Archive for May, 2019

Take a Closer Look – Feminist writer and activist Jessica Valenti

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Happy Wednesday! This week, we’re taking a closer look at author/columnist Jessica Valenti!

“One of the most successful and visible feminists of her generation.” ~The Washington Post.

 

Jessica Valenti – called one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world – is a columnist for Medium and a feminist author. Her most recent book, Sex Object: A Memoir, was a New York Times bestseller.

 

In 2004, Jessica founded the award winning blog Feministing.com, which Columbia Journalism Review called “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.”

 

Jessica’s articles have topped the most-read lists at The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Guardian, and The Washington Post. She’s also written for Salon, Bitch, Ms. Magazine and The Toast. 

Jessica has been interviewed on The Colbert Report, profiled in The New York Times magazine, and is a widely-sought after speaker. Jessica has been speaking at colleges and organizations across the country for nearly a decade. Her speaking style is informal and relatable, with an emphasis on making feminist politics funny, engaging, and enraging. This is a product of her writing style: “I think talking is as casual as blogging, and sometimes writing can be as casual as talking. My informal writing style is a political choice, because I want feminism to be more accessible.” she explains.

Let us know if you’d like to bring Jessica Valenti to speak to your organization, campus, or conference!

 

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A Closer Look: Storm Chaser Warren Faidley

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Happy Wednesday! This week, we’re going to take a closer look at the ORIGINAL storm chaser, Warren Faidley!

Warren Faidley is a prize-winning photojournalist, adventurer and disaster survival expert. He is officially credited as the first, professional storm chasing photojournalist.

 

Warren and his images have appeared worldwide in National Geographic, The Weather Channel, the BBC, Discovery Channel, CNN, Fox News and many more. His photography has also been used for advertising and promotional work for Paul McCartney, Universal Pictures, Sheryl Crow, MTV, The NFL, NASCAR, Warner Bros., and thousands of books, editorial publications, television and social media outlets. A Google search under his unique name shows an average of over 60,000 references.

 

 

Pursuing thousands of individual thunderstorms, tropical cyclones and assorted natural disasters, Warren has survived a mind-numbing number of extreme and deadly situations, including hurricanes winds of 165 mph, tornadoes, lightning bolts, rattle snakes, gunfire, swarming spiders and even angry farmers with rusty pitch forks. Warren began his pursuits at age 12 when he was carried away and nearly killed by a flash flood. A few weeks later he was riding his bike in to the core of violent dust devils.

 

In 1997 he captured the first tornado ever shot on motion picture film. He was a consultant for the motion picture Twister and serves as a disaster survival expert for corporate and media interests. Warren often provides live reports for news media and public safety outlets. He also serves as a volunteer search and rescue / EMS operator. The media often refers to Warren as “America’s Top Storm Chaser.”

 

 

Warren has been an advocate for responsible storm chasing, including a successful mission to expose “fake storm chasing scientists.”

 

Let us know if you’d like to bring Warren Faidley to speak to your organization, campus, or conference!

 

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A Closer Look – our newest speaker, Rev. Mariama White-Hammond!

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Happy Wednesday! This week, we are happy to introduce to you our newest speaker, community leader and environmental activist Rev. Mariama White-Hammond!

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond has worked to bridge the racial divide with a unifying message about the importance of the environment and working together. She has helped build coalitions around youth empowerment, advocating for refugees, working towards a fair minimum wage, women’s rights, environmental issues, providing safe space in violent neighborhoods, and Spirituality. The daughter of Rev. Ray Hammond, founder of the Ten Point Coalition Against Youth Gang Violence and former chair of the Boston Foundation, and mother, Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, a leader in the movement to save Darfur. Rev. Mariama is known as the ecological justice minister for inclusive climate mobilization.

Rev. White-Hammond believes that the world is at a watershed moment in which we are all called to embody a more sustainable way of living and being with each other and the planet. She challenges the Christian church to embrace a more radical understanding of the life and mission of Jesus Christ. She believes that a faith worth proclaiming must be responsive to issues like street violence, mass incarceration, climate change, AIDS, food security, and human rights. She is actively engaged on social justice issues ranging from immigration policy to fair wage issues. Rev. Mariama is very committed to engaging the faith community, and particularly Black church on climate change and ecological justice issues.

Let us know if you’d like to bring Rev. White-Hammond to your organization, campus, or conference!

 

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A Closer Look: Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Happy Wednesday! This week, we’re going to take a closer look at Stockton, CA Mayor Michael Tubbs!

Mayor Michael Tubbs was elected in 2012 as the youngest city council member in Stockton’s history, earning more than 60 percent of the citywide vote; and in 2016 became the youngest mayor in city history, and the youngest mayor of a major American city!

 

Awards and accolades include: Fortune Magazines “40 under 40” annual ranking of the most influential young people in business; “Top 4 Power Player Under 40” by Black Enterprise Magazine, “Top 25 under 25” by The Root, Reader Digest‘s50 Things to Love About America“, Martin Luther King Youth of the Year, California Youth Ambassador, captain of the inaugural NAACP National Great Debate Champions.

 

A first-generation student at Stanford University, Mayor Tubbs was selected as the Founder’s Day Speaker, out of 6,000 undergraduate students – and the first freshman in the 117-year history of the university – to do so. During his time at Stanford he has also co-founded the task-force to end racial profiling in Palo Alto.

 His boldest move to date has been to establish SEED – the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration. With a quarter of Stockton residents living below the poverty line, Mayor Tubbs has raised enough private funds (no tax dollars used) to provide approximately 100 Stocktonians with a guaranteed income of $500 per month for 18 months. The income will be unconditional, meaning there are no work requirements and no restrictions on how the money can be spent.

He has spearheaded the creation of “Save Our Stockton“, a group for youth and by youth that lobbies and calls for change on pertinent youth issues in Stockton, CA, and has worked with the Children’s Defense Fund on their California Campaign to End the Cradle to Prison Pipeline.

Keep an eye peeled for an HBO documentary on Mayor Tubbs and his innovative approach to government!

Finally, in other news, Mayor Tubbs and his spouse Anna Malaika Nti-Asare have a personal urban renewal project underway!

 

Let us know if you’d like to bring Mayor Tubbs to your organization, campus, or conference!

 

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