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I'm Jasmine (they/them/theirs) and I'm a PhD Candidate in American Culture/Digital Studies at U of Michigan Ann Arbor. My dissertation is about the digital sector of the prison-industrial complex, neoliberalism + racial capitalism, and the movement to abolish prisons, tracing its emergent antagonisms towards tech, AI, and Silicon Valley broadly.

I post a lot about grad student unions, University of Michigan news (usually the bad stuff), and getting .

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Who's that in your AVI, Jasmine?

That's a screenshot from the film Irma Vep (1996, Olivier Assayas) with Maggie Cheung.

Besides being a fantastic and dizzying/disorienting film, I have a soft spot for it bc I first watched it in a class with Prof. Yiman Wang, who would advise my undergraduate thesis! Here's the essay that she wrote on Maggie Cheung and the film Irma Vep: muse.jhu.edu/article/492536

currently reading 

Leena Habiballa, “Seeds of Sudanese Identity: Unsettling the Logic of Racialisation,” Qahwa Project, November 27, 2015.

web.archive.org/web/2015123104

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alabama prison strike (X-Post from Birdsite) 

RT @jaybeware
The strike in Alabama prisons is still going strong in Day 2. Free Alabama Movement has confirmed strike still underway at Donaldson, Bibb, Easterling, St. Clair, Fountain, and certainly more facilities (perhaps all) that have not yet been confirmed today

on the mixed asian novel (literary criticism, Asian American studies, this is real good (X-Post from Birdsite) 

RT @andrealongchu
i wrote about celeste ng, jay caspian kang, and what the mixed asian novel has to teach us about asian america vulture.com/2022/09/the-mixed-

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RT @TallerAhuehuete
«I do not fear
the State’s repression.
I fear
the silence
of my people»
twitter.com/tryno/status/15738

anti-semitism, local ann arbor pol (X-Post from Birdsite) 

RT @la_Luchona_
Just woke up to the news, on the Jewish New Year, some fascists distributed anti-semitic flyers around our street and apparently a couple other neighborhoods. In 'liberal' Ann Arbor.

anti-semitism, local Ann Arbor pol (X-Post from Birdsite) 

picked up and threw away about 8-9 of these on my street alone this morning

fuck this shit and fuck whoever made and distributed these.
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RT @la_Luchona_
Just woke up to the news, on the Jewish New Year, some fascists distributed anti-semitic flyers around our street and apparently a couple other neighborhoods. In 'liberal' Ann Arbor.
twitter.com/la_Luchona_/status

every epub that i have downloaded has been against my will

"Whatever you do, please do not look the other way or waffle, or talk about everything except the Middle East, or impugn my character and say that the problems are terrorism, Islam, and Arab culture or intransigence. As Palestinians are being killed every day by Israeli soldiers, and as the Palestinian nation is being punished mercilessly by the state of the Jewish people, your role as intellectuals, I think, is to bear witness to, to testify against, those crimes."

jewishcurrents.org/an-open-let

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"On the very day in late 1987 that Ronald Reagan gently upbraided Israel for shooting unarmed Palestinian children, an additional $280 million was earmarked for our strategic ally. How much more aid (now set at over three billion per annum), how many more cringing apologies, how many more Palestinian lives are necessary as 'confidence-building measures'... in order that Israel and its supporters may at last condescend to survey the damage?"

jewishcurrents.org/an-open-let

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An Open Letter to American-Jewish Intellectuals by Edward Saïd (1989) 

"Always it was our [Arab, Muslim, non-Western] negative features that allowed Israel’s intellectual apologists to set us off against, in order then to underscore, Israeli liberalism, democracy, enlightenment, etc. And, I must add quickly, our dehumanization occurred as an extension of the already quite formidable battery of measures taken by Israel to erase most of our presence from our native land"

jewishcurrents.org/an-open-let

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An Open Letter to American-Jewish Intellectuals by Edward Saïd (1989) 

"When Jews speak of Israel as a place they come home to, you will allow that their word 'home' to Palestinian ears has a death-like effect. I do not minimize what for Jews is an age-old problem of persecuted alienation and exile, but you also must understand the wounding immediacy for us of quite literally witnessing our home turned into someone else’s house, country."

jewishcurrents.org/an-open-let

FTP, from London to Tehran (X-Post from Birdsite) 

RT @asranarshism
Tuesday, September 20th, 2022:

Tasers & batons don't help the police from people's wrath.








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RT @tri_continental
On 's birthday, go through our dossier, which talks about Freire's ideas and the profound impact it had on the popular struggles in South Africa.

His ideas were so impactful that the apartheid state banned his Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

thetricontinental.org/dossier-

currently reading 

David Golumbia, The Cultural Logic of Computation (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009).

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The Review: The University of Florida Flubs Academic Freedom 

"Before we saw those emails, a big question we had was, 'How embedded was this philosophy — that a professor taking a stance that ran counter to the state was a potential problem?' Was it only being thought about in the narrower realm of serving as an expert witness in a court case?"

chronicle.com/newsletter/the-r

"We thought that we were going to see mostly patients who were hospitalized, who survived and now needed some ongoing care for neurology as an outpatient... But what we saw is the opposite. The main population of the clinic is the people who were never hospitalized with COVID... then [experienced] the lingering, persistent, and then debilitating brain fog, headaches, dizziness, muscle pain, trouble with smell and taste, blurry vision, tinnitus, and intense fatigue."

chicagomag.com/chicago-magazin

currently reading 

Bald, Vivek. "American Orientalism." Dissent 62, no. 2 (2015): 23-34. doi:10.1353/dss.2015.0041.

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RT @MariahHumphries
This will be missed with the Queen’s death, but it needs to be posted. “The University of Alabama has more than 10,000 Native American human remains in its possession, according to a federal notice published by the National Park Service last week.” nativenewsonline.net/currents/

petition in support of striking Eastern Michigan University faculty (X-Post from Birdsite) 

RT @kevinkarpiak
2. Sign EMU-AAUP's petition in order to show your support change.org/p/support-emu-aaup-

please send letters of support to the EMU President to make your support of EMU faculty known! (X-Post from Birdsite) 

RT @kevinkarpiak
3. Use this email template to draft a letter to EMU President Smith and the Board of Regents, letting them know how important EMU faculty are to you and that you want these negotiations ended fairly and quickly docs.google.com/document/u/1/d

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