Call schools and ask if you can pay off lunch balances.
Find reputable after-school programs that need volunteers or financial donations.
Donate school supplies! Even cheap notebooks and pencils can make a difference.
Love the kiddos in your lives. Tell them they matter. Listen to their stories; refuse to write them off as kids who just don’t know anything about the world and are just being dramatic/millennials who are always glued to their phones and so on.
When in doubt, call your local schools and ask what you can do. Every school has different needs, but they all need our help.
My heart breaks for my educator friends. My heart breaks for parents of K-12 children. My heart breaks for underprivileged, disabled, and otherwise marginalized children who will not be able to access an equitable education over the next few years (even more so than they already weren’t), who will be told in word and deed that their mere presence in the system is a burden. My heart breaks.
For witches who are trying to make a difference in the world <3
Hide sigils on clothing/blankets for good luck, warmth, and anything else that you think might help
Bless soap you use for cleaning animals by doing a quick word spell for the soap will bless the animals
Instead of using yourself/your name in a money spell, use the name of a charity to help it raise money
When making food, use herbs/spices for good luck or any other intent you think may help. Food magic <3
Charge water with good and healing intent. Charge bottles of water with lunar or sun energies.
Put healing sigils on carries you catch/transport stray animals in to help them heal quickly.
Perform spells on items before you donate them! Spells for warmth or safety on clothes, spells for good health on food, spells to bring joy to toys you donate.You can do whatever kind of spell you want that’ll help!
Brace Belden before a battle in Syria in November. Courtesy of Brace Belden
By Seth Harp for The Rolling Stone. February 14, 2017 [x]
On the front lines of Syria with the young American radicals fighting ISIS
On the morning of his first battle, Brace Belden was underdressed for the cold and shaky from a bout of traveler’s diarrhea. His Kurdish militia unit was camped out on the front line with ISIS, 30 miles from Raqqa, in Syria. Fighters stood around campfires of gas-soaked trash, boiling water for tea, their only comfort besides tobacco. “I’ve never been so dirty in my life,” Belden recalls. When the time came to roll out, he loaded a clip into his Kalashnikov and climbed into a makeshift battlewagon, a patchwork of tank and truck parts armored with scrap metal and poured concrete. Belden took a selfie inside its rusty cabin and posted it online with the caption “Wow this freakin taxi stinks.”
The rest of the militia piled into an assortment of minivans, garbage trucks and bulldozers, and rode south into territory ISIS had held for more than three years. Belden was manning a swivel-mounted machine gun, the parched landscape barely visible through the rising dust, when he spotted a car packed with explosives revving across the desert toward the Kurdish column. Before he could shoot, an American fighter jet lacerated the sky and an explosion erupted where the car had been, shaking the earth for miles around.
It was November 6th, 2016. The Kurdish militia known as the YPG – a Kurmanji acronym for People’s Protection Units – had commenced a major offensive to liberate the city that serves as the global headquarters for ISIS. The YPG was backed by U.S. air power and fighting alongside a coalition of Arab and Assyrian militias. Also within their ranks, though scantly reported, was a group of about 75 hardcore leftists, anarchists and communists from Europe and America, Belden among them, fighting to defend a socialist enclave roughly the size of Massachusetts.
Belden, who is 27, started tweeting photos of the front shortly after arriving in Syria in October. The first widely shared image showed him crouched in his YPG uniform, wearing thick Buddy Holly glasses, a cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth, a stray puppy in one hand and a sniper rifle in the other. “To misquote Celine,” the post read, “when you’re in, you’re in.” He has since amassed 19,000 followers under the handle PissPigGranddad, puzzling the Internet with a combination of leftist invective and scurrilous bro humor. Tweets like “Heading to the Quandil Mountains to lecture the PKK about entitlement reform” are followed by “The dude with the lamb bailed so now we’re fucked for dinner.”
Belden had no military experience before joining the YPG. He lived in San Francisco, where he arranged flowers for a living. Before that, he was a self-described lumpenproletariat, a lowlife punk and petty criminal with a heroin habit who started reading Marx and Lenin seriously in rehab. Once sober, he got involved in leftist causes, marching for tenants’ rights, blocking evictions, protesting police brutality. As he prepared for the Middle East, his girlfriend thought he was going to do humanitarian work. She was “not stoked,” Belden says, to learn that he planned to fight alongside the YPG.
