Thursday, August 20, 2015

Blog Update

Sadly, this blog has been defunct since 2013. To get in touch with me, please @ me on Twitter, @tootwistedtv.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose Online Telethon Watch Parties

Here's a list of watch parties.  If you'd like to add a watch party, please email me (virginia AT tootwistedforcolortv DOT com) or contact me on Twitter (@tootwistedtv).

If you're hosting a party at a private residence and don't want that information known, I'm happy to remove that information and replace it with "Private Residence, contact for more info."

Main Online FB event

New York

  • Austin @ The North Door
  • College Station @ details forthcoming...
  • Dallas @ Midway Hills Christian Church
  • San Antonio @ private residence - at capacity!
  • San Marcos @ private residence - please see FB page



Thursday, October 10, 2013

#GiveToWendy Blog Roundup

Goal Thermometer 

UPDATE: Here is Burnt Orange Report's roundup post!

October 10 is the fundraising "blog bomb" effort to raise money for Wendy Davis's gubernatorial campaign.  If you haven't read my contribution yet, well...why the hell not?? :)

Here are the other people/blogs that are participating.  (If they're not hyperlinked, their post probably was not active at the time I originally posted this.  I will update this entry as more links become available!)
*I know not everyone supports every blog above, but I wanted to provide a comprehensive list!*

What. A. Summer.

You were there.  I was there.  In person or online, we were ALL. THERE.

Perry called special session after special session, just to get ALEC's his anti-choice legislation pushed through.  But we had had enough.  And Wendy Davis knew it.

And so began one of the most well-known filibusters since Mr. Smith went to Washington.  Wendy Davis stood for 11 hours (longer if you include the time she stood after her third infraction) with no food, no water, no sitting, no leaning, and remaining on topic AT ALL TIMES.  (Can we all agree we never want to hear the word "germane" again??)

Do you remember the thrill of victory?

Cecile Richards Reads Wendy Davis's Text Announcing SB5 Failed

Wendy Davis fought for us, and now we need to fight for her.

If you've been living under a rock for the past week, you may not know that WENDY DAVIS IS RUNNING FOR TEXAS GOVERNOR IN 2014!!!

What can you do to help Wendy Davis defeat Greg "Asshole" Abbott?
And now, for your viewing pleasure, one more video from YouTube.

"Women's Rights" - Parody of "Blurred Lines"

**Please note, I apologize for not transcribing the videos.  I am swamped with grad school and ran out of time.**

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Are you ready for some (#FJL) football?!?!

Want to see how your favorite feminists are faring in their fantasy football leagues?? (Try saying THAT 3 times fast!)  Here you go:

Monday, August 5, 2013

3rd Special Session Bills to Monitor

Note: This post will be updated if and/or when more information becomes available.

UPDATE (9:45pm CDT on August 5): In the past 15 minutes, both the Texas House and Senate have passed the HB1 transportation bill and adjourned sine die.  Unless Rick Perry decides to veto this bill, it looks like the special sessions are OVER.

As of this posting (5:40pm CDT on August 5), Rick Perry has NOT put abortion on the call for the 3rd special session.  Should he do so, these are a few of the bills we need to monitor.

House (view all legislation filed here):
  • HB21 (Bill Callegari): Relating to a pregnant woman's completion of a resource awareness session before performance or inducement of an abortion; providing penalties.
  • HB25 (Susan King): Relating to the development of a public education program regarding unexpected pregnancy and a related study concerning legislation affecting abortion.

Senate (view all legislation filed here): 
  • SB17 (Eddie Lucio, Jr.): Relating to a pregnant woman's completion of a resource awareness session before performance or inducement of an abortion; providing penalties.
  • SB20 (Jane Nelson): Relating to the licensing and regulation of hospitals in this state; increasing the amount of administrative penalties assessed or imposed against certain hospitals.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Accessibility and the Texas Legislature, Part 4

Previously: Part 1Part 2, and Part 3.

**NOTE: "disabled person/people" and "people with disabilities/PWD" will be used throughout this post.**

When last I left you, I had just gotten off the ridiculous elevators on the third floor of the Capitol.  I was unsure where the line for the Senate gallery was because there just SO MANY PEOPLE.

Luckily, I saw my friend Jessica and she pointed me in the right direction.  Additionally, she found someone (a Capitol employee? a volunteer?) who could help me in the way of disabled access. So this person escorted me up to the front of the line and then I went through the dreaded DPS search.

Let me be clear right up front.  I am a grad student.  I was using my backpack that day because I wanted to bring my computer, my heating pad, etc.  There was basically pens, papers, post-it notes, etc thrown all in my backpack and/or crushed underneath stuff, etc.  My backpack is a mess because I use it for a lot of different things.

Something else that also needs to be said: I was getting over what can only be described as the plague from a few days before.  I had been sick for a week and was unable to keep ANYTHING down (including water, crackers, and soup).  I was still very gingerly eating - a cracker here, some toast there - and I was drinking tons of water to stay hydrated since I'd been throwing up for a week.

Ok, so things I was required to throw away or otherwise dispose of in order to get into the Senate gallery (please note: I didn't have any tampons or pads in my bag, so obviously they couldn't confiscate those):
  • Pour the water out of my reusable water bottle into the garbage
  • Throw away a still-sealed bottle of water that was being distributed by volunteers.
  • Throw away all food, including chips, saltine crackers, and portable applesauce that I either brought or got from volunteers.
  • Throw away a practically new box of Kleenex because it counts as "paper." (I have terrible allergies and have to have Kleenex everywhere I go...I brought a whole box because I knew it would be a long day)
  • Throw away all Post-it Notes (which I use to annotate the books I read for grad school)
  • Throw away all scraps of paper (thanks for helping me clean those out Mr. DPS Guy)
  • Throw away all packaging that pens and pencils come in because it counts as paper (seriously?!)
  • This wasn't me, but the teenager behind me had to throw out her HOMEWORK because she also brought her backpack and her homework was on paper.

So, by the time I got to the gallery, I had my computer, my heating pad, some cords, and some pens. No food, no water, no paper.

In order to get into the gallery, visitors are required to go up a few steps.  Thankfully, they had a sort of mini-elevator or lift in a separate room.  Unfortunately, since I was borrowing the Rollator, I didn't know how to collapse it or fold it down, so I couldn't sit in the "regular" seats without blocking aisles with the Rollator.  Anyway, I can't remember if it was a Senate page or a DPS officer who told me, but they said I could sit in one of the four (ONLY FOUR) areas designated for wheelchairs and just sit on the Rollator since I couldn't collapse it.  The other three designated areas were occupied by PWD.

Unfortunately (again), this meant I could not sit with my orange-shirted comrades in the gallery.  The areas surrounding the accessible seats were filled with blue-shirted people.  As I lamented on Twitter about my predicament, two orange-shirted people came over for a little bit and commiserated with me, for which I am EXTREMELY grateful!

I got into the gallery a little before 2pm. Due to the gallery not being quite filled, Dewhurst called for the Senate to be "at ease" until 2:30pm. By the time 3:15 or so rolled around, my back was already screaming.  I wanted to stay in the gallery, but my back had other ideas.  As I rolled my way out of the gallery, I seriously was crying (silently) that I was physically unable to stay in there after I had waited SO LONG.  I went back downstairs and into the auditorium.

Considering this series is already 4 parts long, I think I'm going to end it here.  The auditorium was quite comfortable and I didn't really encounter other issues (except for the staircase in Rep. Farrar's office) after that.  Thank you for listening to my story, and I hope I have shed some light on the issues disabled people face regarding accessibility.