Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Friday link roundup 2/10

According to Emily’s List, since the election in November, more than 4,000 women have said they want to run for office.

From the Huffington Post: 13 free online mental health resources.

#NeverthelessShePersisted: Examples of women who have stood up for what they believe in and persisted. Since Elizabeth Warren was silenced in the Senate earlier this week, “Nevertheless, she persisted” has become a rallying cry for those who oppose the current administration’s policies.

Students from a vocational high school are building tiny homes for flood victims in West Virginia.

An unusual court sentence for a group of teenagers who wrote racist and sexist graffiti on a historic schoolhouse in Virginia:  a reading list and book reports that may help them gain awareness about diversity, discrimination, and history.

To add some cuteness to your Friday: In this video,  a cat interrupts a weather forecast broadcast to request cuddles.


Friday link roundup 1/27

In terms of activism, this article from Everyday Feminism explains why marching isn’t the only way.

Making history:  Museums from all around the world have been collecting signs from the women’s marches.

Have an opinion about an issue, and have difficulty with the idea of calling your senators and representatives? This post gives tips for people with social anxiety. I personally think it could be helpful for anyone who might need to reserve energy for these types of things.

Want to write a letter to Congress? This site gives tips on how to write an effective letter so that your voice is more likely to be heard.

How to Stay Outraged without Losing Your Mind: this post gives some good tips on how to stay aware and active under the current political climate without burning out. Self-care and occasionally unplugging are part of this, too.

A study shows that girls as young as six may already have gendered beliefs about intelligence.

Thanks to recent rain and show, California’s drought is finally coming to an end.

Marching in spirit


I love that there are going to be women’s marches all over the country (and world!) this  Saturday, January 21. I definitely believe in the issues they are be marching for. I stand in solidarity with them.

And…I’m also choosing not to go to the one in my city. This isn’t a political decision, it’s a personal one. The probable sensory and energetic cost of going to an event like this is higher than the rewards of going. These kinds of events tend to highly-stimulating: There are many people going, it may be challenging to leave, there may be unexpected situations, noises, etc.

There is part of me that is wistful: I would like to go.

There is part of me that says I should go, should be doing more in terms of activism in general. However, a lot of this”more” includes things that may stress out my nervous system and throw me out of whack for an unknown amount of time. Yes, I am being cautious and discerning. I am also trying to be realistic and compassionate with myself.

I’m brainstorming other ways that I can help: donate a small amount to an organization I support, look for a volunteer opportunities, keep my eyes out for activities that may be more supportive. While I sign online petitions on a regular basis, I don’t know how much impact that has; I also acknowledge that it is something.

For those of you out there who are marching this Saturday, I am marching with you in spirit.

Friday link roundup 12/30

From election politics to celebrity deaths and more, 2016 has seemed like a very tense and intense year for many. But there’s more to this past year than that. I’ve gathered some lists and articles from different sources to honor 2016 as a whole.

From Buzzfeed: 17 badass women you probably didn’t hear about in 2016. I found it inspiring to read about these women from around the world, many of whom have persevered in the face of adversity.

The editors at Feministing recap their favorite feminist articles (from the internet outside of Feministing) from this year.

The Year in Reading: Avid readers – who are also prominent poets, artists, filmmakers, diplomats, and more – share the books that accompanied them throughout this year.

More books! From the BBC, their picks for the best books of 2016.

A list of the best (most highly rated) films from 2016, and where to watch them.

From Vox: best underrated albums, 15 songs that showed there was goodness in 2016, and more “best of” lists.

From Medium: 99 reasons why 2016 has been a great year for humanity. I found this article refreshing at a time where it’s sometimes challenging for me to find the bright spots in what’s happening around the world. This list shares progress made in environmental conservation efforts, global health, economics, and more.

On a similar note from via YES! Magazine, 5 Signs of Positive Change in 2016.

A timeline of historical events in 2016.

Words from 2016:  A list of words that defined 20165 Words that explain 2016. Slang words teens loved to use in 2016 and their meanings.

Friday link roundup 12/23

December 21 was the Winter Solstice (or Summer Solstice if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere). Here are 10 sayings about snow in honor of the change in season.

