Raising Luminaries

is creating a generation of kind & brilliant humans

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Help create resources for everyone
 
This only works if the best stuff is free & accessible for folks who can't afford a paywall. Your support is critical to keep that up.

If you believe all families and educators should have access to my work, AND you believe each of us have a responsibility in raising this next generation of kind and compassionate humans, please contribute at tier that works for you.

Collaborator-Supporters get:

All the stuff I already provide for free

Patreon perks

  • Email updates: The only way to get email updates is to join the patreon community. These go out once a week or so, whevever I make a patreon post.
  • Patreon posts & articles Check out our previous archive of patreon content, such as the Smashing Wealth Inequality series, problematic book analysis videos, and sneak peeks on upcoming website articles so you can beat the library rush when our book lists go public.
  • Feedback Polls - I'll send these out occasionally to help me focus on the challenges you need support with as we move forward together.

Temporarily Unlocked During The Pandemic
To support families and educators impacted by school shut downs, I'm unlocking all the patron-stuff on the website through 2020 or the shutdowns, whichever is longer (so you don't need to rush).
  • my working collection of booklists-in-progress where I unpack problematic tropes and narrow in on the issues we need to write about next
  • Our monthly Good Finds book collections to bring you hope and joy.
  • Our  Monthly Recaps, where I send one big update on all the stuff I created and updated that month, plus news from the front on praxis in parenting and local activism.


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Help create even more free resources for everyone +
Connect with me and other dedicated Kyriarchy-Smashers


Join the Luminary community where you can feel heard and supported in raising kind & courageous kiddos.

Luminary-Supporters get:

  • You get the same rewards as the Collaborator supporters, plus...

  • Join The Luminary Brain Trust - My favoritest place on the interwebs!

    Join us in The Luminary Brain Trust, a private Facebook group where we're tacking in-depth discussions, troubleshooting challenges, and working together.

    This is where we explore and reaffirm ways to keep our personal activism work sustainable while balancing daily life raising little humans. It's also where I pilot & experiment shenanigans on how we learn and engage not just our kids, but our wider communities in smashing the kyriarchy.

    Join our Trauma Stewardship discussion to prevent and heal from activist burn out, the Pod Community series on sustaining interdependent communities to raise resilient kids, our grown-up book club discussions on books by Indigenous authors and authors of color, and more in our ongoing weekend open threads.

    Stuff like that - we're always experimenting with new stuff.
  • If you have a question or want to connect with me:

    In 2020, I'll be severely reducing email and social media, except within this group.

    So if you want to poke me - This is the place to ask questions. The greatest thing is you'll connect not just with me - but with the dedicated, kind and compassionate leaders who have joined us.

CO-CONSPIRATOR
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Help create a boatload of free resources for everyone
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Spend less time on redundant research and more time smashing the kyriarchy.

I tend to freak out when you support BFL at this above-and-beyond level. I tell all my friends about you.

Shenanigans include:

  • The same rewards as previous tiers, plus…

  • Ethical Peace Of Mind

    Have a clear conscience when you repackage, find inspiration, and spin off the stuff you learn from my work in your personal blog and career assignments.
  • Prioritized Attention

    This could go unsaid, but OBVIOUSLY I'll prioritize your requests. If you can't find what you're looking for in our existing library of content, send me private requests for advice or book lists via patreon private message.


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About

www.booksforlittles.com

You need help discussing hard topics with kids.

Implicit (unconscious) bias starts in infancy - so we've got to fight bigotry from the beginning.

If you're nervous about messing up or wondering how to get started - I've got tools to help! It can be simple (and even fun) with age-appropriate resources.

What does Raising Luminaries do?

Raising Luminaries (RL) is a community of dedicated parents, teachers, librarians, and anyone committed to guiding the next generation of kind and brilliant little leaders.

