Brittany Simon

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Last time I made a post like this, I got a few scattered messages of support, but it got overwhelmed by reblogs of doubt and hate.

My name is Dana, and I need your help.

I am a nonbinary (androgynous gender fluid), bisexual person. They/them pronouns please.

I have been diagnosed with inattentive ADHD, GAD, depression, PTSD, Bipolar II, IBS, and gastritis.

I currently live under the roof of my emotionally, verbally and in the past, physically abusive parents. My parents know the various things I’ve been clinically diagnosed with and they themselves are neurodivergent too, but they’re very ableist. I’ve been threatened with homelessness, I’m made to pay bills even though (seen above) I have less than $200 to my name.

Pictured above are my balances, my appointment card for my next appointment with my psychiatrist and therapist, and my credit card balance. I’ve been paying the minimum payment for months now, and the interest rates are adding up. That balance is for gas and medications.

I’ll find out this week if I managed to get a good job with a close friend. But the money in my accounts right now is all I have left. I’ve scoured every corner of the house, every purse and wallet, every hiding spot. This is all that’s left.

Every donation, every penny helps me enormously. You can find me on PayPal at Qtbugdrs.

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Why don’t they just to pack up and move somewhere else then?

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“Oh, geez, why didn’t I think of that?” - People in the third world.

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
I'm sorry but that last post threw me off.your basically saying the same old "both sides are to blame!!1!!"story when clearly the fault lies with the Israelis. Even if the Palestinians had the ability to murder almost 1000 people and destroy entire neighborhoods, like Israelis do to them, it would still be an act of resisting cruel occupation
brittanysimon brittanysimon Said:

Please, do not justify this war to me. You won’t win me over. Hamas needs to be stopped. Palestine and Israel need to grow up and learn to respect each other and the planet.

Asker thisismar Asks:
Death A few days ago I had depressing realization of my own mortality. The fact that one day this person that I've tried to become, the good things I've done, will be gone forever. The fact that one day the people that love me will have to deal with never seeing me again. I will no longer be, or the fact that if it doesn't happen to me first, it will happen to all my closest friends and family. It's a very depressing and heartbreaking thought. It's reality but I'm having a hard time. Any advice?
brittanysimon brittanysimon Said:

First: Learn to accept it.
Second: Remember: Life is hard because the planet is filled with diverse people, animals and plant life. Happiness will always be hard to attain because there will always be someone trying to stop you from meeting your goal.
Third: Remember: You can be strong. You can be in control. You can have choices. They won’t always be easy choices, but they’re still choices.

I lay in bed every night and make a list of reasons to wake up in the morning. Make your list. Live your life. Enjoy the time you have.

I wish you luck, happiness and peace.
-Brittany Simon





Theodore Wafer, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, met officers outside his Dearborn Heights home after they responded to his 911 call around 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 2.

"What happened here?" Sgt. Rory McManmon asked, according to the recording played by prosecutors.

"A consistent knocking on the door, and I’m trying to look through the windows and the door," Wafer said. "It’s banging somewhere else so I open up the door, kind of like who is this? And the gun discharged.

"I didn’t know there was a round in there," Wafer told McManmon. "I don’t get it. Who’s knocking on your door at 4:30 in the morning? Bang, bang, bang — somebody wanting in."

Wafer, 55, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Renisha McBride, who appeared on his porch 3 ½ hours after crashing her car a half-mile away in Detroit.

He told police that the victim, later identified as 19-year-old McBride, looked like a “neighbor girl or something.” She didn’t live in the neighborhood. An autopsy revealed she was extremely drunk.

Wafer’s lawyers say he shot McBride in self-defense. Prosecutors, however, say he should have called police if he feared for his safety.

On the second day of Wafer’s trial, jurors heard more testimony from witnesses who encountered McBride after her car crash. Officers who took photos and collected evidence also testified. McBride’s mother and other relatives left the courtroom to avoid seeing pictures of her body.

On cross-examination, Cpl. Tim Zawacki acknowledged that a portion of a front-door screen was leaning out of its frame. Wafer’s attorneys have pointed to the condition of the screen as evidence that McBride had damaged the house, but prosecutors blame any damage on the gunshot.

Cpl. Mark Parrinello said it was more than a week before he was told to go to Wafer’s home to dust doors for fingerprints.

"It was an inadequate, incomplete investigation," defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter said.

On the recording played in court, police asked Wafer about his weapon, which was on the floor in his home when officers responded to the shooting.

"It’s a little Mossberg, you know, shotgun. Self-defense," he replied.

He better not get off

Here’s the thing: If we’re going to allow people to own guns, then they should have to take lessons. Maybe prepare them not to lose control. I mean, seriously, how many people are going to die because they mistake the neighbors house for theirs? Or in this case, are drunk and possibly seeking help… I understand that this guy might have been afraid, I would have been too, but my reflex would have been to call the police, and then to grab something to protect myself (PS: I would probably only attack someone after facing them, talking to them. I’ve read too many stories, I know sometimes people make mistakes. Killing them over it, isn’t worth it). Also: I’m curious if she yelled out to him. I wonder if she said, ‘I’m hurt.’ Drunk people tend to be loud, at least the people I know. I feel like she would have said something and he would have had a better idea of the situation. For my followers: If you guys are wondering, yes I’ll make a video on this. I have a great story about someone breaking into my friends home, who was there by mistake…It’s a great story! Stay tuned for videos this week! -Brittany

I agree that gun training should be necessary with ownership, but this case isn’t about that at all. This isn’t an issue of gun training. That’s taking Wafer’s story of not knowing his shotgun had a round in it at face value. Renisha McBride is dead, so she has no story to tell. All that is left is the evidence. She was shot in the face with a 12-gauge mossberg shotgun. How did Wafer’s shotgun line up with her head?

