I can’t go back to normal yet. It’s a fine line- I don’t want to come across as a complacent white person, and yet I also don’t want to come across as an incredibly privileged voice nattering on about oppression from my position of relative safety/wealth/power. In my freaking food blog.
With all that being said, I’d like to provide some resources for any readers who might come across this and find any of these useful.
- For obvious reasons, it probably makes sense for those who need to to get long-acting birth control before the new administration nukes the ACA/Planned Parenthood/etc. In North Carolina, if you qualify for pregnancy Medicaid (which has less stringent income criteria than regular Medicaid) you also qualify for the Be Smart Family Planning Program. Free birth control (pills, IUDs, implants, Depo- everything except condoms) and free visits to a provider to get it. A similar program exists in Virginia. Anyone in other states? It’s worth a Google of just “Family Planning Medicaid [your state here]”
- Hate crimes seem to be on the rise, and if Brexit is any indicator, they’re likely to continue. Here are some tips for what to do if you encounter racist heckling (also obvi sexist/homophobic/transphobic/etc). Here’s how to disguise a swastika as a Windows ’95 logo!
- This document has some tips on protecting your rights and some wise steps to take prior to Inauguration Day. It has particularly relevant advice for particularly vulnerable populations (transgender folks, disabled folks, undocumented immigrants). Also tips on being a good ally. Information is also available in Spanish.
- One of my friends in NC started a social justice reading group. I’m excited to be a part of it.