Shout out to my jewelry industry friends attending the trade shows in Vegas. I miss you, and I’m so envious! Last month, I was entertaining the idea of going, even though I’m not showing my work, just to be around the people and the jewelry. But then came the Buffalo, N.Y, gun massacre, which was followed by the Oklahoma bill declaring life begins at fertilization, which was followed by the horrific mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. The activism life pulled me back in, and it has felt more like a full-time job than ever.
The latest issues is that the Christofascist Supreme Court is expected to hand down several significant decisions as soon as tomorrow — including the predicted rollback of Roe v. Wade. That’s the only reason I’m hopping on here right now, before I hop on a bus to Washington, D.C. I want folks in New York to know they can find information on what to do and where to go in the wake of any announcement in my weekly activism newsletter for Indivisible Activate NYC.
Anyone can subscribe to my free newsletter — which I send out on Sundays — by clicking the Subscribe link directly from the latest edition. You can subscribe even if you’re not in New York, but want guidance in order to join the fight for our rights/democracy. I’ve been including more actions that are applicable nationwide (and contacting your elected officials by texting the word RESIST to 50409 is always valid anywhere in the U.S.). I didn’t have time to do a deep dive on local events for the Scotus decision, but you can count on Planned Parenthood as a good resource for anything happening near you. Don’t be shy about planning an action of your own, either! A couple of people standing with signs and chalking messages on the street in front of your house counts as a protest, dammit!
I’ve got to hit the road, but I urge you to get your feet in the streets whenever the Supreme Court comes out with its bullshit . By the way, it amazes me that the Supreme Court as an institution has any legitimacy at all. Not only was it responsible for the notorious Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery right before the outbreak of the Civil War, but in the next century it ruled in favor of forced sterilization of people who were deemed unfit to be parents by more powerful and wealthier white people. This weekend, the New York Times Magazine had an in-depth article about how this abuse was inflicted on Minnie Lee and Mary Alice Relf, two sisters aged 14 and 12, respectively, in 1973 — the same year Roe v. Wade was decided. The Supreme Court has always functioned as a tool of enslavers, using legal jargon and absurd rationales to justify the control of the bodies of women (sometimes they’re forcing us to have babies, sometimes they’re forbidding us to have babies), Black and brown people, AAPI people, and LGBTQIA+ people. The court, therefore, is often on the wrong side of history, because people will always fight for their personal, bodily freedom. What if we all decided to just … ignore the Supreme Court?