The catastrophic levels of violence against bi/pan/fluid people in the US

March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month. As a bi person myself, I’m going to do a couple of posts about bi/pan/fluid/omni/etc issues, which I will be referring to as bi+ issues because “bi/pan/fluid/omni/etc” is a bit cumbersome to type and read.

There’s this very widespread perception out there, including among bi+ people who aren’t aware […]

The anti-racist-policing movement has done fine

In the wake of the DOJ’s report on Ferguson, there’s been a lot of people talking, correctly, about the terribleness of the Ferguson police report. There’s also been people complaining that the DOJ’s finding Darren Wilson’s story credible enough not to prosecute means that Mike Brown wasn’t a good case to focus on, “Hands up, […]

No, the Homan Square story is not overblown

The Guardian’s and the Intercept’s coverage (see links at bottom) of Chicago’s Homan Square detention site has been making a splash lately. As you might guess, I am glad to see this story making a big splash. I’ve seen a range of reactions, from appalled to cynical and more.

But while many people have […]

Some notes on the I93 action

By now I’m guessing most of my local readers and some of the others are aware of the I-93 shutdown action on Thursday, during which I was arrested. This isn’t so much an essay as a series of points – and the legal case is ongoing – but I wanted to get something up, especially […]

Little girls and soldiers: A protest in Nabi Saleh

This is part of an occasional series about my experiences with the American Jews for a Just Peace Health and Human Rights delegation to Palestine in June 2014. You can read all posts in the series here.

After attending a weekly village protest in Bil’in, I was pretty happy to have the chance to go […]

On policing, institutions, and individuals

It was September 2012, and I was in New York City to medic the Occupy anniversary protests. It was dark, and I was walking with my medic buddy to stash their pack. My medic buddy was homeless at the time, this pack had all their posessions. The NYPD and Zuccotti Park security wouldn’t let them […]

To increase sexual violence reporting, fix law enforcement

As promised, I am following up my last post with one about policing and how it interacts with sexual violence and reporting.

One aspect of this is that police are often trained in ways that lead them to think normal trauma response behavior is a sign of lying. I encourage everyone to read this transcript […]

The NYPD and chokeholds

“A chokehold shall include, but is not limited to, any pressure to the throat or windpipe, which may prevent or hinder breathing or reduce intake of air.” – from the 2004 NYPD patrol guide

The first time I was in New York City was also the first time I medicked a protest there. It was […]

It can still be police violence without looking dramatic

It frustrates me pretty deeply that in this city, police violence (whether from city or state police) toward protesters is often not seen as such. The police here are better at PR, I think, than a lot of others. They don’t want to look bad in public. And they know that they will look bad […]