We all have a part to play in our collective healing and liberation. As Tarana says, “healing is a lifelong journey and the hardest part is starting”.
This week we are reflecting on reconciliation and what it's really going to take to heal the wounds of our country.
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We are a an imperfect work-in-progress. But we are also becoming. And it’s beautiful.
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.
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