We take a look at how to cope with the end of a relationship, join the fight to expand voter access, and celebrate the rich cultural history and tradition of Día de los Muertos.
I hope this message finds you well, with you taking care of your body and your emotional needs. I hope you are enjoying the cooler mornings and evenings and, if you’re like me, that you’re excited about celebrating Halloween in just a few days.
Last month, I named that as an Iranian American, the current revolution in Iran has been occupying my thoughts and heart. In addition to being Iranian American, I am also a Queer Jewish woman. I am sharing this with you to give you some context because what has been happening abroad and at home is taking a toll on me emotionally as well as physically. One of the skills I developed to cope early in life was to ignore my body. To ignore its need for rest or care and to just keep moving. I have done much work in this area, but my relationship with my body is still developing. Last week, my body basically started yelling at me because using a “calm tone” wasn’t working. My system was stressed and it needed care. So when I tell you that I hope you are taking care of your body and your emotional needs, it’s because I understand the work involved and the potential repercussions if you’re not taking care of yourself. What you’re experiencing in your life today may be vastly different from what I’m experiencing. My wish for both of us is that we continue to pursue change while also caring for ourselves and enjoying what is available to us in the here and now.
This month’s blog article is about moving on from a breakup, including all the complexities and heartache associated with it. If this is relevant to you, I hope that it helps. Or that it could be helpful for someone you know and care about.
As always, we are here if you need any support. Our email address is info@takeroottherapy, and you can reach us by phone or text at (323) 388-5578.
Saba Harouni Lurie (she/her/hers)
On The Blog
During one of my more devastating breakups, for days, I cried myself to sleep and woke up in the mornings to a pillow quite literally soaked with tears. I remember thinking that the pain may be similar to having an appendage forcibly removed. Reflecting on these details, they seem over the top, but these are my distinct memories of this time. I didn’t think I would ever recover, but I did. It took time. I’ll be forthcoming and admit that the relationship took another year to conclude fully. Things were messy, and we broke up, got back together, and then broke up again. And while that helped us eventually close the door on our relationship, the process was draining and difficult…
How to Help
Help Fight Voter Suppression in the Midterm Elections
You’ve probably heard this every election cycle, but the outcome of the 2022 mid-terms have the potential to shape the course of our nation’s history in irrevocable ways. Even without a majority in Congress, the GOP has managed to scale back some of our most fundamental human rights to devastating effect and they show no signs of stopping.And while states like California will easily maintain a Democratic majority (for now), the elections in key swing states like Georgia and Pennsylvania will prove to be incredibly important! The only way that we can work to preserve our democracy is by fighting against the42 atrocious voter suppression laws enacted by at least 21 states over the past year and a half. And the research is clear in demonstrating that these laws are designed and intended to have the greatest adverse impact on voters of color, leading to their further disenfranchisement.
Here are a few of the many BIPOC led voting rights organizations from across the country where you can learn about the pervasive impact of voter suppression on our elections and find out how you can donate or get involved.
Fair Fight (Georgia)
Supporting the People of Iran in the Fight for Democracy
It’s been nearly 6 weeks since Mahsa Amini was tragically killed. The women of Iran (along with allies all around the world) erupted in protest almost overnight and, today, nearly 6 weeks and countless other lost lives later, their indomitable spirit continues to fuel the largest social justice uprising to take place in Iran in nearly 15 years. Frankly, the people of Iran have been resisting the oppression of the country’s authoritarian regime since it’s inception and now it seems they’ve reached a breaking point.
They see no future without freedom and they’re willing to fight for that with their lives.
If you’re looking for more ways to support them in this struggle, check out this post that links folks to various petitions, sample tweets and other helpful resources to make your voice heard in solidarity with the people of Iran.
Shake your bones! Join the folks at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in a celebration of life and death. Explore the historical and cultural significance of Day of the Dead traditions. There will be hands-on art and culinary workshops throughout the day as well as an entire line-up of traditional folk music and dance acts from various regions across Mexico!
Saturday, October 30th
event begins at 12:00pm
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 N Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
MudTown Farms’ mission is to provide a transformative community gathering space through farming, education, and recreational programming. Our goal is to grow 197,000 lbs. of food to help support our beautiful city. MudTown Farms is a project by Watts Labor Community Action Committee.
Our goal here at Mudtown is to build a beautiful sustainable urban farm that will serve our community for years to come. Mudtown is an organic farm in the beginning stages and we have a lot of work to do. With the help of our community and our volunteers our farm will not only feed our community it will help restore our city and the ecosystem that once thrived here. Come check us out and see what we are up to.
Saturday, October 29th
8:00am – 12:00pm
2001 E. 103rd St
Los Angeles, CA, 90002
Parking is located on 102nd St
(North side of the farm).