Here for you, Vol. 2

She's going the distance!

Has anyone made a social distance-themed playlist yet? Taking the Long Way Around by the Dixie Chicks? Dreaming of You by Selena? And this, which I haven’t thought about since 1996:

I did see this:

TONIGHT! Social DisDANCING, an online dance party! 7-8pm central time. Come for any or all of it. We’ll have a shared Spotify playlist by DJ HPC or mute yourself and dance to your own tunes. Judgement-free zone. Dancing is good for your immune system, and so is joy. Share widely! All are welcome! bit.ly/socialdisdancing .
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#socialdisdancing #socialdistancing #covid19 #coronavirus #joy #dancing #togetherness #somaticpractice
March 14, 2020

In times like these*

*not sure I’ve lived through times like these.

…I do appreciate anything that forces me to pause and marvel at folks’ creativity. There’s the musician who might start holding virtual singing-songwriting circles and the friends who’ve already figured out online karaoke. The Girl Scout in Chicago making home deliveries the other night. There are instructors pooling not just pedagogical tips but philosophical perspectives: Humanizing Online Teaching (gdoc); Please do a bad job of putting your courses online (Rebecca Barrett-Fox).

And there are those who’ve been telling us all along. Those who have been one anothers’ medics. Those who have the community organizing infrastructure in place to offer “Senior Viral Response” in Chicago right now. The On Being team, who pulled together a “care package” of podcasts, and those who’ve been meditating for years about how to survive the end of the world.

From adrienne maree brown’s blog post On Rushing Toward Apocalypse (with Aja Taylor):

Aja: This could be the very apocalypse we’ve been waiting for.

Apocalypse. Rooted in the Greek words “apo,” meaning “un,” and “kaluptein,” meaning “to cover,” apocalypse is generally regarded as something terrifying and negative. A life ending event. But as my Emergent Strategy “Creating New Possibilities” group explored this past summer in the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, what if apocalypse was indeed an ending – but to all of the things we actually needed to end in order to sustain life on this planet?

adrienne maree brown: i know there is tragedy here, unfolding, the scale of which we cannot, will never, measure in terms of heartache. but i’m also aware of us moving towards things we have needed to move towards. how do we widen the space within us for the grief and wonder? fear and vision? the surrender, and the creativity, the relief, the humor, the possibility?

this is an opportunity to stop trying to ‘cling to the shore,’ as the hopi elder prophesied. say the shore is our crisis level individualism, and the river is interdependence. we don’t really know what intentional post-capitalist interdependence looks like at our current national, much less global, scale. it’s still time to push off, go forward, into that unknown, holding each other, in pairs, in circles.

Image: We spotted the first crocus of the spring yesterday!

Things to read or hear

In tomorrow night’s Dandelions, we’re playing with format and offering some things for folks who need Covid-19 resources, yes, but also a section of unrelated links for those who need a respite.

In a similar spirit, here are a ton of links I’ve been stockpiling (oops) over the past few months. I have only a few minutes left to do the thousand work tasks I meant to do while my child naps, so I’m not going to overthink them or fuss with the order as I typically would.

“There is nothing about pleasure that makes me feel guilty.”

  • That quote is from Cheryl Strayed, here (NYT). As a tween I’d go into the New Carrollton library, grab some racy romance novels as fast as I could, stack them between the formulaic BSC books I also/still loved, and avoid eye contact with my mom and the librarian when we checked out. What Makes the Baby-Sitters Club Endure? (Bookriot) and https://www.themarysue.com/baby-sitters-club-casting-news/ (full disclosure, my sister is on the casting team so I am going to share everything about this show even if Netflix is hella capitalizing on coronavirus by—I hope, I hope—bumping up the release date!!!)

  • I’ve Lost My Sense of Magic (¡Hola Papi!). What rituals do you actually practice in your life? (And is your answer different today than it was a few weeks ago?) Hit reply and maybe I’ll share some answers in a future issue.

Some recipes

Again, I haven’t re-vetted this with “apolocalypse pantry” in mind, but maybe they’ll inspire some creativity in your kitchen in the coming weeks.

  • Banana bread scones. (This was a real marketing win for Samantha Seneviratne’s publicist; I first heard about her via an interview on Mom Rage episode 76 and then her name caught my eye when a Splendid Table newsletter hit my inbox a few days later.)

  • Also via one of the Mom Rage hosts: this Julia Turshen-inspired pot pie in a skillet, but with cheesy breadcrumbs kinda like the ones here (NYT) because puff pastry is not a thing I typically have on hand.

