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Oct 4 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 1 min read
Most people who got prominent talking about the far right-- myself very much included-- had not done the self-work we needed to on trans rights issues & failed to see how fascists were gearing up to make trans existence their wedge issue.

We are doing this again with disability. Fascists figured out that trans folks were so marginalized that libs and even a lot of antifascists would treat their rights as a distraction from the "big" issues.

So that was the path they took, and it worked.
Oct 4 β€’ 17 tweets β€’ 3 min read
As always, the fascists don't *really* believe the ridiculous lie.

On his old show satirizing Fox News, Colbert used to do this bit about "truthiness."

About how the far right standard for truth wasn't about actual fact, but about what stories *feel* true to them. As always, you can't understand the contemporary far right without understanding fascism.

And you can't understand fascism without getting that its notions of truth always work backwards from a fictional conception of the natural order (and the consequences of deviation from it)
Oct 4 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 2 min read
I do actually think many TERFs were radicalized this way-- just in the direction of fascism rather than liberation.

They recognize the oppression, but fetishize it rather than seek liberation.

They see gendered suffering not as imposed, but as something "natural" to be honored. Fascism is all about oppression as natural order, and superficially "honoring" those that respect/adhere to that supposed natural order.

A lot of TERFs (JKR is a good example) conceive of their gendered suffering as womanhood merit badges.

They're martyrdom Girl Scouts.
Oct 4 β€’ 9 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Fucking exactly.

I am in a constant state of rage as a new mother isolated by lack of support and lack of COVID precaution.

And you know what? It doesn't make me want to be a TERF.

In fact, it's convinced me more than ever that gender is a construct designed to oppress me. The ravages of birth didn't convince me that there was something magical about my gender.

In fact, what I learned was that I'd internalized a ton of shit about "natural" womanhood and "natural" birth that made the c-section that saved my life & my baby's life feel like failure.
Oct 3 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 1 min read
Actually, it was and we as worker/community rights organizers had to fight fucking tooth & nail to win paid sick days at municipal level, since there was no federal level guarantee.

We are simply now having to reckon with the logical consequences of that ongoing mass ableism. I'm not trying to be mean, but we have long been an ableist and eugenic society and our failed response to the pandemic is an extension of that, not a new development.

The difference is, able people are having to face these dire consequences too, now.
Oct 3 β€’ 14 tweets β€’ 3 min read
Can't write well parenting full-time.

Daycare doesn't feel safe, the baby's too young to mask.

Can't afford a 1-1 nanny.

Don't feel safe with an indoor nanny share, because again, too young to mask.

Can afford 6 hrs/week of outdoor share.

But when it rains... I'm screwed. Right now those 6 hours aren't even about writing, they're about playing catchup on the urgent life stuff I'm behind on that I need to square away to be able to write without worrying about stuff like, "oh hey did our health insurance disappear due to a clerical error."
Oct 2 β€’ 9 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Pay close attention to how "antifascist" internet celebs are responding to COVID eugenics right now.

Anti-ableism is a vital part of the work of antifascism, and if the reason for that isn't immediately apparent, maybe it's time to sit down & read up a little on Aktion T4. This isn't a subtweet of anyone in particular.

Across the board, liberatory movement folks need to be actively resisting the push to "normalize" around COVID. That push is actively eugenic.

That resistance isn't happening, except in disabled organizing community.
Oct 1 β€’ 6 tweets β€’ 2 min read
The invisible labor behind holidays (and the broader work of maintaining extended family ties) is just staggering, and nearly always falls on the shoulders of women.

And most cis men, when this is pointed out to them, will say something like, "well, I never asked you to do that" Like a lot of feminized labor, it's invisible or at best backdrop when done well and seamlessly.

It's supposed to look effortless, and only really gets noticed when it's interrupted.
Sep 29 β€’ 11 tweets β€’ 2 min read
The Republicans in the PA State House are trying to impeach Philly's democratically elected @DA_LarryKrasner. They want us to believe his office slights victims.


The Proud Boy who threatened my family pleas guilty today, and it's because of the work of his office. From the start, the DA's office was respectful of me and of my wishes.

They didn't disclose my identity when they made the case public (a matter of policy).

But when I said I wanted to speak out to press, they worked with me to help make that happen.
Sep 29 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 1 min read
Putting on my oracle hat-- and I have a pretty good track record with this stuff-- disability rights (along with racial justice-informed enviro justice) will be THE funded social justice fight in 10 years.

The "social justice" opportunists showing their asses rn will regret it. Looking at these orgs all just pretending that the pandemic is over, and it reminds me a lot of the folks who thought racial justice was a fad that would end when people forgot about Ferguson.


And trust and believe, disabled folks are keeping receipts.
Sep 28 β€’ 10 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Oh, this resonates.

One thing I've had to do with ADHD is adopt the slogan, "it's iterative."

