Half an hour later, I was holding my breath, jackknifing into the water, plunging to the ocean floor to fly along with the fish, then surfacing, blasting the water from my snorkel with a sharp exhalation, a short inhale, then a full inhale once certain the water is cleared. I had found my hâ again.
Colony collapse disorder taking out the bees, and countless other biosphere losses. The destabilization of the polar vortex means our winters will be more variable in temperature, causing more intense freeze/thaw cycles which will bring flooding, ice storms, white-outs, etc.
The word activism is so lovely. It just means that we act in accordance with our values. That we do something. Part of my role as an activist is to activate others. To wake others up and show them the power they have if they decide to channel it. When is one voice insufficient? When it forgets it has never been one voice.
In Huntsville, meeting at the Huntsville Place Mall at 12:30pm. We’ll have some speakers, including myself, some merch, and other goodies. Then we march to end the oppression of women and in solidarity with marginalized people.
All the failures along the way, all the injustices, all the people who wanted to help but didn’t have the money, energy, capacity, or resources. Red tape, duplication of services, budget cuts, hands tied. So many cracks to slip through.
Listen, things aren’t getting worse. They’re just getting louder. And so the attempts to drown out the truth increase in volume as well. We all get to decide who we hear, and who we don’t. No one is saying it’s easy. But for me, at least, it’s simple.
Being able to participate in a global movement is profoundly powerful. It’s important to be BRAVE and create the opportunities for discussion and change that you want to see. Of course, I say this now at thirty years old, but if you’d asked me five years ago if I’d ever do something like spearhead and speak at a rally for women’s rights, I would have laughed, then cried, then had an anxiety attack. And yes, all those things still happened, but I ALSO co-organized a strike. So to paraphrase Audre Lorde, when speaking and staying silent are both terrifying, decide to speak.
Watch a 7minute interview by Melissa Cilliers from CogecoTV Muskoa. She interviewed me about the upcoming Women’s Strike, which is a global event with countless local iterations. I am helping organize the rally that is taking place in Muskoka on March 8th 2017.
Read aloud at December 6th event – Day of Remembrance and Action In the face of women’s continued oppression, it’s important to reflect, just as we’ve done here today. As women are multifaceted beings, we can both mourn the women whose lives were taken this year, and all years, and also demand changes to makeContinue reading “An Overview of the Women’s Movement in 2016”