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It’s Giving Tuesday, Tumblr!

2018 has been a year of challenges for so many—but with challenges comes growth.

Originally posted by fromthemotionpicture

You showed up at the voting polls, you protested for your rights and the rights of others, and you helped communities that were affected from horrific things like gun violence and fires. 

With everything you’ve done for others, we hope you made sure that your mental health was your top priority. Whenever possible, you need to put your well-being first. That’s why we are grateful for all of our mental health advocacy partners this year.

In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, consider donating either your time or resources to a charity that helps put mental health first—but only if you have the means to do so. We’ve rounded up a few of our advocacy partners here: 

If you don’t have the means to donate, the time to volunteer, or the ability to pass on the message of Giving Tuesday by reblogging this post or making one of your own, there is one thing you can definitely do: be kind to each other, Tumblr. It’s free, it’s easy, and it feels great.

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Meet Mexico’s unlikely hero: a 7 year old labrador named Frida.

Frida is part of the special Canine Search and Rescue Group that works with the Mexican Marine, and prior to yesterday’s earthquake she had saved 52 lives in Honduras, Ecuador, Haiti, and Oaxaca.
She started her training when she was two years old, and she hasn’t stopped making our country proud ever since.

After the 7.1 earthquake that happened on September 19th, Frida was quick to get to work, and she has been able to rescue 12 lives so far, aside from locating the bodies of more than 20 people.

Shoutout to the people who are constantly making sure everyone else is happy. Make sure you don’t forget about your own happiness in the process.

Hey, MBMBAM fans!

If you haven’t heard, we’re over here trying to transcribe every episode of My Brother, My Brother and Me to make the podcast more accessible. You can jump in at any time, transcribe any episode you want, and keep track of the progress when you’re finished so that someone else can jump in. (This is our Master Tracking doc, which has all the details.)

If you don’t have the time or ability to transcribe yourself, we’re also looking for proofreaders! Basically, people to go through the episode and correct any mistakes and make sure things are formatted according to our Formatting Guide.

So if editing is more your speed, you can see the list of episodes that need to be checked here. There’s currently 13 episodes waiting to be finished.

Please reblog! We’re always on the lookout for more volunteers, since there’s a big backlog of episodes to transcribe. :) And thank you for being the coolest babies ever.

More than a natural disaster: How Harvey and Irma put health care, immigrant communities, the environment, and more at risk

In the past few weeks, severe storms including Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc across the southwest U.S., Mexico, and island territories including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. Dozens of people perished, and many more were displaced from their homes. Some people’s lives will never be the same again.

The truth is that horrifying storms like Harvey and Irma — as well as the earthquake that shook Mexico — reveal the intersections of how natural disasters can impact access to health care, the environment, immigrant communities and folks with low incomes. Here’s how these crises are affecting real people, right now.

Natural disasters = heightened fear for undocumented communities

Donald Trump’s xenophobic plan to end DACA makes Hurricane Harvey even more dangerous for some folks. In Houston, the city with the third largest population of undocumented immigrants, Harvey forced many DACA recipients and mixed-status families to face difficult choices. Already anxious over Trump’s threats of deportation, undocumented people may be even more reluctant to seek out shelter and health care in Harvey’s wake, for fear of being turned away at shelters or facing hostile ICE agents.

The most vulnerable people at risk

Natural disasters affect people with low incomes the most. In Texas and Florida, folks with low incomes are more likely to live in flood-prone areas with deficient infrastructure. This means that evacuating and traveling to get medical assistance is much harder — especially for low-income people with disabilities. There’s an assumption that everyone can and should evacuate when natural disasters happen, but that’s not always possible for everyone. Not everyone can get time off of work, access resources to relocate their family, or find a place to stay.

And in Houston, many families with low incomes live near the city’s oil refineries and petrochemical plants — putting them at risk of contamination, leaks, explosions, and other hazards.

A threat against women’s health

We also can’t forget the danger that natural disasters pose for women. Because of the devastation brought on by Harvey and Irma, women looking for preventive or maternal care and women who need abortions might be blocked from getting help. What’s more, these women could be forced to travel in sometimes dangerous conditions to access the care they need, if they can at all.

