Welcome! This tab will host my weekly Tuesday blog posts once I am up and running on the road. My posts will feature several different types of topics:
1. I will be writing about my experiences and reflections on lawyering in America's many different communities—and where the legal and social justice issues collide. Some of the communities I'll be going into are underreported in addition to being underserved. I want to be able help amplify the voices of those which may not always get the platform to be able to do so.
2. In addition to being an attorney, I am also a coach—and I want to be able to share pieces of that knowledge with you. I piloted a Legal Coaching program at Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal during my post-bar fellowship and found that even in the most dire of circumstances, coaching can truly help move things forward. We all deserve the tools we need to become our best selves.
3. Our country is being plagued with social injustices and inequities left and right. Sometimes, this space may be used for me to offer a deeply introspective opinion about current affairs—or how I may be trying to process it all.
In the meantime, here's a recent Facebook post I have shared regarding recent current events so you have a general sense of my writing style. I look forward to sharing more with you very soon!
I just finished watching Obama's eulogy of Reverend Clementa Pinckney & believe it is our American duty to watch the entirety of those 40 minutes.
Also, I would be remiss if I didn't say the following after such a roller coaster week (and I want to be super mindful of intersectionality and not derail today's GLBTQ victory). As such, I am overjoyed to see such strong allyship with the GLBTQ community with today's historic SCOTUS ruling. I actually did not see one single anti-gay marriage Facebook post. (Thaaaank God.)
Many of us have GLBTQ loved ones in our inner circles & communities -- including communities of white people and people of color. Many of us have seen firsthand the marginalization that our GLBTQ friends experience -- hearing their stories; learning more about their personal lives; friends who become our family. Through this, the gay rights movement became more humanized -- we KNOW these people. This greatly matters.
On that line, I also must ask, where was the outpouring of love this week for our black brothers and sisters, especially in the wake of a mass shooting? How do our black GLBTQ friends feel today -- the day when gay marriage became legal and also when those who were murdered in Charleston were laid to rest? Race is still the third rail in this country. Rev. Pinckney once said: "We have a deep appreciation of history. We haven't always had a deep appreciation of each other's history."
To make comparable racial progress in America involves a radical shift of how we Americans interact with each other. For each of us, it will take a more **intentional decision** to remove oneself from the safe harbors of our de facto circles where we may not have to directly engage with communities of color. We need to build relationships with communities of color and hear their stories; learn more about their personal lives; make more friends who become our family. How much time are each of us dedicating to this? If the answer is not much, how can we possibly achieve the deep understanding and empathy that is needed for transformative change?
It is my firm belief that when there is a mass movement to get out of our de facto racially segregated communities -- to get out of the silo that racial relations have been in for far too long -- that is the urgently needed catalyst to tear more of these oppressive walls down. And today gives me hope that this, too, is possible. Onward and forward.
I love comments on my posts and want to keep building a community that supports this type of work. To be as useful as possible, a few rules apply to comments:
1. To be approved, comments must be left in your name and must not be solely promotional.
2. Comments need to be respectful. I welcome constructive feedback, but ad hominem attacks will be removed (we all have better things to do).
I look forward to hearing from you!