1. Why the Women’s March made me think about racism. “And why fighting racism has to be at the heart of any women’s movement in 2017.” This, this, everything about this: “I’m convinced that whether your passion is education, preventing climate change, ending poverty, stopping war and genocide, or sexual violence — racism is at the heart of the challenge you are tackling.”
2. Almost no one from Seth Godin.
3. Art is a powerful tool for change from Paul Jarvis.
4. Trevor Noah: What’s the “Middle” Between White Supremacy and Equality for All? from Son of Baldwin. “When one side wishes to traffic in bigotry, superiority, and the right to rule over and dehumanize others, and the other side merely wishes to live in equity and with basic human dignity, it does the truth, and reconciliation, a great disservice to pretend that these are merely differences in opinions and perspectives holding equally moral weight and validity.”
5. She Will Not Be Quiet, a book of poetry by Julia Fehrenbacher.
6. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön, “Be fully present. Feel your heart. And engage the next moment without an agenda.”
7. To Obama With Love, and Hate, and Desperation. “Over eight years, through millions of letters, the staff of the White House mailroom read the unfiltered story of a nation.”
8. Body Sovereignty from Rachel Cole. “Through small everyday acts of submission many women give up the power they have as the leader, decision-maker, advocate, and ally for their body. What I want you to know is that your body is yours despite all the forces conspiring from the day you were born to teach, tell, and treat you otherwise.”
12. No One’s Coming to Save Us, So We Have to Save Each Other from Chuck Wendig.
13. We the People: public art for the inauguration and beyond. “Download free art, donate to the campaign, and learn how else you can get involved.” In related news, Please Keep Your American Flags Off My Hijab.
17. I saw Fun Home the Musical yesterday. It’s my favorite musical e v e r, based on one of my favorite graphic novels, by one of my favorite cartoonists, seen with some of my favorite people.
18. Eula Biss: Let’s Talk About Whiteness from OnBeing. I haven’t listened to this yet, but have heard it’s definitely worth a listen.
20. “Donald Trump Strikes Nationalistic Tone in Inaugural Speech.” We shouldn’t be surprised, as it was written by white supremacists: “Much of the speech was written by Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon, two of Mr. Trump’s top advisers, a White House official said.”
24. Broad City, Inauguration. This actually made me laugh, on a day when I wouldn’t have expected it.
26. This Adorable Dog Is Trying to Do A Cart Wheel! I love this video so much.
27. Let the Record Show from John Pavlovitz. “History has been littered with horrible people who did terrible things with power, because too many good people remained silent. And since my fear is that we are surely entering one of those periods in our story, I wanted to make sure that I was recorded for posterity.”
30. Wild Writing Teacher Training. This is going to be so good!
31. ‘The saddest, slowest, most acoustic’ record: Aimee Mann announces a new album. *swoon* (I get to go see her when she comes to Boulder!)
32. Black Lives Webinar Series. “The Movement for Black Lives will be hosting a six month educational webinar series based on the different demands in the platform. Each month, starting in February, they will be elevating a different category of the platform, and hosting a webinar about that topic. They will also be updating their website with new policy and organizing resources from across the country. They kick off the webinar series on Wednesday, February 8th at 7pm(est) with a conversation about Political Power. If you have resources relating to the platform that you would like to share please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the word “Resources” in the title of the email. Register for the first webinar here: http://bit.ly/V4BLWeb1”
33. How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind, “Self-Care Lessons for the Resistance.”
34. The Racket of Racism, a really important video.
On January 18th, the Department of the Army published the Notice of Intent to require an Environmental Impact Statement in the Federal Register. This is another small victory in defeating the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.
The fight, however, is still not over.
This notice opens the public scoping phase and invites anyone interested to help them to identify potential issues, concerns, and reasonable alternatives that should be considered in an EIS.
While the EIS is exactly what we called for, we must ensure that it fully takes into consideration tribal treaty rights, natural resources, cultural and sacred places, socio-economical concerns, environmental justice, and the health and wellbeing of those downstream who rely on our drinking water.
We need your continued support as this process moves forward.
The Department of the Army’s Civil Works division will be accepting public comment until February 20th, 2017.
Over the next months and years we will be called upon to intensify our demands for social justice to become more militant in our defense of vulnerable populations. Those who still defend the supremacy of white male hetero-patriarchy had better watch out.
The next 1,459 days of the Trump administration will be 1,459 days of resistance: Resistance on the ground, resistance in the classrooms, resistance on the job, resistance in our art and in our music.
40. When all else fails, find a dog.