Happy Monday and happy César Chávez day! A civil rights advocate and champion for workers everywhere, he helped to co-found the United Farm Workers union with Dolores Huerta (also a tremendous human) and in Texas, Colorado, and California today is a celebration of his life and work. As I am a Texan, today is hereby declared a blog celebration day.
(Blog note: Still messing around with formatting and structure, so if organization changes from day to day for the time being, apologies!)
Colorlines has a good piece on the missing heroines of the new Chávez biopic, with a specific focus on Dolores Huerta.
From the New Yorker: While we can all likely agree that Colbert did not send out THAT incredibly racist tweet, it’s still time to talk about liberal white male privilege, joking, and when humor is and is not appropriate. Also interesting: Spike Lee’s response to that NYT op-ed on Brooklyn gentrification.
A snowy/”wintery mix” of a day for those of us in the District, stay warm and dry my little politicos. Today marks the 80th birthday of Gloria Steinem, one of Smith College’s finer alumna, as well as the day luckier and more enthusiastic souls are congregating at the Supreme Court on behalf of what really should be a woman’s G-d-given right to birth control and her own business. To those out in the snow, you are all champions worthy of riches beyond measure, give ’em hell, etc.
Everything is Gloria and nothing hurts: Gail Collins has a piece, and K-Mac, the illustrious leader of Smith College: Lesbian Breeding Ground (also my alma mater and one true love), has one as well.
Happy Monday! In the District we are expecting snow tomorrow (casually in late March) and there’s a chill in the air following a pleasantly balmy weekend. As goes DC, so goes politics.
Mysterious Missing Plane updates: British investigators are now saying the plane’s last recorded position probably landed it in the middle of the Indian ocean, west of Perth, Australia. The Prime Minister of Malaysia addressed the world this morning concerning the matter. He stated, “All lives are lost.” Families were unfortunately told via text. Rest in peace.
Happy Friday! Still ill but medicated, hope everyone has exciting weekend plans. In the District we’re finally about to see some genuine spring weather, so ignore the rumored snow slated to hit next week and get out and enjoy the sunshine. In honor of this week’s pseudo return to pre-Berlin Wall days:
In a horrifying moment that will ideally remind us all of just how crucial immigration reform is, an eight year-old committed suicide after being deported. If you feel sick, you should, and probably call your congressmen and senators as well.
Report: Climate change may trigger consequences so massive we don’t even want to go there.
So much drama over in Eastern Europe, but the Pentagon isn’t ready. Obama has stepped up sanctions, but is it enough? Russia has been dealing out its own sanctions in a scenario that is slowly dissolving into a “And you get sanctions! And you get sanctions! And you!” game of knock-out. Senator John McCain had this to say:
John McCain’s statement on being sanctioned by Putin: “I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off, my Gazprom stock is lost, and my secret bank account in Moscow is frozen. Nonetheless, I will never cease my efforts on behalf of the freedom, independence, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea.”
Texas moment: Even when women go after Wendy Davis, it’s really men.
Film: Jose Antonio Vargas’ Documented is coming to a screen near you and it looks fantastic. Also the first trailer for The Giver is out and regardless of how bad it might wind up being, I loved that book y’all.