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“How dare she be a best-seller AND start a nonprofit.” “How dare she able to (finally) afford to buy a home. “What gives her the right to be an ‘influencer?’” “When will her success be enough for her? Why does she need more?!” “Why should she have nice things?” The way that we have been so societally conditioned to operate out of scarcity and jealousy, rather than to look at the root of where lack comes from — the corporations withholding billions from the economy because they don’t pay taxes? The SBA being knee-capped by banks who won’t follow the law and guarantee financial support to small business owners, thus forcing continued struggle? The infusion of dirty money in politics that harms the many while bloating the few?? — means that we are too often ready, and even excited, to attack our best community members and greatest defenders when they stretch their necks and grow. Tall Poppy Syndrome. Look it up. Do some self-inventory. And then cut it out. We all have the capacity to be competitive. What if we got competitive as a COLLECTIVE against the ruling interests of groups harming us instead?? Because the greatest minds and hearts among us becoming our greatest community leaders?? They deserve our support, not our attacks. They deserve to have us show up to water their gardens, not be angry about their blooms. They deserve to be honored for the decades of work they’ve done behind the scenes to now be touted as public facing experts deserving of our listening ears and of their hard-earned success. They’ve worked for free for ages. Stop being mad that they’re finally getting their due. Pull up for the change makers. Protect them. And protect Black women leaders, dammit. Enough of this.
Huge news! @joebiden today declared the U.S gun violence crisis an "epidemic" and "an international embarrassment” — yup! — while outlining actions to regulate certain firearms. This is a great first step. But let’s make no mistake, after years of dangerous deregulation & lies sold to us by NRA media groups, there is SO much more work that needs to follow. "This is an epidemic for God's sake, and it has to stop," Biden said. Thank you to all of the activists who’ve gotten us to this moment. The families who’ve lost loved ones. The moms who said “enough,” like @shannonrwatts & @momsdemand. The moms who’ve relived their pain so we might learn as we listen to their stories, like @sybrinafulton. The volunteers. The team @everytown. Among the actions Biden + @vp announced: An effort to rein in the proliferation of so-called ghost guns, which can be assembled at home from kits & contain no serial numbers. Biden wants to require serial numbers on key parts & require buyers to have background checks. The Justice Department will issue an annual report on firearms trafficking, updating the last one from 2000. The Justice Department has been directed to draft rules regulating stabilizing braces that make AR-15 pistols, which are generally subject to fewer regulations than rifles, more stable & accurate. The suspect in last month's Boulder, Colo., mass shooting that killed 10 people used such a brace. The Justice Department will draft a template for states to use to write "red flag" laws that enable law enforcement & family members to seek court orders to remove firearms from people determined to be a threat to themselves or others. Biden also said he will nominate David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. Chipman is a 25-year veteran of ATF who worked on investigations of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 & the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Most recently he has served as senior policy adviser at Giffords, an advocacy group against gun violence founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was wounded in a 2011 mass shooting. 📊@npr @mandanadayani
ICYMI! Y’all! The fierce, funny, and brilliant @hillaryclinton joined me on @workinprogress yesterday. Hillary is an icon. A leader. And a woman who has done so much for the public good. She’s also a woman who has amassed influence, and thus the world has placed a target of sorts on her back. She’s been dubbed “one of the most polarizing figures in America.” The campaign to knock her off the pedestal we placed her on began decades ago when — as a partner in a law firm thank you very much!! — reporters obsessed about her making “three times as much money as her husband,” which seemed to anger people who didn’t like seeing women usher in changes to the status quo. The knocks began then, and we examine how those beginnings connect all the way through to the rampant disinformation we see online today, and the way women in power are often met with fear and rage simply for existing let alone succeeding. Yet somehow, none of this has slowed or deterred Hillary Rodham Clinton. She is a visionary. A philanthropist. A woman whose commitment to equity + equality began as a teenager, inspired by seeing Dr. King speak, by attending civil rights protests and later an all women’s college to pursue