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Mutual Aid

… and at one moment, the whole world stopped. Some might say it was
progressive, or that we knew it was coming, but not me. For me, it just
stopped. This grinding halt gave us no time to get our footing, and even less time to prepare. There was no time to stock our cupboards and refrigerators, to arrange childcare, to set up a fleet of homeschooling teachers, or even to have enough money in the bank. It just stopped. I mean, what are our plans in the grand scope of life itself?

So, what more is there to do in this moment, but lean into this dramatic
pause, into our worries, our fears, our questions, our feelings, and our
anxieties. And then, lean into one another. Yea. Take a deep breath here. How, during this time, can we find solace in each other and resist the urge to retreat? Look. Retreating ain’t gon save us. Retreating won’t keep us safe. We: you, me, our communities will.

In this time, we call on each other for peace, for a zoom chat, a cup of
rice, and for that beloved, deeply valued roll of toilet paper. We call one
another for a moment to cry when the children have gone to bed, or for help with teaching that damn schooling at home packet teachers frantically copied and sent home. We lean on the friends and family members we wish we had more time to speak to when we were so on the go. We check in on their wellbeing and offer love. We breathe with them.

We call on our bloodlines; our many, many lifetimes of Ancestors who experienced various epidemics and crises and survived. We are proof of their survival. We call on the Earth which has known many rotations of survival over billions and billions of years. We are proof if it’s survival. We touch the grass, we feel the wind, we hear the birds. All proof of what it means to survive. We also honor the spring equinox. It is proof that seasons change, and they will this time too.

In this time, you owe us nothing but your survival – not a completed school assignment, not a checked off task list, not a spring-cleaned home… survival. And for all of you essential workers, we say thank you. For every member of our community who is battling with this virus, we offer healing energy. We extend our love, and our positive vibes to you all and your families.

Not one of us is alone. We have each other. We keep us safe. We are the
mutual aid.

#MutualAid, #CoronaVirus, #COVID19, #Community, #Ubuntu
#WeKeepUsSafe #SafeCommunities

For the Love of Black Babies

My name is Phylicia and I am an educator in Buffalo, NY.

I work, well live, at the intersection of education and Justice, teaching anti-bias content and practices to young children and teachers. So, if you love education, justice, Black babies, or some combination of the three, you can expect to see much more of this type of content on the Flagrant City platform!

Why me?
I hold a Master’s of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, a Bachelor’s of Arts in Early Childhood and Childhood Education, and teaching certifications in Early Childhood Ed, Childhood Ed, and Students with Disabilities. I have been in education since 2011 – working in a variety of settings and with children in many different age-groups. I also served as a full-time educational advocate in five different school districts, and am currently a Director of Curriculum and Instruction. I’m also a nerd. πŸ€“ I am typically engaged in some form of research and I love love love a good conference.

While, I have all my receipts, I do not claim to know everything about education. The goal here is to build community with y’all (oh yea, I’m a code-mesher not a code-switcher). Comments are always welcome! Also follow me on social media – IG: loveisphe_nomenal twitter: missphe_nomenal.

Joy first, everything else second. -Chris Emdin

Love and light,
-p