RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

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Family Action Toolkit

Make it easy for kids to explore social justice issues to step into their power as activists for change.

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Stay Curious, Stand Brave & Smash The Kyriarchy

Choose Your Adventure

Oh hey. I uhhh…failed.

I tried to do too many things? And now I’m a little behind.

Luckily January is for building tenacity, endurance and resilience. Which we can’t really practice until we stumble, fall, and fail. I’m not sure if irony is quite the thing I’m feeling here, so much as complexity. Because no matter how tenacious and hard-working we are, what we need to stay afloat is just not available to us.

Maybe we’ve got grit up the wazoo, but just don’t have enough power, enough resources, enough time to keep fighting.

Sometimes the car breaks down, the trains stop, the grocery closes early, the kid comes home barfing, and everyone needs urgent attention in the same 24 hours.

Doesn’t matter how talented, resilient and hard-working we are, at some point things are beyond our control. SO, with that, let’s get started with this grand new year and all the possibilities it brings. Along with the intent to be tenacious and do our best while staying flexible – that’s good stuff.

But also, don’t beat yourself up if hard work alone isn’t enough to claw your way through injustice, glass ceilings, and stacked odds.

I appreciate the heck out of you, being here, doing the work you’re doing in the world, igniting that next generation of luminaries.

​​I like you and want you to be okay. Take a moment to feel loved.

Right now. DO IT. YOU ARE ADORED.

With you,

Ashia R.

January Explorations

Ageism &
Older Adults

How can kids learn about self-advocacy and resilience from elder activists?

Tricksters &
Cultural Fluency

How do we show care in the way we consume and share each other’s stories?

Body Diversity
& Acceptance

Which assumptions do we need to unpack and release to accept ourselves as we are?

Tenacity
& Resilience

The risks of 'growth mindset, grit & hustle' fads in erasing privilege & systemic oppression.

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Event Calendar

Don't try to do it all! Pick one event and build upon what you learned together next year.

1

Jan

Gregorian New Year

Kick off this year exploring self-identity, getting back up after failure, and leading with integrity.

5

jan

George Washington Carver Day

What a great day to discuss the intersections of food acessibility + Black futures + climate justice.

16

jan

Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Raising tenaciously resilient kids means showing them what’s possible – along with our responsibility to carry on our ancestors' legacy to keep fighting for civil rights.

21-25

jan

Coldest Days of the Year (on average)

On those longest, most bitter cold days, we can be a kinder and more patient with ourselves even while hope feels slim and far away.

22

jan

Lunar New Year

A new year holiday exploring themes of loss and letting go along with longevity, luck, and raising a ruckus.

27

jan

Holocaust Remembrance

Given the upsurge in Holocaust deniers and loud, media-seeking attention of anti-Semites and Neo-nazis, we can’t let this horror fade into a dusty part of history.

30

jan

Fred Korematsu Day

How policies like Japanese Internment ripple throughout the Asian community, teaching us that we must always be on guard for scapegoating, xenophobia, and racism in the US justice system.

RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

ABOUT | MISSION | FINANCIALS | ACCOUNTABILITY

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

STAY IN TOUCH

Join the Benevolent Incendiary Society & get a free monthly email update with helpful book collections

Get free monthly email notifications when I add new resources to our Family Action Toolkits

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Volunteer to screen board books with your toddler and get a free LBT membership.

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"I’m so glad I’ve found this amazing safe space to learn, read, try new things, and know that there are other amazing people like you who totally have my back and are rooting for me."

Cassi M. Member since 2018

STEP 4: ASSESS YOUR CAPACITY

Step Into Your Power: Take Action

Learning and talking is great - but nothing will change until we take action. Whether it's time, money, or influence - we all have something we can share to change the world.

This is who we are. This is the power we hold. This is how we show up.

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Protect the Indian Child Welfare Act

ICWA, the policy that prevents Indigenous children from being ripped from their communities, is under attack in the Supreme Court.

Why is the oil industry funding it? To chip away at Indigenous sovereignty so Indigenous land can be seized for new pipelines.

I really really appreciate the specific asks (reply, donate, click a button) as I can do them right away without getting overwhelmed. My brain (which I’ve only recently learned is actually NOT broken, but just adhd) wants to “get involved” but then turns that into bigger and bigger and bigger plans until suddenly I’m paralyzed and it’s two months later and I’ve already hit the bottom of the overwhelm-shame-avoidance spiral.

Having a small, do-it-right-away step helps interrupt the spiral so that the next small step is more doable.

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RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

ABOUT | MISSION | FINANCIALS | ACCOUNTABILITY

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

STAY IN TOUCH

Join the Benevolent Incendiary Society & get a free monthly email update with helpful book collections

Get free monthly email notifications when I add new resources to our Family Action Toolkits

HELP

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY

SHOP

Posts may contain affiliate links and  sponsorships, which allow me to earn a commission at no extra cost to you.

AFFILIATE POLICY

PARTNERS IN CAHOOTS

TOPICS

CONTACT

Sponsor or Volunteer to contribute to this toolkit and keep it free for everybody.

Volunteer to screen board books with your toddler and get a free LBT membership.

You’re welcome to share & boost this toolkit, with attribution to Raising Luminaries.

Raising Luminaries is anchored in the land of the Wampanoag & Massachusett People.
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