On Stress, Sabbaticals, and Systems Change: Tributaries October 2021

“Maria, I don’t have any fight left in me,” my friend told me recently over lunch. She shared the impact that years of organizing and advocating were having on her. Her exhaustion was palpable. We talked in whispers, careful not to let the people around us hear us commiserate about the challenges of running organizations,…

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Tributaries: October 29, 2020

White letters against a black backdrop spell out the words "Racism is a pandemic"

Recently, one of my board colleagues at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice talked about the dissonance she is experiencing between her head knowledge and her heart knowledge. As I listened to her, I felt like the air had just been knocked out of me. What she described was my very own real struggle—as a mother, as a…

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