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Senator-Elect Kamala Harris asked her consituency for our priorities in the coming years. If you're a resident of California, you can fill out the survey here: http://www.kamalaharris.org/landing/e151209/

A friend shared his responses, and they were so well-thought-out I used them to frame my own.

As a member of a sexual minority, married to a disabled man, my first and most important priorities are as follows:

  1. Single-payer health care in this state, if not nationwide.
  2. Protections for the LGBTQ community in health care, housing, jobs, parental rights, and education.
  3. Protections for Muslims, Jews, and other religious minorities in freedom of worship and speech, housing, jobs, and education.
  4. Protections for all persons of color, regardless of immigration status, in freedom of speech and assembly, health care, housing, jobs, and education.


I realize this is a lot to ask for, particularly of a first-term senator. But if these issues aren't addressed, many people I love and care about - my husband, my family, my friends and colleagues - will be in grave danger.
kshandra: Close-up of a single lit candle against a black background (Candle)
I was working up the energy to get ready for work this morning when [personal profile] gridlore commented that he was exceedingly grateful not to be driving for a living today. He had been listening to the local news radio station as he does most mornings, and had just heard about this.

Half of the routes we were delivering to today (including 80% of the routes we had moved up for the holiday, as they're normally covered on Thursdays) use that freeway. And CHP closed it just as our drivers were all leaving the warehouse this morning... Fortunately, none of our customers have called wondering where their deliveries were (no doubt the overall change in schedule was enough to make them understand that today was not business-as-usual), but everyone's been running 45-60 minutes behind all day.

Once I was settled in at work, my thoughts drifted to Scott, for obvious reasons. Hard to believe it's almost eleven years. Part of me wishes he was here, in the wake of the election; no doubt he'd be on the front lines of the resistance (and it terrifies me that I am moved to use that word to describe my friends and family in the 21st century, but what other word fits as well?). And part of me is bitterly grateful that he didn't live to see what this country has been revealed to be.
kshandra: long-haired woman silhouetted against a stormy sky (Bad)
One of the friends I made in the heyday of pundit fandom wrote an amazing dystopian AU several years ago called The 28th Amendment, taking place in a world where McCain (with Huckabee as his running-mate) won the 2008 election, only to die two months after the Inauguration; the titular Amendment "states that America is and always has been a Christian nation and her laws must therefore be in harmony with God's Laws", specifically outlawing marriage equality and abortion. The story includes Real-Person Slash, which I've grown less okay with as I age, but that's really beside the point here (save that some of you may not want to read it if that isn't your cup of tea). The 28th 'verse has been haunting me in these final weeks leading up to the election, for obvious reasons.

The author tweeted this morning, wondering how she had woken up in her own story.




I almost couldn't get out of bed today. I finally managed about five minutes before I was supposed to be at work, because, as Doug put it last night, "babies are still pooping," and we need my paycheck more than ever now. There's been a fair amount of gallows humor in the office, and I imagine the mood will be even more somber as our drivers (black, Latin@, and Asian) return.

Copied from a comment I left elsewhere on DW:

[personal profile] gridlore will die, no two ways about it, without the Medicare expansion. He'll die, and I'll wind up having to file bankruptcy because there's no way in HELL I can afford his medical care. (Assuming I can afford my own, which isn't guaranteed, despite having coverage through my employer. So maybe we'll BOTH be dead, and it won't fucking matter anymore.)




We'll go on. We have to. I just wish I had the first idea how.
kshandra: Keith Olbermann & Rachel Maddow (Smart is Sexy)



We have a whiteboard that lives on our refrigerator; [personal profile] gridlore wrote "FLORIDA! FLORIDA! FLORIDA!" on it yesterday. My productivity at work was atrocious as I kept scrolling through #PantsuitNation posts. I got home and started cooking ground beef for the Ultimate Taco Tuesday.

