Good Trouble: Marching for Jacob Blake

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I’m proud to report that on Monday night, I got arrested for challenging fuckery. As a person whose life’s work is based on challenging dysfunction to create real and lasting change, silence about social injustice in our society is not an option. More importantly, as a white woman who holds enormous privilege, I believe I have a duty to remain outraged and take action to stop the ongoing genocide of Black people in America. So on Monday, in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers in Kenosha, WI, I joined about 300 other Portlanders in protest […]

Sylvia Salazar on Voting, Immigration, and Latinx Organizing in the U.S.

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In The Interview: Episode #18, Ciara Pressler interviews Sylvia Salazar, creator of Tono Latino, computer engineer, and political activist. Sylvia and Ciara talk about… Inspiring political engagement Her perspective as a Latina immigrant and grassroots organizer in the era of America’s current federal administration How she uses her privilege as a white passing Latina woman Educating the Latinx community and inspiring people to vote Sylvia Salazar is a Colombian immigrant and a computer engineer turned political activist. Her passion is helping other people understand what is going on in the world of politics and to encourage them to become more […]

Lora DiCarlo on Sex Tech and Fighting Double Standards with Success

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In The Interview: Episode #16, Ciara Pressler interviews Lora DiCarlo, tech founder, inventor, and sexual health advocate. Lora and Ciara talk about… Tech entrepreneurship and equity in an industry that worships innovation while undermining innovation’s full potential with overwhelmingly homogeneous leadership The importance of hiring the right team and having people to support you Creating products to recreate the most mind blowing orgasm she’s ever had Creativity and using altruism as a vehicle Fighting back against gender discrimination How having a purpose can help improve profits   Lora DiCarlo founded one of Oregon’s fastest-growing tech startups, Lora DiCarlo, which develops […]

Chasten Harmon on Art as an Outlet, Intuition, and Defining Values

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In The Interview: Episode #14, Ciara Pressler interviews Chasten Harmon, actress, entrepreneur, and advocate. Chasten and Ciara talk about… Her business Plush Armour Community spaces Healing as a person of color during these particularly challenging times The state of the entertainment industry Channeling anxiety, frustration, and tragedy into art Arming the spirit and soul and using violent and dramatic metaphors to talk about creating peace Chasten Harmon is a Los Angeles-based actress who holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and a […]

Jelani Memory on Using Books to Have Difficult Conversations With Kids

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In The Interview: Episode #13, Ciara Pressler interviews Jelani Memory, author, publisher, and startup founder with a successful exit. Jelani and Ciara talk about… His company A Kids Book About How books can help give kids permission to have difficult but necessary conversations Being a creative story teller Making mistakes in building a company Self selection in publishing How his books allow children the dignity of having complicated lives and real fears Jelani Memory is an author, publisher, and co-founder of A Kids Book About, a collection of children’s books that kickstart challenging, empowering, and important conversations for kids and […]

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela on Fitness, Wellness, and Social Change

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In The Interview: Episode #12, Ciara Pressler interviews Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, author, historian, and fitness expert. Natalia and Ciara talk about… The idea of public and individual health Remaining cautiously optimistic about social justice and radical change Refusing to accept hollow progress The perfect conditions that had to emerge in order to lead to the current mass mobilization for social change Ethical responsibility of the fitness industry Current events in the context of American history Natalia Mehlman Petrzela is an associate professor of history at The New School in New York City, co-host of the Past Present podcast, host and […]

Barbara Chen on the NYPD, Communication Strategy, and Positionality

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In The Interview: Episode #11, Ciara Pressler interviews Barbara Chen, strategic communicator, independent consultant, and writer. Barbara and Ciara talk about… Nuances of working inside a major city police department Honoring the complexity of complex problems Considerations when shaping a complicated message The danger in seeing police brutality as isolated incidents rather than recognizing the totality and continuum of indignity, injury, and injustice Positionality in the current discourse Barbara Chen is an independent consultant and writer in New York who has held major communications roles at the NYPD, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Columbia University. She moved to Manhattan from L.A. after […]

Stephen Green on The Numbers, Being Seen, and Experiencing Positive Change

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In The Interview: Episode #09, Ciara Pressler interviews Stephen Green, economist, speaker, startup advisor and “recovering” venture capitalist. Stephen and Ciara talk about… The numbers: why investing in local business and black- and brown-owned businesses benefits us all The importance of having a community that you feel you belong in How racism manifests in the startup world Recent local and global events Stephen Green is a Pregame Coach and advocate for small businesses, buying local, and supporting founders of color. Green is the creator of Pitch Black, the pitch competition for black founders, has been an executive at Pensole, in […]

An American Intervention

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Photo: The author inside a human cage at The Whitney Plantation, the only American plantation restored to honor the memory and plight of enslaved African people. Welcome to the week of waking up. I am watching the stream of Official Statements from various organizations from the back of the room, leaning against the wall with my arms crossed, side of my mouth turned up and brow furrowed. This week of black squares on social media has been what the rainbow logo is to Pride week: easy, convenient, trendy. Meaningless unless followed by tangible, measurable action. Businesses that declare support for […]

A New Kind of Revolution: The Politics of Listening

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This may not be a popular opinion. I’m writing it anyway because my own integrity requires it. First, I do not like what I see and hear on the news about what is happening in our country. In fact, I became so disempowered by the news that I opted out about 18 months ago. I just stopped paying attention and figured if there was something I needed to know, I’d hear about it eventually. This chafes my mother to no end. I’m not saying this was a good approach nor am I advocating you follow it. I’m just saying it’s […]