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Healthcare Is Not A Privilege, It's A Right!

By Candace Reels

Healthcare Is Not A Privilege, It's A Right!

If you too believe that everyone deserves the right to healthcare, below are some ways for you to stop the GrahamCassidy Bill:

1.) Keep calling your senators (202) 224-3121 and tell them to vote NO on the GrahamCassidy Bill.

 

2.) Put pressure on and call Senators Collins (ME) and Murkowski (AK) to not be bribed by the Orange Joffrey!

 

3.) Text the word RESIST to 50409 and follow the directions to reach your senators that way. Calling might not be your thing, but I'm pretty sure you can send a quick text. As Resistbot will turn your text into a fax. 

 

4.) Share your story about how the ACA saved your life, using the hashtag #HOWTHEACASAVEDMYLIFE.

 

5.) Continue posting on ALL social media platforms, as we need all hands on deck!

 

They've tried before and failed because of our resistance, let's do this again!

 

*Artwork by 

@hexelot

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HOW TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE MARIA AND THE EARTHQUAKE IN MEXICO

By Candace Reels

HOW TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE MARIA AND THE EARTHQUAKE IN MEXICO

Hurricane Maria is the 13th hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season and it brought devastation to a number of islands that were still trying to recover from Hurricane Irma. Organizations on the ground need your support now more than ever — be it through volunteering, offering monetary donations, or sending supplies to the area. Below you'll find a list of organizations that could use your help:

Local Charities

Puerto Rico

The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund

Low-income communities of color often face the worst destruction and slowest recovery and have fewer resources to safeguard homes, vehicles, and other property.  When the winds die down and the floods recede, these communities are often forgotten by reconstruction efforts. 100% of money raised will be used to support immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for the communities hit hardest by the storm. 

Unidos Por Puerto Rico

Was created by the island’s First Lady as a response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Donations can be sent online and on October 1, there will be a telethon and concert to raise funds for those impacted by the storm.

ConPRmetidos

A millennial-led organization that builds partnerships between private and public organizations to strengthen Puerto Rico’s economic development. The group is working to raise $150,000 to be used for food, shelter and water, with remaining funds to be applied to long-term recovery efforts.

El Concilio

Who's mission is to cultivate the strength and resilience of children and families, improve the quality of life in our community, and maintain our community’s heritage, history, and culture, has launched Unidos PA’ Puerto Rico to raise money for hurricane relief.

Taller Salud

The Puerto Rican women's health organization has created a relief fund for families on the island.

Dominica

Dominica Hurricane Relief Fund

The government of Dominica is collecting donations through JustGiving, a crowdfunding website. The money will go toward temporary roofing, blankets and non-perishable foods.

 

National and Global Charities

Global Giving

This crowdfunding website connects donors to nonprofits and companies around the world. All donations to their fund will support hurricane recovery and relief efforts in the Caribbean. Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations responding to this disaster

All Hands

All Hands works with local volunteers and groups to respond to natural disasters. With Hurricanes Harvey and Maria, it is focusing its efforts on the U.S. Virgin Islands

Save The Children

Will lead relief efforts for families and children impacted by the hurricane in the region.

Unicef

Continues to provide emergency relief and help for children in the region.

 

 

Mexico

Below are organizations helping those in Mexico after the deadly earthquake:

Mexico was hit by a devastating 7.1 earthquake on Tuesday Sep 19th, which tore down homes, apartments, and businesses. This comes on the heels of an 8.1 magnitude earthquake just days earlier on September 8. Local and international organizations are are accepting monetary donations and supplies for earthquake relief. You can donate things like clothes, water, food and other goods to charities, or send money to the nonprofits and crowdfunding efforts

Oxfam Mexico

Oxfam is assessing the damage and identifying the most urgent needs of affected people. We are coordinating with the government and other aid organizations, and developing a response plan.

