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Happy Bi Visibility Day!!_
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Lani Ka’ahumanu marching in the 1984 San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Parade with the BiPol contingent. Photo Credit: Arlene Krantz via LGBT Weekly.

Bisexual Visibility Week started yesterday (through the 26th) with Bisexuality Day on the 23rd._
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I talk a lot about how I’ve struggled a lot since I was young with internalized biphobia caused by a religious upbringing and negative perceptions of bisexuality. I finally started undoing all of these things, and although it’s an ongoing process, its been liberating. Bisexuality erasure is real, along with many other things were subjected to. I want to dedicated these upcoming days to highlight bi stories, statistics, and bi folks. Feel free to send me a photo of yourself, or anything you’d like to share about being bi, and I’ll definitely post some of them.

“Disaster planning starts long before a storm makes landfall, a wildfire sweeps over the hillside, or a tornado touches down. It requires months or years of work to prepare for a variety of eventualities. Those eventualities include, Roth says, numerous exercises to perform preparatory dry runs that provide an opportunity to mess up, learn, and change policies in a setting that doesn't have life-or-death consequences._
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During Hurricane Irma, for example, at least 12 patients at the Hollywood Hills eldercare facility in Hollywood, Florida, died when the facility lost power and was unable to maintain safe temperatures. A photo of nursing home residents (and their cat) in Texas stranded during Hurricane Harvey went viral, though everyone was eventually rescued. The needs of these communities shouldn't have been a surprise, but they were._
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Dustin Rynders of Disability Rights Texas observes that states are reluctant to provide funds to help disability advocates be proactive about disaster preparedness, which makes it difficult for them to get a seat at the table during policymaking and training exercises. That can set off a compounding series of circumstances that lead to chaos when disaster strikes.”_
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https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/paw4gk/disaster-planning-often-leaves-disabled-people-behind

(Please look at my previous posts to catch up) TW: Anti-sex work rhetoric_



The news has reported that the border patrol agent (who is married with children) purposely set out to find sex workers. He stated in an interview that he “wanted to eradicate all sex workers” and said he had a disdain against Laredo’s sex worker community._
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Anti-sex work rhetoric is something that is constantly over looked, especially in feminist circles. If you are a SWERF (Sex Worker Exclusionary Radical Feminist), you are NOT a feminist and your anti-sex work rhetoric is violent and perpetuate the same sentiments this murderer has. Sex workers are some of the most marginalized and vulnerable to all kinds of violence. We need to continue to center sex workers in feminist discourse._
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Do not let this story be swept under the rug! Yes, he was a border patrol agent, but let’s not let overlook that he was an anti-sex worker misogynist. These women deserve justice._

I should’ve included this in previous post for those who hadn’t seen the story. You can google and find many articles on it. Just a heads up that most articles include graphic details, some articles dead name Janelle Ortiz, and other articles use anti-sex work slurs._
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The other two victims (pictured in order): Melissa Ramirez, 29. Left behind two young kids._
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Claudine Luera, 42. Left behind five kids. Her gofundme: https://www.gofundme.com/in-memoriam-of-claudine-a-luera
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Third victim’s name has not been released.

TW: Murder, anti-trans violence, misogyny



Janelle Ortiz, a 28 year old trans Latina, was one of the victims who was murdered by border patrol agent who was apprehended over the weekend who killed four women (all Latinas/sex workers) in Laredo. Their names: Melissa Ramirez, 29. Claudine Anne Luera, 42. (The third victim’s name has not been released). Erika Pena, a fifth victim, was also picked up by this man, but managed to get away and seek help which lead to his arrest.
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A lot of people have been “shocked” about an agent of the state being a serial killer as if these people don’t commit atrocities LEGALLY on a daily basis. A lot of the people who sign up for the police force, border patrol, FBI, etc. are racists, sexists, who want power and use these jobs as an outlet to act out their violence with no repercussions. Don’t let these women to be forgotten. Do not let them erase the fact that the victims were sex workers. He stated that he specifically targeted them because of their work. Sex workers are always at risk for violence, especially BIWOC/trans women, and cannot go to authorities for fear of being arrested. Many people target these women because they know that they will get away with it and think that no one will look for them. I will post the other more info on the other women as info becomes available

