Even in these perilous times, we can marvel at how wondrously complex people are, and moreover seek to understand that complexity and use it to move us toward a more fair, more free, more ecologically healthy, more equally wealthy, more safe, more happy, more wonderful future.

On that note, an asterisk of hope.

Many people in Florida who were too racist (or, at best, too tied to an identity fused with a racist political party) to vote for a Black person nonetheless voted to re-enfranchise one million, four hundred thousand of their fellow citizens, about one half of whom are Black.

People denied citizenship after decades of residency, or citizens with fundamental rights like voting revoked because they were convicted of a crime, de-legitimizes our governments (especially when who is affected by both are so strongly influenced by racism and classism).

Categorically denying some people the right to vote is a whole other level of voter suppression, but one which also needs to be taken into the moral and practical considerations of what makes a government legitimate and what sort of society we want to build.

Voter suppression needs to be the starting point for anyone talking, writing, or thinking about these elections.

Ending voter suppression needs to be the starting point for working to restore the possibility of "peaceful revolution".

(And of course voting can only be a tiny fraction of our work toward justice and liberty. Please sign up here pwgd.org/ to be asked—and partake in our collective wisdom—about all the ways we can support one another in such efforts.)

Voter suppression puts the moral onus of justifying why they should be in power on the politicians benefiting from voter suppression.

"Despite a narrow majority of citizens who turned out to vote rejecting their continued rule, Republican politicians who oversaw massive voter suppression efforts attempt to cling to power through legal technicality."

That's about the most generous framing those who orchestrate a subversion of the will of their constituents can possibly deserve.

Voter suppression certainly includes not counting votes, and the related trick of making tens of thousands of votes 'provisional' and then not counting those.

Voter suppression includes removing people from the voting rolls, which has also been done in Georgia and Florida by the tens of thousands.

Voter suppression (which can indeed be unintentional, and might be in this case) includes the ballot design

Via zeynep tufekci @zeynep - twitter.com/zeynep/status/1061
> As Florida goes to recount: margin is so tiny that the undervote in heavily Democratic Broward County—which had a terrible ballot design—may well be the difference. Count every vote is the beginning, not the end, of election integrity. May well have cost a Dem Senate seat.

Voter suppression includes ID requirements and over-policing of polls. (And explicit threats from officials to get people entangled in the long arms of the carceral state.)

Voter suppression includes long wait times at polling places, which *alone* were certainly enough to prevent enough people who were trying to vote for Abrams, Gillum, Nelson, and Fried from having succeeded in voting.

I'm honestly angry i cannot find *anyone* doing a statistical analysis of the impact in this election, but here's an article about one from the 2012 election:


Voter suppression – preventing a citizen from being able to vote – is a crime against the person, against democracy, against all of us.

More to the point right now, evident voter suppression lets us know, in close elections, who was the true choice of voting public.

Abrams is the clear choice of voters in Georgia.

Gillum, Nelson, and Fried are the clear choices of voters in Florida.

This now clear fact needs to be the starting point for every post, article, thought about the Georgia and Florida statewide elections.

stories I would like to hear told:

- That time during the Birmingham Bus Boycott when & co attempted to charter a Federal , only to be denied. The application and denial paperwork is probably in the Federal Archives...

- The debate over the creation of the Federal that led to the creation of 's rival trade association, the pro-Federal insurance .

Any grad students looking for thesis topics?

@hanabel and you can follow people there without joining them... though that does *not* play well with temporary containers... or maybe just doesn't work well at all? Remote follow from the home instance seems to be the best way to interact, so maybe just find people on those instances, search for from home instance, and interact that way. And um, a form restore plugin like Form History Control and it's almost usable!

here's how to find a good instance:


or if there's an instance in your area, consider joining that one!

rva.party Richmond VA (shameless plug)
pdx.social Portland OR
a2mi.social Ann Arbor MI
mspsocial.net Twin Cities (MN)
jawns.club Philadelphia PA
lazy8.social NYC, queer tech rebels
chaos.social German, mostly CCC hackers

'the great masto outtage' aka mastodon.social went down and all the other instances are like, huh

"an increasing portion of Twitter’s revenue is coming from its data licensing business, which 'makes this money from selling user data even from private messages.'" <- That means Twitter is selling data from your DMs. 🧐
RT @business@twitter.com Twitter plunged to its lowest price in 6 weeks after short-seller Citron Research said it was betting against the company bloom.bg/2pLfECc

Hello @derpayatz i would love in on masto.jews.international/ as i try to ramp up my Mastadon usage (and find fellow justice-seeking Jews)!

@mlncn We don't get given the addresses directly, unfortunately, though we can send bulk emails to all the signatories, so if anyone wants to start something like that we're happy to circulate it (and the Exilian forums etc are open as a platform folk can use for planning and option discussion if that's helpful to people).

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