Huge thanks to everyone who came out earlier this month to my salon, ARTISNOURISHMENT: A Celebration of Brooklyn Transcore.
I had a total blast relishing in the joy of creative collaborations and queer art with so many interesting folx, and it feels amazing to be back in the swing of curating shows and performing live music.
I’m super excited for 2023. Dave and I already have some gigs lined up and are working on a new EP. Both kids are in a great homeschool groove centered around social justice, protecting the planet, and creative expression. I’ve also made big progress on my memoir this year and feel confident I’ll complete a first draft by the summer. Feeling full of gratitude over here.
I’m hosting a salon for the first time in four years! There will be live music and painting, photography, free cookies, plus we’ll be celebrating Brooklyn Transcore and raising awareness for trans rights, all at Freddy’s Bar & Backroom in Brooklyn. SEE YOU THERE!
What: Live music and painting, photography, free cookies. No cover, tips for performers encouraged.
Why: In these dystopian days, creative collaborations are more important than ever. Come to our salon to listen, dance, talk, get inspired, eat cookies, and celebrate Brooklyn Transcore. Let’s nourish each other.
But y’all, as much as we want him to be, Joe Biden is not our savior. He’s obviously an improvement, but if his track record as an Establishment Democrat means anything, he’s not going to end inhumane deportations, secure reproductive rights, protect transpeople, overhaul our justice system, nor begin the long overdue process of dismantling white supremacy – unless we make him.
It’s on us to hold our new president and Congresspeople accountable. Remember, they work for us. It’s also on us, especially those of us who are white, to work on ourselves, on recognizing and undoing our biases and on committing to a life of actively being antiracist.
But guess what? We don’t have to do this work alone. In fact, we can’t do it alone. It’s time to start collaborating, to come together and organize, act up, disrupt. And what a nice thing it is to be able to use our joy as motivation to keep up the work!
Not sure how to get started? Here’s a list of suggestions for you:
Follow ResistBot to stay informed of easy actions that only require a few minutes of your time.
Make a donation to and/or volunteer for a social justice organization that focuses on supporting immigrants and BIPOC (see a short list below).
Join the Working Families Party, “the party of the multiracial working class, fighting for a nation that cares for all of us,” to learn ways to organize with like-minded folk to impact policy change and more.
Make the choice every day to be an antiracist (see list below for additional resources).
400 Soulsby Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain: “A chorus of extraordinary voices comes together to tell one of history’s great epics: the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present–edited by Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, and Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on Fire.” Click here to sign up for a virtual reading and discussion with the editors and some contributors.
13 Tiny Desk Concerts by Black Artists: Throughout the month, NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series is hosting an amazing lineup of virtual concerts by black artists of various genres, featuring old standbys like Wynton Marsalis as well as some up-and-coming, soon-to-be stars you definitely want to know about.
I hope you’re able to find time to celebrate this month, as well as to reflect on why we still need a Black History Month and what steps we can take to end racism in this country. I know it’s daunting, but as my favorite singer, Bille Holiday, said, “The difficult I will do right now. The impossible will take a little while.”
This has to change. Cops have to stop murdering black people. It’s not a cop’s job to kill anyone, period. It just isn’t. These bullshit excuses they give are atrocious. It’s simple: STOP KILLING BLACK PEOPLE.
What will it take for white people to wake up, to get over themselves enough to see the terror our black neighbors live in, to accept that it is our job as white people to do something to change this?
I am so fed up. I don’t know what to do. I’ll keep diving into my own antiracism work, and I’ll keep sharing ways for you to do the work, too, but sometimes it feels like I’m yelling into a void while black people keep dying. How much yelling will it take?