I was a nineteen year old college student when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. That was one of the most tumultuous years in America's history. Looking back now MLK's assassination opened my eyes as to how the power structure will resort to anything to stay in power.
As the country prepares for a new administration in Washington, it is time for us to carry on the tradition and activism of Dr. King by civil disobedience. I'm going to the Women's March On NYC this Saturday here in New York City. So far at least 10,000 people will be there (I figure that there will be more). A similar event will be held in Washington, D.C. I will be more involved with social justice in regard to affordable housing. Justice for LGBTQ people is also something on my agenda.
Protests are fine but it needs to be followed up with sustained pressure and a plan of action to correct the conditions that are ailing the communities. Here in my district a few of my so-called representatives are up for reelection this year and I have taken note on what they have and have not done. I'm fed up with officials won't do nothing for the people they allegedly represent.
I believe it's high time for all of us to defy the fascism, sexism, xenophobia, trans phobia and misogyny that has encroached on our freedoms. We the people need to show by our actions that we're not going to take this any longer.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017
I finished reading this book over a week ago. It is the story of young man who transitions to a woman. The book didn't mention this until the end. For Today....was an easy read for me for a novel. Sometimes novels bog down with reminiscing and backtracking that may lose the reader. The book backtracked but I never felt lost or bogged down by a lot of useless detail.
The Huang family seemed to be a normal family. By the end of the book they are as dysfunctional as I've ever seen a family. Peter is the boy would believes that he is a girl. When he moves away from home he has the opportunity to dress as a woman but doesn't readily take advantage of it. Kim Fu, the author, seems to take a vast knowledge about trans issues even though she's a ciswoman.
I would rate this book a seven. It was an easy read. I followed this strange journey and saw how muddled journeys can be. I always say that each person's journey is uniquely their own. For Today.... didn't disappoint there.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Monday, January 09, 2017
Friday, January 06, 2017
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
A Happy New Year to all. It is an understatement that 2017 will be challenging. I keep stating that people will need to organize and work on the issues that are relevant. There will be the need to do things different. This isn't 1960 or 1970 or 1980 anymore. This is a new ballgame.