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    Spring backward. #photoaday #flowerstagram #firstdayofspring #spring #lastofwinter ❄️❤️ So yesterday, I ran a poetry workshop at a middle school and hearing the words from these youth, I feel a lot better about the world. One boy wrote a poem & was very shy about reading it. I offered to read it for him. To my surprise, he wrote about people wanting freedom and not being “illegal.” I hope he finds the courage some day to read the poem because these days, hate voices itself louder than love. Our kids deserve better role models. I didn’t grow up thinking about my immigration status, but I think many children have to now. 💔I’m at a very low point in my hope bank. I’m taking notes on how to say goodbye to a country. I think one way is love and one way is poetry.
#loveislouder #happyworldpoetryday This Sunday I made it to church at a Unitarian Universalist congregation. I arrived as a panelist for an immigration and human rights discussion. My audience was majority White. I started with a poem and then my college journey narrative. It is a heavy feeling to be a person who potentially faces deportation or undocumented status and to stand in front of an audience that though sympathetic, cannot imagine what your world is like. They listened to me and the other panelists very actively. One of the panelists, Klara Bilgin, showed us this poster-size cover of Time magazine’s March issue with her own addition “Why America?” At the end I was surprised that most people had comments rather than questions. When we say immigration is a controversial issue or a “hot topic,” it’s true. I got to see it today by people commenting on their experience traveling abroad without borders or their observations of how much labor is expected of undocumented immigrants. Many of them were proposing solutions. I wish Congress were as productive as these people were in their 15 or so minutes to comment and ask questions. #rageatCongress #votesmart #speakup Little sister poem. Be woke.❤️ #ajamonet #poem
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“I’m going to reach 10,000”

Two days ago, I caught sight of a commercial by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). I hadn’t seen it before, but now I’m seeing it every day. UNICEF has started the Tap Project, which involves iPhone users (aka perhaps privileged persons) to donate water by not using their phones for 10 minutes. Every 10 minutes becomes 1 day of clean water (provided by the project’s kind sponsors and donors).


I totally loved the idea and it’s definitely something within my reach. It’s also a shame I can’t give up actual money—bills and bus fares, and future tuition to pay for. Growing up, those little green pieces of paper began to impact the way my world rotated, and I’m still waiting for money to lose its 15 minutes of fame.

Not going without my phone (not necessary the worst thing ever) reminded me of another project I had heard about when I was younger. It’s FreeRice, a knowledge game where every question answered correctly grants 10 grains of rice to the World Food Programme.

My favorite part is that the website automatically opens to English Vocabulary (though there are other subjects). When I was in Massachusetts, I had a friend I teased, perhaps because he seemed so near to perfect. He was a FreeRice user. But, FreeRice has existed since 2007; it was as a student in middle school that I first started using the website.

Now I’ve introduced it to my little brother, who has made the ambitious statement of reaching 10,000 grains. He’s got less than 8,000 to go. Not a bad start.

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  1. The Global Recipe Project is gathering recipes for a cookbook to benefit global hunger organizations. I hope you will consider contributing a recipe to this worthy cause. http://crowdedearthkitchen.com/global-recipe-project/


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