Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Gif of the Day



This is a real thing that someone wrote and then someone else drew.

Alt-Right Watch: The Alt-Lite

Just kidding! There is an alt-right watch update today. But only because someone over at Daily Kos did the work for me so I didn't have to trudge through the swamp.

Trouble in white racist paradise as 'alt-right' shows its true color

Media organizations such as the Associated Press and ThinkProgress moved to stop using the term “alt-right” and simply call the white racist nationalists what they are (white racist nationalists). One person, InfoWars editor Paul Watson who said he was part of the movement, then said he wasn’t, says there are actually two movements.

I've read the term "alt-lite" before. It's a derogatory term for individuals who are Trump fans and have a lot of shitty opinions, but aren't to the point of being out-and-proud white supremacists or neo-Nazis. They're not racist enough for those who follow Richard Spencer, the neo-Nazi whom many credit for inventing the term "alt-right."

Now, thanks to the widespread sharing of the horrific video wherein Spencer leads a crowd of white supremacists in a Nazi salute for Trump and efforts to ensure that people know that alt-right = white supremacists and neo-Nazis, people who don't want to be known as white supremacists or neo-Nazis are backing away from the term.

“One is more accurately described as the New Right. These people like to wear MAGA [Make America Great Again] hats, create memes & have fun,” Watson wrote on Facebook, criticizing mainstream media for focusing on Trump’s racist supporters. “They include whites, blacks, Asians, Latinos, gays and everyone else. These are the people who helped Trump win the election. 
“The other faction likes to fester in dark corners of sub-reddits” — a reference to branches of the social-media site Reddit — “and obsess about Jews, racial superiority and Adolf Hitler. This is a tiny fringe minority. They had no impact on the election.”

Sure, Paul. You're totally inclusive of those blacks and gays. Not racist at all, just into fun memes.




Anyway, I am glad to see a split happening here. It's better than the entire almost half of the country who voted for Trump joining in with the self-declared white supremacists and neo-Nazis. But don't be fooled. The "alt-lite" are still white supremacists, nationalists, racists, xenophobes, misogynists, homophobes, transphobes, etc. And the self-declared white supremacists and neo-Nazis in these "dark corners" are more than a "tiny fringe minority." There's a lot of them, and they're coming out of the dark.

Hopefully some internal conflict and infighting will make things more difficult for all of them. You can help by calling all Trump supporters the "alt-right" so that they have to expend time and energy denying their association with the group. Maybe go into these sub-reddits and start accusing people there of being alt-lite. Get them all riled up like they spent years doing to us. Now that's fun.

Happy Thing

I'm not going to be able to do the Alt-Right Watch thing every day. The very idea of poisoning my eyeballs by looking at that kind of bigotry tonight makes me want to die.

Instead, here's one of the most adorable Vines ever. RIP Vine.

This Video Will Improve Your Life

Not to sound like clickbait but fucking hell you need this video in your life.

Roland Martin of News One Now (add that to the list of news sources to follow) "debates" neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, and by that I mean serves Spencer his own ass up on a platter, and then at the last second rips the platter away and slam dunks his ass directly into the black hole at the center of the universe.

Yes it's 30 minutes long but I promise you it is the most satisfying thing you've seen in a good long time. This video gave me my life back.


We can learn a few key things from this video.

  1. Roland Martin is the hero we need right now.
  2. Richard Spencer and his fellow neo-Nazis are basically your shitty middle manager who treats you like shit and takes credit for all your work even though he doesn't know or do anything except treat you like shit and take credit for all your work. If your middle manager also wanted to eventually kill you after he's sufficiently exploited you.
  3. Richard Spencer has the debate skills of your 16-year-old brother arguing about video games, if your brother was white and wanted to exterminate all Jewish people.
  4. If you assert yourself and don't let them talk over you, neo-Nazis like Richard Spencer will end up looking like the complete jackasses they are if you decide to debate them.

But they're not going to change their minds and honestly aren't worth the effort even if they could so don't bother debating them unless you're going to film it and put in on TV/the Internet for everyone to enjoy. Unless it just makes you happy to watch them be reduced to eye-rolling, huffing little shits who contradict themselves every eight seconds. In that case, you go to town.

Roland Martin is my hero.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Gif of the Day



I think this cat just found out that her friend voted for Donald Trump.

Alt-Right Watch: Hypocrisy, Thy Name is 8chan

[TRIGGER WARNING: NAZI IMAGERY, ANTI-SEMITISM]

Yes, you read that right. 8chan is a 4chan clone that was spawned when 4chan kicked a bunch of people out for being too bigoted. Yes, you read that right. Too bigoted for 4chan.

They were specifically kicked out for organizing harassment campaigns against people, posting procedures for doing so and offering prize drawings to those who submitted evidence of harassment. This is a thing that I witnessed with my own eyes in 8chan when I ventured there months ago in another futile attempt to understand the mindset of these "trolls."

So it's pretty freaking hilarious to go there now and see posts whining about Hillary Clinton supporters "harassing" people.

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Awww, and they used bad language! How mean!

But seriously, electoral college voters are often public servants whose personal information is typically on display and, frankly, they should know what they're getting into when they sign up. Democracy isn't easy, folks.

Right below that post is another claiming that George Soros, a liberal billionaire, funded both Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein's campaigns. That doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but I also have to say, so? The guy has a lot of money and maybe he thought they both made good points. Maybe he preferred Jill Stein but reeeeeeaaaaally didn't want to see Trump in the White house.

But also, these 8chan guys are complaining that Soros is a billionaire working behind the scenes to control everything, when there are many other billionaires doing the same thing on the right? And Trump himself is a billionaire who has donated to multiple Republican campaigns? Hello?

Oh wait, I almost forgot the key difference. You see, George Soros is Jewish. As is indicated by the three sets of parentheses around his name in the post - a signal routinely used by neo-Nazis.

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You might also notice that the connection they've made is really flimsy, but again, it doesn't even matter. They're just trying to fuel their anti-semitic conspiracy theories any way they can.

I've never understood how some people can just be such blatant hypocrites and either block it out of their minds or not care. Credibility means nothing to them, no matter how often they demand sources or whine about "ethics in gaming journalism."

Also on 8chan yesterday:

  • Attempts to claim the emergence of an "alt-left." If they mean growing from useless liberalism to something that will kick their asses, then sure, I guess.
  • They love and praise South Park.
  • They published some flight plans for some reason I was unable to decipher.
  • They have a guide to manipulating online message boards. Creepy.
  • They have a disturbingly extensive guide on how to "troll" people (archived).
  • And something I won't link to or even look at - they have lists of "Jewish agents."

Hug and/or compliment your Jewish friends/family today.

Okay and that's all I can handle in one sitting. It hurts my soul.

The Mainstream Media Will Normalize Fascism

Don't ever be fooled by the constant right-wing claims that the mainstream media is against them. The New York Times, CNN, People Magazine, MSNBC, the Washington Post, and every other news corporation will follow one thing: The Money.

These are capitalist corporations. Never forget that. They're already normalizing not only Donald Trump, but the blatant white supremacists he's putting into power. I saw the front page of the New York Times at a Starbucks this morning calling Steve Bannon a "populist." Populism is a vague ideology only defined as being on the side of the common people. It sounds perfectly benevolent. But he's not on the side of the common people. He's a white nationalist and a misogynist, and a virulent transphobe, homophobe, and eugenicist. He only cares about cis, straight, white, able-bodied white men. He only cares about the privileged minority.

HuffPo has removed its caption about Donald Trump being racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic. People published a piece about how "cute" Ivanka Trump and her family are.

They know Trump will give them trouble if they refuse to step in line, and since all they care about is money, they'll step right in line. They were only willing to begin to really criticize Trump back when it seemed like a sure thing that he would lose badly. They're not willing to lose nearly half their viewership/readership, either. There is no real journalism to be found with these companies.

Don't read them. Don't watch them. Don't go to their websites. They are not "unbiased" or "neutral" sources. Reject the myth that they are. Give your views and your ratings and your money to those who are actually willing to tell the truth about what's happening. And I'm not talking about clickbaiters.

Democracy Now is doing great work reporting on Standing Rock.

I trust Al Jazeera for international news.

Unicorn Riot has been recommended to me for anarchist-based views.

They're not perfect, but Think Progress is my preferred national liberal news publication.

There are plenty of others. You should also be following the social media accounts of people on the ground at places like Standing Rock. You don't need a journalism degree to be able to tell the truth. I trust the average people who were actually there most of all when it comes to news about specific events.

Unfollow those mainstream media social accounts. The more you hear the hateful actions and words of Trump and his fascist cabinet normalized, the more it will become normalized in your mind. It's basic human psychology. Your brain wants to normalize this shit because it's so much less stressful to pretend that everything's fine. Fight it.

The Standing Rock Situation is About to Get Worse

[TRIGGER WARNING: GENOCIDE ACTIVITY, RACISM, POLICE BRUTALITY]

In following the pattern of broken promises, the Army Corps has apparently reversed its decision to stop the construction of the pipeline and are instead going to attempt to evict the Standing Rock Sioux water protectors from the area. It's their land, and the pipeline construction is illegal, but the Sioux are the ones who were served an eviction notice on the 25th of November.

The Corps says its decision to clear the area is necessary to protect people from violent confrontations with law enforcement and to uphold the Corps’s land leases to private individuals for grazing and haying uses.  It has designated a ‘free speech zone’ south of the Cannonball River, and anyone outside that area will be considered trespassing and subject to forcible removal and prosecution. Anyone that chooses to remain at the encampment “does so at their own risk, and assumes any and all corresponding liabilities for their unlawful presence.”

The Army Corps has said it has no plans to remove the water protectors from the site, but why would they when police from neighboring states can be brought in to arrest, assault, and nearly kill them? This eviction notice is basically, "hey, we're about to give the cops a pass on gassing, shooting, and beating you." And meanwhile, the Army Corps can hit them with all kinds of fines, making some profit off of the abuse of the indigenous peoples.

Oh, and they're bringing the "free speech zones" back! Remember those fun dystopian gems from the W. Bush presidency? I thought they'd be a thing of the past after Obama was elected but haaaaahahahahahaha fuck me.

And it gets worse.

The eviction notice came in a letter from the US Army Corps of Engineers to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, informing the tribe that on Dec. 5th, it will “close” all lands north of the Cannonball River, where the Oceti Sakowin encampment is located. It is no coincidence that the Army Corps of Engineers has chosen Dec 5th, General George Armstrong Custer's birthday, as the date it plans to evict people from the Oceti Sakowin Camp. Custer broke the treaty to dig for gold, the Army Corps is breaking the treaty over oil.

CLASSY AS FUCK, GUYS.

I'm glad that veterans are heading to Standing Rock to support the water protectors, but I don't expect this to stop the police from attacking them. After all, the U.S. government has never actually treated its veterans well.

If you were thinking of heading to Standing Rock to help, try to get there on or before December 5th. But if you're white, for the love of god, don't treat it like Burning Man. Show some fucking respect.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Gif of the Day



Just look how superior.

Alt-Right Watch: Your Local Neo-Nazi Book Club

One of the first websites I've perused in my horrifying quest through the muck is the Daily Stormer, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi "news" website. It's a baffling mess of creepy memes and way too many jokes about castration and Hitler that's going to take some time to get used to. I do not recommend checking it out yourself. But if you really want, here is an archived version from yesterday so you don't give them any traffic.

As I mentioned in my last post, it's not easy to determine what is and is not supposed to be a "joke" in this site's "articles." I'm sure the declaration of the intent to elect "literal Hitler" in 2024 is a "joke," but they do not seem to be joking when claiming that most if not all of the reports of hate crimes following Trump's election are hoaxes. This is a pattern I've observed on Tumblr "anti-sjw" blogs as well - anything inconvenient to their narrative is a hoax.

However, one very serious thing that I want to bring to everyone's attention is the organization of Daily Stormer "book clubs." These are actual IRL (in real life) meet-ups for neo-Nazis happening all over the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and other white-dominated areas. Canada appears to have the biggest neo-pest problem. You can see all the locations and how much activity each area has using this other archived version of the site.

In my area of Seattle, it looks like they've had trouble getting together enough scattered neo-Nazis for a meeting, though it appears that they may have switched to a more private form of communication with one another to organize. In the book report section, you can see "reports" of how past meetings went. According to this, the Seattle Nazis have had multiple meetings.

This may be a disturbing but necessary eye-opener for people who don't believe that there is neo-Nazi activity near them. These "clubs" may appear small, but remember that this is only one platform of organization for them through one site. I'll be keeping an eye on this to see if activity increases.

Popular meeting locations appear to be local libraries, bars, and shooting ranges. As usual, steer clear of groups of white men in khaki shorts.

Alt-Right Watch

[TRIGGER WARNING: ANTI-SEMITISM, WHITE SUPREMACISTS, NEO-NAZIS, GENOCIDE]

I'm starting a new post series called "Alt-Right Watch" (as you can see) that's dedicated to keeping tabs on the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who make up this ideology. I know there's a lot of hype right now about not calling it the alt-right, because that's clearly just branding to avoid the stigma associated with white supremacy and Nazism, but I've seen it argued that the term can be valuable. It describes a specific group and a specific phenomenon.

"Alt-right" was coined in 2008 by white supremacist Richard Spencer to describe a reactionary movement against Republicans because the party wasn't explicitly racist enough. It's made primarily of young white men who are "fed up" with "PC culture," meaning they're tired of being called out for being racist. These men have been recruited and groomed by older, college-educated white supremacists and neo-Nazis to believe that white people are superior and people of color hold them back (no matter how little sense this makes). This may or may not include Jewish people.

Many of these men come from reddit, 4chan, and the much more racist and horrible 8chan. Most if not all of them are raging misogynists, homophobes, and transphobes. You can bet that they have nothing but hate for disabled and fat people, but may use them to attack inclusive movements such as feminism, or women in general (saying that women won't date autistic men or men of a certain body type).

You can read more about the history of the alt-right on the SPLC's website.

It's important that we understand these people if we're going to be fighting against them. There are a couple of key things about the alt-right to keep in mind:


  1. They think they're the victims. Whether they think there's some kind of actual Jewish conspiracy to end whiteness or just think they're being actively discriminated against by our government and society, they genuinely see themselves as victims of a culture that is against them.
  2. They consider themselves "traditionalists," which is code for re-instituting segregation, forcing women back into subservient roles, and taking rights away from LGBT+ people.
  3. They are the "trolls" who have used increasingly bizarre meme language to harass people online, often forcing them off of Twitter or other online platforms. They have created their own subculture with new words and a dialect that relies heavily on memes like "Pepe" (the badly drawn frog guy) and the extremely cringey trend of being as offensive as possible because it's funny to upset people.
  4. Said culture seems to be wrapped in a thousand layers of "irony" which is used both to confused outsiders and serve as a catch-all protecting. Anything too offensive (which doesn't seem to be much of anything anymore) or outright inaccurate can be defended as being a joke.
  5. Many in the alt-right reject the idea that they have any kind of real "leader." And it does appear that they are still loosely associated and disorganized. But as we now know, this does not mean they're not dangerous.

This is what I've gleaned so far, at least. I've only just started to really observe these people, which is not an easy task, because I'm not entirely dead inside. It's also going to be difficult to get a handle on what is "ironic" and what is not, especially since different factions of the alt-right are more comfortable saying clearly bigoted things than others. Some of them use a genocidal and anti-semitic phrase to "mock" those who view them as bigots, while neo-Nazis are perfectly serious about their desires to exterminate Jewish people.

It's going to be quite an undertaking. But someone has to do it, and my hatred of bigotry will pull me through. And the first installment is coming later today, so buckle the fuck up.

Isn't White the Inferior Race?

There's literally no biological difference between races aside from the amount of melanin in the skin, and a lack of melanin puts people at a greater risk of sunburn, heat stroke, and skin cancer. And historically, white people have only ever been good at cowardly violence and exploitation. We don't build anything, just subjugate people of color to do it for us. Many of our "inventions" were stolen from non-white cultures.

So. If you really want to improve the human race we should stop breeding.

Okay, that's not entirely true. We should stop breeding with each other. It's basic scientific knowledge that genetic diversity makes a species stronger. We know this is true for humans. Inbreeding produces a much greater risk of genetic defects. If we white people were at all smart, we'd breed our inferior skin out of existence.

Not that we deserve the affection of people of color. Being inferior as we are.

If your way of thinking were actually based in fact and logic, white supremacists, that is where it would take you.



Thursday, November 24, 2016

Gif of the Day



I'm the Wigglytuff.

Nope

Nothing to celebrate today, but I'll be taking a four day weekend.

If you're thinking about shopping, here's the official Amazon wishlist for the Standing Rock Water Protectors. As things get colder, they need a lot of supplies to keep themselves safe and warm as they do what we white people won't and stand up to oil companies who would see the human race destroyed via global warming.

If you're working over this long weekend, I love you and you deserve all the pie in the world. You'll make it and I hope any asshole who yells at you gets food poisoning.

Here's an amazing gif just for you:



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Gif of the Day



Dog head tilts make the world okay.

You Know What's Weird

One thing that's been eating at me these past two weeks - one of the several things burrowing into my brain and creating a haze of thought punctuated by depression fading in and out of existential dread - is how close up I'd been to this so-called "alt right." These baby neo-Nazis and for all I know full fledged, self-aware neo-Nazis. While I was going through that period of re-enacting trauma, seeking out these bottom feeders to argue and desperately seek validation for the idea that people can change, become better, and come to actually give a fuck about how I feel, I encountered many of whom I used to call "trolls."

There were different types. There were those who seemed to care little about appearances and simply thrived on seeking out and attacking raw spots in people to try and upset them as much as possible. They were more spectacle than substance, much like Trump, and just as vile. 

Then there were the "intellectual" types, the ones that used ten-dollar words and talked a lot about "logical fallacies." Most of the time their use of these betrayed the fact that they hadn't even taken a rudimentary logic class. These were the ones who could really draw you in for hours as they trotted out one completely shit "source" after another and accused every other sentence you wrote of being some kind of fallacy or showing "bias." All they'd have to do is repeat these tactics over and over until they exhausted their "opponent." As stubborn and ornery as I was (am), I rarely let them have this satisfaction and took pride in driving them to be the one to finally give up and block me.

Many identified as men's rights activists, anti-feminists or anti-sjw's. They railed against modern feminism as going too far or being all about hating/oppressing men. These were the staunch "all lives matter" folks who could be exposed as complete racists in a matter of minutes, if you knew what you were doing. They were the anti-"PC culture" crusaders who thought that being considerate with language is fascism, or something.

There were so many. And like I said in one of my recent posts, they started to come around less and less this year. I thought they were going away, but apparently they were only hiding. 

Now they're revealing themselves in full force in the perceived safety of an incoming Trump presidency. And the tactics that people are exposing as being part of an actual concerted effort to build this "alt right" force are awfully familiar. Many of the "trolls" I argued with used them, with varying proficiency. Some of them with such skill that I worried. It made me think that maybe they were a serious threat. They couldn't sway me, but misleading info-dumps and twisty-turny logic can work on a lot of people who are uninformed about these tactics and unequipped to see through them.

Maybe they stopped trying to argue with me because they were too busy working this spell on vulnerable, impressionable young white people, particularly white men. They swept them up in secret and manipulated them into their world of mental hate-gymnastics, right under our noses. 

And it's just weird to think that I directly communicated with so many people who were white supremacists and neo-Nazis all along. Most were probably just pawns, not knowing that they were being sucked into Nazism. But I bet that some of them, the ones whose insidious faux-logic and fancy word use could easily trick those vulnerable to their message, knew exactly what they were. 

I'll never forget the comment section argument I had with one man who claimed that the police in whatever part of Canada he lived in, I forget, were afraid to mess with him because he was so good in court and buddy-buddy with all the lawyers and he was going to sue me for calling him a misogynist online. I laughed at him, because it was a hilariously empty threat, of course, but the way he stuck to his guns no matter how many times I told him that I knew he was full of shit and that you couldn't sue someone for calling you a misogynist on an internet comments section, that stuck with me.

Because you see, people are impressed by conviction. If you repeat lies enough times and if you act hard enough like you're right, people will believe you. That's a big part of how Trump happened.

I won't underestimate these people again.  

Where Are the Democrats?

And when I say "Democrats," I mean the actual politicians. Our congressional and senatorial representatives. State and federal level. Our blue governors. Where are they?

I mean, in general, I haven't seen the outrage and existential panic that I should have seen from the vast majority of people. But the Democrats not only have the power to do something, it's in their best interest. Do they not want to be in power? Do they not really care? Are they working on some secret strategy that involves a lot of radio silence?

I don't know what Hillary Clinton is doing right now. Maybe she's just done with it all. Maybe she knows hope is lost in a way that I can't know because I'm not part of the club. But computer scientists and now even Jill Stein are calling for an audit of the ballots in a number of key swing states because they say there are serious indications of fraud. Election rigging.

But so far, not a peep from her or Obama or any other actual Democrat politician, as far as I know. And why? Currently, former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory of heinous anti-trans bathroom bill fame is outright refusing to accept the results of the November 8 race for governor despite the fact that he lost handily. McCrory is still refusing to accept the outcome and concede, insisting that voter fraud must have occurred. This has sparked fears that he may be attempting to exploit a loophole in which if conflict over election results go on too long, the state congress can just step in and basically name a winner. Since the North Carolina congress is dominated by the right, guess who'll get that appointment?




When it seemed like Al Gore won by a small margin in 2000, Republicans flipped their shit and demanded multiple recounts. Then, once the results came out in their favor, they were happy, and the Democrats just shrugged and let it slide. Then we had four years of W. Bush.

Is there something fundamentally wrong with the Democrats? Is this part of that liberal mindset that you need to always be nice and take some imaginary high road no matter how many lives it could cost? No matter if your opponents even bother to play by the rules anymore?

It's fucking baffling at this point. I've of course heard and kind of nervously brushed aside accusations that the Republicans and Democrats are all in this shit together to try and keep a select few in power, but SOMETIMES THESE BLUE FUCKERS MAKE ME WONDER.

Ahem. This post was inspired by a series of tweets I came across on a Tumblr post (fucking hell) by someone named Matthew Chapman. Here's a link to the Tumblr post where you can see them all in order. Warning for the gif of Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt making out.

Such a long list of things Democrats could be doing but aren't. I'd hope that it was part of some grander plan but I've been disappointed before. Are they really negotiating already? God help us.

Black Kids Still Being Gunned Down for No Reason

[TRIGGER WARNING: MURDER OF A CHILD, GUN VIOLENCE, ANTI-BLACK RACISM]

In a repeat of the brutal murder of Jordan Davis, an old white man named William Ronald murdered 15-year-old James Means by shooting him twice in the abdomen after a brief verbal exchange apparently related to the child bumping into the grown man by accident upon entering the store earlier. And just like Michael Dunn, Davis' murderer, Ronald showed no remorse for these actions. He went home and ate dinner like it was any other day.

After being arrested, he said: "The way I look at it, that's another piece of trash off the street."

To white men like Ronald, black children are not human. He did not see that child as a human being. Nor even an animal. Just a "piece of trash" to be disposed of. This is literally what he thinks, according to the thing he actually said.

And U.S. white supremacy marches on.

The photos of Means rip my heart in half. He was a child. He was a baby. He didn't do anything wrong. He did not deserve to die.

Rest in peace, James Means.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Gif of the Day



Why hasn't there been a Carlton Dances On Things website yet?

Anti-Semitism Remains Strong, Gets Bold

[TRIGGER WARNING: NAZIS, NAZI RHETORIC, HOLOCAUST]

The list of horrors that I read about yesterday left me stunned, my head foggy and swirling. At one point I became terrified. I questioned how it is that I could keep coming into work, doing my unremarkable job at a tech company, and pretend that everything is normal when the nation is watching as a force of neo-Nazis and general white supremacists rises out of the shadows and prepares to take over the country.

Clearly, part of how I'm doing it is by blogging at work because they don't have enough for us to do. So I'm gonna do more important work until they get their shit together.

Yesterday, I saw a conference of neo-Nazis celebrating the election of Trump, shouting "Heil Trump" and giving the Nazi salute, and I saw a banner headline on fucking CNN that said "Alt-Right Founder Questions if Jews Are People."

I know you don't want to believe me, but here it is:




It's bad enough that anyone dared to pose that question out in the open. But what in the fuck is CNN doing putting that headline up on the air as though it's a normal thing to happen? That headline should read "Horrific Anti-Semite Spouts Dehumanizing Nazi Rhetoric."

This is not okay. The neo-Nazis are going to see this and become even bolder, because now the humanity of Jewish people has become a "question" and a debate. This is exactly how we went down the path to the Holocaust last time.

I was shocked by that Twitter story that explained how fast fascism moves. Yet here I am, still shocked that the neo-Nazis have become so bold so quickly. I'm also shocked, and I can thank my gentile privilege for this, that anti-semitism has remained so widespread and so strong over the years. But clearly it has. And here we are.

Don't believe me? Maybe listen to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, which was only a few blocks away from yesterday's Nazi "Heil Trump" conference.

The targeting of Jews was central to Nazi racist ideology. The Germans attempted to kill every Jewish man, woman and child they could find.  Nazi racism extended to other groups. By the end of World War II, the Germans and their collaborators had murdered six million Jews and millions of other innocent civilians, many of whom were targeted for racial reasons. 
The Holocaust did not begin with killing; it began with words. The Museum calls on all American citizens, our religious and civic leaders, and the leadership of all branches of the government to confront racist thinking and divisive hateful speech.

These people know what they're talking about.

We can, in part, thank the soft liberal "everyone's opinion is valid" rhetoric for letting this shit happen. And after that, we need to shut this shit down.

I'm seriously considering printing out fliers and posting them around my area that explain in so many words that Nazi shit will not be tolerated here. There's been at least one report of a hate crime in the city of Bothell where I live, just north of the supposedly liberal Seattle. Everyone needs to do what they can locally. No tolerance for Nazis.

Welcome to the New Global Rise of Fascism

[TRIGGER WARNING: NAZIS, XENOPHOBIA, ANTI-IMMIGRANT RACISM]

This blog is pretty U.S.-centric and that is because I live in the U.S. and always have. But I have noticed, as have many others, that a rise in fascism has not been a U.S.-exclusive experience in the past several years. As it often does in a connected world such as ours, political opinion shifts globally, even if there are differences in extent locally.

I'm talking Europe. I'm talking your so-called liberal havens of Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Places where socialism was supposed to have flourished. But oh, look at that, they're all very white countries. And here comes a bunch of immigrants and refugees created by U.S. imperialism destroying various countries in the Middle East and Africa. Now the white people are mad because they have to share their stuff with brown people! And along comes fascism.

Over two years ago, neo-Nazis started taking hold in Germany in a serious way by taking over the city of Dortmund. Which recently saw a large influx of asylum-seekers.

The Danish People's Party, which came in second in the 2015 election, is responsible for the country having some of the toughest immigration laws around. They are nationalist that oppose multiculturalism.

Finland's nationalist party also came in second last year, and the party leader is the country's Foreign Minister. Seems like a great idea.

France has had a xenophobia problem for... maybe ever, but they're outdoing themselves by seeing to the rise of Marine Le Pen, head of the fascist "National Front" and daughter of a holocaust-denier. She wants to ban immigrants and orchestrate mass deportations. She's been ranked the second-most influential MEP in the European Parliament and is on track to become the President of France.

Greece has got itself a straight-up neo-Nazi party which got seven percent of the vote in 2015. Unlike in the U.S., this actually means something. The Golden Dawn is now the third-most powerful political party in the country.

In Hungary, the fascist part got 20.7% of the vote and is actively subjugating the Roma population. The party has also been known to use anti-semitic rhetoric.

Italy went from four percent of the vote (five MEPs) to the anti-immigration Northern League in 2013 to giving them 16-17% according to polls from February.

The Netherlands contains one of Europe's most recognizable fascists, one Geert Wilders. He heads the third-most powerful party in the country and is dedicated to Islamophobia. He wants the Qur'an to be banned and was once on trial for inciting hatred against ethnic groups. He had to go right back very recently.

The Sweden Democrats may seem nice, but don't be fooled. They're nationalists that oppose multiculturalism and want strict immigration controls.

In the middle of the "migrant crisis," Switzerland's nationalist Swiss People's Party grew to get 29.4% of the vote last year. They're responsible for gross "black sheep" posters calling for the deportation of "criminal foreigners."

And then over in Australia, it's the same thing. The recent election of Pauline Hanson brought fascism back into the continent nation, with her extreme anti-immigration and Islamophobic sentiments. She even wants to introduce a "National Identity Card" that people have to use to access any government services. Terrifying when you consider how easy it would be to keep those from whoever the people in power wanted.

It get's worse every year. But people continue to deny/ignore it. Over at HuffPo, the site's shit white men are writing pieces about how it's not fascism that's on the rise, it's nationalism! And nationalism is totally a good thing! Look at all the good things that have come from nationalism! No, don't pay attention to the fact that it's basically synonymous with racism and xenophobia. Don't look at the dead bodies. Nationalism thinks that people* should have rights!

(*Restrictions apply. You may not deserve rights if you have the wrong skin color or love the wrong people.)

So this is our reality, folks. It hasn't yet been a century, but it's back. We're plowing right into another global fascist period. Will we survive this time? With nuclear weapons and global warming a reality, I'm not sure. All we can do is fight as hard as we can. Fighting fascism and standing up for the oppressed is the duty of every decent human being on the planet.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Gif of the Day



This is the perfect gif.

Trans Day of Remembrance

Yesterday was the 2016 Transgender Day of Remembrance - a day set aside to remember the many trans people who have been needlessly lost to murder, suicide, and health issues related to a lack of proper medical care. Wikipedia reports 24 deaths of trans people in 2016 that were confirmed to be because of unlawful physical violence. Also known as murder. The list is alarming. Black trans woman. Black trans woman. Black trans woman. Latina trans woman. Black trans woman. And so on.

This year's TDoR is especially tragic due to the recent election of Donald Trump and his virulently hateful Vice President Elect. More than a few suicide notes were found from trans people, including kids, shortly after Election Day. Suicide hotlines, particularly those that cater specifically to trans people, were overloaded. Those who are continuing to survive are facing some terrible choices.

The Trans People Who Are Detransitioning To Stay Safe In Trump’s America

Younger trans people feel the same. Tolvo, a genderfluid (“I’m a woman most of the time”) 24-year-old who’s been socially transitioning since she was 23, says that the day after the election was a harrowing and dangerous time. “The results of the election devastated me. I fell into a deep depression and had heavily suicidal urges. I did harm to myself by sitting out in the cold just trying to clear my mind for an hour in only PJs until my dad found me and brought me inside. I also got in a huge fight with my mother where she outed me to my father. It was one of the worst 24-hour periods of my life.” At that point, Tolvo says, “detransitioning was already in my mind. I was afraid of being beaten or killed. At the same time I couldn’t bear going back to living as a man, how it felt like just thinking about it was poison to my body.”

For trans people, they have to choose between possibly facing grisly murder on the streets or by the state and going back to a state of being that can cause severe dysphoria, depression, and suicidal urges. Either route could easily end in death. Nobody should ever have to make that kind of choice. These people do simply because many (thought not most) voters in the U.S. decided that not all its residents should be safe here.

Don't forget about trans people in the coming fight. Us cis people need to keep remembering them today and every day going forward. This is life and death.

If You Can't Take the Heat, Get Out of the White House

Remember when Donald Trump Jr. said that women who "can't handle" harassment don't belong in the workplace?

Trump: Pence 'harassed' by 'Hamilton' cast

Fake Donald Trump returns to SNL, and the real one is not happy




Get these two out of the White House. They can't handle harassment, so they're not fit for the job.

Seriously, this is another in a giant mountain of examples in which fascists, racists, misogynists, and other horrible bigots will horrifically harass or even assault people and say that they should just have to put up with it and that it's nothing, but when faced with anything that even slightly resembles people being mean to them, they break down in Internet tears. Clearly, they can only dish it.

It's not a good look for a president. Hillary Clinton has many flaws but you can bet she wouldn't be blinking an eye at a critical portrayal from SNL or her VP being booed at a musical. She knows what real harassment is.

For Crying Out Loud, Still??

So the President said "stop building the pipeline" and the Army Corps of Engineers said "stop building the pipeline" but instead this happens.

Water Cannons Fired at Water Protectors in Freezing Temperatures Injure Hundreds

Hundreds of water protectors were injured at the Standing Rock encampments when law enforcement blasted them with water cannons in freezing temperatures Sunday evening.   The attacks came as water protectors used a semi-truck to remove burnt military vehicles that police had chained to concrete barriers weeks ago, blocking traffic on Highway 1806.  Water protectors’ efforts to clear the road and improve access to the camp for emergency services were met with tear gas, an LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device), stinger grenades, rubber bullets, and indiscriminate use of a water cannon with an air temperature of 26 degrees Fahrenheit. Some flares shot by law enforcement started grass fires which were ignored by the water cannons and had to be extinguished by water protectors. Law enforcement also shot down three media drones and targeted journalists with less lethal rounds. 

This is in North Fucking Dakota, remember. It's bad enough (and incredibly dangerous) to get people wet in freezing temperatures, but have you ever been hit by a fast-flying hard object in that kind of cold? My frame of reference is getting hit in the exposed thigh with a soccer ball back in my teens when it was below freezing. It hurts like hell. And those are a lot slower with a much wider surface area than rubber bullets.

Last I heard, around 167 people were injured from this ridiculous attack. Because the police had blocked emergency services access to the camp and they were trying to clear the road. Now they really need emergency services.

Fucking. Stop.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Gif of the Day



Simple concept, very difficult for some people to grasp.

Recommended Reading

There's been a lot of talk about the poor, neglected "white working class." These are the people who are oppressed by the wealthy and by capitalism, struggling to get by and suffering all the various indignities, illnesses, and misery that come with poverty. These are also the people who, instead of looking to the real source of their oppression, blame people of color.

‘White Working Class’ Narrative Is Nothing but a Racist Dog Whistle

Author Kirsten West Savali points out how the key districts in the essential swing state of Pennsylvania has seen a dramatic increase in Latinx residents in recent years.

According to the 2010 census (pdf), the Latinx population in the U.S. grew by 43 percent between 2000 and 2010. In Hazleton, Pa., which is located in Luzerne County, between 2000 and 2010 the demographics shifted from being 90 percent white to nearly 50 percent Latinx. An estimated 10 percent of the Latinx population consists of undocumented immigrants, Philly.com reports. 
Matthews, who is from Pennsylvania, touched on immigration in an interview with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, saying, “[The white working class] just feels that elite leaders, they don’t regulate any immigration, it seems.” Then later: “It’s a deep sense of the country being taken away and betrayed.” 
So many white tears.

You can go to the article itself to see the linked census data.

This piece does a fantastic job at pointing out that little has changed in the U.S. but the language. A little change of language and racists can sneak around pretending they're not racist while voting for a man who is clearly racist because he's promising to deport the people of color moving into their previously entirely white neighborhoods.

History has shown that getting rid of the brown people won't solve any of the "white working class" problems, yet they fall for it again and again.

A lot of white people are still stuck on "how" and "why" could Trump get elected, and the answer is as simple as it's ever been. Racism. RACISM.



Protests and Direct Action Work

I want to preface this by saying DO NOT stop putting pressure on those in power about Standing Rock and the DAPL. That being said, the tide is starting to turn on this issue thanks to the water protectors and people engaging in direct, targeted action.

Largest Bank in Norway Sells Its Assets in Dakota Access Pipeline

According to an email I got, this happened two days after a group of activists walked into the bank and hand-delivered a petition signed by hundreds of thousands of people asking them to divest in the pipeline. Sometimes petitions do help, if they're paired with other forms of action. If it weren't for the water protectors standing directly in the path of the pipeline construction, I can almost guarantee that a petition would have done nothing. Widespread press on the issue helped, too.

This also happened a couple days ago:

Army Corps of Engineers Says Pipeline Construction Can't Continue Without Tribe Input

I mean, it shouldn't have started without tribe input or have even been considered at all for construction on their land but ok.

Monday's letter from the Army Corps to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dakota Access LLC, and Energy Transfer Partners said construction "cannot occur because the Army has not made a final decision on whether to grant an easement." It said they would work with the Standing Rock Sioux on a timeline "that allows for robust discussion and analysis to be completed expeditiously."

I haven't heard whether this declaration has actually stopped construction. The election has pushed news of Standing Rock out of the spotlight, unfortunately. But orders from the President didn't seem to stop it, so.

Still, all of this is great to shove in the faces of the people who are trying to claim that protests don't accomplish anything right now.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Gif of the Day



This is an expert level of laziness.

Please Sign This

Now that the election is over and we're all fucked, President Obama has two months to do some good without much effecting himself or other Democrats. He can do a lot of good in that time.

Chelsea Manning is still in prison. She recently attempted suicide for the second time. She's already served six years of a draconian 35-year sentence, more time than any whistleblower has ever received. President Obama has the power to commute her sentence to time served, allowing her to be released immediately. It's not as good as a pardon but she needs to get the fuck out of that men's prison. 

Petitions on this subject have been entirely unsuccessful as far as I can tell, but we can at least force the White House to give us a response on this rather than completely ignoring it if we get 100,000 signatures on a We the People petition within 30 days. I've already signed it. Please sign it and ask your friends and family to sign it. Maybe we can save this brave, persecuted trans woman's life.

Here Comes Fascism!

In addition to the appointment of Steve "Actual White Supremacist" Bannon as chief White House strategist for Donald Trump, there are a large number of giant red flags popping up that say "HEY LOOK OUT THESE ARE KEY ELEMENTS OF FASCISM HEY."

First we have not-even-at-all-veiled legal threats toward those who criticize the President Elect.


Then, she added: "He should be very careful about characterizing somebody in a legal sense. He thinks -- he thinks he's just being some kind of political pundit there, but I would say be very careful about the way you characterize it." 
Conway's reference to "a legal sense" led host Chris Wallace to follow up, pressing Conway on whether she was suggesting Trump might sue Reid. 
"No, I'm not suggesting that at all," Conway said. "I'm calling for responsibility and maturity and decency for somebody who has held one of the highest positions in our government, in a country of more than 300 million people."

No, she's not suggesting that. She outright said it. She said "in a legal sense."

"It took only five days for President-elect Trump to try to silence his critics with the threat of legal action. This should shock and concern all Americans," said Adam Jentleson, Reid's deputy chief of staff in the statement.

It should, shouldn't it?

What's next? Crushing freedom of religion? Check!

Georgia Bill Could Make Niqabs And Hijabs Illegal In Public

House Bill 3, written by state Rep. Jason Spencer (R), aims to alter the language of Georgia’s anti-masking law to include women. This would make it a misdemeanor for anyone to wear any type of hood or veil — including niqabs and hijabs — while driving and in public spaces, according to a report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

I'd say that there's no way this would hold up in court if it passes, but in Trump's America, who knows anymore?

But we're okay here on the opposite side of the country, in liberal Washington State, right?

GUESS AGAIN ASSHOLES.

Washington GOPer Proposes Charging Protesters With 'Economic Terrorism'

WHAT

The proposed bill would allow police to charge protesters who “block transportation and commerce, cause property damage, threaten jobs and put public safety at risk” with a class C felony. Ericksen said strikes and picketing would still be permitted. 
The Republican state senator said similar charges would apply to those who “fund, organize, sponsor” such protests, and the bill would force such individuals to “pay restitution up to triple the amount of economic damage” done.



That is the exact right face. Thank you, Dan McBride Photography.

The activities listen in the bill are already against the law, which is fucked, but to make them a felony and call them terrorism??

Hello, fascism.

EDIT:

IT JUST KEEPS COMING.

Reported Trump national security adviser called for purging military to ensure Trumpist loyalty

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Gif of the Day



Same dude.

Can We Convince the Electoral College to Elect Hillary Clinton?

You may have seen articles and petitions going around addressing the fact that the voters in the electoral college don't technically have to vote based on the way the districts swung in their states and can in fact choose to vote based on the national popular vote instead. They may incur fines for doing so, I think around $1,000, which is not much for the kind of people who are granted this power.

Is it possible? Yes. Is it likely? No. This has never happened before and the political consequences for those who would choose to vote against tradition could be grave. This doesn't mean they shouldn't. It just means they probably won't. And we need quite a few to do so if Hillary Clinton is going to be made President.

I'm not saying this to poo-poo the idea or tell you not to sign any petitions. I signed the petitions. But I don't want to peddle false hope either. You should still be preparing.

However, it has been found that it's not possible to pass the laws being considered by key swing states that would let them vote with the national popular vote without being fined or otherwise legally punished in time to stop a Trump presidency. The deadline to pass those so that the electoral college could use the new rule in this election was back in July, apparently.

You can still sign petitions and general urge your representatives to pass this law, or just abolish the electoral college altogether because it was created for explicitly racist purposes and is pointless. But chances of the electoral colleges in swing states going for Hillary are slim. If you're wondering why I didn't include it in the What the Hell Do We Do Now Masterpost, that's why.

This does not mean all is lost. Even with a Trump presidency and an entirely red federal government, we're going to go on fighting. We can stop every fucked up law they put out there if we put our minds to it. If they want to deport anyone, or take away anyone's rights, they'll have to go through me.

So, Donald Trump and Russia, Um?

Okay so, the day after the election, Russia is like "lol yeah we were totally in contact with Trump the whole time lmao." Like, I'm assuming they released that information as a deliberate "fuck you" to the U.S. Not even the rumors and clear indications about Trump being buddy-buddy with Putin were enough to stop Trump/Russia from becoming the U.S. President. They've gotta be laughing it up right now. Another victory for the Committee to Shame and Humiliate America.

Donald Trump’s Many, Many, Many, Many Ties to Russia

Trump, Putin speak about future of US-Russia ties

Russia 'emboldened by Donald Trump's election victory' to pull support from International Criminal Court

And like, are we doing anything about this? Most of the time I do not want to know what the CIA is up to, but I'm a little curious now. I'd long been under the impression that the U.S. was such a ridiculously powerful force with its secret, imperialistic fingers in everything via the CIA and other frightening organizations that there was no way a country like Russia could successfully infiltrate the presidential election. Is this part of a Master Plan? Has the CIA lost its touch?

Do I really want to know?

I dunno. I guess I just do not know what the fuck to expect anymore. On the one hand, part of me wants to see the U.S. destroyed or at least taken down a few pegs. On the other hand, Russia is not better right now, and Putin is a fascist himself.

But mostly I feel like this all has to be a colossal joke. Putin and Trump both seem like cartoon villains. They're two utterly ridiculous but at the same time terrible people who have somehow gained power and no one can seem to do anything to stop them. What the fuck is even happening?

Is this some kind of Bizarro world? Who fucked up the timeline? Somebody fucking fix this.



Mail Time!

[TRIGGER WARNING: MISOGYNY]

Oh look, I got some hate mail! Time to have fun!

Mr. "Hugh Mungus" writes:

I am just sending this to basically say that I have proudly reported this pathetic blog of yours for hate speech, harassment and bullying. You are just a pathetic, insecure, degenerative, cancerous, waste of oxygen whose only mad that daddy didn't give you enough love. I honestly can see why. If you were my daughter, I would disown you or better yet not allow you to live. Sorry not sorry *spit*

I honestly can't decide what's funniest about this. Let's make a list of the hilarious aspects of this hate mail.


  1. The fact that people like this whine day and night about people reporting actual hate speech and harassment and call it an attack on freedom of speech and then turn around and report people they don't like.
  2. Being accused of hate speech because I'm critical of privilege and don't tolerate bigotry.
  3. Being told I engage in hate speech, harassment and bullying by a person who came into my inbox to tell me they'd kill me if they were my parent.
  4. The bit where I'm "just pathetic and insecure" yet somehow also a cancer and such a threat that I need to be reported.
  5. Text-miming spitting at me.

Honestly I think it's the "*spit*". Is this the year 2002 and/or a teenage roleplay chat room?

There is one thing about this that makes me angry, though.

Hugh Mungus? How are you going to go with the last name "Mungus" when you could have been "Hugh Jass?" What kind of missed opportunity, I mean, really? How dare you.

Oh, and if anyone doesn't believe this is real, here's a screen shot of it in my email:

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Keep the entertainment coming!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Gif of the Day



Dog going down a slide A SLIDE.

What the Hell Do We Do Now Masterpost

First, let yourself be upset. A lot of people are going to tell you that you're overreacting. You're not. I don't care who you are or how you feel or how long those feelings last. You are allowed to have those feelings. Okay? Okay.

Next, get ready for battle.

This may not be true for everyone, but I feel better when I start taking action to make things stop sucking. There are a lot of things that can be done to help, so figure out the best role for yourself.

The Little Things


There are a lot of small actions you can take, and if we all do our part, it can make our society substantially better. Some of these small things are harder than they might sound for some people, so don't overdo it. You'll be more successful if you don't push yourself too hard. Push a little at a time. It's just like physical exercise. But it needs to be more than sharing articles on Facebook.

First and foremost, DON'T NORMALIZE TRUMP. Don't let yourself or anyone else accept and treat as normal that Donald Trump is President Elect, or later, President. It's not normal or okay to have him in the White House. It is not okay to have a misogynistic, racist, Islamophic, ableist, fat-hating, homophobic and transphobic rapist in the White House. The moment you treat it as normal, not only do people stop fighting, but he becomes the baseline for U.S. Presidents and we could end up with someone even worse.

Confronting or correcting the people in your lives is important. This doesn't necessarily mean getting into your grandma's face and yelling at her for being racist. If your family is abusive and you have to rely on them, I'm not going to advise you to do that kind of thing. There are much more subtle ways to get people thinking about their assumptions and prejudices without overturning the boat.

This article, once again by Ijeoma Oluo, asks a lot of questions that can give you many ideas about how to nudge people in your life in the right direction. There are studies showing that diversity in the workplace increases creativity and productivity that can be sent to your bosses. Parents demand things from schools all the time - using a firm but reasonable tone to demand consent education will likely be a welcome change from whatever kinds of things bored rich white parents yell at them about. When people engage in stereotypes, counter them with facts. If they start getting all offended, feel free to pull "I'm just saying."

People with privilege can use that advantage to get others to listen. Use that empathy, thinking back to the time you used to get all defensive when people first suggested that you have an unfair advantage. Use the trust your fellow privileged people have in you to casually recommend books or articles or documentaries that could open their eyes. Use your best judgement here.

Recognize when people are lost causes and punish them by cutting them out of your life if you can. You are not a bad person for doing this. Don't let them make you feel guilty for it. You're not a bad person for putting yourself above friends and family members who clearly don't care much about you.

Tweet at, review, and post on the Facebook pages of companies that support, excuse, or normalize Trump. Threaten to boycott, and do. Boycotts do work and companies will listen if enough customers speak up. You can start with People Magazine and other publications that are already softening Trump's bigotry for him and treating him like any other President Elect.

Change your everyday language. Use "white supremacy" instead of "racism" where appropriate. This is not hyperbole. Make sure you're saying "undocumented immigrants" and not "illegal immigrants." Again, refer to Trump and his cabinet as fascists. White supremacists. Rapists. Instead of "minorities," call marginalized people marginalized or oppressed. Call men who drool over underage girls pedophiles. Make sure you know the difference between a hijab and a niqab. Refer to all marginalized people as "people" as much as you can.

Bystander Intervention


This is very important for those of us who have enough privilege to feel reasonably safe doing so. If you see a hate crime in progress - and by that I mean any form of violence toward a marginalized person based on their marginalization - do something.

This comes with an important caveat of stop and think before calling the police. Sometimes you may need to, but if the target is a trans woman, or a black person, or a Muslim person, or seems to be having an issue due to mental illness that is causing them to behave erratically, getting the police involved could get them killed.

Better things you can do range from pretending to know the target of bigoted harassment and starting a conversation with them to shouting at the attacker to stop to fighting a physically violent attacker off if need be. The important thing is to show the bigot that their target is not alone. This is often enough to get any bigot to back off. If you feel safe doing so, loudly standing up for the victim can not only make the bigot back off, but shows everyone nearby that that kind of bullshit will not be tolerated. Hopefully others will join in. Often one person just needs to take the first step.

