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Something Good

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1. #RememberingTrayvon. Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, “whose extrajudicial murder sparked a global movement to demand an end to state-sanctioned violence against Black people. Trayvon — who was profiled, stalked, and killed in his neighborhood of Sanford, FL, by vigilante George Zimmerman — is remembered by his family and friends as kind and gentle. Zimmerman’s acquittal and the subsequent police murder of Michael Brown and public uprising in Ferguson, MO, catalyzed the Movement for Black Lives and the Black Lives Matter Global Network.” This post shares links to educational resources and ways that we can continue to help support this movement. In related news, Remember Trayvon?

2. ‘Get Out’ movie controversy? Film called ‘anti-white’ and ‘racist’ by some viewers. I can’t wait to see this film, which has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes — unheard of. When I shared the link to this article on Facebook yesterday, I included the caption: They say “anti-white” like that’s a bad thing. We should all be “anti-white” and if we aren’t we need to investigate what whiteness actually means. In related news, Chance the Rapper hosted a Q&A about the movie.

3. Native Nations Rise, which has all the information you need about the upcoming Native Nations March on Washington, including how to donate.

4. Intro to Body Image Work from Isabel Foxen Duke.

5. How Long You Can Freeze Everything, In One Chart. A very helpful graphic.

6. Google Just Dropped $11,000,000 to Make Sure #BlackLivesMatter.

7. Fluidified. Years ago there was a streaming station called “Beach House Radio” that I loved so much. This YouTube channel totally reminds me of it, playing “chilled, deep and atmospheric electronic music. Genres include chillout, downtempo, garage and others.” In related news, Moby Has Just Released Four Hours Worth Of Free Music Designed For Yoga And Meditation.

8. An entire Manhattan village owned by black people was destroyed to build Central Park.

9. A moment that changed me: lashing out at a man who opened the door for the newly thin me.

10. Losing Alberta: Gentrification in Northeast Portland. A really good short documentary.

11. Stop Using Women And Girls To Justify Transphobia. “The safety of women and girls is at risk, but certainly not because of trans people.” In related news, Transgender 101: A Guide to Gender and Identity to Help You Keep Up with the Conversation.

12. Recipes I want to try: New England Clam Chowder, and 30-Minute Chocolate Donuts (Vegan + GF).

13. Play Social Media Bingo!

14. Pages Matam performing his poem “Black Joy, Uninterrupted.” Holy wow.

15. This Agency Created an Obstacle Course to Show People What It’s Like to Be ‘Black at Work.’

16. The Rise of Roxane Gay. “A career decades in the making, Gay’s literary stardom looks more sudden than it is.”

17. Day 22 of Investment in Black Lives: The Ferguson Response Network. Michael Moore just launched a website to keep traction of actions happening around the country — problem is, Leslie Mac and the Ferguson Response Network have already been doing the exact same thing for three years now. Black women were already doing the work, and what Michael Moore should have done is: 1. his research, and 2. give the credit where credit is do and direct people to the resource that ALREADY exists instead of building a copy. As Leslie Mac herself said, “research before you build.”

18. Why work doesn’t happen at work, a great TED Talk I recently rewatched. “Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it. He calls out the two main offenders (call them the M&Ms) [**Spoiler Alert!!!**: managers and meetings] and offers three suggestions to make the workplace actually work.”

19. The only bookstore in the Bronx.

20. 34 Books by Women of Color to Read This Year.

21. To America, written and performed by Danielle Ate the Sandwich, featuring videos submitted from fans across America.

22. This Day in History, a really fun page from The History Channel.

23. Author: ‘Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat.’ An interview with Stephanie Covington Armstrong, author of an important memoir, Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat. I just finished it, and it was so good. As far as I know, this book was the first of its kind: a memoir about disordered eating written by a black woman.

24. Fake News, Misinformation, and Propaganda. A guide from the Harvard University Library, that “offers a brief introduction to the spread of misinformation of all kinds and tools for identifying it, and reading the news with a more informed eye.”

25. Why Donald Trump Doesn’t Understand Black Life.

26. 13 Empowering Photos Show There’s No ‘Right’ Way To Be A Boy.

27. Documentaries about amazing women: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, and Toni Morrison Remembers, and Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth.