ProjectPaz

100% of donations made through the El Paso Community Foundation and its partners in Mexico will go to help victims of the earthquakes in Chiapas, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Morelos, Puebla, and Estado de Mexico

Topos Mexico

This is a professional non-profit Mexican rescue team. They have helped in various International Disasters. More than ever they need our support and any donation is more than appreciated

Save the Children Mexico

Will lead relief efforts for families and children impacted by the earthquake in the region.

UNICEF Mexico

Continues to provide emergency relief and help for children in the region.

GlobalGiving

This fund will provide immediate relief to survivors: food, shelter, water, and medicine. In addition, it will support longer-term assistance to help residents recover and rebuild

 

If you don't have resources to help, you can also share this post so we can continue spreading the word.

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Music Monday: Bad Witches Playlist

By Candace Reels

Music Monday: Bad Witches Playlist

Adding to our Bad Witches Playlist here are 6 additional songs featuring women who stay true themselves and reminds us to stay true to ourselves. Enjoy!

Solange

"Don't touch my hair, when it's the feelings I wear"

Don't Touch My Hair

 

Sevdaliza

"I am flesh, bones, I am skin, soul I am human. Nothing more than human. I am sweat, flaws. I am veins, scars, I am human. Nothing more than human"

Human

 

Nao

"Lying on my back, seeing clouds and rays. Drinking lime and bitter from my lemonade"

Bad Blood

 

SZA

"I'm sorry you got karma comin' to you. Collect and soak in it right."

Drew Barrymore

 

The Internet

"If they don't know your worth, tell 'em you're my girl. And anything you want is yours."

Girl

 

Lion Babe

"What a day in our little world. Out here riding with the waves. Sweet escape finds me every day. At home where the heart is, where the heart is."

Hit The Ceiling

 

 

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Music Monday: Bad Witches Playlist

By Candace Reels

Music Monday: Bad Witches Playlist

A playlist featuring 6 incredible female artists who don't play by the rules and stay true to themselves. They're basically some of the baddest witches in the industry right now. These songs are a true empowerment to women and gives us the feels to continue being bad ass witches ourselves. Enjoy!

Princess Nokia

"Good witches, I fuck with. Bad bitches, we run shit."

Brujas

Kali Uchis

"I don't need your drama, I don't need you to survive"

Ridin' Round

 Abra

"Eat the fruit that feeds your spirit. On your knees, now baby eat it, eat it."

Fruit

Jorja Smith

"Unlike before when you and I laid eye to eye. Now it's time for you to taste the bitter end."

On My Mind

Leikeli47

"Rockstar, mixed with a ghetto chick"

Money

Banks

"Cause my love so good. So I fuck with myself more than anybody else"

I F With Myself

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LA Female Artist Who Are Changing The Game - Ashley Lukashevsky

By Candace Reels

LA Female Artist Who Are Changing The Game - Ashley Lukashevsky

Name: Ashley Lukashevsky

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Artistic Medium of Choice: Illustrations

Instagram handle: @ashlukadraws

Website: http://www.ashleylukashevsky.com

Please tell me a little bit about yourself?

I am a LA-based artist and graphic designer. I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii by my mom, an immigrant from Taegu, South Korea, and my dad, a liberal white hippie from California. I grew up doodling all of the time. Truly all of the time. When I was a kid, my mom would get mad at me for drawing on the toilet for too long. I originally moved here to study International Relations, and thought that I would work for an NGO. I never dreamed of creating art for a living. I am addicted to noodles (ramen, pho, jiajiangmien, naengmyun, you name it) and don’t know how to ride a bike.

Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you had to do?

When I was younger, I would get into these zones where I would shut myself into my room and just draw or paint for hours. I would completely lose track of time and be consumed by it. I forgot that feeling after years of focusing on school and then work. In the past year, I started to dabble in illustrating for my personal stress release. I was so frustrated about this presidency– an administration that gave credence to systemic injustice and racism and misogyny– and I started to just spill that out on paper. When I’m drawing, that anger subsides into a meditative state.

What are you trying to communicate with your art?