But I'm not the confident person I was when I posted that picture this morning. I'm fucking scared. For my husband, who will - no two ways about it - DIE if Trump takes office and overturns the ACA. For my sister and her wife, both for being queer and for being an interracial couple. For all the people I know and love who will be literally and figuratively in danger under a Trump administration.

Prove me wrong, America. Shatter the glass ceiling tonight. America is already great - let's make it better.
kshandra: Toby Ziegler, marker in hand, holding a sign that has been doctored to read "Obama f/o/r IS THE President" (West Wing Obama)
votingselfieOur local library was hosting Early Voting this weekend, so [personal profile] gridlore and I took advantage of the fact this afternoon. (I'm actually registered permanent absentee in the state of CA, but my mail-in ballot disappeared almost the instant I brought it into the house this year...) Voting was open 12-5, and we left the house around 1pm.

I regretted not leaving sooner the instant we pulled into the driveway.

I was just out of frame to the right when Doug took this photo. There were another ~30 people ahead of us just to get into the building, and then the queue doubled back on itself twice before we finally got into The Room Where It Happens. The line was still this long when we left, an hour or so after we first got in line.

One of the women ahead of us was juuuuust skirting the edge of electioneering by wearing a "Not today, patriarchy" t-shirt. Not being quite as confident and/or confrontational, I settled for my Reason for the Season shirt; Doug wore an infantry-themed shirt and was thanked for his service more than once.

Once we got to the front of the queue, the process went quickly enough; we'd made a point of marking our sample ballots before we left the house, so we didn't have to spend any time trying to remember which proposition meant what, which two props cancelled each other out, etc.

As we left, there was a fellow resplendent in Chicago Cubs gear; Doug gave him a "Go, Cubs, Go" (which we both admit is better than our own fight song), and I greeted him with "Hey, Ernie, let's win two!" Which got me a big smile and a "Right?!" in return.

In all, the long wait left us both basically trashed for the rest of the day, but this was well worth the investment of our energy.

Now, we wait.
kshandra: Toby Ziegler, marker in hand, holding a sign that has been doctored to read "Obama f/o/r IS THE President" (West Wing Obama)
...if someone has put together a playlist on Spotify or Grooveshark or somewhere of the music from the victory rally in Chicago last night? Because DAMN, that was a party, with some inspired choices.

EDIT: [personal profile] perlandria found this, which is far from complete, but a good place to start.
kshandra: Butterfly-shaped pewter paperweight, engraved with the Serenity Prayer (Serenity)


Four. More. Years. We can do this.

FORWARD.
kshandra: knit toddler pants with a monster face over the bottom (CrankyPants)
[personal profile] gingicat posted the following this morning, which includes some important supplementary information. Please take a moment to read (and hopefully repost).

By this point, you have probably seen people's reposts of [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle's post regarding the Mississippi Personhood Amendment. If you haven't, GO READ IT.

The OP said that it had not been mentioned in the mainstream media, but it sounded familiar to me. Indeed, it was covered, back in June:
http://www.npr.org/2011/06/01/136850622/abortion-foes-push-to-redefine-personhood

Email this link around, direct from the NPR site. Also link to it on Facebook and Twitter, direct from the NPR site. And ask NPR to update the story including Gabrielle's links to Jackson Women's Health (and they should interview a spokesperson from JWH, too) and to Wake Up Mississippi and Daily Kos and so forth.

And please, save half of the U.S. population from being prosecuted for heavy, late periods or really any miscarriage. And save in vitro clinics from being prosecuted for tossing out non-viable embryos. And also stop the original intent of the amendment - to criminalize abortions. Write to your U.S. Representatives. Donate to JWH if you can. Make sure that you publicize this.

