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From: chris vansprouts <vansprouts at mac dot com>
Subject: happy holidays and may bees be with you !
dear metasofa friends & family,
i hope you will enjoy this new webpage re world peace and ecology, the internet and linguistics, and possibly spiritual consciousness.
with a gathering of bees from all around the world, (really, hundreds of words for "bee" in various languages, with links to the "bee" articles in 100+ language-culture sites across wikipedia, see below)
and a small sound piece called "blue bees" (possible music genres - art, alternative, blues, easy listening, electronic, industrial, meditative, new age, religious, soundtrack, techno, trance :)
happy solstice full moon holidays, and best wishes for the new year!
here are some of the world bees... hold mouse over a word for it's language, see the webpage for links to wikipedia
naħla abelo čebele gwenynen ong մեղուներ anthophila býflugur bienen דבורים на ᐋᒨ бжьэ zuma ᒥᓗᒋᐊᖅ ผึ้ง μέλισσα tsísʼná ფუტკრები занбӯр 花蜂 tawon bēo boyong-boyong ܕܒܫܬܐ abeille སྦྲང་མ། bizu அந்தோபிலா bijen kumburuŋo ღვებ uru-yuki ᏩᏚᎵᏏ ハナバチ मौरी seillean בין मधुमक्षिका pčela wanyi lebah abèy бджоли 벌(곤충) momo ⵜⵉⵣⵉⵣⵡⵉⵜ lago-meli iem
From: chris vansprouts <metasofa.org at gmail.com>
Subject: race unity videos & info - sat july 18 indigenous global prayer on zoom
dear metasofa friends & family,
first for those who didn't already know, there's an Inter-Generational Global Prayer zoom meeting this Saturday July 18th at noon mst/pdt, more info & links below... almost 700 people from everywhere attended the previous June 20th Solstice Global Prayer, about half on video, half by phone, it was good.
also farther below, check out some of the online videos & writing & resources i've discovered along my humble ongoing path of learning about race justice and race unity, much with friends in the Baha'i Race Amity project since early this year.
this email began as a personal note to a few friends, but the subject is so important, i'm sending this out to everyone i know, including many connected with arts & education, mutual aid & timebanking, and other humanitarian work.
thanks for taking a look and focusing on racism, just for a moment, even if it seems obvious, or not personally relevant. or, thank you for focusing me on racism! i'm white & male, highly educated middle-class, unbelievably privileged, and i wasn't really paying enough attention. now many mysteries are becoming clear...
now i'm listening carefully, bearing witness and learning truth about hundreds of years of racist mass terrorism and cruelty, along with sustained systemic oppression, denial, and injustice. this is not only history, it's continuing yet today, and very destructively affecting everyone and everything in the world.
positively, actively, together we can stop racism.
thanks to everyone for whatever good we can do, and all we are doing!
with love, chris vansprouts
this email is a tiny cross-pollination project of metasofa.org, hopefully helping to connect friends & colleagues, activists, artists, academics, baha'is, buddhists, sufis, peer counseling, intentional communities, co-ops, mutual aid & timebanking, de-central peer-to-peer resilient grass-roots ecologies, technologies, projects, organizing & networking...
webpage of this email - metasofa.org/news [with some updates]
July 18 Saturday - Inter-Generational Global Prayer on Zoom
12 noon to 2 pm MST/PDT (Tucson) = 3 to 5 pm EDT = 7 to 9 pm UTC/GMT
Join in sacred circle with Grandmothers, Grandfathers, Wisdom Keepers, Young Leaders, Youth, Children... offering prayer, song, ceremony, and sacred wisdom shared from many cultures and places in the world... to uplift, heal, transform, awaken, unify in these times of great transition, challenge and change...
