I have been writing online for 13 years. I write freelance work and handle blog and social media promotion for At Peace With Money, a financial coaching business. Other freelance and personal articles often tackle social issues like racial justice and economics, identity politics, and creating progressive cultural practices. I am also a co-founder and researcher for a project focused on mapping social justice-based organizations in the U.S. called The Radical Mapping Project.
A packet for new members describing the organizational history of Take Back the Tap UCSC, a description of meeting processes and procedures, essential facts on bottled water and water privatization, and information on joining the organization.
During the second half of 2016, I spent six months doing field work in Oregon County, Missouri, working at the Oregon County Food Producers and Artisans Co-op in Alton, a small town in the Ozark Mountain region of Southern Missouri. I chose this field study based on my ties to the Midwest and Midwestern culture. I had recently visited relatives in Springfield, Illinois, and was shocked by the state of the community: affected by drugs, crime, and an economy that seemed to consist only of strip malls. At the same time, the jovial and welcoming demeanor of my relatives and their fellow...
We’ve known for a while now that there are a few problems in rural America that need addressing. I can name a few: rural poverty, white supremacy, Evangelical fervor, and Trumpism. The 2016 election round made all of these issues painfully clear, and they continue to affect U.S. politics on a national and global scale.
Rural America’s issues are also self-perpetuating. I’ve watched the poorest county in Missouri strike down an initiative to increase funding for its already under-resourced pub...
A Letter to My White Friends: Thoughts on Challenging Whiteness and Creating Radical New Identities - Zine, 2018
a letter to my white friends: thoughts on challenging whiteness and creating radical new identities
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During Black History Month, a percentage of the proceeds, about $60, went to Black Lives Matter! Currently, $1.25 from the sale of each zine (physical or e-copy) is donated to Protect Juristac. Donations are pooled and made on a m...
In June, I’ll be graduating college, and I’m going to have to find the answers to questions like, “How will I pay my rent?”, and, “How will I buy food?”. I am extremely privileged to have been able to not worry about these things, for the most part, up until this point, because many of us deal with these questions all our lives. Capitalism is what puts us in a situation of scarcity, controlled conditions in which we need to work to survive, and that’s what most of us do. Get a job, work hard,...
The Radical Mapping Project is a fieldwork journey and social justice networking project. September 2017 marked the beginning of a three+ month road trip around the US (Turtle Island) to visit spaces, activists, and organizations that participate in socially transformative work-especially those centering LGBTQ+ folks and POC in their leadership. Through conducting interviews, blogging, and photo documentation the goal of RMP is to record the lives of activists today - their struggles, visions, needs, and victories.
Recently, called me to ask for some financial advice while car shopping. I suggested that she keep in mind the big picture of her life. It's easy to get distracted by the shiny new gadgets on a new car and to think you need them or that upgrading a bit won't make much difference. However, if you step back to [...]
An increasingly popular term around the internet’s business and finance spheres, “solopreneur” is often used interchangeably with “entrepreneur.” The two are definitely not one in t...
by Madeleine L. Keller
Sometimes, to get rid of something, you’ve just got to burn it.
For months, I had been dragging around grief, pain, and betrayal leftover from some particularly tumultuous ruptures in my personal life. It got to the point where my every thought was disrupted and influenced by this baggage.
So one dark moon, I decided to take a look at my shadow, crack open my pain, and let it go up in flames.
I began by gathering everything that carried hints and reminders of the reason...