Monthly Archives: April 2020

25th amendment

“A day after President Donald Trump openly speculated about injecting disinfectants into coronavirus patients and using large amounts of ultraviolet rays to treat the virus, MoveOn.org on Friday publicly called for Trump’s cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove the president from office.

Trump’s comments Thursday evening—which forced doctors to issue public statements pleading with Americans to ignore the president’s advice—are only the latest evidence that his failed leadership and mismanagement of the pandemic is endangering people on a daily basis, MoveOn said.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/24/citing-utter-inability-discharge-duties-his-office-moveon-demands-trump-removal?

Girl Climate Activists: India’s Ridhima Pandey

I’m writing a book about global young women activists to follow up my book “Brave: Young Women’s Global Revolution,” which includes a chapter on Indian feminism. You can see my interview with Ridhima Pandey who filled legal actions with the government of India and with 15 other activists who petitioned UNICEF in New York City. Her Instagram handle: ridhimapandeyy

I’d appreciate your nominations for other young women to include in the climate book.  Thanks, Gayle Kimball

Tactics Pioneered by Black Student Activists in 1960

https://theconversation.com/birthed-by-hbcu-students-this-organization-offers-important-lessons-for-todays-student-activists-132643?

The founding of SNCC in April 1960 represented an important paradigm shift within the modern civil rights movement. SNCC encouraged black youth to defiantly enter spaces that they had been told to avoid all of their lives. The founding in 1960 resulted in a wave of SNCC activists being sent into the most hostile environments to register voters and mobilize African Americans for change. In doing so, SNCC ushered in the direct action phase of the movement.

Coping in Difficult Times

 

Watch for my “CALM: How to Thrive in Challenging Times” ebook and print, available soon.

See interview with therapist Katy Luallen on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTnZMBpABcI

She advises when a “fire alarm” goes off in the back of the brain that feels afraid, put your attention on the prefrontal cortex behind the forehead asking it to act as a rational filter. Ask, “Am I safe now?” (It helps to put your hand on the forehead.) Moving your body by exercising and being outside are especially effective because al lot of anxiety and trauma occurs when we’re stuck and feel powerless. Just the act of moving tells the brain, ”I’m not stuck. I have a way of moving though this.” Putting your feet on the ground literally helps get grounded. (My personal coping reaction to any upset is to take a walk.)  Overall, she suggests that we practice kindness to ourselves and others, being grateful for the people doing the hard work to keep us healthy, and recognize that the earth is saying “You’ve got to take a break.” Pollution definitely diminished during the pandemic.

[i] https://brainspotting.com