Not a RIGHT, but an obligation, to fight.

Our predecessors risked everything to protect a woman’s right to choose. If we want, we can defeat the Stupak amendment.

We_Can_Do_It!I am reading an inspiring book, Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California. From free speech rights to the gay rights movement, the book recounts numerous stories of civil rights activism in California and the efforts of those who risked everything for freedom.

I have been reading the book in the aftermath of the Stupak Amendment and have been inspired and motivated by its amazing stories. One fight that the book highlights is the dynamic struggle Californians have fought for abortion rights.

The book tells the following story of brave pro-choice activists, which I hope will serve as a poignant reminder that ours is not the first generation to fight, and win, the battle for choice. [Read more...]

Personal Activism

The basics of activism develops through acts of personal activism. We may talk about people and events but as brilliant activist minds we should talk about ideas. We must fight for equality and justice by using our minds, mouths and ears. I find myself in a position of privilege as a teacher because I get to initiate conversations with young minds. Along with my young college students I have the privilege of initiating conversations with my nephew’s friends who are also young and college aged. In each of these conversations I challenge the traditions and foundations of my listeners. I ask them to think about where their values and cultures stem from. My goal is to facilitate critical thinking in these young minds so they challenge their values and traditions. The worst thing one could ever do around young minds is not speak yours. When I was in high school I used to say, “I don’t have a problem with gay people, as long as they don’t do anything in front of me.” I also made fun of someone in high school because of their sexual ambiguity. I formed this mindset based on the thoughts of my peers and others around me. I never heard an objection until I entered college. I wish I could go back and stand up for the Queer community and be more vocal about my bisexuality. My transition and education makes me a more patient person with young minds. I believe that people can change and be more open, understanding humyn beings.
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