Build a team of people who work together, who care and who learn and you’ll end up with the organization you deserve. Build the opposite and you also get what you deserve.
– Seth Godin, Function
I’m going through a lot of shifts and changes lately at my economic work, as well as in my organizing (with the Filipino community here in the San Francisco Bay Area). A reminder like this helps me refocus on what matters: building deeper relationships with the people who care.
And when I think about people who care, my heart and mind goes out to people who have been working tirelessly for issues that go beyond themselves. Recently in the Philippines, 14 political prisoners were “temporarily released.” These political prisoners are also peace consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) who were jailed on trumped up charges, in violation of guarantees that have already been in place to protect them.
I am grateful for their release so the peace process can now be continued in the Philippines, between the NDFP and the Philippine government. If you would like to support the peace process in my homeland, check out JustPeacePH!
In other news, peep this.
Literally mouthwatering isn’t a misnomer, but a fact made possible by Egg in Brooklyn:
For about five years now, we’ve hosted the Tables of Contents dinner series at Egg in Brooklyn, cooking many-course meals inspired by great literature.
In cooking the TOC dinners at Egg, we’re consistently amazed by the power—creative, nostalgic, emotional—of translating text into food. If you’ve never cooked and eaten a dish from a favorite book, do it. Nearly any great book has moments of food in it, not just because characters have to eat, but because our relationship with food exposes so much about our identities, cultures, time, and place.
– Lithub, The Ultimate Literary Ten-Course Meal
Pia Cortez is a writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She runs a book blog called Libromance where she reviews books and publishes literary features with a queer Filipino immigrant lens. She is a contributor at Hella Pinay, an online magazine for Filipino-American women and at New Life Quarterly, a literary magazine based in Oakland, California. She is currently working on her first novel.