Jan. 28th, 2017

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In my weekly folk dance email, which goes out to 140 people even though only four or five come to my groups, I sent out a few videos of songs and dances with Muslim backgrounds, in acknowledgement of the heart-breaking Muslim Ban enacted in the US yesterday.

Bulgarian dance Staro Pomaško is named after the Pomaks, Bulgarian Muslims. Here it is danced by Dunav in Israel, led by Yves Moreau, who originally taught the dance. He sings along a bit, too. We have sheet music for this, so we'll sing it at the next singing group meeting.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPcWpM6HAGw

Nardanina is a Muslim Georgian song. Here is Aragvi Project singing it for a bit, then video abruptly cuts to other beautiful Georgian songs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQUcxQ9jcCE

Jazzy version of Nardanina, complete with trumpet solo!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmDRQ0sLmLM

Seems like the threatened white supremacist march in Montana didn't happen (yet), so I directly contributed $100 to the Montana Human Rights Network for my January financial action. I figure they'll help Jews and Muslims.
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You’re not just imagining it: the Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump vote totals do look rigged by Bill Palmer. This post supports my immediate post-election intuition that the results were rigged.

For a few hours, Badlands National Park was bad to the bone in defiance of Trump by Darryl Fears. The strain of the constant official gaslighting shows more clearly in contrast with the joy of seeing plain truth spoken from an official source. Trump told National Parks, NASA, USDA, EPA, etc. to shut up, and someone at Badlands National Park - didn't.

List of "unofficial" national park and other government agencies by Alice Stollmeyer. Resistance! Shifted over to unofficial accounts where they cannot be silenced.

White House insider: Donald Trump thinks his own staff is committing “mutiny” against him by Bill Palmer. I'm learning a lot from following @RoguePOTUSStaff.

Wikipedia article on De-nazi-fication. I hadn't known this happened, and it's encouraging to read about how it already happened (at least) once, because we desperately need it in the US too.

How to survive in intersectional feminist spaces 101 by saroful. Lots of great advice in this post. There's pushback about the title in comments.

How To Help The Cause When You Need Help Yourself by Carrie Cutforth. Active compassion for your mental illness is a form of resistance.

The Best Emergency Preparedness Supplies. Thinking about what I might want to have on hand.

What You Learn Doing Abortions After 20 Weeks by Dr. Jen Gunter.

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