Inter-Generational Global Prayer - 2020 July 18 [added here jul 24]
video 2 hr 27 min - facebook.com/grandmothersofthesacredwe/videos/941169146393685
Global Solstice Prayer - 2020 June 20 [added here jul 24]
video 1 hr 58 min - facebook.com/grandmothersofthesacredwe/videos/264205938169698
Race History, Race Justice, Race Amity, Race Unity
"There is one race, the human race."
An American Story: Race Amity and the Other Tradition - NCRA, 2014 [added here aug 14]
preview 5 min - youtube.com/watch?v=9DMrg7pfQzI
about - raceamityfilm.org/about-the-documentary
website - raceamity.org
Dr Joy DeGruy - Diversity Training Isn't Enough - Wilmette, 2020 June 2
video 2 hrs - youtube.com/watch?v=ZTnGfhl4OJM
Dr Robin DiAngelo - White Fragility Lecture - Oakland CA, 2019 June 25
video 1 hr 43 min - youtube.com/watch?v=HrOFpaB-PQI
article - robindiangelo.com/accountability-statement
website - robindiangelo.com
Peggy McIntosh PhD - White Privilege & Male Privilege - Wellesley, 1988-90
article - racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf
article - collegeart.org/pdf/diversity/white-privilege-and-male-privilege.pdf
about - wcwonline.org/Active-Researchers/peggy-mcintosh-phd
and Economics, Technology, Law, Politics
Dr Cornel West - on political choices - Al Jazeera, 2020 Sep 3 [added here sep 6]
video 30 min - youtube.com/watch?v=Ti09oEN-DJ0
Dr Ibram X Kendi - How to be an Antiracist - with Jemele Hill, 2019
video 55 min - youtube.com/watch?v=TzuOlyyQlug
Ruha Benjamin PhD - From Park Bench to Lab Bench - TEDx Baltimore, 2015
video 22 min - youtube.com/watch?v=_8RrX4hjCr0
Ruha Benjamin - Ethics & Race in Tech, conversation with Meredith Whittaker - 2020 June 1
video 1 hr - youtube.com/watch?v=frqac_nEeQ4
website - thejustdatalab.com/about-pandemic-portal
website - ainowinstitute.org
Mutual Aid and economic freedom, some local & internet resources
Darren Chapman & Dr George Brooks - Gardening While Black - AZ Interfaith Power & Light, 2020 Nov 22 [added here nov 29]
video 1 hr 8 min - youtube.com/watch?v=4nFfOQKsCKU
website - tigermountainfoundation.org
website - sw-green.com
Mutual Aid Distaster Relief - Radically Redistributing Mutual Aid - 2020 June 10
article - mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/radically-redistributing-mutual-aid
website - mutualaiddisasterrelief.org
Tucson Food Share (new since covid, getting the word out!) - Sharing free groceries in solidarity with our neighbors - Tucson Food Share was created by Food Not Bombs Tucson, a loosely organized collective of Tucsonans who come together out of empathy and respect for all of our neighbors. We feel honored to share food freely with anyone who wants it, regardless of their appearance or life circumstances (no documentation required). Most of our food is generously donated by local grocers and farmers who support this mission.
pickup - Mondays & Thursdays 5-7 pm, Saturdays 9-11 am [updated jul 24 & oct 31]
delivery - within 12 miles, if you can't pick up - see website
location - 101 E Ventura St, Tucson AZ (at 7th Av btwn Grant & Speedway, across from Bicas) [was at Tallboys on 4th Av before oct 31]
contact - 520-222-9242 or tucsonfoodshare(at)gmail.com
website - tucsonfoodshare.org
Tucson Timetraders Timebank - community timebank & local resource directory (250 members, hundreds of pre-covid offers & requests posted)
website - metasofa.org/timebank
Timebank Knowledge Commons - free online library & global resource directory (200 documents, videos, websites)
find mutual-aid or share - metasofa.org/tb-kc/find?q=mutual.aid+share
find emergency resilience sustainable - metasofa.org/tb-kc/find?q=emergency+resilience+sustainable
website - metasofa.org/tb-kc
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