4 Ways to Support Others and Get Involved Right This Minute
Raise your hand if the free time you used to spend knitting/exercising/doing laundry has been taken over by obsessively reading the news. Whether you’re looking to make a difference or see things from a different perspective, here are four activities to add to your list ASAP.
Share a Meal for Solidarity
One of the many reasons we love NYC’s diversity? The multitudes of incredible international eats we get to have anytime we want. Get acquainted (or reacquainted) with Syrian, Iranian, Yemeni and other Middle Eastern cuisines on a food tour with Breaking Bread NYC. You’ll get to chow down on fluffy pitas and za’atar-spiced cheese, and proceeds go toward organizations like the International Rescue Committee and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
See Eye-Opening Art
Art has always been an outlet for dissent, and last week MoMA did its part by swapping out several works by Western artists for pieces by artists such as Iranian painter and sculptor Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (work pictured), Sudanese painter Ibrahim El-Salahi and Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid. Meanwhile, a new installation in Times Square celebrates the role of immigrants in shaping and enriching NYC. The piece, entitled We Were Strangers Once Too, consists of individual posts bearing data on the many origins of the city's residents—which, when viewed from the right angle, form a perfect, unified heart.
Watch and Learn
Tomorrow, PBS premieres its groundbreaking, 20-years-in-the-making documentary John Lewis: Get in the Way, about the congressman and longtime civil rights champion. If you can’t catch it live, head to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on February 15 for a screening followed by a discussion with activists and New York Urban League president Arva Rice.
Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve
Clothes have the power to make you feel great—and not just because of supersoft fabrics or an amazing fit. Livelihood, a brand-new line of supersoft hoodies (founded by Ashley Biden—yep, former veep Joe Biden’s daughter), puts all net proceeds toward education initiatives and job training in underserved communities. Another wearable way to give back? The latest collection from minimalist mecca Everlane: $5 from every item sold—choose from tees and sweatshirts emblazoned with the words “100% human”—is donated to the ACLU.