“Everything we feared about communism - that we would lose our houses and savings and be forced to labor eternally for meager wages with no voice in the system - has come true under capitalism.”—Jeff Sparrow (via anticapitalist)
On April 13th, In honor of Autism Acceptance Month, Northwest Film Forum, in collaboration with the Washington state chapter of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, presents the first annual Seattle Autistic Film Festival!
Selected by autistic activists and self-advocates to promote the message of neurodiversity and autism acceptance, these films deconstruct the harmful “fear-and-tragedy” driven narratives around autism that dominate national conversation, and illustrate how an acceptance-based view of autism can counteract harmful messages and improve the lives of autistic people, and those who love them.
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a national disability rights organization run by and for autistic people. Please note this is a disability-friendly, sensory-friendly and fragrance-free event. All films will be captioned to keep events accessible to those with auditory processing difficulties or hearing loss. Lighting and sound levels will be adjusted to keep events accessible to those with sensory sensitivities.
Please do not wear scented products to this event, to keep it accessible for those with sensory and chemical sensitivities. If you arrive wearing scented products, you may be asked to leave, for the safety of other attendees.
“All organizing is science fiction. What does a world without poverty look like? What does a world without prisons look like? What does a world with everyone having enough food and clothing look like? We don’t know. It’s science fiction, and it is as foreign to us as the Klingon homeworld (which is called Q’onos in case you were wondering). But being able to envision it and imagine it means we can begin seeing the steps it would take to move us there.”—Walidah Imarisha, Growing Octavia’s Brood: The Science Fiction Social Justice Created (via nomadmanifesto)
today at the bookstore i asked the lady working if she had any lgbtq books that i could check out and her eyes magnified in what i mistook as horror and i thought i had offended her and then she said “i have a bag of lesbian fiction in the basement i’ve been waiting for someone to finally ask” and she all but burst down the stairs to get them for me
"I have a bag of lesbian fiction in the basement" is my new go-to pickup line
Lorraine Hansberry’s radicalism has been suppressed (erased? passed over?) quite deliberately since her death. This is a big deal.
Though she concealed her sexuality, as the times demanded, Hansberry was essentially thrice militant, addressing the “homosexual question” in an undated, handwritten essay on three pieces of yellow legal paper. The second paragraph of this treatise stuns with its radical dismantling of the unsophisticated argument — still promulgated in today’s pro-LGBT pop anthems and Grammy winners — that gays are “born this way”: “Since it does not follow that all which proceeds from nature is in any way automatically desirable for human good, it is silly and baseless to posit the rights of homosexuality on the remote (+ in some sense irrelevant) possibility of its possible congenital character.”