Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Day

I’m not going to post a bunch of MLK quotes (if you do, make sure you mean it and make a plan to act on it!) but it is particularly fitting that today Intrepida Strategy kicks off our newest contract with Opportunity Hub.

@theeohubs is the leading diversity, equity and inclusion based technology, startup and ecosystem building platform created to ensure racial equity in the future of work, fourth industrial revolution and beyond.

By building racial equity in tech ecosystems to spur local recovery in the short term, they are helping to build intergenerational…


I’ve felt so many emotions over the past 36 hours and wanted to give myself a chance to process before even trying to express them…

Of course I’m devastated for Julie — and Wendy, and Mike, and Sri — whose visions I supported and each of whom I care about deeply. They’ve put their lives on pause and given up so much for us, only to have their dreams dashed.

And of course I’m devastated for the staffers, working long hours for peanuts — and volunteers, who put in so much on top of jobs, families and everyday lives. …


A lot of people ask me for hike and trail run recommendation so I compiled a bunch of my favorites! Getting outside—safely and at a distance—has saved my mental health during quarantine, and I hope this guide will help y’all achieve greater wellness during these difficult times too. …


If I had to hazard a guess…

  • Percentage of my friends who have been involved in a political campaign: 5%
  • Percentage of my friends who have watched Sex and the City: 95%

So I’ve decided to meet everyone where they are and explain why I am going to ask each and every one of you to “RSVP” to our Danielle for All campaign.

I would love to get married one day. Marriage is a personal choice, and while it’s not for everyone, it’s an idea that has always been attractive to me—both the idea of true love (I blame the…


Gender is fluid and sexuality is a spectrum, but the false binary of biological sex remains. While 150 million Intersex individuals worldwide stand as evidence to the contrary, they are often “normalized” in their youth by un-consented surgeries and stigmatized into silence thereafter. Whether by “bathroom bills” or medically-condoned genital mutilation, humans will continue to be forced into boxes that don’t exist until the Intersex movement has its moment. Gender equity activist Alicia Weigel shares her own experience at SXSW 2018 as an Intersex individual and a call-to-action for more intersectional advocacy within the LGBTQIA+ community.

My name’s Alicia…


Alicia Weigel (left) with fellow Austin-based LGBTQIA+ rights activist Danielle Skidmore.

“Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.” — Lady Bird Johnson

This is one of my boss’s (Wendy Davis) favorite quotes — she even named her memoir after it. Wendy talks about how Lady Bird’s words helped her overcome her terrible shyness and gain the courage to speak at state dinners and other important functions. I can tell you that “shy” is probably the last adjective anyone would use to describe my attributes, and I could probably use some help reining in my speech in any sort of social setting… so the quote never really…


Skyline High School students Fabiola Torres and Kierra Jones testify for SB 2039 to educate against human trafficking.

We talk a lot about testifying in the Texas legislature as a way to share your story for change. But what does that even mean? Testifying… that’s like what we see those professional, suited attorneys doing on Law and Order, right?

Actually, it just means sharing your story. And anyone, yes even you — especially you — can do it! You don’t need to be a pro-lobbyist to have a life story and a desire to help others. …


Texas students Hailey Pulman and Katherine Protil share how a well-intentioned but misguided attempt to bring sexual assault cases to light will actually drive survivors further into the shadows.

Image courtesy of Deeds Not Words’ allied organization End Rape on Campus

Final words of advice for your college ready son may be something along the lines of “Don’t forget to study!” but for us and most of our female friends, our mothers refused to leave before we promised we wouldn’t put our drinks down at frat parties or walk home alone at night. Sadly, it wasn’t bad advice. Just between the two of us, we know of over a dozen friends who have been sexually assaulted on their college campuses. …


The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA)

Human trafficking happens when one person is controlled through violence, deception or coercion in situations of commercial sex, forced labor, or domestic servitude. It is frequently thought of as a foreign issue in far-off countries, but due to a large interstate and highway system, Texas is a hub for this horrific system here on our own soil. Earlier this year, a study conducted by the University of Texas’s Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault estimated more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas alone.

A host of organizations are doing incredible work to end human slavery, but the…


Why “Only ‘Yes’ Means ‘Yes’ and Students Want Texas to Admit It

Campus sexual assault is a core issue for us at Deeds Not Words. In the Texas legislature, several bills have been introduced regarding sexual violence and we’ve been training young advocates — our student #ChangeMakers — to raise their voices in support of them. One of the most important of these bills, Senate Bill 970, sought to change how the concept of Consent is defined.

As you’ve probably come to understand, the current mantra defining consent has long been “‘no’ means ‘no.’” SB 970 sought to flip that notion on its head and instead introduced the requirement of affirmative consent…

Alicia Roth Weigel

Intersexy human rights advocate, leading with love in the Lone Star State. http://xoxyalicia.com/

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