Thank you to everyone who supported our #Famine Relief Appeal. So far we have raised over $460 000, of which $428 035 qualify for matching funding from the Canadian Government’s Famine Relief Fund.⠀
Our partners are in South Sudan, as well as in northern Kenya and Uganda where people affected by conflict and famine have sought refuge. Close to $50,000 have already been sent to the #Jesuit Eastern Africa Province, supporting feeding programs in South Sudan and Kenya. Food is being distributed to children in local primary schools and to families in need. This initial amount is expected to reach almost 3,000 people.⠀
In South Sudan, the work is carried out by the Diocese of Rumbek which is making it possible to reach people through the schools. And in northern Kenya the Jesuits are working in collaboration with the local church, the Franciscan Sisters of St Joseph and the Nazareth Sisters, who have a long-standing presence in the area. We will continue to support these programs in the upcoming months.⠀
This work would not be possible without your support and solidarity. Please continue to pray for those affected by the current food crisis, and encourage others to support those in need.⠀
Pictured: Food distribution in Northern Kenya⠀
Photo credit: Jesuit Eastern Africa Province⠀
Friends! It's (unofficially) official: the Resist! bake and booch sale is a go. Details tba, stay tuned! For now, know that you can expect to find #pies like this #vegan#pachysephalosaurus#smashwhitesupremacy nectarine cherry #pie , #veganchocolate from @woohooannie, unspecified yummy something or other from @candyflavordlies and #local#kombucha from @pilotkombucha. Want to participate? DM me! Proceeds will be donated to a Charlottesville organization opposing white supremacy (also tba- open to suggestions!) This is it, people (especially WHITE people). Make your voices heard. Use your privilege to stand up for what's right. Join me in the fight to SMASH WHITE SUPREMACY. #resist !
So last night we hit the milestone we'd expected to come in about five weeks time for end of term. 500kg // HALF A TONNE of food donated to Revive to give out to those our local community. We've upped our goal now to donate a tonne of food by the end of term 💪🏼
"HOW TO SAVE CLASSICAL MUSIC, ACCORDING TO STEPHEN HOUGH 🎵
"As the genre faces tough economic times, the acclaimed pianist is rethinking how to perform, present, & market it.
By TOM JACOBS, Aug. 18, 2017 🎵
"Hough, the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant, conveys a quiet authority. The Economist called him one of the world's leading polymaths, a designation that indicates he is deeply knowledgeable about many subjects.
"Besides being one of the most acclaimed classical pianists in the world, he is also a painter, poet, and writer of prose; he provided the unusually eloquent program notes for the recital he performed the following evening. 🎵
"A gay Roman Catholic, he is awaiting the publication of his first novel, which centers around a priest who goes on retreat after losing his faith and being blackmailed by a prostitute.
"He has given considerable thought in recent years as to how to get more people interested in the classical repertoire. Sitting around a picnic table on the bucolic campus of the Music Academy of the West, he shared some of his ideas. 🎵
"They include—as that aforementioned comment suggests—convincing musicians to conceive of concerts as theatrical experiences; getting rid of intermissions, among other musty traditions; and, perhaps most intriguingly, marketing classical music for what it is: a challenging art form that is very much worth the commitment and effort. 🎵
"Ironically, just as programs like the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Youth Orchestra Los Angeles are proving classical music can be a strong force for social good, the art form is facing tough economic times. In recent years, a number of American orchestras have folded—including, most recently, Montecito's neighboring Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. It's clearly a time for new thinking, and Hough is happy to provide it."
