Stone plaques outside one of the churches I walk by doing food distribution.

We are nothing without our history

Freedom is still being handed out in installments

What has sustained this community has not been brick and mortar.

today my landlord (who's also my boss) came by to give me peaches and oranges from their garden, complimented mine, and left.

Which is so different than my normal interactions with them that I'd think I imagined if I didn't have a bag of fresh fruit.

Also, big tangent, but having now been living off donations and my own crops for a month and some now, WOW fruit is a luxury not necessairly because it's hard to grow but it takes a long time to grow so you need to maintain access to the land you're growing on for longer than a season or two, unlike with many veggies.

I meant radical like cool but also radical like political I guess.

Someone has volunteered to cook up to 50 meals up to twice a week for me to distribute how radical is that?

seen today on my walk: “Black Lives Matter” spelled out of the ashes from a torched police van [picture taken today at Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn]

do you think people would be lighting shit on fire if they felt like they had any say in how their community was run? if they felt like they were part of it, that it belonged to them?

:O someone recognized the language family of @makhasa which hasn't ever happened before.

The audio doesn't matter it's just the swaying corn that I think is nice.

many people justify their individualism with "human nature." this is absurd given, like, everything we know about human people, particularly human people who didn't live under capitalism

we have archaeological evidence that our prehistoric ancestors kept their physically disabled community members fed for the rest of their natural life, their bones marking decades of growth after disabling injuries and congenital abnormalities

our prehistoric ancestors undertook trepanation to save the lives of those of our ancestors who were facing fatal brain inflammation, and then kept these people, their collective responsibility who would forever be liable to develop infections and may additionally have had disabling complications of the brain swelling, alive for additional decades

and when the disabled among prehistoric societies died, as all people eventually must, our prehistoric ancestors buried them with love, care, and respect

"human nature" as capitalist pessimism knows it is propaganda

The 1381 Peasants' Revolt 

so last night my neighbors were out drinking and I heard them complaining about how people are leaving tables at restaurants extra messy because it's the staff's job to clean it up and how that is such bullshit reasoning.

And this morning I went out and cleaned up all the beer cans and liquor bottles they left around the stairs and disinfected everything and then messaged one I'm on fairly good terms with that it's disrespectful to leave that mess for me to clean up.

And I was told that it's my job to clean things up!

It's like a sketch show bit! Holy hell!

Sprouts. I don't think they'll be grown by the weekly FoodNotBombs distribution this afternoon but that's fine.

lol my boss wants me to write an affidavit for the tenants in the building to sign that says they'll pay back 20% of past-due rent every month after three months of non-payment.

Knowing my neighbors they'll probably sign it too.

I have privilege as a white-read person because I can do all of these things without thinking twice:

I can go birding ()

I can go jogging ()

I can relax in the comfort of my own home ( and )

I can ask for help after being in a car crash ( and )

I can have a cellphone ()

I can leave a party to get to safety ()

I can play loud music ()

I can sell CDs ()

I can sleep ()

I can drive a car ()

I can walk from the corner store ()

I can play cops and robbers ()

I can go to church ()

I can walk home with Skittles ()

I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party ()

I can party on New Years ()

I can get a normal traffic ticket ()

I can lawfully carry a weapon ()

I can break down on a public road with car problems ()

I can shop at a store ()

I can have a disabled vehicle ()

I can read a book in my own car ()

I can be a 10yr old walking with my grandfather ()

I can decorate for a party ()

I can ask a cop a question ()

I can cash a check in peace ()

I can take out my wallet ()

I can run ()

I can breathe ()

I can live ()

I CAN BE ARRESTED WITHOUT THE FEAR OF BEING MURDERED ()

Colorism and white privilege are real. Say the names of those it kills.

invidio.us/watch?v=ivR988qCPik

When the current wave of anti-blackness comes up in conversation, the black people I talk to when I'm doing food distribution express disappointment at the perpetual state of surprise non-black people maintain.

If anyone knows of some writing/images online by black folk talking about that, can you link me so I can post it? Don't wanna talk for anyone, but I do wanna share a perspective from the black elders I talk to who don't have Internet.

I joined the Fediverse 11 years ago, tho at the time it wasn't called that.

I've met 11-year-olds here!

hey. I'm sorry I know I asked for help before with groceries but my job isn't paying me anymore while I have to be on leave because I'm immunocompromised

they never even told me they would cut me off it's weird and they go about how there's no penalty but they're not doing shit for folks

absolutely no obligation but if y'all can spare anything during this anything helps

venmo: @Chryslin-Robinson
cashapp: $mercurythedragon
paypal: paypal.me/ChryslinRobinson

FYI for instance admins in the US: if you haven't already, you may want to beef up your terms of service to include any and things that you would consider deleting from your server. The text of the new executive order makes it easy for fascists to get you in legal trouble for moderating *anything* that is not explicitly stated in your TOS.

whitehouse.gov/presidential-ac

in climate/weather news, there might be a third named tropical storm before the start of hurricane season, which would be the first time that's happened.

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