For me, pacifism means I don't believe violence to be a valuable form of resistance against a much larger power.

For me, pacifism means I don't believe violence to be a valuable form of resistance against a much larger power.

My sister and I were raised Quaker— pacifism is one of its most important tenets.

For me, pacifism means I don't believe violence to be a valuable form of resistance against a much larger power. Being against violence as self-defense completely misses the point. A huge part of being peaceful is learning and practicing nonviolent communication—you can’t just “not do violence" and be done with it. 

I honestly think that the strict form of pacifism—that some people confuse with what I’m talking about—came from back in the day when drunk hyper-masculine men ran the streets and it was revolutionary to not get into fights about who's pink dick was smaller. That type of pacifism won’t work for a queer femme of color—it’s about moving through the world in a loving, compassionate way and acting accordingly in all I do.

FUPU, an all-black queer femme punk band, just got attacked a skinhead in London. THEY ARE IN NEED OF FUNDS!!

FUPU, an all-black queer femme punk band, just got attacked a skinhead in London. THEY ARE IN NEED OF FUNDS!!

Too often, people talk about being “woke” like there’s some kind of endgame—the truth is, nobody is exempt from unlearning.

Too often, people talk about being “woke” like there’s some kind of endgame—the truth is, nobody is exempt from unlearning.