1. Write Your Story
This Arab-American Mash-Up woman tells a beautiful, complex story of her life in Wilkes Barre, PA, a place caricatured in the mainstream media post-election as the home of the disenfranchised white working class. When your story isn’t told, tell it yourself.
2. Read Banned Books
Because art is power and and we have no time or patience for ignorance. Also, who the eff banned “Are You There God It’s Me Margaret”?!?!
via NY Times
3. Protect An Animal
First, elephants are amazing and it turns out they look incredible in sweaters that they need because of climate change. Second, it’s called empathy and a shared responsibility for repairing the world. Commit to helping the most vulnerable among us.
via The Independent
“When I needed it most, I reached for the words of the faith that I was raised with: that the universe is unified by a force of compassion.” Dig deep into your traditions for strength.
5. Date Asian Men
Shed toxic, antiquated notions of masculinity, sexuality and race. Because Daniel Henney will make it all ok, and you can’t fight for justice without some good lovin.
via Huffington Post
6. Pace Yourself
The struggle for social justice is a marathon, and we all have to figure the best balance for staying engaged in the fight while not going out of our minds. See also: Daniel Henney. And massages.
via SF Weekly
7. Eat Comfort Food
All Mash-Up halmunees have a cure-all to feel better/be less inflamed/sleep well. These recipes are our roots and their preparation is an act of love. Food is one of the ties that bind us, so let yourself be healed by deliciousness.
via NY Times
8. Support The Free Press
Read the whole letter and feel safer because you know the free press is fighting for you. And then buy a subscription.
We believe there is an objective truth, and we will hold you to that. When you or your surrogates say or tweet something that is demonstrably wrong, we will say so, repeatedly. Facts are what we do, and we have no obligation to repeat false assertions; the fact that you or someone on your team said them is newsworthy, but so is the fact that they don’t stand up to scrutiny.
via Columbia Journalism Review
9. Keep An Authoritarian List
Keep a list of things that are subtly changing around you so that you remember your standards and your values. It will keep us from bending to fear.
via Amy Siskind @ Medium
10. Watch Movies With Black Female Stars
We need more entertainment that reflects the important contributions of Mash-Ups to America, and more films that reflect the rich diversity of our country. The kids that see “Hidden Figures”? They will never doubt that Black women can be stars. Hollywood shouldn’t, either.
via The Atlantic
11. Practice Grace
When they go low, we go high.
via Washington Post
12. Fight Like Hell
Speak the truth. Don’t go along with things that feel wrong. Simple as that.via
via Meet The Press
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