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September Resource Roundup

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This September we’re slowing down and working sustainably

Hellooo friends!

This month, we’re celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, acknowledging hard challenges to come with hope, and exploring what it means to work sustainably.

Below each discussion guide, we include a short list of doable, family-friendly calls-to-actions.

We’ll start with stories to introduce challenges we’re facing together. Then we’ll brainstorm small actions that little kids can handle. You are here, which means you are a curious doer yourself. So, I hope you’ll share your family’s favorite small actions in the comments below.


We’re starting a new chapter for Raising Luminaries in 2022!

Please bear with me through the hinky bursts of silence this autumn as I work with Bellamy of Revolutionary Humans to create a sustainable series of guides and resources in 2022 toward raising kind, courageous, and revolutionary leaders to smash the kyriarchy.

We all need space to orchestrate good endings. Expect silence (maybe no roundups) for October & November as we hustle to create something new for you in 2022.

The resources below are sure to keep you busy for way more than a few months. But if you want to follow along as we test and pilot new resources, get access to the behind the scenes updates here.

 


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Parenting is Praxis: September Edition

We don’t expect you to read ALL THE BOOKS and help kids UNDERSTAND ALL THE THINGS in one month. I certainly can’t! Pick one topic, knit them together, or just keep them in your pocket and look for ways to tie them into your conversations throughout the year.

Just keep pushing a tiny bit beyond your comfort zone and crack that noggin’ open just wide enough to let a little light shine in.

Need help explaining big ideas? Check out our Luminary Wordbank, where we’ve got simple kid-friendly definitions for big concepts.

 


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9/6/21 Is Labor Day

Undocumented the paper kingdom on our way to oyster bay

Read:

Discuss:

  • Choose one product your family invests in (example: a new backpack or school supplies).
  • With a web search, how difficult is it to find the following information:
    Where did you buy it? Who transported it to you? Who assembled it? Who gathered the materials from the earth?
  • Is it difficult to find out whether all of these people were paid enough to support their families? What are their working conditions like?

Take Action:

  • If you hire childcare, house cleaners, or work for a company who hires cleaners and care workers – how can you incorporate the principles of the National Domestic Workers Alliance? Whether it’s sharing transparent family policies on how you will support your sitter after exposure to Covid to using your vote to empower care workers, there’s something in there for everybody.

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:

 


9/6 to 9/8/21 Is Rosh Hashanah and 9/15 to 9/16/21 is Yom Kippur

new year at the pier Many Mysteries of the Finkel Family

Read:

Discuss: (See resources below if you need help)

  • Why does apologizing feel difficult?
  • Practice a 3-part apology
  • Discuss what it means to forgive

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:

 


9/8/21 is Indigenous Women’s Equal Pay Day

classified My Wounded Island We are water protectors Sixties Scoop

An Indigenous woman must work an extra nine months and eight days each year to get paid the compensation of a white dude.

We’ll talk more about some of the generational trauma that holds Indigenous women back below for #OrangeShirtDay, and we have resources to end Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls in May’s resources. But for now, we’ll focus on how we weaponize displacement and uncertainty to prevent Indigenous women from tapping into generational resources and wealth.

The methods colonizers and settlers have used to disempower Indigenous women has taken many forms over the years, including introducing decimating viruses, violent displacement, cultural genocide, and laws and policies that encouraged mercenaries to kill and drive out Indigenous people. Pair that with broken treaties, separating families, and modern laws that give colonizers immunity when committing violence against Indigenous people, we begin to understand that all displacement – both active and as a consequence of our negligence and greed – have generational impacts on vulnerable people, particularly women and femmes.

These days, the most socially ‘acceptable’ way we displace and target Indigenous people is to steal land for the purpose of developing highways, buildings, and oil pipelines.

Read:

Discuss:
Settlers, remember this is not an exercise in shame, but to acknowledge the invisible opportunities and advantages we’ve gained at the expense of Indigenous women & girls. So we can stop doing harm and create more opportunities for all.

