A few weeks ago I started political work.
A first in my life outside of helping with small town elections for friends and listening to my family rant on.
Partly out of curiosity and fascination. Mostly out of necessity to make up my lost wages during last month’s car accident, something that feel like a whole year ago but wasn’t, when things like this happen, life continues and most working folks and single parents I know can relate to that moment when the little in savings you had (if you even are that privileged!) begins to dwindle and bills begin to pile, at that point you take whatever work you can.
It is amazing to me that during this time of crisis when the president hold hostage workers and their wages in order to make shitty deals that benefit no one but his demagogue status and inflated ego, I read more articles now than ever before telling people (especially millenials) how much they should be spending and on what. The ain’t shit generation can’t afford to keep certain industries alive enough for someone rich to benefit from. A friend once said that we are conditioned to believe that poverty is our fault and our shame to bear and not a symptom of a corrupt system built on inequality. I been holding onto those words close to heart considering my situation.
A week into my first contract as an Immigrant Justice Advocate I was terminated for advocating both for myself in my own personal capacity as well as other immigrants being attacked by a wacky Senator named Dick Black! (below is part of the encounter)
However, I did not last long in the Virginia General Assembly...
What is not on tape is that he became physically aggressive to my friend Seema, founder of Fight the Muslim Ban and one of the many amazing womxn in charge of the Women’s March RVA success, later on the day Dick gave a Senate floor speech in which he called us Sanctuary Activists and stated that he was assaulted and harassed. Organizations like the VA Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the Catholic Conference which claim to be working in service and support of impacted communities threw myself and Seema under the bus by calling Dick himself (before even asking our side of the story!) instead believing the racist rhetoric of a man that has been trying to pass anti immigrant bills whilst claiming he is a Christian man and American Hero for years. In his speech he thanked them for condemning our actions of calling out his racism with facts and prayer! — Because that’s how I approached Senator Dick before he became agitated by a Muslim woman’s words. During the community’s opportunity to speak I prayed for him, to stop attacking my people. For god to pierce dick’s heart and make him see that he is a stumbling block onto God’s people trying to do right by the Bible’s call to protect migrants and welcome them into one’s land (not that Native Land belongs to white supremacists.) The next day, another wacky Republican, Amanda Chase decided to open carry onto the Floor while presenting her bill. When asked, she cited the ‘Sanctuary Activists’ and their over exuberant practices as the reason to wear a piece. To keep us away. Bless her heart.
A week after beginning and ending on such sour notes comes the bitter sweetness, new plans and ideas, new endeavors and old friends turned accomplices as well as persona non grata.
Through all of this I have to thank God for Dick, because he is on his way out of office, because most horrible people that claim God as their reason for doing all sorts of evils to the People are going too, and the ones that stay know that they are on notice JUST like the agencies, organizations and ego driven assholes there to make a buck and pretend they are for the People, that is until they confront a time where they really have to put their bodies on the line and their ideals in praxis or allow the most vulnerable to be violenced against over and over again…
I am thankful because there is a new Red Wave coming to the Virginia State capitol and
I. AM. HERE. FOR. IT.
PS. fight me or pay my silence you little bitch.