28. Write Unafraid, Without Fear Of Failure from Chuck Wendig. Also from Chuck, The Many-Headed Hydra Of Republican Hypocrisy.

29. School Asks Teachers To Take Down Pro-Diversity Posters, Saying They’re ‘Anti-Trump.’

30. What Ever Happened to all the Old Racist Whites from those Civil Rights Photos?

31. A Town Hall with Constituents but No Senator.

32. A Guide to the Basic Anxiety of Life.

33. When Society Breaks Your Heart from Lodro Rinzler.

34. When Things Go Missing.

All of this is made more precious, not less, by its impermanence. No matter what goes missing, the wallet or the father, the lessons are the same. Disappearance reminds us to notice, transience to cherish, fragility to defend. Loss is a kind of external conscience, urging us to make better use of our finite days. As Whitman knew, our brief crossing is best spent attending to all that we see: honoring what we find noble, denouncing what we cannot abide, recognizing that we are inseparably connected to all of it, including what is not yet upon us, including what is already gone. We are here to keep watch, not to keep.

35. When A Woman Deletes A Man’s Comment Online. “To be able to take issues fundamental to the health and safety of millions of people and turn them into sport where winners and losers are decided by talking points requires some level of insulation from the negative impacts of the outcome in order to enjoy participating.”

36. On Dylann Roof and the Expectation of Black Forgiveness.

This range of emotion — grief, horror, rage, forgiveness given or withheld — ought to be woven into how we tell the story of one of America’s darkest days in living memory. It isn’t only Roof who’s on trial. It’s also America’s sense of itself. We can’t afford to write off this crime as an unfortunate but exceptional incident. History has taught us that this isn’t that — that it’s never been that.

37. I’m a Silicon Valley liberal, and I traveled across the country to interview 100 Trump supporters — here’s what I learned.

38. Don’t Burn Out or Numb Out: On Pacing Myself for Long-Haul Resistance from the always amazing Jena Schwartz.

39. US Holocaust Museum’s “early warning signs of fascism” sign is going viral.

40. President Trump’s First Month Approval Survey. I will absolutely be filling this out, and you should too.

41. Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson, And The Normalization of Slave Rape Narratives.

42. Love for Graeme and Jasmine. These women do good work, and they need some help as they find the next place and way they’ll continue doing that.

43. How Dieting Makes You Gain Weight. “The diet industry doesn’t want you to know it (because it would mess with their bottom line), but scientific research has proven it.” And **Spoiler Alert!!!*** “Chronic dieting actually increases your weight over time.”

Something Good

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1. This Day Brought Me to Tears from Jena Schwartz. This blog post brought me to tears. Jena at her best is like…I can’t even think of what, because there’s just nothing like her at her best.

2. 25 Famous Women on Dealing With Anxiety and Depression.

3. Attention white women: The Primal, Unyielding, and Dangerous Ego of Missy Anne, and The Decolonization of White Feminist Consciousness, and The Subtle Linguistics of Polite White Supremacy, and Befriending Becky: On The Imperative Of Intersectional Solidarity, and Decentering Whiteness, and 20 Black Women You Should Be Following Right Now.

4. Knocked down by the election? Here’s how to move on. Because this, “I had to stand at the exact same moment that I could not stand.”

5. Lemonade Didn’t Win Album Of The Year Because White People Don’t Know How To Not Be White People.

6. New Platform Promotes Images Of Black People Engaging In Acts Of Affection. In related news, Artist Addresses The Racist History Of Photographing Men Of Color.

7. Renowned programmer pulls out of tech conference hosted by Shopify. “Toronto developer, who teaches coding to women and minorities, says Ottawa firm’s relationship with Breitbart puts it ‘on the wrong side of history.'”

