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30 September 2021

Today, September 30, the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS), along with other Native American individuals, groups, and marks a National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools. This aligns with the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation that is observed in Canada for residential school survivors. It is also called Orange Shirt Day to honor the story of one girl whose treasured orange shirt given to her by her grandmother was taken away from her at residential school. The orange shirt has come to symbolize awareness for the children who died or went missing at these institutions. NABS has orange t-shirts available to purchase. Time for education and action.
Walking. Germantown.
Stretching. Gym in the apartment.
Lost Souls – Tom Jackson
Residential School Song – Cheryl Bear
Child of the Government – Jayli Wolf
My Country ’tis of Thy People You’re Dying – Buffy Sainte-Marie
BEFORE – A Tribe Called Red, feat. Joseph Boyden
Warrior Heart – Shawnee
Apatapasiq – Mike Bern
Battlefields – Twin Flames
Save Mob – Snotty Nose Rez Kids, feat. Nooky & Birdz
open window – nehiyawak
Drums – John Densmore & Floyd Westerman
How I Feel – A Tribe Called Red, feat. Leonard Sumner, Shad & Northern Voice
Took the Children Away – Archie Roach
Take Me Home – Indian City
Spirit Horses – Annie Humphrey
He Can Fancy Dance – Cindy Paul
The Land of the Blind – Ira Provost
Why Us – N’we Jinan Artists

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National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools

Today, September 30, the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS), along with other Native American individuals, groups, and allies will honor a National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools. This aligns with the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation that is honored in Canada for residential school survivors. It is also called Orange Shirt Day to honor the story of one girl whose treasured orange shirt given to her by her grandmother was taken away from her at residential school. The orange shirt has now come to symbolize awareness for the children who died or went missing at these institutions. We encourage everyone to wear orange shirts, raise awareness on that day to educate others, and attend or host community healing events. NABS has orange t-shirts available to purchase.

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Demand Justice for Kaysera Stops Pretty Places


Two years ago, 18-year-old Kaysera Stops Pretty Places (Crow) was murdered in Big Horn County, Montana. Since her murder, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office, and the Montana Department of Justice have done nothing to undertake a criminal investigation. We will not stand for this – law enforcement must be held accountable. Kaysera’s family, in collaboration with National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Sovereign Bodies Institute, Rising Hearts, Elite Feats, and Bethany Yellowtail, are advocating for justice in Kaysera’s name. Help demand #JusticeforKaysera by learning more and take action through the Kaysera website. Join NIWRC’s Twitter Storm on 9/9 and the Justice for Kaysera 5K/10K Virtual Walk/Run

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PC(USA) Week of Action – August 25

On Wednesday, Aug. 25, the PC(USA) Week of Action will turn its attention to the LGBTQIA+ community with events including a children’s story time and a poetry and story slam. The Week of Action is designed to bring attention and action to people and communities living under different forms of oppression.

Check out the schedule and watch the events at the Week of Action home page.

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Resistance

“Resistance is the secret of joy,” writes Alice Walker (Possessing the Secret of Joy)

Perhaps, in a manner akin to a mathematical equation, the words could be reversed.
Perhaps, joy is a secret of resistance.

Joy is, at one and the same time, personal and communal.
Joy comes when communities and individuals are strengthened, nourished, sustained.
Joy comes when individuals and communities welcome and embrace one another in love.
Joy comes when communities and communities affirm all God’s children.
Joy comes when individuals and communities (including God’s whole creation) thrive.
Joy comes when communities and individuals experience well-being and wholeness.
Joy comes when individuals and communities love and practice kindness.
Joy comes when communities and individuals acknowledge evil and sin, repent, and seek repair, reparation, and justice.

To work for such joy is to reject the lies that we are made for enmity … the lies that we are made to “other” and fear and hate people from whom we differ … the lies that creation is ours to exploit … the lies of white supremacy and patriarchy and homophobia and all systems and structures of oppression.

To work for such joy is to resist.

“Resistance is the secret of joy.”

Joy is a secret of resistance.

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17 July 2021

Walking. Germantown.
Stretching. Gym in the Apartment.

I Can’t Breath – Garner Family
Jarama Valley – Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger
En la Plaza de Mi Pueblo – Michele Greene
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade – John McCutcheon
Asturias – Guardabarranco
El Quinto Regimiento – Lila Downs
The Bantry Girls’ Lament – Aoife Clancy
Garcia e Galan – Uxia
Los Quatro Generales – Joel Rafael & Jamaica Rafael
Llego Con Tres Heridas – Eliseo Parra
Viva la Quinte Brigada – Shay Black & Aoife Clancy
Los Marineros – Uxia
Taste of Ashes – Laurie Lewis
Viva la Quince Brigada – Quetzel
Viva La Quinta Brigada – Christie Moore
God Bless the Child – Billie Holiday

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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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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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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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