This has been one of the most challenging, painful weeks in recent years. On top of coronavirus ravaging our communities and keeping us isolated, protests fueled by anger and sorrow have gripped our region. It can be hard to know what to do — whether its helping your neighbors or yourself. But we have important advice: How black Americans can practice self-care during these trying times, and how everyone else can help them.
It might also help all our moods to know that we are going yellow this weekend, and we have answers about what that means. But before we get there:
Stay healthy, stay safe, and, as much as possible, it’s still a good idea to stay home.
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The past week has seen a huge amount of pain and turmoil in this city. The protests come after George Floyd’s death after a Minneapolis police officer choked him by kneeling on his neck. For many, this has been a time of real trauma. “We are on the brink of a fiery change, yes. But it’s a lot,” writes Elizabeth Wellington. Here are some ways for black people to cope with it all, and ways for allies to help:
There are many, many more tips in Elizabeth’s full piece.
It is hot in Philadelphia. And the summer’s heat is starting to really show itself. If you don’t have air conditioning, it’s going to be a hard summer. And making it worse: Many of the places where we have usually been able to go for refuge will not be open, at least not for a while. Nick Vadala tracked down some tactics for staying cool, friends. Here are some of them:
Nick has many more tips for staying cool in the full story. And, if you’re still warm, can we just recommend these recipes for homemade water ice?