For many, it’s been a real shitty weekend. I had some moments of clarity over the weekend regarding matters of logistical nature, and I wanted to bring that up here.
Let’s get down to brass tacks.
If you live in Canada or Mexico, I apologize on behalf of America as we are the shithole house down the street cooking meth and bringing down the neighborhood.
In the next week or so, here’s a couple of things I would recommend evaluating.
- What is your current health situation? I’ve been running a lowgrade fever since Friday morning, I’m 99% sure it’s stress and misery. I guarantee my blood pressure has been craptastic, too. Step back, think about what can be done to help mitigate what you can, and don’t gaslight yourself into thinking it’s nothing or it’s no big deal. Also at the rally/march on Friday, definitely had a moment of my friend and I joking that we were not in shape for any sort of sustained activism and that needed to change.
- Stop and think right now about the birth control of any uterus-haver in your life. If you were on the fence with getting an IUD, I recommend you get it scheduled NOW. Mirena lasts like 5 years (although I think it can be effective up to 7 years), the copper IUDs last upwards of 10 years. Sometimes OBGYNs require STI testing before insertion, so that can cause a slight delay. Also sometimes IUDs don’t work out for people so better to try and see if it doesn’t work and then on to other longer term options if needed. I’ll be graphic, getting my IUD was not enjoyable. It felt like throwing a dart at my uterus and the doctor had to use some small clamps to open my cervix. No painkiller, etc, was provided beforehand and I did not pass out, although I admit I did lay back before getting dressed for a few minutes to breathe before getting upright. I did go from the doctor’s office to my office job and still complete the rest of my day with jut some cramping.
- Related note – a lot of people are saying stock up on Plan B. It does have a 3 year shelf life, which is great. Friendly reminder though – if you weigh over 155 lbs, it probably won’t work for you. There’s one called Ella that works up to 195 lbs. So if you are getting this for yourself/someone in your household, take that into consideration.
- Vasectomies are great! Encourage your friends and family to consider them!
- If you plan on protesting, etc, do your safely levels vary based on location? Like for me, political leadership in Stl city and county are dem, with StL city being overwhelmingly dem. Daylight protests run an extremely low risk for issues. Even Friday, city cops showed up to block traffic on side streets for us to march even with it being an unplanned march. Anything at the capitol, by contrast, runs a much higher risk of arrest or violence. Some best practice details learned from watching BLM protesters get treated like shit/have their rights violated – carry water, small first aid kits, protective eyewear, snacks, ACLU phone number written on your arm in permanent marker, cover up visible tattoos if possible, wear masks, etc. Don’t take any selfies because they have been used to identify people at events. Turn off location services if your state is run by fascists because metadata has been used to ID protesters. Buddy system if you can.
- Consider longer term plans for where you want to live. Unless we can do a massive dem wave in November, Missouri is not getting better any time in the next few decades. I freely admit I hoped the fuckers would kill themselves off with bad covid health actions, but sadly I was wrong. I very likely will not want to continue living in this state. But how I plan to move and where do I move to? Do I even want to stay in the US? I spent about an hour this weekend doing some high level financial planning for what this could look like. I certainly don’t have the resources right now to do anything, but I need to plan out some strategy here. Is it worth doing some home improvements I was looking at over the next few years? NOPE. Those are off the table beause they won’t increase my property value more than the cost of them.
- Finally, if you are a white person follow the lead of BIPOC for protesting and activism. The knowledge and experience from BLM work is off the charts. The rally I went to Friday was organized by several black women and a few white folks from local labor movement groups. The people on the ground running the march? Pissed off Gen Z women of color. The feminist movement has a long history of fucking over people of color and acting like intersectionality isn’t a thing that matters to feminism, and that shit needs to stop and never come back. As always, shun the TERFs.
Anyways, folks, thanks for reading. tl;dr we got shit to do.