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letter from me

I'm writing this on April 18 and there's snow on the ground. I'll likely revise this multiple times before it gets to you in the future when it's more like summer, but for today, I'm listening to Prince's "Sometimes in Snows in April."

This is where I originally continued on to share my Prince story with you, but that letter from me feels like five years ago now and today the heat index is 106°, so.... Let's update this! This issue's deuteragonist, so to speak (possibly incorrectly, but eh), is bridging the divide—in science, in politics, in nature, in architecture, in teaching.

 

I recently started listening to (and catching up on) The New Yorker Radio Hour. Their January 7, 2022 episode, "A New Civil War in America?" seems to be appropriately timed as we all watch (or avoid) the January 6 committee hearings. The interview is with Barbara F. Walter, a political scientist who studied countries that slide into civil war for the C.I.A. It's pretty terrifying hearing her talk about how militias are training and defaulting to violence to maintain their white supremacy. She referenced a commonly quoted stat, "By about 2045, the United States will be a minority white country." Knowing that (which, btw, yes please!), I question if all these fears need to take up so much space inside my muscles. Do we keep fighting for multiple rights of non-white, non-CIS, gender nonconforming, and/or disabled people? Of course! Do I find a little comfort in knowing by 2060 whites will only be the majority age-wise, and those will be folks like us in our 80s? Yeah, yeah I do. Obviously things are FAR more complex than that, but I take my tiny comforts where I can get them...

 

Tiny comforts also include writing, designing, and listening to music (this is my less than subtle reminder to hit play on that mix tape below).

Happy Pride Month—y'all! 

 

ANNI POPPEN

Owner/Artivist of Mowgli Studio

Pitbull Mama to Gertie & Vinnie

Vegan at Keep On Vegan On

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     SIDE A

  1. TIME STANDS STILL by rush, aimee mann

  2. THIN LINE by indigo girls

  3. MAYFLY by dolly varden

  4. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP by preservation hall

  5. SALSA by niña dioz

  6. COMPLICATED by poi dog pondering

  7. THIS IS AMERICA by childish gambino

  8. MAHALLA by carolina chocolate drops

  9. COMIN' THRU by chali 2na

  10. FREE XONE by janet jackson

  11. THE GREAT DICTATOR by akira the don

  12. YES WE CAN by allen toussaint

  13. THE COFFEE COLA SONG by francis bebey

  14. ROYALS by lorde

    SIDE B

  1. WE THE COMMON by thao + the get down stay down

  2. FREEDOM by anthony hamilton, elayna boynton

  3. ESTE MOMENTO by carla morrison

  4. MIDNIGHT RIDER by sharon jones + the dap kings

  5. 100% DUNDEE by the roots

  6. LOOK AROUND THE CORNER  by quantic + his combo

  7. KOKOMO, IN by japanese breakfast

  8. GOT MY MIND ON FREEDOM by odetta

  9. GOD'S GONNA CUT YOU DOWN by johnny cash

  10. KING by florence + the machine

  11. YOUR SINS WILL FIND YOU OUT by eli "paperboy" reed

  12. ONE SONG by archie roach

  13. DON'T BE MEAN by the raincoats

  14. I AM WOMAN by helen reddy

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