Activism 101: Justice for Retail Workers This Holiday Season

As first posted on feministbookclub.com Now is the time many people are getting their holiday shopping done. That means ordering online and hitting the sales in the stores. I wanted to share a little gratitude for retail workers. Who are retail workers? Retail workers span a range of positions and subsectors (e.g. general merchandise, food andContinue reading “Activism 101: Justice for Retail Workers This Holiday Season”

Activism 101: What is Mutual Aid?

Ever since the pandemic came through and devastated so many communities, mutual aid projects have been popping up left and right. I didn’t even know what mutual aid was until this year. As I kept hearing “mutual aid” and seeing people post CashApp and Venmo names, I started getting curious about it. What was thisContinue reading “Activism 101: What is Mutual Aid?”

Self-Work Bonus: Our Bodies

The holidays are upon us and it’s that time of year where relationships are fraught… with our bodies. Thought it was fitting to do a throwback from my old blog. I got a gym membership because I wanted to be stronger, healthier, and build my endurance. I had been running, but I remembered how goodContinue reading “Self-Work Bonus: Our Bodies”

Activism 101: What is Decolonization?

Decolonize is a word that has been coming up a lot in activism discourse lately. But what is decolonization? A short definition would be that “decolonization brings about the repatriation of Indigenous land and life”. Oftentimes we hear things about “decolonize our schools” and “decolonize our bookshelves”. While decolonization is important as a theoretical framework,Continue reading “Activism 101: What is Decolonization?”

Activism 101: Pleasure as Resistance

I am loving everything I am learning about pleasure as a form of resistance. My first introduction to this concept was, of course, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by adrienne maree brown. This book really helped me challenge the narrative I subscribed to that activism is all about work and grind. Our politics should feelContinue reading “Activism 101: Pleasure as Resistance”

Activism 101: 3 Affirmations for Imposter Syndrome

Do you ever feel like you have no right to call yourself an activist? Do you feel intimidated by entering activist and organizing spaces because you feel like you don’t belong, that you think people will think you aren’t enough? I often feel that way. I feel like my definition of activist doesn’t fit this narrow definition.Continue reading “Activism 101: 3 Affirmations for Imposter Syndrome”

Activism 101: Respectability

I remember the first time I was classified as not really Black. I remember one of my white friends in middle school complimented me for not having greasy hair. Another one chimed in and agreed, adding that I also didn’t talk loud and ghetto. After these moments, I knew what I had to do toContinue reading “Activism 101: Respectability”

Activism 101: Find Your Focus

How many of you feel like you have to do all the things to save the world? *raises hand* With so many movements happening, it can feel like you need to do all the things and fight every fight. There isn’t one issue that is more important than the others, so how do you prioritizeContinue reading “Activism 101: Find Your Focus”

Activism 101: How to be an Ally

With so much going on in the world, many people often wonder how they can be a better ally to those who are from marginalized communities. I know many allies struggle with “Am I taking up too much space?” Or “How can I be an ally if people won’t allow me to help?” All theseContinue reading “Activism 101: How to be an Ally”

Activism 101: Social Media Activism

Social Media Activism: is it helpful or harmful? I have seen mixed feelings about whether social media activism or “clicktivism” (also known as “slacktivism) is effective. One thing for sure, social media has become a highly utilized tool to spread information. As we saw from the 2016 presidential election, social media has been used asContinue reading “Activism 101: Social Media Activism”