The truth is that this country only wants the good parts of us. This country doesn’t care about our feelings, emotions, problems or addictions that come with being here. That’s for us to deal with. That’s for our country of birth to deal with. I say fuck all of that and write it all down. Document it all. Share your story and just breathe. You’ll be fine. I promise.
Check out the new installment of "Liberty For All" here which was co-written with my friend Nicolas Gonzalez. To see past installments, click on the episodes:
What counts as activism? Why didn’t the kind of emotional self-care me and my girls were doing—talking to each other about all the fucked-up shit we were going through as brown girls—count? Why didn’t my best friend driving her elderly East African mother to the doctor and renegotiating her way through the layers of the racist, sexist, condescending bullshit medical system count as activism? Did staying alive count as activism? Did re-learning Tamil, one of my Sri Lankan family’s languages, count? Did cooking good Sri Lankan food and learning how to cook those recipes I didn’t have female family members around to teach me count? As a South Asian femme immigrant who was having a shitty week, did shopping at the MAC counter and finding the perfect shade of fuchsia lip gloss for my milk-tea skin count?”
— Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, “A Time to Hole Up And a Time to Kick Ass” in We Don’t Need Another Wave (via irresistible-revolution)
"At 36 years of age I suspect I am part of the last generation raised to hate ourselves for this particular aspect of being, for this part of ourselves we had no part in making. The last raised to know, before we even knew what we were, that what we were was unspeakable. The last raised not knowing equality was an option — and therefore not to miss it. To miss something is to know it might exist, and thus to have a kind of hope. The last, instead, only to be harmed by absence. By the absence of this thing we could not quite name. Love.”
It’s a new year for Liberty and friends. And you know she had to clown on them white lady performers that have been fucking up. Check out the new installment here.
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LGBT people who flee to the United States from persecution in their home countries often find that their situation here isn’t much better.
Thousands of Africans, upwards of 30,000 peacefully protested in Tel Aviv, to oppose Israel not granting them refugee status and thus detaining them as such.
“We are all refugees” and “Yes to freedom, no to prison!” they chanted in English, with Israeli rights activists also joining the march.
stop racism in Israel!
Busted, thanks to Santiago Garcia-Leco!