8. Accidental Racism, Intentional Activism.

9. Stephen Miller is the latest insufferable liar and bigot on Team Trump.

10. Museum removes every piece of art created by immigrants.

11. Another great black history month reading list.

12. Edmonton photographer wins World Press Photo award for Standing Rock coverage.

13. Wisdom from Brave Girls Club,

It’s ok to want things that don’t make sense to others, dear friend. It’s ok to be content with a simple life, to pass up on things that others find tempting, to walk a path that is not often traveled…maybe even a path that has never been traveled before. Please don’t get caught up in the confusing, hurtful and destructive belief that you are somehow obligated to live the life that everyone else seems to think you should live. Please listen to YOUR heart. Please shut out the opinions, advice and voices of “reason” that make you feel so uneasy, confused and inadequate. Be with your truth….be with the source of that truth. Get quiet and listen listen listen to your heart. Your path is your path….the very path that you were created to travel. Your decisions are your decisions…the very decisions that your Creator will help you to make. Go where the peace is….in your life, in your relationships, and especially in all of your decisions. Make choices that bring you the most peace….even when those decisions don’t make sense to the outside world. You have what it takes to hear your truth, beautiful friend…and you do not walk alone.

14. Social Justice Intensive: Spring 2017. “Join us, Desiree Adaway, Ericka Hines and Jessica Fish as we create a brave space to explore issues of race, religion and gender. We will analyze these issues through a lens of power, privilege, and binaries while helping you develop your social justice muscle and critical observations on key issues occurring in our world today.”

15. Trump Supporters Receive “Mainstream Media Accountability Survey” Moments After President Slams Reporters. Blergh.

16. Let Van Jones Explain How Mass Incarceration Led Directly to Trump’s Win.

17. When Did Compassion Become Partisan Politics? from John Pavlovitz, a wise and compassionate voice.

18. Recipes I want to try: Carrot & Chickpea Veggie Burger, and Melting Sweet Potatoes, and Asian Noodle Salad, and Roasted Veggie Salad, and Chocolate Mug Cake.

19. Turns out Black History took more than a month? Ashley Nicole Black investigates. Some good advice from people who have faced this before.

20. We Need to Start Telling the Truth About White Supremacy in Our Schools.

21. The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week. You know what I just realized? It’s someone’s job, at least in part, to spend the week reading Twitter, just looking for funny tweets from women. Probably an unpaid intern, but still, not a bad gig.

22. Help Us #Resist…Better. Put your money where your mouth is.

23. The most powerful art from the #BlackLivesMatter movement, three years in.

24. Glenn McCoy and ‘The New Problem’ With Racism.

25. Amazing street art blended in with nature.

26. ‘Eating disorders are black women’s issues too.’ “Georgia suffered from eating disorders through her teenage years. Thinspiration Tumblrs inspired her to lose weight but that spiralled to starvation and bulimia. Now recovered, she wonders why black women are rarely identified as having eating disorders.”

27. 5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News.

28. Watch the Debut Episode of Revolutionary New Web Series Brown Girls.

29. ‘There Is No Good Card For This’: What To Say When ‘Condolences’ Isn’t Enough.

30. I Wish I’d Known… Me too. Meeee toooo.

31. Ken Nwadike spreads love to everyone through “Free Hugs.”

32. Is Reverse Racism A “Thing?” “There is no such thing as reverse racism and here’s why.”

33. 50 Ways People Expect Constant Emotional Labor from Women and Femmes.

34. 12 Black-Led Podcasts To Listen To Now.

35. American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. The first feature documentary about Maya Angelou’s life premieres nationwide Tuesday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on PBS. In related news, the documentary The Talk premieres on PBS tonight.

36. Art21. “Art21 is a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art, and the go-to place to learn first-hand from the artists of our time. A nonprofit organization, Art21’s mission is to inspire a more creative world through the works and words of contemporary artists.” Their video series is really cool.

Something Good

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1. Definition of an internet troll: “In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on-topic discussion, often for the troll’s amusement,” (Wikipedia). In related news, Hero Burlesque Dancer Names and Shames Her Trolls and The Troll Taunter, “A young Wikipedia editor withstood a decade of online abuse. Now she’s fighting back — on Wikipedia itself.”

2. White People: I Don’t Want You To Understand Me Better, I Want You To Understand Yourselves. In related news, A Few Pointers for Protesting While White and When I Said All Trump Supporters Are White Supremacists, I Meant It.

3. The Twin Forces of Love and Resistance. I’m not gonna lie, this one had me in tears. Especially these two passages,

But real love is radical because it cannot be earned or unearned. It is tied to inherent dignity. It is unconquerable because it is dumb in its own way — determined to keep loving no matter what the counter forces, no matter what scarcity small men try to message, no matter what fear they try to sow. It’s blindly trusting, also positioned as stupid in our overly strategic society. It’s inefficient, a sin in our efficiency-obsessed time.

