The hospital called me today to check up on me. Nice of them. It turns out I'm entering a frustrating stage of healing. Internally, I still hurt insanely bad. Externally, I itch. Holy hell do I itch. I take my shower today and remove the bandages, which means I'll itch even more. Does anyone know of any natural itch remedies that can be used on a healing incision? I don't want to cause any damage, but man is this so irritating!
Anyway, it is the one year anniversary of one of the most amazing groups of people I've ever met/heard of/had the pleasure of associating with. When I first heard of Occupy, I thought it was nothing more than some pissed off rich kids,since that is what the media portrayed it as. But that confused me. The things these Occupy people were talking about were not things typically discussed by the rich. You don't often see a rich man out in a suit shouting about income inequality. I decided to do my own research, and along the way, I learned quite a bit about myself. I'm still learning things.
It's amazing to learn that you really aren't alone in the way you see the world around you. Now that I'm in grad school, I see that even more. I can have conversations with people about what's going on in the world without first having to explain that socialism isn't a four letter word.
President Obama likes to talk about hope, but what really gave me hope was Occupy. A group of people who are willing to stand up and fight - not just for themselves, but for what they believe in and how it affects and helps others. I know I have privilege of sorts. I am white. The only problem with that for me is that once people find out my ethnic heritage (Roma/Romani/Gypsy/whatever you want to call it), a lot of the white privilege is thrown out the window. And that isn't right. (Not that I lose my privilege. The fact that we have these privileges at all, for such stupid reasons.)
Now we are here at the one year anniversary, and I would like to say thank you. Thank you to all of you who fought and continue to fight. Thank you to those willing to stand up for those pushed down. Thank you for not giving in to the pressures of a society that won't fight because of fear and (undue) respect for a broken system. You are all amazing. Thank you to those who continue to visit this site daily and read the news. Thank you to those who contribute, and ask questions. Thanks to the people with suggestions and help. Thanks to those who reblog and repost, allowing others to be updated. Thanks for being there for me and supporting in good times and bad. Thanks to those of you who have offered to set up funding for me; even though I refused it, it is still a precious thought to offer.
Thank you all.
Today I have some posts to keep you up to date on today's events.
Here we go!
-- First off, I still love this site. You can view dozens of livestreams from around the country and across the globe with a click of a mouse. Want to see for yourself what's going on? Try here.
-- Protesters have been getting arrested since last night, for multiple reasons. Find out what's been going on here:
-- Monsanto has their hands full today thanks to us.
-- Chicago teachers are still striking, and Mayor Emanuel is looking to sue them back into the classroom.
-- A man who raped and tried to kill an Occupier is behind bars. (Thank goodness for that. This is heinous and outrageous. How horrible for her! His victims are in my thoughts.)
-- And America isn't the only one celebrating S17.
To contact me, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again, everyone, and happy one year anniversary.