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You’ve Got to Say NO to Say YES (or, Saying NO is Awesome)

by Cristien Storm and Kate Boyd Co-founders of If You Don’t They Will First Posted on North Atlantic Books site August 9th 2018 In our workshops, we support participants in developing creative and fierce ways to identify, interrupt, and counter white nationalism in their particular contexts. Different groups develop different strategies to say NO including: …

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Self Care for Activists

One goal of Empowered Boundaries is to expand on mainstream notions of self care, which tend to be centered primarily on individual wellness and personal health. There is nothing wrong with focusing on individual well-being. However, individualist approaches often ignore how deeply interpersonal and interconnected care, healing, and recovery are. When I taught self-defense classes at Home Alive we …

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Reflections on Sexual Harassment and Community Care

One of the things I loved about teaching self-defense at Home Alive was witnessing the creativity people tapped into when asked to share ideas, stories, and imaginations of fierce and even playful self-defense strategies. It was inspiring and humbling to hold space for people to let go of fear and move into possibility. Play is not something …

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