  • Why do you think so few books are written by and about Indigenous women? Why are there so few about Indigenous women in STEAM and other highly-paid industries?
  • What is displacement?
  • People are not displaced without a cause. What is displacing them? Who is using their power to displace them?
  • Talk about how your family gained wealth and opportunities for employment, and how these opportunities would have been different if you had to work not just on that but also trauma from people ejecting you from home, you had been ripped away from your family, or if you were currently in fear of being hunted down and killed.
  • When have your ancestors taken advantage of social connections and mastery of common cultural language to find a job or get hired?
  • How have your ancestors relied on solid roots – steady access to education, childcare, healthcare, transportation, and housing to successfully find a job, work towards a pay raise, or start and grow a business?
  • Imagine your home and community is to be destroyed by a natural disaster within the next year. How will that interrupt your family’s ability to pay the bills? What parts of your life would you have to start from scratch?

Take Action:

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:


9/8/21 is Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesha's Sweet Tooth 10 Gulab Jamuns

This month we’re learning about (but not appropriating!) Ganesh Chaturthi.

This festival celebrates Ganesh, the famed elephant-headed god of new beginnings, remover of obstacles, wisdom, and intelligence. He’s also wild about sweets, so reading stories about him is an accessible gateway for non-Hindu kids to learn about the significance and principles of Hinduism.

Read

Discuss:

  • Use Get to Know Ganesh from Mango & Marigold as you read stories about Ganesh.
  • As kids if they can spot common visual and cultural signifiers of Ganesh across stories about him.

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:

 


Around 9/8/21 is Asthma Peak Week (Please take it seriously)

Clean it!Abby's Asthma and the big racethe lion who had asthma

Even if no one in your family has asthma, this is your chance to be a good ally for folks with breathing disabilities!

Peak week is the sneaky time of year when folks with asthma get hit particularly hard and are vulnerable to sudden and deadly asthma attacks. Please take this seriously.

It occurs on or around the second week of September when you’re enjoying the moderate weather and busy worrying about other things. Because of climate change, we’re anticipating it to arrive early and last longer than usual.

Read validating books for kids with asthma:

  • Clean It! (Ages 2-5) Normalizing characters with asthma.
  • Abby’s Asthma and the Big Race (Ages 4-8) Presuming competence, validating and empowering for kids with disabilities. Whether or not you care about asthma, this is such a good find! The story is not just validating for kids with asthma, it also validates the experience of disabled people dealing with friends, teachers, and family who assume folks with disabilities don’t know their own limits.
  • The Lion Who Had Asthma (Ages 1-5) If you’ve ever struggled to get a tot to sit still for nebulizer treatments, Our kiddo enjoyed this at 3.5, and it was all he needed to understand his how treatments help with fun make-pretend scenarios to pass the time in his treatments.

Discuss:

  • Educate non-asthmatic kids on what asthma is, and how to support a friend who is having trouble breathing.
  • But also dismantle myths that suggest kids with asthma are weak or incapable. People with disabilities know their own bodies best!
  • Let kids with asthma (even mild and infrequent) know about peak week, so they can pay attention to their bodies. You know how some kids get so distracted by fun, they don’t realize they need to pee and wet their pants? This is like that, but with deadly consequences.
  • Talk about your kid’s favorite sport or music genre (both of which require advanced breathing control), and find a few examples of successful people in this genre who live with asthma.

Take Action:

  • Presume competence and encourage kids to pay attention to their bodies’ messages. When our kid isn’t showing signs of labored breathing, but he tells us he needs his inhaler, we believe him and we get the damn inhaler!
  • Educate recess monitors, sports directors, and educators on the earlier, subtle signs of labored breathing and pending asthma attacks. Since most schools require inhalers be kept in a nurse’s office, you’ll need to account for the time to whisk a child to the nurse and for them to locate and administer medication.
  • Set aside time before peak week to check the expiration dates of medications and inhalers, and to get extra refills for sports activities and classrooms.

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:

 


9/15 through 10/15 is Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month

Let’s read more books by #OwnVoices Latinx authors!

Red Panda and Moon BearLucía the luchadorahttps://bookshop.org/a/1122/9780823437542

Read:

  • Red Panda and Moon Bear (Ages 8-12) Poppy, goofy, and a supportive, healthy, positive sibling relationship. So good!
  • Lucía the Luchadora (Ages 3-7) A little girl inspired by her kickass grandma and cultural heritage taking up space, and asserting herself? Yes please.
  • Octopus Stew (Ages 4-8) Fun, whimsical, and smashing elder stereotypes with a boomer grandma who doesn’t fall into the typical kidlit grandma stereotypes.

