Hi all. Happy Pride.
I’d planned to start a Pride book series today.
Now, however, is not the right time.
I’ll be saving those posts for July.
Stay safe, everyone.
A rundown of recent murders of Black people by police:
On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor was shot in her own home by police who entered the wrong house during a raid.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd died after cop Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nine minutes.
On May 27, 2020, Regis Korchinski-Paquet died under suspicious circumstances after an encounter with the police, who claim the woman “fell” from the balcony of her 24th-floor apartment
The same day, Florida police shot Tony McDade dead, claiming he had a handgun. A witness says officers shot McDade without a verbal warning or any attempt to deescalate the situation.
Government-funded racism is killing Black people and it has to stop.
Now is not the time to say, “There are good people on both sides,” or, “All lives matter.”
Black lives matter today, tomorrow, and every other day of the year.
I’ve been on Twitter a lot the last week, looking for ways to help.
If you’re as angry as I am and want to know how you can help, here’s a handy list:
Donate to your local bail fund to help protesters who’ve been arrested. Find your local fund on one of
these lists. (Sources: @rdellon, @bailfundnetwork)
Donate to the families of
George Floyd and Tony McDade to assist with funeral costs and to the family of Regis Korchinski-Paquet to fund an independent investigation into Regis’ death. (Sources: @NadineThornhill, @morganmpage) Donate to organizations like
Black Lives Matter, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Black Visions Collective, Reclaim the Block, and North Star Health Collective. (Sources: @hvrnon, @seanmiura) Write letters to your local government using
Resistbot. I’ve used this tool – it will walk you through the entire process and offer help when needed. Text 50409 to get started and be done in less than 2 minutes. (Source: @tpwkhollands) Sign petitions concerning the deaths of George, Breonna, Regis, and Tony. (Source:
Petitions for George Floyd found
here, here, here, and here. Petitions for Breonna Taylor found
here, Petitions for Tony McDade found
here, PSA: DO NOT DONATE TO CHANGE.ORG. The money won’t go to the campaign. (Source:
@stacysuh) Call out racism when you see it. This includes “jokes” and statements about “peace” that promote respectability politics. (Looking at you, Michael Gungor.)
LISTEN TO BLACK VOICES. All of these steps and more were
helpfully summarized by Twitter user @mireillecharper. (She included further reading and additional people to follow in the final tweet of the thread.)
To my fellow white people (especially white Christians): Get off your moderate asses. The time to help is now.
To everyone else: Stay safe. Stay strong. Godspeed.
I missed the
Percy Jackson train.
I read maybe half of the first book when it came out and spent years trying to find a DVD copy of the Logan Lerman film adaptation.
Other than that, I have no knowledge of the series.
Continue reading “The Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus Character Book Tag”
WELCOME BACK TO THE OPTIMISM BLOG.
I HAVE RETURNED TO WORK.
Continue reading “Books and Bakes Book Tag”
My Books That Matter April box came ON TIME and I NEGLECTED TO WRITE ABOUT IT UNTIL NOW.
Continue reading “Subscription Box Post: Books That Matter – April 2020”
I FINALLY RECEIVED MY VERY FIRST SINGLE-PURCHASE FAIRY LOOT BOX AND I COULDN’T BE MORE THRILLED.
Continue reading “Subscription Box Post: Fairy Loot – March 2020”
Another month of quarantine down!
Certain states have decided to reopen!
Armed protesters are storming the Michigan capital!
I hate it here!
Continue reading “April Wrap-Up + Extended “Chaotic Good” Rant (I hated it)”
For several years,
High School Musical formed a large part of my identity.
I LOVE these movies (even the third one.)
Where else does one find cheesy, earnest musicals about summer busboys and their romantic dramas?
WHERE, I ASK YOU?
Continue reading “The High School Musical Book Tag”
Last month, I did a post about
Korean skin care.
Since then, I’ve tweaked my routine to more closely match the
Soko Glam 10-Step Korean Skin Care Routine.
Let’s talk products.
Continue reading “Skin Care Update”