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My friend passed away this weekend, so there will be no blogging for me this week.
Yea, though I walk though the valley of the shadow of Death…
Between high holidays, job applications, mom visiting, and the start of school, I have little time to write.
All I want to say is that you should visit the following website to help Occupy Chicago: http://occupychi.org/supplies-needed/
Interestingly enough, one of the items they are currently asking for the most are feminine hygiene products. I’m very glad that this movement is taking these needs into consideration. Certainly a far cry from the misogyny of the protests of a few generations ago. I wonder who is in charge of getting feminine hygiene products on the list of needed items, and how much of a role they have in this – I’d love to meet them. I might be heading out to the protests on Wednesday and Thursday night (box of feminine hygiene items in hand), and depending on how wild things get I might skip school on Thursday, so keep an eye out if you’re there too or let me know if you’d like to meet up!
*This in no way means I live in Chicago – it’s just the closest “Occupy” protest center to where I live.
Here are some videos featuring women at the Occupy Wall Street protests [TRIGGER WARNING: Police brutality in the first video]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqHzraTdZi0 – Woman resists being manhandled, crowd rightfully shouts “WHO ARE YOU PROTECTING?!?!”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79QaklzY0YE – Faces and voices of women involved in the Occupy Wall Street protests.
It’s also ridiculous to be told that it’s not “tznius”* to wear pants (as happened today).
I’ve been trying to do this for around five days, but my insurance is dumb so I have to arrange things with my mother to get a primary care physician in the state I now I live in (1000+ miles away from my home state). I can’t believe I haven’t seen a doctor in three years!
I started looking for these a few days ago. Here are a few select N.U.T.S. (Non-negotiable, unalterable terms):
“I believe in moral and ethical development, and I pursue it daily.”
“I explore and consider my privilege, and do the same for others if they do not do it themselves.”
“The personal is (always) political.”
“I am neither a liberal nor a utilitarian.”
“I keep a kosher kitchen and a Shabbat-observant home.”
“I am no one’s bitch.”
“I honor my mother and father, and respect my sister.”
“I believe in a Jewish State in the Land of Israel.”
“I do not hit or kick anyone unless it is in self-defense or part of an organized activity with pre-determined conventions (aka sports).”
“I do not shame anyone publicly.”