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Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

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February Calls Us To Action!

Youth-centered calls to action to ignite the next generation of kind & courageous leaders.

Published: Last Updated on

Co-Created by Shannon Brescher Shea & Ashia Ray

Good news!
WE DID IT!

We're cheering on...

STAY CURIOUS, STAND BRAVE & SMASH THE KYRIARCHY

You give us hope

This February, we stay persistent in supporting children's rights, envisioning Black Futures, and abolishing the prison industrial complex.

RESISTBOT TEMPLATES via WATERMELON

Tap 'YES' once a day to end ethnic cleansing Gaza

Sarah Sayer creates new text letter templates with sources, explanations, and calls to end violence against the people of Palestine. Follow @Watermelon on Resistbot and get daily alerts when templates are ready to send.

Or text FOLLOW WATERMELON to the number 50409

ACTIVITY via MOVEMENT FOR BLACK LIVES

Send a Black Futures Valentine

This Black Futures Month, we celebrate the Future of Black Love and exchange love notes that articulate manifestations of love beyond romance, binaries, and capitalism and into the ever-expansive realms of justice and liberation.

PETITION via MOMS RISING

Tell Congress: Pass The People's Response Act Now!

The current approach to public safety is not working for children, for families, and particularly for Black and brown communities.

We must reimagine our public safety system’s focus on criminalization and replace it with thoughtful, strategic, and appropriate care and response.

PETITION via THE NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER

Tell Congress: Save Child Care Now!

Emergency funding that saved the child care industry from collapse during the pandemic has expired, threatening the stability of an already fragile system. Since Congress has failed to act, millions of children are at risk of losing access to child care, families are facing increased costs, and early educators continue to be underpaid and undervalued.

LETTER TEMPLATE via NATIONAL ARAB AMERICAN WOMENS ASSOCIATION

Dear City Officials: Stop Equating Criticism of Israel with Antisemitism

Concerned about the violations against our right to free speech when it comes to calling for a ceasefire? Challenge inaccuracies and biases in city policies that fuel antisemitism and islamophobia against citizens speaking up against genocide.

PETITION & DIVSTMENT via STOP COP CITY SOLIDARITY

Stop Cop City

The Atlanta Police Foundation, corporations, and local officials are trying to destroy hundreds of acres of the Weelaunee Forest to build a massive police training compound. The compound would train cops from around the world in militarized police tactics.

From calling and emailing targets, to organizing solidarity protests and actions, there are many ways to help #StopCopCity.

PETITION via EKŌ

Tell Banks to Stop Financing Private Prisons

Geo Group helped build his concentration camps along the Mexican-US border where kids were separated from their parents.

Almost all banks in the world, including JP Morgan and BNP, have publicly stated that they would no longer loan money to private prison companies. This has cost Geo Group roughly one billion dollars in loans and its stock price to plummet.

PETITION via COALITION ON HUMAN NEEDS

Tell Congress: Expand The Child Tax Credit

House and Senate negotiators released a tax proposal that would improve the Child Tax Credit for about 80% of families with low incomes who now do not receive the full credit and lift an estimated 400,000 children above the poverty line.

PETITION via MOVEON

Pass The Books Save Lives Act To Stop Censorship

In 2023, over 700 book bans in public libraries targeted marginalized authors and topics, including books on race and racism and LGBTQIA+ topics.
The Books Save Lives Act would require trained librarians in schools, require public and school liberties to maintain a diverse collection, classify discriminatory book bans as violation of federal civil rights laws, and establish tracking and reporting on book bans on marginalized communities.

PETITION via NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR JUSTICE

Tell Your Governor: Rectify Funding Gap For Black Universities

According to a recent analysis, historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been underfunded by $13 billion over the last 30 years.

The law requires equal funding for colleges created through segregation. increased funding supports critical infrastructure, student services, and competitiveness for research grants -- and finally begin to right decades of inequity.

PETITION via NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR JUSTICE

Abolish the Death Penalty NOW!

The death penalty is flawed, unjust, and discriminatory. Convicts on death row are more likely to be Black, poor, and to have mental illness or intellectual disabilities. And the death penalty is more frequently imposed when the victims are white.

AMPLIFY YOUR ACTION

Suggest An Action

Recommend a youth-centered action organized by people with lived experience.

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP via BLACK MAMA'S BAIL OUT

#FreeBlackMamas Bail Out Info Session

During this session, we will provide a comprehensive overview of National Bail Out, delve into the bail out process, guide you through the steps to participate in this year's Black Mama's Bail Out, and answer any questions you may have.

February 12, 2pm ET | Free

BOOK CLUB via LIBRARY FREEDOM PROJECT

Library Freedom Project Book Club

Our focus this month will be From the River to the Sea: Essays for a Free Palestine (click through for free ebook).

February 19, 9pm ET | Free

WORKSHOP via LIBRARY FREEDOM PROJECT

Labor Organizing in Libraries

Featuring Kelly McElroy and Meredith Kahn

February 28, 7pm ET | Free

FREE VIRTUAL TRAINING via RIGHT TO BE

How To Be An Ally When You Witness Abuse Online

As more of our personal and professional lives go digital, online hate and harassment are on the rise. Abusive trolls join forces to disproportionately target BIPOCs, women, and LGBTQIA+ folks to intimidate, discredit, and silence. Each and every one of us can be an ally.

February 23, 1pm ET | Free
April 29, 4pm ET | Free

FREE VIRTUAL TRAINING via RIGHT TO BE

Bystander Intervention for Educators

This 75-minute training will teach you Right To Be’s 5Ds of bystander intervention methodology, created in collaboration with T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. We’ll start by talking about the forms of antisemitism that the Jewish community faces right now — from microaggressions to violence — and how to interrupt it while staying safe.

February 29, 2024 5pm | FREE
March 13, 6pm | FREE

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Raising Luminaries is run by Ashia R., an Autistic, multiracial (Chinese/Irish) 2nd-generation settler raising two children alongside their partner on the homelands of the Wampanoag and Massachusett people.

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RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

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RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

ABOUT | MISSION | FINANCIALS | ACCOUNTABILITY

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Get free monthly email notifications when I publish new Family Action Toolkits

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