Posts tagged ‘social justice’

8/19/17

Y’all like to take a 

Concept like privilege and use

It to classify
You act like we can

All be tabulated and

Then filed in order
We are losing if

Oppression Olympics are

The best we can bring
Tina fay, y’all say,

Was Being privileged eating

Cake and her feelings
Everyone eats their 

Feelings this is not new. Cry

Into your cake y’all
You can eat cake and

Cry and do community 

work. Not either or.
But if you need to

Cry scream and eat cake, sheet cake

Is not the best one.
Deciding who gets

To be mad at Nazis is 

Not a helpful thing
Nazis threaten more

Than one type of person so

Let’s stop infighting.

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2017 Gaia Women’s Gathering Herbal Conference

This herbal conference is coming up very soon. May 5-7 please register asap to get a spot.click here for the registration and website: Gaia Gathering

I will be teaching two courses which I am very excited about. My bio and the course descriptions are below:

Mo Karnage is a new mom living on a farm, the Heathen Homestead, in Beaverdam, VA. Mo is a sober, vegan, queer, genderqueer, witchy zine loving anarchist. Mo is working on balancing construction, activism, writing and herbalism in their life.”

“Know Your Rights Workshop

MO KARNAGE

This workshop will teach attendees, through a series of interactive skits, what their rights are when dealing with the police, and how to best assert their rights to protect themselves. This workshop comes from the non hierarchical organization of Copwatch, and is a great starting point for anyone learning to drive or becoming politically active.”

“Prisons, PTSD/PICS, and Herbs: A Growing Need

MO KARNAGE

This workshop will address the situation within the U.S. Prison Industrial Complex, explore how and how much this results in instances of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Post Incarceration Syndrome, and where herbalism can fit in as a potential method to reduce rates of recidivism. Herbal medicine has a strong potential to intervene in the viscious cycles of trauma and incarceration, and help make the world a better place for everyone. Some of the descriptions in this workshop may be upsetting or triggering to folks, so please feel free to leave the room as needed, and to ask for support.”

 

Mourning Ghost Ship Victims from Afar

​Watching the tragedy of the Oakland Ghost Ship fire via news outlets and friends who live in Oakland’s facebook feeds has been a heart wrenching journey. Unlike the Pusle shooting in Orlando, there is no clear villain. 

The “at blame” party in this case seems to include some combination of the building owner, the tenant(s), the city for failing to follow up on complaints, capitalism and gentrification for pushing poor people into marginalized spaces, and probably some.other potential villains I haven’t heard about. 

As usual, victim blaming is not a good direction to head in. In general, I think blaming any one party is this nightmare is not going to be useful. Sadly, the damage here is done, to so many young lives, including many POC and LGBTQ folks.

Survivors and folks who had been to that space, or even similar spaces, are speaking out about how they could only find safety and comfort in those types of places. Marginalized identities finding solace in marginal spaces.

I think this tragedy must serve as a push, going forward, for those inhabiting marginal spaces to do as much as they can to make those spaces safe, and not just safe from harassment.

I present this concept: the terribleness of capitalism and real estate and gentrification still do not make outsiders/radicals/artists/lgbtq/whatever subculture justified in being careless/dangerous/unsafe with eachother. 

We need to do a better job taking care of each other than the market does of taking care of us.

We need to do a better job taking care of each other than the market does of taking care of us.

Marginalized people living in substandard housing is pretty much par for the course. But like a lot of anarchist thought, it seems like it is up to anarchists to be accountable and responsible to forge something better.

 Things that are cheap and easy to do moving forward: smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, water filters, safe power strips, condoms, safe space heaters, first aid kits, etc. Self care can include this shit too. It isn’t blaming the victim to learn from tragedy and try to do better moving forward.

Don’t forget that taking care of eachother includes emotional and mental and health things too. Let’s build alternatives to capitalism that are better than, not just different. Let’s carve out our own clubs and forts and collectives and make safe spaces that are emotionally and physically safe.