The first phase of the Raqqa offensive was a mission to take Tal Saman, a satellite village of 10,000 people 17 miles north of Raqqa proper. “We pushed up to Tal Saman till we had it surrounded on a half circle,” Belden says, “then we just bombarded the shit out of it.” Refugees poured out of the village, seeking protection behind Kurdish lines. “Hundreds of civilians coming across for days in a row,” Belden says. At night, his unit stayed in whatever building they’d just taken, camped out on rooftops in the excruciating cold. “The first week we were out it was awful,” Belden says. The stepmother of a fellow volunteer from the U.S. had gotten Belden’s number. She kept texting to make sure they were eating enough.
The march on Raqqa slowed to a halt after two weeks, as the YPG consolidated its hold over a string of liberated villages. The YPG controls a region of 4 million people in northern Syria known as Rojava. Its tens of thousands of motivated fighters have been battling ISIS for five years. American as well as French warplanes have been covering their maneuvers with airstrikes for the past two, forcing ISIS off the roads and highways and open desert, and back into the urban strongholds of Mosul and Raqqa. Now, the Kurds are kicking the door down in both cities.
But the YPG is not your typical ethnic or sectarian faction. Its fighters are loyal to an imprisoned guerrilla leader who was once a communist but now espouses the same kind of secular, feminist, anarcho-libertarianism as Noam Chomsky or the activists of Occupy Wall Street. The Kurds are implementing these ideals in Rojava, and that has attracted a ragtag legion of leftist internationals, like Belden, who have come from nearly every continent to help the YPG beat ISIS and establish an anarchist collective amid the rubble of the war – a “stateless democracy” equally opposed to Islamic fundamentalism and capitalist modernity. They call it the Rojava Revolution, and they want you.
The world is ugly, broken, and desperately sick. It is our responsibility to make it less so.
• pick up garbage you see in the grass
• if you like something about someone, their outfit, their smile, their laugh, etc, tell them
• be gentle
• hug someone
• invest in someone who is younger than you (a cousin, sibling, etc) and spend time with them
• give random gifts, even if it’s just a flower you found in the grass
• write letters to people you know, not just for their birthdays
• help someone carry their groceries to their car
• cuddle your pet
• ask people if they are okay and tell them that you actually want to know the truth
• plant gardens
• pack operation Christmas child boxes
• send a care package to someone
• be kind
• recycle everything you possibly can
• consider burning your own garbage so that landfills are less… filled
• say hello to a stranger
• cheer on a younger sibling/cousin at their extracurricular activities
• ask a younger person about what they like
• give a homeless person a meal (I’m sure they would appreciate anything)
• go Christmas caroling
• say goodnight and good morning
Do something that makes the world a better place. Start small, don’t expect to end world hunger in five days. Maybe you could help end hunger in your community, and other communities will do the same, and little by little - every community in the world is no longer hungry.
After doing this comic for two years, I’ve decided to expand the creative team!!
Right now it’s just me, and as you may have noticed sometimes I have trouble juggling Alphabet Soup with all the other stuff in my life. That’s not fair to y’all. I have so many submissions in my inbox, and I would really love to start posting more often so people don’t have to wait a million years to get their story illustrated.
So: I’m looking for one person to do inks and another person to do colors.
If you are at all interested in either of these roles, email me at email@example.com and we’ll go from there!
PS— I’ll definitely want to see some of your artwork, but you don’t have to be an industry professional. I don’t care if you’ve never made a comic in your life. I’m just looking for people who care about art and this community.
King Bumi doesn’t seem to understand that I have to work to support us all because he keeps killing me ded with the cute!
In other news, for those of you who are new, The Pipsqueakery is a 501c3 nonprofit rodent rescue and sanctuary. We focus on medically needy hamsters but accept just about any rodent.
We are just two people who donate our time, money, and home to save these little guys. We don’t really have any regular volunteers for a number of reasons so it’s just the two of us. Neither of us are paid for our work at The Pipsqueakery (in fact it mostly costs us a lot of money out of pocket) and I work a fulltime day job to support us. That’s why we fundraise so often because private donations are currently The Pipsqueakery’s only source of funding.
It’s a bit exhausting but the 576 hamsters and numerous other critters we have helped save since 2013 makes it totally worth it. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us. You all are amazing! #hamster #love #baby #volunteer #rescue
Imagine Loki being known as an ardent supporter of Odin’s harsh rule. Your realm has been conquered by the Aesir centuries ago. You’re a member of the resistance, and when you hear the prince is scheduled for a visit near the place you live, you volunteer for a mission to assassinate him. You get caught, and find out two things:
a) Loki has already survived several assassination attempts