Here & there, vol 2.: checking in

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Here 

Tumult. Travel.

Reading & journaling feels good; sharing words feels harder.

The work: Resilience & Resistance.

How I’m starting (so far): continuing to build community around regional, regenerative fiber systems. Connecting with my loved ones, reaching out to friends who’ve fallen out of touch and have experienced first-hand the fallouts of this brutal vote. Creating things with my hands, nourishing my soul and digesting the waves of emotions and experience. Gathering in the streets in solidarity and in mourning, gathering in safe spaces in joy and in grief. Committing to financial donations and plans for volunteering, organizing, and showing up. Calling my representatives, voicing my concerns, and demanding accountability.

There

Now. is. the. time.

Songs for possibility; a reminder to bolster our courage, compassion, & creativity.

+ 10 ways to fight hate

Where to donate, to begin

And what if the sun doesn’t come out tomorrow? Contemplating darkness & finding the light

Connecting climate change & our closets

A holiday guide for showing up & talking about racism. (really, an anytime guide for dialogue)

Call your people (the elected ones) (here’s a script)

Call your girlfriend (the smart & compassionate ones)

Holding these words close in quiet times & busy hands:

“Quilts, clothing, furniture, sign painting, and the crafts of the building trades all cross political lines, much like food. They also connect deeply to a battered vision of American identity that is in desperate need of a better angel right now. If we’re looking for a way to reach our fellow Americans, to have honest conversations with them about equality and dignity, craft can be a place to begin.”

& now I’m probably off making feminist gingerbread people

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Jess

making things & asking questions

One thought on “Here & there, vol 2.: checking in”

  1. That post on Hyperallergic is so, so good! I’ve been thinking about this a lot; that most of the people I know who are really trying to bring “back” a vibrant, homegrown US economy are also progressive—folks for whom environmentalism and fair wages are just as important as local jobs … maybe a place to start building bridges?
    I think you have it exactly right, we need to both comfort our souls, and show up for what we believe in. I’ve been heartened by all the people I know doing exactly that. Hugs!

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