The redacted Mueller Report has been available to the public for some time. You can even listen to it for free on Amazon Audible. It’s also available in print. However, it is roughly 400 pages long. If you listen to it in audio format, its about 19 hours.
Reading through a legal document can be difficult, so why not make it more fun by throwing a little read-a-thon or listen-a-thon? It is important that public be educated and aware of what is going on in the country, so why not bring your family and friends together to participate in this very fun and educational party opportunity?
How to Host a Mueller Report Read/Listen-A-Thon:
- Think about the format that you want to use. Do you want people to take turns reading from the actual report or would you prefer listening to audio? Will you need speakers, will you project the content onto a screen? Once you decide on the format, you can obtain the version that you want.
- Choose a location. Will this be hosted at your home or another venue?
- Create a timeline for the event. When will it start, when will it end? How many breaks will you have? When will people eat?
- Decorate to liven up the atmosphere. You could choose a theme that speaks to you, it could be a black and gold theme, a red, white and blue theme, a Watergate theme, whatever you like.
- Decide who to invite and then send invitations. This is a wonderful opportunity for an intimate gathering of friends and family to join together and read or listen to the report. You might send a formal evite or simply text or call people.
- Plan your menu. For a 19 hour read-a-thon, it is crucial that you have plenty of food and beverages available, as well as activities that people can engage in during downtime or if they wish to take a break from the reading or listening.
- Plan your activities. It’s good to have relaxing activities to accompany the read-a-thon. This may mean adult coloring or painting stations, crafting stations or maker stations. This is also a wonderful opportunity for group craft activities, like a quilting bee or knitting circle. Imagine a group gathered around a tray of tea and cookies, listening to the Mueller Report and quilting. Very picturesque, no?
- Have space for people to rest. When you are hosting an all night party or read-a-thon, guests will need a place to rest. It might help to prepare a guest room or spaces for people to sleep.
- Provide notepads and pens. Be sure to provide paper and writing tools for those who wish to take notes throughout the reading.
- After the reading, consider whether or not you’d like to host a follow-up discussion where your guests can discuss and ask questions about the report or simply call it a night.
- Sit back, chill and educate yourself. Helpful Tips:
- Keep the restroom tidy. Be sure that the powder room is tidy and stocked with all necessary supplies, like toilet paper, hand soap, and clean towels.
- Make sure guests remain safe. If drinking is involved, remind guests to drink responsibly or arrange transportation home, if necessary.
- Be sure to ask guests for any special dietary considerations prior to planning your menu.
- Be sure that you have plenty of water and beverages. You may want to have coffee, tea, water and light snacks throughout the event. You might offer a nice DIY Happy Hour in the evening, for those who are over 21. You can get as fancy as you want with the food. You might like to organize a potluck and have people bring dishes or you might like to arrange for food delivery or carry out.
- Allow for frequent breaks. When creating your read-a-thon schedule, be sure that you’ve built in opportunities for breaks.
Sample Mueller Report Party Overview:
Guests Arrive: 6 AM- sausage, egg breakfast casserole, croissants and muffins and fruit-infused water, orange juice, coffee and tea.
9 AM- Snack break with fruits, cheese, nuts, granola
12 PM- Lunch al fresco, grilled chicken, shrimp kebabs, fruit salad, grilled vegetables, lamb burgers, potato salad, crab cakes
3 PM- Afternoon Tea break with tea, scones with cream/jam, tea cakes, cupcakes, deviled eggs and other light refreshments
6 PM – Dinner with roast beef, grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and other dishes
9 PM- DIY cocktail bar with fruits, nuts, cakes and other desserts
12 AM- Midnight Snack with popcorn, candy and fruit cup with whipped cream
3AM- Light snacks/conclude reading and goodie bags for guests
Note: Resting space, activities and light snacks available throughout
Activities: Adult painting, coloring and crafting
Another interesting and informative blog post by Abagond about the Pacific Pact, which was like Nato, but fell through because of white racism. I wonder how different the world would be if the Pacific Pact had happened. So much for “honorary whites.”
via Pacific Pact
April is National Poetry Month. April is almost over, but better late than never. I thought that I’d share a poem by Jessie Redmond Fauset.
Harlem Renaissance writer, Jessie Redmond Fauset was a journalist, novelist, poet and civil rights advocate. She worked for the Crisis, which was an NAACP paper (founded by Dubois). The focus of many of her works was changing the perception of Black professionals. She brought the Black middle class into the limelight through her work during a time when Black people were routinely portrayed through a stereotypical lens. She pushed the Uncle Tom, Mammy and Aunt Jemima stereotypes aside and brought a more realistic, diverse portrayal of the Black middle class to life.
It makes sense that Fauset aimed to portray Black people in a more diverse, dignified light when you consider her background. Fauset was born April 27, 1882, in New Jersey and attended Philadelphia Highschool for Girls. She graduated as a valedictorian, possibly the first Black valedictorian. When she got older, she wanted to attend Bryn Mawr College, but they were so against accepting African-Americans that they were willing to pay for Fauset to attend another school of her choice. She chose to attend Cornell and graduated in 1905 with a degree in Classical Languages. Later, she earned her Masters in French from the University of Pennsylvania.
