For the rest of July, I will be donating all proceeds from my chapbook "Emdash & Ellipses" to #KeepTNFree for their July Fundraising drive - so if you haven't bought one yet, now you can get a poetry book AND donate to a good cause! (of course, you can also just donate directly at www.tuesdaynightproject.org!)
Please donate to support the next generation of art-ivists!!! I would not be who I am as a poet, writer, storyteller, creative if it wasn't for this space that nurtured me so lovingly!
Shout out to the TNC team that keeps me inspired - Traci, Sean, Quincy, Sophie, Johneric, and everyone else!
"Held at the historic Holman United Methodist Church, I Am An Immigrant: A Celebration of Our Stories, featured a diverse array of musical and dance performances, live renditions of immigrant-themed speeches from throughout American history, and stirring personal narratives delivered by immigrants and their families.
“A lot of what comes next hinges on who will be in office in the next election cycle. We really have to see who is in office next to see where we have to angle our strategies. I think DACA/DAPA were placeholders. There is so much overhaul that needs to be done. These programs are piece meals that were given to us temporarily in the moment. There will always be continued organizing that needs to be done. The end goal was not to get DACA and DAPA, the end goal is to have complete immigration reform.”
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I am profoundly aware of how my art and politics have changed with her loss. I stopped writing after she died, I started painting profusely. It took me time to write, and when I did, she found her way into my story, no matter what I wrote on, spoke on, media-ed on. And last month, I was awarded a White House Champion of Change in Art and Storytelling. That was because of her. Not like that magic thing where she made it happen but like that thing where her life and the grief were my catalyst to produce as an artist and activist. She was and will always be my catalyst.
In my mother's memory on her death anniversary, I would like to share the poetry performance I did in the White House last month to close out the Champion of Change ceremony, called "Mom's Belonging". https://youtu.be/1hXx-9-AfcI
Happy Birthday to me, Happy Independence Day, and Eid Mubarak. Here's my gift to you all - I wrote the final essay in #30Days30Writers over at Patheos Muslim trying to make this sense of this senselessly tragic Ramadan - Live Beyond Ramadan by the Values of Love:
"As I reflect back on the past 30 days, the theme that is uplifted the most is the one of safety and safe space. My Ramadan this year started with protesting in front of the Pasadena courthouse at the “felony lynching” sentencing of Black Lives Matter activist Jasmine Richards. Just a week later, I was breaking my fast at a candlelit vigil on steps of LA’s City Hall for the Latinx victims of Orlando’s Pulse shooting.
The week after I performed poetry at an iftar raising funds for a youth program to bring Japanese and Muslim youth together on a fellowship. And the week after that, I was praying Jummah at the women only space of the Women’s Mosque of America.
Ramadan for me was speaking up against police brutality against black people; it was about holding space and speaking out as an ally for the Muslim queers in my life; it was about building solidarity and creating safe space for women."
"Here is my list of the worst things about fasting in an office setting:
1. When people burn popcorn in the office kitchen.
2. The blasting air conditioner is even colder when you are not digesting food — and then you need to take sun breaks outside so you can reheat your blood.
3. Ramadan stinky breath is a real thing and you get really self-conscious about having to take a meeting in close quarters.
The plus side to fasting in an office setting:
1. If you drop the ball on a project, you can easily use the “I have Ramadan brain, and my memory is all foggy and I forgot” card. That card is good for the month.
2. If you accidentally fall asleep in your office cubicle, people won’t judge you because you are fasting.
3. You are excused from going on all those team-building lunches and happy hours. Because who really enjoys those, anyways?
4. Without having lunch to eat on lunch break, you can just leave work early. Just make sure your boss didn’t catch you taking that nap earlier."
& I guested on 's Backtalk podcast on being (or not being) LIKEABLE! Check it out: https://bitchmedia.org/article/backtalk-letting-go-likability
Mee Moua schools Senator Sessions on immigrant families
This is awesome: Witness Embarrasses GOP Senator Who Wants To Divide Immigrant Families. On Monday, Mee Moua, president and executive direct
SWEET. BABY. JESUS. I’ve been listening to Frank...
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