"Shelter-in-Place" Day 1

COVID-19 lockdowns sweep the Bay Area | #TC54

Hey y’all,

As you may or may not have heard, San Francisco Bay is under a “shelter-in-place” order until April 7. It’s not quite a lockdown of 6.7 million people – we can still walk outside and go grocery shopping – but it’s quite an adjustment. I’m thinking about all the parents and elder caretakers who have exponentially more to handle right now.

It’s been heart-warming to see the number of young folks organizing online to help our more vulnerable populations make it through this crisis. Community and mutual aid are the only ways we’re all going to make it through this. That means reaching out to your older neighbors to see if they need someone to go shopping for them, asking your neighbor with kids if they need an extra hand with anything, or even being forceful with your peers that we all need to #StayTheFHome.

In light of the pandemic (and my being trapped inside), I’m going to try to publish on a daily basis and so I’ve made some adjustments to the format below. No more long lists of links (not every time anyway, haha)! Instead, the only sections are the “Three Things to Know.” Today, the topics are:

  1. One American Thing: Wars in the Middle East

  2. One International Thing: COVID-19 Pandemic Updates

  3. One Cultural Thing: LGBTQ+ Rights

We’re all slowly but surely getting forced into our homes like mice, so building and leaning on a digital community is more important than ever! In every edition during the “shelter-in-place” order, I’ll include a thread to get a conversation going among the Third Cultured community. Join the discussion below!

How are you making it?

Stay safe and healthy, my beautiful people!


“A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost.”

– Ferdinand Foch, French general and military theorist

Three Things to Know

  1. One American Thing: Wars in the Middle East

    In Afghanistan, the peace deal with the Taliban is in jeopardy after the Afghan government put a hold on the planned transfer of 1,500 Taliban prisoners, citing a need for a longer period of time to review the list of requested prisoners.

    In Iraq, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Iraqi PM Adel Abdul Mahdi the US will take “additional action as necessary in self-defense” in response to a second rocket attack on a military base in Iraq over the weekend that wounded three Americans and two Iraqi service members. The first attack occurred last Wednesday, killing two American troops, and the US retaliated against the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah (KH) on Thursday by destroying five of its weapon storage facilities. On Monday, the US announced it will move hundreds of troops out of bases in Iraq to larger bases in the country, Syria, and Kuwait. The Pentagon clarified the move has been planned for months because of the rising terrorist activity in other parts of the country.

    In Syria, hundreds of thousands of displaced refugees are returning to collect the rest of their belongings during the ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey. None have hope that the peace will hold for long, so they don’t plan on staying.

  2. One International Thing: COVID-19 Pandemic Updates

  3. One Cultural Thing: LGBTQ+ Rights (Graphic: Axios)

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