Day 5 of Loving Winter 2017

By : Holly Santiago · February 5, 2017

 I #lovemnwinter!  Today, I love slowing down to speed up.

Staying active in an MN winter is a solid trick for keeping a body warm, bikes upright, and mental health in functional order through very dark months. When facing a super cold front or snowstorm, the #LOVEWINTER smarts kick in and you know to store that energy and stay put. Slowing down to rest, to evaluate options, to strategize your route… when you set out, you know you’re gonna be stronger and equipped with valuable energy to fortify your journey.

I recommend using this technique, slow down to speed up, before facing a particularily mean snowstorm, OR any terrible shitstorm, as you see fit.

This winter, I’ve been “hunkering down” as an opportunity to find my way out of a personal shitstorm of burn out and avoidance. I'm starting by catching up on some reading, ready to strategize a new route forward and it starts by sticking to the work of WTFs and POC authors in my #lovemnwinter reading list:

Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America - by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) - by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement - by Angela Y. Davis

Palante - by Young Lords Party

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - by Michelle Alexander

I’ve also taken some time to examine my financial influence divesting/invest accordingly:

http://www.ussif.org/sribasics

And most importantly, I’ve been plotting that path forward with leadership from my community.

Native Lives Matter

Anti-War Committe

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis

15 Now Minnesota

In these cold months of winter, how are you slowing down?  What are you plotting to do?

Read about last year’s collaborative challenge to love one thing about winter everyday in February, and post about it on this blog. Tweet your own loves: #lovemnwinter @greaseragmpls.

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Thank you for this roadmap for resistance! I have only read one of those books, but they all look important. You're right- winter is the time for plotting. <3
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