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pad party (on mlk day) recap

pad party (on mlk day) recap

(photo by @kemistudio5) in between the four grungy walls of @murmur_media, people that bleed found (or made rather) a piece of home. as they selected the size of menstrual pad and prints and colors they wanted, a playlist of sampha the great, ari lennox, and even, oldie marlena shaw played from a speaker. these people chatted about entrepreneurial plans, common characteristics of signs, relationship woes, and sewing techniques. it's exciting to see how each pad party grows in size and momentum. i would love to get to the space where I host them consistently (once or twice a month) and until...

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the four agreements for communal living

the four agreements for communal living

(photo by Tia Loren Hayes) be impeccable with your word. don't take it personal. don't make assumptions. always do your best. one of my favorite books and easiest reads is the four agreements by toltec writer, don miguel ruiz. the four agreements can be applied to any aspect of your life, and offer you immediate calmness in any stressful situation. i often say the four agreements in my head so I don't forget them. they help me to navigate living in cooperative housing, where there are many people with unique perspectives living under one roof. the first agreement "be impeccable with...

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martin luther king x sanitation workers

martin luther king x sanitation workers

(photo:  Ernest Withers, 1968, via artsbma.org) two garbage collectors, echol cole and robert walker, who were crushed to death by a malfunctioning truck, and 1300 of their sanitation brothers were the reason mlk was in memphis on the day of his death in 1968. the workers, mostly black men, were operating dilapidated trucks, not being paid overtime, covered in filth, and making so little that they depended on public assistance to feed their families. they were demanding dignity for their work. the strike began on february 12 and by february 15, 10,000 tons of trash had piled up. the mayor of memphis...

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composting is a guerilla tactic

composting is a guerilla tactic

everyday we have an opportunity to turn our food scraps into nutrient dense soil or methane gas.  if you have a backyard (even at a rental) you can turn those food scraps into nutrient rich compost using three things a pile of leaves, a shovel, and a small bucket that can fit in your freezer. the small bucket should stay in your freezer and as you cook throughout the week put your food scraps in the bucket. meanwhile in the back corner of your yard, make a pile with the leaves and carve out a hole in the middle of...

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when building consensus everybody wins

when building consensus everybody wins

when i first moved into a communal house (wah gwan orange moon), i didn't know anything about organizing said communal house. and when i moved in there wasn't necessarily a big need for consensus building. (although on a side note, i would say that all houses can benefit from practicing consensus building and organizing house meetings, etc.) after gaining more roommates without much initial familiarity (now were moon cycle sisters!), we had to express personal boundaries and establish agreements. much of this i organized out of pure intuition, but then a sister-friend (hey nene girl!) helped me learn more about consensus building,...

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