Discuss:

  • What does it mean to identify as Latinx? What’s the difference between identifying as Latinx, Hispanic and Spanish?
    Not all Spanish-speaking or ethnically Spanish people are culturally Latinx! Not all Latinx people are Hispanic!
  • Why is it important to refer to individual people by the way they self-identify?
    Indigenous people from what is currently known as Central & South America may prefer their Indigenous tribe’s label over the labels put on them by colonizers. A Chicanx or Mestiza may claim specific identities over umbrella terms like ‘Latinx’ that blurs the line between Indigenous people, settlers, and colonizers. Latino folks clinging to the gender binary get huffy about the term ‘Latinx.’ And so on.
  • How has Spanish colonization of what is currently called Central and Southern America impacted the cultures and identities of people Indigenous to these places?
  • How did kidnapping and enslaving people (African people to the west, Indigenous people from Turtle Island to Europe, Central, and South America) shape the modern Latinx identity? How did enslavers use displacement as a weapon to control and exploit enslaved people?
  • What does it mean to identify as Afrolatinx? How do Afrolatinx and Afrocaribbean identities intersect, and what’s the difference?
  • What stereotypes and assumptions do we make about Latinx people and cultures? What stories and shows have we picked these ideas up from?

Actions:

  • For parents: Learn how colonization sparked the legacy of modern domestic violence and generational trauma from Latinx Parenting’s Ending Chancla Culture (your enrollment fee supports Latina decolonizing educators.)

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:


9/21 is the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

This is one of our favorite holidays. We keep it low-key. No gifts, no traveling, just staying up a little late, maybe taking a lantern stroll, and enjoying a tasty dinner together, and moon gazing with snacks.

big mooncake for little stara shadow in the moon

Read:

Discuss:

  • Depending on who is telling the story, Chang’e is either a selfish harpy or a self-sacrificing martyr.
    • Why do you think people choose to depict her in such opposing ways?
    • How does the virtue of self-sacrifice or the shortcomings of selfishness tie in with other cultural Chinese stories you’ve read?
    • How are these traits viewed within your own family?
  • Depending on who is telling the story, Hou Yi is either an abusive husband or a gentle and brave husband.
    • Why do you think people choose to depict him in such opposing ways?
    • How does the virtue of bravery and gentleness, or the shortcomings of reckless aggression tie in with other cultural Chinese stories you’ve read?
    • How are these traits viewed within your own family?
  • Many of the Americanized adaptations of non-American traditional stories are defanged and sanitized. Characters become all good or all bad, and nice people get happy endings. Why do American storytellers make these changes?
  • The story of Chang’e and Hou Yi is about accepting boundaries and obstacles in a relationship. What obstacles have kept you from being with your family these past two years?
  • What virtue are kids supposed to take from the story of the moon rabbit (self-sacrifice to a point of giving up his life for someone’s meal). Do you agree or disagree with his choice? Why?

Take Action:

For our family, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is a time to connect with family, appreciate what we’ve received this year, and brace ourselves for the winter ahead. There’s way more to it than a love story, a cute rabbit, and lanterns.

If this holiday is not a part of your culture or your heritage, please don’t appropriate it!

HOWEVER: You can learn from it!

We have an easier time letting go of the more toxic colonist family traditions we’ve inherited from previous generations (like the commercialization of Christmas, the cruel destruction of Halloween, and the sanitizing of genocide against Indigenous people on Thanksgiving) because we have a connection with other family holidays and traditions.

For US settlers who haven’t been able to let go of the myth of a ‘first thanksgiving’ – because you don’t want to let go of that family tradition of connection and gratitude, try this: Learn more about your family’s history, your ancestral traditions, and see if you can celebrate and find connection and celebration in these events.

Ancestors around the world have developed gorgeous, meaningful, lovely seasonal land-based acknowledgements and celebrations of the transition from summer to autumn. If you look, you’ll be able to find and reclaim practices that have personal meaning for your family – without fetishizing or minimizing our traditions.

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:


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9/30 is Orange Shirt Day

When we were aloneWhen I was EightNot my girl

The Carlisle Indian Industrial School, founded by colonialist and white supremacist Richard Henry Pratt in 1879, founded this and 26 other schools like it on this motto:

“All the Indian there is in the race should be dead. Kill the Indian in him, and save the man.”

That, my friends, is how white supremacy veils violence as charity. These ‘schools’ were designed to obliterate Indigenous children throughout Turtle Island – destroying their culture, family ties, and  indoctrinating the next generation into white supremacy and white culture. This is genocide.

