MKP Equitable Community Train Station

No. 11 • January 2019 • ManKind Project USA

Do I have any?
Why bother?
What difference can I make?

Well, read on to see how one person or a small group can
change the world for the better...
Dr. Adrienne Keene, an educator and advocate for appropriate representations of Native peoples, recently walked into a bar in San Diego and saw this large mural of a Native nations warbonnet, placed so that bar patrons could take selfies. She took a photo and posted on Instagram with a caption to educate the bar why the mural was inappropriate. Guess what happened!! Read the rest of Adrienne's story at Native Appropriations.
Brittany Murlas (who just happens to be my daughter-in-law) has a vision for a world where we teach children empathy and compassion for everyone, where all genders and all people have equal opportunities and diversity is celebrated and honored. She began by looking at the books available for children and, with the help of friends and family, created the Little Feminist book club. Initially available to families, Little Feminist is now expanding into classrooms. The book club provides books, activities and discussion questions for children, families and teachers to truly raise a new consciousness and impact our world today!
Changing the world...   (one small step at a time)
Here's some things you can do that will make a difference:

1. Increase your awareness - notice 5 things today that "normalize" nontarget status (advertising images, accessibility in your market, workplace speech, etc,).

2. Be more aware of your own bias - notice, when you walk into a store, who you judge is in charge - man or woman? white or black? old or young?

3. Note language - listen closely today to the language you hear. What biases are expressed? Who might that language marginalize? (Listen for "you guys!").

4. Say something. When you hear racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic comments, let people present know it's ok to defend principles of justice, fairness and morality. Say something as simple as "I don't agree. I believe all people deserve equal dignity and rights and prejudice only divides our society."

5. Do something. Don't just stand by when you witness injustice - but mind your privilege (avoid dysfunctional rescuing) in what action you take. Use your privilege wisely. Call in support. Mind your safety and the safety of others.

6. Develop new relationships. Think about someone you know not all that well and who is different from you along some cultural identity. Ask them to join you for a meal. Be curious and learn how their world is different from yours. Make it personal.

7. Educate yourself. Pick one book, article or TED talk. Here's a good starting list. If you can manage the time, take a workshop or course in intercultural awareness. 

8. Share and Celebrate! This is not easy stuff. Small victories are great! Share them with the community, with your I-group, with the Train Station - let us know!!

Showing courage does not require you to be a

hero! You can act courageously every day!
Change happens!! Seventeen black women were elected as judges in Harris County, Texas, bringing the total to 19. This county, known as the "buckle of the American death belt," has executed more people than every state in the country since 1976. Of course, many of those executed come from poor and disadvantaged populations, impacted by the "war on drugs" and the push toward mass incarceration. Can you imagine the impact of these women bringing compassion to the judicial system?!! Read the back story on the "Black Girl Magic" campaign!