‼️‼️ Two trans women are in need of community support. Please donate if you are able and please share this widely! LINK IN BIO!
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“Salomé and Barbara are two trans women from Honduras who were both released from detention centers in mid August. They currently stay in Los Angeles and are looking for secure housing. The funds raised in this campaign will go towards housing, as well as other survival needs like food and clothing.”_
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https://www.gofundme.com/transwomenhousingfunds

Such an important piece! Education system in this country is trash, and it shows by how we treat and undervalue our educators. I’m terrified to be a teacher because of financial struggle (also being fired over radical rants lmao), but I can’t think of anything else I’d want to do._
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“Teaching has long been dominated by women, and experts say the roots of its relatively low pay lie in sexism. “The ‘hidden subsidy of public education’ is the fact that teachers for many years were necessarily working at suppressed wage levels because they really had no options other than teaching,” says Susan Moore Johnson, a professor of education at Harvard and an expert in teacher policy._
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In 1960, teaching was more lucrative than other comparable careers for women, according to the EPI, but that was because of limited opportunity, not high pay. As women were admitted to other professions in wider numbers, choosing teaching carried a cost. For example registered nurses—another career historically dominated by women—make far more than teachers today, earning an average annual wage of $73,550 in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nursing shortages in some parts of the U.S. have led to signing bonuses, free housing, tuition reimbursement and other perks, while teacher shortages have contributed to some states increasing class sizes, shortening school weeks and enacting emergency certification for people who aren’t trained as educators._
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Nationwide, the estimated average public-school teacher’s salary is now $58,950, according to the National Center for Education Statistics—a respectable income in many locales, but actual wages vary widely by state, and often do not track with costs of living. When compared to professions with similar education levels, teacher pay tends to pale. In 2016, for instance, the average teacher’s starting salary was $38,617—20% lower than that of other professions requiring a college degree.”_
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Me all the damn time 💀💀😭 but especially lately in every Ted Cruz vs Robert O’Rourke conversation.

The prison industrial complex says people in prison are good enough to fight forest fires (for $1 a day), but not to be evacuated during hurricanes. But they can, however, clean up afterwards for free.
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“So what can the thousands of prisoners forced to remain in evacuation zones expect as a storm of unprecedented power makes landfall? As my colleague Nathalie Baptiste reported last year, during Hurricane Harvey conditions for thousands of men inside Texas state prisons deteriorated rapidly:_
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The Category 4 storm made landfall in Rockport, a small town on the Gulf Coast on Friday, August 25. The next day, the storm slammed into Beaumont, a city of 118,000 located 85 miles east of Houston. Four prisons are there—three of them state facilities and one federal—and the town was hit hard by Harvey. Its water pressure system failed, leaving residents with little access to clean water. They were told to boil their water starting September 1. The notice was lifted eight days later. _
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After the storm, the Houston Chronicle reported that Clifton Cloer, another inmate at the Stiles Unit, told his wife the facility had flooded and the water was up to his knees. Conditions at the prison began to deteriorate in the pre-dawn hours on Monday, August 28. “The water at the prison was shut off without notice,” Hartvikson writes in his four-page letter, “and the ceilings in our cells started leaking, causing dirty water to pool up on our floors.”_
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The Texas Department of Criminal Justice denied those reports, saying the prison had been inspected and there was no water in any of the state facilities._
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Unable to flush the toilets, the smell quickly became unbearable, he notes: “They left us locked in an 8 by 12 foot cell for several days with feces and urine piling up in our toilets.” Hartvikson alleges the prison did not provide enough portable toilets; he says only two were provided for his cell block of 450 people.”

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