  • Smitten Kitchen’s broccoli + farro.

  • I make these sesame noodles (Lottie + Doof) every summer. This year I made them with store-bought chili oil instead of taking the extra bit of time to DIY the first step of the recipe, and they were still great. I also made this NYT broccoli salad once this summer and realized that these two recipes are great thrown into a bowl together with some pre-marinated/pre-baked TJ’s tofu.

  • …When I read this I briefly thought about axing recipes from the newsletter altogether.

Pic: Yesterday I found an old disco ball in the closet and set it up after my 2yo’s nap. Silver linings of self-quarantine.

I love you!

Wash your hands. Schedule a video chat with your favorite friend. Maybe agree to cook and eat the same-ish meal, read an article from the list above and discuss it. Practice social distance but not isolation.

And VOTE if you haven’t yet and you can, please. Please.

I’m not even sending myself a preview of this.

Thanks for reading.

Here for you, Volume 1

Exactly eight months later...

::taps mic:: Hi friends! Hello!

We made it to 2020!

It feels like Move and Groove ended a lifetime ago, and also yesterday. New Year’s week feels like as good a time as any to rename my newsletter (Here for You, because it is, and I’m trying to be) and dust it off, even if I’m not ready to make any promises about frequency.

I don’t have a year in review — let alone a decade in review — Greatest Hits list to share. Here’s the scattering of seeds I can offer tonight:

Dandelions, roar!

For the second half of the year, my newsletter labor of love was Dandelions, which I launched with Joanna Eng on Mother’s Day 2019. We’re rooting (get it?) for empathetic, brave, social justice-hearted families, and yes that is a mouthful, and yes we do try to live up to the tagline in every issue. On the first and third Sunday of each month, we send a roundup of resources and articles related to social justice, families, and a loose theme — like family separation, climate change/climate justice, bodies, thoughtful summer reading and travel, and more. Sometimes we share our innermost thoughts, too.

Read why Dandelions will take up even more of my time in early 2020, or just head here to subscribe if you haven’t yet.

Our next issue goes out this Sunday and will come with a stellar* Spotify playlist. *I can call it that unabashedly because Joanna made it, which will surprise no one who knows us both.

Reflection time

If you’re still in the mood to look in the rearview mirror at the year that was, or a compass for the year that will be, a few links I’ve appreciated this week:

Links

Just a few that I’ve been slowly saving up to share here:

Poem

Via the recently-rebooted Pome daily newsletter:

The Conditional

Say tomorrow doesn't come.
Say the moon becomes an icy pit.
Say the sweet-gum tree is petrified.
Say the sun's a foul black tire fire.
Say the owl's eyes are pinpricks.
Say the raccoon's a hot tar stain.
Say the shirt's plastic ditch-litter.
Say the kitchen's a cow's corpse.
Say we never get to see it: bright
future, stuck like a bum star, never
coming close, never dazzling.
Say we never meet her. Never him.
Say we spend our last moments staring
at each other, hands knotted together,
clutching the dog, watching the sky burn.
Say, It doesn't matter. Say, That would be
enough
. Say you'd still want this: us alive,
right here, feeling lucky.

Ada Limón (2013)

Thanks for reading.

Wishing you good health and restful sleep, much love and many potlucks, and the fierce determination to get the people we need into Congress and the White House in 2020.

Week 35: End with grateful

See you soon -- here, and other places

We’ve reached a fork in the road, friends.

I’ve been avoiding this intro section all week. Writing the intro means it’s really time to say goodbye. And I don’t WANNA say goodbye!

…So I won’t. Not exactly. As I unpacked last week, this is the end of Move and Groove, but I plan to morph the newsletter into something new. Something that will arrive in your inboxes at a more reasonable hour of the day. Something that I hope will still feel personal and intimate, but will also allow for a different use of my writing brain, link-sharing brain, and whole self. Whether you stay on the list or opt out, I can’t thank you enough for being along for the ride over these past 35 weeks.

The stats that matter to me

My pal Josh (the Josh from Week 28) wrote to me a few weeks ago asking if I might consider writing a “peek behind the curtain”:

“What do the numbers look like? what have the ups and downs been? what have you learned about the various crafts involved - email, writing, online community building, content curation, a weekly discipline, etc? what's shaping your thinking about continuing or not continuing to publish?”

