“I am proud to have participated in the ‘Read Across America’ program at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, CA. I read Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey to the sweetest 1st and 3rd grade children.
‘Read Across America’ is a program that was designed to promote literacy and instill a lifelong love of reading in elementary school students. Promoting education is an effort that is close to my heart. Illiteracy contributes to poverty; encouraging children to pick up a book is fundamental.
I believe education is a universal right. I committed to this program with the understanding that people would have their own opinions about what I have done, who I am and what I represent.
I am an actor. I am an artist. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a partner. I have a past that some people may not agree with, but it does not define who I am.
I will not live in fear of it. To challenge non-profit education programs is an exercise in futility, counter-productive and anti-educational.
I cannot thank my fans and ‘Read Across America’ enough for supporting my decision. Your support and kind words continue to inspire me. I believe in the future of our children, and I will remain an active supporter and participant in education-focused initiatives.
Last year so many of you came together and helped donate money to purchase toys for the children on Pine Ridge reservation. Thank You!
It was wonderful but unfortunately (my people) the Oglala Lakota Sioux need more than toys this year, they need propane. I know that toys are something pretty and heart swelling, I was totally in tears when I saw the little brown doll I requested to be bought last year. Unfortunately, at this time, it’s more grim than that. The most basic of needs is the most important thing to aid with.
lease consider donating to this in someone’s honor instead of attending Black Friday. If you cannot help, please consider sharing this to signal boost so that more can.
Much love to all of you. ♥
Paypal donations to firstname.lastname@example.org
• According to current USDA Rural Development documents, the Lakota have the lowest life expectancy of any group in America. The median income on the reservation is approximately $2,600 to $3,500 per year, with about 97% of people living far below the federal poverty line.
• Heating and fueling just one house on the reservation can easily impact 2 dozen lives, as there are an average of 17 people per family home (with up to 30 in many houses).
• 39% of the homes on the Pine Ridge Reservation have no basic water, sewage system or electricity and lack basic insulation.
This list is stil a work in progress, but I really wanted to get it posted. I have either read parts of/all of the texts below or they have been recommended to me. Please reblog and add your own suggestions to the list. Each time someone adds something new, I’ll go back to this original post and make sure to include them. Thanks and enjoy!
Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis
Women Culture and Politics by Angela Davis
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Borderlands/La frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldua
Aint I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks
Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
Feminist Theory from Margin to Center by bell hooks
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity by Chandra Talpade Mohanty
Medicine Stories by Aurora Levins Morales
Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home by Anita Hill
Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Jessica Yee
Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide by Andrea Smith
Companeras: Latina Lesbians by Juanita Ramos and the Lesbian History Project
Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism edited by Daisy Hernandez
This Bridge Called My Back edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa
this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation edited by Gloria Anzaldúa and AnaLouise Keating
Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Feminists of Color edited by Gloria Anzaldúa
Women Writing Resistance: Essays from Latin America and the Caribbean edited by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Unequal Sisters edited by Ellen DuBois and Vicki Ruiz
The Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology
“Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence” by Adrienne Rich
“Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color.” by Kimberle Crenshaw
and suddenly I’m watching Bridesmaids…this movie has gotten Hold On by Wilson Philips stuck in my head. Such a good song…
omg, they’re like the Bee Gees but infinitely more awesome.
hahaha tbh, one of the selling points of TW was that someone made a vid to this song, and it was perfect, also now it’s on repeat. amanda seyfried, why must you make me like this honestly kind of really skeevy song.
If it makes you feel any better I had a flight that I arrived at the airport for 4am (so got up at 3am took a taxi to the airport) that we the waited like 6 hours to get on said flight because some batshit crazy man tried to take over a flight in the next country over, so customs was sooo backed up by the time we could get through they canceled our flight for two days and sent us home.
AHH. D: WOW. DDDD: that’s just not swell at all. i hope you were recompensated in some way. (my fanciful dream to get magically upgraded to business class.) oh gee, my bad airport experiences are like babies compared to the horror stories out there. airports are probably designated a special level in hell.
“A gamer might promise to treat his partner better than “some alpha male,” but what he really wants is a partner who will pop out of a Pokéball when A WILD LONELINESS APPEARS, use the FORNICATION ability, and then retreat mutely back into his collection, dormant until needed again.”
The article is a little long and rambly and could probably have been reorganized to be more powerful, but it’s still a great article. Don’t read the comments unless you want to ruin your day.
Oh my god, that was possibly the most horrific airport ordeal I’ve ever had (granted, I have not had many, and they’ve all been domestic, but well, relativity and all), and I pretty much dragged my friend down with me.
4:30 - left school to take shuttle for flight at 7:50 PM 5:00 - shuttle departed for LAX 6:00 - shuttle arrives at LAX (thanks, holiday traffic!) 6:05 - debate whether or not to check bag in, decide it’s free, why the fuck not. since i’m doing it, friend decides to too. 6:30-8:00 - get through wonderfully short security check and head towards gate. upon arriving at gate, discover flight has been delayed to fucking 10:00. die inside because if i hadn’t decided to check bag in, could have easily gotten an earlier flight back to oakland airport instead of SFO. friend visibly agitated, dutifully harasses flight attendant and TSA security about getting bags back. largely unhelpful until flight attendant finally mentions that bags may be put on the earliest flight available, maybe, and that we could take our chances taking the 8:30 flight (if we could get off the 20-person standby list) and just wait for our bags at SFO. amazingly, was able to change flights. 8:50 - take off 8:55-10:00 - embarrass self by invading neighbor’s personal space and sleeping like a dead uncontainable sack. thankfully, no drooling. 10:10 - land. bags arrive! parents call to say they are pretty much at airport. so so so ready to go home. 10:15-10:45 - can’t find parents, yelling over phone, stress rising. friend finally realizes that parents and i are not at the same airport. i had neglected to remind parents that i would be at SFO airport and not oakland, like usual. die again. 11:00 - friend makes executive decision for us to take BART and to get picked up near home. am apologizing forever to him. 12:10 - get home. apologize to everyone.
seven hours. seven hourssss. also, got my period. also forgot phone charger and have dead phone. :DDDDDDDDDD
but it’s okay. i’m home now, family forgives me. bundled in furry blanket. watching snow white. dinner being cooked.