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Note: This is in response to the responses to my tweet about Brendan Eich’s resignation from Mozilla. I think 9 tweets is a bit much to chain together, so posting here instead.
In our struggle for equality, we are not capable of stopping oppression directly. The allies we create stop their oppression of us.
Once the majority is on our side, we don’t have to create allies to get our way, but I still think it’s the preferred option.
Small progress can be made by removing people from power, but equality is only made certain through a collective increase in empathy.
I think reducing someone to a single issue is wrong.
It’s so easy to vilify someone and demand an apology. It’s more difficult to accept an imperfect apology and assist in continued progress.
If someone isn’t actively inflicting harm, I aspire to endless patience trying to create an ally and strength to endure the inequality.
If your form of activism involves tearing someone down instead of building them into someone better, I don’t want to be involved.
If your form of activism attacks a person instead of their actions, I don’t want to be involved.
Be respectful if you want to be respected. Love others for who they currently are if you want to be loved for who you are.
Measure A: Yes. Not sure why this is even a question. City employee retiree health care trust fund should only be used for its stated purpose.
Measure B: Yes, San Francisco should be doing everything possible to increase available housing, even if it’s “luxury”. I live beside this fugly parking lot where Giants fan debauchery takes place. Please, turn this into something nice.
Measure C: Yes. Taller buildings mean more housing and the height restriction in Mission Bay is tragically low. The height limit should be increased so that Measure B can be most effective at increasing available housing.
Measure D: Yes, begrudgingly. The Board of Supervisors should have just done this on their own, but the public can be the backbone they lack for some reason. Drug companies do not deserve confidentiality agreements that prevent the tax payers from knowing how much the city is spending on specific drugs.
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