I liked this idea because I like transparency and I love when other writers share things like this. I was pondering the suggestion when I came across this image:

I’ve done very little promotion of this newsletter, and I think that’s why. If and when I write this follow-up, I’m down to share the subscriber stats and all that, but I also want to include the metrics that matter to me. Things like:

  • How many people of color vs. white people did I quote, cite, link to? What’s the rough breakdown among other demographics and identities?

  • How many times did I truly put myself out there and practice sharing vulnerable things about myself? (Somewhere between two and eight.) How many times did a lengthy, personal draft go to languish in the compost doc? (A lot.)

  • I don’t think we can calculate this exactly, but I might try to roughly estimate the amount we collectively gave to fundraisers for individuals. This wasn’t a goal when I started out, but it occurred to me after several of you sent me chunks of change last week toward a friend’s security deposit, which I pooled and contributed a few days later. Thank you to those who made that possible.

  • How often did I pass the mic — meaning how often did I just hand the space over to someone else whose ideas I wanted to amplify? I wish I had done this more.

And on that note, I’m about to turn things over to a friend for an interlude before we get to links. But if you have other ideas and would be curious to read an email with other "metrics,” hit reply and let me know.

Body love: Prerna’s top tips

I mentioned last week that my friend Prerna Abbi-Scanlon (@tripthelight on Instagram) and I sat down for a long conversation about intuitive eating, self-love, healthy bodies, and more. Prerna stopped dieting about a year and a half ago, inspired not only by her own well-being, but by creating a better mindset around bodies for her niblings [for those new to this word, “niblings” = a gender-free term for your siblings’ kids].

Keep an eye out for a longer piece on saying no to diet culture in my Medium publication soon; in it, we’ll cover some juicy topics like how to have productive intergenerational family conversations about food and how to choose a doctor who wants to be your “accomplice” in health.

In the meantime, here here are Prerna’s three tips to get started:

Tip 1: Create a new normal for what bodies can and “should” look like. (Spoiler alert: there is no should!)

The first step in my journey was looking for Instagram accounts to follow. Social media is a great tool for education, but beyond that, it’s also a lot of what we look at. I wanted to soak in more ideas and images that would help me on my mission to stop dieting and to start appreciating my physical body as it was. If you want to do this, I think a great place to start is @the_feeding_of_the_fox where Imogen Fox shares tons of content in her stories with all different kinds of bodies. This is so helpful in resetting your understanding of normal. Instead of seeing only white skinny people all day, I see people of all different skin tones and sizes and shapes and genders and abilities. This really helped me in retraining my brain to see them all as normal and good. This account often leads me down a rabbit hole of more accounts to follow, and was especially helpful in finding people who looked like me. Seeing more bodies like mine by following more women who are brown and have a belly helped me to feel better about my brown, round, femme self.

Tip 2: There are well-researched strategies and methods to help you.

If you feel ready to jump off the diet culture bandwagon, you’re not alone. But if you’re like me, this wasn’t the place where I wanted to carve my own path. The good news is, you don’t really have to. Of course, nothing is going to be perfect for everyone, but there are some really great places to start.

One I highly recommend is Intuitive Eating (intuitiveeating.org). This is a set of 10 principles to help you leave dieting behind by learning how to listen to and honor your body.

Another is Health at Every Size, or HAES (haescommunity.com), which is based on respect, critical awareness, and compassionate self-care. I wanted to stop torturing myself with diets, but I also wanted to do my part in ensuring that my body is functioning well and can continue to serve me. HAES helps me to do this, and to find healthcare providers who will support me in doing so.

A great Instagram account to follow for solid strategies is @danasuchow. Dana is an educator on diet culture and kids and her feed is full of specific tips on how to talk to kids about food and bodies, and how to shift what you’re doing to set a better foundation for them.

Tip 3: Talk to your people.

None of us live in a vacuum. You can’t change diet culture for yourself or anyone else in your life if the people you interact with aren’t supportive.

The people around you are likely to notice a shift, whether it’s physical changes to your body or changes in how you interact with things like food and movement. Forgetting about the trolls, people who love you may show concern. I try to be ready to respond with facts (see the helpful links in Tip 2!) for those who are swayed by that, like my scientist mom. For others who have an emotional bent, I try to share stories of how much better it feels to be free from the bounds of diets while also caring for my health.

Inevitably, the people and institutions we interact with are going to do things that are really contrary to what you want and need. When that happens, I try to remember that I’m not alone in the experience, so I’m not alone in trying to figure out what to do.