Article: https://psmag.com/social-justice/how-to-save-classical-music 🎵
Photo: http://pianofortephilia.blogspot.com/2011/11/?m=1 🎵
Devastated by the hate still so present in this world. White supremacy is not okay. One concrete action we can take is to donate to organizations that fight racial and social injustice, like the @splcenter or to sign their petition to get Trump to own up to the influence of white supremacy in Charlottesville. #blacklivesmatter#charlottesville
Devastated by the hate still so present in this world. White supremacy is not okay. One concrete action we can take is to donate to organizations that fight racial and social injustice, like the @splcenter or to sign the petition to get Trump to own up to there of white supremacy in Charlottesville. #blacklivesmatter#charlottesville
"I am the resistance, I am my ancestor's wildest dream, I am the oppressors worst nightmare, I am here to serve, I am here to fight, I am here to break the system down, I am here to change this narrative, I am here to tell this story" -Dr. Mark Carnero on social justice and expanded learning
Photo by @mikosw
We can't wait to see everyone next week at Rodano's! Even better, we've got some fantastic raffles for you, including 2 tickets to see Luke Bryan in concert September 6th at Montage Mountain! These are great seats - section 103, row R. We'll see you at happy hour with this and a few other great raffles! These tickets were donated by Live Nation on behalf of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Last comment on race relations before I put my insta-mouth to rest...I hear a lot of #blackpeople saying "I am not my ancestors," rendering the social justice efforts of former generations too passive to be worthwhile and it breaks my heart because it does the same thing the racism of their era did to them- it devalues their humanity. 😔This is a picture of my ancestors, black citizens of Cuba's first republic, who created schools and other #community institutions to #uplift black Cubans; formed the FIRST black political party in the Americas ✊🏿, who took part in building their nation broadly through civic engagement; exercised their worth by holding positions that were deemed dignified (in this picture there are journalists, teachers and lawyers, for example); held their families together by any means necessary in the aftermath of a slave system that made that kind of stability impossible; and took posed pictures like this to evidence their #beauty and #poise 🙌🏾 . I show you this picture because it is my particular history but there are similar histories and images of black people from all countries in the Western Hemisphere, including the United States. I also show this picture because in 1912, these individuals and thousands of other Cubans of color were massacred, for building and personifying the kind of #Cuba they thought all #Cubans deserved: a self-determining Cuba. More than a hundred years later, my loud-mouth right to protest and make demands is standing on the foundations of their dignified reserve, which was willful as much as it was coerced by the era's racism and imperialism. My point is, don't let racists make you deny a beautiful, powerful legacy, one that you and all #Americans benefit from every day. You ARE your ancestors. Be grateful. 🙏🏾 #IAmMyAncestors 🙌🏾 #History#AfroCuban#CubanHistory#BlackHistory#AfroLatino#Black#Latino#CivilRights#SocialJustice#Cuban#BlackLivesMatter#Ancestors#Legacy#SoyMisAncestros#Racism#Dignity#SelfDetermination#SelfRespect#SocialJustice#Sovereignty#CivilSociety#Gratitude
Shout out 2 the blatant sexism of high school, once again hindering female education and imposing more double standards and telling me that I must change myself because males just can't control themselves and aren't held accountable for their actions. I've been sexually harassed twice this week, and I blame the society that tells me if I don't remain placid and look a certain way, it's my fault if a male hurts me. You may not realize how things like dress codes at school at schools add to this, but they do. They add to the enabling of rapists and the oppression of females. Stop looking the other way. Be loud. Stand up. Don't ever let a male disrespect you.
Eleven months after we took this pic, terrorists attacked the spot where we stood.
We were on London Bridge. That particular attack happened right outside the building I’d interned in during college, and Brandon and I were back there on a 2 week European vacation last summer.
We’ve all been in spots that have later faced tragedy. We've all interacted with and been part of communities who have been hurt and degraded, both physically and emotionally.
At the end of weeks like this, I like to think less about the what if and more about the what next. I can’t stop racism. I sure as hell can’t stop terrorism. I can’t stop the fact that my brown friends get disproportionately “randomly” searched at airports, that men talk over me and my female friends, that we seem to keep having the same global dialogue a lot lately with very little large scale change.
