Courtney Milan

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I am EXTREMELY bad at asking people to do things, and Im just gonna have to get over it. Write myself a script and practice it and just keep doing it.
Just keep showing up and keep annoying people. I dont know what else I can do, but gosh darn it, I can do this.
Phone calls: not enough. Figure out when everything meets. Go to it. Make public comments. Dont stop.
Like, show up to EVERYTHING. Ask annoying questions. Ask why people are dying. Find other people to be annoying with me so that its just a string of people who want to know.
Ive been thinking today about how to be annoying and to whom, and I truly do think that it is going to have to be annoyance central.
And then we said NO its supposed to be a secret, so he chose <Actual Name> Fish as his moniker. He was very young.
My one solace while playing SuperKids is that at least I wasnt my little brother. We asked him what his superpower was and he said, Fish. And then we asked him what his super identity was and he said. <Actual Name>.
But in retrospect, plants is a much cooler power to have. Maybe not as good for taking down villains, but think about being able to go and make stealth community gardens in vacant lots overnight.
After a few rounds of playing I felt like Id chosen badly and I wished Id gotten something COOL like lightning (one of my sisters).
When I was a child and playing SuperKids with my siblings (that is a thing we played) they asked me what superpower I wanted and I said, plants and so my SuperKid name was Planter.
The grass is all gone. Next step: soil amendments. <not a request for advice> then: mild topology changes <still not a request for advice> then: PLANTS PLANTS PLANTS PLANTS PLANTS <as yet, no requests for advice>
Point of view: when youre a cat who got pushed around in the shelter and ended up underweight, and are a little worried about someone stealing your food, but you just had a meal up high in peace.
I will read this piece by @tressiemcphd a million times. We hope, in some twisted way, that the next victims will be worthy enough for us to care about. If not high school students, then maybe the elderly. If not the elderly, then maybe the very young.
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Point of view: when youre a dog and you used to be able to get your sisters food with hard work and determination, but mom just shut you down.
I truly hope that Ted Cruz and his ilk never know another moment of peace. Just follow him around banging on pots and pans. Have town crier-types announcing, here he is, the man who wants your children to die.
Yalls refusal to do away with american individualism is what continues to fuel this perpetual cycle of violence we endure daily. No matter how yall frame it- your individual actions & held beliefs can have grave implications for everyone else you share space with.
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...the same way black parents have been doing as soon as their child can comprehend full sentences.
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there is no limit to the number of guns you can own in texas but there IS a limit to the number of dildos you can own (5)
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Hey please report this account. The user name is安hat it is地nd the pronouns listed in the bio are racial slurs
Enough has been enough. For years.
Your rage is not unreasonable. Your sadness is not too dramatic. This kind of tragedy and suffering is not inevitable. Do not be ashamed of your bodys recognition of injustice. Do not be afraid to stand in the middle of what you know to be true.
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The last thing we need is detachment, or any more denial of our irrevocable connection to one another. Anybody who wants that for you, wants to sell you something, or protect those who do.
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Be wary of anyone who tries to convince you that their lack of emotion in the face of nineteen dead children is proof of a moral high ground or any politic with a foundation of reason and respect for all humanity.
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The easiest way to protect school children from gun violence is to restrict access to guns. The safest way to protect children from gun violence is to restrict access to guns. The most COST EFFECTIVE way to protect children from gun violence is to RESTRICT ACCESS TO GUNS!
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The folks who are talking about "hardening" schools now are THE SAME FOLKS who couldn't figure out how to provide VENTILATION in these schools to protect the kids from a pandemic. The motherfuckers who couldn't get their shit together to open a window, now are about closing doors
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I bring it up because it's important to remember white Republicans are not interested in solving problems, they're interested in creating pretextual excuses to absolve them from having to solve problems.
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It is strange how often this happens. It is also strange how often it is reported on uncritically. I get that everyone wants to believe they can trust the stories of cops, but wishes and fantasies cant be the basis for reporting.
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Pepper spraying parents while their kids are getting shot. Its evil. Just evil.
Maybe fewer kids would have died if there hadnt been police to hold the parents back.
Dear America, I study violence and I study mental health. The problem is access to guns. Im also the elected president of the International Society for Research on Aggression. International experts agree its the guns. Regards, Tracy
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How does a town of 13,000 have or need a 12 person SWAT team and yet they cant go into a building with an active shooter.
(The eye roll is for everyone that thinks it wasnt.)
Maybe Defund the Police was the right slogan.
A mom of two children at Uvalde was put in handcuffs after urging police and law enforcement to enter the school. Once freed from her cuffs, she jumped the school fence, ran inside and sprinted out with her kids. New from @WSJ:
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Remember who theyre trying to isolate. And hold fast to them so that you dont let it happen.
The goal is to try to split us apart so we cant get anything done. Cant blame them. Its worked so well in the past.
To all the cis people who said they couldn't understand what purpose falsely trying to frame a trans girl for what happened in Texas. This. This is exactly what they wanted to happen. It's time to start paying attention.
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A trans girl has been assaulted in Texas following right wing disinformation about the Uvalde shooting
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Find one thing you can do today that gives someone else a little more hope.
Maybe this is just me lying to myself to stave off the despair, but every little thing you do to keep someone else out of despair feels like a way of fighting.
The only power that is going to save us is us. I dont know what the answer is, but I do know that whatever we do, were going to have to take care of us: not just ourselves, but us, in this world.
All I know is that despair isnt going to make any of this any better.
I dont know how to tell other people its going to be okay. I dont know what to say to friends who post about comforting their children with platitudes they know are lies. I dont know how to break any of this down.
I dont know what the answer is. I dont know how to get rid of all the power thats accumulated in hands that are greedy, selfish, violent, and/or unwilling to change. I dont know.
If you think about what youre fighting for, youll find footholds.
If you think about all the power arrayed against you, the impossibility of change, the money its too much.
Its not possible to fight against something for as long as we need to fight. You always have to be fighting for something, too.
I dont know what the answer is to this despair except to find joy wherever it comes, to remember there are good things, and to care about them enough that we fight.
It feels like there is no power that actually cares about human life in this country any longer.
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