As we head into the end of 2018 -- for some of us, holiday and feasting and loved ones; and for others of us, work and loneliness and doubt; and for many of us, some of both -- we are sending love for the justice work we do every day and who we each are.
We’ll be sending out a look back and forward to celebrate and reflect and vision in early 2019. For now, we want to share some of the books and songs that have been getting us through - new things that blew our hearts and minds wide open and old ones that still shake us up in the best way.
What We’ve Been Reading (in no particular order):
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
Joyful Militancy by Carla Bergman and Nick Montgomery
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Line Becomes the River by Francisco Cantú
Unapologetic A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene Carruthers
When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors
They Best They Could Do by Thi Bui
The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Electric Arches by Eve Ewing
The Book of Curses by the Asian American Literary Review
No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality by Jordan Flaherty
Parables of the Talents by Octavia Butler
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live by Brene Brown
Black Theology and Black Power by Rev. Dr. James Cone
Emergent Strategy Adrienne Maree Brown
What We’ve Been Listening To: Spotify Playlist
We offer each of you love and hope in your moments of grief and fear and on the journey yet to come. Our call to Side with Love is a holistic call to side with each other yesterday, today and the days to come as we become the Love we seek in this World!
We got this, with love,
Everette Thompson and Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen
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