An Instagram account I love is @allisonkimmey. Allie is a self love educator with two kids, and she talks about not only learning to love her own body and teaching those lessons to her son and daughter, but also everyone else. She’s posted about everything from discussing body love with her daughter when most dolls are unreasonably thin, to how to inform a school that you don’t want your child’s BMI to be measured or discussed.

Thank you, Prerna, for your generous work writing all of this! I’m excited to learn more.

(Not) Following up: Boundaries and cancellations

Back in Week 32, I wrote about my desire to set healthy boundaries while also not writing people off if they’re truly willing to grow. The reflection was sparked by a strong gut-level reaction I had to an Instagram post about Joe Biden by the photographer Pete Souza. It was also fueled by my complicated feelings about Gina Rodriguez, the talented star of Jane the Virgin, a show I’m obsessed with (exhibit A: Move and Groove’s very first issue). I was really bummed that she went radio silent on social media after a bunch of criticism mounted against her. As a fan who had followed her online for awhile and was accustomed to seeing her engage actively there, I hoped she would quickly take in, metabolize, learn from, and publicly speak out about the criticism, “learning in public.” She hasn’t done that so far — her posts have been few and far between and mostly to promote work projects.

At any rate, several people wrote back because I explicitly invited feedback. And I read those emails carefully and thought about them, but I also haven’t revisited the topic here since. I wish I had the energy right now to write another post about it and quote Hannah, Lindsay, and Adam in particular. I feel really accountable to this group! And while I unfollowed Pete Souza, I am watching the fifth and final season of Jane—a show that is good and a show that does good—so maybe there’s more to tease out.

But since I’m maxed out and muddled, I’ll just say: 1) thank you to everyone who did write back with both support for and challenges against what I wrote, and maybe I’ll still be in touch about quoting you in a forthcoming piece at some point; 2) Joe Biden is still not the answer (The Cut) and 2b) this tweet, and 2c) Why Female Presidential Candidates Are Still Overlooked (Harper’s Bazaar); 3) Anyone who’s read this far on this topic might appreciate this Medium post: 10 Tips on Receiving Critical Feedback: A Guide for Activists.

Links

Podcasts:

  • Code Switch wrapped up the month of April with a beautiful episode full of poetry. Find it at NPR.org or on your podcast app of choice. Big love to Jenn G. B. for making sure I didn’t miss this.

  • Pod Save the People’s recent episode in celebration of Earth Day is worth the listen. (Crooked Media)

  • Back in the fall, Chris Hayes interviewed Ta-Nehisi Coates in front of a live audience for his Why Is This Happening? podcast. Shoutout to Kent G. for flagging this episode, titled “In This Hope.” Find it on Stitcher, iTunes, and probably anywhere else you listen.

  • Looking forward to this Mashup Americans episode featuring Ai-Jen Poo (APM, again, search where you listen)

  • Speaking of podcasts: 9 Podcasts That Don’t Whitewash Race (Yes! Magazine); this new one called Man Up! looks intriguing (Slate.com); and Ahmed Ali Akhbar, creator and host of the illuminating See Something Say Something podcast, recently launched a Patreon.

Words:

Songs:

  • Today my soundtrack has been a swirl of this year-old Royal Wedding rendition of Stand by Me (via Vox), and Lizzo’s Worship (YouTube).

That’s a wrap!

::Roll credits::

Ending (and beginning again) with grateful,

Julia

Hi, first-time readers! In August 2018, on my 35th birthday, I began to write an email a week for 35 weeks. I called the series Move and Groove: An Experiment in Getting and Staying Unstuck. This is the last of the 35 — but I still plan to share updates and personal writing with this list from time to time. If a friend forwarded you this email and you’d like to subscribe, head to julia.substack.com.

My freelance work website is under construction, but you can peek: juliaconsults.com. I’m also on Instagram at @juliaseesmith and (less often) on Twitter at @juliacsmith.

You can also subscribe to Dandelions, a newsletter I’m piloting this summer with my friend Joanna Eng.

Week 34: Home stretch

"A beginning, a middle, and an end that I control"

Hey friends! It’s the second to last week of this project. I can’t believe it.

In this edition: How I’m feeling as I near the finish line; a preview of some things to come; and a way to help another human out.

life cycle flower GIF

Saying no, making space

Here’s an example of a brand making a very savvy marketing move: Mailchimp funded this Ann Friedman-hosted podcast series, Going Through It, in which she interviews “remarkable women” about “pivotal moments in their lives when they had to decide whether to quit or to keep going.” Last night I listened to her conversation with Samin Nosrat, the chef and writer behind Salt Fat Acid Heat, about her decision to end a popular food pop-up she created years ago with friends. (I couldn’t find a direct link, but you can scroll partway down that same Mailchimp page to find this interview.)

