Online for Power? Shifting Our Movements Toward the Future

By |Aug 13, 2015|

Last year, as the uprising in Ferguson and the movement for Black lives sparked direct action all across the country, many of us turned out on the streets – and actively spread the [...]

365 Days After Ferguson: Vision More Than Ever

By |Aug 8, 2015|

One year after Michael Brown’s murder and the uprising in Ferguson, we need vision more than ever.

As a Black woman, I know that we must aggressively imagine what it looks like when we are free, [...]

From Youth Trauma to Youth Leadership

By |Jun 9, 2015|

A few years ago I went back to school to become a licensed family therapist. Along with my skills of organizing and advocacy (and even mothering, which came later), I wanted to be [...]

Solutions Emerging from the Movement for Black Lives

By |May 13, 2015|

I am an ally in the movement for Black lives, so social and alternative media are my required reading. It’s there – not in the shamefully racist and sensationalistic corporate media – where I [...]

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    Navigating With Vision: Transitions Lab Nurtures Leaps Into the Unknown

Navigating With Vision: Transitions Lab Nurtures Leaps Into the Unknown

By |Apr 16, 2015|

“Reality is not destiny,” wrote Eduardo Galeano, the extraordinary Uruguayan writer who inspired social justice activists around the globe with his unflinching commitment to truth. Galeano, who lived through imprisonment and the threat [...]

It’s Time for Healing-Centered Youth Organizing

By |Apr 15, 2015|

As an activist and youth organizer who deeply values the power of healing and transformation, I have come to see that too often, within our movement, “healing” and “social change” occupy two separate [...]

Calling for Love With Power

By |Feb 12, 2015|

We, humanity, need a movement, a really big movement. A movement big and bold enough to get us out of the mess we have gotten ourselves into, and one that will get us to a better place. A movement that can transform the world and each one of us in it. A movement through which we shift from a world based on domination and extraction to a life-affirming world based on regeneration and interconnection.

#Black Lives Matter: “It’s about how we are together”

By |Feb 12, 2015|

In early October 2014, Alicia Garza arrived in Ferguson, Missouri. Less than two months after Ferguson Police officer, Darren Wilson, shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, the community of Ferguson was under siege. In the wake of Brown’s death, grief and rage enveloped the city like dense smoke. Centuries of pain from racism, alive and embedded in schools, jobs, neighborhoods, and endless police harassment, rose to the surface.

Three Practices for Movement Builders In the New Year

By |Jan 8, 2015|

I usually don’t share a lot of personal stuff on Facebook but lately as a new parent I’ve been leaning into it and sharing more, and at times, even “over-sharing” my thoughts and reflections.

Movement Voices of 2014

By |Dec 29, 2014|

Over the past year Let’s Talk has been honored to share the words of inspiring movement builders from every corner of social, ecological, and economic justice.  In these waning days of 2014 we [...]

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    Stop Strip Mining Our Souls; Let’s Compost Non-Profit Culture

Stop Strip Mining Our Souls; Let’s Compost Non-Profit Culture

By |Dec 19, 2014|

After a brutal election, it’s time for progressive politics to deploy a new living model of movement building.

In the last few seconds before my son was born, the midwife had a hard time [...]

Changing Funder Habits to Change the Game

By |Dec 12, 2014|

We need new habits — philanthropic habits, that is. We need new habits that reflect the state of our country as it is now: a first-world nation where young black men are 21 [...]

The How of Transformative Change

By |Dec 2, 2014|

A few weeks ago I got to spend two days in Oakland with a tremendous group of wonderful people brought together by the Movement Strategy Center.

We came together to explore one big question: [...]

Remember Trans Power – Fight for Trans Lives

By |Nov 20, 2014|

November 20 marks Trans Day of Remembrance, a day to honor the many who have been killed by violence aimed at transgender people. Let’s Talk commemorates this day with art created by Micah [...]

What Is Really Making Us Sick?

By |Nov 3, 2014|

When we talk about disease and disparity related to food, we often talk about obesity and diabetes. Those things are real and are prevalent in many communities. I see them in my own family and I’ve walked the streets of my hometown of Oakland, talking to hundreds of residents about how these illnesses affect them and their families.

Race & Culture Shock: 3 Lessons from South Africa

By |Oct 27, 2014|

A few years back I was invited to a conversation about race, spirituality, disability and sexuality. I was excited: “Yeah, let’s go there!” I thought.

So there I sat, waiting for the forum to [...]

From an Economy of Violence to an Economy of Care

By |Oct 22, 2014|

Reading “When Living on Tips Means Putting Up With Harassment” in the New York Times this week made me reflect on my own brief career as a waitress.

As a student in my late [...]

Don’t Buy the Frozen Eggs!

By |Oct 17, 2014|

I laughed out loud when I first read about Facebook and Apple’s plans to cover the cost of freezing eggs for women employees.

What a surreal attempt at gender equity within a sector that [...]

From Moment to Movement: Learning From Ferguson October

By |Oct 15, 2014|

Strength. Dignity. Power.

These are words that come to my mind in the images from Ferguson October, the recent days of action protesting the August 9 police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

From [...]

Surveillance Kills: Racial Justice in the Age of Big Data

By |Sep 24, 2014|

Surveillance kills people: we need to start saying what this is. This isn’t about the techies and Snowdens of the world; this is about our communities, our people, our lives.
– Lara Kiswani, [...]