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I Thought That Love Would Last Forever – I Was Wrong

Posted in Uncategorized by indiegoddess on December 31, 2008

This morning,

For my aunt who passed at 2:10 A.M.

For my grandfather – March 19th
For my uncle on his 60th birthday in June.
For my friend after her cancer had gone into remission.
For LeRoi Moore.

For the dozens of people we lost this year, and in hope that we don’t have another year like this for a long time, if ever, again, my favourite poet with one of my favourite poems.

Funeral Blues

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

W.H. Auden

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Calif. AG: Gay Marriage Constitutional Amendment is Unconstitutional | ABA Journal – Law News Now

Posted in human rights, political by indiegoddess on December 22, 2008

In an about-face, California Attorney General Jerry Brown is asking the state supreme court to overturn a voter-approved constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage in the state.

Brown argues that “the amendment process cannot be used to extinguish fundamental constitutional rights without compelling justification,” the Los Angeles Times reports. He says the right to marry is an “inalienable right” under the state Constitution’s protections for liberty and privacy, and a majority vote cannot override such rights.

Brown argued that the authors of the state Constitution did not intend “to put a group’s right to enjoy liberty to a popular vote,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

via Calif. AG: Gay Marriage Constitutional Amendment is Unconstitutional | ABA Journal – Law News Now.

H/T to Katie for the Tweet. Go Jerry Brown!

Just so we’re clear

Posted in human rights, women's rights by writerwriting on December 22, 2008

If a person does not or cannot give consent to sexual intercourse, regardless of gender, IT IS RAPE IF THE OTHER PERSON OR PERSONS CONTINUE.

Is that concept really so hard to grasp? Stop blaming the victims of rape for being too drunk or for wearing the wrong clothes or for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just stop.

I Want to Be in the Light…

Posted in personal, religion by indiegoddess on December 21, 2008

Well, your prayers were answered, loves. This morning at meeting a friend’s words really spoke to my condition. She talked about how today is the shortest day of the year, the day with the least light… there was more, and that more definitely hit where I was coming from, but the crux of the matter was this: even when it seems the darkest, there is still light to be found. In our communities and families, and even in the country.

I find it wonderful that tonight, the longest night of the year, is also the first day of Chanukah. Now, I’m going to guess that most of you know what Chanukah is a celebration of – that the oil the kept the lights burning kept going long beyond when it should have gone out.

There is always light. In each other, when we look – in our enemies, when we pray to surround them with it; it touches a spark in each and every one of us, one that today I have been convinced never goes out.

No matter how hurt, angry, broken, or destructive we are. No matter how many we hurt or anger or destroy, that light can never be fully extinguished. We may need to look outside for the spark which will bring it back to glow in ourselves, but it is never not there. This morning, a friend spoke to my condition. I had felt alone and light-less. It’s easy to do when the skies are grey and the days are short.

But remember that the light will last long beyond when you think it should be gone. And the light that shines in each person you know should be a celebration not unlike Chanukah – a festival of lights, a conglomeration that, when brought together in your mind, will set you on fire and remind you that there is a light that never goes out. It’s the light of our humanity. The light of our goodness. The light of God, if you will, shining in each and every one of us, reminding those of us who so easily forget – like myself – that when you wake in the morning, the candle will still be burning. Tomorrow and the next day and the next and the next, until miraculously eight days have passed, and the light is still burning, and you remember that it burns inside of you, as well.

Happy (almost) Chanukah, and happy longest night of the year. Remember that it’s just when it seems darkest that the sparest light has the most opportunity to bring us back to what we know, what we need, and what we will always have: that of God within.

Be well.

Prop. 8 Sponsors Seek To Nullify 18K Gay Marriages

Posted in human rights, the personal is political by indiegoddess on December 20, 2008

The Yes on 8 campaign filed a brief Friday arguing that because the new law holds that only marriages between a man and a woman are recognized or valid in California, the state can no longer recognize the existing same-sex unions.

via cbs13.com – Prop. 8 Sponsors Seek To Nullify 18K Gay Marriages.

More about this from Pam (our neighbor in NC!) over at Pam’s House Blend, as usual.

Willing to Fight

Posted in christianity, human rights, personal, political, religion, the personal is political, women's rights by indiegoddess on December 19, 2008

What does it really mean to be a leftist in the early part of the 21st century? What are we really talking about? And I can just be very candid with you, it means To have a certain kind of temperament, to make certain kinds of political and ethical choices, and to exercise certain kinds of analytical focuses, targeting on the catastrophic and the monstrous, the scandalous, the traumatic, that are often hidden and concealed in the deoderised, manicured discourses of the mainstream, that’s what it means to be a leftist, so let’s just be clear about it. So if you’re concerned about structural violence, if you’re concerned about exploitation at the workplace, if you’re concerned about institutionalised contempt against gay brothers and lesbian sisters, if you’re concerned about organised hatred against peoples of colour, if you’re concerned about a subordination of women: that’s not cheap PC chit-chat. That is a calling: that you’re willing to fight against and try to understand the sources of that social misery. At the structural and institutional level and at the existential and the personal level. That’s what it means in part to be a leftist. That’s why we choose to be certain kinds of human beings. That’s why it’s a calling, not a career. It’s a vocation, not a profession. That’s why you see these veterans still here year after year after year because they are convinced, they don’t want to live in a world and they don’t want to be human in such a way that they don’t exercise their intellectual and political and social and cultural resources in such a way to leave the world just a little better than it was when they entered. That’s in part what it means to be a leftist. – Cornel West, 2007

Finding the Light

Posted in personal, religion by indiegoddess on December 19, 2008

I’m having a rough time today finding the light.

