there's been quite a bit of research on the cognitive/health benefits of multilingualism, but I think the framing tends to be backwards. multilingualism isn't a bonus, but the default (historically, anthropologically, biologically). our species developed multilingual, and still is everywhere not too damaged by colonial steamrollers. monolingualism is a v recent development, an emergent artifact of a capitalist+racist society.
so we should be talking about the cognitive damage of monolingualism.
Let me tell you a story, an oral history of a people of the Great Lakes. My people. I don't tend to get spiritual, I was raised as someone who is immensely skeptical of myths and religions, but there is something about this story that resonates like a bell inside me. This is the story of a people who called themselves Anishinaabe--"Beings Made out of Nothing"
They don't need permission to occupy their own land but DO need your help protecting it.
"In this era of “reconciliation”, Indigenous land is still being taken at gunpoint. INVASION is a new film about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet'suwet'en Nation standing up to the Canadian government and corporations who continue colonial violence against Indigenous people.
**Full Length Film coming in 2020**
This linked film is 18min
Haven't seen many people share this here:
The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.
MH~, ADHD, venting
Generally, shit gets better if/when I can ease up on myself; when I stop with the internal "You should be doing ____" shit, but it's tricky to do that intentionally. It's like fucking spy vs spy with myself. Pretty much have to fool myself into doing shit.
MH~, ADHD, venting
Just cannot get my shit together today. There's a million things I want to (or want to want to) do, but I can't find any kind of motivation, & I know how my hummingbird brain reacts any time I try to force it to do something. I got up early today too, which means I've been wandering around the house for hours doing fuck-all.
There was a while there where I was developing some helpful habits & practices but I fell off quite a while ago & starting from zero is a sonuvabitch.
A brief instant of a lesser hell
When you're in the shower & you have your eyes closed because you're washing your face or hair or whatever & you accidentally knock something off the shelf or shower caddy or wherever your shower stuff is & there's that moment where you don't know if some weirdly sensitive part of the top of your foot is about to get tagged with what feels like a tack hammer & you can't take any evasive action because you'll slip & probably dislocate something so you just wait...
Y'know what sucks?
The BLM protests are still happening with less media attention.
The Portland police are rioting and it's not being reported by media at large as people are being assaulted in the streets.
Another Black trans girl, Brayla Stone, was murdered in Little Rock, AR and she's being misgendered in the news while her alleged killer is bragging about making a 5K hit.
America in 2020. People using forged (and mis-spelled) cards from a fictitious organisation to misrepresent legislation intended to protect disabled people so they can avoid showing a basic amount of courtesy to help protect others during a pandemic.
Not only is this bullshit ableist as hell, it would literally be easier just for these people to put a damn mask on their faces.
If you're in the US and someone hands you one of these, cut it in two and throw it in the trash.