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Family Movie Night is on Strike

We're post-poning Family Movie Night rants until studio executives provide fair contracts to actors and writers. Instead - let's talk about labor rights!

Hi Friends!

Have you had any fun this summer?

If not, don’t beat yourself up about it.

Is it just me, or is there all of this… pressure to get out and DO stuff while school is out?

Enrich your children with trips away from home! Go outside and do sunshine! Learn to swim! Join a sports!

Since becoming a parent, I’ve felt this pressure to CREATE MEMORIES so my kids don’t resent me for leaving them in the basement to mindlessly watch other people play videogames on youtube.

But also they don’t want to leave the house, they whine when I suggest touching grass, and also: The air is poison now, who can afford to leave the house these days(?!) and at 9 and 11, the Earthquakes are no longer wildly excited for simple walks around the block.

Which is why we’re continuing our family movie nights. Seems like the least I can do to carve out a space on the sofa and stream a free movie together.

But Hollywood workers are on strike, and promoting movies right now is probably not a good idea. So let’s postpone new Family Movie Night rants until the folks who work hard to entertain us get a fair work contract.

Coming up next:

I’ll be back next week with a sneak peek for our September Family Action Toolkit.

Meanwhile, enjoy these last few weeks of summer!

(Or don’t! It’s okay to not have to make the most out of every moment and just survive!)

With you,

– Ashia

PS: Join the Stories that Save Us workshop on September 8th to embrace personal storytelling as a path to radical progress both personally and for our communities.

PPS: Thanks to you, students in Ms. Trieu’s class who can’t afford breakfast and menstural products can now focus on learning!!! Thank you, friends, for supporting them!

PPPS: Let’s learn from our mistakes together – join the Failure Party!


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