Resistance. Defined as the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument. It's easy to sit by and let things happen; it's harder to stand up and fight for what’s right. And that’s something we’ve all been faced with all of our lives and particularly within the last few years. It’s also why we’ve teamed up with Amazon Prime Video and its hit-show The Man in the High Castle, which has resistance embedded in its core storyline and characters. Together, our goal is to bring you compelling, noteworthy, and inspiring conversations that we hope will encourage everyone here to go out and shake shit up.
The first stop during our Resistance Rising pop-up took place in Washington D.C.. Yes, right as some very impactful protests were happening. We flocked to the Line Hotel and the energy in the room was electric - to say the least. Our first-ever D.C. pop-up was made particularly special thanks to our lovely speakers Alex Elle, Katalina Mayorga, Randi Gloss, Brandi Chantalle, and Brittany Packnett who joined us for an impactful discussion on the important issues we’re currently facing and how to become more effective change agents in our communities.
The ladies discussed the true meaning of resistance, how it started, and what it means to each of them. They also touched on how productive discomfort can encourage women to go out and make a change, but still touched on the importance of putting yourself first. The audience also learned on how to use questions as a tool to effectively speak to people who may have difference beliefs or stances on different issues. Overall, the room was electrifying and made our first time in D.C. one for the books. Ahead, some key takeaways from the conversation and more information on how you can get registered to vote and make a difference.
“The resistance is showing up for each other.” -Randi Gloss
“People think that the resistance started the day after 2016 election and I’m here to tell you that it did not. There were lots of women, and women of color in particular all across this country who reminded this country of how to protest, what it looked like to protest, what it means to get arrested when it wasn’t planned, what it means to show up to a march when there is no time on a flyer.”-Brittany Packnett
“Social media is great, but doing the work off the internet is greater.”-Alex Elle
“Just because you’re a progressively white woman, it doesn’t mean you’re woke.”-Katalina Mayorga
”Be mindful of your homegirls that are not checking in on you every week and asking if you’re okay.”-Randi Gloss
“I always think: How can I be present to my community that’s right in front of me, before I lend myself to a fight that is beyond my home?”-Brandi Chantalle
“The changes that I’m making, glory to god you’re going to benefit from them, but they’re for ME”-Brittany Packnett
“Showing up as my whole self, and being on my best behavior, and sharing my truth is the lesson, and whoever receives that can take it and do with what they will.”-Alex Elle
“If you can’t think of questions right away, just ask why.”-Katalina Mayorga
“A lot of people think things are happening to them and that they are not able to be in charge. We need to recognize that we are all change agents and that we have power in the decisions we make.”-Brandi Chantalle
”Self-choosing is HARD. The hard work is what we don’t want to do. A lot of people are looking for the why and not the HOW? And the how is SHOWING UP! Self choosing has to be the goal. You are allowed to choose yourself without guilt, shame or second guessing.”- Alex Elle
”I’ve been trying to get myself free so I can go out and do it for other people but I am still learning to advocate for myself.” -Brittany Packnett
”A lot of the time choosing yourself is almost a last resort.” - Randi Gloss
”Before you look into your community, look into yourself. Write in your journal. Self advocacy is filling out what do I need today? It’s vocalizing what you need, when you need it.”- Randi Gloss
”Asking a lot of questions breaks down defenses. That way things start to unravel and then you start to draw conclusions of how illogical that belief is.”- Brittany Packnett
Join the Resistance
We’re encouraging our readers to get out and vote in the November elections, as registration in many cities will be closing soon. To find out the deadline for your state, click here. And yes, you can register to vote online and the process takes an average of two minutes or less to complete. Head to the polls, and most importantly, resist.
While we wait for November, be sure to catch Season 3 of The Man in the High Castle only on Amazon Prime Video starting today and use the hashtag #ResistanceRises to join in on the conversation online!