She became a teacher in the segregated Dunbar school in Washington, DC, where she taught French/Latin. Fauset also spoke and taught French in Washington, DC and New York City and spent her summers studying at the renowned La Sorbonne in France.
She wrote four novels, represented the NAACP at the Pan African conference and co-authored the Black children’s literary magazine, The Brownies Book.
She mentored Langston Hughes, the famous African-American Harlem poet and may have taught James Baldwin.
She was an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta.
Fauset married to Herbert Harris, at the age of 47, and died on April 30, 1961.
Without further ado, enjoy this poem by Jessie Fauset-
La Vie C’est la Vie On summer afternoons, I sit Quiescent by you in the park, And idly watch the sunbeams gild And tint the ash-trees' bark Or else I watch the squirrels frisk And chaffer in the grassy lane; And all the while I mark you voice Breaking with love and pain. I know a woman who would give Her chance of heaven to take my place; To see the love-light in your eyes, The love-glow on your face! And there's a man whose lightest word Can set my chilly blood afire; Fulfillment of his least behest Defines my life's desire. But he will none of me, Nor I Of you. Nor you of her. 'Tis said The world is full of jests like these. I wish that I were dead.
To me, this poem speaks of love desired, but not realized. Perhaps the woman is giving all of herself and bargaining for love. Others look at her love in envy, but she wants to die. How do you interpret this poem. Am I not thinking deeply enough?
Notable Novels by Fauset:
- There is Confusion
- Plum Bun
- The Chinaberry Tree
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, all men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another. John 13:34-35, NIC
My goal this Easter has been to read a devotional every day during Holy Week, repent for my many sins and thank the Lord that he is merciful.
In addition to spiritually fortifying myself, physical fortification will include an Easter dinner of soft shell crabs, jambalaya, cornbread, and a dessert.
Blessings and prayers.
Redoshi is an African woman who was brought to America against her will and forced into slavery. Researchers believe Redoshi was likely born in the 1840s in modern day Benin. At about 12 years of age, her father was killed. Redoshi was taken from her homeland and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on the Clotilda. The middle passage was a difficult, dangerous and traumatizing experience for the men, women and children aboard. It was typical for African men to be shackled below deck with shackles so painful that they often left welts and weighed the wearer down. Women were sometimes shackled or roped together above or below deck. Sometimes they weren’t roped. Sometimes they were raped by the crew members aboard the ship. Children were also often abused aboard ship.
After enduring the Middle Passage, Redoshi was bought by a man in Alabama where she was forced to work. Redoshi was forced into marriage as a child with an enslaved man. After emancipation, she lived with her daughter into the 1930s.
What makes Redoshi’s story unique is that she was on the last slave ship to come into the United States, she was a woman and she lived so late into the 1930s that video of her exists.
Civil rights activist, Amelia Boynton Robinson wrote a memoire about Redoshi in the 1930s. Zora Neale Hurston also researched Redoshi.
My grandmother was born in the 1920s. My grandmother would have been a teenager while Redoshi was still living. Redoshi’s life overlapped with my grandmother’s life and my grandmother’s life overlapped with mine and my mother’s. Often when people reference antebellum slavery in the United States, it’s spoken of as if it’s ancient history. Truth be told, my generation (millennials) are only a few generations removed from being legal property. In fact, my Great Aunt (who lived to be 101) remembers seeing the relatives of the family that enslaved our family in South Carolina. As a child, she didn’t understand what the connection with this white family was. It wasn’t until she was older that she understood that they were the relatives and descendants of the family that had enslaved her own. That same white family were also her cousins and Great Uncles.
Many African women who were forced to endure the Middle Passage were made voiceless, but research has revealed some of what Redoshi went through.
Many of the racial stereotypes that are pervasive today have their roots in slavery, such as the Jezebel and Mammy.
Slavery doesn’t seem so distant in this context.
This story came into the news recently after Dr. Durkin, a researcher, published a paper about Redoshi.
A post by Abagond about billionaires. It is notable that according to Abagond, “the net worth of 7,000 ordinary White American households or 98,000 Black ones (based on median wealth in 2014, adjusted for inflation,” is equivalent to 1 billion. Note the stark contrast in white vs. black net worth overall.
The view from Billionaires’ Row overlooking Central Park in New York (via MarketWatch).
A billionaire is someone whose wealth is equal to at least a billion pounds or dollars: $1,000,000,000.00. This post, written in 2019, will use current US dollars, worth 2.0 grams of silver.
There are currently 2,135 known, living billionaires according to Forbes magazine. New York has 103, Hong Kong 93, San Francisco 74, Moscow 69, and London 62. Only 14 are Black, Oprah Winfrey among them. Oxfam says the top 26 billionaires are as rich as the bottom half of humanity.
Some famous billionaires (those in greyare dead, adjusted for inflation):
- > $100 billion
- 374 John D. Rockefeller (Standard Oil)
- 350 Andrew Carnegie (Carnegie Steel)
- 298 Nicholas II of Russia
- 220 Henry Ford (Ford Motor)
- 200? Vladimir Putin (maybe only 70)
- 199Basil II of the Byzantine Empire
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