A massive thank you to everyone who attended "The Architecture of Care", a show curated by @ytbgallery & hosted at the MOEG. While the exhibition is now over, Yan Wen Chang's (@yan________money) window installation "band of blazing flowers" will be on display all weekend, so if you're in Parkdale this weekend be sure to stop by :)
This is especially true for those of us who engage in social justice work.
The willingness to stand against this social pressure may result in the loss of friend or acquaintance.
But, it will also liberate you and nurture your soul.
If I turned my back on social justice issues, oppression and inequity to maintain an acquaintance or friendship, I could not look at myself.
Living and leading a life of integrity, a life in alignment with my values and a life of authenticity is not-negotiable.
it's less than one week away from my licensing exam so I'm studying the weekend away.. but studying at a beautiful cafe because it's 60 degrees today so I just had to get out to appreciate this beautiful weather 🌞 all about that ~balance~ 😎💕
What a fantastic read. I was hoping to be more optimistic about the future of our continent after reading this... but I can’t seam to shake off feeling like we’re screwed. That’s putting it mildly. A big shift has to happen if Africa is to start working. Will it? #africans#leadership#socialjustice#activism
Excited to announce that Leah Jonet Albright-Byrd, one of the powerful survivor leaders in our film @leahsfreckles will be a panelist after our screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival @newportbeachfilmfest
Join us April 27th, at 5:45pm. Tickets are available on our website.
Leah Jonet Albright-Byrd is a nationally recognized motivational speaker and human rights educator.
She is committed to helping victims become survivors and engages people to take on this social injustice. She founded the pioneering anti-trafficking nonprofit "Bridget's Dream" in 2011 and served as the Executive Director for four years.
I swear referencing takes me longer than my actual essays 😭 my mood atm is just constant internal crying also how cute my ex gave me orchids because he knows I have a mini collection and they were on sale at M&S apparently 😝
#MeToo Tarana Burke says, "It made my heart swell to see women using this idea--one that we call 'Empowerment through empathy' to not only show the world how pervasive sexual violence is but also to let other survivors know they are not alone.
Was a dream come true at the @riversidefilmfestival we got to screen our film at the stunning @riversidelive.
We love bringing communities together.
In the lobby before and after the film we had local non-profits with tables and information about how they protect children and young men & women in our Riverside.
The panel was amazing!! More pictures soon!
On the panel:
Debra Mares-Postil @debramares Latina Writer | Attorney | Teacher | TEDx, Founder of Women Wonder Writers
Niki Barnes, Junior League of Riverside - State Public Affairs Committee @jlriverside Organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities.
Debbie Martis, Rebirth Homes @rebirthhomes a non-profit dedicated to providing homes for survivors of human trafficking.
Norma Vazquez, Operation Safe House @operationsafehouse provides Emergency Shelter for Youth in Crisis in Riverside County.
Pastor Daniel Bishop, The Grove Community Church @danielbishop
has spent over a ¼ of a million dollars in the last 3 years in partnering with
anti sex trafficking organizations like Remember Nhu and Rebirth Homes.
Krista Langford, Inspire Life Skills @inspirefoster Breaking the cycle of abuse and poverty and igniting the potential in foster and homeless youth.
Opal Singleton, is the President and CEO Million Kids, is an information distribution network dedicated to helping locate missing kids by utilizing social media to reach thousands of people throughout Southern California.
Terry Boykins, CEO of Street Postive and Women Wonder Writers @womenwonderwriters Nonprofit that builds resiliency in girls, communities and schools through its cultural arts events.
Allison Donahoe-Beggs, ARiverside County Department of Public Social Services, Children’s Services Division.
Genice Jacobs @abolitionist_mom a community activist and creator of AbolitionistMom
Julianne Collins @juliannecollins4 Teen Activist, Martial Artist, Acted as young Carissa Phelps in our film. @runawaygirlinc
Melody C. Miller - director/writer "California's Forgotten Children" @MelodyCMiller
Had an excellent morning in discussion with high school students about social justice. We talked about the walkouts to end gun violence & black lives matter, the fight for affordable housing, and how movements building collective action get the goods. Several students had recently organized walkouts at their schools! Im super inspired, really thankful to @mutualaddictions for inviting me, excited that I got to sit next to Kumar and @ifrahmansour whose artistic works and actions are inspiring others to fight back. Really cool. #endgunviolence#marchforourlives#blacklivesmatter#socialjustice#collegepossible#fighting#systemicoppression#endcapitalism
It's such a shame that so many spiritual traditions around the world treat the body and it's inherent capacity for pleasure as something to be separate from, to be suspicious of, to deny as if it makes one morally superior to reject this vessel we move through space and time in.
What if the erotic was the spiritual? What if our bodies were expressions of the divine? Wouldn't savoring them, treating ourselves to the things that made us feel most connected and embodied be rituals of deep faith?
@mrsexsmith is not only a master of writing the erotic, but also offers such nuanced perspective around pleasure, gender, kink, and the ways they experience their body.
How does your body and your pleasure serve your greater good? How do you grapple with issues of the body and issues of the spirit? What role does pleasure serve in your life? Do you feel deserving of it?
If you want to roll around in Sinclair's talk, then join us at the Explore More Summit. You can register at exploremoresummit.com - it's free, online, and starts April 23rd. Ten days of over 30 experts sharing stories, vulnerability, skills, tools, perspective, and endless permission to play & get curious about your body, your love, your life. Join us.
The other #featuredguest is Alimatou Demba. She’s a writer and activist from Northern Virginia studying Human Rights and Political Science at Columbia University. Above all she believes in freedom by any means necessary, especially through the unlimited potential of the black woman. Which makes sense as her favorite movie is Set It Off (black women robbing banks <3) and she’s an early odd future stan!
Have you checked out our YEA Camp blog? We share interviews with our amazing campers in our YEA Camper Activist Profiles to share their inspiring stories.
Check out our most recent interview with the amazing @nooraldayeh who is working towards gun control, addressing the stigma of mental illness, helping people challenged with eating disorders, and more. Go to yeacamp.org/blog where you can read her interview and follow her YouTube page. ❤️