Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen and contributed to the gofund me.
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Already between me filming this and posting it, the amount raised has gone from 130,000 to 150,000!
This is how Together For Yes will raise the money which will be spent on the campaign, from prochoice people all over Ireland. We have been waiting a long time for this to happen, it’s been over 5 years from when the Abortion Rights Campaign was founded, to bring about a referendum and it’s members from all over the country have been working and preparing.
More blog posts to come soon, still feck that’s the fund raiser today and the restoration of the Maser Mural yesterday which have had me crying, but they are happy tears! No doubt more will be shed between now and the 25th of May!
So this happened today…
Photos: Ste Murray pic.twitter.com/UCv1CYAL8s
— Project Arts Centre (@projectarts) April 9, 2018
With the Go Fund Me campaign having been an amazing success I have started the planning to get to every country, between now and the 25th of May!
If you didn’t see the campaign and goals you can read them here.
I have a calendar for this, to track were I will be https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=cjRicm8zdmg1dTk2NHJtMmNtczgzdTI3bzhAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ
I will be on Thursday the 5th of April, in Dublin West helping to MC the fundraising Table Quiz which is being held in Myos in Castle knock at 7pm.
I will be in Dundalk on Wednesday 18th of April at 7:30pm in the an Tain center as a panel speak for a debate on the 8th amendment.
I will be in Killkenny on Friday 27th of April 6pm The Book Centre, for the launch of Autonomy a women-led collection of stories, poems, memoirs, essays, articles, screenplays and more exploring what it means to have bodily autonomy.
I will keep this updated as more events and dates are organised!
This #InternationalSexWorkerRightsDay we are missing @GlasgaeLauraLee who gave so much to our movement here in Ireland and well beyond. To Laura, and to the many others who have and are fighting, SWAI thanks you all and we remember our strength together🌹 pic.twitter.com/5zprW3dlB6
— SWAI Ireland (@SWAIIreland) March 3, 2018
I only meet Laura Lee in person a handful of times. We chatted on twitter and facebook a fair bit. Often sharing our eye-rolling encounters with our own daughters.
She was a caring, compassionate, formidable woman who was a sex worker as well as an advocate and activist for Sex Worker Rights. She stood up, put her self in the public spot light to break the stigma around sex work and to be visible, for it is harder to deny the rights of visible people.
Stigma and prejudice strip people of their humanity and so it is easier to ignore them and treat them as lesser. She made a point of being very present, which made it harder for people to make the generalisation about sex workers and sex work.
As part of being involved with Octocon: The National Science Fiction Convention, I got to ask if Laura Lee could come be a panellist at the convention. Octocon has always been run by and for a very diverse Fandom, and the panels deal with a range of societal issues.
There is also a policy of ‘Nothing about Us, with out Us.” so there is always an effort to get people from minority and marginalised groups to take part in the discussions at the convention as attendees (via concession rates and Con or Bust) or as panellists.
I was delighted in 2015 to be able to moderate a panel on Sex Workers in Fiction and have Laura be one of the panellists.
Sex workers are written the lot about in fiction, be it in Game of Thrones to Firefly. Laura spoke so well about what rights sex workers needs and that we need to change attitudes towards sex workers, which starts with affording respect and dignity especially when writing about them, be it in reporting or in fiction.
The panel was a late night one, as all the more adult topics tend to be and then after, Laura and some of the other Sex Worker activists stayed for the Octocon disco. They really enjoyed the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere of the convention and asked if other friends could pop in and attend. It was a fun evening.
That is one of my fondest memories of Laura surrounded by friends and activists at Octocon either sitting chatting or up dancing. Others are running into her at the various Marches for Choice. My body my Choice as far as I am concerned applies to sex work and all workers should be able to work in a safe environment. It is about bodily autonomy, no one should be forced to have an abortion or give birth, no one should be forced to do sex work or be forced not do sex work.
With the cold weather and snow which storm Emma brought, I made coddle. It was something which Laural also loved. I made it and found myself thinking of her and how the world is a lesser place without her now in it, of the wonderful work which she did and how we need to make sure the work for Sex Worker Rights continues.
I miss her, she made me feel less odd about speaking my truth and knowing that we both supported each other in the work we were doing made it a little easier at times.
This international Sex Workers Day if you have the time please read http://sexworkersallianceireland.org and if you can make a donation.
Right now we are in a weird place re the upcoming
#repealthe8th referendum. We are waiting for the Gov to announce the wording and the date for the #repealthe8th referendum. Once that happens there is a whole process that kicks off.
There hadn’t been an official date announced yet, a possible one has of the 25th of May.
