Predictably, Texas’ most vulnerable residents are suffering the most. In partnership with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Anderson’s group recently published a report on the health care crisis in the Rio Grande Valley. The report collected stories from low-income and immigrant women who have essentially been locked out of the state’s struggling family planning system — women who have been waiting for years to afford mammograms after finding lumps in their breasts, or have been forced to stop using their birth control because they can’t spare the extra money for it.
But the women of the Rio Grande aren’t anyone’s victims. They’re standing up, and they’re fighting to take their community back.
This gives me hope.
So, the guy who broke my lock finally came back to fix it… and instead of just maintaining polite quietness, he tells me:
"I’ve never had anyone call the sheriff’s department on me before."
"I didn’t call the cops."
"Oh, must have been your neighbours, then."
Yeah, because a big, burly white dude trying to break into my house IS just a tad suspicious. For once I’m incredibly thankful that I live right next door to the neighbourhood nosey.
Instead of leaving it there, he continues:
"You know, all the sheriff’s constables all took a look at it and told me that they would have come to this address instead of next door."
To which I offered nothing…
"So, I’m going to take the numbers from next door and put them on the side there, because there are going to be a number of contractors coming in to do some work."
"I’m really sorry."
"That’s okay" (Could you just leave now, please? - in my head.)
"Yeah, I’m just glad that it wasn’t worse. Because, you know, it could have been."
…And writing that now, has me really concerned, because it almost seems like a threat or, if not a threat, then an admonishment that I should have just opened my door to a stranger who was attempting to barge in.
I’m a single woman. Someone attempts to barge in, I’m thinking you’re not confused as to where you are, you’re seeking to harm me. Pardon me for not rushing to the door to investigate. Women know that if they do, they can end up raped or dead. Wasn’t in my plan for today.
I love Captain Gates, but I love her even more because she refuses to be called ma’am, preferring “sir” and I don’t think we talk about that enough.
There’s a change.org petition going around that is asking for Comedy Central to give me my own spot after The Daily Show! People keep bringing it up to me and it’s like, a strange thing to ignore (for the sole purpose of being politically correct). SO I want to like, take a moment and say thank you to those that created it and signed it. That is unbelievably nice of you. And I am so very very honored to like, even be a person that some people would consider a candidate to slip into that 11:30 spot. (sounds like sex!)
That being said, I’m sure Comedy Central already has something dope in the works to take that particular spot (teehee sex again!) after the Daily Show. I’m sure it will be great and funny and wonderful! I can’t wait to see what it is.
BUT whatever happens with that slot, just know that I appreciate your support. Also know that right now I am in the middle of creating and working on some VERY dope things. Not necessarily the exact way that you lovelies have envisioned it, maybe something, dare I say it- ESPECIALLY & MAGNIFICENTLY DOPER. Y’all shall see soon, ya hear?!
One Million Namastes,
No one told me that Jessica Williams had a Tumblr. I feel like ladyfabulous must have when she found out about Ruffles having a Tumblr.
Just wanted you guys to know in case you wanted to follow her awesome bad self yourselves….