“We were all going to go to Hillary’s inauguration. We already had the tickets. When I found out about the election, my mom called me crying. She said, fuck it. We’re going anyway…I didn’t watch [the inauguration]. We sat in the room and made posters. Then we watched Bones because I’d rather watch death than watch that.” -Brooke, Michigan #womensmarch #womensmarchonwashington
Don’t miss this fascinating conversation on June 22 at The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR with author Richard Price and three amazing not-for-profits: Lead By Example, Reverse the Trend; Barbershop Books; and Clemente Course in the Humanities. All are working to improve the lives and outcomes for disadvantaged young people and are having great success! Come get inspired and meet these extraordinary leaders. Tickets are free, but be sure to RSVP to reserve seats: email@example.com
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Моя сестрёнка самая младшенькая @kkusakina теперь искусствовед Я ей очень горжусь. Сейчас, смотря на мою дочь Невочку, которой 11, даже сложно представить, что в этом же юном возрасте Кристина оставила Нижний, родной дом и маму и переехала в школу-интернат для девочек в Англии. Без знания английского, без друзей. На выходные, когда она приезжала к нам, то мы ее почти не видели. Она только выходила из своей комнаты поесть, а так все училась, без репетиторов и помощи. Этот человек знает, чего хочет и к этому идёт. Пусть это умение работать и добиваться поставленных целей и задач теперь послужит миру искусства my gorgeous little sister is now an art historianI am so proud of her. When she was only 11, like my daughter Neva today, she left her home and my mom to study in a boarding school in UK. She didn’t speak English and had to start everything from scratch – new language, new culture, new friends. She was so brave, she never complained when she came back to our place for weekends(luckily her school was not too far from our house), she just worked and worked and worked, all by herself, focused and determined. The art world has a lot to gain with this young lady now ready to apply these abilities and her passion⭐️
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I can scarcely gather them but I will not mince words. Betraying [the construct] of Whiteness has a real cost. The lie of “white supremacy” has been brought to our very doorstep, although truly, it’s been here for centuries. And left unacknowledged, minimized, and ungrieved, it has been swept under the neoliberal rug like a raging infection just under the surface of our culture, because it is impolite and uncomfortable to talk about race. Although, to some eyes, it is blatantly obvious.
It is so fraught with such immense pain, the way Whiteness operates, that when it erupts we gasp: “Evil!” “Mental illness!” “Trump’s America!”
But it is not these things, or at least not these things alone (the mentally ill are statistically more likely to be victims of violent crime rather than perpetrators. The nature of evil can be argued by ponerologists. Trump rose to power not out of the blue but because white people wanted more Whiteness in their lives, and most of us don’t want to take that up with our families, friends, neighbors, schools, etc.)
We can’t even “believe this is happening.” But how could it not? It is the consequence of a cultural illness, this adherence to Whiteness, that has been here since its inception in the 1600’s, with roots in feudal Europe, where perhaps our collective empathy was broken by the burning times and the enclosure of the commons. When we traded our ancestral magic + wisdom for a seat closer to the fire of capitalism.
It cannot go on like this. I am not here to say I know how it all got like this, or what the exact sequence of steps is to fix it. Or even what “it” really is, because I am still learning.
But I am here to listen, to name and trace the outlines of trauma and power and grief, grasping each thread as it connects to others and unravels, spooling out from the past into the uncertain future, until the emperor wears no clothes.
Photo of memorial wall here in #PDX by Meg Worden
It’s all about the context. I see many email & slack conversations go sideways because of the obvious lack of context those channels offer. Next time your point isn’t being accepted, try picking up the phone and hashing things out the old fashion way vs. sending cute emojis.
“I’m here for my kids, and my potential grandchildren,” says Elaine Young, a mental health counselor in New Jersey. “We are a country built on diversity and this administration is villafying the people who built this country. That, and he’s a rapist.”
“I’m here to support the women in my life,” says her son, Josh Burns.
“I’m really passionate about what’s going on in our country. We have a president who’s been accused of multiple accounts of sexual assault and half of the country is okay with that.”
“This is my first protest. I’m filled with excitement, I’m ecstatic. I feel that the electoral college is outdated and we should let he people decide who is president.”
“It was pretty early when I found out [Trump was elected president]. I thought it was a bad dream. But what can we do, besides fight for what we want, and what we think is right?”
-Emily McPike, 15 (!), of Woodbridge, VA.
The other day I ordered all of my man Ryan Stewmans books to the casa and smashed through this one STRAIGHT until it was done.
Really solid book. Lots of SIMPLE strategies that can change the game BIG TIME (I can vouch, I’ve used some!) So stoked to weave these in with what I’m doing already.
Appreciate you brother! Thanks for being a badass that puts out badass content to contribute to myself and so many others. Keep rocking.
Happy Birthday dearest Pete! I know the best present you’ll be getting soon…. seeing your gorgeous Leah!!!! Have the best time and give her squeezes from me! Hip Hip Hooray to you! Happy Happy Day. Love to Vyv! Caro xxx
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