As people who benefit from privilege, we cannot sit idly by and observe the injustice in our local communities and larger global stage and by doing so, force marginalized people to do the work on their own. We keep our ears to the ground and follow grassroots artists, authors, organizers and theorists, so the onus is on us to do the research and spread the message in the spaces we inhabit, both IRL and online!
Amplifying Own Voices
Making Space for Important Conversations
One of our primary values is a commitment to using the platform that we are privileged to have (as white humans who are not disabled) to draw attention to the folks who are doing this work in their own communities, and wrestle with the intersections (more on that in a bit) of privilege and oppression while creating resources and thoughtful content that are made available to a wide audience!
Affirmation & Empowerment
Not Just Tolerance, Acceptance or Awareness
“Tolerance” and “acceptance” are minimal and neutral- it doesn’t take any extra effort for someone to tolerate another person or accept their humanity. The concept of tolerance being enough must be eradicated, as marginalized and oppressed people don’t just deserve to be respected, affirmed and empowered, they have the right to it as human beings. Anything less than that is unacceptable, full stop. “Awareness” is yet another example of unwillingness to fight the status quo. As citizens of our global community, we should already be aware of the various oppressive structures that hold people down and disenfranchise them.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Drawing on the work of Kimberlé Crenshaw, the Black feminist legal scholar and educator who first introduced the term intersectionality into her critical race theory work in 1989, we seek to affirm the many identities that make up each human life.
We are inspired to meet so many people from various experiences who hold multiple identities. As educators we know that learning can come from anywhere, anyone, and when you might least expect it!
Everyone has something that they can teach others, and we welcome thoughtful and compassionate interaction with all others who are on this journey towards liberation!
You’re My Inspiration
humans who motivate & galvanize us in our work
Sonya Renee Taylor is the Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, a digital media and education company promoting radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tool for social justice and global transformation. Sonya’s work as a highly sought-after award-winning Performance Poet, activist, and transformational leader continues to have global reach. Sonya is a former National and International poetry slam champion, author of two books, includingThe Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love (Berrett-Koehler Feb 2018), educator and thought leader who has enlightened and inspired organizations, audiences and individuals from board rooms to prisons, universities to homeless shelters, elementary schools to some of the biggest stages in the world. (Photo by W& G Creative)