Be Good to Each Other: 294 Volunteer Opportunities to Disarm Hate | Engaging Volunteers

As the aftermath of this month’s shootings continue to unfold, many of us at VolunteerMatch are having a hard time keeping silent. We know it’s times like these where we can look to our community of nonprofits and volunteers, and find comfort in their unified message: helping one another.

Source: Be Good to Each Other: 294 Volunteer Opportunities to Disarm Hate | Engaging Volunteers

Gender-Bender Award – Attitude

Gender-Bender Award

Tiffany’s Gender-Bender Award is an opportunity to celebrate those who challenge and disrupt the gender binary!

Each month, I will feature a post that in some way takes us beyond the paradigm of gender oppression.  Many types of content will be considered – poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction, even visual art.  I will also consider a variety of perspectives, everything from 1800s “first-wave” Western feminism to women’s uprisings in the Muslim world today, from Stonewall-era gay liberation to 21st century activism for transgender rights and dignity.

This Month, I am awarding Karen Lee Kleis for “Attitude“.

“When I was child, I remember having a great deal of freedom. I don’t mean that just in the sense of being able to spend a lot of time reading or wandering through the woods across the road from our house. I also mean it in the sense that being a girl was only one minor aspect of my existence and experience rather than being the thing that defined me as an individual.

Somewhere along the line that changed. It started in last couple of years of grade school and on into junior high school as I became an adolescent. Suddenly there were things that girls did and didn’t do. Girls were always supposed to sit modestly with their legs together. Girls suddenly had a separate and more stringent dress code. Girls didn’t talk loudly or too forcefully. It wasn’t ladylike. To be fair, I know the boys had their own list of dos and don’ts. But we girls were being groomed culturally to take second place to men someday, to be the helpmates instead of the leaders. We were the ones automatically sent to home economics and typing classes in preparation for our homemaker roles with a nod to the secretarial work we might do prior to marriage.

All of this went along with the stereotypical notions of women as too emotional and irrational to be of any use in professional arenas. All of this went along with the notion that women should not have attitude because, well, unladylike. Attitude leads women to form strong opinions. Attitude leads women to think they are equal to men. Attitude makes women difficult to control because they begin to believe they can make their own decisions.

So this is my homage to attitude, to the art of the unladylike.  May every woman out there grab hold of attitude and make it her own. Only in this way can we finally move away from a patriarchal society that diminishes women to one in which gender is no longer a driving force of the social order. Long may your attitudes thrive, ladies!

Read more at https://karenleekleis.com/2016/07/06/attitude.

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The Chinese volunteers who fought in the Spanish civil war – their amazing courage and obscure fates | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

Illiterate farmers, manual labourers, civil servants – some 100 Chinese joined the International Brigades helping fight General Franco’s fascists 80 years ago. Despite being few in number, they left a lasting impression…

Source: The Chinese volunteers who fought in the Spanish civil war – their amazing courage and obscure fates | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

Entrepreneurs are sowing seeds of hope in Burundi – CapX

Farmers in southern Burundi are some of the poorest people in the world.  High population density, small land holdings, unpredictable climate and decreasing soil fertility make conditions in the landlocked East African country pretty desperate. Not to mention dubious democratic institutions, political violence and a refugee crisis. With 90 per cent of Burundians being small […]

Source: Entrepreneurs are sowing seeds of hope in Burundi – CapX

The Period Projects | U by Kotex®

We’re listening to what women are asking for during their periods to help out with ideas that make your period better. Let’s create real change through The Period Projects!

Source: The Period Projects | U by Kotex®

Collect and donate period products for people experiencing homelessness.

Source: DoSomething.org | Volunteer for Social Change | Volunteer for Social Change

‘Refugees Welcome’ t-shirt | Three Part Harmony Farm

Get your ‘Refugees Welcome’ t-shirt and support the SOA Watch Convergence at the Border and the growth of sustainable urban agriculture in DC.

This is a fundraiser for SOA Watch and Three Part Harmony Farm.

Part of the profits will benefit the organizing for the October 7-10, 2016 mobilization, which will call attention to militarized US foreign policy as a principal root cause of migration.

Three Part Harmony Farm supports the Convergence at the border.

Our butterfly logo represents the dignity and resilience of migrants, and the right that all living beings have to move freely.

The sweatshop-free cotton shirts are being hand-printed and will get shipped out in August 2016.

Source: ‘Refugees Welcome’ t-shirt | Three Part Harmony Farm

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