Updates from Rē / Weekly digest / Indigenous People’s Day 2022 / Iran’s Hijab Protest Movement / Farm Bill / Resmaa Menakem / bell hooks / and… stone skipping?
The RēMind is intended for our neighbours, friends and colleagues. It is a newsletter curated for restless learners, nonconforming educators, peacebuilding activists, and global partnerships. The RēMind is written for you.
In this week’s edition, we are trying something a little different. A digest of weekly news, happenings, media, and words handpicked for your curiosity. Let us know what you think of this new format.
Save space for upcoming winter courses and retreat offerings from Rē. For those interested in inner landscapes, climate change, Ayurveda, and connecting to nature, we have exciting opportunities and experiences in the works. Watch this space for dates and more details!
NOW, 10 THINGS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK!
- “When we love the Earth, we are able to love ourselves more fully,” writes bell hooks in her 1996 essay Touching the Earth. “I believe this. The ancestors taught me it was so.” Its a beautiful piece we recommend sitting with. “Collective black self-recovery,” hooks continues, “takes place when we begin to renew our relationship to the earth, when we remember the way of our ancestors. When the Earth is sacred to us, our bodies can also be sacred to us.” We love this essay, we hope you do to.
- This list of food donations grown in our LOVE and PEACE gardens. When calculated, Rē donated over 313 pounds of fresh, garden-grown produce to our local food bank between May 24 and October 4. Henry’s Family Farm (@henrysfamilyfarm) generously contributed another 220 pounds over the course of this summer. That’s over 533 pounds of food in just 4 short, hot months. More to come as we keep production up throughout the rest of fall! Wow!
- “Stone Skipping Is a Lost Art. Kurt Steiner Wants the World to Find It,” an amazing and poignant profile by Sean Williams for Outside Magazine.
- In “Next on the Supreme Court Docket: Farm Animal Welfare,” Civil Eats’s Lisa Held explores the wide-ranging environmental and public health implications of the upcoming case targeting California’s Proposition 12, a law that bans the sale of pork from farm systems that cage pigs.
- “Protecting Our Elders From Hurricane Ian and Beyond,” the latest report by Yessenia Funes for Atmos’s The Frontline on the risks older people face from climate change.
- “Will the Farm Bill be the next big climate package? It depends on the midterm elections.” Republicans have already vowed to strip climate funding from the bill, this article by John McCracken for Grist breaks it down.
- George Monbiot’s latest book Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet is a “necessary provocation.” The Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner writes an intelligent, deeply researched passion piece on the ways we eat and farm.
- The protests in Iran are leaderless. Here are two interviews on there current movement: “Why Iran’s Leading Women’s Rights Defender Thinks the Protesters Could Topple the Regime,” an interview with human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh by Karl Vick for Time and “How Iran’s Hijab Protest Movement Became So Powerful,” an interview with Iranian scholar Fatemeh Shams by Isaac Chotiner for The New Yorker.
- We have been talking a lot about Resmaa Menakem’s book My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodieslately. This week, we remembered that On Being with Krista Tippett interviewed the Minneapolis-based therapist and trauma specialist in an incredible 2020 conversation titled “Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence.” We recommend the reading. We recommend the listening.
- Indigenous peoples day is this Monday, October 10. Starting today, communities across the nation are celebrating and honoring the immense contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples. For information on gatherings across the country, click here. For background on this important holiday, NPR published “Here’s what Indigenous Peoples’ Day means to Native Americans.” To revisit the importance of inclusion and listening to our Indigenous communities, we recommend reading “The Guardians of the Future: It’s time for Indigenous voices to lead the climate fight,” which centers Indigenous perspectives from around the world.
What have you been reading? What have you been listening to? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
As always, we at Rē are grateful for your attention and support. If you liked this newsletter, consider donating at https://regenerativeschool.org/redonate/
Thank you and see you soon!
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