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 blockbuster 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!
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.
Do you have any tattoos?
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.
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