Stacks of BooksWelcome to the NSVRC’s newest blog, “From Pages to Practice!” I am so excited to have the privilege to be sharing something that I hold near and dear to my heart with you all today. The NSVRC library has been essentially my “home” for the last two and a half years.

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National Sex Ed Conference poster

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having a hard time getting out of my usual post-holiday slump.  New Year’s Day found me on the couch, channel surfing as I could not bring myself to do much else.  I decided to binge-watch a television show (I’ve been informed that this is what people do now – sitting down for hours at a time, watching multiple seasons of a TV show, so I decided to give it a try).  I’ve had many friends recommend th

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strong-womanIn the past, I’ve used New Year’s as an opportunity to take a hard look at my life and things that I want to change about it. More often than not, this involved dieting, budgeting, and goals that involved pants sizes. In 2014, I’m making a different kind of resolution.

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Dear Santa,

I’ve decided to write out my very own grown up Christmas list, focusing on the things that I believe will help to end gender violence.

Safe, affordable housing for every person

An end to racist aggressions, big and small

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holiday-mealSome of my most favorite holiday memories involve sharing meals with my loved ones. I love everything about it—smelling good things, tasting favorite family recipes, bright holiday decorations, and so much joyful laughter (sprinkled with realistic, nagging, teasing sibling exchanges).

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It’s been a banner week for anti-street harassment work!   And I, for one, am very excited. 

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Rainbow in the sky with text: trauma and sexual healthIt’s been quiet here at the SAAM blog, but that’s telling of how busy our team has been, behind the scenes, working on Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2014. Speaking of 2014, can you believe we are on the doorstep of a new year?

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young-girl-toy-trainI’ve recently had the terrifying experience of gift shopping for a few little feminists in my life. Of course, I went into it with a plan. I was going to get fun but educational toys that didn’t confine my tiny friends to traditional gender roles. Sounds simple enough, right?

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Driving home yesterday to some of my favorite Christmas jams, I heard the announcement that Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95. Not surprised or sad, I thought that if anyone deserves a rest it’s probably him. Truly, his work and commitment to ending racial oppression in South Africa seems like a beacon of hope for how broken societies can heal.

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