I met Marjory Stoneman Douglas once. I was a young girl, about 13 years old. I had already read her book and many of her articles. I’d volunteered for the causes she championed and I thought she was fucking awesome! I was so excited I could hardly sit still. There she was, this woman who was born in 1890, who fought for women’s right to vote, who became an accomplished journalist in a time when women didn’t do that sort of thing and who was, perhaps most memorably, a spirited environmental activist. She knew how to cause a ruckus and she did it well. But my favorite thing about her was that she didn’t take shit from anyone. I remember it like it was yesterday, nervously looking at her, sitting before me, with her woven hat and oversized sunglasses, alive and in the flesh. I was in awe. Long before I ever set foot on the mat, she taught me yoga. She taught me how to work hard to overcome obstacles and opposition. Because of her, I knew how to prepare for the future, unknown challenges and to be ever vigilant of new obstacles. To me, she was Ganesh in living form.
When I heard about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, it hit me particularly hard. Not just because of the enormous loss of life or because it happened in South Florida, where I was born and lived most of my life, but also because of the close connection I’ve always felt with Marjory Stoneman Douglas. I’ve spent the last few days processing this horrific tragedy and found myself utterly in awe by the reaction from the student survivors from the school. It’s impossible not to see Ms. Douglas’s influence in their response to this tragedy. So I now find myself being inspired by a new generation of activists. Young people who are on a mission to save lives and are facing seemingly overwhelming opposition and innumerable obstacles. I’m truly impressed with their grace, sophistication and conviction. They are causing a ruckus and aren’t taking shit from anyone.
I feel strongly that it’s my obligation to help and support the students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school in every way I can. That’s why starting today and up until the day of the march, I will donate 100% of profit from all sales at SoulfulEssence.com (where we make most of our sales) to the March for Our Lives event taking place on March 24th in Washington D.C. Let’s work together to do everything we can to support our students and save lives!
If you wish to donate directly to the fund you can do so at the March for Our Lives website. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.
Join us and help save lives. #notonemore #neveragain
Founder, Soulful Essence