6 guiding questions to understand the link between mental health and activism

Earlier this month I was interviewed by Jeannine Etter of KPFA’s UpFront for mental health awareness month to talk about the connection between mental health and activism. In thinking about how to talk about this connection, I was reminded of a moment from the first week of my graduate program in counseling psychology, when I …

Calling all dreamers, artists, idealists, healers, leaders, and educators

https://youtu.be/mzj9N6Zjblk Calling all dreamers! Calling all healers! This will be a short post. I want to save the world. If you’re reading my stuff, you probably want to do that too. I have an idea for how we can do it, but we need to move a lot faster than our busy 21st-century consumer capitalist …

Personal growth for social change: You can’t change people without changing yourself

Photo by Boudewijn Huysmans on Unsplash Last week I wrote about how you can’t change the world without changing people. For those of you who were itching to start proselytizing about your vision for social change, today I’m taking the lesson one step further, into the realm of personal growth. You can’t change people without …

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.”

Photo by Robin Jonathan Deutsch on Unsplash Cornel West is one of my favorite public figures because of his unique ability to embody both a deeply rooted brotherly love for anyone he encounters alongside a fiery righteous indignation at all examples of injustice in the world. As far as I’m concerned, the moment we are …

“My name is Nauser. It rhymes with ‘saucer.’”

I want personhood for everyone. Because of my white skin, I know that the threats to my own personhood are more spiritual than material. I don’t fear for my life on a daily basis. I don’t worry having about my rights trampled on and then being blamed for it. White supremacy hurts my Black and Brown brothers and sisters and nonbinary siblings in more material ways than it hurts me. My pain is different from theirs, but it serves to remind me of theirs, and to remind me of my responsibility to make things right.

Is your climate activism “just about white”?

Ending white supremacy is essential to combating climate change because the root of our nation's pathological state of denial is found in the origins of white supremacy. White climate and environmental activists for too long have said that the environment is a more pressing concern, which might be true if it were possible to address it without first addressing white supremacy, but it is not. Fixing the climate crisis without first addressing racism is like trying to stage a mutiny on a slave ship without first freeing the slaves. It makes no sense, it's delusional, and it comes from a mindset of unexamined denial and white supremacy thinking.