Trouble Role Models
·A list of people who practice troublemaking in transgressive and transformative ways.
Last updated 6 years ago
idelnomore.ca "Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth."
Rinku Sen's Opening Speech at Facing Race 2012
Rinku Sen, publisher of Colorlines.com: I don’t think that we have to be sheared down to the thing that is least important about us, our skin color. I think we can be actual full human beings. And I think that we can change the way that human beings see each other, not by applying some bankrupt concept of color blindness that has no grounding in reality, but by demanding what we really want, which is the taking apart of the racial hierarchy.
Jada on Willow's Hair Cut: 'Girls Have the Right to Own Themselves' | Colorlines
Jada on Willow’s Hair Cut: ‘Girls Have the Right to Own Themselves’ - COLORLINES/ "The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women,girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determinati on. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain."
Black Lives Matter at School Week | Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union. Salon: Standing up to Rahm/ "Teachers are advocates for their students. Teachers’ unions are advocates for teachers. And teachers know what makes schools work, but those who oppose teachers’ unions are plainly trying to undermine what has worked for generations in our education system and are using teachers as a scapegoat to do it. The teachers on strike in Chicago are fighting for their students to get a quality education."
Amy Poehler: Support the CA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
Amy Poehler" "Every day, so many working women get to do what they do because there are wonderful people in their home, helping them. These workers, who inspire and influence our children, who take care of our loved ones and our homes, have been excluded from basic labor protections for generations. Please help us right that wrong and pass the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights this year. It’s time these workers were treated with dignity and respect."
Maleficent from Disney's Sleeping Beauty. Is she a troublemaking role model? I'm not sure, but I do like how she embraces (revels in?) her outcast/outlaw status and rejects the feudal system and its "benevolent" king/queen. I recently read that they're making a live-action movie about her backstory with Angelina Jolie. It's about time. I've always thought her rage at the fairies/kingdom/Aurora was justified.
7 Ways Citizens Are Using Humor and Creativity to Protest Injustice
Using humor to subvert, resist and make trouble, including: knitting vaginas for anti-choice Congresspeople, participating in sex strike for reproductive rights, using sarcasm to counter anti-choice bills, snarking on lawmakers' Facebook pages and more. This article provides a lot of links for further exploration.
Bitch Popaganda: Featuring Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore: "What if the real problem isn't flamboyance or cocksucking or limp wrists, but a straight world that rejects gay people and a gay world that seeks legitimacy only for those willing to conform to a straight society?" ("Homo Work," interview by Jessica Hoffmann).
Jessica Yee: "I no longer feel comfortable just saying that I’m a feminist, full-stop, without adding a few words before or after. I say I’m a multi-racial Indigenous Two-Spirit feminist. I say I’m a hip-hop feminist, a reproductive justice feminist. Like many people, I feel like I’ve been burned out by the mainstream usage and representation of feminism and I’m not making any apologies for what I call myself...." (Feminism for Real: Deconstructing the academic industrial complex of feminism)
Cynthia Enloe on being curious and staying in trouble: "The moment when one becomes newly curious about something is also a good time to think about what created one's previous lack of curiosity. So many power structures...are dependent on our continuing lack of curiosity...we need to be genuinely curious about others' lack of curiosity...for the sake of meaningfully engaging with those who take any power structure as unproblematic."