestly? I have no faith that the website will get its shit together. Whatever actually good work that is helping people is not always gonna get caught up in social media's trending topics (and probably shouldn't). Trending and meaningful are two different things, and maybe its healthier for more organizers and activists to understand that.

Yes, even with Chris Smalls and the Amazon union victory.

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