And,

We’re proving ourselves capable of a mighty resistance, but we must also prove ourselves capable of this kind of expansive love. The twinning of the two will be this country’s salvation.

4. Reading the News Makes Me Depressed, but Here’s What I Realized. **Spoiler Alert** “I used to read the news for enjoyment. Now I pay attention because it’s the right thing to do.”

5. Macro Monday Says To Hell With It, Have Some Dogs. Super cute. Other good stuff from Chuck: Why Persist As A Writer In Times Of Such Heinous Fuckery? and Kameron Hurley: How to Keep Writing Through Times of Great Political Upheaval.

6. An open letter to Jason Chaffetz from someone who attended his town hall.

7. Why did I name it “Dear White People?” In related news, People are deleting their Netflix accounts over the soon-to-be-released show “Dear White People.” For the record, I loved the movie and can’t wait for the show, and will continue to support Netflix. For starters, this: 21 Social Justice Documentaries On Netflix To Watch.

8. Finding steady ground: strengthening our spirits to resist and thrive in these times. “Here are 7 behaviors we can use right away to strengthen ourselves, so we can keep taking more and more powerful and strategic actions.”

9. Researcher maps hidden graveyards of slaves who once tilled Louisiana sugar cane fields.

10. James Daschuk uncovers truths about First Nations history.

11. Black Lives Matter: Recommended Reading, a great list from Powell’s Books.

12. “Give Love.”

13. On politics and social media from Lisa Congdon.

14. Who are Kwan Yin, Avalokiteshvara, Kannon, and Quan Am? The quick answer: my favorite.

15. “Right Now, It’s Like This” — How to make this increasingly used Buddhist phrase work for you on Lion’s Roar. “Meditation teacher Vinny Ferraro explains the simple but powerful phrase ‘Right now, it’s like this’ — and provides simple, helpful meditation instructions to go with it.”

16. From Brave Girls Club,

Sometimes the very best gift we can give to ourselves is a little bit of time alone, in complete silence and complete calm. Even if it’s just for a little while, quiet time is essential for our souls. Our deepest truths speak in quiet little voices most of the time, and we have to get our lives calm and quiet to be able to hear them. When we are feeling scattered, depleted, confused, and torn, and remedy that almost always works is to take a walk all alone, or to go somewhere quiet and be all alone. To just sit, just listen. It may seem too simple, too good to be true. But so many of the mysteries of life have the simplest answers, and we just have to trust in their simplicity. Give yourself the gift of solitude, quiet, and a listening heart as often as you can, and you will hear the things you need to hear. Unplug, walk away, take a breath. Do it for the sake of everything and everyone that you love. And especially do it for you. Your answers are in there. Your calm wise self is in there, too. Now, go find her. She’s been waiting patiently. You are so very loved.

17. The “New Age Thinking Will Make Me Thin” Diet. Oh, snap. This is so me. More good stuff from Isabel Foxen Duke, Beware the “Don’t-Binge-Eat” Diet.

18. The Way of Openness: Moving Away from Comfort & Security from Zen Habits.

19. Being Authentic at Your Shitty Job, really good advice from Lodro Rinzler on Lion’s Roar.

20. Bold EP and Tour! on Kickstarter, “Mary Lambert is releasing an uplifiting EP about being unabashedly fat, gay, bipolar, and doing whatever you damn well please.”

21. Being Black at School, “advocates for equity and safety for Black students” and,

Our approach to advocacy is unlike that of any other education organizations. To make a formative change in the lives of Black students, we realized our efforts need to be data-driven, grassroots focused, and concentrated at all of the levels of decision making– in the community, in the classroom, and in the statehouse. By combining research, policy development and advocacy to influence public debate and catalyze change regarding race and education in America.

22. Day 17 of Investment in Black Lives on Now We Rise, another really great way to help, to “put your money where your mouth is.”

23. Memory Postcards – a Time Capsule Film of 2016.

24. Benefits of Reading Infographic.

25. A checklist for every day.

26. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art releases 375,000 digital works for remix and re-use online via CC0.

27. Watch Rescued Baby Sloths Have A Conversation And Try Not To Smile.

28. Indivisible: A practical guide For resisting the Trump agenda. I know I’ve shared this before, but it seems worth sharing again.

