Veronika AKA Nika

35 Years Old • Educator • Chicago

Shalom! (Peace!)

Since learning through genetic testing that I am a person of Jewish heritage, I have been writing a lot about my experiences as an adoptee who is reclaiming her roots by practicing Judaism.

Besides Jews and adoption the primary focuses of my blog are women; lesbian, gay, and bi folks; working class folks; and education. I write from the perspective of someone who is trans, who is disabled, who is a victim of abuse, and who is a radical leftist. On the very rare occasion that I blog about anything fandom-related it is usually about Once upon a Time, Elementary, or Nikita (Jaden and Alex are my one true pairing).

I am unabashedly opposed to both antisemitism and the State of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. If you think that this is somehow contradictory, you are probably not going to enjoy following my blog.

Although it is not necessary, I would love it if you introduced yourself if you decide to follow my blog. And if there is anything I can do to make Faithful Image more accessible to you, please let me know.

 

After using Omegle for more than a few days I have come to see how fortunate I am to have found Jumblr. After being connected with someone who had “Judaism” as an interest ze told me that if I were to convert via the Reform movement, many would consider my conversion invalid. According to hir ze said this not to be “judgmental” but so that I could have nothing less than the best conversion possible. But even after I explained that I owe it to my Jewish ancestors to convert only after researching Judaism extensively and that is in fact what I had been doing ze would not talk about anything other than how “invalid” Reform Judaism is. Once that became clear I closed the chat.

As unpleasant as that was, it was in fact my best experience chatting with someone about Judaism on Omegle. Up until that point the other party did not bother to find out whether I was converting via Orthodox Judaism; as soon as I said the word “convert”, they left the chat. After all these experiences I have decided to wait a while before chatting again while having “Judaism” listed as an interest.

All this is to say that I am grateful to everyone who makes Jumblr the for-the-most-part welcoming community it is. Thank you.

behind-the-book:

High School Reading List

Back in May, the #weneeddiversebooks campaign lit a fire to fulfill the desperate need for diverse books in children’s literature. Behind the Book has always championed efforts to find diverse authors and protagonists that will appeal to students since we serve communities of color. For your enjoyment (and enrichment), we’ve created an epic list of diverse books to reflect the diversity in our city; here’s our list for high school students.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Drown by Junot Diaz

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

The Living by Matt De La Peña, a Behind the Book author

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: a Novel by Nadia Hashimi

Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri

The Book of Unknown Americans: a Novel by Cristina Henríquez

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

For descriptions, click the read more!

(Click the following links to be directed to the Kindergarten, (early) Elementary and Middle Grade lists)

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[Image: Handwritten text is written on a small sheet of ruled, white notebook paper. It reads as follows:
For Lucky [Here there is Hebrew text that can be transliterated as, “Ani ohevet otkha!” and translated as, “I love you!”]
(1) Veronika(2) faithfulimage(3) Faithful Image(4) Do celebrity crushes count? If so, my crushes are Emmanuelle Chriqui and Liza Lapira.(5) Black(6) TRANS PEOPLE KICK ASS!(7) Etta James, Desmond Dekker, Salt-n-Pepa, Depeche Mode, Faye Wong, Lana Del Rey, Sarah Aroeste, Meg Myers(8) 2 and most exponents thereof with the notable exception of 4.(9) Piña colada]
Fun facts:
When written without the vowels (as above) אותך (the word translated as “you”)  is gender neutral.
If your handwriting that is as atrocious as mine or that slopes like mine, you might have the syndrome of nonverbal learning disabilities (NLD).
Four is not only the ickiest exponent of two but also the ickiest number period.
The handwritten text is in response to the following:
Your name.
Your URL(s).
Your blog’s/blogs’ name(s).
Your crush(es)/squish(es). (Thank you, catwhowalksbyhirself, for explaining what squishes are.)
Your favorite color(s).
Something in all caps.
Your (favorite?) band(s) or artist(s).
Your favorite number(s).
Your favorite drink(s). (They can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic.)
As always, the people I tag are under no obligation to so much as acknowledge this meme. And as always, I will not choose favorites. I will instead tag the five mutuals I most recently exchanged messages with excepting the five people I tagged for the previous meme: seatentsina, skywritingg, knittingandsljivovica, actualpalestinianunicorn, and littlexena.