The last few days have been hectic. They usually are around this time of year. There’s no time for resting, which is something that I need very badly. Even when I spend the day in bed, it still feels like every moment is lived in anticipation of the next. Instead of reading the books I’ve checked out from the library, I’m throat-deep in political news, as usual, and the commentary about it. All of it spins around me until everything feels dark and closed in, and I close my eyes and try to find the light to hold others in, let alone myself, and cheese-and-rice, there’s nothing there. Not even a spark.

Yesterday it was the Jon Favreau issue. Today it’s Rick Warren and anti-semitism. All of these things are issues that need to be dealt with and thought about and the truth needs to be spoken. I’m a little disheartened that there seems to be such a lack of truly progressive voices in my small sphere – no, I’m a lot disheartened. I’m a lot disheartened and de-lighted that so few people are speaking out against such a cacophony of irritation at that speaking out. I decided that I was going to break away from the noise of that irritation – that I was going to look up people that inspire me and listen to them, return some of the books I have to the library and check out some that will bring that spark back when I close my eyes.

So I deleted the results of the conversations in which I was being so attacked, ignored the new ones as they came in; donated my monthly $5.00 to Shakesville, a place where people much more intelligent than me dwell and speak out and bring things to my attention that I am too cocooned to necessarily notice; downloaded some more videos of Cornel West on Democracy Now and scrolled through some old entries at one of the Quaker blogs that I read. This afternoon I’m going to go check out Race Matters, if it’s still there, and make myself a string of prayer beads and close my eyes and see if I can find the light again. Pray for me.

Boys will be boys?

Posted in human rights, political, the personal is political, women's rights by writerwriting on December 19, 2008

Jon Favreau is young, attractive, and intelligent. It’s a shame that he’s kind of a douche on top of it:

It’s even more of a shame when people (women, especially) brush that photo off with a hearty chuckle and the excuse that “it’s just a party” and “it’s not REALLY Hillary Rodham Clinton” and “zomg he’s so hot!”

Well, hot or not, what he did was wrong. He did apologize and all that good stuff, but really, what he did was WRONG. Blatantly so. To think otherwise is a little shocking to me because if you replaced that picture with one of two McCain staffers degrading a cut out of Obama, there would be high hell to pay. The staffers would likely not be employed anymore and we’d drag them through the mud because they are clearly racist.

But if someone is clearly sexist? Well, that’s okay because boys will be boys. It was a party! They’d had a few beers! Yeah, he shouldn’t have taken the picture, nor should he have posted it on his Facebook. But no one got hurt, so it’s not a big deal.

EXCEPT THAT IT IS A VERY BIG FUCKING DEAL. Let’s say that the HRC cut out was an actual woman. Everyone’s a little drunk, someone has a camera, and they all pose for ridiculously stupid pictures they will post all over Facebook. Let’s say that a couple of the guys in a few of the pictures gives the girl a few drinks, holding them up for her while another guy puts his hand on her breast. She doesn’t really mind because it’s all in fun.

But then later, it happens again, only without a camera and she is no longer feeling fun. Or maybe she is and she just doesn’t want to be touched. She rebuffs a guy. He doesn’t really back off. He reminds her about the pictures they all took earlier and he goes in for a grab or a kiss. It’s loud at the party and everyone is drunk and no one is surprised to see a couple groping on the couch.

Only it isn’t a couple groping. It’s a guy sexually assaulting a woman.

It doesn’t fucking matter that the HRC represented in that picture wasn’t real. What matters is our response to pictures like that, and in response to violence against women in general. It is not funny, it is not cute, and it isn’t something you fucking joke about.

I’m ashamed of Jon Favreau and even more of the Obama camp for blowing this off so completely.

Sit down, shut up, and do as you’re told

Posted in christianity, human rights, religion by writerwriting on December 15, 2008

Blessings be upon thee, Christian women. The answer to your prayers are here.

A group of conservative Christian women is seeking 100,000 signatures on a “True Woman Manifesto” aimed at sparking a counter-revolution to the feminist movement of the 1960s.

Introduced at a gathering of more than 6,000 women in early October, the document calls not for equal rights, but instead proclaims that men and women are created to reflect God’s image in “complementary and distinct ways.”

That includes the idea that women are called “to honor and support God-ordained male leadership in the home and in the church.”

Source.

The Best University In the World

Posted in Uncategorized by indiegoddess on December 11, 2008

Yeah, our student body president may have been brutally murdered last year, but did YOUR university flash mob rave the Undergraduate Library during exams and then sing the Alma Mater and Fight Song? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

No one comes together like Tarheels.