Today we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's assassination, not by remembering how he died but how he LIVED.
As we report in this week’s #WELLREAD, finding balance within ourselves and fighting for balance in our systems is a constant and relentless practice. And the burnout is real, especially for those who are most vulnerable.
Joy doesn’t betray but sustains activism. And when you face a politics that aspires to make you fearful, alienated and isolated, joy is a fine initial act of insurrection.-Rebecca Solnit
There is nothing more humbling and refreshing than taking the seat of the student. Especially for those of us who are considered leaders, organizers, authority figures and coaches. We, likely, need to practice follower-ship the most. And if this month is teaching us anything, it's to lay back and let others lead.
I love women. They have saved my life countless times. Picked me up off the ground when I’ve fallen. Loved me at my messiest. I am who I am because of the women in my life.
The fight for our lives continues this week...here's the latest:
These are the gun laws that Florida legislators are debating after Parkland. And meet Marian Hammer, 40 year NRA lobbyist in Florida, and the reason these laws will likely fail. We'd like to see a match up between her and #EmmaGonzalez.
We’re fed up with thoughts and prayers and dead children and teachers sacrificing their lives. All so that our politicians can continue to line their pockets with blood money from the NRA. So we are cutting right to the chase. Since Congress is too incompetent (bought) to take action, we’re taking things into our own hands. And guess who’s leading the charge? Our kids.
We spend a lot of time here talking about bad news. Because we feel it is important to name what is happening, to not turn away from the discomfort and to confront injustice head on.
Imagine this happening to you. Imagine everywhere you go the fear of your belonging being questioned. Imagine not feeling safe to go anywhere. Imagine coming home from school or work to find your family members missing. Imagine growing up in a country whose administration has decided that you’re not welcome anymore. THAT is exactly what is at stake for millions of Americans if we don’t pass a #DREAMACTNOW.
Trump’s “Sorry, Not Sorry” State of the Union Address was a whole lot of hot air, filled with fantastical claims and empty promises. It was hardly a state of reality.
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