all in a week’s work.

So while I’ve been having various revelations about forgiveness and how it’s not the same as forgetfulness, I’ve actually kind of killed it with work & life over the past few weeks, and I feel like that deserves some recognition.

With the help of an incredible team of volunteers, I managed to coordinate DC’s first roundtable on street harassment with about 30 witnesses from all walks of life (recap here!), including testifying for the first time in my life about my experiences with street harassment, what the research says, and CASS’s recommendations moving forward. It was covered by the DCist, Washington City Paper, and the Washington Post!

And it was fucking awesome.

testifying

Testifying before DC Council

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Testifying and side eyeing.

While Max couldn’t attend the roundtable, he’s at an age at which I’m able to start bringing him into the world of activism and teaching him the importance of service.

He’s been to rallies and protests before. He marched in Capital Pride this year, and he shouted “NOW!” along with the rest of us at a vigil for black women and girls who had lost their lives to police brutality. Even though it’s been a tough year for me, it has been an incredible year of growth for Max. Here’s some stuff he did over the past week:

coloring holiday cards for lgbtq prisoners

Coloring holiday cards for LGBTQ prisoners with Black and Pink

max wrapping holiday gifts

Wrapping gifts for child survivors of sex abuse at Safe Shores

max at work

Got a job. What a great kid!

I’ve had a lot of inner (and outer) battles this year. I have chased and run away from what I briefly almost thought was love, only to find that it was not what I was looking for at all. I am still figuring out this life, but well, hell, aren’t we all?

Regardless, I have learned to keep going when I’m not feeling so strong, and I’ve learned to stop apologizing when I need breaks for self-care.

After all, in the words of the great:

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. – Audre Lorde

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