Persist to Resist – 17Jun24

Happy Juneteenth this week! Hunter Biden is convicted, but that doesn’t stop the GOP from complaining.  Trump rambles on about sharks and batteries when his teleprompter fails.  But Repugs still suck up to him even after he attacks Dolly Parton and praises Hannibal Lecter.  Last week he returned to the scene of his J6 crime with his sycophants bowing and kissing his ring.

Meanwhile, the Alitos share their godly ambitions on a hot mic. Merrick Garland is impeached by the House GOP. While Senate GOP votes down the “Right to IVF act”. Corrupt SCOTUS punts the mifepristone ban but takes the safety off automatic rifles by removing the ban on bump stocks. Just what we need when our democracy is at stake..

Domestic abuse is a topic often shrouded in secrecy, shame, and misconceptions. In her groundbreaking memoir, ‘In the Dream House’, Carmen Maria Machado shatters these barriers with unflinching honesty and literary brilliance.

Machado takes readers on a harrowing journey through her past relationship with an abusive partner. But this isn’t a straightforward chronological account. Instead, Machado divides the book into a series of vignettes, each inspired by a different genre convention. The conceptual lenses serve as entry points into the complex emotional, psychological, and physical terrain of her experience.

Machado explores the many facets of abuse— manipulation, gaslighting, and cycles of violence and reconciliation. She delves into the intersection of her queer identity and her abuse. By drawing parallels between her experience and cultural touchstones, Machado invites readers to see universal threads woven through her story.

Throughout the book, Machado chronicles how her intellect, love of storytelling, and her keen sense of irony were twisted against her. She also grapples with the complexities of memory and the fragmented nature of trauma. Thus, readers are reminded that survival itself is often a matter of piecing together fragments.

Within the narrative are sharp cultural critiques, where Machado dissects the ways media, literature, and society have perpetuated damaging myths about domestic abuse. She challenges the idealization of suffering, and the belief that abuse is solely a physical phenomenon. Accordingly, she creates a space for new conversations and a deeper understanding of this pervasive issue.

In summary, Machado’s memoir is a battle cry for survivors and a reminder that their stories matter. ‘In the Dream House’ is a book that will linger in the reader’s mind long after the final page. It’s a celebration of survival, and a rallying cry for empathy and understanding.

Few personalities have shattered boundaries and challenged societal norms in comedy like Margaret Cho. Margaret emerged in the early 1990s as an unapologetic bisexual woman of color in an industry dominated by straight white males. She tackled topics like racism, sexuality, and body image with razor-sharp wit and biting honesty.

Her landmark 1994 sitcom “All-American Girl” was a watershed moment for representation on television. For the first time, Asian Americans had a show that centered their experiences and unique perspectives. Although short-lived, the show paved the way for future Asian creators and performers.

But it was Cho’s stand-up specials that truly cemented her status as a cultural icon. Cho fearlessly unpacked the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality with her whip-smart humor and personal storytelling.

Through her comedy, Cho gave voice to the marginalized and disenfranchised. She championed body positivity, rejected societal beauty standards and encouraged her fans to embrace their flaws and imperfections. Her raw, confessional style created a safe space for uncomfortable conversations about abuse, trauma, and mental health.

Cho has also been a tireless advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. She uses her platform to raise awareness about issues like same-sex marriage, bullying, and transgender rights. Her commitment to social justice has inspired countless fans to find their own voices and speak up against injustice.

In many ways, Margaret Cho’s journey has been a master class in resilience, perseverance, and self-acceptance. Cho overcame addiction and abuse and navigated the entertainment industry as an “outsider”. Thus, Cho’s legacy as a trailblazer and cultural icon is secure. She has inspired countless individuals to embrace their authentic selves, to speak their truth, and to fight for a world where everyone has a seat at the table.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is a national legal organization. They are committed to advancing the civil and human rights of LGBT people through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education.

In 1977, Donna Hitchens saw the courtroom as a way to change the world. As a lesbian, she had experienced personal and professional frustrations, and didn’t want others to suffer the same. As a future parent, she knew she would face even more challenges ahead. Thus, the first national LGBTQ legal organization founded by women was born.

The NCLR litigates precedent-setting cases at trial and appellate court levels. They also advocate for equitable public policies affecting the LGBTQ community. They provide free legal assistance to LGBTQ people and their legal advocates, and promote community and public education to broaden public support for LGBTQ equality.

