Sit In

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I am conflicted about the sit in. I was up all night cheering them on. I was impressed with the effort, caught up in the disobedience of it, the spirit of making trouble for justice. The thought of them championing this bill with civil rights tactics and “we shall overcome” seems off, but if I could check with anyone about whether that is appropriate, it would be Rep. John Lewis, and it was his idea.

The bill being held up does not have just roots, it legitimizes and strengthens the idea of terrorist lists, which have dubious criteria. They focus on Muslim travelers and serve to inconvenience and endanger people based heavily on race, religion and family situation. Using this list as a criteria for excluding people from gun ownership sounds dangerous, unfair, and like it wouldn’t address the bulk of gun violence, or even just the bulk of mass shootings. It reinforces the image of violence in the as external, of Muslim Americans as external, and gun ownership as a white American right. This is not progress, it actually sounds like a republican counter offer to a real gun control bill. That may in fact be its best feature.

Sadly I do not usually think of democratic lawmakers as exceptional strategists, but this may be a really clever bit of strategy playing out. This could put republicans in a position of arguing against either terrorist watch lists, or unrestricted gun ownership. The sit in also draws a huge amount of attention to the vote, so it will be easy to know who was on what side, there will be coverage to refer to and no one can claim to have stayed neutral.

I hope this is the thinking, and that everyone involved knows what they are doing, not that they are simply parroting the same oppressive, ineffective wartime framing of guns that already saturates this debate. I hope this energy is maintained and applied to more worthy bills.

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From Tumblr: information about this horrific shooting

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what happened?

Omar Mateen acted alone in shooting over 100 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida at 2am Sunday morning

Omar had a 3 hour standoff with police, and was eventually shot dead

50 were killed, 53 were injured

this is the worst mass shooting America has seen

this is the worst act of terrorism since 9/11

police say Omar was organized and well prepared

he was armed with an assault rifle, a handgun and an unspecified “device”

this was an act of terror and hate

things to remember.

it was latin night last night at Pulse

the night was being hosted by trans women of color

-do not erase the fact that this was a hate crime against people in the lgbt+ community

-be respectful to the families affected by this tragedy

-some people could have been outed if they were killed or injured

Omar’s father has stated that Omar was indeed homophobic and became angry after seeing two men kissing

this shooting had nothing to do with religion

here are some tweets about this tragedy from various people

-support everyone in this time of need. please

-there have been threats on other places such as the LA pride parade. please be careful.

what can i do to help?

blood banks in Orlando are at capacity – if you wish to donate, schedule an appointment for later this week

when the blood banks are no longer full, they will need O-, O+, and AB plasma

donors must be over the age of 16, healthy, and weigh over 100 pounds

oneblood has not lifted its ban on lgbt+ men giving blood

oneblood is in need of water, juice, snacks, and fruit for those donating (drop them off here)

here is a check-in page to help people locate friends and family

-family hotline: 407-246-4357

-for emergency blood donations:

Orlando West Michigan Donor Center

345 W Michigan Street, Ste. 106, Orlando, FL 32806

Orlando Main Donor Center

8669 Commodity Circle,  Orlando, FL 32819

Oviedo Donor Center

1954 W. State Road 426, Oviedo, FL 32765

-bloodmobile locations:

Asbury United Methodist Church
220 West Horatio Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
4851 S. Apopka Vineland Rd.
Orlando, FL 32819

Metro Church
1491 East State Rd. 434
Winter Springs, FL 32708

-there is a gofundme now set up for the victims and their families

-you can donate to Orlando hospitals here

-The Center is an lgbt+ organization and is accepting donations here

-Orlando Youth Alliance is and lgbt+ organization and is accepting donations here

how to contact representatives about gun control

if you need to talk.

The Trevor Project: always open, for lgbt+ youth. call them at 1-866-488-7386.

Trans Lifeline: for transgender people. call them at US: (877) 565-8860 or

Canada: (877) 330-6366

Scarleteen: text them at (206) 866-2279

 

to the lgbt+ community: i love you so much. i am here for you. you deserve to live. stay strong. stay safe.

fats:

dadfriend-tm:

*banging my fists on a table* LET CASHIERS HAVE CHAIRS

Every time I see a cashier with a chair I’m like “I support this business”, no joke. That shit shows me that a company actually CARES about it’s employees. Quit making people stand on their feet for 8 hours straight that shit is torture.