The best way to stand up for social justice and to disrupt the status quo this holiday season is to donate to People Of Color (POC)-led organizations. My favorite POC-led social justice org is The Privilege Institute (TPI). Year-end donations will directly contribute to: Continuing support of the White Privilege Conference, the award-winning annual social … Continue reading What’s the best antidote to systemic racism? Giving to POC-led orgs!
I attended my first SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) meeting the other night. It was in a church that was completely packed by upwards of 400 people; almost all white folks, since SURJ’s mission is to engage white people in social justice activism. Although I had previously experienced some disturbing behavior from SURJ folks … Continue reading This is NOT a Drill!
After a long week of many, many discussions, reflection, and heavy emotion, I am ready to move forward. The question we must be asking ourselves is: “When push comes to shove (perhaps literally), do I really have your back?” This is not a question to ask in vain, for we all have some sort of … Continue reading Moving Forward: Fired up! Ready to go!
“Don’t get used to the violence. It’s not supposed to happen.” ~ Cecilia Gentili Transgender Day of Remembrance is on November 20th every year to memorialize transgender people who have been murdered by the disease of transphobia. I was in a medical facility recently and on the intake form, along with a long list of … Continue reading November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance
By Dena Samuels Until now, I have been very quiet about the presidential election. This time of year, I am usually canvassing precincts, leafleting neighborhoods, and making phone calls to Get Out The Vote. I’ve been involved with that mission every single presidential election (and many in between) since I became eligible to vote many, … Continue reading Finally Speaking Out & Why I’ve Been Intentionally Quiet This Election Season
Announcing a new Culturally Inclusive Leadership development keynote/workshop that helps us to realize the unlimited potential we have to manifest our goals, and to become leading-edge, culturally inclusive role models who empower others to fulfill their potential in our increasingly multicultural 21st century world. Transforming Ourselves to Become Leading-Edge Culturally Inclusive Leaders Leadership is the act of empowering ourselves through our … Continue reading Transforming Ourselves to Become Leading-Edge Culturally Inclusive Leaders
By Dena Samuels Do you consider a “mistake” a bad thing? Here are some suggestions for transforming our micro-aggressions into opportunities for connecting and learning. At the tender age of four, I remember attempting to pick up a gallon of milk to pour myself a glass. I remember the empowered feelings both of wanting to … Continue reading So Called Mistakes