As could probably be guessed about someone who writes posts online about books, and effuses regularly on twitter about books and other things (cats! baking! Buffy! etc!), I spend a fair amount of time on the Internet. Through the course of a week I come across interesting articles, and I thought I’d share a few with you, dear readers.
I’m going to share by re-posting something I posted on Facebook earlier this week, as I think it is important:
Disgusted today by a combination of two news stories.
The first is about officers in Ottawa wearing “solidarity” bracelets to show their support of Const. Daniel Montsion, who was charged with manslaughter in the death of Abdirahman Abdi last July. The second is about City of Toronto ONCE AGAIN doing their yearly push to ban funding for Pride. This year their excuse is because police were banned from having an official float (though of course are still welcome to attend).
Seriously people, both of these simultaneously. Do you see the hypocrisy? They are not allowed an official float in Pride this year because there have been YEARS LONG attempts to resolve issues around police brutality and lack of accountability which have gone nowhere. And now they are showing their lack of respect and care in Ottawa by literally wearing arm bands to support the officer charged in the death of a man of color.
Police have very clearly shown, numerous times, that they are not willing to hold themselves, their organization, or their fellow officers accountable so the LGBTQ* community has to center their own members.
The other thing I’d like to share is an article that came my way from a friend. The Establishment has an article titled Why I’m Done Being a ‘Good’ Mentally Ill Person. It’s a really great take down of respectability politics as it applies to mental illness, and the ways in which existing power structures and privileges play into mental health treatment and care. Highly recommended reading,
That moment will stand out in my mind forever. It was the moment when I realized that as long as we divide mentally ill people up into “good” and “bad” — or with coded language like “high-functioning” and “low-functioning” — we replicate the oppressive hierarchies that harm all of us.
The internalized stigma that compelled me to “perform” sanity was the same stigma that can lead to neglect and abuse in psychiatric settings, and further marginalize the most vulnerable mentally ill people.
And, one from the vault (because it’s always good to revisit good articles):
If you’re curious as to why I’m so into immigration policies lately, here is an article from The Nation from 2011 on Why Immigration is a Feminist Issue.
ALSO a bit more good stuff.
WATCH: There is a documentary called Kedi, by director Ceyda Torun, about street cats in Istanbul and it is actually the best thing ever. If you’re feeling down, try to find a screening of this movie. I guarantee you won’t regret it. I went twice, and the theater was sold out the second time. My local documentary theater (how cool is that right?) keeps extending it’s run because it is so popular! (They’ve now extended it into May and there is a good chance I’ll be going again, let’s be real it makes me so happy and we can always use more happy in our lives.)
What are you reading / watching / listening to this weekend? Share your good stuff with me please! 😀