[Image: Handwritten text is written on a small sheet of ruled, white notebook paper. It reads as follows:

For Lucky [Here there is Hebrew text that can be transliterated as, “Ani ohevet otkha!” and translated as, “I love you!”]

(1) Veronika
(2) faithfulimage
(3) Faithful Image
(4) Do celebrity crushes count? If so, my crushes are Emmanuelle Chriqui and Liza Lapira.
(5) Black
(6) TRANS PEOPLE KICK ASS!
(7) Etta James, Desmond Dekker, Salt-n-Pepa, Depeche Mode, Faye Wong, Lana Del Rey, Sarah Aroeste, Meg Myers
(8) 2 and most exponents thereof with the notable exception of 4.
(9) Piña colada]

Fun facts:

  1. When written without the vowels (as above) אותך (the word translated as “you”)  is gender neutral.
  2. If your handwriting that is as atrocious as mine or that slopes like mine, you might have the syndrome of nonverbal learning disabilities (NLD).
  3. Four is not only the ickiest exponent of two but also the ickiest number period.

The handwritten text is in response to the following:

  1. Your name.
  2. Your URL(s).
  3. Your blog’s/blogs’ name(s).
  4. Your crush(es)/squish(es). (Thank you, catwhowalksbyhirself, for explaining what squishes are.)
  5. Your favorite color(s).
  6. Something in all caps.
  7. Your (favorite?) band(s) or artist(s).
  8. Your favorite number(s).
  9. Your favorite drink(s). (They can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic.)

As always, the people I tag are under no obligation to so much as acknowledge this meme. And as always, I will not choose favorites. I will instead tag the five mutuals I most recently exchanged messages with excepting the five people I tagged for the previous meme: seatentsina, skywritingg, knittingandsljivovica, actualpalestinianunicorn, and littlexena.

StopStaples.com - Don't Buy School Supplies at Staples!

In the US the percentage of union workers has been much more stable in the public sector than the private sector. The agreement between Staples and the United States Postal Service undermines one of the last strongholds that union labor has in the US. If we do nothing, corporations will have an easier time exploiting their employees in an environment that is becoming increasingly hostile to the working class.

Do not be fooled by talk of an “improved shipper program”. This is simply an attempt to rebrand the original attempt to privatize US mail in order to keep us from boycotting. The boycott is still on.

A Tibetan woman detained for writing political content article

america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
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america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…

(Read Full Text)

Horror stories about Muslim misogyny have long been used by western patriarchs to justify imperialism abroad and sexism at home. The Guardian’s Katharine Viner reminds us about Lord Cromer, the British consul general in Egypt from 1883. Cromer believed the Egyptians were morally and culturally inferior in their treatment of women and that they should be “persuaded or forced” to become “civilised” by disposing of the veil.

"And what did this forward-thinking, feminist-sounding veil-burner do when he got home to Britain?" asks Viner. "He founded and presided over the Men’s League for Opposing Women’s Suffrage, which tried, by any means possible, to stop women getting the vote. Colonial patriarchs like Cromer … wanted merely to replace eastern misogyny with western misogyny." More than a century later, the same logic is used to imply that misogyny only matters when it isn’t being done by white men.

thepoliticalfreakshow:

African-American Girls & Women Killed By Police: Speak Their Names. See Their Faces. Know Their Stories.
There is this false myth going around that Black women are not victims of police violence. I believe the myth exists because quite frankly the media, social justice organizations and we the public tend not to focus on it. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. I hope this post will make all of us change our minds. Here are the stories of some of the Black women and girls killed by law enforcement:
Adaisha Miller, Detroit Woman, Hugged Cop From Behind
LAPD cop charged with assault in death of Alesia Thomas
7-year- old Aiyana Stanley-Jones – Detroit Free Press
17 Year Old Darnesha Harris Dead after Run-In with Breaux
Mackala Ross and Delores Epps
Eleanor Bumpurs
Erica Collins family files lawsuit against Cincy Police
Pleasant Grove crash claims life of second person | AL.com (Heather Parker)
Family grieves after loved one killed in crash with APD (Jacqueline Culp)
Family of victim question police use of deadly force – KWCH (Karen Day)
Kendra James remembered at Portland rally | KOIN.com
Pedestrian Killed on I-95 in Florida (Laporsha Watson)
After Cleveland shooting, cities restrict police chases(Malissa Williams)
Miriam Carey, Capitol Suspect, Suffered Post-Partum Depression
Elderly Woman Shot & Killed By Hearne Police Officer (Pearlie Golden)
Rekia Boyd Settlement: Family Of Unarmed Chicago Woman
Former Pa. trooper pleads guilty in fatal accident (Robin T. Williams)
Shantel Davis Killed By NYPD Cop In Car Chase | News One
Friends: Woman killed by police was nonviolent | Las Vegas (Sharmel Edwards)
Suspected Walmart Shoplifter Shot To Death In Front Of Kids (Shelly Frey)
The NYPD’s Poor Judgment With the Mentally Ill | Village Voice (Shereese Francis)
Harrisburg woman identified as victim in police SUV crash (Shulena S. Weldon)
$2.5M settlement in shooting of Lima woman by police officer (Tarika Wilson)
No Charges in Killing of Tyisha Miller – Los Angeles Times
Texas Police Admit Officer Shot & Killed Unarmed Woman (Yvette Smith)

thepoliticalfreakshow:

African-American Girls & Women Killed By Police: Speak Their Names. See Their Faces. Know Their Stories.

There is this false myth going around that Black women are not victims of police violence. I believe the myth exists because quite frankly the media, social justice organizations and we the public tend not to focus on it. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. I hope this post will make all of us change our minds. Here are the stories of some of the Black women and girls killed by law enforcement:

Adaisha Miller, Detroit Woman, Hugged Cop From Behind

LAPD cop charged with assault in death of Alesia Thomas

7-year- old Aiyana Stanley-JonesDetroit Free Press

17 Year Old Darnesha Harris Dead after Run-In with Breaux

Mackala Ross and Delores Epps

Eleanor Bumpurs

Erica Collins family files lawsuit against Cincy Police

Pleasant Grove crash claims life of second person | AL.com (Heather Parker)

Family grieves after loved one killed in crash with APD (Jacqueline Culp)

Family of victim question police use of deadly force – KWCH (Karen Day)

Kendra James remembered at Portland rally | KOIN.com

Pedestrian Killed on I-95 in Florida (Laporsha Watson)

After Cleveland shooting, cities restrict police chases(Malissa Williams)

Miriam Carey, Capitol Suspect, Suffered Post-Partum Depression

Elderly Woman Shot & Killed By Hearne Police Officer (Pearlie Golden)

Rekia Boyd Settlement: Family Of Unarmed Chicago Woman

Former Pa. trooper pleads guilty in fatal accident (Robin T. Williams)

Shantel Davis Killed By NYPD Cop In Car Chase | News One

Friends: Woman killed by police was nonviolent | Las Vegas (Sharmel Edwards)

Suspected Walmart Shoplifter Shot To Death In Front Of Kids (Shelly Frey)

The NYPD’s Poor Judgment With the Mentally Ill | Village Voice (Shereese Francis)

Harrisburg woman identified as victim in police SUV crash (Shulena S. Weldon)

$2.5M settlement in shooting of Lima woman by police officer (Tarika Wilson)

No Charges in Killing of Tyisha MillerLos Angeles Times

Texas Police Admit Officer Shot & Killed Unarmed Woman (Yvette Smith)