Man, I crushed it today. I wrote a state legislator, signed a petition, and sent a note to my HR requesting my workplace participate in a yearly Day of Service—and they liked the idea! On that last one, it’s a long way to actual approval and implementation, but I never thought I’d get past step one, so here we go. Check back in a few years.
Today I found this website called ifixit.com, which is a global community of people helping each other repair stuff. It’s a pretty simple idea. For basically all civilization, less the last 60 years, we’ve repaired rather than replaced our things. Now, to the vast detriment of the planet, we just buy new shit—the so called “throw-away economy.” ifixit.com offers everything you need to fix your own stuff—and a whole community doing just that--and it saves you money. So join the repair revolution.
In the meantime, there’s actually legislation making it difficult for people to do this, but right now Minnesota has a chance to become the first state in the nation to pass "Fair Repair" legislation. I signed the petition. Read the bill (SF 15) here. Basically, it guarantees our right to repair digital equipment like computers, refrigerators, and cell phones. It requires manufacturers to provide owners and independent repair shops with access to repair information and replacement parts—so you have the resources you need to fix things quickly and affordably.
If you care about the immigration issue, this is a must read—about a young boy whose parents brought him legally into the United States, but failed to naturalize him as a minor, and who now faces deportation—leaving his whole life and family behind and going to a country he’s never known. His story is unfortunately not that unique.
Definition of not-racism
Minnesota is making news again, as a white male legislator called a female (white) legislator a racist. She was offended because the House Chamber was half empty as women lawmakers of color tried to explain why minority Minnesotans are upset.
I wrote the legislator, Greg Davids, the following:
It's unfortunate to see that your take on racism is a white woman calling out white men for not listening to the concerns of minorities in our state, who are badly represented in Minnesota's public offices, and vastly underserved in our cities.
Racism is the hatred without just cause of an historically oppressed group--white men, of which I am one, have almost singularly never been oppressed in the entire history of civilization. Please don't use this as a political ploy, and really explore the issue. Justice and equality are just words without extending them to everyone.
Lastly, today was National Walking Day, and I recalled this fun story by David Sedaris and picked up some trash on a short walk to lunch.
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