Compassionate Activism is a project of Everyday Feminism, led by its founder, Sandra Kim. Everyday Feminism's mission is to help people dismantle everyday violence, discrimination, and marginalization through applied intersectional feminism and to create a world where self-determination and loving communities are social norms through compassionate activism.
About Everyday Feminism
Everyday Feminism is an educational platform for personal and social liberation. It launched its online magazine in June 2012 and has quickly become one of the most popular feminist digital media sites in the world, with over 4.5 million monthly visitors from over 150 countries. It also offers online courses for Everyday Self-Love and Relationships, which helps people become free of toxic messages from systemic oppression and to practice being loving to themselves and others.
It takes a unique approach to intersectional feminism since it sees personal liberation and social liberation as interdependent and necessary for each other. Its fast growth is clear evidence that the US and the world are hungry for information on how to dismantle oppression and align their lives with their values of love and justice.
About Compassionate Activism
In Spring 2016, Everyday Feminism launched Compassionate Activism, whose mission is build the capacity of people to maintain their peace and relatedness in the face of injustice so that they may be free to act appropriately to restore justice.
Systemic oppression hurts both the privileged and the marginalized and leads us to disconnect from each other as well as from ourselves in order to protect ourselves from that pain. Too often in response to that individual and collective pain and trauma, we harden ourselves towards each other and consequently ourselves.
That is why we believe that love and justice must be interdependent in order to be real. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared on the too often ignored relationship between love and power, love without justice can often become silencing of those being marginalized and coddling and enabling of those in power. Whereas justice without love can perpetuate the dynamics of dehumanization, domination, and elitism that it's seeking to correct. Therefore, we need to make both love and justice be our daily practice in order to have one or the other.
Compassionate Activism synthesizes and builds upon the transformative philosophies and practices of several different schools and traditions, especially Zen Buddhism. To learn more about these different approaches, please check out the list below:
Some books to help you deepen your understanding of these different approaches are:
- Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks
- Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child by Thich Nhat Hanh
- No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of the Buddha by Tara Brach
About the Founder
Sandra Kim is the Founder and Executive Director of Everyday Feminism. Launched in June 2012, Everyday Feminism has become one of the most popular feminist digital media sites in the world, with a readership of 4.5 million monthly visitors from over 150 countries and a team of over 40 writers.
In 2013 and 2014, Sandra also developed and leads the online courses for Everyday Self-Love and Relationships, which helps people become free of toxic messages from systemic oppression and to practice being loving to themselves and others.
In Spring 2016, Sandra developed the Compassionate Activism model, which helps people address everyday oppression with love and justice. She developed the model and leads both in-person in Washington, DC and online programs to make it accessible.
As a person with multiple marginalized identities, she is committed to intersectional feminism that is focused on personal and social liberation for everyone. Sandra brings an inside-out approach to feminism because she believes personal transformation and social transformation are interdependent. She’s also pioneering an innovative online business model for feminism and social justice to make this work sustainable for activists.
She brings a wide range of approaches and skills to Everyday Feminism from her experience working with trauma survivors, healing and personal transformation, and social change. She has worked on the front lines in the fight against human trafficking and in the social innovation and capacity-building field.
Sandra is also a board member of Brown Boi Project, which is a community of masculine of center womyn, men, two-spirit people, transmen, and our allies committed to transforming our privilege of masculinity, gender, and race into tools for achieving racial and gender justice.
Sandra is a trained life coach from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). Sandra has also engaged in a variety of approaches to personal healing, development, and transformation to better understand what it takes to work through the past in order to be free in creating one’s future.
Prior to Everyday Feminism, she worked in the nonprofit capacity building field, social entrepreneurship field, and anti-human trafficking movement and volunteered to work with sexual assault survivors, intimate partner violence survivors, and youth involved with gang-related activities.