All of our supporters and readers collaborate as team. But currently, it's just me (Ashia R.) researching, analyzing, writing, and orchestrating a whole bunch of stuff, such as:

  • Listening to the challenges facing marginalized families so those who have been overlooked and erased from the dominant narrative can feel heard.
  • Collaborating with #OwnVoices activists, kidlit makers, and educators to create age-appropriate action steps for young activists.
  • Guiding parents and educators who are just getting started talking about inequality so we have the tools we need to counter implicit bias from infancy.
  • Connecting a community of like-minded progressive do-gooders in the Luminary Brain Trust group, providing guided conversations & space to counter burn-out, overwhelm, and find support.
  • Partnering with like-minded child-centered organizations to rally support for grassroots organizations.
  • Boosting multiply marginalized activists, makers in the indie kidlit community, and urgent calls to action.
  • Creating family action toolkits to counter bias and harmful lessons in popular education with the Student Ignition Society.
  • Writing articles and guides to help grown-ups tackle tough conversations with kids.
  • Analyzing, naming, and helping you identify problematic tropes in children's literature that subtly reinforce supremacy to raise critical-thinkers.
  • Publishing easy-to-access book collections to get fragile folks get started dismantling their bias and privilege.
  • Supporting organizations that help targeted groups (I shift a chunk of my personal income to financial contributions as a part of our accountability procedure)
  • Maintaining accountability so folks can feel safe in our digital spaces.
  • Organize local community justice groups, mostly so I can learn about how it works and share that with you.
  • Researching books, constantly - SO MANY BOOKS - to find the perfect introductory step to bigger action.
  • Moderating multiple digital online spaces to give families accessible ways to use our content.
  • Experimenting, conducting, orchestrating, and messing with with an ever-evolving set of projects, such as anti-capitalist gift economies, environmental action, community organizing, and different types of content to learn which stuff helps us raise kind and brilliant kidlets.
  • Also other stuff. 

It's all for you! All of this is easy and accessible so you can focus on other things, like what to make for dinner tonight.

The world is a scary place, but the world has ALWAYS been a scary place. NOW we know how to turn that fear into good change.

Thanks to our Patreon supporters, we've grown from a small Facebook community, created a searchable website filled with accessible articles and booklists, and expanded to collaborative projects such as educator guides and family action plans.

My goal is to provide instantly accessible, helpful resources accessible to folks who are least likely to receive support like this.

We’re gonna change the world!

As a multiracial autistic mother, I've been told that the work I do is worthless - that I'm not enough, my work isn't enough - to sit down and stay quiet. But after hearing from families saying these tools changed the way they parent, I've realized the long hours of thought, writing, and connecting with families is valuable. These conversations are vital to raise this upcoming generation of luminaries.

So this is just the beginning and we have far to go. I need to make RL self-sustaining for this to work. I need your help.

Let’s collaborate.

Our resources helps you raise world-contributing luminaries. They should be available for free, for everyone.

But ugh, capitalism. I can't support you if I can't support my family. Orchestrating all this requires about 50 hours a week in labor, plus childcare, plus hosting and tech fees. Also coffee.

Grassroots patron support is the most ethical way to keep RL providing resources that cater to families, not corporations. Despite what the kyriarchy tells me - my labor as a woman of color and a disabled person is valuable and my work is, too.

If you'd like to keep RL running, you can contribute whatever you want, either one-time or as recurring monthly support. So anything, from $500 to $1/month - reassures me that the work we’re doing matters and we should keep going.

If you can afford a small pizza, or to go to the movies, you can afford $15 month to support this movement.

If patreon isn't your thing, you can make a one-time contribution on venmo at @Raising-Luminaries

Friends - thank you for your support, thank you for joining the movement to raise brilliant & kind luminaries, and thank you for helping families like ours feel less alone. We’re making big changes and we’re gettin’ LOUD with it.



- Ashia Ray
www.booksforlittles.com

Goals
65% complete
What you get:

We'll have to discuss and put it to a vote - depending on what you'd like the most and what I can afford to create.

Options include:
  • Reinstate the monthly newsletter
  • Hiring someone to handle transcription & accessibility so I can create more videos or start a podcast.

What you make possible:


This goal covers 50% minimum wage for my labor, which I'll put toward our grocery bills and housing my family.

Reaching this goal will give me permission to tell people who ask me to work for free to bug off. I will have proof that my labor and time is worth more than $6/hour. So that will be freeing.

This means I can spend more time on BFL!

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Videos

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