There is something you should know about me. I believe that we have not only the power but the obligation to spark change. I am so proud to say that I’ve already seen wonderful change occur in this world. We continue to fight for equality for all and we’ve seen some great achievements but that isn’t to say that our work is over. There is still so much that needs to be done. Equality for all regardless of race, gender, religion, or anything else is still not upon us. It is up to us to fight for a better tomorrow.
So to you, all of you wonderful, kind, generous people. I encourage you to fight for change. Speak up if someone is mean to another person. Discourage racist or sexist jokes. I know we can’t all be on the front lines but we can make the world a better place with our everyday actions.
Let’s light the path towards a better, brighter tomorrow.
I’ve watched a lot of really great movies lately and wanted to tell you about them! I love watching movies about fighting for a cause. That could be a documentary or a big block buster so long as it has people fighting for something they believe in. They inspire me to do more with myself and get out there and fight for the cause.
Are you feeling like you need some movie inspiration? I have you covered! Grab some popcorn and a cozy blanket because it is time to get inspired! Let’s do this!
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It’s 1984 in the UK. Threatened by Thatcher, the LGBTQ community finds a hopeful ally in the striking coal miners who protest her pit closures. Led by Mark Ashton, a Northern Irish activist, a small group of LGBTQ activists decide to collect money to support the miners on their strike. What develops is a relationship between a small miner’s town and a group of activists in London. They learn that though they may not look alike, they have similar struggles.
Made in Dagenham It’s 1968 and female workers at the Ford Dagenham car plant go on strike to fight for equal pay. Led by Rita O’Grady, this fierce group of women stand up for equal rights which leads to the Equal Pay Act of 1970.
Girl Rising We follow the stories of nine young girls from all over the world all striving beyond circumstances and overcoming nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams.
Pirate Radio It is the 1960s and the government wants to regulate what is released on the radio. A group of pirates, radio pirates, make it clear that they will not stand for it! They play rock and roll with no apologies. It is the music of a generation and they are the gods that all rebels look to in the UK.
It is the 1960s and we follow Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and fellow activists in their fight for equality in the US. Their uphill battle for equal voting rights climaxes in the march from Selma to Montgomery. We witness a true site of horror in the incident that caused popular opinion on equality to shift in this country.
Milk We follow the journey of Harvey Milk on his path to becoming one of the first openly gay elected officials. Harvey moved to San Francisco in 1972 and opened a camera store on Castro Street. He ran for many political positions and finally secured a position as San Francisco City-County Supervisor on January 9, 1978. This victory was huge for the LGBT community. November of that year Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by a disgruntled former city Supervisor. The night of his murder thousands came together on Castro Street to morn the tremendous loss. He was an inspiration to many and continues to inspire those that seek equality for all.
What do you think of my list? Have any you think should have been included?? Tell me about it!
I have several tattoos (surprised, aren’t you?) but my favorite, and by far the smallest, is my wrist tattoo. A small equal sign that lives on the middle of my right wrist. I was inspired by an older girl at my university. She was the coordinator for the Sexual Assault Peer Education Team at PLU and I thought she was the coolest. I was just getting into social justice when I met her and I thought the tattoo was a perfect way to represent my belief in equality.
I waited a year before getting it done so I could really think about it. I decided one day in-between classes that I wanted it. I walked down the street to the tattoo parlor and made the commitment. I had just enough time to run back to campus for my Women’s Literature class.
My small equal sign is the perfect conversation starter. People usually ask if I enjoy math, which I don’t, and I explain that it is an equal sign for equality. People then either tell me that it is awesome and we talk about social justice OR they say oh and change the subject.
Either way it tells them my beliefs without having to get into an intense conversation.
I love all of my tattoos but as I said, this is by far my favorite. When I throw up my right hand in solidarity, whether at a march or a concert, it demonstrates who I am and what I am about. I love it and it has become a part of my identity.
Fletch and I went to see Selma opening weekend. In the simplest terms it was incredible. The movie was inspiring, heartbreaking, moving, and all around eye-opening.
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Watching Selma reminded me of our troubled past. It made me think of the injustice that still occurs today that so many people are continuously fighting for. It broke my heart to see how empty the theater was opening weekend for Selma. Crowds were pouring into Taken 3 and The Hobbit yet the theater for Selma was less than halfway full.
I don’t care what responsibilities you have or what your excuses might be. You need to see this movie. It will help you understand the sacrifices that those before us experienced in order for us to enjoy the rights we have today. The fact that protesters entered into demonstrations understanding that they might lose their lives, wow. That is true sacrifice. They understood how important equality is that they were willing to lose their lives for the common good.
So please, go see it. If it is no longer being shown at your local theater then plan to pick it up when it is released on DVD. Just trust me on this one.
Did you see Selma? What was your response to the movie?
I felt compelled to share about a documentary I recently watched. It is called, “Girl Rising” and it features the stories of several young girls around the world.
This documentary is absolutely amazing. It was eye-opening. I will admit, I cried. I cried a lot. So many girls are suffering. They don’t have access to education and because of that they are more likely to be married off by the age of 13. If these girls are able to go to school they will get married later, have less children later in life, and they will encourage their children to go to school.
Something I took for granted all my life; an education. I used to complain about school all the time and these children are risking their lives to get an education.
If you have time I urge you to please watch this documentary (it is currently on Netflix). If you are as moved as I was, I hope you will think about donating to their cause.