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Stepping Stones – The Family Stories We Tell About Ourselves – Storytelling Part 3

Published on June 17, 2019.

This is the third part of a three-part series on storytelling and community organizing. I often tell people that while I grew up in poverty, I also grew up with wealth – a richness of many generations of my family history.  Unlike so many people who have had their family histories destroyed or lost through […]


Stepping Stones – After the KKK Attack – Storytelling Part 2

Published on June 11, 2019.

This is the second part of a three-part series on storytelling and community organizing. One of the things we work on in the storytelling workshop is how to make the first line capture the attention of the audience and the last line show the learning or moral of the story. I learned this lesson when I […]


Stepping Stones – Storytelling – Part 1

Published on June 4, 2019.

This is the first part of a three-part series on storytelling and community organizing. Indigenous communities have used stories for teaching and passing down information for thousands of years. Today, science is catching up and starting to understand the importance of storytelling.  Storytelling isn’t just a better way to connect with your audience:  It also […]


A Remembrance of Connie Fitzgerald

Published on February 19, 2019.

Connie Fitzgerald, passed away peacefully at her home after a seven year battle with ovarian cancer on January 25, 2019.  She was Spirit in Action’s Operations and Finance Director for the last 10 years, working through mid-December 2018.  Connie was the backbone of Spirit in Action, the glue that made sure everything was working smoothly.  […]


How do we sustain HOPE in times of crisis?

Published on September 20, 2016.

It’s really hard to have a positive outlook or hope with all that’s happening in the world today: political chaos, hate, violence, environmental disaster, and a list much too long to write here.  And worse, it seems that people are feeding off all this hatred and chaos and it continues to grow, taking over everything […]


Celebrating our Victories and Preparing for the Future

Published on December 15, 2015.

I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was. Over the last year, I attended two dynamic national conferences: one called “Creating Change,” which included more than 4,000 LGBTQ activists and organizers across the country working on multiple issues that affect disenfranchised people, and another dealing with building power through voter engagement. I was […]


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