29. The Revolution Will Not Be Polite: The Issue of Nice versus Good. “Oppression is not about hurt feelings. It is about the rights and opportunities that are not afforded to you because you belong to a certain group of people.”

30. Tomi Lahren is the BIGGEST snowflake of them all.

31. Shutting Down BS about Betsy DeVos with Public School Teachers.

32. Wisdom from Andrea Gibson, “heard there are times/when the only thing/we have control over/is where we put our attention.”

33. Privilege 101: A Quick and Dirty Guide.

34. If Adele’s ‘Hello’ Was About Calling Congress.

35. DT talking lying about the Dakoto Access Pipeline. My only response to this is rage, white hot and murderous.

36. How the Black Lives Matter Movement Is Mobilizing Against Trump.

37. He wants to make sure no other child in the foster care system has an experience like the ones he and his children had.

38. The Netherlands is using empty prisons to house refugees — what are we doing? Think about this: they have EMPTY prisons.

39. How should the media cover a White House that isn’t afraid to lie.

40. Sherman Alexie Talks About Writing in the Era of Trump.

41. Who Is Son Of Baldwin And Why We Should Listen Up?

42. #ShePersisted Becomes New Battle Cry After Senate Silences Elizabeth Warren. “This is definitely not what Mitch McConnell was hoping for.”

43. Rosie O’Donnell as Steve Bannon? SNL could really make Trump angry if it wanted to. I hope they do this.

44. 10+ Honest Valentine’s Day Cards For Couples Who Hate Cheesy Love Crap.

45. Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump. This is such an important distinction to note: the real monsters aren’t the leaders, but those who follow them, enact and embody their policies rather than resisting.

46. Why People Should Just Pause for a Minute and Not Blindly Celebrate 84 Lumber’s Immigration Ad. In related news, I loved the Coke ad. They say of it, “We believe that America is beautiful and Coca-Cola is for everyone. Let’s celebrate the moments among all Americans that promote optimism, inclusion, and humanity — values that bring us closer together.” This is the America I want to live in, but there is a shit ton of work to do to get us there, enit?

47. A Snowflake Manifesto from John Pavlovitz. “No, one snowflake isn’t likely to make an impact—but I’m betting 65,788,853 can.”

48. Week 13: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.

49. Adele’s Grammy Speech Made Beyoncé Cry. In related news, What White Women Can Learn From Adele’s Grammys Speech.

50. Football player, reader, author, nerd. I love this so much.

Something Good

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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.”

Something Good

 

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.”

9. How America fails people of color with eating disorders.

10. This Professor’s Tweets After No One Showed Up To His Class Are Going Viral.

11. What I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Zen Habits.

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.

14. 45 Simple Self-Care Practices for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul.

15. What Ben Carson doesn’t understand about “extra rights”: LGBT people aren’t asking for special privileges, just basic equality.

16. 10 Actions for the first 100 Days.

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.

19. A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support. In related news, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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.”

21. Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston.

22. What do Trump’s cabinet picks have in common? A history of misogyny. In related news, Donald Trump has assembled the worst Cabinet in American history.

23. The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week.

24. Broad City, Inauguration. This actually made me laugh, on a day when I wouldn’t have expected it.

25. Don’t Be a Bystander: 6 Tips for Responding to Racist Attacks. In related news, Do’s and Don’ts for Bystander Intervention.

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.”

28. Two Dogs Protect Tiny Penguins From Being Killed.

29. North Dakota Bill Would Protect Drivers Who ‘Accidentally’ Hit And Kill Protesters. NO!

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: m4blpolicytable@gmail.com 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.

35. 10 Acts of Resistance on Inauguration Day and Beyond.

36. Donald Glover covering TAMIA’s “I’m So Into You.”

37. The Sugarcoated Language Of White Fragility.

38. Submit your EIS comment to the Army Corps.

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.

39. Here’s the Full Transcript Of Angela Davis’s Women’s March Speech.

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.

#dogs

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for “loitering” in 1958

1. Wisdom from Martin Luther King, Jr., “In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

2. … and it bends toward justice from Seth Godin. “We can connect, we can publish, we can lead. Anyone reading this has the ability to care, and to do something about it. We have more power than we dare imagine.”

