What do we do now? 

To: Johanna From: Charlene Re: What do we do now? I found myself doodling. I know it feels like a useless effort given all that is happening around us but that’s how I process and so here she is: a Titan. I saw the planet Saturn a few weeks ago— a zillion miles away. It…

Courage is not fearlessness…

On Monday, I was arrested outside Senator Collins’ office for a non-violent peaceful protest–exercising my civil disobedience muscles. This picture became unintentionally viral because I had to be so #extra and fist-pump as I was being arrested by Capitol Police. I want to make clear that I experienced the most privileged form of arrest imaginable:…

Writing About Gender, Part II…

Last year, I wrote about the struggles of getting published in a post entitled ‘Writing About Gender‘. It discussed how helpful it can be, particularly as a woman, to have female friends to encourage you along the way of the publishing process. This was especially important for me since publishing critical legal theory of the…

A Little Letter for Little J

From: Maria Manza Date: Wed, Aug 22, 2018, 8:11 am Subject: A Little Letter for Little J To: Parents of Little J LBJ – Welcome to the world! It’s currently on fire in more ways than one, but I sure am glad you joined us. Seeing you for the first time – asleep in the…

Communicating in a Bell Jar…

To: Dena Javadi From: Johanna Gusman Re: Communicating in a Bell Jar Sent: Tuesday 8 May at 5:18PM Hey you, … UN spaces are always strange for me. It’s a mix of ego, pomp-and-circumstance, high intellectual engagement, visual international cooperation—but also visual neocolonial bullshit—and ultimately diplomats doing favors for themselves, not their constituencies or even…

Writing is Hard

So here’s a sketch of what I think it means to be a woman this year💕

Out of the Rut

From: Maria Manza Date: Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 10:47 PM Subject: To: ———- <——–@—–> Hey sis – It was so, so good spending time with you this weekend and talking to you tonight. You are one of my most trusted thought partners, and I’m so grateful that we’re able to be sounding boards for…

The World Made New

From: Courtney Skiles To: ——- Date: June 27, 2018 ——-, I’ve been thinking about your suggestion that we go to the border [to work with the children separated from their parents and being held at a Texas facility], and found a good opportunity.  I submitted my information to the team, and they said they would…

Foreign, Familiar & Mr. Rogers

To: ——- From: Maria Manza Date: Fri, Jun 8, 2018 Hey sis – A few Sundays ago I went to a dance performance (co-produced by the fab Kate Wallich!!) that made me think of you. I watched the five figures navigate space: toes came within millimeters of cheekbones, knees brushed by earlobes. At times, the…

Your Sister / Boss Advice

To: — From: Courtney Skiles Date: May 29, 2018 Hey Sis, Thank you for taking some time to walk and talk today.  I feel like I have so much on my plate right now – especially as I open the doors to my [immigration law] practice.  Your advice (as sister and more experienced entrepreneur) to look inward and…