still getting used to being home
it was pretty but i’m glad to be amongst the big trees again…

Back home a week now and returning to the atmosphere of our city, our neighborhood, our home has been an interesting reentry.

  • I love this HuffPost article where Photographers Reimagine Iconic Movies With Black Characters. We need to see more women of color at the forefront!
  • Calling out the makers of “feminine products” – Tell Always and Tampax to Detox the Box! reports in their Chem Fatale report, “Because pads and tampons are regulated as “medical devices” and not “personal care products,” companies aren’t required to disclose any of the ingredients used in these products.
  • You may have heard the term intersectional feminism used recently as we talk about how what women face is connected with the issues people of color and more.  The fabulous Akilah Hughes explains it in a great, funny way that draws attention to the diversity of feminism that is often left out in today’s discussions.
  • As many of you know, I don’t buy what the Pope is selling. He’s getting treated like a rockstar for his words on the environment, yet still is a raging homophobe and sexist, supporting the firing of gays and the repression of women in areas from career equity to reproductive health. Atima Omara writes about The Pope’s Blind Spot when it comes to healthcare: “How can you seek to uplift the poor while actively opposing the very health care that low-income women around the world demand? This to me is the epitome of inconsistency in the Church’s work and its teachings, especially when it’s taken to areas where women and their families are in great need.”
  • Pretty rad – the husband of our SMART Reading Coordinator is currently in Uganda as a member of Cambia’s team partnering with Medical Teams International to kick off a pilot program to provide technology solutions to healthcare providers who currently have to “manually collect, enter and transmit critical data from Medical Teams’ health clinics to the United Nations,” which “severely limits coordination of patient care and the UN’s ability to transmit alerts about contagious disease outbreaks.” This is what I like to see tech doing – helping those who need it most in our world!
  • And finally, just diggin’ Vintage Portland’s recent photo of Front Avenue, circa 1852. Amazing what 163 years will do to change a town! 🙂

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