tomato club girl blog

mappingthemoon:

I am conflicted about this issue! Although I did sign the petition against putting a Walmart in downtown Athens, I can’t deny that the presence of a Walmart does do some helping for some people sometimes. & not everyone “hates” Walmart.

I read an essay in a zine called MAKE (if I remember correctly) years ago, which really knocked me off my punk/privileged high horse. I did used to be the kind of smartass anti-capitalist who would agree with boycotting big box corporations as much as possible — JUST DON’T SHOP THERE, PEOPLE, DUH. But you wanna tell that to maybe the single mother of five who is actually able to feed and clothe her children on cheap Walmart products? I still often forget that as a punk/ex-punk/grownup-punk with radical ideals that I am living a type of poverty that is not the same as others’, and I’m living in a bubble where most people around me agree with my lofty ideals. I used to be able to avoid shopping at Walmart because I could dumpster-dive groceries, but this is still not a thing that many people are aware of or comfortable doing. So while we may see it as survival or just a fun scam for free shit, it’s still a privilege that we have the time to practice.

It’s also a privilege to even be able to support local businesses, at least in Athens. I would love it if I could get all my groceries locally from the Co-op and Farmers Market, get clothes from independent downtown boutiques or handmade/crafty fairs. But that shit is overpriced for me, and rightly so, because having worked for small businesses I know how much of a struggle it can be to stay afloat. I’m way below the poverty line, and I’m supporting another person as well. I can only afford the necessities at the cheapest possible price, which means groceries at Piggly-Wiggly and that rare “new” pair of jeans at the thriftstore.

A downtown Walmart, as “evil” as it may seem, is helpful to the working poor, especially those without cars. It may be overkill to have three Walmarts altogether, but when someone says, “there’s a Walmart 10 minutes away!” remember that this is car-speak timing. 10 minutes in a personal car does not equal walking time or public transit time. Additionally, Walmart does provide jobs to many individuals who wouldn’t otherwise be able to make an income easily (the elderly, the disabled, those with less-than-perfect employment histories etc.). While it could be sad to consider these folks having to be “relegated” to a crappy job at Walmart, for many people, A JOB IS A JOB. & it might be shitty and have discriminatory policies and poor working conditions but IT IS A JOB and many, many people don’t have the luxury of quitting a job because they “didn’t like it” or the boss was a jerk or the work wasn’t “fulfilling.” Many people will take whatever they can get if it means they can pay their rent and put food on the table.

This isn’t necessarily a pro-Walmart post, either. Like I said, I voted against it mainly because I think it would be ugly and unnecessary downtown, and I don’t want that beautiful old Jittery Joe’s building torn down. And I don’t want Walmart waste getting into the river nearby. And I’d rather see a decent grocery store downtown, if they’re going to put some big box in. And I’d rather see more funding going towards a better public transit system so that places outside the hip, downtown area are more accessible. And I’d rather see people (including myself) fighting this sort of thing in more concrete ways than signing a petition and feeling sad and angry and helpless.

This is meant as more of a privilege-check or at least recognition that protest can be a luxury activity, and having anti-capitalist or otherwise radical ideals can sometimes not really matter much at all if you don’t have a strong community that provides frequent, easily-accessible and affordable alternatives to having to financially support corporate America.

The real problem here isn’t whether or not to put a Walmart downtown, how good or bad that might be for the community overall. The problems lie deeper within this system which has conflated competitive wealth with virtue and hard poverty with vice; a system based in racism, ageism, and ableism; a system where most everyone feels like they are endlessly struggling one way or another and there’s no way out. I think it’s way more “revolutionary” for the community to provide for itself, especially utilizing alternatives to capital. We have to work with what we’re given to a certain extent — we have to respect that not everyone has access to the luxury of having a choice — but we can also work around it without having to be completely dependent on a toxic system. We can be the ones providing for ourselves in terms of organized carpools, bike shares, skill trades, free childcare, etc. And we do have things like Food Not Bombs and the Really Really Free Market, which are great, but we could make these things happen more often and more easily, too. There are so many ways we can help ourselves out as a community without having to wait around, pleading to politicians to direct this money to that thing instead of the other thing.

