Read and Resist: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Welcome to Read and Resist, a blog series where I review books that amplify marginalized voices and address social justice issues. This includes fiction and non-fiction books (especially #OwnVoices), so if you have any suggestions, please let me know! I did not know much about The Hate U Give when it was released, but I … Continue reading Read and Resist: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Thoughts and Prayers

I was a freshman in high school when I first considered the possibility of a school shooting. Someone had made an off-handed remark about shooting his classmates. Regardless of his intention--a failed attempt at dark humor, or maybe deeply-rooted cynicism-- it was received as it should have been: seriously, and as a threat to our … Continue reading Thoughts and Prayers

Read and Resist: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Welcome to Read and Resist, a blog series where I review books that amplify marginalized voices and address social justice issues. This includes fiction and non-fiction books (especially #OwnVoices), so if you have any suggestions, please let me know!  Between how outraged I always am with the patriarchy and how our nation is in the … Continue reading Read and Resist: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Art, Activism, & Apathy

I was once told that I have emotions seeping out of every pore in my body. It doesn't take a plethora of scientific studies to prove that artists are sensitive (though many studies have). At risk of sounding incredibly cliche, I find my own sensitivity to be a blessing and a curse. If you are … Continue reading Art, Activism, & Apathy

Rethinking Animal Advocacy

Like many young girls, I used to dream of being a veterinarian. Then, of course, I learned that vet school required far too much math, science, and handling blood--none of which I consider my strong suits. I later realized I wanted to be a writer, but I still love animals and often wish that our … Continue reading Rethinking Animal Advocacy

Change the World, One Step at a Time

For every tragedy or major political event, I spend hours reading the news. Headlines and Twitter threads become my bedtime story; my heart breaks for people I will never meet, and they become my prayer. And so often, that's where it ends. I whisper kind words and send happy thoughts out into the universe, and … Continue reading Change the World, One Step at a Time

March On, Sisters

This post was inspired by Samantha Chaffin's blog post about the Women's March in LA. The title is not meant to exclude the wonderful men or gender non-conforming people who attended marches, and I love each and every one of you who showed up to support the cause. November 8, 2016:  Election Day. It's finally … Continue reading March On, Sisters

Don’t Read Rita Skeeter (or, Beware of Fake News)

I am not a journalist, but I have always loved newspapers. How could I not? After all, I had learned about newspapers from one of my favorite people in the entire world: my father. Every morning, without fail, Dad would drink his cup of coffee and read the paper. He'd stop reading to give me … Continue reading Don’t Read Rita Skeeter (or, Beware of Fake News)

Modern-Day Abolitionists

This post is written by Xan, who I am honored and blessed to call one of my very best friends. She is also one of the kindest souls you will ever meet. When I asked if she would be interested in writing a blog post, she decided to write about human trafficking, a global crisis … Continue reading Modern-Day Abolitionists

History is Happening

To say that this election year has been stressful is an understatement. On top of the campaign trails, 2016 has seen countless other horrors, from terrorist attacks to justification of rape culture. The more I watch the news or scroll through my Twitter feed, the more I wonder, How can this be happening in 2016?  It's absolutely heartbreaking. … Continue reading History is Happening