I’m in need of some assistance in replacing my broken car. The vehicle i am currently driving is dangerously unsafe and malfunctioning, and a car is an absolutely vital necessity for my life. Without a car, my commute to work becomes two and a half hours long by public transit, followed by a walk from the bus stop to the office that stretches over a mile long. I carpool with a coworker who does not have a car of her own, and she is five months pregnant; asking her to take this walk from the stop alone is unconscionable.
HOW I GOT HERE
In 2012 I had a wreck that totaled vehicle I was driving at that time. I managed to purchase a 2007 Ford Focus with the insurance check for a lump sum of $5000, but it’s been a headache ever since.
In April 2013 I had to replace a catalytic converter at the cost of $750, only to find out the the other catalytic converter (the one attached to the manifold) also needed be replaced, costing me another $1200. I had the rear shocks and spark plugs replaced and repairs made to my driver door (which would not open from the outside even when unlocked), the total cost of repairs completed in April came to $1950.
Later that summer, I took it in for an oil change and found out the front brake rotors were so worn down that they need to be replaced. The mechanic couldn’t even check the back breaks because the barrels were on so tight that they’d have to destroy them just to get them off - which would mean I’d also need new barrels. National Tire and Battery’s estimate for the total cost was $1275 for all repairs. I had everything except for the back brakes replaced, costing me a total of about $750, on top of the $1950 I’d already spent earlier last year.
Then in early 2014, I began to have steering issues. I had the rack and pinion replaced, a new steering column installed - basically the entire steering system was replaced. This didn’t seem to solve the problem, so my mechanic warranted the tools and had everything replaced again, and gave my car a realignment.
None of these repairs have solved the problem.
Every time I need to turn hard, back up, or reverse, my car makes noises like an angry Chewbacca. It is extremely difficult to turn. The air conditioning is out as a result of the compressor being broken since 2013. My usual mechanic is so vexed by my car, he is hesitant to touch it and recommends I try another shop.
Just this weekend (8/2/14) we took my car to the dealership. According to their assessment, the power steering is completely gone: the rack is coming apart internally; the pump is coming apart - there are metal pieces and bearings inside of it; and the passenger constant-velocity (CV) axle is coming apart. I would need an alignment and new steering fluid, all to the tune of $2712 before tax.
The service mechanic told me flatly that he didn’t believe the repairs to be worth the cost. he did say they would take it as a trade in, but I don’t have any money and my credit is shot due to long term unemployment. I was able to get job that started just this past monday (July 28, 2014), but without a car I will need to travel two and a half hours and then walk over a mile to reach the office.
Taking this job was a pay cut, but better than unemployment. It will allow me to get ahead on my bills, but not allow me enough to save. I was already contemplating a second job before this - now I will absolutely need one.
I need help to purchase a functioning car. I’m not looking for anything extravagant, but something reliable with reasonable mileage. Unfortunately this is not an expense that I can handle on my own, and my coworker and I need a new car to ride to work as quickly as possible.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
To date I have spent $2700 on repairs to the Focus, with another $2712 required to get it back in safe working order. That’s a total of $5412 in repairs in a year and half!! Since the original cost of the car was nearly $500 less than this total for repairs, I’ve decided that a trade in would be the most prudent choice at this point. The purchase price of a new-to-me used car is still not something that I can afford outright, so this is where your help comes in.
If you have some cash you can spare, I truly appreciate any help towards this goal.
the part where i only get half a paycheck & i’m already behind. the part where there’s an echo in my fridge. the part where every hustle i can hustle is somehow miraculously inaccessible to me for some reason or another. & it’s the part where i ask ppl to put me in contact with folks who might want me to babysit or clean their house, because my food stamp application got denied again, unemployment has run out, & there are no extra shifts to pick up at work. it’s also the part where i just say it: i need money to live off of. groceries. phone bill. funny how critical of capitalism one becomes when they don’t really have capital all like that. & there’s no shame in needing, we always tell each other. there’s a unique embarrassment in asking tumblr for paypal donations, though. sparklebuckwild at gmail dot com, if you are so inclined.