In any case, I’m getting sidetracked here. HELLO: I REALLY WANT TO BEGIN ORGANIZING A CHILDCARE COLLECTIVE. This seems huge and scary but totally important and necessary and I don’t know where to start. Please get in touch if you are interested?

this is a super-important discussion to have. if we can all recognize walmart is not the solution we want, we should also pose other solutions, i think.

i have some childcare-related information! i heard earlier about plans to open a branch of kelli’s childcare collective in athens. i missed the meeting/training because i had to work, and i haven’t heard anything about it since, but i would be interested in volunteering still! (i don’t know how facebook works but if you can’t see that event, fb message me and i’ll give you the details about it) like, i’m pretty sure this is still in conception stages (as far as i know) but maybe there could be more volunteer training time organized? 

a brief summary of my politics

fuzzyhorns:

how about this

how about it’s fine to do what society tells you

if you tell society not to be cruel

and you keep telling society not to be cruel even when society is nice to you

and if society is cruel to you you tell it not to be cruel

and if society is cruel to someone else (still You) you tell it not to be cruel

and if it insists on its cruelty, if it tells you its cruelty feels nice

tell it it isn’t society anymore

you are

and you’re not going to be cruel to anybody

yes, basically.

A lot of the critiques of the rioting in London is really…disturbing. And all of it is really making me wonder, Could a lower class uprising ever catch on?

Its come to my attention that the biggest obstacle to an uprising isnt the police or the state. Its the middle class. These are the people poo-pooing the rioters and shaking their fingers in condemnation and saying “What is the world coming to?! Look at the chaos and anarchy and they are destroying their own communities!” They are always the first to make comparisons to animals and go on rants about “well its their fault they were in that situation to begin with! If they would just WORK like the rest of us they wouldnt have anything to riot over!” or boohooing about the “looting”.

The police may shoot at rioters, but we’ve seen in Greece and Syria and Egypt and Tunisia that police and soldiers can only do so much to stop a protest. But when the rest of society comes together and wags their fingers at you and calls you animals and uses their media to shut you up and misrepresent you, it must be really really hard to keep up the momentum. I dont know. This is all speculation. Ive never been a part of a riot like this. And I am not in a situation where I can say I fully understand the emotions of the rioters. Yeah, I have to save up to get myself nice things. But I have money for food and Marcus takes care of the heat and lights. I dont understand, but I cant condemn either.

I just…I really dont understand why we all were lobbying for changes to tumblr’s background color in support of the protests in the Middle East and some of the same people are talking shit about the rioters in London. Is it classism? Is it the idea that ONLY nonviolent protest is the “right way”? Is it a matter of people thinking”oh it’s okay for people to protest like this over there but we just dont do that here.”? Just gonna keep an eye on the news….

“Its come to my attention that the biggest obstacle to an uprising isnt the police or the state. Its the middle class.”

Foucault and ‘nem called this horizontal discipline. Meaning people keeping your in check isn’t necessarily the police. But the neighbor next door, your cousin, dude @ the bodega. #insidious and #efficient.

Just the grrl you want:

  (via penichimp)

ugh god i keep thinking this when i hear people talk about “those stupid uneducated rioters” 

garconniere:

progressivelyminded:

“Feminité, (dé)voilée”, or, “Femininity, (un)veiled.”

i think this mainly pisses me off a lot (using a controversial religious garment as a way to sell expensive clothes) but has potential (in the sense that it might start discussions about)? when mainstream fashion magazines/photographers touch political issues i tend to become enraged:
see:
riot girls: fuck you vice magazine
“the revolution will be sartorialized”
political coverage: the history of Keffiyeh and the effects of cultural outsourcing issue 9 of WORN journal
maquiladoras enchant rodarte at threadbared
what’s beautiful in eco-disaster chic? at threadbared
the lady loves a tramp at threadbared

usually when i want to save things to read later i just bookmark them but i am on a computer without missing e SOOOOO

garconniere:

progressivelyminded:

