This is not normal. Or… it is normal, but it shouldn’t be. That’s the problem. Whether we are talking about racists in the White House or sleazy predator dates or tearing our families apart, we are at a cultural and moral crossroads. The question is — what side are we on?
Holy speech. Did you feel it? I was energized and ready to rumble.
But I was not feeling called to campaign for Oprah 2020. I was feeling called to citizenship. Not the kind that requires documents or papers. Or the kind that comes about every four years. But an everyday practice of how we show up for the wellbeing of the whole.
If 2017 was the year of resistance, this is the year of creating something new. Not just any kind of engagement. An engagement that is rooted in values, fortified in practice and amplified in relationship.
This is a precarious place to be. Wedged between where we are coming from and where we go next. Between what we know and what is to be revealed. There is no magic resolution for this moment. There is only action and faith.
CTZN Hats are here! And we are giving them out to the first 50 people who join our community on Patreon. For as little as $1/month, you are helping us not just sustain our work, but elevate it to include more custom content like our new CTZN Podcast (coming in January). AND you get to rock this really cool hat.
Transactional politics is not going to get us where we want to go. We need to transform our relationship with civic engagement.
We are so excited to be kicking off our first-ever community campaign.
We've got bad news and good news. Either way, here we come mid-terms!
What we’re up to.
CTZNWELL has been working on the front lines of wellbeing and social justice for the last 3 years - inspiring and activating conscious creatives who are waking up, living their values and speaking out about the issues that matter to them. We believe that wellbeing is a human right and are working to advance a culture of citizenship that is committed to the wellbeing of the whole.
Since the election, we’ve been overwhelmed by requests from the community to help them navigate who to trust, what to do and how to take action. So we created WELLREAD, a weekly ezine curating the most important news to read, actions to take and practices to keep you grounded. Every week, we turn to the brilliant words and wisdom of front-line leaders and spiritual activists and let them guide us toward greater understanding and more conscious action. It has become a brave space that has kept us connected around the country in shared values, content and action.
How we are taking it to the next level.
In 2018, we’re creating MORE juicy content to keep you informed, grounded and inspired to act. Here’s what you can expect:
- Introducing CTZN Podcast - we’re exploring the practice of citizenship with spiritual leaders, front line activists and pop culture icons like Marianne Williamson, rev Angel Kyodo Williams, Seane Corn, Rod Stryker and more.
- Practice tools for Activists - radical meditations that aren’t afraid to address the critical issues of this time and help us build a capacity for courage and action.
- #WELLREAD custom content - the same weekly newsletter you’ve trusted but better. We’re introducing provocative blog series that tackle topics like white supremacy, radical inclusion, politics of wellbeing and more.
Why we’re doing this.
This is new for us. We have never had to ask for money before. But as the needs become greater and the demand increases, we are rising to the occasion. To do that, we want to create structures that support community participation, not the patriarchy (for realz). When you become a patron, you are joining a community of sustainers and contributors that are helping us redefine citizenship and democratize wellbeing for everyone. It’s a win-win. We’ll keep you well with curated content, practice and inspiration. And you help us keep everyone well through our organizing/advocacy efforts.
What you’ll get.
- GRATITUDE. Because we so appreciate you being here, leaning in and liking our work. Period $1
- CONVERSATION. (For the price of a latte…) you get to be a part of a brave space for conversation and connection. $5
- PRACTICE. (For the price of yoga class…) you get exclusive meditations from some of our favorite spiritual leaders that keep you grounded in your activism and resourced to act. $20
- OUR FAVORITE THINGS. (For the price of an organic dinner...) you get exclusive access to our viritual subscription box, “The WELL”, featuring our favorite things for staying well and paying it forward (practice, playlists, prose, people, products, etc). $40.
- SATISFACTION. You give because you can and you care. Nuff said. Thank you. $100
If the wellbeing of our citizens is not safe-guarded by our government, what’s left to protect us?
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We aren’t doing the revolution. We are the revolution. And we need everyone well to win.
We are local. We are organized. And we are committed.
We can do better than fancy words and bold proclamations. We need to walk the talk.
While the #MeToo moment may have passed, the problem hasn’t. Rebecca Traister describes it as a version of Groundhogs Day, reminding us that “we just did this — like all of this — almost exactly a year ago” when Trump was exposed in his Access Hollywood tape. And yet, here we are.
“The conversation we should be having is about mechanisms far larger than any one perpetrator”
It’s time to move beyond shock and into action. It’s time to acknowledge that these are not issues of the few but issues of the whole. It’s time we name it clearly, that this is not gender violence, this is structural violence.
And it’s time it ends. Whatever our location to this issue, we all must embrace the social responsibility we have to one another and do what needs to be done to heal our human family.
Kerri Kelly, founder of CTZNWELL
At CTZNWELL, we work at the intersection of practice and politics, because we understand that it’s not just about what we do to change the world but how we do it. Each week, we call on the perspectives of front-line organizers and spiritual leaders to help us make sense of what’s happening in the world AND cultivate capacity to show up and be bold in the face of whatever. This is WELLread.
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Things feel different this week. As if this practice of naming and truth telling and taking responsibility has revealed us in new ways. We’ve been changed by our words. By one another.
But it hurts. It’s heartbreaking. And yes, #MeToo.
Women everywhere are FIRED UP. We’ve had our fill this week of scumbags, sexual predators, and politicians who want to govern our bodies. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico is fading away, California is burning, and we are on the verge of a nuclear conflict.
Enough is enough.
I wish. But it’s sad that we’re still having this conversation.
The truth is, I’m not shocked that this happened again. And I don’t have something inspiring to say about heartbreak and loss.
I’m just devastated and pissed off.
Every time I sit down to write this letter, I’m often overwhelmed by the enormity of news and urgency of this moment. It just keeps coming. Devastating storms, hateful policies, war cries, heartbreak. It’s no wonder…we have literally been brought to our knees in our relentless resistance and humble hearts.
Everything about this moment is telling us to LISTEN UP.
Mother nature is storming (and it’s not just about “natural disasters”). Women are saying “Enough!” and demanding to be heard. Communities are rallying for sanctuary. And it’s a red alert as our collective health and wellbeing are once again on the line.