I’m Kelsey, a nerd and social justice advocate in Seattle, WA.
We must create a world transformed by collective community care, abolition (zero cages), wealth redistribution, housing for all, transportation for all, and sustainable living where every person, animal, and plant thrives.
Before the pandemic hit, you’d often find me swimming and hiking every moment I could, bobbing in the crowd at nighttime band shows, and attending many different community events. Like many, I’m navigating how to continue showing up for community, balancing a mix of in-person and online protests, organizing, and assistance. The inside times have pushed me to grow with more intention. In many ways, it has taught me to recognize things in myself and what exactly my boundaries are, which I wouldn’t have bothered to do otherwise. I still help strangers, friends, campaigns, and movements the best I can. But it’s not all roses. I will never forgive our government for its wrongs at its founding. I will never forgive our colonizing, white supremascist, patriarchal wrongs perpetuated throughout history. I will never forgive the wrongs exacerbated during this pandemic, climate crisis, and during all times of political and civil unrest.
What I do
- Research transportation, housing, homelessness, economic recovery, COVID-19 policies, studies, and strategic messaging
- Look up land parcel information for fun (god, I wish I was joking)
- Continue anti-racist work
- Twitter, like, more than a normal person probably should
- Organize [in the political sense]
- Help campaigns
- Practice accountability
- Dig up dirt on the punitive and powerful
What I don’t do
- Make enough money
- Stay on top of the dishes all the time
- Care about “neighborhood character”
- Assume I know the needs of any one person or group of people
- Expect forgiveness
- Take action without checking in with those directly impacted–or at risk of getting undermined–first.
- Co-opt efforts from BIPOC
- Blame individuals more than the oppressive, exploitative systems and white supremascist, ableist, sexist cultures we’re born into
Before all this, I was a journalist. I left the industry with sadness and relief because it didn’t value my work—evident in pay, healthcare, and self-care. I still think and care about journalism. That won’t ever really go away.
I felt my route in journalism involved the moment legalities, systems and policies touch people’s everyday lives. I make sure any job I take does the same. With that said…