opportunities otherwise denied women. From Yale Law School and into the public sphere as the pragmatic, ambitious (not a dirty word!), and dedicated woman determined to achieve things that shouldn’t be “radical,” like healthcare coverage for American children and breaking glass ceilings. And all the while, seemingly larger than life, she is simply a human woman; learning, questioning, succeeding, failing, finding joy and experiencing pain, and having to balance her own humanity with the world’s expectations. She’s found that balance, her way. She’s learned in public, been both humble and immeasurably tough, and has managed to hold onto joy all the way. And let me tell you, her joy is contagious. For the laughs, and the brilliance, I am so grateful to have spent this hour with her. I hope you all enjoy the interview, and make sure to check out #Hillary, the Emmy nominated four part documetary, on @hulu too! #WorkInProgress #WIP #HillaryClinton #WIPsmarties
Attention all @workinprogress fans! I have a BIG announcement! 💡🧠🤓♥️ via @deadline: “Sophia Bush Partners With Wondery For ‘Work In Progress’ Podcast Sophia Bush has joined forces with Wondery to launch new episodes of her podcast, Work In Progress. The podcast, which will return in mid-April, features exclusive interviews with guests including @hillaryclinton, @therealdvf, @mspackyetti, @chefjoseandres, and more. Work in Progress with Sophia Bush sees frank, funny, personal, professional, and sometimes even political conversations with people who inspire the actress about how they’ve gotten to where they are, and where they think they’re still going. These discussions stem from her “aha” moment of realizing you are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously. Work In Progress serves as a window into the minds and vulnerabilities of some of the most inspiring, influential and powerful celebrities, politicians, artists, activists, and professionals. Previous episodes’ guests include @damonlindelof, @coribush, Mary L. Trump, and @natalieportman. Wondery is a premium podcast organization known for “Dr. Death,” “The Shrink Next Door,” “American Scandal” and “Business Wars.” Several of Wondery’s titles are in the process of being adapted for scripted television, including Dirty John on USA, The Shrink Next Door on Apple TV+ and Dr. Death with Peacock. Work in Progress is currently available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever podcasts are available.” I cannot wait to welcome you all into the office for season 2. Here we go, #wipsmarties #wip #workinprogress #worjinprogresspod #podcast 📸 @ryanpfluger 🎨 @babs_ @hoodzpahdesign 🎙 @wobby_wob @jephporter @themacinjosh @publiclivessecretrecipes
Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility, and the wonderful Schuyler Bailar @pinkmantaray has a great list of resources for us, so that we may add our voices to support and in his words, (via #repost) “celebrate transgender and nonbinary people around the world. It is also a day to remember our fight, and our empowerment. Swipe for a few things to do today, especially if you’re not transgender and would like to learn more about allyship 🏳️‍⚧️💗 More at pinkmantaray.com/tdov!!” Cis folks and allies, our trans friends and neighbors need us now more than ever. Trans lives are under attack. From the increased violence they face (Black trans women in particular), to the higher-than-average rates of both poverty and depression, to the attacks being launched on the trans community and trans kids in particular across the country right now!? We have to do better at standing up for and standing shoulder to shoulder with our trans and non-binary community members. We need to call our elected representatives in EACH STATE and demand the halting of anti-trans legislation, that will serve no purpose other than to harm an already at risk group of people. We need to get loud reminding everyone around that trans lives matter. Trans kids matter. Trans health MATTERS. Let’s start at home by making sure we are educated (these slides and the *link in slide 7* are amazing resources to begin) and able to stand up for folx. Let’s remember that people know exactly who they are and our job is to listen, trust, and love them when they tell us who they are in the same way we want to have people listen, trust, and love us for who we are. Love, period. Trans family! You are seen. You are loved. You are valued. I see you. I love you. I value you. My community is your community. And I hope and pray that we can lift you up, and I’m committed to doing all I can and learning all along the way. Sending you so much love today, and always. 💖🏳️‍⚧️ #tdov #transdayofvisibility
