The Minnesota Zoo camp hasn’t been as good as the two NIU camps DC2 went to (it hasn’t been bad, but there have definitely been long stretches that aren’t very engaging where the person running it just kind of talks for a while). If you have a middle-schooler, these virtual STEAM camps have been really great. I am very glad we have another NIU camp next week, and DC2 hopes it is “second best” since zie doesn’t think that a camp could get any better than the RPG camp zie went to earlier this summer (there’s another RPG class next week if you have a kid who wants to try– the guy in charge was FANTASTIC and they got to design their own mini-fig that he printed out for them and mailed, on top of them learning interesting things about the craft of storytelling and the histories of archetypes and so on, and doing fun improv stuff, and of course getting to play an RPG game).
And here’s an activism request: We need the country out protesting for voters rights. Please please during the next two weeks if you can, see if there’s a protest in your area. The one DH and DC1 went to last week had a lot of people. We need that all over the country. We also need you to make calls to your senators, whether you’re in a red or blue state (yes it matters! If there’s enough outpouring Blues will go stronger and Reds will go weaker.) If there aren’t any or you can’t go, (or even if you’re planning on going), consider donating money to causes that support voting rights. But none of those donations are going to make anywhere near as much of a difference as getting rid of the filibuster and passing the For the People Act will. I’m not sure I can really get across how frightening and important this is to someone who isn’t living in a state that just got stripped of voting rights. The future is a world of state legislatures passing laws that everyone can carry a gun without a license (which will make it easier to bring guns to blue states!), women won’t have reproductive rights, and LGBT harassment will be legislated. If you’re living in a Blue state, that may seem hyperbolic, but if you’re living in a red state, that’s just the reality of the past couple months.