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Grateful for a Platform to Listen

Dawn Arteaga
Posted June 4, 2020 from United States

Now is the time for people of privilege—especially those of us who have the lived experience of white people of privilege—to listen. To let others lead. And to stop thinking we have the answers.

Today I had the honor of listening to a woman leader I deeply admire and respect, Sherna Alexander Benjamin. She led a training for the World Pulse Digital Ambassadors on Intersectionality. It began with a moment of silence.

“I would like to speak peace, love and compassion into this space. I would like to take one second to honor the lives of the women and men that have been cut short because of the discrimination, violence, oppression, racism, which are enabled by a supremacist ideology, moved also by power and privilege.”

Sherna shared with the group of global leaders the power of Incorporating an intersectionality framework into all aspects of work. Watch the training herehttps://youtu.be/Hj9Y7jLV63w.

Sherna has a long history of advocacy, leadership and service to her community. So please, take some time and celebrate her voice. Here are some of my favorite of her writings on World Pulse:

Thank you, Sherna, for your leadership, your activism, your joy and your power. I am grateful to know you.

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jessg411
Jun 04
Jun 04

Dear Dawn- I hope you are well. Thank you for sharing this. As a white woman in America, I am trying to educate myself more. I will include these posts in my read.
Best,
Jess

Dawn Arteaga
Jun 05
Jun 05

Thanks for sharing that Jess! You are in the right place to be inspired by the words of many amazing Black leaders!

Hello, Dawn,

Thank you for honoring Sherna and her strong voice. Thank you for sharing these links.

We stand with you, dear Sherna!

Dawn Arteaga
Jun 05
Jun 05

Thanks Karen

Manasa Ram Raj
Jun 04
Jun 04

So powerful, Dawn! Thank you for highlighting this.

Sherna, thank you for everything. What an honor to listen to your voice, thoughts and actions <3

Dawn Arteaga
Jun 05
Jun 05

Thanks Manasa!

Jill Langhus
Jun 05
Jun 05

Aw. This is so sweet, and supportive, Dawn! I'm sure Sherna will love, and appreciate your appreciation and support:-) XX

Shirin Dalaki
Jun 05
Jun 05

Dear Dawn,

Thank you for sharing this important post. I have been so sad for the last few days in regard to what is happening in America. I know peace, love and compassion heals and we need to heal this nation and respect one another. I am grateful that this awareness is taking place and I am celebrating her voice with you.

Regina Afanwi Young
Jun 06
Jun 06

Hello Dawn, hope you are having a great weekend and keeping safe. As a black woman I pray peace and love should always reign. Thanks for the great write up. I honestly admire you for appreciating our sister Sherna. I join you to celebrate her.

Audrey Bake
Jun 07
Jun 07

Wow, this is amazingly beautiful. I know being here I will inspire more with my story. I am so inspire mummy.

Ruba AlZubi
Jun 07
Jun 07

Thank you for sharing this and the link to the training!

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Jun 07
Jun 07

My take on the concept of Intersectionality is that it is rooted in Social Exclusion.

Sumaira Rajput
Jun 08
Jun 08

wonderful write up bravo! Read my first story also waiting of your response
https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/sumaira-rajput/posts/95562

Chi8629
Jun 08
Jun 08

Thank you for sharing.

Akshaya9
Jun 08
Jun 08

Hi Dawn,
Thank you for sharing this to us.

Take care

Colleen Abdoulah
Jun 14
Jun 14

You are a gift to the WP community. So glad you are here and doing the work you are doing...