I stopped expecting myself to deliver my versions of the cough drop to my versions of the trash on the first try.

I had to redefine each nudge in the right direction as a victory. So like, instead of, "did my shirt make it from the couch in the living room to the bedroom laundry basket," it became, "did my shirt move off the couch to the hallway outside the bedroom?"

Then, "did it move from the hallway to the bedroom floor"
Sep 26 β€’ 15 tweets β€’ 3 min read
This list lost me after the first item. ADHDers are not famous for impulse control, and yet many of us have managed to stay COVID safe(r).

In *my* experience, folks who have managed to maintain precautions are above all folks with a supportive social safety net. The author brought up awareness of our own biases, and here's a bias I see the author displaying: a tendency to ascribe safe COVID practice to individual virtue rather than social environment.

It is a moral choice, but it's a choice we make in community.
Sep 24 β€’ 11 tweets β€’ 2 min read
This has always been true, but the pandemic has exacerbated it.

Capitalism has ALWAYS depended on the unseen, invisible, unappreciated labor that women provide their partners.

The pandemic laid that inequity bare in new ways, and capitalism can't afford for women to act on it. Husbands who lost their jobs during the pandemic didn't pick up slack around the house.

Husbands who always "had" to "work late" (read: goof off online at the office after-hours) suddenly were home and goofing off in full view while the women did second or third shift housework.
Sep 23 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 1 min read
If the PA state legislature manages to impeach @DA_LarryKrasner, one of the most progressive DAs in the country, it's time for Philadelphians to explore our options for secession from Pennsylvania.

I'm dead serious.

Overturning democratic elections calls for the nuclear option. This is something I've talked about in the past, half-kiddingly.

But they're funneling money out of our city to rural and suburban areas while our kids sit in rotting and asbestos-laden schools.

Now they're trying to overturn our elections.
Sep 20 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Working through some tremendous feelings of loss right now.

The rest of the country returning to "normal" (read: unmasked in public indoor spaces, large indoor events) means our family won't feel safe or able to approximate anything close to normal for a long, long time. Our child is too young to mask.

We want a second child, and we don't have a big enough window to wait out COVID

There's not much data on COVID during pregnancy, but what's out there is scary.

Then, child #2 won't be old enough to mask.
Sep 20 β€’ 6 tweets β€’ 2 min read
I'm sorry to say it, but at some point you have to look at a person's staff and believe what they're telling you about themselves with those hires In Bernie's case, what he was telling us was that he had not expanded his insular trusted circle past the Jeff Weaver types, even after many of us raised flags about experiencing a nothingburger response to our complaints of sexual misconduct during the 2016 campaign.
Sep 19 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 1 min read
I became an organizer because it enrages me to see the powerful bully or bulldoze over vulnerable people.

I still sometimes forget that not everyone in the field shares that motivation. You know that Maya Angelou quote about believing them when they show you who they are?

That's still often a learning edge for me when it comes to people who claim to be allies/comrades.
Sep 14 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 1 min read
One of the single most wild things I discovered when I started doing research on extremism is that there is ACTUALLY a satanist cult that endorses horrific abuse of children.

They just happen to exist on the far right, not anywhere near where the panickers are looking. Atomwaffen (pro-terror edgelord Nazis) wasn't exactly great shape after its members started murdering each other, but really the final nail was one of these satanist Nazis taking over and putting a book with graphic descriptions of child rape on their recommended reading list.
Sep 14 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 1 min read
Assuming this is getting promoted to my feed because I sometimes amplify native Hawaiian land/water protector stuff.

It feels... very problematic that this is how they advertise when their president is a guy named Mattson Davis who comes from Portland? I don't know what esteem this company is held in by actual Hawaiians, and I don't want to make assumptions, but wow there is a lot of throwing around of native imagery and the word "indigenous" from a company that's so cagey about whether there's actual native ownership stake
Sep 13 β€’ 20 tweets β€’ 3 min read
One of the most damaging things for me coming out of nonprofit organizing is recovering from the scarcity mindset.

Everyone's fighting for the same scraps of grant funding, which means everyone sees each other as competition, even allies on campaigns. This is one of the reasons it's close to impossible to hold coalitions together in contemporary organizing space.

No one has money for dues (unions used to, but the Janus decision has a lot of them scraping now).

Nonprofits see each other as competition for grants.
Sep 7 β€’ 10 tweets β€’ 3 min read
I cannot say loudly enough that while there's no such thing as a harmless Nazi, Kauffmann is an extreme threat and should be treated as such.

I've heard disturbing stories about his escalating, sadistically violent behavior towards women and animals.

He is DANGEROUS. I spent nearly a year tracking this guy, and when I made the ID I reported him (and his claims to bomb-making, & his terroristic threats) to law enforcement as an imminent threat.

I sat on his doxx for months, because I worried that it would trigger a mass shooting event by him.