Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Friday Links

Here are a few things from around the web that may interest you:

17 Real-Life Would-You-Rathers I, as a Woman, Have Had to Ask Myself. (It’s funny because it’s true).

Americans Are Having Fewer Babies. Here’s Why.

New Study Reveals Open Relationships are Just as Satisfying as Monogamous Ones

It’s been two weeks since Trump caved to public pressure and ordered his administration to stop kidnapping migrant children from their parents, most of whom were asylum-seekers, at the US-Mexico border. Still, most of the 2300+ kids remain thousands of miles from their parents who are being held in detention centers near the border. There is no plan for reuniting the parents with their children, but grassroots efforts led by ordinary citizens have helped a lucky few families get back together.

Here’s one story, and some info about how you, too, can help: Yeni Gonzalez-Garcia, a Guatemalan immigrant who was seeking asylum in the United States when she crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in May with her three children, ages 6, 9, and 11, was detained in Arizona for nearly two months, but was released on bond and brought to NYC Monday night and reunited the next morning with her children, who were kidnapped from her and detained in NYC. This reunion was made possible because one woman – Julie Schwietert Collazo, a writer and mother in NYC — organized a gofundme project to raise the bond money to release Yeni, as well as money to get her set up in an apartment in Queens and to pay an immigration attorney to handle her case. Nine volunteers drove Yeni cross-country in relay shifts of 4-7 hours, underground-railroad style, to get her to NYC.

Schwietert Collazo says that the grassroots organizing efforts will continue on three fronts. “The first is to ensure support for Gonzalez-Garcia, the second is to work on bond and reunification of the next person. The third piece is to finalize a replication document for all these people who are talking about wanting to do something similar and providing them with everything learned as part of the process. The most important change is going to happen on the micro level, and then you scale it.”

One by one, on a grassroots level, these parents are going to get their kids back. Drew and I both donated to the project last weekend, and I encourage you to do the same if you’re able to. It’s up to us — people who really do care — to get these kids and parents back together since our government, the people responsible for the separation, could not care less if they ever see each other again.

Related: Women Might Save America Yet

And because it’s Friday: 19 Perfect Chrissy Teigen Tweets About Sex, Relationships, and Her Marriage to John Legend

Thank you to those who submitted links for me to include. If you see something around the web you think DW readers would appreciate, please send me a link to [email protected] and, if it’s a fit, I’ll include it in Friday’s round-up. Thanks!

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    anonymousse July 6, 2018, 9:01 am

    As depressing as our current administration and their actions, I am constantly encouraged by the grassroot efforts taking place. I also joke that DT is making America great again, because people are paying attention and getting involved.
    This was from a few weeks ago, but I thought it was a really poignant and well written:
    https://lithub.com/rebecca-solnit-not-caring-is-a-political-art-form/

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    K July 6, 2018, 9:02 am

    Wow, those would-you-rathers, very true.

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    JD July 6, 2018, 9:11 am

    The Chrissy Teigen thing cracked me up. Glad to know I am not the only one who just recently realized the butt thing during sex. Traumatizing!!

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    anonymousse July 6, 2018, 10:01 am

    Good lord, those would you rathers. Truth!

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