Happy 50th Anniversary to Bill and Camille Cosby!
A snippet from an article on Huffington Post about what it means to be working poor.
Pretty spot on…
I got into an argument today with someone who is a landlord, and they were outraged, outraged, to find that their evicted tenants owned an Xbox 360. Never mind that the console was ten years old and worth perhaps $50 on Craigslist, they were outraged that their evicted tenants did not sell it, along with the very clothes on their back, to pay their back rent. I tried to explain to him that when you are $1800 in back rent, $50 isn’t even a dent in that debt. Why bother? Why bother selling that $50 item if it isn’t going to get you any less evicted? If it’s not going to save you, you’ll hold on to it. Money becomes meaningless when you’ll never have enough to hold onto. You just let it flow like water through your hands. It’s all gone anyways, no matter what you do. It was gone before it ever touched you.
This is what middle-class people and above never understand.
- Do not forget Michael Brown
- Do not forget how the media dehumanized him and tried to justify his murder
- Do not forget how peaceful protests were painted as savage riots
- Do not forget police armed with military grade weapons terrorized and arrested black civilians
- Do not forget Darren Wilson being awarded over $400,000 in fundraiser donations for murdering an unarmed black child
- Do not forget that this system was not built to defend us, but to control us
- Do not forget Ferguson
If you have it, please support the Black Lives Matter Ride from Detroit to Ferguson! Riders are coming from Detroit and elsewhere in Michigan (MSU represented!) to support protestors in St. Louis/Ferguson.
Every little bit helps. A $1 helps. #msu #annarbor #lansing #grandrapids #eastlansing #detroit
If you’d like to go—head to the FB page and sign up. Or let me know and I can help guide you to who you need to talk to.
And if you’re able to help in other ways, LET ME KNOW or post in the FB page!!!! I can pass that info on to the organizers. We want all skills and resources you can offer. We can find a way for you to help!!!
My email is a riot. Best way to get me directly is via Twitter @jmjafrx or FB facebook.com/jmjohnsophd and message me.
The Detroit Chapter is so close to its goal! Please consider donating (IF AND ONLY IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT). As members of the Detroit chapter, Vio and JMJ will be joining. We are only a few hundred dollars away under 24 hours.
If you are unable to support financially, please continue to hold the Ferguson community in your thoughts, prayers, chants, healing circles, etc.
Some have reported trouble with a hyperlink, so I’m including the direct url: http://www.gofundme.com/dgc6uc
I was tagged by suttonbosster
Birthday: April 7
Favorite colors: Purple and teal
Lucky number: 63
Height: 5’8” I think? (probably 5’7” though :( )
Talents: baking, crochet, writing sort of?
Last dream you remember: I don’t remember a recent dream but I have had a recurring dream ever since I was 5 where my mom is standing in the bathroom washing her hands and then her fingers start falling off and I try to help her but I can’t.
Can you juggle: no
Art/sports/both: more arty for sure
Do you like writing: yep
Do you like dancing: not really
Do you like singing: yes, but only when no one is home! (or I’m in the car with my friend Zoe)
Dream guy/gal: Jewish, with a compatible level of observance, an a+ beard, wants children. Someone who is a bit more carefree (I tend to be a worrier), curly hair would be great too because then we can talk about hair products and the kids would be super curly as well!
Dream wedding:Orthodox ceremony but I also plan on incorporating some Black American wedding traditions. 3/4 length sleeve dress (no other specifics so far). I haven’t really put much thought into a dream wedding but I have a ‘potential wedding song’ playlist on my iPod
Dream pet: I want a cat but I’m allergic, bunny is next on my list
Dream job: Midwife
Favorite song: currently, I’d have to go with ‘Fall in Love’ by Phantogram
Last song you heard on the radio: I don’t listen to the radio my ipod is always plugged in when I drive
Hair color: dark brown or black
Eye color: doesn’t really matter but I guess I like brown/dark eyes
Humorous/serious: humorous/serious when appropriate
Taller/shorter: don’t care
Biggest turn-off: not being open to conversation, not wanting kids
Biggest turn on: big hair, passionate about their interests (whatever that may be but especially social justice-y things), someone who writes