This past week, it snowed for the first time in 37 years in the Sahara Desert.

On how Teen Vogue and other women’s publications have increased their coverage of politics and other issues in recent years.

“We are now seeing the rise of many populist groups across the world that are increasingly aggressive to those who adhere to a minority faith. All of this has deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s.” Charles, Prince of Wales, spoke out against extremist populist groups and religious hatred on the BBC radio.

Looking for something to make as an appetizer over the holidays? Here are 10 cheese appetizers that look delicious.

This year, Christmas and the first day of Hanukkah overlap.

Suggestions for Christmas Eve activities and traditions for families.

Next week: Last Friday link roundup of the year! I’ll be posting lists from 2016: Best of, worst of, etc. If you’d like to submit a list, you can contact me here

Friday link roundup 11/18

In Minnesota, former refugee Ilhan Omar made history by becoming the first Somali-American lawmaker in the United States.

Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen passed away this past week. A tribute from the pages of the New York Times.

Differing opinions and accounts: a tool created by the Wall Street Journal, shows news stories pulled from liberal and conservative Facebook feeds side by side.

In the 1970s and 80s, a photographer snapped pictures of people in his hometown. In the past seven years, he’s tracked down many of his subjects to re-create those photos. He now has published the photos from the past and present in his new book called “Reunions.” Read (and see) more.

A woman describes how the Nia Technique helped her recover from major PTSD and depression, and reconnect with her body. It’s a ten minute TEDx talk, and I think it’s worth watching.

Graphic designer and card creator Emily McDowell has co-authored a book called “There is No Good Card For This.” This book that embodies the messages of her empathy cards and looks at how people approach situations in life for which it’s challenging to find the right words.

Miami Beach is running out of sand.

A post-election post.

I’ve been limiting my time on Facebook this week, which I started on Monday. I didn’t want a play-by-play commentary on returns, I was tired of people jumping on each other for both minor and major differences in belief. After the results came in, it was challenging for me to read because I was dismayed and disappointed at the results and it was heartbreaking to read about people’s reactions.

I continue to limit my time on Facebook. Throughout this election cycle and before, I’ve watched other people use it as a platform to state and share their political beliefs. I haven’t much – I prefer to keep my profile more personal, although the political and personal can overlap. Sometimes I am afraid I am not saying enough, or being too silent about issues I believe in and care about, but I also wonder if Facebook is the best place to discuss these kind of things. What if the discussions on Facebook prevent us from having in-person contact and conversations about these issues? I also recognize that frequent use Facebook can have a negative impact my emotional and mental health; I’m limiting my browsing time and what I share for my own piece of mind.

A bit about me: I identify as liberal, left of Democrat. I am pro-choice. I am a feminist. I am a white bisexual female from the Southwestern United States. I am a millennial. I am married, in a heterosexual partnership. I have a neurological condition that limits my ability to work a full-time job. I both have and lack privilege. I am concerned about what might happen with Trump as president. I am especially afraid how his administration may affect minorities. And at the same time, I don’t know what it will be like.

I’ve heard that hateful comments are coming from all sides. That some protests have turned violent. That there have been several instances where Muslim women have been attacked. This is all sad and disheartening.

I have also seen some people express the desire to understand how other people think and feel, and why they voted the way they did. I think we need more of these types of conversations. What I would ideally like to see in post-election dialogue:

For people to state their opinions without being accusatory of others’. I know it’s easy to react and respond without thinking, especially when emotions are high. Still, I would like there to be more respect. I would prefer that people say they disagree without accusing someone else of being wrong. I would like people to say they disagree with someone without attacking (whether verbally or physically) the other person and personally insulting them.

For people from both sides being willing to listen. We often surround ourselves with people who think like us. And while it’s good to have supportive communities, it’s important to understand why and how people think the way they do.

For people to distinguish feelings and opinions from facts.

For safe spaces for people to feel how they feel, and say or write what they think.

No violence, no hate speech.

While often cynical, I am an idealist at heart. I want to believe that it’s possible for people to share dialogue freely, without fear or danger.