Poor folks are routinely subjected to the dregs of capitalism. There is often a particular charm to these spaces, certainly the photos of the Ghost Ship are beautiful in certain ways. Revelling in the dregs is legit. But finding ways to make hazards of lead paint, yucky water, bad wiring, etc. Become minimized is going to be important.

Money might be able to solve these issues, but I think creative people can find creative solutions, including bartering, to make safer spaces. I am NOT arguing that all alternative spaces need to become legal. That is out of reach or undesireable in many cases. Spaces can still be marginal, while being improved, and while the cultures within them are improved, to lead to greater safety.

We need to do a better job taking care of each other than the market does of taking care of us.

2015 New Years Resolutions!

2014 was overall an excellent year. I was able to travel to Key West and get a break from the winter. I drove a crazy bus full of dogs to Indiana and back, drove from California to Virginia, spent a week in the mountains, and went on numerous camping trips. I adopted a third dog, Tatertot, and learned to walk 3 pitbulls at the same time. I went to a variety of city council meetings and protests on issues from No Stadium in Shockoe Bottom to #blacklivesmatter to Monroe Park. I lost friends, among them amazing humans Ian Graham, Cayman Mooney, and Birch Wood. I worked, from writing, to editing, to babysitting, to stagehand, to carpentry, and starting my own business so I can work for myself. I supported neat projects my friends started, hosted bands, cooked for food not bombs, wrote zines, went to game nights and played games with friends, went to brunch several times, and held potluck events! I competed semi regularly in poetry events, took an herbal medicine class, made it to the Field Day of the Past and the State Fair! I did a lot of neato things and I can’t even remember all of them!

So here are my plans for 2015!!! I’m trying to set myself up for success by having starting dates and game plans for some of these goals. I’m ready!

1. Save up money using the plan where you match the dollar amount with the week number, so each week you save money, starting with $1 the first week and ending with $52. (more…)

2 New Zines

I’ve got a new personal zine out as well as a new collaboration!! Check them out at the links on archive.org  below!Both zines debuted at the 8th annual Richmond Zine Fest!

Fragments of Karnage #365 – featuring poems, essays and articles, and more!

And Issue 1 of Calm Down, a call out for more effective tactics in radical/social justice/ anarchist movements.
Calm Down

Miley Cyrus I Don’t Adore You

On Miley Cyrus, masturbation, racism, sexism, feminism, privilege and pop.

http://www.quailbellmagazine.com/3/post/2013/12/pop-op-ed-miley-cyrus-i-dont-adore-you.html

Quail Bell Magazine

Photo Essay: First Fast Food Worker’s Strike in Richmond

The beginning of the march from the Hull Street Library to the McDonald's on Hull. I counted well over 50 people in the meeting room at the library, and more folks showed up as the strike went on.

The beginning of the march from the Hull Street Library to the McDonald’s on Hull. I counted well over 50 people in the meeting room at the library, and more folks showed up as the strike went on.

There were many hand made signs reflecting the passionate thoughts and feelings of fast food workers on strike.

There were many hand made signs reflecting the passionate thoughts and feelings of fast food workers on strike.

At the McDonald's people energetically chanted to demand $15 an hour. The rain didn't  dampen spirits.

At the McDonald’s people energetically chanted to demand $15 an hour. The rain didn’t dampen spirits.

Aside from Fast Food Workers and their families, members of other unions came out to show solidarity.

Aside from Fast Food Workers and their families, members of other unions came out to show solidarity.

There were multiple speakers, reflecting the diverse range of supporters. SONG- Southerners On New Ground a lgbtq organization in the south was there and gave an excellent speech. A local Reverend also spoke. The cohesiveness of the crowd was amazing.

There were multiple speakers, reflecting the diverse range of supporters. SONG- Southerners On New Ground a lgbtq organization in the south was there and gave an excellent speech. A local Reverend also spoke. The cohesiveness of the crowd was amazing.

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