Check out my new article about some important social issues brought up by Sunday’s Oscars!!
Op-ed on the Resistance now online at Quail Bell Magazine!
There has been a lot going on in Richmond for the past months. 2014 is turning out to be a pivotal year for this City. A year where everything is on the line. Right now, on the precipice of multiple changes, I’m taking a look into my crystal ball to see what the future may hold. Like any prediction, this is no static vision. Things don’t have to turn out like what I’m seeing.
What happens if a development in Shockoe Bottom is created using 80 million of public funds to build a ball park in a historic site? What happens if Monroe Park is privatized and attempts are made to kick Food Not Bombs and the homeless out? What happens if our schools and children continue to suffer because Vulture Richmond gets tax breaks they don’t deserve?
Well, what I’m seeing is:
The Resistance is what will happen.
The Resistance won’t be a formal organization, but a banner taken up by dozens, hundreds, thousands, who are so sick of living in a place where the few rule the many, where money speaks louder than our voices, and where there is more oppression daily.
The Resistance won’t stick to one set of tactics, but will embrace a true diversity of tactics to liberate Richmond from the oppressive bad decisions brought about by Mayor Jones, City Council, Vulture Richmond, and the Monroe Park Advisory Council – among others.
I’m seeing members of the Resistance outside of the houses of members of City Council, Monroe Park Advisory Council, Vulture Richmond, Looting RVA, local Developers and more, holding up boom boxes John Cusack style, blasting “No where to run to baby, no where to hide” by Martha and the Vandellas . Because, as we all know from campaigns like Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty – the enemies have faces, names, and addresses. Any good resistance will be sure to gather this intel, and use it appropriately, to bring to the protests to the people responsible for the decisions privatizing our City.
Check out my new article about the proposed privatization of Monroe Park being pushed by Richmond’ elites!
Don’t Privatize Monroe Park
While I wasn’t discussing veganism tonight, I was simultaneously painting my dining room and writing about painting my dining room! Pictures from some of my past projects and tips on how to get started painting included! And if you aren’t up to doing it yourself, I can always be hired ; )
25 Things I Accomplished in 2013
- Went to Puerto Rico and saw lots of friends and had fun
- Went to Key West with family and got to spend time with Marty and had fun
- Went to the beach with Josh to see my grandparents
- Went camping with Josh and the dogs
- Went to the mountains for my birthday to relax
- Went to Boston for Thanksgiving to meet Josh’s family
- Built a back deck on the house
- Built bee hives and put 2 in my backyard
- Wrote my first poetry zine
- Competed in 2 haiku contests
- Supported multiple friends’ campaigns on kickstarter or other similar websites
- Brought lots and lots of food into the neighborhood for free distribution
- Spent a good amount of time at the river
- Had a good relationship with Mitch that ended on good terms
- Met Josh and have that good relationship still
- Learned a ton of carpentry skills
- Started my own website and started writing more
- Got work fixing old windows and built confidence about my ability
- Got a job as Associate Editor at Quail Bell Magazine
- Volunteered with Earth First! Journal, Started writing for Profane Existence
- Went to the March Against Monsanto, the May Day Parade, the March Against Mass Incarceration, the Halloween Parade, and a bunch of Critical Mass bike rides – spent positive time occupying the streets!
- Bought a bus
- Got rid of a bunch of things that I didn’t need
- Built cat houses and started feeding local cats
- Cooked a lot of Food Not Bombs meals, including catering for the People’s Library, RePHRAME, Trans Day of Rememberance, and the Fast Food Worker’s Strike.
And hugely, met and got to spend time with a lot of very different, very awesome people. I learned from everyone. Sometimes it was a learning what not to do, or what to avoid in the future, but hey, now I know. There were some narrowly avoided dangers and potentially really bad things that got rescued, and for that I am ever thankful. If you were a part of my life in 2013, thank you, I hope your 2014 is one filled with self-care and positive thoughts and community engagement.
100 New Years Goals and Resolutions 2014
A combination of simple tasks, lifestyle changes, and things I need to remember to do. Hold me to it yall!
- Get the Truck fixed and running again
- Get the bus fixed and inspected
- Go to Plan-it-x fest in June in Bloomington
- Plant perennial herbs around the property in the spring
Make a Free Little Library for the front of the houseBuy plexiglass to make door to finish
- Do 25 sit ups a day Continue reading
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