Who Is She?

The condensed version:

I never envisioned my midlife aspirations to include emulating Pussy Riot, but standing up for humanity has a way of changing a person. I’m a former corporate attorney set adrift following the 2008 economic downturn. I turned anti-establishment, anti-racist activist, baptized by fire in the streets of Ferguson.

Who Is She?

A parent, recovering lawyer turned cliche blogger, and writer. I was an army brat, born in Brussels, Belgium, and grew up all over the United States. I spent the majority of my working life practicing law in big law firms and corporate legal departments until recently. I’m redefining myself, which is proving financially unprofitable, but mentally nourishing and life-affirming.

Writer Jennifer McCoy

BECOMING WOKE: A privileged St. Louis lawyer struggles to understand the racism in her community that fueled Ferguson by becoming an activist, reshaping her interpretation of the American Dream. (Coming soon!)

Outnumbered Parent Jennifer McCoy

I try my best to parent my three children (a tweener and twins), which seems like too many people. I talk about parenting neuro-typical girls and my son who has a seizure disorder, ADHD and is on the autism spectrum. They are equal parts maddening and astonishing. I’m also secondly married to a man ten years my junior. He’s also maddening and astonishing. We have downsized our life, trying to get the balance right.

Friend Jennifer McCoy

I like to think of myself as a relationship whisperer. It’s similar to a horse whisperer but without hooves and barn stench. I’m kind of a friendship junkie. I genuinely like people, unless they are boring, arrogant, close-minded or do shit I find annoying. I’m very loyal and will call anyone back who will listen to me curse and calm me down when I think I’ve got herpes. Again.

Anti-racist Citizen Jennifer Mccoy

The unjustified shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson changed me. I did not realize the depths of denial and oppression associated with living in my protected, whitewashed world. I thought I had some idea being a woman working in a sexist profession, but my black and brown friends suffering racism is so wildly more intrepid. I strive to remain woke for the remainder of my days. I’ve embraced a community I can’t imagine now being without. I vow to have uncomfortable conversations about race, justice, and the things in life that really matter, in addition to my uterus, and funyuns. Those things are disgusting. (funyuns. My uterus is glorious).

I like talking about edgy topics and question everything. I’m slightly obsessed with unicorns and octopi and write about the stupid things I do, like almost shitting myself. I like Wonder Woman, but not for the reasons you might think.

Cancery Jennifer McCoy

I used to write a lot about cancer (fucking cancer) after I was diagnosed with the breast variety in 2012, but that seems like it happened to someone else. Still, I slip in posts about boobs on occasion, just to keep it real.

15 thoughts on “Who Is She?

  1. I love your blog. I am sure I will love it no matter what you focus on. I do love it though, that I never know what’s coming next. I love a surprise and am most amused by that which I do not anticipate. But mostly, I feel especially “blessed” with your friendship.

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  3. A list of city ordinances that “protesters” violate on a daily basis. I am sure that these ordinances do not violate our first ammendment rights.

    Sec. 29-82. – Peace disturbance.

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    A person commits the crime of peace disturbance if:

    (1)

    He unreasonably and knowingly disturbs or alarms another person or persons by:

    a.

    Loud noise; or

    b.

    Offensive language addressed in a face-to-face manner to a specific individual and uttered under circumstances which are likely to produce an immediate aggressive response from a reasonable recipient; or

    c.

    Threatening to commit a criminal act against any person under circumstances which are likely to cause a reasonable person to fear that such threat may be carried out; or

    d.

    Fighting; or

    e.

    Creating a noxious and offensive odor;

    (2)

    He is in a public place or on private property of another without consent and purposely causes inconvenience to another person or persons by unreasonably and physically obstructing:

    a.

    Vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or

    b.

    The free ingress or egress to or from a public or private place.

    (3)

    He, voluntarily or by agreement, with another person, shall, in any public place, engage in any fight, use any blows or do violence toward each other in any angry or quarrelsome manner or do each other any willful mischief, or if any person shall assault another and strike him with any object, in any public place, to the disturbance of others.

    (Code 1973, §§ 51.08(1), (2), (4), 51.41.1(a)—(d), (i), (k), (m); Ord. No. 92-2518, § 1, 1-28-92; Ord. No. 2007-3294, § 1, 1-9-07)

    Sec. 29-83. – Private peace disturbance.

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    (a)

    A person commits the crime of private peace disturbance if he is on private property and unreasonably and purposely causes alarm to another person or persons on the same premises by:

    (1)

    Threatening to commit a crime against any person; or

    (2)

    Fighting; or

    (3)

    Loud noise; or

    (4)

    Offensive language addressed in a face-to-face manner to a specific individual and uttered under circumstances which are likely to produce an immediate aggressive response from a reasonable recipient.

    (b)

    For purposes of this section, the following terms shall mean:

    (1)

    “Property of another” means any property in which the actor does not have a possessory interest;

    (2)

    “Private property” means any place which at the time is not open to the public. It includes property which is owned publicly or privately;

    (3)

    “Public place” means any place which at the time is open to the public. It includes property which is owned publicly or privately;

    (4)

    If a building or structure is divided into separately occupied units, such units are separate premises.

    (Code 1973, §§ 51.08(1), (2), (4), 51.41.1(a)—(d), (i), (k), (m); Ord. No. 92-2519, § 1, 1-28-92; Ord. No. 2007-3294, § 2, 1-9-07)

    State Law reference— Similar provisions, RSMo 574.020(1).

    Sec. 29-84. – Disturbing lawful assemblies.

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    No person shall in this city, disturb any congregation or assembly met for religious worship, any school assembled for the purpose of instruction or any assemblage of persons met for literary, political or social purposes, by:

    (1)

    Loud noise;

    (2)

    Offensive or indecent conversation which is likely to produce immediate violent response from a reasonable recipient;

    (3)

    Threatening to commit a crime against any person;

    (4)

    Fighting.

    (Code 1973, § 51.07)

    Sec. 29-85. – Use of language to incite violence.

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    It shall be unlawful for any person to use speech or writing in such a way that has a direct tendency to incite immediate acts of violence by the person or group being addressed, on any street, alley, place or business, public building or other place in the city.

    (Code 1973, §§ 51.41(c), 51.41.1(h))

    Sec. 29-86. – Unlawful assembly.

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    A person commits the offense of unlawful assembly if he knowingly assembles with six (6) or more other persons and agrees therewith to violate any of the provisions of this chapter, criminal laws of this state or of the United States with force or violence.

    (Code 1973, § 51.10)

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