#NeverForget is more than just a hashtag

Couldn't figure out why I felt so sad this morning. Then I remembered what day it is.

I will never forget turning the corner to the street where I grew up and seeing the twisted heap of burning rubble where I had been riding my bike just a few days earlier…

The Kavanaugh Controversy is a Watershed Moment for the GOP

This is a watershed moment for the GOP. A President who boasted about sexual assault has nominated a judge for an empty Supreme Court seat -- and a woman has accused that judge of physical and sexual assault, an accusation he vehemently denies. The outcome of the hearings could decide the fate of women's bodily autonomy for the foreseeable future.


“I never want to see a little girl lose hope of her dreams. So I will always encourage young girls to go after what they truly want to do. When you do love something, it’s not a job. From the time I graduated from the apprenticeship, I have always tried to encourage women. I never sugar-coated it. It’s not glamorous operating giant machines in sideways rain and ice. but there are those women who shine through…”

My friend Alfred Fraijo, the Angel of Boyle Heights

“Across the tutor’s living room where our freshman orientation took place, the young man with the glistening black pompadour and mustache immediately caught my eye. Fresh from Roosevelt High School, Alfred looked more grown up than the rest of us motley freshmen moving into Harvard’s Canaday Hall dorm. His startling hazel eyes stood out against his brown skin, reflecting more of life’s heartbreak than the rest of us had seen, already alchemizing it into compassion…”

Why I have created the Consenting to Lead blog

Each week, I will share an interview with a different amazing woman leader -- like VotoLatino's Maria Teresa Kumar, Black Lives Matter's Alicia Garza, Everytown for Gun Safety's Shannon Watts, Center for American Progress' Neera Tanden, and many more.  Then I will offer tips and tools, so that any woman anywhere can take steps in her own community to make progress on that week's issue.  I will also offer simple organizing how-to's, so that we can mobilize unprecedented progressive voter turnout across all ages, gender identities, races, and socio-economic levels.