December 14, 2021
Vol 1 #35
Editors: Brock Munsterteiger, Terry Gips, & Lydia Sulik
Art of the Week
In the City
There is No Night
In the city there is no night. The cloudy skies glow, an aftershock to the nuclear explosion of waking.
Shadows become withdrawn in a mock day dream.
In the city there is no night. Time unwinds into streamlined ribbons entwining lives into cars, bedsheets, music, work, silence-
Every sound is amplified without the cacophony of daylight.
In the city there is no night. The cloudless skies offer no secrets, starless its jaws open and the world falls tumbling into its belly.
Sleep invades us all; dreams and death in the unknown Linger. Where we cannot see.
By Jennifer Winterstein Writestone@Hotmail.com
No Waste Holiday Gifts
If you’re struggling to find last-minute presents or not sure what to get someone, try these zero-waste options:
Homemade candles, soap, organic bread and baked goods
Thrifted or vintage jewelry
Reusable Water Bottles
e-Magazine, Newspaper or Podcast subscription
Museum or park membership
For more, see Livekindly’s Zero Waste Christmas
Song of the Week
Pray Well with Others by Rabbi Joe Laur is a great gift for this season and these times as he explores all spiritual traditions so we can live well with others!
At the Alliance
Thanks to everyone who gave and helped us reach our $10k goal for Give to the Max.
If you haven’t had a chance to give yet, we hope you’ll consider an end of the year donation to our SHE Kindness GoFundMe Campaign so that we can launch our SHE Kindness School Program. And great news, your donation will be matched by a generous $3,500 match from the Leuthold Foundation!
Following this issue, we will be taking a two-week break to enjoy the holidays. Our next issue will be January 4, 2022
What does someone who experienced poverty and homelessness do when they turn things around in their life? They pay it forward.
That’s exactly what Phothala (“Po”) Chanthavysouk did once she founded Ecco Love and created a successful Twin Cities-based event bus business, My Time Enterprise.
Po has been helping people who struggle by using her event bus to help change people’s lives. For example, last year she took her bus, filled it with donated toys and gifts and drove to low-income neighborhoods so that 50 to 60 families could have holiday gifts!
This year she’s reaching out to the community and businesses again for their support (great tax incentive). She has 700 families to serve this year. Please help spread the word, gift items and give monetary gifts to bring joy to many families this Holiday Season!
Donald Trump’s cruel “Remain in Mexico Policy,” which denies asylum seekers entrance into the US until their immigration hearings begin, have just restarted under President Joe Biden’s administration. This policy forces asylum seekers to remain in dangerous environments for several months. Human Rights First has documented over 1,500 cases of kidnapping, rape, torture and violent assault in two years against asylum seekers waiting outside the US until their immigration hearings begin.
What to Watch
Check out the breathtaking Nextflix documentary series, Our Planet which examines how climate change threatens all life on Earth.
93% of brands surveyed by the Fashion Checker (2020) aren’t paying garment workers a living wage. For more astounding facts on fast fashion, check out this article from good on you.
Q: Where do all the holidays in December come from and what do they mean?
A: Take A Look at the Most Widely Celebrated Winter Holidays to learn their interesting history and origins.
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