#everydayhero story: Meet Wayne and Nicole Maines. Wayne is a father who challenged his conservative beliefs to accept, love, and become a fierce advocate for his trans daughter Nicole, a child who knew by age three that "he hated his penis." What can we each learn about loving more unconditionally from their journey? 💜 For the story visit: zimzum.us/read #zimzumbooks
A real-life love story to read to kids. Meet @SelinaAlko, the author/illustrator of the children’s book “The Case for Loving,” a children’s book about the lives of Mildred and Richard Loving, whose landmark Supreme Court case in 1967 eliminated the U.S.’s remaining segregation laws. Selina is white while her husband, Sean_Qualls, who helped to illustrate the book, is black. Selina talks about the importance of exposing kids at a young age to books with diverse characters that don’t use “color-blind” language. Story written by @maitezalday. See link in bio. #zimzumbooks
Put another way, the more we love, the more love we get back. What are five things (or people) you love with all your heart? Share them below! 👇🏾
Is it a coincidence or destiny that the couple who defended our right to marry across race were named Mildred and Richard Loving? This #valentinesday2018, we celebrate their 1967 Supreme Court victory that allows anyone in America to marry who they love–regardless of skin color. 🙌🏾🙌🏻 #zimzumlove
She doesn’t know it yet, but Angela King is my shero. 17 years ago, she was a neo-Nazi skinhead who was arrested and sentenced to 3 years in federal prison. While there a Jamaican inmate, who knew she was a skinhead, invited her to play cards. Angela said yes. Since then, she’s devoted her life to helping extremists leave the movement. The nonprofit Life After Hate she co-founded does life changing work and she’s one of the most patient, grace-filled people I’ve ever met. I’m humbled to have gotten to interview her and meet her for a story I’ve written coming out this Valentine’s Day on Zim Zum (@wearezimzum) on Instagram or Facebook! 💞
My family and I have been through our fair share of all of these and then some. When I was a younger man I could take a hit from life and hit right back. I could go toe to toe. 🔸
But life is relentless sometimes and you get tired, stressed, older and it takes a toll on you. Life starts to knock you back a bit then it even knocks you down. But you get right back up and get back into the fight. 🔸
After so much of that it takes a little longer to get back up until one day you lay there and think is it even worth getting back up. A little voice inside your head says "it is worth getting back up". So you do. 🔸
Now life gets a little worried because it sees something in your face that was not there before. Determination. It tries to knock you back down but you move and stand up. Before life was not worried because you were just young, dumb and full of...you know where I'm going with this. 🔸
Now you are standing back up and thinking I am strong again (old man strength) but now I have experience. 🔸
This time I can feel it coming, so I take my stance, brace myself for the blow and do not budge. Now I have life by the throat and no matter how long it takes we are going to grapple and trade blows until life gives me what I EXPECT of it(see @themfceoproject ). 🔸
This is going to be the trial of my lifetime but I WILL prevail. I'm ready for you bitch. You can still expect the same level of posts and possibly better but this is going to be one hell of a ride.
Too many times I have witness people come up to the victim(s) and say they were on the victim's side, but didn't want to speak up because they didn't want to become the next victim. It was just easier for them to stay on the oppressor's good side than to speak up for what was right.
Stand up for one another. Even if your voice shakes, take a fucking stance. Stop letting the oppressor tear people down and Start supporting and building each other up. I hope someone does stand up for you when you do become the next victim.
I choice to believe there are good people out there. We just need to stand together. **I normally don't share my thoughts like this on social media, as some people have read my post and thought I was talking about them. And if they took what I said personally and thought it was about them, then they must be feeling guilty about something.
Happy World Hijab Day to our Muslim sisters who choose to wear the hijab and live a life of modesty. And to friends showing support today by wearing a hijab. ✨
Learn more about why women wear hijabis and the challenges that they face. http://worldhijabday.com/ 📸: nautiluz56
It’s funny how my intuition ( maybe it’s my empathy clairsentient ways lol) always tell me when to pull away from things in my life, whether it be relationships or even jobs. As some of you may know, I use to be a LuLaRoe consultant. After the numerous bad press, lack of professionalism, over priced poor quality items, decreased sales, and shady business tactics (on their behalf) I decided to quit. That was back in November, fast forward to today and I come across this post. I can’t believe a company, that at one time, was such activist for the Down syndrome foundation would stand behind this consultant. Good for the National Down syndrome society for taking a stance. Just another reminder I did the right thing and quit, and it looks like just at the right time. Remember LuLaRoe, you’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with. #unbelievable#lularoe#downsyndrome#takeastance#itsalwaystherighttimetodotherightthing#intuition
Happy birthday, Fred Korematsu. You were an ordinary person who fought for your right as an American to stay in your home. Your quiet courage empowered many. #hiddenfigures#korematsuday#unityindiversity ⠀
Who was Fred Korematsu? He was a Japanese-American, who the government forced to leave his home to live in a concentration camp during WW2 —because he looked Japanese. He ran track in high school, spent weekends with his girlfriend and helped out with his family’s nursery. He’d just bought his first convertible and had decided to become a welder. He was your average American whose life changed when Pearl Harbor was attacked. "I prefer not to," he had politely said when soldiers arrived at his door. As a citizen he k ew his rights but they arrested him. He and @aclu_norcal took his case all the way up to the Supreme Court. The judges voted against him — many of whom would later be praised for their work during the civil rights movement. Fred was convicted of violating a military order (under Executive Order 9066) and sentenced to five years probation. He was sent to live at the Topaz Interment camp with the rest of his family. He didn't talk about it for 40 years.⠀
Then in 1983, he testified in court, "I would like to see the government admit that they were wrong and do something about it so this will never happen again to any American citizen of any race, creed, or color." Charges against him were dropped and reparations were paid to all Interned Japanese Americans thanks in part to Fred’s work. He continued to speak out on behalf of Muslim Americans after 9/11. He refused to let history repeat itself against anyone else.⠀
"There are Arab-Americans today who are going through what Japanese Americans experienced years ago, and we can't let that happen again...it's happening again, and that's why I continue to talk about what happened to me."⠀
He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. California deemed January 30 Fred Korematsu Day. Learn more about Fred Korematsu at korematsuinstitute.org.
Dear Fear, guess what? We’re stronger than you. We appreciate your effort to “protect” us from others but starting today we’ll take it from here. We’d rather make room for everyone’s brilliance to shine.
Regrammed w/💜: @vinovivono
A writer, politician, Oxfordian, intellectual so many ways to define this man. Its Shashi Tharoor and hearing him is a privilege that Jaipur literature fest provided us.
On day 3rd on the conversation with Arundhati, the main points of discussion were:- Emphasised on the phrase Hinduism and Hindutva:- :- It is not Hindu fundamentalism, but, ‘Hindutva fundamentalism’ that is the accurate term for the hatred, division and unspiritual activities attributed to it. Hindutva Fundamentalism is responsible for the disturbing phenomena of attacks on practitioners of other religions in India, and the violence and atmosphere of fear - and the augury of fascism that prevails in India today. :- The Main focus was on the preachings of the Swami Vivekanand:- One of teaching was that Hindutva not only teaches us the to have a faith in our own belief what also accept the belief of faith of others. :-“For so long we believed the phrase – unity in diversity, but what they (political Hindus) want is uniformity,” he claimed. :- You cannot have the Hindutva and constitution of India hand in hand both are opposite you have to be either with the one. :- Has asserted his father's faith in the discussion, but also implied this faith was private.
This seems interesting booklets have a look at it. The dinner is going to be utterly delicious.