If you’re reading this it’s not too late

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.

But we are listening. To the truth tellers and trouble makers who are challenging the status quo. To the front line communities who are inviting us to be better allies. To the teachers who are pushing us toward integrity and action. We have everything we need to keep going and to keep fighting for what we know to be true and possible.

We deserve better. All of us. And it is our radical hope that will get us there.

Kerri Kelly, founder of CTZNWELL


*September 20, 2017*

We’re praying for Mexico, and we’re taking action. If you’re looking to help, here is a list of orgs and on-the-ground efforts. We recommend giving to local efforts. [image via @mujeresdemaiz]
THE SHORTCUT
If we’re too busy reading Trump’s tweets, we miss in-depth journalistic coverage like this. White towns are seceding from their school districts, leading to the resegregation of American schools. More coverage here.

NEWS + ACTION = SOLIDARITY

See below for real action you can take to kill Trumpcare 3.0.

TRUMPCARE 3.0
The new healthcare bill Senate Republicans are pushing “could’ve been the GOP’s best Obamacare replacement.” But it’s not (video). At all. Here’s how it is more dangerous for women’s rights than the previous versions. 
Action: Ok, folks, we did it before. It’s time to use our voice in large numbers to defeat Graham-Cassidy. We’re letting Indivisible lead the way again. Kill Trumpcare!
 
FEMINISTING
This week we’re reading about ladies. “From Xena To Wonder Woman: The Physics Of Female Fighters”; “Amber Tamblyn: I’m Done With Not Being Believed”; and “F*ck You Billabong. Seriously, f*ck you” are all open in our browser. And check out these power houses from Charlotte, NC, who are giving voice to the voiceless.

MOTHER STORM
It has been a f***ing brutal summer with communities far and wide being hit hard by hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires. This is a beautiful ode of forgiveness to Mother Earth by Adrienne Maree Brown. We’re also reading ‘Stop Calling the Events of this Summer “Natural Disasters”’ and this piece on why women are the only people who can save our planet.

Action: support the most vulnerable communities impacted by Hurricane Maria.

GEN WIRED
The Atlantic’s new article on the present and future of growing up with iPhones is what we already know, and it’s not good.

“More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.”

Action: see our PRACTICE section below.

SANCTUARY HOMES
Below is feminist icon Eve Ensler on how your home can be part of your commitment to all women and part of the feminist movement.

Action: Get more info at mysanctuaryhome.us on how you can create a sanctuary inside your home. [campaign by Sanctuary Homes and Hand in Hand]

TAKE NOTE

HRC honored Asia Kate Dillon with the HRC Visibility Award for their work as a non-binary gender-identified actor.

Asia Kate Dillon is one of our favorite actors. But Dillon’s commitment to self-awareness, allyship, and solidarity in this statement struck us.

“Until the most marginalized among us, black, indigenous, and people of color, especially trans, intersex, and genderqueer folks are held up as essential assets toward the survival of us all, no one will be free.” -Asia Kate Dillon


PRACTICE DON’T PREACH

[image from Elena Brower’s new book, Practice You: A Journal]

INTEGRITY
Brené Brown explains why outwitting BS takes nuance and civility.” #nof***ingBS And Brittany Packnett drops the mic with this keynote speech at the KIPP School Summit. It is a provocative piece of oratorial justice on the power of a name in the presence of oppression.

RADICAL HOPE
Junot Díaz discusses radical hope as the “best weapon” of our time in this OnBeing interview. And Brené Brown speaks out again about how our political divisiveness is impacting our emotional health and wellbeing.

ALLY UP
We’re fascinated by this piece on breaking down the definition of embodiment, why it’s important, and how it relates to allyship. And we recommend rereading this: “10 Things You Can Do To Help Black Lives Matter End Police Violence” by Lincoln Anthony Blades.


WE’RE LISTENING

Andra Day’s cover of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” is a call to remember the more than 4,000 lynchings that happened in America and to call out their legacy today. Lynching in America is a collaboration between Day, EJI, and Google.


LAST WORD

Zariya Allen performing “Somewhere in America”

“There are things missing from our history books, but we were taught that it is better to be silent, than to make them uncomfortable.” -Zariya Allen