1. April Love 2018, another photo challenge hosted by Susannah Conway. “This is a gentle photo challenge to ease us through the change in seasons (wherever you are in the world) and bring some creative mindfulness to our days…I’ve created a list of photo prompts to be explored throughout the month, a mix of straightforward things-to-shoot and a few more thoughtful prompts, so if you’re not sure how to illustrate the latter try simply sharing a moment from your day. Use the challenge as a way to give yourself ten minutes to notice your surroundings and take a breath. Keep it simple. Enjoy digging into your world with your camera and maybe spend a bit of time in your journal, too. Or not! Again I say: there really are no rules.”
2. The Children Treating Gunshot Wounds on Chicago’s South Side. “In a city home to a staggering amount of gun violence, Ujimaa Medics is teaching kids how to save lives.”
3. Stevante Clark Leads Protesters Into Sacramento City Council Meeting Demanding Justice for Brother Stephon Clark. (video) In related news, Stephon Clark’s family member speaks at rally (video) and Stephon Clark’s funeral in Sacramento, California (video).
4. The ‘Roseanne’ Reboot Is Funny. I’m Not Going to Keep Watching. From Roxane Gay on The New York Times. In related news, 9 Sitcoms Representing Today’s America To Watch Instead Of ‘Roseanne.’
8. Alleged Parkland, Fla., Shooter Has Received Sexual Photos, Fan Mail and Hundreds of Dollars in Donations While Awaiting Trial: Report. This is so offensive, I almost didn’t want to share it, and yet what matters to me more than my comfort (or yours) is knowing the truth, facing it, not turning away.
9. People Want To Know Why Brooklyn Museum’s New African Art Curator Is White. You can’t tell me that people of color weren’t as qualified, that they didn’t apply.
10. White people don’t understand the trauma of viral police-killing videos. I do, and this (and a few other reasons) is why even if I watch, I don’t share.
11. Did Fort Collins grow too big too fast? Short answer: YES, (and yet, as someone who moved here from out of state 25 years ago, I recognize that I’m part of the problem). “The Colorado city’s unwieldy expansion offers a cautionary tale for similar Western locales.”
13. This Italian grandma trying to operate Google Home is too adorable. (video) “Hey, Goo Goo. Okay, Goo Goo.” Seriously, she might be the cutest grandma ever.
14. Back to My Roots from Brittany Herself. “It’s like I got into this habit of being completely consumable, and I don’t know how to back up or admit that I don’t like it.”
15. Atlanta Charter School Apologizes for 2nd Grade Blackface Show in the Year of Our Lord 2018. *sigh* “Whatever that teacher was TRYING to do for Black History Month (in March no less), they failed miserably.”
19. Love Everyone: A Guide for Spiritual Activists, “Real political change must be spiritual. Real spiritual practice has to be political. Buddhist teachers Sharon Salzberg and Rev. angel Kyodo williams on how we can bring the two worlds together to build a more just and compassionate society.” In related news, Stand Against Suffering: A Call to Action by Buddhist Teachers, “Thirteen prominent teachers explain why Buddhists need to be be politically engaged at this crucial time in the country’s history, in this statement published in Lion’s Roar magazine and co-signed by more than 140 Buddhist leaders.”
20. From Mourning to Action: A Resource List from Jena Schwartz.
22. A New Black American Dream on The New York Times.