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Monthly Newsletter, June 3, 2020

Maggie Lupin
Jun 3, 2020 · 5 min read

Welcome to June, Fearless readers and writers.

While we generally try to keep our newsletters light and positive, we cannot go on with business as usual.

We are not going to waste your time by telling you about our feelings and thoughts. We want you to know that while we will never understand the pain you’re dealing with, we see you. We love you. We’re here to listen. We’re committed to fighting alongside you. We’re committed to doing better.

We understand that everyone is angry and currently reflecting upon their own experiences with race and law enforcement. However, we ask that you please refrain from submitting stories about your experiences with law enforcement and race relations, and how they differ from those of our African American brothers and sisters. We must not make this about us. This is the space and time for POC to tell of their experiences. It’s not our turn to discuss our personal experiences on these issues. It’s our time to sit, listen, and learn.

This is a call to action. This world of violence and hatred cannot be the future, and we’ve allowed ourselves to remain on the sidelines for far too long. We inhabit a space in this world that allows us to ask probing questions of the powers-that-be. We can demand reform. We can demand accountability. We can vote hatred out of office. We can do all of this without being fearful for our lives, and so we must.

We can listen to BIPOC and commit ourselves to understanding their experiences — at times of their choosing — keeping in mind that constantly asking those to relive their experiences with racism and oppression can trigger past (and current) traumas. It’s up to us to learn what we need to learn; we cannot expect those who live through racist experiences daily to do this emotional labor for us.

Below, we’ve included educational resources for those who want to learn more about how to be anti-racist, and we’ve also included a list of organizations that could use your support.

Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women That a Movement Forgot, by Mikka Kendall

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson

How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo

Many of these books are sold out right now — which is great. If you have a Kindle or Nook, many electronic versions are available, or, you can check your local library. Additionally, at many bookstores, you can still put your name on a list to be notified when the book is in stock, or, once you buy it, it will ship to you when more copies come in.

George Floyd Memorial Fund

I Run With Maud

Justice For Breonna Taylor

National Bail Out

Black Lives Matter

NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

May’s Featured Authors and Essays

Must-read essay: Would You Like to Marry My Daughter?

Writing from: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Fun facts: Hurriya used to be a makeup influencer. She also loves designer shoes, and owns over 30 pairs. She is also currently learning French on Duolingo.

Must-read essay: My Marriage Struggled to Survive #MeToo

Writing from: Austin, TX

Fun facts: Jenni is an avid ice-cream eater and incense burner.

Must-read essay: Here’s Why People Pressure You to Get Married and Have Children

Writing from: Las Vegas, NV

Fun fact: Acamea was a college basketball player.

Must-read essay: Why are White Men in Michigan Getting a Free Pass?

Writing from: North Carolina

Fun facts: Ashley loves to be upside down as much as possible, and has a yoga trapeze in her yard. She lives with her three-legged rescue dog, and her husband.

Must-read essay: My Therapist Called My Rapist a “Wise Older Man”

Writing from: Chicago, IL

Fun fact: Anne once hiked Angel’s Landing (located in Zion National Park), which is considered one of the most dangerous trails in the U.S.

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This is a space to empower differences, tell our stories, and share our lives together. We will not be silenced. We will be fearless. And we will write.

Maggie Lupin

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eternal feminist | avid reader | bumbling writer | animal advocate | cupcake connoisseur | hopeful cynic |

Fearless She Wrote

This is a space to empower differences, tell our stories, and share our lives together. We will not be silenced. We will be fearless. And we will write.