Tonight we mourn. Tomorrow we act.
Innocence Project – Donate $11.08 in honor of the time of Troy’s death (More if you can, of course.)
Amnesty International: Not In My Name
Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation
California has an anti-death penalty initiative on the ballots in 2012. Find out more about it, talk to you friends, family and neighbors.
Elsewhere? Call your state legislator. Tell them that it’s time to move America out of the dark ages, and that if they won’t support anti-death penalty legislation, you’ll vote for a candidate who will.
Also, join Amnesty International’s ongoing efforts to end the death penalty, state by state (link to .pdf)
Study your local ballots. Locally elected prosecutors and judges are where these cases begin. Know who is running your local justice system and vote accordingly.
We can be better than this, but only if we make it happen. This is what we must do. This is what Troy has asked for, and this is the time.
So this morning I see that professional fat-hater Jamie Oliver has posted a petition which he’s asking people to sign in support of his “Food Revolution,” and in which he’s included the bullshit stat that “obesity in the US costs $10,273,973 per hour” (sure) and notes, in all-caps, “OBESITY IS PREVENTABLE.”
Celebrities who have signed the petition are posted in rotation: Jennifer Aniston, Eva Longoria, P. Diddy, Kim Kardashian, Ryan Seacrest, Ellen Degeneres.
It’s always nice to see wealthy people with access to the best food, comprehensive healthcare, personal trainers, private chefs, and individual nutritional plans put their names to a petition admonishing the fatties that OBESITY IS PREVENTABLE.
When there are people for whom that is not true, people for whom obesity is not preventable, for myriad reasons, to bray about how their bodies (our bodies; ourselves) are “preventable” is to engage in eliminationist rhetoric.
I will never not be fat.
To get rid of my fat body, you have got to get rid of me.
Read the whole post at Shakesville