|My bugs, marching in solidarity from Atlanta, GA|
I joined Amnesty in high school and soon became president of my chapter. Circulating their petitions to free prisoners of conscious remains an important part of my path.
ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
ACLU consistently shows up to support the rights of all Americans and to set a precedent for truth's triumph over dogma. I admired the organization from the moment I heard about the Scopes trial and finally joined after the 2016 US presidential election.
Trees Water People
We need a healthy Earth to continue human life. I discovered TWP when my friend Rob Buehler commissioned my instrument company to help with his mission to plan one million trees. I became a monthly TWP contributor in 2018.
NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law)
I view marijuana law reform as a human rights issue and will continue to fight for it as such after legalization has been enacted is all 50 states. I became active within Georgia's chapter in 2015. Since then, I have lobbied for change, maintained my column NORML Mom and started a chapter in my county, Peachtree NORML of Etowah.
ICEERS (The International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service)
My mother raised me with the suggestion that the rain forests hold the world's greatest medicine. I experienced this firsthand in the early 2000s when I discovered Ayahuasca. I joined ICEERS in 2018 because the need to better understand, utilize and protect these medicines, the cultures surrounding them and the natural environments in which they are cultivated, is important to me.
Bring Change 2 Mind
After living as a neurologically divergent person, losing several friends to suicide, and experiencing over ten years of marriage and 4 children (2 mine, 2 their half-siblings) with a man challenged by dissociative identities & borderline personality disorder, I recognize that deep-rooted stigma linked to mental illness has been a major block to research, treatment, recovery and support for affected individuals and their families. This needs to change, and Bring Change 2 Mind shares this goal. I made my first contribution in 2018.
The Order of the Good Death
Per the website: The Order of the Good Death is a group of funeral industry professionals, academics, and artists exploring ways to prepare a death phobic culture for their inevitable mortality
I dig this so much. I became a member by signing the Death Positive Pledge in 2017.
Artwork is work. I appreciate the national support Fractured Atlas provides for artists working in multiple mediums and joined at the organizational level in 2018.
Spiritually speaking, I embrace the notion of agnostic wonder. I have found a deep sense of connection to a greater whole while participating in indigenous ceremonies, contributing to women's circles and practicing my personal flavor of witchcraft as a fundamentally feminist birthright. Generally speaking, museums/galleries, concert halls/dance floors, thriving cities and national parks/forests/nature preserves also function as cathedrals for me. Despite this personal experience of subjective divinity, I also recognize my objective belief in atheism. As a human rights advocate, it is essential to assert the difference between subjective, personal knowing and objective belief. While the former can/should shape our individual choices, the latter should shape our policy. For example, I am personally pro-life yet politically pro-choice. I recognize that historically empires have committed their most egregious acts against humanity by claiming some level of theistic authority. I also recognize that while my country of origin, the USA, alleges the separation of church and state, its policies often seek to blur the boundaries between these institutions and risk devastating results. Since the American Atheists fight to maintain the necessary separation of church and state, I stand with them.
Local Groups: The following groups do (or have done) similar work on a smaller scale within areas connected to me. I look forward to adding to these names: CRBI, Nuci's Space, Charis Circle, Tellus, TN Aquarium, Girls Rock, Georgia Alliance for Social Justice, Women's Caucus for Art of GA, Write Club Atlanta, Dope Girls, Bleux Stockings Society, Lost in the Letters, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Common Ground Athens & The PERC.