Monday, March 20, 2023

TEDx messages worth sharing

I recently met Colin Stokes when I taught him how to post this event he is organizing and facilitating on the Knapsack Meetup page: White People Challenging Racism: Moving From Talk to Action

We used Zoom to share screens for the lessons. He was wearing a t-shirt with a large X. That was all I could see of it so I asked what it was about and he told me it was from TEDx. With more probing, I learned *he* had done 4(!) TED Talks related to white supremacy, gender and racial justice. 

Of course, I was intrigued, so I looked them up online and watched them. I found them to be well said, written, and presented! I appreciate him for doing this work.

This next one brought tears to my eyes at the end. So well said! 

Such a sweet message here: 
Sadly, the Bechdel Test he mentions sets such a low bar. 

I'm very impressed by Colin's writing, presentation, and messages. Makes me want to get to know him better.

Monday, January 9, 2023

Alternatives to Police

Honoring Arif Sayed Faisal's memory with alternatives to police  

The Black Response Cambridge offers this resource list in response to the police killing of Arif Sayed Faisal in Cambridge last week. More about his killing and the list here too.

About 20 year old Arif Sayed Faisal, and you can support his family here

Related Resources:


Don’t call the police, call these organizations instead:

Dial 988

988 is the easy-to-remember number that reaches what is commonly referred to as the Lifeline—a network of more than 200 state and local call centers.

Cambridge HEART (

It is an alternative public safety program. Centering marginalized people, Cambridge HEART builds local capacity to disrupt cycles of harm by responding to crises, conducting research, and facilitating community cohesion.
Although Cambridge HEART is not yet accepting emergency crisis calls, they are responding to non-emergency calls and performing aftercare. HEART intends to ramp up its capacity to respond to emergency crisis calls this year.

Black Line: 1 (800) 604-5841

“BlackLine® provides a space for peer support, counseling, witnessing and affirming the lived experiences to folxs who are most impacted by systematic oppression with an LGBTQ+ Black Femme Lens. Call BlackLine® prioritizes BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color). By us for us.” 

More information here:

Wildflower Alliance: 888-407-4515

“Our peer support line is answered by a trained peer supporter who has their own first-hand experience with psychiatric diagnosis, trauma, addiction, and/or other interrupting challenges. This line does not collect personal information, perform assessment, or call crises. 

By phone every day 
7pm to 9pm Monday through Thursday 
7pm-10pm Friday through Sunday.” 

More information here:

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

“Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. ” 

 More information here:

The Network/La Red Hotline: 617-742-4911 (voice) • 800-832-1901 (Toll-Free)

“The Network/La Red’s 24-hour hotline provides confidential emotional support, information, referrals, safety planning, and crisis intervention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or transgender (LGBQ/T) folks, as well as folks in SM/kink and polyamorous communities who are being abused or have been abused by a partner. We also offer information and support to friends, family, or co-workers on the issue of domestic violence in LGBQ/T communities. 

More information here: