Politics

inspiration central: fuck shit up

by lizzie & isaiah on November 26, 2011 · 1 comment

This GIF from Majestic Society is rocking my world. I only wish you could make animated protest posters, because I would don this at Occupy Fort Worth.

Image via Majestic Society

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what’s wrong with your local occupy movement

by lizzie & isaiah on November 2, 2011 · 32 comments

Isaiah and I went to the library this weekend. We stopped by Occupy Fort Worth on our way back home. You know all about the Occupy Wall Street movement, I’m sure. But just in case you don’t, here’s what you need to know: Declaration.

We have held our cards close to the chest so far when it comes to the Occupy movement. I don’t believe in protesting for something you don’t understand just because it’s trendy.

I also believe in showering, which sometimes is mutually exclusive with protesting.  [click to continue…]

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the weekend activist

by lizzie & isaiah on August 19, 2011 · 12 comments

Sometimes all it takes is a few well-timed documentaries to turn you into a part-time activist. I remember when I watched “The Lazy Environmentalist” for the first time. I was convinced we had to get a garbage compressor STAT and we were single-handedly doing the environment in! What were we thinking?!

A few healthy, manageable changes later, we were recycling most recyclable materials and turning off lights and water when we left a room. I know. It’s not enough, but you can’t possibly crusade for every cause. You just can’t.

I’ve been working from home a bit lately and I have to find something to fill the complete silence in our house while we work separately, together. It’s usually a documentary because we like to educate ourselves on the world but aside from NPR in the car and documentaries, we don’t want to spend our evenings watching the news. And that, my friends, is why we’re the most passive activists in the world. Because we don’t even want to devote our full attention to the world. We have shit to design, cupcakes to make, a puppy to walk and cats to cater to!

Anyway, while I worked from home, we listened to three documentaries in the background:  The Corporation, The Cartel, and Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup

If my mind was a painting at the end of it, you would have seen George W. Bush in a turban, the CEO of GE and the administrator of the local run-down school district all sitting around a table with cigars in their mouths playing poker as the dog-versions of themselves.

It’s clear there’s something wrong with our school districts. I didn’t need a documentary to tell me that. It’s clear corporations have gotten away with some evil shenanigans. I didn’t need a documentary to tell me that.

Which brings me to September 11th.

I was in the 8th grade when we were evacuated from school that day. I didn’t cry. I didn’t feel anything, actually. At 12, I couldn’t relate the devastation to my situation at all. How does this affect me? A couple of days off of school, that’s how. I didn’t take any time to understand or grasp until a friend’s son lost his arm and leg in Afghanistan. Even then, he was pretty cheery when he came home and I was still only 17.

I didn’t have the wherewithal to question America’s involvement or get involved in conspiracy theories. I had makeup to buy! Boys to make out with! Colleges to apply for!

We watched Loose Change together and Isaiah has seen several other documentaries on the topic before. He has concerns. Let’s just say he isn’t sold on Osama bin Laden being the big, bad wolf that we were sold in the media. I’m not, necessarily, either.

The problem with documentaries, blogs and even news is that we’re only listening to people. Eyewitness testimony means everything. Speculation and opinion are called news often. With the exception of NPR – which is full of plenty of speculation, don’t polish that halo just yet – I think we would be devastated as a people to learn what percentage of our news and information is not based on any hard facts.

Most Americans I know decide what they believe and then look for information that supports it. That’s a little scary, wouldn’t you say?

As far as 9/11 goes, I don’t know what I believe but it would take a little bit more than some wacky details and speculation to pin that tragedy on my country. I do believe there are some sketchy details that should be looked into a bit more, but I pride myself on being logical about my convictions.

The only time my mom and I argue anymore is about social policy and President Obama. We had a heated discussion this weekend about healthcare reform, social programs I believe are worth fighting (and paying) for and the President’s likelihood of reelection. I hate to admit it, but the weekend activist in me doesn’t keep completely up to date on both sides of social policy. I don’t know every last detail about every last program. I don’t know the propaganda Fox puts in my family’s ears and I don’t know how to fight against such irrational snippets taken out of context.

Sometimes it’s like a flow chart on how to go from logical debate to one of two choices:  Obama’s a socialist or Obama’s not an American.

Who has the time and the energy to stay on top of every side of every issue? Isn’t that why we research and try to understand our politicians’ views so they can cover what we miss sometimes? In the end, we might go with our gut or who we “feel better” about, but we have to at least understand the basics, don’t you think?

Sometimes I feel like the times are different from the past. We’re more detached from life. Our personal and Universal resources are spread too thin. It doesn’t matter if Google is at your fingertips, that doesn’t give you any more time. You could discover everything about anything, but have you tried going down that rabbit hole before?

In the end, despite my logical convictions and love for debate, I go with my gut most of the time. I believe America still has a lot of good, despite the huge wart of overgrown Capitalism, homelessness and some sketchy military operations. I believe our President has the best intentions for our country and the brain to follow through intelligently. I believe social programs that help those in need are the right thing to do, whether or not it costs me more taxes and less financial freedom. I don’t blindly believe in Capitalism any more than I blindly believe in “America” – the concept of a country that can do no wrong.

Sometimes it takes another person’s perspective, even if it’s speculation, to help you clarify what you feel inside.

Photo: Pinterest

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an open letter to the president

by lizzie & isaiah on July 8, 2011 · 5 comments

I have an enormous amount of family in town and between work and catching up with clients on our projects and what not, I’m taking a little extension on my leave for the week until they leave on Tuesday.

But you don’t need to hear from me today anyway. You need to hear from Louise.

I have to tell you my family is made up of mainly Fox News-watching conservatives. I am not. The talk of politics in my house right now, especially while facing a potential default and other crises, is boiling my blood.

Enter Louise, who has written a response to Lou Pritchett’s “Open Letter to the President.”

It’s brilliant and inspiring and lovely, so go read it.

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government v. women of texas

March 3, 2011

I am an only child. I was going to be successful, damnit. My mom sent me to summer camp after summer camp, some of which were for fun, others for education. One particular summer program was at a college in Ohio studying Criminal Forensic Science. I watched a lot of CSI. I wasn’t into science, [...]

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geek out: public radio

March 2, 2011

Many of you may not know this…but I would potentially donate a kidney to a stranger to have Carl Kassell record my voice mail. I am a public radio nut. I initially wrote out a post the lengths of which would’ve probably made you stop reading this blog. So I’ll stick to the facts. I’ve [...]

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voting, gay marriage and democracy

February 28, 2011

I have to admit something that may be a cardinal sin in the book of wedding bloggers. Gay marriage is not at the forefront of my mind. I read posts about people who will not be married by anyone who doesn’t support marriage equality, who consider not getting married when members of the LGBT community [...]

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