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Mx B Cordelia Yu @thebestsophist

September: Speaking at Data & Democracy in Durham.
October: Speaking at State of the Map in Boulder, then Toronto to speak at Full Stack Toronto, then London for Mozfest.

@gaba a connector! These days most of my time is talking to folks from each and while there are a lot of side conversations between individual persons, there isn’t really any shared space for ideation and problem solving.

Thinking I should give serious thought into figuring out what it would take get funding to start an org that sits between OpenNews, Sunlight Foundation, Civic Hall, and Code for America.

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This is not to say that I advocate for some sort of middle way. Action is always context dependent and must be cognizant of power dynamics.

Sometimes that results in (mostly) white feminists defending Tina Fey’s sheetcake sketch as satire—without regard of her broader history of work that often pushes for a sort of head-in-the-sand brand of political action as well as ignoring her history of being racist, ableist, and transphobic.

Other times its arguing for a pacifism as a universal rule without regard for how authoritarian power would often *love* to be able to steamroll over pacifists.

Now, I’m neither white nor pacifist—I will fucking defend my people with whatever tools I have—but I think about how liberalism teaches people to think about and apply principles in a way that focus on individual acts without understanding the broader contexts in which actions occur—which ultimately perpetuates systemic injustice.

Over the last two weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about the intersection of acceptable political action, pacifism, satire, and the role of scholars and the petit-bourgeious in fighting fascism and white supremacy.

One piece I’ve been thinking about is this piece on pacifism in the context of white privilege.

Changing profile name to my name…we’ll see how well that goes.

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Instead of quoting a bunch of white people on what Taiwan’s same-sex marriage ruling means for Asia, my friend @creatrixtiara interviewed a bunch of LGBTQ+ folks throughout Asia to get their thoughts directly.

Going to the airport is a bad time to learn that Boston busses run on queer time.