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This fucking guy, right here.

Let’s get this out of the way – generally, I am not a big fan of internet trolls.  Most of my friends in college would share epic trolls with each other, laughing hysterically at those targeted when they became upset and angry.

I get it – it’s funny to make someone really mad about something you don’t care about.

However, most of what bothers me about it is its sheer pointlessness – what are you actually proving, besides the fact that you’re an asshole?

The best thing so far that’s come out of the horrendous election last week is the movement of donations to Planned Parenthood.  The best thing I’ve read about this movement is that you can donate in honor of Mike Pence, who is famously against reproductive health and justice (alongside his many other awful policies).

Any donation in his name means he will be getting a certificate of donation mailed to him at his mansion.  One could almost picture the shaking, red-faced annoyance of the aide who has to throw away yet another reminder that we support reproductive justice and access to health care for all, regardless of income.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

If you’d like to do it in honor of Mike Pence, his address is:

Office of Governor Mike Pence
State House
Room 206
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2797

If you’re going to troll someone, do it with purpose, and do it so that a greater good comes out of it.  Hell yeah, internet!

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I have no real aversion to firearms.  I might be getting more libertarian in my old age, where privacy and individual rights are taking on a position of more and more importance. What bothers me about the gun debate is how passionate and emotional people get about guns, on both sides of the issues, without truly emphasizing the facts we know.

It has been said that statistics can lie, be cherrypicked to support whatever position you’re going to stand behind.  I have researched guns and gun violence extensively, and while there are many pro-gun websites and information hubs full of useful and appropriate positions, I double-checked sources and had difficulty verifying many claims.  Below are  studies and statistics verified through multiple sources.

While I don’t have an aversion to guns, I believe all of us need a good understanding of how guns are more than just tools.  Because they are more that just tools.  It is objectively true that a gun has a different effect on our thoughts and behavior than a hammer, or a screwdriver, or a stapler.  Whether or not you believe you should have an unadulterated right to own a gun, you must acknowledge facts and reality.  So here are some facts!  Read them and make your own decisions.

 

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Can a get a quick heck yeah!?

 

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Every once in a while, I look at the things I do, and I get overwhelmed just thinking about them.

I look at the people I admire, my friends, partners in solidarity, activists, and am blown away by the time and energy spent to make our world a little bit better.

Generally, I don’t love being overwhelmingly busy, as it becomes…well, overwhelming.  But lots of jobs don’t help us work toward building a world we dream about, and doing social justice work often doesn’t pay the bills (or requires 2-3 jobs to make a decent living).

I’ve been thinking a lot about self-care lately, and reading about it.  Truthfully, this is an area I feel most activists struggle with; there is so much work to be done, and there are so many people who seem never to tire, or get sad, or have to let something go so they can pay their bills.  It’s easy to talk down to ourselves, or feel less than.  It’s easy to keep pushing, and forget that if we push too hard now, the long-term will actually be unachievable.

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Most of my self-care breaks come when I get physically sick, or when I’m too exhausted to get out of my bed, or find motivation to complete the tasks I’ve set for myself.  I am working on taking time and space before a breakdown, to work better long term, by maybe doing a bit less in the short term.

In that spirit, I’d love to hear your stories about self-care, or the strategies you use to replenish and recharge.

My personal favorites are spending time with my dog, hiking outside, being by the water, reading a novel, and baking.

Lots of music can help us keep pushing, and replenish our commitment and energy.  Off With Their Heads does this tune, Focus on Your Own Family (lyrics here), that asks us to keep pushing, even when things are tough.

Today, take some time to care for yourself, so we can continue building the world of our dreams.

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