Pretty much anything is better than doing nothing at all. Do not tolerate it. Start screeching like a pterodactyl to distract the attacker. Throw rocks from a distance. "Accidentally" spill hot coffee on their pants. Ask someone bigger and more privileged nearby to help. Do something. Please.

Petitioning Your Representatives


There's a right way and a wrong way to contact your local and national representatives. Basically, signing online petitions and sending emails doesn't do a whole lot, but calling or showing up at public forums can make a real impact. Unfortunately, the latter two are a lot more difficult for many people, but if you think you can push yourself a little and want to help, this is a good area to do so.

One Emily Ellsworth published a series of tweets inspired by her time as a congressional staffer about the best ways to get the attention of politicians. She explains that it's staffers who field the emails and the calls, but if enough people call on an issue, they'll let your representative know because it's going to slow down the entire office.

You can see the entirety of her advice on Boing Boing.


Join Your Local Anti-Fascist Groups


Collective action is exponentially better than individual action. There are both local and national groups that you can join that are dedicated to fighting bigotry and supporting the oppressed. These include anti-racist groups, feminist groups, LGBT+ groups, and actual anti-fascist organizations.

Anti-fascist groups, who collectively refer to themselves and their movement as antifa, are serious direct action organizations focused entirely on countering white supremacists, neo nazis, various hate groups, and other fascists. They show up to counter-protest rallies put on by these people. Their goal is to send a very clear message that fascism will not be tolerated. This message-sending includes the use of physical confrontation. Some might call this "violence," I call it defending one's community. Self-defense and defending those who can't defend themselves.

A lot of people might consider this to be distasteful, but I want you to consider the fact that oppressors have never given up their power without violence happening. They're not gonna go quietly. At best they'll give us some crumbs in the hopes that we'll shut up. But they'll do anything to maintain their power.

That being said, there are many reasons that this kind of action could be too dangerous or impossible (physically or emotionally) for people. You can still join and be a part of planning and other behind-the-scenes work. If you prefer, groups like Black Lives Matter or groups dedicated to petitioning politicians are always available.

There have also been groups popping up run by privileged people that are dedicated to confronting one's privilege and using it to help the oppressed. Seattle has the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites for white people, and there are online efforts like the White Nonsense Roundup.

Here's a list of groups I've joined or am looking to join in the near future:



I'm most active in groups where I can examine and utilize my privilege to help those I have privilege over. Namely people of color. My plan of action involves actually going to real, in-person meetings and trying to get others to come with me. This will ease me out of my comfort zone while allowing me to do more good than just blogging about it. The blogging's good, but I need to take the next step.

Going to Protests


This is another thing that is a big step for a lot of people and is inaccessible to some. For me, taking that step was an emotionally rewarding experience.

Don't let people tell you that protests are pointless or that people should do X instead of protesting. If protests didn't work, people wouldn't be whining about them so much. Protests may not cause immediate change, but they're great for getting attention, for showing oppressed individuals that there are a large number of people who support them, and for getting people together.

If you're thinking about attending protests, there are some guidelines you need to follow. Here's my list based on my own experiences at protests:

  • Follow the direction of the marginalized people leading the protests. I've mostly been to Black Lives Matter protests, and I listen to the direction of the black women.
  • If you're privileged, don't lead chants. Don't go to a BLM protest and start a chant if you're white. If another privileged person is trying to lead a chant, ignore them or direct them to stop.
  • Don't be swayed by the white male anarchists. If the marginalized leaders direct you to try and get on a freeway or confront the police, then you can. Do confront privileged anarchists if they start doing things to provoke the police without permission. This could put marginalized individuals in danger and/or send a message they don't want to send.
  • If you're privileged, don't be in the front or middle of the march. As much as you can, put your bodies between the marginalized individuals and the police. At BLM protests, I stay on the edge of the crowd and keep an eye on the cops. If a confrontation occurs, there should be a line of white people linking arms directly in front of the line of police. Again, look to the marginalized leaders for direction.
  • If there's conflict between marginalized groups you have privilege over, stay out of it. If your fellow privileged people are causing problems, collect them.
  • If you don't feel like you can confront the police, don't. You don't have to be up in their faces. But don't just leave if things start getting a little rough. You can back off a bit and observe from a distance. It's very likely that the march will continue in another direction.

There are also plenty of guidelines to be found on what to do if you're arrested or hurt during a protest. Milk in the eyes for pepper spray and tear gas, not water.

Prepare for Revolution


There is the possibility that things could go bad very quickly. As I've said before, we're not ready for revolution. Part of my plan is to seek out an organization that is trying to get ready and support them as much as I can. Individually, you can prepare by stockpiling supplies. Not just food and water, but people that marginalized people might need. Think about what people might need to survive. People will need medication for physical and mental illness. Alternatives can be helpful as well, such as supplements that can alleviate depression. Consider certain types of clothing like bras, binders for trans men, and head coverings.

This may seem extreme to a lot of people, but history has shown us that significant change doesn't happen without some kind of revolution. That's how the U.S. came into being. That and stealing Native American land and genocide, but you know.

Reading Material and Education


You can never be too educated on this subject. Most of the reading I do is simple posts and articles written by marginalized individuals. I find these by following them on social media. There are many people, pages, and organizations you can follow on whatever platform you enjoy spending time on.

Here are some people I follow:


That's just some highlights from Facebook and Twitter. You're not ready for my Tumblr yet.

There's so much potential reading material that I couldn't even begin to list it all. But one thing I might focus on are books that teach you how to organize and get active in your communities. I also really, really recommend Capitalism Must Die (free PDF!) to everybody. It does a great job of explaining what capitalism is and why it needs to go. And I mean needs.

I just picked up Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow: an organizing guide on Kindle. It was free for a day and is currently only 99 cents for a digital copy. I've heard good things about it and plan to begin reading it very soon.

Haymarket Books put out a "Stop Trump Reading List"!

If you feel like you have any particular gaps in an area, especially involving people you have privilege over, comment or email me and I'll be glad to send you recommendations.

Support Each Other


The other day an individual reached out to me while I was sitting alone in a bar. I don't usually do that, I was just waiting for my friend's show to start. He asked me who I knew in the band and asked me questions about myself and invited me to sit with him. His partner joined us later and was just as kind. We talked a little about the election but mostly just told each other about ourselves. It's rare for that to happen in Seattle, so I was surprised, and very pleasantly so.

It made me realize how important community is. It's incredibly important to reach out to the people you know who are most affected by this election and make sure they're okay. Doing little things to support them and make their lives easier in the coming months is one of the best forms of activism you can engage in. Small gestures of kindness to marginalized strangers can help people feel safe and cared for. And of course, donations when you can spare the money always help.

We're in this together. Remember that there are millions of people out there who are like us and believe that everyone deserves basic human rights and to have their basic needs met unconditionally. People who see that hateful bigotry still exists in every facet of our society and who want to do everything they can to stop the needless suffering of those unlucky enough to be born a white, able-bodied, thin, neurotypical, cishet white man.

Love as much as you can, but don't tolerate bigotry and don't tolerate fascism.

I love all of you very much. Keep fighting. Keep existing.