Saturday, December 8, 2007

A Little Holiday Cheer

So I was in the Safeway last week spending my last five dollars on a 1/2 gallon of pumpkin pie ice cream (don't judge, that is the only size it comes in, and it is good) when in the checkout line I started to freak out. It was my turn to pay and I hate people who hold up the line, but I could not find my debit card. As I frantically look through my Santa Claus size bag I am relieved to find it all the way at the bottom neatly wrapped in a Starbucks receipt as if I am responsible enough to enter the $6.16 Macchiato and scone into some imaginary check register that I actually use to keep an accurate record of my transactions to prevent me from bouncing a check which puts me in the position of spending my last five dollars in the first place.

In my relief I spin around proudly to give the checkout woman my card as if I knew all along exactly where it was and she had no right to give me the reproachful look she was giving me, in fact, she should save that look for three days from now when I have to write a check that will probably bounce for bologna and bread. As I am spinning my enormous bag knocks a cute little older gentleman right upside his cute little older gentleman head. It seems he was standing behind me the whole time filling out a form for a discount card, so that he may benefit from great grocery store specials, like 10 lbs of Asparagus for $10 or buy one get one free jars of plum jelly.

I apologize with out looking at the man, since I am more concerned with my found credit card than the well being of others. He nods in my direction and that's that.

Except I hear out of the corner of my ear, another man addressing the man I hit "Father so good to see you"

I perk up "Father??" The man smiles up at me, I hit a priest, I hit a priest in the head with my purse.

Merry Christmas

Friday, November 30, 2007

World Aids Day



Tomorrow is World Aids Day, established in 1988 by the World Health Organization to create awareness of HIV, AIDS, how to prevent, and hopefully someday how to cure.

At this stage in the game it is hard to imagine there are very many people left in our world who do not have some first hand experience with this deadly virus.

The 2007 theme is "Stop AIDS Now, Keep the Promise - Leadership"

I live in Washington DC, where just a few days ago the mayor released a report indicating that Washington, DC is facing it's own modern AIDS epidemic. With the highest rate of HIV in the nation, it is important, now more than ever, that as the leaders of the free world, we the residents of our nation's capitol need to take action, and now. We can turn this report around, take a leadership role in educating our youth on prevention, educating each other on prevention and helping those who are already infected with their daily needs.

Here are some of the highlights of the DC report:

The major findings of the District of Columbia HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Annual Report are:

Between 1997 and 2006, almost 70 percent of all AIDS cases progressed from HIV to AIDS in less than 12 months after the initial HIV diagnosis, primarily due to late testing, compared to 39 percent nationally.

The District accounted for 9 percent of all pediatric AIDS cases in the United States during 2005. Between 2001 and 2006, there were 56 children ages 13 or younger diagnosed with either HIV or AIDS in the District of Columbia.

Although African-American residents account for 57percent of the District’s population, they account for 81percent of new reports of HIV cases. African-American women constitute 58 percent of the District’s female population, but account for 90 percent of all new female HIV cases.

Heterosexual contact in the District is the leading mode of HIV transmission at 37 percent of newly reported infections, while nationally men who have sex with men lead new transmissions.

The District’s rate for newly reported AIDS cases is higher than rates in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Detroit, and Chicago.

Nearly every ward in the District is impacted, though Wards 1, 5, 6 and 8 consistently had the highest numbers of residents diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.
The majority of newly reported cases were among residents ages 30 to 49.



Here are some links for more information:

DCFightsBack


Fight HIV in DC


World Health Organization

CDC

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Somewhere a Care Bear is Crying...

This is the beginning.

This is the middle.

This is the end.

It is 2007 and I will never understand how we can continue to spread hatred and intolerance. I do understand how peaceful, non-violent protest works. I have so much more respect for the LGBT community, than those silly kids over at "october rebellion". This is protesting done right, who wouldn't want a hug in the shampoo aisle?

As of right now Rite Aid has offered no public response and the two gentleman initially kicked out of the store for the heinous crime of *gasp* hugging, are still waiting for some acknowledgement from the drug store chain.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I totally Knew It...

Which Female Action Hero Are You?

You are Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You are outgoing, warm, and sociable. Your intelligence and intuition give you a strong sense of right and wrong; you may be soft, sweet, and a little air-headed at times, but you are fully capable of proving yourself more than a stereotype.Find Your Character @ BrainFall.com

Monday, October 22, 2007

October Rebellion ***Update***

So an inocent woman bystander got hit in the head with a brick allegedly thrown by a protester.

Good Job! Really got your point across.

