Category Archives: Current Events

20 June 2021

Walking. Bernheim Forest.
Some stretching. Gym in the apartment.
Wandering – Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai
Refugee – Eric Bogle
Gourma – Etran Fintawa
Running – Keyon Harrold, Andrea Pizziconi & Jasson Harrold (feat. Common & Gregory Porter)
Take Me to Cleveland – Robert Neustadt
Song to A Refugee – Diana Jones
Look in Their Eyes – David Crosby
A Safe Place to Land – Sara Bareilles (feat. John Legend)
The Refugee – U2
Follow Me – Moxie Raia (feat. Wyclef Jean)
In Harm’s Way – Amanda Palmer
Prayer of the Refugee – Rise Against
Coming to America – K’naan
Is This Called Home – Lucy Rose
Refugee – Skip Marley
Lady of the Harbor – Si Kahn
No Human Is Illegal – The Wakes

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12 June 2021

Walking. Germantown.
The Greatest – Sia (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Hands – Various Artists
Love Make the World Go Round – Jennifer Lopez & Lin-Manuel Miranda
Pulse – Chakra Khan
Not Myself – Sharon Van Etten
Razade Mi Colores – Ricky Martin
I Know a Place – MUNA
Misirlou – Kumbia Queers
Here in Spirit – Jim James
Beautiful Strangers – Kevin Morby
Pulse – Mel Hsu
Antonio – Bruno Toro
God Bless the Children – TT the Artist
La Yuta – Dani Umpi
Pulse (The City Beautiful) – Zen Fuse Box
Pulse – Melissa Etheridge
I Am Orlando – Alejandra Ribera

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15 months

You could never have imagined these past fifteen months.
You could not have planned for them.
But you faced them.
You adapted,
you improvised,
you learned,
you wept,
you laughed,
you cursed,
you resisted,
you persisted.
You found strength and love
and grace and hope undreamed of.
You made it this far
and you, awesome you,
will keep on going.

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The Tulsa Massacre

Among the many reflections on the Tulsa race massacre, here is one from the Presbyterian Historical Society:

“On June 1, 1921 the Black section of Tulsa, Oklahoma–Greenwood, known as Black Wall Street, where Black migrants from the South had prospered in the city’s oil boom–was burned down by white rioters. The governor called in the National Guard and evacuated Tulsa’s Black population, some 6,000 people, to the city convention center and fairgrounds. Three hundred people are estimated to have been killed. Presbyterians were present during the events leading to the massacre, were present in the midst of them, and are reckoning with them today.”

Read the whole story

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7 May 2021

Stretching. Gym in the apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
Walking. Germantown.
Oozora De Dakishimete – Hikaru Utada
xoxo moongirl – Mel Hsu
Dream – Priscilla Ahn
Raag Jag (Mvmt 1) – Awaaz Do
Winter Is Cruel – Magdalen Hsu-Li
Pontchartrain – Vienna Teng
Shakti – Awaaz Do
Summer of ’42 – Kishi Bashi
The Beginning – TOKiMONSTA
FREE INTERLUDE – Yaeji (feat. Lil Fayo, Trenchcoat & Sweet Pea)
Flu Shot – Awkwafina
ANIMAL CROSSING – Shawn Wasabi & Sophia Black
Peace Anthem – Sera
Astral Angel – Lucia Hwong

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5 May 2021

Strength and core work. Gym in the apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
Stretching. Gym in the apartment.
Red Dress – Amanda Rheaume (feat. Chantal Kreviazuk)
You Got to Run (Spirit of the Wind) – Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq
Run Sister Run – Cass McCombs
Sky World Song – Bear Fox (feat. The Turtle Dunks)
Through The Flood – Indian City
Say Her Name – Bear Fox
To All MMIW – Northern Cree
Highway of Tears – Layla Zoe
The Highway – N’we Jinan Artists, Kitsumkalum First Nation, BC
Break the Silence – N’we Jinan Artists, Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation
Blackbird – Emma Stevens
Pray Sister Pray – Crystal Shawanda
Missing You – Joanne Shenandoah
Little Star – iskwē acākosīk
M.M.I.W. (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) – Jahkota [feat. LB, Drezus & Cleo Big Eagle]

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Act During the 2021 National Week of Action for MMIWG

Since 2017, grassroots actions on May 5th to honor and call for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) have increasingly grown at the local, regional, national, and international level. Native families, advocates, and Indigenous nations continue to rise up to challenge the silence, tolerance, and inaction in response to the crisis of MMIWG.

In 2021, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and the National Partners Work Group on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls are organizing a full National Week of Action (April 29-May 5) to call the nation and the world to action in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Please sign on to support the Senate and House resolutions declaring May 5th as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.

Here are some upcoming events:

Monday, May 3, 2021

  • Webinar—Nā Hānauna Ho’ōla (Healing Generations), 8 a.m. HST (12 p.m. MDT), hosted by the Pouhana O Na Wahine (Pillars of Women) | Register

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

  • Webinar—Spotlight Alaska and the Crisis of MMIWG, 11 a.m. AKT (1 p.m. MDT), hosted by the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center | Register

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • #MMIWGActionNow Twitter Storm, 10–10:30 a.m. MDT
  • #MMIWGActionNow Twitter Chat, 12–1 p.m. MDT | View question script
  • Webinar—Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls National Day of Action, Uplifting the Voices of MMIW Survivor Families, 1 p.m. MDT, hosted by NIWRC | Register
  • Running for Justice: Remembering Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Virtual 5k, 10k & Half Marathon, hosted by Rising Hearts (May 5-9) | Register

Here are some resources:

Sharable Resources for MMIWG

  • Download the ‘No More Stolen Sisters’ poster and share a photo of yourself wearing red and/or traditional attire with the poster on social media using #MMIWGActionNow, #NoMoreStolenSisters and #MMIWG.
  • Explore MMIW Toolkit for Understanding and Responding to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women for Families and Communities.
  • Claim free print subscription for NIWRC’s Restoration of Native Sovereignty and Safety for Native Women magazine, courtesy of Urban Indian Health Institute.
  • Share StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-762-8483) with relatives facing domestic, dating or sexual violence. Online chat is available at strongheartshelpline.org.

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A prayer for India

God of every country,
we pray for India and its peoples.
Comfort bereaved families.
Work quick recoveries
foe those who battle COVID.
May those who have managed to stay out of harm’s way
continue to stay safe.
Grant the country’s leadership the wisdom
to focus its energies on fighting the virus
rather than on controlling the narrative
about its handling of the crisis.
Lord, in your mercy! Amen.

inspired by and adapted from Dr. Raj Nadella, professor of New Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

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#AAPI Women Strong

From my friend Sung Yeon Choimorrow, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF):

“As the country finally comes to realization that AAPI women have experienced racialized misogyny for centuries- the people who have been leading and working in the intersection of race and gender, especially who identify as AAPI surrounded me with so much support. Check in texts, emails, venmoing me lunch money, sending delivery dinner so my kid wouldn’t starve. Among them, there are fierce and kick ass AAPI women leaders who wanted to uplift NAPAWF’s 25 year’s of work- the audacity to believe that we, as AAPI women deserve to be seen and heard. Among them are Christina Baal-Owens and her team Public Wise and Mini Timmaraju who have worked to put together a fundraiser for NAPAWF along with allies at Onward Together. I’m so humbled by the show of support from Christina, Mini, Onward Together and all our special guests. Thank you for your support and affirmation of the important mission of NAPAWF.Please join us for an evening where we center AAPI women and our vision to build power for a future where we can all thrive. April 21st, 7PM ET. Virtual event with tickets ranging from $25 and up.”

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