Found this letter written by Michael Moore regarding the conservative victory in Canada. I'm still pretty messed up over the whole election results but I thought I'd share this letter here...( Letter to CanadaCollapse )
Hey there, the name and description of this group hooked onto me and dragged me in xD I had to join.I hope it's alright for me to join since I'm Canadian and such. However I am also a liberal who's stuck with Bush-supporting-fundie-James Dobson worshipping-chauvinist-hateful parents who think all non-christians are evil and are out to get them. Even though they're Canadian, they also had a big fit over the "war on Christmas" crap. I live in Conservative Central of Canada (rich redneck, oil-driven Alberta) and I'm often in the position of "the only sheep among wolves" when it comes to politics and religion.So yeah, even though I'm not American, I can really relate to what this group is about. Right now there's a federal election here in Canada. The election will officially start tommorow and I'm worried sick about it. The Conservatives are pretty bad here and they want to push society back a couple generations if they win. Living in Alberta doesn't help either since I'm often bombarded and harrassed by fundie conservatives and "my way or the highway" religion.Um so, yeah, that's my little intro. Glad to know there's a group like this here.
I'm SO FUCKING SICK of getting emails from my mom that are anti-immigration. Read: pro-white/straight/Christian/male (a.k.a. the all-American person!) Does she not know I'm not Christian, that I'm a liberal, that I'm anti-racist, that I'm in school for social work to fight AGAINST this type of bullshit? Oh wait, yeah, she does. The only thing she doesn't know is that I'm bisexual, but the rest she knows because she and my father act like it's so cute, it's just a rebellious little stage and I'll come back around to how I was raised soon enough. IT MAKES ME FUCKING SICK. What would EVER possess you to think I'd agree with this shit? That it would be in any way okay to send this to me?( bullshit email under the cutCollapse )I couldn't even read the whole thing because I was getting so fucking infuriated.
Hi! I'm writing to let you know about a little anti-war performance I didwith my family over Thanksgiving weekend. I heard about this lady on theradio doing it (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5021524)and we copied it.We took toy soldiers and put a label on them that says "bring me home fromIraq for the holidays" and we placed them all over stores -- in Best Buy andthe supermarket - and then customers or employees find them on top ofgranola bars or iPods, etc.The idea is to confront consumers for a brief moment -- to ask them to thinkabout Bush's approach (failure!) and what they're going to do about it. Italso offers an encouragement to other activists, citizens of conscience, andmilitary families, in that someone is doing something to bring soldiershome!So, it's extremely easy (and relatively cheap) to do! Look for toy soldiersat your local dollar, toy, or department store, glue them on to some paper,and write/print "Bring Me Home from Iraq for the Holidays," then walk aroundstores and leave them (in)conspicuously on shelves!We're psyched, we wanna get it in blogs and news media and work a snowballeffect and have this protest-performance-action sweep the nation, and be thenext Cindy Sheehan anti-war strategy.I've started a blog to keep track of where these are popping up. Pleasesend in pictures of actions you've done (or seen):http://homefortheholidaysaction.blogspot.com/.in peace & solidarity,"Femme Egale"
I've started a community called colorful_rage. It's a place to vent and rant about issues of race. Any other forms of discrimination are open for discussion too, but it's mostly for race issues b/c I didn't see a community like that already out there (like feminist_rage and queer_rage. Feel free to join, and if you're respectful and not a person who just likes to stir up shit, I'll approve you.
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How could I pass up joining a group with a name like this? Well I couldn't so here I am behaving like a typical human and hooking up with a group of like-minded folks. Sometimes it does seem that being a liberal is like being a leper condemned to some forgotten island. I am one of those masochists who never stopped calling herself a liberal no matter how many cross-eyed looks I received. Nor have I stopped calling myself a feminist. Can't tell you how many times I've had to explain that the vast majority of feminists aren't male-hating, penis-envying dykes. I just explain that they are confusing us with Ann Coulter. I have the distinct joy of not only having neo-con parents but an entire family as well. My sister actually bought a Coulter book (something about how to talk to liberals) just so she could keep up with our arguments. The rest of them live and breathe by The Word of Rush, and gush praise on The Shrub like he is the second coming of Christ (well, ok The Shrub thinks he was appointed by God and if The Shrub thinks it then it must be so...according to my family). I am an across the board Darwinian Left liberal...socially and fiscally, which means I do a lot of sighing and hoping. My current hope is that the Senate swings more left in 2006..a majority of lefties would be ideal. As for the Court, I just keep my fingers crossed that they leave Roe v Wade alone...of course, in reality, many States have already made abortions practically impossible. Would like to see the death penalty revoked but it seems like our country is bound and determined to keep as many Old Testament influenced laws as possible. Hey how about an increase in the minimum wage? Anyone for universal healthcare? A female president? Oh well just a few thoughts and looking forward to reading what others have to say.
My grandmother has been channeling Jerry Falwell lately. Today, I got a birthday card in the mail, and when I opened it, there was also a letter tucked inside. I had to share this. "I want to say something important. There has been much flooding in New Hampshire. It is GOD warning America because of our great sin of allowing the killing of babies who aren't born yet. It's so sad."Yeah, and the hurricanes were really fetuses of doom sent by God to destroy the Gulf Coast.*sigh*I love how she says "killing of babies who aren't born yet" rather than simply saying, "abortion." Is it a dirty word or something?Cross-posted to my journal
My grandmother's been sending me loads of information about colleges in and around Iowa, the state she lives in currently, because somehow she's gotten into her head that I'm going to move out there, finish college, meet Mr. Right, get married, and have lots of babies. Tonight, I was sifting through old journal entries and found this, which was taken from a letter written to me back in 2003, a year before I graduated high school. At the time, she was living in a small town in Kansas.Pittsburg State University is less expensive than Bakersfield, smaller, and the students are much more conservative. The campus is beautiful. I'll be sure to send information.All emphasis is her own. My reaction to it at the time was something along the lines of, "You do that, Grandma."Even now that I've pretty much decided the course for the remainder of my academic career, she is convinced I need to attend a "more conservative" college, whatever that means. I'm running out of ways to make her understand that I am not a conservative!
*waves*( Your typical intro postCollapse )I know this is a community for the liberal children of conservative parents, but hopefully there are a few of you who can relate to me as well! Anyone?
I found this community as a result of a interest search for 'childfree,' and the title intrigued me, so I clicked. It wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but I was excited to find this community all the same. I'm pro-choice, think gay marriage should be legal, hate discrimination in any form, despise George W. Bush, and think the USA has far too much power. And, of course, I'm the daughter of Republicans. My name's Stephanie, I'm nineteen, and I'm from western New York, where 'democrat' is a dirty word, at least, it is among those in power. One of my least favorite elementary school memories is of being dragged around town by my mother while she campaigned for office-she won, and for years, I had to hear more than I ever cared to know about Republican Committee meetings. (I also knew far more about property values than any ten-year-old should know; she was running for assessor. Perhaps this is why I ended up registering idependent once I was old enough to vote.) Anyway, I'm glad to be here, and I look forward to bitching about conservative family members.