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I shake you warmly by the hand, and welcome you to my bio! Currently a writer, artist, and freelance explorer, I have played many other roles. I've managed a restaurant, debated across the country, taught children in Spain, run a handful of student organizations and retreats, served as the Editor/Producer/Citizen Journalist Manager for a, sung in choir for many years, volunteered with dozens of organizations and interned with a few, home-schooled a relative, cared for many a pet, and protested a thing or two. I am also married to my dreamy gearhead high school sweetheart, and together we are unschooling with our 10-year-old tenacious and hilarious daughter. Aside from my main passions of writing, art, reading, and generally being as ambitious as possible, I love to play with my daughter, learn new things, have date nights with The Husband, and highlight anything within my reach. Drop me a line at sarajschmidt@gmail.com.

Reparations Friday

💜It’s Friday! Reparations Day!💜

I wanted to write a post listing some reasons to give reparations and should not have googled what others have already written. 😦 I’d like to issue a cw for some violent racism if you look it up yourself. So here are some reasons to give reparations:

1. If you’re an abolitionist, you know abolition is about changing everything, including ourselves. Reparations are a part of living abolition and changing things in our own surroundings–particularly harmful systems of oppression. That leads to the next reason:

2. The average yt family has 10 times the wealth of the average Black family. This is by. Design. Don’t believe me? Look up Black Wall Street cities. Black folks thrive by their own innovation, work, and joy–when they’re not impeded by violence and oppression. Yt violence has destroyed dozens of wealthy Black cities. (CW Violence) You probably already know about Tulsa by now (hopefully) but there are SO many cities. Look up Central Park. Start with this list. https://www.bet.com/article/fqn50c/five-other-race-massacres-that-devastated-black-america

3. Community giving results in folks receiving direct support for immediate needs so folks can flourish. Your donations go to what’s needed most in the community rather than to big organizations that may not use donations that way. I’m going to go back to this beautiful Reparations Roundtable Patreon quote: “Sometimes the little ripples of change we strive to create give the Black MaGes we assist the agency to determine their own path in life. And when Black MaGes are able to thrive, amazing things can happen.” Some amazing things I’ve seen range from folks getting jobs, obtaining business support, survivors getting housing and SO much more.

4. “If each citizen shifted even 1% of their annual charitable donations, redefining them instead as reparations, $4.2BB could be raised for reparations in one year.” More info: https://reparations4slavery.com/philanthropy/

5. A lot of reparations work is organized by Black organizers who make sure the funds go to trans folks, femmes, BIPOC mamas, and GNC MaGes in crisis with the goal of stability in mind. Following Black leadership and voices is so important in paying reparations.

If you already pay reparations somewhere, great! You know who I’m going to advocate for. Reparations Roundtable gives direct aid to Black marginalized genders, boosting up lives who might need help with food, bills, a place to sleep, and other necessities for living and giving folks the chance to use their own agency to thrive! Give to Reparations Roundtable here: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ReparationsR?fbclid=IwAR3ESklzTz6yfxGojOT0qYTgM5TOkffswAsTeR-zjCFOlSEh8x1KLcgui1Y

Join the Patreon for monthly giving here! https://www.patreon.com/ReparationsRoundtable

The Tuesday Currents

It’s been a minute since we’ve done some currents! It’s Helpline Recruitment Season at SQSH, which is definitely taking up most of my time these days. This is the LAST week to apply, so if you’re interested in an incredible summer of learning anti-oppressive peer counseling skills, access to free therapy while you volunteer and SO much more, be sure to apply!

I’m also currently…

working through the spring LeadMo Cohort, which is incredibly informative! We are learning so many cool skills that we didn’t even know existed. I’ve already put some into practice.

gearing up for a Fellowship and maybe two! As Wood Sprite grows and prepares to graduate in another two years, I’m also learning and preparing for my next phase.

calling and protesting all of these draconian bills hurting Missourians

volunteering for SQSH, PPH, and several other orgs

Preparing for the big 4-H Clover Campaign, as well as plans for an archery equipment trailer, some big changes with our True Leaders in Equity Program and Neighborhood Leadership Academy grant, and hopefully a few days of service, including the Farmer’s Market and food bank!

really digging the two new archery ranges we’re using, especially the one near our home. They are both SO much more accessible! We just need to fundraise for some pop-up shade tents because the best one doesn’t have ANY shad and these kids are turning into lobsters.

checking out a blood bank with one of our homeschool co-ops. It was really fun to go on a tour in person again. I remember when I used to organize two field trips a month and have classes at our home nearly every week, plus weekly park days and so much more… It flew by so fast! Now we’re mostly getting the Teen to various classes, whether online or in-person, having intense discussions for papers, and helping with tougher homework…

Speaking of which, I’ve been refreshing my trig skills from high school to teach in one of our co-ops (the Forensic Science one!). It was pretty hard at first but it’s been getting easier.

enjoying time with the ferrets we’re fostering

making some plans with my niece

working on classes in the American Dream Academy and a writing course

both going on interviews and interviewing folks for the Helpline

navigating some tricky political waters. It’s been like West Wing Lite.

navigating healthcare limits, which is incredibly time-consuming and tiresome

treasuring Sundays with Indy. Wood Sprite usually spends the day out, so we spend the day catching up on chores, errands–and sleep. This week we had some coop repairs, much-needed cleaning, electronic repairs, class prep, and Wood Sprite’s Easter, among other things. Indy made us a cinnamon cake, which was really awesome, too.

flyering for SQSH

What are you up to this week?