Muslim Women's Day Yesterday
So on the bright side, I was delighted to see all the beautiful and amazing posts in my social media feed lifting up Muslim women for Muslim Women's Day yesterday. On the other hand, I was dismayed that I had not even heard that it was happening in advance so that I could have told you about it and we could have all taken part! I'm part of many feminist groups online, several feminist e-mail lists, and I'm a certified news junkie, yet I somehow had missed it! White feminists have done a bad job in the past incorporating minority women, and I felt like I was living up to that stereotype yesterday. I began to lament the religious/racial silo that I -- and most of us -- live in, and the lack of media coverage of this important day. Even though I have made efforts to stand with my Muslim neighbors at Muslim Day at the Texas Capitol, to educate myself about Islam, and to participate in service projects and in inter-religious dialogue events, I admit that I still cannot name a Muslim woman in my small tribe of close friends. The best I can do is to keep trying to do better to join hands with my Muslim sisters, and so in that spirit, today I share with you an absolutely amazing music video of "Hijabi" released yesterday by Mona Haydar, a Muslim woman rapper, in celebration of Muslim Women's Day.
Seed of Inspiration
Each Tuesday during our march, we'll bring you art from a seedy woman that speaks truth to power. Plant this seed of inspiration within you to sustain your energy for the march that still lies ahead...
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Seed of Action
Many of you did great work over February's congressional recess. The next chance to show off your skills and creativity is April 8th - 23rd. This will overlap with the very last days of our march, so it will be a great sprint at the end of our race! Here are some seeds you might plant today to get ready for recess!
- Mark in your calendar April 8th -23rd: Congressional Recess.
- Start asking your members of congress when they are going to hold Town Hall meetings. You can contact your members of congress by calling them using callmycongress.com or by messaging them through an app like countable.us.
- If your member of congress or their staff refuses to tell you about any Town Hall meetings, check out Indivisible's Missing Members of Congress Action Plan, which shows you how to take control of the situation.
- Read the United State of Women's Week of Action Toolkit from the last congressional recess. This will give you tips on how to prepare for your Town Hall meeting.
We recieved a big thank you from the YWCA a few days ago! Together we raised about $200 for their programs. Thank you so much to all who participated in that seed of action! If you didn't get a chance to donate, you can still do so by following this link. I encourage everyone to participate in tomorrow's Wallet Wednesday; we've got a great organization coming up! We're asking for small donations just one day a week during this 40 day march to make it easy on you and so that almost everyone should be able to participate. For about the cost of one latte a week, if we band together, we can make real change in women's lives. So please consider participating in our last 3 wallet Wednesdays. It may mean a few dollars out of your pocket, but it can make a real difference in a woman's life if we can come together!
Show us your seeds! Share with us images and stories of you scattering seeds by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org, posting on our Facebook page, or sending us a tweet @seedstoscatter!
And above all, scatter with love!