3. Sarah Gailey: Get Rich Or Die Trying — On Repealing The ACA. “This is the endgame of the ACA repeal: death for those who can’t afford insurance and who can’t privately pay for healthcare…While this may sound harsh, it shouldn’t be surprising. The social Darwinism that drives so much of America’s rhetoric — the pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps narrative that undergirds the American Dream — makes a snug fit with the consequences of the ACA repeal. This is the comfort of the wealthy: those who can’t afford healthcare can’t afford it because they’re lazy. They didn’t try hard enough, so when they die, they have only themselves to blame.

4. the #makelight project from Karen Waldrond at Chookooloonks. In related news, The Show and Fuel Empathy (SAFE) Project from Jena Schwartz and The Year of Reading Dangerously from Rita Ott Ramstad and her daughter Grace.

5. INFOGRAPHIC: Unusual Jobs of Famous Writers. This would be way more inspiring if there were more than one woman on it and if the men weren’t ALL white.

5. From Ronna Detrick’s “Notes from Her” this week, “Do what your intuition tells you, what you can clearly discern as the right course of action. Trust-trust-trust that you know what you’re doing. And let everything else go – every fear, every anticipated reaction, even every expected risk and certain cost. It’s all going to work out.”

6. This 4-Year-Old Who Read 1,000 Books Was The Library Of Congress’s Librarian For A Day. “She has her own library card and is a regular at her local library. Her favorite author is Mo Willems, and she loves to read about dinosaurs. She plans to read 1,500 books before she enters kindergarten, and wants to help teach other kids to read, too. Additionally, Daliyah is working on learning to read in Spanish, which her dad speaks.”

7. Let Her Learn: Join the Fight to Stop School Pushout. “Schools are unfairly pushing Black girls out. They suspend them for minor stuff—like ‘having an attitude’ or ‘talking back.’ These so-called violations are often informed by stereotypes and bias. The result? More frequent and harsher punishment for Black girls.”

8. How Federal Tax Dollars Support Planned Parenthood Patients, an infographic. “‘Defunding’ Planned Parenthood is a misnomer. Extremists’ true intent is to block millions of people who rely on Medicaid from getting care at Planned Parenthood health centers.”

9. Wisdom from Carlos Castaneda, by way of A Design So Vast, “The art of being a warrior is to balance the wonder and the terror of being alive.”

10. Ten Tips for Making Interesting Images, some great fundamental tips.

11. Why should I write by hand? from Sarah Selecky, a really great explanation. “The point of writing by hand is to train yourself to become more receptive.”

12. You Don’t Have to Carry the Extra Weight from Be More With Less.

13. Reservation Restoration. “Reservation Restoration is an entirely volunteer run organization dedicated to reducing the effects of poverty, increasing the health and wellbeing, and creating a positive sustainable environment for Native Americans across generations. The organization pursues this mission through the direct provision of goods and services, education and training, and evolving partnerships with other organizations.”

14. Rev. angel Kyodo williams on why she’s hopeful about this moment in US politics.

15. Solange on Interview. Beyoncé interviews her sister, (who made the BEST album of 2016, A Seat at the Table).

16. Top 5 things to do instead of lose weight in 2017. In related news, 9 People Pose Nude To Show What Body Diversity Really Looks Like.

17. Connecticut Politician Arrested For Grabbing Woman’s Groin, Called it A ‘Joke.’ This makes me so mad I can’t even comment on it, brings up so many reasons to be angry I don’t even know where to start.

18. Week 9: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember. Another installment of Amy Siskind’s weekly list, “to capture changes in the fabric of our country, so we can refer back, and recall what used to be normal and acceptable.”

19. Remembering Dr. King’s Legacy That Many Forget from The Root.

20. Wisdom from Desiree Lynn Adaway, “The civil rights movement isn’t history; it is an ongoing struggle for justice, equality & dignity.”

21. More than two dozen members of Congress are boycotting Donald Trump’s inauguration. In related news, check out the comments section on this post, Would you like an invite to the Inaugural Welcome Concert and Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony?

22. Ken E. Nwadike, Jr. (Free Hugs project founder) got a surprise gift from Clif Bar.

23. Nina Turner’s speech in front of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in DC.

24. As a MAX train approached, this car got stuck on the icy tracks in Portland. “What happened next speaks to the best in people.”

