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Janet Mock at the Women's March

Author and activist Janet Mock shut it down at yesterday’s Women’s March in Washington D.C., reminding protesters to fight for their less-privileged sisters.

“My sisters and siblings are being beaten and brutalized, neglected and invisibilized, extinguished and exiled. My sisters and siblings have been pushed out of hostile homes and intolerant schools. My sisters and siblings have been forced into detention facilities and prisons and deeper into poverty. And I hold these harsh truths close. They enrage me and fuel me. But I cannot survive on righteous anger alone. Today, by being here, it is my commitment to getting us free that keeps me marching.” –Janet Mock


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Author and activist Janet Mock shut it down at yesterday’s Women’s March in Washington D.C. She held the audience to task by reminding them to not only fight for their own individual rights, but also for women who have issues that are different, and sometimes more pressing, than theirs. She also spoke of the importance of movement building once the march is over, stating,

“A movement is that difficult space between our reality and our vision. Our liberation depends on all of us, all of us returning to our homes and using this experience and all the experiences that have shaped us to act, to organize, to resist.”

Janet, thank you so much for being unapologetically you. Watch her speech below. It’s a must-see!


Heather was born in Chicago and raised in Pasadena, California and proudly claims Oakland as her adopted home. She has a B.A. in African-American Studies from Smith College (proud Smithie), and a Masters in Education Leadership from New York University. Heather's spent the past decade working in the field of educational equity and advocacy. She currently teaches Child and Adolescent Development at San Francisco State University and manages a blog called What's Happening Black Oakland? She also contributes to Blavity, a blog for black millennials. Heather's committed to writing interesting and relevant stories that aren't being covered by the mainstream media, while straying away from the single story that is usually imposed on people of color. In her free time she enjoys traveling and going to live shows.

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