Issue 16.5: Weekend reading
Welcome to Issue 16.5 of Digestable, your daily mouthful of real things happening in the world, minus alarmist pandemic news.
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Today’s news, fermented:
Last night, in conversation with a dear friend, writing came up. She no longer writes much for work, but when we met back in college, we both wrote, and felt pretty good about it. Before starting my current job (in January), and even more so, starting to write this newsletter in March, I also hadn’t written anything of substance in a few years.
Looking back at the past few months of news, I’m endlessly grateful for the process of getting things out of my head and into words. Thank you, friends, for reading it.
Ironically, I have almost nothing interesting to say today, and some of our folks are enjoying the holiday—so rather than a hefty issue, here’s a list of things to read and look at!
Black Lives Matter May Be the Largest Movement in U.S. History, pretty self-explanatory, but NY Times, you really don’t have to only make maps that look like virus trackers. Really.
W.N.B.A. Star’s Role in Freeing Man From Prison Shows Female Athletes at Forefront, about Maya Moore, who stepped out of her professional basketball career to fight for an innocent person’s freedom, and how female athletes’ activism is often ignored.
Could New York Finally Become a Bike City?, an article about a NYC bike shop that’s been open since the 1918 Spanish Flu, with a classic NY Times headline that is low key stupid and ignores the fact that people have been biking here as long as there have been bikes—it’s been Robert Moses and the fossil fuel empire that hasn’t ‘made it a bike city.’
'This is a family': the Black-led groups biking against racism, about the leaders of NYC’s massive bike protests
Twenty Saudi officials go on trial in absentia over Khashoggi killing, an update on the brutal murder of the Saudi journalist
Couple Charged After Videos Show White Woman Pulling Gun on Black Woman: a Karen is held to account
'Cronk rules everything around me': long-lost beverage resurrected after 120 years, a weird article about weird beer
Canada’s Sparrows Are Singing a New Song. You’ll Hear It Soon. Sparrows are switchin it up.
!! DJ M0RO’s low-key Music Show !!
This week I want to use this space to *get very pumped* about the announcement that the Twin Cities will be getting its first venue run and led by women of color. Follow Auntie’s story and donate to make the thing happen!
Sophia Eris, Lady Midnight and DJ Keezy (link here to a really great playlist they graced us with for the summer) are bringing us the venue the Cities is long overdue for. In the wake of a major reckoning with abuse and sexual misconduct in the TC music scene, not to mention the Uprisings and pandemic, I couldn’t be more proud of the cities that made me the human I am today for the community responses and reactions we’ve seen. That we get the blessing of a place like Auntie’s to enjoy community, music, art, and emotional & physical safety is truly revolutionary.
Looking forward to seeing live music with ya’ll while honoring and celebrating women and BIPOC artists at Auntie’s (and all the other cool new venues or projects we’ll hopefully see happen) as soon as possible.