“Feminité, (dé)voilée”, or, “Femininity, (un)veiled.”

i think this mainly pisses me off a lot (using a controversial religious garment as a way to sell expensive clothes) but has potential (in the sense that it might start discussions about)? when mainstream fashion magazines/photographers touch political issues i tend to become enraged:

see:

usually when i want to save things to read later i just bookmark them but i am on a computer without missing e SOOOOO

matthewedwards:

theoreticalgirl:

This is hilarious. I hope this gets referenced on The Daily Show or Colbert Report.

This is fantastic!

bookmarrow:

maibeitsmayberlline:

“I bought you this, ‘House Mouse, Senate Mouse’, which is sold in the  gift shop to teach children how to understand the Constitution. Perhaps  if these were the rules the Republicans had to follow—it’s a much  thinner book and it rhymes—maybe they’d get it right.”

Anthony Weiner, everyone.

this is really cute…

bookmarrow:

maibeitsmayberlline:

“I bought you this, ‘House Mouse, Senate Mouse’, which is sold in the gift shop to teach children how to understand the Constitution. Perhaps if these were the rules the Republicans had to follow—it’s a much thinner book and it rhymes—maybe they’d get it right.”

Anthony Weiner, everyone.

this is really cute…

Ukuleles are a symbol of the patriarchy.

(via rgr-pop)

PLZ EXPLAIN. can we have discussions about twee in relation to radical politics all day please.

ALSO to totally counter your tag-point about no queer ukulele girls i would like to mention my current band the ukekaties, which is a two-girl all-katies ukulele band and we are both some kinda queer. the problem is we haven’t actually made music yet.

dreamhunters:

“Moments before (or after) stripping Planned Parenthood of roughly $330 million in public funds […] last Friday, the House voted to continue allowing the Pentagon to sponsor NASCAR teams with taxpayer money.”

oh how fucking charming

notahammer:

Because it’s something overwhelmingly huge and completely removed from me. I wouldn’t even know where to start, or what to say, because it all feels so futile and stupid, clicking little buttons and feeling sad and angry while people are fighting for their lives and their country and their futures…

i always kind of feel like this about blogging about politics and whatnot. like i’m not doing anything real but i am not even sure what i could really be doing.

i feel kind of shitty that i haven’t been reblogging anything pertaining to politics because there is SO MUCH SHIT GOING ON but whenever i think about it i don’t even know where to start and it just makes me really anxious and my head hurt, ugh. i feel like i should be doing more.

addicusmarie:

(via stfuconservatives)(via azspot)
Troubletown (via krona)

the right side just looks like athens

addicusmarie:

(via stfuconservatives)(via azspot)

Troubletown (via krona)

the right side just looks like athens

ryanetics:

This is a must read regarding the Athens Mayoral runoff Tuesday. Read and spread the word!

Please repost if you live or have followers in Athens!

DONT FORGET TO VOTE TUESDAY!

Lately I feel like somebody made a big mess and I’ve got my mop and I’m mopping the floor and the folks who made the mess are there (saying) ‘You’re not mopping fast enough. You’re not mopping the right way. It’s a socialist mop.’

Barack Obama

socialist mops are my favorite

alyssadehayes:

Cmon out folks! ill be bartending!
ryanetics:

TOMORROW! PASS IT ON!


ooh i’ll go if i’m feeling better. i always miss these and it makes me sad.

alyssadehayes:

Cmon out folks! ill be bartending!

ryanetics:

TOMORROW! PASS IT ON!

ooh i’ll go if i’m feeling better. i always miss these and it makes me sad.