In addition, Texas lawmakers have passed medically unnecessary restrictions that have led to health centers closing, jeopardizing women’s health even further. In parts of Texas, some abortion providers offered free safe, legal abortion for survivors of Harvey. But elsewhere, a lot of women don’t have this option.

And it gets worse

Folks with chronic conditions — such as diabetes, endometriosis, or chronic kidney disease — are also at risk. During evacuation, their medications can get lost or destroyed. With dialysis centers, pharmacies, and hospitals closed, there are fewer places for people to get care.

The environment suffers, too

Houston is home to America’s petroleum industry. Significant amounts of flooding spell disaster for those living near chemical factories — and the environment.

With dozens of chemical plants flooding and shutting down due to Harvey, more than one million pounds of toxic pollutants have been released into the air. A flooded factory outside of Houston burst into flames twice, leaking toxic chemicals and sending 15 people to the hospital.

And drinking water — which may have come in contact with sewage systems and contaminated with bacteria like E. coli  — is unsafe to drink in some areas of Houston and Florida. Having safe, healthy environments and clean water is a basic human right, as well as an issue of reproductive rights. Mothers, for example, need clean water to prepare infant formula or to breastfeed their babies.

We stand in solidarity with those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma

The impact of these natural disasters is personal. Planned Parenthood is an essential health care provider in many of the communities hit hard by these disasters. Several organizations are coming to the aid of those affected by Harvey and Irma. Here’s how you can help:

Texas

Hit by: Hurricane Harvey

Help NOW:

  • Volunteer with Planned Parenthood supporters in relief efforts. Already, more than 150 Planned Parenthood supporters assembled 4,000 period kits for Harvey victims in Houston.

Mexico

Hit by: Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Katia, earthquake

Help NOW:

Florida

Hit by: Hurricane Irma

Help NOW:

  • Volunteer with Planned Parenthood and other coalition partners to help communities that are most vulnerable. Volunteer Anna Eskamani says, “I volunteered with this effort last night to pass out free food, and the Friday before Irma made landfall, I also volunteered with a homeless outreach group to let the homeless know of their shelter options.”
  • Chip in to the Irma Community Recovery Fund to stand with folks in Florida.

U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean

Hit by: Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma

Help NOW:

In light of the Betsy DeVos confirmation,

Some tips for how to help:

  • 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.

Witch Tips for Charity/Volunteer Work <3

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!

I encourage you to add to this list!!

I think that Tom Holland and Marvel/Disney should partner up to make a teen volunteer program

Like ‘you don’t need superpowers to make a difference in the world’. Because I think there’s a very powerful message to teenagers through Peter Parker that they can make a difference. Sometimes the world seems against them but they can do it.

Peter struggles with responsibility, being an outcast, an orphan, feeling alone and burdened, etc. The world tells him he can’t do anything because he’s 'just a kid’ but he proves them wrong.

If teens are taught to be moral and see that they are able to make a difference like Peter, I will bet you that Marvel and Tom could make a huge difference and the world will be so much different.

Disney has so many resources: from nature parks, financially, community outreach, a well known name, acting and school oppurunities, etc. Disney already offers educational opportunities but they could expand it so much more and make such a huge impact.

Adults don’t realize that teens are our very near future. In a decade or less, they will be the adults. And if teens learn to help an old lady with directions or help out lower class areas and by doing that lowering crime rates (get the references?), the world will be so much better for it.

Tom and @marvelentertainment probably don’t realize it, but they have a rare oppurtunity and they should seize it.

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December 1, 2018

The past few days have been a lot of wholesome fun :-) Good food, seeing friends I haven’t seen in a while, a wholesome holiday party, and a christmas card photo shoot

Today I also had my favorite quarterly volunteering event where we get to help elderly hospital patients with tech! This is always the highlight of the quarter for me because I really like interacting with and helping old people lmao and it also reminds me of ye old days when I would teach little kids graphic design at public libraries hehe this stuff makes me happy

Happy National Public Lands Day – the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. Today and everyday, celebrate the beautiful landscapes, history and wildlife that public lands protect. Whether you spend the day volunteering or recreating, it’s the perfect day visit a public land near you. Photo of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia by National Park Service.

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
• listen
• be kind
• recycle everything you possibly can
• consider burning your own garbage so that landfills are less… filled
• say hello to a stranger
• smile
• 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
• volunteer

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.