Activism

Online Activism with Hashtagivist

Online Activism with Hashtagivist

Katie Williams and Richard Kraaijenhagen have created an interesting program that is designed to help activists use twitter to get their messages out to a wider audience. Their program is called Hashtagivist and was recently introduced at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam where they participated in the Kings of Code Hack Battle. Katie and Richard built their website in just 36 hours and it migh... »

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Fuck your Civility Bullshit

I’ve been collecting signatures on a petition for the Ohio Rights Group to get medicinal marijuana on the ballot this November. Since 87% of Ohioans support medical marijuana, if we can get it on the ballot, it’ll be easy to get passed. Earlier this week, Ohio held their primary elections, so knowing there would be a lot of registered voters out, I went to a polling location & stoo... »

Child makes grumpy face behind plate of broccoli

No One Wants You to Apologize for Your White Male Privilege!

So, TIME magazine (my favorite magazine when I was a teen, because I was really cool and had a lot of friends when I was 13) posted an opinion piece by a Princeton freshman titled “Why I’ll Never Apologize for My White Male Privilege.” And, unfortunately, I read it. And I just sighed a lot. Oh, you sweet summer child, you really know nothing of winter, do you? (Sorry, it’s ... »

Throwback Thursday: Tell Me How I Should Feel

Throwback Thursday: Tell Me How I Should Feel

This post was original shared on June 28th, 2011. Sad that it is still relevant, but it is a lovely post that I’m proud of past Amy for having written. It reminds me of something that would be read at a poetry slam. It was my response to the early phase of the online harassment that we had begun to see ramp up, when we dared to speak up about the sexism we were seeing and experiencing in the... »

You Can’t Fix What You Can’t See

You Can’t Fix What You Can’t See

Content notice: suicidal thoughts. “I can’t wait until you get sick so that I can take care of you,” a former partner joked once, when I brought him soup because he had a cold. Taking care of our loved ones is among the most rewarding parts of a relationship. It can be hard to remember to find new ways to show we care, day after day, amid the daily cycle of work, sleep, errands, and obligations. S... »

Statement on the 2014 Orange County Freethought Alliance Conference

Statement on the 2014 Orange County Freethought Alliance Conference

This weekend, I am slated to speak at the Orange County Freethought Alliance Conference as well as the Sunday Assembly to take place the day after the conference. As someone who has participated as a principal volunteer since its inception as well as spoken there in 2012, the conference is an integral part of my year. On Friday, it was brought to my attention via a Facebook post and confirmed with... »

Live Below the Line Challenge with Claire Knowlton

Live Below the Line Challenge with Claire Knowlton

I meet a lot of inspiring people and sometimes when I’m really lucky they come over to my art studio, eat vegan cake with me and let me photograph them. This was one of those times. My friend Carrie Poppy introduced me to a really cool woman by the name of Claire Knowlton. Claire does a lot of activism and she has thought deeply on where to put her efforts. During the last week of April she ... »

Help Without Heaven

Help Without Heaven

As part of my ongoing Do Better Challenge, I am seeking out people who are doing volunteer work and good deeds to help out in the various secular communities. We see a lot of negativity in the world and because of that, every now and then, I like to try to focus your attention on some of the good people out there doing great things. Miri Mogilevsky and Courtney Caldwell are two very inspirational ... »

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