What we do know is that Theodore Wafer’s story has changed. He has switched from it being an accident to self-defense. Now he’s saying that he didn’t know his shotgun was even loaded. All these scenarios can’t be simultaneously true, so he has lied. Let’s not lose sight of that.

Renisha McBride’s case is similar to the Jonathan Ferrell case last year. Ferrell was Black man who had a car accident in North Carolina and went looking for help. He knocked on a door and a white woman called the police claiming that he was a burglar. The police arrived and shot at him 12 times, hitting him 10 times, killing him. In a rare case, the police investigation said the officer used excessive and unlawful force in the situation. Who has more gun training than a police officer? Ferrell’s name would no doubt have been sullied and dragged through the mud if that didn’t happen and activists would be fighting for charges to be brought up against the white officer who killed him, just like what the fine Black activists of Detroit had to do to even get Wafer charged in the first place. The media refused to name him for some time as well. What we are witnessing is the collusion of structural white supremacy, from the media to the police to the complicit justice system that don’t care about Black bodies. That is the crux of the matter. Gun training or gun lessons won’t fix that. Renisha was shot in the face with a shotgun and Wafer’s story has changed.

Black life is cheap and many white people know it. This is why they can kill with impunity in any situation when they encounter a Black person. They assume criminality when encountering Black people, so they won’t think twice about using lethal force. History shows that they will get away with it and that the Black victims will be the ones who will be scrutinized, not their murderers. We keep hearing about Renisha McBride’s state. What about Wafer’s? Have you heard a peep about his state? Was he on medication? Is he on prescriptions? Is he prescribed mood altering pharmaceuticals? Is he on narcotics? Was he a junkie? Is he an alcoholic? No one knows because that is never brought up. When mind states are discussed in the media in cases where the victim is Black and the perp is white, that discussion tips towards the direction of the dead Black victim and not the person who pulled the trigger. It’s why the media and Zimmerman supporters were talking about Trayvon Martin smoking weed in the past, as if that was why he was murdered.

The elephant that is always in the room here is race. It is there with Renisha McBride and Jonathan Ferrell. When a Black person knocks on a white home owner’s door, criminality is the default assumption many white people have. What kind of home invader knocks on your door first? (For anyone else reading, this isn’t an invitation to be contrarian by locating a case of a home invader who knocked on a door!)

As an aside, I’d be lying if I said I had a good feeling about this case. Renisha McBride’s clothing in the police evidence room had maggots in them according to a crime scene technician. How much care are they taking with the particulars of this case? One wonders. My heart is heavy already.

Re-blogging for commentary. Good conversation happening.


NOTE: $2.00 of every purchase through the month of August 2014 will be donated to the relief fund for Gaza through UNRWA USA.
Regardless of politics, this war is effecting thousands of civilians. Let’s help any way we can.

Brittany Simon

Hello everyone!

My etsy shop has earrings and by the end of the weekend it’ll have handmade necklaces and rings.  

$2.00 of every purchase through the month of August 2014 will be donated to the relief fund for Gaza through UNRWA USA.

Regardless of politics, this war is effecting thousands of civilians. Let’s help any way we can.

Thank you!











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Intense photos capture the true devastation in Gaza

Today marked a brief lull in the violence as Israel and Hamas agreed to a 12 hour ceasefire. A Palestinian official says more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed since the conflict began. The break in fighting was an occasion for Gazans to survey the damage and get to banks and grocery stores. 

Washington Post correspondent William Booth has been covering the new conflagration between Israel and Gaza, and his Twitter feed has the photos to prove it. Here’s a selection of the photos he took during the brief cease-fire. 

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Destruction and death, and for what? God? Money? Power? This is a moment when humans should feel ashamed of their actions and that includes EVERYONE. No one is exempt, not really. We’re all connected.


Hello Everyone!

My Etsy shop is updated. I’ve added One Of A Kind Scarves, modeled by my brother Mark. 

They’re all handmade by me, Brittany Simon, and ready to ship within 3 business days!

Check out the shop! And remember, every penny goes to helping Mark become emancipated and continues to help support our lives in Seattle!

As a special ‘Thank You’ I’m also giving Tumblr goers a coupon.

Coupon Code: TumblrLover

Spend $100.00 and get $25.00 off! (For all of you out of the U.S. that’s free shipping!)

Thank you all!

Have a beautiful day!


"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….

First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”

But here is what I think you should know.

You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.

You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.

You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).

You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.

In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.

In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”

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this is all. read it you little bitches

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The best part his how charming his smile is when he’s taking off all his gear. He looks like a nice guy. Hope all ends well for him :)


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