the epic conclusion to blessed mmelda!
the epic conclusion to blessed mmelda!
There is magic in New York City. And not just the Harry Potter, Chosen One kind. There is everyday magic that ordinary people use. All the time. Magic helps find your keys when they are missing. It ensures your neighbor has the stick of butter you need for biscuits but can’t afford to buy because its two weeks til pay day. It encourages your barista to give you free coffee & manifests that quarter on the sidewalk everyone else just passed by. It can cloak you invisible from police detection or support your healing when you just got stopped. It uncovers & illuminates your many truths to all your friends.
But do you know who else uses magic?
There is a room in New York City, a room of acquirement and confinement owned by the City and run by the Department of Sanitation. When Guiliani ordered the NYPD to evict Sylvia Rivera from her Christopher Street Pier occupation many of her belongings went there. Quite possibly her teddy bear. It was definitely the same room, in which Bloomberg ordered the books when the NYPD raided an occupied Zuccoti Park.
We at Trouble Waiting are blessed with an abundance of brilliant community! Elizabeth Bishop continues our guest blogger week with her lunar eclipse recipe post: Moon Pie!
One thing I love about this blog is how it reflects the reality of our wholeness and completeness even as we wait, and remembers the power that is held in living our lives through so many things not being what we need them to be. An important way for me to trouble and honor waiting is to remember that everything that I do and am is a part of something larger, so big it can hold us all, something beautiful and often unknown to me. In rare moments I can feel it–at times when people take pleasure in the necessity of connection and we feel how far this can take us, in moments when collective remembrance of our power makes us all deep and amazing, in times when I feel that the work I’m doing is valued and that I am loved for being in this moment of my process. These moments don’t make up most of my life. Most of my life is spent doing the best that I can and questioning the value of my everyday, doubting my wholeness and beauty.
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“a neon jew, at hanuka, looks forward to summer” dedicated to vitamin D
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Love REVOLUTION not State COLLUSION: AIDS Activist Political Inquiries and Imaginings in the End Times – guest post by Che Gossett
Recently, I’ve been thinking about the limits of “safe sex” discourse and the radical potentiality of mobilizations for HIV prevention justice. What does “safe sex” mean in a context in which street sex workers are prosecuted for carrying condoms? We’ve already witnessed the traumatic violence of the HIV/AIDS intensifying War on Drugs and the needle exchange ban (just renewed!). How can we create more HIV/AIDS awareness and resources in less oppressive and stigmatizing ways? How can we occupy/decolonize AIDS activism and prison abolitionist politic(s)? In terms of critical genealogy: how is it that certain types of AIDS activism – philanthropy especially — have become normalized and institutionalized while other forms of AIDS activism have become marginalized or worse, monumentalized as a frozen remnant of a seemingly now transcended past of radical performance?
Che Gossett has been involved in political activism for prison abolitionism and gender self determination, campaigns to end “prositution free zones” in Washington DC and currently is a steering committee member of the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance. Che is a contributor to the anthology Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press) and has a chapter in the seond volume of the Transgender Studies Reader (forthcoming from Routledge Press in 2013). They also have a chapter in the anthology Stand Up: The Politics of Racial Uplift (South End Press) about the criminalization of HIV and abolition as an HIV/AIDS issue, forthcoming this spring.