Can you believe it’s December? I can, but only because SAAM had a November to remember! The fall is always one of the busiest times of our campaign planning schedule, but it’s also when we start to see the tangible evidence of all our planning efforts.

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Last night I served on a panel after a screening of the Invisible War in Pittsburgh, PA. The event, the first of its kind hosted by Public Source, was a culmination of a series of investigative stories on the experiences of veterans returning to the Pittsburgh area.

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Part of my personal feminist framework led me to vegetarianism back in college. Seven years later, I am still a vegetarian, and still navigating those ever-fun family dinner gatherings.

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…in other words, let me get straight to the point.

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I’d be lying if I tried to deny that the most repeated phrase I’ve been saying the past few weeks is, “Can you believe it’s November?” In the beginning of the month, you could still hear the surprise in my voice, but at times this confession felt like a plea. Really, November, chill out. Suffice it to say, it’s been a busy month. I’m on pretty friendly terms with busy, and I can let you know we hit some major planning milestones and deadlines this month.

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Needless to say, severe weather kind of freaks me out. It’s not in a hide under the bed during thunder storms kind of way. It’s much more about my fears for what it means about the (lack of?) health and well-being of our planet.

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There’s no place like home!

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Last week I had the opportunity to take the SAAM act on the road, and I was fortunate to be heading to one of my favorite places on the planet: Jersey. The great folks at the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) host an ongoing training institute to educate and inform practitioners on sexual violence prevention and survivor-centered approaches.

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A few weeks ago I attended the Healthy Masculinity Summit in Washington DC. A hardy group of about 200 people gathered to have conversations about masculinity.

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For those of us who work to create and share messages, we tend to think a lot about impact. Will this call to action move people? Does this commercial speak to you? We think about impact because we want to know if we are getting it right. Does our message stick? Whether you are looking to inspire social action or convince people to purchase a product, impact is your first opportunity to move your audience.

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