What does it mean to be patriotic?
When the last sparkler fizzles out, the charcoal grill goes cold, and the star-spangled merchandise sneaks off store shelves, what remains of patriotism? It’s a question the DEI committee asked ourselves after the July 4th break. Displays of courage and bravery always come to mind, but we found a different answer to that question by looking at each other: Patriotism can be defined in many ways.
To take pride in one’s country is to care about its impact: to notice those it has historically left behind, to assess your power to help, and to turn what might feel like ever-dimming hope for better days into action—at whatever scale you most effectively can.
It’s a devotion that has existed since the dawn of America—even in the face of suppression—to enact change that follows through on foundational promises of liberty and justice for all. We are reminded of the words of acclaimed American poet Langston Hughes.
Disability Pride Month reminds us that for some, freedom can only be exercised so far
On July 26 and throughout the month of July, we celebrate the passing of the crucial civil rights bill, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Signed into law just 32 years ago, it prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and public spaces.
The ADA helps to ensure that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as those without. But ensuring we create a society where diversity in ability isn’t stigmatized is a responsibility that falls on each one of us.
An impactful ally to people with disabilities is one who asks themself What more could I be doing? The answer will certainly vary, based on person, place, and influence, but the very act of asking the question helps you be a force for good.WATCH: MN Twins and other groups Celebrate Disability Pride month | KARE 11
People-first language: the what, how, and why
Both literally and figuratively, people-first language positions the person before the disability, as exemplified by the phrases “person with disability” and “people with disabilities.” More commonly, self-advocates and disability-led organizations prefer this wording over “disabled person” or “disabled people.”
However, some find a sense of identity and empowerment using terms like “disabled person.”
Ultimately, a person-first perspective is impactful no matter the topic. Social stigmas can often be perpetuated unknowingly. It is good practice to respect the way a person identifies or refers to themself, and to make your actions and language — in your personal and professional life — reflect that.READ: Why ADA Compliance Should be a Focus for Marketing Teams | Toppan Merrill
International Non-Binary People’s Day
July 14 celebrated the wide array of people who identify as non-binary—an umbrella term for people whose gender identity doesn’t sit comfortably with ‘man’ or ‘woman.’
Non-binary individuals often experience significant rates (1) of discrimination in the workplace. In fact, almost a third experienced discrimination in the hiring process alone.(2)
UPDATE YOUR EMAIL SIGNATURE
A simple way to be welcoming to non-binary colleagues is to add your pronouns to your email signature. Not only does it foster a good-natured environment, but it’s prudent and practical when communicating with new people.
To update your email signature and include pronouns, refer to Will’s instructional email sent along with the Broader Horizons announcement email.More welcoming practices
When fear seeps into celebration
Early July, Muslim-practicing people across the country celebrated one of the religion’s most central holidays: Eid al-Adha (pronounced [eed-uhl–ahd-hah]), or the Feast of Sacrifice.
Celebrations of the holy day consist of prayer, food, and time with loved ones.
You may have seen that over 40,000 members of Minnesota’s Muslim community gathered at U.S. Bank Stadium to celebrate at a ‘Super’ Eid. Why? According to leaders of Minnesota’s Muslim Coalition, the event was created in 2018 after statewide attacks experienced by the Muslim community sparked fear of celebrating the holiday in mosques.read on
Finding your footing amid the fallout of Roe v. Wade
Since the official overturning of Roe v. Wade in late June, the country has experienced an avalanche of intense and contentious media coverage. On top of the commentary overload, it’s an immensely emotional topic— making it that much harder to discern facts from uproar.
Here are updated facts about how laws and statutes could affect you in your area:
OutfrontMN | Current restrictions fact sheet
Guttmacher Institute | State facts about abortion
NC Policy Watch | Abortion access in post-Roe NC
Take care of yourself
It may be emotionally taxing to keep up with national developments. We urge you to prioritize your well-being and practice mindfulness. Not sure how? Here are some local thought starters:
Move your body @ Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Peruse art @ Loring Park Art Festival July | 30–31
Move your body @ Powell Butte Nature Park
Browse @ Portland Flea | Sundays
Move your body @ Ribbonwalk Nature Preserve
Where national topics meet local restaurants, shops, and events.
BOOK: Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century by Alice Wong
BOOK: She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
ARTICLE: Non-Binary Airline Passengers Ask: What’s Gender Got to Do with It?
ARTICLE: How This Supreme Court Is Setting Back Disability Rights—Without Even Trying | MSNBC Opinion
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