This is happening in the southern USA, which is the site where I plan to contribute intellectually and socially:
- On taxpayer dollars, North Carolina legislature passed House Bill 2 (text here) which undermines the agency of transgender persons and their choice to use public restrooms of their identified gender. It was written where the state reserves all rights to execution, effectually rendering local municipalities powerless. The bill will allow for public universities, and not private as private unis have the money and demographic that can more readily enact agency over their spaces, to enforce these laws.
- Phil Bryant, Mississippi’s governor, signed House Bill 1523 (text here). Called the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” or “Religious Freedom Bill,” it allows for persons and institutions to invoke a conflict in religious beliefs so that they may deny services to individuals, LGBTQI specifically, and even criminalizes extramarital sex among heterosexual couples.
- On March 28, 2016, Governor Deal of Georgia vetoed a similarly crafted bill like MS’s “Religious Freedom Bill.” It’s titled House Bill 757. Asserting that he did not capitulate to threats from businesses who stood against the legislation, Deal stated “I do not think we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia, of which I and my family have been a part of for all of our lives.” (Sourced from CNN) Of course, one can’t deny the impact of economic withdrawal…
Do not assume that this is a southern phenomenon. Indiana passed similar legislation amid protest and an estimated loss of $60 million in ““economic benefits.” Missouri’s passed after a filibuster. This legislation is sneaking undetected, or being approved, in states that generally have less urban density, less informed, progressive, voting persons, and more acts that undermine one’s ability to vote. Bill Clinton’s 1993 signing of State Religious Freedom Restorations Acts laid this disturbing foundation…
Therefore, I searched for a quote very relevant to my aspirations.
I’m pulling from Chandra Talpade Mohanty, a Third World-Transnational-Postcolonial feminist and Distinguished Professor of Women and Gender Studies (among many more significant positions) at Syracuse University. In Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity, she states:
“The practice of solidarity foregrounds communities of people who have chosen to work and fight together. Reflective solidarity is crafted by an interaction involving three persons: ‘I ask you to stand by me over and against a third.”