Hello.

The social injustice in our country (and actually in the whole world) is making my heart heavy with sorrow. I feel helpless. I vote in every election and I hope you do too. I have also donated to Black Lives Matter and to the Equal Justice Initiative. I will continue to make donations to them and to other causes that work on ending white supremacy in the United States.

As you can image, I am not in the mood to blog about books and such. It seems trivial compared to what is happening right now. I’m going to continue working on my own book while the blog stays quiet for just a little while longer. Thank you for bearing with me.

I leave you with this poem by German pastor, Martin Niemöller, who survived the Nazis. Unfortunately, this poem is as timely as ever.

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
     Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
     Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
     Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #61

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BLACK LIVES MATTER

As you can image, things are awful. I’m upset, horrified and angered that people in the United States of America continue to be murdered every day (yes, every day) because of systematic racism and police brutality.

If you want to join me in putting a stop to systematic racism and police brutality, please visit the links below and make a donation. If you are not able to make a donation, keep reading. There are other ways you can fight this fight.

Black Lives Matter

Reclaim the Block

Equal Justice Initiative

NAACP Empowerment Program

Also, Rolling Stone has a longer list of where you can donate.

Other ways you can help:

  • Download the ACLU app. If you record police brutality, it will go directly to the ACLU. Even if your phone is confiscated.
  • Support Black-owned independent businesses. Research businesses in your area to find them.
  • Speak up.
  • Vote.

BLACK LIVES MATTER