Yumei and Yulan are sisters who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, aka the 626. Mei is a rising high school senior, and Yulan works as a programmer by day. They are both passionate about feminism, justice, and intersectional Christianity. This is a recent conversation they had.
I wept as people shared their stories of fleeing home, being separated from family, not having access to basic social services. I wept as people shared their stories of triumph despite impossible odds, stories of anger against unjust systems and their hunger for home. I had the distinct feeling that, were Jesus on earth, he would be at that rally, comforting people, wiping their tears. Maybe he would even grab the mic and lead a chant. That was the most profoundly I had felt the presence of God since the election.
Sometimes at school, while at the Vet center a curious student walks in, wondering about the different branches. If it’s a female, I warn her to NOT join the Marines. If it’s a male, I just feel sad that after a short time of brainwashing, he will undoubtedly come to see women inferior to men. I don’t necessarily regret my service, I’m just saddened. Men learn to hate women. Women learn to hate women. This is the Marine Corps.
In a recent video of Justine Damond teaching a seminar on mind-body healing practices at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, she said that you can learn to impact the reality around you with your powerful self. She clarified that victims of violence are not to be blamed for what happens to them; rather it is about examining the stories you’ve believed about your life, and asking, “how can we begin to write a whole new story for our future?”
Trigger (n): a stimulus such as a smell, sound, or sight that gives rise to feelings of trauma. I hate the local news. I hate learning stories of muggings and car crashes that happen in my city or in the cities of people I love. I hate turning on the television to see shocking headline after … Continue reading Avoidance vs. Self-Care: The Ethics of Trigger Warnings
The work of healing the world is taking place on the Internet. And that work should not have to bear an additional burden of languishing in an Internet slow lane, waiting until someone pays an additional toll to release it, full force, into the world.