Seventeenth Year & BLM

Hey, it’s been too long.

Well, here goes: Two days before my birthday on the 12th I woke from my half-sleep with an idea: Why not make a list of all the things I want to achieve during my 17th year? I pulled out a notebook and scribbled down a list some two pages long. On the list were things like

  • Exercise regularly
  • Decide on a major (and minor)
  • Get a job

But the most relevant point on the list was this one:

  • Support one cause or organization every month

As my Seventeenth Year list dictates, I am going to spend the next year (from August 2020 to August 2021) supporting a cause or organization with everything I can, one per month. This may look like

  • Writing articles for my blog or for an organization’s website
  • Donating money
  • Signing petitions
  • Changing my lifestyle to be more sustainable, healthy, or beneficial to others
  • Emailing to ask what I can do to help

A few of the causes and organizations I plan to support in the coming months are

This month, I am supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. I chose this cause because I get emails from them with lsits of things I can do to help, and I get emails from them because I know their cause is a worthy one.

These are the things I am doing to support Black Lives Matter:

  • Reading Blood in My Eye by George L. Jackson, as are other BLM supporters around the world
  • Fasting from sunup to sundown in solidarity with imprisoned African Americans during COVID-19 (I did this for a week and just finished.)
  • Having conversations with friends and classmates about Black Lives Matter
  • Posting on my blog (obviously)
  • Signing petitions
  • Reading and learning more about this movement every day

I plan to post again this month about BLM, since this was more of an explanation of my Seventeenth Year project. Till then, feel free to support, criticize, suggest, insult, and argue at your leisure.

Love and strength from eSwatini,

Ellianna Elizabeth

PS Don’t worry, I’m still focusing on TCKs. I haven’t converted this blog to politics.

Published by Ellianna Elizabeth

I am an American-Swati TCK and I love writing, culture, and music.

6 thoughts on “Seventeenth Year & BLM

  1. Happy birthday, Ellianna! All the things you’ve mentioned in your list are social issues that affect every one of us as members of the body politic. Your efforts to give back to your community or society in whatever way you can is admirable and, I believe, will help you in deciding your major and minor.

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