AAAAARGH.
kshandra: close-up of a statue of Abraham Lincoln, holding a picket sign reading "We All Deserve The Freedom to Marry" (LincolnMarry)
...to keep from getting overwrought about the US election, courtesy of the ever-fabulous [livejournal.com profile] kightp:
  1. Take a nice, long walk. Kick some autumn leaves. Stomp a few puddles. Breathe deep.
  2. Watch a good movie. (Or two. -kb-)
  3. Ignore the exit polls.
  4. Keep an eye out for strangers wearing "I voted" stickers. Thank them.
  5. Hold a baby.
  6. Have a free cup of coffee, a free scoop of ice cream or a free doughnut. Or, if you live in NYC or Seattle, a free sex toy. God bless America!
  7. Listen to some good, old-fashioned campaign songs
  8. Remember Molly Ivins; think of how much fun she'd be having right now.
  9. Stay way from the TV, at least until the polls close in your state.
  10. If you haven't already: Vote!
  11. (this one goes to eleven): If your precinct doesn't give out "I voted" stickers, download and print your own.
kshandra: close-up of a statue of Abraham Lincoln, holding a picket sign reading "We All Deserve The Freedom to Marry" (LincolnMarry)
A "No" vote on CA Proposition 8 will annul no marriages.

A "Yes" vote on CA Proposition 8 will annul over 10,000 marriages, many with children.

Which vote is REALLY "protecting marriage"?

Remember, there is no "electoral college" for referendums. YOUR VOTE COUNTS.

(And an update from yesterday: [livejournal.com profile] nottheenemyfeed is now available for your viewing pleasure.)

Edit, 12:33pm: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] johno for tracking down the study from which that 10K figure was pulled.
kshandra: close-up of a statue of Abraham Lincoln, holding a picket sign reading "We All Deserve The Freedom to Marry" (LincolnMarry)
For today only, contributions to the Human Rights Campaign California Marriage PAC will be DOUBLED. And they need every last penny they can get to help counter the lies that are being told by proponents of Prop 8.

https://secure.ga3.org/03/caequalpac_match

Please, if you have the money to spare, drop a dime. For Alex and Jefferson. For Kevin and Andy. For Griff and Danny. For EVERYONE.
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (My President)
...but [livejournal.com profile] kadyg posted it again, and it's still awesome.

political-pictures-barack-obama-chill-out-got-this
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (My President)
Covering my f'list like kudzu this morning - Aaron Sorkin doing a guest appearance in Maureen Dowd's NYTimes column. (Registration may be required; BugMeNot will have a login that works.)

Sorry

Feb. 12th, 2008 01:41 pm
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Australia is preparing to issue its first formal apology for past mistreatment of the country's Aboriginal people. The declaration by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will be the first act of the new government when the Australian parliament reopens in Canberra on February 13. It will acknowledge injustices suffered by Aborigines in the years after European colonization that began in the late 1700s.

Full text of the apology (Note to my American-speaking readers: "Tabling" the motion in this context means that the motion has been brought forward for consideration.)




I have no direct connection to Australia. And yet, I find myself awash in the same swirl of emotions that overtook me as I watched the Berlin Wall come down. The time has come, indeed.

kshandra: close-up of a statue of Abraham Lincoln, holding a picket sign reading "We All Deserve The Freedom to Marry" (LincolnMarry)
You wouldn't think something on YouTube could make a person weep.

You'd be wrong.

(NSFW. Some graphic images [gore & nudity, 9/11 and Katrina montages], used sparingly to excellent effect.)



(seen in a few places)
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kshandra: close-up of a statue of Abraham Lincoln, holding a picket sign reading "We All Deserve The Freedom to Marry" (LincolnMarry)
On top of everything else, they appear to be anti-Semitic....

[livejournal.com profile] murphymom's stepfather works for W*l-M*rt; I hate having to reconcile that in my head.
kshandra: close-up of a statue of Abraham Lincoln, holding a picket sign reading "We All Deserve The Freedom to Marry" (LincolnMarry)
I totally want these. (The related story is here.)
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (samurai)
http://www.justsayblow.com/

Put up or shut up, Dubya.

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