I’m thinking about a lot while I have coffee “with” John Lewis. I’m reading his words as I ponder what change can mean ... - #DerekChauvin is on trial as of yesterday. Derek is one of the men tasked to serve + protect, who instead murdered #GeorgeFloyd. There is no excuse, period. Justice must be done. But what is justice when George is gone forever? And what does a new system of accountability + responsibility in the country at large mean when we know jails do harm? My dearest @kendrick38 shared a video on this last night that I highly suggest watching. He is a wise teacher. - We continue to see hate crimes against Asians increase. A woman was attacked in NY yesterday and no one helped her, including a nearby security guard. The rants of the “former guy” laden with racist misinformation about #COVID, our history of discrimination and harm, the poverty many #APPI immigrants live in, and the damaging lie of the model minority all combine to do deep harm to the AAPI community. What ways are you committing to help stand up for our friends and neighbors? There are many! See my 3/17 post for resource slides! - we have a #guncrisis in America. Period. I’m a gun owner, have been for decades. I love a range day because I love technical sport. But y’all, this is out of control. The lies that guns make us safer have been disproven. The PR stunts by the NRA that make us think it’s cool to carry weapons of war? Gross. We’ve been marketed to, not involved in honest discussions. And it’s killing us. A “well regulated militia?” Then let’s regulate WELL. Let’s pass laws to protect us. Let’s not let it be easier to buy a gun than to vote (looking to you, #Georgia) - #votingrights are under attack. The @gop has launched > 250 voter suppression bills. They’re trying to kill democracy. This is the new #JimCrow, and is against all we stand for. - #transkids are under attack across the country. AR just banned them from accessing healthcare. This is tantamount to murder. Kids will tell us who they are. It’s our job to support them, not demonize or harm them. Each of these issues needs advocates. How will you stand up, show up, + speak up? ☕️ @robertolugowithoutwax
Back in 2017 I shared a #wcw post about my (then) new friend @ninafarran. We were introduced that year so that I could hear about her new platform, @fashionkind_. As an Impact Investment Specialist with a passion for fashion, Nina saw the ways the industry was coming up short for many of the people working in it; largely women around the world. And then there’s the environmental impact. I’d spent many years advocating for environmental action, and learning from incredible experts in the field. We don’t often discuss the effect the fashion industry has on the environment, and once I learned more about it I wanted to see how we might go about creating industry-wide change. For so long, that kind of change felt more like a dream than a reality that I might be able to contribute to. So you can imagine how incredibly excited I was to have the opportunity to work on changing that from within! What attracted me to Fashionkind is that Nina is working on innovation in the retail world in both a high-tech and high-touch way. She wants to create real, personal relationships between amazing brands and global customers, and move away from what feels transactional. I also appreciate that Nina puts fashion and design first, which isn’t always the case in the world of sustainability. In our first meeting, we saw eye to eye on everything. We nerded out on business and creativity. We shared all of our food. I immediately ordered the jacket she was wearing. It was a great day. And now, after halting our launch plans in February of 2020 in order to use all of our resources to lend COVID support to our artisans and makers, we are ready to take our BTS work out into the world. Here we go! #fashionKIND 1/3
We had originally planned to announce our partnership last year, but when COVID hit, we buckled down and went to work to help our family of designers and artisans around the world to survive the pandemic. To me, this experience perfectly embodies Nina as a leader and #Fashionkind as a company: both are driven by uncompromising impact, passion, and heart. It feels amazing to make this announcement now, during Women’s History Month and as we prepare for Earth Month. For over a decade, I’ve tried my best to show up and spend the privilege of my platform to advocate for issues like environmental justice, girls’ education and women’s rights. There is always more to do, and always more to learn. Always will be! Having learned that it takes determination, curiosity, and dedication to do our part to create change, I’m ready for more. From how we can use our voices, to how we vote with each of our dollars spent, this endeavor is an extension of our learning. I am thrilled to partner with my friend and founder @ninafarran as a co-founder of and advisor to @Fashionkind_: the luxury platform dedicated to impact. Nina and I have been working together behind-the-scenes for nearly two years. Together, we will work to do all we can to help change fashion from within and bring real change to the industry at large. This is a huge endeavor — a moonshot if you will — and we hope you’ll be part of the journey as we grow, and strive to create a more beautiful and more equitable world. Thank you to @okjanelle + @voguerunway for the profile. Now, let’s get to work #fashionKIND #wcw 📸 @samanthamarq 👗 @raquelorozcog 2/3