Eff Sh*t Up Friday – Release yourself from election disappointment

I heard a lot of disappointment from my friends this week. I read a lot of disappointment on the Twitters this week. I saw a lot of disappointed faces grumbling about the election. Good change is like good sex…slow, deliberate, and consensual. Here are the AMAZEBALLS changes that took place this week: Two states sent…

Eff Sh*t Up Friday – Justice

I feel greedy. I feel covetous. I feel hungry. I desire equality. I desire change. I desire collaboration. I feel passionate. I feel fury. I feel obsessive. I crave a voice. I crave a choice. I crave acknowledgement. I do not want women to be hung for their decisions like this man does. I do…

Monday Mayhem – Who am I?

Hello, my name is Missy. AKA: Dr. Bird I am a writer. I am a teacher. I am a leader. I was a professional lobbyist for Planned Parenthood in Utah. I love Wonder Woman & Eleanor Roosevelt. I used to be afraid to speak my truth. This is my TRUTH!! My father committed suicide when…

Roadblocks, justice, and finding your calling – Monday Mayhem

When we engage in advocacy and speak our truth, sometimes we hit a major roadblock. Mine is my “good girl”. She is an expert at saying, “shhhhhh, be quiet, sit down and shut up before someone sees you.” Feeding into this mindset can stop us from taking action. When women engage in advocacy and speak…

Eff Sh*t Up Friday – Being an imperfect activist sucks

I am deeply committed to working for justice in an authentic and charitable way. This means I am going to fuck shit up a lot in the eyes of other people. If speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have, why do I feel like lately my truth isn’t good enough? If it…

The Last Class

Today is the last class that I am teaching at the California State University, San Bernadino School of Social Work. I dedicate this blog to my 28 amazing students who have been personally and professionally affected by the outcome of the 2016 election. They are fierce and they are woke and they are engaging in…

What will your bench say?

A few days ago I was hiking with my husband and we came across a bench in memory of Sylvia and Irving Silver “who lived life with a passion for justice”. This got me thinking, what would my bench say? I asked my husband, “what do you think our bench would say?” He responded, “I…

Jonesing for Justice

Recently I was asked to write up a draft of a speech about poverty and inequality. I don’t know what its final incarnation will look like but I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Inequality as a state of disparity has long been the focus of social work practice….