Pictures of me from dance recital programs.
These pictures start in the late part of 1984 and go into 1985. They will include my first trip to see my dad’s first cousin Teresa, one of the few gingers in the family and one of the first gingers I ever met, in Atlanta, my first Christmas, and my first birthday.
“Heading the list of arbitrary barriers that have plagued women seeking equal opportunity is disadvantaged treatment based on their unique childbearing function. Until very recent years, jurists have regarded any discrimination in the treatment of pregnant women and mothers as “benignly in their favor.” But in fact, restrictive rules, and particularly discharge for pregnancy rules, operate as “built-in headwinds” that drastically curtail women’s opportunities. Decisions of this Court that span a century have contributed to this anomaly: presumably well-meaning exaltation of woman’s unique role in bearing children has, in effect, restrained women from developing their individual talents and capacities and has impelled them to accept a dependent, subordinate status in society.”
– Struck v. Secretary of Defense brief by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“The problem the WRP faced in connecting pregnancy to their line of sex-discrimination was this: Even if a man could take care of the kids and the elders, and a woman could join the air force and handle the family finances, only one of them could get pregnant and give birth. RBG and her team had to convince the justices that pregnancy too was a matter of equality—or inequality—and not just something special that women indulged in, off on their own. Even more radically, RBG wanted the Supreme Court to recognize that women would never be equal if they could not control their reproductive lives, whether they wanted to be pregnant or not. That meant the right to an abortion, and it meant the right to be free of discrimination for staying pregnant.”
– Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
Today, or, technically, yesterday, I went with my parents to Nana’s house. We had to pack up her angel collection so that the real estate agent will draw up a contract to sell the house. The contract has to be in place within the next week for Nana to qualify for Medicaid. Confused yet?
Nana collects angel figurines, vases, and other trinkets. The real estate agent said the angels would make the house creepy and prevent a sale. Apparently, it made the house look like it belonged to a little old lady, which it did, but the prospective buyers would be turned off. So we had to get them out of sight to appease him & any buyers that might start expecting to hear the theme of the Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits. Aunt Barbara or my mom one is going to check in with him now that they’re being packed up. Hopefully, he will give the thumbs up and get the show on the road.
I was worried about how I would feel about going in today, but Aunt Barbara & Uncle Danny had taken down all of the pictures and stuff,1 so it didn’t feel like Nana’s house.2 I know that’s part of why they were supposed to take them down. But it just felt like some place I didn’t belong. And I know I’ll need to grieve over that loss later. But I don’t really have time for that at this point. Life has gone all mad hatter.
We’ll get everything to work out. We have to.
A lot of people are freaking out on Twitter right now over the possible 2016 Democratic Platform. Apparently it’s too Republican-esque right now for some progressives. As a very liberal person, and a person who did vote for Bernie Sanders in my state’s primary, I understand that. As a person who has been obsessed with politics since childhood, and even more so after learning some of her own family history, I also understand why the party went the way that it did.
Let me break it down.
The first thing is the main objective, which you’d think is getting Hillary elected, but it isn’t. It’s actually more about keeping Trump from being elected. It’s about swaying anyone who normally votes Republican or Independent, or who simply doesn’t vote, to vote against him. And it’s to suggest to those people that the Democratic Party is open to their beliefs. So that means toning down the party favorites. The Party faithful will stick with the DNC regardless of the platform because we get it. This is the Party making itself look appealing to outsiders.
The second thing is the platform has to appeal to key demographics and key funding sources that have been associated with the party in the past. They also need to appeal to people who typically support, but have never donated. So they go where the money is and the votes are.
The third thing is that the platform has to be realistic. I want single-payer for all right now, but it’s not going to happen that quickly. The same goes for college tuition, living wages/basic income, foreign policy that acknowledges that certain allied countries (Israel, Saudi Arabia) have abused the human rights of people in them, smart gun control policies, better policies with regard to the environment, etc. I want all of these things and more, but it will take years to get to them. Even if Bernie was the nominee, it would take years. Social policy change is never automatic and expecting it to be is childish. Voting for Bernie in the primaries was my way of telling the Party that that’s the direction I want it to move toward, but I know it takes time to get there. And part of why Bernie even stayed in this long is to get it across to the Party and to voters that progress will come.
And honestly it’s still too early to even be tantruming about the platform. The platform itself won’t be released until around the time of the Convention. And it can have changes between now & then. In 2012, part of what led to changes in LGBTQ related platform changes was that more people of all political persuasions started pushing for that. So, if you can get a lot of conservative & moderate folks to start demanding these things, maybe the platform will change to something more progressive. Otherwise, our progress will be slower but no less important.
Most of these are black and white pictures that belonged to Mamama & Dadada. Many are from the 1940s, but there are some before and after that time period.