A DAY WITHOUT A WOMAN

"IT IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER WHERE YOU ARE FROM, AND WHEN I SAY 'WHERE YOU ARE FROM' IMEAN, A WOMAN" -CLEO WADE

My sweet friends, followers, and everyone in between I urge you to read on about taking a stand, being the voice of action and the power of love! 

I wanted to write a post about the organizations that I donate to and am passionate about. With tomorrow being International Womens day and all the meaning and importance that this day holds here is where my heart lies. Thank your for taking the time to read this, and thank you endlessly if you decide to join me in donating to these organizations and taking action!I AM PROUD TO BE A WOMAN AT SUCH A TIME AS THIS! 

Numbered in no particular order. 

NUMBER ONE- One of my most frequented sites to be informed and ready for action is https://www.womensmarch.com  Here is tomorrows action. The woman's march was monumental and a movement has begun that is not slowing down, I am proud to be taking a stand now and every day. 

"On International Women's Day, March 8th, women and our allies will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity." 

In the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the Women's March, we join together in making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, recognizing the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system--while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity. We recognize that trans and gender nonconforming people face heightened levels of discrimination, social oppression and political targeting. We believe in gender justice.

Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:

  1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor

  2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).

  3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman

A Day Without a Woman reaffirms our commitment to the Principles of Unity, which were collaboratively outlined for the Women’s March. We are inspired by recent courageous actions like the "Bodega strike" lead by Yemeni immigrant store owners in New York City and the Day Without Immigrants across the U.S. We applaud the efforts of #GrabYourWallet and others to bring public accountability to unethical corporate practices. The Women's March stands in solidarity with the International Women's Strike organizers, feminists of color and grassroots groups in planning global actions for equity, justice and human rights.

When millions of us stood together in January, we saw clearly that our army of love greatly outnumbers that of fear, greed and hatred. Let's raise our voices together again, to say that women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability.

NUMBER TWO - THE ACLU, protecting our people, all of us deserve a life full of endless potential and EQUAL human rights.  https://www.aclu.org/about-aclu

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

Whether it’s achieving full equality for LGBT people, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age of widespread government surveillance, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

You can donate here https://action.aclu.org/secure/protect-rights-freedoms-we-believe-8?s_src=UNW170001SEM&alt_src=UNV170001SEM&ms=gad_SEM_Google_Search-Trump_ACLU%20Name%20Terms_aclu_e_173475662563

NUMBER THREE - Planned Parenthood. I can truly say for myself, Planned Parenthood has always been a safe place for me to take care of my body, and feel safe. Planned Parenthood had provided the care, information, and guidance that so humans in need and the existence and funding of this organization is beyond important. Be informed, donate and take some time to read more about it here:

https://www.plannedparenthood.org

NUMBER FOUR- Writing Letters to Congress I picked up this Post Card at Boot and Shoe Service, already addressed! Take the time to fill one out and send it in!

 

 

 

Can't stay away from the Great Outdoors.

This year has been one for adventure. I found places that I fell in love with and I could not keep away. The two places that continue to call my name are Joshua Tree and Yosemite. In every season, these places bring me so much inspiration, goosebumps down my spine and leave me a bit heartbroken when I have to say goodbye. Here are some shots from my adventures in these places this year. 

 

Blurb Book

As this year is coming to an end I am truly taking the time to sit and reflect on what has shaped me over the past 12 months. 

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I was asked to create a book with Blurb Books, given the freedom to create what I wanted with it. I thought that an art book would be cool, but what really kept rising in my head was a photo book filled with the journey that I took on this year. 

Almost a year ago I lost my mother, and around that time lots of life changes were placed ever so gently into my path. It was as if everything I knew, and everything I had was being flipped upside down. At that time life felt messy and made no sense, but I could not have been more wrong. 

As I created the pages of this book, the worlds that I wrote to myself, the photos I took, the artwork I made, and the places I visited, it all told such a story of growth, self discovery and becoming one with my soul. 

Revisiting some of these feelings and photos that earlier this year would have been difficult, really just left me feeling elevated. Like I truly climbed a mountain, and not that I am on top now and know everything, but I have a greater view of what is before me. The things I still have yet to learn, the deeper I can go within my soul, the creativity that I have yet to tap into and the amount love I have yet to share is all before me calling my name and I am running straight for it. 

So this book was a beautiful challenge that I am so grateful to have and to get to visit what this incredibly changing year was for me. 

 

 

Have a look into how to create your own  http://blurb.by/aleksandra  Thank you Blurb for sponsoring this post, it has been wonderful working with you!