Read:

Discuss:

  • What is trauma?
  • What is generational trauma?
  • What does it mean when a targeted person affirms: “Our existence is our resistance“?
  • Whose responsibility is it to speak the truth about history and injustice?

Take Action:

  • Tell your schools, communities, and friends about #OrangeShirtDay: Why we observe it, and the impact of residential schools on Indigenous people today.

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:

 


This September, let’s Dismantle the Wealth Gap

Everything Naomi Loved Maddi's Fridge Mimi's Village

Read:

Discuss:

  • What is the wealth gap? Why is it growing larger every year?
  • What is food insecurity? Why do some people have plenty of food, and some don’t have enough?
  • What is healthcare accessibility? Why do some have access to health care, but others don’t?
  • What is gentrification? How is it a form of displacement?
  • What is saviorism? How is it different from allyship or accomplice work?

Take Action:

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:

 


Alternative Kid-Directed Schooling

With our neurodiverse family and the challenges of enrolling our kids in public school, we’re choosing to do self-directed home schooling this year. It’s not for everybody, (it’s not particularly ideal for us) and it’s not any ‘better’ than other types of education.

We are lucky enough to have the privileges and resources to practice alternative schooling, and for it to be the least-traumatizing and risk-averse option for us. Not everyone has the resources to explore education alternatives.

No matter what education path you end up on, I hope you and your unique kids are able to find a method that helps your kids feel like safe and valuable members of the community.

So with that, here are some books to kick us off in our particular flavor of Bumblebee Hollow Academy 2021-2022: Luminary Lessons!

Weslandia InkOn a magical do-nothing Day

Read:

Discuss with kids:

  • What do each of our kids want to achieve in life?
  • What education will we need to make that possible?
  • What rights should every kid have to access a quality education?
  • What type of education works best for our family?
  • What barriers do we face getting the type of education that works best for us?
  • What resources do we have available to educate ourselves?
  • Do we like our education to be:
    • Self-directed or orchestrated by someone else?
    • By myself, with a partner, or in a group?
    • Uninterrupted, or would it be helpful to have someone check in with me?
    • Built into everyday life, or lessons during a special time of each day or week?
  • How will I know if the type of education I’m practicing is working for me? What results are we looking for? How can we measure them?

Take Action

  • Is someone shaming you for the decisions you’re making on your kid’s education? Tell them to fuck off.

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:


What is ‘healthy’ masculinity?

The Earthquakes have assembled an impressive identity as a kickass team – ‘The Brothers’ that steps far beyond the toxic boundaries of masculinity that I grew up with.

So many feminist books focus on expanding the boundaries and constrictions of toxic femininity. Few progressive authors are willing to rely on anything but a tokenized girl of color kicking ass and juggling lab equipment to explore gender futures.

Even as the Earthquakes explore gender outside masculinity, I want them to have a firm handle on what it means to be a boy, or a man, or anything leaning in the constellation of masculinity, in a healthy society.



 

Good Finds for September (with a reservation)

Welcome to mini-good finds! You can keep track of great new finds as we add them to the in-progress best books of  2021, but these are a few of our the good reads we found last month.

R2’s Favorite: Ruby’s Reunion Day Dinner (ages 3.5-7)

Ruby's reunion day dinnerValidating for young kids who want to help but tend to… get in the way during busy times, R2 loved this summer read, particularly in the midst of starting his first lemonade stand business.

If you like this, check out more stories for little kids frustrated with feeling small and powerless and handpicked favorites by actual 7-year-olds.


 

Q’s Favorite: Mup (Ages 8-12)  For critical discussion

Mup

Or maybe don’t.

Q enjoyed the time travel, adventure, message against climate-devastating oil consumption and Mup’s character growth about self-identity as she approaches puberty. I did too!

HOWEVER. Controversy! There were many things we found problematic with this book. I went on a little rant about it that went far too long, so I’m just gonna sum it up into a few points and let you do your own digging.

It’s fine for kids to enjoy the goofy adventures created by white people unimpeded by racialized trauma. But for white readers in particular – this comes with the responsibility of recognizing bias, naming it, and committing to not replicating this harm.

Problematic: Brownface.

This book was published in 2020. How on earth does a white lady not pause before writing a character based on her very white sister (that rich white girl slouch! That level-10 Patagonia-fleece whiteness!) and then paint her brown for no apparent reason other than a grab at the ‘diversity’ market?

Problematic: Tampering brownface with proximity of whiteness.