25. SNL: Donald Trump answers questions at his first press conference as president-elect. This is the only version I’ve been able to watch.

26. Are you racist? ‘No’ isn’t a good enough answer. “What hurts one of us hurts all of us.”

27. How To Get A Revenge Body.

28. Michael Moore Just Told Trump The Top 6 Reasons Why He’s An “Illegitimate” President.

29. This dance group is fighting discrimination on stage through ballet.

30. Giants, another great show from Issa Rae, premieres January 25. In related news, ‘Awkward’ And ‘Insecure’ Get To The Root Of Writer Issa Rae’s Humor, an interview on Fresh Air.

31. Where are Colin Kaepernick’s critics now?

32. Wisdom from Melissa Fabello on Twitter:

Why is “wellness” only marketed toward thin, white, blonde, pretty, able-bodied women who can afford organic smoothies?

Why does does “wellness” only ever look like thin, white women laughing joyfully while holding carrots???

How the f**k do you promote holistic wellness, but completely ignore the social determinants of health (aka oppression)???

If you want a perfect visual example of how oppression works, this is it: Only people with the most privilege are allowed to be healthy.

– @fyeahmfabello

33. Sterling K. Brown: ‘Black Panther’ Is ‘Politically Astute’ And ‘Socially Relevant.’

34. This tweet from Carlos Maza:

35. KING: Arizona lawmaker proposes new bill banning classes or events discussing social justice on college campuses. “It appears that Bob Thorpe actually has a bigger problem with students and staff discussing white privilege than he does with the unfair privilege itself.” This kind of attitude fucking terrifies me.

36. “I love this country as much if not more than you do and don’t you ever forget that.” A clip from Black-ish that inspired me to start watching the show from the beginning.

37. Some of Us are Brave: Lovely Speeches are Not Radical. “In this increasingly frightening political environment, we cannot afford to mistake nice liberal speeches for the radicalism that is needed to fight the dismantling of democracy and human decency.”

38. Anti-Trump Women’s March Loses the Support of the NAACP of Portland After Leaders Refused to Talk About Race. “‘I didn’t want to be part of the march if it was going to be a white-woman kumbaya march,’ Jo Ann Hardesty, the president of the group, tells WW.”

39. My new favorite t-shirt.

40. Donald Trump is ‘gaslighting’ all of us. Any woman who has ever been abused, worked for a narcissist boss or had a difficult relationship with her father or had a horrible boyfriend or shitty friends, recognized this a long time ago. In related news, Donald Trump’s businesses owe $1.8bn to more than 150 different institutions, new study suggests.

41. Wisdom from Malala Yousafzai, “There comes a moment you have to decide: Do you keep quiet or do you stand up.”

42. The Gospel of Life Eternal is for LGBTQ and Every Single Created Being by The Rev. Kaji Douša.

43. Wisdom from Heather Plett. “If you’re busy dismantling the patriarchy, you don’t need to know how to fold a fitted sheet.”

44. Moonlight. I finally saw this movie yesterday and can not stop thinking about it.

45. Marshawn Feltus learned yoga while serving 18 years in prison. “He never thought yoga would turn into a career, let alone a business.”

46. Recipe I want to try: Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl.

47. Pretty Big Movement is destroying stereotypes about what dancers should look like.

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Geese over the Poudre River, image by Eric

Geese over the Poudre River, image by Eric

1. Recipes I want to try: chicken wonton soup, and One-Pan Chicken And Veggie Meal Prep, and Buddha Bowls, and Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie, and oat and wheat sandwich bread, and One Bowl Chocolate Cake.

2. Watch the chilling first trailer for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

3. Woman has an issue with P&G’s maxi pad products, writes hilarious letter to brand manager.

4. Sidewalk Chalk Spreads Love Outside Islamic Center.

5. Someone made a mashup of every Carpool Karaoke and it’s the joy we need in the world.

6. Try a New Year’s Revolution. “Donald J. Trump wants you on a diet.”

7. 10 Ways White Liberals Perpetuate Racism. In related news, Dear white people: Your comfort makes you bad allies, and New Year, Same White Feminism: Why Glamour’s “Women” Edition Falls Short, and #LeaveItIn2016: 5 Times White People Should’ve Known Better Last Year, and 5 of the worst whitesplaining excuses for racism. And finally, Ready to ditch white feminism? Here are 6 Black feminist concepts you need to know and how to apply them in your own life.

