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
NEWS + ACTION = SOLIDARITY
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!
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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