It’s not just another annoying political thing. It’s not about being a ‘social justice saint’ or whatever. It’s about people’s lives. People of this human race that we are all apart of. It’s about actual lives being shaped by dictatorship, oppression, sexism, racism…ever since childhood. Their reality is living in constant fear. This isn’t a game, or some philosophical debate, this is human lives.

I have been told too many times to count ‘Jen, you’re getting a little too big for your britches’. And then when I don’t do anything I’m told that I’m careless. You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. I feel like ever since I read ‘Parvana’s Journey’ when I was 11 years old, I’ve been in this constant frustrating cycle of trying to save humanity, but be subtle about it, because apparently calling myself a feminist is social suicide. I was in this belittling mindset for so long, until only recently I decided that if wanting to prevent sex trafficking, or end child marriage, or have the right to my own body was seen as such a taboo thing, then these topics definitely need a voice. And I plan to scream about these social justice issues until my voice becomes hoarse and people will think I’m a man, and then somebody might actually listen to me. Yep, I went there.

And I’m going to keep going there. Because I care too much to stay silent anymore. I know there are so many of you out there who share the same views as I do, but feel as though you can’t express yourself safely for fear of being called naïve. Or for being completely shut down for standing up for something you believe in. I know the exact feeling. But I’m here to tell you that the time to raise your voice is now, because these topics are far too important to just brush under the rug. And no that I have your back, and as Mission Activism grows, you’ll have the support of an entire tribe.