Something Good


1. More resources for white people looking to understand white privilege and dismantle white supremacy: Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin Di Angelo (a video), and 18 Books Every White Ally Should Read, and Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston (I’m pretty sure I’ve shared this one, probably multiple times).

2. The Resistance for Beginners a really helpful resource from Rachel Cole. “I have been receiving calls daily asking me questions about taking action to resist and combat our new fascist administration. This is my attempt to answer some of the more frequently asked questions and to share some valuable resources.”

3. Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide, another great resource from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

4. Safety: My privilege, my trap, and my right from Heather Plett.

5. Losing by winning from Seth Godin.

6. You might not know this about me, but I LOVE gag reels, bloopers and outtakes. Here’s a few I watched this morning: Modern Family Gag Reel Season 6 and Keith Broke His Leg / Outtakes and The Office – Season 6 Bloopers.

7. Wisdom from John Pavlovitz,

Are you tired? If so, you’re in good company. Most of us are stretched well beyond what we’re capable of, overwhelmed by the seemingly relentless stream of bad news coming across our news feeds, and we’re looking for a moment to stop and breathe.

No one is going to give you that moment, friend. You have to take it.

The world is more than happy to fill our schedules, steal our attention, and occupy our bandwidth. We have to be selfish about demanding space and time to rest. Consider this permission to do that. Say no to something so that you can recalibrate your heart, slow your breath, and be fully present—maybe even take a nap.

Busyness is a drug that makes us feel useful. I’m trying to break that addiction by recognizing my worth without needing to do anything to earn it. Maybe you’ll join me?

Rest well, and be encouraged.

8. Sean Spicer Press Conference – SNL. “White House press secretary Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy) and secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVos (Kate McKinnon) take questions from the press.” Every week, I am so grateful for SNL, for their willingness to not back down.

9. #DressLikeAWoman Is A Brilliant Response to Trump’s Staff Dress Code. “Doctors, soldiers, and more share photos.”

10. Monica Pasqual’s new song: You Can’t Kill Light.

11. What does the Bible have to say about immigrants and refugees? In this video, one church offers an answer.

12. Breitbart loses advertising deals with 818 companies due to grassroots campaign.

13. Wisdom from poet and activist Andrea Gibson, “even when the truth isn’t hopeful the telling of it is.”

14. Racism is a mental health issue.

15. Clint Smith reminds us about our nation’s complicated history in this week’s #BriefButSpectacular. “Oppression doesn’t disappear just because you decided not to teach us that chapter. If you only hear one side of the story, at some point you have to question who the writer is.”

16. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. “Sam heads back to her bunker to get some gentle Constitutional reassurance from civil rights lawyer Lee Gelernt of the ACLU.”

17. Resistance Works.

18. An otter eating snacks.

19. What Happens When We Stop Putting People in Boxes.

20. 10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts.

21. Toni Morrison on the work white people must do.

22. Watch This Spoken Word Poet Powerfully Remind Us That We Gon Be Alright In the Trump Era.

24. Donald Trump’s embrace of white mediocrity is an insult to the American public, and we’re all going to suffer for it.

25. 7 Black Media And Activism Game Changers Who Are Paving The Way. P.S. There are WAY more than just seven.

26. A note to Trump, from Frederick Douglass’s direct descendants. In related news, A Lesson in Black History.

27. 45 Animals Snapchats That Will Make You Literally Laugh Out Loud.

28. Racism is a spectrum.

29. The Life And Times Of Ida B. Wells, One Of Intersectional Feminism’s Founders.

30. Teachings for Uncertain Times: Tuere Sala. “In honor of Black History Month, Tricycle is presenting a video series called “Teachings for Uncertain Times.” Featuring 13 Buddhist teachers of color, the talks will be posted every few days on our blog, Trike Daily.”

31. 50 Iconic Black Trailblazers Who Represent Every State In America. In related news, 29 Classic Movies To Watch In Honor Of Black History Month.

32. Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump. “An updating tally of how often every member of the House and the Senate votes with or against the president.” Of course, he’s not giving any one any real chance to vote on anything right now…

33. 50 Groups To Learn About If You’re Committed To Intersectional Feminism.

34. How to Avoid Being Psychologically Destroyed by Your Newsfeed. In related news, How to Stay Sane When the President is Nuts.

35. Jimmy Fallon Interviews Dan Rather About Facebook and DT. Dan Rather is doing such good things.

36. Apple, Facebook, Google, Uber and Netflix join slew of companies to take legal action against Trump. “The brief was filed late Sunday in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and emphasises the importance of immigrants in the economy and society.”

37. Super Bowl LI Ads Trolled Donald Trump All Night. One clarification however about the Lumber 84 ad, so perfectly stated by Tara Gentile on Facebook, “This ad probably isn’t about what you think it’s about. It whitewashes a terrible, expensive, dehumanizing policy by focusing on, as Trump said, the big, beautiful door. ‘In the run-up to the Super Bowl, Magerko said the ad shouldn’t be considered provocative at all. In fact, she says she voted for Donald Trump in the election, and the image of the door in the wall comes directly from Trump himself, who said he wanted a ‘big beautiful door’ in his wall, for legal immigration.’ The wall is NOT okay, and any effort to normalize it should be rejected.”

38. Culture of Silence from Desiree Adaway. “Some of us are forced to be silent, but many of us are choosing to be. And it is literally killing us. We get free by using our voices to challenge those in power. We have to speak freedom to life.”

39. First Vertical Forest In Asia To Have Over 3,000 Plants And Turns CO2 Into 132 Pounds Of Oxygen Per Day.

40. University of California Next In Line To Dump Wells Fargo Contracts. “The UC system is severing $475 million in contracts with Wells Fargo over, among other things, the bank’s ties to private prison corporations.”

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