Each year, NCLR shapes the legal landscape for all LGBTQ people across the nation. For more than four decades, NCLR has led historic cases, and continues to pursue legal protections for all LGBTQ people in a variety of areas.

  • Asylum & Immigration
  • Elders, Youth
  • Employment
  • Family & Relationships
  • State & Federal Legislation & Policy
  • Hate Crimes
  • Healthcare, Housing
  • Low Income & Poverty
  • Prisons
  • Rural Communities
  • Sports
  • Transgender Law

Two Elections, One Ballot.. Rep. Ken Buck left Congress before his term ended. So now the special election to fill his seat is on June 25th, and Trisha Calvarese is the Democratic Nominee. In addition, when Rep. Lauren Boebert decided to ditch her district to run in CO-4, Trisha stepped up to run as a democrat to serve the community that raised her.

Thus, Trisha is running in the June special election, and the Democratic Primary — One ballot, two elections. That means she can defeat Greg Lopez and pickup a House seat in June, and keep the seat by defeating Lauren Boebert as the Incumbent in November.

Calvarese is running for the care and dignity of families in her hometown. Systems of support and care are missing, and economic hardship on middle-class families are mounting. We need paths into the middle class and ladders up everywhere, and not always requiring a four-year degree.

At the AFL-CIO, Trisha helped pass historic infrastructure and American energy legislation. More recently, at the National Science Foundation, Calvarese worked on key workforce legislation to shore up American manufacturing and innovation.

Trisha pledges to fight to protect and expand access to reproductive and maternal care and protect Social Security and Medicaid.

Of note, a recent Keating Research Poll shows that Trisha’s messaging and experience give her a 9 point advantage against Boebert!

Let’s all help Trisha Calvarese flip CO-4 seat BLUE! And bonus would be to get rid of Boebert in 2025!

Confusion about exceptions to Indiana’s abortion ban continue with no end in sight. Indiana law allows for abortion only at a hospital and when the health or life of the woman is at risk. The health and life exception allows for an abortion up to 20 weeks into the pregnancy. Thus, the abortion provider plaintiffs in a current lawsuit are asking to expand the medical exemptions and block the hospital-only requirement.

At issue is whether the ban’s current exceptions are broad enough to protect the state constitutional right to an abortion. The complaint argues the ban does not account for conditions later in a pregnancy or after giving birth. They claim the exceptions are so narrow that many doctors will not end a pregnancy even when a woman’s condition qualifies. Plaintiffs also allege that limiting abortions to hospitals materially burdens the right to reproductive healthcare in the state.

Indiana’s abortion ban has been in litigation since it was passed in August 2022. First, in September, 2022, Circuit Court Judge Hanlon granted a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the ban. This allowed the previous 20-week abortion law to remain in effect. Then in June 2023, the Indiana Supreme Court reinstated the ban with exceptions when there is risk to a pregnant person’s life or a “serious health risk.”

However, in April 2024, an appellate court ruled in favor of a group of plaintiffs who claimed the ban violated their religious beliefs under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). This would allow access for Hoosiers who have sincere religious beliefs that they must obtain an abortion. This case is expected to go to the Indiana Supreme Court, so now we wait. Meanwhile, the healthcare of millions of Indianans with uteruses is in limbo.

The Youth Pride Association (YPA) works to promote and foster the acceptance of LGBTQ people in educational institutions. They work to address the alarming and substantial hardships LGBTQ youth face in schools. Together they strive to…

  • Educate LGBTQ youth through positive examples.
  • Support an environment where LGBTQ youth feel represented and safe.
  • Advocate for LGBTQ youth to their peers.
  • Ensure the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in their communities.

The Acceptance Week program started in 2020. Later that year YPA was incorporated as a Public Benefit Nonprofit Corporation in the state of California. The Virtual Peer Support program launched in 2021 to provide mentorship to LGBTQ students. Today, YPA continues working to educate, support, and advocate for LGBTQ students across the country.

Volunteer Opportunities are available to both LGBTQ individuals and allies. All Opportunities are personalized to your individual wants and needs. Virtual-first volunteering makes it so you can serve on your own time, anywhere. Available opportunities include:

  • Peer Mentor; Program Support
  • Social Media Coordinator for their Awareness Campaign
  • Policy Analyst & Program Support for their Model School Policy Initiative.
  • Group Facilitator* for their Virtual Support Group Program (*Mental Health Experience Required ​)
  • Program Support for Acceptance Week Program

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