ansari

Meet Blake Ansari.

He is six years old.  And he saw a need.  So he started a book drive for homeless children.  He collected and distributed 600 books.  His next plan?  To build a library.  Here’s what his mother reports he said:

When you listen to the community, learn from the community, and help the community, you connect to your best self.

Thanks to Shakesville for the link.

kochiyama

For your multimedia pleasure

Because when I grow up I wanna be like Yuri Kochiyama.

The Blue Scholars song on youtube (audio only)

The Impact of Malcolm X on Asian American Politics and Activism, by Yuri Kochiyama (pdf format).  From Blacks, Latinos, and Asians in Urban America: Status and Prospects for Politics and Activism, 1994.

Twelve Years a Slave is available online (text format).

Sin Pais, a short documentary about deportation (streaming on PBS).

Sa-I-Gu refers to April 29 in LA.  From a Korean American women’s perspective (on youtube).

thanksgiving

Or not.

The turkey is in the oven.  It’s going to be Thanksgiving on Wheels again.

So I went to the grocery store and the cashier asked me about Thanksgiving.  I reminded her that I was going to the nursing home again.  She looked at me and said the following:

You do know, of course, that we shouldn’t even celebrate Thanksgiving.  Because you know what the first Thanksgiving was all about.  It wasn’t like they teach in schools.  You do know that, don’t you? Continue reading