The most I can do is ask questions (of myself, not just others), be kind, be grateful for what I have (side note…I am incredibly grateful for the man in this photo), and use my opportunity and voice. I can act alongside you all for small steps in social change. And I find time and time again that together, we get sh** done...however small, it WILL add up to something big.
Here’s to a safe and hopefully peaceful weekend my friends. My heart tonight goes out to everyone whose hearts are hurting from Barcelona, Charlottesville, and more.
Shout out to all the people who used the common sense they were born with that enabled them with the foresight to know what Trump presidency would be about before the election, were vocal against the bigotry, ignorance, and hatred that he spewed in his rhetoric, and have been active in shaping history as it is being made. (Kevin Durant voice) Y'all the real MVP's. ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻 #mvp#patyourselfontheback#moreworktobedone#dumptrump
The books are beginning to arrive!Thank you so much to everyone who donated to this project back in May! It means so much to have a classroom library that reflects the beautiful diversity of our country. ♥️📚
Last Saturday, I went back and forth with ideas for what kind of coverage I could do that would be of service to the public. I knew there would be people experiencing trauma; I thought about children processing the events and what resources parents might need. I thought about the growing effort in Richmond be a "trauma informed community" and the advocates who work year-round on racial and social justice.
The story I produced pivots quite a few times - I probably tried to fit in too much. But hopefully it gets people thinking about the complexities of trauma and white supremacy, of privilege and self-care, while also sharing some of the ways community members have come together, in-person and online, to help and support each other.
Link to story in profile. Photo taken at Sunday evening vigil at Richmond's Reconciliation statue.
During a pivotal time in the field of historic preservation – and in our nation’s history – how can preservation be used as a tool for social justice? PRC's Danielle Del Sol discusses the power of storytelling with @savingplaces and explains how the PRC’s Preservation in Print magazine spotlights the diverse histories of the many different groups that call New Orleans home.
Read the article by following the link in or profile!
"En México las universidades públicas son básicamente gratuitas para los nacionales pero todos no tienen la oportunidad de recibir una educación. Las universidades públicas estan contadas y para entrar los estudiantes deben de cumplir los requisitos de un buen promedio y puntuaje en el examen de admisíon. La semana pasada estudiantes recibieron sus resultados del examen y algunos tuvieron la mala noticia de que no serán aceptados por ninguna universidad pública porque no cumplieron el puntuaje necesario. Aunque pueden ir a una universidad privada los gastos son extremadamente altos y muchos no pueden pagarla. Aquí estos estudiantes protestan por la construcción de más universidades públicas para que la educación pueda ser accesible a todos los que deseen recibir una. @haverford_cpgc #socialjustice#CDMX#protest "
Such a powerful (and important!) message, @daniel13752 🕊📸
Armon M., 11th grade, Oakland High, shares his thoughts on #incomeinequality and the #wealthgap . for more student perspectives on this topic, visit our blog @ http://originofmind.clothing @cal4justice
Do you feel like you have to approach your sexuality in a certain way based on your gender?
Patriarchy teaches men to be a certain way sexually too, not just women. It teaches men that to always be "on" and desire sex, and that they are entitled to women's bodies and receiving pleasure from women. Patriarchy doesn't allow men to just be in their bodies and explore their sexuality however they desire. Because they are taught to be sexual and they deserve sex from women, in particular, men who might feel asexual are shamed and dehumanized. Patriarchy teaches us that our gender and sexuality are connected to our personhood, so when our gender and sexuality falls outside the norm, we may feel less human or "abnormal". We must recognize how gender socialization plays a key role in keeping us from truly owning our sexuality, from owning our bodies, from knowing our bodies, from knowing what feels good to us, from connecting to our true desires, and cultivating non-sexual forms of intimacy. Uncovering the beliefs we have internalized from patriarchal gender socialization is an important pathway to gaining power and freedom within our bodies. We wrote our first blog post about this belief. Click the link in our bio to read it 😍