at this table.

November 24, 2021

At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow. We pray of suffering and remorse. We give thanks.

Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.

An excerpt from Joy Harjo’s poem, “Perhaps the World Ends Here,” from The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, 1994.

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Plus, a few non-consumer places I’m directing my attention and resources to this week:

Line 3 Indigenous Legal Defense Fund is a volunteer-run non-profit providing support to Indigenous folks facing arrest, jail time, and state repression because of their opposition to Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline project. Donate here. Learn more at StopLine3.

MMIP | Who is Missing is a community and mutual aid group dedicated to the epidemic of Missing & Murdered Indigenous People. Donate here.

One Love Community Fridge works to address immediate food insecurity and minimize food waste in Brooklyn by providing communities 24/7 access to free, fresh, nutritious food at existing community fridges. If you’re not local, seek out a community fridge near you and consider making a donation. Donate here.

As ever, some encouragement ahead of Thanksgiving, to understand the land we’re on: Native Land Digital Map.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Megan November 24, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you for the thoughtful resources. Also, on Arapahoe, Cheyenne, and Ute land.

  • Reply Helen November 24, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    In addition to sharing in the feelings of joy, sadness, and in the solidarity against injustice, I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you (and rose) for your giftmaking guide so far this fall. You’ve given me at least one small way to model for my children my own commitment to sustainability, and less buying (and more making). A decidedly uncrafty person, I am for the first time making my own bowls, cardboard toys, little boxes, and stamps, and could not be prouder. I hope you, and the many Tea Readers, have a peaceful and restorative week with family and friends!

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  • Reply Robin November 24, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    This is why I love your blog. Much kindness, Ekosi for modelling good relations.

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  • Reply Karlijn van der Wijk November 25, 2021 at 6:00 am

    I saw a mini-documentary (on Dutch television) about neighborhood fridges in New York. I was so amazed, damn what a genius thing. Wonderful how it helps people. I will see if I can donate internationally for that.

    I volunteer as a reading buddy for kids that have unequal opportunities in education. They don’t have the same opportunities for a successful school career, even if they are just as smart. With equal intelligence, it determines from which family you come. If your parents are poorly educated and you are not stimulated much at home, you have less chance of a successful education career. And that’s so unfair. Every week we do language games, read, etc. and it’s so good to see his vocabulary go up.
    We have a donation box where people can donate books so we can use them with the kids. It’s lovely to see how many people donate and want to help. Anyway, I will stop rambling.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Reply Cindy W November 25, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Thank you for this, Erin.

  • Reply Mila November 29, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Belated thank you for this important and thoughtful post. I live in Canada where Truth & Reconciliation for and with Indigenous Canadians is, thankfully, becoming more prevalent and gaining momentum. I’m so glad to see this post focused on the like in the US.

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