ADDENDUM: if i’m being honest, i gotta make rent next week and don’t exactly have that, either. so. raising $800 in a week and a half is what i’m doing. any contribution is deeply appreciated.
an update: $350 to go.
lots of awesome people are reblogging (thank you!) and giving (thank you!). rent is due tuesday, and it’s my deepest hope to make this happen for myself. keep boosting, please!
This sunday during the SuperBowl natives on twitter have planned a movement to get all racist mascots banned. Originally we were planning to trend #changethename but as many know we have been told our ht will be filtered as spam. In an attempt to counter this censorship we have planned to use a newhashtag but it will not be revealed until the superbowl.
It seems @nflcommish is already starting damage control and posting articles stating that his polls are more relevant than the native people who have spoken out against mascots. We are also encouraging natives on sunday to tweet @nflcommish telling him you are against native mascots. He will not be able to ignore the many native voices when they flood his mentions. Many have already begun challenging him on the fact he wouldnt call them a redskin to their face and he has not responded.
********Please keep in mind that in order to get a hashtag trending we will need people to manually post tweets rather than just retweet.*****
So please keep an eye on users in the #changethename tag and please spread the word to your family, friends and allies to join twitter and be logged on, superbowl sunday so we can make some noise and show everyone natives are not a force to be reckoned with. We cannot be sovereign if we are not in control of how we want to be represented so these issues ARE important.
“When Madonna came out with her hit Vogue you knew it was over. She had taken a very specifically queer, transgendered, Latino and African-American phenomenon and totally erased that context with her lyrics, “It makes no difference if you’re black or white, if you’re a boy or girl.” Madonna was taking in tons of money, while the Queen who actually taught her how to Vogue sat before me in the club, strung out, depressed and broke. So if anybody requested Vogue or any other Madonna track, I told them, “No, this is a Madonna free zone! And as long as I’m DJ-ing you will not be allowed to Vogue to the decontextualized, reified, corporatized, liberalized, neutralized, asexualized, re-genderized, pop reflection of this dancefloor’s reality!”—
DJ Sprinkles, “Ball’r (Madonna-Free Zone)” from Midtown 120 Blues, 2008 (via seki-gahara)
I posted this back in June of last year and it’s more relevant than ever. Fuck Madonna.
“If your activism involves turning over tables and then leaving them there for minimum wage workers to clean up, please rethink. If your feminism involves “breaking glass ceilings” and leaving other women to sweep up the glass, stop.”—
tbh I’m really glad this post is taking over my dash. more ppl need to have this concept on their radar… if I had a quarter for every time I had to listen to some brogressive or manarchist or Feminist talk about how to steal groceries or whatever while throwing the low-wage workers held responsible for product loss under the bus and straight up saying they “didn’t care” bc “punishing corporations” and “refusing to pay for resources” that they COULD pay for, in order to make a point, was more important to them than low wage workers who are collateral damage.
“Cool has come a long way, literally. In a 1973 essay called “An Aesthetic of the Cool,” art historian Robert Farris Thompson traced the concept to the West African Yoruba idea of itutu—a quality of character denoting composure in the face of danger, as well as playfulness, humor, generosity, and conciliation. It was carried to America with slavery and became a code through which to conceal rage and cope with brutality with dignity; it went on to inform the emotional textures of blues, jazz, the Harlem Renaissance, and more, then percolated into the mainstream. [Scholar Peter] Stearns argues that cool’s imperatives of flexibility and fluidity helped Americans escape rigid Victorian morality into modernity and developed along with mass production and mass media as a new individualist ethos.”—
Wait, why did it need to be pointed out that she’s black…?
Because she is. Because the sheer act of mentioning a person’s race is not “racism.” Because the myth of “colourblindness" is racist within itself. Because it matters that Black mothers and their children are portrayed in ways that subvert common stereotypes of Black mothers (uncaring, irresponsible, cold, always strong and unfeeling, lazy, doesn’t exercise, abusive to children) and controlling images (loyal "mammy" but only for White children, "lazy welfare mother," "uncaring ‘ball-busting’ matriarch"). Because the entire mainstream media is dedicated to White supremacy and preserving Whiteness, which is a construct and social position of power, not the same as individual countries’ cultures of White people.
