Sound Byte: Dear Lover

Dear Lover, Denial. (Nothing Without You, The Weeknd) Today I write to you to share my secret despair…I have been struggling to put my pain into prose. Our recently failed attempt at love has hardened me. Well, let me be more accurate, it has ruined me. I feel tragically hopeless, not necessarily because you were…

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Do The Work: Women In Cities International

Welcome to Do The Work Vol. II, where I will be interviewing individuals involved in organizing, educating, and supporting communities. For the first instalment, I talked to Kathryn Travers, the director of Women in Cities International (WICI). WICI focuses on making urban public spaces safer and more inclusive for women through participatory safety audits and…

Introducing…Do The Work Vol. II

We started the new year and a new American presidency with our Do The Work series as an ongoing platform for education, conversation, and action. Each month, I focused on a different aspect of resistance — in January I wrote about how to protect and educate yourself, February covered allyship, March dealt with direct action,…

Do The Work: Disability

“There is no neutral body from which our bodies deviate. Society has written deep into each strand of tissue of every living person on earth.” — Aurora Levins Morales When the U.S. president mocked physically disabled reporter Serge Kovaleski at a rally in November of 2015, he yet again showcased an astounding lack of empathy…

Sound Byte: Discipline

Lately I have been thinking a lot about discipline. I used to pride myself on my ability to work long hours in the library and “sacrifice” my social life for my homework. Although this unrealistic work-life balance resulted in the neglect of my social self, my ability to engage without distractions has diminished as I…

Do The Work: Mental Health

“Theories that diseases are caused by mental states and can be cured by will power are always an index of how much is not understood about a disease.” — Susan Sontag Mental health professionals across the United States have seen a significant increase in patients struggling with post-election anxiety. With imminent changes to the Supreme…