Quote from dinner: “There’s a bottle of super high proof rum in the back of your freezer—don’t drink any, it’s for extracting DNA.”

I need to give Margaret Fell’s “Women’s Speaking Justified, Proved, and Allowed…” another read in the light of hooks. 📚

Currently reading: bell hooks’s feminism is for everybody. 📚

ps: What’s up with capitalizing hooks’s name, Indiebound?!

I know everyone knows this, but Hamilton is insanely good. And gorgeous.

And, while I’ll have to brave Times Square (shudder) this evening; I’ve got a ticket to Hamilton to make it worth it. 😁

NYC on the weekend after Thanksgiving is nuts, but stay far enough south and one can find a quiet cafe. Enjoying Bluestone Lane in the West Village. ☕️

I’m a day late, but on Thanksgiving I try to honor the worst and best of our country. In remembering Native generosity, there is also our horrific history of genocide, germ warfare, breaking promises, and stealing land.

Yet, Lincoln institutionalized the holiday the same year he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which made the de facto end of slavery an aim of the Union war effort. So, I try to honor that step in bending the arc of history towards justice and rededicate myself to the continuing struggle for equity in redress of two of my country’s greatest crimes.

Oh, Amtrak. The train from Montréal has broken down and my train is stuck behind it. 🙄

I’ve seen some news stories warning about Trump shortening Open Enrollment for the ACA. That’s only true of the Federal Exhanges. Some states’ rules differ: NYS’s runs through Jan. 31, 2019. The deadline of Dec. 15 still stands for coverage starting on Jan. 1, 2019.

I’ve been listening to a podcast about the Haitian Revolution and I never realized how many different sides there were and how many shifting alliances. It’s not in every war of liberation that the colonial power (France) ships 20,000 guns to one army of freed slaves. While another two armies of revolting slaves are allied with a different colonial power (Spain) and receiving arms from them. Then there the group of whites who are fighting against their own government with a third colonial power (the U.K.). Not to mention the fourth side of rich gens de couleur who have an ambiguous relationship with everyone else and are repressing both whites and former slaves. And that’s just what went on in 1796.

Could we send some designers to Florida? They seem to have persistent problems designing ballots:

Here’s Sen-Gov dropoff:
FL20 (C005): 97.5%.
FL22 (A001): 95.7%.
FL24 (M001): 97.8%.
FL24 (Q050/051): 89.6%.

Political Bases and Compromise with @frankm

Each party has to pay some attention to their base, because those are the people who will be volunteering, donating, and most likely to turn out to vote in the primaries. Those people form the core of the parties: it makes sense that politicians will be attentive to their interests. To completely ignore them is to ignore political reality. For example, the Democrats can’t compromise on restrictions for reproductive rights, because liberal women would be enraged and primary any Dem who voted for it. And even if the Dem survived the primary, those women would certainly be apathetic in the general. Why vote for “a Republican-Lite”?

The Republicans have been completely bound to their base/donors for years. Why else would they have worked to pass extremely unpopular legislation during the last term?

The Fight’s Not Over

Glory be, we took back the House, but there’s still a long road ahead. We need to keep at it! Keep pressure on the Dems, work on local reforms, and plan to be even more energized in 2020!

We would do well to remember the generational struggles of our heroes of the past. Remember that W.E.B. DuBois was born in 1868 and died in 1963. He lived 95 years and was born at the peak of Reconstruction black power and died a few days before the March on Washington. He lived his entire life in an era of incredible oppression. Yet he continued to fight. This could be our future. The only choice is to not be too jubilant or too depressed after tomorrow and keep moving forward. It’s the fight of our lives.

Election Watching Tips for those who won’t be taking several stiff drinks after volunteering tomorrow and passing out.

If you’re in NYC or will be soon, go see What The Constitution Means to Me! It was just extended for 5 more weeks and is an amazing exploration of the playwright/performer’s relationship to the Constitution and our nation.

Voting tomorrow? (The only appropriate answers are: “Already have” and “HELL YES!”)

Ballot Ready will preview everything that will be on your ballot.

Hey folks from NYC, here’s some info on the confusing ballot questions tomorrow. First is explanations of what each would do, second makes arguments for and against each.

Civilized cities serve brunch until at least 3p on both Saturday and Sunday. How quick one falls into the dark ages when one leaves NYC. 🙃

Over the past couple days, I posted three times about anti-Palestinian hatred on Facebook. All three times the post disappeared from my own timeline. I’m glad Zuck has his algorithms focused on the most extreme threats.

Listening to Vox’s The Weeds podcast. The most recent episode is about election security.

Perhaps the most destructive thing Russia could do is swing a few close House races to the Democrats and leave an obvious trail. Imagine Trump’s and The GOP’s reaction.

Also killed today, five Palestinians protesters by the IDF:

Ayesh Sha’th, 23, Saeed Abu Lebdeh, 22, Nassar Abu Taym, 23 and Mohammad Abdul-Nabi, 27 and Jabir Abu Hameesa, 27. 😨😡

Oh god. More domestic terrorism. There was a shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue this morning. 😡😰

My absentee ballot is in the mail!

GOP delenda est.

Calls today:

  • Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand—Fuck “Both Sides”, there’s right wing domestic terrorism going on.
  • Councilmember Chin—You rock for sponsoring the SBJSA!
  • Rep. Nadler—You’re a progressive! Why did you vote for a Blue Lives Matter bill?