I am trying to communicate two things with my art. One: complacency is unacceptable. I went to a very insular university in LA, and I’ve often been surrounded by people who are cocooned by their privilege. I want my art to make people think about the man-made structures that inform their understanding of the world, and think about breaking them down. Two: Hope. I want my art to give those who are fighting for justice to feel hopeful. There are so many of us! We can’t let them take our hope away.

What role does the artist have in society?

I believe that artists have the responsibility to amplify the truth: voices of those marginalized by mainstream media, current events, their emotions. They shape the visual landscape and have the power to introduce new concepts to the viewer in a way that written word may not be able to.

How do you overcome creative blocks?

I am constantly bookmarking posts on Instagram. I refer to them whenever I need help dressing the womyn I am drawing, deciding on color palettes, or thinking of a new topic to illustrate.

How has the country’s current state inspired your work?

I would say that the country’s current state is what made me start creating again.

What do you think are some of the most inspiring things happening currently?

The art coming out of activism has been really touching. Following artists like Josh MacPhee (@jmacphee), Jess X Snow (@jessxsnow) , Melanie Cervantes (@melaniecervantes), Tatyana Fazlalizadeh (@tlynnfaz) to name a few, has been such an incredible feeling.

What has been your most touching moment you’ve experienced as an artist?

When people who are in the communities that I am trying to amplify contact me and tell me that I have made them feel loved, it makes everything worth it.

What are you currently listening to and/or reading?

I am currently reading Homefire by Kamila Shamsie and listening to Nancy by WYNC. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Toro y Moi, SZA (but who isn’t right now…) and Run the Jewels.

What are some of your self-care tips during these trying times?

Take deep breaths. Inhale. Exhale. Do yoga, dance, or however you like to move your beautiful body. Eat noodles with people you love. Binge-watch Insecure if you haven’t yet. Give to organizations who are working with communities affected by this administration’s bigotry. It feels productive to know that even if you are hurting, you are contributing.

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LA Female Artists Who Are Changing The Game - Mary Purdie

By Candace Reels

LA Female Artists Who Are Changing The Game - Mary Purdie

Name: Mary Purdie

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Artistic Medium of Choice: Pen + Paper & Adobe Illustrator

Instagram handle: @drawnbymary

Website: drawnbymary.com

 Please tell me a little bit about yourself?

I'm an illustrator currently living in L.A. with my husband. I've been an artist since I was a child and nurtured my talents throughout life. After college, I moved to NYC where, long story short, I completely lost my way for a few difficult years and pretty much abandoned art. Some time after meeting my graphic designer husband, I reconnected with my creative roots and in the past 5 years have been creating art inspired by my personal experiences, pop culture, current events, and feminism. 

Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you had to do?

As young as I can remember, drawing was my favorite activity. When I was 6 years old, I wrote and illustrated my first book using Mr. Sketch scented markers. It was called "The Lost Puppy," about a puppy named Kathy who felt neglected at home so she ran away and found a new family. Later in the story, her real family came to find her and bring her home and Kathy realized she really was loved. Obviously as a 6 year old, I was so proud of this creation. It's especially significant because my mom was working in a city 3 hours away at the time, so she was only home every other weekend. I don't remember feeling neglected, but my being the youngest of 4 children, my mom was so worried about me after reading my book! Looking back I laugh about it, but it's the earliest most powerful example of how I've been using art to express myself, even my subconscious feelings, for my entire life. It's always been second nature and I was lucky to have parents that nurtured my creativity.

What are you trying to communicate with your art?

My ultimate goal is to create art that people can relate to and feel connected to. I get most of my inspiration from my personal experiences and I know that the things I experience as a woman are not unique to me. This will come as no surprise to anyone who follows me, but I especially love combining pop culture references with my own experiences and feelings to create something that is familiar to a broader audience, but with an added personal element to connect our experiences. It's rewarding when I create art that is deeply personal, sometimes humorous, and makes someone say "oh my god, me too!"

 What role does the artist have in society?