Around the 15:50 mark Nosrat discusses how she knew things had gone south because she began treating some employees and friends poorly. She describes a physical dread that set in. Then she says:

Samin Nosrat: I may not have been clear about what it was exactly that I did want to do, but I did know that, like, what I wanted to make in the world was a feeling of community around food. And that I wanted to be happy, and I wanted to be creatively fulfilled. And I knew I wasn’t getting that from this project. I just started telling myself, OK, like, it’s OK to end something and not let it be a failure, you know, it’s OK to control the narrative.

It’s ok for a business or a project to have a beginning, a middle, and an end that I control.

And only by choosing to say no to this thing would I ever have the space and peace of mind and clarity to ever get to do the thing that I really wanted to do. Which was to write.

So she announced they would discontinue the pop-up a few months later. The project had already received a ton of buzz, and so everyone in the food media/gossip world dove in like vultures wanting “the juice.” She told them there was no juice.

Ann Friedman: I would love for you to talk about what it felt like to be able to say “the reason is I just don’t wanna.”

SN: Ann, it was the best thing that I have ever done. (Laughter) It felt so amazing. I felt such sort of freedom and light. I felt so happy. And I just felt like a totally different person starting the next January.

And because I said no to that, because I ended that, immediately all of these other things — all of the other opportunities that led to me writing my book — appeared.

And, like, they may have appeared earlier and I probably wouldn’t have been able to do them. Or I would have taken everything on and then sort of crashed and burned.

That last part, about the new opportunities that suddenly called out to her? Julia Cameron, creator of The Artist’s Way, would call that “synchronicity.” (Here’s a solid 2016 New Yorker article about Julia Cameron for those who are unfamiliar: “The Artist’s Way” in an Age of Self-Promotion.)

And those lines in bold above help me to explain how I feel about ending this project.

To be clear: Writing an email each week, some of which were mostly a collection of links, is not nearly as dramatic or draining as producing a pop-up food experience. I don’t feel dread in my body when it comes to Move and Groove. (Well, maybe a little, during those weeks when I didn’t even begin writing until after dinner on Wednesday…aka at least half the time.)

I know what it’s like to have a job or task that is physically dreadful. This isn’t that.

But this “experiment in getting and staying un-stuck” was always meant to be 35 weeks long. With that constraint came fuel, occasional frustration, and also relief. There were plenty of weeks when I felt like I hadn’t done my best work, when it all felt too slap-dashed together at the last minute, or when I’d start to write something deeply personal that just didn’t fit into this column-shaped, largely one-way forum. Making decisions about what to include and what to leave out has taken up a fair share of brain space.

I’m trusting now that when I end this weekly Wednesday rhythm, there’ll be plenty to fill the space — and if there isn’t, that’s probably healthy. I’ll start noticing other clues and allow other pursuits to take root and bloom. Luckily, I can keep updating you about how the garden grows! This list doesn’t just disappear. Expect occasional emails after next week even if they don’t show up in your inbox every single Wednesday.

life cycle flower GIF

One thing taking root

My friend Joanna Eng and I are teaming up to bring you a new email newsletter: Dandelions!

Dandelions will launch Mother’s Day — that’s Sunday, May 12, a day we have lots of feelings about. We plan to send it twice a month throughout the summer and then evaluate whether to keep it up after Labor Day.

You can subscribe at http://dandelionsnewsletter.com/ and follow us on Instagram at @dandelionsnewsletter.

At Dandelions, we’re rooting for empathetic, brave, social justice-hearted families. Each installment will be loosely themed around a social or political issue. We’ll offer resources and suggestions for working together across generations — in all families, bio and chosen — to better understand and address these urgent issues. Joanna and I are both relatively new parents, but this isn’t (just) a “parenting newsletter”; we hope it’ll feel relevant to uncles and aunties and friends and…everyone who has a young person in their life.

We also hope it will be a pleasure to read! For a taste of Joanna’s writing, read DNA Relates You, But Here’s What Makes a Family (Motherly) or peruse her site archives.

And for any Emergent Strategy (akpress.org) fans reading this: Yes!, one big inspiration for the newsletter’s name comes from adrienne maree brown’s work. We’ll write about that in one of the first issues.

I hope you’ll join us for this pilot season.

This ain’t over yet

All that said, don’t forget to tune in here next week! Yesterday I sat down with my friend Prerna Abbi-Scanlon for a juicy conversation about bodies, love, weight, food, and health. The transcript is long, so we need a little time with it, but I’m excited to share more soon.

