Awards do little when a culture of martyrdom—the discouragement to prioritize one’s own emotional and mental health—reigns in the lives of activists.
We are forced to make decisions about our families, often not always based on our hopes and visions for the future, but on the money in our pocket and whether we have access to competent healthcare. But what if we could change that?
MLK did not advocate for peaceful protest.
Imagine waking up to an email from a complete stranger wishing that you would be sold into the “sex trade” and “forced to give birth over and over again and then die from giving birth.”
If you Google body positive, most of the images show white folks — even the cartoons. When spreading the message of body positivity, we have to be sure that we are including the voices of people of color. As a fat Black woman, this piece for me is very important. When fighting against body terrorism and oppression, we have to address racism and its impact on people’s self-esteem and body image.
The 37-year-old Chicago native recently chatted with RH Reality Check about her work to build a broad human rights movement that lives up to its inclusive values, her unconventional professional trajectory, and the people who inspired and stoked her activism.
As someone who is doing social justice work, I know that I have to take care of myself in order to be able to keep going.
Black women do not expect much from those whose inhumane social, political, and economic interests challenge our human rights, but we do expect respect, support, and trust from our progressive allies, who supposedly are on our side.
The march represented just one of the many ways North Carolina residents have been organizing, as part of the Moral Mondays movement, to show state lawmakers we haven’t been feeling the love.
As increasingly hostile anti-choice legislatures pass policies aimed at restricting women’s access to quality health care, the Clinic Vest Project is supporting the people who are on the front lines protecting patients’ ability to exercise their reproductive rights.