Shelter from the Storm: Stories from the Texas Gulf Coast

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Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

As mentioned before but what sometimes get lost is that the people that at the local Red Cross chapters in Texas as well as those coming in from elsewhere are trained volunteers-just like the ones from the Salvation Army and Team Rubicon and All Hands Volunteers. They do incredible work in times of trouble and like the other similar organizations want to help everybody get upright so that they’ll be all right.

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by Jennifer Hansen, American Red Cross Regional Digital Marketing Specialists

Under cloudy, humid skies, the threat of rain hanging heavy in the air, Tonya McIntyre is a welcome ray of sunshine. Standing outside the Walnut Hill Recreation Center in Dallas, which, as of yesterday, has operated as a City of Dallas shelter for Hurricane Harvey evacuees, the Houston resident epitomizes someone making the best of her situation.

“Once I arrived, the Red Cross seemed like they had everything organized, they were very friendly,” she said. “To me, it’s like a mini vacation in the middle of a bad situation.”

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Tonya is one of hundreds of south Texas residents that now occupy the shelter, having fled the Category 4 storm as it made landfall near Rockport, TX, late Friday night. Winds of 130 mph, blinding rain, dangerous storm surges and catastrophic flooding came with it, and early reports of damage are…

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The Wonder Woman Franchise Should Celebrate its Multi-Racial Roots

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Source: The Wonder Woman Franchise Should Celebrate its Multi-Racial Roots

Now, the issue that the article references, was published a bit before my time.  I was a Wonder Woman tv series fan. I still think that Lynda Carter could’ve played her in the recent movie. 🙂

That said, the only dark skinned Amazon I ever knew was Phillipus and that was me just catching her real quick in one random issue of Wonder Woman.

DC should have continued with Nubia.  Heck they could’ve given her a solo comic of made her a member of the Justice League.  When it comes to comics, especially with characters of color-men or women-it seems like the Highlander Rule must be god.  I know this is changing but I guess not soon enough for me.

 

Black Women who were Lynched in America

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I knew about some of this. As I once pointed out the photos were essentially the Facebook/Instagram of their day. Ironically because of the photos, there is undisputed proof of the actions that Ida B. Wells Barnett documented in her Red Record, which while tough reading is a necessary read.It’s as necessary as Night by Elie Wiesel.

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(Note: this post is just a partial list of Black Women who were lynched in America.  More research has revealed there are 148 documented cases of African American women lynched in America.  Four of them were known to have been pregnant. Two of them had their unborn children forcibly removed from their womb. You can see the full list at the post Recorded Cases of Black Female Lynching Victims 1886-1957: More on Black Women Who Were Lynched.)

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Dissociation – One Of The Key Symptoms Of Complex PTSD ~ Lilly Hope Lucario — Healing From Complex Trauma

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Complex trauma – is ongoing interpersonal trauma within a captivity situation, where the victim perceives there to be no viable escape. Examples are ongoing child abuse, sexual exploitation into pornography/prostitution, severe domestic violence. Dissociation is a severe but normal reaction, to severe and abnormal life experiences. When a person is experiencing ongoing severe abuse, the […]

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Call To Action: Call Your Reps (actually How To Do This)

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While going through tweets I found a link to a post on tumblr about contacting your elected representatives about the issues that matter to you. A post that I will share the link to in this post.

To say that this is AMAZING is an understatement. I’m completely a pseudo-extrovert. When I need to I will speak out in person but I prefer to do it in writing. On paper and online – I’m fearless and witty and I get my point across. In person I fell less so and worry that I get swept away with the emotions when I do push (I was told that I am an ‘arguer’ ) or that people misinterpret my silence (usually they don’t, but nothing unnerves people more than silence).

Read up, use this a lot (don’t forget your representatives at the local level-the city/ward councilors, school board members, etc) and pass it on.

Excerpt from post on echothroughthefog:

How to call your reps when you have social anxiety
When you struggle with your mental health on a daily basis, it can be hard to take action on the things that matter most to you. The mental barriers anxiety creates often appear insurmountable. But sometimes, when you really need to, you can break those barriers down. This week, with encouragement from some great people on the internet, I pushed against my anxiety and made some calls to members of our government. Here’s a comic about how you can do that, too. (Continue here for resources and transcript.)

 

 

Voting in Election 2016

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Polls have closed in some states-still open in many states.

Remembers the following:

You don’t have to vote but you should vote. Many people literally died for the right to vote and some like Susan B. Anthony died before she could legally vote. Many people left their “I Voted” stickers at her graveside. Others have shown their love for others who fought for voting rights such as Ida B. Wells, the ancestor of “Black Lives Matter,” with her documentation of lynching in The Red Record. People are leaving tributes to her at her physical grave at Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 East 67th Street, Chicago and her virtual grave at Find A Grave.

Susan B. Anthony also has a virtual grave at Find A Grave. So do many of the people that that fought and died for voting rights. So, after you vote, you can leave some virtual flowers etc and let them know you appreciated this gift.

Those who are still voting or about to should remember the following:

To Report Voting Rights Violations: Alert election officials at polls, Contact @CivilRights Division 800-253-3931

The NAACP wants everyone to know that if someone tries to stop you from voting, take their picture and call 1-866-OUR-VOTE. Lawyers will be ready.

Hispanic and Latino voters can get information from the US Government website: gobierno.usa.gov.

REMEMBER

If you’re in line when your poll closes, STAY IN LINE. You can still vote. The polling station is legally obligated to allow you to vote as long as you are in line when the polls close. No one can make you leave.

If they try to, please refer to the reporting options above.

I did vote.  I voted one week ago as a part of my state’s 1st ever early voting option. I actually forgot to take my sticker off and have worn it on my fleece vest for the week. Early voting was something Massachusetts should have done a long time ago. I am please that more than 1 million people took advantage of it.

No matter what happens, be glad that you can exercise your right to vote.

 

1in6 | Myths & Facts – Sexual Abuse of Boys and Lasting Effects in Men

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It goes without saying that sexual abuse / sexual assault of boys and men is serious and often misunderstood. Everything from abusers being gay males to being “weak” because it happened to them is out there as misinformation.

Fortunately there is a great organization called 1 in 6 to help male survivors of sexual abuse.  They have a website that not only provides facts vs. myths (1in6 | Myths & Facts – Sexual Abuse of Boys and Lasting Effects in Men) but also connects survivors with assistance.

They can be found at: https://1in6.org