Vote Like the Planet Depends On It–Because It Does

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I’ve never been so happy to see a voting ballot. #LetsDoThis #BidenHarris #DumpTrump

Why vote?

This election needs you whether you’re an aloof revolutionary who has no time for electoral politics because real change comes from the streets, or a defeated cynic who doesn’t bother with the ballot box because all politicians are corrupt. No matter where you land on the spectrum, your vote–against fascism, corporatism and Trump–is crucial.  We are facing what is now being called a climate collapse. Trump has been undoing environmental safeguards when the fires are spreading faster and the rains are falling harder. Now is the time for sweeping changes with the planet, racial equity, human rights and more. The democratic party and its current leadership are by no means perfect but right now they are our best bet. We need a united front to get this done.

Why this guide?

Of course, there’s a lot more on the ballot than just the presidents and it’s hard to understand it all. Friends and family who are too busy to figure it out have asked me for my endorsements. I’ve listed them below, with links to voting guides to find out more information. The last time I did this a colleague accused me of undermining democracy by telling others to vote like me. He is not a parent of young kids who is working full time and trying to be a responsible citizen–and neither am I. But most of my friends who have asked are and I’m honored they trust my judgment. I share my two cents here and encourage others to do the same. And a special shout out to my friend Jessica Lawless, who walked through every measure with me to make sure we had done our due diligence. 

Vote with Heart

  • President: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
  • U.S. Representative: Grace F. Napolitano
  • District Attorney: George Gascon
  • Judge of the Superior Court Office No. 72: Myanna Dellinger
  • Judge of the Superior Court Office No. 80: Klint James McKay
  • Judge of the Superior Court Office No. 162: David D. Diamond
  • Measure J: Yes
  • Measure 14: No
  • Measure 15: Yes
  • Measure 16: Yes
  • Measure 17: Yes
  • Measure 18: Yes
  • Measure 19: No
  • Measure 20: No
  • Measure 21: Yes
  • Measure 22: No
  • Measure 23: Yes
  • Measure 24: No
  • Measure 25: No

Voting Guides

What to do with your ballot?

Getting your vote counted may actually be more difficult than ever. You can mail it via USPS mail, drop it off to an OFFICIAL L.A. county vote box, which are typically near a library or city hall–beware of FAKE official boxes–or drop it off at your local polling station.

LAvote.net encourages you to, “Vote safe. Vote early. Vote by mail.” Visit WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to track your ballot.

Our Beloved Tita

Our beloved Juana Clarisa Vera Birba has been called home. She is technically my “grandmother-in-law,” but from the moment I met her she’s been my abuelita, my Tita.

There are so many things I love about Tita. For example, her quirks – what she called “tiki-tikis.” She was unapologetic about them and turned them into ritual. Ours was the fact that she never learned my name. Every time I’d see her I’d ask: “Tita, como me llamo?”

“Ay, chica, esperate, no me digas,” she’d say, as if it were on the tip of her tongue. (more…)

If You Haven’t Binge Watched Ramy Yet, What Are You Waiting For?

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Just two weeks after the new series Ramy debuted, Hulu has just announced that it’s been renewed for another season. Because there are so many reasons to watch it, I talked about it on Rising Up with Sonali and wrote about it for Ms. MagazineCheck them both out below. I’d love to hear your thoughts about the show! (more…)

Join us at the LA Times Festival of Books!

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I’m thrilled to be speaking at the LA Times Festival of Books! The panel, entitled “Feminisms in Motion: Intersectional Voices for Social Change,” will take place Saturday, April 13, from noon–1 p.m., at USC. Attendance will require a ticket, which you can get the day of on-site for free, or as of April 7 for $1 online. The festival is an amazing gathering of book writers and book lovers. 

Here are more details about the panel and the whole weekend event schedule.

And a glimpse of our panel:

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I hope you can join us!

Feminisms in Motion at Cal Poly Pomona

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Join us this Thursday for a performance by Amitis Motevalli and a reading by Jessica Hoffmann, Mia Mingus and me! Books will be on sale for $20. The gallery space on campus is beautiful and the show that’s up right now–Somewhere in Between–is incredibly moving. See you there!