You Go, Girl

Every few weeks, the Trump administration will nominate someone absolutely appalling for something. Sometimes it’s a woman. And then we protest and they say, Well that’s not feminist of you.

Next up: Shelob the Giant Spider for Secretary of Treasury. “What? She’s a Strong Woman!”

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Aside

Boise has a place called the “Plantation Country Club.” As if “Country Club” was not enough of a racially loaded term, they were just like, “yes but let’s add the word ‘Plantation’ in front of it, even though we weren’t even part of the Confederacy.”

Problematic Naming Conventions

Aside

I only started watching Dr. Who as an adult, and that’s when I realized belatedly that the way my high school boyfriend interacted with me was based entirely on his understanding of the Doctor-Companion relationship.

Relationship by Scarf

Suspected Children’s Detention Centers

Click on a site to see more information, including link to source used.

RED = site or foster care facility with a known street address

ORANGE = site is known or suspected in a city. Street address unknown.

GREEN = proposed sites

<!> = sites where abuse has been alleged,

 

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One Hour a day to fight Nazis

Like you, I’m sure, I am completely heartbroken and overwhelmed by everything that’s been happening. So I am trying a new thing: just spend one hour a day thinking about Nazis. And instead of spending that hour scrolling helplessly through social media until I want to tear my insides out, I will spend that hour doing some sort of direction action, no matter how small.

Today, I’m spending my hour consolidating information on resources and action plans. Perhaps tomorrow, some of you can spend your hour following through:

Direct Economic Action

Twitter has some great resources and ideas. Folks are identifying the contractors involved in this travesty. Once contractors are identified, we can contact them. We can contact our mutual funds and pension plans and other large corporations we have contact with, and ask them to divest:

MVM Inc. is separating parents from their children. Here is a link to their latest job posting, https://mvminc.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/mvmcareers/job/McAllen-TX/Transport-Specialist_R-1800298

Company Overview of MVM, Inc. and Contact Info: 

https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=119915

Accenture

Microsoft

GDMS, AbbottGlobal

CoreCivic

Trailboss

General Dynamics

 2. Political Action

Call your RED STATE senators and tell them to support S.3036, a bill to keep families together. So far ALL DEMOCRATIC SENATORS have gotten in line to support it.

3. Donate

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kidsattheborder

https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/leafund

 

 

 

Laundry

Go downstairs. Someone’s using the laundry machine. Back up two flights of stairs.

Downstairs. Machine eats my quarters. Back up two flights of stairs.

Downstairs. Crap. I forgot my detergent. Back up two flights of stairs.

Downstairs. Put In My *&%&^% laundry. Back up two flights of stairs.

Normal People: “I did leg day at the gym!”

Me: “When I want to work out I do my laundry.”

5 Classical Music Grants

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to live in a city that had a library for research on Foundations and Grants.

I found the old research I’d compiled, and I thought I would write a few articles to help connect folks in the arts to grants that might be relevant. Here’s my first article, on grants for singers.

CLASSICAL

Sullivan Foundation

The Foundation holds auditions every year in New York, and gives generous cash awards to gifted young singers in the early stages of professional careers. 2016 winners received $12,000 awards and for the next five years may apply for additional Role Preparation Grants to support musical, dramatic, vocal, and language coaching for new professional engagements. In addition, seven singers received $5,000 Career Development Awards.

WolfTrap Summer Home for Rising Stars

Wolf Trap Opera  fosters the next generation of artistic, administrative, and production leaders through fellowships and internships. Without the contributions of these talented fellows and interns, the company could not present exceptional performances at 2 different venues in just a 3-month period each summer.

Koussevitsky Grants for Composers

The Foundation considers applications from performing organizations from any country for the joint commissioning of composers of all nationalities.

BMI Student Composer Awards

The BMI Student Composer Awards is an annual competition open to young composers engaged in the study of classical music. Our oldest awards program in any genre, the competition has a prestigious history of discovering and encouraging many of today’s most prominent and talented young composers.

BMI Pete Carpenter Fellowship

The Pete Carpenter Fellowship is an annual, competitive residency for aspiring film, television, and video game composers. The program awards a $2,000 stipend for four to five weeks of intensive, in-studio mentorship with established composers in Los Angeles, and also offers the opportunity to consult with other distinguished leaders in the entertainment industry.

O Tempora

Yesterday I had the most 2017 experience ever.** After taking a college computer science class, I filled out the course evaluation. There, at the end of the short evaluation, it asked,

“What barriers to learning did you experience?”

What barriers to learning?  What the fuck? Are we therapists or are we evaluating a college course that is, well, a thing we paid for with money and we hope to get a specific outcome from?

There was no, Was your text book useful? How about the lectures? How was the classroom? The facilities? Are you happy you were learning Java or do you wish you’d started with another language?

Just this one hokey question.

It was so touchy-feely that even I, a hippie who knows where her shakras are, was filled with rage at its disingenous uselessness. The language sounds like it’s something useful — who doesn’t want to talk about “barriers to learning?” — but it’s actually the opposite. This is because, instead of a bunch of open-ended questions about the different parts of the classroom experience, there is only one question, and that question is itself so limiting and non-exploratory that it almost serves to shut down complaint rather than prompt it. So I didn’t put much down that was helpful.

It was only later that I remembered — oh yes, the layout in the classroom made things hard to see; the last assignment was too hard for the time allotted; I didn’t like learning GUI stuff I’ll never need again…but in order to remember that, I would have needed a more old-school form with, you know, “questions.”

As I said, I consider myself so left of center as to be practically tipping the scales for the entire state of Idaho. When something’s too workshop-approved for Me, it must be pretty damn bad.

** Outside of politics, of course. The real winner for “most 2017 experience ever” is trying every day to wake up from a nightmare dreamscape where Trump is President and teen magazines have helpful articles about how to survive nuclear fallout .