Posted by Grimalkin, RN
People keep asking me “when did you become an activist?” so here’s a brief history
I was born in 1976. Baptized into the Episcopalian Church.
Moved to Nashville in… 1981? I think?
I was burned in 1987.
Took back my name in 1990.
My mother volunteered at political functions, at churches, at homeless shelters. She did a lot to me I can’t forgive but she taught me how to be useful. My grandmother was an active member of the Republican Ladies Association her entire life. She instilled in me the importance of the vote. My mother sent me to Father Ryan High School, which had the unintended result of encouraging me to think for myself. My teachers and host parents in Germany continued encouraged me to broaden my mind.
Went to Germany in 1994.
Graduated high school in 1995.
Started performing poetry in 1996.
Moved to Colorado in 1998. Lost my name again.
I was a Republican until 1999.
A Green until 2000, when I also accepted that I am bisexual.
Sometime around here people started calling me a feminist.
Pre reqs for nursing started in 2001.
Diagnosed with Meniere’s in 2002.
Nursing school in 2003.
Graduated in 2005 (ADN).
Volunteered/worked with OFA from 2007-2008 on the campaign for Obama
Married in 2010.
Volunteered in a small capacity with OFA in 2011-2012.
A Democrat until 2012. Somewhere around here I began to believe I might be a feminist.
Took my name back again in 2014.
I’ve been an activist since the Summer of 2003. The crimes committed at Abu Ghraib were too much. I could not stay silent.
I’ve marched against the Iraq War (which I initially blindly supported), for Occupy, for Trayvon Martin and other causes. During Occupy, I was one of many people ferrying supplies to Civic Center Park. I’ve participated in Hashtag Activism since a few months after joining Twitter.
I was in college for the last two years (BSN). I graduated August 14th.
Organizational groups need people who can pass out flyers, fill out permits, make phone calls. They need people with first aid and medical training. Working night shift allows me to do these things, as does my 2-3 day a week work schedule. This is what I can do.
I started working with Coloradans For Justice because I cannot stand by and watch the killing of people of color in the United States. I cannot be complicit in acts of war against a group of people due to their race. By being silent, I was being complicit. I cannot be silent.
I will do what I can until the world changes or I die.
The volume of my voice is not as important as the amplification I can provide for others who need it.