By MCSWEENEY’S EDITORS APR 21, 2020
After years of shifting political waters and we know that in order to continue to build the power we need in the South, regardless of who controls the White House, we have to be more clear about who and how we are in relationship to each other as Southern people who are working to earn the respect of future generations. Our very lives depend on it.
Common Hymnal is an online library for the spiritual underground, a connecting point for an as-yet-uncoalesced movement around the exchange of songs, stories and ideas. We facilitate this exchange via this site, streaming, play listing, YouTube, social media, a podcast and a Patreon.
Korean American author speaks about her journey to find true self
By Kang Hyun-kyung
Cindy Wilson, author of “Too Much Soul: The Journey of an Asian Southern Belle,” was born I Wol-yang in Seoul and adopted by African-American parents in 1975 when she was a few months old. Her name was changed to Cindy and she was brought to America by her adoptive parents the following year.Unlike some other adoptees who have spent a great deal of time and energy to find their birth parents, Wilson has never tried to find her roots. She said she considers her adoptive parents, not birth parents, to be her true family.
Stephanie O’Neill – in NPR
We’re all experiencing some form of grief these days. As this pandemic progresses, more of us will brush shoulders with loss.
The death of someone you care about deeply can be so gut wrenching and annihilating that you may be left unable to imagine ever regaining your equilibrium. And if you’re there right now, just know you won’t be in that painful place forever. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
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By Brian Wong and edited by Sam Dresser in Psyche
You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!
– Greta Thunberg, 23 September 2019, New York
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I’ve been an organizer all my life. After graduating college, I moved to New Orleans to organize with hotel workers who were fighting for safer working conditions and a living wage. More recently, I had the honor of leading Planned Parenthood and advocating for reproductive justice. In more than 30 years of organizing, the world has changed a lot. But one thing has held true — women are always on the front lines of fighting for what’s right.
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The following essays are reproduced in partnership with McSweeney’s Publishing. Citizens 60 and older share their experiences and reflections related to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Before 36-year-old Rhonda Jones was identified as a murder victim found on April 17th, 2017 in Robeson County, she was simply a daughter, sister, friend and mother. Before headlines, documentaries and controversies surrounded her name, Rhonda was loved by those who knew her best. Her mother, Shelia Price, wants the world to know that there is more to Rhonda’s story than what the media cares to share on the third anniversary of her unsolved death.
Author: Amanda Parrish Morgan | April 15, 2020 Ploughshares at Emerson College
Posted In Critical EssaysSarah Menkedick’s new book, Ordinary Insanity: Fear and the Silent Crisis of Motherhood in America is about fear, of course, and anxiety, but it’s also about community. The book, a mix of interviews, case studies, and memoir, is an examination of maternal fear and its history, causes, repercussions, and implications. In the conversations Menkedick has with new mothers, it becomes clear that the relationship between motherhood and fear is a cycle propelled by isolation and shame: shame about parenting decisions leads to isolation which leads to fear and often, then, to further isolation and shame. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
By Prachi Gupta in Elle
In January, Jennifer Carroll Foy helped end nearly 50 years of inaction on the Equal Rights Amendment by leading a push to make Virginia the final state needed to ratify the landmark women’s rights legislation to the Constitution. Today, the 38 year old freshman state delegate and criminal defense attorney took on an entirely new, historic challenge, announcing she is running to become the next governor of Virginia.
Democracy is more than the system of government. It is a way of life based on our commitment as citizens to the common good. We can assess the vitality of any democracy by looking at its history, its current state, and its potential to serve the hopes and dreams of its people. But the truest measure of its health is how well it is practiced.
A Matter of Spirit (AMOS) is the quarterly justice journal of the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center with analysis, theological reflection and action on justice issues. Our Governing Council selects four topics for the year, which are then given to our Editorial Board to determine articles and writers.
Thriving ecosystems can better support marine and animal life, provide local jobs and food, and reduce carbon emissions. The United Nations considers life on land and life below water to be two of its Global Goals for Sustainable Development. You can join us in taking action on this and related issues here.
Buncombe County has been monitoring Coronavirus/COVID-19 since it was first announced as a potential threat. The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. As such, our Public Health department is partnering with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, health care providers, and first responders to watch and respond to this evolving situation.
For people who have questions about COVID-19 in Buncombe County, please call (828) 419-0095.
As a writer in Savannah, Ga., Alice Louise Staman profiled women who greatly contributed to her community but were overlooked by the gaze of history.
According to the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children. The key is to start reading to them at birth.
These STEM superstars literally changed everything.
By Colleen Curry February 2017 Global Citizen
We introduced two Youth Poet Laureates over Zoom. Dive into their conversation in Lily Lines at the Washington Post – Story by Madeline Weinfield, Illustrations by Maria Alconanda Brooks
You probably know that there is a United States Poet Laureate, but you would be forgiven for never having heard of the Youth Poet Laureate. This country has had a Poet Laureate for nearly a century, but it took until 2017 to formally celebrate the work of young poets with an official title. It was Urban Word, one of the oldest youth literary arts organizations in America, that instituted the position, utilizing panels of esteemed writers to select a Youth Poet Laureate each year not only for their art, but also for their activism. Featured photo by Hugo Ruiz CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
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