Four of us got together to a) drink tea and eat cookies and b) go over some information security basics. We covered messaging, location tracking (did you know GrubHub tracks your location?), VPN, emailing, whether emptying the trash on your Mac deletes files (not really), and more.
The lightning bolt, for me, symbolizes both the energy of our collective power and my personal commitment to spend this year doing everything I can to build our individual and collective strength, resilience, resistance, and ability to survive, thrive and be truly “in it together.”
Here is some of what getting ready means for me right now:
+ Spending time with my beloved disability justice community. Learning to listen to and trust the wisdom of the body. Learning to value, appreciate and know the body itself before the capitalist idea of it. Learning to honor the needs of the body in the ways I show up, and similarly honoring the ways other people show up. Listening to and learning about disabled histories and realities. Committing to centering disability, disabled people and disability justice.
it’s 2017, i’m feeling strong, and about to get stronger.
this lightning bolt signifies, for me, that this will be the year i prepare, in community, for natural and political disasters. preparation looks different for all of us, but for me it includes:
+ make an earthquake kit; create a plan with house and neighbors.
+ take a self-defense class; exercise to feel happy and agile.
+ join an in-home screening of “Deacons for Defense.”
+ encourage all masc-of-center friends to do anti-patriarchy work.
+ research existing alternatives to calling the police, since they make things more dangerous for people of color, people with disabilities, etc. (shoutout to Oakland Power Projects for doing this work.)
+ learn basic medic skills from People’s Community Medic