Marisa Handler, “Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist”

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January 29, 2010


Marisa Handler is a journalist, activist, author, and singer-songwriter. In this interview, we get to know her a little better as we discuss her philosophies on activism, spirituality, and memoir writing.

Marisa was born in apartheid South Africa, and later spent time in India, Israel, Nepal, Ecuador, Peru, and all over the United States.   This book uses personal narrative to give an inside look into the social justice movement.  It was a great read because it makes the politics of our time personal.

We hope you’ll enjoy this podcast and comment below to share your thoughts!

You can read more of my personal behind-the-scenes thoughts on my blog.

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Chamaigne Montana January 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm

My favorite part of this interview was probably when we talked about decompressing from the hard stuff one necessarily sees if one is going to work for needed change. Marisa practices a form of meditation and writes songs, but she mentioned many other practices that people find helpful. Marisa spoke beautifully about the importance of being willing to feel it all. When you shut down to feeling the uncomfortable emotions that come with seeing pain and suffering, apathy can set in.

This is such an important topic for activists. Do you have any good stories of working for change and how you deal with apathy, or getting paralyzed by the magnitude of the problems, or overtaken by anger? How do you ground yourself and return to joy?

This interview was full of rich topics like this. What was your favorite part?

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