8. Standing Rock – Update and Current Call to Action.

9. F1 to F12: here’s how the function keys on your keyboard can save you tons of time.

10. The Anti-Inauguration. “You need to augment your outrage with actions that are affirming, behaviors that reinforce principles and values.”

11. Men Everywhere, Telling Women To Smile Is Creepy AF, So Just STOP.

12. ‘Brown Girls’ is about to become your new favorite web series, and for very good reason.

13. Duncan, Kim, & cats need new home.

14. 10 Indigenous and Environmental Struggles You Can Support in 2017.

15. Take It From A German: Americans Are Too Timid In Confronting Hate. And in related news, KING: We’re not opposing Donald Trump with the unified fierceness he deserves and ‘A lie, is a lie, is a lie’: Dan Rather shreds WSJ editor for reluctance to call out Trump’s bullsh*t.

16. Confronting Whiteness: A Conversation Series with Rachel Rice.

17. Feeding hundreds of homeless people each day, this restaurant is using its earnings to make a huge impact.

18. After Bravely Calling Attention to Police Brutality, Colin Kaepernick Chosen for 49ers’ Highest Honor. He also recently donated $50,000 to the Standing Rock Health Clinic as part of his pledge to donate $1 million in ten months.

19. Ask a Literary Lady: I Need a Better New Year’s Resolution Than “Read More.”

20. Add My Name to the Professor Watchlist. “The Professor Watchlist, which purports to expose faculty who ‘advance leftist propaganda in the classroom,’ poses a clear threat to academic freedom. Such lists have been used to harass and intimidate faculty, and have a chilling effect on academic freedom and free speech. To support those who have been listed, we invite AAUP members and supporters to add your names to an open letter to the creators of the Watchlist. Please add your name to this important fight for academic freedom.”

21. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön, “Joy has to do with seeing how big, how completely unobstructed, and how precious things are. We can get so caught up in our own personal pain or worries that we don’t notice that the wind has come up or that somebody has put flowers on the dining room table or that when we walked out in the morning, the flags weren’t up, and that when we came back, they were flying.”

22. Anis Mojgani, “a gale force talent, a twirling dervish of lyric & the body’s music, a poet who gleefully spurns the boundaries of poet.”

23. While There is Despair, I Am Not Hopeless, “An interview with writer and activist adrienne maree brown about self care, action and how the late, great Octavia Butler predicted this political moment.”

24. Ridiculous Responses To Quitting Dieting from Dances with Fat.

25. An unprecedented opportunity, an interview with Rev. angel Kyodo williams.

Rev. angel Kyodo williams is an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, spiritual maverick, author, activist, and founder of CXC (Center for Transformative Change), in Berkeley, California, which is dedicated to “changing the way change is done.” Rather than encourage spiritual seekers to become more politically active, CXC supports social activists in becoming more spiritual. Rev. angel believes this is the only way we will “flip the switch” in people’s hearts so that we treat each other and the Earth more compassionately. She sees this as America’s “next great social movement: the application of inner awareness practice to broad-based social change.”

26. Leslie Jones Says Publisher Spreads Hate by Publishing Milo Yiannopoulos’s Book.

27. Student creates Adidas commercial so amazing it deserves to be a real ad.

28. Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice. “Moving from Actor –> Ally –> Accomplice.” In related news, Resistance and Liberation: a Guide to Social Engagement in the Era of Trump.

29. The Trump Team. “The following are SPLC articles, statements and reports about several of President-elect Donald Trump’s choices for Cabinet posts and advisory positions.”

30. Dear Trump Supporters™: You’ve Been Had.

31. How to Destroy the Business Model of Breitbart and Fake News.

32. 3 ways to become a strong, confident, and consistent writer.

33. I Don’t Know What’s Best for You on Be More With Less. “Use the information you find on the internet, in books and courses, on this site, and anywhere else as pieces of the puzzle, but not as the end all be all. It’s not. No one knows what’s best for you but you.”

34. Pema Chödrön on how to enjoy life.