BIPOC have light eyes all the time, it’s normal! The thing is they’re not any more or less acceptable or beautiful than those with darker coloring. Just in case Mup having flufflier hair and darker skin than white readers would be comfortable with, Graegg drew Mup with light skin and green eyes. How exotic! All the diversity points of brownface, with the subtle ‘but she’s pretty’ message that remind BIPOC that in white supremacy culture, fairer BIPOC are easier on the eyes, and easier to empathize with.

Problematic: Zero effort to embrace Mup’s appropriated Blackness beyond looks

In appropriating a Black-presenting character and implying she’s multiracial, the very least Graegg could have done was run this book past a Black reader to get notes on what she’s missing. Three girls with kinks and curls just plop bareheaded into sleeping bags and jump up in the morning like the world won’t take them seriously until they take that frizz. Imagine that life!

Problematic: ‘Gotcha’ language

Mup’s dad uses ‘then I got you’ to refer to the phenomena of obtaining Mup. Like she’s a freakin’ Pokemon. Or a token Black family member to prove he’s open-minded. Regardless of race and adoption status – it’s just weird and gross to talk to our kids like we collected them like pogs.

BIPOC who have been collected by a white person who preens over you as a prized element of their social collection, you know exactly what I’m talking about. This language wouldn’t be more than an awkward blip on the radar if it wasn’t a white dad talking to his multiracial / transracially adopted daughter. The implied backstory of adoption, breeding mixed babies to fix your racism, or even just that Warrior Parent nonsense of objectifying kids as catalysts for a parent’s heroic journey – Ick. Ew. Gross. No thank you.

Problematic: Basic Boring Saviorism

The saviorism! A nameless, pan-African tribe has been invaded, colonized, and exploited by a white dude sporting a crown. It’s destroyed their way of life! They are helpless to stop it! Until two Americans show up and save the day within 48 hours.

OH COME THE FUCK ON, ALREADY: Complete lack of self-awareness

Alone, the nebulous, inky, infesting Black Dread (a creeping infestation that pollutes all life that is good and pure on Earth) would be a subtle sign that the author is not at all concerned with our culture’s value on lightness, whiteness, purity culture, and how it forms early bias and racial supremacy on young readers. But capitalizing on a shortcut based in anti-darkness while wearing the face of a Black-presenting character? On top of all the other goof in this book? Yikes.

Like the increased popularity of zombie movies during a refugee crisis and immigration boom, the symbolism of darkness as invading death takes on a deeper tone in the context of a white woman cherry-picking the symbolism of darkness to suit her whims.

Goodness gracious. What. WHAT. I mean we all make mistakes and goof up, cause harm, spread nonsense – but this is a hot messy lasagna of unapologetic privilege and zero self-awareness.

If you don’t have patience for this nonsense, grab some good graphic novels for elementary-aged kids and  inclusive stories handpicked by a kyriarchy-smashing 9-year-old.


My Favorite: Jenny Mei is Sad (ages 4-8)

jenny mei is sadFor fans of The Rabbit Listened and Noah the Narwhal, who need a more concrete narrative for literal thinkers, Jenny Mei is Sad is a short and sweet story for kids who want to support a friend through a tough time.

It’s a ‘best practice’ example for supportive friendship, whether a friend is processing trauma, a big change, or a chronic mental health rough patch.

What I loved most about this book is, like Noah the Narwhal, we accept and validate the experience of people who can still function in everyday life. Those who feel pressured to hide mental health conditions, who maintain a smile to avoid rocking the boat – and those who must still show up and shit done. We still need and deserve support, understanding, and space to lose the façade. We still need friends who aren’t rushing us to ‘get better‘ or feel and behave differently than we do right now. Mad rights!

If you like this, check out Kids Stories of Supportive Friendship and Stories Modeling Solidarity, Allyship & Accomplice Work

 



September Calls To Action:

CTA for Families: Host a Conversation on Kindness

Define kindness and it's importance as a value for your family Revolutionary Humans

[Image& text via Bellamy of Revolutionary Humans: “Kindness as an action. 25 ways to make an impact. Reach in: Define kindness and its importance as a value for your family. RevolutionaryHumans.com]

Reach In

If someone were to ask if you value kindness, certainly your answer would be something like, “Yes! Of course!” But because kindness is often used as a veil to circumvent real effort, take a few minutes to consider what kindness really means to you? How do you define it? Why do you value it? Is there a point at which kindness is either insufficient or impossible? What then? And, what about your kid(s) ask them what kindness means to them and how they show it.

