I heard a lot of disappointment from my friends this week. I read a lot of disappointment on the Twitters this week. I saw a lot of disappointed faces grumbling about the election. Good change is like good sex…slow, deliberate, and consensual. Here are the AMAZEBALLS changes that took place this week: Two states sent the first Native American women to Congress.
One state elected it’s first Native American lieutenant governor.
San Juan County, Utah elected two Native American
I feel greedy.
I feel covetous.
I feel hungry. I desire equality.
I desire change.
I desire collaboration. I feel passionate.
I feel fury.
I feel obsessive. I crave a voice.
I crave a choice.
I crave acknowledgement. I do not want women to be hung for their decisions like this man does.
I do not want people who don’t believe in family planning to be in charge of its national distribution like this woman does.
I do not want us to be silent, to be blind, to believe th
Hello, my name is Missy. AKA: Dr. Bird I am a writer.
I am a teacher.
I am a leader. I was a professional lobbyist for Planned Parenthood in Utah.
I love Wonder Woman & Eleanor Roosevelt. I used to be afraid to speak my truth. This is my TRUTH!! My father committed suicide when I was 6.
I experienced abuse as a child.
Sometimes we had no utilities or food. I was raped my first year of college.
I used to kiss girls for beer money while in college. I have been married leg
When we engage in advocacy and speak our truth, sometimes we hit a major roadblock. Mine is my “good girl”. She is an expert at saying, “shhhhhh, be quiet, sit down and shut up before someone sees you.” Feeding into this mindset can stop us from taking action. When women engage in advocacy and speak our truth, sometimes we are told we are wrong and women really hate being told we are wrong. Feeding into this mindset can stop us from taking action. Pitting women against other
I am deeply committed to working for justice in an authentic and charitable way. This means I am going to fuck shit up a lot in the eyes of other people. If speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have, why do I feel like lately my truth isn’t good enough? If it is important for women not to support each other and not play mean girls on the playground, why do I feel like I am taking the punches for saying how I feel in an authentic and intentional way? When I was get
Today is the last class that I am teaching at the California State University, San Bernadino School of Social Work. I dedicate this blog to my 28 amazing students who have been personally and professionally affected by the outcome of the 2016 election. They are fierce and they are woke and they are engaging in activism like I have never seen in a group of social workers. This is what I have learned from the CSUSB MSW Class of 2018: I have learned that I don’t know everything
A few days ago I was hiking with my husband and we came across a bench in memory of Sylvia and Irving Silver “who lived life with a passion for justice”. I asked my husband, “what do you think our bench would say?”
He responded, “I feel like I only qualify for a memorial folding chair.” That is my husband, always underestimating the contribution he makes to the world. I think our bench would say, “Missy & Jim – she saved the women, he saved the oceans.” What would your bench
Recently I was asked to write up a draft of a speech about poverty and inequality. I don’t know what its final incarnation will look like but I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Inequality as a state of disparity has long been the focus of social work practice. “Both activists and scholars have long noted that different citizens fare differently based on certain aspects of their presumably inalterable identities” (Dr. Ange-Marie Hancock, 2007). Povert