Today is July Fourth in the United States of America, otherwise referred to as “Independence Day,” to commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the legal separation of the “Thirteen Colonies” from Great Britain in 1776.
Now, this day is *so* very loaded, and this day means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Today in Alameda I’ve seen Latinx folks proudly riding horses alongside a float carrying a full band with a 🇺🇸 on the side. Today is my Grandma Grace’s birthday, and she was a badass hardass nobullshit first generation Ukrainian woman who lived well into her 90s without any medications, she was truly an 🐃 just like me. Today on Instagram (and in-person), I’ve read/heard stories from Indigenous folks about the generational impacts of the Thirteen Colonies’ colonization, all the abuse that occurred at the (mostly white male) hand; I’ve seen posts about #reparations and paying taxes on Native land (LINK IN BIO BTW). Today I’m wearing a @kaepernick7 jersey because I’m of deep settler legacy (Irish in the 1700s, colonizing what is now called Pennsylvania + now I am living on Ohlone Land), and I’ve been thinking about genocide *a lot* these days ( #abolishice) and of incarcerated folks of color (read: modern day slavery), and I think it’s wicked important to be made visible today. I also know that *a lot* of folks around me are celebrating, in their own ways. *🧐*
I’m also posting this photograph because it’s a ✨🔮Magical Moment🔮✨ @jamie_thrower caught of me ( #AlamedaCA #DandyDogPack) + @crystal_cave ( #DandyDogwalker #SFMission #LeaderOfThePack). It’s magical because I love this human with such reciprocal depth and #ItsSoComplicated and our love is so deep. Danielle is a self-identified afro-latinx woman of color with a lot of Indigenous legacy as well. I’m a white WASPy Jew with colonizer (and KKK) legacy *and* I’m Ukrainian socialist Yiddish underground political fight for humanity and build community in my blood. Our love is beautiful in its complexity and Jamie totally caught that.
🐙🎆Today I will celebrate 🎈MY GRANDMA GRACE🎈 who values connection, gentleness, compassion, reparation, and my chosen family I’ve built around me🎆🐙