Because I am a Black woman who’s entire PERSONAL blog, which is not a mainstream media outlet, is dedicated to dynamic and diverse presentations of Black girls and Black women in addition to womanist, agnostic atheist, radical humanist and anti-oppression discourse. It’s a personal blog. It cannot even compare in scope to multi-billion dollar media conglomerates’ support of the status quo that I reject.
Because the words “mother” and “woman” are defaulted to “White” via the media, Hollywood, and the government.
Race is removed from stories of excellence while stories of pathology will make sure we know if someone Black is involved. You know how I know someone White did something wrong? When their race is not mentioned until the absolute last moment in the news.
As Kimberlé Crenshaw wrote about using the label “Black”
We all can recognize the distinction between the claims ‘I am Black’ and the claim ‘I am a person who happens to be Black.’ ‘I am Black’ takes the socially imposed identity and empowers it as an anchor of subjectivity. ‘I am Black’ becomes not simply a statement of resistance, but also a positive discourse of self-identification, intimately linked to celebratory statements like the Black nationalist ‘Black is beautiful.’ ‘I am a person who happens to be Black,’ on the other hand, achieves self-identification by straining for a certain universality (in effect, ‘I am first a person’) and for a concomitant dismissal of the imposed category (‘Black’) as contingent, circumstantial, non-determinant. There is truth in both characterizations, of course, but they function, quite differently depending on the political context. At this point in history, a strong case can be made that the most critical resistance strategy for dis-empowered groups is to occupy and defend a politics of social location rather than to vacate and destroy it.
Because there is a history and legacy associated with being Black. One that interrupted African history. One we now subvert and create with and celebrate and experience pain because of and are oppressed because of and are beautiful because of.
Bad feelings over the bailouts and extortionary bank fees have driven millions of Americans into the arms of local credit unions. But instead of luring them back with better customer service, Big Banks are using their lobbying might to kill off credit unions, attempting to destroy a crucial tax exemption that credit unions need to survive.
Big Banks sucked up over a trillion dollars in the bailouts, but now they’re claiming that credit unions are the biggest problem to the national deficit. Banks say that credit unions cost the government $1.5 billion in lost tax revenue, but if the banks get their way, it will cost us over ten billion dollars each year in higher fees and rates.
Congress gets back from recess this week, and banks are about to kick off a big lobbying push for the fall. The banks are trying to kill consumer-friendly credit unions so that they can raise rates with impunity — but we aren’t going to let them.
Tell Bank of America and its cronies to stop their crusade against credit unions.
We can’t afford a future without credit unions. If we show the banks just how much this desperate gamble will backfire, the threat of bad publicity and another banking scandal will cause the banks to rethink their pricy lobbying push. Large-scale protests have forced banks to change their tune before, and once word gets out about the banks’ incredible greed, the backlash should send them packing.
Anytime that regulation is mentioned, bankers like to cry out about free-market principles. But banks use an army of lobbyists to shape legislation as they see fit. This time, they’ve gone too far in trying to take out the competition. If we all step up today, we can stop this in its tracks, and save consumer-friendly credit unions from extinction.
because I keep saying , I don’t want to PUNISH HIM . I want to protect and build for US .
( Copyrighted by CC cause well I’m hopeful not new)
I want a better world.
for me specifically, me locationally, me intersectionally, me connectedly.
As a singular person, as resident of these communities I move through, as a member of the categories I inhabit,have lived, will live, may want to live, lived and never want to love again. As a friend, a child, a family member, as a loved one, as a lover of ones, as a citizen, as a bystander, as an audience. I want each moment , to be as good or better, I want it to feel good, and safe , like I’m in control.
After these past couple months, but culminating over these YEARS of blogging, I keep getting asked that and it’s always felt like a weapon?
" What do you want?"
What do you actual want instead of complaining you whining crying black, fat, do nothing not good enough attention seeking stupid hating ass hater?
Now I am being asked that question in love.
And it requires pause.
I think all of us who do the work in a certain way do that .
" If things get better for ( insert my groups here). My personal wants will too and I’ll do good , so let me sublimate those and focus on the goal"
Most of my heroines did that , work tirelessly fiercely , develop strong careers , enduring reputations, godlike patience and incredible praise . Tinged with the sorrow of how often it was personally taxing or unstable, seemingly alone.