 

Here’s one example:

Someone (at any age) is being mistreated or bullied. We know what kindness isn’t- joining in on the bullying- but do we know what it is? Is it kind to ignore the bullying? Or is kindness the action of speaking up and helping the victim?

 

Apply this logic to larger injustices- think about how your action or inaction shows up.

Today’s action is to bring kindness into focus as a family!

Shared with permission in cahoots with Revolutionary Humans!

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CTA For Kiddos: Increase non-tokenized representation of AAPI in kid’s books

always anjaliChildren’s librarians are typically restricted to ordering books from the catalogues of mainstream publishers (known as the big 4, all white-owned, often caught doing sneaky monopoly-shit, surprise!)

To get #OwnVoices Asian books into wide circulation, we have to purchase & donate copies for community spaces.

If you loved Always Anjali (of course you did, it’s amazing), pre-order a copy of Bravo Anjali or sponsor a copy for the #1001DiverseBooks campaign. The best way to support his small, independent, women-run press is to order directly through the Mango & Marigold website. Bravo Anjali

There’s been a shortage of paper, delays in shipping, which has resulted in skyrocketing costs. Small presses like us have bootstrapped our books entirely and without outside help.

 

It’s been hard. Actually, it’s been impossible. This entire time, we’ve kept our retail costs the same.

 

But we’ve reached a point where we need your help.

Read more about the subversive anti-racist mission of Mango & Marigold from my hangout with Asian America founder, Sailaja J. She’s a member of our patreon community and a friend. We need to support publishers like this if we want better representation in our schools and libraries.

 


CTA For Grownups!

Learn how to be an ally when you witness online abuse with Hollaback

Free Training: Thursday September 9, 2-3pm EST

 “If you’ve ever witnessed someone being abused online, wanted to step in, but had no idea what to do, join this training.”

Enrollment is free. but capped at 5,000 people. Register Here.

 


Listening session for Raising Luminaries Members

open office hours invite with cute doggosTell me: how can I improve these resources for you?

What foundations do we need to cover to help you get your friends and colleagues on board? What care could I provide, and resources could I create that would just solve 2022 and make your freakin’ year?

Tuesday, September 28, 1-4pm EST

Join the patreon community for our autumn listening session. I want to hear from community members on what you need to smash the kyriarchy in 2022!

If you can’t make it for the virtual event, join the Luminary Brain Trust private Facebook group (Luminary+ tiers) to work at your own pace through our hosted thread conversations.

Get access to the zoom info  or sign up for email updates.

[Image: Two adorable friend doggos. Text reads: ‘Let’s hang! Friends, join me for virtual open office hours.]

 


Follow the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network’s #LiberatingWebinars

Check out the 4 Ways to Fight Ableism with Kids Books webinar & resource page to find see the webinar when the recording is up, get access to the slides, and see additional resources.

A recording of Monday, September 30, 2021 webinar will be uploaded here after the ASL and text captioning has been added.

4 ways to fight ableism with kids books

[Image: Cover slide from ‘4 Ways to Fight Ableism with Kids Books’]

 



One more good thing…

[Video description: Cuteness starts around 0:37 and ramps up from there. Q and R2 stooping on a nice day when they were 3 & 5. R2 casually smears a yogurt pop all over himself. Q peels a carrot to death. R2 references a favorite book ‘Preschool to the Rescue.’ Q apologizes for not sharing his birthday cake over a year and a half ago. R2 assures us he has and will share his cake and his presents wif all of woo.]

Click through to the video page for transcripts and toddler translation.

 

Pssst: Okay ONE MORE COOL THING. We have t-shirts now.


 

Stay Curious, Stand Brave & Share Cake

Remember that everything here – I made this for you. Cause you are important and you deserve safety, health, and support in the work you do. So take this next 15 seconds and pause thinking about what you can do for other folks, and just accept that you also are an important person we need in the world. I like you and want you to be okay.

I’ve reinvested 20% of July patreon pledges to organizations such as Bellamy’s Run Fund, the Muslim Justice League, and our city’s first official Indigenous People’s Day Festival. Learn why I reinvest in our community.

If you find comfort and joy in helping others find safety, health, and support, please join me in supporting Bellamy’s Run Fund so she can transition her family to safety.

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With you,

– Ashia R.


 

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