🌊 Is the water looking clearer to anyone else these days? 💚
Today I published a blog post I’d scheduled about my vintage pull-down map. I use it to cover my TV when we aren’t using it, but it’s also a great primary source to help my family learn more about our country. I’d be lying if I said I could identify all the states… or even half of them. But I can show my kids where Alabama is after talking with them about the importance of the marches that took place in Selma in 1965. And today I can remind them where Poughkeepsie, NY is - the city where Maurice Gordon lived. And I can show them where NJ is - the state where state police shot and killed Maurice Gordon over Memorial Day weekend. His family still doesn’t have answers about what happened. I’m completely sickened by this, and you should be, too. Join me in signing the petition demanding his family get answers about and justice for his death (link above in profile). If you know any other ways to help, please share in comments. I’m working on trying to find my zone in terms of how I show up online during this (much-needed) unrest regarding racial inequality in our country. It’s interesting to read the different perspectives in regards to how people are posting on social media during this awesome movement. Some consider posts inauthentic or examples of “virtue signaling,” while on the other hand, if someone isn’t saying anything or not posting enough, they may be accused of being part of the problem. I don’t know the answer about how much or how little white people should post, but I’m going to continue to follow my heart in terms of how I do. Because I know that my posts have the ability to provoke internal change, even if it's at a small level, and even if its just for one person who reads one of them only one time.
Adding this to the chore list! This one will count as “extra” so they can earn some $$$... Zoe earned herself a good five cents today for the 30 seconds of weeding she had in her 🙄. Chase, however, was much more motivated by the potential for earnings... and now my lavender bed is looking a lot fresher! Little victories 🌾
💙 This amazing cartoon by @scarecrowbar is, to my yogi mind, a wonderful representation of exploring and breaking free from samskaras. You can find lots of definitions of “samskaras,” but the one that speaks to me in a simple way is this: any negative patterns that have been holding a person back from true healing and contentment in his or her life. We all approach introspection in different ways - some of us practice yoga or work with therapists. Some of us may pray, create art, or journal... but there’s no “right” way to heal, as long as you’re willing to take an honest look. I just really love this graphic in combination with this message I’ve been seeing shared a lot lately: “Normalize changing your opinion when presented with new information.” Be willing to free yourself from your samskaras. And now I’m gonna get back to work on my own (endless) samskaras 🖤. Meditating, hiking, those work for me. How do you work on yours? Full comic is on Twitter @scarecrowbar Posted with @withregram
🖤Such a powerful afternoon today in New Haven. Energy, action, organization, and hope.
Posted @withregram • @thekingcenter “Tomorrow is #BreonnaTaylor’s 27th birthday. She should be here to celebrate. Let’s amplify her name and work for #JusticeforBreonnaTaylor. Here’s how to do that on her birthday.” @berniceaking
❤️ Posted @withregram • @vickydrawthis
Posted @withregram • @gloriasteinem Dear Mayor Greg Fischer, ⠀ ⠀ I join thousands of others in asking you to bring posthumous justice to Breonna Taylor, who was shot eight times in her bed by the Louisville Metro Police after they invaded her apartment looking for a drug trafficker already in custody. ⠀ ⠀ Tamika Palmer is Breonna’s mother, and her small request in the face of huge injustice is easily within your power as Mayor and human being: I want justice for her. I want them to say her name. There’s no reason Breonna should be dead at all.⠀ ⠀ As you know, Breonna Taylor was an award-winning emergency medical technician and first responder in Louisville, who loved helping her patients and her community, and who made other people's lives better. ⠀ ⠀ She protected you and your city. Now it's your responsibility to show her the same respect. ⠀ ⠀ With hope, ⠀ Gloria Steinem
Posted @withregram • @3rdgeers Tonight at 7pm est: White people, this is your opportunity to listen and learn. Black and Brown people, you will be able to hear that you are not alone in how you feel. This will be a very real and raw conversation with a very outspoken group. So...come and take notes. Chris Spencer has written just about every black show or movie you’ve ever seen and is a ghost writer for almost all of your favorite black comedians. Yes..the BIG ones. V Bozeman is a singer and actress, and most recently starred on the hit tv show, Empire. Ahsia Janae, is a singer and professional dancer who has performed with just about everyone you can imagine, from Beyonce, to Missy Elliott, to Jennifer Lopez, and more. The rest of this list, makes up a few of the most senior Black people in advertising. All on one live stream! Imagine that? PLEASE SHARE! #blacklivesmatter