Believe it or not, for someone so socially conscious and politically active, I’ve never participated in a rally. Today’s Day of Peace rally was glorious. From the incredible music by Be More Heroic members to the chants and cheers of both humans and their dogs at Bo Diddley Plaza to the adorable skits done by students at my research school, Duval Elementary, today’s event was A+! I wore a shirt bearing words such as “slut” and “nerd” and carried a sign that read, “Words DO hurt me.” I was interviewed by a local paper, which was nice, but most of all, I got to see firsthand the passion and joy that stirs the hearts of those who speak for compassion and peace. Let’s face it, those people who rally for hate just don’t have that same joy.
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Won Special Program Grant from Alachua County Commission for CerridwenWorks, a nonprofit project of DreamQuilt LLC, in 2015
I am a prize-winning academic author, and have had Won County Proclamation from Alachua County Commission for Red Soul Days, a domestic violence awareness event in 2016
Collaborated with and fundraised for dozens of local, regional, and national non-profits, including Peaceful Paths and Break the Cycle.
Singlehandedly audited thousands of pages of content for a college website to transform into an ADA-compliant masterpiece.
Produced and organized dozens of empowering art shows and theatre productions in Gainesville, Florida.
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