It’s probably not the most ecstatic news, but I’d like to put it out there that the past few months this summer my mental health has been better than it’s been in over six or seven years. I know my disabilities well enough to know that it will always be a battle that I am not always winning. But I’ve been learning my own tactics of dealing and taking care of myself and it feels special as fuck.
“Capitalism would have us believe that we only deserve to be here because of what we produce, and even in our counter- cultures, even in our movements we reproduce the same idea. We only deserve to be here because of what we can produce that other people will buy with their money, time or attention. Our experience of our own lives is secondary, it is only the means of production, it is the products that matter, and unless we make ourselves into both factories and widgets we are not valuable.”—Alexis Pauline Gumbs (via satyacake)
Oh yeah, the first issue of the zine I’ve been working on for centuries’ is done finally done, and I’ve got a little under 20 copies. It’s a called 'Oversleeping,' containing gender, mental health and anarchist stuff. Art, submissions, poems, music reviews, comics and recipes. Featuring an interview with Chicago punks, Anomaly.
I will be posting listings if you want to buy a copy after I finish hand sewing all the bindings. :-)
Gentrifiers focus on aesthetics, not people. Because people, to them, are aesthetics.
Proponents of gentrification will vouch for its benevolence by noting it “cleaned up the neighbourhood”. This is often code for a literal white-washing. The problems that existed in the neighbourhood - poverty, lack of opportunity, struggling populations denied city services - did not go away. They were simply priced out to a new location.
That new location is often an impoverished suburb, which lacks the glamour to make it the object of future renewal efforts. There is no history to attract preservationists because there is nothing in poor suburbs viewed as worth preserving, including the futures of the people forced to live in them. This is blight without beauty, ruin without romance: payday loan stores, dollar stores, unassuming homes and unpaid bills. In the suburbs, poverty looks banal and is overlooked.
In cities, gentrifiers have the political clout - and accompanying racial privilege - to reallocate resources and repair infrastructure. The neighbourhood is “cleaned up” through the removal of its residents. Gentrifiers can then bask in “urban life” - the storied history, the selective nostalgia, the carefully sprinkled grit - while avoiding responsibility to those they displaced.
”—Sarah Kendzior - The peril of hipster economics (x)
Got into a 5 week paid ‘employment program,’ recently.. Been making lots of shit while I’m there. The program teaches street kids n film and animation basics & give em a bunch of job help. So I’m trying to take advantage of as much of their resources as I can- mostly bougie editing equipment, coffee and art supplies!