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Youth Social Enterprise: SOUL Line

“It is our duty to fight It is our duty to win We must love and protect each other We have nothing to lose but our chains” Assata Shakur This is the second in a series of three blog posts highlighting S.O.U.L. Sisters’ work. To read the first post, please click here Every SOUL Sisters gathering, […]

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On Being Mindfully White…

After the non indictment of Timothy Lehmann, the police officer who shot and killed 12- year old Tamir Rice, a discussion on race was prompted by a friend of mine on Facebook. My friend is an African-American mother, and in her status on Facebook, she expressed her rage and anguish towards systemic racism.  In sum, […]

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Take the 2016 #ChoreChallenge

Chances are, if you are like most people in the world, you live in a family where chores are done along gender lines and women and girls are spending an average of two hours more on chores per week.  Many boys and men feel strongly, anecdotally, that this can’t be right. However, while men are doing more house […]

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In School or in the Street, Sexual Harassment Is a Daily Problem

“I was walking by, and they were yelling stuff like ‘hey you, hey sexy’ and stuff. And I’m like, what the heck? I was 14 at the time. These guys were in their 20s.” Cheyenne, a 16-year-old girl from Rapid City, South Dakota, shared this with me during a focus group I facilitated. The topic? […]

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On A Random Day in the US There Are More Than 66,000 Requests for Help Escaping Domestic Violence

On September 17, 2013, the National Network to End Domestic Violence took a random snapshot of requests coming in to domestic violence shelters and resources across the country. On that day, 66,581 requests for help were made by people living with abuse. There were 20,000 calls made to hotlines — that’s one every 14 minutes. Nearly TEN THOUSAND (9,641) requests for […]

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Women’s Voices in Social Media: Challenges, opportunities and legislation.

I recently spoke at a Conference on Women’s Voices in Social Media, hosted by KWIC and the Canadian Federation for University Women at Trent University in Peterborough. It was a lively and important discussion, and I was able to sit on a panel with brilliant speakers who touched on many aspects of the challenges and […]

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Ending Gender-Based Violence Worldwide so Women Can Thrive

Across the globe, millions of women and girls are subject to violence simply because of their gender. We’ve seen it recently in the headlines—from gang rapes in India to the retaliation against girls in Afghanistan for merely pursuing their education. And sadly, only a fraction of this violence is reported. It’s estimated that a staggering […]

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60% of Americans Know a Survivor of Domestic Abuse: No More Excuses

Sixty percent (60%) of Americans know a survivor of domestic violence. 1 in 3 women (30%), 1 in 7 men (14%) report living with intimate violence. The bad news, when it comes to domestic violence, is that the situation, globally, is stunningly in its scope. The good news is that we have defined issues and […]

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Millennials and Reproductive Justice at Netroots: It’s Not Your Mother’s Abortion Fight.

The Netroots Nation conference is the largest annual conference of progressive activists in the country, and as anyone in the movement can tell you, there are a lot of issues that we work on. So it’s no surprise that Netroots has a lot of panels and trainings on a lot of topics. There is strong […]

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An open letter to the Anti Sex Ed crowd

Dear Anti Sex Ed Crowd: Greetings and salutations! I bet you’re surprised to hear from me. After all, you’ve spent some time lately calling me a terrible mother (on television no less) because I advocate for a much-needed update to Nevada’s sex education standards — originally passed at the height of the AIDS-panic-1980s — that […]

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