Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores is running to become the first Latina Lieutenant Governor of her state.  She’s no billionaire’s wife, no Ivy League prodigy, no daughter of some ruling-class family from Latin America.  Lucy Flores grew up poor in a family of 13 children. A daughter of immigrants, she dropped out of high school, got involved in gangs and spent time incarcerated. She saw all her sisters become teen mothers and didn’t want that for herself. When she became pregnant at 16, she had an abortion that she doesn’t regret.

She eventually turned her life around. She went to college and later law school. Yet she doesn’t twist her success into a bootstraps narrative of a self-made woman. Instead, she acknowledges all the support she got along the way.  She bears witness to the fact that it was the chance generosity of individuals, and not a reliable safety net in our society that made the difference. Her own lived experience becomes the basis of her progressive agenda for social change.

Lucy Flores defies the politics of respectability. She’s single, childless, honest about her sexual past, and fierce in her advocacy for poor and marginalized people.  She takes bold stands on immigration, education, and domestic violence. Her experience makes her an effective advocate, but it also makes her a new kind of role model for Latina women.  Like Justice Sonia Sotomayor before her, we are watching a smart, single, childless Latina rise from poverty to political authority.  But Flores’ background not only includes the “humble beginnings” of poverty, but the stigmatizing experiences that can accompany poverty, like jail, dropping out, and unplanned pregnancy. 

Read more of Aya de Leon’s article about Lucy Flores on Bitch Media

I think anyone who works within a vertical hierarchy is going to have issues with management, but this week I am seriously just about at the end of my fucking tether with people who are bad at their jobs and still get more money than I do. If your partner is incompetent, get them trained before you start employing them and they start fucking up the work schedule. Just because you’re fucking them, doesn’t mean they’re useful to anyone else ever. If an employee doesn’t come to work for three months straight, then FIRE THEM. Don’t talk about how “weird” it is that they no longer come to work and then make it a big deal when it starts impacting management as well as workers; if you’ve verified their continued existence and lack of kidnapping, then JUST CUT THE CORD WITH THEM and hire someone who is going to come to work. If you see a three-year-old whom you know is prone to violent outbursts wandering around with a large spanner, then bite the fucking bullet of that child’s momentary unhappiness and TAKE THE FUCKING SPANNER AWAY FROM THEM. 

Wow - no making your incompetent fuck-buddy a manager, no paying people who don’t do their job, and no construction tools for toddlers. Oh, OK, reading back on the list I can see how none of these things would be obvious at all.