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by Eric Ginsburg

TEN BEST THINGS I HAVEN’T WRITTEN ABOUT

RANDOMLY COMPILED BY ERIC GINSBURG

CECE MCDONALD

Support continues to build around CeCe, a black transgendered woman from Minneapolis who killed her violent neo-Nazi attacker in an act of self-defense. While her subsequent imprisonment for 41 months is certainly not a “best thing,” it’s incredibly important. Transphobic violence continues to be endemic across the country and criminalization of women who fight back against assailants remains systemic. CeCe can receive mail and recently got the correct hormone dosage after a campaign by supporters.

TENANTS GROUP

Called together by Audrey Berlowitz, the group aims to focus on housing-code enforcement, wrongful withholding of security deposits, utility hikes and more. With recent stories about places like Cascades Grandview the existence of an organization like this is a no-brainer, but for some reason we didn’t have one already.

MY SISTER

I have largely ignored my sister in my columns, for which I have no real excuse. Even though she is two years younger than I, my only sibling Katie has inspired me numerous times. I followed her lead and went vegetarian, quitting later though she continues. I admire her tenacity; she created her own major — community and social justice studies — and has taught girls self-defense and self-worth. She’s already done great things, like organizing to support gay marriage, and will continue to fight the good fight. Plus she’s coming to visit soon!

MOVIES

While I didn’t know what to make of Prometheus and The Avengers took too long to get to the point, I can’t think of a better way to spend $1.50 than seeing Cabin in the Woods at the “Dollar Theater” on High Point Road. I’m not a huge horror fan — though I just saw CHUD and highly recommend it — but Cabin in the Woods is brilliantly executed. Moonrise Kingdom kind of plods along, yet its beauty and unique story line outweighs the pace. I also recommend The Campaign.

HEALTHCARE FUNDRAISERS

Communities have often proved their ability to step in and help offset medical costs. When a friend was badly injured after getting jumped, people pitched in, and when another friend needed help paying a medical bill, she threw a dance party. More recently, people are organizing benefits for Hadley Lowell, who tripped down stairs and suffered serious brain damage.

LIVE MUSIC

Two bands have recently put on excellent shows in Greensboro: Boston-based punk band Peeple Watchin and Slothrust, fronted by an old friend of mine in New York. Indie duo Tennis is playing at Cat’s Cradle in October three days after my birthday. If anyone wants to get me an easy gift….

THE GRADUATE

When I put one of my best friends in “Ten best bears” because of his bear-related nickname, he was incredulous. “You can’t do that!” he said. Oh yes, it appears I can, and I am about to do it again. My other close friend Kira just graduated with a masters in library science from UNCG. It’s been rewarding to watch her excel at all things bookrelated. Congrats, bubby!

HPV TEST FOR MEN

My friend and fellow journalist Jake Blumgart wrote a piece for GOOD magazine about an important little-known fact: men can get tested for human papilloma virus, or HPV. I admit to being completely oblivious that such a test existed. Also, did you know the Express Clinic at the Guilford County Health Department tests for STIs and is totally free?

BOOKS

I’m finishing Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s Blood on the Border. Before diving into the main focus on the Contra War in Nicaragua (for which I highly recommend The Country Under My Skin or Sandinista: Carlos Fonseca and the Nicaraguan Revolution) she spends some time on her involvement on the American Indian Movement. To read about AIM, I recommend Prison Writings: My Life is a Sun Dance by Leonard Peltier.

QUEER HEALTH COOPERATIVE

The Queer People of Color Collective in Greensboro has begun gathering feedback and making preliminary plans for a “queeraffirming, community-owned health cooperative” that would offer services on a sliding scale and donation basis. While it’s still very much in the planning stages, I’ve heard from several people that such a project is much needed and would be well received.

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