The story of B., an Afghan refugee woman.

(Story written by Valerie Berta for Catholic Charities Refugee Services, a local resettlement agency in Columbia, MO. The agency is planning a baby shower for Afghan Moms.)      If you’re a Mom you know what I mean. Bad pregnancy symptoms. Taking care of children while carrying another. Wondering what tomorrow will bring. Now picture running for your life at the same time. This Mom’s name cannot be disclosed because she fears for her family back home so I’ll call her B. She spent several weeks of her pregnancy fleeing for her life, at one time sleeping in a waterlogged tent. B. is an Afghan Mom who is pregnant with a boy. She doesn’t know exactly how many months pregnant she is because she’s been away from home so long her sense of time is uncertain. When she was two months pregnant B. and her family, her husband and their eleven children, fled Afghanistan when the Talibans took over. He husband worked as a trainer in the Special Forces with the U.S. military and that put the entir

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 From Mother Jones magazine: The moral panic over Critical Race Theory

On changing the narrative: interview with Jennifer Morgan on enslaved African women.

  Jennifer Morgan interview

Resource: Health services for transgender Missourians.

 The Transgender Health Network provides health services to trans Missourians: Transgender Health Network

Here's to Pride month 2021! (And thanks to Nclusion+ for the shows.)


Silent March in loving remembrance of George Floyd sponsored by local organizations, including the WE project.

 From The Missourian : Silent March for George Floyd

Levi's story of trans becoming (ongoing.)

  Levi Collins gets ready for his debut drag p erformance at the Nclusion show in Columbia on Saturday night. "I was hiding until recently. I tried to commit suicide last year because I thought I should be gone, because of Christians and people who are against LGBTQ people made me feel like this. How do you tell kids when they keep asking you 'Are you a girl or are you a boy?' that you are a girl AND a boy and that it’s OK? Love yourself as you are, because you yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. I love drawing and playing the drums, and recently I started performing drag, and it made me feel as if I was welcomed into a family." Levi Collins. Levi, who is deaf and used a different name before, recently started transitioning, and is blossoming.