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It’s a heavy heavy heavy day. I’ve rounded up some news for you and am sending you my love, always — and a demand that you stay hydrated!
Queer as in F*ck You
+ Autostraddle Editor in Chief Carmen Phillips wrote about Brittney Griner’s 9.5-year sentencing by a Russian court today: “It’s so hard to keep writing these posts in what can most often feel like a helpless situation. Today is harder than most. But I have to hope — because really, what’s the other choice? — that this guilty verdict is the next step to bringing her home, quickly and safely. There’s no other way.”
+ What should an LGBTQ museum be? “Why is all this attention being turned toward queerness now? ‘The people who were part of the early waves of the recent queer liberation movement are hitting an age where they’re thinking about legacy, and what the future of the movement looks like,’ said Ben Garcia, the executive director of the forthcoming American LGBTQ+ Museum. ‘There’s a number of people who have moved out of the white-hot moment of activism into a more reflective space.'”
Saw This, Thought of You
+ Getting started with activism when you don’t know how: “Here’s the funny part. We convince ourselves that by staying tapped in, we are better serving the movement, and then what is actually happening is that we’re exhausted, we’re desensitized, and we know a lot of what’s happening, but it doesn’t make us any more strategic at disrupting it.”
+ The Justice Department has finally brought charges against four current and former Louisville, Kentucky police officers who murdered Breonna Taylor in her home in 2020. The DOJ is also investigating whether the Louisville Metro Government and Louisville police engaged in “a pattern or practice of abusing residents’ civil rights.” Obviously the answer to that is going to be a resounding yes. In fact, if you haven’t yet read Mother Jones’ interview with relatives of Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake who went to Ohio to protest and ended up in jail and the hospital, today’s a good day for that refresher. Holding Breonna’s mother, Tamika Palmer, in my heart today (and every day, and Cherelle Griner too.)
I honestly cannot express how powerful & important this is. People must understand this work was the core mission at the founding of the @TheJusticeDept. To protect the rights of Black people when state processes fail or refuse to do so. Grateful to AG Garland & @CivilRights. https://t.co/j417LJ93n0
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@SIfill_) August 4, 2022
+ Are y’all following the Alex Jones trial? It is the most bonkers thing I have ever seen in my entire life, including all one hundred seasons of Glee. His lawyer accidentally turned over his entire phone to the Sandy Hook plaintiffs and then didn’t do anything to get it back! Now the January 6 Committee is coming for it! Amazing. Anyway: Down the rabbit hole, or: why people fall for conspiracy theories.
+ “Your bedroom is on the ballot.” How Democrats see abortion politics after Kansas.