But right now there is a court case in progress in our Supreme Court which is in relation to the 8th amendment. The Supreme Court case that needs to be resolved before the Eighth Amendment referendum http://jrnl.ie/3824130
Until the Supreme Court rules, the Gov can not decide the wording of the referendum and can’t announce a date. We are in a holding pattern, so we are seeing media outlets who know there is much interest in
#repealthe8th with nothing ‘new’ to report. So we get pieces full of speculation. I know people are getting restless wanting to get a move on, but the Gov has to wait on the Supreme Court. And no the Gov can’t hurry along the courts, that would be a serious breach in separation of powers.
Frustrated with what you are seeing from media outlets I suggest you read instead. https://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/2018/02/01/explainer-government-calls-for-repeal-and-new-provision-to-legislate-for-abortion/
Also maybe don’t share daft pieces which aren’t helpful, written to have ‘something” about
#repealthe8th on a media outlet. Why not share one of these instead
I’m frustrated too, with waiting for the Supreme Court, but I am going to keep on talking to people about
#repealthe8th And how if we want to have any change to bring about to compassionate healthcare at home in Ireland in line with human rights & best medical practice then we need to #repealthe8th.
In the meantime
#repealthe8th groups are organising all over the country, get involved https://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/get-involved/
I was honoured to take part in the discussions around drafting this and to sign it. Irish Feminism is doing it’s best to be intersection and we will not have anyone try tell us who our sisters are.
I have a soft spot for this particular play by Sean O’Casey, I never studied it in school but read it all the same. The language of it, the rhythms of speech can still be heard in Dublin today.
I have seen it preformed a few times and have read as Juno in table readings of the play and was offered the role once when I was part of an amdram group but turned it down due to nerves and lack of experience.
I think it’s an important one, esp for women to read, and my favourite of Sean O’Casey’s plays. A friend of mine reminded me of this quote today and 93 years after it was written it is relevant today.
“Maybe, Needle Nugent, it’s nearly time we had a little less respect for the dead, an’ a little more regard for the livin”
Juno and the Paycock by Sean O’Casey
I am meant to be studying but someone was Wrong on the internet. When that someone is a person who is a senator and has said they will run for president, well a thread happens.
I have storified it for sharing, it is about HPV, Smear tests, and HPV Vaccine.
I run into a lot of peope on twitter who spout harmful anti trans rethoric. Some of them seek me out cos I use the term pregnant people when discussing reproductive rights.
I rarely see it here on fb, Esp on friends time lines thankfully, how ever I am still going to make a statement.
Gender is between a person’s ears.
Transmen are men.
Transwomen are women.
Genderfuild people are either, & I respect them by being mindful of them, thier presentation on any given day, and which ever name/pronoun combination they need me to use.
Non gender binary people are those who are somewhere on the gender spectrum, I respect them by not expecting them to conform in any way to my ideas of gender presentation & using thier correct pronouns and names.
Agender people do not relate to being anywhere on the gender spectrum, I respect them by using the names and pronouns they need me to and by trying to not make gendered statements or assumptions about them.
Acknowledgement and acceptance are part of respect.
Gender is a spectrum, all people deserve respect.
Respect also means not outing a person to other people and being mindful when in public what I say. My words no matter how respectful may, in public but a person in danger or be used by strangers as an excuse to abuse or ridicule.
Yes this is far from the idea of people I grew up with, but life and people are always more wonderful than how it was dumbed down, to create sexist stereotypes.
I am always glad for the world stories and fantastic fiction I read as a teen which made me ponder beyond the gender binary.
I have zero time for not respecting people’s gender.
These are pretty important imho and should be played forward in all subcultures. I first read this when it was published 14 years ago, more people need to know about the Geek Social Fallacies. Examining our own behaviours and social circles for GSF is important the whole article is a damn good read
GSF also inspired other articles like this one on Geek Social Fallacies about Sex (may not be SFW)
and Geek Relationship Fallacies. Also it’s not just Geeks/Gamers/ect who do these things
GSF can allow for shitty behaviour to become accepted & normalized be by a person or a whole group of people.
Subcultures are for all people who are passionate about the things they do/read/watch/create.
I do want Irish Fandom/Geek/Maker/Activist spaces to be generally inclusive but intolerant to shitty behaviour, esp repeat shitty behaviour. Tolerating shitty behaviour in Fandom/Geek/Maker/Activist spaces is the broken windows of those spaces.
Geek social fallacies make dealing with such behaviour difficult & allows for too many ‘missing stairs’ to develop
http://pervocracy.blogspot.ie/2012/06/missing-stair.html (may not be SFW)
‘missing step’ is the shitty behaviour of a person which has become normalized, people adapt to them, being them, take safety measured but Sooner or later a new person will encounter this & suffer, cos we let it become normalised, & they don’t know the risk or history.
Honestly if I had my way I would have the Geek social Fallacies on the Jr Cert Social Personal and Health Education Curriculum SPHE.