The World Bank just announced that due to the amazing success of the "october rebellion" they are shutting their doors, closing up shop. They can not function with 100 or so hooligans running loose on the streets in Georgetown "the stomping ground for the world's elite"

This is sarcasm...

Friday, October 19, 2007

I am all about the protest but...

Tonight's "planned" October Rebellion in Georgetown freaks me out a little bit. Okay yes there are a ton of richie rich types in DC, and yes it is sad that all of the kitchy mom & pops have had to close up shop over the years in Georgetown because of popularity of the location and soaring rents, leaving room only for The Gap, and other big box retailers. ( Don't get me started on the people who will be participating tonight, wearing their white cottons purchased at the previously mentioned) Yeah there is a shit load of traffic, and elite night clubs that cater to the wealthy.

But give me a fucking break, guess what, poor people live and work in Georgetown too and some of us do not want our lives disrupted and our cars torched, the website states "creativity is a virtue" what the hell does that mean????

Another quote from the website:

"Where will they do this? Georgetown.
Georgetown, Washington's seat of power, is a playground for the rich. Its residents possess enormous wealth at the expense of the poor majority who live so close to them. They live so close, yet a world away, hidden in plain sight.
Georgetown embodies neoliberalism. Georgetown is neoliberalism. "


Well, maybe sometimes, but what about the hard working people who are going to get caught up in this as well, the servers and bartenders, the store clerks, and bus drivers, the people who need the nightlife of Georgetown to support their families.

What about this quote from the website, justifying tonight's activities:

"Meanwhile, the Benning Library and Anacostia Library (both east of the Anacostia River, where both of DC's two poorest wards are located) remain closed and their communities have only recently received interim library services. The Shaw library, in a neighborhood rapidly undergoing gentrification, has been graced by a bookmobile, nearly one one-hundredth the size of the original building."

I agree, so help raise money, get these libraries open, bring the books to the community, don't destroy one community at the expense of another. Georgetown also has a rich history, and will anyone as part of tonight's rebellion know anything about that? I am just as upset about the state of DC's libraries, but I am not going to torch a nightclub to make the point, I am going to write letters to my city council and try to help raise the needed funds to get them all open.

Civil disobedience is great, checks and balances, opposing ideas and actions by our government gone crazy but do it as non-violent protest that proffers a solution to the problem. Not as a bunch of rabble rousers just running through the city for the hell of it. I am not coming out for or against the World Bank or the IMF, just like all global organizations there is a lot of good coupled with a lot of bad, things need to change. Spray painting my car with a giant "NeoLiberalism is the Work of the Bloody Bush Devil" isn't going to make the leaders of the World Bank give more aid to Africa or relieve more debt. It is just going to make me spend money I don't have to clean up the mess that I didn't make. Throwing a lit garbage can through the window of the GAP is only going to prevent employees who need the money and the job from being able to come to work for the next few days while it is fixed, that is money they will be losing to pay their rent and put food on their tables. Making life for the hardworking non elite of Georgetown harder is not a solution, it only creates another problem on a local level.

Do something positive, make change for the better not for the worse.

Write letters, raise money, run for office, Protest the Right Way, NON VIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE.

I scoured this groups website this morning, and was pleased when I saw the tab " How You Can Help" I thought, okay, maybe I am wrong, maybe this organization is also going to offer up positive proactive solutions.

NOPE, this link only directs people as to how they can help with the 'rebellion' things like bringing food for protesters to share, offering up cars for errand running once in DC, legal action to protect the rights of the protesters stuff like that. Not even a link to local politicians websites to write a letter, or a link to an organization that helps fight debt and poverty in the world. No solution offered.

I am #1 fan of free speech, I think the only way to effect change is to speak out and make the world aware of the problem. I just have a problem with it when it stops being speech and starts being destructive at the expense of the people of my community who are not wealthy, who are just trying to survive like everyone else.

So tonight I am going to sit back and watch these events unfold, see what trouble is caused, then tomorrow morning I am going to get up early and head to M & Wisconsin and help my community clean up the mess. The protesters will move on downtown to the World Bank and IMF buildings and then go home. I will still be here, sweeping up glass, cleaning up someone else's "virtuous creativity" and hopefully eliciting change the right way through speaking out, voting and helping those who truly need it.

I just hope none of the people at the October Rebellion show up in clothing purchased at a MNC, a hypocrite is a sad thing to witness.


This post is my angry ranting opinion, and just that, so before anyone freaks out on me keep in mind. I let you speak yours don't keep me from speaking mine.