What a heartbreaking week.
Roxane Gay is her usual insightful self writing about Ferguson for the Guardian. The entire thing is very good, but the ending is just so spot on:
"We need to do the hard work of overcoming our lesser selves. Silence is not an option but words are not enough."
The If They Gunned Me Down tumblr is something you should look at, if you haven't already.
This cartoon from Erika Moen on deciding she wants to live is wonderful, but it made me cry.
Libby Nelson's report on the Yazidi community in Lincoln, Nebraska also made me cry.
This story about the chaos scheduling software is creating in employee's lives just makes me angry. Some a**hole optimized on the wrong thing. Meanwhile, my mayor just vetoed an ordinance that would have raised the minimum wage and required a small amount of paid time off for hourly employees. The city council is trying to decide if they'll override.
Here are some campaigns to consider supporting:
Fund to send Michael Brown's siblings to college
Fund to feed kids in Ferguson
An organization that provides tutoring and other support to kids in north St. Louis, founded by Antonio French, the St. Louis alderman whose tweets kept so many of us informed about what was happening in Ferguson.
And, because I can't leave without some happy things: 3-D printing for picture books and a 13 year old girl kicking ass in the Little League World Series.