In 2017, I attended the Women’s March with my Sigma Gamma Rho Soror Karla Ray Thompson and Unity sistafriend Kim Davis in Washington, DC. It reminded me of the experiences I had while attending the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, Million Woman’s March in Philadelphia in 1997, and the March for Women’s Lives in Washington, DC in 2004.
Did you participate in the 2017 and 2018 Women’s March events? Are you involved in social justice and human rights in your local community, city, state, or country?
Your social justice and human rights’ work is important. The time you invest to support equality, fairness, and justice is appreciated. I have one question for you: how are you taking care of yourself as you do the work?
If you need tips and tools on how to practice self-care with mindfulness in your social justice and human rights work, listen to the #ThrivingMindfully Podcast. It includes three mindfulness exercises: a tune in (check-in), a meditation, and journaling. May they support you in your self-care practice!
It’s been a busy and juicy week for me. My focus has been on women in social media. Monday night was fantastic because I hosted Sisterhood the Blog Radio’s Talkshoe.com show on how women marry their social justice, social entrepreneurial, and/or nonprofit work with social media. I was joined by a powerful group of nonprofit and social justice digital divas. They included:
- Luvvie Ajayi, Co-founder of The Red Pump Project – http://www.theredpumpproject.com, http://twitter.com/redpumproj, and http://twitter.com/luvvieig;
- Debra Askanase, Engagement specialist, founder of Community Organizer 2.0, and community marketing manager at First Giving – http://www.communityorganizer20.com and http://twitter.com/askdebra;
- Aisha Brown, founder of Global Awareness Project (GAP) Consulting, an international social justice consultancy advocating for the political, social, and economic empowerment of people of color – http://www.globalawarenesspc.com and http://twitter.com/gapconsulting;
- Rosita Cortez, Founder of Social Media 4 Nonprofits – http://www.rositacortez.com and http://twitter.com/rositacortez;
- Niecy Taylor, Social justice advocate, fundraising and communications consultant, coach, author of Of Service: A Life Lived For Others, and host of BlogTalkRadio’s A Designer’s Original show – http://niecytaylor.com and http://twitter.com/niecytaylor; and
- Karyn Watkins, Co-founder of The Red Pump Project – http://www.theredpumpproject.com, http://twitter.com/redpumproj, and http://twitter.com/thefabgiver.
Click here to listen to the show (1 hour): http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015. Be sure to look for the October 4th audio recording in the Past Episodes archives.
My October started with a blast of women in social media events. On October 3, I moderated Sisterhood the Blog’s focus group on how women marry their social justice, social entrepreneurial, and/or nonprofit work to do good with social media on October 3, 2010, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC. Guest panelists included:
•Maaden Eshete, Co-founder of Divas, MPH – http://divasmph.org;
•Regina Holliday, Medical advocacy muralist – http://reginaholliday.blogspot.com;
•Shannon Lynberg, Co-founder of Hollaback DC! – http://hollabackdc.wordpress.com;
•Tracy Chiles McGhee, Founder of Womanifesting, Inc. – http://womanifesting.org;
•Megan Pagado, Marketing and events manager for the Arts and Humanities County of Montgomery County, arts advocate, and graphic design “dabbler” – www.creativemoco.com and http://meganpagado.magntize.com;
•Pamela Pressley, Founder and publisher of The Cotillion Online – www.thecotilliononline.com;
•Chai Shenoy, Co-founder of Hollaback DC! and gender-based activist – http://hollabackdc.wordpress.com;
•Tracey Webb, Founder of Black Gives Back and Black Benefactors – www.blackgivesback.com and www.blackbenefactors.org.
We had a great time chatting about so many aspects of our work! I learned so many things from these dynamic digital divas. Look for video clips from the focus group in a few weeks. In the meantime, check out the Flickr photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anandaleeke/sets/72157624964368519.