Black History month with Ruth Ellis.
Ruth Ellis (1899 – 2000) dedicated countless years of service to her community, and particularly black LGBT youth. In 1937 Ruth moved to Detroit with her partner Babe, the two bought a house, which from 1946 to 1971 was known as the “Gay Spot.” Not only did their home serve as a safe space for Detroit’s LGBT community, but the couple also offered lodging and support to many black LGBT youth in need. In a time before the Gay Civil Rights Movement began Ruth was a beacon of light for many LGBT youth who found themselves in the dark. In 1999 The Ruth Ellis Center was founded in Detroit, MI, which continues to offer lodging and support to LGBT youth in need. She continued working with LGBT organizations until her death in 2000 at an age of 101.
SO. There’s currently 97 MILLION BILLION pictures of Detroit’s train station post falling apart. Every fucking hipster artist from all Western countries of the world have taken pictures of the once glorious train station because it was Once Glorious. And now It’s So Sad. So Many Ghosts. Etc.
But…I try to find an artistic interpretation of the Joe Louis FUCK OFF fist….and I find nothing. No glorious setting sun angle. No glorious sun rising angle. No misty rain. No Sad Foggy Lens frame. No Ironic overlay of glorious decay next to passed out drunk, even.
Just—a picture of the fist. In the sun. Or a few pictures of the fist in the sun with tourists smiling next to it.
Somebody told me that a group of people vandalized the fist by painting it white. This fist has a story to tell. And I guess some people are more interested in worshipping the bruises of white supremacy than understanding the resistance to it.
Detroit has been ordered to close half the city’s public schools and consolidate students as part of an emergency plan that would eliminate the district’s $327 million deficit by 2014. The plan also means that class sizes in Detroit will jump to 60 students per class.
60 kids per class??? Does this include primary classes?
Will teachers be given more planning time and compensation?
OH MY GOD. Having more than 18 of my kids yelling at me at once pushes me towards flipping out. I cannot imagine 60. This is fucked. For real, teachers better be getting huge raise for that amount of added difficulty.
“The other city is New Orleans, where 70 percent of the students attend charter schools, the highest proportion in the nation. New Orleans and Detroit have something else in common: They have lost more population than any other U.S. cities. And if that is not by design, then why are so many rich white people so happy about it”
I agree with this analysis. But I have to say. destruction is not inevitable. People are fighting this shit. *students* are fighting this shit, and have been for a loooong time. (students have done walk outs, organize at the Allied Media Conference, created a CD and a radio station…)—this would be a *great* time to *showcase* those actions/organizing so that people can join the movement!!!
DESTRUCTION IS NOT INEVITABLE. WE ARE RESISTING!!!
“Godboldo has not seen her daughter since her arrest, but expects to arrange supervised visits at the Northville psychiatric services agency where her daughter is being held, Evans said.
Barbara Ann Polizzi, a 44-year-old mother, drove 13 hours from New York with her 15-year-old son, Michael Polizzi, to attend the rally and support Godboldo’s cause. Michael was once given Risperdal by doctors to treat behavioral problems. The drug, which had also been prescribed for Godboldo’s daughter and is commonly used to treat schizophrenia, left the boy debilitated by visual and auditory hallucinations, severe anxiety and rapid heartbeat, Polizzi said. She fought for six years to get her son back after he was taken by authorities and placed in state-run residential schools.
“I know what it’s like to put my head down on a pillow every night and worry about what might happen to my son,” she said.
The mother and son both cried when they learned about Godboldo’s plight, she added.
“The hospitals never really tell moms what goes on behind those locked-up, closed doors,” Michael told the audience.”
a mother in detroit was trying to wean her kid from Risperdal (with the help of a medical team) when CPS stepped in and threatened her with the loss of her child if she didn’t put the child back on Risperdal. The mother refused the orders, with the result being a ten hour military style police stand off against her when she refused to leave the house or turn her daughter over to authorities.
There is a lot of conjecture going on in the reporting about this case. Autism sites are reporting it as a mother courageously resisting vaccinations linked to autism, the linked article is speculating that the daughter had a bad reaction to a “cocktail of immunizations” without really explaining what that means.
There’s a lot of stuff going on that Ithink in the end, are incredibly unimportant to the *issue*—which that the government took away a girl of color from her mother of color *because of a medical decision the mother made*. It was an informed medical decision made together with doctors that supported her decision. It was *also* a decision based NOT on religion beliefs, but on the *moral* belief that what a particular drug was doing to a child (who is a black child and a girl child) *was unacceptable* and affecting her quality of life. A mother was standing up for the right of her (girl) child to have a high quality of life. For those that don’t know, Risperdal has *tons* of side effects. And from what I can see, has faced legal challenges over its effectiveness and quality.
The child was on the drug and her quality of life diminshed because of it. So a mother of color decided it would be better for her child to get off of it.
And a state that requires parental consent laws for abortion because “parents know best” decided that she didn’t.
And now she is being prosecuted for it.
Here is where you can show support: her: http://justice4maryanne.com/
And here is where you can find information about how it is *profitable* for the state to take children away from parents:
Also—if you decide to reblog this/write about it: please remember—you are writing/blogging about real human beings who come from an extremely vulnerable city and an extremely vulnerable population. I think it’s vital to interrogate your position in relation to black women, black mothers, black girls, black health, and black cities before you comment. For example: what does it mean that a black mother protecting and defending her child’s right to high quality of life is not only criminalized—but subjected to military like interventions? What does it mean that there is seemingly nothing a black mother can do that makes her a good mother in the eyes of the state? What does it mean that a black (presumably) disabled girl child is understood as being better off under state care—every single time? Why is this idea that the state can take better care of a black girl than her mother so normalized in today’s culture? What does it mean that military style police interventions are so normalized against black populations? What does it mean that black women (and women of color in general) face military style interventions over their mothering—and nobody but the local community notices? Will there be mass mobilization over this like there was for Oscar Grant? And what does it mean that a black (presumably) disabled girl child is being *forced* to submit to the will of a medical community that has historically felt the best place for her is institutionalized (whether in prison or institutions), sterilized and medicated?
Signal boosting this story, trigger warnings apply.
I need to chew on it yet, but…if you needed an example of Why I Don’t Find Abuse Of The Psychiatric System An Acceptable Plot Device, here it is.
Particularly when that abuse is used to justify continued disenfranchisement.