When I was taking drum set lessons with Brett Deptula, he would emphasize this point: if the audience isn’t physically moving then you have not done your job as a drummer.

So when I detect movement, I find it significant. Movement tells me that people are having a physical response to something that they have seen or heard.

If you need a call to action listen to Bianca Blu Lazuli in this clip:
Instagram video by Chicago Taysha • Sep 4, 2020 at 5:52 PM

The Carry On Movement started by community advocate / artist / designer Jai Hudson…


The Declaration of Interdependence

This declaration hereby invites you to write your own declaration of interdependence.

i hold these truths to be self evident; That all black lives matter. That all black trans…


“…I’m thinking about the teachers who work with this [special education] population that is often left out of the conversation.”

Q1: Can you provide some background on your teaching environment?

A1: [I] specifically worked with majority hispanic students within a [majority] white population. Mostly my students are kids who socially and economically don’t have peers.

Every Friday I lead my students through yoga. [It is] pretty interactive. We have a student who is wheelchair bound, so I am doing what I can…


Image submitted by Lillian White (subject) with permission to use in this blog post. The “black lives matter” mask featured was hand-made by Lillian White herself.

[This article is part of my new project #WeTheTeachers in which I am amplifying the voices of my fellow K-12 teachers around the United States. Below is the text transcription of my interview with 4th Grade Art Teacher Lillian White.]

After Lillian White began posting publicly on Facebook about her school’s response to her “black lives matter” mask, various media outlets have published her story, and that’s how I heard about her case. I was intrigued and wanted to learn more about her experience, so I reached out to her via e-mail to schedule this interview.


I attended the Potluck Protest in Dallas, TX. When I got to Reverchon Park, I was a little early and ran into a friend who was helping her mom set up one of the food vendor stations. So I volunteered to help set things up, and quickly found myself in the back of one of the organizer’s pick-up trucks transporting folding tables, chairs, and sound equipment to the outdoor event area. Read on if you’re thinking of attending/organizing a Potluck Protest in your city — I have also included information on how to contact The Potluck Protest at the end.

Meet the organizers below:


For a chance to get featured on my blog, write up your responses to the questions below (and include photos too!). Then send it to me via e-mail at cgupta731 at gmail. I will review and let you know if and when it is going to get posted.

My Questions

  • What are you up to in life?
  • How can others support you in what you’re up to?
  • What is the best way to reach you if someone has questions for you?
  • You’ve worked with all sorts of people— what trends have you observed in human behavior?
  • What are you reading…

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