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Books We Love: On Earth

Hi friends! It's been a minute since we did one of these, huh? Today we are back with a small book roundup of our favorite books that touch on earth and how to better love and nurture this planet we all call home. We are big believers here that we can all make a difference no matter how small or insignificant it may seem; all of our collective actions add up to community-changing forces. We also understand the profound ways that ABAR and climate justice are intertwined, and we feel strongly that our past can teach us the way forward in many ways. As we spoke about in issue one, our ancestors lived sustainable lives. They planted, harvested, re-used, reduced,...

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Introducing Community Pricing:

Hi Friends,  We wanted to give you a short update on our pricing. We’re switching things up again.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀As many of you know we raised our prices a few weeks back. We came to the decision to raise our prices because we felt that as a company, we have a duty of accountability to our small team and to our educators, partners, and artists to compensate them fairly and equitably. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀We struggled with the idea of raising the magazines price but felt like a change needed to happen, so we went ahead and raised the prices by a small increment but over the past few weeks the price raise just has not sat well with us and we found ourselves constantly...

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Ditto Kids Books We Love: On Women

In honor of Women's History Month, we rounded up a few of our favorite books that honor and center women and the contributions they've made, paths they've forged, and rights they've fought for. There is no one way to be a woman or one way to affect change or inspire those around you, and these talented and unique figures highlight that. From Maya Lin's groundbreaking visions of light and lines to Vashti Harrison's visionary women worldwide, these books shine a light on some of the women who have paved the path for who we are today. Each of these women models ambition, innovation, and advocacy while also showing us that women have been fundamental change-makers for as long as we've...

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#BlackJoy - John Lewis

Today marks 65 years since Bloody Sunday and the March at Selma, so for today’s edition of #Blackjoy, we are highlighting one of our greatest joyful warriors – Congressman John Lewis.  You know those people who you are just honored to inhabit the earth at the same moment in time as them? John Lewis was one of those people for me. A fierce defender of justice, a big-hearted larger-than-life figure, he lived his life fighting for equality and fairness and committed his life to doing the work of building and pursuing a brighter future. Most of us know about Congressman Lewis’s civil rights involvement and his legacy in Congress, but some of my favorite facts about Congressman Lewis are the...

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#Blackjoy: Nina Simone

This week's edition of #blackjoy is Miss Nina Simone!  As a child, I remember hearing the magical melodies of Nina play off of my uncles old stereo Strange Fruit, and I put a Spell on you were my introduction to Ms. Nina, but as I got older, I learned that there was so so so much more.  Nina Simone was born to a mother who was a minister and a father who was a handyman in rural North Carolina. Her childhood was filled with dreams of being a concert pianist, but at the age of 21, she found herself denied admission from her school of choice with no explanation given. Shortly after this, she began singing (under a stage name...

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