What I want from WAM/Seal Press/Blogging/ Femfuture/Hugo/femfuture retreat/ etc …
“The degree to which I was behind on the learning curve is inexcusable. I should have known better; there were many opportunities for me to know better and I refused to see them. There is a pattern to who Hugo targeted for abuse — who he knew it would be safe to target for abuse. That speaks to major power imbalances in feminist communities. It reveals whose voices matter, whose pain is considered important enough.”—
My only reaction to this, right now, immediately after reading it, is this is how an apology should read, and be written. It is explanatory without being excuses, and it recognizing what behaviors have led to this point while also promising to do better. I do love Jill’s writing, so I’m trying to figure out how to separate that from this piece’s substance. But this section in particular jumped out at me as being entirely on the nose.
i disagree. i am tired of people “trying harder” and making this about individual absolution (i.e. i’m sorry, i’ll try harder). i have a long detailed critique of “privilege” organizing, which can be summed up by this super important essay by andrea smith.
jill has tried and has been trying. but jill regularly insists that “this is all my fault.” but it’s not just jill’s name that is all over hugo’s website/writing. jessica valenti, courtney martin, amanda marcotte, shira tarrant, jill, almost all of the books that each of these individuals have written, jezebel, xojane, as well as the actions supported by this same group: slut walk and femfuture …yes, jill was still being mentioned on his website as late as feb 2013. but he was also defending femfuture as late as april. and hell, he was defending ALL the white women against the “abusive cudgel” of *women of color* just within the past week. carefully taking the time to frame this: he was abusive, and they were tricked.
On Democracy Now! Malik Rahim, former Black Panther and cofounder of Common Ground in New Orleans, spoke about how devastated he was by Darby’s revelation that he was an FBI informant. Several times he stated that his heart had been broken. He especially lamented all of the “young ladies” who left Common Ground as a result of Darby’s domineering, aggressive style of organizing. And when those “young ladies” complained? Well, their concerns likely fell on sympathetic but ultimately unresponsive ears—everything may have been true, and after the fact everyone admits how disruptive Darby was, quick to suggest violent, ill-conceived direct-action schemes that endangered everyone he worked with. There were even claims of Darby sexually assaulting female organizers at Common Ground and in general being dismissive of women working in the organization.  Darby created conflict in all of the organizations he worked with, yet people were hesitant to hold him accountable because of his history and reputation as an organizer and his “dedication” to “the work.” People continued to defend him until he outed himself as an FBI informant. Even Rahim, for all of his guilt and angst, chose to leave Darby in charge of Common Ground although every time there was conflict in the organization it seemed to involve Darby.
sound familiar? (and to be careful here, i’m not trying to equate the physical violence and infiltration with what hugo did, i’m pointing to the situation of “heart break” and “grief” and “sympathetic but ultimately unresponsive ears” etc.)
this is not about somebody’s “grief” “personal responsibility” “mistakes” “manipulation” etc.
this is about white solidarity enacted through liberal reformism.
i don’t care if every single white feminist stands in a line and apologizes one at a time. i *really* don’t care. i know some people need that and i wouldn’t take that away from anybody who needs it. but i personally would just get up and walk out. i don’t need an apology and i don’t WANT an apology. i want women of color feminists in california to never EVER have to go through ANY white man to organize EVER. I want women of color students to not EVER have to deal with a white professor being a filthy sexist pig about them online. I want a space where women who were almost murdered by their ex’s are centralized. i want women of color to be believed and prioritized. i want all foundations OUT of feminist spaces. i want to be able to self-publish and not have to worry that my words will be “recycled.” i want so much more than anything i could mention in just this post. i want a *movement.*
i don’t even know what “trying harder” means. trying harder at what? being nice?
andrea smith offers a suggestion for possible moving forward:
By contrast, instead of thinking of safe spaces as a refuge from colonialism, patriarchy, and white supremacy, Ruthie Gilmore suggests that safe space is not an escape from the real, but a place to practice the real we want to bring into being. “Making power” models follow this suggestion in that they do not purport to be free of oppression, only that they are trying to create the world they would like to live in now.
I make the choice to practice creating the world i’d like to live in now with the people of Detroit and Michigan. maybe white feminists can think about this as they move forward.