For a preview into who Prerna is and where she’s coming from on these topics, here are two recent Instagram slideshows from her current 100 Day Project: on asking people if they’re pregnant (spoiler: never OK!!!!); on her mom’s cooking and her relationship to Indian food.

In lieu of links…

This week there’s an opportunity to help someone I know personally who needs support with housing. They’re here in Chicago, their hours just got cut at work, and they need just $220 more by next Wednesday to pay the move-in fee + first month’s rent on their new apartment. This is another one of those totally doable, “literally even just a dollar will help” situations. If you have CashApp, you can send support via the username $ElmoreAda. (If you don’t have CashApp but want to pool resources with me and contribute, hit reply on this email and we’ll work something else out.) Thanks for considering this!

That’s it for tonight. See you next week.

stop motion confetti GIF by Julie Smith Schneider

A note to new readers: Hello! On my 35th birthday, I set out to write an email a week for 35 weeks. As you’ve gleaned by now, that ends next week — but I still plan to share updates and personal writing with this list from time to time.

If a friend forwarded you this email and you’d like to subscribe, head to julia.substack.com.

I’m also on Instagram at @juliaseesmith and (less often) on Twitter at @juliacsmith.

All of the gifs in this email are from a Giphy search for “dandelions.”

Week 33: We hold these truths

I can almost be certain.

Hello. It’s the third Wednesday in April.

One year ago today we were summoned to The Staff Meeting That Changed Everything. Except it didn’t change everything, you know? It uncovered things, it revealed things, it set changes into motion.

It pushed us to examine our relationships to our jobs, teams, space, and resources. (See also: Your Workplace Isn’t Your Family. And That’s OK!, NYT, August 2018.)

It forced us to directly acknowledge power and privilege.

It reminded us to trust people, not institutions. (See also: After Allegations Of Toxic Culture, Southern Poverty Law Center Tries To Move Forward, NPR this morning, via my friend Cara; In the latest sign things really are dire, BuzzFeed is laying off 15 percent of its staff, Neiman Lab, January 2019.)

I can almost be certain I would not be writing this email if it weren’t for last April.

I’m glad I’m here. I’m glad you’re here.

Photo from Lakeview, today, for my 100 Day Project on Instagram. The mural reflected is “Lake View” by Anthony Lewellen.

You didn’t cancel me!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to read last week’s email, and especially to those who wrote back. I’m thinking about including some of the responses in next week’s edition — I thought about it today, but decided to let the topic breathe a little.

We hold these truths

If you know me personally, it’s likely you also know the legendary Kira Wisniewski (here she is on Instagram with her bunny Billie Jean), whom I first met more than a decade ago when she pulled a ragtag group of folks together to create 826DC.

Her latest project, Self Evident, is one I’ve mentioned here before, but I’m bumping it again because a) hey - I want my kid (and myself) to grow up nestled in a rich tapestry of stories by, for, and about Asian America, and b) tomorrow’s the deadline for their crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

I know it might sound dubious to say “if you have $1, please give, no donation is too small!” But they really need to reach 1000+ backers for this campaign in order to help show funders and radio networks (think NPR, American Public Media, PRX) that audiences want to hear these stories on a national level. They’re at 802 backers right now with 28 hours left, so this is totally doable if we rally. Go here to donate. Thanks for considering this!

While your wallet’s out

Two other worthy places to direct funds, if you have them:

Read more here (The Daily Advertiser, via Kelly Hayes).

And Mari Copeny, aka Little Miss Flint, has one week left to reach her GoFundMe goal and provide water to her neighbors:

On April 6th 2018, Governor Rick Snyder announced the end of a free bottled water program in Flint, claiming the water quality has been restored.  That is not the case, today thousands of Flint residents remain without clean water. Pipe replacement is still ongoing and should be "completed" by the end of the year but it will take longer for Flint residents to trust the water since we were lied to for almost 2 years.

For each dollar raised, we will be able to provide 11 bottles of water for Flint Residents.
 

Links

This newsletter is really lacking in Beyoncé content.

I haven’t watched it yet. I know.

A note to new readers: Hello! I’m writing an email every week for 35 weeks. After that, I’ll still post to this list occasionally, but probably not quite so often. If a friend forwarded you this email and you’d like to subscribe, sign up at julia.substack.com.

I’m also on Instagram at @juliaseesmith and (less often) on Twitter at @juliacsmith.

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