Art tells the stories of the current state of things in the most unique ways. The work of artists, writers, and creators connects people in profound ways and that is so important, particularly in trying times like we are experiencing now. Artists have a lot of power and in my opinion, it would be disappointing not to use that to reach and connect with people. There are times when I can't express with words my anger, outrage, or on the flip side, my hope, and love of community. I can create a piece of work to reflect those feelings and evoke a larger emotional response from more people. As I see it, that is a solid foundation to build on and potentially influence society for the greater good.

 How do you overcome creative blocks?

This is an appropriate question because I've been struggling lately. How I approach it really depends on the day. Some days I sit down and force something out of myself, even if it turns out to be garbage in my opinion. It's important to not let the creative block consume me, so I have to keep creating. Sometimes it leads me to a great idea which is always the goal. A lot of the time, though, I end up no closer to breaking through. Creative blocks are my biggest enemy and they frustrate me to no end, but they've also been one of my greatest teachers. It forces me to dig deeper and question why I experience such significant creative blocks. So it's a lot of self-exploration. Sometimes I just have to zone out into a good playlist or tv show to clear my mind and get new inspiration. I've started meditating more when I get stuck, and I've added a few healing crystals to my environment. It might sound strange but it's been pretty life-changing for me to view it - and work through it - from a different perspective.

 How has the country’s current state inspired your work?

Before the most recent presidential election, a lot of my creative inspiration was pretty much just "catcalling sucks!" and "how many ways can I draw Beyonce?" Watching the country unravel definitely brought up a lot of wild emotions for me. It started with mocking the ridiculousness of the things said during the debates, and I had fun with that in my art, making humor out of the mess. But when things really fell apart starting with the election results, I got really angry and that started to come through in my work. My inspiration quickly went from "catcalling sucks!" to "are you paying attention to this awful plan to strip your rights?!" and "please call your senators!" It's important to me that when I'm outraged by something, which is often, that I can use that as fuel to create something to remind myself (and hopefully some others) to keep fighting.

 What do you think are some of the most inspiring things happening currently?

The resistance movement, absolutely. The current state of our country has birthed a lot of action from people who most likely would never have paid attention to certain issues had the election gone the other way. A lot of us are getting a big lesson in uncomfortable topics, like having to face our privilege, and the ways we may be unintentionally upholding white supremacy. I've had conversations with my peers that I'd probably not have under normal circumstances. I like to think that a lot of us are learning to check ourselves more often, and seeing more teachable moments to check those around us when we witness problematic behavior. It's disgusting and shameful the things that have happened to bring us to this place, but if we are having more conversations about how we need to change, listening more, and actively following through with those changes, I believe ultimately it will get us to a better place.

What has been your most touching moment you’ve experienced as an artist.

Anytime someone tells me that they came across a piece and it was exactly what they needed to see, I feel really good about what I'm doing. I have had a handful of people give me really wonderful compliments about how my art has personally touched them and sometimes I just think, "me? really?!" Sometimes I can't believe that someone feels so connected to something I made, but that's what it's all about! Through art, I've shared everything from dirty details about my period cramps to my fertility struggles and four miscarriages. It is the reason that I share such deeply personal stories, because I know I'm never alone. It feels like the most authentic and compelling way to use my creativity, to let others know that they aren't alone either.

 What are you currently listening to and/or reading?

Currently listening to SZA all the time, because I'm still not tired of this album! Some of my favorite podcasts at the moment are The Guilty Feminist, The Read, and Politically Re-Active. I just finished "You Are A Badass" by Jen Sincero and next I'm reading "Hunger" by Roxane Gay.

 What are some of your self-care tips during these trying times?

Self-care is so personal, I think it's important to do what makes you feel good. That can vary a lot depending on your personality! I'm pretty introverted so I enjoy taking small breaks from social media (like, a few hours does wonders if I'm being honest), giving myself at least one full day a week to do very little or nothing at all other than rest my mind. Sunshine is important to me, I need a daily dose even if it's just 15 minutes, it works miracles on my mood. Weekly sage cleansing of my apartment is in my routine now as is meditating a few times a week. And since I'm working on getting pregnant so I can birth a small army of feminist babies, I'm very into acupuncture right now for keeping my stress down and good energy flowing.

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