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Puerto Rico Earthquakes: Relief & Rebuilding
As 2019 came to a close, the earth started shaking and hasn't stopped shaking in Puerto Rico.
My family members are safe, though without power and sleeping outside for fear of their homes collapsing during ongoing aftershocks.
Please spread awareness and reach out to your politicians in order to keep Puerto Rico front of mind.
Please also support organizations offering relief. Below I share three efforts that my family supports. If you’re able, please give and spread the word.
Thank you in advance for your continued prayers and attention.
Giving Tuesday 2018: Get Inspired & Give Generously
"Giving Tuesday" is on November 27th!
According to Wikipedia:
"Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday)."
This relative newbie on the holiday scene is one of my favorites!
November is the perfect time to take care of our family's year-end giving, and the timing really does help balance out the crazy consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Read on to find inspiration in my list of organizations we've supported this year or plan to support on Giving Tuesday.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I have collected picture books--with an emphasis on books that center the stories of underrepresented communities--since long before I became a mother.
In light of the treatment of immigrant families on our southern border, yesterday's Supreme Court decision to uphold the President's Muslim ban, and today's announcement about Justice Kennedy's retirement, I'm sharing a few picture books that speak to the issues of the day.
Yo Soy Muslim, My Diary from Here to There, Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx, I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes her Mark, A is for Activist, and A de Activista are some of the books I'm sharing with my son these days.
They are also the books helping me believe in hope.
Now, more than ever, We Need Diverse Books!
I am eternally grateful for the ones below and I hope they will bring you and yours a glimmer of hope. Please share them with the little people in your life and anyone you love who needs a little light in these dark days.
As always, I encourage you to support your local bookstores and libraries! Be sure to ask them to stock these books if they don't already carry them.
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From Muslim and Latino poet Mark Gonzales comes a touching and lyrical picture book about a parent who encourages their child to find joy and pride in all aspects of their multicultural identity.
Dear little one,
…know you are wondrous.
A child of crescent moons,
a builder of mosques,
a descendant of brilliance,
an ancestor in training.
Written as a letter from a father to his daughter, Yo Soy Muslim is a celebration of social harmony and multicultural identities. The vivid and elegant verse, accompanied by magical and vibrant illustrations, highlights the diversity of the Muslim community as well as Indigenous identity. A literary journey of discovery and wonder, Yo Soy Muslim is sure to inspire adults and children alike.
My plan for today was to post Part 3/3 of my Writing & Strategic Planning Retreat Series, but honestly the crisis at the border has kept me up at night this week and I would be remiss to ignore what is happening in our world.
Imagining children ripped from their parents' arms and detained without a plan for reuniting them with their families is more than we should be able to bear.
And yet... here we are...
So instead of chatting about writing and planning today, I've decided to re-share a FB post that touches on how this has hit home, and, more importantly, that outlines concrete ways you can help.
I have also expanded upon the original post here with even more ways that you can DO something today. And tomorrow. And the next day.
Please keep in mind that the President's Executive Order allows for indefinite detention of families... trading one trauma for another.
Letting families out on bond while they await their immigration hearings is an option, but the President prefers to present imprisonment as the only option.
We ALL have to DO right now.
We have to Speak Out.
We have to Take to the Streets.
We have to give as much MONEY as we possibly can to those organizations on the front-lines fighting for these families.
Do not succumb to those feelings of helplessness and overwhelm.
We have to to ACT. Then ACT again. And again. And again. Until this insanity is done.
Not in our Name, Comunidad. Not in our Name.
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